It has been 4 hours since a major catastrophic event and you are the only one in your family that hasn’t made it home yet. In fact, you may not even make it home within another 4 hours. You may have done all of the preps, purchased and tested all of the equipment, but do the members of your household know how to kick into survivalist mode? Do they know how to use all of the equipment at their disposal? Do they have an understanding of how the next few hours/days will play out if you aren’t there to help them? At what point in time does your household kick into emergency plan mode?
This article may help focus you on helping them understand and further build your plans for after a disaster. A quick reference guide that is accessible, something easy to follow, something that provides enough detail for everyone to be successful.
Food stores are important, knowing how to ration those for the next hours, days or possibly weeks. Have you reviewed how those rations should work or last for survival after this event until services can be restored or you return home?
Water storage is absolutely critical, water purification/filtration will be necessary for the near and long-term. Do the members of your household know what you know? Can they use the tools at their disposal until services are restored or you arrive home?
Heat sources will be needed from warming your food, boiling water or providing heat through your home. If traditional sources (electric stove) are currently out of commision, can your family work with alternative sources that you have on hand? Can they build a fire in the firepit? Can they use the propane grill/burner? Do you have spare fuel for the burners and do they know how to change it out?
Home/ self-defense is a necessary requirement after a catastrophe. While you may know where the weapons are located and how to use them properly, how about the other members of your household. Do they understand how those function, what the safety features are?
Basic first aid skills may be necessary depending on what occurs. Do the members of your household know how to administer basic first aid? Do they know where to find your first aid supplies? Do they know how to use everything within the kit? Have they gone through some kind of formal training?
Power panel, main water/gas valves, pilot lights. If something has taken out power, resetting some of the home essentials will be needed. Besides you, is there anyone else in your home that knows where and how to work these items? Are they clearly marked? Do you have manuals in a binder somewhere for quick reference?
While the above is just a short list of necessary items to cover, building a small binder to provide some instructions to the other members of your home will be a great help in the event of a disaster that extends your ability to get home. Describing where the items are located, how/when to use them, along with who should be a secondary point of responsibility for those items or tasks.
What else can you think of to add to this list?
What is specific to your home?
What other items/pieces/tasks should be described?
At what level do the instructions need to be for the members of your household to understand and be successful?
Remember you have probably spent hours/days/weeks/months or even years practicing your prepping/survivalist skills, you may even have some formal training, but you want to ensure that your household remains intact after a disaster.
Hopefully, this article has provided some ideas for building a prepping guide for your household.
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