If the rest of your family isn’t the prepared type, it can feel like a monumental task to try to show them the importance of getting a survival kit.
The major media, after all, only show the most extreme examples. That’s because they make for interesting news stories people will watch.
However, this also leads to prepared people looking like maniacs. You only see the neighbor with an underground bunker and a 20-year supply of food on TV.
So, take a look at some ways to handle the objections skeptical family members might bring up:
1. “It’s a complete waste of time! Nuclear war will never happen.”
Agree with your family member on this one. Start with something more realistic and likely to happen.
Perhaps you should have a medical kit in your car in case you go hiking and severely sprain your ankle. Include some survival food just as a snack to keep the kids happy when they’re getting grouchy.
Keep a knife or two handy because you never know when you need to open something.
Then, you can extend this conversation to preparing for realistic disasters in your area like tornadoes, floods, or hurricanes.
2. “We pay taxes. The government will help.”
They might. But their idea of caring for your best interests and your idea of caring for your best interests can be two way different things.
Plus, you don’t know how long it will take to access government help. And, there’s the potential you specifically won’t be able to get help because of obstacles caused by a disaster.
For example, think of Hurricane Sandy.
3. “It’s too scary to think about.”
Here, have empathy for your family member. No one really wants to think about a disaster on any scale.
That includes a minor bee sting to someone with allergies, and ranges all the way to a destructive tornado and apocalypse and the downfall of society.
Disasters and emergencies are inconvenient, and sometimes, life-threatening.
But remind your family member: that’s why you’re preparing. You want to avoid the worst consequences of whatever it is that could happen.
4. “God will take care of us.”
Easy: God takes care of people who take care of themselves.
Remember the story of Noah’s Ark? Did Noah just sit around and say,”God’s got it under control.”
No one knows exactly how long it took him to build the Ark, but reasonable estimates hover around 15 – 40 years.
5. “We’ll just go to [family member’s] house.”
Depending on the type of disaster, you may not be able to get there.
And, what if they don’t have the exact supplies you need?
Going back to the aforementioned bee stings, do they have the right allergy medicines?
Also, the survival instinct kicks in for many people. And they might not be as welcoming when things get desperate.
Can you get your family on board with being prepared?
It takes some time. And work.
But you can absolutely get them to buy in (at least a little anyway).