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Preparedness Capability Checklist – Minimum & Extended Levels

Sep 07, 2011 – Kevin Hayden

Preparedness Capability Checklist

The Preparedness Capability Checklist (PCC) is a list of functions, or capabilities, that you need to provide for in each of the survival categories. Unlike other survival lists, the CC isn’t a shopping list of items that you need to get or put into a kit. Instead, it helps identify which functions you need to make sure that you can perform within a category.

Another way of stating it is that the checklist will tell you WHAT you need to accomplish, but not HOW you need to accomplish it. This method allows for individual needs while still accomplishing common goals.

The list is broken up into general categories to help keep things organized and each Category is broken up into several sub-sections, allowing for Minimum and Extended Capabilities.

The Minimum Capability is the minimum amount of preparedness that you should strive to accomplish as fast as possible. It’s the basic set of functions that a person starting out should strive to achieve as soon as possible. The Extended Capability allows for surviving longer durations and/or increases the capacity of that group.

This Preparedness Capability Checklist is a work in progress. It is constantly being refined to make it better and to fill in gaps.

Alternate Energy

Minimum Capabilities:
Ability to recharge NiMH or NiCd batteries from an indefinite power source , in the sizes you use (AAA, AA, C, D, 9V)
Generator, with enough capacity to power critical needs for 14+ days (like freezer, refrigerator, needed electronics, etc.) (short term solution)
Store of fuel to power generator for 14+ days
Put Uninterruptible Power Supplies on all computers and other sensitive critical electronic equipment
Spare extension cords
battery maintenance items

Extended Capabilities:
Solar-power, or other renewable/long-term power, setup capable of running all mission critical devices for indefinite period, working eventually to powering entire household
Make ice on indefinite basis
Spare parts for Alternate Energy generations, (fuses, wire, connectors, inverter parts, etc.)


Minimum Capabilities:
Three complete changes of rugged clothes for all members
Three complete changes of sleep clothes for all members
Seven changes of underclothes for each member
One pair of rugged, waterproof boots for each member
One pair of comfortable shoes (sneakers, sandals, etc.) for each member
Outer gear (boots, gloves, mittens, scarves, hats, etc) for all climates (cold weather, rain, etc.)
Spare shoe & boot laces

Extended Capabilities:
Seven sets of rugged clothes for each member
Fourteen changes of underclothes for each member
Spare boots (rugged and waterproof)
Spare comfort shoes
Ability to make/repair clothes
Ability to make/repair boots and shoes
Quantity of various materials for repairs and creation of clothing
Second (spare) set of outer gear for all climates

Communications and Computing

Minimum Capabilities:
Tactical Communications (0 – 5 miles), generally a handi-talkie (FRS, GMRS, Ham, CB, etc.), transmit and receive, with extra batteries (see also alternate energy)
Shortwave radio with SSB capability, for general listening of world events
Basic computer to access the Internet and review files (.doc. .pdf. .html. etc.) {it should be obvious that an Internet connection goes along with this}
AM/FM radio, battery operated (TV sound optional, but might be worthwhile if you are close to a TV broadcast tower that can run on emergency power)
Plans and equipment for making expedient antennas (see Information and Plans)
Radio and computer manuals and backup discs (see Information and Plans)
If you have a cell phone, have a 12VDC charging cord for it, and a spare battery for it
Pocket list of contact numbers for family, friends, team members (see also Information and Plans)
Long distance phone calling card that doesn’t expire
Pocket list of frequencies (see also Information and Plans)
USB drive containing pocket computer system (OS, files, programs, PGP, etc.)
USB drive containing your data files
Door Intercom for communicating with people outside your door, while staying safe inside

Extended Capabilities:
Short-distance Communications (up to 50 miles) (generally, a mobile ham VHF/UHF radio and a vehicle or yagi antenna), transmit and receive
Packet radio for short-distance digital communications (can be particularly useful for local Groups/Teams/Family Units)
Long-distance communications (greater than 50 miles), generally ham HF, transmit and receive
Ham Radio Email, like Wavemail or Winlink/Netlink over HF and possibly VHF (Packet)
Satellite phone

The plans for expedient antennas is for reference. You should practice building these antennas.

