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January is Beginning to Prepare Month
Happy New Year from all of us at Bullet Blocker. As the commotion of the holidays subsides, the focus shifts to the start of a new year and the upcoming months ahead. This month, the theme is “beginning to prepare.” Throughout the month, we will provide you with winter safety tips, information on preparedness, and 12 months of prepping to follow throughout the year.
Week 2: The Basics of Prepping
As we continue through the month of January focusing on the process of beginning to prepare, it is important to understand what prepping is. Prepping is simply preparing for the future to prevent stress and difficulty when emergency situations occur. Many people wait until it is too late to prepare and end up unprepared and unprotected in the event of an emergency. Regardless of whether you’re worried about something like an unexpected layoff, car accident, power outages, natural disasters, or economic decline, it is important that you start preparing now. The basic steps of prepping:
Prepare your home for two weeks of self-reliance and no external help or resources
Be ready to leave your home at a moment’s notice
Be prepared when away from home (traveling, school, work, etc.)
Practice and plan
Share your plan with others and recruit neighbors, friends, and relatives
Many new preppers can become overwhelmed with the amount of information on the internet on prepping, but it can be easy if you follow simple prepper rules like the ones below to keep things clear and rational:
You can’t predict what is going to happen. It is impossible to be 100% prepared for 100% of scenarios, but don’t let this intimidate you.
Prepping should not dominate your life. Spend a reasonable amount of time, money, and energy. Prepping is an investment.
Great preps are a mix of gear, supplies, skills, practice, planning, and community.
Contrary to common stereotypes and beliefs, prepping is not about memorizing lists, buying overpriced supplies, or letting fear take over your life. It is about investing in your protection, educating yourself, and preparing yourself, family, and home for a variety of emergencies that could occur. We offer a Survival Pack & Safety Kit, which includes a well-stocked first-aid kit and a variety of other necessary supplies to keep you prepared in the event of an emergency. The backpack contains a 25-person first aid kit, water bags, a flashlight, a crank radio, duct tape, tissues, and space blankets, among other supplies. NIJ IIIA rated like all of our other backpacks, the pack offers both essential supplies but also practical anti-ballistic protection while on the go.
For more experienced preppers, we also offer a Bug-Out Vest, a multi-functional and discrete vest that was designed using information gathered from preppers. It was made to pair perfectly with your other bug-out gear, so you can easily slide the vest on and evacuate during an emergency situation. Its 10 pockets ensure that you will have ample space to store your flashlight, gun, medical kit, important documents, and other bug-out necessities. Like all of our products, the vest is equipped with two NIJ IIIA anti-ballistic panels, making the vest a perfect option for safety-conscious preppers. Many people put of preparing due to a lack of time, energy, resources, or finances, but the process does not have to happen all at once. Throughout the rest of the month, we will provide you with a comprehensive list for 12 months of prepping this year. It is not meant to intimidate readers, but rather to help educate new preppers on the basics of prepping.
Week 1: Winter Safety Tips
We will start off the month by giving you practical winter safety tips that you can employ throughout the colder months. Winter storms and cold weather can be dangerous, which is why it is important to plan and prepare ahead of time. Being prepared for winter hazards ensures you will be able to stay safe and healthy during the cold winter months. The following is a brief list of steps you can take to prepare your home, car, and yourself for a variety of conditions this winter:
Winterize your home: install weather stripping, insulation, and storm windows. Insulate water lines that run along exterior walls, and repair roof leaks.
Check your heating system: inspect clean fireplaces and chimneys, test your smoke detector batteries and make sure you are replacing them twice a year. Prevent carbon monoxide (CO) emergencies by installing a CO detector & learning the symptoms of CO poisoning
It is important to winterize your car as well. Keep the gas tank full to avoid ice in the tank, use a wintertime formula in your windshield washer, and service the radiator. If you live in an area that gets a lot of snow, replace tires with all-weather or snow tires
Prepare a winter emergency kit to keep in your car in case you become stranded. The kit should include: blankets, gloves, chargers, food and water, flashlight, radio, first-aid kit, among other essentials.
Sprinkle sand on icy patches in your driveway to avoid slips and injuries
Always bring an emergency kit when you are participating in outdoor winter recreation
While you travel…
Avoid travel when the weather service has issued advisories. If you must travel, inform a trusted friend or family member of your route and expected time of arrival.
If you become stranded in your car, follow these safety rules: make your car visible to rescuers, move anything you need from the trunk to the passenger area. Keep your body warm by using extra clothing, blankets, or newspapers. Stay awake and keep moving your limbs to improve circulation and stay warmer. Run the engine and heater for about 10 minutes per hour, opening one window slightly to let in air. Make sure that snow is not blocking the exhaust pipe to reduce risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
As highlighted in this month’s newsletter, we offer a variety of jackets and cold weather gear to keep you warm throughout the winter months. Our falcon flight jacket is a parka-styled jacket constructed of a thick oxford nylon shell with a polyester lining to keep you warm and dry in even the coldest conditions. It features multiple pockets and has a removable lined hood. Like all of our products, the jacket is equipped with NIJ IIIA anti-ballistic material, instantly adding lightweight and discrete protection. Conveniently coming in 3 color options, the jacket is a great option for fashion-forward individuals who don’t want to compromise on safety or warmth in the cold winter months. Another popular jacket is our Flight Jacket, a classic and extra full cut jacket that has a lightweight feel that can be used in a variety of weather conditions. Its design was inspired by the original MA-1 flight jacket, used by the United States Air Force and Navy pilots for use all year. Its outer shell is constructed of 100% Nylon water-repellent material, while the interior is lined with Poly fiberfill, both ensuring you will stay warm and dry. The jacket is lightweight at 6.5 pounds with the anti-ballistic material, and it comes in 4 colors to choose from. Depending on where you live, winter can be a period marked by cold temperatures and dangerous weather conditions. Taking the proper precautions in advance to prepare yourself, home, car, and loved ones can help lessen the difficulty and stress that arise in the event of an emergency.
