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:
Just because you’ve got his head doesn’t mean you’re in charge
For my money, the best teacher of entangled fighting is Cecil Burch. Very few people understand both the weapons and martial arts pieces of the puzzle like he does.
In this video, Cecil shows why typical “neck-tie-up” martial arts moves don’t work in an environment where weapons are (or may be) involved. It seems so obvious, but if it is why do so many people — both in the shooting and martial arts worlds — fail to grasp it?
I don’t know the answer, but I’m glad we have Cecil to educate us!
This week in Personal Safety and Security:
A great video on treating trauma
If you’ve spent any time in the defensive shooting world, you’ve probably been encouraged to carry a tourniquet and to learn how to use it. As it happens, tourniquets aren’t just for treating gunshot wounds; they’re useful for car wrecks, industrial accidents, and even people falling through plate-glass windows.
The trouble is that too many people get the tourniquet but ignore the training part. There is no substitute for hands-on training, particularly in non-intuitive skills such as immediate trauma care. What if you can’t make it to a local course right away, but still want to be better prepared to deal with massive trauma?
This is a superb, detailed (three hours long!) video taken from a trauma care class. It is, without a doubt, the most comprehensive video I’ve yet seen online. Consider it your introduction to the topic, to be augmented by a hands-on course at your earliest convenience.
(Disclaimer: The live fire drills and care under fire sections aren’t particularly plausible in the civilian world, but they’re at the end and can be easily skipped.)
This week in Preparedness and Health:
What would happen in a major earthquake?
An excellent, though long, article about earthquakes on the Pacific coast, how damaging they could be, and the preparations people have (and haven’t) made for them.
This is important reading, and don’t turn your nose up just because you don’t live on the West Coast. There is high potential for catastrophic earthquakes in many parts of the country; you may not face a resulting tsunami if you don’t live near a coastal area, but all of the other risks are there.
– Grant Cunningham