My husband may never forgive me for telling this story but it demonstrates an important lesson. We planned a trip to go hiking through Kings Canyon, one of California’s National Parks. Being the Prepper that I am, I read up on the local animal life and what to do if we were to have a dangerous animal encounter. So there we were…hiking through the forest and all of a sudden a bear appears and is coming toward us. As the typical prepper story goes, I was prepared for such an occasion! On the hike I had picked up a fist sized rock and held my pepper spray in the other. Holding my ground I started shouting and threw the rock in the bear’s general direction. My tough guy husband (whom I trust with my life and who has jumped to my rescue many times when confronting the dogs on our regular walking path) who was leading the way somehow ended up behind me. He was unconsciously using me as a human shield because he was faced with something unexpected. I am happy to report that the bear moved on and I was able to resuscitate my husband. Being prepared lessened the shock of on coming danger and I was able to act quickly which improved our chances of safety.
Personal defense preps are not just for scaring away bears. There are many threats in today’s world. Being prepared can greatly enhance your personal safety. There are many personal defense ideas but I believe the best defense is awareness. Being aware of possible dangers and what to do if those dangers arise is applicable in almost any situation.
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