Defense (Safety and Security)

Minimum Capabilities:
Security system that monitors home inside perimeter
Monitoring system so that you know when someone has breeched key areas of your property
Outside floodlights on motion sensors covering the outside perimeter of home and any other key areas on property
Put out small fires (a fire extinguisher for kitchen, garage and every level of the home)
Basic defensive firearms so that every able person can defend the home, with adequate ammunition supply
Every handgun has a holster, every rifle and shotgun has a sling; cases for all firearms
500 rounds for every firearm that is in working condition (defensive ammunition)
500 rounds of training ammo for each firearm
Three magazines or 30 clips for every firearm that uses one (yes, there’s a difference between clips and magazines)
Cleaning gear for all firearms
Smoke & carbon monoxide detectors on all floors

Extended Capabilities:
Camera surveillance around home, complete 360 degrees
Motion and seismic sensors monitoring perimeter and other key areas of property
External fire suppression system
Spare parts for every firearm, along with the knowledge to repair it
Spare magazines and clips for every firearm that uses them (10 magazines and 300 clips, at your discretion)
Spare cleaning gear for all firearms
1000 rounds for every firearm (defensive ammunition)
1000 training rounds for each firearm
Reloading equipment and supplies for each of your main calibers
5000 rounds for your main battle rifle
.22 LR training rifle and 10,000 rounds of good quality .22 LR ammuniton
Add laminate to exterior windows (resists break-ins, etc.)
Hardened Saferoom, from physical assaults (weather, crime, etc.)
Night Vision (mono- or binocular)

You can’t have too many fire extinguishers. You need to be able to put out a fire quickly, especially if there is no fire department available.
Yes, it seems like a lot of ammunition, but every year our freedoms erode a little bit more. Better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it (that pretty much goes for everything on this CC list).


Minimum Capabilities:
Pay one month of bills with cash on hand
Supply of hard currency (silver, gold, etc.)

Extended Capabilities:
Pay three months or more of bills from cash on hand; increase to 6 months when possible
Supply of barter goods
Ability to capitalize on opportunities (like, group buys or cheap land after a crisis/pandemic)
Know the silver content of junk silver and the gold content of various coins and how to convert that into current market value
Know how to calculate and determine specific gravity for various metals (how to spot fake silver and gold)

Hard currency amounts at your discretion. Though in general, use gold to store larger amounts of wealth and silver for smaller amounts. Silver is also better in a barter environment.

First-Aid & Medical

Minimum Capabilities: Need to perform the following for a 30-day period
Block Sun UV rays
Repel (keep away) insects
Blister pre-treatment
Protect care-giver from infection while treating others
Take CPR and other First-Aid courses
Maintain good dental hygiene practices
Immediate Response
Clear the airway / Start the breathing
Stop bleeding
Soothe burns
Treat bite and stings
Remove splinters, stingers, etc.
Remove venom
Patient assessment:
Primary (ABC – Airway, Breathing, Circulation)
Secondary, Head-to-Toe survey
Determine body temperature
Determine blood pressure
Determine heart rate
Recognize signs and symptoms
Treat and Protect Wounds
Disinfect minor wounds
Wound irrigation and/or cleansing
Splinting and limb immobilization
Dress and bandage wounds
Debride wounds
Close lacerations
Temporary dental fillings
Ongoing Care
Relieve pain
Reduce swelling
Reduce fever
Relieve allergy symptoms
Stave off infection (antibiotics)
Blister treatment
Shock prevention
Dehydration prevention
Muscle relaxer
Ice & heat packs
30 days of life saving prescription medications
30 days of OTC and “maintenance” medications
List of patient info for each person on their person & in BOB
Extended Capabilities: Need to perform the above for at least 90 days, plus the following additional capabilities:
IV supplies to start one IV per person covered (including extras for missed sticks). 3 liters of solution per person
Knowledge of blood types of all persons covered. Transfusion* compatibility planned. Transfusion capability for one transfusion for each three people covered
Dental care
Additional 90 days of life-saving prescription medications
Additional 90 days of non-critical and “maintenance” medications
Take Advanced First Aid Courses, and yearly re-qualifiers
Warning on transfusions: you can kill people easily if you do this wrong.
DO NOT perform any medical treatment that you are not trained for.

