Awareness

A Self-Defense Lesson from the Las Vegas Shooting

Surviving an Active Shooter or Terrorist By Cranford Blackmon On Sunday night, October 1st 2017 at the Route 91 Harvest Festival near the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas Nevada, thousands of people were having a wonderful time.  And then the unthinkable happened. 64-year-old Stephen Paddock began shooting into the crowd of attendees with an automatic rifle.  But Paddock wasn’t part of the crowd. He wasn’t even near the crowd.  Instead, he was shooting into the crowd from…

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3 Behaviors That Say Your Life May Be In Danger

If you have read our article Baselines in the Game of Safety, you learned that finding what is “normal” is a big part of knowing if you are currently in danger.  When you know what is “normal” for a situation, you will be able to respond faster and more effectively when something abnormal does show up. In most circumstances people generally display behaviors of “getting along” with others.  Some examples: If you are at the grocery store you might find…

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Keeping your kids safe at school

The kids are back to school now.  It is an exciting time as they start another school year.  Even though we love that they are out in the world learning awesome things, we can’t help but be a little nervous about our little ones as they spend time out of our sight, and in the big world!  To help you ease a few fears, you will want to prepare your kids to know what to do if they are approached…

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I’m with my kids, what can I do? Know what to do if an active shooter shows up!

Where can you hide if you are at the park? Know what to do if an active shooter shows up! (Update: Some of our programs have changed. Subscribe to our email list to stay up to date.) A big fear we hear from mothers is “what can I do to keep my kids safe if an active shooter is around?”  In our Introduction to Situational Awareness Class (Shecret Agent 101), we teach you to find your CoCo.  What does a…

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5 Easy Steps to Navigating a Parking Lot Safely

Afraid in a Parking Lot (Update: Some of our programs have changed. Subscribe to our email list to stay up to date.) One of the most common fears that I hear women talk about is their fear of being attacked in a parking lot.  I remember having uncertainty when going in and out of places, especially if it was dark outside.  After learning how to be situationally aware in our Situational Awareness 101 (Shecret Agent 101) class, I started using…

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Using Legs & Brains to Escape a Kidnapper in Birmingham, AL

By Cranford Blackmon (Update: Some of our programs have changed. Subscribe to our email list to stay up to date.) On March 14, 2017, a young woman was kidnapped in Birmingham AL.  But after several terrifying hours, because she kept her focus on surviving and then got creative, she escaped! Thank goodness for her clarity of thinking and a positive mindset.  I won’t recount her story here.  You can read the whole thing by clicking the link below.  What I…

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Baselines in the Game of SAFETY

By Cranford Blackmon I would guess that the majority of you who read this have some familiarity with at least one sport.  Either you played or you watched.  Maybe you watch your favorite professional team or you watch your favorite 6-year-old play or something in between.  The point is this, you probably have at least some small understanding of how a particular sport or game is played.  Now you don’t have to be a sports fanatic to understand what I’m…

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Can Colleges Be Safe from Violence?

(Update: Some of our programs have changed. Subscribe to our email list to stay up to date.) On November 28, 2016, Ohio State University joined the list of schools who have experienced violence on a large scale. This time, the attacker used a vehicle and then a knife. In the 2013 attacks at Lone Star College in Cypress Texas, the attacker used a razor type knife. In the 2007 Virginia Tech attack in Blacksburg Virginia, the attacker used firearms. Colleges…

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5 Safety Tips for Holiday Shopping

By Cranford Blackmon It’s the holiday season, And doop-de-doo, And dickery-dock, Don’t forget to Do the things that’ll keep you safe! Well, it looks like my holiday wish to be a successful songwriter isn’t coming true!  But I have another wish: it’s for every one of you to have a wonderful holiday season AND a safe one as well.  So as a little something for you from LaBCaF, LLC, here are 5 EASY ways to keep yourself safe through the…

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Helping Families of Good Enemies

Ok, you read the title and now you’re sitting there with your eyebrow raised or your head cocked to the side like a confused puppy.  I can almost hear you asking me “Cran, what the heck are you talking about?” Well, as many of you already know, we teach women to be safe, to be aware, to escape, and to fight like a crazed badger.  The point of all that is not only to be safe wherever you are, but…

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The ATM Reverse Pin Trick

I found a great article on Pinterest the other day (actually I found MANY great articles, which is why I’m writing this today rather than the other day when I was SUPPOSED to be writing instead of looking at PINTEREST!). It was an article that said if you are being forced to withdraw money from an ATM, just punch in your PIN in reverse rather than forward (example – 4321 instead of 1234) and the ATM would let your money…

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Cover & Concealment: It’s not just for the military anymore!

It’s a sad commentary on the state of the world that so many terms and issues that originally belonged to the military (like “cover & concealment”) have not only become common in the world of law enforcement, they have now become common in everyday civilians’ lives. I was just going over the FBI’s 2014 report on Active Shooter Study (covering 2000-2013). Surely enough, there is a continuous rise in the number and frequency of these shootings. If you’d like to…

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