Saturday, November 22, 2014

Staying Warm During A Power Outage

Hi everyone,

It’s that time of year again for most of us called winter or for some of us we call it DEEP FREEZE. So in today’s post I would like to discuss simple economic and easy ways to stay warm especially during a power outage.

Wear clothing made of wool

Layer your clothing

Cover your head, neck and feet these areas are especially vital in keeping you warm.

Some old timers will say that kidney wraps are ideal for keeping your body warm. Basically wrap your kidney area with a wool scarf this will help keep your entire body warm.

Stuff your clothing with crumbled newspaper

Cover yourself with a garbage bag just like the individuals that you see outside watching the football game

Urinate in a bottle (try to fill it to the brim) close it tightly and place it in your sleeping bag during a power outage. This will help keep you warm. An alternative can also be done by placing boiling water in a hot water bottle or Nalgene bottle (urine can be used also).

Pitch a tent inside your home during a power outage. You can get even better warming results if you place a tent inside a tent.

Have sleeping bags and emergency blankets handy (the best are the Adventure Medical SOL Emergency Bivvy)

Cuddle next to someone while sleeping.

Completely cover yourself up when sleep only leaving your nose and mouth slightly exposed.

Flex your muscles rapidly to get your blood flowing getting you warm.

Another method of self- warming is the rub you’re mid- section to get blood flowing throughout your entire body

Remember the ground will suck out a lot of your body heat try to stay up off the ground while sleeping. Use mats, blankets, leaves, or a hammock to help do this.

Use emergency and survival candles to warm yourself. Just remember to be very vigilant when using such products inside your home.

Close off all rooms except for the room where you will be situated in while the power is out. Use sunlight to warm this room by having your curtains open during daylight hours.

Use blankets or industrial plastic sheeting to cover cracks of windows and doors to prevent cold air entering and warm air leaving your room.

Those are just a few simple ways to stay warm during this winter season without spending a ton of cash.

Norm Bettencourt

Monday, November 03, 2014

The Art of Shredding A Human Being

Hi everyone

It’s been a while since I posted anything and I apologize for that. I have been extremely busy teaching different combat and first aid courses in the last few months.

In today’s post I would like to discuss a simple yet highly effective tactic called “shredding” or as some like to call it “skinning” or “scratching”.

Here’s how it works basically you want to play passive so your enemy doesn’t see your attack coming but he only feels it, leaving him/her two steps behind you forced into a defensive state.

Bring your hands up to your chest/face level. Next you want go straight for your enemies’ face scratching, skinning and shredding the living hell out of it especially where the eyes are located. This forces your enemies flinch response to take over forcing him/her into defensive mode because they instinctively need to protect their face and eyes causing him/her to close them impairing their vision.

As you do these tactics tear and rip pieces of their face off if possible and try to do as much damage to the eyes. This is a highly brutal and effective tactic that should not be overlooked when it comes to your personal protection

P.S This is also a great way to collect evidence from your attacker for you ladies out there.

There’s no such thing as a dirty fighter only an educated one.

Norm Bettencourt


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Norm Bettencourt is the Creator/President of Tactical Self Defense which specializes in personal protection tactics against modern day threats of violence. For more information visit