The thought of encountering a violent intruder in your home makes you shiver, and you never want to think it could happen to you. Unfortunately, the news always reminds us that these situations are a reality in our society on a daily basis. What’s worse, is that there is no way to predict who the next target will be. That’s why it’s important to prepare your family for those unthinkable “what ifs.”
Greg Ellifritz shared some key pointers in a past issue of Concealed Carry Magazine that can help your family create a plan for what to do in certain situations. Role-playing, as Greg suggests, can be a great way to practice potential scenarios and learn the right and wrong ways to react, as well as what to say and what not to say. This includes:
Start working with your children as soon as possible. With young ones, use games like “I Spy” to help children become more aware of their surroundings while out and about, as well as at home. It’s also a good idea to determine a code word or phrase for your family, teaching kids that when mom or dad says the code word or phrase, it’s time to listen and be alert.
Does your family know the plan for staying out of harm’s way if you encounter a violent situation? If not, you can find more helpful information, as well as access to past articles featured in Concealed Carry Magazine, by becoming a member of the USCCA. Visit our website for more information on membership and how to join. Also, check out our previous blog post “How to Protect Your Family During an Unexpected Home Invasion” for additional advice.
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