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Being Prepared will always better then not Being Prepared

Having a well thought out plan makes it a lot easier to make good decisions during an emergency, especially in the mist of chaos.
Having a plan also helps people to avoid being consumed by Panic and Fear, which could cause you to make costly mistakes and thus lower your chances of surviving.     

Incident Command System is a standardized approach to the command, control, and coordination of emergency response providing a common hierarchy within which responders from multiple agencies can be effective.
White House Situation Room is a conference room and intelligence management center in the basement of the West Wing of the White House. It is run by the National Security Council staff for the use of the President of the United States and their advisors (including the National Security Advisor, the Homeland Security Advisor and the White House Chief of Staff) to monitor and deal with crises at home and abroad and to conduct secure communications with outside (often overseas) persons. The Situation Room is equipped with secure, advanced communications equipment for the President to maintain command and control of U.S. forces around the world.

Planning  -  Problem Solving

Disaster Distress Hotline: 1-800-985-5990

When disaster strikes it's a good idea to have a well thought out plan. Whether it's a natural disaster, financial disaster, health problem, war, currency collapse, or what ever the problem, changes will happen and sacrifices will have to be made. But this doesn't mean a catastrophic end, death or suffering, or does it mean the End of Days, or Armageddon. Or does this mean that we have to resort to violence, looting and lose control, which will just make the situation worse. Things will only get out of control if we let them. Life always has Cycles, we always have new obstacles, new challenges and new beginnings. Fear, Stress and desperation can be overwhelming, but we have the abilities to survive if we stick together and act logical.  

Crisis is any event that is, or is expected to lead to, an unstable and dangerous situation affecting an individual, group, community, or whole society.
Emergency is a situation that poses an immediate risk to health, life, property, or environment. Most emergencies require urgent intervention to prevent a worsening of the situation, although in some situations, mitigation may not be possible and agencies may only be able to offer palliative care for the aftermath.
State of Emergency alerts citizens to change their normal behavior and orders government agencies to implement emergency plans.
Disaster is a serious disruption of the functioning of a community or a society involving widespread human, material, economic or environmental losses and impacts, which exceeds the ability of the affected community or society to cope using its own resources.
Natural Disaster is a major adverse event resulting from natural processes of the Earth; examples include floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunamis, and other geologic processes. A natural disaster can cause loss of life or property damage, and typically leaves some economic damage in its wake, the severity of which depends on the affected population's resilience, or ability to recover and also on the infrastructure available.
Disaster Monitoring

List of Natural Disasters by Death Toll (wiki)
List of Accidents and Disasters by Death Toll

25 Biggest Man Made Environmental Disasters Of History (youtube)
25 Biggest Man Made Environmental Disasters in History
List of industrial Disasters (wiki)

Risks to Civilization, Humans and Planet Earth (wiki)   
Risk Management

Societal Collapse
Economic Collapse

Financial Collapse
Media Collapse 

You must stay calm and focus on the plan and your responsibilities. Avoid Stress and worrying for they will only distract you and waste precious time and energy. Don't ignore the children. Children must continue to be educated and also be assured that these types of things have happened throughout human history and that we have always found a way to survive and recover. Use these
moments to train and teach problem solving. Children are our most reliable investment that humans have.     

Distress Signal is an internationally recognized means for obtaining help. Distress signals are communicated by transmitting radio signals, displaying a visually observable item or illumination, or making a sound audible from a distance.

SOS is the International Morse code distress signal. (...- - -...)
Mayday is an emergency procedure word used internationally as a distress signal in voice procedure radio communications.
Emergency Broadcast System is a former emergency warning system used in the United States. EBS replaced the previous CONELRAD system and was used from 1963 to 1997, at which point it was replaced by the Emergency Alert System, which is a national warning system in the United States put into place on January 1, 1997.

What is Survival?
Survive: Continue to live or exist through hardship, danger or adversity. Support oneself.
Survival Skills are techniques that a person may use in order to sustain life in any type of environment. These techniques are meant to provide basic necessities for human life which include water, food, and shelter.
Survival Analysis is a branch of statistics for analyzing the expected duration of time until one or more events happen, such as death in biological organisms and failure in mechanical systems.
Survival Rate is a part of survival analysis. It is the percentage of people in a study or treatment group still alive for a given period of time after diagnosis. Survival rates are important for prognosis, but because the rate is based on the population as a whole, an individual prognosis may be different depending on newer treatments since the last statistical analysis as well as the overall general health of the patient
Survival Tips
Knowing how to Fend for Yourself, or for others, is a skill that millions everyday have to use.
Fend: To manage without help from others. Defend oneself. Look after and provide for oneself.
But of course when we work together as a team our survival rate increase tremendously.

