Stay alive with our 30 Minute Checklist!

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Thanks for tuning in my fellow vagabonds, in this 30 minute SHTF checklist we are going to review ten things you have to do within thirty minutes after disaster strikes.  We often discuss preparedness this unending rotation of canned goods, weekend survivor retreats, and caching unmentionables, with little to no time invested in preparing for when the shit hits the fan.  Not three months or a couple years down the road, but the exact moment doomsday comes.  The great thing about this article is whether you’re a newbie or an advanced prepper; you will be able to use this checklist by catering it to your specific needs and circumstances.

The SHTF scenario…

It’s late a late southern spring, the twilight settles in and the air is getting thick with dew as dusk rapidly approaches.  Your family sits at a mass-produced and overpriced oak kitchen table, your two daughters sit across from one another with disheveled hair and brightly colored tees staring at their iPads as mom is plating up everyone their favorite crock pot roast.  Your sixty inch pride and joy steadily broadcasts run of the mill news as mom sits across from you in her sweats, hair up in a ponytail, and her favorite cut off Lynyrd Skynyrd t-shirt.  She grabs both girls’ hands, they grab yours, and you all bow your head to say grace.  As you look at your beautiful wife, and amazing daughters you think to yourself ‘This is the life’.  You begin your prayer ‘Dear Lord, thank you for…’ and then you are suddenly interrupted by a long tone coming from the television to see this;

30 Minute SHTF Checklist

Shortly after seeing this you’ll learn how fucked you really are.  At this point in time some painted up chump is going to tell you dirty bombs were detonated throughout The United States, a viral outbreak has occurred, the economy has collapsed, we are being invaded by a foreign army, or some other horrible thing.  As you look at the mainstream chump telling you your worse fears, you can see he’s holding back, downplaying the disaster, forcing you to realize this is very bad.  Your family will sit there in shock, for minutes, wasting precious little time.  In this very moment it is your duty as a father to make quick, decisive, and intelligent choices to save your family.

Disaster Tailgating

Let’s get our pregame strategy together by identifying colloquial circumstances that dictate your plan for dealing with doomsday.  This article hinges on the idea you have; prepared your bug out bags catered to each family member’s needs, stocked your bug out vehicle with all necessary items, read the family preparation guide and have decided whether or not you’re sheltering in place or bugging out.  If you haven’t, please be sure to read the linked articles.  Know what the coolest part of this article is?  We will give you a checklist for sheltering in place, and bugging out.  I can’t stand reading articles that don’t account for variables.

Sheltering In Place – Check List

If you’re sheltering in place, I’m sure you have a good reason.  Ideally you’re not in the city, and somewhere outside city limits in a rural area.  Everything in this check list must be done within thirty minutes to an hour.  Now, once you hear the news it’s time to act decisively;

  1. Evaluate the Threat

Upon hearing the news you will have to make decisions that will dictate your steps.  No matter what disaster comes, each will be accompanied by their own threats.  Obviously if we are in the middle of some biblical like flood you’re not going to want to shelter in place, so be conscientious of the facts.

  1. Round up the Troops

Where are your kids and family members?  If you’re a binary family the mother or father should leave immediately to retrieve them immediately.  No stops or deviations, there and back.  There’s a very good reason why we harp on planning, when disaster strikes and you need to get your family, it is likely traffic will be a nightmare, or it’s too dangerous for your kids to walk home, meaning you will have to have backup plans and consistent communication.

  1. Communicate Planning

After you hear and evaluate the threat, and round up the troops, you need to relay the decisions you’ve made to your family.  Ideally you’ve already made your plans prior to the apocalypse, have practiced these plans, and your entire family is fully aware of these plans.  However, disaster is organic and things will change forcing you to think on your toes.  Those changes need to be relayed.

  1. Fill up Water Reservoirs

Once you hear the news you need to immediately fill up anything that holds water with water unless your water has been tainted, or is at risk of being contaminated in the presence of a CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear) event.  Even if you have water stored, this gives you a little extra before the pumps get shut off.

  1. Make contact with your Network

Make sure you call whatever family members you have that are considered essential to you before communication gets shut off.  If you have a plan established, be sure to reconfirm all the facts to prevent any miscommunication.

  1. Begin Fortifying

It’s incredibly important you start fortifying your home the minute the SHTF.  You can read our home fortification guide that’ll teach you simple and fast ways to sure up your home.  Pro tip:  prior to doomsday, you can take 4’ x 8’ pieces of wood and hold them over a fire to collect suit, which will help make your house look burned out.  In a CBRN event this is the moment you need to use plastic sheeting to seal your house off from radioactive fallout, chemicals, and biological contaminates

  1. Cache and Hide

All nonperishable food needs to be hidden.  In the event of a breach the first place a looter is going to look is your fridge and pantry.  By hiding these items you will be able to somewhat guarantee all your food won’t be hijacked.  Any fuel, or anything valuable should also be hidden or cached.

