And this is my 'BIG UMBRELLA SURVIVAL STRATEGY' A thought assistance guide for surviving and helping those around me to do the same.
I will be the first person to tell you that law enforcement personnel are our best defense against danger in our communities. These people are trained, and get paid to risk their lives to protect other citizens. They are also always packing heat A GREAT SURVIVAL STRATEGY.
But they aren't everywhere. And danger could be. The following list focuses on ten areas. Designed as a mental checklist to get you thinking. My goal is to prepare you with material that allows you to psychologically prepare before you leave your house, while you are sitting in your car, or anywhere.
1. Start with a great foundation.
Are your shoes comfortable? Can you pivot? Can you kick?
'From the boots up,' you need to optimize your chance of success. Survival strategy is just that, a plan. I recently heard someone criticize women's self defense classes for not being a good way to win a fight,
I 100% disagree. Putting yourself in ANY PLACE and thinking about ANY THING prepares you infinitely more than no plan, no prep, no thought.
I have heard that your life flashing before your eyes is a way to review what you've done. Review your whole life and grab that tidbit that could save your life in the moment. Having a single controlled motion like a swing, a kick, it could be a single gesture. A simple reflex rather than just cringing and succumbing to death. A tidbit can help.
Everyone needs a good foundation, whether you choose to run or stand your ground.
2. nd Amendment
We live in a country where most people can use the best technology of the last 300 years to protect themselves. As I mentioned in the intro 'packing heat A GREAT SURVIVAL STRATEGY.'
Unfortunately people take guns into a public places to do harm and sadly they tend to be effective. Their ability to be effective is impacted by how long it takes for someone with a gun to take them down. It's rarely anything but a gun that does the job. Bottom line, you rely on someone else with a gun, or you rely on yourself in an active shooter situation.
Best response is the first response. Those people who didn't plan to be there but are. Have a good offense.
3. Who hesitates is lost.
Very basic physics here. If your first reaction is the dominant reaction. You win.
4. THINK WIN-WIN (Taken Directly from Stephen Covey)
Think Win-Win isn't about being nice, nor is it a quick-fix technique. It is a character-based code for human interaction and collaboration.
Most of us learn to base our self-worth on comparisons and competition. We think about succeeding in terms of someone else failing--that is, if I win, you lose; or if you win, I lose. Life becomes a zero-sum game. There is only so much pie to go around, and if you get a big piece, there is less for me; it's not fair, and I'm going to make sure you don't get anymore. We all play the game, but how much fun is it really?
Win-win sees life as a cooperative arena, not a competitive one. Win-win is a frame of mind and heart that constantly seeks mutual benefit in all human interactions. Win-win means agreements or solutions are mutually beneficial and satisfying. We both get to eat the pie, and it tastes pretty darn good!
A person or organization that approaches conflicts with a win-win attitude possesses three vital character traits:
5. Know thy enemy/threat/problem
There is you, and there is any and all things that impede your survival. This could be extreme weather, a wild animal, or a violent person. The more you know about it the better your chance of winning.
“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War
This is a very long and I believe poorly translated book that I have struggled to read, and listen to on audio book many times. However this excerpt here is great. Apply everything you can know with your basic human instincts and you create the greatest chance of survival for yourself. That is why we are at the top of the food food-chain.
Todd Orr knew a thing or two about Grizzly Bears and protecting the veins in his neck. That is why he is alive today:
6. Stay Hydrated
7. Speak Clearly
Life or death situations are the worst time for poor communication. Speak to be heard, get to the point. It may be a good idea to come up with hand signals, and code words to use with friends, family, or people you travel with often. Simply a secret phrase like 'I love president Obama,' can make others aware that something is up and put everyone on guard without bringing immediate attention to yourself.
This can all be extremely hard if your are nervous and your body is rushing adrenaline to prepare for flight or flight.
While you may need that energy Neil F. Neimark, M.D. has some simple solutions for maintaining 'cool.'
1. Focus on a word or phrase that has a positive meaning to you. Such words as "one," "love" and "peace" work well. Effective phrases might also include "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want," "God grant me serenity," or "Lord, make me an instrument of your peace."
2. When you find your mind has wandered or you notice any intrusive thoughts entering your mind, simply disregard them and return your focus to the word or phrase you chose.
8. Have a plan B
I mean have a plan B from what the government want you to do. The Department of Homeland Security provides an 'Active Shooter Pocket Card,' this is what you will find once you have rifled through your wallet for it. To me sounds like certain death:
• Have an escape route and plan in mind
• Leave your belongings behind
• Keep your hands visible
• Hide in an area out of the shooter’s view
• Block entry to your hiding place and lock the doors
• Silence your cell phone and/or pager
• As a last resort and only when your life is in imminent danger
• Attempt to incapacitate the shooter
• Act with physical aggression and throw items at the active shooter
9. Have deep pockets
It is important to remember that bullets come out of the barrel of the gun. Any active shooter will most likely have that pointed away from them. Anything you can do to get in the middle of that would be greatly appreciated by everyone still breathing. You will have whats in your pockets and surroundings. You can't rely on your surroundins but you can rely on your pockets. A pen, pencil, or knife can go a long way. While you may have nothing you still have something - Tettsui, Shuto, and Seiryuto are my favorites.
10. Remember your Charlemagne