How to Protect Yourself in a Hurricane

It is hurricane season once again and the worst is not yet over. USA Today listed 3 Texas counties that are vulnerable to hurricanes. Although San Antonio is not one of these, being prepared to face the worst is vital in survival.

Now that the hurricane season is in full swing, how will you be able to secure your family when a hurricane comes? Having all the information you need to stay safe is very important. So, here are some hurricane protection tips for you and your loved ones.

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Preparation before the storm

  1. Before the hurricane season begins, make sure that your home is updated with the latest building codes in your area and that it is safe for you to take shelter there. If you are unsure of your house’s safety, move to a municipal hurricane shelter.
  2. Make sure that your home is properly hurricane-proofed. Install shutters on windows and doors.
  3. Make a family emergency plan and make sure that every member knows when to evacuate and where to meet.
  4. Keep a copy of all your IDs, personal cards, important documents, and insurance policies in a waterproof container.
  5. Have basic necessities like food and water, especially those that do not need cooking or with minimal preparation. There may be no electricity during a hurricane so there will also be no refrigeration. Also, stock up on medicine, protective clothing, flashlights, batteries, and car with a full tank of gasoline.

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During a hurricane

  1. Stay inside the house to prevent injuries. Never go out during the storm. Only in the event of a fire should you move out of your house.
  2. Do not stay close to windows and doors, and keep your curtains or blinds shut. You can get injured from broken glass and splinters.
  3. It is best to turn off your electricity and gas tanks during a hurricane. Unplug all appliances.
  4. If the house seems on the verge of breaking, protect yourself by staying under a table or stay in a sturdy closet.
  5. Listen to the radio to keep yourself updated regarding the hurricane.
  6. Stay calm so that you will be able to think clearly in the midst of the hurricane.

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How to proceed after a hurricane

  1. Apply first-aid to injuries or seek medical attention if needed.
  2. Keep listening to the radio and monitor weather and road conditions. Stay updated with the latest news and instructions.
  3. When in an evacuation center, only return to your home if authorities tell you to do so. This can avoid any risks or dangers that the storm may have caused.
  4. The storm may seem to be over but stay alert in case of more rain and flooding.
  5. Be cautious about downed power lines which can cause electrocution. Also, stay away from stagnant water which can be electrically charged from downed power lines.
  6. Never try to cross flowing water to avoid possible drowning. Some floods can be deep with strong currents and sweep you away.
  7. Inspect the damages in your home, take photos, and inform your insurance company.
  8. If the electricity is still down, do not use candles because these can cause a fire. Use battery-powered flashlights or emergency lighting.

Bracing yourself and your family for a storm can be frightening. But knowing what to do and preparing for the worst can be your best defense. We hope that you keep these tips in mind and that these will be useful in the next hurricanes that come. Stay safe and dry!

How to Hurricane Proof Your Home

Hi, everyone! It’s Team Peace here. In connection with Hurricane Harvey that recently devastated Texas, protecting the home is a very essential thing. Harvey brought more rain than wind, but today we are sharing with you how to protect your home in case a hurricane with strong winds landfalls on your area.

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Protect windows and doors

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Use sturdy windows and doors that will not easily shatter and can withstand strong wind pressure. The National Wind Institute of Texas Tech University has a recommended list of doors that could be used in safe rooms or shelters but could also be used in your home. For windows, The Balance recommends Polyvinyl Butyral (PVB) glass as an affordable yet sturdy option since it absorbs impact well. Also, make sure that your doors and windows have shutters or a track system for added protection. Do not forget to have an installed garage door. A weak garage door is very vulnerable to hurricane winds and can make way for the wind to enter the house and destroy the roof.

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It’s possible for hurricanes to tear your home apart. To prevent this, Forbes recommends using the right fastening system for your home. There are a lot of choices and it may vary depending on your house location and construction type. There are tie-downs, lateral anchors, hold-downs, and embedded connectors to name a few. Just make sure that the one you use is code-mandated for the best protection.

Clear your surroundings

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If there is an upcoming hurricane warning, one way of getting ready is by clearing the outside of your home to prevent debris from getting caught in the hurricane. Cut the trees within your property and remove items on your porch, patio, or backyard.

