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    David Simpson

    Although the tools available to a hunting editor are changing rapidly, the core of the job entails some timeless fundamentals. It requires a passion for hunting that’s equaled by a determination to protect the animals, woods, waters, and fields that our way of life depends upon. It requires an endless curiosity to learn and share better ways to do things. And it requires a deep understanding that outdoorsmen are a community, and that sharing your own love for the sports through great storytelling is the best way to teach, inspire, and keep these great American traditions strong. These qualities make David the ideal hunting editor, and I can’t wait to see what he brings to the role.

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      How To Cope With Natural Disasters Or Traumatic Event

      By David Simpson

      “I thought I was having a stroke.”
      “I felt my arm shaking. I had a glass of water in my hand, and it began to splash about. I thought I was shaking, but then I realized everything on the table was being knocked about. It came to me. I’m not moving the room is!”
      That was “Dave.”
      Following is “Mike.”
      “It was about 2:00 a.m., and my dog started barking. I felt the building shaking like crazy. I thought, ‘This is it. I’m going to die.'” And “Tony.” “A few hours ago I had a house. Now I have nothing. It’s all gone. But I was lucky my family and I are alive.”
      These are the actual words of my patients. They are relating what it felt like to be in an earthquake. All of the quotes are from actual experiences. As you can tell, no one enjoys that experience.

      Our needs

      We have an innate psychological need for security, and we need to believe we are in control. When something challenges that belief, it causes stress and throws us into a state of disequilibrium.

      There is perhaps no greater feeling of disequilibrium and of losing control than to be caught in an earthquake. The physical disorientation we may experience parallels our psychological disorientation.

      We can lose our physical and emotional balance as we lose the stability of solid ground beneath our feet. People react differently to the crisis of an earthquake. Some stay calm, using humor to help defuse the tension. Others direct their concern toward other people, while some give in to despair and panic. There is a solution.

      Preparing Emotionally for a Disaster or Emergency

      Many people especially those who live in areas prone to natural disasters such as hurricanes, quakes, tornados and severe snow storms have emergency kits in their homes. These kits usually include first-aid materials, flashlights, batteries, water, food, blankets, etc. Such preparation makes sense, but you should also have an emotional preparedness kit. In this type of kit, there are various “items” you want to have stored in your mind before a crisis. These are important ideas that you would do well to consider and review regularly before you find yourself confronted by a natural calamity.

      1. Don’t panic

        Easy to say, hard to do, right? Not necessarily. How does the Army train recruits not to panic in combat? By practicing countless drills and simulations you can create your own mental drills.
        Practice even if only in your imagination what you will do and think when facing a particular threat, like an earthquake.
        The more you mentally rehearse what you will do, the easier it will be to channel your fear into productive action, and productive action replaces panic.

      2. Talk to yourself

        Remind yourself to stay calm, breathe and think positive thoughts. Negativity such as, “I can’t handle this!” or “I’ll never make it!” will lead to negative results. If you believe you can not survive, you won’t.

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        What To Do During And How To Stay Safe A Tsunami

        By David Simpson

        Utter devastation. None of us can erase the images we saw on television caused by the 2004 indian ocean tsunami. But as we watched from afar, most Americans were secure in the belief that they are immune to the risks of tsunamis. Unfortunately, however, that is foolish thinking. The reality is that tsunamis are projected to hit the U.S. at some point, and the time to prepare is now. Get the facts about these deadly “waves.”

        The cause of tsunami

        Translated from Japanese, tsunami actually means “harbor wave.” The term originates from Japanese fishermen who would travel back to shore from days at sea, only to find devastation caused by these massive ocean surges, which are usually not visible from the ocean. They have often been misnamed “tidal waves” because of the way they mimic a massive tide coming in and out  violently. In actuality, however, they are not affected by tidal changes, but rather are a product of submarine or underwater seismic activities commencing from ocean-floor earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and landslides.
        According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) a federal agency that monitors the oceans, atmosphere, weather and climate changes subduction earthquakes are the most common causes of tsunamis and occur when tectonic plates collide. That force pushes the ocean to move, forming these enormous, powerful waves. The last two massive tsunamis, the 2004 Indian Ocean disaster and the 2011 Japanese tragedy, were both generated by these types of earthquakes. The fault lines and movement of tectonic plates under the Pacific and Indian Oceans are among the most active in the world, and because of this, we often hear the term “ring of fire” to describe all the seismic commotion.

