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5 Ways to Make Preparedness Training Fun For the Entire Family

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  • 1) Make training a regular event so that it become part of your routine.
  • 2) Do some of the training at a more exotic locale.
  • 3) Get your kids' friends involved.
  • 4) Learn together.
  • 5) Use whatever skills you learn around the home.

For disaster preparedness to become a successful part of a family’s routine, it requires the efforts of every member of that family. Each person must have a role and must take it seriously.

That means the preparedness leader must be able to transfer his or her enthusiasm for the work to everyone else to get their full cooperation. Don’t look at it as a chore: Look at preparedness exercises as an opportunity for family activities. That way, even if the need for it doesn’t arise, there still have been many great rewards for the family unit.

1) Make training a regular event so that it become part of your routine.

Perhaps one meal a week could be from “rations” that include canned or dehydrated foods, with everyone pitching in not just for the preparation, but in a competition to make the meal as tasty as possible using just the ingredients in the the emergency food kit. (This also will give you a better idea of all the things you might need: Packaged spices, for example, can fit easily into the crevices between other food containers.)

2) Do some of the training at a more exotic locale.

This can be as simple as a camping trip. Most families benefit greatly from camping, so make it a regular event, but one that emphasizes preparedness training, with the training getting progressively more “survivalist.” Get to where you use your emergency kits and their contents exclusively; again you’ll get a better idea of what you need.

3) Get your kids’ friends involved.

Suddenly, sleepovers become an adventure rather than hours in front of a TV or on the cell phone. And most kids enjoy a camping trip more with friends along than just with siblings. This also can be used to teach the benefits of cooperation.

4) Learn together.

To whatever level you choose to take preparedness training, you can get everyone involved in some of the education. Kids will love the role reversal of teaching parents and your wife will enjoy — once she gets over the shock of it — having you in the kitchen.

5) Use whatever skills you learn around the home.

If you decide, for example, that true preparedness for whatever disaster may come means you need to learn welding, or carpentry using non-power tools, or vegetable gardening or any other manual skill, put that skill to use around your home right away. Making and fixing stuff, and having everyone help, will certainly endear you to your spouse, but again, it will help illuminate you need for additional skills or tools. And learn your spouse’s skills as well.

These are just a few of the ways to get everyone involved in preparedness training. A sixth simply way — ask everyone involved their opinions of how to make it more exciting for your family.

Guest Author: Alvar Cabeza De Vaca

Alvar Cabeza de Vaca writes on survival and preparedness in the blog [http://www.survival2013.com]

Article Source: https://EzineArticles.com

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