Originally posted by beautyfrompain
Newbie question here, long time lurker.
I want to have my family prepared as well and they all laugh at my paranoia. I have decided that even though they don't feel the need, I'm going to
prepare BOBs for my parents and two younger siblings.
You don't have to be paranoid to plan in advance for emergencies. There are a ton of government sponsored websites, ad campaigns, and pamphlets that
may help you convince your family.
I am in Florida and there are radio ads, bill boards, etc. Even the grocery stores here stock up and market things related to hurricane season.
The NE and Upper Midwest people prepare for ice storms, power outtages, road closures, Floods, etc.
The West Coast prepares for Santa Anna, Wildfires, Earthquakes, Mudslides, etc.
Midwest gets it all, Tornadoes, Heat Waves, Ice Storms, Floods, you name it.
Everyone should have supplies to live, at the very least, 1-week in a survival situation! The bug-out-bag goes along with that, because you could be
forced out of your home with very little time to prepare. (IE. A train derailment in TN/KY forced about a thousand homeowner's out for several days
because of possible toxic chemicals.)
If you are one of the subordinates of the family, you have taken a huge leap of responsibility, and IMO deserve a lot of respect for bringing this to
your family's attention. If they don't find your concern inspiring, point them to the FEMA, DHS, Local Health Departments. I am attaching some
links here. I won't go into all the preps you can make, there are a bunch of threads already for that.
In addition, if you are interested in this subject, it could make for a great career, and many colleges are offering degrees in the field, so toss
that into the argument!