your family prepared for survival in a disaster in New
Zealand. Due to its location and environment, New Zealand
faces many potential disasters. In some cases, such as
a weather related or volcanic disaster, there may be time
for a warning. But an earthquake or a tsunami close to
land could strike without warning. All disasters have
the potential to cause disruption, damage property and
take lives. Being prepared could go a real long
way to making life easer for you and your family and help
them survive a disaster.
YOU PROTECT YOUR FAMILY AT HOME!
Are You Doing a Good Job of Deterring People Who May Want
to Do Harm to Your Family?
By this I mean, does your home look like an enticing target
to a burglar or does it look like it is well protected? Having
basic security measures in place such as motion lights and
prominently placed home security signs may make your house
less attractive to a potential home invader.
Another thing to consider is the decor of your home. Do you
enjoy lots of sunshine so you have huge windows with no curtains?
This may fit your personal style of decor but it also lets
anyone who walks by your home see that your 60? flat screen
TV is right there in your ground-level living room.
On the other side of the coin, if you have young children,
do you have curtains with colorful puppies and kittens hanging
in their windows? If you do, you may want to consider changing
to something that doesn’t shout, “HEY, THIS IS
MY CHILD’S BEDROOM” to potential child predators.
Do You Have a System in Place to Detect When Your Family Actually
Ask yourself this, would you know if there was an intruder
in your house during the middle of the night if you were sleeping?
Believe it or not, it’s quite common for burglars or
even predators to make entry into homes without the homeowners
having any knowledge whatsoever.
A good home security system is one example of a way of detecting
that there is a threat in your home that needs your attention.
Perimeter alarms around your property are another example
of a way that you can receive an early warning that you might
need to jump into fight or flight mode.
Are the Rooms in Your Home Strategically Located so You’ll
Actually Have a Chance of Protecting Your Loved Ones?
If someone is able to gain entry into your home during the
night and the first bedrooms they come across have your sweet
little children asleep in them, while you’re sound asleep,
this puts you at a distinct disadvantage when it comes to
I would prefer that anyone who was able to break into my home
would have to pass my bedroom before they could get to any
of my children’s bedrooms.
Do You Have a Backup Method of Calling for Help in an Emergency?
Experienced burglars or predators will know that if they wake
you up, the first thing you’re probably going to do
is call 111. Unfortunately, they also know that many home
security systems are connected to your home’s telephone
landline. If an intruder took the time to cut your phone line
before they made entry into your home, would you have a way
of calling 111 for help?
A good habit to get into is to always have a phone next to
your bed. This includes both a landline and your cell phone.
This way, if you hear a “bump in the night”, you
can get the police heading your way immediately. If your cell
phone charger is on the nightstand next to your bed, and your
landline has been cut, you’ll still have a way of calling
Do You Have the Necessary Gear to Protect Your Family from
I know that a lot of prepping websites write about firearms
but I’m not going to. I certainly have nothing against
them but this is one of those topics that I keep to myself
about. What I will say is that I think it’s important
to have some type of effective “force multiplier”
readily available so that you can protect yourself or your
family should the need arise. How you choose to do that is
entirely up to you.
Would You Really Be Proficient in a Life-Threatening Situation
with Your Personal Protection Gear?
Whatever type of force multiplier you plan on using to protect
your family, you need to be very proficient with it. During
an actual home invasion, your adrenaline will be pumping like
crazy! Whether you want to believe it or not, you’re
probably also going to be scared. If you’ve only practiced
using the gear that you plan on protecting you and your family
with a few times, the combination of fear and adrenaline could
significantly inhibit your ability to actually protect your
family when it really counts.
If, on the other hand, you have practiced so much that you
developed muscle memory, your chances of effectively using
your personal protection equipment will be greater.
Do You Have a Safe Place in Your Home for Your Family to Hide
We’ve all heard the term “fight or flight”.
When it comes to protecting your family, there’s no
shame in realizing that fighting may not be your best option.
I personally believe that it’s entirely possible, and
likely, that you could encounter a situation where your best
option is to gather your family and barricade yourself in
a safe place until the police can arrive.
Many people have installed “safe rooms” in their
homes for just such an occasion. Regardless of how much personal
protection gear you might have or how well you are trained,
the smart choice may be to lock yourself and your family in
a safe place so that you can live to fight another day.
Only you can make this decision but as for me and my family,
we could care less whether an burglar steals our TV. Our primary
priority is keeping our family safe and if that means letting
someone sneak off with our television, so be it.
Do You Have a Way of Escaping to a Safer Place?
All serious preppers have a “bug out plan” in
place. Part of having this type of plan is discussing (ahead
of time) when you will actually leave your home to retreat
to a safer location.
I don’t think I would be alone in saying that most preppers
would prefer to bug out without anyone in their family being
injured. How you go about doing this is completely up to you
but it might not be a bad idea to have some way of escaping
without those who would intend to do you harm knowing that
you had even left.
This could be via a secret escape hatch through your safe
room, a hidden backdoor, or something else. The main point
is that if you attempt to escape and you are pursued, there
is still a risk of someone being injured. On the other hand,
if you are able to quietly slip away without anyone knowing
that you left, your chances of making a safe getaway are much
Sum Things Up
It’s my hope that this article has helped you to realize
that protecting your family in a life or death situation isn’t
just about who has the bigger stick. Our most highly trained
military forces realize that having a well designed plan in
place and knowing that there is a right time to retreat is
all part of being properly prepared.
In closing, let me ask you this, “would you rather have
one option when it comes time to protect your family or several?”
Please think long and hard about how you plan on protecting
your family from an impending threat. Being able to think
strategically and leave testosterone or pride out of the decision-making
process may mean the difference between life and death.
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