Archive for July, 2010

July 28, 2010

No.: HQ-10-146

FEMA News Desk: 202-646-3272

News Release

FEMA’S READY CAMPAIGN AND CITIZEN CORPS ENCOURAGE PARTICIPATION IN THE NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH COALITION 

Seventh annual National Preparedness Month, in September, encourages Americans to take steps to prepare

WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today announced that to date more than 1,900 national, regional, tribal, state and local organizations and businesses have pledged their support and joined the 2010 National Preparedness Month (NPM) Coalition. This is approximately 200 more than last year at this time.  The registration for the Coalition continues through September.

This September marks the seventh annual NPM.  Led by FEMA’s Ready Campaign in partnership with Citizen Corps and The Advertising Council, NPM is a nationwide effort encouraging individuals, families, businesses and communities to work together and take action to prepare for emergencies.

NPM Coalition members will sponsor events and activities throughout the month highlighting the steps that individuals, families and communities can take to prepare.  Ready and The Advertising Council will also introduce new Spanish-language public service advertisements in conjunction with NPM activities.  Additionally, the Ready Campaign released a new NPM Widget to help promote the month.

“National Preparedness Month is a great way to get Americans and our communities and businesses to come together in planning and preparing for a disaster,” said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. “Disasters can hit any place, any time, so it’s essential that we take concrete steps together, now, to ensure a better response later.”

This year, NPM focuses on encouraging all Americans to take active steps toward getting involved and becoming prepared. Preparedness is everyone’s responsibility. Americans have to work together as a team to ensure that individuals, families and communities are ready. Individuals are encouraged to: make a family emergency plan; put together an emergency supply kit; be prepared to help your neighbor; and work as a team to keep everyone safe.

National Preparedness Month Coalition membership is open to all public and private sector organizations.  Click here to register for membership.

Follow FEMA online at www.twitter.com/fema, www.facebook.com/fema, and www.youtube.com/fema.  Also, follow Administrator Craig Fugate’s activities at www.twitter.com/craigatfema.  The social media links provided are for reference only. FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

 
 

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There are many problems involved in the entire spectrum of readiness that we encounter, but when we realize what the problem is, it’s usually too late. That’s not really a big deal for most of the hundreds of things we have to think about and do. A simple change of plans is all we need to match speed with what’s going on.

There are, however, times when a huge stumbling block gets plunked down in front of us, and the result is we are stopped dead in our tracks. This can be a very bad thing, especially if you haven’t really planned for any contingencies to occur. That’s why I like the preparedness binder method of developing your plans. It allows you to game play various scenarios to see if your planning is on the right track.

As I have mentioned on an earlier Surviving the Times show, evacuations can be one of the worst stumbling blocks to your planning. Frequently, evacuation routes can be difficult to navigate because of harsh weather conditions and the fact that everyone else in town is leaving at the same time.

Failing to determine secondary routes ahead of time can get you bogged down to the point where you may very well run out of gas, or worse. Even having a decent map can get you out of a jamb when you find things are not working out as planned. Of course, you may find the local authorities take a dim view of your taking matters into your own hands, but who cares?

When the proverbial crap hits the fan, it’ll be everyone for their own selves for the most part. That’s why it is important to think about what may possibly happen for emergencies or disasters where you live, today. You shouldn’t rely upon strangers to do what is best for you. Your best interest is not what drives their decision making process.

So what am I talking about here? I’m talking about the fact that at some point and time you may have to shake your fist in the face of someone in authority to survive. There are a lot of websites on the web today that incite and inflame, urging you to buy their product or support their cause to prevent the world from collapsing around you, but when you are in a survival situation, these places will be of no help to you. Neither will my site be able to help you out. That’s because the authority that we hold so high today will be the same authority that will take our precious internet away when it become expedient for them to do so.

How many of you have downloaded and printed out all of those neat little tips that are being shared on the web? When we lose the ability to access electronic information, how will you proceed with solving your problems? Will you have memorized your plan of action?

