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With fear in thought, strangers came together and fought to rescue. Some lives saved, some lost.Chaos amidst tears dripping down like rain in a thunderstorm within the smoke filled dust pushing thru is a must.

Mothers, fathers, grandparents, sons, daughters, uncles, aunts, cousins and friends. Everyone pulling together, some not to be seen or found yet. Never forgotten what is to become. No loss to be in vain only unity an faith to be gained.

Newfound respect for those who endured for those who sacrificed and the ones whom lost. We as a nation me with my salvation hold you dearly in our hearts, willing to stand by your side no matter the pain. Peace and love to you all I promise to never forget.

A poem in remembrance to 9/11 by Dustin Ferrier
 
Did you know that more than 8,000 home invasions happen every day in the United States? And with that, 38 percent of those are assaults and 60 percent of rapes occur during a home invasion. Have you ever thought how to prevent a home invasion? Have you ever thought what you would do if ever put in that situation? That is why Home Invasion is our safety topic to touchdown this month. Protecting your house

•  Install a peephole. Use this to look through and check before opening the door anytime you hear a knock.
•  Keep your house/garage well lit at night (think motion lights) to discourage robbers.
•  Make sure window locks and door locks all work properly.
•  Always double check your trash. If you just purchased something expensive, like a new TV, make sure the box is disposed of so people do not know of the new goods.
•  Install a home alarm system, or door and window chimes. Dogs work well as home security as well.
•  Make a "safe room" - maybe a large closet where everyone can fit. Keep a weapon and cell phone in there at all times, just in case. You can have a cell phone with no service that makes emergency calls only. Make sure the cell phone is charged and off so you never have to worry about it being dead.
•  Record the serial numbers of all important items. Use a backup for your computer via the internet. Mark your drivers license number on items for help returning in case it is stolen. This might deter the thief first as well.
•  Keep baseball bats for protection around the house (and in your vehicle). Another one of our favorites at Family Watchdog is keeping wasp spray around. Sprays farther than mase and hurts an intruder just as much.
•  Make sure to do a yearly talk with your family, just so everyone has a game plan and assignment. Talk to elderly family and make sure they have a game plan as well. People over the age of 60 make up 17 percent of victims.

How to protect yourself
•  Take a self defense class. You can involve your children in this as well. Check out our tips to get more information: http://www.familywatchdog.us/staysafe.asp
•  If you own a weapon, take a class to know how to use that as well.
•  Stay calm and cooperate with the intruder. Your life is not worth losing over your property. You should only use a weapon or self defense if needed.
•  Avoid looking in the intruder's eyes. The less they feel threatened, the less violent they become.

Check out the following site for what to do during a home invasion: http://www.citizendefensetraining.com/safe_at_home.htm

The after-effects of a home invasion is pretty scary. Make sure the first thing is done once the intruder leaves, is call the police. Resist touching anything or taking a shower (if you had any contact). Hopefully you can recall everything about the intrusion if you were home. Did you document everything you had in your house? Right now would be a good time to give those over to the police. You will also need to get with your insurance company and start a claim with them.
Once the police are gone and you are left to clean up, you might be angry at what had happened, but at least you have your life. And for that, you cannot be more thankful.
 

Sunday, September 9th thru the 15th is National Suicide Prevention week. Suicide is a serious public health problem that can have lasting harmful effects on individuals, families, and communities. We loose so many people a year to unthinkable. Many of these victims are victims of another crime that we here at Family Watchdog try so hard to prevent.
If you or someone you know may need some help with this topic, please do not hesitate to call for help or visit http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/. People are there to help when others may not be.

September is also National Childhood Obesity month. Did you know that Childhood Obesity has more than tripled in the last 30 years? The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has the following website going into more detail about Childhood Obesity and the health effects and prevention at the following site: http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/obesity/facts.htm
September 23rd is National Family Day- Eat dinner with your kids day. What not a better day than to sit down and discuss everything included in Family Watchdog's newsletter and what we have to offer for your family's protection? But we hope you do this more than one day a year.
 
Question from actual Family Watchdog user:

How do I talk to my children about sexual offenders? I find myself not sure at what level of detail to go into when talking about strangers and what to do in situations!

First off, do not scare your children. Based on their ages and maturity, you may want to show them the offenders near you and explain to them what the offender did. Make sure your children know that any form of unwanted "attention" could be abuse- a very bad and wrong thing.
One of the most important things to install in your children's head is that no matter what, they can always come to you and other trusted adults if anything were to ever happen to them.
Remind your child that children should never keep secrets unless it is with someone their own age. Many abusers tell the victims that it is their secret with the child.
Here are some useful sites that go deeper into detail on how to talk to your kids:
http://www.pollyklaas.org/safe/sexoffender3-1.html
http://meganslaw.ca.gov/protect.htm
 
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"I've been following you for years...I, on behalf of so many others, cannot thank you enough for what you do!!"
Christy Kennedy, Beartown, WV - via Facebook

"One of the most important things to teach our kids as prevention is to tell them 'secrets' are bad. That is one way offenders manage their victims. If we teach our kids that secrets are bad that is one thing they cant use. We teach them that surprises are something you want to share soon and it will make someone happy, but secrets are a bad thing!"
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"Forewarned IS Forearmed... be aware, be safer..."
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