Let the water flow

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Hurricanes also bring rain, so make sure that your gutters and downspouts are not blocked. Water will always find somewhere to go to. Ensuring that your gutters are clear will prevent any leaks in your home.

Have a GO-Bag

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Every home must have GO Bag with an emergency supply kit. Ready, by Department of Homeland Security, has guidelines on how to build a kit and what to put inside. Keep your items in one bag and store it in an easy-to-reach place in case any disaster strikes. Having it all together can make it easier for you in case you need to evacuate.

Stay updated

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Power will surely be out during a strong hurricane and your mobile phone will probably have to be charged. Keep your lines open and use your landlines for communicating your relatives. You can also stay updated with any news about the hurricane using a battery-powered radio which should be included in your emergency kit. Don’t forget to include the correct battery size for your radio if ever it runs out.

These are just some tips on how you can protect your home from natural disasters such as hurricanes. Remember to always be ready and anticipate things that might happen. Good thing Hurricane Harvey has been downgraded to a tropical storm now and we hope the floods will go down immediately. Thanks everyone and we hope these guidelines can help you in the next storm. We are Team Peace and we hope you stay safe!

How to Secure Your Home From Theft

Having a home for your family is a great privilege and one important thing to consider when having a home is security. Crimes are everywhere but can be prevented with the use of safety precautions. So, here are ways on how to secure your home from theft.

Don’t post on social media

We live in a time when everything is posted on social media and even your whereabouts are included, thanks to GPS. Everyone has access to the internet and that includes thieves and burglars. These people are always on the lookout for empty houses to break in. According to a report from DailyMail, photos posted on social media can make it easier for burglars to find unoccupied homes. Criminals use advanced techniques to target homeowner locations.

Always remember to be responsible on social media and always be conscious of your posts. Never be an easy target for thieves and avoid posting your location. Never post that you are away with an empty house back home. Make sure that your posts are not public and can only be visible to friends, family, and relatives.

Clear your garden

A WebMD article about home security says that clearing the outside of your house prevents theft. Trees and shrubs can make it easy for thieves to hide and look into your house. Always make it a habit to clear your garden and trim your plants especially those near doors and windows. It is also advisable to use thorny and spiked plants in your garden to help avoid trespassers.

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Secure your doors

Next is the most important of all which are entries to your house – doors. According to Crime Prevention Security Systems, most people think that burglars would never attempt to enter through the front door. However, around 40% of successful break-ins happen with the use of the front door. These are easy targets for burglars because people often forget to lock doors. Sometimes, people also hide the keys somewhere near the door, making it easy for burglars to fish for it.

One lock for a door is not enough, so make sure you have at least two. Secure both front and back doors with deadbolts and never store the keys near them. It is best to store all keys with you in your bedroom including car keys. Place a “neighborhood watch” sign on your door or window which can be a primary warning to thieves.

Buy professional alarms

There are a lot of home alarm systems available in the market and prices may vary greatly. It is normal to doubt and be stingy about an alarm system but it is important to buy a professional one. Do not settle for dummy ones in an attempt to just scare off burglars. Alarms help home intruders be easily seen. There are different types of alarm systems but according to WebMD, one with motion detectors is the best, with windows and doors coverage.

You should post signs on your house or lawn that you have a home security system. This will discourage thieves from entering your home as well.

Secure other entries

Other points of entry in your home are windows and some burglars decide to enter through it. Secure your windows by adding locks. Also, invest in an alarm system that has glass-break sensors. This easily sets off the alarm once there’s a sound of glass breaking from a window.

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Keep the inside private

Keep the inside of your house private and make sure that it is not easily seen from the outside. According to Safety.com, burglars like to watch and study a home before entering to see if the items they can steal are worth breaking in to. Cover your windows with curtains or blinds to prevent thieves from watching and seeing the activities inside your house. This is similar to not posting on social media and keeping your life private. If burglars have minimal access to your home, then your house has a better chance of preventing intruders.

Store your tools

Keep your tools away and store them somewhere inaccessible to intruders. Some burglars improvise and look for tools in the home that they break in to. Store your tools in one place and never keep them near doors.

Being proactive and securing your home with these tips and tools is a very handy way of protecting your family. In the rare case that a burglar does get in, be sure you know how to defend yourself and your family. Remember that prevention is always the safest option.

