Family Meeting!!! Survival Plans

May 29, 2013 by

Getting family involved in a survival plan may seem like a useless endeavor that will waste time and lead to family arguments and frustration. I won’t lie; if you go into the planning stage with the wrong frame of mind, this group project will turn into a nightmare. That being said, not all group projects become nightmares. And the benefits of family survival plans far outweigh any potential emotional trauma of a five hour argument on the merits of stockpiling food or storing gasoline in the garage.

Benefit A: Understanding Why-Motivation

Family members—especially children or teens—may resent that they are being forced to listen to you talk about potential disasters after the survival plan has been put into place. The problem with teaching the family what to do after most of the plan has been implemented is that they do not understand why a survival plan is necessary.

A lack of understanding means that they are unmotivated to learn their part of the plan. We’ve all been in situations where we have been unmotivated. I spent an entire year zoning out my math teacher after repeatedly attempting and failing to receive a passing grade on my math homework. Needless to say my lacks of motivation led to a less than stellar grade.

Through creating a survival plan together, family members will be exposed to conversations that will allow them to mentally and emotionally grasp the importance of survival planning which will supply them with the proper motivation to remember what to do if a disaster strikes.

Benefit B: Active Learning Experiences Aid Memory

People learn better when they are active participants in the project, conversation, or plan. By talking through the plan, they will be able to remember their own responsibilities when a disaster does happen.  Unless your family members all have eidetic memory, you cannot be a hundred percent sure that they will remember what to do months or years down the line when they must use the information to keep themselves and the rest of your family alive.

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Benefit C: Creativity is Better In Groups

We’ve all heard the phrase two heads are better than one. The level of creativity in the room increases as the number of people in the room contributing to the dialogue increases. Often brilliant ideas are the result of multiple people talking over a problem. Ideas are offered, and from those ideas brilliance can be born. Survival plans can benefit from a creative atmosphere.

In order to maintain a creative atmosphere be sure to praise and not belittle contributions. Belittling a contribution to the discussion, even jokingly, can make people afraid to contribute. It will kill the creative juices that could have led to an amazing survival plan, so get the family involved and tell those bickering teens to make nice for at least one night.

Benefit D: Save Time

Two sets of hands are also better than one. Time can be saved if multiple individuals help make a survival plan a reality. Survival planning is a long process. You must come up with a plan, purchase all the relevant items, potentially make changes to your house, and create travel care packages for  individuals to grab in case they need to make a quick get-away. Alone the entire process could take weeks or months—especially if your home needs to be retrofitted to fit with your plan. As a group you can cut down the amount of time required to set up your plan. Disasters often happen without much warning, so it is important to get your plan up and running as soon as possible.

Survival planning is paramount to your family’s emotional and physical wellbeing. When your family helps create, implement, and maintain survival plans, the family will have an easier time understanding why they should be concerned about the survival plan and remembering what to do when a disaster occurs. The fact that so many minds vetted the plan and so many hands helped create the plan means that the plan will be in place before a disaster strikes. When the time comes to use the survival plan, you will not regret that the family has helped you forge this protection against danger.

Naomi Broderick is a professional writer who’s secure in her abilities and even more confident in her parenting. When she’s not juggling her three children in the front yard she writes for, a leader in home alarms.

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  1. Our family has been discussing these exact topics more and more over the past year or so. We feel that the country could be in a position where either the economy collapses or where we are attacked with an EMP. We are admittedly not prepared. However, we are taking strides to start becoming prepared. If you had asked us about any of these different suggestions a year ago, we wouldn’t have the first clue. But today we’re looking at how we can start stocking up.

    And not only that but we are involving the whole family in the process. Each of us have different skills and interests that could potentially provide something we can use or barter for other needs. We’re considering what skills do we have that we could use to barter with other families in the area for things we don’t have.

    We’ve considered moving to another country. And we’re considering how to protect ourselves too. Some of the more immediate things we’re considering is stocking of supplies like beans and other easily stored food items. We are planning on starting a garden. All these things are issues we didn’t think about before.

    I hope it doesn’t come to this, but if so we hope to be ready just in case. Thanks for the ideas and information.


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