Firearms & Self Defense

What can a Billy Joel concert teach us about situational awareness?

My husband (Jim) surprised me with tickets to the Billy Joel concert in North Carolina last fall. Not only was I looking forward to the concert, but this also allowed me the perfect opportunity to put my situational awareness skills to the test. Situational awareness for women is both a science and an art, and over the years I’ve had plenty of time to put it to use. We often think of situational awareness and connect it to a James …

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2 Safety tips for your kids: The sound of gunfire & concealment vs. cover

In the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 and school shootings ever since, a lot of parents have asked how their children can be safe at school if something like this hits closer to home. This is a national discussion that, I hope, will be ongoing and will result in some really smart actions on the parts of school officials. However, there are two simple concepts you can begin teaching your children now. What does …

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How Being A Prepared Expatriate Can Keep You Alive

I know many people who have worked in various countries across the world. Their experiences and stories are captivating. Of course, I picture romantic walks in Belgium and delicious food in France, festivals in South America and how awesome I would feel walking on the Great Wall in China. Though these people did have those grand adventures, they still had to go to work, clean their apartment and pay bills. I pondered what they would have done if an emergency …

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Do you play the ‘What if …’ game with your kids?

Our family likes to play the “What if …” game, and it’s something you might want to consider for your family. Playing the “What if …” game lets us talk through different scenarios and do some emergency planning with kids. Hopefully, it will give them tools that we hope they will never have to use. However, if they do ever face an emergency situation, we’ll hope that it was a situation that we’ve talked about before. It doesn’t take much …

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Beyond Zombies: Survival Lessons From The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead is one of those rare TV shows that, like prepping, captures the zeitgeist of its time. No, not that the dead are actually rising, but rather that we cannot rely on the government to save us and the modern infrastructure we rely on so heavily is all too easily disrupted, broken, or even destroyed. For those who haven’t watched the shows, TWD focuses more on living humans and their actions and interactions than with zombies, per se. Zombies are …

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Three Layers of Home Security

When we talk about security and defense, it seems as though many people are just concerned with stockpiling weapons and ammunition. The reality, though, is that it takes a layered approach to adequately address the issue. Any real and effective security isn’t accomplished just by: Buying a loud, scary looking dog Putting bars on the windows Posting a “This house protected by Remington” sign on the front door Planting thorny bushes under each window Paying for an expensive security system …

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Women with Firearms: 23 Truths You Should Know

According to a study by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the number of women with firearms is growing by leaps and bounds with more than 74 percent of retailers reporting an increase in women customers in their stores in 2013 over 2012. The number one reason for this increase is protection. If you are one of these many women with guns, or if you’re considering purchasing a firearm, there are a few truths that you should know. 23 Tips for Women with …

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The Active Shooter: Staying Alive

It’s hard to read the news without seeing reports of the latest shooting by terrorists or the deranged and disgruntled, most often called an active shooter incident until it ends. Few believe that they could possibly wind up in the crosshairs of a gunman’s sight, but it can happen anytime, anywhere. What would be your response? Natural responses to an active shooter The natural response for most people is not to do anything. You’ve heard me talk about “normalcy bias” …

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Situational Awareness: Staying Safe When Life Gets Dangerous

My eldest recently received his learner’s permit, also known as his “temps” in these parts. When you’ve been driving for almost 30 years, there’s a whole lot of stuff that is just second nature. You don’t give any real, conscious thought to looking both ways before proceeding into an intersection, lighted or otherwise. Keeping one eye on the traffic coming your way so as to ensure none of those cars are veering into your lane is just a matter of …

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Street Smarts & Situational Awareness

The Story Starts My day started out as a beautiful Autumn morning. Very pleasant, in fact, despite the frenzied atmosphere as we readied our son for school. We had recently moved and were living in Europe, in a new city beginning a new school year. As my son and I rushed out the door and headed down the street to the school bus stop, I began the usual morning parental interrogation: Brushed your teeth? Check. Have your lunch? Check. Money …

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