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AED sign

One thing that differentiates urban survival from wilderness survival is the availability of technology.  If you find yourself in a situation where you need to help a loved one or you just want to be a Good Samaritan, would you know what to do?

You can certainly take a great CPR course….

If not, you can at least try out this great AED simulator.  Thank you to my friend Ted who sent this to us.

So, go ahead…..give it a shot……. AED Simulator

The Alabama Department of Homeland Security published some helpful information on surviving an active shooter scenario.  Many thanks to my friend Ted for sending it to us.  Feel free to comment after you watch the video and read the information on the site.

Here is the link to the Alabama DHS webpage that has additional information:


The video below is a security camera view of an actual unprovoked attack on a 16 year-old girl in the UK.

The victim was interviewed after the attack and gave this account.

The perpetrator was subsequently arrested.

This girl is an innocent victim and did not deserve what happened to her.  Given that the attack was caught on tape, it gives us a rare opportunity to learn from it. So now we can discuss both the actions of the perpetrator and the victim.  This does not mean that I believe the victim is any way at fault. The only one who is at fault is the person who perpetrated this crime against her.

There is one constant to predicting human behavior.  A person’s past behavior is a good indicator to a person’s future behavior. There are of course some exceptions, such as when a person strives and works on their own personal growth. Most people, unfortunately do not.  So when we have opportunities like this to dissect a crime between one victim and one perpetrator, we take it.  Knowing a little bit of history between the victim and the perpetrator allows us to predict what may happen in the future to others under similar circumstances.

For instance, the victim recounts the interaction between her and the perpetrator before the attack.  This interplay, whether conscious or unconscious, led the two of them to the end result.  Although there may not seem like a lot of interaction to analyze here, there is.  Unfortunately, discussing it all will take up more space than would be permissible in this blog.  However, we can look at one very crucial time in the attack and analyze it.  The moment just before the perpetrator attacks.

Slow down the video (you can press pause a few times). Look at what happens as the perpetrator comes within a few feet of the victim.  What does the victim do? (it’s okay, go back to the video.. I’ll wait).

She clutches her handbag……….  What does this mean?  It means she was aware of a danger prior to the  physical encounter.  She may not have actually been conscious of this danger but she reacted to it by protecting her possession, her purse.  Remember what I said earlier about human behavior?  The victim throughout her life probably had many more experiences protecting her property then her physical self.  So when she felt a danger, she did what she had learned to do, guard and protect her property.  That is why at Zenshin™ Urban Survival Training we teach the Psychology of Combat.  We teach our students to identify and pay attention to their unconscious driven behaviors that often help them “see” a danger before they are consciously aware of it.  With this extra time, we then teach them the best way to react.  Although this was an unprovoked attack, the victim had some time to react.  She did… she clutched her purse.

What would you have done? What are you doing to prepare your loved ones in the event this happens to them?

Since I began this blog, I have been fortunate to receive a great deal of support.  In honor of the new year, I thought I would share these words of inspiration I received in 2012.  Happy New Year!

“Man can live about forty days without food, about three days without water, about eight minutes without air,

but only for one second without hope”


courage quote

It’s been a tough couple of weeks for us in the United States.  I find myself in the unusual position of having too much material to write about to focus on just one thing. A hurricane slammed the east coast, the Mayan calendar debacle had people worried about the end of the world and 20 innocent children were murdered by a psychopath.

The usual debates on how our society will address and solve future tragedies soon followed. If you have not thought about how you well you are prepared for an emergency, listening to those talking heads should have gotten you going.  I will not add to the debate, but instead say that being prepared means being prepared in spite of what policy makers do or not do.  It is taking ownership of your own preparedness.  This concept was reinforced when Sandy hit the east coast and for days the residents of Staten Island and the Rockaways were forced to fend for themselves.  We are always thinking that the next disaster would be a natural or man-made disaster; but what if it is a shift in society?  Are you prepared for that?  Below is an article regarding the thoughts of Jim Rogers, co-founder of the Quantum Fund.  He has some predictions regarding our financial societal future.  What would happen if people with money no longer have it and the power associated with that money shifted to those without it?


In 1973, George Soros and Jim Rogers co-founded The Quantum Fund. During the following 10 years, the portfolio gained 4200% while the S&P advanced about 47%. The Quantum Fund was one of the first truly international funds.

In December 2007, Rogers sold his mansion in New York City for about 16 million dollars and moved to Singapore. Rogers claimed that he moved because now is a ground-breaking time for investment potential in Asian markets. Rogers’s first daughter is now being tutored in Mandarin to prepare her for the future. He is quoted as saying: “If you were smart in 1807 you moved to London, if you were smart in 1907 you moved to New York City, and if you are smart in 2007 you move to Asia.” In a CNBC interview with Maria Bartiromo broadcast on May 5, 2008, Rogers said that people in China are extremely motivated and driven, and he wants to be in that type of environment, so his daughters are motivated and driven.

In 2002, Rogers said that Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan’s “reaction to the stock-market bubble has caused two more bubbles to grow: a real-estate bubble and a consumer-debt bubble.” In 2006, Rogers said he was shorting US financials, home builders and Fannie Mae.

On November 4, 2010, speaking at Oxford University’s Balliol College, Rogers urged students to scrap career plans for Wall Street or the City, London’s financial district, and to study agriculture and mining instead. “The power is shifting again from the financial centers to the producers of real goods. The place to be is in commodities, raw materials, natural resources.”

In May 2012 he remarked during an interview with Forbes Magazine that “there’s going to be a huge shift in American society, American culture, in the places where one is going to get rich. The stock brokers are going to be driving taxis. The smart ones will learn to drive tractors so they can work for the smart farmers. The farmers are going to be driving Lamborghinis. I’m telling you. You should start Forbes Farming.”

Hurricane Sandy was devastating to the Northeast United States.  It is estimated that the cost of this storm will be in the billions.  This includes not only the cost of rebuilding homes but also lost revenue for businesses. What was surprising to many businesses owners/executives was although they had contingency plans in the event they could no longer use their primary physical space and even their information systems, they did not have a plan to ensure their workforce, their Human Capital, survived and could get back to work when their businesses were ready.  This is one of the major reasons for the loss in revenue.

Employees also looked at their employers for help when they were in crisis.  Many were disappointed.

What we have learned over the years at Zenshin, LLC is that individual urban survival training is only one component of a complete urban survival plan.  Unlike my survivalist colleagues who live off the land, we urbanites need our employers so we can have the necessary means to buy what we need.

If you own a business or are an executive in a business, consider taking a fresh look at your crisis plan (if you don’t have one, you should prepare one).  Assess whether your crisis plan’s human capital component is sufficient for communicating with and assisting employees so you can reestablish business operations as soon as possible.

Ensuring your employees are safe during a crisis establishes that your company cares for its employees, therefore promoting loyalty and, as a bonus, it also gets your business back in business quicker.

Here are some suggestions:

  1. Conduct annual urban survival preparedness training for employees (this can easily be done at employee conferences or at employee wellness days)
  2. Establish and update yearly a separate human capital addendum to your business crisis plan and provide the plan to each employee yearly and upon hire
  3. Establish a plan to communicate with each employee and a redundant one if the first will not work
  4. Prepare a clear and concise operational procedure so executive management can obtain updates on  their employees so they can make informed management decisions
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As Hurricane Sandy approaches the East Coast, I’d thought I’d repost the preparedness post from last month.  There is good information there on supplies you may need in the event you have to shelter in place or evacuate.

Click here to read the post. 

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