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Family Emergency Plan - 3 Things You Should Talk About With Your Significant Other

As unpleasant as a conversation it may be to have with spouses and loved ones, it's always prudent to plan for the worst. We're not necessarily talking about the end-of-the-world type scenarios – just planning for the chaos that emergency situations produce can be helpful.

In this article, we're going to cover three important topics to discuss with significant others and close loved ones.

What To Do In Case Of Emergency

Disaster, calamity – man-made or natural – can occur at any time, in any location, and to any degree of severity. While we, as a society, do our best to put in fail-safes to protect each other from the worst, there are no guarantees.

Having a game plan is important. The most likely of scenarios to deal with starts with taking a look at you and your significant other's daily routines. If you're both at home when disaster strikes, then you should know how to support each other given a few basic situations:

1. Natural disaster

2. Home invasion

3. Defensive gun use on the property

4. Man-made emergency

The easiest situation to deal with is if you are both home together. Now, imagine something happens when you're both at work or one of you is out getting groceries. How do you plan for that?

How To React If One Or Both Of You Are Separated

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This is where communication and having an intimate knowledge of each other's activities is important. Knowing to secure shelter, contact emergency services, and make contact with each other is important. Equally important is knowing what your main plans of action are going to be for dealing with the immediate emergency. This is something both of you will have to develop together.

Step 1: Obviously, deal with the threat.

Step 2: Flee, if possible If flight isn't possible, it's time to fight.

Step 3: Use cover and concealment to cut down your enemy's advantage.

Step 4: Practice careful and judicious aiming and ammunition conservation. No 'spray and pray' allowed!

Step 5: Get in the mindset that retreating is the first and best option, especially when dealing with superior numbers and equipment.

Step 6: Get to safety.

Step 7: Call 9-1-1.

Step 8: Get into a defensible position where an enemy's angle of attack is limited and heavily disadvantaged.

Some examples of that could be holing up inside a room, barricading the door, and positioning yourself behind a sturdy desk and filing cabinets. Be unabashed in putting as many obstacles between yourself and your attackers as possible. Make them work for it.

If you're able to retreat, discuss potential meet-up places if communications are down or unavailable.

Make Sure You're Both Properly Equipped

While it's awesome if you are able to carry concealed every day, ideally both of you will be able to work as a team. Having two concealed carriers working together in a tough situation is a lot better than depending upon just you or your significant other. If you're going to do this, make sure you're both properly equipped and comfortable using ccw equipment like a waistband iwb holsters.

While it seems simple on paper – and it will be with practice – both of you need that practice to ensure you're in sync for defending each other in a defensive gun use emergency scenario.


About The Author

James England (@sir_jim_england) is the contributing editor for Alien Gear Holsters. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and private defense contracting in Afghanistan.