Friday, August 31, 2012
Prepping your family – How to get started with emergency preparedness
Post from Clint Crafts
The greatest challenge I’ve faced as a prepper has been how to include my wife and four kids in my preparation efforts. My wife and 9-year-old daughter are not particularly interested and my 3-year-old–well, he’s 3. On the other hand, my 11 and 10-year old boys are a bit more interested, but have other interests, too.
When I talk about preparation efforts, I don’t mean showing up in the middle of the night with a metal garbage can screaming, “What do you do?”, to improve your family’s reaction time. That would not only be traumatizing, but would discourage your wife from any further “prep’ talk”. Understand it’s not about you and your effort to prepare your family. It’s a team effort and without everyone’s buy-in, it will end in frustration.
I know there’s a lot more to prepping, but a family of six requires lot of food over a long period of time; so, it’s a good place to start. (The building of a small, monthly prep’ savings for “go bags” and water purification is a later step.) The point is that you want your wife onboard as a partner in the effort–not as a recruit. Stress that you need her help and ASK her if she would come alongside in this endeavor.
Lately, I have even included the kids in a simple series of exercises at least four nights a week. I explained that it is to ensure if we have to carry our “go bags”, we are strong enough to do so. This also helps to give them a sense of inclusion and empowerment, while building their strength. Surprisingly, the kids are more than eager to participate. By the way, don’t treat the exercises like a boot camp if you don’t want to turn them off to the idea of anymore prep’ talk. Everyone needs to be in shape. Remember: If the wife and kids cannot “go” when it’s time, guess who’s going to have to carry them in addition to the “go bag” when it comes time?
Prepping can be a challenging subject to put towards your family. Nevertheless, if you approach your wife and kids with an excitement to learn practical life-skills and to build up a cost-effective, survival stash, you will reap the rewards of seeing a talented and motivated team that not only works well together when it is needed, but in everyday life as well.
Clint is from Bossier City, Louisiana, and is currently a technical writer for a major contractor in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is a military veteran of 9 years and has been an avid prepper for the past three years. His interest in prepping came about as a result of the housing crash of 2008 as well as his concerns of the questionable laws being passed since 9/11. He is always looking for more information to improve his prepping skills as well as for some friendly individuals interested in building a community that goes beyond “online”.