End of Year Prepper Assessment – Survival Mom


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One of the best ways to ensure that you are meeting your goals is to measure and review your progress from time to time. Perform prepper evaluation It helps to ensure that you are meeting your readiness goals.

Why should I do a prepper evaluation?

nice question. The purpose of performing a prepper evaluation is to Assess your overall readiness level over the past 12 months. Knowing your strengths and weaknesses in times of crisis can help you plan and prepare for the coming year.

What are the benefits of prepper evaluation?

There are additional benefits to doing an assessment like this, but here are the four main ways:

  • It will motivate you. Sometimes we forget what we have achieved in our daily life. When you stop reviewing, you will be reminded of your progress so far.
  • It identifies mistakes. Mistakes are opportunities to learn. But only if you pause long enough to see what they can teach you. It’s not just about identifying mistakes that can help. Now that you have a chance to fix them. And hope not to repeat it.
  • It identifies success. What worked and why?
  • It improves future planning. Putting it all together, you can plan your game to move forward more effectively and efficiently.

It sounds like a win-win to me!

How often should a prepper assessment be performed?

This is an annual evaluation. Results guide the setting of short-term and long-term goals for the coming year. However, please feel free to review this review again whenever you want. This can be especially useful after major events like winter blizzards or hurricanes.

How do I conduct a readiness assessment?

Basically, it makes you think about two questions:

  1. What emergencies and crises have you prepared for?
  2. What event was it? not ready good morning my love?

This is the gist. However, the different categories will answer more specific questions. We’ve broken it down for you below.

By the way, if you would like this preparer assessment in a convenient printable format with more thought-provoking questions, please click here.

Here are the staging areas to evaluate.

If you need to refresh your memory, grab a calendar and check the results if you have completed other assessments. Then answer the following.

food storage preparation

  • In the past year, have you been dependent on food stockpiling?
  • Did you notice an item that was always lacking?
  • Do you have a regular system that you add to your weekly/weekly food storage pantry?
  • Do you have food and water in your vehicle and at work?
  • Had to resort to other cooking methods?
  • Did you have a garden? Did you succeed? Why? What have you grown to improve your food independence?

tip— Think of a way to prepare food and heat water without liquid or gas fuel. Learn how to cook this off-grid.

water emergency preparedness

  • How much water do you currently have in stock for emergencies?
  • Do you know any way to purify water?

tip—Survival Mom has charts, checklists, and water purification cheat sheets with instructions on how to purify water quickly and safely. Get it here!

home preparation

  • Is your home safe from intruders and elements?
  • Do you have all the tools and supplies you need to perform regular and unexpected repairs?
  • Is there any regular maintenance you haven’t done?
  • How about backup for electricity, heat and water?
  • Are there any areas that need maintenance, such as fallen trees, leaking external water pipes, unstable fences, or house break-ins?
  • What happens to your homeowner/renters insurance?
  • If a power outage lasts for more than 3 to 4 hours, are you equipped with enough emergency lights to maintain a healthy indoor temperature? Were there alternative forms of communication and methods of cooking food?

tip—Your home needs three layers of security. Read about them here.

Contrast against external factors and nature

  • What natural disasters have occurred in or near your home?
  • Not fully prepared for heat waves, storms, or other extreme weather?
  • Do you want to consider train routes, highways and other congested roads in your area? What if a toxic spill happens?
  • In which direction is the wind blowing in your house? It is important to know this in the case of toxic gases from fires or occupational accidents.
  • For what reason did you have to evacuate your home? So, did you have a plan and how effective was it to get everyone out with the gear and supplies they needed most?
  • If you had to evacuate, did you have at least one shelter during that time?
  • Do you have maps and backup routes to get home or evacuate?
  • How long can you live at home without outside help?

tip—Learn how to organize an emergency evacuation here.

Transportation/vehicle preparation

  • Have you had a vehicle breakdown in the past year? If so, did you have the funds to handle the repair or replacement of the vehicle?
  • Are the basic tools of a car for minor repairs?
  • Does your vehicle have a Bug Out Bag or Get Home Bag?
  • Was there a time last year when you were away from home and realized you needed something your car or kit didn’t have?
  • Did you have to call the ambulance service again this year? why? What would they have done if they couldn’t use it?
  • Are additional keys created for every vehicle?
  • Do you have any plans for back-up shipping? Bus, subway, bike, carpool?
  • Do you have car manuals and extra fluids in your car?
  • Are you keeping extra fuel safe?

tip– Here and here are several free downloads with lists to help you prepare your vehicle.

communication preparation

  • Have you ever run out of cell phone battery in an emergency?
  • What’s your communication plan if both your landline and your cell phone don’t work?
  • Does the car have spare batteries and additional chargers?
  • Does your family know who to contact in an emergency?
  • Where is the family gathering place in the event of a disaster?
  • Is your computer backed up and virus protected?
  • Have you postponed your ham radio class?
  • Do you have a battery/solar/handcrank emergency radio?

tip– Have you thought about how you can communicate when there is a disruption in your mobile phone service? Here are 4 reasons to consider obtaining a ham radio license.

