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August is School Safety Month
As the end of summer approaches and school is around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about back-to-school shopping and planning for your child’s upcoming school year.
Week 3: Staying safe as an educator
Last week we discussed the traditional “Run Hide Fight” protocol that has been implemented within more and more school districts across the nation. These days, it is important for students, educators, and teachers alike to have access to resources and protocol to follow in the event of an emergency. Many emergency school plans tend to be tailored towards students, but the teacher plays a significant role in emergencies as well, whether the situation involves an active shooter, earthquake, or fire.
The best thing teachers can do is be prepared. Active shooter incidents are often spontaneous events in which the shooters behavior is highly unpredictable. During these events, teachers are required to act quickly and efficiently, all while accounting for students and maintaining composure. Some districts have considered equipping teachers with handguns in their classrooms. While this particular idea has received a lot of controversy, the general concept makes sense: protect classrooms with resources as a way to prepare for one of these tragedies.
Because the majority of school districts are gun-free zones, this can leave teachers feeling vulnerable in emergency situations. Instead of keeping a handgun in a classroom, teachers nowadays can invest in bulletproof products to keep their classroom safe. These products can give educators and parents of students an ease of mind in the event that an emergency did happen. Our NIJ IIIA level bulletproof products are versatile, safe, and discrete—many look like ordinary school supplies, such as our safety seat or laptop bag. Our safety seat is an anti-ballistic seat cushion that doubles as an anti-ballistic shield. Portable and lightweight, it is perfect for teachers who are seeking a personal safety barrier in their classroom. The NIJ IIIA panel is covert and reliable, with no ID tags or labels that may reveal its anti-ballistic abilities. The cushion is 1-inch thick and non-absorbent, providing all day comfort. For those educators who desire a greater level of concealment, our laptop bag is a great option. The spacious tote has multiple pockets and can hold up to a 15” laptop, and the bulletproof interior lining only adds 20 ounces of weight. Conveniently coming in 5 color options, the bag is designed to keep you both stylish and safe, all while maintaining a high level of concealment.
For educators or school districts that are looking to invest in classroom-wide safety solutions, we offer a school safety insert kit. This product is one of our custom-made bulletproof products that can be altered to fit the needs of your particular school or classroom. The kit comes equipped with a NIJ IIIA bulletproof teacher’s vest and bulletproof panels for students in the classroom. The case is lockable and rolling, conveniently making it portable for storage purposes and ease of use. The bulletproof student panels are large at 16” x 12” each, yet still lightweight and easy to use. If you are interested in purchasing one of these kits, please call us to discuss customization and specific pricing.
As another school year begins, consider taking proactive safety steps within your school district, whether you are a teacher, administrator, or even a parent of a student. You should never have to worry about your child or student’s safety while they are at school. We provide the school safety solutions necessary to protect schools and give parents and educators peace of mind.
Week 2: Run/Hide/Fight Protocol
This week we will be discussing the Run/Hide/Fight Protocol. Over the past decade, this set of protocol has gained recognition and has been implemented in various schools across the country. The protocol exists as a way to prepare students on how to respond during an active shooter incident. Recent national tragedies unfortunately remind us that the risk of an active shooter incident is real, and that an emergency situation can happen in any place at any time. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to eliminate your risk and better prepare yourself for any emergency situation. The protocol is as follows:
RUN: This is the first step you should take during an active shooter situation. Getting away from the threat is the top priority. Leave your things behind and run to a safe location. If you are able to safely do so, warn others nearby to get to safety. When you are out of harm’s way, call 911 and describe the shooter(s), their location(s), their weapon(s), and any other identifying or helpful information you can remember.
HIDE: If you are not able to run away safely or risk being caught by the shooter, find a place to hide. Ideally, find a room or another area that can be locked or blocked off, out of the shooter’s field of view. Stay quiet, silence your electronic devices, close window blinds, and turn off the lights. Though it may be tempting, do not hide in groups—hiding separately makes it more difficult for the shooter. If possible, try to communicate with police without calling attention to yourself—either through text messages or placing a sign in a nearby window. Stay in place until law enforcement gives you the okay.
FIGHT: Defend yourself as a last resort when in immediate danger. If you are unable to run away safely, there is nowhere to hide, or you are discovered by the shooter, commit to your actions and act aggressively to stop the shooter. If you do not have any physical weapon to defend yourself, ambush the shooter with makeshift weapons such as chairs, scissors, books, or fire extinguishers. These items can distract and disarm the shooter.
Taking an active role in your safety is vital. Preparing well in advance of an emergency is the best course of action. Many people have the mentality of: “it could never happen to me.” While the statistical likelihood may be low, violence and emergencies are largely at random and can happen in unexpected places. Consider signing you and your loved ones up for an active shooter training class in your community, learning you or your child’s specific school protocol, and identifying exits and good places to hide within the school. Equipping yourself with physical protection is also beneficial, particularly for the “fight” element of the Run/Hide/Fight protocol. Having an anti-ballistic product on hand can give you ease of mind in the event of an emergency. For those individuals who are unable to physically fight, one of our NIJ-IIIA rated bulletproof products such as our backpacks or 3-ring binder inserts can be a great defense mechanism against an active shooter. The anti-ballistic technology acts as a barrier between you and the threat, without requiring the responsibility of making physical or aggressive unarmed contact with an active shooter. Many of our school safety products are discrete, comfortable, and easy-to-use, ensuring that students will be protected without compromising on their personal comfort or style.
