Well, I am working on survival methods with my husband so we can be prepared. As I always say here: SHTF can be a personal situation where you are
lost hiking and need to survive, you are in a SHTF situation. It happens more often then people think. Look how many cars slide off the road that no
one finds for weeks.
My favorite book to tout is "The Unthinkable: Who Survives Disasters and Why"by Amanda Ripley.
I think this is a MUST READ.
The author did extensive research. covers every kind of response and why. And why people react the way they do.
The most important piece of information that she can't emphasis enough is knowledge and practice.
For example, there was a large company of thousands of employees in the WTC. The head of security always predicted another attack. He made routine and
practice fire drills. He showed people how to get out of the building. He even made the CEOs, who usually ignore it, go along, much to their
When 9/11 happened, he only lost a handful of people, due to his dilligence.
Not only did he train everyone, he also had regular training for leaders in each office, who also knew what to do.
When people know what they are doing, their survival rate is much higher.
The author makes a point that in an ER situation, it can be 26 before the S&R dogs even show up.
There was a town outside of NO that did not pretend they would never get hit buy a hurricane. They had regular drills, where every soul had ER bags
packed, would get into boats, and get to a destination. Every person knew their order and what they were doing, and what timeframe to do it in. they
held drills regularly.
They did not lose a single a person.
Authorities teach us to rely only ER personnel.
When people are prepared, they increase their liklihood of survival.
That all being said: children are a lot smarter then we give them credit for. You can easily prepare a child to do things. Even as young as three you
can start teaching children how to do things. For the younger ones, it is not necessary to scare them, but approach these things from a hobby or
The older ones I would not scare, but say: anything can happen.
Take them camping, and frequently, and as long as a duration as you can. So they get used to being in the outdoors a little bit. You don't want to
take a pampered child and suddenly throw them in a situation.
Children can't survive without their parents, but the situation doesn't need to be made exponentially difficult because a child is totally shell
shocked and bewildered by a situation.
If a child is used to microwave meals and video games, they may have a hard time adjusting.
And some very important things that can be done, that is a good idea for kids anyways:
have them do chores. In a situation where it is survival mode, kids generally have to work.
In the Amish country, children are up at five doing chores. So kids need to be conditioned to some physical labor.
And make them accept and adapt to change easily. Kids are pretty tough anyways, but some may be more resistent to change anyways. Find ways to keep
their environments changing, and how they can adapt to it.
Teach them how to do without. Challenge them to give up something for a week. Maybe even for extra allowence money. This will also help the learn to
adapt to change.
My husband will be depending on me, not the other way around.
And I think the men will be surprised at how capable women can be and survive in such a situation.