Defensive strategies can be grouped into three main categories: simple self-defense strategies using no weapons, defense measures utilizing less lethal protection devices, and lethal defense of your home with firearms. This section complements the section on safety and security.

In other words, you have taken steps to secure your home from intruders and looters, as much as possible. However, there could come a time when you must deflect potential invaders who want your food, water, supplies, or personal possessions.

Once again, you should review the checklists, decide which ones fit your personal needs and life philosophy, and then learn how to effectively and efficiently implement them.