Personal safety and security mean different things to different people. But, I’m sure you’ll agree with me, personal safety and security in all its forms should be a top priority for all of us.
By definition it means:
You take preparatory steps to prevent, delay or receive adequate warning of a possibly life-threatening event.
We need to take care of our personal security first and then worry about the security of our property.
What does life-threatening mean to you?
Life as we know it is different for each of us. We all have different values, but in general, we all want the same basic things:
- Financial stability – for vacations, education and all the luxuries we enjoy
- A roof over our heads – a comfortable home, free of stress
- Food on our tables – going to sleep every night with food in our stomachs
- Security – physical, emotional and financial security
- Self Esteem – we want a certain quality of life and will do anything to keep it
I’m sure you’ll agree. The 5 points above cover the needs of 99.9% of people.
Life-threatening Events come in many forms
- Loss of a way of life – job loss, chronic illness, disability
- Lost property – lost a home, vehicle, business, fire, flood
- Losing personal financial capacity – business closes, retrenchment
- Security breach – robbery, burglary, hijacking, theft
- Emotional Trauma – PTSD, rape, murder, suicide, brutality
For most of us, a life-threatening event can include any of the following:
It’s what we do before any of these occur that matters the most. So, wouldn’t it make sense to have a plan in place before catastrophe strikes?
How could you possibly prepare for such events?
It can be difficult for you to think of such things if no-one in your family or immediate friends ever experienced any of these events. You will have to look beyond your circle of friends, family, and acquaintances.
You need to know how to plan for your future. That includes all things personal and property based.
Some things you can expect in advance and prepare for, others you cannot. You can prepare for the following:
- Financial problems
- Health problems
You can prepare for, but not expect any of the following:
It helps to know what to do in the event of any of these things happening, but, you need to start off assessing how prepared you are.
Here are some things to ask yourself:
Do I have a plan to secure my income?
- What happens if I get sick?
- If I am permanently disabled, what will I do?
- How will I get by, if I’m retrenched?
- When I enter retirement, will I be OK?
How Will I secure My Property?
- When I buy property, how will I guarantee monthly mortgage payments?
- What will I do in the event of a Fire?
- If there is a flood, what do I need to do?
- How do I ensure all my property is covered in the event of a loss?
How will I take care of my health?
- If you are diagnosed with a chronic disease, how will you care for your family?
- In the event of your death, how can you still care for your family?
- How will a disability affect your ability to care for your family?
- Can you prevent yourself from being a health burden on your family?
How Will I take care of my personal security?
- How can I ensure I can still care for my family if I have an accident?
- What steps do I need to take to ensure I am safe at all times?
- How do I protect my freedom?
- What do I need to do, to ensure my future wellbeing?
What I do, and I hope most other people do too, is use a checklist whenever I’m about to do something. It just helps make sure that you’re going into a situation prepared. For all of the content on this site, and for a matter of fact, for all my blogging work, I use checklists to make sure I follow a proper posting format.
Use the following checklist for your personal safety and security
Questions you must ask yourself for your personal or property safety and security. They are arranged in the following order:
- My personal safety
- Property security
- Security during the activity
- The Accomplishment
We start with personal security first. You need to take care of yourself first before you worry about property.
My Personal Safety:
- Do I have the Knowledge?
- Am I alert enough?
- Will I have enough energy to see the task through?
- Did I hydrate enough?
- Have I eaten enough?
Let’s talk about the property:
- Have I got the right apparel?
- Do I have the right tools?
- What’s my plan?
- What is the end goal?
- Do I need help?
- Are there any obstacles to consider?
- What route will be the best?
- Whose property is it?
- Who do I report to?
- Where can I get medical assistance if necessary?
- What safety steps do I need to implement before work begins?
Let’s talk about safety during the activity:
- What’s the most important thing to do first?
- What comes next?
- Are there other important steps that need to be considered?
- What will I do when I finish?
- If I’m interrupted, what must I do?
- What must I be aware of?
- Is there anything that I must not do?
- What should I do instead?
- What can I do to make the work easier?
Let’s talk about the end:
- I did it, now what?
- If I made a mess, how am I going to clean up?
- Did I bring anything that I need to remove?
- If I altered anything, do I need to inform someone about it?
- Is the object/site still safe?
- Are there any safety concerns that I need to relay to someone else?
- Do I need to report anything to anyone?
As you can see, there are a lot of things to take into consideration whenever you consider doing anything in life. Jumping into any situation without a plan can leave you vulnerable to safety risks.
Rather not leave things to chance, and use a checklist to keep yourself safe and secure.