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Are You Ready? Preparedness Month is Here.

National Preparedness Month“Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare”

September is National Preparedness Month (NPM).  For many people, when they hear about “preppers” or “prepping,” the first thing to come to mind might not be so glamorous – maybe a doomsday fanatic hiding in their secret bunker with enough gear to outfit an army against hordes of roaming zombies or gangs of post-apocalypse thugs.

Popular media certainly does their part to further that stereotype, which can turn some people off from the idea of prepping and make starting a conversation on the topic difficult.  However, most preparedness activities are much simpler than that.  Forward-thinkers can take their prepping as far as they want – which could very well be a well-stocked secret bunker – but preparedness can be quite basic and start with small, easy steps.  Something as basic as keeping a few days worth of food on hand, agreeing on a location to meet up (or simply communicate) with your family in the event of a disaster, or knowing what to do in an active shooter situation could save your life.

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Ready.gov’s National Preparedness Month website has a number of resources on how you can be prepared for a disaster, ways to get involved, how to create a readiness kit (e.g. a “bug out bag,” “go bag,” or “get home bag”), and more.  You can find out about and take part in preparedness month activities by visiting America’s PrepareAthon.

FEMA isn’t the only big organization taking part.  The Red Cross NPM site has links to download preparedness apps for your smartphone as well as tips to create a disaster plan and build a readiness kit.  The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) also offers a number of resources and tips for staying prepared.  The National Weather Service NPM site has resources to help mitigate the risk posed by severe weather.

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While National Preparedness Month is a great reminder to be prepared and an easy way to start the conversation with your friends, family and co-workers, it should not end there.  Keep the conversation going year round by conducting family drills, going over plans, maintaining your supplies and visiting the Training, Survival and Prepping board on the GunLink Forums.

ATF Reminds FFLs to Be Prepared for Natural Disasters Like Hurricane Sandy

BATFE LogoAs they often do in times of particularly severe weather, the ATF has issued a press release reminding FFLs and FEL/Ps to prepare for events such as the impending Hurricane Sandy:

In preparation for Hurricane Sandy and other natural disasters, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) today urged federal firearms licensees (FFLs) and federal explosives licensees and permittees (FEL/Ps) to be prepared and protect their merchandise and facilities. ATF has prepared guidance, which is available online, regarding how to plan ahead before disasters strike.

For FFLs, an ATF brochure and video are available on ATF’s website with information regarding businesses that are affected by flooding or other such incidents. The brochure, “Disaster Preparedness for Federal Firearms Licensees,” (ATF publication 3317.7), is available at http://www.atf.gov/publications/download/p/atf-p-3317-7.pdf. The video, “Disaster Preparedness,” is listed under ATF’s Online Education Seminars at http://www.atf.gov/training/firearms/ffl-educational-seminars/.

FEL/Ps should review the brochure, “Voluntary Steps to Prepare for a Pending Natural Disaster,” (ATF Publication 5400.16, March 2011), which is available at http://www.atf.gov/publications/download/p/atf-p-5400-16.pdf.

FEL/Ps that have additional questions concerning preparedness are urged to contact their local ATF field office or the Explosives Industry Programs Branch at 202-648-7120.

FFLs with additional questions, should contact their local ATF field office or the ATF Firearms Industry Programs Branch at 202-648-7190.

For other useful information on planning for a natural disaster, please visit www.ready.gov. Further information about ATF is available at www.atf.gov.

Preparing to Survive an Active Shooter Incident

On any given day, the possibility exists that a dangerous situation may arise.  While it is impossible to completely eliminate such occurrences, steps can be taken to mitigate their effects.  Just as you (hopefully) have a plan in place for what to do if a fire starts in your home (and practice that plan!), creating a plan and training for dealing with other potentially dangerous situations can be a life saving endeavor.

Violence in the workplace and other public locations, including “Active Shooter” situations, are nothing new.   From disgruntled (ex-)employees to upset customers flying off the handle to drug-fueled fiends, we hear about these situations all too frequently.  Despite this, a tremendous number of people adopt a “it could never happen to me” attitude and do nothing to prepare for the possibility of such a situation.

While they certainly may be helpful, dedicated tactical training  and personal defense courses aren’t the only way to prepare for a violent threats during the course of everyday life. Continue reading

ATF Urges FFLs to Prepare for Tropical Storm Isaac and Other Disasters

BATFE LogoWASHINGTON — In preparation for Tropical Storm Isaac and other natural disasters, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) today urged federal firearms licensees (FFLs) and federal explosives licensees and permittees (FEL/Ps) to be prepared and protect their merchandise and facilities. ATF has prepared guidance, which is available online, regarding how to plan ahead before disasters strike.

For FFLs, an ATF brochure and video are available on ATF’s website with information regarding businesses that are affected by flooding or other such incidents. The brochure, “Disaster Preparedness for Federal Firearms Licensees,” (ATF publication 3317.7), is available at http://www.atf.gov/publications/download/p/atf-p-3317-7.pdf. The video, “Disaster Preparedness,” is listed under ATF’s Online Education Seminars at http://www.atf.gov/training/firearms/ffl-educational-seminars/.

FEL/Ps should review the brochure, “Voluntary Steps to Prepare for a Pending Natural Disaster,” (ATF Publication 5400.16, March 2011), which is available at http://www.atf.gov/publications/download/p/atf-p-5400-16.pdf.

FEL/Ps that have additional questions concerning preparedness are urged to contact their local ATF field office or the Explosives Industry Programs Branch at 202-648-7120. FFLs with additional questions, should contact their local ATF field office or the ATF Firearms Industry Programs Branch at 202-648-7190.

For other useful information on planning for a natural disaster, please visit www.ready.gov. Further information about ATF is available at www.atf.gov.

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