Prepping Should be a Family Affair
Familycanstockphoto7754559We know you love your survival gear, but when it comes to survival preparedness, it really should be a family affair. Unfortunately, sometimes not everyone in the household is on board with the idea. A spouse may be resistant or only offer half-hearted agreement that prepping is necessary, or there may be kids who lack the focus or ability to understand its importance. The fact is, in the event of a disaster scenario, you are more likely to survive as a group rather than on your own. If everyone in the household is involved in not just gathering supplies and having survival gear on hand, but learning survival skills too, you and your family stand a better chance of surviving when disaster strikes. Here are several fun ways to include your family in your prepping activities that will help them learn and realize survival preparedness is important.
Make a Preparedness Plan Together
Rather than creating a plan on your own and telling everyone what they should do in the event of an emergency, make one together as a family. Emergency plans help family members reunite after a disaster and gives them valuable tools that will help them get back home. Letting everyone in the family contribute to the plan helps them take ownership in the project and young minds will be able to remember it better.
Set aside a night or two to discuss and create your family emergency plan. Make it a fun evening with special treats and games to make the time memorable and special.
Not everyone is the camping type, but don't underestimate the number of survival skills you can learn while camping in the woods. It's the perfect environment for showing the usefulness of those survival supplies and teaching family members how to pack for the outdoors, cooking meals over an open fire, building fires with only the bare minimum, using pocket knives, fishing, hunting, building shelters and about drinking wild water safely. You might want to sample some of your freeze dried Lindon Farms storage food. You may want to practice cooking using the new Ready Fuels now available. Reading and educating yourself about survival skills is great, but there's nothing quite like hands-on experience. And best of all it a great way to experience a few moments without all the favorite electronics we have come to depend on, and it can be great fun!
Host a Survival Gear Gathering Scavenger Hunt
Everyone enjoys a good old-fashioned scavenger hunt. You can conduct your supply gathering scavenger hunt in one of two ways: 1. Divide the family into two groups and split the supply list in half. Send each group to the store to buy all the survival gear on their half of the list. Whoever gets everything first is the winner. 2. Buy all the supplies on the list beforehand and hide them around the house. Divide the family into to two groups; give each half of the list. Whoever finds all the items on their list first, wins. Once all the items on the list have been gathered, take time to discuss each one and why it's necessary as you build your survival kit. Place the survival gear into a Bug Out Bag or Emergency Backpack and store the kit in a place that all the family members know about.
Plant a GardenGardening
Being able to survive in the aftermath of a disaster is one thing, but it may become necessary to sustain survival for extended lengths of time and being able to plant and grow your own food is vitally important.
Begin gaining the skills by planting a garden in your own backyard and make it a family event. Even the youngest members of the family can participate by watering plants, pulling weeds and helping to harvest the food when it's time.
Harvest time is also great for teaching the rest of the family about canning, dehydrating and preparing the fruits of their labor for emergency survival. It is also a good idea to keep a supply of storage seeds on hand.
Emergency preparedness should be a family activity, but even if you are met with resistance or young ones that just don't quite get it, you can still continue to discuss and educate. Above all else, keep the prepping activities fun and don't use scare tactics to get other members to comply. Be willing to compromise - what's important to you may not be number one on the list of importance for the next person. If your spouse feels it's more important to invest in more food supplies one month rather than ammo, listen. When everyone feels their opinions are important, prepping activities and disaster preparedness becomes a family affair.