December marks the beginning of the holiday season. This month, we will provide you with tips on how to enjoy the holiday season while staying safe and prepared. From all of us at BulletBlocker, we wish you and your loved ones a joyful holiday season and a happy new year.
Week 4: New Year’s Safety Resolutions
At the start of every new year, millions of Americans and individuals around the globe take time to reflect upon the upcoming year and make resolutions, or goals to carry out during the entirety of the year. Often times these resolutions involve eating healthier, exercising more, or getting a new job. Unfortunately, many people don’t follow through or carry out the resolutions through the year, primarily because they are unrealistic or too difficult to achieve. This upcoming year, consider making practical New Year’s resolutions that aim to improve your safety and preparedness skills. This week, we will provide you with a few examples of safety resolutions you can add to your list of 2019 resolutions.
Become informed: know the risks where you live, work, learn, and play. If you live or often travel to an area with frequent natural disasters or other emergencies, know how to prepare and evacuate. Find out how you would receive information from local officials in the event of an emergency. Also, learning First Aid and CPR/AED is beneficial and gives you the skills necessary to respond in an emergency before help can arrive. This is particularly useful in situations when first responders or medical care is unavailable or delayed. Visit your local American Red Cross to find out about the classes they offer and encourage your family and friends to do the same.
Make a plan: this is one of the best ways to be prepared. In the event of an emergency, the last thing you want is to have to frantically run around and get things together. Talk with household members and loved ones in the area and discuss what you would do and where you would go during different types of emergencies.
Make an emergency kit: In previous blogs, we have emphasized the importance of making an emergency preparedness kit. The kit should include ample resources to last at least three days for you and the members in your household. This includes water, non-perishable food, hygiene products, radio, first-aid kit, flashlights, batteries, important documents, and cash. Use a downloadable checklist to make it easier and more comprehensive.
We offer many products and proactive safety solutions that can be used discreetly throughout the year for a variety of individuals. One of our most popular items is our bulletproof backpack panel inserts, as highlighted in this month’s newsletter. Offered conveniently in 16 different sizes and shapes and over 9 color options to choose from, you are guaranteed to find a panel that will fit your backpack’s dimensions as well as your individual preferences. The panels are a less expensive option for individuals who already have a favorite backpack or bag but would like to make it more practical and for use as a safety solution in the event of an emergency. The panels are lightweight and discreet, providing up to 336 square inches of ballistic coverage area with our NIJ IIIA rated standards. The high-quality material is durable, water-repellant, and rip-resistant, and can be easily cleaned. The panels are a great option for students, commuters, workplace professionals, frequent travelers, and preppers alike.
As you ring in the new year and begin to reflect upon the upcoming months, consider making safety resolutions like the ones above. They are practical, realistic, and focus on the importance of preparedness and safety. Preparing starts with the simple decision to invest in yourself and safety. We hope you enjoy your New Year and have a safe and happy time with friends, family, and loved ones.
Week 3: 5 ways to give back this holiday season
At the core of every holiday season is the spirit and importance of giving. Many people desire to give back to their community during this time of year but are unsure how. Giving doesn’t have to require that you spend money, either. Sometimes it can be just as simple as donating your time or kindness. This week, we will provide you with a comprehensive list on how you can get involved in your greater community this holiday season through the spirit of giving.
Donate to a food pantry: During the months of November and December, food pantries run low and need extra help. You can donate food, money, or even your time through volunteering. Non-perishable items such as canned vegetables and fruit are particularly useful to food pantries. Donating ensures that families in your community will be provided for during the holiday season and will have a meal on the table each night.
Make care packages for soldiers: Many organizations such as Support Our Troops offer the opportunity to make care packages for soldiers overseas. You could send gift certificates, handwritten Christmas cards, or packages with personal hygiene items, entertainment, and snacks. These types of packages are sure to brighten the day of a soldier who is overseas and away from his/her family during the holiday season.
Do a good deed for the elderly: Many elderly individuals need help with a variety of tasks, particularly during the colder months. This could be something like raking leaves, shoveling snow, running errands for them, or buying their groceries. This is a way to make it easier for individuals who are not able to fully physically exert themselves.
Assemble Christmas stockings for the homeless or less fortunate: Buy some Christmas stockings and some fun, practical items to stuff them with. These could be snacks, hygiene items, socks, toothpaste, or warm gloves. If you keep the stockings in your car, you can hand them out to homeless individuals you pass by while driving.
“Adopt” a family for Christmas: Many religious centers, schools, and other organizations offer the opportunity for individuals to adopt a family for the holiday season. In doing so, you can provide gifts for children in need and even a Christmas dinner. Doing this helps you make a lasting impact on a family in need within your community.
Week 2: Give the gift of preparedness
This holiday season, consider BulletBlocker as your one-stop shop for Christmas gifts. We are sure to have something for everyone—even the pickiest person on your list. Giving the gift of preparedness will go a long way. In addition to a variety of items on clearance, and items available for immediate shipping, we are also offering gift certificates with amounts ranging from $50-$1000 if you just can’t decide. Below is a comprehensive list of products ideal for all the individuals on your Christmas list. For more information regarding individual products, be sure to visit our website.
For students: The leather writing padfolio is perfect for any student. Its lightweight and stylish design makes it an inconspicuous option for those looking for a discrete layer of protection while at school or on the go. It features multiple organizer pockets, a phone pocket, ID slots, a premium paper pad, and 48 square inches of ballistic coverage. (Also consider: 3-ring binder inserts, and backpack panel inserts).
For workplace professionals: The Tactical Organizer is a lightweight document holder that functions as a clipboard. Featuring six separate storage compartments and a water-resistant finish, this organizer is both practical and durable. It is conveniently equipped with a NIJ IIIA panel to keep workplace professionals safe in the event of an emergency (Also consider: medical lab coat and safety seat).
