A Girl Has to Be Prepared…

A story caught my eye the other day. You may have also seen it in the news. A young mom, who’s husband passed away from cancer on Christmas Day, was being stalked by a man who eventually attempted to enter her home. Fortunately, she is a firearm owner and was able to protect herself and newborn baby. The man came at her with a weapon. She then defended herself by shooting the intruder.  It is unfortunate that the man passed away from the gun shot but the alternative would have been much worse.

This horrible event brings up a whole slew of discussions. I’d like to pinpoint her desire for survival and preparedness. She was able to defend herself and survive. I’m convenced that the man mostly likely would have killed her. I began thinking about my home and protecting my family. I’ll be honest, once upon a time, all of our guns made me nervous. I have no problem or hesitation in shooting them.  In a crisis situation, I wasn’t 100% confident that I could properly load the cooresponding firearm. With a few organizational tactics, I’ve conquered my anxiety about loading. Even so, shouldn’t I have a backup plan?

The next best weapon doubles as a multi-purpose tool for survival. A knife. This is an essential tool around the farm and while hunting. With all of the different choices, which is the most ideal for protection, survival and everyday uses? I’ve been doing a little research and found a very nice selection at The Knife Depot. The offer a wide selection from various brands such as Spyderco and Boker. I also found a Gerber knife that fills several of my needs. Its the Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate Fixed Blade. The knife blade is perfect for cutting rope and twine, also features pommel at the base which can be used for hammering and an Emergency whistle. The sheath features a fire starter, survival instructions a sharpener and land to air rescue instructions. Pretty sweet!

All of this leads to a winter goal I’ve set for myself. Sitting right in the middle of a mini-tornado alley, we make many visits to our basement. In fact, New Year’s Eve 2010, proved to be an active day with numerous funnel cloud sitings. During tornado season, I generally have a tub filled with our scrapbooks and photo albums and a few other keepsakes. I also add diapers and wipes. I’m planning on expanding my efforts to include proper survival items. I’ll be putting together a second tub with items such as a knife, water, non-perishable snacks, flashlights, phone charger and weather radio.

Through Cub Scouts, this Den mama has learned that equipping yourself with a knife will not only provide protection but numerous uses you normally wouldn’t consider. A girl can never be too prepared, right? I’d love to hear about your preparedness plan!

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