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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layers of home security

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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planning for shtf

When Things Go South or What to Expect When SHTF

First off, let me explain my reasons for writing this and tell you a bit about my experiences. That way you will know what I say is truth. I served for 15 years in the British Army, serving during the 1990’s in Yugoslavia, Bosnia and Kosovo and saw firsthand what happens to human nature and society when everything goes to hell. As for my reasons, I’m somewhat tired of people painting a rosy picture of what they expect might happen …

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Home intruders and keeping your home base safe.

Worst Case Scenario: Taking Back Your Home From Intruders, Part 2

In Part 1 of “Taking Back Your Home From Intruders” I introduced the possibility that your home or other property could be taken over by other people in a scenario such as this one: A catastrophic disaster has occurred, one that destroyed hundreds or thousands of homes and businesses, and destroyed a community’s way of life. After a long journey home you notice an unfamiliar car parked in your driveway. You know your wife and kids aren’t home yet. One …

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How to choose a good dojo.

4 Things To Consider When Choosing a Dojo

My husband and I have been taking Karate from the same instructor since 2008. We started training together before we had children and would attend Karate-related events as romantic dates. We learned a lot, including how to choose a dojo. Now that we have three kids, it’s difficult for us to train together, but we take turns attending classes at our dojo, or Karate school. We both have black belts. In addition to it being a wholeso me activity we …

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Common Sense Strategies for Teaching Gun Safety: Never Underestimate the Stupid Factor

Our 2 kids began learning how to shoot a .22 rifle when they were 7 and 9 years old. Our approach to the shooting skills and gun safety was very casual and low key. You might have thought we were teaching them how to use nail clippers for all the excitement we displayed! They learned and had plenty of time to practice basic safety rules. My son was corrected by a range officer more than once for forgetting the safety …

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17 Items Your College Student Needs as They Head Out For Spring Break

Every year around the country hordes of college students swarm together to celebrate Spring Break. Sometimes it’s all fun and games and everyone comes home well rested and ready for their final weeks of the semester. However, in many cases kids end up in the ER or worse. Check out these Spring Break safety tips for college students. (Check this link to find out dates of Spring Breaks around the country.) If you have a college kid who will be …

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