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February is Self Defense and Personal Safety Month.
As Rorion Gracie once said, “self-defense is not just a set of techniques. It is a state of mind that starts with the belief that you are worth defending.” Throughout the month, we will provide tips and advice for protecting yourself in different situations and learning how to become proactive in your personal safety.
Week 3: Women’s Self Defense
As we continue throughout the month recognizing Self Defense and Personal Safety, this week we will highlight an important topic: women’s self-defense. Violence against women is a major health problem and pressing issue, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Global estimates indicate that 35% (about 1 in 3) women worldwide will experience physical/sexual violence at some point in their lifetimes. This violence can negatively affect women’s physical, mental, emotional, and reproductive health. Violence prevention is key, and stopping the problem at the source is the best way to eliminate the issue. More and more women today are equipping themselves with the tools they need to better protect themselves and prepare for emergency situations when they may need to physically defend themselves.
In this day and age of unpredictability, it is important for women and men alike to recognize and avoid dangerous places and situations, maintain distance when necessary, know when to fight, and when not to fight. Fortunately, awareness and prevention can cover nearly 100% of your self-defense needs and help to stop an attack from becoming physical in the first place. Though it may seem like an overwhelming process, it is possible with a variety of strategies, techniques, and training methods. The following is a list of self-defense and survival strategies for women, adapted from
Black Belt (www.blackbelt.com):
Trust your instincts: if something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t safe. Many of us tend to ignore the voice that tells us that trouble is coming, even though our instincts are the best detectors of dangerous situations.
Practice target denial: avoid making yourself an easy or accessible target. Try not to walk alone late at night, walk tall with your head up, and be aware of your surroundings at all times.
Present yourself with confidence: Criminals target victims who look weak or vulnerable. Attackers will search for women who appear to be frightened, confused, or distracted. Keep your hands free from heavy objects and avoid walking with your head down and being distracted.
Set strong verbal boundaries: surprisingly, strong verbal skills can be an extremely effective self-defense tool—one that can be more successful than physical technique. Although an aggressive confrontation can be terrifying, remain calm and be strong enough to show the attacker he has picked the wrong victim. The power of your voice alone could make an attacker flee.
Keep your physical techniques simple: During a physical confrontation, loss of fine motor skills is a major effect of your body’s adrenaline release. For that reason, complex gestures and positions can become more challenging, and the odds of effectively executing it can be reduced. Learn physical techniques that are basic, practice them often, and stick with them during a self-defense scenario.
Learning self-defense techniques from professionals is also recommended. Classes are typically offered at local police departments and can be extremely useful for long-term self-defense strategy and knowledge. At Bullet Blocker, we offer products that are designed specifically for women, such as our laptop tote, women’s cut vest, and variety of jackets and clothing. For individuals who desire a discrete product, we offer the My Kitty Self-Defense Keychain. This keychain is made of unbreakable and lightweight ABS plastic which is as strong as metal. The keychain easily attaches to your keys and can also be stored in your bag. It is conveniently disguised as a cat keychain, but can also be used as a tool for self-defense in an emergency. The lightweight and compact design ensures that it is discreet, while still being an effective tool to be used against an oncoming attacker. It is a great alternative for those individuals who don’t or are not permitted to carry Pepper Spray with them.
Week 2: Strategies for Self-Defense
As we continue throughout Self Defense and Personal Safety Month, we will provide you with practical strategies for self-defense. Last week, we discussed tips to help prevent and protect yourself from falling victim to violent crime, but what can you do when you are faced with an emergency situation? As we saw with the statistics mentioned last week, violent crime does not discriminate, and can truly happen to anyone, anywhere. Many people doubt that anything bad will happen because they live in a safe area, or because nothing bad has ever happened to them, but this reasoning is detrimental and can leave one unprepared and more likely to fall victim to crime. Regardless of the perceived risk or probability, you should still take adequate steps to prepare yourself. The best way of protecting yourself is through personal self-defense education and training. We recommend that you make it a point to enroll in a local self-defense class. Many local police stations offer free or discounted valuable self-defense courses. In addition to taking self-defense courses, there are also simple yet effective techniques that can help you to escape from an attacker in an emergency situation. The following tips are adapted from Idea Hacks:
Know the body’s major pressure points: pressure points can help you fight off an attacker without the need for strength or martial arts moves. Reaching for an attacker’s pressure point can help you fight and give you more time to escape from a dangerous situation. Common pressure points include: the knee cap, groin, ears, eyes, nose, and throat.
Keep your keys on hand: If you are walking to your car or another destination late at night, keep your keys between your ring and middle finger in your dominant hand. This can be used as a weapon If you are attacked. Self-Defense key chains like our own is a discrete yet effective way to do this as well.
Never stop moving: If you are being attacked, the worst thing you can do is stand still. Unless they have a weapon and you do not, you should always attempt to fight back.
