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5 Minute Prepping Projects for People With No Time
12 May 2013, 19:07,
5 Minute Prepping Projects for People With No Time
Stolen from TB2K...


Received this in an email from Survival News. Most of it is old news to veteran preppers, but for any newbies, it is worth the read. And actually, it's probably a reminder for the veteran preppers. It's a novel idea to think of prepping steps in five minutes. Takes the pressure of 'no time to prep' off your shoulders. Please feel free to add ideas at the end. We all prep for our own needs, so something you might add could benefit others.


1. Purchase a prepping notebook or binder where you can accumulate information you need in the event of an emergency.

2. Wash out empty juice jugs, swish with a bit of bleach and fill them with water for an emergency. Be sure to date them so that you that you can rotate them on an annual basis.

3. Place a pair of shoes, socks, work gloves, a whistle, and a light stick or flashlight with batteries under your bed for use during or after an emergency.

4. Talk to family members about how you will re-unite with each other following a disaster.

5. Choose an out-of-state contact person that is willing to be a relay point for information after-the-fact to your other family members and loved ones. (Following a disaster, telephone lines to an out-of-state location may work when local calls do not.)

6. Introduce yourself to a neighbor you have not met. Exchange emergency telephone numbers.

7. Purchase a manual can opener on your next visit to the store.

8. Fill empty milk jugs or other plastic containers with water and store them in your freezer. The frozen jugs will keep your food colder for longer in the event of a power outage. The water can also serve as a backup source for cleaning or sanitation purposes.

9. Read Food Safety When the Grid Goes Down and print out the food safety charts at the at the website. Attach them to the inside of a cupboard door so you have them handy after a power outage or disaster.

10. Mark your calendar with a date one year from now so that you remember to rotate your canned goods out of storage.

11. Purchase extra canned goods each time you visit the grocery store.

12. Locate your utility shutoff valves and review the instructions for turning them off. Place a shut-off tool by the door nearest to them

13. Test your smoke alarms.

14. Make a list of all of your prescription drugs along with dosages and keep the list in your emergency kit.

15. Take digital photos of each room in your house. Take five minutes for each room and do you best to capture as much as you can. This will facilitate any after the fact insurance claims.

16. Write down your insurance policy numbers and your agent’s phone number, and put them in your wallet and in your emergency kit.

17. Add $1 a week to your emergency cash fund. If you can afford it, add $5 per week (or more) to the fund.

18. Make digital copies of your important documents and store them on a flash drive.

19. Make a backup copy of the data on your computer hard drive and give it to a friend or relative to store for you. In computer terms, this is called “off site backup”.

20. Locate a source of water outside of your home such as a lake, pond or stream.

21. Learn to cook a pot of rice.

22. Download free prepping, survival and homesteading for e-books from Amazon as they become available. Check the Backdoor Survival Facebook page for almost daily announcements of books that are currently available – often for just a day or two.

23. Call (800-480-2520) or email FEMA ( to order a free copy of their excellent print book “Are You Ready Guide to Preparedness”. For more information about this publication, see Free for You: The “Are You Ready Guide to Preparedness”.

24. Practice starting a fire using a bit of dryer lint, a cotton ball soaked in petroleum jelly or a flint and steel.

25. Sow some seeds, fruits and veggies that is.

26. Visit one of the websites in the article Special Report: The Best Prepper Websites.

So there you go, 26 prepping projects that will take only five minutes each. Have some ideas of your own? I would love to have you share them.

Preparing for a disaster or crisis or even an economic collapse does not have to be an insurmountable task. Breaking tasks down in to manageable chunks will make the job less chore-like and less of a burden. As a bonus, when you are done, you will feel the sense of satisfaction that comes from knowing that you have done something to secure your safety and well-being if it all goes to heck.

One thing for sure, you need to make every day a prepping day!
If at first you don't secede, try, try again!
12 May 2013, 19:38,
RE: 5 Minute Prepping Projects for People With No Time
Excellent. Good, practical advice. "The longest journey starts with the first step".
Find a resilient place and way to live, then sit back and watch a momentous period in history unfold.
12 May 2013, 20:18,
RE: 5 Minute Prepping Projects for People With No Time
Number 23. contact FEMA !!!!!! you gotta be kidding me ! and do what ....tell them your name, SS number, address and hope they don't keep your name on file !i don't trust any Gov agencys... if I was an American... good tax paying citizen I wouldn't ring that lot !! they were Fuc#ing useless in the early days of Katrina, cant see them being any good in a really massive emergency !! and Katrina was a big emergency...... Fema....I wudnt trust them with my kids pocket money LMFAO Big Grin
12 May 2013, 20:58,
RE: 5 Minute Prepping Projects for People With No Time
Thanks for that Jonas - a timely reminder as more and more information piles in seemingly without enough time in each day to act on it... Smile

13 May 2013, 11:34,
RE: 5 Minute Prepping Projects for People With No Time
27. Go on a walk/run to increase your fitness.

28. Start basic exercises, like press ups, air squats (a weightless squat), lunges, sit-ups/crunches (I hate both, but something is better than nothing) and super mans (lay on stomach, arch back to raise arms off the floor and legs. Counteracts the stress most ab exercises put on your lower back).

29. Start stretching. No really, this is important, and even though I suck at doing stretches, they are important to prevent injury.
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Those who sacrifice freedom for security deserve neither - Benjamin Franklin

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