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Friday, August 23, 2013

Duty to retreat

Kidding apart.... use common sense... if you can avoid it at all cost DO IT!!!

In the words of Rory Miller:
  • Better to avoid than run, 
  • Better to run than de-escalcate,
  • Better to de-escalate than fight,
  • Better to fight than die.

Remember that "better to fight" comes at the end of the list not at the beginning

Thursday, August 22, 2013


Back to School Safety Tips

Riding the Bus
School bus transportation is safe. In fact, buses are safer than cars! Even so, last year,
approximately 26 students were killed and another 9,000 were injured in incidents involving school
buses. More often than not, these deaths and injuries didn't occur in a crash, but as the pupils
were entering and exiting the bus. Remember these safety tips:
Have a safe place to wait for your bus, away from traffic and the street.
• Stay away from the bus until it comes to a complete stop and the driver signals you to enter.
• When being dropped off, exit the bus and walk ten giant steps away from the bus. Keep a
safe distance between you and the bus. Also, remember that the bus driver can see you
best when you are back away from the bus.
• Use the handrail to enter and exit the bus.
• Stay away from the bus until the driver gives his/her signal that it's okay to approach.
• Be aware of the street traffic around you. Drivers are required to follow certain rules of the
road concerning school buses, however, not all do. Protect yourself and watch out!

Walking and Biking to School
Even if you don't ride in a motor vehicle, you still have to protect yourself. Because of minimal
supervision, young pedestrians face a wide variety of decisions making situations and dangers
while walking to and from school. Here are a few basic safety tips to follow:
• Mind all traffic signals and/or the crossing guard -- never cross the street against a light,
even if you don't see any traffic coming.
• Walk your bike through intersections.
• Walk with a buddy.
• Wear reflective material...it makes you more visible to street traffic.

Riding in a Car
• You might have heard before that most traffic crashes occur close to home ... they do.
• Safety belts are the best form of protection passengers have in the event of a crash. They
can lower your risk of injury by 45%.
• You are four times more likely to be seriously injured or killed if ejected from the vehicle in a
• Everyone needs to be buckled up properly. That means older kids in seat belts, younger
kids in booster seats and little kids in child safety seats.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

How to Vacation Safely


How to Vacation Safely

Before You Leave
• Make sure all doors and windows are securely locked.
• Stop your mail and newspaper (or ask a trusted neighbor to pick them up daily).
• Arrange to have the driveway & sidewalk shoveled.
• Put timers on your lights, television or radio to turn them on and off at appropriate times
each day.
• Notify a relative or trusted neighbor that you are leaving. Ask them to keep an eye on
your home.

Pack Against Crime
• Use traveler’s checks or credit cards instead of cash whenever possible.
• Carry your wallet in an inside front pocket or a concealed money pouch.
• Don’t weigh yourself down with excess baggage, pack only what you need.
• Use your business address on luggage tags.
• Put an additional identification label inside your luggage in case the exterior tag is lost.

At The Airport
• Watch your possessions carefully in crowded areas as they are prime hunting grounds
for pickpockets.
• Never ask a stranger to watch your luggage.
• Be alert and organized.
• Avoid displaying expensive items such as cameras, jewelry, or designer luggage that
may draw attention to you. Your aim is to blend in with the crowd.

At The Hotel
• Enter your hotel from the main entrance.
• Never open your hotel room to a stranger. If a visitor claims to be a hotel employee, call
the front desk and ask for verification.
• Keep your room key concealed. Avoid displaying it in public places.
• Use the hotel safe deposit box to store valuables.
• Make sure the hotel has a policy of never giving out anyone’s room number.