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Someone Please Call 911!

Last week we were awaken at 5AM to the sound of our home alarm going off. Coupled with what we thought was someone trying to kick our door in. I dialed 911 and we waited… during that time my mind would race a mile a minute. I knew I had to keep calm because my children were watching me. Yet nothing inside of me was calm.

Call 911

 

I never imagined being put in this situation. Growing up I remember learning about fire safety in school and the take away was to go home and practice your exit strategy with your family. Did yall do that? They taught us to assign a role to everyone in the home. Grab your old school stop watch and ring the “false” alarm and see how you do.
Well that is exactly what we need to do. Once you’ve had time to reflect on things you come up with a million of things you should’ve or could’ve done in the moment. While things turned out okay for us and we weren’t in immediate danger {we didn’t know that at the time}. The feelings were real, the emotions were real, and the need to protect our home and family was very real!
If you were awaken to your home alarm going off and the sounds of someone kicking in your door do you have an exit strategy?  Do you have a “safe place” for your kids to hide out until all is clear? Do you phone a neighbor and have them assist from the outside of your home?
If you do that is awesome, but I would guess most of us do not.
Here are a few tips.
  1. Have a shelter in place plan.
  2. Have an exit strategy.
  3. Practice. Practice. Practice.
  4. Test out this plan during the day and at night.
  5. Keep flashlights handy.
  6. You know your home better than anyone else, use that to your advantage.
These tips are my own; they aren’t laws or gospel. They are simply tips that will help you get your planning in motion. Reach out to your home alarm company or local authorities for additional information.

Be smart. Be safe.

 

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MimiCuteLips® started in 2010, it’s a place to come and share life experiences. Mimi is a lifestyle blogger, a mother of two, an Operations Manager by day, the business owner of From Mi To You and a naturalista. She blogs about life as she sees it, lives it, and loves it (or not)! The purpose of this blog is to share her voice. Like many others, she lives a life that requires her to wear multiple hats. From DIY projects, parenting, business adventures, love, travel recaps and more.

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  1. Mimi

    I’m glad everything turned out alright. That is my greatest fear. I think we do need to come up with a plan because as of right now we don’t have one.

  2. Ayana Pitterson

    Wow, that is crazy. Glad things turned out well. But, you have made me think of some things that we don’t have a plan for and should have one.

    Thrifting Diva
    http://www.thriftingdiva.com

  3. Mimicutelips

    Thanks Ayana, I’m so thankful. I hope it never happens again but IF it does we are so ready this time.

  4. RandyG

    We have a plan, but unfortunately it doesn’t involve an exit strategy from the third level of a townhome. Nonetheless, it’ll be a long night for the intruder.

  5. Glamista Home

    Thank you for sharing your experience and providing some useful tips. I can’t imagine how scary this must have been. I am happy to hear you and your family are doing fine. This type of scenario is always something I keep in the back of my mind. I think having a practice run might be a good idea. Have a great week and I am looking forward to your next post.

    • Mimicutelips

      Thanks Glamista it was so scary. We’ve learned from it though so maybe that was the lesson we needed. We got it loud and clear.

  6. Nicole @tinystepsmommy

    So glad you were all safe. This would be a nightmare.

  7. Mike Raven

    Good points, I must admit it’s not something that I had thought about! Thank you 🙂

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