Inauguration Violence: How To Stay Safe

Protestors are promising to disrupt many of the events surrounding Donald Trumps’s inauguration.   Some are even promising inauguration violence.  Here are some ideas to help you make it through what potentially could be a stressful few days.

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Staying Safe in Inauguration Violence

 Inauguration Violence

A group called #DisruptJ20 has an entire agenda planned. 

Then, beginning on Jan. 18th.,  Inauguration Security is focusing on possible threats from the global terror environment.

Not to be outdone, a group calling themselves Refuse Fascism is hoping to incite it’s own brand of civil unrest.

The Washington Post has even created a guide to all of the inauguration protests, just in case you’d like a front row seat to the festivities.

Even more concerning is the undercover video by Project Veritas showing the D.C Anti-fascist Coalition as they talk about plans to disrupt the inauguration by spraying the chemical butyric acid into the ventilation system at the National Press Club during the Deploraball event.

Yes,  folks, these are the times we live in. 

 

Buckle Up.  Things Could Get Dicey Out There

Along with the media, it seems like the fore mentioned groups have their hopes set on fanning the flames of fear.  This serves only to put the focus on mayhem, rather than a peaceful transition of power.

Stay Safe In Big Crowds

How can you stay safe?

  • Be smart and pay attention to your surroundings.
  • Tune in to any changes in the baseline of your current environment.
  • In big crowds it’s okay to be a little paranoid if it helps you to keep your focus on what is happening around you.
  • Keep your phone in your pocket, you attention needs to be on staying safe, not your bff’s latest status update.
  • Stay on the edges of the crowd
  • Have a predesignated meet up place in case you get separated from friends or family.
  • Write important information such as drug allergies, and emergency contact info on your forearm in sharpie.
  • Trust your gut if it tells you to high tail it out of there.

One Step Closer To  Chaos

Hopefully everything will be peaceful this week.  To be safe,  take a look at our check list for making it through a longer term-post election chaos situation you might find yourself in.

To prepare for longer term chaos, you’ll want to make sure gas tanks are topped off, meds are refilled and you have plenty of drinking water on hand!   Take a look at our Chaos Check List and come back and tell me what YOU would add.

Want more information?  I recommend Jim Cobb’s Prepper’s Long-Term Survival Guide

Post-Election Survival Checklist

Unlike any other election in history, the 2016 Presidential election stands to  go down in the books as the election that divided the country.   After the last vote has been counted, and the winner announced, a peaceful transition of power may be more than can be asked of our weary nation.   It’s time to start thinking about preparing for possible post-election survival needs.

Making matters even more stressful, are warnings of terror threats being reported by CBS News.

Rather than living in fear of what the future may bring, I’ve complied a Post Election Survival Checklist to help families through a potential trigger event.  I’m a big believer that preparedness brings peace of mind.

A checklist to prepare for post-election survival

A Post-Election Survival Checklist For Uncertain Times

-Sit down with your family and review your emergency plans.  How will you get to your meeting place if chaos breaks out?

-Getting through any post-election survival chaos will take community, so take some time to plan with your like minded neighbors.   You’ll have their backs and in return, they’ll have yours.

-Test out your communication devices.

-Inventory  your food storage because  NOW is the time to make sure you are well stocked food wise  .

– Make sure your water storage will get you through at least a two week period.

-Confirm that you have enough personal supplies such as toilet paper, feminine supplies, diapers, etc.,  to make it through at least six weeks.

-Update your First Aid Station by refreshing your supplies as needed, focusing on OTC medications as well as basic first aid supplies.    While you’re at it, make sure to get any prescriptions refilled.

Black Contractor Bags.  If garbage collection gets interrupted you’re going to need to have a place for any garbage that won’t fit into your cans.  Also, black contractor bags have countless survival uses.

Post-Election Survial: What you need to know!

Kids, Pets and Getting Out of Dodge

 

-Have activities ready for kids in case everyone is stuck at home for a long period of time.

-Remember Fido by picking up any pet supplies needed for the next  several weeks.

-Fill up all the gas tanks on all your cars,  then if you need to get the hell out of Dodge, you won’t  have to stop to fuel up first.

