If there is one lesson to be learned from the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s the importance of preparedness. Think back to when the virus first struck. Many people flocked to stores to hoard masks, disinfectants, and for some reason, massive amounts of toilet paper. Those in need of the same precious supplies ultimately had to pay a hefty price or go without.
When it comes to keeping your family safe and well-equipped to handle life’s curveballs, it’s important to discuss current and future steps you can take to protect yourselves, especially in cases of emergencies. This can look like taking the right measures to protect your possessions, practicing essential survival skills, and gaining a wide range of survival knowledge — before you need it.
If you and your family have been wanting to develop or enhance your household’s preparedness, here are some simple, yet effective tips to help get you started:
Out of Sight, Out of Mind
The average person might picture preparedness as an underground bunker stocked with dehydrated foods, water, and gasoline. While those are certainly all great supplies to have on hand, it’s not the only kind of prepping worth investing in. Keeping your family safe and protected is often more about everyday dangers, such as burglars. In 2018, it was reported that there were an estimated 7,196,045 property crime offenses in the United States. While most burglary incidents don’t involve violence, it still can compromise your family’s sense of safety and you likely won’t get any of your property back once it has been stolen.
Most burglaries are spur-of-the-moment decisions, so it’s always a good idea to keep your valuables discreetly placed. Having a security system such as an alarm and surveillance camera can help deter would-be burglars and stop crimes of opportunity. Having a security system in place can also ensure you’re more aware of anyone, not just burglars, coming and going on your property.
However, while surveillance of your home and property is important to maintaining your family’s safety, you should understand your rights when it comes to surveillance. Depending on what equipment you are using, what you have that equipment listening to or watching, and even which state you’re in can wildly change the legality of surveillance, so while it is a good idea to have some measures in place such as a standard home security system, you should always do your research on local and federal laws to ensure that you are not putting yourself at risk of legal action.
Using Tech When You Have It and Coping When It Fails
Technology has radically changed the way that people approach preparedness, largely for the better. While, yes, being prepared for the worst still means maintaining a stock of shelf-stable foodstuffs and having an exit plan should the big SHTF moment come, technology has allowed people to stay more connected than ever thought possible even 30 years ago. Today, those interested in keeping their families safe and prepared for the worst have the world’s collected knowledge at their fingertips.
You can download apps that help you manage inventory so that you aren’t over or understocked on any important equipment or supplies, monitor police scanners to stay on top of any given situation, and even provide vital life-saving knowledge with first-aid apps. Access to this type of technology is only possible through the power of the internet, another tool that has seen a massive leap forward when it comes to availability and connectivity through satellite internet, mobile hotspots and routers, and for those more off the grid, free access to wifi at a huge number of stores and restaurants all across the country.
Despite how useful technology and internet access have been for those interested in preparing for worst-case scenarios, any prepper worth their salt recognizes that these tools might disappear overnight. If the grid goes down, an EMP detonates, or the very internet itself is compromised, you and your family will need to know how to thrive without the need for the internet or technology.
Because of this, you should seriously consider teaching your family some vital survival skills that will help you all stay safe should the need arise. Not only will this be a great bonding experience, but ensuring that you and your family know how to navigate via map and compass, identify safe plants and mushrooms while foraging, and have an excellent working knowledge of things like knot-tying and fire-starting will help to solidify your survival and safety as a family unit.
Keeping your family safe and prepared for any situation can be stressful, but if you take advantage of all the wonderful technology the world has to offer while it is still available, a lot of that stress goes away. Additionally, when you and your family have a solid foundational understanding of survival skills that don’t rely on technology, you’ll be able to rest assured that you can all handle anything the world throws your way.