        How much time do you have before a tsunami ?

        Following an earthquake, the timeline varies on how soon a tsunami will hit, mostly depending on how far into the ocean the event that caused it was. But no matter what, you won’t have long to prepare. The NOAA simulations show that when a 9.0 earthquake hit the United States coast in 1900, the initial tsunami wave followed just 20 to 30 minutes later, with waves as high as 30 feet.

        A tsunami is due: effects of tsunami

        As a society, we often underestimate the power of water and are generally shocked by the damage it causes. Dr. Dan Cox, Professor of Ocean and Coastal Engineering at Oregon State University and a scientist for the O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory, suggests that a tsunami hitting the Cascadia Subduction Zone, which runs from Vancouver, Canada to Northern California, could wreak havoc on the Pacific Northwest. In fact, previous tsunamis have already hit this area, and the next one can’t be far behind.

        “The research done by Brian Atwater about the 1700s Cascadia earthquake and tsunami in the Pacific Northwest shows us that this could happen again and that the cycle, which comes every 300 to 500 years, is fast approaching,” … Read the rest

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          Survival in the Wake of the 2010 Haiti Earthquake: A Day-by-Day Account

          By David Simpson

          Thank goodness for slow traffic in port au prince.
          Following my training class, I was on my way back to the Hotel Montana with my driver, Fanel Antoine. Because I had stayed at the bank a little later than usual, he was trying to deliver me as fast as he could, but to no avail. A large truck in front of us was lumbering up the steep, winding hill to the hotel, blocking our way. We were finally seconds away from the hotel when our whole world started to shake. The car rocked back and forth. A tall retaining wall crumbled right before our eyes, onto the truck ahead.

          The hillside and the roadway collapsed behind us, but the car was untouched. The violent shaking lasted about 30 seconds. Having experienced a couple of earthquakes, I knew pretty much right away that we needed to get out of the car, into the open and certainly away from what remained of the retaining wall. The road was blocked in both directions, so Fanel and I decided to walk the last 200 yards to the hotel. Fanel didn’t speak English and I don’t speak French, but we managed to communicate with expressions and a few common words.

          The Hotel Montana was touted as a four-star hotel near Petionville, a Port au Prince suburb. It was the premier place to stay and be seen in Haiti, a secure and stable refuge from the reality of the rest of the city. But when we got to the hotel site, it was no longer standing. All six stories had collapsed on top of one another like a stack of pancakes. Nearly 300 people died in the hotel’s rubble. If Fanel had gotten me to the hotel two minutes earlier, I would have been crushed under tons of concrete along with everyone else who was in the building. The survivors were shouting, crying and screaming, and the scene was chaos.

          I tried to call my wife, but the cell service went down almost immediately and stayed offline for days. I recognized a bartender and a couple of waiters that I had befriended. They were a little bloodied, but said they were okay. The shopping area, restaurant, bar and parking garage had all collapsed. I heard shouts from under the debris in the parking garage and the hotel, but there was no way to get to the people underneath. It was the most horrible, helpless feeling I had ever experienced

          • TUESDAY JAN. 12, 5:30 P.M.

            Fanel insisted that our only alternative was to walk the six, hilly miles back to the bank in downtown Port au Prince. By that point it was getting dark. This was not a strategy I would have considered even 45 minutes earlier. The pathways of Port au Prince could be mean streets, especially at night, and I was a pretty conspicuous target in a Haitian crowd. Taking stock, I had with me my messenger bag with my passport, laptop, cell phone,

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            How to Survive a Nuclear Meltdown or Nuclear Power Plant Emergency

            By David Simpson

            In the wake of the Fukushima nuclear power plant leak in japan, Americans began to analyze just how many fault lines lay in the shadow of nuclear power plants.

            In fact, Congressional Energy Committee members Edward Markey (D-MA) and Lois Capps (D-CA) wrote to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in March 2011 to stress that several nuclear reactors in the United States located in seismically active areas “are not designed with sufficient levels of resiliency against the sort of earthquakes scientists predict they could experience.” The Congress members identified eight nuclear reactors on the seismically active West Coast, and 27 more reactors near the New Madrid fault line in the Midwest.

            Thirty-one more reactors in the United States are of the same design as the Fukushima plant, 12 of which “are located in seismically active zones,” the Congressional letter added. No matter where you are, you could be at risk of a nuclear leak if an earthquake ever strikes. Following is the information you need to stay safe.

