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People always ask "How do "I" get started in preparing or prepping."
My standard advice is you need to be able to shelter in place for up to three months. Food, Water and supplies like toilet paper etc. 99% of the "go bags" are a waste of time, 99% of the medical kits are a waste of time in fact 99% of all "Preppers" have the wrong supplies needed to survive a disaster. Most first aid kits have barley enough supplies to tend to a paper cut.
People always say "why don't you write a book." I've published thousands of articles on Family Preparedness and there is only one book on the market that I would recommend to anyone including family on getting started in preparing for disasters and that book is James Stevens "Making the Best of Basics. Without that book your not preparing.
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The CIA recommends this introduction to EMP Attacks and it can be found at the gift shop at Langley.
How to get started as a Prepper, Flashprepper or Survivalist
The next step in being prepared is setting up a “Doomsday Crew.” Most people meet people online or join a militia or prepper group other people believe their community will pull together during an emergency or disaster. Whatever your plan may be organizing a Doomsday Crew is one of the most important decisions you will have to make.
Some crews seem to think it will be up to them to repopulate the world or help the human race start over after all you don’t activate a Doomsday Crew unless it’s Doomsday. Most of the really big groups are religious radicals with religious radical ideas and beliefs. Other groups are politically motivated and blame political blunders on their own personal short comings in life. In either case I would not want to team up with either group.
Some experts agree that family make the best Doomsday Crews. Blood is thicker than water and all that. Special consideration is needed when working (teaming up) with loved ones especially children and the elderly.
Society has already included community management and most people today are familiar with HOA’s, apartment communities, community pools and parks, schools and so on. There is also those individuals that simply won’t follow the rules or for one reason or another just don’t belong in an organized community. Individuals on “power trips,” or parents that allow their children to bully others or simply have no control over their family members.
CDC Zombie Apocalypse Ad campaign was a total failure.
14 years after 911 and Americans are no better prepared. Craig Fugate administrator of FEMA wants to focus on communication during September’s National Preparedness Month. The majority of people have no plan, no supplies and no first aid kit.
Billions of dollars of Homeland Security money has been wasted on militarizing the police another failed plan which is now under scrutiny to be scrapped leaving the people even more unprepared and turned-off on family preparedness. One of the big reasons for this is the belief the government will take their supplies away in a real national emergency.
Shows like Doomsday Preppers, Doomsday Bunkers, and Doomsday Castle also had no effect on getting people prepared for disasters. In the last ten years less than 2% of the people have created a disaster plan and less than 3% of people have updated old out of date disaster kits (survival soft).
Disaster preparedness book sales by Gulf War Vets with wild claims of being survival experts did nothing to motivate real family preparedness. Survival Magazines have never gotten the readership needed to promote preparedness. Survival Blogs and survival websites also have failed the preparedness movement with scams, lunacy and lies adding to the distrust of the public’s trust in online information.
Social Media also did nothing for emergency preparedness with hundreds of small prepper groups posting sometimes interesting but worthless information with constant bickering, trolls and bullying of members.
The militia movement also self-destructed with a large number of militias attacking the public and turning the word militia into some kind of mix between the patriot movement and right wing political madness group.
Bogus college curriculums were reworded to make claims of providing training for Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness experts. LinkedIn also has a huge number of people that took some training and make the claims of being experts in the preparedness field but the facts remain the country is still less prepared than ever.
Religion and radical religious beliefs have also undermined the preparedness industry. Wild claims of Mormons being the most prepared especially in Utah is also false and many Mormons will tell you the art of Homesteading has been lost and is a myth from past life cultures not practiced by the majority of today’s Mormons.
Former Director of the CIA James Woolsey said it best when he described even a moderate EMP attack on the USA could leave 200 million dead within a month. Most real experts agree and say it’s not a matter of if but when it occurs.
Homeland Security botched pandemic preparedness
The Department of Homeland Security failed to assess the supplies it needed to deal with a potential pandemic and now has expired stockpiles including medications, 200,000 respirators and 4,184 bottles of hand sanitizers, an inspector general report showed.
The department bought 16 million surgical masks and 350,000 white coverall suits without establishing the need for them, according to its inspector general's report, which included photographs of stacks of unopened boxes piled high in a storeroom.
Eighty-one percent of DHS' supply of 296,000 doses of antiviral medication, called medical countermeasures, will expire next year, according to the report completed in late August and released on Monday.
DHS also did not keep track of its supplies or where they were kept.
"As a result, the department has no assurance it has sufficient personal protective equipment and antiviral medical countermeasures for a pandemic response," it concluded.
The report comes as the United States prepares to help African countries devastated by the rapid spread of the Ebola virus and work to keep it from spreading to its shores.
The inspector general said DHS spent $47 million Congress appropriated in 2006 for a potential pandemic on the preparedness equipment, medication, research and exercises.
The Transportation Security Administration's stock of pandemic preparedness equipment includes 200,000 respirators that are past the five-year manufacturer’s guaranteed usability, the report said.
The inspector general said 84 percent of the department's 4,982 bottles of hand sanitizers were expired, some by up to four years.