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The get home bag, holding the gear to get you home and not mark you as a crazy person or target, should also be functional during daily life. Honestly, if you are not functional during daily life then you need to talk to someone about it. I will focus on getting home from work since most of us spend the majority of our waking time there. This can still work for other situations, the point is to critically and tactically think about the situation and the location. Hopefully this will help you get started on that path.

Imagine this, it's two weeks after the SHTF and you running low on AAs and there isn't a D cell around for 200 miles without a paranoid trigger finger between you and it. Your Maglite is dead, your comms radios are about to be done, and smoke signals draw too much attention. If you haven't thought about this before, then how about now?

The mobile radio is a tried and true method for communications in the field. Modern technology has increased range and clarity while also allowing for add-ons like voice scrambling. The FCC regulates and licenses some of the more "prime" radio frequencies, but with the demise of UHF Analog Television Broadcast, there are now other frequencies that are available.

Using this calendar to schedule budget reviews, progress, prepping chores etc. is not just smart - but essential. I have listed out some of the major things to attend to in their respective time periods. A separate calendar with these milestones and other tasks can be very handy. iCal, Mozilla Lightning, and Google Calendar all give you the ability to add "event calendars" to your views and sync them with your local devices and remote accounts, place these milestones there and you can see them with your daily life.