By MARILYN TINNIN
Consider the modern terms that have become far too common in our daily news reports these last few years. Two decades ago words like “workplace violence,” “home invasion,” and “terrorist attack” were not part of our everyday vocabulary—I daresay they had not been invented.
Crime, for most Mississippians, was something we saw in a television drama (think Elliot Ness and the ‘Untouchables”) or on the big screen (think The Godfather). We walked our neighborhoods, shopped at the mall, attended sporting events or concerts without heightened suspicion of everyone and everything in close proximity. Our children were free to roam the neighborhood unchaperoned. Schools did not lock their doors to keep their students safe. Metal detectors did not greet us in the hallways of government buildings, and airport security was not the hassle it is for travelers today. Our world has changed, and it is likely that it will never go back to the way it was.
Natural disasters like hurricanes or tornadoes occurred now and then, but not with great regularity in our own backyards. There was no angst about a worldwide pandemic or the possibility of the power grid’s total failure.
Welcome to 2016! It is all different now.
Dr. Clyde H. Morgan of Brandon is not one to wring his hands and worry about the potential circumstances he cannot control, but he thinks it is wise to cover the areas one can control. Emergency preparedness is simply common sense. The decorated Vietnam veteran, seminary graduate, Criminal Justice Ph.D., and certified Law Enforcement Instructor has a colorful resume and enough college degrees to reveal a man whose faith is in Jesus, but one who takes to heart the words of Benjamin Franklin, “Failure to prepare is preparing to fail.”
He reminds me of Matthew 10:16—“…as wise as serpents and as gentle as doves.” Gentle is great and we usually connect that with our faith, but wise is essential for survival as well as quality of life in the here and now.
Clyde’s Precision Shooting Center, LLC, minutes from Forest right off I-20, is home to beautiful woods and a tactical course replete with instruction in everything from training a church security team to the well-armed woman’s defense, to first aid in an airplane crash to survival in the midst of every kind of disaster you might encounter in this uncertain and chaotic world. He has put together a manual, a training program, and a short one-day seminar to teach you invaluable skills and the ability to act wisely under pressure in the most unexpected moment. And the best thing is—you get resources to bring home!
If you have ever dreamed of being in a reality TV show, this is about as close as you can get! His “Surviving the Next Disaster” course is both educational and user-friendly. You don’t even have to be athletic to enjoy it! Clyde had already instituted a successful course in Leadership Training and Teambuilding, created for numerous corporations where department heads and employees improved their ability to work together with remarkable loyalty and creativity through the exercises. Outstanding organizations from five states can attest to the value of the Team Leader Course.
Clyde has now taken that framework and created this program in survival tactics. Participants are grouped by teams and get to problem solve simulated situations like an active shooter in a public place, a home invasion, a flood, a Civil Riot, a power grid outage, and so much more. I have only experienced a condensed version of what is available, but let’s just say I am a believer!
Just a few of the things you will learn:
- What is a Bug-Out Bag and what should be included?
- What do you do—and in what order—if you hear an intruder in your house at 2 a.m.?
- Three Little Words that count when a criminal is in your face.
- How to use Solar Energy in the face of power grid outage or the interruption of power in the face of a natural disaster. (Hint—you already have all of this in your home.)
This is just a sneak preview of the program. Check out precisionshootingcenter.com or contact Clyde Morgan at 601.572.6670.