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- Be sure to lock all doors, even when you are home.
- Make sure you have sturdy metal or solid wood doors at all entries into your home and they are all equipped with deadbolt locks.
- Trim trees or shrubs around entryways, windows, or driveways where an intruder might hide.
- Illuminate places such as entryways, hallways, and stairwells.
- When going on vacation set timers on lights, so it appears that you are home and contact the post office to hold your mail.
- If you receive monthly checks or payments, consider using the direct deposit methods at your bank.
- Avoid confrontations with burglars.
In Your Car
- Always lock car doors and take keys when you leave your car, even if you’ll be gone “just a minute.”
- If you notice you are being followed, go to the nearest brightly lighted area and call 911.
- Don’t leave valuables in plain view in your car.
- When traveling, carry only the credit cards and ATM cards you absolutely need.
- If you see a suspicious car or see a car fleeing an accident, write down the make, model, color, and LPN.
Emergency Situations or Disasters
- Make sure children know their last name, Mom or Dad’s first and last names, address, and phone number.
- Make sure children know to call 911 in an emergency.
- Take a class in CPR and first aid to help with medical emergencies.
- Have a fire escape plan.
- Know an alternate route home.
- Designate a meeting place in case you are unable to get home.
- Assemble an emergency preparedness kit and include flash lights and water.
- Keep cash on hand, ATMs do not work when power is out.
- Understand anger is a normal feeling.
- Violence toward others is not normal and also illegal.
- If at all possible, remove yourself from the situation if only temporarily to let the situation defuse.
- How you deal with a person can make the difference between managing a conflict and having the conflict turn violent.
- Be aware of triggers that might produce an angry reaction or escalate the situation.
- Point out that even though we see our self as out of control, we often choose to blow up or stay calm.
- Remember no one has the right to be abusive or violent toward you.