Street Survival Tactics

Rick “Pirate Hunter” Grover

Greetings Street Survivors and Happy New Year ! 2021 HAS to be better than last year, and I pray for great things for you and yours as well as the U.S. of A.

One way to take your training and family preparation to the next level this year is to include your neighbors and folks in your community or development. I recently started a First Response Team for my community so we can assist our neighbors in the event of an emergency. Should a neighbor experience a medical, fire, weather related emergency or even a violent threat, after calling 911, they can call the first number on a phone tree of trained team members that can probably get to them before the typical First Responders can arrive. They can oftentimes provide support for the family until formal help is on scene. This is a great way to build cohesiveness in your community as well, as most people may only know their immediate neighbors adjacent to their home, but not know somebody only 2 or 3 houses away. Covid-19 has certainly kept people away unlike anything we have seen in this country, so that has made it even worse.

You may be surprised how much talent and experience surrounds you within just a half mile of your home, and we never know when we may need to depend on each other. As I have mentioned in past articles, we lost our home to Hurricane Andrew in 1992, and it was amazing to see neighbors come together and help each other out. It really should not have to take a devastating storm to bring us together. Creating this kind of knowledge and experience base, can make us all a stronger community much better prepared for whatever challenges come our way in 2021.

An excellent way to provide a basic level of training for your community members is available free of charge from your local county Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Classes are held periodically and cover topics such as: Emergency Prep for Home, Basic First Aid including Stop the Bleed and Triage, Fire Suppression – how to use Fire Extinguishers correctly, Search and Rescue, Terrorism and cribbing which is a method to lift heavy objects off a victim. If you can put together an interested group of at least 10 people, a custom class can be provided for you. Beyond the Basic Cert training, there are other more advanced training classes, and even drills that you can participate in with other trained members. Additional training could be available through local Sheriff’s departments and Fire departments.

This year let us make a new commitment to our personal, family and neighborhood training and team building. All are welcome, no matter what your age, physical limitations, or subject knowledge. Each one of us can be a vital member of a neighborhood watch program or emergency response team, to include manning the phones, computer emails, Facebook page administration, etc. Get involved folks, we need each other, especially after the disaster of 2020.

De Oppresso Liber –
We Liberate the Oppressed !

Rick ‘Pirate Hunter’ Grover strongly believes we’re all in this together, and the more we learn and train, the better we’ll be prepared for any eventuality. This makes all of us part of an amazing neighborhood team of American Patriots. God Bless America !

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