Be loud: Even if attackers tell you not to make noise, yelling can alert individuals in the area that there is a problem, while also telling the attacker that you are willing to put up a fight. While this may not cause the attacker to immediately back down, help may come.
Learn how to escape zip ties: There are many videos online that show how you can break free from zip ties. This can be life-saving if you ever happen to end up in that situation. If your wrists are zip-tied, keep your hands in fists with your palms facing down. This way, you can easily twist your wrist to slip out of the tie.
In addition to the Self-Defense Key Chain, we offer many other products that are discrete and practical in the event of violent crime. Though the world is unpredictable, having a proactive safety product can help give you peace of mind and a defense to use in the event of an emergency. Students and workplace professionals can use a variety of our school & workplace products. We offer a discrete 3-ring binder insert that is equipped with 100% NIJ IIIA Bulletproof material. Weighing only 10 ounces, the insert is sure to fit easily into your binder without compromising on your comfort throughout the day. Our Junior Writing Padfolio is another inexpensive option for students, workplace professionals, and businessmen & women alike. The lightweight padfolio provides nearly 50 square inches of NIJ IIIA bulletproof protection. It features a premium paper pad, smartphone pouch, organizer pockets, and multiple card slots. The folio’s sleek leather design provides a discrete yet professional-looking form of anti-ballistic protection. This week, take the time to learn more self-defense safety strategies that you can employ when faced with an emergency. Doing so is a way that you can directly invest in yourself and your future.
Week 1: Prevalence, Stats, & Tips
There would not be an entire month dedicated to self-defense and personal safety if it was not a pressing issue. Despite violent crime across the U.S. decreasing .2% in 2017, it is still overwhelmingly widespread. According to the FBI, over 1.2 million violent crimes occurred in the U.S. in 2017. The amount of aggravated assault and rape offenses increased 1% and 2.5%, respectively from the previous year. There were over 17,200 murders, 811,000 aggravated assault cases, and hundreds of victims of mass shootings. According to 2015 crime rates, one murder occurred every 33 minutes, one aggravated assault every 41 seconds, and one violent crime every 26 seconds.
While these statistics may be alarming to some, they are not meant to scare readers, but rather to show that violent crime can truly affect anyone, from any community, at any time. The good news is: being prepared and equipping yourself with self-defense techniques and proactive safety solutions can help protect against devastating outcomes. However, self-defense is not just a set of techniques to be used in an emergency situation or when faced with a violent perpetrator. Instead, self-defense should be a lifelong mindset that is continually updated and revamped with new information and knowledge.
Below is a list of simple yet practical safety tips to follow that will help to protect yourself from violent crime, adapted from the National Crime Prevention Council:
Don’t walk or jog early in the morning or late at night when it’s dark out and the streets are deserted
If you are out late at night, try to have a friend walk with you until you get to your destination
Don’t display your cash or any valuable items such as your cell phone or expensive jewelry
Park in well-lit areas with good visibility that are close to walkways, stores, and other people
If you think that someone is following you, quickly switch directions or cross the street. If the person continues to follow you, move quickly toward an open business or a lighted house and yell for help if they are approaching rapidly.
Always have your key out as you approach your car door and lock your car immediately.
Creating self-defense and personal safety solutions that everyone can use has always been at the core of our business. We strive to create innovative and proactive safety solutions that can be easily used for self-defense in emergency situations. Throughout the month, we will provide you with practical safety tips, self-defense strategies, and information on how to stay safe in a world where violent crime is an unfortunate reality. Along the way, we will highlight relevant products for personal safety, and provide new information on our updated K-9 product line.
January is Beginning to Prepare Month
Happy New Year from all of us at Bullet Blocker. As the commotion of the holidays subsides, the focus shifts to the start of a new year and the upcoming months ahead. This month, the theme is “beginning to prepare.” Throughout the month, we will provide you with winter safety tips, information on preparedness, and 12 months of prepping to follow throughout the year.
Week 4: Year-Round Prepping (July-December)
As January comes to an end, we will finish out the month providing you with the final 6 months of prepping for July to December. The following checklist is based off of Preppers Survive 12 Month Prepper Checklist, which is a comprehensive year-round plan for preppers to follow.
July: Protection Prepping:
Learn about the different classes of fire extinguishers.
Install smoke detectors, Carbon Monoxide detectors, and fire extinguishers in central points throughout your home. Add to your security and protection checklist.
August: Water Storage:
Invest in a water filter that removes waterborne bacteria & parasites from contaminated water.
Store extra water for you and household members in water barrels or 5-gallon water bottles. Rotate your water storage.
September: Bug out Bag & Overall Preparedness:
September is National Preparedness Month, otherwise known as Prep-tember. This month is an ideal time to read a preparedness or survivalist book, or just brush up on your safety skills in general.
