Be Ready for What ever Happens
Current issues and topics that are relevant to the classes we teach
Safety and Security
Safety: being aware of and able to deal with natural or man-made hazards that you may encounter.
Security: being aware of and able to deal with any predatory humans that you may encounter.
In any environment, those two things will kill, injure or make you sick faster than you will ever die of thirst or starvation. Ignore this fact at your own peril.
It does not matter what environment you are in - jungle, city, desert, town, arctic. Safety and security are your most important survival considerations.
We take a lot for granted in western society as we live a comfortable, safe existence- until its not.
In nature, common safety measures are don’t sleep under a broken branch that may fall on you, don’t camp beside a river in case there is rain upstream, get indoors when you hear thunder and never take food inside your tent, to name a very few.
In cities and towns, safety means looking before you cross the street, don’t text and drive and watch out for a vicious dog running at you.
People take security for granted. But here are a few tips. Don’t walk down the street or go running while listening to music. Don’t walk around staring at your smart phone. All of these things make you oblivious to your surroundings and very easy for a predatory person to take advantage of you.
When you are out in public always be aware of who is around you, what they are doing and where your exits are from that room, business or city park.
When you go back to your car, look into the back seat before you get in, and if you are in a parking garage, scan around you for predatory people. Don’t walk so close to the rows of cars that a person hiding between them could easily grab you or your belongings.
Distance is your best first defense and don’t be afraid to “pre-judge” strangers you come across - it may save you, your family or your wallet. Even if only .00001% of a population of 230 million is bent on evil, that is still a lot of people. And it CAN be you that they prey on.
Pre-think what you will do to assure your and your families’ safety in the places you see yourself in. Hotel fire, tornado, flood, bear attack, zombie apocalypse. Anything you see as realistic for your lifestyle and travel habits.
Prepare and train for predatory people using whatever defensive means you feel comfortable with. The only person that can really protect you is you.