4 Survival Tips for Single Mothers
Life can be tough as a single mother. You are already in a more vulnerable situation when SHTF, it can be draining, we know. Working to pay the bills and make ends meet may be a struggle if your salary is low. Over and above that, finding time to spend with your children will always be difficult because you need to balance your work with your chores at home. It’s tough… but here’s the truth… It gets TOUGHER during a survival situation. If there’s a blizzard approaching, you may be forced to huddle at home with your children for days. If your budget was tight, you may not have enough food supplies stored. During a natural disaster when law enforcement has its hands full, criminals may decide to break into your home as you're and easier target They may decide to do worse. Are you prepared? Most single mothers aren’t. In this article, we’ll look at a few things that you need to do to increase your likelihood of surviving certain situations.
• Awareness For starters, you must know where you stand and how prepared you are. Start saving small sums of money every month. It could just be a few dollars that you use to buy a packet of crackers that you keep in your cupboard. It’s the action that matters. Over time, you’d have built up a cupboard with enough food to last you a month. If the food is dry, canned and has a distant expiry date, you’re fine. Keep track of the expiration dates of the food. Consume food that is close to expiring. By doing this, you’ll not have spent money on meals for that day. Every grocery store trip, grab an extra bag or rice, beans and/or canned goods. Start storing them in an area where you and your kids knows where it is stored. Having money is a crucial part of surviving well. If your children are old enough to get a part-time job, ask them to get one. The additional income will help all of you and the job will keep them out of trouble.
• Lethal weapons Save up until you can afford to buy a firearm. This will be one of the BEST investments that you could make. As a woman, defending yourself against attackers will be even more difficult. Pepper spray or a stun gun will work but they can only do so much. Imagine someone with adrenaline charging at you. These non-lethal weapons can be effective… BUT… if there’s a home invasion, and there are 2 or more criminals, pepper spray will not help. A firearm will save your life and send the criminals scrambling. If you’re on a tight budget, you’re better off buying the firearm instead of non-lethal weapons. Besides a home invasion, getting the proper license in your area may ensure you are safe on the road as well. Firearms are great at self defense in any situation.
• Trusted circle Try and build a support network. It could be just one friend or a few neighbors whom you trust. If your house gets flooded, you could seek temporary shelter with your kids at a friend’s place. If you’re in trouble, your kids will be able to run to a trusted neighbor for help. As a single mother, having a support network will help you greatly in times of need. No woman is an island. Always keep family and friends on speed dial. if your kids have cell phones, make sure they do the same. Get well acquainted with neighbors and local police.
Follow these tips and slowly but surely progress towards a prepared life. Crisis can strike at any time and proper preparation will ensure that you and your children survive whatever comes your way.