Concealed Carry and Disaster Preparation Plans
With hurricanes, floods, fires, blizzards and ice storms, it seems like there are more natural disasters happening than ever before.
What do these forces of Mother Nature have to do with those of us who chose to carry concealed?
The entire reason we get our concealed carry permit is to protect our families, right?
Whether defending our families from an intruder, a manmade disaster or nature’s fury, there are similar steps we should all take.
When preparing for a natural disaster, you will need to take your surroundings into account. Do you live in a floodplain? Flotation devices and even a small boat may be something to include in your survival plan. If you live in a heavily wooded mountain area, then those probably won’t be very useful, but chains for your tires are a must.
Wherever you live, create your plan and review it with your family. Everyone should know what to do in the event of a fire or other natural disaster. They also should know what to do if an intruder breaks into your home. Obviously, these different scenarios require different plans. Just as you would have a fire drill, you should have other safety drills so you and your family are confident they will be able to survive any situation.
When you are making your survival action plans, be sure to include alternate escape routes. The back door might be perfect to escape from a burglar or even a fire, whereas a flood may require you exit through an upstairs window.
Every home should have a “Bug Out Bag,” or BOB, that will help ensure their survival. The BOB should be reviewed and restocked from time to time to be sure that everything is dry and in working order. Don’t wait until disaster strikes to find out that all the batteries you put in your BOB 5 years ago are now dead.
US Concealed Carry Association believes everyone should be ready for any disaster. They outline key tips in their blog post “Preparing for the Worst” on USConcealedcarry.com. Here is an excerpt:
“And while most people carrying concealed would likely have their daily carry gun on their person in the event of a disaster, some do wish to include a gun in their BOB. For those that wish to do so, we advise a small, lightweight gun that can be locked up easily. (Read more about survival tips and concealed carry here)”
Another great little life-saving tool to have is a simple whistle. Just about everyone in your family can use a whistle. We all know a whistle can be used as part of our self-defense plan to alert others to our situation, but it can be a key to surviving a natural disaster too.
Have an agreed upon meeting place that you all know how to get to. If you get separated, your family members will all know how to find one another. If the meeting place is no longer safe because of the flood, fire, or other situation, having a whistle can help your family find each other, even in the dark.
Keep in mind that natural disasters may strike with little or no warning at any time of day or night. Grabbing your handgun and concealed carry permit should be part of every emergency drill—not just those for a home invasion.