October 26

5 Survival Planning Tips for Families in a Disaster

By Rob

October 26, 2021

Today I want to talk about some survival planning tips for families. I know you guys are super busy with work, activities, kids, etc. 

So, if you can't prep for yourself, at least prep for your family.

As a single adult, coping with a survival situation is usually far easier than dealing with one as a married couple with children. 

This is because children lack the life experience adults have, allowing us to make sensible judgments.

Preparing for survival scenarios as a family is the best approach to have the entire family on the same page.

We'll look at five strategies in this post that you can start using right now.

1. Roleplay and Rehearse

Once a month, conduct exercises with your children and spouse to ensure everyone is on the same page.

For example, assume a tsunami is approaching, and you just have a few minutes to evacuate.

In that situation, a family that practices regularly will recognize the need to get their bug-out bags and wait at the car until everyone can drive to higher ground.

If a break-in occurs in the middle of the night at your house, all parents need to do is shout, "Intruders!!!". 

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Then, the awakened children will understand that instead of walking downstairs to investigate, they should throw a rope out the window, scale down it, and run to the neighbors for assistance.

(Security pros advocate this.) 

The kids will remember what they need to do if you repeat the plan of action.

So please don't overdo it when it comes to rehearsals. It is sufficient to do so once or twice a month.

2. Bug Out Bags

Each family member should have their own prepared bug out bag.

Children can have smaller bags, including a water bottle, chocolate bars, and a few toys. 

They'll be able to bear a portion of the load while the adults handle the necessities.

Make sure to keep the bug-out bags at ground level so you can quickly take them and flee the house. 

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Running upstairs to retrieve your bags and then running back down is a waste of valuable seconds and can become tiresome.

Ascertain that each family member is aware of the whereabouts of their bug-out bag.

3. Rally Meeting Points

If the family is split up, everyone must have a common place to meet. 

For example, if there is a flood when the kids are at school and the parents are at work in various locations, everyone will need to meet at a common site.

Communication is easier these days, with everyone owning a cell phone... However, the instructions should be given by only one designated adult.

As a result, there will be no confusion or mixed signals.

Talk to your family about where they will meet you in the event of an emergency.

4. Safehouses

In some circumstances, there may not be enough time to get together.

Waiting around at any meeting spot, for example, may not be a good idea if there is a terrorist attack.

Likewise, if the roads are closed and you cannot return home, you will require the services of a safe house.

Are there any friends or family members' residences where you could take refuge?

These will serve as your safe-havens.

Choose one and decide ahead of time with your family where you will all go in an emergency.

5. Know Safety Precautions

It is critical to talk about safety with kids.

For example, if a hurricane is approaching, your children must be aware that they must stay away from windows. 

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In addition, they should be mindful that firearms are incredibly hazardous and should not be played with. 

The children should also be aware of the location of the first-aid kit.

For example, if an adult is hurt and unable to move, the children can bring the first aid kit to them if they know where it is.

The same holds true with fire extinguishers, etc.

Discuss all areas of safety with your children regularly so that it becomes ingrained in their minds. 

During a crisis, one can never be too cautious.

Prepare as a family, and everyone will be more prepared to handle a catastrophe.

Let's Sum it Up

There are so many things you can do to prepare for an emergency.

The more you are prepared, the more prepared you will be when an unforeseen event occurs.

Don't waste any more time than you have to get your survival planning tips for familes kit together as soon as you can.

 I hope you have found this article helpful, and if you have any further questions, please get in touch with me on the contact page.

Thank you for reading and don't forget to share this with all of your survival and prepping peeps out there.

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