Safety and Security may or may not become an issue for level-1 prepping & preparedness.
You might look at this topic from two different perspectives.
One is your general safety while going about your tasks and dealing with the issues at hand, and the other is your general personal security.
The best way to ensure your safety during any disruption is to keep a level head. Use common sense and don’t rush if you don’t have to.
Accidents tend to happen while stressed and not thinking clearly.
Each emergency, disaster, or disruptive event will have it’s own circumstances. Some of them may present abnormal hazards. Just be aware.
One thing that comes to mind for general safety is having good boots. What do I mean by that? I’m talking about good work boots that come up over your ankle providing good support. Good sound footing and ankle support are very important.
I have a variety of boots that I use for various situations. Almost every day I wear the following Belleville boots (made in USA) although there are lots to choose from:
I have a pair of Bates 8″ boots with a side zipper. A great boot for quick in and out (side zipper). I’ve had them for several years and they’re still holding together.
I have a pair of Muck boots, regular hiking boots (ankle height), and then of course snow boots…
As you can see, I’m emphasizing your footwear. Speaking of which, you might consider keeping a pair of walking shoes in your vehicle if you ordinarily wear “fancy shoes” (for lack of a better term) to work.
Related article: 5 Steps To Buy Boots That Fit
Another important thing is to protect your hands. I always have lots of various gloves sitting on the shelf and in the bench seat of the hall tree by the door.
Why risk getting cuts and slivers while working?
Related article: The Best Work Gloves For Preparedness?
Related article: How To Find Your Glove Size
Regarding glove size, I personally like to get them a little bigger than a snug fit, but that’s just me.
Tip: Leave shoes or boots, socks and a change of clothes right at your bed. If you need to quickly take action (for whatever reason) it will save precious time.
My own definition of level-1 could extend up to one week, and that’s enough time for some people to go off the rails and become dangerous. And as you probably know, some people can go nuts if you simply look at them the wrong way even on day-1!
You have to admit that when people lose their creature comforts, a high percentage of them may become cranky, angry, or worse. A level-1 event will be enough to trigger many of them and if you’re in their way, watch out…
The best way to prepare for this is to be prepared yourself so that you can minimize your exposure to environments where you are likely to run into problems.
For example, if it becomes necessary to go out to a store (assuming there’s one open) to resupply, chances are you will run into some cranky, angry, desperate or panicked people.
What might these people be looking for? Food, water, gasoline, toilet paper, or something else they need.
So, by simply being prepared ahead of time, you can avoid that environment altogether.
Self Defense Tools
For your personal security and avoidance, first and foremost, work on your situational awareness. What’s that? It’s simply paying attention to what’s going on around you. Sounds easy right?
Surprisingly it’s not that easy for most who are used to looking down into their “smart devices”.
I have written quite a number of articles on this subject which you might explore:
Even for level-1, I recommend that you explore obtaining a gun for protection. For most places, it’s really not that difficult to get a license to carry and there are training classes in most areas. You may even live in a “Constitutional Carry” state and not need a license at all…
Okay, if that’s not for you, I do recommend at a minimum that you get yourself some pepper spray. Here’s an article I wrote awhile back that describes some options for you:
Keep a cool level head during any emergency situation.
Consider outwear & gear to enhance safety.
Be prepared so you don’t have to go out where others may be anxious.
Consider personal self defense tools.
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