If you are reading this blog, then you are probably someone who already cares deeply about the welfare of your family and loved ones. That is why you seek to prep for them so that they will be taken care of in an emergency situation. This post is about family member specific preps that may be needed in your family.
Much of prepping comes down to not taking things for granted and thus preparing to cover one's family's needs during an emergency. In the good times, clean drinkable water comes out of faucets, affordable food is a fifteen minute drive away, and we live in homes with comfortable climate control. The more we take something for granted, the less likely we will think to prepare for its absence in an emergency situation. As stated in the last post, water preparations are more easily overlooked because for most of us who live in twenty-first century America, cold drinkable water is a mere faucet turn away; almost no thought goes into acquiring water as opposed to all the time we spend shopping for and preparing food to eat.
Similarly, because we deal with out unique family members on a daily basis, their unique needs can become so commonplace in our minds that we might overlook properly preparing for them. Imagine running out of dog food in the middle of hurricane recovery when roads are still closed. Imagine running out of prescription medicine for a grandparent when the pharmacy is still waiting for a shipment to arrive over snow covered roads. No one wants to be in these types of situations. Here are some possible family member types to get your prepping juices flowing.
Our fury friends always have our backs through thick and thin. Will you have theirs when times get thin? Many preppers are good at stocking up canned and dry foods for the human family members during a storm or emergency, but our pets can sometimes get overlooked. Some human storable food is appropriate for pets. Rice, oatmeal, certain vegetables, and canned meats can be combined to make good pet food. However, pasta and some other commonly stored human foods are not good for pets to eat. Some pets can also be picky eaters and not want to eat foods that they are not used to. In most cases, you may find that in an emergency your pets will be best provided for by having extra of their food stored away. Contrary to what many believe, even dogs can have delicate digestive tracks that can be thrown off by changes in their diet or a change in the balance of grains or protein in their diet. Having food stored up that they are already used to and enjoy will keep your pets well fed and taken care of during an emergency.
Remember all the other pet stuff too. Having extra flee and tick deterrents, prescription meds (if your pet is prescribed something), and pet compatible clothing may be invaluable in an emergency. I know that some of you probably just snickered at the thought of "needing" pet appropriate clothing. Again, this comes down to not taking things for granted; how well will your pet fare if your house loses power in the middle of winter and temperatures inside your home reach freezing or below? Smaller pets
Even more so than pets, you wouldn't want to be in an emergency situation that has roads blocked and the power off and find that you are out of diapers or out of baby formula for your infant daughter or son. I am aware that the cost of extra formula and diapers can make it inconvenient to store up extras. That being said, it would be far more inconvenient and troubling to have a hungry baby that cannot be fed because there is no way to get more formula. Even though my budget is tight, I would gladly pay a couple hundred dollars to get extra baby supplies to know that my child will be provided for should a tough storm or emergency arise. As a parent, I never want to see my child go hungry or experience discomfort simply because I failed to anticipate their needs. If you have little ones at home, it is your duty as a parent to provide for them no matter what life throws your way.
Elder family members, like grandparents, can be just as dependent as children are in a time of crisis. As many of you will know from first hand experience, there is a great range of independence in elder family members. Some need very little help to get by, while others need daily help with preparing meals, keeping the house tidy, and making sure that medications are current. Every family's elder members has different needs. In making preparations for your family, be sure that the unique needs of your family's elder members are met. This could mean stocking foods that they like to eat, being sure to have extra medications on hand (if possible), and being sure that accommodations are made for mobility issues. During times of peace, your family's elder members may not need assistance from a cane or walker. However, in an emergency situation that may require walking to get around blocked roads or moving to a safer location, a cane, walker, or wheel chair may greatly help your family's elder members more easily move about.
Special medical conditions
Another area in which one's family might have unique needs is any special medical conditions possessed by a family member that would require extra prepping action. This could be a physical condition such as a sports injury or diabetes. It could also be a psychological condition such as schizophrenia or Autism. I am not well qualified to suggest what all the needs and strategies would be for helping family members with any of these physical or psychological needs. If you are living with a family member who has one of these needs, you probably know way more about what would be helpful in an emergency than I do. My intent is only to remind families that want to be prepared for an emergency that extra preparations may be needed for family members with special needs and to remember to make these preps.
Basic preps are fairly simple to do. Store some extra food, stock up on clean water, and provide a good shelter from the elements. These are all fairly straight forward and readily achieved. What makes a prepper excellent is possessing that attention to detail and planning to provide for commonplace needs that are generally taken for granted. The mindset of a good prepper will look for what may be being missed in the preparations that have already been made and act according.