How to Start Prepping With Kids

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We've all heard of people who live in rural settings or who have stocked up on 20 years' worth of food and water. We've all wondered how some people manage to accumulate the skills and the stuff they need for die-hard survival situations, especially when we're just trying to get through the day.

If you're a mom, trying to figure out what's for dinner is just as overwhelming as trying to figure out how you're going to prep for an upcoming disaster.

Fortunately, you've come to the right place.

As the oldest of six kids, I saw firsthand just how much effort it took for my mom to do "her preps." That's what she used to call prepping, "doing my preps." She would do things like order canned food from Cheaper Than Dirt and take an inventory of her pantry. She would make trips to Sam's Club and stock up on seeds. She did it all.

It wasn't until I had my own sons, though, that I realized just how exhausting trying to juggle parenting with prepping really is.

Even if you aren't a serious prepper, you should make an effort to prepare for localized natural disasters that you and your family might face. You never know when you might experience an earthquake that knocks out your power for days or when your city is going to be affected by a freak snowstorm. Prepping means you'll be ready for whatever comes your way and that you, your spouse, and your kids will be safe and comfortable throughout the duration of the storm.

Here's how you can get started.

First, know what you're prepping for. As a military family, we've lived in many different places. Each state has its own weird little quirks and its own particular brand of storms. In Hawaii, it was hurricanes and earthquakes. In Maryland, it was hurricanes and earthquakes and blizzards and tornadoes. What type of storm happens most frequently where you live?

Next, clear out a small kitchen cupboard. You know, the one you never use. Designate this your "storm cupboard." Fill it with bottles of water, an extra pack of diapers, and snacks. If your child has a favorite binky, buy a duplicate and shove that in there, too.

There you go.

You've started prepping.

But wait! That can't possibly be all I need to do to start!

Yes.

That's all you need to do to start.

Who told you that prepping costs a lot of money?

Who told you that prepping takes years?

Who told you that you have to know everything there is to know about survival to get started?

All you need is to know what you're prepping for and then to begin. Your personal finances will dictate how much you're able to start prepping right away, but try to do something simple each day, whether it be adding a package of beef jerky to your emergency stash or learning a new survival skill. The sky is the limit.

Being prepared for an emergency doesn't mean you have to move to a rural location or live off the grid. It just means that you need to be aware of your surroundings, aware of your situation, and ready for anything that might come your way.

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