When disaster strikes, you rarely have much time to decide what actions to take. The best way to handle an emergency scenario is to prepare before it occurs. By spending time each year practicing your plans, you can drastically improve your response time and chances of survival. If you can involve your employer, co-workers, friends, and neighbors in the process, it can be a great community bonding experience. Of course, there are many other benefits to being prepared. Knowing what you are going to do will help to reduce anxiety and fear when disaster strikes. Many different emergencies damage and disrupt millions of lives each year around the world. Ultimately, you have the responsibility to protect your family by knowing what you will do before, during, and after a disaster.
For some, being prepared isn’t just a motto, it’s a way of life. Consider these five tips for being prepared for any emergency.
While it isn’t always possible to predict what type of emergency may arise or when it will occur, as long as you have these basic items covered, you will be much better equipped to handle any emergency that comes your way.
1) Mobile devices distract you from paying attention and create quick and easy targets. Try not to use any mobile device when going to and from an outside location.
2) Beware of people trying to distract you. This tactic can be used in an effort to take your belongings. Examples include asking you what time it is, asking you if you have a match, or asking for directions.
3) Keep your vehicle doors secured until you are ready to exit the vehicle. It is also a wise practice to look around your vehicle for suspicious characters prior to exiting.
4) Always secure your vehicle. Do not leave valuables in plain sight. If possible, lock all valuables in the trunk prior to parking your vehicle or take them with you when you leave your car.
5.) Work with your neighbors to keep each other safe. For example, a neighborhood watch group is a great way to indicate that your neighborhood will not be an easy target for crime.
If you've thought about buying armor, you are not alone. We have seen a significant increase from the general public on the topic.
A few reasons:
1. Business owners that take money to the bank.
2. Working somewhere that has a higher likelihood of active shooter incidences.
3. Work late at night.
4. Working in a dangerous area.
6. Business person with clients that may be upset.
7. Working as a Policeman, Fireman, EMT, or other first-responders.
Other professions where it might be a good idea to consider purchasing body armor.
Security Guards, Store Owners, EMS, Attorneys, Prosecutors, Judges, Executives, Private Investigators, Pharmacists, Teachers, and Bail Bondsmen or Enforcement Agents.
According to gunpolicy.org, there are approximately 270 million firearms in America. In 2014, there were more than 15,800 gun-related homicides. Recent reports also indicate more than 84,000 non-fatal gun injuries. Clearly, these statistics are alarming, but many would argue that firearms are safe when used with care and provide a number of benefits for owners and their loved-ones. As Americangunfacts.com reports, each year guns are used 80 times more often to protect a life than to take one. No matter what your personal views are on gun ownership or gun control, the reality is that they are prevalent in America.
While the likelihood of getting shot by a firearm is much less than being involved in an automobile accident (the National Safety Council estimates that 38,300 people were killed and 4.4 million were injured on U.S. roads in 2015), no one wants to become a statistic.
Why not protect yourself from these threats? Most of us wear seat belts to protect ourselves from the threat of a car accident, why not consider bullet-proof body armor to minimize your chances of being harmed by a firearm? Recent advancements have allowed us to protect ourselves and our families with stronger, lighter-weight, and less costly options than ever before. Do yourself a favor and check them out!