A storm is anything bad and unexpected that throws normal life off kilter and forces you to adapt & overcome or suffer the consequences for failure.

 Webster defines a storm as such:

1. A disturbance of the normal condition of the atmosphere, manifesting by extreme winds of unusual force, rain, snow, hail, thunder, lightning, sand or dust.

2. A violent disturbance of affairs, as a civil, political, social or domestic commotion.

 Everyone gets to grapple with a storm during their lifetime. It is part of the programming of the universe. (This is a guess on my part, because I didn’t get a brochure on what to expect when I was born; but I’m pretty sure I’m not far off the mark.)

 If you’re driving and suddenly lose control, this is a violent disturbance of your affairs; a domestic commotion. The same applies when lil Timmy comes through the door bleeding profusely, or when the power gets knocked out by wind or weather.

 Here is a short, incomplete list of storms that are very real to somebody on this planet right now: war, earthquake, tsunami, terror, blackout, being stranded, injured loved ones, homelessness… what do these folks do when the convenience of calling for help is gone?

 Many flee to safety, most rely upon the systems their society has put in place. This is an unfortunate gamble if the systems they rely upon are overtaxed or no longer functional. Lesson: Don’t rely entirely on the system.

 Knowing how to keep your wits and what to do in these situations can make you the hero. Relying on the assumption that everything will work out because help is only a phone call away is gambling on the system and can make you a zero.

When the suck meter is pegged and you’re trying to keep your head while those around are losing theirs, a window of opportunity opens. How you are educated and equipped can make the difference between successfully riding out a storm, or being swept away, failing, helpless and hurt.

Since storms are occasional and oftentimes rare, we don’t spend a whole lot of brainpower preparing for the next one. These things happen to others. I've heard of folks who only watch the news so they can see other people’s misery from the safety of their living room. Twisted…but true.

When an earthquake, hurricane, tornado, or war happen to us, we hurriedly think through our previous, dusty preparations and hope that they will be enough this time; if we live through this one, we promise ourselves to do better next time.

There are some basic skills and character traits that can put you ahead of the pack during a crisis. By increasing your knowledge and refining your attitudes you increase the odds that you’ll ride out a storm successfully.

Resilience, creativity, basic medical skills, and some tools that will help in these situations will put you a good position to perform at your best when the worst occurs.

We want to equip you with the tools, knowledge and skills that may not be used daily, but when they are needed, will allow you to be a storm rider.