I got this email a few days ago from Jackie:
I was wondering if you had any advice for a teenage prepper? I’m 17 years old and I’ve been prepping for about 5 months now. My family has basically given me full responsibility for prepping, I even have a set budget each month. But we live in an apartment and I was wondering if you had any advice on storing things and how to get my family more involved?
I love the fact that young people are realizing that their future may be very different and more challenging than that of their parents. With their young eyes they watched 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, the catastrophic tsunami that hit Southeast Asia, and so much more. If they have learned how necessary it is to develop skills and a mindset of self-reliance, then those horrific events produced something good and positive.
My advice for Jacqueline is to get her family on board with a massive de-cluttering project. Many of us own so much stuff that doesn’t have much value, isn’t useful, and probably isn’t even attractive! It’s just there, and we’ve become accustomed to looking at it, stepping over it, and walking around it! Be brutal. After all, if the house was on fire, you’d have to leave almost everything behind anyway!
Once you’re down to the necessities, you should have some storage space available. As you begin filling it with preparedness items, keep track of what is stored in each location. Pre-pack emergency kits and evacuation bags now. Keep an inventory list inside the bag so you’ll know what you have and what you still need to get.
See if your family is open to getting together for “Preparedness Pow-Wows”, or family meetings to talk about progress being made, what still needs to be done, and projects the whole family can participate in, such as learning about amateur radio, dehydrating food, taking outdoor survival classes, etc. Even when money and space are tight, there is always room for learning something new, something that will be beneficial in both good times and bad.
What advice do you have for Jackie, our teenage prepper?
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