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June is National Safety Month
According to the National Safety Council, June marks the start of National Safety Month. At Bullet Blocker, one of our main missions is to promote safety and effective prevention strategies among individuals. Throughout the month, we will discuss how to stay safe while travelling, in school settings, and in the workplace. We have seen that emergencies can happen at any time and place, so it is important to have a foundation of safety strategies to use throughout any aspect of your life.
Week 2: Staying safe while travelling
As we continue through the month of June recognizing National Safety Month, this week we will focus on a particularly important topic: how to stay safe while travelling. Whether you travel often for work, occasionally for vacations, overseas in dangerous areas, or within your own country, it is necessary to take the proper steps to ensure your safety while on a trip. As we always emphasize: emergencies and dangerous situations can occur anywhere, at any time—even if you believe you are going to a relatively safe region, or have travelled somewhere many times without an issue. Being prepared, having an emergency plan, and taking proper preventative steps prior to your trip are all effective ways to be a smart and safe traveler.
Fortunately, there is a lot of information out there on how to stay safe while travelling. USA Today published a list of tips for every traveler to follow, which can be used as a rule-of-thumb regardless of whether you are travelling locally for a quick trip, or internationally, for an extended stay.
Check in with the State Department prior to your travel. This website provides up-to-date safety information regarding every country in the world. It gives information about necessary vaccinations, political conflict, and local laws. You can also register your travel plans so the State Department will be able to notify you in the event of a natural disaster, emergency, or civil unrest.
Leave an itinerary back home with someone you can trust. Even if it is just a quick business trip, it cannot hurt to give someone a general list of where you are staying, what you plan on doing, and when you are coming home. If possible, check in with this person frequently while traveling to assure them you are safe.
If you are staying in a hotel, review the escape route. While this may not be the first thing you want to do when arriving at a hotel, it is nevertheless important. In the case of an emergency in the middle of the night, it will be useful to know the escape routes and other necessary information about the hotel and surrounding area.
Keep an emergency kit with you. In January, we provided the basics of prepping and steps to make your own emergency preparedness kit. This kit should include a first-aid kit, backup phone batteries, non-perishable food, water, and a flashlight—at the very least. Depending on the region you are going to, you may want to consider blankets, a snow shovel, gloves, or other items deemed weather-appropriate.
Save emergency numbers. Find out what the local emergency hotlines are and save them to your phone. It is also a good idea to research the nearest U.S. embassies and save those addresses and phone numbers.
Regardless of where you travel to, using common sense and following these simple preventative steps can go a long way. We offer a variety of products ideal for travelling. Our NIJ IIIA Bulletproof backpacks and briefcases are a great option for carry-on luggage. Our Leather Flap Briefcase is discrete, stylish, and functional—perfect for a business professional who travels often for work. The briefcase is constructed of heavyweight bridle leather with ample storage space and multiple compartments. Additionally our Rolling Backpack is another great carry-on option. This versatile pack can be either wheeled or worn on your back. Its durable nylon wheels and collapsible handle add functionality to the backpack. It has ample storage space for all your travel needs, and a multi-function organizer to keep things neat. The NIJ IIIA Bulletproof panel only adds 20 ounces of ballistic weight, ensuring a comfortable wear. Staying safe while travelling is not as difficult as it may seem. Following simple rules and trusting your best judgment will keep you on guard and safe.
Week 1: National Safety Month
While we have previously recognized Personal Safety and Self Defense Month, this month extends beyond that. In addition to looking after the safety of yourself, this month encompasses the importance of safety within your neighborhood, greater community, workplace, school, and while traveling. Most people go throughout their day assuming they are safe and unconcerned that something bad could happen, but it is important to be prepared and on guard for any type of emergency situation. Safety is something many people take for granted, whether unintentionally or not. Many of us are fortunate to live in a country in which we can feel relatively safe, but no place is 100% free from dangerous situations or emergencies. We protect ourselves by getting a flu shot before winter, by locking our doors at night, by getting insurance for our cars…so why not protect yourself by implementing simple safety strategies throughout your life? Taking the time to learn effective prevention and safety strategies could literally save your life.
According to an article published by Columbia University, there are many ways to increase your personal safety that are not difficult to implement.
Reduce opportunities that make you a target. This may include travelling in groups when possible, keeping your personal belongings close-by, and walking confidently.
Increase your awareness in places even where you are comfortable. Be aware of your surroundings at all times, walk with your head upright, and make eye contact with those around you. Don’t tune yourself out by texting or looking down.
Trust your instincts, even if you feel embarrassed. If you feel threatened or see anyone acting in a suspicious manner, contact the police and immediately remove yourself from the situation if possible.
