Keep safe while you're out and about this winter with the NRA's help

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Fairfax, Virginia - There are plenty of places to get away to in the winter. Whether you've planned a beach vacation or you're heading to the ski slopes, you want to be able to keep yourself, your family or friends, and your "stuff" safe and out of the hands of criminals so you can focus on having fun. In order to help you and everyone else get back safely, Refuse To Be A Victim has some tips to help you out this winter:

  1. Use a luggage tag with a flap that conceals your name and address. Or put your name and address, or business card, inside the luggage tag backwards so that the blank side is visible. Consider using a business address or mailbox service instead of your home address.

  2. Use well constructed luggage but avoid expensive looking, designer sets. Fancy, high-quality luggage may identify you as someone to target.

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Refuse to be a Victim when trying to help those suffering from Hurricane Sandy

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Ruthann Sprague, NRA's National Refuse To Be A Victim® Coordinator, has been hearing stories about those trying to profit from the victims of Hurricane Sandy and the following storms. After sitting down with other Refuse personnel, she asked that we post this warning on NRAblog. Here's Ruthann:
Fairfax, Virginia - We are moved by the plight of our fellow Americans suffering from the effects of Hurricane Sandy. In the wake of such natural disasters, we want to contribute to victim relief efforts and organizations assisting those in distress. We need to do due diligence before giving to anyone soliciting donations on behalf of hurricane victims, lest we find ourselves a victim of fraud.

Solicitations can originate as emails, telephone calls, door-to-door collections, mailings, websites, and similar methods.

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Picking up personal safety tips at Academy in Miami, Florida

Two of NRA's Refuse To Be A Victim® Instructors, Holly and David D'Eugenio

Two of NRA's Refuse To Be A Victim® Instructors, Holly and David D'Eugenio, recently took part in a Drug Enforcement Administration's Civilian Academy in Miami, Florida. Holly (on the left) and David D'Eugenio (on the right front) are pictured above during their first tour of the facilities.

Here's a look at their experience by National Refuse To Be A Victim manager Ruthann Sprague.

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Pageant participants practice improving personal protection

Five years ago the women vying to be crowned Miss New Mexico were taught the NRA's life-saving Refuse To Be A Victim course in preparation for the big event. Read on to see how they did and what they learned.

Miss New Mexico contestants at the NRA's Refuse To Be A Victim seminar
Rio Rancho, New Mexico - The 2007 Miss New Mexico contestants participated in the NRA’s Refuse To Be A Victim® seminar on April 1 in Rio Rancho, N.M., as part of their annual pre-pageant workshop. A total of 19 Miss New Mexico contestants and 14 of their adult sponsors took part in the seminar taught by Refuse To Be A Victim® instructor Richard Barbaras.

Christina Hall, the 2006 Miss New Mexico, was on hand to describe situations that had occurred to her, both during her official duties as Miss New Mexico as well as in her private life, that had caused her concerns about her personal safety. Using this as a springboard, Instructor Barbaras was able to relate the material in the Refuse To Be A Victim® seminar to what the contestants could be facing as they pursued not only the Miss New Mexico competition activities, but in their daily lives as well.

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Halloween Safety Tips from NRA's Refuse To Be A Victim® program

If you're lucky enough to have dodged Hurricane Sandy, then there's a chance you'll be sending trick-or-treaters out into the night. Before you do, take these tips from our Refuse To Be A Victim® specialist Ruthann Sprague:

Refuse To Be A Victim® publishes safety tips for trick or treaters every years, but for 2012 we'd like to include information on using technology to keep your children and loved ones safe while they enjoy Halloween. Trick or Treating is a great adventure for children and a hallmark of Thumbs up from Ghosts and witches at the NRA National Firearms Museum most everyone's childhood. Here are some ideas on keeping the kids safe:

  • Before Halloween, look into the various Child ID apps available for smart phones. Download the app and set it up to protect your child(ren). The FBI Child ID app is a good place to start.
  • Disengage the GPS feature for your cell phone camera. You don't want to post photos on Facebook and alert predators to your location. Go into your settings and turn the GPS feature off.
  • Take a photo of your child(ren) using your cell phone before you leave the house. Take a full length photo and a head shot of everyone and if you are trick or treating with a group, take a group photo also.
  • More on staying safe on Halloween from NRA's Refuse to be a Victim Department ...

NRA Refuse To Be A Victim program logo National Refuse To Be A Victim® Coordinator Ruthann Sprague asked for a favor today. Turns out that a course taught by one of her instructors (Aquil Bey) was highlighted in the local paper. An instructor with pretty impressive credentials.

"Aquil is an RTBAV Regional Counselor," said Sprague. He's also an NRA Training Counselor with ratings in eight NRA disciplines. It is a wonderful example of using the Refuse To Be A Victim® program in the community.

"Can we mention this on the blog?"

Sure we can:

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Learn the basics of safety from the National Rifle Association

Betty Ashby, an NRA Refuse to be a Victim Counselor in North Carolina, poses with students at a Rural Hall, North Carolina class Rural Hall, North Carolina - One of my favorite programs here at the National Rifle Association is Refuse To Be A Victim®. Why you ask? Because this safety program empowers our students to learn the basics of personal security with a few common sense every day fixes. Where to park your car, replacing the screws on your front door, safety on vacation and more are just a few of the tips that will come your way.

Those were some of the lessons learned by those who attended Betty Ashby's Refuse to be a Victim class a few weeks ago in Rural Hall, North Carolina. Apparently things went well.

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Learn safety and prevention at NRA Refuse to be a Victim class

New Jersey group from an NRA Refuse to be a Victim class taken in Virginia

Fairfax, Virginia - NRA’s Refuse To Be A Victim® Program teaches the basics in personal protection. Not with firearms, but with preventative measures anyone can put in place. Lessons on where to park, where to walk, what to do before heading on vacation and more are taught in this program. Valuable lessons all.

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Dennis Moore receives his Volunteer of the Year award from Colorado Springs Fire Chief Richard Brown (left) and Police Chief Peter Carey (right)

We're all about volunteers here at NRAblog and today we've got another one for you.

Dennis Moore, a Refuse To Be A Victim® instructor, has been named the Colorado Springs, Colorado, Volunteer of the Year by the city's police and fire departments.

Moore has been a RTBAV instructor since 2009 and teaches seminars on behalf of the Sand Creek Division of the Colorado Springs Police Department where he holds the position of neighborhood watch coordinator.

“We all need to become involved in our personal safety, so we all can refuse to be a victim,” Dennis told RTBAV Program Coordinator Ruthann Sprague. “It is a community effort.”

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