Weekly Assignment — Inventory Emergency Kits

Starting today, every Monday I will give you a weekly assignment. This homework is designed to keep you thinking about preparedness and working toward it. No one will be looking over your shoulder to make sure you complete each week’s assignment. But, by following along and completing the tasks, you’ll be all the better for it.

This week, I want you to do a complete inventory and inspection of every one of your emergency kits. Get your bug out bag out of your trunk and empty it. Inspect every item, checking for signs of wear or damage. Rotate your food and water. Resharpen any bladed tools. Check the expiration dates on first aid kit contents and food items.

Go through your home emergency kit and replace all batteries. Make sure everything that is supposed to be in there still is present and accounted for. We all have a tendency to grab things out of the kits and not put them back.

If for some reason you don’t have a bug out bag or home emergency kit yet, now is a great time to get them assembled. I’ve done several blog posts on how to do this. Just do a search for bug out bag to find those posts.

Please comment below with how you did with this assignment.

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Jim Cobb

Jim Cobb has been a student of survivalism and emergency preparedness for almost thirty years. As a young child, he drove his parents nuts with stockpiling supplies in the basement every time he heard there was a tornado watch in his area. Of course, being a child, those supplies consisted of his teddy bear, a few blankets and pillows, and random canned goods he grabbed from the kitchen cabinets. Later, he was the first (and likely only) child in his fifth grade class to have bought his very own copy of Life After Doomsday by Bruce Clayton. Today, he is a freelance writer whose work has been published in national magazines such as Boy’s Life and Complete Survivalist Magazine. He is a voracious reader with a keen interest in all stories with post-apocalyptic settings. He maintains the Library at the End of the World blog and is also the Content Director for SurvivalWeekly.com. He currently resides in a fortified bunker in the upper Midwest, accompanied by his lovely wife and their three adolescent Weapons of Mass Destruction. Jim's first book, Prepper's Home Defense, was published late 2012 and his second book, tentatively titled The Prepper's Complete Guide to Disaster Readiness, will be out in mid-2013, both coming from Ulysses Press.

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  1. What types of foods are available with no expiration dates? Freeze dried, vacuum-packed foods? Canned in glass jars? Specific brands of survival foods?

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