Prepare your schedule daily with safety in mind. This may include avoiding dangerous areas, avoiding travel alone after dark if possible, and staying in well-lit, populated pathways.
At BulletBlocker, one of our most popular clothing products for discrete protection is our Gabriel Ballistic Base Layer Compression Vest. Created by one of our finest engineers, the vest is the most concealable piece of body armor on today’s market with a NIJ IIIA rating. The Gabriel gives you the tactical advantage you need with the lightweight comfort you deserve, whether you have a dangerous job, travel to risky places, or simply desire an extra level of protection throughout your day to day. Each Gabriel is custom built and its sleek design leaves a nearly invisible footprint under most garments, giving you instant protection and reassurance that you will be safe in any emergency situation.
May is Armed Forces and Military Appreciation Month
This month, we want to honor military members by recognizing May as Armed Forces and Military Appreciation Month. National Military Appreciation Month is celebrated every May to encourage U.S. citizens to observe the month in a symbol of unity. The month stands to honor both active and retired military members, including the individuals who have died while protecting the nation’s freedom
Week 4: How to Participate
As we near the end of Military Appreciation Month, we want to discuss the ways in which you can show your appreciation to the individuals who have served our country through the military. This month is a dedicated time for civilians and service-members alike to express their respect and appreciation for both active and retired military members. Even if you do not know of someone personally who serves or has served our country, participating throughout the month is significant.
One of the most effective ways to show your support is to buy and wear some NMAM Gear. This company offers inexpensive clothing items and other accessories in support of National Military Appreciation Month. When you purchase an item, the company sends money to the Armed Forces Children’s Education Fund. Wearing the shirt or sweatshirt will additionally help raise awareness about the month, along with the importance of supporting military members. If you are financially able, donating to Military-based organizations and charities is a great way to help. Some organizations you can donate to include the Armed Forces Children’s Education Fund, Operation USO Care Package, The Fisher House, and The Wounded Warrior Project, among others. These organizations altogether provide opportunities to promote the well-being of military members, their families, and veterans. If you are not able to spend a lot of money but still want to help, Operation Gratitude is a great option. This organization accepts handwritten letters year-round to be sent to deployed troops, veterans, and first responders. This is an easy, free way to directly impact a military member in a positive way, and a way to show your support.
As stated earlier this month, we offer a variety of tactical gear including backpacks, bags, vests, and pistol cases. Our NIJ IIIA Bulletproof Responder Bag is ideal for first responders and recreational shooters alike who spend time at the range. The removable bulletproof panel is lightweight, only adding about 20 ounces of weight. The bag’s design is discrete and versatile, with multiple compartments to securely carry your weapons and accessories. The bulletproof insert allows the bag to act as a safeguard for accidental discharge. With three color options, adjustable straps, and lightweight feel, this bag is the perfect option for civilians and service members alike. Right now, it is on sale for 10% off its original price.
As National Military Appreciation Month comes to an end, here at Bullet Blocker we want to again express our immense gratitude and utmost respect for all active and retired military members, especially those who have lost their lives while fighting for our country. We hope you will join us in upholding this respect and appreciation not only during Military Appreciation Month, but also throughout the year.
Week 3: Highlighting Military Heroes
Throughout Military Appreciation Month, it is important to recognize the various men and women who have risked or sacrificed their lives while serving our country. Honoring specific military heroes who have fought to protect our freedom is a way to commemorate them throughout the month and year. This month, retired Navy Seal Britt K. Slabinski will receive the military’s highest honor, according to Military.com. In 2002, he led a risky assault to rescue a stranded teammate in Afghanistan who was ejected from an aircraft crippled by enemy rocket-propelled grenade fire. Slabinski repeatedly exposed himself to enemy fire as he took on al-Qaida forces during the rescue attempt, and waited 14 hours until a rescue team came. Slabinski will receive the Medal Honor this month for boldly leading his team and exhibiting grace while under fire.
Last month, U.S. Marine Corp Lieutenant Philip H. Sauer received a valor medal, 51 years after the day he died in Vietnam. The Silver Star is the military’s third highest award for battlefield bravery, but unfortunately the paperwork for Sauer’s medal was lost in the war, but was resurrected in recent years. His four siblings recently accepted the posthumous medal on his behalf. Sauer traded his own life to save the lives of his other men in combat by screaming for them to retreat. Sauer’s courageous act and evident dedication to his country are honorable, and the award was well-deserved.
Another military hero is Captain Candace Wimbish, part of the U.S. Army in Texas. This year, her quick response saved the life of a motorcyclist. Driving down the highway, Wimbish saw a tow truck plow into a motorcyclist riding in front of her. Immediately, she jumped out of her car and rushed to the scene of the accident. Noticing that the man was in severe condition and losing a lot of blood, she made tourniquets using their belts until paramedics arrived. Emergency Medical Services was able to stabilize the motorcyclist and airlift him to a nearby hospital. Thanks to her bravery and quick action, this motorcyclist’s life was saved. WImbish is a great example of many military member’s dedication to protecting our country and its citizens.