Preparations for loved ones with special needs

  • If someone in your family has special needs, do you have a plan for how you will accommodate their needs in a major emergency?
  • Have you had the perfect diaper bag for your vehicle?
  • Do you have an elderly person who needs to keep in the car or extra items next to the bed/chair?
  • Need a list of medications that people in your home take?
  • What medical supplies do I need to bring “just in case”?
  • Do people with dietary problems have enough food to prepare for an emergency?
  • Can I contact my doctor to get more medications for my emergency?
  • What allergies did you have to deal with this year? Food, animals, seasons…

tip—Read more about how to better prepare for seniors here.

Prepare important documents

  • Missing an important document or need to order?
  • Have you ever had an emergency where you couldn’t find the documents or documents you needed?
  • Do you have additional copies in another location for archiving?
  • What documents can I scan and keep in a safe place on my computer?
  • Can I get all my documents quickly if I need to leave the house?

tip—Here’s how to create your own Grab-and-Go binders.

Health and fitness preparation

  • Have you had a medical emergency in the past year? So, did you have a plan to know exactly what to do? Was there a skill you needed but didn’t have?
  • Have you ever had a preventable health problem? What can be done to prevent this from happening again?
  • Do you have all your doctor, eye and dental appointments?
  • What kind of exercise did or should you do?
  • Do you know what your health insurance covers?
  • Have you ever had to run to the store to buy a medicine or other item you thought was on hand?
  • How are your first aid skills? Is it time to take a review course?
  • Are there any medical resource books to help with emergencies when the internet is down? this Survival Medicine Handbook to be have to.
  • What do you need to help people with emotional and mental disabilities at home?

tip—Use this plan to improve your fitness level.

Pet/animal preparation

  • What indoor and outdoor animals do you have?
  • In the past year, have you had time to evacuate pets and/or livestock? How did it go? What mistakes were made and what went well?
  • Are there any carriers or trailers I can use if I need to evacuate?
  • Are there any bug-out bags for them?
  • Are all animal documentation kept in a safe place?
  • Did you have to find a place to keep your animals due to an emergency this year? So, did you succeed, or do you need to find an alternate location next time?
  • What is a water source for outdoor animals?

tip— Need help packing an emergency kit for your pet? This can help!

financial preparation

  • Were there any financial difficulties this year? Are you ready for them? If not, what can you do to better prepare yourself in this field this year?
  • Have you ever bought something with a credit card because you don’t have enough money to save?
  • Are you saving money for retirement? Would that be enough?
  • Have you ever needed cash or change last year and didn’t have it?
  • Do you have money (cash) in your bugout bag and is it kept at home?
  • Does your family have adequate health, life, auto, home and other insurance? When was the last time you reviewed a policy to make sure it provides the right type and amount of coverage?
  • Have you encountered a legal problem that could have been prevented?
  • Did you use your budget?
  • If so, did you stay within your budget?

tip—Try this easy money-saving plan!

You have completed the prepper evaluation. Now what?

Now that we’ve done our evaluation, we’ve got a pretty good idea of ​​where we need to level up our game. Now you are ready to plan for next year.

Make a plan by prioritizing items and setting target dates. Then work! If a weekly or monthly progress review is helpful, add it to your calendar and set a reminder to remind it.

you made a plan Well done! Now execute your plan.

Remember, we are not just planning a catastrophe. Even a small event can overwhelm us if we are not prepared as we know it to be.

Your preparer will assess your strengths and weaknesses based on this year’s events and help you take action to address them. You can even start right away with New Year’s resolutions! If you want to know what you can do to double your chances of reaching your goal, check out this article best-selling author, James Clear, author of Atomic Habits.

What do you think needs to be improved? what did you learn

This article was originally published on December 30, 2017 and has been updated.

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Erin Foster is a mother of five children. West Georgia is her hometown, where she can read books, camp, play and do all the adventures she can do with her family. She holds her EKG Technician and Nursing Assistant certifications with a bachelor’s degree in emergency and disaster management.

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