            1. Fight or flight?

              If word comes to you that a nuclear leak has occurred, you’ll have to make a split-second decision about whether it’s safer for you to settle into a secure place or to leave the area, says Shane Connor of Ki4U, Inc., a nuclear preparedness advice organization. “You never want to be caught outside, stuck in a car if fallout has begun or could arrive before you leave the area altogether and get to a safer place,”
              Connor advises. “You never want to risk being exposed outside at all, even just for a couple minutes once fallout has begun or during those first couple days of the highest lethal intensity.” If you are unsure of whether you can safely flee, you are better off staying put,
              Connor advises. “If you are not highly confident of where the fallout is coming from, where the wind is going to be blowing it, how soon it will arrive, and that you can evacuate and be long gone before it even ever does arrive, then you need to forget about evacuating and quickly hunker down, best as you can, right where you are,” he says.

            2. Create your shelter

              If you decide to stay home and wait out the nuclear exposure, don’t fear the worst you won’t be in your makeshift shelter forever. “That’s a big part of the ‘good news,’ with a nuclear bomb explosion, as radioactive fallout loses its lethal intensity very quickly,” Connor says.
              The intensity is 90 percent gone in seven hours, and 99 percent gone in 48 hours, he adds. However, with a nuclear power plant meltdown, it could be spewing forth radioactive fallout for days and weeks, or more.
              In that case, eventual evacuation, when safer to quickly do so later, may be your only option. “Even a cramped and uncomfortable, last-minute, thrown-together, expedient shelter would be bearable for getting through those first couple days of the worst of it,” Connor

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              Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami

              By David Simpson

              Magnitude 9.0 earthquake. More than 22,000 dead. Damage price tag of $235 billion.

              The 2011 Tohoku Earthquake (also referred to as the Great East Japanese Earthquake) that occurred on March 11, 2011 and the tsunami that followed devastated much of Japan, and it was the most expensive natural disaster in history.

              Out of the tremendous devastation that followed, however, many important lessons were learned. We’ve highlighted some of the most important ones here so you can be armed with knowledge that will help you survive if a quake hits your region.

              1. Early warning system

                Japan has arguably the world’s most advanced early warning system in the world for earthquakes and tsunamis. As soon as the first waves of the Japanese earthquake occurred and its strength was understood, tens of millions of Japanese residents received an alert via text message, e-mail or on television, to name just a few of the ways it was delivered.

                While the alert’s impact ranged greatly depending on how far victims were from the epicenter of the earthquake, even just a few seconds was enough time for many drivers to get off of bridges, for students to huddle under their desks and for all trains to automatically stop running.
                Early warning signals save lives. As more technology users around the world subscribe to such systems or have them publicly available during the next massive quake, fewer lives will be lost.

              2. Earthquakes not just a pacific problem

                While California and Japan often get much of the press related to earthquakes and tsunamis, earthquakes have struck the rest of the United States numerous times since the country’s founding—and could again at any time. Damaging earthquakes have occurred in areas east of the Mississippi River in areas as diverse as Washington, D.C.,Tampa, Fla., and Memphis, Tenn.
                Perhaps most frightening thing about these EastCoast quakes is the deadliest of them—the 1886 Charleston Earthquake—occurred where no tremor had ever been felt before and claimed close to 100 lives.

              Nuclear strength

              The Fukushima nuclear disaster was a devastating reminder about the power of earthquakes—as well as the damage that a nuclear meltdown can cause in just a matter of minutes. In response to the tragedy, the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) created a list of recommendations for securing our nuclear facilities using a three-tiered, prioritized schedule. Some of the agency’s recommendations were as follows:

              TIER 1 To be started immediately:

              • Seismic and flood hazard reevaluations
              • Station blackout regulatory actions
              • Spent fuel pool instrumentation
              • Stronger emergency operating procedures and severe accident management guidelines

              TIER 2 To be initiated when further information is available:

              • Spent fuel pool makeup capability
              • Emergency preparedness regulatory actions
              • Reevaluation of other external hazards (tornadoes, hurricanes, drought, etc.)

