After Labor Day Our Routines Change, Our Preparation Should Not

The unofficial end to summer has passed. Labor Day weekend come and gone. It is time to go back to work, and while this may mean the scope of preparation changes, the core concept does not.

For many this means grabbing a book bag in place of a beach bag. Classrooms around the nation are full of students once again and the 2019 School Year begins in full. Schedules for everyone revolve around the new time frames.

Inside or outside that classroom, as we shift to meet the new time frames, our preparations mentally and physically should remain just as consistent as ever.

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Threats did not disappear with the changing of the seasons, just the environment and time we are spending there.


We change our preparations to match our environments. The neat little cliche that is the NPE or ‘Non-Permissive Environment’ rears more often as we navigate around campuses. Their reanimation this time of year changes our whens and our wheres to lesser or greater degrees.

This is a good time to recheck our emergency preparation plans. Check first aid, every day carry, battery powered tools, and shift and replace them as necessary.

If you can’t carry this time of year it’s time to implement those other plans, sequestering permissible tools. There is always something you can do to influence your advantage.

So as we move our days around the commutes, the sports schedules, class itineraries, trips, and other changes the are coming down the chute this time of year lets reset our postures to keep our prepared mindsets equally ready.

Keith Finch
Keith is the former Editor-in-Chief of GAT Marketing Agency, Inc. He got told there was a mountain of other things that needed doing, so he does those now and writes here when he can. A USMC Infantry Veteran and Small Arms and Artillery Technician, Keith covers the evolving training and technology from across the shooting industry. Teaching since 2009, he covers local concealed carry courses, intermediate and advanced rifle courses, handgun, red dot handgun, bullpups, AKs, and home defense courses for civilians, military client requests, and law enforcement client requests.