Combining Efforts
Having a good support system and a good Network of Friends, Family and Neighbors, people who understand that combining efforts and working together will always be more beneficial for everyone. And there's plenty of people, so it's just a matter of bringing people together, like Joining a Club.
It's a good idea to have good connections. Have a place to meet when normal communication methods breakdown.   Safe and Well    File of Life Form (PDF)   Buddy System
Having multiple ways to communicate is essential? It's good to be dependent on each other instead of just the government and people in power. It might be better to clan together with friends, family and colleagues. Make sure you set up your own personal network that has connections to other networks. Trust is a must, criminals are here now and they will be around later. Trusting the wrong people could put you at risk.  Know someone who has contacts with important services like food distribution, water, energy and so on. Start locally with friends, family, farms, water, energy and so on.  Collaboration

You have to know where your food comes from, your options and choices? How much of your food depends on imports and exports? What shortages will you expect when trade is disrupted? Do you understand how a Black Market works? Can you make bread? Can you grow food? How much food can you grow? Hording and stock piling food and supplies is Ok but how will you replenish your supplies?
You have to know where your water comes from? Options and choices? Do you know what contaminants are in your drinking water or rivers? Do you have access to water testing supplies?
You have to know where your energy comes from? Options and choices?
Know your workforce. Know who's willing to work? What skills do people have? Do people know their responsibilities? Make sure that the people who are providing needed services are taken care of and will not be vulnerable to criminals or corruption.
When it comes to money, it is just one of many tools that we have. So it is a good idea to know alternative methods for acquiring needed supplies. Money will always be a convenient tool as long as we use it under different rules that will not allow it to control and manipulate people unfairly.
But we must beware that criminals will try to control money again, they murdered Lincoln for the green backs and they murdered Kennedy too because he also wanted a national currency that would be controlled by the people, and not by criminal organizations, of course that's another story.

Share your plan with people you want in your network. Let them know the ways that they can help and what information you will need.

Coordinating Disaster Relief Efforts


Need a Phone Number for people to call for help and to offer services -  Notify people about the Locations of Relief Centers / Setup Command CenterBusiness Support System and Network Operations Center / Setup Bulletin Boards / Setup Information Stations / Setup website to help coordinate volunteers and for people to list their needs, and to List items already donated, and to list items that are needed, like tools, supplies, food, water and so on. Need People to Document everything.

"Use all Media Outlets and Communication Tools to Transmit information Above"

Are you Prepared?   What's the Plan?         

Preparedness refers to a very concrete research based set of actions that are taken as precautionary measures in the face of potential disasters. These actions can include both physical preparations (such as emergency supplies depots, adapting buildings to survive earthquakes and so on) and trainings for emergency action. Preparedness is an important quality in achieving goals and in avoiding and mitigating negative outcomes. There are different types of preparedness, such as public health preparedness and local emergency preparedness or snow preparedness (i.e.: Snow Preparedness Teams - SPT), but probably the most developed type is "Disaster Preparedness", defined by the UN as involving "forecasting and taking precautionary measures prior to an imminent threat when advance warnings are possible".[1] This includes not only natural disasters, but all kinds of severe damage caused in a relatively short period, including warfare. Preparedness is a major phase of emergency management, and is particularly valued in areas of competition such as sport and military science. Methods of preparation include research, estimation, planning, resourcing, education, practicing and rehearsing.

Recovers Organizing Toolkit  (413) 219-5613

Communication in Communities
Emergency Housing   

Fire Drill is a method of practicing how a building would be evacuated in the event of a fire or other emergency. Usually, the building's existing fire alarm system is activated and the building is evacuated as if the emergency had occurred. Generally, the time it takes to evacuate is measured to ensure that it occurs within a reasonable length of time, and problems with the emergency system or evacuation procedures are identified to be remedied.

