Smart Ways to Teach Kids Prepping Skills Easily

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(Guest post about how to teach kids prepping skills, written by Warren Kuhn of TheCampingTrips.com) Smart Ways to Teach Kids Prepping Skills Easily

Adults might have an easier time learning about survival and prepping as compared to the kids. But it’s very possible to teach kids prepping skills. It is all about how to make the approach towards prepping that matters.

Any parent would want to prepare their child adequately when it comes to knowing the importance of survival when left alone. It might take time to get the kid loving the whole idea of survivalism, but with time, it will sink in. Let’s look at some of the best approaches you could use in teaching your child about survivalism.

Teach about the importance of food storage.

If you are going to teach about prepping and survival, then food storage cannot miss on the list. Food is an essential thing you will always need to survive, and should be stored as one of the basic prepping elements. You could start by teaching your kids about the importance of not wasting food. Whenever the kid is full, there is no need to pour the food in the trash when it can be saved. Teach the kid about storing such food in the survival kit.

With time, the kid should always know where the kit is placed and when to add more food to it. To be the best prepper, the kid needs to develop a taste for vegetables. Sometimes you will not always get access to the favorite meat meals, so the kids to understand that there are other options too. This also prepares them to be ready to eat something new that they are not used to as an important part of survival.

Teach the kids about safety and emergency plans.

Teach the kids about safety and emergency plans

It would feel comfortable seeing that your kid can at least show some defense whenever he comes across danger. This shows that you taught him well about the safety and emergency plans. It is never too early to start such lessons when the kid is young. It is at such a young age and you will always get the kid being sharper and intrigued to know more.

Tell the kids about the potential disasters they can face in life and how they are supposed to handle themselves in case of an emergency. What is important is that the children not to easily trust strangers even when in need of some help to get somewhere. Prepare the kids on events such as floods, storms, hurricanes, and tornadoes. Whenever this happens, let the kid understand why you had to leave your home and other belongings.

Use drills to teach the kids about prepping.

Teaching your kids about prepping should be done through drills as a way of helping the kids stay sharp. Let the kids be involved in the regular chores around the house such as washing water bottles, clothes, and other types of cleaning without knowing it is a drill. Make sure to fuse such activities with more fun things to do so that they do not get to see it as chores. One thing you could do is make a game out of it and there would be a reward for the winner.

It is still important that you keep the kids strong and physically fit so that they are self-sufficient to defend themselves. You can get the kids signed up for classes such as swimming, gymnastics, martial arts, and much more. The idea is to get them to appreciate the importance of being strong and still be confident about defending themselves.

Use camping to make the kids smarter

Camping is often seen as the ultimate way to get your kids learning more about prepping and survival skills. They might be old enough to carry boot knives, but you can always teach them how to wear one and use it when in danger or any other need arises. Camping will get them outdoors and help them understand what the outdoor life is all about. It would be important to get them excited about the trip before the actual day.

While at the camping site, you have to teach the kids about the survival and prepping skills they need for the trip surviving outdoors for a couple of days. If you own a propane generator, teach them how to start it to get power for light and other users. One thing to keep in mind is the age of the kid when teaching them about using generators. Teach the kid about using what is available around them to make the most out their camping trip. This could be teaching them about getting clean water from a stream nearby.

Prep the kid about first aid.

First aid is important as sometimes it determines the survival of a person until a professional offers proper medical attention. The kids need to know more about the first aid kit and how to use it. It can be useless when the kids know where the first aid box is located, but they cannot use it. The emergency survival kits should still be placed in a place where the kids can easily reach in case the situation of an emergency arises.

Help them memorize the important contact information.

You can never know when the kids would have to contact you as the parent for help. It is the reason you have to help them memorize important contact information not necessarily about contacting you, but other important agencies. You can have them memorize contact information of the police, the firefighters, and other different disaster rescue organizations.

Conclusion

As you can see, prepping skills for kids do not have to be hard, but rather only the important ones to get the kids prepared for anything. Most of the time, you should get many people confident about their kids being prepared in case of any disaster because they trained them well. You too could be that parent by opting to start teaching the kids about prepping skills starting today.

Author Bio

Warren KuhnWarren Kuhn is an outdoor and camping enthusiast, always out to seek for the thrill and adrenaline that only nature gives. He even took up survival training to prepare him for the worst-case scenarios while outdoors. With his background, you can learn a lot from him so you can get the most out of your camping trip at TheCampingTrips.

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Preppers University – Sign Up Now

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Preppers UniversityFounded by Lisa Bedford of The Survival Mom fame and prolific writer, Daisy Luther, The Organic Prepper, Preppers University is a unique and interactive online school designed for a small group of highly focused students, willing to commit their time and energy to ensure their homes and families are prepared.

Preppers University Instructors

A really impressive list of instructors has been gathered to teach and be available for questions. Click through some of their web sites and look at the books that this group have authored. This is the best online resource I have seen to date!

Lisa Bedford, The Survival Mom: Lisa is the founder of The Survival Mom blog, an author, speaker, and will teach webinars throughout the course.


