One aspect of prepping that gets quite a bit of mention (but few articles or posts) is prepping for the whole family. Many preppers prepare for themselves and their children, but not many are prepping for extended family, elderly parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents and pets. This oversight can spell disaster in a major catastrophic event. In light of this, I decided to post a short article on a few easy points to follow concerning family prepping.
Prep for Everyone
When thinking about preparedness, it is easy – and quite common – not to take into account underprepared, extended family. Many of us have family members who have difficulty planning for contingencies, do not plan for the future, or even just scoff at the idea of prepping in general. You may be tempted not to include these people in your prepping plans, but in reality, this is not feasible. The chances are good that some of these family members may find themselves in need of assistance should disaster strike, and if they live in your area, they could end up on your doorstep. It is not easy to turn away a family member in need, even if it taxes your resources. Your best bet is to have a plan in place for unexpected guests in a SHTF scenario. If they never show up, you have extra supplies. If they do show up, your supplies will not be stretched too thin.
Prep for the Grandparents
Grandma and Grandpa may already be in your prepping plans; if so, you have probably already realized that the elderly often have special medical, nutritional, physical, sanitary, and mobility needs. If you can, try to bring up the subject of preparedness with them to see if they have already given thought to their particular needs in an emergency. Urge them to think about it if they have not already done so. Obviously, some elderly people are easier to prep for than others; if you do decide to prep for an older relative, it would be useful find out more about the first aid and dietary needs of that person.
Prep for Pets
It is safe to say that Astro and Mr. Whiskers have not given any thought to recent events in the financial sector, or what could happen next hurricane season. Pretty much the only thing on your pet’s mind is what is going on at the moment. As a responsible pet owner, it falls to you to prepare for your pet’s safety and health during an emergency event. Pet needs are simple when compared to the needs of children or the elderly, but they should not be forgotten when you put your plan together.
Astro is a good dog. He can help you carry things, guard your shelter, and protect your family. He can also help you hunt, and he can be great at helping people relax. Pets help us by providing a sense of normalcy in distressing situations. There are many advantages to owning a dog or cat, and you should remember that when prepping. A natural disaster or another significant event is no time to change the animal’s food; if a situation is already bad, change in diet could be a stressor (and a pet’s gastric distress is no good for anybody involved!). Pets in general, and dogs in particular, are resilient and adapt to change more quickly than humans. But they do react to the same stressors we face, so make sure to pack away some of your pet’s everyday food, and don’t forget to include a few toys, snacks, and a blanket for sleeping to eliminate unneeded stress.
These are just a few tips to consider when thinking about prepping for the whole family. Your specific family make-up will, of course, determine the best way for you to prep. Do you have any other thoughts on the topic? We would love to hear them! Please stop by our website, www.gameplanpreppers.com, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.