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There are so many different ways that apocalyptic calamity can be sprung upon us. Earthquake, fire, super volcano, comet… The list really goes on. But preparing for an emergency does not always have to be doom and gloom. It can be creative and somewhat fun.

Zombies! The Center for Disease Control (CDC) stumbled on to something creative and interesting. You may have heard about this. On their blog, they posted an article titled, Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse. For a few, brief moments, they captured the attention of the nation, generating traffic to even crash their server. I believe that if even 1% of those readers took heed and got prepared, then it was a successful moment.

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Names of Responders who died on 09/11/2001

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The following are the Fireman, Police, EMT and Port Authorities who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.  I would ask that you take a moment for these people.  They will never play with their children, hold their loved ones, or see what tomorrow would bring.  Janet from “It’s a Disaster” also reminds us that many others have died from exposure.  This information comes from Wikipedia. Continue reading

National Preparedness Coalition

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This is an off shoot of Ready.gov website.  They set up the website so that people from all walks of life could help each other out.  Here are a few of the elements they offer:

  •  Regional Discussions:  “Connect and collaborate with coalition members near you.”
  • Preparedness Discussions:  “Learn from and share best practices with members from around the country.”
  • Find or add events:  “Find events near you or add your events.”

 Here are some of the members in the database:

  • Businesses/Private Sector
  • CERT Groups
  • Faith-based Organizations
  • News Media
  • Military
  • Colleges/Universities

There is a CERT forum on the site.  People from all over the nation ask questions, give recommendations and look for people to connect with.

This site is highly recommended if you have a CERT team or are a professional emergency manager who is looking for some great insightful information.  But if you don’t fall in those categories, don’t let that stop you from checking them out.  There are still plenty of recourses that will help you on your path to becoming a more prepared person.

Snap Shot: Drop, Cover and Hold

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We have all heard of the saying.  For those that live or lived in earthquake country, we had the drills in school.  “Earthquake, earthquake, now kids go under the desk and hold on real tight.” 

What is the real point of doing this?  Does this really help anyone out in a real earthquake?  And if so, then why do all the youtube videos show people just standing around when it starts to shake?  What about the “triangle of life”, what makes it a good or bad concept? 

These are all great questions (pat myself on the back)  and let us see where it takes us.

Q: What is the real point in doing this?

A:  The real point of doing this is to stay alive.  Things fall down, and head injuries are no laughing matter.  If debrie does fall all around you, you will have a pocket of air.  The hope is that it could be enough to keep you alive until rescue comes.

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Hazardous Material Expert– Everyday Dangers

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Today, let us welcome my friend and hazardous materiel expert, Bill. His official title is Environmental Health and Safety Specialist, where he’s responsible for hazardous material import/export, along with training individuals on proper handling of Hazmat. Bill was very entertaining to interview and he has a wealth of information to share. It may even save your life.

My normal Disclaimer applies to my guests as well.

Time: 53:00

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