Category Archives: safety

Cross-post: Policy Statement on American Food Security Risks

I posted a copy of my final project for Consequence Management class over on my more professionally-oriented blog this evening. The paper is a public policy memo which focuses on the fact that the American food supply is mostly unprotected, and would make for an easy terrorist target with a high chance of inflicting serious damage on the American economy and population.

Check it out over at Hurricane Dad and do a little reading. The government keeps stripping funds out of the agencies that can protect our food supply, with no signs of reversing this trend. You need to know what we’re dealing with.

Thank goodness *that* is over!

I took the final exam for my EMT class tonight, and scored a 90% (B+) on the test. With that, my EMT schooling comes to an end, with the only thing remaining being my National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians exam. The NREMT exam is used by the state of Illinois as a license-equivalency exam. In other words, the NREMT exam can be used to “test out of” the Illinois state license exam, so that I can take the NREMT and become both nationally registered (helps with reciprocity) and Illinois state licensed. The NREMT exam is scheduled for 13:00 Saturday, 7 DEC 2013, and I’m confident that I’ll pass it handily.

The past four months have been a big challenge. I’m also a full-time student, working on a BA in Emergency and Disaster Management, and I work part-time in retail, averaging between 25 and 35 hours a week. Between EMT school and these other efforts, I have had basically no life since I started the EMT class. Kristen is very much looking forward to me coming up for air now that it’s in the can. I, on the other hand, am looking forward to applying at a couple of local ambulance companies in the area, especially sine I’ve been told that they’re hiring big time. Most of my class was in the fire science program, and mostly concerned with the firefighting side of the industry.

This time, I really have the chance to work in Emergency Medical Services, while I complete my BA studies. I really want to get into my field, and out of retail. And I want to do something meaningful for a change. This is a great opportunity.

Last class session is on Thursday, where we get the results of the extra credit opportunity from last week, and we get a few final words from the lead instructor. I’m excited! 😀

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.


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NOAA, FEMA hold NAtional Severe Weather Prep Week

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Severe Weather Preparedness Week, What We’re Doing to Prepare



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