              TIER 3 To be addressed after tiers 1 and 2 are completed:

              • Ten-year confirmation of seismic and flooding hazards
              • Potential enhancements to the capability to prevent or mitigate seismically-induced fires and floods
              • Emergency response data system capability
              • Emergency preparedness topics for decision-making, radiation monitoring and public education
              • Pre-staging of
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                What To Do After An Earthquake Hits

                By David Simpson

                They arrive without warning, and they can turn your life upside down. They are earthquakes.
                Not only should you have a plan before they strike, but it’s imperative to have a plan for afterward, too, especially because you may find yourself stunned and wondering what just happened.

                But you can’t wait long after the ground stops shaking. “Rules are deadly,” says Patrick Corcoran, Coastal Hazards Outreach Specialist and professor at Oregon State University. “Look around with a prepared eye, but you must realize that to be able to execute a plan, you must anticipate the unpredictable.” If you live in earthquake country, you should always be acutely aware of your surroundings, Corcoran advises. “The chances of being at your home, with your prepared survival kit, and against an interior wall are small,” he says. “All plans go out the window at this point.”

                Which is why it’s critical to have the plan in place. “Think of escaping an earthquake or tsunami in terms of music,” Corcoran says. “Classical music traditions plan linearly and follow defined paths, while jazz music uses a handful of principles based on what is in front of you. Use what you have in front of you to survive.”

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                1. “Gotcha” hazards to avoid

                  While most of us envision a post-earthquake environment to consist of dangers such as falling rubble and chasms in the highways, the more realistic dangers are things you may not have even considered.
                  Knowing what the most dangerous hazards are following a quake will potentially save your life. “It wasn’t the earthquake that killed people in San Francisco during the 1906 disaster,” Corcoran says. “The fires are what killed the majority of people because the water mains broke, and the fires couldn’t be put out.” Indeed, fire is the most common hazard after an earthquake, FEMA indicates on its Web site.
                  The agency recommends keeping a fire extinguisher in your home, particularly if you live in a quake zone. In addition to fires, you should watch out for the other “gotcha hazards” that pop up after an earthquake, which are usually more deadly than the actual quake.
                  If you are inside during the quake, your first order of business should be to protect your head from falling objects. Look around you for loose materials and try to move outside to a natural area free from debris or dangers. Help those who are injured or trapped and get them to safety.
                  In addition, you should ensure that nothing toxic spilled inside of your home during the quake. Clean up any bleach, gasoline or other flammable liquids right away. But if you smell natural gas or other strong chemical fumes, leave immediately, FEMA advises. Don’t ever assume something is stable if it doesn’t look damaged.
                  Once outside, you are not necessarily safe from harm. “Downed power lines and gas leaks are real killers after the tremors stop,” says Corcoran, “and landslides are particularly bad if you

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                  Top 7 Tip You Must Put On How To Prepare For Earthquake

                  By David Simpson

                  Although residents of Southern California and other fault-riddled regions may be accustomed to riding out temblors, the latest earth-quake swarm, which struck Imperial County, 100 miles east of San Diego, left residents on edge and caused many people outside of the more common quake ready zones to wonder whether they would be prepared if an earthquake struck their area. More than 300 quakes shook Imperial County in August 2012. Though most were minor, two registered magnitudes of 5.5 and 5.3 large enough to shatter windows, knock trailer homes off their foundations, cause sporadic power outages and gas leaks, and prompt hospital evacuations, reported Maria Peinado, a spokeswoman for the Imperial County Emergency Operations Center. And they impacted nerves.
                  “It felt like there was quake every 15 minutes, one after another,” said Mike Patel, who manages Townhouse Inn & Suites in Brawley. “My kids are small, and they’re scared and didn’t want to come
                  back inside.” Though earthquake swarms like this aren’t necessarily the harbinger of bigger jolts to come, it’s a good reminder for those living in quakeprone areas and even those who aren’t in  hat
                  are typically described as “earthquake-heavy” regions to prepare themselves … just in case. Check out these seven simple tips offered by the Federal Emergency Management Association and the United States Geological Survey.quake-house

                  1. HAZARD CHECKS

                    To reduce your risk of injury or death, conduct a “hazard hunt” through-out your home, neighborhood, workplace and school before a quake strikes, advises FEMA. Identify and fix hazards like unsecured televisions, computers, bookcases, furniture and unstrapped water heaters. Place breakable or heavier items on lower shelves, put latches on cabinet doors to prevent them from opening during shaking and keep flammable materials in latched cabinets or on lower shelves.

