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How to implement disaster prep into a child custody arrangement

Most Arizona families understand the need to be adequately prepared for a disaster. Media coverage of large-scale natural disasters has led many Americans to consider if their own preparation are sufficient to ensure that their family could weather such a challenge. However, when divorce changes the family structure through a child custody agreement, it can be difficult to implement a plan that is likely to be effective.

One aspect of disaster planning that many families focus on involves stockpiling supplies that may be needed in the event of a disaster. The most essential need is for potable water, and this is often the first thing that disaster preppers stock. Having access to drinkable water can mean the difference between life and death, and is an important consideration no matter which type of large-scale event one is preparing for.

When children spend time within two households, having adequate levels of supplies within each home can be a challenge. This is especially true when one parent does not share the other's zeal for prepping. For parents who are concerned over the level of supplies in the home of their ex, there are very few options available.

One approach could be to sit down with the other parent and talk through the issue. However, if this is not effective, the next step involves asking for permission to amass a stockpile of supplies and help find a means to store them in the home of the other spouse. Arizona parents who attempt this tactic are most effective when they focus on their concern for their children, rather than trying to convert a former spouse to the prepping lifestyle. Few parents will refuse reasonable offers to amass a stockpile after a child custody arrangement is in place, when doing so requires no effort or expense on their part.

Source: The Daily Caller, Preparedness tips for families of divorce, Jim Cobb, Nov. 12, 2013

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