Showing posts with label Preparedness. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Preparedness. Show all posts

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Not Nuclear, not War Games, just a time lapse of earthquakes for the first four months of the year...

Gizmodo - A Timelapse of All the Earthquakes From This Record-Breaking April

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According to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) which issues alerts for tsunamis, April was a very busy month for the earth's crust. Of course there are earthquakes every hour of every day, but the world usually only sees one or two earthquakes per month that are 6.5-magnitude or higher. This April there were 13, including five that were higher than 7.8, prompting tsunami warnings. "Easily a record for this institution," reports PTWC.

Watch this animation of January through April of this year. Everything seems pretty normal until you hit April 1 when you can see the 8.2-magnitude earthquake (and its many aftershocks) rock northern Chile. Suddenly the world lights up like the paparazzi and it doesn't let up all month:

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Remember, prepare now. Just a little at a time and over time you'll be surprised how much you have. Preparedness is a journey...

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Being prepared is easier than you think... Here's a shopping list to get you started

USA.gov - Basic Disaster Supplies Kit

Building an emergency kit is easy. Start with items in your house: flashlight, water and canned foods.

Ready.gov - Basic Disaster Supplies Kit

Recommended Supplies List (PDF)

A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger

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See, that doesn't look all that hard does it? Buy a little at a time and before you know it you'll have your basic supply kit done!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

WakaWaka wild holiday solar special... Power a company with a cool mission as you power your mobile devices!

Tech Strategy Trends - Get a WakaWaka solar-powered mobile device charger (or three) at a discount

A few months ago I wrote a short review of the WakaWaka solar-powered mobile device charger. With a WakaWaka, as long as you can find a little sunlight, you can charge your smartphone, tablet, or really any other device that can be powered through a USB cable. The one issue or complaint I have about the device is its price–it’s a tad steep at $80.

Well, now WakaWaka has decided to get an early jump on the holiday discount craze with some special pricing. The holiday deals are bargains, but if you were hoping to get a WakaWaka solar-powered mobile device charger for half off you’re out of luck.There are four holiday discount deals:

  • Buy two WakaWaka solar-powered mobile device chargers, get one free
  • Buy two WakaWaka solar lamps for $60 (a savings of $38)
  • Buy one WakaWaka solar-powered mobile device charger and one WakaWaka solar lamp for $105 (a savings of $23)
  • Buy one WakaWaka solar-powered mobile device charger, get free AC charger (in case there’s no sun available)

The best deal there–at least in my opinion–is getting three solar-powered mobile device chargers for the price of two. Of course, you still have to spend $160, and you end up with three solar-powered mobile device chargers when you really only need one. But, it is a holiday special, so that may be a good deal to use to give out a couple as gifts.

The device is small enough to be portable, and rugged enough to be durable. It’s a good thing to have in your glove compartment on road trips in case your car dies and you need to charge your smartphone to call for help. It’s also an excellent thing to have with you when hiking, camping, or going to the beach–really any outdoor activities–because it may come in handy and the odds of finding an available electrical outlet while tramping through the woods is essentially nil.

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WakaWaka - Holiday Specials

Thanks to your input, we have created some specials so you can share WakaWaka Powers and WakaWaka Lights with family and friends while helping a family living in darkness.

Our Holiday Specials catalog is the result of your suggestions and feedback!  We have included discounts that enable sharing of lights and power while still empowering us to fund a solar lamp with every purchase. Thank you for making it possible for WakaWaka to help fund our partner organizations all over the world to bring entrepreneurial education and micro-financing to women and last mile distribution of clean, safe light to those living in darkness.

Every purchase helps us further our mission to end energy poverty in our lifetime!!

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Given it's Preparedness Month, now's a great time to jump on this deal.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

"Winging It" is a pretty rough Preparedness Plan (aka. "Fake it 'till you make it" doesn't work as an Emergency Plan)

USA.gov - Winging It Is Not an Emergency Plan

Emergencies can occur with no warning. Do you have a supplies kit and a plan of action?

September is National Preparedness Month. Visit Ready.gov for guidance on what to before, during, and after different kinds of natural disasters and other emergencies.

Another action you can take is to join the National Preparedness Community. It’s free and open to all. As a member, you’ll have access to special preparedness resources and can collaborate with others in your community.

FEMA - National Preparedness Community

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National Preparedness Month 2013 Toolkit

The National Preparedness Month (NPM) 2013 Toolkit includes suggestions for activities and events that state, local, tribal and territorial governments, business, non-governmental organizations, and community organizations could sponsor to promote NPM.

