You might be thinking you’re pretty comfortable in the outdoors, in a survival situation. High risk, measured movements and calculated actions might score highly on your personal index. But, what about imagining you with your family? Having to care for a siblings family? Small children and even older children pose problems that are not accounted for when preparing for yourself and the care and forethought for others without knowledge requires increased amounts of patience and understanding. You also have to learn how to be a good teacher in dire circumstances.
It is important to note that adults with little to no experience or training in survival situations will need to be taught similar to children. They may or may not learn and comprehend the ideas faster. It will depend upon the life experience of each. Needless to say an increased measure of patience will be required with adults that need more assistance because you will assume (subconsciously or overtly) they will know more and need less assistance when in fact the opposite may be true. With that being said let’s take a look at what I have prepared.
Kids vary in ages, capacities, and levels of maturity. As you think on the items below, keep in mind what may or may not be appropriate for young children. I will not be a surrogate parent and tell you what is or is not appropriate. You will have to rely upon you own sound judgement. Some of the items listed below come with severe consequences if misused or if you abandon your senses.
These items are presented as urban survival skills. In reality they are relevant surviving and thriving in modern life. Some items listed below especially escape and evasion, may not be things we would use in our everyday life. One of the great things about being a kid is they can practice these types of things every day and it’s common place for a round of hide and go seek, for example.
-Setting goals and the processes to reach them
-Personal responsibility and assessment
-Nurture critical thinking
-Develop a strong work ethic
-Create a strong belief system
-Maintain control of yourself
-Appropriately confront disappointment, dispel anger and overcome fear
-Know personal information including medical
-Be familiar with the report of a firearm
-Identify escape routes from common places, include elevators
-Limit online exposure. No posting of person data
-Recognize dangerous individuals and places
-Effectively employ a sling shot, blow gun, long or re-curve bow.
-How to construct a basic weapon
-Comprehension of basic firearm safety and implementation
-Responsible firearm handling techniques and muzzle discipline.
-The difference between conceal and cover
-Procedures when lost
-Integrate with the surroundings
-When and where to hide if in danger (indoors and outdoors)
-Locations and addresses for family
-Locate fresh water in an urban environment
-Take note of exits
-Why and how to stay hidden
-Assist the under prepared or incapable
-Responsible money management
-Trade and negotiate
-Safely storing and saving their assets
-Realize item utility in a variety of situations. i.e. food is more important that money when you’re hungry.
This is not an end all be all list by any means, but it is a great place to get started with your little ones. Even for those of you who may have very little exposure to this type of preparedness. Also, it’s never a bad idea to have a refresher on those things that could be of utmost importance to us at some future time. It is my hope that this proves to be useful to someone who has children and can benefit by it. I have no greater concern then for the innocent.