Food & Cooking

Minimum Capabilities:
Stored food for 30 days (minimum, work up to 90+ days) of food you eat everyday (store what you eat, eat what you store)
Portable capability for minimum-prepared foods for 14 days (for traveling, short-term missions, etc.)
Gather more food: hunt, fish, trap/snare, gather wild plants
Dress and prepare gathered food
Keep perishable food cold using alternative energy methods for 30 days (see Alternative Energy)
Disposable flatware for 30 days
Open cans and other packaging
Cook food 3 times a day with alternate methods for 30 days (minimum, work up to 90 days)
Have cookware that can be used over an open fire (pots, pans, kettles, etc.)
Durable cooking utensils (including pots, pans, etc.)
Equipment to cook over fire pit (grates, tripods, hooks, etc.)
Recipes for making a variety of dishes from the food you store
Spices to make food more palatable, enjoyable, varied

Extended Capabilities:
One year’s worth of food, in any combination of everyday, minimum-prepared, and long-term storage foods, with the experience and equipment to prepare it
Portable capability for minimum-prepared foods for 30 days or more (for traveling)
Grow food and harvest the seeds for the next planting
Grow and tend livestock
Preserve food on indefinite basis (canning, smoking, jerking, etc)
Keep perishable food cold using alternative energy methods for indefinite basis
Cook food 3 times a day with alternate methods for 1 year or more
Disposable flatware for 90 days (if continuous supply of water not obtained)
Compost pile (see Sanitation)

Minimum-prepared foods are those that require little or no cooking before eating.
Flatware means plates, bowls, cups, spoons, forks, knives, napkins, etc. The idea of disposable flatware is to reduce consumption of water and is typically for shorter-term events. Those with extended capabilities for alternate energy and water will have less use for disposable flatware.
Oils: make sure you have enough oil, lard, etc. on hand to cover the increase in pan-cooking.

Information, Entertainment & Plans

Minimum Capabilities:
Acquire the proper insurance (home, renter, auto, health, life etc.) and safeguard the insurance plan and contact information
Document with pictures and/or video all possessions for insurance purposes, including writing down the serial numbers for guns and electronics.
Post in a quick-access location the numbers for all emergency services (police, fire, ambulance, poison control, utility services), and include non-emergency numbers for the same services as well as family, friends, neighbors, etc.
Post a list of important websites next to (or along with) the important phone numbers.
Copies of personal information like birth certificates, SS cards, driver licenses, with current pictures, kept in fire safe.
Have a written plan for what your actions will be for all conceivable events
Create a “Trigger Point” list that determines what plans need to be activated by event criteria
Write down your plan for increasing your preparedness level and then use the plan to improve your state of preparedness
A list of “last-minute purchase items” – in case you have time to “top off”
Current inventory
Resource materials (books, CDs, etc.) covering a wide range of topics
Instruction and repair manuals for everything
Backups of all important computer files
Hard copies (printouts) of all critical information contained in computer files
Backup copies of your computer data on discs, USB flash drives, portable HDDs
An evacuation plan and prioritized grab list
Plans and equipment for making expedient antennas (see Communications and Computing)
Pocket list of contact numbers for family, friends, team members (see Communications and Computing)
Pocket list of radio frequencies used (see Communications and Computing)
Forms of entertainment (games, books, music, DVDs, CDs, MP3 players drawing, coloring, cards, football, frisbee, baseball/throwing ball, soccer ball, etc.)

Extended Capabilities:
Maps of surrounding area with extensive notes on routes and areas, including conditions at different times of the year (see Navigation and Signaling)
“Range cards” for your entire property
Defense plan for entire property (who goes where, with what, does what, etc.)
Triple backups of everything that’s important

Personal Items
Daily carry items

A “last-minute checklist” is generally a bad thing to implement. It’s better to have all the equipment and supplies on hand before an event occurs.
A Grab List is a list of items that you want to take with you in case you need to evacuate your home. The grab list should include everything that you would want to take, in priority order, so that you don’t have to try and remember while you’re scrambling to evacuate.
Additional Entertainment considerations include games for kids, books (or reading material) for both education and learning resources, and books that show how to play more games (adult and children) using cards and other materials.
It’s a good idea to keep important documents in a fire-resistant safe
Entertainment items such as DVDs and CDs require the use of additional electronics and power, see appropriate categories.
A “Trigger Point” is an event that you have pre-determined that will cause you to enact certain parts of your plan. For example, When virulent H5N1 reaches Canada or Mexico, your plan calls for you to do _______ (whatever that might be).


Minimum Capabilities:
Instant-on light for each member (a decently bright flashlight that doesn’t burn through batteries, like an LED light)
Area light (prefer safe LED or fluorescent instead of flame-based light)
Spotlight, handheld, battery powered (see Alternate Energy)

Extended Capabilities:
Provide power to all normal light for home with Alternative Energy.
Spare parts for all lights (bulbs, etc.)

LED lights are preferred due to their lower consumption of battery power.

