Monthly archive - March 2013

Survival the “Popular Mechanics” Way

When the April 2013 Issue of Popular Mechanics, one of America’s leading Tech-Savvy magazines, runs a cover story on “Survive Anything – 52 Disaster Tactics”, you know the topic is important.  Nine pages of information encompassing being prepared for natural disasters such as Tornadoes, Floods, Blizzards, Wildfires and Hurricanes provides a road map for the uninformed.

First Aid Bag    What Type of Information will you find in this article? 

  1. Emergency Food Storage (30 days for a family of Four)
  2. Nutrition choices for Long Term Food Storage
  3. Choosing a reliable Generator
  4. Water Filtration (AquaPail 1000- Rapid Fire Bunker sells filter for Only $150)
  5. Fuel Storage and long term Emergency Fuel Treatment (Rapid Fire Bunker offers Pri-G Stabilizer for Fuel Treatment $7.99)
  6. First aid and important items for your medical bag supplies
  7. 72 hour backup power
  8. Affordable emergency tools and knives
  9. Planning for evacuation and pet protection
  10. Recovery from Natural Disasters, working with Insurance and rebuilding

Operating Rapid Fire Bunker, Colorado’s fastest growing Emergency Preparedness Store, we encounter questions about dealing with a variety of unexpected disasters.  We continue to remind people that they spend thousands r of dollars on vehicle insurance, home insurance, health insurance to protect against the unexpected emergencies…Preparing your family by collecting the suppies essential for surviving a natural disaster is no different.

Decoding the American Flag

FlagThe American Flag aka: “Stars and Stripes”, “Old Glory”, “Star Spangled Banner”.

Forged in December 1860, the American flag stands as a prominent symbol of freedom, strength and resolve for the Proud American People.

What does the colors and design mean?  The canton (upper left quarter of the flag) displays a blue rectangle with 50 small white stars.  The Blue Rectangle represents the “Union” nurturing the 50 states that make up our great nation.  Outside of the Canton, there are 13 horizontal stripes, 7 Red and 6 White. These stripes represent the 13 original British colonies that fought for the freedoms that we hold so dear today. 

Flag Etiquette:  The following list include items that come with the responsibility of “flying” the American flag.

  1. The American Flag should never be flown during inclimate weather (Rain, snow etc)
  2. The American Flag should never be allowed to touch the ground
  3. The American Flag should be displayed with pride and never to be part of graffiti or disrespect
  4. The American Flag should be flown outside during the day.  If displayed outside during the evening, it must be respectfully illuminated with light.
  5. During times of mourning and National Loss, the American Flag should be flown at half mass to show respect and support for our nation’s loss.
  6. Tattered Flags that have experienced weathering and can not be repaired should be taken down and disposed of respectfully. Note: The Elks Club will properly dispose of flags for the public with ceremony and honor.  Look for an Elks Club lodge near you.

Earthquake strikes Mexico City

 

Mexico City experienced an earthquake on Tuesday morning March 26, 2013.  As of data from the Associated Press, there has been no injuries reported at this time.  Witnesses claim building movement and fear-based reaction from Mexico City residents.   

With Natural Disasters, like earthquakes, happening more frequently, it is essential to understand how to prepare for an earthquake and survive its most often deadly trauma.

Preparing for an Earthquake:  Here are a few simple rules to follow as assist in earthquake survival.

