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Guardians of the Homestead: Painting Your Path to Family Resilience

Preparing a family for survival

When natural disasters or some other crisis strikes, there’s a little more to worry about than just yourself. What are you going to do to prepare your family for survival?

A selfish plan is never enough because there is no one-size-fits-all way to deal with a disaster. How you best alone react to a flash flood, for example, may not be how you best react when others are involved, especially for your family.

You need a disaster plan for the entire family. Every family needs one of these.

However, not one person or survival guru can give you THE plan for dealing with a flash flood or a new economic depression.

If your house happens to be on a mountain, you may be safest there, but if it’s in the valley, you must flee because of quickly rising floodwaters.

We mentioned it before: With all of the available information about the unique situation you’re in; only you can fully determine what is right for you and your family.

The Family Fortress: Painting a Picture of Complete Family Readiness

To help you formulate some plans for various scenarios, here are some of the main ways of dealing with a disaster to help prepare your family for survival.

Bugging Out Of Your Home

leaving home for survival

If staying in your home is too dangerous, you must leave for a more secure location. This is called bugging out.

To bug out, though, you need some survival hacks and tips. And a place to go. This is your planned bug-out location.

It’s somewhere close enough that you could get in a reasonable time by foot (most say three days) but far enough away that it is less affected by the disaster.

Never expect to bug out to a hotel. Hotels tend to fill up the second an evacuation starts.

Your chosen spot can be anything from an old caravan on a piece of property that you own to a friend or relative’s house.

If you own it, you should stock your bug-out location with preps because it is safer than your home, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it is entirely unaffected by the crisis.

Secondly, you will need a way of getting there. This is a bug-out vehicle. Most plan to use cars, but some will go for bicycles or horses.

Now you might be wondering why you had to expect to walk to your bug-out location if you can take your car. The reason is simple:

You never know if the roads are blocked or unpassable or if you won’t be able to use your car.

Next, you must get a map and figure out how to get from home to your location with or without your bug-out vehicle.

mapping for family survival

You should know how to exit your area in any direction, using at least three different paths. You never know what roads may be blocked or which way danger comes from.

Next, you should assemble a file folder or plastic pocket with copies of all the necessary documents if you are forced to start your life over.

Your house may not still be standing when you get back, or you may never get back, so you will need proof of identity, home ownership, banking, insurance information, medical papers, including inoculation records, etc.

You might even consider providing a family member with a copy or making a second copy on a USB drive.

Lastly, you will need a bug-out bag and a 72-hour kit. This is a bag covering all of your needs for three days.

It will get you from home to where you need to go, even if forced to go on foot.

Saying Home For Shelterhome for shelter survival

If your home has not become too unsafe, you will probably decide to shelter in place. This is also called bugging in.

This is the kind of preparedness your family for survival disaster planning that we have been mainly dealing with so far in this article. But there is more than one way to shelter in place.

There is a pure prepping way; you decide to amass everything needed during a disaster and keep them somewhere safe.

You may make alterations to your home to make it safer and provide more prepping space, and you may take up some prepping-related hobbies.

However, there is no reason this means you can’t lead a day-to-day life that is identical to that of your neighbors.

There is also the homesteading way. Instead of prepping for the very long term, you design systems in your daily life that will keep functioning in a disaster.

Instead of buying large quantities of canned goods, you may can your foods which you grow your own food in a garden. You save seeds to ensure that you will have future crops.

Also, consider adding one new set of preps add new systems. Don’t buy dried or canned meat and milk powder, but invest in a chicken coop or goat(yes, a goat if you have the property) to provide you with meat and dairy.

Your life, choosing this strategy, will be significantly different from most people around you, but that is not a bad thing.

You may also choose to live mostly as a prepper today, but be prepared for a future homesteading lifestyle. Do a little gardening on the side and save seeds for a future emergency.

Going Separate Ways For Survival

splitting family for survival

The third way to prepare your family for survival is dealing with a disaster scenario that we don’t talk terribly much about in today’s survivalist scenario, but it’s worth considering.