Anything can happen, anytime, and at any place, and with little to no warning in many cases. A few days ago, here in the US and also four days earlier in China, there were tragedies made by the breaching of two dams. One, here in the US was relatively benign as far as the loss of life and injuries go, but the dam in China killed many of its citizens and left many more injured.

Both dams were breached for the same reasons, unusually excessive rain fall. But the outcomes were far different from each other, and that’s what I want to address on today’s episode of surviving the times.

What happened in China may well happen here in the US if we continue skipping along the rainbow with the liberal crowd of tax and spend while growing the welfare population. It’s amazing how many people have been bought off by the left wing elitists with their generosity when it comes to your tax dollars.

I’ve always said that you can always tell who a conservative republican is because he’s the first guy to give you the shirt off of his back when you’re down and out. Liberal democrats, on the other hand, are always the first to give you the shirt off of somebody else’s back when you’re in need.

Public infrastructure and its maintenance is one of the primary directives given to our government by the US Constitution, as well as by the several state constitutions. Article 1, section 8, clause states that Congress shall have the power to establish Post Offices and post Roads; which relates to the federal involvement of our roads and bridges and so forth, and each state has their own constitution further defining the responsibilities of the care and construction of this infrastructure.

Highways, dams and bridges are in danger of failure because of lack of funding, and yet the debt continues to grow while more and more entitlement money is being wasted to fulfill a corrupt ideology of equality and equity that our forefathers never wanted for their descendents, nor for any other person that may come to be a citizen in this great nation.

Our preparedness planning must include the planning needed to contend with the impending failure of thousands of bridges and hundreds of dams across this country. Instant flooding can occur wiping out planned routes of escape. We can’t do this without taking the time and effort to recon the area around your community and find out where all of those roads go that stretch out into the hinterlands city dwellers call the country.

We also must research the potential danger that may arise should any one of these structures or roadways fail. Will there be massive flooding such as we saw in Delhi this past weekend? Or will it be much worse, as what we saw in China last week as the flood waters overwhelmed the Three Gorges dam on the Yangtze River in China, leaving hundreds dead, and hundreds more missing?

Suppose for a minute that you live in a city that sits on both sides of a river, but with only one bridge to join the two sides together. Then suppose that an earthquake destroyed the bridge, leaving travel between the two sides of the city impossible. And then suppose that the interstate was on that other side of the river from where you live, and you’ve been given an order to evacuate along the interstate highway system. What are you going to do?

You see, preparedness planning is not something you can do on the spur of the moment. It takes time and effort to put in the research, learn the skills and obtain the supplies and tools needed to survive with success in these coming times. You can’t simply jump in the car and run. Although, I will admit there may be times when that is the only option.

But one cannot decide to be prepared and not take action to become prepared. The right action is to develop a plan. The wrong action is to simply dive into a box of MRE’s and say; “Works for me!” Take the time to develop your preparedness plan, and do it wisely. And by the way, check out www.ready.gov for more information on how to develop your preparedness plans, or check out the many survival and preparedness blogs and websites available today.

July 22, 2010

HQ-10-139

Contact: FEMA News Desk 202-646-3272

News Release

FEMA CONTINUES TO MONITOR TROPICAL STORM BONNIE, ENCOURAGES AMERICANS TO BE PREPARED

Visit Ready.gov to Learn Simple Steps You and Your Family Should Take

WASHINGTON – This evening, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) announced that the tropical depression has been upgraded to Tropical Storm Bonnie with sustained winds of 40 mph, to become the second named storm of the Atlantic Hurricane season.  The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) continues to monitor the storm and stands ready to support state, territory and local officials in the region and the Gulf Coast to ensure they have the resources to respond should a storm strike.  FEMA also is urging everyone in the region to take steps now to ensure they are prepared for possible severe weather.

