Cue nervous “Zombie apocalypse” jokes.
Mention the words “Disaster preparedness” to most adults and something weird happens– Zombie jokes. We adults are so uncomfortable discussing the possibility to disasters that we prefer to act as if being prepared is as ridiculous as the possibility of attacks by zombies or aliens. FEMA found that only about 40% of respondents had any kind of disaster plan or supplies (FEMA, 2018). Part of this is definitely that coming up with a plan and supplies is time consuming and costs money (money spent on supplies you hope you never need–who wants to send money on that?), but I think part of it is also that preparing for a disaster forces us to admit that there are big things we don’t control. It forces us to remember that we are vulnerable– and who wants to admit that?!?
But our kids don’t have this same hang up!
The author G.K. Chesterton once said, “Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.”
Kids know that they are vulnerable and that there are big things they don’t control– this is everyday knowledge for them. If we fail to help them prepare we don’t shelter them from the threat of disasters, just deny them the knowledge of how to “kill the dragons”.
On this page you will find link to posts about our families journey to become more prepared– Prepared both for emergency/ disaster situations and prepared to provide ourselves with better food independence in the face of more expensive food prices due to disaster that occur in our food producing regions.
Please know that I am not an expert on either of these two things! Far from it! All of those thing I said at the beginning about zombie jokes and anxiety– yep, I know a little about burying one’s head in the sand.
And food growing–we’ll be learning that from the start as well! So if you’ve ready for an adventure– and probably some mistakes along the way, click on the links below. And so let’s be ready!