Category: Preparedness

When someone mentions preparedness, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Is it prepping, the end of the world, the apocalypse…or, does it simply mean being in a state of readiness for whatever life throws at you? We believe preparedness is having the knowledge, skills, ability, and gear to handle life in a way that builds confidence and peace of mind. This isn’t about doom and gloom, it’s about getting out and living life to the fullest.

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EDC: What to carry when running

We spend a lot of time discussing our EDC in terms of what we carry when we are working or out and about in town. How about when we are getting in a run? We’ll talk about the gear you should have with you, but more importantly, the Mental EDC you should also be carrying. How do you take your God-given gut feeling and instincts and gain the knowledge to know what to do next?

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How to survive a riot or protest – Gray man tactics

What happens when we find ourselves in the middle of a spontaneous protest or riot? How should we react, what should we do, what options do we have, and how can gray man tactics apply? Let’s take a little bit of time to discuss these issues and look at some of the tips and tactics we can use.

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Macro versus micro events: How to prepare

There are different types of events that disrupt an average, normal day. This can be anything from spilling coffee on your shirt, witnessing a bad car accident, or finding yourself in a deadly force situation. Being prepared for these unknown events is an important part of EDC. Learn about how we’ve categorized them to help you better prepare for the large and small disruptions in your every day.

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Gray Man Tactics: 15 tips to avoid bribes while traveling

Bribery is a form of corruption (illegal in a lot of places) and plagues societies at every level. Many people use bribery as a way to push agendas, manipulate established practices, and coerce folks into doing things they wouldn’t normally do. Money is the driving force. Factor in things such as a third world location, impoverished living conditions, and societal breakdown, and you have a situation ripe for bribery. Let’s take a look at 15 tips you can use to avoid or get out of paying a bribe.

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6 types of social engineering and how to respond to each one

What is social engineering, what are the different types, and why would you ever need to use it? Why should you be on the lookout for it? The basic premise of social engineering is to psychologically manipulate someone to get what you want. Sound harsh, doesn’t it? The truth is, we all use “social engineering” on a daily basis without even realizing it.

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What is a well-rounded EDC?

We need to have the mindset to do what we need to do, the physical capability to carry it out, the skills to efficiently do it, and the equipment to support the task. Let’s take a look at these four areas we need to focus on in terms of everyday preparedness, which is how you carry yourself on a daily basis. We want to move beyond just talking about gear and look at the other areas of our life that drive the gear we carry.

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International travel tips – 7 things to do before you go

When planning a trip to an international destination, there are a lot of things we should look at well in advance of stepping foot on a plane. There are also some things to keep in mind when you reach your destination. Not only does this give you peace of mind, but it also helps prevent any unforeseen issues that may pop up.

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Should I carry a tourniquet?

It can be a pain to carry all the stuff we “need” on a daily basis, but the weight and bulk can add up. If it becomes too much, we start looking for stuff to leave at home based on nothing in particular other than, “What do I use the least?” While this has some merit to it, maybe we should rethink the things we leave at home in terms of how critically important they could be in the rare situation we find ourselves needing them. If you’re not carrying a tourniquet on a daily basis, we hope we can convince you to change your mind.

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10 Ways to use a hatchet

A good quality hatchet can be used for more than just making kindling. Inspired by a conversation with a Wisconsite, I found that incorporating the usefulness of a hatchet into everyday life just made sense. These tools are incredibly versatile and can make short work of many tasks. Here are 10 ways to use a hatchet, meant to inspire you to pick one up and see how you can make it one of your most-used tools.

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Traveling as a gray man

Maybe you live in a safe neighborhood in safe town, and you try to be prepared for what can come your way. But, the reality is no matter how “safe” you feel, bad things happen all the time. Learn what travel means to a gray man and how you can be better prepared as you move from one place to another.

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