This toolkit also includes templates and drafts of newsletter articles, blogs, posters, and other collateral material that you are able to use in various outreach efforts. As you familiarize yourself with the toolkit, keep in mind the audiences that you work with, and select the tools that are best able to help your organization reach them most effectively.

The National Preparedness Month (NPM) 2013 Toolkit is available below in its entirety. Individual chapters and resources by audience from the NPM Toolkit are also listed below according to the Toolkit's Table of Contents

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You've heard me stand on the soapbox before, so I won't repeat it all. Just let me say preparedness is a process, not a destination...

 

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Prep'ing your Pets, National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day is May 8th
When the unthinkable happens, make sure you think about your pets... Caring for your animals in a disaster means preparing now.
CDC does Earthquakes, Preparedness that is...
"Homebuilders' Guide to Earthquake-Resistant Design and Construction" Free PDF from FEMA
While it can be too later to prepare, it's never too early... Being ready is not hard, just do it, bit by bit...
Be prepared and know what you've got - Free Home Inventory Spreadsheet
A 2012 Survival Guide from How Stuff Works (Nonsense, but being prepared isn’t)
Centers for Disease Control (US CDC) provides Zombie Apocalypse 101 Survival Tips (really...) - And Zombie badges too!
Live on Earth? Then you live in a earthquake zone (your local activity may vary). When should you think about preparing for one? Um… Now!
Your Evacuation Plan – Do you have one? The time to make one is now, BEFORE you really need it…
National Preparedness Month: Don’t be afraid.. Be Ready

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Prep'ing your Pets, National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day is May 8th

LAFD News & Information  - May 8th is 'National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day'

With May 8, 2013 recognized as National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Deputy Administrator Richard Serino joins the Los Angeles Fire Department in reminding you to plan for disasters with pets, horses and livestock in mind:

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There are three simple steps you can take today!

  • Ensure your pet is wearing a collar with your current contact information. Because you may be mobile in a crisis, be sure to include your cell phone number on your pet's identification tag.
  • Create a basic disaster kit with enough dry food and water for each animal to last at least five days. Medications and medical records stored in a waterproof container will prove helpful, as will garbage bags to collect pet waste.
  • Have sturdy leashes, harnesses and carriers you can use to transport animals safely in an emergency.
For more information on preparing pets for disaster, visit:

ready.gov/caring-animals

You're all working on your personal and family disaster and emergency preparedness, right? A little each month, building your supplies, making your house safe, etc? Well don't forget those who can't prepare, your pets! What would you do about your pets if you had to leave your house NOW for an extended period, and where you were uncertain your house was going to be there when you got back? Or maybe just that you couldn't buy supplies for them for a 7-14+ day period?

No need to worry, just think and prepare, it's MUCH less stressful if you do it now than in that last moment...

Just think P4YP ("PAP"), Prep For Your Pooch... (because they can't)

Friday, October 05, 2012

ThinkGeek Zombie Survival Kit

ThinkGeek - Zombie Survival Kit

Aaaaiiiieeeee! Zombie!

You read the CDC's guide and you've got your zombie contingency plan in place. Or at least, you have one in your head. And you have plenty of duct tape around the house, so it shouldn't be a problem to throw together a kit when the time comes, right? Wrong. The last thing you want to do when the apocalypse hits is be delayed by something you could have prepped for. Because while you're prepping, other people are raiding the gun stores, hitting the highway, finding friends who will have their back, all of which is going to be really important, and all of which is going to suck if you're not one of the first people doing it.

Let us give you a leg-up on the competition with all sorts of useful gear already in a bag for easy carrying. Throw in your important paperwork, some water, your medications, and you're ready to hit the road at a moment's notice.

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Almost perfect for the cube dweller? The only thing keeping this from a cube near you is that companies might frown on the "SOG Tactical Tomahawk." I'd hate to hear about Zombie Tomahawk-Rage incidents... :|

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Zombie Apocalypse Survival Infographic

survival-goods.com - Zombie apocalypse

Ahh... nothing like a post zombie apocalypse survival infographic for a Wednesday...

What I thought neat, besides that coming from a disaster preparedness store, were the little notes jotted on it, like;

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Monday, July 30, 2012

When the unthinkable happens, make sure you think about your pets... Caring for your animals in a disaster means preparing now.

Ready.gov - Caring for Animals

"If you are like millions of animal owners nationwide, your pet is an important member of your household. Unfortunately, animals are also affected by disaster.

