Emergency preparation is about more than survival; it is also about self-defense. There is no reason to stock up on supplies if you do not know how to defend your home and family. Sometimes in life, especially during survival situations, you will be approached by opponents or attackers who are larger and stronger than you, and you must know how to defend yourself and achieve victory. If ever confronted, there are at least five vulnerable body parts and defense options to ensure your security and give you enough time to get to safety.
One of the primary objectives of self-defense is to limit your attacker’s ability to assault you. By jabbing your opponent in the eyes or spraying them with pepper spray, you impair their field of vision, which may offer enough time to run away or to finish your opponent.
If impairing the attacker’s vision is not enough to stifle the assault, then kick them in the groin. You want your strike to be straight and true to bring your attacker to their knees. If effective, your opponent will have restricted sight and now restricted movement.
If your opponent tries to get to their feet to continue the attack, then you need to take preemptive measures to ensure they remain subdued. Go for their throat, making it difficult for them to breathe. You can strike the throat with your fist, or you can step around behind the opponent and put them in a chokehold. Make sure to receive proper training in restraint, so you do not do more harm than is necessary to ensure your safety. If a blow to the throat is forceful enough, your attacker should be incapacitated, allowing you to go for help and find safety.
If, by some miracle, your opponent refuses to stay down or cease their assault, then attack their joints. The knee joints are especially vulnerable to sideways force. With a direct downward force, kick your attacker’s knee to the side. Make sure that your kick hits right at the side of the joint and be sure to follow through. This strike will immobilize your attacker, and they should not be able to get back up.
If you are facing a truly formidable opponent, then consider using a weapon. However, if you will use a weapon, like a gun, baton or taser, make sure that you know how to use it. Bringing weapons into a fight presents a significant risk to the user, especially if they lose control of the tool during the assault. If you have a gun or other instrument and are determined to use it, then make sure that you keep a set distance between you and your attacker at all times. The gap should be enough to allow time for the correct use of the weapon. Work with instructors in weapon skills to ensure your confidence.
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The need to defend yourself doesn’t disappear when you leave your home. In fact, as recent events have shown us, you could encounter violence when you’re just driving on public roadways. That’s why it’s important to keep a few tactical weapons in your car for self-defense purposes. Hopefully you will never have to use them, but you’ll have greater peace of mind knowing they’re within arm’s reach while you’re driving.
Not all weapons are practical to take with you in your car, and not all are easy to wield in a small space (sorry, AR-15s). So, it’s important to take a few things into consideration when deciding which weapons to take along with you. Here is our list of the top five best weapons to keep in your car, and why.
In states that allow it, the most effective weapon to keep in your car is a handgun. Some people choose to keep a gun in the glove compartment, while others prefer to attach it beneath the steering wheel area for easy access. Still others leave their guns out in plain sight if they don’t have concealed carry permits but live in states that allow open carry. No matter how you choose to do it, packing heat is an effective way to protect yourself against criminals who choose to endanger your life.
Before you opt for a handgun as a form of self defense in your car, carefully study your state’s laws regarding handgun in vehicles. You want to make sure you’re fully in compliance with the law. Even if you’re abiding by the law in your state, you still need to stay frosty. If you plan to travel outside of your state, you could find yourself facing legal trouble if the area you’re traveling to doesn’t allow concealed or open carry in vehicles. Always stay well-informed to avoid legal issues.
2. Pepper Spray
There aren’t nearly as many laws regarding pepper spray as there are regarding handguns, so some people feel more comfortable keeping a canister of pepper spray in their vehicles. Pepper spray is non-lethal, but if you spray it directly into your attacker’s face, you have a good chance of getting away. Pepper spray is lightweight, portable and generally easy to use. That’s what makes it such a good option for your car.
A knife can be a very effective self-defense tool if you know how to use it properly. There are effective and non-effective ways to hold and use small self-defense knives. If you choose to carry one in your car, make sure you learn how to wield it. There are plenty of online videos that can give you helpful step-by-step instructions for using knives for self defense.
Some states ban some types of knives for both open and concealed carry uses. As with guns, you need to know the laws in your area before deciding what self-defense knife to keep in your car.
4. Stun Gun
Like pepper spray, stun guns and tasers are non-lethal tools used for self defense. They can temporarily incapacitate your attacker so you can get away to safety. Before buying a stun gun, make sure they’re legal for use in your state. Many states legalize their use for civilian defense purposes as long as you don’t have a felony and are not a minor.
Choose What’s Best for You
Ultimately, the best self-defense tool for your car is the one you feel most comfortable using. If you have a gun but refuse to use it, it’s probably not the best choice for you. In cases like this, you may be better off choosing a stun gun or pepper spray. No matter what self-defense tool you decide to use, you’ll be better prepared to defend yourself if necessary. Stay safe out there.
Cameras, lights and other security equipment can give you advance warning to threats. Even 30 to 45 seconds of advance warning can literally save your life. If you install your system right, you should get even more notice than that.
How To Build Your Own DIY Security System
You don’t need to give your info to some security company that keeps records of your passcodes or monitors your camera feeds. It’s pretty easy to pick out individual components and set up your own security system.
Good lighting is a great defense against criminals and people who want to sneak into your house. There are many types of lighting you should include:
Permanent exterior lighting
Motion-sensor interior lights
Solar-powered security lights
With modern LED light bulbs, you may want to install permanent nighttime lighting with timers in strategic areas outside. The cost to run these energy efficient bulbs isn’t much and they can put out serious illumination to cover entry points such as windows and doors. Motion-sensor interior lights turn on instantly if someone walks nearby. They warn you if someone gets inside the house.
Security alarms can give you a heads-up if someone breaches your property, breaks a window or forces a door. Those precious seconds can completely change the outcome of an encounter, giving you time to grab your gun or baseball bat. Who wants to face a homeowner with a shotgun now that you’re awake?
For maximum video security, invest in weatherproof, tamper-proof, wired cameras pointed at your home’s access points. When connected to your computer, they can show you the exterior in real time and show if someone has been prowling your property. This electricity-hungry setup may not work great when SHTF, but it’s unbeatable right now.
At the very least, buy and install a doorbell camera. You should never open your door, even during the day, unless you trust the person on the other side.
Impact Doors and Windows
Security glass and reinforced door frames can take a real beating without breaking. Many can resist projectiles going 170 mph. They’re not impervious to break-ins, but they slow down criminals a LOT. Impact windows won’t shatter, so if someone wants to get in that way they have to tear out the entire window.
Why Your Home Needs Security Right Now
There are some crazy people out there and you have a duty to keep your family safe. If you’re a dad, that means making sure your daughter’s ex-boyfriend doesn’t manage to get into the house or scare her. Crime is on the rise even in smaller cities. There are even people who try to steal your identity by grabbing your mail, your packages or your garbage. All of these situations make it urgent to invest in high-quality security tech right now.
What You’re Preparing For
The security systems you choose depends on your priorities in disaster situations. If you’re envisioning an end-of-the-world scenario with rampant rioting and total lack of security forces you can trust, then you need to prioritize physical barriers and protection, including gates and multiple locking mechanisms.
Is security tech important for natural disasters? Absolutely. Having cameras can make your home a less appealing target for looters. Impact doors and windows protect against hurricanes and they also deter thieves. It’s a waste of their time to target your home when criminals can just rob a different house that has less protection.