Do you have an Evacuation Plan?
Quality Control

Emergency Response Plans

Disaster Recovery Plan is a documented process or set of procedures to recover and protect a business IT infrastructure in the event of a disaster. Such a plan, ordinarily documented in written form, specifies procedures an organization is to follow in the event of a disaster. It is "a comprehensive statement of consistent actions to be taken before, during and after a disaster". The disaster could be natural, environmental or man-made. Man-made disasters could be intentional (for example, an act of a terrorist) or unintentional (that is, accidental, such as the breakage of a man-made dam). Given organizations' increasing dependency on information technology to run their operations, a disaster recovery plan, sometimes erroneously called a Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP), is increasingly associated with the recovery of information technology data, assets, and facilities.
Disaster Recovery involves a set of policies and procedures to enable the recovery or continuation of vital technology infrastructure and systems following a natural or human-induced disaster. Disaster recovery focuses on the IT or technology systems supporting critical business functions, as opposed to business continuity, which involves keeping all essential aspects of a business functioning despite significant disruptive events. Disaster recovery is therefore a subset of business continuity.

Volunteers Organizing
Disasters Info
Incident Response Management

Americas Prepareathon
Group Home
Damage Control is the emergency control of situations that may cause the sinking of a watercraft.
Examples are: Rupture of a pipe or hull especially below the waterline and damage from grounding (running aground) or hard berthing against a wharf. Temporary fixing of bomb or explosive damage.

First Aid Tips
CPR Training

Is your Government Prepared?

Continuity of Government is the principle of establishing defined procedures that allow a government to continue its essential operations in case of nuclear war or other catastrophic event.
Intelligence Cycle is the fundamental cycle of intelligence processing in a civilian or military intelligence agency or in law enforcement as a closed path consisting of repeating nodes. The stages of the intelligence cycle include the issuance of requirements by decision makers, collection, processing, analysis, and publication of intelligence. The circuit is completed when decision makers provide feedback and revised requirements. The intelligence cycle is also called the Intelligence Process by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and the uniformed services The intelligence cycle is an effective way of processing information and turning it into relevant and actionable intelligence.
Supply Chain

National Intelligence Emergency Management
National Intelligence Strategy (PDF)

International Association of Emergency Managers

Disaster Center Resources
Red Cross Chapters
Weather Warnings

Emergency Social Services is a component of the Provincial Emergency Program of the Province of British Columbia. ESS are those services required to preserve the well-being of people affected by an emergency or disaster. Teams are established in local municipalities and assemble together for meetings and contingency planning.

Doomsday Drill Includes Local Agencies

Mitigation are measures that eliminate or reduce the impacts and risks of hazards through proactive measures taken before an emergency or disaster occurs.

To act in such a way as to cause an offense to seem less serious. The action of lessening in severity or intensity.

Hazard Mitigation Planning is the effort to reduce loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters. It is most effective when implemented under a comprehensive, long-term mitigation plan. State, tribal, and local governments engage in hazard mitigation planning to identify risks and vulnerabilities associated with natural disasters, and develop long-term strategies for protecting people and property from future hazard events. Mitigation plans are key to breaking the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage.

Developing hazard mitigation plans enables state, tribal, and local governments to:
Increase education and awareness around threats, hazards, and vulnerabilities;
Build partnerships for risk reduction involving government, organizations, businesses, and the public;
Identify long-term, broadly-supported strategies for risk reduction;
Align risk reduction with other state, tribal, or community objectives;
Identify implementation approaches that focus resources on the greatest risks and vulnerabilities; and Communicate priorities to potential sources of funding.

Moreover, a FEMA-approved hazard mitigation plan is a condition for receiving certain types of non-emergency disaster assistance, including funding for mitigation projects. Ultimately, hazard mitigation planning enables action to reduce loss of life and property, lessening the impact of disasters.

A new study shows natural disasters have caused more than $7 trillion and left over eight million people dead over the past century. (many more deaths then what is reported)

Infectious Diseases Emergency Preparedness Plan   PDF

Emergency Containment Plan to respond to a Virus Infection
CDC Planning   

Quarantine is used to separate and restrict the movement of persons; it is a 'state of enforced isolation'. This is often used in connection to disease and illness, such as those who may possibly have been exposed to a communicable disease.
Disease Outbreak News
CDC Outbreaks  OA   
Health Travel Alerts

Air Quality   Map  Map 2

Water Quality
Food Safety

Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) has large quantities of medicine and medical supplies to protect the American public if there is a public health emergency.

