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:
Should you intervene?
Intervening in someone else’s fight is a decision that should never be made hastily, and should never be taken lightly. Well-meaning but poorly-trained concealed carriers have been injured and even killed when they stepped into a ongoing incident, and others have been jailed when it became clear that the threat of their drawn gun wasn’t justified given the facts of the incident.
In this article, a scenario is presented along with some of the possible options. It’s an excellent way to prepare for these kinds of decisions before you’re faced with one. (I think it’s also useful to ask the question “would I be sticking my nose into this situation if I didn’t have a gun?” If the answer is “no”, then you probably shouldn’t be getting involved.)
This week in Personal Safety and Security:
Beware the lifestyle salesperson
This article is going to raise some hackles, but what Mike Kupari says is true. Sometimes good enough is, in fact, good enough — and you have to decide where that point is for you.
This is why I’ve mended my ways over the years. In the past, I was eager to sell people a lifestyle (my lifestyle, coincidentally enough). As I’ve gotten a little older and hopefully a little wiser, I’ve altered my approach.
Instead of getting people to adopt a certain lifestyle, I instead teach them to work within their own lifestyle to change those things they can to enhance their safety and resilience. A little here, and a little there, over time and integrated into the life you lead, is a much better approach than “hey, honey, next week we’re going to take month-long Alphawarriorsheepdog course and move to an underground bunker in Idaho!”
This week in Preparedness and Health:
I remember my first trip to the tornado zone of the midwest; I got off the plane and noticed “tornado shelter” placards all over the airport. We don’t have those in my home state, and the phrase “We’re not in Kansas any more, Toto” ran through my mind. I laughed when I realized this would be exactly what I’d expect in Kansas!
This article gives excellent coverage of what tornadoes are, how they’re formed, the damage they can do, how you should to prepare, and what to do when they appear.
– Grant Cunningham