Shelter and Personal Protection

Having a storm shelter and personal protection plan is another proactive step you can take to keep your family safe should the unexpected happen.

Storm Shelter

While the probability of you actually needing to use them may be slim, having these options in place will give you peace of mind and ensure there is a plan of action if something does occur.

What do you need to be prepared for tornados hurricanes, earthquakes or civil unrest?

Map of Tornado Activity in the US

When you understand the risks in our area, you can then proceed with getting the right shelter and personal protection products that you need.

As you can see from this graph, a majority of the US should at least be prepared for possible tornados.

Types of Shelters

There is more than one choice when it comes to storm shelter options. There are Bomb Shelter Hatchunder ground shelters also known as bunkers and above ground shelters with interior and exterior rooms known as safe rooms or panic rooms.

By taking the time to consider each option and the pros and cons associated with it, you can make an educated decision about which choices will be better for you and your family in the particular area you are living in.

Under Ground Shelters
Although it is always safer to be below ground level in a tornado, they are more susceptible to stresses and strains if soil freezes in the wintertime they are more susceptible to floating because of a high water table, they may be more expensive to prepare the site for if there is bedrock.

Above Ground Shelters
They require less ground preparation and can usually be entered more easily, particularly by aged or disabled family members; however, they may take up valuable space on the house lot or in your garage.

Depending on the manufacturer, the overall size of these rooms can hold a few people or large groups. Once entered, they will provide you protection from the outside world until things settle down.

See this page to learn more about Safe Rooms and Storm Shelters

Considering Personal Protection Options

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.

After you determine this, then you can explore the different personal defense options out there; pepper spray, fire arms and self defense courses.

Keep in mind that if you do have small children, you will need to be certain to keep certain personal defense items out their reach, by doing that, you reduce the risk of them accidently hurting themselves on an item meant to help keep your family safe.

You can also acquire the skills you need to protect you and your family by joining a gym. Joining a local gym will help you bulk up and get in better shape ensuring you will have the strenghth and stamina needed should something arise. Other benefits are better health and mental alertness. Improving your mental awareness will help keep you focused and mentally alert during a crisis.

I highly recommend taking self defense courses, weapons training courses and family survival training courses. Of course, any training program that you are looking at will need to be weighed for the pros and the cons that can be associated with it as well.

Keep in mind that different situations do have various considerations that need to be addressed as well. Take the time to consider your family and all the needs that they will have for their own level of protection.

You can then proceed to take the steps necessary to ensure that you have an action plan in place that will keep everyone safe, with the various physical protection measures you can take as well as some specialized weapon approaches as well. 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 shelter and personal protection items 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.