Though the protocol may be frightening for some, it is important that you or your child are prepared for an active shooter situation. The best ways to ensure that you and your loved ones are safe is to prepare ahead of time and be ready for any emergency.
Week 1: Backpack Alternatives
As with any school year, a new backpack is a great addition to any student’s back-to-school gear. It’s important to find a backpack that suits your child’s style and comfortability without compromising on your safety preferences. Now more than ever, investing in your child’s safety is essential. At Bullet Blocker, we have a variety of backpacks and school safety solutions that can be a great addition to their back-to-school gear.
For those students who already have a favorite backpack or are not planning on buying a new one this year, we offer backpack panels that can be conveniently placed into an existing backpack, regardless of its size or dimensions. Our Built-For-You panel is an NIJ IIIA rated bulletproof panel that can be custom-made to fit into your backpack, laptop tote, or briefcase. Using the unique dimensions of your bag, we can customize a panel to fit securely and discretely. The ¼ inch bulletproof panel is semi-flexible and lightweight, ensuring comfortability for extended wear.
In light of the recent school shooting tragedies, many school districts have implemented new rules requiring students to wear clear backpacks. We have recently begun to offer a clear backpack as one of our new products. The spacious pack comes equipped with an anti-ballistic panel placed in the back of the bag, providing a discrete layer of protection. The lightweight panel only weighs about 20 ounces, ensuring comfort during the school day. The panel gives you ease of mind that your child is protected, without making them stand out among other students.
Some students don’t carry a backpack with them, either due to leaving it in their locker during the day or mandatory school rules. Our school safety solutions are a great option for these types of students. We offer anti-ballistic 3-ring binder inserts, notebook portfolios, tablet cases, and organizers. Our NIJ IIIA bulletproof 3-ring insert effortlessly clips into binders, clipboards, and notebooks to discretely make a pre-owned item bulletproof. It is ideal for students who want to enhance their safety at school without the need to carry around a backpack. The semi-flexible panel weighs only 10 ounces, ensuring lightweight convenience.
With the new school year approaching, now is the time to start making back-to-school preparations. Though we typically promote our wide selection of backpacks, we also offer many other school safety products ideal for students who already have backpacks or who cannot carry one throughout the day.
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 4: Preparing for different types of disasters pt. 2
The final week of National Bioterrorism and Disaster Awareness Month, will be a continuation from last week about how to prepare for different disasters. Last week, we discussed some basic ways you can prepare for a hurricane, volcano, and act of terrorism. This week we will discuss how to prepare for a wildfire, chemical emergency, and earthquake, using the comprehensive guide published by the American Red Cross.
Wildfire: While these may seem region-specific, they can across the U.S., more recently in the west. Because they spread quickly, it can be difficult to evacuate to safety with more aggressive wildfires. Listen to the local radio and television stations for updated emergency information including your safest escape route. Be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice, which includes having an emergency supply kit and non-perishable food and water handy. If possible, arrange for temporary housing at a friend or relative’s home outside of the threatened area. Otherwise, identify nearby shelter sites and know the specific routes to get there.
ChemicalEmergency: Either as a result of a chemical accident or bioterrorism, chemical emergencies can happen anywhere. While the majority of chemicals are natural and safe, under certain conditions, they can be poisonous and be harmful to your health. Many times, chemical accidents can happen within the home. To avoid a chemical accident, avoid mixing chemicals and always read and follow directions when using a new product. Common household products, such as ammonia and bleach, can give off toxic gas when combined. Many cleaning products should not be used in small spaces to prevent the inhalation of dangerous vapors. Dispose of unused chemicals properly. Improper disposal can result in harm to yourself or other members of your family, accidentally contaminate the water supply, or harm wildlife. If you are unsure of how to dispose of a particular chemical, call the environmental or recycling agency to learn the proper method.
Earthquake: 45 U.S. states and territories are at moderate to very high risk of experiencing earthquakes. Because of their widespread frequency, everyone should take the proper steps to prepare. Practice emergency drills with all members of your household: DROP, COVER, and HOLD ON. Remember that during an earthquake, you should take cover under a sturdy piece of furniture and hold on.
Our NIJ IIIA rated Bulletproof Backpack Panel Inserts are one of our most classic and versatile products. Simply slip in our lightweight panel insert into your bag or briefcase to make it bulletproof to NIJ IIIA standards. Since it can be removed and switched to another bag with ease, it is ideal for those who go to school, travel frequently, go on business trips, and more. The panels come in a variety of sizes and colors, and can be designed custom to meet your specific bag’s dimensions. The panel inserts are a great option for emergency supply kit and everyone in the family. Taking steps to prepare goes a long way, especially when faced with a disaster or emergency situation. Making an emergency supply kit, formulating emergency plans, planning evacuation routes, and preparing for alternate housing are all simple yet effective ways to invest in your safety.
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.
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.
You can save money with BulletBlocker by getting our Bullet Proof Panels and Inserts and fitting them to your existing backpacks, briefcases, or just about anything. We can also make custom-made panels to fit whatever you need at just $ .92 per square inch.
Updated July 27, 2018
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