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  • Haiti Journal
    January 14, 2021 David Burnell

    Haiti Journal

    January 28, 2010 Wheels up... Senator Hatch sent a letter just read... Lots at stake I pray to be equal to the large task. I have responsibility as head of security for 110 souls in one of the harshest environments...

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  • PTSD, the mighty four letter word!
    October 28, 2020 David Burnell

    PTSD, the mighty four letter word!

    PTSD, the mighty four letter word. You know, for those of us who have it, it's not something that you wear with any degree of pride. In fact, it's quite the opposite. It's somewhat embarrassing because we feel like we're...

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  • Disaster Checklists
    September 7, 2020 David Burnell

    Disaster Checklists

    For more information on disasters both man made and natural please go to www.ready.gov. There are comprehensive checklists and protocols for every major event that could happen. This is a GREAT resource!

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  • Active Shooter Checklist
    September 7, 2020 David Burnell

    Active Shooter Checklist

    This page describes what to do in an active shooter event. Remember during an active shooting to RUN. HIDE. FIGHT.  Source is www.ready.gov Be Informed Sign up for an active shooter training. If you see something, say something to the authorities...

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  • Earthquake Emergency Checklist
    September 7, 2020 David Burnell

    Earthquake Emergency Checklist

    An earthquake is a sudden, rapid shaking of the ground caused by the shifting of rocks deep underneath the earth’s surface. Earthquakes can happen without warning and can result in injuries and damage to property and roads. Earthquakes can cause...

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  • BASIC First Aid Kit Checklist
    September 7, 2020 David Burnell

    BASIC First Aid Kit Checklist

    What should I keep in my first aid kit? It's important to have a well-stocked first aid kit in your home so you can deal with minor accidents and injuries. Your first aid kit should be locked and kept in...

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  • GRAB and GO Vest Checklist
    September 7, 2020 David Burnell

    GRAB and GO Vest Checklist

    This is a GRAB and GO VEST checklist. It is everything you need for expedient living. It is designed by David Burnell based on his extensive time in the field on military, rescue and humanitarian missions. The contents are hand...

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  • GO BAG and 72 Hour Kit Checklist
    September 7, 2020 David Burnell

    GO BAG and 72 Hour Kit Checklist

    After an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for several days. Being prepared means having your own food, water and other supplies to last for at least 72 hours. A disaster supplies kit is a collection of...

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  • The True Believer
    September 6, 2020 David Burnell

    The True Believer

    “Somewhere there is a TRUE BELIEVER that is Training to kill you. He is training with minimum food or water, in austere conditions day and night. The only thing clean on him is his weapon. He doesn’t worry about what...

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  • Resilience
    September 6, 2020 David Burnell

    Resilience

    "We become resilient by seeking inspiration, hearing the voice that tells us the path (our mission), doing the work and then sharing our journey with others when appropriate."

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  • Stress Inoculation and the Brain
    September 6, 2020 David Burnell

    Stress Inoculation and the Brain

    I founded the Urban Warfare Center from 2002-2012 Let me begin by stating that I have operated a premier force-on-force (human-vs-human) facility for many years training Federal Agencies, SWAT, Police, Soldiers and Airman in close contact fighting.  While I may not be...

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