Step 1: Family Emergency Plan
Your not Safe Unless You have a Plan:
A household plan (SAP, Safety Action Plan) is the single most important way that you can ensure the “best outcome” for you and your family members should you be faced with a life threatening situation.
It is also the first step in a two step process to ensure your family’s safety. A family emergency plan may also include:
- Earth Quakes
- Home Invasions
I think you get the point. But most people don’t include burglaries, home invasions and unwarranted confrontations until it happens to them. Which, as we know in today’s society is much more likely to happen–in anyone’s neighborhood. Just look at the statistics.
Whether it be a fire, burglary, home invasion, hurricane, tornado or any list of life situations that present themselves.
I think we can all agree that life has a way of throwing difficult situations in our path. We can no longer in good consciousness say, “I’ll be alright,” “It won’t happen to me,” “I always have good luck.”
I have seen, read about, or watched on the daily news so many catastrophes that if I think I won’t be faced with out-of-the-blue or surprise situations from time to time, I would not be living in reality.
Not convinced? Look up any life threatening situation that you can think of and plug it into google or you tube and watch the disasters for yourself.
What would YOU do?
So what would you do if you were awakened in the middle of the night by a strange sound that you knew was not normal?
How would you react? How or what would your husband or wife do in that moment and over the next couple of minutes? How would you ensure your kids safety?
Have you talked to your family about such things? Would you all meet in a safe place or do something to hide? How would you know if everyone was alright? Think about it…
Do YOU have a PLAN?
After reading over some of the questions I have asked above, think about them. What would you do? Honestly.
If you do not have a plan like most people you are probably getting chill bumps throughout your body just thinking of what the outcome may be.
So why not have a plan for your family? It would be the best investment into your family that you could ever hope to NEVER have to USE. Yet you would have the peace of mind in knowing that you know what to do, where to meet up and who’s on the phone to the police.
If You Fail to Plan, You’re Planning to Fail…
Have you ever heard those words before? I have, many times. Again, think about it: “If you fail to plan you plan to fail.” I remember back in grade school in Southern California my teachers used to make us get under our desks with our hands covering the back of our heads when the earth quake drill sirens sounded.
If we didn’t do that, we would not be protected and would probably run around in chaos vulnerable to bad things happening to us. We had a plan for the best outcome that could be expected under the circumstances.
Is an earth quake drill plan any different from a plan of what to do if a fire breaks out in your home? Or waking up face to face with a burglar in your home in the middle of the night?
I also remember many years ago in the Boy Scouts. There was a merit badge for making a family “Fire Escape Plan.” Because of the plan I had to make and teach my family, each of my brothers and my Mom and Dad knew exactly what to do, where to go and where and how we would meet up outside by the curb.
We practiced several times and guess what happened? Well no, we never did have a fire. But we did know what to expect should a fire occur. It became instilled in us and we were confident.
The point being, we had a plan instilled in us so that when the occasion arose to have to act on, we would not panic and wonder what to do. We follow the plan instantly. No time to think about what to do because we already knew what to do. See my point?
You can develop “a plan” for any situation. Here we are going to be talking about a plan for home invasion or burglary while you are home and sound asleep. So the first thing we need to know is all about our surroundings and what the goal is.
- It’s Human Nature to Revert Back to what we’ve been taught.
- In the event you are faced with a sudden victimizing situation, you may wonder what you would do.
We all can think of what our actions may be yet, until you come in to contact with someone that invades your home all you can do is imagine what can happen. There is a proven method that will allow you to take action in these situations and you MUST practice and communicate a plan with your family (husband, wife, kids, family members) exactly what this plan is.
1. Make a plan of what to do
2. Make sure everyone knows what that plan is
3. Practice many times so it is instilled in yourself and each person
Simple is Better
I suggest something simple, as it is difficult to recall complex instructions under such pressure. Keeping it simple and practicing this plan will make an imprint on your brain that will become second nature and automatic in the face of danger.
Making a plan for yourself and your family is simple, doesn’t cost you anything but a little time and will save your lives. Here you can find information that will help you prepare for natural disasters: fires, hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, etc.
Additional steps you can take are investing in a low cost home security system. In this day and age; blue tooth and wireless run video security systems allow for:
1. Alerts and notifications when someone steps on to your property or rings your door bell
2. Provides you with two-way communication and video from your cell phone, iPad, laptop or computer
3. allows you the ability to push a panic button to contact Police without answering the door physically
What you have just read are two safety measures, that when combined, allows you to keep yourself and family safe from many types of invasions and confrontations:
1. Have a plan – practice and know that plan until it becomes second nature to all (Free)
2. Invest a small amount in a video security system
You will sleep much more peaceful knowing that you are safe and know what to do if something happens. You will be prepared in the event that something happens. And, with the “heads up” of a security system along with your house hold plan for safety, you will save the life of yourself and family at the same time.
A PLAN + SECURITY SYSTEM = SAVED LIVES
I hope you have enjoyed reading this article. Obviously, you, me or we, can expand on it. For the time being I would love to hear your thoughts, ideas and get your feedback on the article and or your experiences.
Please feel free to ask questions or leave comments. Although I have a lot of knowledge and experience in this field, I am always open to learn more and would love to hear your thoughts.