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Friday, September 4, 2009
Monthly rotation and checklist.
Time for the monthly rotation checklist. I've adapted this from alpharubicon's site (they have more info than I can ever read). Usually do this the first Friday of every month (you pick best time for you). Some of these actions may only pertain to those living in a moist (and in my case salty) environment. If you have a suggestion of what to add...let me know!
____Check water supply. ____ Check storage containers for leaks, mold, etc. ____Check function of hand pumps. ____Rotate water if needed (every 6 months if possible..use to flush toilet or water garden. (CAUTION! If water was treated with chems such as chlorine DONOT use to water plants!)
____Food storage. ____Rotate...oldest front, new to back. ____Check expiration dates. ____Check for leaks, pest infestation. ____Replace used or defective items.
____Weapons check. ____Inspect for rust, mold. ____Check stock/grip for damage/cracks. ____Lubricate. ____Rotate/inspect ammo and mags. (Range time!..woohoo!) ____Check slings and holsters for fraying and mold. ____Check cleaning kit supplies.
____Personal Go bag/vehicle bag (not large/main BOBs) ____Inspect contents, for mold, expiration..rotate as needed.
____ Medical ____Check first aid kits for expired meds. ____Inspect bandages and wraps for package frays/tears....loss of sterile integrity. ____Check supply of prescribed meds.
____Vehicles ____Check tires and fluids. ____Check hoses, filters and cables for fraying, clogs or pest infestation (they like to make nests and chew wires). ____Check tool kit (missing parts, rust, mold etc.)
____Home ____Check smoke, CO2 detectors, intrusion alarms. ____Lube window and door locks (important in coastal areas). ____Virus scan computers and system backup. ____ 360 exterior inspection. ____Check battery supply.
3-6 Month checks:
____NBC ____ Inspect masks and suits, gloves, boots for tears, mold, infestations. ____ CHeck expiration dates and seals on unused filters. ____ Inspect and test NBC detection devices (remember to store batteries outside units when unit in storage mode).
____BOB/ BIN (Bugout/Bug In bags/boxes) "The big stuff" ____ Inspect contents for mold infestation. ____Rotate out expired contents. ____Inspect temp. shelter or tear, mold, infestation. ____Inspect sanitation items (personal hygene, porta pooper, TP, fem. products, etc.)
____Misc. ____Inspect back up communication devices. ____Inspect tools for mold, rust, wood deterioration (apply linseed oil). ____Inspect BO route... has it changed (construction etc.). ____Inspect BOL is everything still the same? ____Rotate batteries in flashlights, check bulbs. ____Rotate/inspect fuel supply (gasoline, liquid gas, wood pile, etc.).
____ Test (partial or full) this should be done a minimum of once a year quarterly is best (you pick the scenario). ____Full Bug in test....cut the power...cut the water....no using the toilet (unles you have septic) for one weekend. ____Full Bug out test (family camping trip!!!)... 3 days min.