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The Four Phases of Emergency Management

It’s important to understand that there are distinct stages, or phases, to surviving through an emergency.  These are called The Four Phases of Emergency Management and they are: Mitigation Mitigation is preventing disasters or taking steps to lessen the impact of unavoidable disasters.  Ideally, mitigation should occur before an emergency happens.  However, mitigation and preparedness sometimes do not occur until after a disaster happens and repairs are being made; this is quite common in the corporate world.  This is also often seen in government agencies where there is a tendency not to notice a potential disaster until it strikes.  All … Continue reading

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Data, Files, and Important Documents – Back It Up

Back it up, is a term many of us have heard and most often relate to computers and the data or information held on them. This term, or more importantly, idea of backing up and keeping copies of important information applies to any critical document we have. Many people have or have access to multi-function printer devices that integrate scanners. How many of us have used that scanner to copy birth certificates, wedding documents, Social Security cards, and, well you get the idea. Scan this stuff and go wild. Storage space is cheap, and with the advent of cheap usb … Continue reading

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Our Fragile Infrastructure

Two act of sabotage has left a large portion of Central California with distrupted communications, especially telephone communications. Hundreds of thousands of AT&T, Verizon, Nextel and Sprint customers with land lines, cell phones and Internet service were affected. Reminiscent of the hours after an earthquake, widespread communications interruptions baffled emergency service providers, businesses and residents as cell phone chatter, Web surfing, ATM, credit card and other electronic data sharing came to a screeching halt overnight. Lets face it, we’re pretty reliant on our working infrastructure.  Disrupting it in any way has far reaching and last effects.  Read through the linked … Continue reading

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Mindset, focus, and tunnel vision

One of the things that commonly happens to people is they become inundated with news, viewpoints and other media. They become inundated to the extent that either A: They “overprep” or B: They give up. Folks, when you’re prepping, have a plan. Don’t take too big of a bite, even though you see how much you have to do. Don’t become overwhelmed by everything. Take your time, and do it right. Mindset for preppers is critical, and it’s part of the prep lifestyle. We need to realize how the body and mind react to stress, and how those reactions figure … Continue reading

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Preparing for the Economic Crash, pt 1

I emailed the link for my post on the “Crash of 2008” to all my family and friends, as I want them to be aware of what’s coming and what they can do to prepare.  One of my family members wrote back asking questions about various topics, some from previous emails that I’ve sent to them.  The below addresses those questions (and more), as I think everyone can benefit from these concerns. “… do you think it’s necessary to get a tent? Do you anticipate the need to leave the house and go somewhere to camp out?” I think a … Continue reading

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