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ANY SCENARIO THAT PLACES YOU OR YOUR LOVED ONES IN HARM’S WAY REQUIRES PLANNING IF YOU’RE GOING TO GET OUT OF IT ALIVE.
Wouldn’t it be nice if we could predict the future? We could win the lottery! Even better, we could avoid emergencies and catastrophes by not being around when they occur. We could stay off the road if we knew there was going to be an accident, and we’d stay away from the coast when a hurricane was about to hit.
Unfortunately, life doesn’t work that way, so we must be prepared the best we can and have plans in place to try to deal with any contingency. Planning and doing drills isn’t as “sexy” as buying gear, building a fortress or decking out your bug-out vehicle. However, it’s as important—if not more so—than just about anything you can do to be prepared for what’s ahead.
Any scenario that places you or your loved ones in harm’s way requires a plan. It is my belief that even though you might not be a prepper, per se, it’s good medicine to be able to know what steps to take ahead of time should the need ever arise.
For me and my family, planning requires the right gear to deal with a situation, a way for all involved to handle the scenario, and constant drills and rehearsals to get it right.
For the sake of this article, I’m not necessarily talking about long-term planning. It doesn’t take a pandemic or EMP to put the ones you love in danger; it could be a fire, an earthquake, a home invasion or an evacuation.
How ready are you to competently handle even these shortterm eventualities? Let’s take a look at a few scenarios and discuss what can be done to be ready for them.
The first step is to be ready with the gear that could help save lives. In the case of a fire, a prudent measure would be to have fire extinguishers stored throughout the house—not just in the kitchen—because fires can happen anywhere. Another wise choice would be to also have smoke hoods stored. In the event of a fire, a person can don one of these hoods and be provided with filtration so they don’t immediately succumb to the smoke.
What if you are stuck on the second floor? Have an escape plan ready, such as a chain ladder that can fit over a windowsill so you can climb to safety. Have a wrecking bar(s) ready to bust out windows and sills to provide enough room for adults to quickly exit.
Some of this seems simple, and some sounds far-fetched. But how far-fetched would something have to be for you not to take precautions to save your family?
Next come the actual plans to deal with the event:
Make sure children know how to stay under the smoke. Teach and show them how to stop, drop and roll to put out a fire that’s on their person.
Have a specific plan for how each person is to get out. A generalized plan for the group isn’t good enough.
Make sure everyone knows where to meet.
Some consideration should be given to what could happen during an emergency so everyone knows how to deal with it.
Finally, rehearsing the plans should be frequent and conducted in a manner that’s as close to reality as one could possibly get. Just like muscle memory that is developed when shooting, being able to deal with a life-threatening event is easier if everything has been drilled over and over.
A house fire is an obvious example, but it’s up to you to imagine what other scenarios might beset your family and how to be ready for those, as well.
... BEING ABLE TO
DEAL WITH A LIFETHREATENING EVENT IS EASIER IF EVERYTHING HAS BEEN DRILLED OVER AND OVER.
For instance, how prepared are you for a home invasion? Do you have a readily accessible firearm in each room? I ask, because you don’t know where you’ll be in your house if it happens—but I can almost guarantee you won’t be sitting next to your gun safe.
If you have children and can’t have firearms scattered about, that’s OK; consider putting a handgun safe in each room. That can be pricey, though. A cheap solution is to carry a weapon on your person when you’re in your home.
Another solution is a safe room. If you have one, make sure everyone knows to use it when the time comes. Don’t count on being able to get your children to the safe room yourself, however. Your children should know where it is, how to access it and how to secure it, once inside.
This type of thinking applies to everything that could happen. Even natural disasters require some forethought. For instance, does everyone have a bug-out bag in case of an evacuation? If there’s a hurricane, tornado or earthquake and communications are down, have an alternate way (such as a ham radio) to contact people in your family. Arrange for a place, perhaps another family member’s house, where everyone knows to meet up in such an event.
Bug-out situations can happen suddenly and be severe, such as Hurricane Katrina. Always keep enough gas in your vehicle’s tank to make it 100 miles or more if needed. In the event of an emergency, there will be a run on stores and gas stations, so be ready beforehand.
Make sure you have a decent amount of cash on hand: In case the power grid is temporarily down, you won’t have access to an ATM or be able to charge anything on a credit card. At a minimum, $1,000 is a good start—and keep in mind that opportunists will be price-gouging. Have tools, water and extra food stored in your vehicle for those times a quick getaway is required. Everything you do to prepare and plan matters.
Everything discussed here requires some money and time away from the ball game to get things in order. You might have to forego that nice fishing rod that’s been calling your name, or you might have to take a step down in price on your next firearm purchase.
Nevertheless, all of that is worth it. After all, nothing is more important than your family.
There are some folks who have a tough time making ends meet, so money is a scarcity. But money isn’t the main commodity for taking care of your family and yourself. Lots of gear can be used in these scenarios that don’t require copious amounts of cash.
Besides, it’s planning, preparation and execution that will make all the difference. That requires no money at all. It just requires love, sacrifice and commitment.
What better “currency” is there to spend to make sure your loved ones are safe? GW
… WE MUST BE PREPARED
THE BEST WE CAN AND HAVE PLANS IN PLACE TO TRY TO DEAL WITH ANY CONTINGENCY.
Fact is, you can’t have one without the other. I’ll admit, the laser was a tough sell at first. Didn’t think I needed the extra help. Might have been the ego of my youth, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t better with it. That’s why I’ve had Crimson Trace on my 1911 for a decade now. It’s made right just like everything else I depend on: my truck, my business and my family. That means something to me.
It takes just the blink of an eye for a fire to consume a home. Having a plan for such a contingency can mean the difference between life and death. A ruggedized vehicle is a solid
plan to get off the beaten path—away from crowds and
other potential dangers.
I In the event of an attack or disaster,
it’s likely that communications will
be down, making alternative types of communication a vital
part of your plan.
In case the power grid goes down or there’s no access to an ATM, it’s good to have an emergency store of cash to quickly get the things you need to stay safe.
Getting children involved with first aid or home safety ensures they know what to do in case something serious happens.
Readying an evacuation kit(s) is a step forward in making sure your family can evacuate the area immediately.
In case of a natural disaster, having a plan
in place in advance for where family and friends should meet to regroup is excellent