Welcome to the Hump Day Reading List! Here are what I believe to be the three most important articles you can read this week to enhance your personal and family safety:
This week in Defense and Training:
Where is your line in the sand?
This article from Greg Ellifritz is one of the most important I’ve read. Most people never think about where their boundaries are — the point beyond which they won’t comply. It’s something you should do frequently.
If you have no pre-set boundaries, you might not take action until it’s too late. If your boundaries are unreasonably tight, you might end up doing stupid things like drawing your gun to stop shoplifters (and, if you’re a regular reader, you know that’s happened. Those people clearly didn’t think about their boundaries.)
This is vitally important for more than just self defense. Knowing, for instance, what your boundaries are for things like deciding to evacuate your home are critical to making good decisions. This becomes particularly important for events that have a long ramp-up time, like economic crises. Where or when do you take action, and what should that action be?
This week in Security:
Being proactive about your safety in public places
Avoiding danger is always preferable to facing it. What can you do in a public space, particularly in crowds, to avoid a mass-casualty attack?
This article from ITS has some good, actionable ideas. Although I hate the title of the first item (“maintain your awareness”), the author does a good job of explaining what he means — and I agree with the recommendations.
(In addition to his recommendation about identifying exits, I also identify other important things in the environment: fire extinguishers, first aid kits, and other items/features that may play into my safety and security in that place. Remember that attacks aren’t the only risk; things like fires and tornados strike public gatherings too!)
This week in Preparedness:
When even the government admits there’s a problem…
…the chances are pretty darned good that it’s something we should pay attention to!
DHS (Department of Homeland Security) cautioned late last year that prolonged periods without electrical power were possible for large areas of the country. How “prolonged”? Six months, possibly more. It just depends on how damaged the electrical grid is and in what places.
If you sit and think about it, even the most mundane activities depend on a steady supply of electrical power. If you work backward through the supply chain and consider how much electricity is needed in each step of the chain, you begin to realize just how catastrophic an attack (or natural disaster) to our power grid could really be.
This article looks at the DHS statement, what it means, and some of the basic things you can do to prepare for what is becoming an increasingly plausible event.
– Grant Cunningham
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