Clayton Cramer discusses preparedness v. paranoia in a recent post.
I try to be prepared. For years, I was like a Boy Scout, without the merit badges. (I was never able to join. :- (
I like to plan for unforeseen circumstances, lest I be caught unaware.
I ALWAYS have a lock-blade folding knife. My keys; my wallet; my ID and CCW permit. ALMOST always a sidearm and reload(s).
When my daughter was around, we’d drill. Not to the degree Mr. Cramer does (my daughter was younger) but I had a secret word if uttered, she was to either take immediate cover or drop to the deck – no questions. And when she was even younger, we had a password if a family member or friend went to pick her up from school, just in case. No password-no go.
Sadly, Mr. Cramer’s lessons seem sound today. Go and educate yourself, family and friends.