  1. Get Ready for a Fight

Amen to all the real men that keep one in the chamber, and once the shit hits the fan you need to get your guns out, give them to all family members that have been trained.  There’s no real way of knowing when things are about to get violent.  Violence can erupt instantly or in a couple days, there’s no way to tell.  By getting prepared immediately, your chances of being caught off-guard are dramatically reduced.

  1. Destroy Curb Appeal

Yes, I know how much all of you pride your pristine lawns, bronze plated gnomes, and symmetrical flower gardens.  Your home’s curb appeal is beautiful, but will draw unwanted attention.  By making your home look like its run down, looters are less likely to break in.  It seems campy, but it’ll work.  People aren’t that smart.

  1. Unscrew the Light Bulbs

Our star goes beyond the horizon, and everything goes pitch black.  Whether its desperate people, or looters, they’ll always be looking for that sliver of light in the darkness.  The minute one family member makes a tiny little mistake and flips a light switch on, that light will shine like a beacon to anyone in sight.  By unscrewing all the lights you remove that chance.

Bugging Out – Check List

You’ve decided to make the wisest decision and bug out to granddad’s old cabin up in the mountains.  Unlike sheltering in place you will have a more difficult task ahead of you.  If you’re living in the city, it might even be more difficult.  When bugging out the most important thing you need to remember is to remember.  You’re going to be in a rush, but being in a rush could cost you a very important item you overlooked!

  1. Evaluate the Threat

Upon hearing the news you will have to make decisions that will dictate your steps.  No matter what disaster comes, each will be accompanied by their own threats.  Obviously if we are in the middle of some biblical like flood you’re not going to want to shelter in place, so be conscientious of the facts.

  1. Round up the Troops

Where are your kids and family members?  If you’re a binary family the mother or father should leave immediately to retrieve them immediately.  No stops or deviations, there and back.  There’s a very good reason why we harp on planning, when disaster strikes and you need to get your family, it is likely traffic will be a nightmare, or it’s too dangerous for your kids to walk home, meaning you will have to have backup plans and consistent communication.

  1. Communicate Planning

After you hear and evaluate the threat, and round up the troops, you need to relay the decisions you’ve made to your family.  Ideally you’ve already made your plans prior to the apocalypse, have practiced these plans, and your entire family is fully aware of these plans.  However, disaster is organic and things will change forcing you to think on your toes.  Those changes need to be relayed.

  1. Load Bug Out Vehicle

If you make your decision to bug out way before doomsday, I’m sure you took our advice and have three months of food and water in totes, along with medical supplies, ammunition, clothes, and everything else listed in our bug out guide.  This stuff is heavy and will take up a lot of space, meaning it will take some time getting everything in there.

  1. Family Scramble

Tell your family members they only have five minutes to grab things they feel they absolutely need like your wife’s heirlooms, daughter’s favorite dolls, granddad’s teeth, or whatever. This is incredibly important; these personal items will offer your family comfort during trying times.

  1. Stow Away Weapons

While the kids are getting their personal effects take this opportunity to stow all your weapons away in your bug out vehicle.

  1. Fill up Your Tank

If you’re smart you have back up terry cans, but your tank is more than likely half full or less.  It would smart to top off your tank.  By filling up your tank now you reduce the risk of being stopped and exposed on the road en route to your destination.

  1. Get your vehicle ready!

While driving through hostile territory, the most important thing to remember is discretion keeps you alive.  Both headlights and taillights should be taped over with duct tape.  In a pinch you can bust them out.  One thing I started doing six months ago is I jigged out two ¼” steel pieces that can be propped up and tied down in the rear seat window sides.

  1. Essential Check

When you are bugging out make sure you don’t leave the house without; medical supplies including first aid products, medication, clothes, food, water, and etc.  Always have a check list ready prior to everything going down.

  1. Final Inspection

Just like I said before, you’re going to be in a hurry, and you could possibly be leaving your home for good.  You’re going to feel really stupid when you’re a hundred miles out and realize you forgot an inhaler, ammo, or something completely integral to your survival.

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10 thoughts on “Stay alive with our 30 Minute Checklist!