For frequent travelers: Under $50 and also available for immediate shipping, the passport wallet is a unique and inexpensive way to show a frequent traveler you care about their safety. The wallet offers several micromesh slots, a zip wallet, and RFID blocking technology to keep your data safe. Like all of our products, the lightweight wallet also features a NIJ IIIA panel that is accepted through TSA and while traveling. (Also consider: the Tablet case and the Everyday Backpack).
For luxury lovers: Head over to our luxury product page. We offer a variety of designer brands ranging from Gucci to MCM. We have suitcases, apparel, backpacks, and more. These products are sure to please the luxury and fashion lovers and on your Christmas list.
For preppers: Check out one of our latest products, the Bug-Out-Vest. Preppers will love its unique design. The vest was designed using information from experienced preppers, ensuring that it was created with the needs of preppers in mind. It features 10 total pockets, with storage space for large items, guns, flashlight, medical kits, and more. The NIJ IIIA panels provide identical ballistic protective coverage area as traditional law enforcement body armor. (Also consider: Gabriel down under, Survival pack & safety kit, and the tactical pistol case).
Week 1: Holiday Safety Tips
The holiday season is an exciting time for everyone. For that reason, it can be easy to forget the importance of being safe and prepared. Crimes actually increase during November and December, so now more than ever it is important to remain vigilant and aware. The following is a list of tips we have provided to help keep you safe, especially during the holiday season…
Home security: The holidays are a busy time with frequent travels and time spent away from home. Criminals know this and can use that to their advantage. Make sure you are securing your home by locking your doors, windows, garage, and cars. When you throw away packages in your trash outside, break them down as much as possible, particularly for expensive products like new TV’s and other electronics. This packaging can be a target for robbery.
Package delivery: With online Christmas shopping in full swing, it’s fun to get packages delivered to your door. However, too many people have experienced the calamity of their package being stolen from their front porch. Though it may seem inconvenient, remember to request a signature authorization for packages when they are delivered.
Fire hazards: The majority of residential fires occur during wintertime, and it’s easier to be careless during the holiday season when there is so much going on. Remember to never leave sources of heat or fire unattended, and to never use charcoal or gasoline-fueled devices indoors.
Holiday decorations: While decorating for the holidays is always fun, it’s important to never used damaged accessories, cords, or lighting sources. Never overload on electrical outlets or cables. These are a fire hazard and risk to children.
Travel: If you are traveling for the holidays, let a trusted person know where you are going, and leave them an itinerary with your contact information. Never inform strangers of your travel plans (that includes posting on Facebook). This can make you a target for theft. Additionally, resist the urge to carry a lot of cash or valuables on yourself while traveling to reduce the likelihood of theft.
Driving: It is well known that alcohol consumption increases during the holiday season. You should never drive under the influence and know your limits. Have a trusted designated driver if you need to get home. In the event of snow, give yourself extra time to get to your destination and drive slowly, being aware of icy roads and low visibility.
Keeping simple safety tips in mind like the ones above can help ensure that your holiday season will go smoothly and that you will be able to enjoy time with your loved ones. We have a variety of safety solutions available for immediate shipping. If you place your order before 12 PM EST, your order will be shipped that same day. Any orders placed after 12 PM will be shipped out the next business day. The NIJ IIIA Bulletproof Safety Seat Shield is a unique yet discrete safety solution, ideal for business professionals, teachers, law enforcement officers, and lawyers alike. The lightweight seat cushion is conveniently disguised as a personal safety device with non-slip grab handles to hold for protection in the event of an emergency. The comfortable and functional shield is on sale right now for nearly 15% off. Another product highlighted on our immediate shipping page is the Defender Notebook Folio. Its lightweight yet sleek design makes it impossible to tell that it doubles as a ballistic safety device. Equipped with NIJ IIIA ballistic material and ample storage space, the multifunctional portfolio is sure to please workplace professionals and students alike. These products are both great options for any last-minute Christmas shopping. Head to our website and check out our immediate shipping page to see the full list and learn more about each product.
November as Military Family Appreciation Month
Each year, November is recognized as Military Family Appreciation Month across the nation. It honors the commitment and dedication these families make to their service members, which in turn helps keep our military organized and strong. It was first celebrated in 1993, and the following year, there was a Presidential Proclamation issued, establishing Military Family Appreciation Month as a nationwide observance.
Week 4: Showing support during the Holidays
The nearing holiday season provides yet another reason to express our support and gratitude for military service members and their families. This holiday season, many military families will unfortunately spend their holidays alone or under stress. In response, organizations have started to implement seasonal support programs to help give back to military families and express recognition for the many sacrifices they make throughout the year.
Spirit of Sharing allows individuals to “adopt” a military family in need to provide direct assistance to local active duty military families and veterans during the holiday season. Adopting a military family through their organization allows individuals to help out as much as they are able to, by purchasing grocery cards, hygiene products, and Christmas gifts for families. The goal of their company is to support military families, and to build a relationship with each family to gain better insight and understanding of individual family needs.
Operation Holiday Joy is a program implemented by the Armed Services YMCA to make holidays easier for military families. It is a donation-based program that has raised over $1.5 million for military service members and their families since it was founded in 2004. These donations have allowed the company to distribute over 300,000 toys and 25,000 food baskets for Thanksgiving and Christmas to families across the country. This organization is a great option for anyone looking for a good cause to make a donation to this holiday season.
Soldier’s Angels is an organization that puts on an annual “Adopt-A-Family” program during the holiday season. They recognize that military families survive on a tight budget, and that providing a Christmas or holiday celebration for children can prove challenging because of that. The program allows individuals to adopt a military family and provide presents for the children and a grocery gift card for parents to help them purchase their holiday dinner.
The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots is a program that collects new, unwrapped toys and presents from October-December each year, and helps distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community, including military kids. This is a less expensive alternative to the Adopt-a-Family programs, but still provides individuals the opportunity to make a positive impact on a military child.