Vulnerability Assessment is the process of identifying, quantifying, and prioritizing (or ranking) the vulnerabilities in a system. Examples of systems for which vulnerability assessments are performed include, but are not limited to, information technology systems, energy supply systems, water supply systems, transportation systems, and communication systems. Such assessments may be conducted on behalf of a range of different organizations, from small businesses up to large regional infrastructures. Vulnerability from the perspective of disaster management means assessing the threats from potential hazards to the population and to infrastructure. It may be conducted in the political, social, economic or environmental fields. Vulnerability assessment has many things in common with risk assessment. Assessments are typically performed according to the following steps: Cataloging assets and capabilities (resources) in a system. Assigning quantifiable value (or at least rank order) and importance to those resources. Identifying the vulnerabilities or potential threats to each resource. Mitigating or eliminating the most serious vulnerabilities for the most valuable resources.
Vulnerability refers to the inability (of a system or a unit) to withstand the effects of a hostile environment. A window of vulnerability (WoV) is a time frame within which defensive measures are diminished, compromised or lacking.
Preventive Maintenance

Hazard Prevention
Risk Management
Risk Assessment
Operational Risk Management

Precautionary Principle
Process Safety Management
Hazard and Operability Study

Pollution Prevention
Prevent Defense
Preventive Healthcare

Good to Know

Emergency Preparedness Tips for Storms and Power Outages (youtube)
Radio (wiki) 

Winter Power Outage Tips
Power Outage Tips
Hurricane Safety Tips
Winter Storm Tips

Emergency Supplies, Food and Water Tips from FEMA (PDF)
Emergency Foods

Insurance Broker (wiki)
Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety

75w DC AC Power Inverter for Car Emergency Power (amazon)

Weather Information Websites
Survival Tips and Information Websites
Medical Kits

Flooding Risks
Driving on Flooded Streets
Flooded Roads
Search & Rescue Task Force

RUN. HIDE. FIGHT. Surviving an Active Shooter Event (youtube)
Disasters Websites
Civi Guard

Emergency Preparedness focuses on preparing equipment and procedures for use when a disaster occurs. This equipment and these procedures can be used to reduce vulnerability to disaster, to mitigate the impacts of a disaster or to respond more efficiently in an emergency.

Emergency Management is the creation of plans through which communities reduce vulnerability to hazards and cope with disasters. Disaster management does not avert or eliminate the threats; instead, it focuses on creating plans to decrease the effect of disasters. Failure to create a plan could lead to human mortality, lost revenue, and damage to assets. Events covered by disaster management include acts of terrorism, industrial sabotage, fire, natural disasters (such as earthquakes, hurricanes, etc.), public disorder, industrial accidents, and communication failures.
Emergency Alert System (wiki)
Public Safety

Emergency Medical Services are a type of emergency service dedicated to providing out-of-hospital acute medical care, transport to definitive care, and other medical transport to patients with illnesses and injuries which prevent the patient from transporting themselves.

Emergency Services
Stressful Situations

Federal Emergency Management Agency
Lessons Learned - FEMA     

The International Association for Disaster Preparedness and Response (DERA)
DERA Online Emergency Operations Center

COE Technologies for Law Enforcement and Emergency Response

Tools - Technology Description

Coastal Hazards Model (ADCIRC) Couples rain and wind forecasts with hydrologic, storm
surge, and wave models to make pinpoint coastal flooding predictions. 
Climate Changes

Hazard Mitigation Planning Website Interactive website gives practitioners step-by-step
guidance for developing a FEMA-approved local hazard mitigation plan.

Assistant for Randomized Monitoring Over Routes (ARMOR) Allows end users to identify
vulnerabilities and assets and develop optimal patrol schedules.

Mobile Computing Applications Platform (MCAP) Provides situational awareness, and command
and control for first responders in major emergencies.

Scatterblog Real-time twitter analysis for monitoring of events.

Visual Analytics Law Enforcement Toolkit (VALET) Analyzes high-volume criminal, traffic and
civil incidents.

Unmanned Port Security Vessel (UPSV) Autonomously surveys the seabed and is a sensor
platform for other optical, chemical and environmental sensors, including real-time video.

MAGELLO User-friendly, high-resolution atmospheric and ocean data to identify movement of
spills or toxic releases in rivers, ocean and air. 

Automated Virtual Agent for Truth Assessments in Real Time (AVATAR) Uses artificial
intelligence and non-invasive sensors to flag anomalous behaviors for more investigation by
trained professionals.

Apps for mass-casualty preparedness

Emergency Mass Casualty Planning Scenarios (EMCAPS 2.0 )
Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG)
Mobile Emergency Response Guide (MERGE)

Medical Surge Capacity application

Flu Cast     
Viruses Knowledge

AgCONNECT Suite Enables real-time collection, distribution and analysis of bio-surveillance,
veterinary, emergency response and business continuity data in one format. 

