If the recent events in Paris have proven anything, it’s that terrorism and violence have no boundaries. Incidents like this erupt without warning and those who are not prepared will be forced to sit dumbstruck and wait for help. This help may not arrive in time to save lives. The question we now raise is this: What are you prepared to do?
Even if you feel you are mentally prepared to deal with a violent attack, you will still need the proper equipment to save your life and possibly the lives of others. Below is a brief checklist that will allow you to see just how prepared you really are for the day you will never forget.
If you plan on using a gun for protection, that gun must be with you at the time the attack starts. You will not have time to go get your gun once the attack begins. Some people claim to have a sidearm on their person in hopes of using that sidearm to fight their way to a long gun, which they believe is a better tool in a deadly force encounter. Regardless of what tool you intend to use in a fight, that tool must be ready for immediate action.
✔ Firearm (carried on your person for immediate access)
✔ Spare ammunition
✔ Alternate weapon, Pepper spray, Kubaton or other impact weapon
COMMUNICATION AND TRANSPORTATION
Cellular phones are nearly ubiquitous in today’s society, but they require batteries and a good signal. We can’t do much about the signal, but we can have at the ready a battery back up for the cell phone. Such devices are cheap and reliable. A spare vehicle key is mandatory if you need to leave the area. Keep your keys on your person. If you set your keys on your desk and a workplace shooting occurs, you will quickly be without access to your vehicle if you need it. A spare key provides extra insurance.
✔ Cellular phone
✔ Battery backup
✔ Spare vehicle key
FIRST AID OR TRAUMA CARE
Even if you do not carry a gun, you can be caught up in a violent incident. If you survive, a good First-Aid Kit will allow you to treat yourself or others who may be injured. This kit should not be your simple homeowner’s kit of Band-Aids and antibiotic ointment. Violence brings trauma and trauma requires a specially stocked First-Aid Kit. Here is the minimum you will likely need when dealing with a victim of a gunshot wound. The elements listed below would easily fit in a pouch that could drop into a pocket, purse, or briefcase. Can you think of any reason not to get basic first-aid training and have a trauma kit nearby?
✔ Israeli Bandage or Compress Dressing
✔ Surgical Pads or Large Gauze Pads
✔ Surgical Tape
✔ Nitrile Gloves
✔ Medical shears
✔ Quik Clot or Quik Clot-infused bandage
✔ Asherman chest seal
✔ Trauma treatment guideline card
These are minimum elements that, combined with proper training, will help you to survive a violent incident. There is no one-size-fits-all solution, but preparation and immediate action will go a long way toward saving lives. Remember, you don’t pick the day. The day picks you. Are you ready?
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