Things You Need to Understand About Self-Defense

Self-Defense is something that you need every day. According to Findlaw self-defense means the right to prevent suffering force or violence with enough level of counteracting force or violence. But it doesn’t mean you can just hit people just because they’re not treating you right. Self-defense is different from hitting without a proper approach. It may sound simple, but it’s really a lot more complex and has some considerations you need to aware of, remember, “Fighting is hard but hurting is easy.” Let me give you a short rundown of the things you need to understand about self-defense.

1.Self-Defense is Legal. Protecting yourself is the utmost thing you need to put in your mind when you are in danger. You will not be in jail if you practice self-defense to save yourself but it needs to be within the law’s jurisdiction. There’s this you call Stand Your Ground Laws, this clears any confusion on when a person can practice self-defense. It’s a law that states that you need to attempt to retreat first under legal circumstances before you do self-defense.

2.Self-Defense means using your mind and body to protect you or a loved one. Self-Defense means doing everything you can do to protect yourself from imminent danger, but that doesn’t mean you can just keep on fighting without thinking or use your wits with your fist. Think of what you can do to land a direct hit that can open an opportunity to save yourself or a loved-one, and then run. It’s never a bad thing to run, plus you never know what can happen next.

3.Self-Defense requires Proper Training. You can’t expect to go Jackie Chan all over to someone who’s a threat to your safety the first time. Fitting in a few minutes or hours in a week of your schedule for self-defense classes can literally save your or a person’s life. Learning realistic techniques is necessary, training classes can teach you to carry out effective techniques even though they’re not the state-of-the-art kicks like what you see on the TV.

4.Self-Defense has three components. There are a lot of self-defense components, but according to Sammy Franco, you just need to know three, these are the physical, intellectual and psychological component. Physical components involve different fighting strategies; intellectual includes proper recognition of criminals or possible threat and street smart thinking. And psychological aspect that tells how you acknowledge that there are many criminal threats across the globe, and you need to be well-equipped to save your life or your loved-ones.

5.Self-Defense is for ALL. Regardless of the age, gender, capability, and resources, self-defense is for all. These include children, women, elderly and people with a disability. Criminals focus on the weak and don’t choose people who they think can outrun them, of course, they eye for people who they think are weak and incapable. You can visit https://teampeace.blog/ to know more about on how to improve your improve your kid’s self-defense and elderly self-defense tips.

It is also necessary to keep personal security products with you always like pepper spray or stunt guns. These are just little things you can put in your most accessible pocket. Check out damsel in defense for quality and affordable security product on the go. So, remember everything, take heart and be strong! Always take care and be safe!

7 Ways To Improve Your Kid’s Self Defense Skills

Hi, everyone! We’re Team Peace and we want to talk to you about something important. It is important to protect our children from street crimes such as assaults, muggings and any sort of violence directed at kids. We have children of our own and we work at teaching them to be street smart and have equipped them with basic self-defense skills. Today this is more important as crime rates soar everywhere. Let us discuss 7 ways to do this:

1. Don’t go with any stranger – This should be a rule. No matter what the stranger says, or even if the stranger has a puppy or ice cream, remind your kids that they are not to decide IF they should go with the stranger. The rule is to NEVER go with a stranger.

2. Have a Family Code Word – This is in the case of emergencies and someone else needs to get the kids from school or practice. There is one safeword that the kids should ask to prove that you sent this person to get them. ONLY then are they allowed to go with whoever that is.

3. Stay away from adults asking for help – This is because adults would not ask children for help, this is most likely a ploy to abduct the child. No matter if the person asking for help is on crutches or old or has a cute kitten. Train your kids to get another adult to help the person asking for help, and not help directly.

4. Stay out of reach of vehicles – This is to avoid being abducted or snatched into a vehicle. Staying two to three steps away from a vehicle is enough if one slows down to ask for directions. And remind them to NEVER get into a car with a stranger no matter what the weather is, especially if the person does not have the Family Code Word.

5. Avoid labels – This means no labels on clothes, bags, lunch boxes, thermos, etc. If your kid has their name in plain sight then a predator might use this knowledge to gain their trust. Keep labels inside bags or on the inner tags of clothing instead.

6. Have a plan – This is for when you get separated at events, or the mall or anywhere. Tell your child to find a policeman, security guard, a mother with kids and say they are lost. Make sure they know their full name, address, YOUR full name and phone number.