This month, we are offering Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals from November 22nd to the 27th to kick off the beginning of the holiday season. As highlighted in this month’s newsletter, all customers who place an order under $400 during this time will receive a free Passport Wallet along with their order, which is a $40 value. Customers who spend over $400 will receive a free Junior Writing Padfolio with their order, which is an $85 value. The passport wallet provides a unique and compact way to stay protected while on the go or while traveling. Weighing only 5 ounces, the NIJ IIIA bulletproof wallet offers a discreet and lightweight addition to your traveling gear. It features several micromesh slots to store identification cards, cash, credit cards, and passport. The Junior Writing Padfolio is a anti-ballistic zippered portfolio with storage space for your phone, cards, notebook, pen, and other small items. Its sleek leather design makes it the perfect option for students, commuters, or workplace professionals who desire an extra layer of discreet ballistic protection to add to their everyday gear. These two products will make the perfect Christmas gift for any individual on your list, and their unique yet discreet designs will be sure to please. We hope you have a happy and safe Thanksgiving with your family and loved ones.
Week 3: How to Honor Military Families this Month
Throughout the month of Military Family Appreciation Month, it is important to recognize military members and their families for the commitment they make to our country, as well as the numerous sacrifices they make for our freedom. Many people forget that military families face multiple challenges of their own, as we recognized during the first week of this month. Being apart from loved ones for months or years at a time, tolerating financial and emotional stress, and raising children alone are just a few of the struggles military family members endure. Below, we will give you some easy ways that you can get involved in your community and show support for the families who contribute to our freedom and the overall safety of our country.
Invite a service member or their family over for a holiday meal or celebration: No one should have to spend the holidays alone, but unfortunately, many military family members will spend the upcoming holidays by themselves. If you have room at your dinner table, invite a military family or family member in your community to your holiday meal—even if you don’t know them. This welcoming gesture will give them the opportunity to enjoy a holiday with supportive community members around them.
Offer direct support to a family in your community: if you know a military family with kids, offer to provide childcare for the military spouse so they can have a night off. Offer to do chores around their house, cook them a meal, or offer to run errands for them. These simple, inexpensive gestures can go a long way in providing support, and helping military families feel recognized and appreciated.
Write a thank-you note: If money is a concern, consider writing a letter of appreciation to military families in your community or even across the country. There are multiple organizations you can use to write letters to military families, such as Support Military Spouses, and Soldier’s Angels. This is a free opportunity to make a lasting impact on military families across the country.
Our Presidential Drop-Down Shield is our newest product, as featured in our November newsletter. Conveniently disguised as a briefcase when not deployed, the shield provides a discreet yet full-body anti-ballistic solution for individuals seeking a product with total-coverage protection. Equipped with NIJ IIIA bulletproof protection, the shield can stop a 357 Magnum, 44 Magnum, 9mm, and .45 caliber hollow point ammunition, and more. The revolutionary shield is easily deployed at a moment’s notice, with the largest size option instantly providing the user nearly 2,000 square inches of ballistic coverage area. The shield is ideal for politicians, executive protection, business officials, frequent travelers who want to take a proactive approach to their safety. As always, we extend our greatest appreciation to military families, who support their service members and contribute to the protection of our nation. Continue to enjoy 15% off your orders through the rest of this month if you are a current or former U.S. military member.
Week 2: Veterans Day
Veterans Day is recognized every year in the United States on November 11th, this year being observed on November 12th. A veteran is any individual who served on active duty in the armed forces of the U.S. In 2016, there were around 20.4 million veterans, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs, over 80% of them having served during at least one war. On Veterans Day, and also throughout Military Family Appreciation Month, it is important to express appreciation to veterans for their service and their family members for the sacrifices they have made. The day offers civilians an opportunity to learn about the many sacrifices service members and their families make throughout the year. Here are just a few ways to honor Veterans this year:
Visit a veteran’s hospital: If you don’t have a local VA office, contact an assisted living or nursing home facility nearby. Visiting a veteran can brighten their day, and you might get to hear some interesting stories about their life or time in service. Spending time with these individuals can help them to feel acknowledged and appreciated.
Express thanks: Whenever you see someone in uniform or wearing military-related gear, extend a word of gratitude or act of kindness to show your appreciation for their service. A seemingly simple gesture could make their day.
Send a card: Compile a list of the Veterans you know and send them a thank you card this year. Make it a tradition to send them out every year.
Go to an event: Every Veteran’s Day, cities across the country host events such as ceremonies or parades. Consider attending one of these events to show your support.
Fly a flag: Fly a flag on Veteran’s Day and throughout the month to express your appreciation and respect for Veterans and their families.
Bullet Blocker is a Veteran-owned company. For this reason, we are proud to offer a 10% discount on all products for military members and veterans throughout the year. This month, however, we are raising our discount to 15% off for all active and former military service members as a way to express our immense appreciation and respect for these individuals. We offer a variety of tactical gear ideal for law enforcement members, veterans, and civilians alike. In addition to our many tactical vests and backpacks, we also offer a NIJ IIIA level anti-ballistic Responder Range Bag. This bag is ideal for first responders, service members, and recreational shooters who spend time at the range. The bag is equipped with a lightweight bulletproof panel, which adds only 20 ounces of ballistic weight to the overall bag. This ensures comfort and concealability. The bag provides 112 square inches of storage, with multiple zippered pockets on the front, rear, and sides to organize your gear. We also offer a NIJ IIIA Tactical Bulletproof Pistol Case, designed to meet the needs of all types of shooters. The case can securely store three handguns and protects weapons from damage during transport. These two products are ideal for individuals looking for tactical protection that is lightweight and discreet.
Week 1: The importance of this month
This month is a time to acknowledge the collective responsibility we have to honor and support the family members of military personnel for the many sacrifices they make. Most Americans understand the importance of supporting our troops. But many forget that their nearly 3 million military family members need support as well. We owe our security and freedom to the members of our armed forces, veterans, the fallen, and their families. Military family members face many challenges such as: frequent moves, financial strain, unemployment, PTSD, and adjusting to a service member’s war injuries.
Frequent moves: Military families relocate 10 times more often than civilian families. In fact, the average military family moves every 2-3 years, the average military child changing schools 6-9 times throughout their academics.
