Preparedness Notes: To-go Binder

Your To-go Binder should consist of information gathered from various sources both online and offline. I recommend a binder that will last long and withstand weather and rough handling conditions. Also, you might want or somehow waterproof your binder or use waterproof paper and ink. You can also use those clear plastic three-ring envelopes, whatever you think is best for you to work with. Always label the index tabs and organize your information for easy accessibility. What you put in your To-go Binder should be relevant information for you to use in all situations. For example, not limited to, but an emergency situation like evacuating because of a Hurricane. You would want important information in your To-go binder; important documents such as birth certificates, emergency contacts, insurance info, medical documents, etc. You can always expand your To-go Binder and add more information relating to survival. For example, instructions on how to purify water, identify edible plants, trapping skills, etc. I would recommend having a map of the area or an egress route to your bug-out location. But also keep in mind, this binder is full of information that you want to keep safe and protect. There are a lot of websites providing information about To-go, Survival, or Bug-out Binders. You can choose from many examples but make sure it’s practical for all situations.

If you are not sure what information to add to your To-go Binder or where to start, here’s a website that I use often, Survivalblog.com. You can also find this link on the sidebar of my Blog.

For an idea, Here are my contents of my To-go Binder (always adding/reorganizing):

  1. Emergency Contacts
  2. Financial Information
  3. Copies of Vital Documents
  4. Medical Information
  5. Legal Documents
  6. Insurance
  7. Others – Emergency Plan, List of vital websites/passwords, Keys to vehicles, homes, storages, Evacuation Checklist, Maps, Photos, Cash, etc.
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Preparedness Notes: Skills Assessment

Interested in survivalism? The first thing you should do is brutally be honest about your skills. Take a self-assessment on your survival skills. Ask your self these questions: What areas are you most skilled? What areas are you lacking and need improvements? If an emergency situation comes up, Are you bugging-out or bugging-in? Do you have survival gear and do you know how to use them? You cannot accumulate items and not know how to use them. It is best to know how to use your gear and often practice their uses to avoid panic and further mishaps. Here’s a list of skills you should acquire and practice:

  1. Food Processing – Learn to prepare survival foods.
  2. Bulk Food Storage – Learn to properly store and rotate food.
  3. Emergency Medical Care – Learn a sufficient medical training (CPR, First Aid, Herbal Medicine, and EMT.
  4. Gardening – Learn to grow food.
  5. Preserving Food – Learn food preservation skills (Can, Dry, Smoke, Cure, Pickle, Bury, Vaccum-Pack, etc.).
  6. Hunting – Learn to hunt for food.
  7. Trapping – Learn to trap for food. Save time for other things.
  8. Firearms Repair – Learn about gunsmithing.
  9. Self-Defense – Learn Hand-to-Hand Combat techniques
  10. Firearms Proficiency – Learn to properly use a firearm; marksmanship.
  11. Water Purification – Learn to find and purify water.
  12. Using Tools – Have the tools…learn how to use them properly (hand tools, survival gear).
  13. Livestock – Learn how to raise livestock (Large or small) for food, trade, resources.
  14. Power – Learn about alternative energies and how to build homemade electrical generators.
  15. Investing – Accumulate some barter skills/goods (ammo, pocket knives, a limited amount of silver and gold, liquor, etc.).

You should be honest about what you know and what the skills you lack. Start by learning those skills and practice every chance you get because when you find yourself in an SHTF situation, it’ll be too late.

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Essential Skills: Sewing

Sewing, a skill that was beneficial back in the day. Wait a minute, it’s a skill you should still have and master it. Knowing how to sew can come in handy. It is better to repair something than spend the money. For example, let’s say you have a hole in a sock. Why would you trash it when you can repair it? Save your money for something better. What if your in a emergency situation and there’s no way to call for help? Wounds need stitches. Power is out and you can’t use the sewing machine. Learn how to sew by hand. Think of sewing as a survival skill, an essential skill that you should know and need when in a SHTF situation.