Start, update, or add to a Bug Out Bag (72-hour kit). Make your own checklist or use a pre-made template like the one found here.
October: Power Outage Kit & Energy Awareness:
Put together a power outage kit that includes supplies that can be used in the event of a power outage. This can include flashlights, radios, phone chargers, matches, etc.
Explore alternative energy options and resources.
Assess your house & evaluate if you have the necessary resources to live without power for a week.
November: Health & Hygiene Awareness:
Work on your hygiene supplies checklist. Stock up on toothbrushes, toothpaste, baby wipes, soap, nail clippers, a haircut kit, first-aid items, and others.
Develop a self-reliant skill such as making a bar of soap or knitting a wash cloth.
December: Supply Stock-Up:
Use the final month of the year to assess the prior months and see where there is still a need. Store up supplies such as food, water, blankets, and first-aid items.
Start making plans and goals for the next year’s prep.
Week 3: Year-Round Prepping (January-June)
Through the rest of the month, we will provide you with prepping goals and tasks to carry out throughout the year, broken down into 12 months. The 12-month format ensures that the prepping process will be easy, manageable and cost-effective—even for individuals new to prepping. The following checklist is based off of Preppers Survive 12 Month Prepper Checklist, which is a comprehensive year-round plan for preppers to follow.
January: Setting Goals & Budgets:
This month can be dedicated to planning and goal-setting. Create a preparedness supplies checklist (or use a pre-made one, like the one here). Now is the time to evaluate what supplies you have and what you need. This is not intended to overwhelm you, but instead, give you an idea of how many resources you need to gather throughout the upcoming months.
Set preparedness goals for this year. This can be tailored to your individual need based upon your experience with prepping or what you hope to accomplish.
Finally, set a budget for the year. How much can you set aside each month to add to your emergency preparedness supplies?
February: Food Storage:
This month, focus on adding food to your food storage. To start, choose non-perishable, canned foods that are packed with protein. Many popular options are canned veggies, fruits, beans, meats, and pasta sauce. Try to choose a variety of foods that offer varied nutritional value such as grains, fats, and sugars, among others. For a more comprehensive food storage guide, you can use an online template, such as the one here.
Consider adding to your kitchen supplies, such as a manual can opener and a back-up cooking method to use if the power goes out.
March: Developing an Evacuation Plan:
The importance of developing a solid evacuation plan (and practicing it) should not be understated. Get a map of your area and decide where you will go if your area receives an Evacuation Advisory.
Make a list of the items you will need at a moment’s notice in an emergency situation, such as a bug-out bag, important documents, water, etc.
Go over your evacuation plan every few months with your family & other loved ones to ensure that everyone knows what the plan is in an emergency.
April: Developing Self-Reliance Skills:
This month is a good time to sharpen your personal skills that will help you in an emergency situation. You could take a CPR or first-aid course at your local American Red Cross or develop your gardening skills and find new ways to grow produce you would usually buy from the grocery store.
Pick up a useful hobby, such as hiking, fishing, cooking, or fitness.
May: Fitness Plan & First Aid:
May is dedicated to creating a fitness plan & schedule to increase your endurance and improve your health. You could also consider getting a pair of running/hiking shoes for your bug out bag.
Join a local gym or explore and get familiar with hiking trails & campgrounds nearby. This is a free way to get exercise and ensure you are keeping up with your health.
Add to your first aid supplies, making sure it considers the appropriate amount of people in your household, and addresses any individual needs such as existing allergies and medications.
June: Communication Prepping:
Communication can be unpredictable in an emergency situation. Get a hand crank radio or HAM radio this month to add to your communication supplies.
Sign up to receive updates from your area for important evacuation notices, emergency alerts, and more.
Week 2: The Basics of Prepping
As we continue through the month of January focusing on the process of beginning to prepare, it is important to understand what prepping is. Prepping is simply preparing for the future to prevent stress and difficulty when emergency situations occur. Many people wait until it is too late to prepare and end up unprepared and unprotected in the event of an emergency. Regardless of whether you’re worried about something like an unexpected layoff, car accident, power outages, natural disasters, or economic decline, it is important that you start preparing now. The basic steps of prepping:
Prepare your home for two weeks of self-reliance and no external help or resources
Be ready to leave your home at a moment’s notice
Be prepared when away from home (traveling, school, work, etc.)
Practice and plan
Share your plan with others and recruit neighbors, friends, and relatives
Many new preppers can become overwhelmed with the amount of information on the internet on prepping, but it can be easy if you follow simple prepper rules like the ones below to keep things clear and rational:
You can’t predict what is going to happen. It is impossible to be 100% prepared for 100% of scenarios, but don’t let this intimidate you.
Prepping should not dominate your life. Spend a reasonable amount of time, money, and energy. Prepping is an investment.
Great preps are a mix of gear, supplies, skills, practice, planning, and community.