  1. Mobil HOmes, and homes not attached to foundations are an increased risk location.  Take extra care if you are residing in such a location.  Buildings with Foundations resting on landfills and other unstable soils are also an increased location risk due to sheer movement of earth.
  2. Be sure to turn off all gas, electric and water valves after an earthquake to avoid further damage to your property.  Note:  Lansky has a great product called the Firefighters battle axe that has a gas shutoff valve key built into the hatchet.  This is a great tool to have for situation such as an earthquake
  3. Be sure to secure all chemical cleaners in the home (if located in an earthquake zone).  Spills from liquid cleaners and household detergents can cause additional damage and emergency situations (Poisoning of pets and children) after the earthquake.
  4. Refrain from hiding under large, heavy items (desks, cars etc) as they have a likelihood of acting as a crushing devise during earthquake movement.
  5. Most importantly:  Always have supplies in a 72 hour bag that will include Extra Batteries, crank/solar radio to pick up reports if the electricity is taken out (Voyager make a great Shortwave solar/crank radio), First Aid Kit with small pocket sized first aid book, Emergency Food (Wise, Mountain House, MRE’s, Solas Bars), Emergency Water (Waterbrick has a great product that carries 3.5 gallons of water in a stackable container), Sturdy shoes, reliable knife /rescue tool (Leatherman has an assortment of reliable rescue tools), Portable/foldable stove and waterproof matches, Emergency Blankets (staying warm is essential especially in radical climates- without electricity during the winter a person can die of exposure within three hours).
  6. Always have an emergency plan for family that may be seperated during an earthquake

Preparing now will protect you and your family later.  Take the time to put these simple items together to avoid any possible Earthquake threats.

Surviving Workplace Mobbing

Mobbing is defined as the prolonged malicious harassment of a coworker by an individual or group of employees in an organization to secure the removal from the organization of the one who is targeted.  Workplace Bullying or “Mobbing” is further defined by the Workplace Bullying Institute as repeated, health harming mistreatment in the form of verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, humiliation, loss of reputation, work sabotage that undermines the credibility of the target and the removal of the target through termination, extended medical leave or quitting.  Mobbing is a traumatizing experience that often results in significant financial, career, health, emotional and social loss. 

Bully Bosses or management that engage in mobbing are extremely destructive and degrading.  Most often, the mobbing is triggered by a situation which is involves some kind of incident or conflict.  After the initial incident, mobbing activities of harassment, aggressive acts and psychological assaults will ensue.  Isolation is the mobbers most harmful weapon of choice.  According to Selfgrowth.com “Targets are most often chosen by the mobbing group or individual management because of their better than average work performance.  Bullies/mobbers often feel threatened by good performers, because it increases their own feelings of inadequacy and shame.  Generally, mentally healthy people will embrase working with those that excel, mobbers can’t stand to see someone other than themselves shine.” 

How do you know if you are being mobbed in the workplace?    1) Targets will find themselves and their success minimized.  2) Targets opinions will no longer be asked  3) Targets responsibility will be minimized and degraded 4) Targets authority will be taken away 5) Targets are no long asked to participate in planning meetings and special projects pertaining their expertise 6) Targets are not longer in the “loop” of communication and information is purposefully withheld from the target as a specific means of isolation.  7) In extreme cases, targets will be physically and psychologically isolated from the work group.  Isolation is the most emotionally painful experience a mentally healthy person can endure and this is why this technique is chosen by the mobber to inflict punishment and torture.

The Bad News:  Because mobbing and the act of mobbing’s intention is purpose driven and goal oriented, the target will not find remedy from said mobbing until the goal of removal from the organization or workplace setting is reached by the purpatrator(s).  Most targets think that the mobbing will stop once they bring it to the attention of management or enforcement from legal avenues.  The truth behind it all is that most often management has become part of the mobbing cruelty and any legal action against them or the company will escalate the abuse on the target.  Having enormous impact on health and psychological well being, the target, if choosing to stay in the situation thinking / mistaking the abuse will go away, is putting themselves in harms way.  The target will be forced out of the workplace either voluntarily or non-voluntarily…this will be the only resolve for the target.

