Plant a garden, no matter how small. Involve the whole family. Of course, you probably already thought of that one, especially if you’ve looked at this blog much at all in the past few weeks.
If you’re a first timer, get all the knowledge you can. Some of it won’t make sense until you’ve had some experience, but don’t get discouraged. Don’t worry about how small your gardening efforts are. Every little bit helps, even if it is growing a couple of herbs in a window sill. If nothing else, it’s good for the soul. Plants can really boost morale.
Pick a room in your house and completely stock it for one year. For example, you might pick the master bathroom and buy enough toilet paper, soap, shampoo, toothpaste, razors, Q-tips, and the like to supply it for one year. Do this for a different room each week or each month and before you know it, you’ll have quite the stockpile which will see you through any emergency.
Have everyone in the family research survival topics for one day. Document their findings, then report what they found out at a family meeting the next day. This will help each one to learn more about survival. It will especially help the kids with research, documentation, and giving reports. If you’re home schooling, this can all be counted for school work.
One very important survival topic is first aid. Practice first aid skills and put together a first aid kit. After a disaster has shut down everything, especially if one of the children is ill, you don’t want to be reading a first aid handbook, wishing you had been better prepared. Practice these important first aid skills this weekend so everyone has a basic knowledge of what to do. Get books or a knowledgeable friend to help.
Don’t kid yourself about this. If things get really rough, we may all be living as if we’re camping out. Small wounds or cuts can become life threatening if not properly cleaned and dressed.
I’ll have more tips on prepping with your family next week.
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