A Spring and Summer Preparedness Checklist

Preparedness ChecklistWith the progress of seasons there may be certain activities that is useful to remember or certain supplies to check, and this article is aiming at providing you a good preparedness checklist for the spring and the summer.

A Basic Spring Preparedness Checklist

Although many of us are still shuddering under the harsh grip of winter, there are signs that the worst is behind us and spring is finally on its way. As such, it’s time to prepare to change out, restock, and be ready for the coming spring season! Here’s a helpful checklist that should help to make sure you get the major projects done.

General Supplies and Maintenance

Check your food and water stocks. It’s been a rough winter, and I know that many people who couldn’t get out or who were saving every penny for their massive heating bill probably dug into their stocks somewhat. Now is a great time to double check everything and setup a purchasing plan for things you need. If you have unused water stocks that have been sitting around for awhile, you may need to rotate them out so start using the oldest first for whatever task comes to hand.

Make any last-minute seed orders. At this point you’re fighting with every single gardener in the United States for seeds, but if you forgot those special tomatoes make sure you have them before the last frost date kicks in!

Get your furnace and pipes checked out. A furnace really needs an experienced technician to give them a nice tuneup, but you may be able to inspect the water pipes yourself, . You want to make sure that some far flung corner isn’t leaking water from a frozen and burst pipe, costing you money and potentially causing problems that you wouldn’t be able to fix after a disaster.

Once you’re done with your winter clothing, clean it properly before putting it away. Most people wash their sweaters and such, but how many leave a winter’s worth of sweat and grime on their coats or gloves? Clean all of your winter gear appropriately to slow degradation and ensure that it will have a long and useful life.

Check your generator if you have one. Generators are great, but you do have to get it setup and maintain it properly in order to have that emergency power. Whether you used it this winter or not, give it an experimental run and make sure that it hasn’t gummed up or broken on you.

Medical

If you have seasonal allergies, check your stored meds and make sure you have enough. If you don’t (or can’t) store them, then make sure you get the maximum reasonable stock for the future.

Take the chance to open some windows! This might not seem medically related, but the fresh air from the outside and the natural sunlight are both needed by your body and mind. Shake off that winter “funk”.

Restock medications and find a use for those near to expiring. Obviously you cannot eat them like candy or food, but there may be an opportunity to donate them.

Get an outdoor exercise regimen setup. Whether it’s running or if you prefer to play a sport or do some weight-lifting, try to find something active to maintain muscle tone and improve your heart and lungs. Having a plan in place before you need to do it can be helpful in motivating you to get up and move!

Firearms

Clean and check over each of your weapons as needed. Some people like to go shooting regardless of the temperature, so depending on your usage they might already be clean. Regardless, you should still take the time to visually inspect your firearms and disassemble them to check for rust, dents, or other imperfections. Not all imperfections need fixing, but you don’t want a worn part to suddenly break while you’re actually using a weapon.

Replenish and rotate ammunition stocks.

Legal

Take the time to see who is coming up for election in the coming year, and do some research. An ill-informed vote is almost worse than no vote at all. Make sure you take the time to cut through the media crap to see what each person truly stands for and plans to do so that you aren’t left guessing at the ballot box. Don’t just focus on the Federal offices, as local and state elections can often be just as important, if not more!

Double check any projects you might have coming up once the warm weather kicks in and be sure it’s up to code. Winter is the perfect time to brainstorm in the house, but sometimes it’s easy to overlook little details like code enforcement. If you’re setting up water barrels or building a storage shed for animal feed, make sure you have everything legally squared away.

Plants and Animals

Prepare pastures to receive hungry animals. If you like to seed with some natural foods like Jerusalem artichokes or kale you’ll want to be ready for it!

Till or otherwise ready your garden soil. If you planted a green manure crop you should probably start tilling it in and letting those nutrients get into the soil, ready for all those little seedlings.

Check hoses and fixtures for leaks. Watering hoses have a nasty tendency to not work just when you need them at the start of the year. Take an hour or two to test them all and make sure everything goes smoothly before they’re needed.

Provide a few fresh greens. You don’t want to do a rapid switchover from feed to pasture, so you might want to start livestock on a few green foods now to get their stomachs used to processing it again.

Summer Preparedness Checklist: Getting Ready to Survive in the Heat!

Summer has arrived, and with it the need to checkup on your prepping supplies so that you’re set for the rest of the season. To ensure that you don’t forget anything, I’ve assembled this quick list of things you should checkup on and restock, as well as some skills that are easier to hone in these warm months.

General

  • Check Bugout Bags and replenish supplies.
  • Ensure that all bugout kits and caches have some comfortable summer clothing included.
  • Add/replenish supplies of bug spray.
  • Double-check food stocks to ensure everything is dated and that expired food is used properly.

Medical/Health

  • Check expiration dates on prescriptions and medications, replacing as needed.
  • Replenish bandages, gloves and other disposable supplies from your “around the house” kit
  • Make a point to start an exercise regimen. If you already have one, make sure you keep stepping it up to improve your physical health.
  • If your allergies tend to manifest more strongly in the summer, take note of what causes them and note them in your health info card.
  • Since it is pool season, take the opportunity to learn about CPR or to refresh your skills.
  • Learn how to minimize skin damage from the sun, and stock up on sunscreen.

Weapons/Training

  • Take advantage of the warm weather to get some training in the weapons/methodologies of your choice.
  • Clean and inspect all weaponry if it has been used at all.
  • Gardening/Animals
  • Cleanup the spring seed starting equipment and make sure to replace anything that wore out.
  • Plan out when you plan on planting the cold weather crops for fall and get your seed orders in before prices spike again.
  • Start checking animals to determine which ones will be culled for meat and other products once the weather turns cold. Check for milk/egg production in animals that are allowed to live until production drops below a certain level.

Water/Filtration

  • If you regularly use a filter for your water, make sure that you have extra filters available to replace it once the one you’re using becomes worthless.
  • Alternatively, make a point of cleaning out your washable filters.
  • Change out stored water, and take the opportunity to clean the containers to kill algae or other organisms growing in them.
  • Ensure that any portable water containers (canteens etc) are clean and ready to go.

Skills

  • Try minimalist camping to see how well your bugout bags or just some general easy-to-carry supplies would support you.
  • This is also a good opportunity to learn how to make fires without matches or lighters.
  • Learn how to treat heat sickness and dehydration.
  • Try building makeshift shelters like lean-to’s.

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