Single Parent Prepping
With the ever accumulating array of weather anomalies, economic breakdowns, and other threatening circumstances, more and more people are searching out information on how to prepare for disasters. But there is not a lot of information out there for single moms-or dads. Being a single parent already puts a lot of financial stress on the household, and in these tough economic times it may seem tough to buy extra supplies for emergency scenarios. Survival itself will definitely be tougher as you will have another (possibly non-contributing) mouth to feed, shelter and protect; and children tend to be more sensitive to illness and catch viruses quickly.
But do not give up hope. If you prepare yourself and your young ones now, things will go that much smoother.
Food and water prepping
Single parents can stock up on food by watching sales and clipping coupons. Food banks mainly give out nonperishables that you can stock for emergencies. And do not feel self-conscious about visiting your local food bank weekly. You are doing it to ensure your family’s safety. Plus we all know the price of food will never go down, and at the very least you will have a backup supply for that week your check ran short.
Your local thrift stores often have very good sales; get on their mailing list to stay informed. Purchase clothing that is slightly larger than your child, and rotate by the season.
Stocking up on supplies like emergency cookware and extra clothing may be a bit trickier on a tight budget. Visit your local Goodwill and Salvation Army regularly. Now you will not be able to find everything you are looking for on every visit, but what I do is keep a list of items I am looking for in my wallet, and when I go I always find something I need that is very inexpensive. Be sure to check the expiration dates every three months.
What you need
By all means stock more if you are able, but enough supplies for 72 hours is a splendid start. Per person: 3 breakfast, lunch, and dinner meals, at least three gallons of water, diapers(if needed) personal hygiene (including feminine products, hand sanitizer, toilet paper) flashlights and extra batteries, emergency candles, eating utensils and bowls, a good knife, and cards or some other entertainment. Prescription medicines, a manual can opener, trash bags and a first aid kit are necessary. For clothes, pack at least two pants, long sleeve shirts, t-shirts, and underwear; and at least three pair of thick socks, as well as a rain-proof shell. Try to stay away from cotton. It is the leading cause of hypothermia. Man-made fabrics and wool are your best bet to wick moisture and keep you warm.
Things to remember
Keep your family’s birth certificates, immunization records, and any other pertinent information in you Bug Out Bag.
Stay up to date on the tetanus shot. Lockjaw is not a pretty picture.
Practice emergency plans for every scenario you can think of every month. Make it a game. My kids LOVE this, and it is a perfect rainy day activity.
Involve your kids in the prepping. Nothing calms a child more than being in control of something, and if a disaster ever strikes, he will not panic, causing much less stress for everyone.
Be sure your child has memorized the numbers of your work, home, and cell, as well as those of a trusted friend. They should know how and when to call 911, and their home address.
Keep some grapefruit seed extract in your preps. It is said it is such a powerful antioxidant and antibiotic that it outperforms prescription antibiotics, and gets rid of even the most stubborn bug. Plus it has 0 side effects.
Lavender essential oil is calming, and a few drops on the front of your child’s jacket collar will bring about a sense of peace and tranquility. I use a few drops around my boys’ room on those particularly rough evenings.
Learn self-defense. Most police departments hold free self-defense classes, and if they do not they will be delighted to point you in the right direction. Plus You Tube has a lot of tutorials you can check out.
Knowledge. Read. Learn. Read some more. Join forums and ask questions, gain information. Survival forums offer a wonderful source of community and a plethora of knowledge.
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The most important thing you can do to survive, is decide you want to.