How Does a Non Gun Packing Girl Protect Herself? Create a Personal Protection Plan
We are all about no hype here at PreparednessMama. Since we are ultimately about personal preparedness at this website let’s get into how a non-gun packing girl can protect herself. I’m finding it hard to discuss personal protection; it’s not something I think about regularly and if I dwell on it too much I get overwhelmed. Creating a personal protection plan has helped me overcome the anxiety.
I’m writing this post to give you the perspective of a non-military family and how women can protect themselves.
I am the reluctant one when it comes to guns. I don’t know how to use them very well, so they scare me. Like in World War Z, I would be the brilliant scientist who forgets to keep her finger off the trigger and shoots herself!
Here are some thoughts I’ve had about personal protection –
Can you protect yourself non-violently
Is it just about guns – what if you don’t know how to use one?
What about pepper spray and mace?
Taser guns might work, can I even get one and how do I learn to use it?
I could carry a knife but would I actually use it?
Self-defense training might be the ticket. Do I have time for that?
Regardless of how you choose to protect yourself, the important thing is to have a plan. As in all things preparedness, having a plan is what saves us from panic.
Ask yourself the following questions to help develop a good personal protection plan that will work best for your situation. Then you will be better able to decide which protection path you should choose.
What am I even protecting myself from?
While I don’t personally believe in all of these, you must consider protecting yourself from:
- riotous crowds and flash mobs
- your un-prepared neighbors
- wild beasts
- maybe even …Zombies
When will I need to use it?
If there is a breakdown of society and we have to deal with civil unrest
Severe storms are always in the of back our minds. First responders and law enforcement are often overwhelmed during these times.
Break ins – on my new property in the country if the alarm system goes off it will take the police about 45 minutes to arrive. Not exactly protection, but it’s the tradeoff I get while I enjoy living in the country.
What am I really protecting anyway?
- My food storage
- My personal belongings
- My virtue
- My family’s physical safety
- My life even…
Today’s Challenge will take some thought. Let’s call it your personal protection plan.
1. Decide what you are protecting yourself from
2. Decide what you are ultimately protecting
3. Do some research on the kind of protection you are comfortable with using
4. Make a protection plan that includes getting the training and supplies you need
Here are some great resources to help guide you in your personal protection planning
SurvivalCache has a great article about Situational Awareness for Women
Survival Mom has a series of articles about being prepared and using firearms
No Nonsense Self Defense is a large site with lots of information covering a wide variety of topics. This includes information on personal safety, discussions on home security, property protection, robbery prevention, safe dating and self-defense. They also discuss what self-defense is and isn’t, finding good self-defense training, survival in high-risk professions and introduce you to the facts, complications and aftermath of violence.