                  2. SECURE YOUR HOME’S INTEGRITY

                    Next, inspect your home’s structural stability. Whether you’re a homeowner or renter, take a look at the building’s foundation, roof, chimney, unreinforced masonry, unbraced cripple walls, soft first stories and vulnerable pipes. Speak with a contractor or engineer (or talk with your landlord) to help you identify your building’s weaknesses and begin to fix them as soon as possible.earthquake-preparedness-checklist-4

                  3. BECOME SHUT-OFF VALVE SAVVY

                    Learn where your electric, gas and water shut-off valves are located, and be sure you and your family members understand how to turn them off in case lines are damaged. Also make certain you have easy access to any tools you’ll need, like a wrench or pry bar, should the valve be stuck or blocked.

                  4. ASSEMBLE A DISASTER KIT

                    Put together disaster supply kits and store them in accessible locations at home, at work and in your vehicle. Having emergency supplies readily available can reduce the impact of an earthquake. Your disaster supply kits should include food, water, flashlights, portable radios, batteries, a first-aid kit (see sidebar for a list of must-have items), cash, extra medications, a whistle, fire extinguisher, tools and a blanket. Also make sure you have a list of emergency contact information in your kit, including

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                    The Earth’s Anatomy and the Mechanics of a Temblor

                    By David Simpson

                    Whether you live in an earthquake-prone region or not, you know that the Earth can move in mysterious ways. Preparing for an earthquake might make you curious about the actual mystery behind a quake. Familiarizing yourself with the essential facts behind earthquake science can not only quell your curiosity, it can help you determine how likely you are to face a quake in your future.

                     

                    Earth’s Anatomy

                    To understand how earthquakes occur, you first have to familiarize yourself with the Earth’s anatomy. Our planet can be divided into concentric sections: Crust or lithosphere on the outside, below which is the mantle, followed by the outer core and the inner core, explains Kate Hutton, a seismologist at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California. “The overall view is that there is heat escaping from the Earth’s interior, so part of it is undergoing convection (a ‘slow boil’ if you like),” Hutton says. “The outer core is actually liquid and the mantle is solid, on a short time scale, but flows on the time scale of geologic time. The crust is generally brittle, does not flow, but is riding around on top of the mantle below it.”the-earths-anatomy-5

                    The Earth’s crust contains a dozen or so large segments, along with many small ones called tectonic plates. Where the tectonic plates move past each other at their edges, the motion is generally bumpy, Hutton says. Because there is friction between the plates as they try to move past each other, strain builds up until a break occurs in the brittle crust, typically on the plate boundary. “When the break occurs, rock moves suddenly, sending out vibrations (think ripples on a pond when you drop a rock into it) to the surrounding area,” Hutton says. “These vibrations (‘seismic waves’) are what people feel as an earthquake.” A small break causes weak seismic waves, while a larger break causes more intense and more widespread seismic waves. The break, where the rocks are offset, is called a fault. Although we all live atop the Earth’s crust, people in specific areas of the planet are more likely to experience an earthquake. “The places that are most at risk are along the boundaries between major tectonic plates,” Hutton says. For instance, California, the Pacific Northwest, Alaska and Japan, among other geographic regions, are at high risk.

                    anatomy-of-an-earthquake

                    Quakes Beget More Quakes

                    If you’ve experienced an earthquake, you aren’t immune to another one in fact, the opposite could be true. “Most plate boundaries are splintered up from their past history of earthquakes, so there are more faults than just the actual plate boundary,” Hutton says. Southern California is an example of this, as are India, China and Tibet. “The Indian plate has been slamming into Asia at the geologic rate of about two inches per year, squeezing up the Himalayas in the process,” she says. “Most of the major earthquakes in China are due to ‘splinter’ faults caused or activated by this compression.” Even if you don’t

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                      Staying Safe in a Big Crowd

                      By David Simpson

                      There are many dangers that go along with a crowded event, especially when it is populated to the extreme. Not only does it bring risk of harm to the attendees, but in fact to the entire city hosting the event as well. Every year thousands (or even millions) of people will flock to a destination all at the same time. From sporting events to political gatherings, there are certain activities that cause a massive draw of interest. Do these events help the region economically? Absolutely. Do these events unintentionally put residents in harm’s way? Yes, without a doubt and for these reasons…