Daisy Luther is a prolific writer and author and is Co-Founder of Preppers University. Daisy’s expertise lies in the practical application of preparedness and common sense survival. She will be teaching webinars throughout the term.


Dr. Arthur T. Bradley is nationally known as an expert in EMP research. He has written numerous books, both fiction and non-fiction, and joins us to talk about EMP preparedness.


​Fernando Aguirre is better known to some as FerFAL, author, blogger, and survivor of Argentina’s economic decline and collapse. Fernando will join us to talk about realities of an economic collapse.


Jim Cobb is the author of 9 books related to survival and preparedness. He joins Prep U students to teach Suburban/Urban Survival and Security. Jim is a private investigator and is the lead consultant with Disaster Prep Consultants.


Mark “Merriwether” Vorderbruggen Ph.D. has been a forager all his life. Author of Idiot’s Guide to Foraging, he’ll be teaching how to harvest nature’s free food to supplement your food storage pantry.


Herbalist Cat Ellis shares her experience and expertise in a session focused on natural remedies for times when there is no doctor. Cat is a blogger, author, and hosts 2 podcasts.


Patrice Lewis, well-known columnist for World Net Daily, author, and blogger at Rural-Revolution will teach our Intensive students the realities of rural life. Our students will leave her session with a thorough understanding of the pros and cons of a rural homestead.


Cherie Norton is an NRA Firearms Instructor and an avid homesteader. She is a long-time advocate of the Second Amendment and will be presenting a webinar about keeping yourself safe through situational awareness.


Tammy Trayer is a freelance writer and author, radio show host and homesteader. She’ll talks to students about living of the grid, and surviving with no power.


Lisa Egan is a researcher and writer. She has a BS in Health Science. Lisa has worked as both a personal trainer and nutritionist. Her experiences help to give lots of information when she talks about bug out boot camps in her webinar.


Selco is the founder of SHTF School. Join him when he discuses what it’s really like to live in a war-torn country.


Steven Konkoly graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1993, receiving a bachelor of science in English literature. He is the best selling author of multiple books including the recently released Fractured State books. In his webinar, he’ll talks all about Pandemics.


A. American is the author of the Survivalist hit series. He is a prepper, survivalist and avid outdoors men with a wide knowledge of medicinal and edible plants.


Rick Austin is the author of Secret Garden of Survival. He is a researcher, farmer, and survivalist and will join us to teach you how to grow a plentiful and sustainable food supply that is camouflaged and hides in plain sight.


Brandon Smith is the founder and chief strategist behind the Alternative Market Project. He’ll join students in an informative webinar.


Tim Young is author of the bestselling book How to Make Money Homesteading, as well as many other books that can help people enjoy a more prepared and self-sufficient lifestyle.

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Home Emergency Procedures – Plan and Practice

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Do you have the basic home emergency procedures in place? Does your family know what to do in case of fire, tornado, hurricane, or robbery? If not, you should put some thought into making some emergency preps. It is important to make a plan, set up procedures, and practice them with your family until everyone knows what to do — without panicking — in case of emergency.

Each emergency should have a checklist associated with it. Each person should know what they are supposed to do, what they are responsible for, and know the overall plan well enough to execute it without having to stop and think.

Fire Emergency Procedures

Emergency Procedures - House Fire The National Fire Protection Association recommends that you put a plan together and practice it twice a year with everyone in the house. There are comprehensive instructions about how to go about making your family’s escape plan on the NFPA website, but the basics are as follows:

  • Confirm that there are smoke detectors placed appropriately throughout your home.
  • Identify all potential escape routes and exits, doors and windows.
  • Assign an escape buddy to very young children, handicapped, and elderly residents.
  • Decide where you will all gather, outside, after making your escape. A neighbor’s house, a light pole, a stop sign–be specific.
  • Each person should know how to call 9-1-1 from a cell phone or a neighbors house.
  • Obtain and place escape ladders near windows of upper floors. Train all family on how to use them safely, and practice until proficient.
  • Discuss alternate plans in case someone is unable to get out. “Sealing in” and how to signal from an open window.

The NFPA also recommends fire extinguishers, carbon monoxide detectors, and home fire sprinklers for your home, depending upon your situation.

Tornado Emergency Procedures

Tornado The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Weather Service offer a webpage published by their Storm Prediction Center which covers tornado safety. They advise that you develop a tornado emergency plan and practice it at least once a year. Your tornado plan should include the following considerations:

  • Have a tornado plan in place, based on the type of dwelling you live in.
  • Designate a specific place to take shelter BEFORE you find yourself in this emergency situation so you will know where to go and can get there in seconds.
  • Decide where you will gather after the emergency, in case you get separated.
  • Store protective coverings (eg: mattresses, thick blankets, motorcycle helmets) inside or near your shelter spot to protect yourself from flying debris.
  • Know the signs of a tornado, and be able to recognize when it’s time to take shelter.

The tornado safety webpage lists many different types of dwellings and instructions about how what to do if a tornado occurs, whether you are inside or outside. They also offer the following advice, for after the tornado is over, because navigating the aftermath can be just as dangerous as the tornado itself!

