Turn Your Family Into Preppers

Getting Family Members Involved With Prepping

I recently wrote an article called Reluctant Prepper Family which discussed why family members are reluctant or against the idea or emergency preparedness. The article covered subjects like normalcy bias and budgeting issues. The purpose of today’s article is to offer further insight and tips on how to turn your family into preppers. Changing people’s outlook on anything in life is often difficult and sometimes impossible. None the less the following tips are ones I have tried and tested and wanted to share with you.

How To Turn Your Family Into Preppers – Tips

#1 Slowly, Slowly Catchy Monkey

As a prepper, you will have firm beliefs in the reasons why you prepare. You are also fully committed to becoming prepared for SHTF scenarios that concern you. When family members don’t share your beliefs it can be frustrating. Getting them to see the light is possible but it needs to be approached slowly. If not you risk strengthening their resistance to prepping which is the opposite of what you set out to do. Remember to take things slowly so that gradually over time they will build their own beliefs with regard to prepping. No one likes to feel rushed into making decisions and such an approach will only result in the shutters coming down on you from the get-go.

#2 Talk Don’t Preach

Remember your goal is to slowly change their minds by gradually demonstrating the benefits of preparing. This can slowly be achieved through normal conversations over a period of time. Talking as opposed to preaching is by far the better way to go about this. This is because preaching may come across as if you are trying to force them to change their minds. In general, people do not like being told what to do. So you need to make suggestions to them instead of lecturing them on area relating to prepping.

#3 Get Outdoors

There are many elements to prepping and in the early stages of getting people on board, you don’t always have to label every activity as prepping. For example visiting and walking/hiking in rural and wilderness locations as a family will help to strengthen the family bond. Once you are in that setting you will have more opportunity to naturally discuss certain areas of prepping. For example wild edibles or how to navigate.

#4 Alternative Family Holidays

Whilst we all love holidays in the sun and trips to theme parks. Try mixing your holiday plans up a bit for example, every now and then plan a camping trip. A camping trip will introduce your family to skills such as living in the wild, sheltering and cooking in the wild. These are all useful prepper skills that don’t initially have to be advertised as such.

#5 Go Fishing

learning to fish is a fun activity that all the family can enjoy. As far as your family is concerned your just going fishing. But as they learn to fish they are learning to feed themselves which is learning to prep. As the saying goes “Give a Man a Fish, and You Feed Him for a Day. Teach a Man To Fish, and You Feed Him for a Lifetime”.

#6 Martial Arts

Learning martial arts such as karate is not a prepper exclusive activity. Many non-preppers learn karate purely for self-defense. By encouraging some or all family members to learn self-defense they will be improving their fitness, confidence and the ability to handle them self’s in a threatening situation. Perfect skills for a prepper.

#7 Carry On Prepping

No this is not the title of a 1970’s British film comedy, although maybe it could be. If your attempt’s to turn your family into preppers seems to be failing. Don’t worry because even the act of just carrying on with your own preparations and beliefs will over time cause family members to rethink their opinion. You may have heard people in the past say “Oh its just a fad”. After your family sees this is not the case it may just prompt them to rethink their own approach to prepping.

#8 Ask For Help

Another way to get the family on board with prepping is to ask for help. For example, I wanted to write an article that involved information relating to health care. So I asked my wife who is experienced in this field to help with some facts I needed for the article. Most people are enthusiastic about helping and asking for help regarding a prepper task can slowly get a family member round to your way of thinking.

#9 News

Whilst it has its faults, television news reports can be a great way to start meaningful conversations about prepping. Family members may not digest the info you directly give them about prepping. They are however usually far more open to what they see on TV news reports. Recently there has been an increase in TV news reports about natural disasters, terrorist attacks, post-apocalyptic antibiotics and more. When you’re sitting as a family watching the news this is the ideal time to gently bring up the subject of prepping. I can’t remember how many times I’ve been in that situation only to say “I’m prepping for that”.

#10 Documentaries, TV Shows & Films

In a similar way to TV news above, documentaries are a great way to get the family into prepping. For example, if I watch a documentary about the war the family may not be so interested as if I watch a reality TV documentary like celebrity island with Bear Grylls. My point is choose TV documentaries, films and reality shows that would interest family members for reasons other than survival. Once they are watching them they are subconsciously learning about survival. An example of this is the other day when I was watching “The Day After Tomorrow” with my family and without any prompting from me, I was pleased to hear discussion about what they would do in that situation.

#11 School Activities

This tip mostly relates to younger children of school age. This is because many of the projects they are given at school can have a link to prepping. For example last year my daughter had a project to re-create a WW2 bomb shelter. This gave me the opportunity to talk in detail with her about what these did, why they were needed and why they’re still not a bad idea in today’s world. Remember they are children so don’t be to full on, but it helps them to understand why you prepare.

#12 Talk About Your Day

Talking is the best way to get across the benefits of becoming a prepper. Often the most effective way is indirect conversation. What I mean by this is you don’t start a conversation with, “why are you not prepping for an earthquake?”. Instead you drop prepper related information into the conversation as it naturally evolves. For example You and the family are sitting eating a meal, you ask your wife how was your day and she tells you. She in turn asks you about yours, your reply is.  I cleaned out the garage to make more room for emergency supplies. In itself its innocent conversation but none the less brings the subject off prepping to the forefront in a natural way.