It’s a strategy often employed in serious situations such as wartime.

If your home gets less safe, you do have the option of splitting up. The children could be sent to grandparents or relatives living in a safer environment while you stay.

Even with planned home preparedness, there might be times when your home is not as safe as it could be, but at the same time, it is not so bad that you feel comfortable leaving it high and dry.

You may be able to get by at home, but your children may be in danger, and you might be in danger because you are unable to stop worrying about and taking care of them.

Some food for thought, I hope. Now get to work detailing your disaster plans!

Let’s lighten the mood for this next part of the post.

Piecing Together a Vivid Family Preparedness Puzzle

This will obviously be of greater interest to you parents out there, but there will also be something for you uncles and aunts out there and for you teachers who want to nurture a more prepared future.

Make a Game Out of Family Survival

Your children need to learn some crucial skills to help them survive a disaster, but they may not have the attention spans for a lecture.

They may also be too young to handle the details.

That’s okay. You don’t have to tell them that they are learning anything at all. Make drills and exercises into family fun time.

Making a game out of learning survival skills

All children should learn their address and phone number, but how about teaching them a more general awareness of where they are?

When you are out and about, quiz them about how to get home. The winner gets to pick the dessert!

Just about any drill can be made into a game by applying creativity to learn survival tips.

Surprise camping trips make excellent bug-out bag drills. Grab your 72-hour kit and go! Don’t forget to pack entertainment for the young ones, or they might not be that excited next time.

If the little tykes aren’t ready for bug-out drills, start slowly with camping in the garden or an overnight family hike.

Scavenge for supper! The better your children identify edibles in the wild, the more of a competition element you can add to the game.

Who can find the most food in 20 minutes? Who can find an edible berry first?

Don’t wait for your children to get hurt; teach them how to apply a bandage properly—work first-aid instruction into their regular play.

Children love to play doctor, and they will love it even more when they get to play with real grown-up supplies. Show them how to put together a survival kit without the gloom and doom reasons. “It’s for the camping trip.”

Learning Family Survival Techniques Together

Children love to play but don’t underestimate the power of doing something together.

Learn a new skill as a family. Pick up shooting or archery as a hobby, go on an orienteering course, learn about knots, or take a weekend course on wilderness safety.

Join an outdoor club, pick up hide tanning from a historical reenactment society, or learn to sew and knit.

For food issue solutions, start a garden together, or start one just for the children. Togetherness is the key, but it’s also important to pick activities that suit the different temperaments of your family members.

Crafting a Vibrant Survival Blueprint Together

As I said, don’t underestimate the power of doing something together.

While your older teens may be less than thrilled about the ‘prepare your family for survival’ thing, younger children are often excited to participate in their parent’s activities.

Instead of laboring in the kitchen with your food drying and canning alone and in silence, involve your kids.

From the moment they can sit, a child can be placed in a high chair and moved chopped vegetables into a cooking pot.

Your children can participate in just about any prep that isn’t highly dangerous.

In fact, you’ll be surprised what valuable survival skills your children could learn from non-prepping activities, such as helping you when you work on your car.

The Symphony of Survival: Give your children more responsibilities

While we’re on the topic of underestimations, don’t underestimate your children!

Giving them more responsibilities is a very efficient way of getting them excited about prepping.

You need to start small and check in on their work occasionally, but if you give them a chance, you might find that they will run with it and shine!

With very young children, you might give them the responsibility of packing their own little bug-out bag.

You will be carrying all of their survival preps, so, at this stage, their responsibility will be to pack some toys and snacks. You may find that they take this task very seriously!

As your children age and progress, you can give them more responsibilities. Maybe it could be their job to ensure that there is enough of their favorite cereal for a bug-in scenario.

Remember that your current objective is to get your children excited about prepping!

While some children may be over the moon at being promoted to toiletries supervisor, others may lose interest altogether, even if they have the skills for the job. Match their duties with what they like, whether getting ready in the morning or making an afternoon snack.

