Number 7 - PERSONAL PROTECTION
In just about any survival situation or any emergency scenario, there will come a time when you have to defend yourself and your supplies.
You have shelter and provisions and are trying to keep under the radar, away from any fuss, until everything calms down enough for you to venture further away from camp, maybe you are looking for more supplies or hunting for food and need to expand your area.
Maybe you are managing very well and quite comfortable in your bug out location keeping yourself to yourself.
That's all well and good... But what about those who are not preppers, and never been preppers - they will be on the hunt for someone just like you, who has supplies and water and can 'help them out'.
Of course, if you don't want to help them, it won't matter - they are going to take everything you've got anyway.
If you have no personal protection in place you're a sitting duck.
Way before the SHTF you should be preparing yourself for the inevitable defence of what is yours. To prepare for your personal protection requires as much of your time and effort as you have put into prepping in the first place.
Personal protection involves four main disciplines:
- Personal fitness
- Personal fighting skills
- Defensive Weapons training
- Situation awareness
*Just a quick note here - personal protection also means that sometimes you need the common sense to just run away from a situation as fast as possible - not every confrontation is do or die...
Right at this very moment if you can't do 20 pushups, 20 sit ups, 10 chin ups, 10 dips and run 100mtrs flat out - you, my friend, are borderline dead meat when it comes to survival -
to give yourself even a 50/50 chance in any confrontation you simply must be fitter, quicker and stronger than any, would be, looter or mugger who is hell bent on getting your gear.
Personal Fighting Skills
Learning to actually defend and attack is an essential part of personal protection and an absolute necessity for survival.
Being very skilled at only a few martial arts moves will give you the ability to render an attacker useless - combine that with the fact that learning a martial art will also increase your fitness levels gives you a win-win situation.
In the UK it is not an easy job obtaining a firearms license [ FAC ] that will enable you to own a decent weapon to defend yourself with.
That being the case UK Preppers have learned to adapt and use what is currently, readily available.
Its a case of use what's available, practice with those weapons and get half decent at using them - now - before its too late.
This is an odd one when it comes to personal protection - many times you can avoid confrontation and the chance of being looted by simply being aware of all thats going on around you.
Far too many people 'just get on with it', without knowing what's going on around you - you put yourself in danger by not being observant of your surroundings and the people in them.
A typical example of this is the amount of people who just wander along aimlessly texting on their mobile phone, blissfully unaware of anything or anyone around them - make yourself wake up and take notice of the situation your in.
I would suggest you take a look at this article - DEFENCIVE TRAINING FOR PREPPERS - it's very good and will give you a good insight into personal fighting skills for preppers.
As far as weapons go, take a look at this article, LEGAL UK WEAPONS, and see what weapons you can legally own without requiring a FAC.
Top 10 Survival Skills
- Find Food
- Make Fire
- Find Water
- Medical Requirements
- Personal Protection
- Grow Your Own Food
- Preserving & Storing Food
- Signalling & Communication