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How to Survive an Active Shooter Situation

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Public spaces are gradually beginning to open up again across the States. Unfortunately, this means the risk of active shooters is on the rise as well. Keep these tips in mind to ensure you survive if the worst happens.

See Something, Say Something

The best possible thing you can do for yourself and your peers is to alert everyone to suspicious activity as soon as possible. This way, you can all find somewhere to hide or leave the premises as soon as possible, before anyone has the chance to fire.

Experts suggest that you keep an eye out for the following abnormalities:

  • Someone who is loitering in a restricted area or somewhere they’re unauthorized to be
  • Individuals who are not wearing the correct personal protective equipment (PPE), uniforms, or identification (ID) for where they area
  • Someone who wanders around as if they are lost
  • Someone who asks excessive or “prying” questions about a facility’s security measures, equipment, employees, or protocols
  • Individuals who threaten or intimidate others or behave irrationally
  • A person who is taking photos or recording videos without permission
  • Someone who is posing as a professional but does not know correct meeting locations or protocols
  • Abandoned vehicles in strange locations, especially overloaded vehicles

Run and Hide

Once the firing commences, you will need to move as quickly as possible to get yourself to safety. Remember to keep a calm head and be decisive in your actions. Your top priority is to create as much distance as possible between you and the shooter, then find a secure place to shelter in place.

As hectic as this may sound, running and hiding is a crucial part of an active shooter response protocol. Before such a situation occurs, you should have already gotten familiar with the institution’s safety plan and optimal exit points. Apply that information by recalling which locations within the facility are suitable for hiding or leaving at a moment’s notice.

Once you’re in a safe location, heed the following tips as you’re able:

  • Call 911 and describe the shooter, their weapons, and the site under attack.
    • If you are hiding, text the police instead or put a sign up in a window asking for help.
  • Silence or power off all electronics and remain silent.
  • Hide alone. Never hide in groups, as too many people may draw attention to your location and make you all an easy target.

Fight, If Necessary

Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that your hiding spot will keep you in the clear. If all else fails and the shooter spots you, your best chance at surviving is to fight for your life.

You cannot afford to hesitate while defending yourself. You must fully commit to your self-protection and act as aggressively as possible to keep yourself alive. Above, you learned not to hide in groups. Still, you want to keep others nearby, in case you all have to ambush the shooter if one of you is spotted.

If it appears that they’ve caught onto one person’s location, you must all act together and use whatever weapons you have at your disposal. Fire extinguishers, chairs, and scissors are all useful for either disarming or drawing them away from a single victim.

Finding yourself in a situation where an active shooter is threatening your institution is terrifying and overwhelming. With these tips, you can ensure that you and your peers make it out alive.

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Best Tactical Dog Harness Vest

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A tactical dog harness is a product that is becoming more popular now days.

These tactical dog vests come in multiple colors like tan, black and pink. Top brands include Auroth, Icefang and Onetigris.

It was originally designed for the military, but now it has found its way into homes of pet owners as well.

While you are still able to use your dog’s leash on the collar only, this new tactical harness provides a much better and safer control over your pet.

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A tactical dog harness has several beneficial features that an ordinary collar doesn’t have. The most important thing about this new equipment is its design – based on the military gear, every part of the harness serves a particular purpose. It’s made from nylon or leather, and unlike collars, it doesn’t restrict the dog’s movements but instead provides a tight fit around its torso.

The straps are adjustable, so you’ll be able to find the perfect fit for your pet. What is more, there is also a handle on top of it that allows you to regain control over your four-legged friend when he runs away or tries to attack someone. The handle is also useful in training sessions since you can lead your dog and give him commands.

The harness comes with a D-ring that connects the leash, and it should be located on the dog’s back (between its shoulder blades). If you prefer using two separate leashes, there is also a ring on the front. The leash and harness must be made from the same material to match each other, and there is no risk of them tearing or wearing down.

The tactical dog harness can be used as a way to walk your pet, but it’s also excellent for training purposes. There are multiple commands you can teach your dog with the help of this harness. Tell him to ‘sit.’ you pull up on the handle, and his butt will fall on the ground.

To make him ‘heel’ or follow you, attach your leash to his collar (or neck) and then bring the end of it to the harness’ handle. This way, he won’t be able to run away or pull you. If your dog is good at jumping on people, you’ll be surprised how easy it is to stop this bad habit with a tactical harness – lift him by the handle and tell him ‘no.’