Read Family Survival Books to Your Children

Teaching Survival Skills

Reading to your children is a great way of engaging their imagination, which can be a vital prepping skill for preparing your family for survival.

There is a steadily growing number of fun survival stories for children on the market these days. Some bookstores have even sorted some of their children’s and young adult fiction into a “survival” or “wilderness” category.

These include books like the “Brian’s Saga” series by Gary Paulsen, about a thirteen-year-old boy surviving in the Canadian wilderness after a plane crash.

Or another book about “Julie of the Wolves” by Jean Craighead George, a book about an Inuit girl who runs away and lives on the tundra?

As you read and get involved together, you can take the time to sit and talk about the skills that the main characters use and how they might apply to some real-life scenarios that may be presented to you and your family.

I hope that this has given you some food for thought!

You can surely develop many more ways of making prepping interesting and fun for yourself and the whole family.

Read this one:

Echoes of Preparedness: A Descriptive Tale of Family Survival Mastery

The wind howled outside, sending tendrils of icy fingers snaking through the gaps in the old wooden cabin.

Inside, the O’Hara family sat huddled around a blazing fireplace, the heart of their shelter, their faces illuminated by the dance of golden flames. Each member had played a part in crafting this refuge, turning it from a decrepit shack into a sturdy home capable of withstanding nature’s fury.

Sarah, with her delicate yet deft fingers, had spent hours sealing those gaps with beeswax, ensuring that the warmth stayed within their four walls.

She had learned the technique from a book, one of the many that lined the cabin’s makeshift shelves. As she looked around, she felt a pang of pride for the hard work her family had invested.

The echo of their shared knowledge resonated in every corner.

Beside her, young Liam’s eyes sparkled with excitement.

His task had been to gather wood for the fire, a task he approached with all the eagerness of a boy turned adventurer. He had trekked deep into the woods, eyes trained to identify the driest of logs, returning with a bountiful harvest that now crackled in the fireplace.

The rhythm of the wood burning was an echo of his relentless energy and commitment.

Across from Sarah, Grandpa Joe’s wisdom held the family together.

His tales of survival from his younger days, his experiences of navigating treacherous terrains, and drawing water from hidden springs formed the bedrock of their preparations.

His voice, low and raspy, was often heard echoing his favorite mantra, “Preparation is the cornerstone of survival.”

In the corner, Eleanor, the family’s creative genius, meticulously sketched maps of the surrounding area. She had created a detailed escape route, marking safe zones, fresh water sources, and caches of supplies they had buried.

With every pencil stroke, she added another layer of safety, ensuring the family’s security in a world of uncertainty.

Yet, amid the security and warmth, the true testament to their preparedness was not the sturdy walls or the stockpile of food but the intangible bond that had grown stronger with every challenge. They had become a single unit, an interconnected web of skills, knowledge, and love.

One evening, as a storm roared outside, Grandpa Joe pulled out his old guitar.

His fingers plucked a familiar tune, and soon, the family joined in, their voices rising in harmony, drowning out the sounds of the tempest.

This song was a testament to their journey – one of resilience, preparation, and an unyielding spirit.

Their story wasn’t just about surviving but thriving.

The O’Hara family had mastered the art of preparation, turning adversities into adventures, and fears into tales of heroism.

Their echoes of preparedness resonated not in their tools or tactics, but in their hearts, bound by the unwavering belief that together, they could weather any storm.

Your Family’s Survival Blueprint: Bracing for the Unknown

In the unpredictable dance of life, prepping isn’t about fear—it’s about love.

It’s that deep, unwavering commitment you have to protect your family come what may. So, what’s next?

Huddle up with your loved ones this weekend. Break out that emergency kit, review those evacuation routes, and ensure everyone, young and old, is on the same page. Remember, it’s not about expecting the worst, but being ready for anything.

You’ve got the tools, the know-how, and the heart.

Let’s turn that determination into action! Don’t wait for ‘someday.’ Make tomorrow the day your family becomes unshakably prepared.

Dive in, and fortify your family’s future.

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