Do you have a podcast or Kindle book in your queue on the topic of emergency preparedness and it’s been there for months, waiting for you to peruse it? Do things just keep coming up and you never quite get to making that emergency kit you know you’re supposed to have in your car? Emergency preparedness is a difficult topic for some but I’m convinced that people are only uncomfortable with it because they’re not as prepared as they could be for the emergencies. Let’s stop worry and start working! To that end, here are a few ideas to help with emergency preparedness for families.
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Emergency Preparedness for Families
Preparing for potential disasters is a good goal for anyone but, if you have a family, it’s an absolute must! You can’t improvise with children in an emergent situation, especially if you’re busy running around terrified.
Let’s take the fear of the idea of preparing and just have some fun with it! The following ideas come to you from my family and from Julie Sczerbinski’s fine book The Survival Savvy Family. Julie, who is also the voice behind the blog Earth and Honey, sent me her book for review and I learned so much.
I considered our family pretty survival savvy but there were so many little details that Julie inspired me with that I had never thought of before. Mostly, she helped me realize I need to improve in the area of getting organized. I’m never very organized, sadly.
#1 Get a Grip on Emergency Preparedness
Disturbances to daily life happen all the time. We need to learn to deal with them so they don’t overtax our resources, both mental and physical.
The goal of emergency preparedness is simply to get mental and physical stores prepared for larger disturbances like:
- job loss
- natural disaster
- civil unrest
- or any other big problem
It’s as simple as a mathematical equation – we’ve got this, if we’ve prepared.
#2 Get Your Supplies Gathered
There are so many quality websites, books and supply houses that can help you with this topic and Julie’s is one of those books. The Survival Savvy Family has text outlining what you should store in the way of:
- and more!
Grab and Go Binder for Emergency Preparedness Information
Julie also includes handy charts and lists for you to print off. She suggests you create a Grab and Go Binder to keep important documents and information in so that you have it handy in any situation. She provides phone list ideas, evacuation list ideas and more – all to go into your binder.
I really loved this idea! We have copies of information about my kids, but it’s all just shoved in their and my grab-and-go bags. It’s good to have copies in each go bag, but I’ve already starting filling out Julie’s charts to create a binder, too.
I need smart people to tell me how to better organize because it’s just not my strong suit.
If you need to start storing a food supply, read about healthy options for your food storage, click here. To read more on family preparedness ideas, click here. Here’s another for preparing the homestead for emergencies.
#3 Get Up and Get Practicing
Having all the food, water and supply storage you’ll need is actually the easy part. The hardest skill to master is learning how to live with it all as part of your every day life.
- There’s food and water that need to be rotated regularly.
- Fire drills to run.
- Evacuation routes to plot.
- And so much more!
Most of the work should be done BEFORE the emergency so that how you react is, in large part, just a matter of habit.
Emergency Preparedness is for Families
Because her book is geared towards families, Julie has some great ideas for conversations to have with your children ahead of various disasters. She also has ideas for how to keep kiddos entertained during trying times, as well as what to include in their grab and go bags.
She suggests repeatedly that we should run through drills with our children; not to scare them but to prepare them. These don’t have to be boring, either! Include the children in the planning for your emergency drills, get their ideas on scenarios and what-ifs. Always end each drill with a treat and your hearty praise of their efforts.
To read about our latest family preparedness drill, this one with a simulated power outage, click here.
I really was so very pleased to read Julie’s book and am grateful she took the time to write it for all of us. It’s well written, professionally produced, clear and engaging but her fun personality comes through, too. Certainly NOT a dull preparedness read! This one is a must for all families, I truly believe.