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My family is going on vacation to Europe this summer. We are concerned about terrorist attacks because of the current state of the world. In the event of an attack how should we react? Do we run? Or stay put and get on the ground?

-From Mary P.

Answer: This is a complicated decision that needs to be made on the scene. While staying out of the way of the trampling masses is always a good idea, it’s impossible to know if there will be any secondary attacks or effects.

My point is, in some cases it might be best to get down and stay out of the way.

However, 9/11 is an example of when you need to get out of the area as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer to this.


In my younger days I was in a fight or two. Now that I’m a senior I realize I can’t fight like I used to. I no longer have the skills I once did. My question is, how do I mentally condition myself to be prepared to fight like your life depends on it when I know my ability is diminished?

-From Maurice T.

Answer: There’s a saying that goes, “stay in the fight.” I first heard this from a friend who was a police officer but the reality is that people such as police officers go through mental conditioning while in the police academy.

First responders clearly deal with intense situations where they are engaged in a fight and have to be trained to keep fighting and never give up. The natural human reaction to a dangerous situation is usually referred to as “fight or flight.”

Police officers must train to “fight” but the average citizen would probably react by “flight.”

In addition, it’s important to remember that whether you are hurt in a fight or even shot it doesn’t mean you are dead. The majority of people survive gunshot wounds so remember even if you are shot to keep fighting.

Also, I believe that any fight can turn deadly quickly so I am always prepared to act like my life depends on it.

Lastly, spend 10 minutes a day training. If you spend only 10 minutes a day training, you create muscle memory so you know exactly what to do to end a fight quickly.

This muscle memory allows you to go on “autopilot” so you’re ready to fight if a bad scenario occurs.


I live in a major U.S. city. I get my water from the city water system. I’ve started filling containers with water for storage. How do I treat the water once I fill the container?

-From Allison M.

Answer: The city that provides your drinking water already treats the water before it comes out of your tap.

However, it doesn’t hurt to treat the water with a product such as AquaMira, which could be used to prolong the shelf life of your water storage supply.

Specific water treatment methods vary from city to city. But there are standards set by the federal government that must be followed.

About 65% of U.S. cities treat water with chlorine as a disinfectant. This will help keep the water fresh in the storage containers.

Remember to store the water in a cool and dry place.


I have two questions. Will tin foil protect my electronics during an EMP? And would tin foil block RF signals if someone is trying to listen to my phone calls?

-From Pete W.

Answer: Aluminum foil can disrupt RF signals but there is no guarantee that it will completely block transmissions. You may want to build a Faraday cage, which can shield an enclosure that surrounds your electronic devices and protects them during an EMP blast.

Ideally, you want to use a metal enclosure and then you want to line the enclosure with aluminum foil.

For example, maybe you want to use a metal ammo can and line it with foil. There is no guarantee this will work but it gives your electronics the best chance for surviving an EMP.


What is your opinion on the Gerber brand of multi tools? They make a lot of different options/types of tools. Is there one that you like?

-From Hank N.

Answer: Gerber does make a lot of different tools but it comes down to personal preference and which size you want to carry.

One I personally like is the Gerber Centerdrive multi-tool.

This one is a full-size multi-tool but should meet many of the basic needs you want when carrying a tool.

Another option is the Gerber Suspension multipliers, which is smaller.


I work from home on my computer. It’s the lifeblood of my income. My computer has been acting weird. Is there any way to tell if my computer was hacked? Any signs I should look for?

-From Jann S.

Answer: There are a number of different ways to tell if your computer has been hacked or if someone is spying on you. One of the most common ways to tell is if you are constantly getting fake anti-virus pop-ups on your computer.

This is one of the most common ways hackers will steal more information from you by getting you to click on the fake anti-virus notification.

Another common sign that your computer has been compromised is constant internet website redirects sending you to websites that you didn’t intend to visit.

If your computer starts doing weird things like the ones mentioned above there is a good chance someone has hacked it.

Remember to always use a reputable anti-virus program as well as a VPN (Virtual Private Network) to stay safe.

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