Navigation & Signaling

Minimum Capabilities:
Maps of surrounding area, including topo, road atlas, etc. (see also Information and Plans)
Compass, several quality instruments
Protractor, rulers, grid squares, alcohol-erase markers, pencils, grease pencils etc. for map use
Waterproof map cases, waterproofed maps, or maps covered in clear acetate
Extended Capabilities:
GPS with built-in mapping software and direct-entry of information (coordinates, descriptions, etc), preloaded with the appropriate maps
Power support for GPS (see Alternative Energy)

NBCP (Nuclear, Biological, Chemical, Particulate) Defense

Minimum Capabilities:
N100 or P100 masks/filters
Tyvek suits, including hood and over-boots
Nitrile gloves
Air filtration system capable of providing positive pressure in a saferoom area, with spare filters
EMP surge protectors on all sensitive equipment
Decontamination gear and supplies
6 mil plastic in rolls and metal tape for safe rooms plus back up materials
Potassium Iodine/Iodate (KI) tablets, enough for a minimum of 14 days for each person
Log book for noting exposures and readings, pencils, pens, calculator, ruler, log-log paper
Radiological Instruction manual (like “Fallout Survival” by Druce D. Clayton; FEMA)
Extended Capabilities:
Air filtration system capable of providing positive pressure to whole house, with spare filters
EMP surge protectors on all house outlets
Radiation meters (survey and dosimeters)
Fallout shelter
Air filtration system filters needs to be at least HEPA and possibly ULPA.
Quantities for the above are at your discretion
Do not expect to stay in any room that has been sealed up with plastic for more than a few hours unless you are providing filtered air into the room.

Personal Care & Sanitation

Minimum Capabilities:
Ability to handle human waste (ask yourself, “how and where am I going to go to the bathroom, and what am I going to do with it once I’ve finished?” and “Do I have enough toilet paper?”)
Two pairs of eyeglasses, both with current prescription
eyeglass retaining straps
Toiletries: Make sure you can do everything in the bathroom that you do on a daily basis, including:
bath / wash (soap)
brush teeth
take care of dentures
wash hands
clean contacts
trim nails
comb/brush hair
Keep skin from drying (lotion)
Tweeze hair
Clean ears
Blow/clean nose
Dry self (towels)
Feminine hygiene items
Garbage disposal and recycle/reuse
Plastic trash bags for waste both human and other to keep buckets clean
Deodorizers (Lysol, baking soda and vinegar, liquid porta-potty enzymes, etc.)
Lice/Nit comb.
Extended Capabilities:
More of everything above
Running hot water (see Alternate Energy and Water)
Running showers
Compost garbage and waste
Spare buckets
More plastic trash bags

Pets & Animals

Minimum Capabilities:
30 days of stored food and water for each pet
Ability to handle pet waste if pet cannot go outside for 30 days
Pet care needs, special medications, toys, etc for 30 days
Leashes and kennels for each animal
Tie-down stake
Pest control for pets
Shot / Vet record
Up-to-date shots
Extended Capabilities:
90 or more days of stored food and water for each pet, eventually working towards an indefinite supply for all pets
Ability to handle pet waste if pet cannot go outside for 90+ days
Pet care needs, special medications, toys, etc for 90+ days
Pet first-Aid kit
Tested recipes for pet food from stored and/or gathered food sources, food scraps, etc.

Shelter, Fire & Warmth

Minimum Capabilities:
Tent(s), enough tent space to contain all members and gear
Tarps, decent selection for general and miscellaneous use
Sleeping bag or other bedding of choice for each member, capable of keeping person warm in sub-freezing temperatures
Ability to make fire in, at least, 3 different ways
Spare sheets and blankets
Pillows (as needed)
Extended Capabilities:
Alternate heating source for home
Land Mobile – more durable and mobile sheltering system (e.g., camping trailer)
Shelter building tools (see Tools, Repair and Utility)
Shelter repair supplies: plywood, wood strips, plastic sheeting, screws, nails, etc. (see also Tools, Repair and Utility below)
Pre-cut plywood for covering windows if you are in a Hurricane area
Ability to repair and maintain your home: Plumbing, Electrical, Carpentry, Roofing, Fencing, Concrete, Welding, etc.

