Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Things to do this month - October
___ 1) Get your Bug Out Vehicle in Bug-Out condition.
___ 2) Learn both people and animal tracking skills.
___ 3) After paying off your consumer debt, make a plan to pay off your car loan and home mortgage.
___ 4) Have a “no spend” week (or better yet, a “no spend” month). Don’t spend any money at all for one week.
___ 5) Make sure your preparedness supplies are complete and safely stored where you can easily retrieve them.
___ 6) Watch the weather. Old timers didn’t need to news to predict the weather, they learned natural ways of forecasting. Learn these skills.
___ 7) Learn how to hustle for extra cash (ie: billiards, darts, poker, arm wrestling, etc).
___ 8) Under each bed in your home put a working flashlight, a pair of work gloves, a pair of shoes for the person who usually sleeps there, a whistle, and on the second floor or higher, a rope ladder to escape from the room in case of fire.
___ 9) Should you sell any electronics (a cell, IPod, or PDA on EBay perhaps) be sure to completely erase all data on it first.
___ 10) Prepare your car for winter driving. In addition to your basic supplies (tool box, first aid kit, BOB) include tire chains, a shovel, a blanket, etc.
___ 11) Place a list of emergency information next to each phone. Include address, emergency number (usually 911),
number, name of all family members and their cell phone numbers, name and number of a neighbor or nearby friend, and other emergency contact numbers. Poison Center
___ 12) Set in motion a plan to achieve one huge goal (ie: a PhD, a black belt in martial arts, earning a million dollars, etc) and work to achieve it.
___ 13) Consider hiring a staff to help you be more efficient (ie: gardener, housekeeper, secretary, personal assistant, driver, etc).
___ 14) Put together a kit to help you change your appearance in an instant (hair dye, a wig, glasses, fake facial hair, make up, etc.).
___ 15) Make your own home page for the internet.
___ 16) Consider purchasing land and creating a retreat/vacation home in a foreign country.
___ 17) Consider becoming certified in various fields of work (ie: real estate, midwifery, truck driving, hair cutting/barber, etc.).
___ 18) Get a pre-paid cell phone (it should not be connected to your name in any way).
___ 19) Incorporate basic vitamins, calisthenics, and lots of water into your daily health routine.
___ 20) Encourage wildlife on your property (winter salt lick, pond for ducks, bird feeder, etc).
___ 21) Spend a weekend with your family learning “old time” skills (leather craft, knitting, wood working, quilting, etc.).
___ 22) Learn how to drive and navigate confidently through a large city (
New York, LA, , etc.). Paris
___ 23) Become fluent in at least two other foreign languages.
___ 24) Spend time with people who do daily tasks differently than your average American (ie: the Amish, recent immigrants, Native Americans).
___ 25) Fix any physical problems you have if possible (ie: Lasic surgery instead of glasses, a diet/exercise regimen to lower blood pressure and blood glucose, any necessary surgeries you have been putting off, needed dental work, etc).
___ 26) Watch “disaster” type documentaries on TV (A&E, TLC and the History channel have lots of these) and figure out ways these disasters could have been avoided/mitigated.
___ 27) Get your garden ready for winter. Till, add compost, cover crop, etc.
___ 28) Always carry a buck knife, pocket knife or multi-function tool with you at all times.
___ 29) Make sure your sleeping area is as secure as possible (have a smoke alarm in the room, a lockable door, windows that can be secured when both opened and closed, a telephone nearby, a flashlight under the bed, an escape plan, etc.).
___ 30) Make it a habit to eat only healthy food everyday. Skip the over-processed, high fat/salt/sugar foods, plus any other foods you are particularly sensitive to (dairy, nuts, etc.).
___ 31) Set up an elaborate “haunted house” for the neighbor kids (ie: moving displays, remote controlled moving things, mannequins, etc).