Self Defense for survival
circumstances during or in the aftermath of a disaster revolve around survival,
sometimes of the fittest. While you may have planned ahead for the welfare of
your family, there may be a number of others, either human or animal, who may
wish to take advantage of your situation.
Self defense weapons on the market may or may not require special permits, and can
be ordered online or purchased through retail outlets. Please educate yourself
on their possession and use prior to adding them to your survival kit as part
of your planning.
Firearms: These are the most lethal, yet effective of defensive weapons in
modern history. Most domestic invasions have been terminated without firing a
shot. However there are permits and training to operate a weapon safely for
your own protection. "Small arms" refers to handguns and long guns,
and are the most common belonging to civilians in countries that allow their
possession. Selecting one of these as part of your disaster survival planning
can be done through a retail outfitter who can help suit you to a weapon that
will work best for your situation.
"The Heart Attack": Marketed by protectionproducts.com, this is a
handheld item named for its valentine heart-like shape. It is held between the
fingers and used in fist fighting an assailant. The tool would be a substitute
for the suggested "keys between fingers" technique taught in self
Steel Baton: Made in lengths of sixteen inches or more, these are effective at
warding off or subduing attackers. Usually fitted with a foam grip handle, this
would be used like a Billy club.
Guard Alaska Bear Repellant Spray: This is a 20% ultra hot pepper spray that
has been effective at repelling bears. The spray canister propels the
environmentally-safe matter at a range of fifteen to twenty feet, and is
registered with the US Environmental Protection Agency. This size should be
effective in subduing large animals or people in groups who have launched an
attack and is intended to be sprayed into their faces.
Pepper spray: This is a defensive spray that is similar to the one described
for use against bear attacks, however it is of shorter range, and can be
purchased in small canisters. It is intended to be sprayed into the face of an
The thought of possibly harming a person or creature with any one of these
products may be disturbing to you. However, protecting your own self in a
situation where you or your family's survival is threatened must be considered
in advance of any possible disaster scenario.