The NHC has issued a tropical storm warning for the east coast of Florida from Golden Beach Southward, including the entire Florida Keys and Florida Bay and along the west coast of Florida, northward to Bonita Beach.  The NHC has also issued a tropical storm watch for the entire east coast of Florida north of Golden Beach to Jupiter inlet, including Lake Okeechobee.  A warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours.  A watch means that the conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.

“We continue to monitor the storm and FEMA personnel continue to work closely with state, territory, and local officials to ensure they have the support they need,” said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate.  “The most important thing for people living in the area to do right now is to ensure their family is prepared and to follow the instructions of local officials.  For more information and helpful tips, anyone can visit www.Ready.gov.”

FEMA has life-saving and life-sustaining commodities and supplies strategically located across the country to support states in their response.  These supplies, including water, meals, tarps, blankets, generators and other essential items, can be replenished through the national logistics supply chain.  

In Florida and locations around the Gulf Coast alone, more than one million liters of water, 1.8 million meals, 70,000 rolls of plastic sheeting, 260,000 tarps, 250,000 blankets, 60,000 cots and 300 generators are available for use as needed.  FEMA has conducted resource support planning and preparations with all hurricane-prone states and territories for the current hurricane season to ensure a coordinated disaster response, if needed. 

The storm’s tract is currently moving west-northwestward toward the Gulf of Mexico.  FEMA also remains in close contact with our federal partners at the National Hurricane Center and the U.S. Coast Guard.  If the tract continues in that direction, the Unified Area Command will make any decisions regarding the movement of assets and workers involved with the BP Deepwater Horizon Operations.

The National Weather Service remains the source of official severe weather watches and warnings, including flash flooding which can take only a few minutes to develop in the case of heavy rains.  Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and surrounding areas have already been receiving heavy rainfall.  FEMA encourages all individuals in the region to listen to NOAA Weather Radio and their local news to monitor for severe weather updates, and to follow the directions provided by their local officials.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

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Surviving The Times

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Why did I write Surviving the Times? There are a lot of reasons, but probably the most relevant reasons are because; #1. I am a bit of a preparedness freak; and #2. As I look around the marketplace at the offerings available to people like me I see far too much of a certain type of product being foisted upon a public that is becoming increasingly frustrated and frightened of the coming times, but very few offerings to help people learn to make their own decisions when it comes to survival needs.

Needs for survival change from person to person, climate to climate and environment to environment, and yet all we seem to see offered for products are the same one size fit all 72 hour packs that often contain items not everyone needs, but always leaves out one thing or another that we do need. This book attempts to plug that hole between the need and don’t need state we all come to at some point in our preparedness planning efforts.

Simply put, too often we see people being told you need this product, this tool and that gadget, and you need to do this action to survive. And this isn’t always the case. But by taking the time to think things through you can develop a tailor made plan that will fit your specific needs. And you can do it without buying tons of food and equipment you probably will never need.

Nor do you need an extensive library of books describing the act of becoming prepared or survivalism. In my research I have picked up an extensive library of survival guides and preparedness manuals, and I can safely tell you that for the most part, many of the offerings today merely mimic somebody else’s ideas and plan.

You do need to learn, and by learning you will obviously purchase books on various topics, but you do need to examine the books you are considering carefully. Do you already own a book that tells you what you already know? Then you are better off buying a different book that addresses skills you need to learn about and develop.

What I intend to do here is to help you develop a sense of what you need to look for and what types of foods, equipment, tools and skills you may need for a long term survival plan for the coming times. You won’t find any cookie cutter formulae in this book. But you will find frank discussion about many of the things we need to prepare for.

You will not find the fear mongering and hysteria that many books base their content upon. You will, of course, find warnings and tips on what to watch far as the world continues upon its natural course of development and decay.

If you are truly and fully prepared for the coming times, then you have absolutely no need to fear whatever may befall us in the future.

