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Family Planning – Strategies for Defense

No, not that kind of family planning. Rather some contingency planning for family self defense. Specifically, Six Self-Defense Commands and Strategies for Families. It was published on Friday by G4 (God, Gals, Guns, Grub).

As the author explains,

You need to have plans in place in advance and that often starts with developing commands and strategies that will work for everyone… this is not a tactical squad of operators… but every day, average people who are more likely to trip and fall on the sidewalk than run into a marauding band of rioters or armed felons. You need to keep a short list of simple commands that can be easily communicated, understood, and applied in various situations.

In it he discusses commands for getting down, taking cover, getting out and other very basic directives a family (particularly younger children) should be familiar with.
Take for example Hide and safe.

“Out of sight, out of mind.  This is another two-part command. When given the command to “Hide”… your family needs to find the best hiding spot they can and stay hidden until given the “Safe” code word, another command, or when it is no longer practical to stay safe in their chosen hiding spot.

Finding and using or getting into hiding places is something that should be thought through ahead of time. You can make this a fun activity for your family and children by trying and testing hiding places to see if they can be easily found. This allows your family members and loved ones to learn about what makes a good hiding spot and what makes a poor choice for remaining hidden. When you are out and about in your travels and daily life, think strategically about possible hiding spots and ask your kids, ‘Where might you hide right now if you had to?'”

It's a good article. Go check it out in its entirety here.

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