One important reason owners decide to purchase this equipment for their pets is safety. In certain states, you are not allowed to use a regular collar when walking your dog. The law requires all dogs to wear a special type of equipment to prevent them from slipping out or choking – this is where tactical harnesses outperform ordinary collars.

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Top Biometric Fingerprint Gun Safes: Rifle Pistol Wall

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A biometric safe is a lockbox which uses your fingerprint instead of a key, access to the safe is given only if the correct fingerprint is placed on the reader. The biometric fingerprint reader has revolutionized the locksmith industry by making it possible to store fingerprints in electronic form.

In this article we will list some of the best biometric (fingerprint) gun safes, including pistol (handgun), rifle, wall and bedside applications. Some of the better brands we looked at include Barska, Sentry and Vaultek. So read on to find your Best Biometric Safe.

This marks an end to keys being lost or stolen because now you can easily unlock your safe or lockbox with your fingerprint. A biometric safe is superior to other kinds of safes because it does not need you to remember passwords or key codes.

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An added advantage of biometric safes is that they can be programmed to work with multiple fingerprints, which means you and your spouse or children can use the same safe for secure storage.

The technology itself is very reliable and there haven’t been any reports of a failure to unlock by using the correct fingerprint. A lot of users also say that the locking mechanism seems to be more reliable than other kinds of safes.

Biometric safes are usually very light in weight, which makes them easier to transport rather than heavier kind of safe. They are also not very large in size and can easily fit anywhere you want it.

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Choosing the Best Solar Driveway Alarm

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Solar driveway alarms are a low-cost and straightforward way to ensure your home is safe from intruders.

When installing one, it’s essential to think about the following:

  • Where you plan on placing it.
  • Whether it will be used as an alarm or just as a driveway marker.
  • How much money you’re willing to spend.

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Where to place a solar driveway alarm?

For a solar driveway alarm to work, it must receive direct sunlight. When you’re selecting where to place an alarm, the most crucial factor is ensuring that it gets at least four hours of full-strength sun each day. A good rule of thumb is that an asphalt driveway needs to be sloped towards the street or sidewalk. This allows for better drainage and ensures that the driveway is not too steep for the sun’s rays to reach it.

Solar How do they work?

A solar driveway alarm is a device with a sensor that detects when a car drives over it, turning on a series of loud sirens. They are a simple and economical way to secure a driveway or parking area. A solar driveway alarm works by using a small solar panel. It charges a battery, which powers the device whenever it detects motion from cars driving over the sensor grid. The alarm’s noise is typically very high-pitched and can be as loud as 110 decibels.

Solar driveway alarm placement: What to keep in mind

Keep the following tips in mind when deciding where to plant a solar sensor:

Place it on a level area. If you place a driveway marker on a slanted surface, the sensor will not respond to cars driving over it and will consequently not trigger the alarm.

Plant it in a location where it will receive direct sunlight at least four hours per day. The battery won’t have sufficient power to sound the alarm when cars drive over it if you don’t.

Consider installing an additional solar panel by your garage if needed. This way, you’ll have two separate sources of power.

When installing a solar driveway alarm, consider having an electrician wire it directly into your home’s electrical system instead of using solar power alone. While wiring it directly to the house might void any warranty you have on the unit, it will give you more options for arming and disarming the device because you’ll be able to access different circuits in your home.

If you decide to use solar power alone, keep in mind that the total wattage of the lights on your property should not exceed 2 watts. Otherwise, it could cause problems with the sensor system.

How much should I spend on a solar driveway alarm?

Consider what features are most important to you when looking at different driveway alarms. Most driveway alarms are relatively inexpensive, ranging from $50 to $200+.  A simple sensor with an antenna will cost less than a more complex system with additional features such as remote control arming/disarming and text message alerts.

Check the warranty before you purchase a solar driveway alarm. Some guarantees cover parts, while others only cover labor for six months. Check the warranty details carefully to make sure they will cover any issues you might have with your unit over time.

When determining how much money to spend, keep these factors in mind:

Consider matching the number of sensors in your solar driveway alarm to the number of entrances you want to protect. If you have only one door leading to your house, a single sensor will do just fine.

If you’re planning on installing multiple driveway alarms, consider getting ones with adjustable decibel ratings. This way, you can set your alarm  loud enough for your needs.

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