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:
Misinformation in the training world
I’ve been fortunate enough to have been intimately involved in three completely different business sectors in my life (the jewelry/watch industry, the camera/photography business, and the firearms/defensive training world.) Of those, the most misinformation — by far — is promulgated by the gun people. It’s not even a close call.
Because of the close relationship between the firearms and self defense segments, the amount of misinformation in the defensive training arena is likewise quite high. With the advent of the internet, much of that misinformation has been disputed and corrected. Sometimes, though, the internet has simply reiterated bad information enough that people believe it more than ever.
Claude Werner, aka The Tactical Professor, looks at two common cases where people still get the information horribly wrong. They have implications to the validity of your training.
This week in Safety and Security:
How to handle a bomb threat
Anyone who manages, or has responsibility for, a facility other than their own home may face the prospect of a bomb threat. Whether a school, church, synagogue, shopping center, home improvement store, or library, anyplace where people gather may be the target of a bomb threat.
Note I said “bomb threat”, not just “bomb”. It’s the threat we need to talk about, since threats are far more common than actual devices — and too many people over-react without thinking clearly about what’s actually happening.
Greg Ellifritz wrote a great article about the bomb threat, how to tell when it’s real, and why over-reacting can actually be far more dangerous than not reacting.
Important reading for anyone who is on the receiving end of such a threat.
This week in Preparedness and Health:
Here’s how to plan for the “bug-in”
In Prepping For Life, I made the suggestion that focusing on ‘bugging out’ was misguided. ‘Bugging out’ (which I prefer to call ‘evacuation’, because that’s what it is) should be a specific response to a specific kind of danger: that which is very likely to destroy your home, or leave it uninhabitable for a period of time.
For most plausible events, ‘bugging in’ — sheltering in place, or staying where you are — is a better strategy. Your home is more secure, and you have a much larger stock of necessary survival tools and materials, than any place you could possibly go. Leaving all that behind and becoming what amounts to a refugee should only be done under the most dire circumstances.
This article looks at the concept, why it’s a better choice than reflexively bugging out, and what you’ll need to pay attention to in order to make it viable. It’s a great guide to bugging in, and the author even made a couple of good points that I hadn’t considered. Definitely recommended!
– Grant Cunningham
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