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July is National Safety Month
July is Bio-terrorism and Disaster Education & Awareness Month. The purpose of this month is clear: to raise awareness for emergency preparedness in the event that a disaster occurs. There are many different types of disasters, ranging from natural disasters like floods and hurricanes, to bio-terrorism disasters like chemical attacks. Regardless of the type of disaster, it is important to educate yourself and be prepared for anything. Throughout the month, we will provide you with education and information regarding bio-terrorism and other disasters to keep you up to date and informed.
Week 3: Preparing for different types of disasters
Last week, we discussed the different types of natural and human-caused disasters that can occur—some of which are happening right now in certain parts of the world. While some disasters are easier to plan for than others—like a hurricane if you live in Florida during hurricane season—others can be more difficult to predict. Contrary to common belief, no region is “safe” or entirely protected from a disaster. As we always reiterate: disasters and emergency situations can happen anywhere at any time. The best way to plan for these is to prepare for them. Because there are so many different types of disasters that can occur, it is important to cater your preparedness plan based on each specific type. The American Red Cross put together a comprehensive guide on how to prepare for and respond to a variety of disasters, which we will be following throughout the rest of the month. While we will be focusing specifically on preparation, the guide also includes information on how to stay safe both during and after the disaster occurs as well.
Hurricane: Talk with your family about what you will do if a hurricane strikes. Make a household evacuation plan that considers pets and any special needs. Ensure that you have access to NOAA radio broadcasts. Keep insurance & financial documents, and other valuables in a safe for ease of access during an emergency. Keep these in a place that is unlikely to be damaged if a hurricane causes flooding. Assemble an emergency preparedness kit for each member of the household if you have not already done so. Finally, be informed about your own community’s hurricane risk and response plans.
Volcano: Again, talk about volcanoes with your family so that everyone knows what to do in case of a volcanic eruption. Discussing ahead of time helps to reduce fear and ensures that everyone is on the same page. Keep a battery-powered NOAA radio on hand, as well as a pair of goggles and dust mask for each member of your household in case of ashfall. In addition, talk with your insurance agent to find out what your homeowner’s policy will cover in the event of a volcanic eruption.
Terrorism: As these events tend to be more sporadic and unpredictable, it is important to have a solid emergency communications plan with close family and friends. Establish a meeting place, assemble an emergency preparedness kit, and double check your workplace/school’s emergency plan. Learning some basic first aid such as CPR is a useful preparation.
While you may not be able to ever fully predict when a disaster will strike, having the adequate tools and plan in place will give you preparedness and peace of mind. We offer a variety of clothing that is discretely equipped with NIJ IIIA Bulletproof protection. As we head into the warmer summer months, our vests are a great option for lightweight defense. Our Leather Biker Vest is a classic product constructed from premium leather and lined with black nylon. It provides a discrete way to conceal a lightweight bulletproof liner, making it a perfect addition to an individual’s protective gear for any season.
Week 2: Types of Disasters
As we continue throughout National Bioterrorism and Disaster Awareness Month, this week we will discuss different types of disasters. Though some regions are more prone to certain disasters than others, it is still important to be aware and educated on the various disasters that can occur—both natural and human-caused. There are many well-known disasters that have occurred in the past and caused many casualties and destruction: the 2010 Haiti Earthquake, the September 11th attacks, Hurricane Katrina, and more recently: the hurricanes in Puerto Rico, wildfires in California, and the Guatemalan & Hawaii volcanic eruptions. Whether you live within a disaster-prone region or not, no area is exempt from an emergency situation, so being prepared is the safest option.
Natural Disasters: natural events that cause great damage to a region or loss of life. These are large-scale events that have the potential to cause loss of life or property. Severe storms and floods are among the most common types of natural disasters reported in the United States.
Earthquakes, tsunamis, tornados
Hurricanes and tropical storms
Droughts, extreme heat
Man-made Disasters: though they may not occur as frequently as natural disasters, man-made disasters are still a threat. Not only can they lead to loss of lives, but also the loss of security and feeling of well-being among affected individuals.
Nuclear power plant and nuclear blasts
Chemical threat and biological weapons (bioterrorism)
Natural and man-made disasters alike affect thousands of people each year. Many times unexpected, they can leave entire communities in shock. Because of this, the most essential thing you can do is be prepared. This means taking the appropriate steps within your home, workplace, community, and greater region. Having an extra physical layer of protection on yourself is a great way to be safe and prepared for an emergency situation. The Fortress Fleece Vest is one of our newer products, a versatile option ideal for a variety of weather conditions. It comes in both women’s and men’s sizes with a four color options to choose from. The vest discretely offers NIJ IIIA Bulletproof protection within a high-quality and ultra-soft polyester fleece. The vest is a great way to add a layer of physical protection to keep you safe and at ease in a variety of situations.
Week 1: What is Bio-terrorism?
What exactly is bio-terrorism?
The deliberate release of viruses, bacteria, or other germs used to cause illness or death in people, animals, or plants.
Terrorism involving the release of toxic biological agents
The biggest threats of bioterrorism include: anthrax, plague, smallpox, and typhoid fever among others
Some say it is more of a threat than nuclear attacks
What are the effects of bio-terrorism?
Depending on the type of agent used, the effects can vary, but they are almost always severe
Respiratory tract infection, diseases that affect the heart and circulatory system, compromised immune or nervous system, bleeding, severe illness, or even death
How to prepare for bio-terrorism
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has been preparing for bioterrorism, but you should still do your part to prepare on your own. In the event of an emergency, it is never guaranteed that help will be available in a timely manner.
Consider compiling emergency supply kits for every member in your household and storing them in a safe place. These should include food, water, first-aid materials, blankets, flashlights, hygiene products, and other essential items.
