Imagine it is two o’clock in the morning and your family is sleeping peacefully when you are awakened by a crashing sound at your front door. Or, imagine that you’re sitting around the dinner table when you hear the sound of footsteps coming from the stairwell to your basement. An intruder has broken into your home – are you prepared to protect your family and keep them safe at all costs?
We often think, “Oh, that’ll never happen to me,” but each week the news is filled with stories of innocent families coming face-to-face with the horrors of a a violent home invasion. And far too often, the outcome is devastating for the innocent and un-expecting victims.
However, with a little smart preparation and planning, you and your family can be prepared for the worst-case scenario of dealing with a home invasion. Below are four steps to help you protect your family.
- Create a Family Emergency Action Plan – It’s vital to have a family emergency action plan in place that clearly outlines what each person in your home should to do if an intruder enters your home. Assigning simple and easy-to-remember tasks and checklists to every individual in the home, such as where home-defense weapons are located, how to escape the home, who should call the police, where to hide if escape is impossible, etc. is very important.
- Designate a Safe Room – Designating a safe room for family members to retreat to when someone breaks in can help keep family members out of harm’s way. If possible, your designated safe room should have a solid wood or metal door with at least one deadbolt lock, a landline phone, flashlight, an effective defense firearm(s), extra ammo, a first aid kit, and effective cover to hide behind in case a firefight breaks out.
- Keep Cell Phones Charged – If no one can make it out of the house safely to get help, or if you don’t have a landline phone, you’ll have to rely on cell phones to call for help. Thus it’s vital to keep them charged at all times. The quicker you can contact help, the better, so you may want to program your phone to have 911 on speed dial.
- Weapons and Self-Defense Training – A firearm is the most effective form of personal protection in your home. It truly levels the playing field against any attacker, regardless of their physical size and strength. It’s important to take training courses and practice skills regularly so that you are prepared to engage an intruder in your home. Storing your gun in a strategic, easily accessible, and secure place is important. But since you can’t predict where you’ll encounter an intruder in your home, it is good to have multiple firearms securely hidden in multiple places in your home. If you come face-to-face with an intruder and you are unarmed, then a physical confrontation may become inevitable. As such, we highly recommend that you take some form of self-defense training so that you have the ability to defend yourself should the confrontation turn violent. The best fights are the ones that don’t ever happen, but avoiding them is not always possible. Becoming educated, trained and equipped to defend yourself by any means necessary is something you will never regret.
Are you prepared to protect yourself and your loved ones from harm if an intruder breaks into your home? Are you prepared to quickly and skillfully access and use a home-defense gun or concealed firearm if necessary? The USCCA offers a number of training resources for responsibly-armed Americans that can help you become a prepared, self-reliant citizen. Visit our website or browse the categories on our blog today to view our articles and learn more about becoming a more prepared, responsibly armed citizen.