Threats and danger surround us on all sides, and can come from many sources. In Haiti, experts suggest the probability of another earthquake of at least 5.0 in magnitude will strike within days. There are volcanoes around the world churning lakes of liquid magma and spouting steam that and ash that could erupt any time, darkening the skies with tons of smoke and ash, turning daylight into the darkest night.

Tropical cyclones skirt across the western pacific bringing monsoonal rains and tidal flooding to the region. Snowstorms across the upper Midwest dump foot after foot of snow, stranding travelers and homeowners alike in a frozen winter nightmare land. Rains will flood the east coast, turning the snowpack into a torrent of floodwaters, drowning hamlet and city alike. Summer droughts will bring tornadoes and devastation across the Midwest, and hurricane season will soon be amongst us once more.

Terrorism continues to be an increasing threat. Just in the last couple of weeks it was reported that two tons of ammonium nitrate had disappeared from a Canadian companies order. Resulting inquiries claim a clerical error, but the RCMP continue to look into story, still not satisfied of the whereabouts of this explosive component.

Al-Shabab, a prominent Somali terrorist group has publicly aligned itself with Al-Queda. This group has, and continues to recruit young Somali-Americans into the fold here in this nation. Dozens of terrorist cells have been uncovered and investigated across the breadth of this nation. The danger lurks on our street corners, in our schoolyards, and in our very own backyards.

Where will you be when the next disaster or emergency strikes? Will you be at the grocer, choosing a glistening steak for a cookout? Will you be at a ball game cheering the local B league on to a win? Will you be driving down a multilane highway when suddenly, a tanker loaded with gasoline slides out of control, bursting into a ball of searing fire?

Where will your family be when tragedy strikes? Will they be at the movie theater when an earthquake strikes, sending the roof down upon them? Will they be at school when a tornado rips through town, unleashing an unyielding wall of terror and destruction? Will they be on vacation, skiing down a slope when an avalanche drags them into oblivion?

These are all frightening possibilities, and few people care to suggest them, but they are all nonetheless potential calamities that can, and do occur on an almost daily basis. Only by becoming prepared and developing that survival mindset can you be ready to defeat the odds, no matter what they are, or where they come from.

And this is best done by simply taking one step forward, and learn the skills, obtain the knowledge, and procure the supplies and equipment you will need to survive the coming times.

But where can I learn the skills? Where can I obtain the knowledge? Where can I procure the supplies and equipment? All of these questions you are probably asking of yourselves. The answer is not a difficult one. The answer is that you can start to get what you need right here. All you need to bring is the determination to prepare and survive.

By grabbing the bull by the horns, and taking responsibility for your future you will be taking the first step towards being prepared, and being able to survive the coming times. There is a lot of knowledge to learn and skills to develop, as well as obtaining supplies and equipment that will help you to live in an uncertain environment. Whether that environment is fraught with zombie looters or burning debris, having the necessary knowledge to survive will allow you to escape hardship and danger.

What are some of the things we need to prepare ourselves for? There is a long list but a few of the dangers we may encounter are;

  • Natural Hazards
    • Floods
    • Tornadoes
    • Hurricanes
    • Thunderstorms and Lightning
    • Winter Storms and Extreme Cold
    • Extreme Heat
    • Earthquakes
    • Volcanoes
    • Landslides and Debris Flow (Mudslide)
    • Tsunamis
    • Fires
    • Wildfires
  • Technological Hazards
    • Hazardous Materials Incidents
    • Household Chemical Emergencies
    • Nuclear Power Plants
  • Terrorism
    • Explosions
    • Biological Threats
    • Chemical Threats
    • Nuclear Blast
    • Radiological Dispersion Device (RDD)
    • Dirty Bombs
    • Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP)

These are just some of the topics we will be discussing as we go along.

One of the tendencies people exhibit when thinking of preparedness is to only consider one or two types of scenarios, and then plan according to that scenarios needs. While it may be less than productive to prepare for any possible scenario to occur, we need to be thorough in our planning and give weight only to those scenarios that have a higher level of probability, rather than to all potential threats.

Remember the three Ps of preparedness planning. Possible, potential, and probable. Any event can occur anywhere, at any time. So we need to bear this in mind. Anything is possible. I read earlier today that an alligator was found in a river in Kentucky. There is little to no probability for this to happen, but the potential is there, none the less. One would not necessarily plan to deal with an alligator in Kentucky because the potential is so low as to not be worth expending effort or resources on the problem. But the potential is there.

Would finding an alligator in your backyard be a disaster? No, but it could be a catastrophe if it tried to chew on one of your kids, wouldn’t it? The same goes for any other problem that may be lurking in the depth of your mind. You cannot effectively solve every problem, so you must learn to allocate your resources on the problems that have the greatest probability of rising up in front of you.

To be contnued….


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