7. Practice scenarios – This is to instill all the rules in them until they become reflexes. Role playing different dangerous scenarios will also heighten their instinct so that they will have a better chance if the scenario happens in real life.

 

NBC News tells us here are precautions you can take as a parent and caregiver and information and skills you can teach your child to prevent an abduction. We need to raise street smart kids in these dark times. The time you spend teaching your kids street smarts will increase their chances of staying safe should they ever be in a dangerous situation reminds The Spruce. We hope the tips we shared above can help arm your child against threats in society. Do you have any other tips? Feel free to share them in the comments section below!

10 Elderly Self-defense Tips You Need To Learn Now.

Hi everyone, my name is Kacey! I want to discuss something important with you all. Elderly self-defense is not a new concept but an old one that needs to be reinforced especially in this day and age. Seniors advise that the concept of self-defense for seniors deals more with not showing fear than with ways to body-slam someone to the pavement. Elderly people need to have the strength to protect themselves and that comes from an awareness of surroundings, a fearless presence, and an understanding of their capabilities. How do we help the elderly achieve all this?

My Silver Age confirms that crime is a real concern in the world today, and seniors are often targets. Bad elements in society often think that elderly people are weak, and this perception rubs off on most of our old folks. You can strengthen yourself and be more prepared by taking note of some valuable tips regarding elderly self-defense:

  1. Stay in groups – Robbers and snatchers tend to attack people, young and old, who are alone. It is always better to buddy-up or go out in groups, especially when going out at nighttime.
  2. Avoid places where “bad people” hang out – We all know there are areas in the city where there are dangerous people and the crime rate is high. Steer clear from these areas and this lessens the chance that these bad people will target you.
  3. Stay in well-lighted places – Thieves and all sorts of bad people love the dark places where they can ambush people. You can save yourself the trouble by staying in well-lit areas where you can avoid giving them an advantage.
  4. Keep valuables hidden – Most snatchers and robbers target those with obvious valuables in sight, like designer watches or gold jewelry. When walking out and about it is better to keep them in your bag or pocket until you reach your destination.
  5. Dodge attacks – This is extremely important: do not fight back if possible. Unless an attacker has already engaged you in a fight, it is better to run and call for help if a physical attack is not imminent.
  6. Stay in shape – This may seem trivial but being fit gives you a better fighting chance. When you are in shape, you can move faster even when you’re older.
  7. Anything can be a weapon – Think! Your keys, an umbrella, a walking stick and even a shopping bag can be used to ward off attackers.
  8. Target weak spots – If confronted by an attacker and armed with a weapon, always go for the weak spots: the eyes, the nose, or the groin.
  9. Take a self-defense class – Your local YMCA or Police Station may be offering classes in your area and a structured class held by professionals may be advantageous especially if you’re a visual or kinesthetic learner.
  10. Constant vigilance – This is very important because being aware of your surroundings can be a life and death matter. This will lead you to know when to run and fight and is crucial in surviving an attack.

As a senior citizen, you need to be prepared with self-defense strategies, tactics and techniques before an attack happens and they need to be practiced often shares Legally Concealed. People young or old need to learn about self-defense, or at least carry some gadgets that will help keep them safe. This is why I joined Damsel in Defense in the first place, to learn to keep myself and my loved ones safe. At Damsel in Defense, we have some items that would be perfect for elderly self-defense. Check them out in the pictures below and if you want to purchase them, click here!

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10 Quick Tips For Situational Awareness

Hi, it’s Gerald! I want to discuss something extremely important with you. In this day and age, I believe it is very important to learn and practice situational awareness. You’re going to ask me, what is situational awareness? The US Coast Guard describes it as:

…the ability to identify, process, and comprehend the critical elements of information about what is happening to the team with regards to the mission. More simply, it’s knowing what is going on around you.

In our current society, we need increased awareness of our surroundings. This is a skill taught to the military and police, but as Art of Manliness says, it’s an important skill for civilians to learn as well. In a dangerous situation, being aware of a threat even seconds before everyone else can keep you and your loved ones safe.

They mention a very helpful tip to start us off, and this deals with the mindset needed for situational awareness:

The OODA Loop is a learning system and decision-making process that was first laid out by Air Force fighter pilot and military strategist John Boyd. The four steps of the OODA Loop are Observe, Orient, Decide, Act. In a head-to-head competition, like air-to-air combat, a violent confrontation in a parking lot, or even political contests, the person who can cycle through the OODA Loop the fastest wins.