-Speaking of cars, if you have any election bumper stickers, then you may want to remove them.  No need to give anyone who hates who you voted for any ideas of whom to blame.

-Get some SHTF Cash out of the bank, remembering to ask for small bills only.

 

 

If The Lights Go Out In the Post-Election Survival Chaos

-Check your supply of candles, lighters and matches.

-Do you have flashlights, furthermore,  do those flashlights have batteries?

-Keep your cell phone and other devices charged up.

-If you have a propane heater or another secondary source of heat, make sure you have enough fuel for it.   Otherwise, make sure you have enough blankets, hand warmers and other cold weather items.

 Prepare NOW.

Civil wars are caused by a loss of trust in government, as a result,  self reliance in times of concern is our most valuable asset.

Interested in learning more about how to prepare for emergencies?  Here are a couple of great resources:

The Prepper’s Blueprint:  The Step by Step Guide To Get You Through Any Disaster

Prepper’s Long-Term Survival Guide

 

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Water Storage and Flint, Michigan.

Water storage has been on my mind since the state of Michigan’s crisis with safe drinking water that began several months ago.  Flint’s tap water became contaminated with too much lead after the city switched it’s water supply in 2014 to save money while under state financial management.

Ensuring residents have safe water to drink has been a struggle. You can’t boil lead out of water.  People have been told to not drink the water until it has been determined to be safe.  Guard members have finally been called in to assist the police and volunteers to hand out bottled water, filters and water testing kits.

Then to really add insult to injury, the residents of Flint are still being required to pay their water bills.  You know, for water that is too dangerous to drink.  Think toxic waste dangerous.  Swell.  All I can say is thank goodness for celebrities.

I keep thinking of how much less stressful things might have been if residents would have had a supply of water storage instead of having to scramble and depend on the government.  As a matter of fact, it’s being reported that Michigan officials knew last year that Flint’s water might be poisoned, but chose to keep that possibility to themselves.  Sweet, eh?   The FDA is conduction a full review of the situation.

water storage

I’ve written about emergency water storage on the blog and Barb created this information filled post to help you calculate your family’s water storage needs.  It’s a good time to review both posts.

Here are a few more things to consider when storing water.

*Don’t use empty milk jugs for water storage.  The plastic is too thin and will break down within a few months.  Bacteria from the milk can become lodged in the plastic of the jug and then transferred to your water.

*Do not store your water near gasoline, kerosene, pesticides or similar substances.

*If you have a pool, you have water you have water for cleaning and bathing, but NOT for drinking.  While pool water has been chlorinated, it most likely has other chemical in it that are not safe for drinking.

*Properly stored water does NOT go bad. However, it may taste funky.  To solve this issue, just pour the water from one container to another several times, back and forth.  Or store things such as Kool-Aide, lemon or lime juice, to help with the taste of your water.
The time to prepare for an emergency is now.  Not after things fall apart.   Do your research.  Make your plan.  When you are prepared you don’t have to worry about any crisis down the road.

How is your water storage coming along?   What techniques work best for you when storing water?

Photo credit: rakerman via VisualHunt / CC BY

School Resource Officers: I Just Want Our Kids To Be As Safe As We Were

I remember my first year of teaching. It was 1st grade in a low income area serving a population of students that were currently homeless. It was one of only a handful of public schools in the country dealing with the educational crisis caused by homelessness. I was a bright eyed, bushy tailed teacher ready to change the world. I remember those years in that school so fondly. I loved most minutes of it. Even though it was in a very “rough” part of town, I never, ever felt unsafe at school. I think a big part of the reason why was because of my friend Kathy. Kathy was our schools resource officer. According to the National Association of School Resource Officers:

School-based police officers (also known as school resources officers) are specially trained, carefully selected, full-time law enforcement officers who work in schools as their primary assignments. SROs are much more than armed guards. They develop relationships with students and staff and participate in the education of students.

Kathy would come to work each morning dressed in her police uniform, armed, and ready to work with the kids. Most lunch hours you could see her turning rope for the girls or joking with the boys playing basketball. She liked the little kids but she had a special bond with the older kids. She ran the schools DARE program, she made her presence known when the office had custodial issues with parents (mostly just by being in the office making copies nearby), she had lunch with the teachers to catch up on who may be struggling or learning which kids needed some extra attention. She was a part of our schools team. She was a friend to the teachers and the kids. The kids at this school were especially distrustful of police officers, but they all eventually warmed up to Kathy. We never once had a violent incident in the 5 years I worked there.

