If you’re not alone prepping, consider yourself lucky. Many preppers have to go about it alone, without support from our loved ones. It’s tough when you’re the only one doing it, but even tougher when they’re all on board, yet clueless about what to do.
In this article, we’re going to talk about a few survival ideas that you and your family need to go through. When disaster strikes, everyone needs to play their role, otherwise, you could all perish.
Establish Rally Points
When communications are down, if you lose your phone or if you run out of battery, you need a back-up plan for seeing your family. Instruct your spouse and kids to go to one of the 3 or 4 rally points that you designate.
One of them could be near the house, another one next to your kid’s school, and yet another one could be your bug out location. Though this last one is going to be difficult to reach for a young child, you need to make sure everyone knows not just one but as many ways to get to each rally point as possible.
As you know, survival skills are more important than the gear you buy or the stockpile you’ve accumulated. The trouble is, there are dozens upon dozens of skills that are related to survival and preparedness.
If your family members are on board with prepping, you should definitely assign them some of these skills. This way, each of you will get good at something.
Of course, the ones that are basic (first aid, starting a fire, operating a HAM radio etc.) should be perfected by everyone in your group.
The more people know about your preps, the more likely it is that someone in your family will tell others about them. It doesn’t even have to be on purpose; they could accidentally tell them they used a large knife to cut something, and the other guy would ask why they have such a knife.
Look, I’m not saying you should avoid helping people in times of need. What I’m saying is, you should make the decision of who and when to help, as opposed to being assaulted by the people who know you have them.
Have a Plan
Making a family survival plan is more than just about making sure everyone has a bug out bag. You all need to know how to react in case of each emergency, not to panic, get to safety, contact the others, shut off utilities and make a decision on whether you should bug in or out etc.
Each of these should be discussed one by one, then you need to go through them periodically to make sure everyone remembers what they have to do.
Spreading Your Gear
In practice, it’s often the case that some of you will have to carry gear for the others. You may have to pack some items for your dog or for your kid. You may want to be the one who packs the 2 or 3 person tent that your spouse will use to sleep in, in a bug out situation.
When packing your BOBs, you should distribute the weight among you by using common sense. Those who are stronger and fit should take some of the load from the others.
This is crucial to go through in bug out situations: sticking together, more often than not, is going to increase your chances of survival, but everyone needs to know their role in the family protection plan.
Ideally, everyone should know how to use the self-defense weapons, but if one of you is more skilled with say, using a slingshot, then that’s something you need to know so you can help that person develop their skill.
Injury and Death
I left this at the end not because it’s the least important thing to go through, but because it’s the most unpleasant one to talk about. In the event of your death, your spouse and kids need to know what to do. They have to ponder this scenario beforehand to avoid getting confused or even depressed if and when it actually happens.
You need a plan for when one of you dies, and that plan is to basically move on. You also need plans for when one of you is injured. One way to think about what you’ll do is to simply make a list of ways in which you could get hurt, then figure out what to do and how to react to them.
For example, if one of you breaks a leg while trying to jump a fence, someone else should stay with him, while the others should advance to the bug out location, get the stretcher that you supposedly have there, and one could come back to help the other carry the injured to safety.
The key is in the details. Things of specific things and specific situations you could run into, and you’ll quickly spot holes in your preps.