#13 Debate versus Argument

When we feel passionate about something it’s very easy for a conversation to turn into a heated debate. A heated debate will have negative effects because when people debate they are attempting to prove why one persons point of view is better than the others. Heated debates will often cause people to become angry, this then leads to an argument and further barriers arising.

#14 Prepper related Gifts

Making Gifts of prepper related items is a great idea. Items like folding knives, compasses, wallets and pouches are just a few examples. That have multiple uses but can start a family member prepping.

#15 Prepper Related Books

Just like prepper related gifts, books are another great way to get across the importance of prepping. These books don’t always have to be factual books like how to tie knots or survive in the wild. They could be fictional books that have a great story that relates to prepping and gets them thinking about the implications of failing to prepare.

#16 Games

Another really good way of getting family members interested in prepping is to play prepper related board games or card games. For example, I recently wrote an article entitled Survival Cards Could Save Your Life in this article there are links to examples of survival related playing cards. There are also card games available like the conflicted card game which focuses on surviving the apocalypse scenarios. They currently have a new kick-starter project for a board game which you can see on their kick starter project page.

Look Out For Signs That It’s Working

I have been using the tips mentioned above in my attempt to get my family more interested in prepping and its slowly working. I know this because I have experienced the following results:

  • The other day my son came to me and said: “dad I have been reading some of your posts and noticed a spelling error”. Wow, I thought to myself he read it off his own back that progress.
  • My daughter saw a news report on the outbreak of the plague in Madagascar and also on the reported post apocalyptic antibiotic crisis. She turned me a said, “dad didn’t you just write about those issues”. Now she had not read my articles but had obviously heard me talk about hem and it stuck. Another great sign that she is aware of the issues that face us all.
  • I visited my parents the other day and was pleasantly surprised when my father asked me how my blog was doing, this gave me the perfect opportunity to discuss prepping with him.
  • My son recently liked some of my articles that I posted on Facebook. This is great not only is he reading them he’s liking and sharing them.
  • My wife helped me write a post on DR ABC Emergency Resuscitation and has since asked me how well did the article do. She is now getting involved and more interested.

All of the above signs proves it is not impossible to turn your family into preppers.

How To Turn Your Family Into Preppers Summary

There is no absolute guarantee you will be able to turn everyone in your family into preppers but perseverance will be the key. In order to turn your family into preppers consider the tips above as pieces of a jigsaw. Whilst on their own each piece would have a minor impact with regard to changing your family’s approach. When all pieces are put together you have a very good chance of solving the puzzle and turn your family into preppers.

After all, lets face it, when it comes down to it, even if you can’t turn your family into preppers your probably going to be prepping for them anyway. I know I am. So it’s worth trying to get them on board at an early stage as opposed to when it could be too late. If you have had any success in this area yourself with tips that I have not mentioned feel free to use the comments section below to let me and readers know.

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3 thoughts on “How To Turn Your Family Into Preppers”

  1. While I had always had a ‘preparedness’ sense, nurtured by Boy Scouts, etc. I didn’t know Prepping was a thing until a few years ago. For my family, it was a big ice storm that cut off power for several days. We had firewood and a fireplace. We melted snow for water and ate canned goods heated up in pots over the coals. That experience became the reference point for more serious preps: water storage (because we don’t want to melt snow again, now do we?), oil lamps (because those candles were kind of dim, remember?), etc.

    Larger events, more conjectural than ice storm outages, such as EMPs or civil collapse, have been easier to get the family to buy into because they’re only a few steps removed from ice storm preps. “What if, instead of being w/o power for a few days or a week, the power was out for months?” (Fuel storage for the generator) “What if we couldn’t get to the grocery store for a month?” (Food storage).

    I think a key is to keep things practical. The prep should solve a problem they can imagine actually happening.

  2. Speaking from personal experience, the documentaries and films work well for getting my wife on board.

    A lot of friends and family I talk to admit that a SHTF scenario is a real possibility, but they don’t want to take action. Exposing them to books and movies that bring some realism into the picture can help move the ball down the field.

    1. Vey,

      When you said “books and movies that bring some realism into the picture…” you hit upon the basis of a grid-down series I wrote. ( Not to sound all self-promotional, or anything.)

      I’d read a lot of prepper fiction. It can be fun, but non-preppers don’t tend to like it. Gung-ho ex-military types with all the answers tend to put them off. So, I wrote a story that was a more gentle introduction. Kind of aiming at the non-prepper reader. I tried to make it as realistic as possible so a non-prepper reader wouldn’t scoff, “Pfft. That would never happen…” Instead, things devolve rather logically.

      Characters who are always right, or never make mistakes tend to come off as preachy — per Jason’s advice not to be. So, my characters aren’t perfect. They do, however, manage to find solutions. The subtle takeaway message is that ordinary people can prep and survive. You don’t have to be an ex-military weight-trainer with gear galore.

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