The following is a true case of mobbing within the workplace (all names have been changed to protect the target).    A Financial Consultant, with 23 years of financial expereince and degree, found herself in the middle of a mobbing case after 7 years of working with a modest sized landscape company.  Her responsibility when contracted was to advise the owners on financial navigation that served in the company’s best interest and to oversee the internal operations within the Administrative Department / Office Management.  The primary owner (wife) had been run out of the everyday oversight in the company by the minority co-owner (husband). With this being complete, the Minority Owner (“Minor”) began making dangerous decisions and un-contracted business deals.  He fired the office manager after 8 years of service and brought in another office manager from a bankrupted competitor.  The new Office Manager (“Cali”) had a felonious criminal record and an obvious drug problem.  Cali, the new office manager, quickly won the ear and support of Minor, the co-owner.  She replaced the IT vendor with a person she personally knew and proceeded to have the new IT Vendor set up a remote system from her house of all the servers in the company, both financial and operational.  She had complete access of the company and its proprietary information including contracts, from the comfort of her home.  As it became apparent that “Cali” had the complete support from “Minor”, she began using the company and field assets for personal gain and use.  “Minor” did not see a problem with this infringement of security and continued to believe that he could not run his company without the assistance of “Cali”.  The Financial Consultant expressed the massive breach of security countless times over a period of two years.  The warnings were received by “Minor” as an inconvenience.  “Cali” continued to make unapproved changes to the financial  and accounting database (despite only having Office Manager responsibility) putting the company and the owners in dire financial danger.  The Financial Contractor continued to warn “Minor” of  the infractions, provided financial reports to show the damage being done, yet the response from “Minor” was that the Financial Contractor did not know what she was doing.  The Financial Contractor was warned by “minor” that she would lose her contract if she attempted to discuss financials and concerns with the primary owner and Over a period of two years “minor” and “Cali” began a long line of documented horrific abuse.  They isolated the Financial Contractor from the other staff, withdrew communication and monthly financial meetings that were normally scheduled, ignored (or sometimes simply filed in the trash) finacial reports and audits on improprieties from the Administrative dept., Human Resource Dept and field navigation (all within Cali’s responsibility).  MObbing escalated when “Minor” began having “Cali” review and validate financial reports generated from the Financial Contractor (despite the fact that “Cali” had zero Financial background , zero business experience and a GED to her credit).  “Minor” continued to avoid the Financial Contractor, turning to unskilled (shop Manager) and unqualified (office manager) individuals for financial navigation of his company.  In the Two years of mobbing experience, the Financial Contractor developed tissue mass growth in her arms, abdomen and pectoral.  Her eyebrows fell out and bouts with sickness, depression, lack of confidence, and insomnia dominated her lifestyle. She felt like she was going into war with every Company visit.  Her reputation in the financial industry was tarnished and the Financial Consultant’s competency and mental health were brought into question by company co-workers.  “Minor’s” abusive and condescending behavior continued toward the Financial Contractor until the Contractor offered her resignation.   

Surviving the workplace can sometimes become a hostile situation.  In the case of Mobbing, the only solution for the target is to get out of the situation before things escalate beyond repair.

Thanking Rapid Fire Bunker Customers!

Rapid Fire Bunker has celebrated its first year in business and wants to thank all of our loyal customers!

We continue to grow and our departments continue to expand.  Emergency Preparedness is on everyone’s lips.  Protecting our families…protecting our communities. In 2012, our nation weathered drought, Hurricane Sandy, and many other natural disaster situations.  The one thing that Americans have to rely on is their resilience.  We stand tall and help our fellow Americans when they need it the most.

Each week, Rapid Fire Bunker continues to spread education and information on Emergency Preparedness and the word is out.  People from all over Colorado and the Country visit the store to catch an inside peek of ideas for building a store of their own.  Unfortunately, 95% of them miss the purpose of an Emergency Preparedness store like Rapid Fire Bunker.  It is not about making money or benefiting from individuals misfortune…IT IS about helping our fellow community feel safe and secure.  The love for our fellow Americans is what continues to draw people into Rapid Fire Bunker.  The knowledge and care for our fellow Americans is what keeps them coming back. 

Valued Customers, we love you!  We open the store every day because of you.  We are quickly and methodically expanding because of you!

Keep Calm and Carry On  –  Steve and Dawn (Rapid Fire Bunker Founders)