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Disaster Preparedness: Prepping with Kids.

Teaching children what to do during any emergency is part of the preparation process.

As we always say, no one is sure when or where the big one will happen. The kids might not be with you on that day so in order to ensure that they will survive it, you need to train them on disaster preparedness. What is so great about giving prepping tips for kids is that they will bring this knowledge with them for the rest of their lives.

For us preppers, disaster preparedness is not just about boy scout or girl scout training; it is arming the children with knowledge that is on a higher level. While others teach the youth to fish, you are teaching them to fish, hunt, forage, cook, build a shelter, the list goes on.

1. Make sure your child knows he/she is safe.

It’s your responsibility as a parent to keep your child safe. And the first way to do that is to tell them they’re safe, offering hugs and security is your job. During natural disasters, things can always get out of hand. But your kids will feel confident knowing that you’re doing your best for them. Stay calm, kids can feel our distress, even if they are 2 weeks or 2 days old! 

2. Disaster preparedness lessons: Let them experiment.

We all know that the best way to learn is by doing. Space or no space, give your kids their own little plot of garden space ( 1 plant will do), their own animal (my kids have fishes), or their own part of the farm (the best) that is their responsibility. Start by letting them work alongside you, then let them experiment as they get older and have a better grasp of what they are doing. They may surprise you by finding better methods than the ones that you’re currently using! 

3.Part of training children on disaster preparedness is to have them memorize important contact numbers. 

Require your kids to know the difference of disaster rescue organizations, police, and fire fighters ( the good guys) and these who will prey on our children during a distress ( the bad guys). Your kids need to have access to survival food kits in case if disasters strike while they’re away from home. My attitude in life having a plan A, plan B, plan C....all the way to Z.

4. Don’t assume that they know something about disaster preparedness.

They may know that your magnesium stick is used to start fires, look for a clean water, do not step on open electrical wire, but you need to teach them the technical skill as if they’ve never done it before, because they haven’t. Yes, be that broken record and keep change their minds to think, make it a new game so they do not even realize they learning. You don’t want to leave holes in their training, so start at step one with every new task. Start with your own kids and teach others. On this web site you will find great tips under "Life Lessons" for every day life situation, keep coming for new lessons and tips.