Baby Boomers make up a large section of the emergency preparedness and disaster survival demographic. The term Baby Boomer was created to reference the 77 million US babies born between 1946 and 1964. In 2015 this influential and massive segment of the United States population will be between 51 and 69 years of age.
Beginning to reach retirement age while watching man-made and natural events becoming less and less stable and predictable, many of these Baby Boomers are preparing for a disaster situation. If you are a Baby Boomer that wants to prepare yourself and your family for surviving, and even thriving, in an extended emergency situation, keep the following points in mind.
- You are better prepared financially than the average prepper
Congratulations. On average, your financial health is greater than most Americans. That means you have more expendable capital to prepare for a disaster situation. Money is not everything, but when it comes to the safety of your family, it is nice to be able to afford more than just the basic necessities.
- Do not forget to plan for medical and physical conditions
Since you are older than nearly two thirds of Americans, you are likely to have some type of medical condition. This means your significant other might have physical or medical concerns as well. Getting your doctor’s advice about how to care for your particular illness or ailment in case traditional medical care is not available is a disaster preparedness must.
- If you haven’t begun preparing yet, start now
If you have not begun to prepare for a disaster or emergency situation, don’t worry. But don’t delay either. The perfect time to make preparations for disaster survival is right now. Research, make a plan, and get started today.
- You are probably better prepared mentally to survive an emergency than younger preppers – so pass on your knowledge
You are a survivor, and you have been through a lot. You have made it through recessions, depressions and personal loss. You know what it takes to be mentally tough during devastating situations. Why not take some younger survival preppers under your wing and help them prepare their families for a crisis situation as well? Many people younger than yourself have led a relative life of luxury compared to what you have been through. They may not be as mentally prepared as you to survive a disaster, and they can benefit from your hard-won life lessons.
- Ask for a discount
Preparing your family to ride out what could be an extensive period of time in crisis mode can get expensive. So don’t be afraid to ask for senior citizen discounts when shopping for survival supplies online and in person. You have lived long enough to qualify for any applicable price breaks, so why not take advantage of them?