Wednesday, June 23, 2010

FEMA, Revisited

Sure, I can talk the talk. But can I walk the walk when it comes to managing my home in times of crisis?

The Lord sure has given me plenty of opportunities to test my management abilities in the last month!

From troubles with our rental house that have required building crews in and out all day, house-hunting for a permanent place, and two of our children requiring two hospital stays in as many weeks, the last month has been one upheaval after another. (I’m sure you have all have times of extraordinary business or family upset, and so you’ll forgive me for my recent blog-battical!)

I wanted to share, over the next week or two, four of the specific lessons I’ve learned about  FEMA; Or, how to apply your Bootcamp for Lousy Housekeepers Family Emergency Management Assessment to real life.


Be Prepared!

Prepare your plan. As covered in Chapter Eleven of Bootcamp for Lousy Housekeepers, and previously blogged here, preparing a good FEMA plan is something that must be done BEFORE you get into a desperate situation. When your life is simple, your days are running on schedule, and your family is happy and healthy, you may be tempted to skip over the FEMA chapter and move on to more fun and seemingly “necessary” tasks. However, only the Lord knows when your smooth days will turn bumpy. If you’ve waited until you’re on the way to the hospital with your sick child, it’s already too late to think calmly through your FEMA plan! It may seem tedious, but your husband, family and friends will appreciate the effort you’ve put into setting a plan in place for your home when you’re unavailable to run it yourself.

Prepare your home. Preparing yourself for a potential Yellow or Red Day around the corner also means that your home must be maintained to Green Day status every day! The point of FEMA is to ensure your home runs smoothly in your absence or illness so that you don’t have to worry about it and are able to focus on the trial at hand. If you have let your Daily Focus Block tasks fall by the wayside on your simple, stable days, there is no way your family will be able to function at a maintenance level on the Yellow or Red ones. What does that mean? If you’ve fallen off the Bootcamp wagon, hop back on today and get your house back up to whatever standard you have set for yourself. Remember, maintenance comes AFTER you’ve de-cluttered, organized and deep cleaned. In the midst of trials, you don’t want your family to struggle to put together simple meals or find clean laundry. 

He took Summer Break too literally!
Prepare your helpers. If you have children at home who are able to complete independent tasks, you must train them to competency in these tasks now! Are there jobs you wish your children could accomplish, but you just haven’t gotten around to it? Make a list and plan on adding 15-minute training sessions to chore time each morning. Have older children teach their younger siblings to do their chores (according to their ability). Tasks like running a load of laundry or preparing sandwiches for siblings can go a long way in easing a mom’s burden when she’s sick or on bed rest. But don’t wait until you are on bed rest to teach them how! There are plenty of details on setting up chore schedules and how to train them in these chores in Chapter Twelve of Bootcamp.

It was such a blessing to this momma’s heart to be able to take the chore cards out of my oldest son’s chore packet last weekend and divide them (by ability) between his two next-younger siblings. My eldest had already trained them in his tasks, and with minimal supervision from me, they seamlessly took over his work. His siblings are happy to complete his daily tasks until his broken leg is healed, and I’m not overwhelmed with extra chores in addition to caring for my hurting son.

Next post in this series: Be Specific.

Now, go re-read Chapter Eleven, work on your plan, and be prepared!

Get to work!

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Heidi Schaap

Heidi is a child of God, a homemaker, wife to a studly backyard lumberjack, and homeschooling Momma to nine fun, highly energetic outdoorling children. Her family homesteads a small patch of woods in Ohio and when Heidi’s not in the kitchen baking bread or cookies, she’s growing veggies, playing tag with dairy goats, and shooing chickens off the front porch. Heidi loves books, natural living, and coffee…Actually, let’s put the coffee first. She is the author of Bootcamp for Lousy Housekeepers, a book she hopes will bless you immensely.

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