Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Letter to Family/Friends who might land at your Doorstep in the event of an emergency or SHTF


Since you have stated that in case of an emergency that you (and family) will come to my home to be taken care of, the following is a list of what you are required to bring with you and what is expected of you (and family members).

Must bring:

sleeping bag, pillow, blankets-for you will be sleeping on the floor
towels as we don't have enough for our family and yours
all food stuffs, canned goods, dry goods to help feed your family
cash, gold, silver, jewelry--may need to be used to help pay your way here
extras cans of gasoline, propane, diesel
clothing for winter and summer for each person
extra boots, shoes for each person
hats, gloves, coats, rain gear
laundry soap, bath soap, shampoo
all camping gear, tents, tarps, stoves, cookware, etc
any weapons, all ammo all calibers
diapers, extra clothing, toys, formula, etc for any infants
all medicines, prescription and over the counter
first aid kit for your family
school books and lesson plans for school age children
flashlights, solar panels, batteries
pet food --if you bring a pet and pet carrier*pet must not interfere with or intimidate our family pets

The following is a list of what is expected of you (and family) while in our (my) home:

Children must be under your control at all times, temper tantrums, arguments must be nipped in the bud.
All are expected to take turns and share in daily chores such as kitchen duty, clean up, etc.
Prep for meals, preparing of meals, dish washing.
Laundry, sheets, clothing, towels done by hand in tub out back
Lessons for school age children.
Chopping and hauling wood for wood stove.
Working in garden, preparing soil, planting, weeding, watering, harvesting.
Canning and drying of food.
Pet clean up duty.
Clean bathrooms, toilets, tubs and showers.
Sweep and mop floors.
Hunting for meat.
Whatever is prepared for meals will be eaten, no special meal will be provided. If a person doesn't like what is prepared they don't eat. no in-between snacks will be allowed.
All children from age 6 and up are expected to do chores and participate.
Everyone must get up at the same time in the morning except for Sunday, the day of rest.
All chores still must be completed on time.
Animals must be taken care of and fed, chickens, cows, goats, stalls must be cleaned, cows and goats must be milked, etc.

Complaining, whining, or arguing about rules is not allowed. Chores will be rotated to try to be fair to all involved. If a child, teen or adult refuses to complete their chores on time, they don't eat. The head of house hold here makes the final decisions and is the final authority. Anyone can leave at any time, or people may be asked to leave if they do not participate or cause problems for those staying here.

If you do not feel you (or family members) can abide by these rules, then we cannot help you and suggest you make other plans as there are others scheduled to come to our place in times of emergency and space is very limited.


Let's hope you never have to write this letter, but if you do...get it understood up front what is expected in your home!

---- a friend over at Prepare for the Future put this letter up on the Canadian Preppers Network thread on that forum. I thought I would share it!!!!


  1. It's a good letter. With some tweaking to reflect individual circumstances, I think it's a good idea to present to would-be visitors. In an emergency, don't fail to realize that the normal rules do not apply- don't be embarrassed to "lay down the law" to guests. Discuss the rules with them, including their children (don't rely on them conveying the information) and have them sign the letter as an "agreement" or "contract". My addendum to any such agreement is "You can leave anytime you like, whenever you think the rules are too tough or the work too hard or you think you can do better elsewhere- no hard feelings. But, you can't come back, so think long and hard about your decision."

  2. I love this...I laid down the law for my brother and his family because they had their own personal economic shtf and want to stay at our place...I think he may decline, our rules seemed to be too tough for them and the kids too hard to control. They are still welcome as long as the follow the rules, I think I may send him this letter.

  3. Kymber:

    Thanks. This was a MUCH needed post.

    See you soon.

  4. Got inspired because of this ...



  5. Anonymous - thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. You make some really good points and i like the addendum!!!

    AP - glad you like it buddy! And remember - if you end up high-tailing it to Canada - you'll be expected to follow those rules - bahahaha!

    Wolfe - i am glad that you were inspired by the letter. i checked out your post and am really glad that you and InnerRainbow will have the rules in place for others to follow. Now hurry up and get your butt back to Ontario!!!

  6. Kymber-- I love this post! Please forgive me for being remiss on the Canadian blogs...summer harvest etc.

    Hope you are well!!

  7. Excellent post! This will make people really think twice about coming over, less than half of these things in the letter no one that I know can accomplish and they are all fairly simple and common sense.

    But you are absolutely right, the law of your home needs to be layed out and understood if not find another place. And hopefully they'd find better but you and I know that they won't.

  8. This is an excellent idea!

    Great post!