Why We Train: Situations Can Deteriorate Rapidly

I recently came across an article written by a deputy sheriff in Louisiana who posted on Jim Rawles’ excellent site, SurivalBlog.com. If you have never checked out his site, I highly recommend poking around over there as he’s compiled a lot of excellent information and updates daily. Your first reaction to the story maybe something like, “Well, how come I didn’t hear about that on the news?!” I never realized how selective news reporting was in terms of crime until I became a police officer and had the opportunity to be on many scenes that received, or should have received, news coverage.

Today more than ever everything is politics. Local politicians are under increasing scrutiny to “do something” about terribly high crime levels in many urban areas. Often, part of that “doing something” means downplaying crime issues and working hard to re-classify crimes so that fewer incidents make it into the hard stats that get turned into the FBI annually. Big sports towns are especially susceptible as local politicians court teams and work hand in hand with local media to cultivate a positive image of a particular city.

I’m not crying conspiracy here, but as is often the case real truth must be searched for and you can’t depend on anybody to spoon feed it to you. Want to really know what goes on in your area? Befriend a local cop and you might get the straight scoop even though sometimes cops are punished for telling people the truth about their neighborhoods.

Anyway, I digress back to the point.  Read the following description of how fast near anarchy broke out almost immediately after a local power outage. Are you ready to deal with a protracted situation like this? Is it time to start heeding the warning signs and make that move to another location that you’ve been delaying? There are also some good preparedness suggestions at the end of the article.

Check out the full article SurvivalBlog.com.

One Response to Why We Train: Situations Can Deteriorate Rapidly

  1. Aaron Stoner May 15, 2012 at 16:46 #

    In the spirit of this post I saw a youtube video for a TV series that is going to be premiering on NBC which follows the storyline of anarchy and chaos from a national power outage. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=JwfCRAtkYEI The video in dramatic Hollywood fashion gives an extenuated fictional account for the story provided above. I thought it was interesting and would pass it along.

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