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