It Is All In The Family Preparedness

Got your attention with the title, huh? We would like to do a series on family preparedness. There are so many different aspects on this topic so it would not make sense to cram it all into one article. You would get bored. We will cover some key topics and some “food for thought” as well. This will be from a lay person perspective and not try to use a bunch of expertise jargon as there is a place and time for that, but not here.

In this series, we will cover three main topics:

I. Family preparedness
II. Preparedness and children
III. Preparedness and pets

Let us begin with the first installment; Family Preparedness. We know the basics when it comes to how much and how long, but do you really have enough? If the SHTF scenario is an economic collapse, natural disaster, or even to go as far as an EMP disturbance, what is the first step you should take with your family? I say safety and shelter.

Much depends on where you live. First, are you in a house or apartment?Second, are you in the quiet suburbs or busy city? And last; do you have somewhere to go if you cannot stay in your area? These three questions are on my priority list for family preparedness. If you live in a house (that you own), you will have more room and the ability to make certain modifications to your dwelling, i.e. panic room, gas powered cooking appliances, etc. You usually cannot make these modifications to an apartment, but I didn’t say it has not been done.

For those living in an apartment within a well populated area, you may want to consider relocation if power, water, and other utilities are going to be out for an extended period of time. I am sure that our readers are well aware that the densely populated areas are going to be crazy once the bare essentials are no longer available. Don’t get me wrong, I know that if you are in a house in a well populated suburb, this can be the same scenario as well. It will be the judgement call of the decision makers in the home of whether to leave, GOOD, or stay. Keep in mind that your family’s safety is most important and the material items can always be replaced.

If you do plan on having an exit strategy, it will be wise to plan your route now. Whether you are going to cross two counties or two states, it is important to have your route pre-planned. Keeping in mind that GPS might not work if you need it, and the main highways will be a disaster, try to find back roads to your location. This way if you cannot use the highways, at least you will have an idea of how to get there if you get diverted for any reason.

We have covered keeping your family safe and sound, now we need to discuss food and other necessities. This is subjective as there is so much data on how much you should have per person and so on. I am going to keep it simple and not get into too much detail. When you store food, think about each family member’s needs. Do you have anyone who is a diabetic and requires that type of a diet? Does anyone have food allergies? The list is endless, but the point is to plan your food storage with individual needs in mind. If things are going to be uncomfortable for a period of time, some treats go a long way with anyone. Your favorite snack can mean a world of difference when you are stressed out. But don’t over do it.

Some family members require medication. It would not be a bad idea to stockpile these medications if at all possible. In a SHTF scenario, you may not be able to get what you need in a timely manner. This could mean life or death for some folks. With the current economy, I know some people cannot afford their prescription medications anyhow. But if at all possible, try to get enough of the meds you will need for at a minimum of a one month supply. Ask your physician if they have samples or vouchers for the meds you are prescribed. We know most medications have a good shelf life, so this will be easy.

Now to bring Part 1 of the series to a close. Think about the information we have presented today and share it with your loved ones. Having everyone ready and onboard makes this a lot easier.

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