This 28 minute video is titled, “That’s How We Build a House.” Parenting Magazine gave this 2003 video their Best Children’s video award. The language for this DVD is English, but Spanish is dubbed in on a separate track. If adult preppers watch this movie with their children, they can answer their childrens' questions about the construction and operation of a house.
Children can watch the step-by-step construction of a house, including the:
- Design of blueprints by an architect and the reading of these blueprints by the construction crew.
- Digging of the hole for the basement.
- Placing of the forms and the pouring of the cement for the basement.
- Laying of the supporting beams and floor boards of the the floor.
- Erection of the frames for the walls and roof.
- Covering of these frames with insulation, dry wall sheets, bricks, boards, tar paper, and shingles.
- Installation of electrical, plumbing, heating and cooling systems.
- Installation of doors and windows, and the pouring of cement for the driveway and sidewalk.
- Laying of sod and planting of trees.
This DVD encourages kids to be mindful of safety. It warns that kids should not enter construction sites without adult supervision. It also tells kids that tools are not toys, and that only people who are trained should use them.
This DVD can give preppers’ kids a basic understanding of how their houses are constructed. Then, as preppers’ kids become older, they can watch google videos on home maintenance and repair and help their parents maintain and repair their houses. There also are more advanced DVDs that specialize on subjects such as basic home repair, plumbing and electricity, and home improvement.
In summary, this DVD, additional DVDs, and google videos will make it easier for preppers to cross train their family members in skills that could be critical before, during, and after an emergency.
Do your family members know much about how your house is constructed, and how it works? Have you done anything to cross train them in critical skills for house maintenance and repair? Please comment below.