Whether you’re a husband, wife, father, or mother, it is your inherent duty to shield your family from harm. You remind your toddler not to touch the hot stove, make sure your teenager isn’t mixed up with the wrong crowd, and countless other measures to keep everyone safe and sound. It’s a natural instinct, and you’re surely doing a great job.
Below we list 5 bigger ways to protect your family from harm—whether it’s from an intruder, natural disaster, or financial hardship. Being proactive with your family’s well-being is an inherent part of growing into a mature adult, and you’ll be glad for preparation in case of an emergency.
Invest in an Emergency Firearm
Whether you already own or plan to own an emergency firearm, that choice is only half the battle. You will have to invest in a safe and trigger lock as well to ensure that the gun doesn’t enter the wrong hands, whether it’s a thief or a child. Handgun safes are a must if you are going to buy a firearm. As unnerving as the thought may be of having to use one of these weapons on someone, that likelihood is extremely low. Talk to friends, family, and other trusted people if you need some extra advice about this serious decision.
Install a Home Security System
The main benefit to owning a whole-home security system is that they provide protection from fire and carbon monoxide in addition to burglaries. Not only do these security services give you peace of mind that your family is protected 24/7; they have also shown to lower homeowner’s insurance premiums. Secure while you save!
Set up a Savings Account
Financial threats are just as serious as any other. If you were to suddenly lose your job, how long could your family survive on your savings until you find another job? What if an unexpected medical, auto, or home expense pops up? Always allocate part of your monthly household income to a savings account. Even if you can only save a very small amount—something is better than nothing.
Stock up on Non Perishable Food Items and Drinking Water
There has been much talk of the country being on the brink of economic and political collapse, and while a lot of it is just the same hype every generation experiences, why not be prepared for a disaster? You don’t have to be a conspiracy theorist to recognize the importance in preparing for potential disasters.
Consider Solar Power
If the power grid ever does go down, basic survival needs (food, water, shelter) will instantly become a priority. This is a good reason to have solar panels for for your home. It works independently from the power utilities. You will have power when others won’t.
Educate your children
Go on a camping trip and make it a priority to teach your kids basic survival skills. Things like knowing how to make a fire or dress a wound may not seem important given the luxuries of modern living, but being prepared and armed with important knowledge like this is important—and pretty cool at that.
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