Our Prepping Goals for This YearIt’s that time of year again when everyone starts making new years resolutions, only to be forgotten about before January even ends. I stopped making resolutions years ago, but I do set a few prepping goals each year, and look back at the goals I had the year before.

I always try to set a few preparedness goals each year because it helps me stay focused on the things that matter to me. Over the course of a year, it can be easy to get caught in the quagmire of different prepping topics and new prepping gear, leading us to lose sight of the big picture.

Setting a few prepping goals each year helps me stay focused on what’s important, and keep my prepping priorities straight. Some of these are easy to attain goals, and some are long term goals where I asses my progress throughout the year.

SPP234 Our Prepping Goals for This Year


This week Lisa and I decided to share with everyone our preparedness goals for the upcoming year. The thought behind this show was to give everyone some ideas, or even a little motivation to become better prepared in 2018.

My Goals…

These may change a little throughout the year, but here are some of my goals that we talked about in the show…

Hands on Learning

Take 3 Classes: My goal this year is to do some more “hands-on”. I want to take a few actual classes instead of watching YouTube videos, and practicing in the back year.  Here are the 3 classes that top my list this year.

Tactical Shooting: At some point thins year I want to take a shooting class (or a few) that isn’t just stationary targets. I think quite a few of us overstate our shooting ability, and hitting a moving target is much more difficult than hitting a stationary one.

CERT Training: I’m not sure how deep I want to go with this, but I at least want to get the training. As their website says: “The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.”

Prepper Camp: We’ve already purchased tickets for Prepper Camp this year, so this should be an easy to attain goal. The great thing about Prepper Camp is that it is a weekend full of preparedness classes, and an opportunity to meet others in the preparedness community.

My 3 Priorities This Year

Ham Radio: This year I plan on getting more involved with ham radio. Almost every year, I say the same thing only to work with it for a month and then slowly lose interest. My solution for this (hopefully) is to join a ham radio club in my area.

Solar Power: This year I want to set up a battery bank for Lisa’s barn. The reason I want to set it up in the barn is because right now we run electric cords out to power the lights, water heater and electric fence. This seems like a perfect opportunity to actually use it, rather than having it sit in the garage.

Canning: I recently purchased the Carey Pressure Canner, and I’m basically playing around with canning. This year I want to incorporate canning into our food storage and prepping diet. I also want to get an outdoor burner and an All American Pressure Canner.

A Few More Goals

Bug Out Vehicle: When I say bug out vehicle I don’t mean the biggest baddest truck I can find, because I can’t afford that. What I want to do is purchase an old beat up truck, fix it up, and basically do whatever I want to it. If I want to add a plow that can bulldoze a concrete building I can! And Lisa can’t say a damn thing about it.

More Outdoor Activities: This is a goal I have every year, and there isn’t a set number. Every year I say I want to go camping and hiking more often. Sometimes it happens, and sometimes it doesn’t. Outdoor activities are a great way to hone your preparedness skills, spend time with the family, and learn what it’s like to live without the conveniences at home.

Get Healthier: This is another one that is a goal each and every year, but most of the time I fail. As we get older, the things we think we can do (or used to be able to do) and the things we can do change. Being healthy means being able to to those things for a little bit longer.

Organization: Each year it seems like I am great at being organized for a while, and then I let off the gas pedal. The longer you prepare, the more supplies you are bound to have, and being organized become more important.

Lisa’s Goals

Survival Garden: Lisa has plans on putting together a small version of a Survival Garden this year. Some of her goals involve composting (Back yard, garden beds), planting a couple of fruit trees, and planting a few companion plants.

Fence Entire Property: She wants to fence off the entire property because right now we just have the back yard fenced. This sounds more like she has a goal for ME to fence the property. but hey, happy wife, happy life.

Driveway Gate: Lisa has wanted to put in a driveway gate for some time now to add a little more security, and to make it a little harder for anyone to get to the front door. This is another one that sounds like Dale is getting put to work.

Outdoor Activities: Along the same lines as my goal for more camping and hiking, which sounds like a great goal to me.

Walking: Lisa wants to try and go on longer walks at least twice a week. In the show I asked her what “longer” meant, and she said a mile at the very least.

More Range Time: Lisa wants to start going to the gun range a couple of times a month. This is another one that is just fine with me, because when she goes, I usually get invited.

Skills: Lisa wants to focus on 1 skill per month and either expand on an existing skill, or learn a new skill. This is what we call “just in time learning” meaning not getting distracted by everything else, and focusing on the task at hand.

What are Your Goals?

If you have anything to add, let us know in the comments below. I think it’s important to set preparedness goals for ourselves because even it we don’t reach them, at least were trying. If your not taking steps forward, you’re never going to get anywhere.


Survival and being prepared should not only be a passion, it should be a lifestyle. The definition of a prepper is "An individual or group that prepares or makes preparations in advance of, or prior to, any change in normal circumstances, without substantial resources from outside sources" Like the Government, police etc. I don't believe that the end of the world will be the "end of the world" I believe it will be the end of the world as we know it now. You can also find me on Google Plus and Twitter

    2 replies to "Our Prepping Goals for This Year"

    • Robert

      Sounds like you both have some great Goals. I joined CERT in my town also, it ok… our city mostly has it in case of a hurricane.
      an Active Shooter course would be a lot of fun. it teaches you to work more off muscle memory. you will find you will hit your target everytime. I was a firearms instructor for a long time before before took a active shooter / clearing room drill.

    • Jan the canner

      Canning. You might want to start with an inexpensive water bath canner. You can do most fruits in that (jams, jelly). It is most of the things you will get from your garden at first. Then get a dehydrator.Perfect for so many things you will probably need. The All American would be last on my list (and is last) because it is SO expensive. Until I know I am committed (and after two years I still am not committed), I won’t put that type of money into one object. You need to collect lots and lots of jars and lids. That will take up most of your money for one year. :).

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