Some of the biggest challenges with preparedness don’t involve bug out bags or long term food storage, sometimes preparing your home and family can be a huge challenge. This week we we’re honored to have Lisa Bedford (The Survival Mom) on with us to talk about some of these challenges at home.
For the few of you who don’t know much about Lisa, she runs the website TheSurvivalMom, has published a few books on preparedness, and is all over the place on social media. Her website is a treasure trove of information for preppers, and covers a wide range of topics.
While her website is focused on the female prepping perspective, there is something for everyone at her website. She also has an archive of shows from the Survival Mom Radio Network which is not active at the moment, but could be revived in the future.
SPP263 Preparing Your Home & Family With the Survival Mom
When disaster strikes, whether it’s a large, a small or a natural disaster, we all plan to stay put if at all possible. Therefor making sure our homes are ready, and we can safely sustain ourselves for an expended period of time is very important.
Today in the show we had more of a conversation with Lisa rather than a structured interview. We covered a wide range of topics this week about prepping at home including sanitation, getting the family interested in prepping, DIY projects, the importance of skills, and much more.
Topics From the Show…
Below are some of the topics we covered this week in the show, and a few questions our listeners had for Lisa. We went into much more detail about each of these topics, so make sure and listen if you’re out driving, working out, or working in the yard.
Preparing for Natural Disasters: Near the beginning of the show we talked about natural disasters and how they are different for everyone.
Sanitation: Because we are going to basically be trapped in our homes it’s important to keep them safe and clean as possible. (DIY ideas, sickness prevention, waste removal etc…)
Hygiene: Personal hygiene is about more than just not stinking up the house. (normalcy, sanitation, sickness, diy ideas, easy storage etc…)
DIY at Home: There is no shortage of DIY projects that can be done to not only save money, but to learn some recipes that might be useful in a disaster situation. There are cleaning products, essential oils, and much more.
The Female Perspective: Us guys tend to overlook the female side of things, and your needs. While I have both Lisa’s on I figured it would be a good opportunity to talk about how preparing means different things for man and women. (supplies, comfort, normalcy, family, pregnancy, self-defense etc…)
Basic Supplies at Home: Most of the basics are the same, but there are also different needs for different disaster scenarios. (food storage, water storage, cooking options, radios etc…)
Family Emergency Planning: Having an emergency plan is great, but if you are the only one who understands the plan, it won’t be very effective. Let’s go over some ideas for emergency planning, practice, binders etc…
The Importance of Skills: We talked quite a bit about how supplies are important, but skills are much more valuable because they will be around after all the supplies are gone.
Talking to Children about Prepping: Denise asked a question about talking to children about prepping without scaring them. Lisa had some great tips about talking to children and getting them on board with prepping.
Talking to Family About Prepping: Towards the end of the show we all 3 talked about the challenges of getting family members on board with prepping. While this is no easy task it can be done.
Denise: As a “survival mom” how do you get the whole idea of preparedness understood on a serious enough level with the kids without terrifying them?
James: My wife “tolerates” my preparedness but tends to avoid the subject all together. How can I help her understand how important preparedness is without ruining my relationship, or turning her off to preparedness all together?
Lynn: What are a few of Lisa’s favorite websites for female Preppers? This is also helpful for guys that are trying to get their spouses interested in preparedness.