The likelihood that you and your animals will survive an emergency such as a fire or flood, tornado or terrorist attack depends largely on emergency planning done today. Some of the things you can do to prepare for the unexpected, such as assembling an animal emergency supply kit and developing a pet care buddy system, are the same for any emergency. Whether you decide to stay put in an emergency or evacuate to a safer location, you will need to make plans in advance for your pets. Keep in mind that what's best for you is typically what's best for your animals.

If you evacuate your home, DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PETS BEHIND! Pets most likely cannot survive on their own and if by some remote chance they do, you may not be able to find them when you return.

If you are going to a public shelter, it is important to understand that animals may not be allowed inside. Plan in advance for shelter alternatives that will work for both you and your pets; consider loved ones or friends outside of your immediate area who would be willing to host you and your pets in an emergency.

Make a back-up emergency plan in case you can't care for your animals yourself. Develop a buddy system with neighbors, friends and relatives to make sure that someone is available to care for or evacuate your pets if you are unable to do so. Be prepared to improvise and use what you have on hand to make it on your own for at least three days, maybe longer.

Use the Pet Owners Brochure and the Pet Instructional Video to help you create an emergency plan and kit for your pet.

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As I always say, a disaster is stressful enough (gee, Mr. Obvious here!) but not be prepared, even a little bit, makes many times it worse than it needs to be. Don't be afraid, just be prepared. Preparing a little at a time is all it takes... And remember, being prepared is not a destination, but a journey.

(No, I'm not a "prep'er" and have much work of my own to do to be better prepared. But I'm also not afraid to think about the unthinkable and am trying to work on our own preparedness journey and need these reminders myself... ;)

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Z.E.R.O only costs $23,999... The Zombie Extermination, Research and Operations Kit...

technabob - Z.E.R.O. Zombie Apocalypse Kit Makes Sure You Survive Hell and High Water

"There were a string of weird occurrences in the last couple of months involving some people going stark crazy because of the things that they managed to do. It’s too gruesome to describe in detail, but here’s one work that sums it all up: cannibalism. This freaked a lot of people out, especially because they all occurred within a few days or weeks with each other.

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Anyway, if you still feel like you’re in danger, then you might be one of the few who’s willing to unload $24,000 to purchase the Z.E.R.O. Zombie Apocalypse Kit. It’s got everything – and I do mean everything – you’ll ever need to fight off the undead and protect yourself while you’re out in the wild.

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Z.E.R.O. (Zombie Extermination, Research and Operations) Kit by OpticsPlanet

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Imagine: You half-hear a low, guttural sound from outside as you lay sleeping. You figure it's just your stomach after too much delicious Mexican food...image but a sudden thud on the outside wall of the house shakes you from a peaceful slumber. Deep within the primal centers of your brain, you realize the dead have risen to claim our once-peaceful realm. What do you do? What do you need? The dead have risen, and they've returned as something different. Those you were once closest to now hunger for your flesh, and possibly the Mexican food you had for dinner.

There is no room for error when dealing with the undead. Our Z.E.R.O. (Zombie Extermination, Research and Operations) Kit takes into account all the different aspects of surviving the looming zombie apocalypse. When the undead hordes rise from their shallow graves to wreak havoc on all decent civilization, you'll need to both fight back (Extermination), and find a cure (Research).

Always be prepared. In the new zombie world you can be king of the hill, or the tastiest treat in town.

Life Post Zombie Apocalypse is Harsh...Survive it!

First, as in any disaster, whether it is a hurricane, blizzard, alien invasion or giant lizard attack, you need basic survival gear. Fighting back will be necessary as well, but you have to survive the elements and everyday hazards before you can mount an offensive.

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That's awesome! All I need to do is to start saving my "me money" and I'll be able to get one of these for the family (in about 20 years or so... :|  ). Lab equipment and everything... cool. Hey, this will also double as a great alien invasion kit too!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

CDC does Earthquakes, Preparedness that is...

CDC - Emergency Preparedness and Response - Earthquakes

Surviving an earthquake and reducing its health impact requires preparation, planning, and practice. Far in advance, you can gather emergency supplies, identify and reduce possible hazards in your home, and practice what to do during and after an earthquake. Learning what actions to take can help you and your family to remain safe and healthy in the event of an earthquake.