Most of the written material deals with very technical definitions, that (for me) hold little real world application according to It’s Tactical. Keep in mind that situational awareness is more of mindset and not a skill, so this means anyone with the will and discipline to learn can do so.

Here are 10 tips we found from Be Survival that we added on to:

1. Learn to Predict Events – Look around you and try to predict the future actions of thing and people around you to keep yourself and loved ones safe.

2. Identify Elements Around You – Check out everything around you and note immediate threats and watch for their possible impact on you and your companions.

3. Trust Your Feelings – Follow your gut! Your body knows way before your mind of danger because of the fight or flight hormone.

4. Limit Situational Overload – Limit the things that occupy your attention when out, as this could cause distraction and that can cause an error in dealing with threats.

5. Avoid Complacency – Stay vigilant of your surroundings and always be ready for any disaster or danger.

6. Be Aware of Time – Take note of the schedule you have and of people with you, because being in a hurry can lessen your focus. There are also more threats at night than during the day.

7. Begin to Evaluate and Understand Situations – Aim to understand how patterns in everyday situations work and how to interpret and evaluate these patterns to make a good defense.

8. Actively Prevent Fatigue – Getting adequate rest will make sure that you are in top shape to defend against any threat.

9. Continually Assess the Situation – Always be aware of your surroundings as you continue to assess your situation. It pays to know your surroundings and what to use during an attack.

10. Monitor Performance of Others – Be up to date with your family’s health, as a weak link can mean the success or failure in your defense.

 

I was a police officer for a while and we learned about these concepts.  It is very insightful and very relevant to all types of people.  The main point I would like to drill home is to not walk and be engrossed in your phone.  This makes you a prime target because you are oblivious to your surroundings.  It is not only for muggings but also for traffic. Let us all keep ourselves and our families safe by doing simple things like practicing situational awareness.

Empower Hour was a Success!

Team Peace hosted an event last May 10, 2017, called Empower Hour and we want to thank everyone who came and made it a rousing success! We covered a lot of topics regarding Damsel in Defense and it was great seeing so many people interested in self-defense. Here are some of the items we talked about during Empower Hour:

 

stun gunGet A Grip Stun Gun – Features an ergonomic grip, charging indicator light, slide-out charger, LED flashlight and comes in 5 great colors! Goes for only $65.00 and you can purchase it here.

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Sock It To Me Kubotan – An amazing keychain striking tool that can increase the power of a defensive strike! Comes in 6 great colors and only for $10.00. You can purchase it here.

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Hardcore Pepper Spray – This pepper spray is so handy and hands-free at the same time. Comes in 7 great colors and has a keychain attachment for easy reach. Such a steal at $10.00 and you can get yours here.

Holla Hers Personal Alarm – This nifty personal alarming device gives a high pitched alarm sound for help when activated. It also has a LED flashlight and keychain ring so it can attach anywhere. Get it for only $15.00 here for women and here for men.

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September 26 is Situational Awareness Day! Situational awareness is keeping your head up in public and looking around you for threats that are overt and covert. A great tip is to make eye contact with others and avoid looking at your phone especially when traveling alone. Always be prepared!

 

There are tons of other amazing personal protection equipment you can purchase and you can see them here. We want to encourage people to always think about their personal safety and also of the friends and family they want to be protected at all times. Stay tuned to our blog for announcements of future events like Empower Hour where we can share how to best arm oneself and be confident and safe while going about your everyday duties.

Empower Hour

Hello, everyone! As you know, Kacey is part of Damsel in Defense. Damsel in Defense is all about empowering women by providing them the necessary tools for self-defense. We have a line of defense products that includes stun guns, pepper sprays, kubotans and more!

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We believe so much in empowering women that we are going to host another Damsel in Defense event.  It will be on 10 May 2017 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm at the Lion & Rose Pub by the Northstar Mall. We will be providing appetizers and drinks, please RSVP for the drink tickets. Seating is limited so stay tuned for the registration link. A lucky event goer will get a self-defense item as a prize!

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We hope to empower more women to protect themselves. We hope to see you there!

Please register here: Empower Hour