How to Prepare Your Family Against a Home Invasion

How to Prepare Your Family Against a Home Invasion
How to Prepare Your Family Against a Home Invasion

Today, with police and protective services suffering from budget cuts, resources may not be available when needed. Reduced law enforcement usually correlates with increased lawlessness.

Even if they are available, they may not be able to reach your home in time to help. If law enforcement can’t respond in time, it’s up to individuals to protect themselves and their families.

Consider a situation where you as a homeowner need law enforcement when it’s not available. The scenario can range from a routine home invasion to civil unrest and chaos where law enforcement may not be able to do its job for political reasons, or because they are simply overwhelmed.

In either case, homeowners may have to take matters into their own hands to protect property, self, and family. When a person’s home or place of residence is invaded, he or she has to know ahead of time exactly how to react.


You can begin preparing your family against a home invasion by asking some basic questions:

• Does the family have a plan and has it been rehearsed?
• Who’s going to call 9-1-1?
• Is there a safe room or exit strategy?
• What about the kids?
• Is there more than one intruder?
•If there’s a gun in the home, where is it kept, is it loaded, and how will it be used at the moment of truth?

It’s important to have well thought out answers to these questions. But more importantly, it helps create a plan and talk about what roles each family member will have.

At the moment a home invasion happens, if you and your family members are not practiced, it’s too late to think about how to protect the family.


Here are 4 home invasion survival tips to consider when creating a plan to keep your family safe:

Talk to your family and create a plan.
Create a plan and rehearse it. Ensure everyone knows what to do and where to go. Create a code word that alarms everyone to take action.

Designate a “safe room” in the house.
The plan is to keep everyone safe preferably in a locked and secure location. Everyone should go there once the code word has been given. You should have supplies, self-defense weapons and communication in the “safe room” to last at least 3 days. This could be used in other emergencies as well.

Do not leave safe room and call 911.
Once the code word has been given and everyone is in the “safe room,” DO NOT LEAVE. Call 911 and report the home invasion and wait for help to arrive. Attackers may still be in the house so it’s best to let law enforcement let you know when it’s clear and safe to come out.


Weapons training and “fatal funnels.”
Owning a gun comes with great responsibility. It’s important to train as much as possible and educate your family about firearm safety. Implementing “fatal funnel” training into your emergency plan is vital if you’re using a gun for home defense. Choose the best corner of the safe room opposite of the door.

If intruders are hell-bent on breaking the door down, you will have the best position and viewpoint and assess whether to shoot or not when they come in. This requires training and practice and communication is very important.

Keep in mind that this type of planning can also be used for natural disasters and emergencies such as tornadoes, hurricanes, and fires. Being awakened by an intruder(s) at 2:00 a.m. is not the best time to decide how to react.

~To Your Survival

Here are some more home invasion protection tips by Polenar Tactical.