With the fourth of July around the corner, we are reminded of the liberties, which our country offers to each and every one of us. That date signifies the time in which we as Americans were finally able to declare ourselves as an independent nation. Over these many years, our strength has been tested with malicious terrorist attacks including 9/11, school shootings, and the most recent ISIS killings.
According to a Fourth of July Terror Warning issued by the FBI, there was no particular terrorist threat which provoked the announcement. However, they want to just spread a word of caution to the public because of the ongoing threats with the Islamic State and other homegrown terrorist organizations. They continue to explain, ”We continue to encourage all Americans to attend public events and celebrate this country during this summer season, but always remain vigilant.”
So, how do we protect ourselves during the holiday? The answer is to stay connected. Avoid walking in crowds by yourself. Don’t walk away from a crowd alone. Keep an eye open for suspicious people and communicate with officials if you see a potential situation generating. Even if you think you may be misunderstanding, it’s much better to be safe than sorry and the police can take it upon themselves to figure out what is going on.
If you have a family and are afraid of losing track of one another, two way radios might be the best way to go. You don’t need to purchase the industrial handhelds, just a simple radio like the Motorola CLS1110 1-channel UHF. It’s small and compact, and offers great communication among a crowd of people. If you would like to keep your communications more discrete, an earpiece would be a great option for an accessory. These are extremely lightweight and provide fantastic audio. Also, with a belt clip (which sometimes comes with the handheld purchase), you can attach the radio to your waist so that you can remain hands-free the entire time.
Whatever you decide to do this Fourth of July, just remember that there are precautions that you can take, which will keep you as well as everyone else safe.