Whenever we turn on the TV, check our social media, or walk down the street we hear, see, or experience the reality that is the modern societal landscape. Terrorism, natural disaster, social unrest and protests happen daily. This is simple reality. A reality we cannot afford to ignore. The bottom line is: evil is everywhere and we should be prepared but we should not foolishly rush in. We must rely on what is between our ears to keep us safe, and to achieve the outcomes we desire.
Within the world of crisis management there are three core elements: preparation, mitigation and the response. I use this methodology when developing my person strategy for dealing with any crisis or emergency from a natural disaster to an armed altercation and beyond. Let’s look at each of these in detail.
The success of any crisis or emergency management plan is the preparation phase. At the individual or family, level this pertains to assembling any required equipment and developing the plans and systems to utilize that equipment.
So, what does preparation in this context mean? There are a few simple strategies that will enable you and your family to cope with a variety of situations. First, assemble two types of first aid kit. A level 1 kit, which contains the basics to deal with anything from burns to scrapes and a level 2 kit tailored to trauma. The level 2 kit should contain the required equipment to cope with amputation (tourniquets,) cardiac arrest, shock etc. In addition to having these kits at least 50% of your family should be trained in their use. First Aid courses are inexpensive and well worth the investment for home use, they are often available several times a month in most communities in Canada and the United States. Never, assume that reading a book or watching a video can replace a properly constructed first aid course.
Fuel will always be a concern in any major natural disaster situation. I recommend never allowing your vehicle to drop below a half tank of fuel. This is a simple guideline that has numerous practical benefits. Remember that the moment something goes wrong the queues for fuel will become extremely long (and by extension dangerous.) Another easy strategy that many people overlook is stashing a small “bug out” fund in a home. I recommend 100 dollars in cash per person in the household, placed in a fireproof safe or box. In addition to the bugout fund have your original personal documents in fireproof storage and also strategically place copies in your bug out bags (electronic copies on memory keys that are encrypted is ideal.)
Bug out bags are a hot and disputed topic, but we cannot talk about preparation without at least mentioning them. Your bug out bag is going to be largely dependent on personal geography. Whether you are in an urban or rural setting the basics of food, water, and medical supplies all apply. We will dive into bug out bags in another article, however they bear mentioning in any article that discusses emergency preparedness.
Mitigation is ultimately about smart choices. You have no doubt often heard the phrase “poor planning, causes poor performance” well this is particularly true in crisis management. Your personal risk mitigation strategies will reflect your geography and skill set. For example, carrying a concealed pistol (where it is legal to do so) may be one part of your mitigation strategy. Having predetermined routes to work, to school etc. are also excellent choices and easy to employ in your daily life.
I attended a close protection course a couple of years ago. The instructor who was a veteran of the American Secret Service made a statement that boggled my mind “parking a vehicle begins 30 minutes before you even touch the shifter.” He was of course referring to route planning, parking location, and ultimately the vehicle egress itself. When your job is to protect someone else you cannot afford to make simple mistakes. I do not say this to turn everyone into a bodyguard or close protection professional. I say this because vigilance is your single most useful mitigation strategy in modern society.
Game day arrives. Whether it’s a natural disaster or man-made incident it is time to put all the hard work you have invested into your Crisis Plan into action, it is time to respond. Whether’s bugging or as it is commonly referred to as in Crisis Management “hibernating” which is just a fancy name for “staying put.” You will now have to make a decision based on what’s best for you and your loved ones. There are however a few guidelines that need to be closely followed.
First, do NOT be a Tackleberry! For those who are unfamiliar with the excellent Police Academy films we will elaborate. Tackleberry is the gun obsessed yet inept member of the cast. His famous quotes include: “when do we get guns sir!” The point we are trying to make here is do not rush into danger to use your chosen equipment, tourniquet, pistol etc. By rushing into danger, you are increasing your personal risk. If you need any reasons beyond the obvious (read: drawing attention to yourself and your family) there is also an often-overlooked risk. In most situations where you would be activating your crisis plans medical attention may not be available. Thus, we need to bear in mind that in days past when modern medicine was not readily available small injuries could be fatal!
A warrior is brave, but he is not stupid. You can interpret this statement in a number of ways, but the most important take away is: do not be afraid to flee. Now, we are not talking about a uniform duty, when you button your uniform and strap on a gun you have handed over a blank check that states you offer everything up to and including your own life. What we mean here, is that if someone forces an altercation if you have an acceptable avenue of escape you should do so. A simple yet common example is road rage. If an individual is aggressive towards you, do not leave your vehicle (especially if you are carrying concealed for our American readers) in an emergency situation, or serious altercation your vehicle is considered your legal property and space and therefore provides you with a degree of legal protection should you need to respond. Remember simply walking away does not diminish your masculinity, or tactical preparedness it shows a depth of understanding of the world we all truly live in, not the one that we fabricate on the internet, in film and on TV.
The final and perhaps most important guideline I will offer is also something of a no brainer. If an evacuation is ordered by emergency services (even if you are emergency services yourself) set the example and bug out. There are numerous reasons for this including: insurance claims, possibility of arrest, oh and the obvious…you might die.
I hope this article has given you a depth of understanding regarding practical crisis management. The Gunslinger Research did not write this article to scare you, or drive you into the willing arms of the prepper community. This article was written to prepare you with the correct mindset to meet the challenge of a dire situation and preserve not only your own life but the lives of those you care about. As always: stay safe and train hard and above all remember…
Live the warrior lifestyle.