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Preparedness: Getting Your Loved Ones Involved in Your Prepping

One of the trickiest–and most common–difficulties faced by new and experienced survivalists alike has nothing to do with money, ammunition, or food storage. In fact, the reality faced by even the most practical and moderate preppers is that they will encounter resistance from their family and friends as they set out on the road to preparedness.

Talk about surviving a future event is usually met with ingenuous agreement at best and straight ridicule at worst. Even when you understand that the need to prepare just makes good common sense, it’s not always easy to convey that message to the people who matter most in your life. Luckily, there are some simple steps you can take to bring your loved ones around to your viewpoint, and even get them interested in turning preparedness into something that brings you closer together as a family.

Learn a New Skill Together

Your kids aren’t exactly going to jump at the idea of skipping summer camp to be able to attend a blacksmithing academy. But by picking a new skill you can learn together, you just took some of the sting out of it being “prepping” and instead turned a Sunday afternoon into a fun way to spend time together. Check out your local home improvement store for free weekend projects on woodworking, or find online tutorials on everything from making a fire without matches to making hard tack.

Don’t Use Fear as a Tactic

Even if you genuinely believe that we are living in the last days of order and structure, there is no reason why your family has to (or even should) share all of your fears. Instead of using scare tactics as your method of persuasion, you should sit down and have a calm and collected conversation about the practical reasoning behind prepping.

If your spouse can see a genuine benefit to being prepared, then they will be more likely to accept it and even jump in and help. Instead of focusing on pandemics and terror threats, center your argument on natural disaster or downed power scenarios. Everyone can relate to preparing for tornados, earthquakes, power outages, hurricanes and winter storms.

Keep Training Fun

A stocked pantry is fantastic, but nothing beats good old fashioned know-how and skill. Skill building is a great family experience, and is another good way to “disguise” your prepping. Just remember that children, especially, will quickly lose interest in anything that isn’t entertaining and exciting, so it’s important to keep things fun. Sitting little ones in front of stacks of canned goods and asking them to inventory the number of beans you’ve got will start to become a chore in approximately 12.8 seconds. However, hunting, fishing, gardening, and other training exercises also make great bonding time, and your kids will be so engaged that they won’t even notice that you’re honing their survival skills in the meantime.

Try turning more of your training into a game (like seeing who can spot a can with the longest expiration date on canned goods on your next grocery store trip or a competition to see who can make the best meal from nothing but the same 4 ingredients) to get your family involved.

Compromise

If you want your family to be a part of your prepping, you’ve got to learn to bend to some of their ideas and suggestions. Remember that no matter how much training and reading you’ve done, you are not the single foremost authority on prepping and survival. You’re much more likely to survive any survival scenario as a tight knit group than you would on your own, so make your family a real part of your team by listening to their input.

Maybe your husband wants to dedicate a little more space in your stockpile to creature comforts, or your wife thinks you need more blankets instead of another box of ammunition this month. Letting your family feel like they have genuine input in your prepping will make it a group effort, instead of them catering to your wants.

Don’t Be the “I Told You So” Guy

Seriously, don’t. If your family was resistant to your prepping at first and then become interested, show excitement and interest in their ideas, instead of shouting about how you’ve been right all along. It will save you a lot of unnecessary friction.

By Alec Deacon

The Plight of the Senior Prepper

There are all sorts of prepper’s.  Some are rank beginners and others have been practicing family preparedness for twenty years or more.  Some live in urban areas and some live in the country.  And most assuredly, some are young adults in their twenties and other are in their sixties, seventies and eighties.

Given this widely variable demographic, it stands to reason that some preparedness topics will be more interesting and more useful to one group than to another.  On the other hand, the basic tenets of emergency food, emergency communications, first aid, self-defense and self-sufficiency are universal.  Furthermore, there are no boundaries and no set requirement that a person be interested in each topic equally.

We are talking about family preparedness here, not rocket science.  And while we are each unique, we are each the same as well.

Which gets me to the topic of today’s article: The Plight of the Aging Prepper.  I have a bit or a rant so please bear with me while I explain.

Senior Preppers Do It All

Being a baby boomer myself (born between 1946 and 1964), I find it a bit offensive to find that many websites refer to “senior” preppers as doddering old people with limited vision to what is happening in this world and limited ability to fend for themselves.

This stereotype is simply is not true.  Many in the over-60 crowd walk 2 to 5 miles daily, work at full-time job, and actively pursue hobbies that require strength and endurance.  Others farm their land and while living on or off grid, chop wood, feed the chickens and milk the goats or cows, day in and day out, rain or shine.  Not only that, most men of that age have served in the military and thus understand and embrace the need for teamwork, discipline and perseverance to get a job done.

References to being an older prepper who may be slow on the draw is just, well, not right and darn disrespectful.

Survival Concerns – Regardless of Age

Regardless of one’s age, the pursuit of survival does come with some concerns.  Some of the major ones are listed below:

Nutrition and diet with limited food sources

Healthcare – both treatment and prevention – when conventional medicine and medical facilities are not available

Money for supplies, services, items for barter and the basics of life

Self-defense using lethal, or non-lethal weapons (or both)

Mobility for the physically disabled and those with hearing and vision challenges

Community and companionship when if it all goes to heck

Learning from Our Parents and Grandparents

The current trend within the survival and prepping community is to look back to the experience of those that lived through the Great Depression.  Well guess what?  Many a senior prepper lived through it, if only as a child.  Now might be a good time to ask these senior preppers how they dealt with these survival concerns.  It is a forest through the trees thing: if you lived through it, you may not recognize the value of that experience to others.

I don’t want to belabor the point so let me just say this:  being old of age does not mean you are weak of mind, weak of body and weak of spirit.  Quite the contrary.  The older prepper has a lot to offer and is stronger than you might think in at least one of these areas if not all three.

The Final Word

It has been a long time since I have written one of my passionate little essays.  Clearly, something set me off and yes, it was another prepper-oriented website.

If I do nothing else today. I want to reinforce that the senior prepper has indeed woken up to what is going on in our country and our world.  They are quite capable of taking care of themselves.

On the other hand look around: there are certain able-bodied twenty and thirty something’s who, at the mention of an election, at the mention of self-reliance and at the mention of making a difference in this world look up from their texting and say “huh?”.

So you see, there are all types of people at all different ages.  We are a community of preppers and we are strong.  Let us drop the stereotype and get on with the business of preparedness.  We will remain strong as long as we stand up tall, young and old together.

By Gaye Levy

www.backdoorsurvival.com

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