Stealth & Camouflage

Minimum Capabilities:
Keep quiet – do not tell anyone about your preparedness plans, equipment or supplies
Teach your children not to talk about your preparedness plans, equipment or supplies
Have ready and plausible reasons for what you’re doing (”I’m buying all this food for the church cookout this weekend.”)
Extended Capabilities:

Tools, Repair & Utility

Minimum Capabilities:
Buckets, with and without lids
Basic socket set
Basic screwdriver set
Basic wrench set
Basic set of saws (wood, metal, etc.)
Basic set of files
Basic wrench set
Tarp and plastic sheeting for temporary repair of roof, windows, and siding from storm damage. Large-head nails and wood strips to attach them
Multi-tool, quality construction
Wire (bailing and electrical)
Crimp connectors
Scissors (need several pair for different tasks; a good set of scissors is indispensable)
Soldering iron
Drill and drill bits
Measuring tool (tape measure, carpenter’s rule, etc.)
Repair/Mend clothing
Sewing kit
Clothes pins, wooden
Eyeglass repair kit

Extended Capabilities:
Gather & prepare fuel (axes, saws, splitter, etc.)
Supply of nails, screws, and some lumber for structural repair of house
Parts & tools to repair critical plumbing items
Spare buckets, with and without lids
Welding setup

This is one of the exceptions where this lists actual items. The reason is that the tool is often the action; for example, it’s easier to say “hammers” instead of “ability to hammer.”
Some of the items above may require the use of electrical power (see Alternate Energy)


Minimum Capabilities:
Keep all vehicles in good repair
Four wheel drive on main vehicle, or traction-enhanced (locking differentials, etc.)
Main vehicle needs to be able to carry everyone in family, including a minimum of gear and supplies for 1 week
Main vehicle needs to run on standardized fuel (gasoline, diesel), not specialized fuel (high octane, bio-mix, propane,etc.)
Stored fuel for one full tank (e.g., if your vehicle’s tank holds 20 gallons, store 20 gallons) in man-portable containers
‘Fix a flat’ or Slime
Self-vulcanizing plug kit
Air compressor (12 VDC)
Hose clamps, various sizes (or hose wrap or duct tape)
Siphon hose
Funnels (keep in mind that a funnel for your fuel tank will probably be different from the ones that you use under the hood)
Full-sized spare tire
Emergency road equipment (flares, warning reflectors, etc.)
Navigation (maps, GPS, etc.), stored in vehicle
Basic spare parts (hoses, belts, sparks plugs, fasteners, etc.)
Extra fluids (oil, coolant, transmission fluid, washer fluid, etc.)
Tool kit, stored in vehicle
Fire extinguisher
Jumper cables
Recovery strap/tow rope
Extended Capabilities:
Extended fuel storage
Additional spare parts for vehicle


Minimum Capabilities:
Stored water for 30 days
Ability to (conveniently) transfer water out of bulk containers
Purify / disinfect water from the 30-day storage
Pre-filter / purify / disinfect water for an additional 30 days from gathered water
Gather small quantities of water (less than 30 gallons at a time)
Dedicated “dirty water ” containers* equal to about 30 gallons, plus additional containers to catch rain water
Spigot-controlled water (on / off valve)
Catch waste water for reuse as grey-water or black-water, small scale (buckets, etc)
Have 5-day supply stored in containers that are easy to move when full
Portable capability to pre-filter / purify / disinfect water for additional 30 days or more
Extended Capabilities:
Stored water for 90 days or more
Backup ability to (conveniently) transfer water out of bulk containers
Pre-filter / purify / disinfect large quantities of water (bulk chlorine, gravity/drip filter, etc.)
Gather large quantities of water, in excess of 100 gallons at a time
Dedicated “dirty water” containers* 100 gallons or more
Pressurize lines to feed water to one or more locations
Catch waste water for reuse as grey-water or black-water, large-scale
Well water system with alternative energy to keep it running (see Alternate Energy)
Quantities listed are per person
Know how much water each person consumes per day while performing strenuous activity; use this to calculate how much water you need.
*A dedicated “dirty water” container is what you use to collect and store raw water before you purify and/or disinfect it. They should always be kept separate from “clean water” containers.
A spigot-controlled water supply can be as simple as an Aquatainer.
“Gray Water” is water from sinks and showers that can be used for gardening, flushing toilets, etc.
“Black Water” is water that contains animal, human, or food waste

Weather Information

Minimum Capabilities:
NOAA weather radio
Basic understanding of clouds, weather systems and storms typical in your area
Weather reference book or poster
Thorough understanding of weather related alerts, watches and warnings
Extended Capabilities:
Handheld weather measurement instruments
Powered Weather monitoring station
Attend Weather Spotter class/participate in area SKYWARN activities/training

"The time for war has not yet come, but it will come and that soon, and when it does come, my advice is to draw the sword and throw away the scabbard." Gen. T.J. Jackson, March 1861
Re: Preparedness Capability Checklist – Minimum & Extended Levels #101099
03/07/2012 09:31 PM
03/07/2012 09:31 PM


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