Developing a Defense Plan

Dear Fellow Survivalist;

We’ve talked quite a bit about defending yourself and your home, but we’ve left out one very important aspect; that of planning. You might have all your defensive tactics down cold and be able to sign your name with a six-shooter, as the old saying goes. But that’s not enough. If you don’t know how you are going to react to a specific threat, the bad guys are going to have a momentary advantage that you can’t afford to let them have.

Military units don’t do anything without a plan. There are several reasons for this, but right up there at the top of the list are two important things. One is so that they don’t have to stop and think in the midst of battle. The other is so that everyone knows what everyone is doing.

Both of these are important to you and I. The fact of the matter is that the human brain doesn’t do real good at thinking in the midst of a crisis. You could be carrying concealed and forget that you even have a weapon on you, when a bad guy points a gun or knife in your face. When the fight or flight mechanism kicks in and adrenalin is coursing through your veins, it’s not time to think, it’s time to act.

Having a plan and practicing that plan ensures that you are ready to act in the right way, at the right time. Not only that, it ensures that your family knows what to do as well. It’s going to be bad enough facing off against an armed assailant, you don’t need the added problem of having to look around to see what your family is doing and make sure they are out of the line of fire.

Actually, you need a number of plans; one for every place you regularly go. You should have several different ones for your home, dealing with a variety of different situations and with you being in different parts of the house. You should have one for work. You should have one if someone tries to rob you at the ATM. If you go to church, you should have a plan for if armed robbers come into the church service.

These don’t need to be complicated plans. Your main concerns are:

  • Where is an armed assailant likely to come from?
  • Where are you going to move to, so that you have cover and a clear field of fire?
  • How can you ensure that return fire isn’t going to hit your family?
  • What is your family going to do, to avoid being hit by enemy fire?

This last one could be the most important part of your plan. Just because you are thinking defensively, doesn’t mean your family is too. Nor does it mean that they’ll have any idea what to do. So, you’re going to have to think it through for them and give them specific instructions on what you expect them to do.

In many cases, the best thing for your family to do is get on the floor and make themselves as small as possible. That greatly reduces the chance of the bad guys seeing them as a threat and being able to hit them. Getting behind something that can provide cover is even better, if something is available.

The last thing you want your family doing is clinging to you. They need to get clear of you, even if that just means diving to the floor. You’re going to need room to maneuver and freedom of movement. Besides, once you start shooting at the bad guys, you will become a prime target. If they miss you, there’s a chance that they could hit your family.

Maneuvering is an important part of dealing with any threat. Not only does it make you a poor target to shoot at, but hopefully you can move to a position where you have a better shot, without having to worry about any of your misses going through a wall and hitting someone.

While I mentioned creating those plans for everywhere you regularly visit, you also want to create plans while you are on the go. If you are in a store or restaurant, look for exits, potential cover and potential avenues of approach. Make this a habit, so that you get to the point of doing it, without having to tell yourself to do so. That way, if you find yourself in a position of having to up your awareness to condition orange, you will already have the information you need to put your plan of action together.

Finally, the best plan in the world isn’t going to do you the least bit if good, if you are unarmed. If you carry, you should carry everywhere, even at home. That pistol in your nightstand isn’t going to do you the least bit of good, if some criminal kicks open your front door, while you’re sitting in the living room, watching television. Nor is a pistol in the car going to help you, while you’re in the grocery store.

Planning makes all the difference in the world. More than anything, it helps you to react quickly and decisively, both necessities to take control of the situation out of the hands of the bad guys.

And as always, remember to keep your powder dry and your survival gear close at hand.

Chris and Dr. Rich

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