Archive for the "Personal Safety" Category

Practicing Good Teleconference Hygiene

Look around your home office, or whatever room is standing in for your home office while you are confined to quarters. What do you see?  A Harry Potter wand collection perhaps or just piles of papers that you’ve been promising to file for a hundred years. While there are plenty of articles on issues around security […]

How to Buy a New Handgun

In just the first six months of 2020, approximately 19 million firearms were sold; more than double during the same period a year later. 75% of my handgun customers and students are new gun buyers and many have never even held a firearm before. This leads to two dangers; purchasing the “wrong” handgun or mishandling […]

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?