  1. Unless Yosemite blows than your all screwed regardless. Have you considered releasing this info in Arabic not that it would do any good since they don’t have access to any of the items outlined in here seems more like the deranged fantasies of americas fading middle class. In my opinion if shit hits the fan you so called preppers will be the biggest issue why don’t you do us all a favor stop feeding into fear and bs. Or you could count up 1 bullet for yourself and maybe a few more for your friends and promptly dispense them into your own temple than everyone else wouldn’t have to worry about a bunch of right wing extremists with guns driving around in circles when shit hits the fan. Thanks…

    • Too bad you sold your boat, it was the best evac from the bay you had, Well according to Matt Bracken that is. I live back in the woods you see, woman and the kids and the dogs and me.
      Yeah, shotgun riffle 4×4 the whole bit. But not because I’m a prepper. I don’t like the shitty city. I worked as a meat cutter in it for years. Do you own a fire extinguisher? Then in a way you are a prepper.

    • With all due respect, your opinion is based upon biased leftist communistic opinions and no one cares…and you are a impostor fool the real Micheal savage would be supportive of the patriots..

  2. Everyone should “D.O.P.E.” their neighborhood. Find firing positions, concealment/cover locations, etc. Identify areas of encroachment. Keep a range card with every weapon so whomever is using said weapon can easily deploy it. Get a rangefinder and determine locations for firing positions for various weapons at your disposal. Average telephone poles in urban neighborhoods are 50yds apart, for quick ranging of targets.

  3. I found out the hard way that the national outhkeepers are very dishonest The one in membership rich melvelle,I got help from the Va.state chapter.and others and after some time I got my $1000. back they had taken out of my bank account.The state chapter said they heard of this many times.I emailed rich melvelle and ask how he would do this to a combat, Vet he got very hoistal and did not want me to contact him anymore.I had to pass this on and hope it can help other vets.

  4. early warning devices, Walmart has these window security magnets that alarm when window has been opened take those along with some Velcro and some clear fishing line it makes for a good trip wire affect early warning device. Thought I would share this with you guys..

    SSG Meyer 3rd group never retired//

  5. Great article. For bugging in, I’d like to add : Have a few “sacrifice” items still in your food cupboards or anyone breaking in will figure you stashed it all and go looking for it. A box with a few pieces of costume jewelry on the dresser, an old watch, etc, will have them thinking you’re either too poor to bother with or have already been hit. My Granddad used to keep some older pants and shirts around that were nearly worn out, and they were a size or two too large, as if to say he hadn’t been eating too well and had lost weight.
    If you’re able to go out in the neighborhood after awhile, now is a good time to go on that diet, so you seem to be losing weight with the rest of them that don’t have much food. Let them see you scavenge. Be one of them. Use your imagination to blend in.
    Good advice about the lights. Depending on terrain, a single 25 watt bulb can be seen from 25-30 miles away. Don’t want to draw the scavengers in.
    I’m seeing a lot of signs in the works, and it’s gonna be hard to know when to jump. Just hoping I get enough of a warning to bug out instead of in, but we have plans for both.
    Keep the faith and Be Prepared.

  6. Like a pilot, make a written “pre flight” check list.

    Also. good idea to creat a “level of threat” check list that you can use NOW to make sure you remain in the best possible position. Things like “last stop of the day: Fill Gas Tank” ….

  7. Another great article. This is what I go to sleep at night, thinking. If we have to leave, every bag has “checklist” and there is one in the truck and a layout plan. Think of the Milton Bradley game, “Operation”. When things are collected, they are laid out, next to the truck. When it’s all there, it’s loaded. Of course you want your first aid box, comm box, pioneer box, extra ammo. But the last thing you want to hear is, “Did anyone bring the ammo?” “Not me.” “I got it last time.” “Not my turn.”

  8. 9/11 I know the feeling. I was visiting family in Ohio, stopping for a few days on my way to folks in Mexico (found some very nice places ‘way up in the Sierras…) when I saw the jet hit the skyscraper. I just stood there, shocked and sick. then angry. Emotions get you killed, I was always taught by grandparents, parents, uncles and aunt. One punch in the hip and calm came over me. 1st thing, I called my brother and told him, fuel up. Fill every tank to the brim because we just took a hit from Clinton’s friends. He didn’t understand, but yeah, he saw it. I told him, disasters mean no gas, no food in the stores and panic buyers beating on each other. He called his wife and I called my other sisters-in-law, telling them the same. Most did run out, fueled and bought enough groceries for a week, even tho it meant going on the tab (debt). One sister-in-law tried to call a brother (trucker) but couldn’t get thru. He was in Canada and stuck there for days with no money, but people helped or he would have gone hungry. As it is, we wound up helping those who did not understand the issues. I fueled the pickup several times at different gas stations, siphoning gas into a steel barrel. by nightfall, the price had exploded and people were in tears over it. Live and learn, or suffer and learn the hard way. Every fundie minister I knew did as I had. We understand what life is, and that we, Americans, have had an easy ride for generations. We allowed the enemy from within to destroy most of what our ancestors fought and died for. Not no more, baby. Live to learn and survive and thrive no matter what. Peace to you. That’s the only emotion you’re allowed that will not get you killed.

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