For the Spring 2014 issue of PERSONAL & HOME DEFENSE, self-defense expert Michael Janich discussed strategies to prevent and respond to a home invasion threat. In his article, Janich discusses how to create reaction plans as well as how to employ “safe rooms” as a safe environment during a violent attack.

“When considering your choices of tactics, take a hard look at the layout of your home, the available exits and entrances, and the way that your family is dispersed among the rooms of the house,” says Janich. “Your two basic tactical choices in the event of a home invasion are to either escape out another exit and seek safety away from your home or to retreat to a “safe room”—a reinforced stronghold inside your house.”

Janich goes on to denote the difference between a reaction plan that allows family members to exit the home (a “Fire Drill”) or one that directs the family to shelter inside the home (a “Reverse Fire Drill”).
“The Fire Drill is exactly what it sounds like—a plan of action that allows all members of your family to quickly and efficiently exit your home and reassemble somewhere safe. Since the dynamics of doing this are pretty much the same whether the threat is a fire or a violent invader, the drill truly does serve double duty,” notes Janich. “The Reverse Fire Drill is a carefully planned retreat to a safe room within your home. Once there, the physical barrier will keep you safe while you call 911, manually activate your alarm (if you have one), and wait for help. Typically the master bedroom is the most logical choice for a safe room, but take a hard look at the way your home is arranged and choose the most secure, most easily accessed room to harden as your safe room.”

To read the full article on Home Defense Strategies, check out the Spring 2014 issue of PERSONAL & HOME DEFENSE, available on newsstands April 15, 2014. To subscribe, go to

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