Last update 18. October 2020
Editor’s comment : This preparation primer was written by guest author Mark Hedman.
So you chose the idea of hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst, which is great! But how do you get your family to live a prep lifestyle when they might not be as excited as you are?
Trying to convince your loved one or family member to adopt the ancestral way of life can be a daunting task. That’s why some people prepare for the worst and give you simple tips to get your family involved.
Why some people hesitate to practice
First, it is not uncommon for family members to be undisciplined. Sometimes it’s as simple as being lazy, because preparation takes work. Others fear disaster, so without preparing for it they adopt a take-it-or-leave-it attitude. They don’t want to face the possibility of disaster and possibly death.
This bias is a state of mind that people often have when they think about the reality of a potential disaster. They tend to underestimate the possibility that a disaster could strike at any time and its consequences.
Death would be better
Many say they would rather die than survive the disaster. They often develop the mentality that death would be better. Some of these people may come to a preparatory lifestyle, but if that is their honest belief, respect their opinion.
There is no money in the budget to prepare for a nuclear Armageddon
The cost of training is a legitimate concern. Many people struggle to make ends meet and think they simply don’t have enough money to prepare properly. Preparation over time is much cheaper and makes it completely feasible.
Tips for implementing disaster prevention in families
Here are some helpful tips to prepare your family for the worst.
1. Discuss with greater urgency
Your family may not understand how to prepare for something that may never happen, like all those people who built bunkers during the Cold War. (Latest news!) A nuclear Armageddon could still happen, and maybe these people were smart). Talk about the disasters we experience regularly, like power outages and hurricanes, not nuclear war. You may be able to get them interested and give them more rigorous training once they are familiar with the idea.
Approach them slowly, because if you don’t, you risk increasing their resistance to the idea, which defeats the purpose of getting them on board. Most people don’t like to make decisions when they feel rushed.
2. Try different family holidays
If your family goes to the beach every year, try camping at a national park near you. Camping teaches your family important survival skills like building shelters, living and cooking in the wilderness.
They also learn how to pack essentials like a first aid kit and shelf-stable foods. You will learn the importance of a long lasting tactical flashlight when there is no power. Remind them of supplies like a can opener if you’re stocking up on canned goods.
3. Ask someone to help you get your family on board
Perhaps another family member believes in the ancestral way of life and can help you get this message across to your family. Or maybe it’s a friend they’re listening to, because, let’s face it, sometimes inspiration has to come from someone else.
4. Use new to reheat before cooking
Sometimes a reputable source can help you get your message across. Your family can absorb this information much more easily than if you talked to them directly. The news is full of terrorist attacks, natural disasters, diseases and more. If you’re watching the news with your family and one of these stories comes up, it’s a good time to talk about preparation.
5. Indirect way of talking about your day
Indirect conversation is an ideal way to introduce the family to the preparation lifestyle. You can eat with the family and ask the kids how their day went. In turn, they can ask you questions about your day. You can answer: I cleaned out the garage to make room for emergency supplies or something.
If you mention it indirectly, your family will not feel like you are pressuring them. Don’t tell me you’re stockpiling for a nuclear holocaust. Dramatic talent won’t help you in this case.
6. Training books
Books are a great way to explain the importance of being prepared for the unexpected. They can be fiction books, but fiction also works well when it comes to learning how to survive in nature or after an apocalypse. They’re good conversation starters, especially ones that illustrate what happens when you’re not prepared for the worst. These books make good gifts.
7. Preparation kits
There are preparatory games that can be played as a family. Buy a deck of survival cards for a family game night. There are also card and board games about surviving the apocalypse. The game is a fun way to shed light on a serious subject.
8. Films, documentaries and television programmes
There are many movies and television series related to the lifestyle of Devereign. Some are:
- Apocalypse 101 from National Geographic
- The Apocalypse is currently airing on the Discovery Channel.
- American Blackout by National Geographic
- The city of Amber
- Dante Top
- Depth effect
- The undead
- Electronic Armageddon National Geographic
- I’m a legend.
- Life after Man on the History Channel
- Live free or die hard
- And much more.
It may take time to convince your family to participate in lifestyle preparation, but avoid direct confrontation or you may sabotage your efforts to ensure your family can survive a major disaster. Whether you choose a movie for the family or give your wife a book to prepare for Christmas, use these tips to teach your family how to prepare for the worst.
Mark Hedman is the CEO for LA Police Gear, an organization which has its main offices in Valencia, CA.