I have laid this book out into four different sections, with the first section dealing with some ideas behind your planning efforts. In your planning stage you should develop a binder system for note taking and record keeping, and divide that binder into different sections. Each section should deal with a different topic or area that needs to be addressed in your long and short term planning.

To start out the first section I address the question of why preparedness planning is so important to us in today’s world of new disasters and threats. Following that I go into a discussion surrounding your preparedness binder and some of the topics you should include in your own planning discussions.

I have taken the liberty of dividing preparedness into nine different sections as follows;

 

Tab 1;     Documentation

Tab 2;     Water                    
Tab 3;     Nutrition                    
Tab 4;     Sanitation                
Tab 5;     Safety and Security            
Tab 6;     Transportation                
Tab 7;      Long Term Needs        
Tab 8;     Go Bags and Bug Out Kits    
Tab 9;      First Aid    

Feel free to add to or delete sections, or even change them around to suit your needs. It’s your binder, and your survival depends upon your skills and knowledge. I would like to suggest that you use a three ring binder as this allows you to also insert photocopied articles and other items into the various sections. A simple wire bound notebook will suffice as well, but you’ll have nowhere near the organizational capabilities that a three ring binder provides. But the choice is entirely yours.

In section two I deal with some of the most controversial and widely discussed topics that I have come across in my own research. These topics include; Respirators and Gas Masks; Emergency Building repairs; Emergency Heating and Cooking; A Survival Armory; and Gold and Silver for Your Survival. These are all topics that seem to be hotly contested on various forums, and you’ll need to come to your own conclusions as to how to deal with each of these issues. Each of us is in a different state of need and ability, and just because the survival guru du jour says something is fact, doesn’t make it so. Do your own research and planning, and your knowledge will increase by it.

Section three deals with specific incident topics such as extreme heat, hurricanes, terrorism and other emergency situations. Most of this section comes from several of the various government issued books and pamphlets dealing with these same topics. It’s all interesting and good advice, no matter the source. I think at this time I would strongly recommend that you visit the website http://www.ready.gov to learn more about dealing with emergencies. They have several free publications available for download as a pdf that can add greatly to your knowledge base.

In section four I provide a database of state, federal a private national websites and contact information available here in the United States. I would suggest you also find your own state emergency office contact and visit their site(s) to see what they have to offer the public in the way of information. It would also be a good idea to learn of the various local and state emergency plans ahead of time so that you can know what to expect when the proverbial crap hits the fan. Evacuation is probably one of the worst orchestrated responses to any disaster anywhere, and that fact can be traced to the lack of knowledge by the public on what to do and where to go when the order to evacuate is issued.

In summary, let me say that this book should not be looked upon as an end all manual for preparedness planning and survivalism. Instead, look upon it as a jumping off point for your own journey towards self reliance and survival. I point you in some directions, but whether you take them or not is entirely up to you. You and you alone are responsible for your own life and well being, and the life and well being of your family.

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Introduction from the book;

Why did I write Surviving the Times? There are a lot of reasons, but probably the most relevant reasons are because; #1. I am a bit of a preparedness freak; and #2. As I look around the marketplace at the offerings available to people like me I see far too much of a certain type of product being foisted upon a public that is becoming increasingly frustrated and frightened of the coming times, but very few offerings to help people learn to make their own decisions when it comes to survival needs.

Needs for survival change from person to person, climate to climate and environment to environment, and yet all we seem to see offered for products are the same one size fit all 72 hour packs that often contain items not everyone needs, but always leaves out one thing or another that we do need. This book attempts to plug that hole between the need and don’t need state we all come to at some point in our preparedness planning efforts.

Simply put, too often we see people being told you need this product, this tool and that gadget, and you need to do this action to survive. And this isn’t always the case. But by taking the time to think things through you can develop a tailor made plan that will fit your specific needs. And you can do it without buying tons of food and equipment you probably will never need.

