CENTRAL TEXAS 2018 WILDFIRE SYMPOSIUM MAY 4 – FREE TO ATTEND
I hope you’ll join me on Friday, May 4 for the annual Wildfire Symposium put on by the City of Austin. This is a great event. You can get more information here.
The following day, May 5, is National Wildfire Preparedness Day. You can learn more about it here. Over 98 million people in the U.S. live in a neighborhood at riks for wildfires. As this spring is shaping up to be both warmer and drier than average (thanks to La Nina), wildfire risk is a growing threat.
We just had our FireWise assessment done at our home last Saturday, conducted by the Austin Fire Department. It was very helpful, and there’s no charge. If you would like to have one done, email Nia Henry and ask her to set one up for you – and feel free to tell her I suggested you reach out to her.
EQUIPPING YOU WITH DATA AND FACTS ON THE GUN CONTROL DEBATE
Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve managed to save a number of articles that you may find helpful in the coming months.
Teachers are signing up for free gun training in Ohio
NPR: Millennials are no more liberal on gun control than their elders
USA Today: School shootings are not the new normal
NPR: Rate of gun violence has fallen since 1993
Scientific American: If you want to know how to stop school shootings, ask the Secret Service
National Review: How Nazis used gun control
National Review: Parkland Shooter did not use high capacity magazines
5 Years After Sandy Hook Shooting, Connecticut School Districts Violating Safety Laws
Washington Times: School safer today than 1990s.
US Secret Service and Department of Education: Final Report And Findings of the Safe School Initiative (2004)
Breitbart: Former Air Marshal: Arming Pilots Post-9/11 Worked, So Will Arming Teachers
NATIONAL STOP THE BLEED DAY IS MARCH 31
The top cause of preventable death in trauma is bleeding. Twenty percent of people who have died from traumatic injuries could have survived with quick bleeding control. Learn how you can help yourself or others in the event of trauma.
MORE EPISODES OF THE SITUATION
I’m trying to do an episode every week. I hope it is of interest.
March 6 episode: Rising interest rates hit homebuilders hard; Houston ambulances are in a "deplorable" condition; Natural gas provider in Dallas cuts gas to 2,800 homes for "3 to 4 weeks."
March 11 episode: DST conversion leads to increased chance of heart attacks; Costco selling prepper food; CNBC reports retirees have little savings; Ron Paul says another financial crisis is possible; Richard Duarte shares an article on changing migration patterns due to disasters; KQED reports on problems with response to California wildfires
Solar Cooker demo: Here’s a 42 second video on my solar cooker (which is different than a solar oven).
AUSTIN PACKAGE BOMBS AND THE NEED FOR READINESS
This month’s tragic package bombings in Austin – during SXSW, one of the busiest times for our first responders – once again demonstrates the need to be situationally aware and to be ready to be our own first responders until help arrives.
Seek out first aid and CPR classes. Learn to use a fire extinguisher. Get a NOAA weather radio for your home, and while you’re at it, pick up a TornadoAlert which I highly recommend.
If you are taking LTC and other firearm classes to help protect the lives of you and your family, then you also need to be getting trained to protect lives in other ways – for emergencies far more common than self defense.
UPCOMING LTC COURSES
I didn’t have any takers for the March 10 class – probably due to the fact it was the first weekend of spring break.
Let me know if you are interested in taking a class and what dates might work for you.
Also, if you have a group that is interested in the course, contact me about a flat fee to teach your group.
That’s all for now. Stay safe out there -
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