The importance and value of family and relationships cannot be overstated, especially when it involves an emergency preparedness scenario. While Hollywood, and a few gung-ho alphas, would have you believe that the “Lone Wolf” survivalist scenario represents the epitome of emergency preparedness, the truth of the matter is that it does not. In fact, this overplayed box office hit is just that; a way to separate you from some of the hard earned cash resting in your wallet. Even hit “reality” TV shows that feature single survivors struggling to make it through a “challenge,” are the anti-thesis of what emergency preparedness involves.

In a perfect world, which very few of us claim to be living in, we would each have a prepper group to rely on should SHTF. This prepper group would include all the members of our immediate family, as well as a handful of our extended family, rounded out with friends and their families who we have developed trustworthy relationships with over the years. This would provide us with safety in numbers, as well as the possibility to cover more aspects of the emergency preparedness spectrum. The videos presented in this training module may not deal with emergency preparedness specifically, but the information in them will come in handy for those looking to expand their emergency preparedness plans.

This short introductory training video explains the importance of building trust and relationships in everyday life. If you do not develop trust for the other individual, then chances are you will not develop more than a passing acquaintance with the person. One of the easiest ways to develop relationships is to get others to talk about themselves. People love to tell their story, but exhibit less than half that amount of interest when hearing someone else tell their story. If you want to build a trusting relationship with someone, ask them questions about themselves and listen, don’t just sit there nodding your head while checking your latest social media newsfeed.

In this video the author shares 7 helpful hints on how to change the way we view our current relationships and turn them into stronger, deeper relationships, with both our friends and our family members. Some of the secrets to successful relationship building may seem a bit obvious, but humans are creatures of habits; once they are allowed to get away with something, they tend to continue that activity until it becomes habit forming; those we love tend to look the other way, even though our actions may be destroying the foundation of the relationship itself.

The three levels of building strong relationships is also an important cog in the creation of the relationship itself. As the author explains, everyone in our lives, big or small, has had to go through these three levels at some point in time, just to become considered a friend/partner. It is important that we understand how these three levels take us from being unknown entities to best friends, business partners, etc. Each of these three levels must be addressed in order before a successful relationship can be built.

Now that we’ve looked through a few videos on how to create and develop relationships, perhaps it’s time we take a few minutes to discuss how to sustain that relationship after it has been created, established, and headed toward the future. This video explains how to identify co-dependency, independency, and inter-dependency within the various relationships we have in our lives. We need to be able to identify these traits and characteristics early on, so that we are better prepared for addressing, managing, and maintaining them.

This training video details three things that will doom a relationship in short order. Knowing and understanding what these things are, and being able to identify when they are occurring, will help us develop methods of taking corrective action. If we are unaware of these mistakes, we will continue to make them until such a time as the relationship has deteriorated and atrophied to the point one, or both parties, are ready to terminate the relationship rather than fix what went wrong; this normally signifies the death of the relationship and the birth of “finding fault.” Finding fault take place when we begin to identify all of the problems that occurred as a direct result of the other person’s actions, without realizing we shoulder half the blame.