As an ardent supporter of The Constitution I have been watching the 2nd Amendment battle ensue over the last few months. I was anxiously watching as President Obama apparently signed 23 Executive Orders and I was very happy to have the beginnings of the new CComprehensive School Safety program introduced:

Make our schools safer with new resource officers and counselors, better emergency response plans, and more nurturing school climates. The Administration is calling on Congress to help schools hire up to 1,000 more school resource officers, school psychologists, social workers, and counselors, as well as make other investments in school safety. We also need to make sure every school has a comprehensive emergency management plan so they are prepared to respond to situations like mass shootings. -WhiteHouse.gov

And then I went back and watched the press release from the NRA to make sure this is what I had heard from NRA’s CEO Wayne LaPierre:

I call on Congress today to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every single school in this nation

I really couldn’t believe my eyes when I read this was released from The Office of the Press Secretary

white house seeks to fund school resource officers

Stop the presses! In essence, both the NRA and President Obama agree that our kids deserve to be better protected and one piece to that puzzle is putting more armed police officers in our schools. Traditionally School Resource Officers are exactly like Kathy, armed. In his social media fireside chat Vice President Biden stated that individual schools would be allowed to choose if their SRO is armed or not and if that money is better spent on school psychologists, social workers, or school counselors.

The white elephant in the room is that the program is starting with roughly $150,000,000. in funding for 90,000 schools. Vice President Biden goes on to state that he is aware this is not enough money to fully fund these programs but it should be seen as federal seed money to jump start a local plan of action. Again, I applaud the effort that local control is their stated end goal. Here is the whole chat if you would like to watch it:

It’s refreshing to see some areas where the 2nd Amendment folks and the greater gun control folks have some common ground: Keeping our kids safe by using something as tried and true as officers in schools. It works. I have seen it work. Sure, someone is bound to say in a comment that it didn’t work in Columbine. No, it didn’t. Nothing is guaranteed and one or two resource officers in a busy high school may not be able to stop a school shooting monster. But who is to say how many lives School Resource Officers like Kathy saved just by being armed in the office while an irate non custodial parent tried to bully the Secretary into releasing a kid, or how many times her hoop side chats gave her valuable information on possibly unsafe plans, or how many kids went from being afraid of her to looking at her as a trusted adult in their lives?

I don’t believe that creating more legislation that places restrictions on law abiding gun owners is the answer. For the most part, the gun owners I know are the ones dropping off their kids at school and heading to a PTA meeting after picking up Starbucks for their kids teacher. We are your neighbors, your friends, your co-workers, and your fellow Americans. We are not the next mass shooter (praying there never is one).

We already have enough laws that criminals are able to work around. The most important, of course, is that murder is already illegal. If someone is willing to break that law, I am not sure whether fighting as a nation over 10 or 12 round magazines matters. The equipment is already out there and criminals don’t care. There is no way the government could possibly ever confiscate them all, because really, only law abiding citizens would turn them in (if they even would based on their personal beliefs about the Constitution). No one really even knows who has what guns. The government would have no idea where to even start looking in some states that have not ever maintained registries.

I don’t care if you want to call them armed guards, or Officer Friendly. The politics behind the semantics mean little to me because I know this: schools need more resources to not only protect our children now but to prevent future incidents like these by providing better guidance and access to mental health care. I would like to see us put most of our resources into finding ways to address the current mental health crisis in America, and that should start in our schools and homes and churches and communities. I am tired of the blaming, showmanship and ugly politics behind all of these gun related issues and I am happy to see the President taking positive steps to meeting the NRA at least part of the way on this one particular piece of a gigantic, ugly puzzle. It’s never going to be easy but I hope that we can see their example and attempt to find common sense solutions in our neighborhoods with the ultimate goal of protecting our nations children.

Don’t forget, your voice is meant to be heard. If you have an opinion on this, write to your representatives about gun laws. They want to hear from you.