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Building a 30-day Preparedness Plan: Creating a common-sense plan for surviving and thriving when the unexpected occurs is intended to provide people new to the issue with the essentials – the essential topics and a simple strategy for addressing each one. You’ll learn about the critical issues involved and get practical guidance and checklists to help you prepare for a limited number of scenarios.

We’ll look at each of the following topics in turn, discussing key considerations and offering guidance on handling a three-, seven-, and thirty-day crisis:

  • Water
  • Food
  • Heat
  • Shelter
  • Power
  • Security
  • Financial
  • Medical
  • Communication
  • Hygiene and Sanitation
  • Entertainment

We’ll also cover critical questions you may face, including whether you should stay where you are or leave (which some call “bugging out”) and how you might build an active community response which will make it easier to address your challenges.

And finally, knowing that cost is always a consideration, we’ll focus on the lowest-cost options for preparing, but also note products that might offer convenience or additional capacity. Note that we do not accept commissions or endorsements for products; any products noted here by name are solely the result of personal experience, and not a commission or other payment.