8 Fall Back Prepping Chores

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com

Sunday, November 6th is the end of Daylight Savings Time for 2016, in which most of the country sets their clocks back by an hour.

Besides resetting all your watches and clocks, today is also a good day to  do a little maintenance on your emergency supplies.

Do these chores today

  • Check the batteries in your flashlights, touch lamps and other emergency lighting and replace if the battery is looking weak.  While your at it, check your watches, clocks, radios and anything else that needs batteries.  It is not worth it to wait until the battery is completely dead, as it will leak and ruin your equipment.
  • Test the freshness of loose batteries and replenish your stash.
  • If you have solar batteries, leave them out in the sun to get a full charge.  They won’t work if you’ve been keeping them in a dark drawer or closet.
  • Examine your canned food and other stored foods and check their expiration dates.  Use up the ones that are getting close to expiration and replace them this weekend.
  • Back up any new photos and documents you may have generated since the last time you backed up your computer.   Add documents to your memory stick if you haven’t already.
  • Pepper spray has a shelf life of about 3 years or so.   If you carry pepper spray, plan to replace them before they become inactive.  You definitely want them to work properly when you need them the most.
  • Go through your First Aid kit and replace any expired medicines.
  • Check your “go bag” and make sure the clothes are appropriate for the current season.  Replace any kids’ clothing that have been outgrown.
  • Inspect your car survival kit and replace any items you used up such as tire sealant, trash bags, first aid supplies, etc.
  • Check the caulking around your doors and windows.  Get your building maintenance to do the necessary repairs before the weather gets colder.

Even if your state does not participate in Daylight Savings Time, you will hear about it anyway, so just make it a point to do a supply and gear check this weekend.


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  1. Check your smoke detectors. If they are battery-operated, swap out the batteries. Check all types to be sure they are working.

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