Friday, January 25, 2013


THIS BLOGGER RECENTLY conducted a lecture and demonstration about everyday carry or EDC on November 24, 2012 at Sky Rise 4 Building, Asiatown IT Park, Cebu City. This short seminar is designed for people tasked to oversee the security of properties and persons. These people are the security officers, the security guards and corporate officers whose other functions are supervising security personnel and dealing in security procedures.

My discourse was aimed at introducing the participants about this very specialized seminar and arouse their involvement into this domain. This interest had found appeal among survivalists and preppers in the United States and is not yet taught as part of curricula in training institutions here but it had been introduced and emphasized to our local paramedics. Preparation for an unforeseen future is an exercise that must be nurtured and the more people acquiring awareness of this interest the better the chances of their survival.

The main focus of the lecture is the EDC Kit. The participants are taught how to select, develop and start their own EDC kits to keep them prepared in the event of the breakdown of order resulting from small incidents to natural and man-made catastrophe. The EDC kit will sustain the individual or group for a few hours to a few days until such time when solutions, help or rescue will arrive.

By the very nature of their jobs, the participants are reminded (and induced) to rediscover the importance of the everyday items which they possess being part of their equipment or uniforms like the firearm, ammunition, radio set, documents, flashlight, whistle, nightstick, lanyard, pistol belt, garrison belt, handcuff, lanyard and medicine kit as the very fine examples of what is an EDC. They are instructed to take advantage of these and add some relevant items to make their emerging EDCs thorough and relevant.

These everyday items can be used in a very rapid way if you can develop a systematic approach to its use. Take for example the medicine kit. The items inside the medkit can be retrieved in seconds and in an orderly fashion if you use a plastic container (ex. Tupperware) to house it all instead of just placing all the items under the flap of the kit. Besides, it protects your items from being exposed to germs.

The participants, on the other hand, had been taught how to identify and recognize certain EDC items which are not applicable in their working environment by virtue of strict company policies. Environments vary from ports of entry, financial institutions, IT centers, industrial zones, schools of learning, etc. These EDC items which are mostly carried by hobbyists, who are very educated and highly sophisticated, are well-camouflaged and well-hidden and constantly fool security screens where this lecture greatly aid the participants to that facet.

This writer maintains his own EDC kit which is sub-divided into the gear kit and the first aid kit. This kit was used as visual aid for the eighteen participants, to include one security officer. A representative of Sky Rise Realty Development Corp. came to observe the lecture and, in the process, understood plainly what this is all about.

Yours truly, through this blog, conduct regular bushcraft and survival camps in the Philippines where EDC is one of the subjects taught. The introduction of EDC had been embraced wholeheartedly among the camp participants and a different interest sprung up due to this. More and more people here are now becoming aware about survival and the EDC Kit which creates a very positive environment.

Spreading this amongst people working in the private security industry is a good step in the right direction. They are there at the frontline of any establishment to screen people getting inside and out. A security guard with a good knowledge about EDC is an effective guard, much more so, if he or she happens to be an EDC hobbyist.

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