Contrary to common stereotypes and beliefs, prepping is not about memorizing lists, buying overpriced supplies, or letting fear take over your life. It is about investing in your protection, educating yourself, and preparing yourself, family, and home for a variety of emergencies that could occur. We offer a Survival Pack & Safety Kit, which includes a well-stocked first-aid kit and a variety of other necessary supplies to keep you prepared in the event of an emergency. The backpack contains a 25-person first aid kit, water bags, a flashlight, a crank radio, duct tape, tissues, and space blankets, among other supplies. NIJ IIIA rated like all of our other backpacks, the pack offers both essential supplies but also practical anti-ballistic protection while on the go.
For more experienced preppers, we also offer a Bug-Out Vest, a multi-functional and discrete vest that was designed using information gathered from preppers. It was made to pair perfectly with your other bug-out gear, so you can easily slide the vest on and evacuate during an emergency situation. Its 10 pockets ensure that you will have ample space to store your flashlight, gun, medical kit, important documents, and other bug-out necessities. Like all of our products, the vest is equipped with two NIJ IIIA anti-ballistic panels, making the vest a perfect option for safety-conscious preppers. Many people put of preparing due to a lack of time, energy, resources, or finances, but the process does not have to happen all at once. Throughout the rest of the month, we will provide you with a comprehensive list for 12 months of prepping this year. It is not meant to intimidate readers, but rather to help educate new preppers on the basics of prepping.
Week 1: Winter Safety Tips
We will start off the month by giving you practical winter safety tips that you can employ throughout the colder months. Winter storms and cold weather can be dangerous, which is why it is important to plan and prepare ahead of time. Being prepared for winter hazards ensures you will be able to stay safe and healthy during the cold winter months. The following is a brief list of steps you can take to prepare your home, car, and yourself for a variety of conditions this winter:
Winterize your home: install weather stripping, insulation, and storm windows. Insulate water lines that run along exterior walls, and repair roof leaks.
Check your heating system: inspect clean fireplaces and chimneys, test your smoke detector batteries and make sure you are replacing them twice a year. Prevent carbon monoxide (CO) emergencies by installing a CO detector & learning the symptoms of CO poisoning
It is important to winterize your car as well. Keep the gas tank full to avoid ice in the tank, use a wintertime formula in your windshield washer, and service the radiator. If you live in an area that gets a lot of snow, replace tires with all-weather or snow tires
Prepare a winter emergency kit to keep in your car in case you become stranded. The kit should include: blankets, gloves, chargers, food and water, flashlight, radio, first-aid kit, among other essentials.
Sprinkle sand on icy patches in your driveway to avoid slips and injuries
Always bring an emergency kit when you are participating in outdoor winter recreation
While you travel…
Avoid travel when the weather service has issued advisories. If you must travel, inform a trusted friend or family member of your route and expected time of arrival.
If you become stranded in your car, follow these safety rules: make your car visible to rescuers, move anything you need from the trunk to the passenger area. Keep your body warm by using extra clothing, blankets, or newspapers. Stay awake and keep moving your limbs to improve circulation and stay warmer. Run the engine and heater for about 10 minutes per hour, opening one window slightly to let in air. Make sure that snow is not blocking the exhaust pipe to reduce risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
As highlighted in this month’s newsletter, we offer a variety of jackets and cold weather gear to keep you warm throughout the winter months. Our falcon flight jacket is a parka-styled jacket constructed of a thick oxford nylon shell with a polyester lining to keep you warm and dry in even the coldest conditions. It features multiple pockets and has a removable lined hood. Like all of our products, the jacket is equipped with NIJ IIIA anti-ballistic material, instantly adding lightweight and discrete protection. Conveniently coming in 3 color options, the jacket is a great option for fashion-forward individuals who don’t want to compromise on safety or warmth in the cold winter months. Another popular jacket is our Flight Jacket, a classic and extra full cut jacket that has a lightweight feel that can be used in a variety of weather conditions. Its design was inspired by the original MA-1 flight jacket, used by the United States Air Force and Navy pilots for use all year. Its outer shell is constructed of 100% Nylon water-repellent material, while the interior is lined with Poly fiberfill, both ensuring you will stay warm and dry. The jacket is lightweight at 6.5 pounds with the anti-ballistic material, and it comes in 4 colors to choose from. Depending on where you live, winter can be a period marked by cold temperatures and dangerous weather conditions. Taking the proper precautions in advance to prepare yourself, home, car, and loved ones can help lessen the difficulty and stress that arise in the event of an emergency.
The Survivalist Blog - An independent blog with some pretty good articles, including quick tips on assembling your own "Grab And Go Survival Pack" also known as a "bug out bag".
Urban Survivalist Blog - This would ordinarily be too small and inactive to include in this list for having only three articles. They focus on short-term disaster preparedness, quick and easy.
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