Prepping: It’s a Family Affair

by LM

As even the most seasoned prepper will attest to, the hardest part about preparing for when the SHTF is often trying to communicate how important this is to our families. At best, they may not understand. At worst, they may turn away from you completely – even if what you’re doing is in their best interests.

It’s understandable that people may not recognise a danger until it is right underneath their noses. But when it comes to preparing for emergency events, making allowances is not a viable solution. It’s important, therefore, that we know how to communicate the importance of prepping to the people in our lives, whether friends, family, adults or children. In most of the cases when a prepper is lucky enough to have the full support of their family, it’s because they’ve managed to communicate their needs to the people around them in way which is both understandable and relatable.

Rationalising Your Fears

The insult which preppers hear most often is that they’re crazy. It can be hurtful, but should never derail us from our preparations. Sometimes it’s best to ignore this kind of talk, but when it comes from a loved one, it’s better to just confront it head on.

If you’re loved one doesn’t understand why you’re a prepper, make sure you have plenty of resources on hand to show that your prepping is borne out of justifiable concern for both your safety and theirs. If they are able to realize that a disaster scenario is both possible and likely, they will be much more likely to support you and may even get involved.

Make Your Prepping Fun for the Family

If you’re interested in getting your kids involved in prepping, there’s no better way than to turn it into a game. Even though what you’re doing is deadly serious, there’s no reason why they shouldn’t have fun. This will help them to engage with what you’re doing, and they’ll be much more likely to help you out of their own accord in the future.

Many preppers turn their prep activities into games by going on camping trips, hunting expeditions, shopping for cool Regatta clothing, or running mock drills with prizes for whoever’s fastest. There are loads of different ways in which you can get your kids involved in prepping – just remember to make it light hearted for the little ones.


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  1. The problem is that they (my family) think I’v gone over the edge! I tell them what could happen if they are not prepared. They make light of the whole scenario on every level. I’ve been storing food water guns ammo, All the things necessary to be reasonably comfortable in a shtf, they just don’t get it. They would have me spend my money on them and the grandkids.Sure I have made this bed by giving them usually what ever they ask for, and now I see the error of my ways. I don’t want to go it alone but if that’s what it comes to so be it.

  2. Mark, I have a few family members on board and the others very silent and skeptical. On birthdays and Christmas we give items that can be used during daily life and in emergencies. Ex. flashlights, lanterns, energy bars, first aid kits ,first aid books or food they like jelly, jam, peanuts, a berry bush to plant etc.
    All you can do is try. Some day they will thank you-meanwhile keep prepping. Arlene
    For my birthday my brother gave me emergency face masks
    and I was thrilled !!

  3. Mark,
    Same here. My children think I’m ready for Shady Pines Rest Home including the ankle bracelet to track my whereabouts. My wife is partially on board but comes and goes. But, I’ll keep on prepping. I’ve already collected numerous hand tools, not power. I’m in the phase now of stocking up on two types of food stuff. 1. Mountain House freeze dried supplemented by grains and legumes from the local feed and seed; 2. A large and getting larger garden accompanied by chickens. You have to justify some things as “hobby” such as the chickens.

    Keep prepping, you never know when the SHTF.


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