Unless preppers’ family members eventually accept the prepper lifestyle, preppers will be hampered in their efforts to prepare their families for future disasters. Family members who are in denial might complain about the time, effort, money, mindset, and housing space that disaster preparation requires. This article will discuss strategies for dealing with these and other related complaints.
Preppers, for example, must not:
- Become so obsessed with prepping for disasters that they do not take the time to relate to their family members in a joyful manner.
- Store food without adequate protection from rodents.
- Become so unorganized or lacking in prioritizing skills that their family members believe that they are becoming hoarders.
- Attempt to operate any potentially dangerous equipment without fully understanding the hazards that handling this equipment can entail.
- Store materials such as gas in such a manner so as to create hazards.
There are positive actions preppers can take to convince their families to prep. For example, they could:
- Introduce their wives and daughters to prepper romance novels, if they like romance novels.
- Put some of their prepping supplies into rental units, if they can afford to do so.
- Keep their prepper budgets economical by getting what they need mainly at sales and at thrift stores.
- Emphasize the accumulation of the cheapest and most important prepper commodity, which is water.
- Accumulate, properly store, and rotate food in such a way that it will never go to waste.
- Give gifts that their family members would like and would be able to use during an emergency.
- Teach family members skills that they will enjoy and that they will be able to use during an emergency.
Preppers must be patient with reluctant family members. The image of preppers has been tarnished by TV shows such as Doomsday Preppers. Preppers should keep in mind that disasters such as temporary infrastructure failures are probably more likely and much easier to survive than an asteroid collision with earth, for example.
Preppers would do well to encourage the prepper lifestyle to the degree that their various family members are ready to accept it.
If events in your area of this country become more threatening, preppers should be ready to take their more receptive family members to the next level of prepping so that they all can be as ready as possible to deal with future hazards.