Families who divorce can learn from disaster preppers

Many Maryland residents are familiar with the phenomenon of disaster prepping. This is the practice of taking precautions against any form of large-scale disaster, in the belief that families who are ready to face any challenge are better equipped to survive a serious event. While most Maryland parents are not serious preppers, virtually any family that has gone through a divorce can benefit from the following tips.

One aspect of disaster prep is having a plan in place to handle the pick up and transport of children. Parents who are concerned about how to ensure that their child is safe in the event of a disaster should make an effort to sit down and work out a plan that outlines which parent would be responsible for picking up a child from school if the need arises. Some families decide that the parent who is scheduled to have the child on that date will be responsible for picking them up and bringing them home. Others decide that the parent who lives or works closest to the school will be the one to go and pick up the child.

Another aspect of disaster planning involves coming up with a plan for where the family will meet after the children have been retrieved. This, too involves a high degree of planning, especially in families in which there are stepparents or additional children to consider. Many preppers establish a “Plan A” and “Plan B” to address this need. Parents agree to assemble at the first location, then wait a designated period of time before moving on to the second choice. It is also a good idea to designate an area at the first location where parents and/or children can leave a message for anyone who should arrive at a later time.

Maryland parents do not have to fully subscribe to the full scope of disaster prepping to gain the benefits of being prepared. It does not take an act of war or a major shutdown of society to have a need for these types of disaster planning. A natural disaster such as a hurricane or tornado could lead to the need to pick up a child from school and meet in a safe location. Families who have been divided by divorce can benefit from having a solid plan in place in the event that a disaster strikes.

Source: The Daily Caller, Preparedness tips for families of divorce, Jim Cobb, Nov. 12, 2013

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