We offer a variety of tactical gear ideal for military members, law enforcement officials, and civilians desiring an extra layer of protection. In addition to Bulletproof NIJ IIIA vests, we offer a selection of tactical backpacks, briefcases, and bags ideal for traveling, hunting, and trips to the range. Regardless of the product you choose, you will be pleased with the level of concealability each one offers. Each product is discrete, yet classic in design. Our tactical backpacks are made of high-quality material and large enough for all your storage needs. As stated previously, we are continuing to offer all active or retired military members 15% off their orders throughout the rest of the month (email firstname.lastname@example.org for details).
Week 2: The importance of Recognizing Memorial Day
As mentioned last week, Memorial Day is a Federal Holiday that falls on the last Monday of May each year. Memorial Day is observed this year on May 28th. It’s easy to lose sight of the holiday’s true meaning while celebrating the start of summer and enjoying a three-day weekend. But the day represents a lot more than just an extra day off from work. Memorial Day is a solemn day of remembrance for the men and women who have died while serving in the U.S. armed forces. It originated in the years following the Civil War, in remembrance of the 500,000 soldiers who died, and became an official Federal Holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe this day by visiting cemeteries of memorials, participating in local parades, or hosting family gatherings. In 2000, a National Moment of Remembrance resolution was passed, encouraging Americans to take a moment on this day to remember those who died for their freedom. This moment occurs at 3 p.m. on Memorial Day annually. Additionally, flags are ordered to remain at half-staff until noon across the country, symbolizing the soldiers lost over the years. In the afternoon, they are raised to full-staff, symbolizing our appreciation of their lives.
Regardless of how you choose to spend this day, and whether or not you know someone personally who lost their life while serving our country, it is still important to honor and respect the individuals who have made the ultimate sacrifice to defend our freedom and safety. Their devotion to our country and willingness to sacrifice their lives is inspirational and honorable.
At BulletBlocker, we sell a variety of tactical gear and body armor ideal for any law enforcement, federal, military, or public safety professional seeking extra protection on the job. The Gabriel Ballistic Base Layer Compression Vest is our featured product this week. One of our most popular and classic items, it provides the same anti-ballistic protective coverage area as traditional law enforcement body armor vests. It meets threat level NIJ IIIA, which is the highest level of protection available in soft body armor. Its covert design makes it an ultra-concealable and lightweight option, ideal for military, police, and civilians alike. Its customizable fit and features ensure comfort and ease of mobility for all wearers.
Week One: National Observances to Recognize This Month
This month, we want to honor military members by recognizing May as Armed Forces and Military Appreciation Month. National Military Appreciation Month is celebrated every May as a way to encourage U.S. citizens to observe the month in a symbol of unity. The month stands to honor both active and retired military members, including the individuals who have died while protecting the nation’s freedom. The month is categorized by the following national observances that highlight the various contributions that military members have made during their time in service.
Loyalty Day – May 1st: Loyalty Day kicks off the month as a day for individuals to reaffirm their loyalty to the country and recognize the history of American freedom. On this day, people recognize and celebrate their freedom, while remembering their responsibility to continue the legacy of liberty.
Public Service Recognition Week – May 6th-May 12th: This week is organized annually to honor the men and women who serve the nation as federal, state, county, and local government employees. Since 1985, the week has been dedicated to honoring our public servants.
Victory in Europe Day – May 8th: Otherwise known as V-E Day, this public holiday marks the formal acceptance by the Allies of WWII of Nazi Germany’s surrender of its armed forces. Each year, this day is recognized and celebrated as the anniversary of the end of WWII in Europe.
Military Spouse Appreciation Day – May 11th: This day is recognized annually to honor military spouses with appropriate ceremonies and activities. It recognizes the significant role military families have in keeping our Armed Forces strong and our country safe. It also recognizes the immense sacrifices military spouses must make, and honors their nobility.
Armed Forces Day – May 19th: This day is celebrated annual on the third Saturday of May. It is a public holiday for citizens to come together and honor the military members for their patriotic service in support of our country. It recognizes all branches of the Military: Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Navy.
Memorial Day – May 28th: This Federal Holiday is observed annually on the last Monday in May. It is a day to commemorate the men and women who have died while in military service.
BulletBlocker strives to continually recognize the immense sacrifices that military members make in protecting our country’s freedom. Throughout this month, we will honor their service and we hope you will too. All active or retired military members can enjoy 15% off their orders throughout the month.
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 June 5, 2018
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