Financial strain: 65% of military families report experiencing financial stress, and 90% report that they need more advice on financial planning.
Unemployment: 60% of military spouses report that employment is a top stressor, and 75% feel that their status as a military spouse negatively impacts their career. Military spouse unemployment rate is at least four times higher than the national average.
Mental Health: Prolonged deployment can have an effect on spouses and children. 36.6% of military wives report having at least one mental health diagnosis. 30% of children in military families reported feeling sad or hopeless almost every day for two weeks during the past year. Nearly 1 in 4 children reported having considered suicide.
War injuries: Since 9/11, more than 52,000 U.S. service members have been physically wounded in action. Nearly 320,000 service members have experienced a traumatic brain injury in Iraq or Afghanistan. More have suffered mental health problems such as depression or post-traumatic stress disorder.
These statistics shed just a small light on the many struggles military families experience. It is important to recognize and honor these individuals and their families for the many sacrifices they make to protect our country, not only this month, but also throughout the rest of the year.
October as Crime Prevention Month
In 1984, the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) designated October as Crime Prevention Month. Every year since then, government agencies, civic groups, and organizations have used this month to educate the public and provide resources to help communities address crime trends locally. October is the official month for recognizing the importance of crime prevention practices, and bringing awareness toward significant matters such as victimization, volunteerism, and community safety. In honor of Crime Prevention Month, we will be sharing new themes each week corresponding with the NCPC, each with relevant information and insight into pressing crime prevention issues. Now is the best time of year to discover new strategies, safety and prevention tips, and safety recommendations for your home, workplace, and community.
Week 4: Gang Prevention
As we near the end of Crime Prevention Month, we will discuss the importance and relevance of Gang Prevention. NCPC provides training and strategies aimed at reducing gang presence, promoting safe environments, and re-directing youth away from gang activity. Though some regions in the country are more affected by gang crime than others, it is more widespread of an issue than most people realize. Larger cities and suburban communities are the primary sites of gang activity, but smaller cities and rural communities can be affected as well. In 2012, there was an estimated 850,000 gang members a part of nearly 30,000 gangs across the country. They often share a common purpose, such as engaging in criminal or violent activities, drug dealing, property crime, and gun violence. There are factors that are likely to lead to gang involvement, including emotional disorders, school failure, low socioeconomic status, and early involvement in minor crimes. Youth in particular primarily join gangs for protection, respect, or money. It is necessary for communities and law enforcement agencies alike to work together to prevent gang violence and protect the communities affected by it.
The NCPC provides comprehensive resources with information regarding gang violence and prevention. They made seven strategies that integrate gang prevention education and positive alternatives to gangs:
Educate young people about the costs and consequences of gang involvement.
Keep youth in school and enrolled in positive activities when the school day ends.
Raise awareness among parents and students of the signs of gang activity.
Provide students with opportunities to practice refusal skills.
Make sure your school is designated drug-free zone and that your students are aware of this status.
Engage students in community service or service-learning projects.
Encourage youth who want to leave a gang to talk to an adult they trust.
Integrating these strategies along with other resources within a community can be helpful in preventing crime, helping affected individuals, and stopping the problem at the source. If gang violence is an issue in your area, consider working within your neighborhood and greater community, contacting local law enforcement agencies, and seeing how you can involve yourself to better protect the place that you live. One of our most popular products is our Gabriel Compression vest, an ultra-concealable and lightweight base-layer vest that can be worn under clothes, or as a stand-alone shirt. Like all of our products, the Gabriel is equipped with NIJ IIIA bulletproof material, making it the most concealable piece of body armor on the market today. Its custom built design provides uninhibited mobility throughout the day, ensuring comfort during long-term wear. The vest is available for both men and women in two colors. It is an ideal garment for any individual who wants to take proactive measures in protecting themselves while at work, at school, travelling, or simply on the go.
Though Crime Prevention Month nears its end, the importance should not be understated. Its themes and strategies should be implemented not only through the month of October, but also throughout the year. Working with your neighborhood, greater community, law enforcement agencies, and organizations to help combat crime of any type is an important way to involve yourself directly in preventing crime and helping to make a difference in the place you live.
Week 3: Living Safer, Being Smarter
Many individuals in the 18-24 year-old range are generally not concerned with crime prevention or aware of its incidence. But time and time again, research has shown that young adults are being victimized by crimes like credit card fraud, identity theft, burglary, and assault at alarming rates. The NCPC has dedicated itself to teaching young individuals about crime prevention, and equipping them with specific prevention strategies to use throughout their life. Luckily, there are steps that young adults can take to help prevent them from becoming a victim of crime in their workplace, social atmosphere, and on the internet.
Secure your valuables by keeping your belongings close to you or locked in a drawer at all times.
Be aware of your environment: report any doors that don’t lock properly, broken windows, or any other hazard if you see it.
Be discreet: don’t advertise your social life or outside plans to people visiting/calling your place of work.
Don’t drink & drive: though it may seem like common sense, have a designated driver if you plan to drink.
Call for help: If there is a threat or suspected threat of violence, call the police immediately—don’t wait for someone else to make the call
Always be aware of your surroundings: know where you are and who is around you. Remain alert. Stay with your group and never leave a social function alone.
Choose a strong password & protect it: do not use the same password for multiple sites. This leaves you at a high risk of your password being hacked across multiple sites. Change your password every few months and make sure it is not easy to guess.
Review financial statements regularly: look over your credit card & bank statements every month. If you notice any unusual charges, immediately report them to your credit card company or bank.
The NCPC developed a more comprehensive list of prevention strategies on their “Living Safer & Being Smarter” Campaign website. The campaign emphasizes the importance of using crime prevention strategies throughout all aspects of your life. At BulletBlocker, we offer physical protection solutions to keep you safe while at work, school, travelling, or on the go. For young individuals who are gaining independence and beginning to branch out on their own, it is increasingly important to stay proactive in personal safety strategies. Our NIJ IIIA bulletproof backpack panel inserts are an ideal solution for individuals who want to add a level of discreet protection to their backpack or bag. The panels come in multiple shapes and sizes, ensuring that they will fit into any pre-owned bag with ease. They are lightweight at only 10-20 ounces to maintain comfortability for all-day wear. The insert offers a convenient solution to young commuters, students, and travelers who want to stay discretely protected without sacrificing on concealability or comfortability.
