Tuesday, October 14, 2008


How do you keep your head when everyone around you is going into a panic mode because something horrendous just happened?

It can be anything from a natural disaster to and armed terrorst attack to an explosion to a crazed gunman. What can you do? What do you do? How do you keep your wits about you?

The honest answer is, you don't, you can't; if you are like 90% of the other people walking around. Why is that? Simple, really, no one prepares themselves for just such a scenario.

How do you keep your head when everyone else is losing theirs? You prepare for it. You practice for it. You run simulations in your head. If this happens, I'll do this. If this way out of town is closed, I'll go this way. If I am somewhere where an armed intruder starts shooting I will do this. You develop a plan A, then a plan B, and then a plan C and a plan D, if necessary.

Figure out how you want to react to just about any type of scenario you can think of because today anything can happen anywhere at anytime.

You stockpile, weapons and food and water as you feel necessary and you have them all in containers or "bug out" bags in case you have to take it on the road.

You drill every member of your family on what they should do and where they should go. You develop a meet up location. If something happens, we all meet at such and such a location and if you are not there by such and such time we then all meet at location #2. (You may not be able to get to location #1) and even have a location #3 if possible.

There is a reason why military people , cops, fireman and other emergency personnel do well in emergencies. Do you know why that is? They prepare for it. They train for it. Over and over and over again so that when it happens they do not even think about what they will do they just automatically do what they were trained to do.

Now, the average person doesn't necessarily have the time or wherewithall to train like the professionals, but fear not, there is something you can do to prepare yourself.

For starters read my previous articles on personal safety, home security and vacation travel and develop your own sense of AWARENESS.

It is this AWARENESS that will save your life. It will put you in a position of reacting before anyone else and may be the difference between you getting out in time or not.

Develop this level of AWARENESS and you will know where your weaknesses are and you can reduce your vulnerability.

Develop a plan of AWARENESS on what you will do in an emergency. Where you will go. Where will you retreat to that is a safe place that you can protect from outsiders? What will you need to exist there for an extended period of time? How many people can you accomodate? How will you repel invaders?

Are you willing to use deadly force to protect yourself and loved ones? Make that decision now and under what circumstances you will employ it. Run it through your brain, now, not at the time it happens. Play war games with your own head. What will you do and how will you do it and what are you willing and capable of doing?

Plan for anything and everything at anytime, anywhere. We no longer have the luxury of if, nowadays it is when.

Don't think it can't happen to you. It can, anywhere and anytime. Just develop your sense of AWARENESS of what is going on around you and you will be the one prepared to act while everyone else is standing around scratching their heads wondering what happened, just before they die.

AWARENESS is the best weapon in your arsenal.