What do you carry? As in, what do you have with you on a consistent daily basis to help deal with emergencies at work or on the commute? In light of recent events, you might want to review your preparations.
In my opinion– and let’s leave guns off the list for now– you should have these things with you:
- A tourniquet
- An emergency battle dressing, sometimes called the “Israeli battle dressing”
- A packet of gauze, better still gauze impregnated with a blood-stopper agent
- Training in the use of the three items above
- A good knife or a Leatherman, maybe both
- A light, preferably a headlamp because that leaves your hands free, with fresh batteries
- At least one way to start a fire
- A way to charge your cell phone
- A dust mask (might be a good idea getting out of a building)
- A PLAN TO GET HOME OR TO AN INTERMEDIATE SAFE HAVEN
Regarding the last, think hard about what you would need to get yourself home when normal modes of transport are unworkable or inadvisable. Where can you go– to a like-minded relative or co-worker’s house? If that’s your plan, have you worked it out with them in advance? And if they assent, what emergency kit can you stash there? And can you get access if they’re not home? Where can you hole up on the way home, if you’re on foot?
Regarding the gun, if your daily circumstances allow you to carry, you should. And with at least one extra magazine. If that’s a no-go (it’s a no-go in my work place), can you stash one nearby with your like-minded relative or co-worker?
These are all things very much worth thinking about and discussing.
Feel free to comment.