Before an Earthquake

After an Earthquake

During an Earthquake

Additional Resources

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It's never to early, but it can be to late... Be smart, be prepared.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

The CDC provides more Zombie Preparedness tips, this time via a graphic novella

CDC - Are We Prepared - Zombie Preparedness

CDC has a fun new way of teaching the importance of emergency preparedness. Our new graphic novel, "Preparedness 101: Zombie Pandemic" demonstrates the importance of being prepared in an entertaining way that people of all ages will enjoy. Readers follow Todd, Julie, and their dog Max as a strange new disease begins spreading, turning ordinary people into zombies. Stick around to the end for a surprising twist that will drive home the importance of being prepared for any emergency. Included in the novel is a Preparedness Checklist so that readers can get their family, workplace, or school ready before disaster strikes. Click on the images below to view the novella. Transcripts of each chapter are provided below each chapter thumbnail.

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Said it the last time the CDC did the zombie thing, I think it takes some guts to do something like this. I find it hard to imagine a government agency doing this.

Oh BTW, I think it's awesome. :)

If this helps spread the "it's never to early to prepare" then I feel it's my tax dollars well spent. That said, I hope they don't go to overboard. Investing a little in this is cool, but too much is well, too much...

(via GeekDad - The Return of the CDC Zombies: The Zombie Pandemic Graphic Novel)

 

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Thursday, September 08, 2011

"Homebuilders' Guide to Earthquake-Resistant Design and Construction" Free PDF from FEMA

Government Book Talk - Getting Ready for the Next Quake

"For us East Coasters, our recent experience with an earthquake was an unusual one. Of course, they’re comparatively rare here and not as strong as the ones that plague the West Coast, but it still makes you think about what would happen to your house (and you) if a really big one hit. What about my house? Even aside from how it would stand up structurally, I’ve got a lot of books and bookcases – maybe an avalanche waiting to happen. Then there are the china cabinets – it really wouldn’t do to have grandma’s best strewn across the room in shards, would it?

When I start thinking about stuff like this, my natural inclination is to find a book. For example, there’s Homebuilders’ Guide to Earthquake-Resistant Design and Construction, a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) publication that’s been around for years. It’s for homebuilders, but also for homeowners who want some good information about safe homes and how some things can be made safer. It’s based on the International Residential Code (IRC) and explains the basic principles of earthquake-resistant design and what it calls “above-code” measures that can further reduce the amount of damage from an earthquake. I like the idea of guidelines that not only meet but exceed the standards, especially when they can affect safety.

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FEMA - Homebuilders' Guide to Earthquake-Resistant Design and Construction

This guide replaces the Home Builder's Guide to Seismic Resistant Construction and all earlier versions of FEMA 232. It presents seismic design and construction guidance for one- and two-family light frame residential structures that can be utilized by homebuilders, homeowners, and other non-engineers, and provides supplemental information to the 2003 edition of the International Residential Code. Includes background information on the principles of seismic resistance and how earthquake forces impact conventional residential construction and more detailed information on architectural considerations. Discussions of masonry and stone elements, examples of typical floor plans for earthquake resistant one- and two-story homes, excerpts of seismic requirements from building codes, and checklists for home builders are included. The guide also presents a series of "above code recommendations" and low cost measures that would increase the performance of the building and help keep it functional after an earthquake.

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Here's a snap from the PDF;

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And a snip from the Preface;

This publication presents seismic design and construction guidance for one- and two-family houses in a manner that can be utilized by homebuilders, knowledgeable homeowners, and other non-engineers. It incorporates and references the prescriptive provisions of the 2003 International Residential Code as well as the results of the FEMA-funded CUREE-Caltech Woodframe Project. The manual includes prescriptive building detail plans based on state-of-the-art earthquake-resistant design for use by homebuilders and others in the construction of a non-engineered residential structure. Further, the manual also uses the results of recent loss investigations as well as current research and analysis results to identify a number of specific above-code measures for improved earthquake performance along with their associated costs. A typical modern house is used to illustrate the application and benefits of above-code measures. This manual replaces the Home Builders Guide to Seismic Resistant Construction (FEMA 232) published by FEMA in August 1998 as well as earlier FEMA and HUD versions

It's a few years old, but I doubt much as changed in this area in the five years since it was published. If you are into construction, professionally or as a hobby around the house, or are just interested in seeing ways to make your house (the biggest investment, besides kids, you'll ever make in your life) more earthquake resistant, this PDF is just a free download away...

 

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Thursday, September 01, 2011

While it can be too later to prepare, it's never too early... Being ready is not hard, just do it, bit by bit...

