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Confidence Born of Preparation

No matter if you are packing for a weekend hike, or a Get Home Bag it is important to be prepared for emergency situations.  Dave Canterbury, the author of Bushcraft 101 came up with the 10 C’s of Survival many years ago.  The concept isn’t unique, but by putting them in a list like this it made them easy to remember.    He believes the first five items on the list are the most vital to have, and there should be some recumbency for those items in particular. Cutting tool Combustion device Cover/shelter Container Cordage Candling Cotton material Cargo Tape Compass...

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Taking into account you will be carrying considerably more than just your bug out bag and essentials you need, you’ll need to carefully plan out what you are taking, what the child needs, and how it is all going to be packed, and carried efficiently. This disruption in your life isn’t going to be taken well by any child of this age group, so you’ll need to consider they may be more needy and vocal. You’ll be pushed to your limits with the crisis and with the child, so make sure you understand this while preparing. Understanding that children require stability, so when life becomes a bit chaotic, they tend to act out. They will require some extra reassurance as you make the transition into crisis mode.

 

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Many experts agree that we should be preparing to stay home for weeks or months at a time in the event that a severe pandemic swept the globe. Studies suggest most people are not equipped to weather a situation where they had to stay home and weather out a pandemic. We’ve had pandemics in history for thousands of years, so the idea that another could evolve and devastate our community isn’t farfetched. Microbes evolve about 40 million times faster than humans so one virus could evolve in such a manner that it completely devastates our immune system.  Typically, a pandemic...

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Children this age can assist in your family’s preparations, they can collect wood, set up camp, gather food, and other things that you deem appropriate for your child to do. With adult supervision, they can undertake many of the tasks that you do yourself, and therefore learn them so they can handle the situation if this happens when they are adults. Having a child tag along with you while you get together your items, purchase your bug out items, and put them together will assist them in knowing what is needed in the event of something happening, as well as...

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As children enter their teenage years is it important to teach them a sense of responsibility. Giving them tasks to do when a bug out situation is imminent is vital to assisting you in making sure your family is taken care of during this crisis. Giving them a task to perform is essential for all children at the age where some amount of responsibility can be given.

Here are some things your pre-teen and teenager can learn from you and be able to perform during an emergency:

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