October Week 2: Safe Firearms Storage
According to the NCPC, the second week of National Crime Prevention Month focuses on safe firearms storage. Responsible firearms owners use their firearms safely and understand the need to prevent them from getting into the wrong hands. But even still, 1.4 million homes have firearms stored in a way that makes them most accessible to about 2.6 million children. According to Business Insider, criminals steal nearly 250,000 guns from legal American gun-owners every year, exemplifying the severity of the crime. The problem is exacerbated by legal gun-owners who fail to secure their firearms, making it easy for thieves to steal them. As gun theft increases across the country, violent crime increases as well. When guns get into the wrong hands, it can lead to tragedies on both a community-wide and national scale.
Firearm safety should be a priority in order to better protect our children, prevent avoidable injury, and keep our communities safe. There are a variety of different locking and storage solutions available to firearms owners. If you own a gun, consider the following to better protect your home from accidental misuse or theft:
Trigger lock: a trigger lock can be used to keep someone from being able to pull the trigger. They are available in a variety configurations, from basic key lock options to ones that require combinations to open.
Cable lock: These can be used on most firearms, commonly place through the gun barrel. The locks generally impede loading and firing of the gun.
Storage case: The cases come in various sizes and styles, and can be used for both storing and locking of a firearm. The case can be locked, but often the lock must be purchased separately.
Lock box: a lock box is similar to a small safe that allows you to safely store your firearm via a key or combination lock by a digital keypad. This prevents unauthorized access.
Locking safe: Safes come in a variety of sizes to accommodate long guns such as rifles and shotguns, and also include space for handguns as well. Similar to the lock box, safes have the option of a combination lock or digital keypad.
At Bullet Blocker, we offer a wide variety of tactical gear for storing and transporting your firearms and ballistics. In addition to our tactical backpacks and range bags, we also offer a NIJ IIIA-level Bulletproof Pistol Case. The case was designed to meet the needs of shooters, featuring enough storage space to securely carry three handguns, while also giving you an anti-ballistic advantage. The fully-padded interior guarantees maximum shock absorption and safeguards weapons from damage during transport. The case features sewn, reinforced handles, and a lockable zipper. Practicing safe firearms storage by locking up your guns not only eliminates the threat of a child or burglar accessing your firearm, but is also a great way to protect your 2nd Amendment rights by demonstrating responsible gun ownership. If you own a firearm, consider taking steps this month to better protect your home from gun theft or misuse.
October Week 1: Fraud & Identity Theft
The first week of Crime Prevention Month focuses on Fraud and Identity Theft. When most people think about crime, violence or robbery typically come to mind—but identity theft is more commonplace of a crime than many think. According to an online survey by The Harris Poll from this year, 60 million Americans reported that they had been affected by identity theft in their lifetime. In 2014 alone, nearly 18 million Americans suffered incidents of identity theft. Many well-known corporations fall victim to data breaches, which expose millions of sensitive records in the process. Just last year, there were over 1,500 data breaches, which altogether left 179 million records vulnerable to fraud. Many people feel safe on the Internet and trust that their personal information will remain confidential. But criminals have been able to adapt to advancements in technology, allowing Internet crime to evolve and grow. Once identity thieves have access to your information, they can drain your bank account, run up charges on your credit cards, open new utility accounts, or receive medical treatment on your health insurance. Obviously, this type of crime is common and not one to be taken lightly. The NCPC maintains that anyone can become a victim, but how can you better protect yourself?
How to Prevent Identity Theft
Secure your Social Security Number. Don’t carry it in your wallet or give it out, unless absolutely necessary
Enable the security features on your mobile devices
Pay attention to your billing cycles. If bills or financial statements are late, contact the sender
Store personal information in a safe place
Shred receipts, credit offers, account statements, and expired credit cards
Review your credit report once a year to be certain that it doesn’t include accounts that you have not opened
Warning Signs of Identity Theft
You don’t get your bills or other mail when you usually do.
There are withdrawals from your bank account that look unfamiliar
You find unfamiliar accounts or charges on your credit report
You receive a bill for a service you didn’t use
You get notice that your information was compromised by a data breach at a company where you have an account
As you can see, identity theft and fraud are serious crimes that anyone can fall victim to. Because of this, it is necessary to take the steps to better protect yourself and loved ones. We offer multiple products to store and keep your information protected from thieves. Our Passport Wallet is a great option for individuals looking for a way to keep their documents safe while traveling or on the go. The wallet features several micro-mesh slots to hold identification cards, credit cards, and your passport. It also has a document holder with RFID-blocking technology to prevent unauthorized access to personal information. In addition to having ample storage for your documents, currency, and credit cards, the wallet is also equipped with a NIJ IIIA bulletproof liner to use in the event of an emergency to protect yourself. We also offer portfolios and tactical organizers, all of which are NIJ IIA-level bulletproof and a perfect place to store and transport your important documentation.
★Featured Article: Stay Prepared during National Preparedness Month★
Throughout this past year, disasters have inflicted damage and adversity upon communities nationwide. Hurricanes, wildfires, tornadoes, floods, and volcanic eruptions are among the many natural disasters that have affected our states and territories. The hurricane season last year included three catastrophic storms that occurred within a month, followed by a series of destructive wildfires in California. These disasters collectively affected nearly 50 million people, displacing people from their communities, destroying homes and businesses, and injuring thousands of people. With over 3,000 estimated deaths, 2017 was reported the deadliest hurricane season in history. As communities continue to recover from these disasters, and others anticipate the effects of another hurricane season, we are reminded of the importance of preparedness. As you may already know, September is recognized as National Preparedness Month, a time dedicated to focusing our attention to the significance of preparing our families, homes, and greater communities for disasters that threaten our lives and national security. During this month, we also honor the men and women who selflessly respond to the disasters and render aid to those in need. These tragedies that have occurred over the past year are somber reminders that preparedness is both a personal and collective responsibility to ensure readiness nationwide.