LAFD News & Information - This September: A Time to Remember. A Time to Prepare.

"As you know, this September will mark the ten year anniversary of 9/11 and the Los Angeles Fire Department asks you to take time to remember those lost as well as time to make sure you are prepared for future emergencies. September is National Preparedness Month (NPM), which was founded after 9/11 to increase preparedness in the U.S. It is a time to prepare yourself and those in your care for an unexpected emergency.

Please plan in the event you must go for three days without electricity, water service, access to a supermarket, or local services for several days. The Los Angeles Fire Department along with our friends at FEMA and Ready.gov suggest you follow these three simple steps:

1. Get a Kit: Keep enough emergency ...

2. Make a Plan: Discuss, agree on, and document....

3. Be Informed: Free information is available to assist you from federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial resources. ...

Some have asked, "Why do I need to prepare?".
Fire, police, and rescue personnel may not always be able to reach you quickly, such as if they're overwhelmed by demand from multiple emergencies, or trees and power lines are down blocking access. The most important step you can take in helping us, is being able to take care of yourself and those in your care; the more people who are prepared, the quicker the community will recover

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You've heard me sing this song before, and you're going to hear me sing it again... "Being prepared is not hard to do..."

Just do it a bit at a time. A flashlight here, new batteries there, a pre-packed kit (the American Red Cross has some, and building your own isn't hard either) there, extra water then, some extra pet food, etc, etc.

Just do a little at a time and after a bit you'll have quite a bit.

Make it a family project. Have your kids help with the plan and the contact list, make it a game or a fun activity (like a scavenger hunt for preparedness supplies or something). Making it fun makes it less scary.

But start. Today. Please.

 

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Be prepared and know what you've got - Free Home Inventory Spreadsheet

PCWorld - Download a Free Home-Inventory Spreadsheet

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In recent weeks I've had something of a wake-up call: several friends and family members have had their houses broken into and some expensive possessions stolen. I'm talking laptops, big-screen TVs, and the like. This got me wondering how prepared I'd be if the same thing happened to me. For example, would I be able to provide serial numbers to the police? And how could I prove my losses to my insurance company?

One cheap and easy solution: a home inventory, which includes details about each valuable item you own.

You can create a simple home inventory using any spreadsheet program: Excel, Google Docs, OpenOffice, etc. But what information should you include, and how should you organize it? (And if you've never built a spreadsheet before, even the basic mechanics might prove daunting.)

Have no fear: a company called Vertex42 offers a free Home Inventory spreadsheet [GD:click through to the original article for the link]. It's provided in XLS format, meaning you should be able to open it in any spreadsheet program on the planet. (If you're a Google Docs user, you'll have to download it to your PC, then upload it to Docs.)

This nicely formatted document has room for your personal and insurance information. It also  ..."

Imagine that you all the "stuff" you have is suddenly gone. Sure you've got insurance (hopefully), but your agent wants "an itemized list or detailed inventory of your stuff, and its value, for your claim." What would you do? (What would I do, you mean, besides cry?)

This spreadsheet looks like a great starting point for that inventory. Just do a little at a time, maybe a room or even a wall in a room at a time, and in just a little while I bet you'll be done will only need to update it every so often. And if you start now, you'll be done that much sooner... (Note to self: Do this... it's just one more piece of our preparedness puzzle)

Monday, July 11, 2011

A 2012 Survival Guide from How Stuff Works (Nonsense, but being prepared isn’t)

howstuffworks - Apocalypse Now? A 2012 Survival Guide

“Sure, we'll all have a good laugh about this 2012 nonsense come January 2013, but first we'll have to brave an entire year of nonstop doom and gloom from pseudoscientists, would-be prophets and outright quacks. That means going to bed every night and asking yourself, "What if the world actually does end tomorrow like Nostradamus sorta-kinda said it would?"

Face it: You're better off going into 2012 prepared. That means knowing the year's top 10 apocalypse threats like the back of your hand and packing a survival kit to handle any eventuality. We're happy to help with that.

In the pages ahead, we'll run through 10 of the apocalyptic boogeymen facing us in 2012, as well as a few recommendations from the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to keep you one step ahead when the end is nigh…

  • Mayan Mayhem
  • Enraptured!
  • Web Bot Psychics
  • Accidental World-eating Black Holes
  • Planet X'd in the Face
  • The Fifth World Order
  • Total Geomagnetic Reversal
  • I Ching, You Apocalypsed
  • Solar Flare for the Dramatic
  • And They All Lived Happypocalypse Every After
  • Lots More Information

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Most of this is silly, but like I said in the title, being prepared for disasters isn’t. If “2012” is what it takes to get you started preparing, then mission accomplished...

