Welcome to your Hump Day Reading List!
This is your refuge from the impersonal Google and FaceBook algorithms that seem to run our lives these days. Instead of a machine deciding what you’ll see, I personally go out and look for great articles that actually have value in the quest for greater personal and family safety.
From all of the articles that I find, I weed out the “fake news” and those that don’t have direct application to some aspect of preparedness. Then, to fight the growing scourge of information overload, I distill everything down to what I believe to be the three most useful articles you can read right now, explain the context of those articles, and identify any bias so you can trust what you read.
It’s a more personal, more targeted, and more efficient way to get the information you need!
Here’s what I’ve found for you this week:
This week in Defensive Training and Gear:
Busting some martial arts myths
This isn’t an article I really planned on sharing, but in the last couple of weeks I’ve come across several people who repeated some old martial arts myths. I was surprised to find that they not only knew very little about the martial arts, but seemed to get their information from comic books.
I’m being a little facetious with that last comment, but it’s not far from the truth, either. When I was a kid, promoters of “death touch” and other martial arts nonsense used to advertise in the back of comic books. It seems that they’re still out there, somewhere, and people are still buying their nonsense.
This article will, I hope, lay to rest some of the worst fallacies. The author holds black belts in Judo, Ju-jutsu, Okinawan and Japanese Karate, and Aikido, which I think makes him pretty well qualified to bust some of the more egregious myths about the martial arts.
This week in Personal Safety and Security:
What to do when a flash mob appears?
Flash dance mobs can be fun; on the other hand, flash drunken celebration mobs — or, even worse, protest mobs — present some serious safety concerns.
Being caught in a mob is always a dangerous proposition, and it’s always preferable to avoid them. But the flash mob, by definition, doesn’t give out their itinerary beforehand; they just pop up. What if you happen to be in the wrong spot at the wrong time when one does?
This article has some good tips on how to deal with that scenario. (To which I would add, understand the environments which produce the dangerous kind of flash mob, and do your best to avoid them. Sports stadiums after a game are a good example, and I’m sure you can think of others.)
This week in Preparedness and Health:
Disasters and the elderly
When I was doing the coursework for an Emergency Management degree, one of the tabletop exercises we did was the evacuation of a section of a medium-sized town. The section we were assigned just happened to include several large assisted living facilities, with over a thousand patients between them. We didn’t understand the difficulties until the instructor started asking us how we were going to deal with the myriad issues those patients presented.
This article is an excellent summation of twenty-four problems and risks the elderly face in any kind of disaster. If you have an elderly person in your care, or for who you’re responsible, you’ll need to contend with these issues yourself — and this article would be a very good start.
– Grant Cunningham
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