“Keep your family together and wait for emergency personnel to arrive. Carefully render aid to those who are injured. Stay away from power lines and puddles with wires in them; they may still be carrying electricity! Watch your step to avoid broken glass, nails, and other sharp objects. Stay out of any heavily damaged houses or buildings; they could collapse at any time. Do not use matches or lighters, in case of leaking natural gas pipes or fuel tanks nearby. Remain calm and alert, and listen for information and instructions from emergency crews or local officials.”

Hurricane Emergency Procedures

Hurricane Unlike tornadoes, with a hurricane you’re most likely to know that the storm is coming. That can be a very good thing, when it comes to making preparations. But it can also make you procrastinate, thinking that you have plenty of time and don’t need to rush. It’s best to be prepared and have a plan well before the clouds roll in. The Red Cross offers advice on their website about how to prepare for hurricanes.

  • Prepare in advance. Have an emergency kit assembled and an evacuation plan — which includes your pets — in place.
  • Talk with your family about what to expect. This reduces fear, especially among children.
  • Monitor the weather with a hand-crank radio, if possible, since electricity is likely to lost at some point during the storm.
  • Protect windows and secure outdoor furniture, and anything else likely to be blown about by high winds.
  • Fill plastic bottles with water to drink, fills tubs and sinks with water for flushing toilets, fill your car’s gas tank and have fuel onhand if you own a generator.
  • After the storm starts, stay indoors. Avoid contact with flood water. Do NOT use candles.
  • After the storm is over, be careful to stay away from downed or dangling powerlines. Avoid buildings that have standing water around them.
  • After the storm, register yourself as “safe” on the Red Cross’ Safe and Well website so your friends and family can know that you’re okay.

The Red Cross has advice about what to do to recover after a hurricane, advising that you take plenty of photos of any damage for insurance purposes, and offers tips about how to clean and repair your home. Spend some time exploring their website. It’s comprehensive and informative.

Robbery/Break In Emergency Procedures

Emergency Procedures - Home Intruder It’s scary to think about, but a break-in is probably a more likely emergency than any other on this list. The people who make the home security system SimpliSafe have put together a great webpage about what to do if someone breaks into your home while you’re there. They advise you to:

  • Make a plan before anything happens. Determine who is responsible for gathering any dependents, and where you will meet once you’re outside of the house.
  • Get a security system. It can be as simple as an alarm that sounds when a door/window is opened, or as complex as online video surveillance and motion detectors.
  • Keep your car remote handy, so that you can use it to activate the panic button once you and your family are hidden away.
  • Call 9-1-1 as soon as possible. Tell the operator about the break-in, how many people are with you in the house, and what room you are hiding in.
  • Keep everyone as silent as you can so that you don’t alert the intruder to your location in the house.
  • If you can escape safely, without alerting the intruder, get out of the house and head straight for your pre-determined meeting place.
  • If you can’t get out without being seen, then stay put in your pre-determined safe place. If possible, barricade the door (quietly) with furniture.
  • Wait for the police. Stay on the phone with the 9-1-1 operator and check with them to confirm that the police have arrived before you come out of hiding.

In addition to SimpliSafe’s list, be sure to go over firearm procedure with your family. If your family is at risk prior to the police arriving, then it may be necessary to use a firearm for protection. Smart procedure and careful actions are important to ensure that there are no injuries to your loved ones. Familiarize yourself with the gun laws in your state — especially the use-of-force laws for gun owners. Once you are clear on the legal implications of using a gun in self-defense, think about these things:

  • Are you willing to shoot (and possibly kill) someone? Be certain of your answer to this question ahead of time. Any hesitation can allow your gun to be taken and used against you.
  • Do not go on the offensive! Avoid shooting if possible. Be calm and patient. Use your head. Let the police take care of the intruder. You’ll maximize your family’s safety, and save yourself a lot of headache and legal entanglement by hanging back.
  • Clearly identify the intruder–and their intent–before firing. Last thing you want to do is shoot a family member that has made an unexpected noise in the middle of the night.
  • I’ve said it before, but it deserves repeating. Avoid shooting unless your lives are actively in danger. Getting out of the house should be your first choice. Waiting for the police, your second choice. Shooting should only be your plan of action if all else fails.
  • If you find yourself in a situation where waiting for police is not an option and you must shoot, then shoot center mass and double tap (two shots to same area). Make sure you shoot at the area of the body that is easy to hit while in close proximity to you. If you have to fire, it is imperative that you shoot to STOP the intruder. A wounded criminal quickly turns into an angry, desperate criminal; unpredictable and more dangerous. And keep in mind that every bullet that flies through the air could kill family members as easily as it could the intruder.

Robbery/Break In Reference Links

Each of these emergency situations is scary to think about, but think long and hard about them anyway. Think each through, carefully, and talk with your family about what to do, just in case. Preparation can make the difference between survival and tragedy. Don’t fail to make a plan and end up wishing that you had.

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