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

[Zombie, Humor] - US Army Zombie Combat Command & FM 999-3 (Counter-Zombie Operations at the Fireteam Level)

Wired - Danger Room - Army Gets How-To Guide for Zombie Invasion

"One day in the not-too-distant future, a mindless horde of cannibalistic killing machines will come shambling through the streets of America. And when that day comes, the U.S. Army will be on it faster than you can scream “BRAAIIIINNSS!”

Lucky for us, the Army Zombie Combat Command has put together a nifty manual on how to identify, fight, and kill those murderous mobs of the undead. Soldiers can now add the FM 999-3 Counter-Zombie Operations at the Fireteam Level to their arsenal – “the primary doctrinal reference on conducting fire team sized infantry operations in a Zombie infested environment in the United States.”

And as far as we know, this is the only (non) arm of the service that “guarantees the survival of the United States in the event of any Zombie emergency.”

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Army Zombie Combat Command

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Army Zombie Combat Command - Field Manuals

Here you will find publications made by the Army Zombie Combat Command. It is to be read by every soldier in the United States Army.

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Army Zombie Combat Command - PX

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A FM for fighting zombies... awesome. And the 999 being 666 upside down? :P

NOTE: If you haven't guessed yet, this isn't really a US Army project, unit, site, etc, but I thought it cool/funny/interesting none the less...

 

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Centers for Disease Control (US CDC) provides Zombie Apocalypse 101 Survival Tips (really...) - And Zombie badges too!

CDCEmergency Preparedness and Response - Social Media: Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse

"The following was originally posted on CDC Public Health Matters Blog May 16th, 2011 by Ali S. Khan.

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There are all kinds of emergencies out there that we can prepare for. Take a zombie apocalypse for example. That’s right, I said z-o-m-b-i-e a-p-o-c-a-l-y-p-s-e. You may laugh now, but when it happens you’ll be happy you read this, and hey, maybe you’ll even learn a thing or two about how to prepare for a real emergency.

A Brief History of Zombies
We’ve all seen at least one movie about flesh-eating zombies taking over ...

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Better Safe than Sorry

So what do you need to do before zombies…or hurricanes or pandemics for example, actually happen? ...

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Never Fear – CDC is Ready

If zombies did start roaming the streets, CDC would conduct an investigation much like any other disease outbreak. CDC would provide technical assistance to cities, states, or international partners dealing with a zombie infestation. This assistance might include consultation, lab testing and analysis, patient management and care, tracking of contacts, and infection control (including isolation and quarantine). It’s likely that an investigation of this scenario would seek to accomplish several goals: determine the cause of the illness, the source of the infection/virus/toxin, learn how it is transmitted and how readily it is spread, how to break the cycle of transmission and thus prevent further cases, and how patients can best be treated. Not only would scientists be working to identify the cause and cure of the zombie outbreak, but CDC and other federal agencies would send medical teams and first responders to help those in affected areas (I will be volunteering the young nameless disease detectives for the field work).

To learn more about what CDC does to prepare for and respond to emergencies of all kinds, visit:
http://emergency.cdc.gov/cdc/orgs_progs.asp

To learn more about how you can prepare for and stay safe during an emergency visit:
http://emergency.cdc.gov/

To download a badge like the one above that you can add to your social networking profile, blog, website, or email signature visit:
http://emergency.cdc.gov/socialmedia/zombies.asp

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Social Media: Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse (Badges, widgets and more)

"Buttons and Badges

Buttons and badges share health messages and information about campaigns and causes online. These graphic elements can be posted to any web site, blog, social networking profile, or email signature and link users to more information.

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Widgets

Widgets are applications that anyone can display on their website or blog. These widgets are automatically updated to display featured content, so you always have up-to-date, credible health and safety content.

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ZOMG, that's awesome. This is the kind of government I like to see, using a message that while humorous, gets the idea across. I have to applaud at their strength in doing this. Can you imagine the look YOUR boss would give you if you suggested something like this?

Humor aside, there's no better time than now in getting started preparing for emergencies. All it takes is a little at a time and before you know it you're... well you're ready for the Zombie Apocalypse or whatever else my impact you and your family. Don't be afraid, just do it...

