airballrad wrote:Well it's not the fastest way, but my strategy has been being ready for when bad things happen. When the power goes out, I have lights. When the water stops, I have some stored up. Short on groceries? I have some stashed. My wife still makes fun of me sometimes, but she no longer complains when I pick up a little extra here or a new gadget there. Heck, I even got a new generator recently at her request.
18thRegiment wrote:I try my very best to educate and teach my family in being prepared. Not only in being prepared but making it a lifestyle. Instead they make fun of me ,and mock me, and the worst thing a person can ever ever tell someone like me. ( That's never going to happen here) They look at me like i'm a paranoid person. Don't know what eles to do. I'm officially certifying my family (ZOMBIES) any suggestions?
Doc Torr wrote:18thRegiment wrote:I try my very best to educate and teach my family in being prepared. Not only in being prepared but making it a lifestyle. Instead they make fun of me ,and mock me, and the worst thing a person can ever ever tell someone like me. ( That's never going to happen here) They look at me like i'm a paranoid person. Don't know what eles to do. I'm officially certifying my family (ZOMBIES) any suggestions?
Negative ghostrider, we do not downgrade people like this. They are still people, and are still viable humans. people, sheep, and "zombies" are not acceptable names for humans. Remember that above all we are a charity organization and that we have a "face" to keep up.
If all else fails, do what I did. Trade 'em in for a new family and make it clear that your house is NOT their bug out plan. Eventually, they might catch on (mine did) and start prepping, at least a little bit.
Doc Torr wrote:Boss, my post was based on ZS policy as this is a ZS forum. Not trying to start a fight here, just trying to keep the thread ZS kosher.
That said, what kind of tips are you looking for? Who are you trying to approach about this? Some members have had an easier time approaching their significant other under the guise of "stocking up food means we can buy bulk and get better deals!" Your original post seems a little vague, and it's hard to post suggestions when we don't know who the target audience is.
Jeriah wrote:My advice is to stop trying to convince them, but keep on prepping. Then one day, Sally needs TP or Bobby needs some AA batteries, and you've got just what they need...because you bought it, stashed it, and had it when needed. Things like this go a long way towards convincing some people of the need to prepare.
Regular Guy wrote:My suggestion is to just start preparing your self for your family. If you are the one planning, just do it. Don't try to convert. First time a disaster comes up, they'll get it.
silversnake wrote:I'll try to give a bit of advice. First, it depends on who you mean by "my family". If you mean your immediate nuclear family (spouse/partner and children) it's a lot different than if you're talking about extended family such as aunts/uncles, parents, grandparents, or in-laws.
For me, I started with my immediate nuclear family with simple stuff. No one needs to be convinced that changing the batteries on the smoke detectors every six months is a good thing, nor do they need much persuasion on keeping a first aid kid and a couple of flashlights handy in the house. However, it's important to be visible about doing these things and clear that you're doing these things to be prepared for life's little emergencies. The next step up is the small talk about "we really should have a second fire extinguisher in the house"and "we should stock our pantry more thoroughly so I'm not stopping at the grocery store every other day". After that, it's a short move on to "the CDC recommends that we have a few days worth of food and water stored up for emergencies and winter storms are just a couple months away so I think I'll do a couple double shopping trips, what do you think?" From there, I moved to a deliberate discussion of the "what if" of losing power in the middle of winter due to an ice storm. That convinced my wife that we should put aside a bit of money during the summer that added up to enough to buy a kerosene heater and a Coleman propane camp stove. Now currently setting aside for a generator further down the line, but not as much of a worry as we live in a suburb with good utilities.
Fortunately, I've never had to justify my purchasing of little gadgets (except the Leatherman that drew a "why didn't you get one for me too?" from my wife) and we're both into nature and energy conservation so we both agree on eventual solar panels/wind turbine and getting more/better camping gear. Even before we get to the major investments of alternative energy and a generator, we've got the most common preparedness stuff covered. Though, I admit that it may be a while before we work our way up to 50-gallon barrels of water storage and vacuum packed grain stores. But, I have started an interest in canning some of the stuff from our little backyard garden next year.
For more distant relatives, it's probably a bit harder and I'm fortunate in not having had to deal with that. My parents live in the land of hurricanes so they are already prepared for those and her parents were already reasonably self-sufficient long before I had ever heard of the term.
Last note, not trying to play forum hall monitor or anything, but you probably should brace for an incoming PM from a moderator over the post title as it does break the forum's rules and social norms. Kind of like I use a lot of NC-17 language at home but I can't use it at work or type it here to start a good political debate or something. Otherwise, welcome to the forums and good luck working with your family. You'll find a wealth of practical information and insight here, I know I did.
18thRegiment wrote:Haha....There's no fight here. You just came off like your typical forum hall monitor. Which is really annoying to say the least! But I dont think thats what you do, but if thats what you do. I respectfully ask you to leave my postings to people that will help me. I dont need a forum hall monitor. Lets shake hands from one soldier to another! Back to the subject!..lol..Now you said (hard to post suggestions when we don't know who the target audience is) Heres my first posting.
funkychicken wrote:OP I have the same problem as you. The wife was the same way because I bought 25 lbs each of beans and rice. When she asked why I told her that when packaged right it is shelf stable for 25-30 years and it would be a good thing to have in case of an extended emergency. She thought I was paranoid. She even made an embaracing comment about it at a party at our house with friends over. Something to the tune of, "Yeah, were covered if the world ends because Bobby bought 25 lbs of beans and rice." I got laughed at by an acquantance. He said,"what good is beans and rice?" Being that beans and rice wasn't the only prep, I just said,"This life boat is full, so find another, bud!" I thought it was kind of shitty for the wife to make light of my preps for our family for a disaster. I told her that she could dislike it all she wanted but don't throw it in my face like she did. Slowly but surely she has come around. She doesn't see it the way she had before. Personally I don't care if anyone thinks I am a nut bar for prepping. I'm prepped and will continue to buy prepps for the family weather she like it or not. There is always the plus of "I told you so" gratification if something does happen.
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