Saturday's preparedness conference - the forth annual event - may be our best effort yet. The evaluations completed by attendees revealed not only strong scores for all presenters, but it also proved that we have found a winning formula for format and presentation subject choices.
A few highlights from Saturday's presentations:
Cybersecurity - Jack Jania of Gemalto spoke on the need to migrate towards EMV chip cards for credit cards rather than relying upon the magnetic strip on the back. Chip cards are far superior for security purposes than the current technology.
Open Carry - Karl Rehn of KR Training spoke on open carry best practices. While there are pros and cons to OC, most experts believe concealed carry will remain the preferred method of carry out in public. Karl stressed the need to look and act professional when openly carrying so as to set a good example for other OC practitioners and the non-gun public.
Building a Disaster Resistant Home - Suzanne Tolbert, a real estate investor with extensive experience with beach homes, and I spoke on this subject. Making your home disaster resistant and more resilient can be challenging and expensive. But such improvements can enhance the value of your home, lead to savings on your utility bills and insurance premiums, and dramatically improve life safety. Suzanne generously donated a weekend at her beach house for one lucky attendee so they could see what a hurricane resistant home looks like up close.
Preparedness While Traveling - I spoke on this subject. It's easy to be prepared when driving to various locations, but how can we be prepared when we have to fly to various places? Much of the solution lies with planning such things as what type of hotel you choose, making sure you have enough funds on your person, and carrying some basic gear with you when you travel.
In Case Of Death (ICOD) - I spoke on this subject as well. Death is a high frequency, high severity event. If you are preparing for a financial collapse or a pandemic, even though those things may not happen, then you should be preparing for events that will happen - like death. Make preparations - have a will, proper insurance, and an ICOD folder outlining what you want family members to know if you get sick or pass away.
Pet Preparedness Strategies - Allen Codding, DVM of Anderson Mill Animal Clinic spoke to the issue of what preppers need to know about pet preparedness. As with most health issues, good preparedness means you are doing preventative work - getting your pets check ups, vaccinated and fed with quality foods.
Preparing for The Aftermath of a Self Defense Incident - John Daub spoke of his experience a year ago. He has taken a very unfortunate situation and is using it to help others appreciate the gravity of the decision to use deadly force. John's presentation scored a perfect 5.0 score - the first time we've ever had a presentation get a perfect score from every attendee.
Take Back The Night - Clifford Cheadle of Third Coast Thermal, LLC spoke on night vision options for preppers. This technology, while pricey, can dramatically improve your ability to hunt for food and identify threats at night.
What We Need to Be Doing The Next 90 Days - I concluded the conference by speaking on the subject of the need to start taking action. Rather than get mad and complain, I urged attendees to get their families ready and then look for opportunities in the community to share the message of preparedness. Specifically, I urged attendees to get active in community organizations and urge those groups to improve their readiness in the event of a disaster.
We have tentatively scheduled our next conference - number 5 - for January 7, 2017.
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