 

If you're    ready for a zombie apocalypse, then you're ready for any emergency.    emergency.cdc.gov

 

(via Slashdot - CDC Warns of Zombie Apocalypse)

Monday, November 29, 2010

LAFD 'Toy Safety' Widget - Check the widget before you write the check…

LAFD Blog - LAFD 'Toy Safety' Widget Arrives For the Holidays

“To help identify toys and children's products that have been recalled, the Los Angeles Fire Department and Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) are again teaming up this holiday season to provide a 'Toy & Children's Product Recall' widget that is easy to share with friends and family.

[GD: Widget there on the left <<<]

This free 'widget' displays the most recent child product and toy recalls from CPSC - and is easily added to your personal website or blog.

Will You Help Us?

During the holiday season, we're asking webmasters and bloggers across our nation to include this widget on their sites. You can share this real-time display on Facebook, MySpace (or other on-line site) by simply clicking on the 'Get Widget' button above - or visiting:

http://bit.ly/toy-safety-widget

Go Ahead, Give It a Try!”

It’s simple and easy to add, so why not?

Friday, February 12, 2010

Live on Earth? Then you live in a earthquake zone (your local activity may vary). When should you think about preparing for one? Um… Now!

FEMA - FEMA Asks: Are You Earthquake Prepared?

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Midwesterners expect and prepare for a variety of seasonal hazards such as extreme snow, ice, flooding, tornadoes and severe weather. But the non-seasonal threat of earthquakes may not register on every family’s hazard scale.

That’s why the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region VII is urging residents to become “Earthquake Prepared” by exercising a few safety measures to help prepare themselves for earthquakes and disasters of all types.

Even though earthquakes are not frequent, residents should know what to do before, during and after one hits:

Before an earthquake occurs:

  • Consider purchasing earthquake insurance.
  • Buy a 20-gallon garbage can and fill it with emergency supplies.
  • Consider retrofitting your home to make it more resistant to earthquake damage.
  • Educate your children about earthquake safety.
  • Anchor heavy furniture, shelves, cupboards and appliances to the walls or floor. -
  • Store dangerous chemicals such as flammable liquids and poisons in a secure place.
  • Learn how to shut off the gas, electricity and water.
  • Have money in savings for post-catastrophic expenses that aren’t covered by your earthquake insurance policy. These expenses may include higher insurance deductible and repair or replacement claims that exceed your policy limits.

When an earthquake hits, what to do if you’re indoors:

  • DROP to the ground;
  • Take COVER by getting under a sturdy table or other piece of furniture; and
  • HOLD ON until the shaking stops.  Cover your face and head with your arms and crouch in an inside corner of the building.
  • Stay away from glass, windows, outside doors and walls, and anything that could fall
  • Stay in bed if you are there when the earthquake strikes. Hold on and protect your head with a pillow, unless you are under a heavy light fixture that could fall. In that case, move to the nearest safe place.
  • Stay inside until shaking stops and it is safe to go outside. Research has shown that most injuries occur when people inside buildings attempt to move to a different location inside the building or try to leave.
  • Be aware that the electricity may go out or the sprinkler systems or fire alarms may turn on.

When an earthquake hits, what to do if you’re outdoors:

  • Stay there. Drop, Cover and Hold.
  • Move away from buildings, streetlights, and utility wires.
  • Once in the open, stay there until the shaking stops. The greatest danger exists directly outside buildings, at exits, and alongside exterior walls. Ground movement during an earthquake is seldom the direct cause of death or injury. Most earthquake-related casualties result from collapsing walls, flying glass, and falling objects.

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FEMAEarthquake

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FEMAEarthquake Publications and Resources(Individuals and Homeowners)

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Earthquake Publications and Resources(Individuals and Homeowners) - Earthquake Home Hazard Hunt Poster

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Look, it’s not hard. It’s nothing to be scared about. It’s just smart. Prepare a little at a time. Make it a family project or event. Whatever you need to do, just start doing it. Baby steps, little at a time and you’ll be amazed how quickly you’ll become better prepared for whatever happens.

The more you sweat and prepare now, the less you’ll bleed later (errr… scary… sorry… Army training flashback… but you get the idea… )

 

So do I walk the walk? Mostly. For the last 5 years, every Christmas I buy my parents and my family “preparedness” gifts (yeah… I know… but they’ll thank me when something happens… lol). So every year we’re building up, and adding too, a set of supplies, a little at a time.