During emergencies and natural disasters, immediate aid is never guaranteed. As the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) maintains: you are the help until help arrives. This illustrates the need to not only learn life-saving skills, but also to be prepared within your home and greater community. We have continually expressed the importance of making an emergency preparedness plan, which you can read about here. You can also download an emergency plan template from FEMA that can be individualized to your home, business, or community.
In recent years, as the threat of emergencies and natural disasters have become increasingly imminent, the “prepping” phenomena has become more popular. Despite an abundance of misconceptions surrounding it, prepping is simply the process of preparing for the future by acquiring necessary supplies, learning requisite skills, and building a strong community. With the rise in popularity of prepping, the demand for bug-out gear has increased as well. A bug-out kit typically includes a 3-day supply of food, water, and other safety tools, which altogether gives you the ability to evacuate quickly in the event of an emergency. The supplies can vary by individual need, but in general should include a first-aid kit, fire sources, a flashlight, and blankets, in addition to non-perishable food and water.
When creating our newest product, the Bug-Out Vest, we used information gathered from a focus group of preppers to ensure its design would meet their unique needs, while also maintaining concealability to wear discreetly while traveling, during outdoor activities, or when “bugging out.” The vest offers a revolutionary new way to stay prepared. It was designed to pair perfectly with your other bug-out gear, ensuring you can easily slide the vest on and evacuate during an emergency situation. Its 10 pockets ensure that you will have ample space to store your flashlight, gun, medical kit, important documents, and other bug-out necessities. The vest’s lightweight and breathable material ensures you will be comfortable during extended wear, and the non-slip shoulder pads keep your backpack in place throughout the day. Like all of our products, the vest is equipped with two NIJ IIIA anti-ballistic panels, making the vest a perfect option for safety-conscious preppers.
We have always expressed the importance of preparedness, aiming to give you the latest safety tips and news. In a nation prone to disasters, the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones is to maintain preparedness well in advance. Emergencies can happen anywhere, at any time--sometimes when you least expect it. Each year, September reminds us of the importance of both individual and nationwide preparedness. This month, and throughout the year, we encourage all Americans to take proactive action in their personal and community-wide disaster preparedness.
September is National Preparedness Month
September is National Preparedness Month, otherwise known as Preptember. This month is the ideal time to review your personal, home, and community safety practices, and make the necessary changes to better protect yourself and those around you. Preparing for any type of emergency is important regardless of the time of year, but we encourage you to use this month as a way to start if you have not already. As September begins, we look forward to bringing you a month of preparedness and safety strategies.
Week 4: save for an emergency
Throughout the month, we have provided you with tips for making an emergency plan, learning life-saving skills, and checking your insurance policies and coverage. For the final week of National Preparedness Month, we will focus on the importance of saving for an emergency and planning financially for the possibility of a disaster. Americans at all income levels have experienced the challenges of rebuilding their lives after a disaster or other emergency occurs. During these circumstances, it is crucial to have access to financial, insurance, medical, and other records in order to start the process of recovery quickly and efficiently. Preparing in advance and taking the time to collect and secure these records will both give you peace of mind and will also ensure that you have the necessary documentation in the event of an emergency. Here are some tips from FEMA this week:
Gather financial and critical personal, household, and medical information.
Consider saving money in an emergency savings account that can be used in a crisis. Keep a small amount of cash at home in a safe place. Keep small bills on hand because ATM’s and credit cards may not work during a disaster if you need to purchase necessary supplies.
Obtain property, health, life, and flood insurance if you do not have them. review existing policies for the amount and extent of coverage to ensure that what you have in place is enough for you and your family for a variety of emergencies.
Store important documents either in a safety deposit box, or an external drive for ease of access during an emergency.
Household identification documentation includes: photo identification of household members, birth certificates, social security cards, pet ID tags.
Medical Information includes: medications, immunization records, copies of health insurance information, physician information.
We offer a variety of backpacks that will meet the needs for a basic emergency kit, spacious enough for important documents and supplies. Our Guardian and Everyday backpacks both offer NIJ IIIA Bulletproof protection and have the storage space available to create an efficient emergency supply kit for the workplace, household, or vehicle. Additionally, our NIJ IIIA Bulletproof Survival Pack and Safety Kit is a great option. The backpack has both a well-stocked first aid kit and a basic survival supplies kit with a 5-year guaranteed shelf life. The first-aid kit contains enough supplies for 25 people, and includes bandages, gauze dressing pads, antiseptic towelettes, cold compresses, and gloves, among other essentials. The basic survival supply kit includes water, blankets, a flashlight, crank radio, a whistle, tools, and tissues, among others.
As the end of National Preparedness Month nears, stay safe and be prepared. The best way to prepare for any emergency is to practice regularly, stay informed, and be equipped with adequate supplies and resources in your household, workplace, and community. Being proactive in emergency preparation could save your life!
Week 3: Check your coverage
When a disaster strikes, the last thing you want to worry about is a financial emergency. Insurance is your first line of defense; that’s why this week is dedicated to learning more about your insurance coverage. About 80% of households impacted by Hurricane Harvey last year did not have flood insurance. During natural disasters like floods and hurricanes, many individuals can lose their home and belongings. Most homeowners’ and renters’ insurance does not cover flood damage. Luckily, flood insurance can give you the financial protection you need to get back into your home easier, and it allows communities and families to recover more quickly and more fully.
FEMA recommends that everyone visit theFloodSmart website to learn more about buying and renewing flood insurance, understanding their risk, and how to reduce policy cost. As they mention, no home is completely safe from potential flooding—more than 20% of flood claims come from properties outside high-risk flood zones. Just one inch of water in a home can cost more than $25,000 in damage, and without flood insurance, most residents have to pay out of pocket or take out loans to repair and replace damaged items. The average flood insurance claim is nearly $30,000, and does not have to be repaid. You can also look ata flood map, which shows flood zones defined by FEMA according to varying levels of risk and type of flooding. Everyone lives in an area with some risk of flood—it’s just a question of whether it is a low, moderate, or high-risk area.