                      Driving Conditions

                      When a large number of extra people come to a city, it causes the roadways to become flooded with cars. This makes driving conditions even more dangerous than usual. Any time there are that many out-of-town motorists unfamiliar with an area, combined with drivers stressed by the congestion, accidents are bound to happen. Another reason why the roads become a hazard is due to cell phones. There are many vacationers who use their handheld devices to locate restaurants, attractions, or to figure out where they are going, all while driving!staying-safe-in-a-big-crowd-4

                      Mix this with the thousands of residents who are also just as distracted, and it is a recipe for disaster. The best way to ensure your safety if a major event came to town would be to avoid the roads altogether. Yet if there was no way of getting around driving in these crowded regions, do so with extra caution and heightened awareness. In addition, consider utilizing public transportation and your knowledge of the back roads. Make sure you know where you are going. I know several people who have had trouble because they got lost and ended up in bad neighborhoods.

                      Increased Risk of Disaster

                      Any time there is a major event bringing a substantial number of people into one area, there is a higher risk of threat. It is crucial residents stand prepared for anything and everything that could occur. The major issue for those who already prepare is that a disaster is reliable in case you need to flee. Also, keep your gas tank filled and a proper car kit inside.staying-safe-in-a-big-crowd-1

                      • Go through your preparedness items to see if any need to be updated (water rotation, out-of-date food products, children’s clothing in BOBs, etc…).
                      • Prepare your home in hopes it will be a safe haven if a disaster were to occur. Remember to address the five basics – water, food, shelter, energy and self-defense.

                      Within a Crowd Safety Tips

                      If entering a crowded scenario (sporting event, concert, festival, etc…) there are certain precautions to take to help keep you safe.staying-safe-in-a-big-crowd-2

                      1. Be careful where you park your car, try and park in a well-lit, busy area. phone) on your body, and not in a separate bag.
                      2. Wear clothing that does not attract a lot of attention.
                      3. Don’t flash money around, or wear expensive jewelry.
                      4. Putting a rubber band on your
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                        Staying safe in an unstable enviroment

                        By David Simpson

                        Holt wood would lead us to believe that spies and armed personnel have a sixth sense that alerts them when threats lurk around the corner.
                        The bad guys dressed as janitors always reveal their earpieces at the last second, and the hit man’s pistol suddenly materializes just in time for the protagonist to react and evade. Real life, sadly, is much less predictable, and often more lethal for the protagonist. The average person traveling in an unfamiliar city can easily chance upon a circumstance that turns violent or tragic. Those looking to take advantage of strangers are likely on their own territory, waiting to exploit a vulnerability a victim may not be aware of until ifs too late. David polled a handful of self-defense experts to provide some basic steps to keep you safe when you’re in transit or in an unfamiliar place.

                        Mindset

                        “There is no substitute for being switched on,” Larry Vickers, a former Delta Force Operator and tactical fire-arms instructor, maintained. “Staying situationally aware and not acting like a victim will keep you safer than any weapon.

                        There is a time and a place for the Gray Man, but in general, don’t carry yourself like someone who is weak or afraid.” Barry Eisler, a former CIA operations officer and a bestselling novelist of thrillers, agreed. “Alert and aware people do not make good victims,” he asserted. “A violent confrontation is not where any sensible person wants to be. Being alert and avoiding problems before they start is the key. “For example, start with what you are most concerned about. This clarifies whatever you are trying to protect against. Is it being mugged? Carjacked? Shot? If so, contemplate the conditions that would best serve someone trying to do those things and work from there. In other words, think like the enemy. Consider how you would operate if you were one of the bad guys. The threat can often define the solution.” But does being aware mean being perpetually paranoid and edgy? Not necessarily; it’s more about developing a preparedness routine. The key, according to Travis Haley, a former Force Recon Marine, is to “focus on the simple and high yield.”

                        “Cultivate habits that are consistent and can, and more importantly are, applied on a regular basis,” the CEO of Haley Strategic Partners stated. “Many people are taught things they can do, methods of self-defense, etcetera, but they don’t practice them. When that moment of sheer terror arrives, they freeze or forget. A prepared individual will be aware of what capabilities he has, and how to apply them to the circumstances.” Robert Young Pelton, author of Come Back Alive and The World’s Most Dangerous Places, sees modern habits putting many people at risk. “The next time you are in Times Square in New York, or a train station, or any location where a variety of people flow in and out, look at the number of people that are walking about listening to their iPods through … Read the rest

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