Preppers come in all shapes and sizes. Even some suburban soccer moms are preppers (or wives of preppers). Of course, the example of a suburban soccer mom is meant to include all kinds of suburban preppers, with or without soccer-loving kids. The essential situation is that you, your spouse, and your kids are living in the suburbs — and then the SHTF. What do you do next?
Have a Plan
It might be hard to get the wife (or husband) and kids interested in prepping. But you should still make an emergency plan, and lay it out for them. If some disaster occurs — natural disaster, terrorist attack, all kinds of other scenarios — the plan goes into effect. My suggestions follow, but you’ll need to make your own plan, adapted to your circumstances.
1. Immediately text your other family members:
* if you are safe
* your location
* your immediate plan
Alice: “safe, at school, headed home”
Bob: “scared, on the bus, getting off at friend Mike’s”
Charlie: “safe, at work, picking up supplies, then home”
Deb: “minor injuries, at work, sheltering in place”
Texting is preferable in many cases. Some disasters will result in so many person trying to use cell phones that the system is overloaded. But texts may still get through. It is also quicker and easier to send instructions to your kids, written instructions that they can’t forget, by text.
2. Agree on safe places to go or to remain, if there is danger. If the kids are home alone, they should know the safest place in the house (inner room or basement, perhaps). Everyone should know where the prepping supplies are for dealing with different disasters and how to use them.
3. If home is too far from work or school, establish a secondary location to meet, such as at a friend or relative’s place, or a school or church. Make a plan as to which parent will pick up with kid where, in case you cannot contact one another.
4. You are usually better off gathering and sheltering in your own home, where most of your prepping supplies and other resources are kept. But you should also have a backup plan for bugging out.
The family bug-out
Evacuating the family’s suburban home, to escape disaster, is always tricky. Don’t be too quick to leave. Your safety on the road is at issue, as is your safety once you arrive at a destination. Bugging out is always a trade-off. You could suffer harm on the way to the bug-out location. And in most cases, that location does not have all the resources of your primary residence.
Have a bug-out bag for each member of the family. Have a cooler ready to fill with perishable foods for the journey, and a box of non-perishables. Consider other supplies needed for a vehicle prepping kit.
A set of maps is essential, as internet or cell phone service might be down. A dedicated car GPS system is very useful for bugging out. Keep the radio on, listening for new reports and traffic updates. Head for your first choice of a bug-out location. But have a backup plan, in case the path to that location is impassable or the location itself is unsafe.
There is a stereotype that the soccer mom, or the young adult woman, or the elderly don’t have guns or can’t be proficient with firearms. But this is not true at all. Skill and knowledge of firearms is attainable by anyone. There’s no reason the suburban soccer mom can’t have a concealed carry permit and some skill with a semi-auto 9mm, or an AR-15. Self-defense is a fundamental right.
Bugging-out with a firearm can raise some legal issues. Be aware of your local laws. And if you are crossing State lines, you need to be very well informed about the laws that apply.