Category Archives: emergency preparedness

I get by with a little help from my friends

KarmaGo device 2 white
This is Karma Go. Many months ago, I spent my hard-earned money to pre-order a one at a discount. You can get a Karma Go of your own for $10 off, and I get some store credit. That’s not really what makes Karma Go cool though. It is a mobile WiFi Internet hot-spot that has an unusual feature: If someone uses your hot-spot (not your data) you both get some free data. Continue reading


EMT School, week 1 redux

I’m back in EMT school.  During week one, we went over CPR.  Note, I didn’t say that we CERTIFIED in CPR, just that we went over it.  I felt somewhat cheated, since we sat through the CPR training materials for adults, children, and infants, including AED usage.  Apparently, the certification test will be some time in October.

I understand the rationale of having CPR instruction be the very first thing in class (“because now that you’re a medical person, people will expect you to be able to DO something if their loved one collapses”), but I’m not sure I understand the delay in certification testing.

Ah, well.


RUN. HIDE. FIGHT. How to deal with an active shooter scenario

As of July, 2012, you have to have been living under a rock if you don’t know what Aurora Colorado and the The Dark Knight Rises premiere is. In case you read this after the event has passed out of everyday discussion, a lone gunman went into the movie theater and shot the Hell out of the place, injuring 58 and killing 12, for a total of 70 direct victims.

I’m not here to debate the reasons, causes, or politics behind the shooting. What I am here to talk about is how to deal with an active shooter scenario. These happen all too often in the USA, so everybody should know how to react.

In that light, I present you with a video produced with the help of funding from the Department of Homeland Security. There are actually two videos, one in English and one in Spanish. I’ve included the one in Spanish with the hopes that it will be shared out with Spanish speakers.

Videos after the jump. Please share with your friends, family, and coworkers.

Edit: NOW WITH 100% MOAR WATCHABLE VIDEOS!

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