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Levels of Preparedness


I made a list to be a guide for myself and others on how to prepare for the future and a more systematic method. It’s not a strict list of rules.  This list was intended for my preparedness/mutual assistance group.  But you can use it for individual preparedness as well. 

The levels are something that I just made up. They don’t necessarily mean anything, like the points on Who’s Line Is It Anyways. They’re just there to be a guideline on a reasonable order to do things in.  Many of us, myself included, want to do the cool things of buying guns and ammunition before making sure we have enough food available and food preservation techniques in place 1st. So the levels help us organize those things in a more rational method. But that doesn’t mean that just because you’re on level 2 you can’t work on stuff from level 4 as well. Feel free to skip around as you see fit.  But keep in mind that you need to take care of the most likely priorities 1st. 

And like I said earlier this is designed for my preparedness and mutual assistance group.  My group has several families in it. So some of the stuff should be for every individual, like storing food and developing skills. Other things can just be one person in the family, like owning an AR and storing ammunition, not to say that the whole family can’t do that as well. Use this as a guide to help your family make our own list. 

Most prepping groups require people to meet certain requirements before they can join, like having a year’s worth of food.  Personally I would rather have good people that are working towards being more prepared.  I created this list so that we can hold ourselves and each other accountable to becoming more prepared and not slowly becoming just a social club.

Level 1

Come to 10 meetings

Come to 4 out of every 5 meetings

Simple EDC



Develop a healthy diet Plan

Develop a exercise plan

Develop a Spending plan

Start to develop skills that interest you 

      Like These:

First Aid


Wilderness Survival

Food Preservation


Storing Dry Goods


Freeze Drying

Fire Starting







Energy Production

Mechanical and Repair Skills


Bartering and Trade

Herbal Medicine

Situation and Cleaning



Water Collection


Community Building

Level 2

Level 1 for a year 

EDC bag

      Extra battery

      Phone charger

      1st aid kit


      Water bottle and filter

Basic emergency Kit

      Phone charger and cables

    Pen and paper





    Water bottle


Start eating a healthy diet 

Start exercises

Start using Budget 

Learn gun safety

Food storage plan 

Water storage plan

Start Gardening

Backup power plan 

Backup heating plan 

Backup cooking plan

Start teaching others skills 

Life insurance/power of attorney/ final wishes 

Documentation package

        Important numbers


Repair Companies

Insurance Companies


Maps with 3 routes to 3 locations with 3 rally points

Read 5 books

Level 3

Level 2 for a year 

Car kit

      Jumper cables

Tool kit



Tire Inflater

Plug Kit


BOB (Bug Out Bag)

    Sleeping pad

    Poncho liner that you can wear (like this) or sleeping bag and warm clothes 

    Poncho or other rain gear and shelter 

    Clothing (mostly socks and underwear)



    Water Purification 

    Am/fm radio 

    Extra battery 

    Cook kit

   First aid kit




   550 cord

   Tent Stakes

Maintain Diet

Maintain Exercise

Maintain Budget

Learn Pistol Marksmanship

Learn Pistol Maintenance

Store 30 Days of Food 

30 Days of Extra Medication

50% of Water Plan

Have a $1000 Emergency Fund 

Expand Garden

Start Composing 

Start Backup Power 

Start Backup heating 

Start Backup cooking plan

Be in charge of one of your skill areas

Berkey water filter

2 way radios

Read 10 books 

 Level 4

Level 3 for 6 months 

Get a pistol 

     Glock 17 mag compatible 



Learn rifle marksmanship

Learn rifle maintenance

Store 60 days of food

100% water plan

30 day emergency fund

50% of power plan

50% of heating plan

50% of cooking plan

Be in charge of multiple skill areas 

Buy local meat from a farm

Area study

        What Hazardous Chemicals are Used or Stored in the Area

What Roads Are Used For Shipping

Prevailing Winds

Crime Statistics


Starting plants from seeds

25 books 

Level 5

Get rifle

     AR 15 in 5.56



     3 magazines

Store 90 days of food 

90 days emergency fund

75% of power plan 

75% of heating plan 

75 % of cooking plan

Start meat production 

Seed saving

Read 50 books

Level 6

Stocked RV

Minute man kit 

    Rifle (ar15 with light and sling)

    Pistol with light 

    5 rifle mags

    2 Pistol mags



    Cleaning kit





300 rounds of 9mm

500 round of 5.56

Belt or chest rig

Self defense (Marshall arts)

Store 180 days of food 

100% of power plan 

100% of heating plan 

100% of cooking plan 

Get out of unnecessary debt

Store food for livestock 

Read 100 books

Level 7

Bug out location

500 rounds of 9mm

1000 rounds of 5.56

Produce livestock food

Read 200 books