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Is It Really Possible To Be OVER-Prepared? (nope!)

Commercial Real Estate Agent with Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker AZ BR 528507000

Preparedness has always been a top-of-mind thought around here . . . we are due south of two dams, and if someone hit either one we'd have about 20 minutes to get to higher ground - which is about how long it would take to get there.

Make your emergency plan, stock your bug-out bag with essential survival items, etc. that you'd need for a few days. 

But what if the disaster is not an 'act of God' but of man?

Example: One good EMP could knock out a power grid. That's wayyy beyond 'an inconvenience'! And in case you think I'm wearing a tinfoil hat, Forbes Magazine recently published an article on the potential damage. Read it for yourself.

Some additional points:

Have COPIES of insurance policies, IDs and important paperwork (wills, trusts, deeds, etc.) 

Be mindful of your pets. A good idea is to have a picture of you with your pet(s) just in case you are separated, to affirm ownership. Have pets microchipped and the information stored in hard copy for your bug-out bag. 

Medications are important - see if your pharmacist/insurance/PCP can approve 60-90-180 days' worth of needed meds so you have backup there.


And CASH. A good amount, if you can stash it. 

Here are over 100 stock up items to consider having in case of an extreme emergency. No you may not need all, and city folks or HOAs may preclude having chickens, LOL . . . . but see if there are items on this long list that would make sense to have:

The author of this list is clearly 'an extreme prepper' and is also retired military and LEO . . . it's comprehensive indeed.

But the more prepared, the less need to worry. 


Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Candice,

As you basically stated.  You can never be too prepared! When it looked like we were having supply chain problems, my husband ordered 3 month supply of food and water that can be stored for 25 years if necessary.  The water can only be stored for 2 years.

This is a very comprehensive list to digest for one's needs.  Pick and choose what works best for you.  I am going to bookmark this for future reference. 

Thank you so much! 

Aug 14, 2023 06:13 PM
Candice A. Donofrio

Yeah, I have a good stockpile of supplies . . . 4Patriots is a great resource for MREs and other survival goods! 
Last Labor Day Weekend we had a wicked storm come through and literally snap power poles up and down the parkway and highway like matchsticks! I was able to loan my portable solar backup generator to neighbors (some were down for a week!) so it came in very handy. Our power grid here has been upgraded recently but I'm thinking I'm getting a bigger generator 'just in case' . . .

Aug 15, 2023 05:34 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

As I learned in the Girl Scouts six plus decades ago "be prepared." This is an amazing list... one of the best I've ever seen. Thanks for sharing it. Most people would be way ahead of the game if they followed 50% of it.

Aug 15, 2023 05:58 AM
Candice A. Donofrio

EXACTLY! It's a lot but even a few things could make one more comfortable and healthy in an unpleasant situation.

Aug 15, 2023 06:43 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I am glad that I live in an area where we don't seem to need to be prepared for natural disasters but I do realize that anything can happen.

Aug 15, 2023 06:35 AM
Candice A. Donofrio

What do you call our border invasion? ACK
We do seem to avoid a lot here, blessed be! 

Aug 15, 2023 06:42 AM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089

Brian England Start preparing for the water to run out!  😜

Aug 15, 2023 08:11 PM
Brian England

The Earth is 70% water, how could we run out Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089

Aug 16, 2023 03:54 AM
Candice A. Donofrio

I think she is talking about low water levels in our big lakes and River . . . we can ABSOLUTELY use some DRENCHING monsoons for like a month straight! LOL (and now we're all prepared) 

Aug 17, 2023 06:56 AM
Liz and Bill Spear
Transaction Alliance 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
Transaction Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

We have the ability to get by for some time in our home (and keep feeding our cats and dogs for quite some time too).
For our next place, being self-sufficient as possible is high on our list, but if we get to the point of an EMP burst, things are going to go downhill quickly.  My understanding is that would wipe out our solar panels and battery storage, and that outdoor wood burning furnace needs some electricity to run the circ pumps and blower motor. 
Sometimes I have to wonder when is enough, enough?  A back up for the back up for the back up?  Short of hitting the lottery, there's a limit to how much any of us can expend on preparing for various scenarios.

Aug 15, 2023 12:29 PM
Candice A. Donofrio

Yep! We have a lot of conveniences we will miss if SHTF!

Aug 16, 2023 04:53 AM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

That's quite a list!  It's hard to be completely prepared, but even enough supplies for a few weeks is a great start.  It's awful how dependent we all are on the internet.

Aug 15, 2023 08:07 PM
Candice A. Donofrio

And the bombardment of electronics is definitely something we should try to take breaks from whenever possible! 

Aug 16, 2023 04:53 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Great advice, Candice. It seems we are being reminded more and more often about the value of being prepared with the disasters that have been happening, and the disadvantages of not being so.


Aug 15, 2023 08:13 PM
Candice A. Donofrio

Yep! There's a definite consciousness raising in recent years . . . 

Aug 16, 2023 04:54 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

One cannot be overprepared for emergencies, but also need to keep some semblance of balance. 

A few years back, we lost power for a week in winter.  It took creativity to be able to get through it, and allowed for careful thought as to what should be on hand in case it happens again.

Aug 16, 2023 05:58 AM
Candice A. Donofrio

A week is a long time for sure! 