Things I need to do:

  • Strap down stuff. I’ve bought a number of earthquake strap kits, etc. Now I just need to actually install them… lol.
  • Consolidate and build an inventory. We have a bunch of supplies, equipment, things, etc now. But they are in different locations in the house (mostly in the back of closets). I need to take all this stuff, put it in a lockable, water tight and safe location outside the house. While I do that I need to inventory it and note shelf life (like the 5 year water things that are set to expire next year, etc)
  • Bring supplies to work. I have a good number of supplies in my trunk, but I’d also like kits (like Red Cross 3 day packs) for me and my team inside our workplace. (BTW, every year I like to buy a couple Red Cross 3 day packs and stash them in different places, give them to family or friends, etc.)

 

Just some of the things I thought about when preparing:

Power
How/where are you going to charge your Cell if power is out for an extended period? Radios? TV’s? Batteries (fresh ones), generators (on my wish list) and power invertors (i.e. plug stuff into your car)

Cash
No power, no phones, no ATM’s, no Credit Cards… Have cash stashed. Not allot, but how much cash do you carry anymore? None? A couple bucks? Yeah, me too. So if you had to put your hands on some 20’s because the gas station, local store, etc isn’t taking credit cards…?

Living in your backyard
House is unsafe. Local hotels are full. No FEMA trailers. You want to protect your property. Think about what it would take to camp out in your backyard for a few weeks. Think about cooking, cleaning, sanitation (no running water, no flushing), weather, etc

Water
You can live for weeks without food, but in three days without water… Think about caches of clean water. How to clean dirty water.

Pets
They are part of your family too. What about feeding them? etc

And that’s just the tip…

 

Yeah, seems like allot doesn’t it? Well think about thinking about all that just after the ground stop shaking…

 

Related Past Post XRef:
Your Evacuation Plan – Do you have one? The time to make one is now, BEFORE you really need it…
National Preparedness Month: Don’t be afraid.. Be Ready

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Your Evacuation Plan – Do you have one? The time to make one is now, BEFORE you really need it…

LA Metblog - The 5+ Things I Would Grab In Case of an Evacuation

“Driving back from Fresno yesterday evening, I could see the hazy, hot pink sky and billowing smoke as I headed towards LA proper.  Nasty.  And scary.  If you’re within striking distance of any of the four major fires and are packing your things in case of a forced (or unforced) evacuation, the Red Cross has a handy guide of important items to pack.  Please don’t forget that your pets need evacuation kits too – the ASPCA has a great list here.

The Red Cross’ list includes:

MATERIALS

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American Red Cross - Your Evacuation Plan

“Local government officials, not the Red Cross, issue evacuation orders when disaster threatens. Listen to local radio and television reports when disaster threatens. If local officials ask you to leave, do so immediately!

If you have only moments before leaving, grab these things and go!
  • Medical supplies: prescription medications and dentures.
  • Disaster supplies: flashlight, batteries, radio, first aid kit, bottled water
  • Clothing and bedding: a change of clothes and a sleeping bag or bedroll and pillow for each household member
  • Car keys and keys to the place you may be going (friend's or relative's home)
If local officials haven't advised an immediate evacuation:

If there's a chance the weather may get worse or flooding may happen, take steps now to protect your home and belongings. Do this only if local officials have not asked you to leave

Gather essential supplies and papers.

You will need the following supplies when you leave your home; put them all together in a duffle bag or other large container in advance:

  • Flashlight with plenty of extra batteries
  • Battery-powered radio with extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Prescription medications in their original bottle, plus copies of the prescriptions
  • Eyeglasses (with a copy of the prescription)
  • Water (at least one gallon per person is recommended; more is better)
  • Foods that do not require refrigeration or cooking
  • Items that infants and elderly household members may require
  • Medical equipment and devices, such as dentures, crutches, prostheses, etc.
  • Change of clothes for each household member
  • Sleeping bag or bedroll and pillow for each household member
  • Checkbook, cash, and credit cards
  • Map of the area

Important papers to take with you:

  • Driver's license or personal identification
  • Social Security card
  • Proof of residence (deed or lease)
  • Insurance policies
  • Birth and marriage certificates
  • Stocks, bonds, and other negotiable certificates
  • Wills, deeds, and copies of recent tax returns

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The time to prepare is BEFORE you need to prepare. When it comes down to it, you’ll almost always be surprised and in a rush. To keep it from becoming a panic, try to prepare before hand (cough… like… um… now). The more you’re prepared, the less stressful it will be for you and your family. This will let you focus on the important things, like keeping everyone safe and sound…