Disease Outbreaks

Global Terrorism Database (GTD) others GTD is the world's largest open-source database of
(110,000) terrorist events from and 19702012. It is the "go-to" source for terrorism
researchers and analysts.  Hot Spots

Video Analytic Surveillance Transition (VAST) finds anomalies in surveillance video in
near-real-time that detect threats such as reverse- flow, piggy-back entry, threat gestures,
and flash-mobs. 

Surveillance Knowledge

Calamity: An event causing great and often sudden damage or distress; a disaster, catastrophe, tragedy, cataclysm, adversity, tribulation, affliction, misfortune, misadventure.

    Survival Books

   Snow and Winter Survival  /  Mountain Survival Books











   Katadyn Survivor 06 Desalinator
   The Solar Still Water Purification Kit
   Solar Pure Water

   Life Saver Water Bottle Filter Systems
   Water Knowledge


   First Aid Tips

   Everyday-First-Aid (red cross)
   First Aid Tips
   First Aid Index (mayo clinic)
   CPR Training

   First Aid Tips : How to Treat Second and Third-Degree Burns (youtube)
   Skin Cell Gun   Film

   Wilderness First Aid
   Wild Med
   How Apply a Tourniquet

   Poisoning Prevention First Aid
   Emergency First Response
   Wilderness Schools

   Freedom of the Hills Deck: 52 Playing Cards
Wilderness Medicine Schools

   First Aid Tips



Survival Films   -   Videos about Surviving

Ray Mears / The Psychology of Survival (youtube)

Surviving in the Siberian Wilderness for 70 Years (youtube)

Psychology of Survival
Surviving Alone in Alaska

National Geographic: Live Free or Die (TV Shows)

Bear Grills (youtube)   Man vs. Wild

Survivor Man, off the Grid (vimeo)  

The Real Castaway (youtube)

North Survival (youtube)

Happy People: A Year in the Taiga (2012)
From iconic filmmaker Werner Herzog, Happy People: A Year in the Taiga journeys deep into the Siberian wilderness, following veteran trappers through the Taiga's four seasons to tell the incredible story of a society untouched by modernity.  Aired: 11/15/2012 |  1 hr. 34 min.


Travel Magazines - Travel Books
Outdoor Travel Movies 

 Wilderness Survival Tips




   Survival Knowledge


Emergency Preparedness

Simple Survival

Emergency Shelters

Disasters Websites and Information
Civi Guard

Recommended Gear

Disaster Recovery (wiki)

Emergency Alert
Severe Weather Warning
Warnings Radio
with S.A.M.E
Specific Area Message Encoding & NOAA Reception
Weather Info Websites

Ultimate Survival

Crisis Education 

Wilderness Schools

CPR Training

SAS Survival Guide App
(iOS, Android; $5.99)
first aid and extreme climate survival.


Insects and Bugs

Wild Life Management

Snake Bites
Varespladib (wiki)
The North American Society of Toxinology (NAST)

Survival and Self Reliance

Survival Blog

Be Prepared

Footwraps (wiki)
Fingerless Gloves

Rocket Stoves (youtube)
Rocket Stove

Rocket Stoves

How to Make Fire by Rubbing Sticks (youtube)

Emergency Seeds

Adventure Medical Kits

Outdoor Gear

Be Prepared to Survive

The Survival Mom Community

Independent Learning



Survival Skills are not just knowing how to survive in the woods by yourself, survival skills are more about having extensive Knowledge and information about yourself and the world around you.
Knowing how to survive in the woods is one thing, knowing how to survive in life is another.
What is the necessary information and knowledge that is needed to survive in the 21st century?
You have to ask yourself, is my current school providing me with the necessary information and knowledge that is needed to survive in the 21st century? Do you know what questions to ask and when to ask them? 
   Basic Knowledge


Falling through Ice
1-10-1 principle: One minute to get control of your breathing.
Ten minutes of meaningful movement. One hour before you become unconscious.
Slow your breath
Once your core body temperature drops to 95 degrees Fahrenheit, you will be officially hypothermic.
Below 86 degrees, you will probably be unconscious, but not necessarily lifeless. People have been
successfully revived from frigid states as low as 56.7 degrees, a temperature at which bodies exhibit
the clinical signs of death, including no pulse or breathing.




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