Nor do you need an extensive library of books describing the act of becoming prepared or survivalism. In my research I have picked up an extensive library of survival guides and preparedness manuals, and I can safely tell you that for the most part, many of the offerings today merely mimic somebody else’s ideas and plan.

You do need to learn, and by learning you will obviously purchase books on various topics, but you do need to examine the books you are considering carefully. Do you already own a book that tells you what you already know? Then you are better off buying a different book that addresses skills you need to learn about and develop.

What I intend to do here is to help you develop a sense of what you need to look for and what types of foods, equipment, tools and skills you may need for a long term survival plan for the coming times. You won’t find any cookie cutter formulae in this book. But you will find frank discussion about many of the things we need to prepare for.

You will not find the fear mongering and hysteria that many books base their content upon. You will, of course, find warnings and tips on what to watch far as the world continues upon its natural course of development and decay.

If you are truly and fully prepared for the coming times, then you have absolutely no need to fear whatever may befall us in the future.

I have laid this book out into four different sections, with the first section dealing with some ideas behind your planning efforts. In your planning stage you should develop a binder system for note taking and record keeping, and divide that binder into different sections. Each section should deal with a different topic or area that needs to be addressed in your long and short term planning.

To start out the first section I address the question of why preparedness planning is so important to us in today’s world of new disasters and threats. Following that I go into a discussion surrounding your preparedness binder and some of the topics you should include in your own planning discussions.

I have taken the liberty of dividing preparedness into nine different sections as follows;

Tab 1; Documentation                

    Tab 2; Water                    

    Tab 3; Nutrition                    

    Tab 4; Sanitation                

    Tab 5; Safety and Security            

    Tab 6; Transportation                

    Tab 7; Long Term Needs        

    Tab 8; Go Bags and Bug Out Kits    

    Tab 9; First Aid    

 

Feel free to add to or delete sections, or even change them around to suit your needs. It’s your binder, and your survival depends upon your skills and knowledge. I would like to suggest that you use a three ring binder as this allows you to also insert photocopied articles and other items into the various sections. A simple wire bound notebook will suffice as well, but you’ll have nowhere near the organizational capabilities that a three ring binder provides. But the choice is entirely yours.

In section two I deal with some of the most controversial and widely discussed topics that I have come across in my own research. These topics include; Respirators and Gas Masks; Emergency Building repairs; Emergency Heating and Cooking; A Survival Armory; and Gold and Silver for Your Survival. These are all topics that seem to be hotly contested on various forums, and you’ll need to come to your own conclusions as to how to deal with each of these issues. Each of us is in a different state of need and ability, and just because the survival guru du jour says something is fact, doesn’t make it so. Do your own research and planning, and your knowledge will increase by it.

Section three deals with specific incident topics such as extreme heat, hurricanes, terrorism and other emergency situations. Most of this section comes from several of the various government issued books and pamphlets dealing with these same topics. It’s all interesting and good advice, no matter the source. I think at this time I would strongly recommend that you visit the website http://www.ready.gov to learn more about dealing with emergencies. They have several free publications available for download as a pdf that can add greatly to your knowledge base.

In section four I provide a database of state, federal and private national websites and contact information available here in the United States. I would suggest you also find your own state emergency office contact and visit their site(s) to see what they have to offer the public in the way of information. It would also be a good idea to learn of the various local and state emergency plans ahead of time so that you can know what to expect when the proverbial crap hits the fan. Evacuation is probably one of the worst orchestrated responses to any disaster anywhere, and that fact can be traced to the lack of knowledge by the public on what to do and where to go when the order to evacuate is issued.

In summary, let me say that this book should not be looked upon as an end all manual for preparedness planning and survivalism. Instead, look upon it as a jumping off point for your own journey towards self reliance and survival. I point you in some directions, but whether you take them or not is entirely up to you. You and you alone are responsible for your own life and well being, and the life and well being of your family.