Prepping with Children

If you have children, obviously any emergency preparations you make must include them in the mix. Whether it is putting together a home evacuation kit or preparing for a possible total societal collapse, you have to factor in the needs of the littlest members of your clan. Here are a few things to keep in mind.

In an emergency situation, you are likely to be a little freaked out. No matter what is going on, seeing a parent stressed out, frightened, or upset increases the stress to the child enormously. Kids seem to have an almost supernatural gift for sensing a parent’s dismay. No matter how well you try to hide it, your child will know something is up. Like everyone else, kids fear the unknown. As best you can, explain to your children what is going on and, perhaps just as important, explain what YOU are going to do about it. If you have planned in advance for emergencies, you’ll not only feel more comfortable when the inevitable happens but you’ll be in a better position to calm your children.

In all bug out kits and evacuation supplies, be sure to include a few “comfort” things for your kids. A small toy or stuffed animal can mean the world to your child. It will give them something to hold, to occupy their time, and perhaps just be a little bit of “home away from home.” For older children, a book to read can be a godsend. A small notebook with a few pens will allow them to draw or write. Doing so will give them a possible outlet for their thoughts and worries as well as just giving them something to do while you figure out the next move.

Comfort foods are another way to help reduce you and your child’s stress. In your pantry, keep a small box of this type of food to break out during an emergency. Consider including things like hard candy, chocolate, bagged popcorn, or chips. You know, the fun stuff that’s no good for you, has no nutritional value, but damn if it ain’t tasty.

Above all, remember that as you look skyward and wonder what will happen next, your child is looking to you and asking the same thing. When that happens, smile and say, “It’ll be alright. I have a plan.”

Welcome!

Greetings and welcome to our new blog.  Here, we shall be discussing anything and everything related to survival and emergency preparedness.  I am your host and blogger, Jim Cobb.

I thought for my first post here, I might take the opportunity to tell you a bit about myself.  I’ve been studying this sort of thing for well over twenty years.  I grew up in the upper Midwest, where we experienced a wide range of weather extremes every year.  I can recall being perhaps five or six years old and hearing a tornado warning on TV.  I grabbed what I felt were emergency essentials and headed to the basement.  Being all of five years old, those supplies consisted of my teddy bear, blanket, a few random canned goods, and a flashlight.  I continued to go through this same routine every time I heard a weather warning.  It drove my folks crazy but by God I was going to save us all!  Or at least that’s how it played out in my head.

As I got older, I discovered post-apocalyptic fiction.  The first book in this genre I read was Empty World by John Christopher.  The book is about a young teenage boy in the UK who survives a global pandemic.  The whole premise just grabbed me and wouldn’t let go.  As a young boy myself, I could easily imagine the fun I could have without parents or teachers, rules or regulations, and no need to pay for anything I wanted!  That one book began a lifelong infatuation with post-apocalyptic stories.

It wasn’t too much later that I came upon Life After Doomsday by Dr. Bruce Clayton in a bookstore.  I saved my allowance for a few weeks, then went back and bought it.  I was probably the only kid in sixth grade who knew about the dangers of fallout, the importance of stockpiling food, and what weapons were best for a home armory.  Yes, I was kind of a weird child.

Today, I’m married to a very talented, intelligent, beautiful woman who shares my concerns about being prepared for the unknown.  We’re accompanied on our journey by our three adolescent weapons of mass destruction.  Despite all the studying and practicing I’ve done, I’m still learning.  I don’t have all the answers.  No one does.  But, I’m hoping to share some of what I’ve learned with y’all through this blog.  Further, I’m hoping you might share your own knowledge and perspective with me via the comments here.

While I have a fairly lengthy laundry list of topics to discuss here in the near future, I’ll always welcome your questions and input.  If there is anything you’d like to see covered in this blog, please don’t hesitate to comment below or shoot me an email.