PLANNING: Preparedness Capability Checklist – Minimum & Extended Levels


Preparedness Capability Checklist

Emergency-Preppers-Checklist-2The 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
  • Notes:
    • The plans for expedient antennas is for reference. You should practice building these antennas.

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Updated: June 26, 2014 — 11:49 pm

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Rich Fleetwood

Rich is the founder of SurvivalRing, now in it's 24th year, author of multimedia CDs and DVDs, loves the outdoors, his family, his geeky skill-set, and lives in rural southern Wyoming, just below the continental divide (long story, that...). Always ready to help others, he shares what he learns on multiple blogs, many social sites, and more. With a background in preparedness and survival skills, training with county, state, and national organizations, and skills in all areas of media and on air experience in live radio and television, Rich is always thinking about the "big picture", when it comes to helping individuals and families prepare for life's little surprises.

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