Archive for the "Personal Safety" Category

I’m Not Your Sheepdog – Jeff Knox

Jeff Knox's wife is neither “sheep” nor “sheepdog,” and she certainly is no “wolf.” She is a “porcupine;” harmless and docile if left alone, but ferocious and dangerous if threatened – even more so if her progeny are threatened. She would choose flight over fight every time, if flight is a viable option. But if flight is not an option, she has the tools, training, and mindset to win the fight.

Saving Lives at Active Shooter Events is in the Public’s Hands

Jan Glarum from A Better Emergency consulting is advocating for active shooter trauma kits to be housed alongside AEDs (automatic external defibrillators) in public areas like shopping centers. I agree with him.

The Invasion Of The Biometric Identity Snatchers

What happens when someone copies your fingerprints or makes a contact lens with a copy of your iris? If someone steals your biometrics, they may be able to prove that they’re you. If you like being “you” – and you’d rather not share that distinction with anyone else – the new world of biometrics is definitely worth thinking about.

Co-worker stops Workplace Murder

Vaughan Food's COO Mark Vaughan shoots a coworker who beheaded one woman and was attacking another. Do you have enough trained sheepdogs guarding your flock?

When The Fire Alarm Goes Off…

A fire alarm roused 1,800 people staying at two Sheraton hotels. Do you have a plan if you need to evacuate your hotel room? I do and here is what it is.

Marriott Security Breakdown Gets Me Out of Bed (updated)

At 1:36 AM last night, I awoke to someone breaking into my room at the Cambridge Marriott hotel, outside of Boston. I heard the door slam open against the "visitor latch" that lets you open the door a bit to see who is outside. I jumped out of bed with my heart pounding, pulled on my pants and dialed 0 to have them send security to my room.

Don’t Even Think of Outrunning a Tornado

You don't tug on Superman's cape, you don't spit into the wind, and you sure as heck can't outrun a tornado. Do you have a safe room and have you gotten a kit, made a plan, and are ready to stay informed?

Newtown Father Talks About Protecting His Daughter

Bill Stevens, the father of Victoria, a Sandy Hook Elementary school student, states that in the event of an intruder, there would be no lockdown at his house, and 911 would only be called after he has secured the situation. Why can't his daughter's school protect her as well as he can at home?

Why Your iPhone Could Make Your Disaster Worse

My iPhone 4 wanted to be connected to iTunes and was a brick for four days until I could make it to an Apple store. Why carry a phone that can't even be a phone without being plugged into a computer first?

Run, Hide, Fight – New Keywords To Help You Survive

"It may feel like just another day at the office, but occasionally life feels more like an action movie than reality" This video produced by the city of Houston introduces the keywords, "Run, Hide, Fight" to help you survive an active shooter incident.