One of our biggest concerns as preppers is, what if an event happens and I’m not near my family?
Because that’s most likely what’s going to happen.
You're going to be at work (once this pandemic is over).
Your spouse is going to be out, either at work, running errands, or whatever (once people do that again).
The kids are going to be at school (once schools open up again).
If an emergency happens, how do we rally our families when the grid is down, when the cell phones aren't working, and your loved ones are separated from you and from your survival location?
I talked to survival expert Jonathan Hollerman about this issue, and here is a summary of the advice he gave me.
How To Rally Your Family Together In An “Instant Disaster”!
You'd be surprised to learn just how many people are prepared.
They have food stores, they have water, they have purifiers.
But they never focus on different scenarios, especially if they're separated from those supplies.
Communication is the key!
You've got to plan it out ahead of time.
Here are three tips for rallying your family in an emergency:
1. Have A Written Plan Of Action For Multiple Scenarios
The first thing you have to do is make a plan and WRITE IT DOWN.
Writing down the plan makes it possible to refine it and to teach it to all the members of your family.
Don't just pay lip-service to it.
For every likely issue you might encounter, have a written plan.
Consider what could come up and plan out your family's response to it.
Do NOT have a family conference about it, however.
The heads of the household should draw up the plan and and share it with the dependents.
This isn't a vote.
It's a plan that you impart to your dependents.
2. Know Your Kids' Plans
Because you can't predict when an emergency will occur, you have to be flexible.
If your family isn't together when an emergency takes place, you have to know where to find your loved ones and plan ahead for what they'll do.
This will allow you to react accordingly.
For example, what will your kids' school(s) do in an emergency?
How will you get your kids home, and where can you expect to find them?
Understand how those logistics will work and plan it out.
That way, you can work to get all your family members together in the same place based on the starting points they'll each have.
3. Have a Fallback Plan
You know that old saying, “no plan survives first contact with the enemy?”
Well, every plan can go wrong.
Most of them will, in fact.
You've got to plan ahead for when things go wrong, because in an emergency, anything that CAN go wrong probably will, and at the worst possible time (as Mr. Murphy likes to say).
Make sure you have a fallback plan if all else fails, or if the emergency scenario doesn't fit any of your other drawn-up plans.
As part of this, you must have a specific rally point.
That rally point allows you to know that, no matter what else, there is one specific place to find your family members in an emergency.
But your family can't get to the rally point if they don't know what it is, and they aren't certain they're supposed to go.
As in all things, plan out your family's survival BEFORE an emergency strikes!