Separated families need separate plans

[The following is taken from my upcoming book, THE PREPPER’S COMPLETE BOOK OF DISASTER READINESS.]

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In our modern society, it seems the “traditional” family of children living with both mom and dad under one roof is becoming the exception rather than the rule. For those who share custody of children, survival plans need to be discussed thoroughly. It needs to be understood by all concerned who is responsible for picking the kids up from school or day care if disaster strikes. Commonly, it seems to be the parent who currently has custody has that responsibility but that might not work well in your particular situation. The parents need to come to an agreement about this, whatever the final plan may end up being.

Not only should the separate plans include who picks up the kids but where to take them. If one parent is a prepper and the other isn’t, well that’s sort of a no-brainer. But, the conversation still needs to take place. One of the worst feelings in the world would have to be not knowing if your child is safe during or after a crisis situation.

Also worth considering is the fact that, despite your personal feelings about an ex-spouse, he or she may end up living under the same roof as you should the worse come to pass. If there were a major catastrophe, a true “end of the world as we know it” scenario, the safety and well being of the children needs to be paramount. If that means having an ex sleep on the couch for a while, so be it.

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Jim Cobb

Jim Cobb has been a student of survivalism and emergency preparedness for almost thirty years. As a young child, he drove his parents nuts with stockpiling supplies in the basement every time he heard there was a tornado watch in his area. Of course, being a child, those supplies consisted of his teddy bear, a few blankets and pillows, and random canned goods he grabbed from the kitchen cabinets. Later, he was the first (and likely only) child in his fifth grade class to have bought his very own copy of Life After Doomsday by Bruce Clayton. Today, he is a freelance writer whose work has been published in national magazines such as Boy’s Life and Complete Survivalist Magazine. He is a voracious reader with a keen interest in all stories with post-apocalyptic settings. He maintains the Library at the End of the World blog and is also the Content Director for He currently resides in a fortified bunker in the upper Midwest, accompanied by his lovely wife and their three adolescent Weapons of Mass Destruction. Jim's first book, Prepper's Home Defense, was published late 2012 and his second book, tentatively titled The Prepper's Complete Guide to Disaster Readiness, will be out in mid-2013, both coming from Ulysses Press.

One thought on “Separated families need separate plans”

  1. This is a very good point you make and I bet one that would be overlooked by a lot of people. It could be a very bad thing if trying to work this out in a disaster situation. Especially as you rightly point out in the case of extended families.

    If emotion can be taken out of this before hand by a little pre-planning everyone and everything will be a lot safer in the long run.

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