Personal Protection for Disasters
Personal Protection in the Event of a Disaster
When it comes to deciding what personal protection strategy is best for you and your family, you need to consider how you plan to respond to any threats during a disaster.
After you determine this, then you can explore the different personal defense options out there; pepper spray, firearms and self-defense courses.
Keep in mind that if you have small children, you will need to be sure to keep certain personal defense items out their reach. By doing so, you reduce the risk of them accidently hurting themselves on an item meant to help keep your family safe.
Disasters and Firearms
Use the least amount of force necessary
to diffuse a situation.
If you can yell at someone who is stealing veggies out of your garden, yell at them. Don't throw rocks at them. If you need to, throw a rock. If you can throw a rock, don't use pepper spray. Sometimes, someone will get in your face and want to intimidate you or threaten you. If you can use pepper spray, don't use a gun. There may be a time when you have to use a gun. I sure hope that never happens to you or to me.I cannot imagine ever having to point my gun at someone. But then, no one has ever threatened to harm one of my children.
When considering specific personal protection devices, such as firearms, there is one thing that I have learned from all of my research - it really doesn't matter which weapon you choose. There is no "one" natural disaster gun that is better than all of the others. There is no perfect firearm for a man-made disaster. Nothing is going to ensure you survive a riot or a an intimidating person who wants your store of food.
Whatever you feel comfortable with is the weapon you should continue to use. I'll tell you why, too. If you find yourself in a situation where someone is trying to break down your door, you do not want to be learning how to operate a new "best of the breed" firearm that you just purchased. Stick with what you know.
Now, I'm assuming you have had plenty of training with your firearm(s), but if you haven't, make sure you know everything there is to know about your particular weapon choice(s) as well as how to use what you have in a variety of situations. There are plenty of places where you can receive excellent training at reasonable prices - and know that you are trained to handle disasters or all kinds. The whole idea is to be prepared, right?
Disasters and Personal Fitness
You can also acquire the some of the skills you need to protect yourself and your family by joining a gym. Joining a local gym will help you increase your muscle mass and just generally get in better shape, ensuring you will have the strength and stamina needed should you be forced to defend yourself against someone in a physical altercation.
Let's face it, if someone has just stolen all of the gas out of your car, you aren't going to be a threat to them if you are overweight and unable to run after them with OR without a weapon. Believe me, the bad guys know who to pick on. If you are out of shape, get in shape. If you are in decent shape, you can get in better shape. I'm speaking to myself here, too. I have work to do myself.
Physical fitness has other benefits, too. You will have better health and mental alertness. Your judgement skills are more sharp when your physical activity increases. Improving your mental awareness will help keep you focused and attuned to the crisis at hand if something does happen.
Disasters and Self-Defense
I highly recommend taking self defense courses and survival training courses. Doing so can, literally, save your life.
Most criminals are looking for easy targets. By making yourself a difficult target, you improve your chances for survival.
There are many self-defense classes available in cities nationwide which can improve skills of all kinds, including hand-to-hand combat, urban survival, bullying for teens, low-light attack scenarios, and so on. The more training you can get, the better prepared you will be and the more likely you will survive an encounter with a scumbag.
Take the time to consider your family and all the needs that they will have at their level, too.
You can then proceed to take the steps necessary to ensure that you have an action plan in place that will keep them safe, with the various physical protection measures you can take. Just make sure that you consider the age appropriateness of any of the different options you take and make sure it is the right choice for your family. That way, you will have minimal concerns with their safety.
Keeping Your Family Safe
As you consider having these safety measures in place, you need to be sure that you do take the time to educate your family on the use of the personal protection products that you have.
Explain the times when you might need to use them and have them understand that as a rule, they shouldn't play in them. This will ensure that you can count on items being there should you need them.