Keeping your family safe when you aren’t around

A fellow Combat Focus Shooting Instructor, Barret Kendrick of Bearco Training, recently published an article through the Personal Defense Network that resonated with me.  You can read his article here.

My family is important to me.  I go to great length to ensure their safety, but it doesn’t take much to understand that preparing me to take care of my family isn’t enough.

Recently, while I was on the road teaching, this important concept was clearly illustrated to me.  It was a very simple situation and thankfully it was easy to handle, but none the less, it made me think that protecting my family means preparing them to take care of themselves.

Before my trip, I completed a test run on our old, workhorse generator and discovered that it was only putting out 18v.  It went in for repair and soon found out that we were going to need a new machine.  You don’t have to spend a lot of time convincing me to make sure that we have a generator at the ready.  We live in a pretty rural area and without power we don’t have water.

So I went shopping and picked up an inexpensive machine that would work as a good stop gap while I researched a good permanent solution.  My wife and discussed going over the operation of the new machine, but we didn’t get around to a walk through before I left town the next day.

Sure enough, when I was about 90 minutes down the road, I got the call that the power was out.  Murphy’s Law.  It wasn’t a big deal and I was easily able to walk my wife through the process of getting the house lit back up.

Some situations aren’t so forgiving. Taking care of our families’ means providing them with the independence to take care of themselves. Take a look at Barrett’s article for some important thoughts on how you can help to make sure your family is protected from violence even when YOU aren’t around.

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