About PrepStepper

“I want to be prepared . . . but where do I start?”

The world of emergency preparedness covers many subjects and can be confusing. Especially if you are new to the world of prepping, the whole process can be overwhelming. You may be wondering – where should I start? What are the most critical areas to focus on? What should my long-term goals be?

Seasoned preppers often know exactly what they want to do, but they need good tools to stay organized, and to stay on track with their preps.

At PrepStepper, we do our best to serve both the noobs and the pros, by creating visual charts and other tools to help you keep track of where you’ve been, where you want to go, and your next step along your path in thirteen areas of focus (below).

Thirteen Areas of Priority/Focus

There are various ways to divide up the world of emergency preparedness. One common way is to prioritize needs based on their relative necessity, or how long you can live without each type of thing.

For example, the much quoted “Survivalist’s Rule of 3s” teaches us this handy memory aid: you can live without air for three minutes; you can live without shelter (in harsh conditions) for three hours; you can live without water for three days; and you can live without food for three weeks.

Necessity-based prioritization has become popular among preppers. Various survivalists, preppers and writers have augmented and developed the idea even further over the years, each presenting their own unique (but similar) version of priorities, and we continue in that same tradition at PrepStepper. (Special thanks to Jim Phillips, whose ideas likely had the most influence over my own views in this area.)

At PrepStepper, we consistently use our list of priorities (below) as our guide in creating our products. Not everyone will agree with our order of priorities (we preppers are an opinionated lot), and that’s OK. Keep in mind that any generalized method of priority is oversimplified. In real life, you will need to use your common sense in an emergency situation. Regardless of any list, the most critical thing to focus on is whatever will likely have the most positive impact on your current scenario.

But a ranked priority order list offers two powerful tools: 1) it provides a foundational structure and a general guide to help you as you prepare for emergencies now, in advance, and 2) as you become familiar with it, it provides a life-saving mental checklist to be used during an emergency, ensuring that you are thinking clearly and putting first things first, even under stressful conditions. You never want your brain to go fuzzy just when you need it the most. For that reason, we suggest you memorize the PrepStepper priority list, in order.

PrepStepper Priority List

(roughly in rank order)


  1. Positive Mental Attitude (PMA)
  2. Air
  3. Shelter
  4. Water
  5. Sanitation
  6. Nutrition
  7. Wellness/First Aid
  8. Power, Fuel, Heat & Light
  9. Tools & Supplies
  10. Communication/Information
  11. Transportation/Navigation
  12. Security/Hunting
  13. Financial/Bartering

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