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The newspapers and television stations we get our current news from have a propensity to label every storm that comes down the road the greatest disaster since whenever. It is true that we have some terrific storms, but how do we really classify them as disasters? Many of the so-called greatest disasters of today become minuscule in tragedy compared to disasters of yesterday.

Hurricane Katrina was called the worst disaster since whenever, but the reality is that the hurricane that wiped out 1,836 people back in 2005. But the 1928 Okeechobee hurricane  caused more real damage, taking many more lives than Katrina did. The damage was just as extensive, but because costs have risen so much over the decades due to the decline in the value of currency worldwide, Katrina cost much more in cash to recover from.

Do not take me the wrong way here, Katrina was a tragedy, but in real terms, it was in fact a tragedy that really might have been prevented. However, that was then, Sandy Hook has come and gone and we wait with tingling buttocks the next media fed disaster of the century.

Let us look at our own disaster levels, and prepare for them by creating plans for each of the different levels of disaster. I have developed a personal tiered system of five levels of disaster/preparedness that we should be ready for. You can develop your own system as you see fit, but please develop prepping goals that help you achieve a permanent survival plan in case the worst does come to pass.

Here are my five stages:

  • Stage 1; Stage 1 is the simplest, and least stressful of prepping events. This would include any situation involving no more than one night without your usual or normal infrastructure in place. This could involve a thunderstorm creating a blackout of just a few minutes to a 24-48 hour time frame. At this point, you will be consuming the food in your refrigerator first, as it is likely to thaw and spoil in just a couple of days.


  • Stage 2; Stage 2 is a little more complex, with your infrastructure being interrupted for up to one week to a month. By day three you should have cleaned out your refrigerator, and begun to consume the contents of a deep freeze if you have one. Store bought canned and dry food in your pantry will be consumed at this point. You will want to save MRE’s and long-term food supplies for stage three and beyond. Batteries will likely have been used up by this point, and you would be on alternative lighting such as oil lamps, etc. cooking will be done with camp stoves, so you would need plenty of fuel on hand for this stage.


  • Stage 3; Stage 3 is a duration of from one month to a six months or so. You would have consumed all fresh foods long before the beginning of this stage, and would be utilizing your short-term storage foods such as canned goods and may have begun your MRE  program. Availability of foods and fuels in the marketplace is no longer an option, as there likely is no marketplace to speak of. Your fuel may be gone, and you would be utilizing wood for heating and cooking. The smart prepper would have developed a solar lighting scheme to recharge batteries for lighting and other needs.


  • Stage 4; Stage 4 is a period of from six months to one year. This is the time frame in which you would have mentally sat back and taken stock of the fact that we are really screwed, it is not just a bad dream. Short-term food supplies will be running low, and you will begin consuming your long-term food supply. A good prepper would have seen this coming and realized early on that your short and mid-term supplies would need to be rationed to avoid running out too quickly. By now you will be at the barter stage to obtain needed supplies as the government is obviously  dumber than we gave them credit for being.


  • Stage 5; Stage 5 is a period of survival lasting from one year to two years out from the initial disaster. You finally figured out that you were right all along, and there is no going back to the way things were. You will be on your long-term food supply, and will by springtime have planted that survival garden you thought you would never need. There are no jobs, no money, and transportation is now 100% people powered. Bicycles and animals provide the means of getting anyplace faster than walking. Your long term food is holding out, and in the fall, you will harvest and prepare for storage your food needs for the entire following year.


  • Stage 6;  Stage 6 is no longer a survival stage. If you have made it this far, you will find that this is the new normal. It had been over two years since the disaster that created the situation you are in, the government, the economy, and society have all crumbled into a sort of 18th century mentality. Roving gangs have moved from the depleted urban areas and are now roaming the countryside to take what they want. You have banned together with your neighbors to form militia groups for protection from these marauding gangs. You have found that life truly sucks, but that is OK, you will weather the storm.


That is a brief rundown of the stages of disaster preparedness. Most of us only have to put up with an occasional stage 1 setting, and a few of us go on to a stage 2 setting. Very few people ever come close to a stage three in these days, but it could happen. We owe it to our families to prepare for the worst, but pray that it never happens.

Happy prepping folks!


My new book ‘Surviving the Times’ is now available online at, as well as at the Remember ME! Media bookstore! Surviving the Times takes you through the steps of building your preparedness binder, as well as how to determine what the most viable disaster scenarios would be that you need to prepare for. I also look at the issue of gold and silver in your preparedness planning and what makes a good basic survival arsenal.

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Surviving The Times

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Surviving the Times takes you through the steps to make your own preparedness planning binder. You’ll learn how to guage the level of various threats as they relate to your preparedness planning by using the three P’s of preparedness, the SaWaFo pyramid and more. We will look at some of the main issues such as gold and silver for survival, and the basic survival arsenal as well.


A Handy Disaster Preparedness Guide

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A compilation of tips and how to’s on developing an emergency preparedness plan, and how to get ready for natural and man-made disasters. Also includes a comprehensive listing of state and federal agencies to contact for more help and assistance in dealing with emergency planning and dealing with the aftermath of a disaster.

FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate Urges State Emergency Mangers to prepare for the worst and consider the entire community while planning for disaster
October 20, 2010
Contact: FEMA News Desk 202-646-3272
News Release
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate today urged state emergency managers from across the country to incorporate the needs and capabilities of the entire community, including children and people with disabilities, when planning for disaster response and recovery.  In addition, Fugate also challenged participants to plan for worst case scenarios that go beyond the capabilities of government solutions, scenarios which he refers to as “Maximum of Maximums.”
“Historically in emergency management we have only planned for what our capabilities can handle or only looked at what we can do to respond as government,” said Fugate.  “But what we really need to be doing is planning for disasters that go beyond our capabilities.  That’s why we have to look beyond our government-centric approach and see what outside resources we can bring to the table.  We need to better engage our volunteer and non-profit partners, work with the private sector, and most importantly involve the public.  And through all this planning we can’t lose focus on the communities we serve.  We have to remember: It’s not about process, it’s about the products; it’s not about the incident, it’s about the individual.”
Fugate made his remarks during the National Emergency Management Association’s annual conference, which brings together state emergency management officials from around the country.
Fugate also pointed out that FEMA is trying to lead by example in these areas, having recently hosted the first ever National “Getting Real” Conference to bring together leaders from the emergency management and disability communities to discuss strategies to integrate the entire community into emergency planning.  Also, last month, FEMA hosted a Latino Leadership Summit, and in May FEMA hosted the Black Leadership Forum.  Both gatherings were designed to engage stakeholders in discussions about how to better involve the entire community in emergency planning.
Prior to joining FEMA 18 months ago, Administrator Fugate served as the Director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management.  Fugate began his emergency management career as a volunteer firefighter, Emergency Paramedic, and finally as a Lieutenant with the Alachua County Fire Rescue.
Follow FEMA online at,, and  Also, follow Administrator Craig Fugate’s activities at  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.

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 for more information on how to develop your preparedness plans, or check out the many survival and preparedness blogs and websites available today.


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 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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