From Ready Nutrition:

[Editor’s Note: Everyone knows there is strength in numbers, and as many preppers are creating cohesive units with friends or family members, it is paramount that each member be assessed for pertinent skills that can help the group flourish during a crisis. As well, cross training those members will ensure that all members can carry on if one member is unable to perform duties. 

Jeremiah Johnson provides some excellent advice on what areas to look into when assessing family or group members and what the keys to success are.]

Good Day, ReadyNutrition Guys and Gals!  This article is going to give some pointers on continuous assessment of family members during a SHTF scenario.  Some of you may wonder what that is all about.  The concept is simple: as a survivor, you will need to wear “many hats” on the team (your family) that you’re a part of.  The best way to ensure continuity and success is to address problems before they arise or nip them in the bud in their infancy.

What Hats Will You Need to Wear During a Crisis?

Much of this depends on your role and position in the family.  Are you the Dad or the Mom?  What kinds of things does your family depend on you to do as the normal course of your daily routine?  What special skills do you have?  What special needs (medical, psychological, physical limitations, etc.) do your family members have?

Therefore, we have a few steps to begin with.

First you must assess yourself and your capabilities. Secondly you must consider each and every member of your family, assessing their strengths and limitations realistically.

All of this is taking one thing for granted that needs mention: this article is assuming you are the “bedrock,” a stable family member that the others will rely upon.

But is that the case?

Be True to Yourself

Now is the time to identify your own weaknesses and limitations.  Be honest!  As Shakespeare eloquently phrased it, “To thine own self be true.”  Be honest: identify your physical and emotional limitations.  Guess what?

You may read this article and realize you are “not the one” the family will rely upon…so bring these words to the family member who will be the bedrock!

Be the facilitator of information.  Be someone who is in on making the plan!  This is part of being a team: make a role for yourself and stick to it.  You don’t have to be the leader in order to take a leadership role in certain things, such as planning and organizing.  You may begin the assessment to have another member of the family finish it up.  Does this mean you’re finished?  Absolutely not!  You then become the backup: the one they’ll depend on if the primary leader “goes down,” so to speak.

You need to initiate group discussions on this topic with your family.  Few and far in between are the families where one person does everything for a whole multitude of family members.  Your…

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