Remember those annoying fire drills of your school days? Tons of kids frantically exited the building in a semblance of straight lines and headed for a designated assembly point outside, while all of the poor, befuddled kindergarteners looked very confused.
There will be an estimated 5,690 fires in educational facilities this year. However, what with 2.5 million home invasions occurring each year, we should find it even more necessary to run a home invasion drill in preparation for an emergency that is over 400 times more likely to occur.
In a previous blog post, we explained the process of forming an executable plan in the case of a home intrusion emergency. Now, we’re ready to discuss how to rehearse the steps for a home invasion. Simply follow these four steps.
1. Designate an Initiation Signal
Parents and children alike need to designate a signal that initiates the process. This signal could be the home security system itself, a word or phrase, or a bell or whistle loud enough to be heard in every area of the home. Begin your drill by sounding your pre-designated signal.
2. Plan Each Step of Movement to the Safe Room
If bedrooms are divided across separate floors of the home, parents should be aware that they need to make sure all younger members of the household proceed to the safe room. Placing an older child in charge of a younger sibling is a good way to ensure that all family members arrive at the safe room. If a parent must track down a younger child on another floor of the home, precious time is lost and the potentiality for those family members to encounter the intruder increases dramatically.
3. Talk Through Your Safe Room Items
Next, you want to talk your way through all of the items in the safe room and how they should be used. If you’ve already done several drills where a parent has explained all of the items, have one of the children talk about the gun, the cell phone, the self defense kit, the first aid kit, and so on. Also, be sure and emphasize the need for whispering in the safe room, especially if you have small children.
4. Practice Your Escape Plan
Before you leave the safe room, discuss the exact route everyone should take to get out of the house. Next, specify an assembly point that all members will proceed towards once outside.
Then, whether it be through a window or door, practice using that exact route by which you plan to escape your home. Consider establishing a “buddy system” for your younger children, where they’re instructed to move hand-in-hand with a parent or older sibling. Once outside the house, everyone should proceed to the assembly point outside, and the drill is complete.
With the frequency of home invasions in the United States, it is much better (and cheaper!) to be safe than sorry. A home security system is a highly effective deterrent for burglars who are considering your home as a potential target. Don’t let a broken window and stolen goods make your decision for you. Request a free quote from Home Security Northwest. We are always happy to discuss your options for securing your home and family.