At BulletBlocker, we feature a variety of products that can be used in the event of a disaster or emergency. Our bulletproof Tactical Organizer is a great place to store your emergency plan and additional necessary documents and supplies. The NIJ IIIA Bulletproof organizer is waterproof and lightweight, with six separate storage compartments. Additionally, our Defender Notebook Folio is a great option for retaining emergency plans and documents, with ample pockets for storage and supplies, both of these products will also act as a ballistic shield if it becomes necessary to protect yourself or your family. Our NIJ IIIA Bulletproof Tactical Backpack is an ideal choice for your bug-out-bag or when you are seeking a safe place for emergency supplies and tools that also will aid you in defending your friends or family. This backpack features multiple storage compartments, mesh pockets, and thickly padded straps, and is large enough to store essential supplies for the whole family.
This week, consider checking your coverage and updating your insurance policy if necessary. Insurance is both financial protection and peace of mind in the event of an emergency.
Week 2: Learn Life-saving Skills
This week of Preptember will focus on the importance of learning life-saving skills. Prior to an emergency, it is necessary to stay up-to-date on relevant safety information, and prepare yourself for a variety of situations—whether it is a natural disaster or man-made. Not only should you prepare yourself personally, but you should also ensure that your home, workplace, family members, and greater community are prepared as well. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) put together a comprehensive list of safety measures to take this week to ensure your preparedness is up to date:
Put smoke alarms on every level of your home, test them monthly, and replace them when them after 10 years.
Learn basic home maintenance to protect your family and home. Learnhow to protect your home against flood damage, or protect the impacts of earthquakes.
Turn off utilities (like natural gas) in your home.
September 15th is a National Day of Action. Consider hosting a preparedness event within your community and bringing greater awareness toward the importance of National Preparedness Month.
As we discuss in this month’s newsletter, consider making an emergency supply “bug-out” kit. This kit should prepare you to last for 72 hours, and be stocked with adequate food, water, medication, and other necessary supplies for you and other household members.
Learning life-saving skills like the ones above can be an asset and advantage in the event of a disaster. Taking a local CPR/First Aid training course is an inexpensive way to ensure that you are prepared. These classes teach basic life support and practical skills that can be utilized while waiting for external support. Volunteering to help local emergency responders is another great way to get involved in your community and better prepare yourself for emergency situations. Unfortunately, most people are not as prepared for disaster as they may think they are.Research shows that 40% of people do not have emergency household plans, 80% have not conducted home evacuation drills, and about 60% do not know their community’s evacuation route. Many individuals rely on their neighbors following an emergency, especially the frail, elderly, and disabled, so additional considerations should be taken for individuals requiring special care. Organizing and facilitating community meetings among your school, workplace, faith-based organizations, and neighborhood is the best way to ensure that all members are prepared and equipped with knowledge on how to respond to various emergencies.
This month, consider taking proactive steps in your safety by learning life-saving skills, and encouraging those around you to do so as well.
Week 1: Making & Practicing your Emergency Plan
This week, we will discuss the importance of making and practicing an emergency plan within your household, which can also be extended to your workplace, school, or greater community. According to the CDC, about half of all adults do not have an emergency plan in place, or the proper resources needed to be prepared in the event of an emergency. Implementing a plan and preparing in advance can make emergency situations less stressful for you and your loved ones. Many people may think it is not necessary to make a plan, but the last thing you want in an emergency is to be unprepared and in need of help. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, you should consider the following 4 questions when making your plan with your family, friends or within your household:
How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings? Consider signing up for various emergency alerts and warnings through your phone. There is a list of relevant alert systems that you can sign up for located here.
What is my shelter plan? Taking shelter is appropriate when conditions require that you seek security outside of your home when disaster strikes. Shelters could include a family or friend’s house, commercial lodging, or a mass care facility.
What is my evacuation route? A variety of emergencies may cause an evacuation. Sometimes you have a day or two to prepare, while other situations may call for immediate evacuation. Planning a comprehensive evacuation route ensures that you can leave quickly and safely at a moment’s notice.
What is my family/household communication plan? How will you stay in contact? Where is the specific meeting place for all household members? This is important to prepare for well in advance of any emergency.
In addition to these four questions, it is also important to consider specific needs in your household to tailor the plan to your unique situation. Are there specific dietary needs of any individual? Medical necessities including prescriptions and equipment? Pets or service animals? Disabilities that require special devices or attention? Once you have considered these things, create your emergency plan by making your own, or downloading a template to use as a guide. The final and arguably most important step is to practice your plan. There is no use in having an emergency plan if only one household member knows about it, or if it is never properly practiced. It is necessary to run through the emergency plan multiple times to ensure efficiency and readiness in the event of an emergency.
At Bullet Blocker, we offer a variety of safety solutions to add to your preparedness. Our NIJ IIIA level bulletproof products can be a great addition to any individual’s safety solutions. Among our most popular products are the bulletproof backpack panel inserts that fit inside pre-owned backpacks. The inserts conveniently come in different shapes and sizes, and even have the option to be customized to fit the unique dimensions of your bag. Weighing in at only 10-20 ounces, the panels are a lightweight way to make your bag safer without sacrificing on comfort or concealability. The panel is versatile and can easily be swapped into a variety of bags and other small items, ideal for students, business professionals, and those who travel frequently. As you begin to make your family emergency plan and better prepare your household for emergency situations, consider purchasing panel inserts for the whole family.
The Survivalist Blog - An independent blog with some pretty good articles, including quick tips on assembling your own "Grab And Go Survival Pack" also known as a "bug out bag".
Urban Survivalist Blog - This would ordinarily be too small and inactive to include in this list for having only three articles. They focus on short-term disaster preparedness, quick and easy.
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Updated Jan 2, 2019
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