Purchase a gas mask or other type of protective mask, protective clothing, and cleaning agents like bleach and alcohol
Keep an adequate amount of first-aid kits in your house, workplace, and car to ensure that you will be protected regardless of when a disaster strikes.
At BulletBlocker, we offer a variety of backpacks that will meet the size and storage requirements for an emergency supply kit. Our Guardian and Everyday backpacks both offer NIJ IIIA Bulletproof protection and have the 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 for an emergency bug out bag. The backpack has both a well-stocked first aid kit and basic survival supplies kit with a 5-year guaranteed shelf life. The first-aid kit contains enough supplies for 25 people, including 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. This bag will be an asset in any type of disaster, and will give you a greater peace of mind in your preparedness plans and overall safety.
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 4: Staying Safe in Emergency Situations
As National Safety Month comes to an end, this final week we will provide you with a general list of tips to follow in the event of an emergency situation. Many workplaces, schools, college campuses, and communities have their own set of emergency protocol to follow, specific to the location. However if you discover that your workplace or school does not have any emergency protocol in place, encourage your boss or school’s administration to develop a plan. It is also beneficial to participate in practice drills; these ensure that everyone is prepared to the best of their ability, and reduces the stress and uncertainty that come with an emergency event. Staying safe in emergency situations may seem impossible depending on the severity and nature of the emergency, but following some simple tips will help. Next month we will discuss specific types of disasters, but this week we will focus on emergencies that pose a threat to the safety of an area, such as a workplace or college campus. Such events include active shooters, criminal activity, and riots, among others.
Locate the exits: regardless of where you are, you should be aware of escape routes and exits, whether that be in a school building, workplace, or event stadium. This is one smart way to stay prepared if an emergency occurs.
Look for shelter: depending on the nature of the emergency, there may be an active shooter. Staying hidden behind something could potentially protect you from gunfire.
Be quick: In any emergency situation, it is important to not hesitate about getting to safety. Be quick and efficient in leaving the dangerous situation if possible.
Run, Hide, Fight Protocol:
Run: flee the area if you can do so safely
Hide: if you are unable to escape, stay in a concealed place. This includes staying quiet and turning off any ringers on cell phones and lights.
Fight: as a last resort when your life is in danger, using whatever possible to protect yourself. You stand a better chance of survival if you do something rather than nothing.
We sell a variety of safety solutions designed to give you peace of mind and defense in an emergency event. Our products are designed with NIJ IIIA Bulletproof protection, ensuring that you will have a barrier of protection between you and a shooter. Our backpacks have remained one of our most popular and best-selling products over the years, and it’s no surprise why. Backpacks like The Guardian offer discrete and lightweight ballistic protection designed for ease of wear. The anti-ballistic panel only weighs 20 ounces, ensuring comfort during all-day wear. Its adjustable and ergonomically curved straps stabilize the bag, and the multiple compartments offer ample storage space. It is tested to NIJ IIIA Standards, meaning it will stop a 357 Magnum, 44 Magnum, 9mm, .45 caliber hollow point ammunition and more.
Though National Safety Month is ending, consider taking steps to improve your safety throughout the year—not just this month. Investing in your safety is important and can literally save your life.
Week 3: Tips for Staying Safe at School
Many of us know someone who goes to school, have a child whose in school, or are a student in school ourselves. While schools are generally thought of as safe environments, it can still be nerve-wracking to send your kid off to school or live on a college campus while cognizant of the recent school shootings and tragedies. While we have never preyed on vulnerabilities and fear, we believe that taking preventative strategies and following general safety guidelines is beneficial and necessary in today’s society. Because emergencies can happen anywhere, being prepared and taking the steps to better protect yourself in advance is the best option. Below we will discuss a few steps you can take to get started.
Review school policies and administration. Every school has different protocol in place for handling emergency situations, along with the specific rules that students are expected to follow. At the beginning of every school year, consider reviewing you or your child’s school’s handbook and discussing it. If you think the handbook is missing pertinent information regarding emergency response or drills, consider contacting the school’s administration office for clarification. Being informed is one of the best ways to be prepared.
Stay connected. If you live on a college campus away from home, share your class schedule with your parents and trusted friends, along with your phone numbers and other information such as your dorm/apartment address. In the event of an emergency, being able to contact family and other loved ones is essential. Consider storing emergency numbers into your phone including the university police and campus safety contacts.
If you sense something suspicious, report it. If your child is a student, encourage them to speak to a teacher, counselor, principal, or school police officer if they sense anything suspicious at school. If they notice a stranger at school who looks unfamiliar or suspicious, or hear someone saying something potentially threatening or dangerous, encourage them to report it immediately. It is always better to be safe than sorry.
Get involved. Get involved within the greater school community. If you are a student, consider starting or joining a club to promote emergency preparedness. If your child is a student, consider getting involved within the school system. Encourage administration to develop their emergency preparedness and prevention protocol. Join the PTA if possible, or volunteer to be physically present within the school community.
At Bullet Blocker, we have a variety of school safety solutions ideal for any type of student. Our NIJ IIIA Bulletproof Backpack Panel Inserts are particularly popular for students. Conveniently available in multiple sizes and shapes, the panels allow you to easily and discretely make your pre-owned bag or backpack bulletproof. The panel fits into most backpacks, making it a great option for students and commuters who desire an extra layer of protection while at school or on the go. The semi-flexible, 20-ounce NIJ IIIA panel is made with the latest DuPont Kevlar technologies, which means that it is safe, durable, and lightweight. These qualities allow it to be swapped effortlessly into different bags without ever compromising comfort or concealability.
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 Bullet Blocker, 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.
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 July 3, 2018
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