Answer: Hi Danny. Thanks for sending me your question. There's actually quite a lot you can do, even if you mom isn't into prepping.
First, let's talk about your mom. Many folks not into prepping get turned off by what they see as paranoia, or excessive worrying, on the part of preppers and survivalists. They don't believe any of the "extreme" events we seem to be preparing for are actually going to happen. And many folks, especially some women, simply don't want to think about something really scary like an economic or political collapse.
My suggestion is talk to your mom about "safety," rather than "survival" or "disasters." Ask her questions like: Do we have a first aid kit? Where do we keep the flashlight? Do we have a fire extinguisher? When is the last time the batteries were changed in the smoke detector? If a winter storm knocks out power for a couple of days, do we have enough food and water on hand to last us until the power is back on? If she asks why you asking, just tell her your conducting a home safety inspection, which you heard about in school, saw on a TV show, or learned in scouts. Actually, if you join a scout troop (a really good idea), you will have to do a home safety inspection as one of the requirements for several skill awards and merit badges.
Beyond talking to you mom about safety, there's really not much more you can do with her. But there's still lots you can to prepare yourself. One thing is to work hard on developing your health and fitness. Being healthy and physically fit will go a long way to helping you be prepared for whatever comes your way.
Health & Fitness Tips
1- Don't smoke or do drugs.
2- Don't drink sodas or sweet teas. Prefer water or unsweetened tea.
3- Don't eat too much bread. When you do, try to make it whole grain bread.
4- Don't eat much white rice. Eat brown rice or wild rice instead.
5- Don't eat much fast food and junk food like pop tarts, french fries, potato chips, nacho chips, Big Macs, and Whoopers.
6- Don't eat much candy and other sweets (have an apple or orange, instead).
7- So, what can you eat? Eat plenty of vegetables. Also fruit, nuts, eggs, fish, chicken, and turkey.
8- Don't eat anything you know you're allergic to, of course.)
9- Don't be a couch potato!!! Be physically active everyday. Walk, hike swim, ride your bike, play ball, mow the lawn with a push mower, etc.
Joining a Scouting program is probably the best way for someone you age to start preparing! Even if you are in a small town, there is likely a Boy Scout troop or Trail Life USA group near you. They are often connected to a church, so ask if your church has one. Or ask your friends if they know of one, or even ask your coaches. Many coaches are involved in scouting also.
Scouting programs will teach you a lot of valuable skills, and give you lots of opportunities to put those skills to work. Scouting programs will encourage you to be healthy and fit, develop your maturity, and increase your self-discipline and responsibility. Working towards merit badges and other awards will allow you to explore a variety of topics that will be useful in any disaster or even a post-apocalyptic world everything fro Animal Science and Archery, to Veterinary Medicine and Wilderness Survival (click here to see a list of merit badges you can earn).
Another bonus of being in a Scouting program is that you will start to accumulate all kinds of useful gear - sleeping bags, back packs, compasses, and other camping and hiking gear, first aid kits, flashlights, fishing gear, etc. Its a great way to start getting some of those prepping supplies your mom might find strange and worrisome otherwise...
Take school seriously. Apply yourself, and learn as much as you can. Especially math and science. That stuff actually does come in handy to know later in life. One word of warning, however. If you are in public school (or even some private schools), what you're taught will be, at times, little more than propaganda. Especially history, economics, and some science. Just be aware of the bias of your textbooks and teachers, and seek good information elsewhere. Here are some suggestions to counter the propaganda:
Economics - Actually, economics is pretty much ignored in schools, though it is an incredibly important subject. And what economics you will be exposed to will be little more than "Capitalism is bad. Collectivism is good." I suggest you get a copy of Richard J. Maybury's book "Whatever Happened to Penny Candy." You may be able to find it at your local library. Or get your mom to order you a copy off Amazon. Its a short and easy-to-read introduction to economics without the anti-Capitalist propaganda. Read it. Actually read it several times. I guarantee you will learn more about real economics than 90% of the adults in America know today!
History - Another subject twisted by decades of Leftist propaganda. Unlike economics, you will be required to learn "history," but it is a history that will be anti-America, anti-Western Civilization, anti-Christian, and anti-Capitalism. Take on the task of learning Real History for yourself. Read the actual documents for yourself. Check out my #HistoryHub for the text of over 40 primary historical documents. I've also have a list of Real History Books tht I recommend. For you, I suggest staring with Juliette Turner's two books Our Constitution ROCKS! and Our Presidents ROCK! Read those books and you'll understand more about American History than the average college history professor understands.
Science - Two problems with the way science is taught today: global warming/climate change and evolution. Both are merely theories (and both with big problems), but are taught as absolute, unquestionable facts. Question them. Climate change occurs naturally over time due to a number of natural (not man-made) cycles. The theory of evolution has a large number of problems that it cannot address, but which can be explained by special creation (the Genesis account). There are political reasons behind the push for those two ideas. For the arguments against man-made climate change, check out the video What They Haven't Told You about Climate Change, as well as the other videos on that You Tube channel (PragerU). For the alternative to the theory of evolution, I suggest watching the show "Creation in the 21st Century" on TBN if you get that channel. If not check out the You Tube channel by the show's host David Rives. If you are really into science and want to explore Creation from a Christian point-of-view, get a copy of In the Beginning: Compelling Evidence for Creation and the Flood. This book is thick and technical (but well written), so you may want to hold off until you get into high school before trying to tackle it. But if you can handle high school chemistry class, you can handle this book.
PLEASE NOTE: Do not argue these issues with your teachers. It will only get you in trouble, hurt your grades, and frustrate you. Instead, for now just make yourself aware of the problems and alternatives to the climate change and evolution theories.
A final recommendation: Start reading the Bible on a daily basis. In my opinion, all our problems today ultimately come from our deviation from our Judea-Christian heritage and our relationship with our Creator. The most important preparation anyone can ever make is building a personal relationship with your Creator.