Aug 16, 2023 06:05 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Congratulations on your featured post!  A GREAT idea of anyone, no matter where you live.  Having been through a few tornadoes in Kansas, this hits home at a time when neighbors would gather in our basement! 

Aug 16, 2023 09:30 AM
Candice A. Donofrio

In over 20 years I've seen maybe THREE homes (and a commercial building) with a basement! 

Aug 17, 2023 06:57 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Hey, being married to a quadriplegic, 'Preparedness' is my middle name but, good GOSH what an extreme list!! LOL

Seriously, thank you so much for sharing this list, Candice. I can't believe you have a 20-minute drive to safety - that is SCARY. I am sure you are prepared!

Aug 16, 2023 10:16 AM
Candice A. Donofrio

Yeah it would be a race to higher ground . . . we're only 500 ft elevation but up the hill is 3500+ 

Aug 17, 2023 06:58 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Candice- Having lived in FL and back here in TX, we always stay prepared. I do have a bug-out bag as well. Even though I always keep staples in stock, since 2020, I have a larger inventory. After the 2021 freeze we had, we now have a generator. I remember after one of the hurricanes in FL, even after everyone was reminded to have at least 3 days worth of supplies, there were still people the day after the hurricane complaining they had no water. We are responsible for being prepared. 

Aug 18, 2023 05:13 PM
Candice A. Donofrio

Absolutely! I don't know how Floridians could DO hurricanes - my late MIL never gave it a second thought and they always were fine . . . there's a predictive astrologer I've taken classes from and follow on SM, he's been saying have 3 MONTHS cash and supplies for 'whatever', and I do. My husband was like that and my TX prepper BF is like that on steroids! LOL I'm still not living in a fort, we have an understanding! 

Aug 20, 2023 06:56 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Aug 19, 2023 07:09 PM
Candice A. Donofrio

Thank you ♎💖 !!!

Aug 20, 2023 06:56 AM
Kathy Streib

Candice A. Donofrio forgot to add, don't have all of your cash in 100s either. Have 20s, 10's, etc. 

Aug 20, 2023 05:11 PM
Candice A. Donofrio

Yeah having smaller bills is important, who knows who would have change?

Aug 21, 2023 04:58 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

This is a list to bookmark and prepare - thanks for highlighting it I missed it when it was featured so I am glad that Kathy Schowe brought it back.

Aug 20, 2023 06:10 AM
Candice A. Donofrio

Glad you caught it! 💖

Aug 20, 2023 06:57 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Thank you for the sage advice and the thorough list.  I hope none of us have to ever use it, but I do believe it is better to be safe than sorry.

Aug 20, 2023 07:02 AM
Candice A. Donofrio

Not having to use it, but knowing you have it in case brings a lot of peace of mind!

Aug 20, 2023 07:19 AM
Eileen Burns 954.483.3912
Trans State Commercial Realty Inc. - Fort Lauderdale, FL
FLorida Real Estate Connector

Love your list Candice A. Donofrio I will add a few more:

if you stay home, fill your bathtub with water for flushing the toilet. 

Give each person in the household a face cloth in a zip lock bag for the steamy FL humidity if the power goes out to refresh themselves and use less water.  

Have several coolers. One for drinks, the other for the frozen items you took out of the freezer.  Buy dry ice and use it for these coolers.  

When using your coleman grill boil water for coffee/tea. Then use it to boil water for pasta, reuse the past water to cook something else like boiled potatoes to make a salad and use up the condiments that need refrigeration.

Yes, I was also a girl scout and have been prepared in most instances.😎


Top off your gas tank and check your tires before you hit the road.  By all means check the oil and get it changed on time.


Me, I would evacuate and load the car with my supplies.


I too subscribe to survivalists prepareness and have stocked my pantry appropriately with food items, water, propane tanks for the grill and BBQ charcoal as well.    

Aug 20, 2023 09:35 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

fill your bathtub with water for flushing the toilet.

My spa has 400 gallons, but bathtub is good too! LOL

those are great, THANK YOU! 💖

Aug 20, 2023 10:32 AM
Personal Engagement,Precision, and Professionalism

Thank You for posting this great list!  I saw it on Kathy Streib roundup post...Thank You Both.  God Bless Your Week...I saved it. 😉

Aug 21, 2023 10:03 AM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

you cannot be Too Prepared!  in a day and age of so many Unknowns and Challenges (weather, acts of God and the political theatre) it's best to be prepped and ready.  I have been preparing for a few years now.  I am printing this list and checking off the items I already have!  Thank you for this comprehensive list Candice A. Donofrio 

Aug 24, 2023 04:45 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Truth is...we are never fully prepared for the devastation that a major earthquake, flood, tornado, hurricane, fire or bomb can bring. Yet, we can't just throw up our hands. We have to take steps to have some level of basic preparedness.

Thanks for your exhaustive list.

Aug 26, 2023 08:45 AM
Katina Hargrove 352-551-0308
Stake Your Land Realty, Inc. - Eustis, FL
Broker/Owner, SFR®, e-PRO®, GRI, AHWD, REALTOR®

Candice Denofrio,

Being over prepared is best than being SORRY!

Sep 02, 2023 07:09 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Candice A. Donofrio ,

Now this is an amazing list to be prepared! Definitely one of the best I've ever seen, you cannot be Too Prepared. We are all responsible for being prepared, and 3 months worth of supplies seems reasonable. 

Apr 19, 2024 06:31 PM