The Civil Defense Book: Emergency Preparedness for a Rural or Suburban Community

Prepping for a Suburban or Rural Community’s Michael Mabee has experience as an urban EMT and paramedic, a suburban police officer and with the federal government. Michael served in two wartime deployments to Iraq and two humanitarian missions to Guatemala with the United States Army.

I’m thrilled to announce that Michael will be joining me this month on Practical Prepping. Period. to discuss his fantastic book, The Civil Defense Book, Emergency Preparedness for a Rural or Suburban Community.

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“BLACK SKY” EVENT WOULD “BRING SOCIETY TO ITS KNEES”

The term “Black Sky” or “Black Sky Hazard” refers to an event that severely disrupts the normal functioning of our critical infrastructures. A Black Sky Hazard is a catastrophic event that severely disrupts the normal functioning of our critical infrastructures in multiple regions for long durations. Think electromagnetic pulse (EMP) or space weather in the form of a massive solar flare, for starters. Given the interconnected nature of today’s hyper-complex societies, a “BLACK SKY” event would “bring society to its knees” in very short order.

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FIVE REASONS TO KEEP A BOLT KIT CACHED AT YOUR WORKPLACE

The S could HTF at any time and we must remain ready to respond. With that mind, here are five reasons to keep a BOLT (survival/preparedness) kit cached at your workplace.

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Five ( PLUS ONE! ) Great Preparedness Gifts for Under $20

The Christmas season is here once again and, like most things, that got me to thinking about preparedness.  Whether it’s Christmas, birthdays, or any other reason you may need a gift for a special someone, finding for a quality gift for the preparedness-minded person in their life that won’t break …

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PRACTICAL TACTICAL NAMED ONE OF THE TOP 75 SURVIVAL SITES TO PREPARE YOU FOR THE END OF THE WORLD

IT’S OFFICIAL! Lockpick World names Practical Tactical one of their Top 75 Survival Sites to Prepare You for the End of the World!

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“THANKS, OBAMA!” THE 44TH PRESIDENT’S EXECUTIVE ORDER ON SPACE WEATHER

“It is the policy of the United States to prepare for space weather events to minimize the extent of economic loss and human hardship.” That is the language used in Executive Order 13744, Coordinating Efforts To Prepare the Nation for Space Weather Events, signed on October 13, 2016 by President Barack Obama. After years of Congress knowing about the problem and failing to take action, I was pleased to learn that the former President did what he could through the executive office to try and protect the critical infrastructure of our nation. However it is still up to Congress to set aside the funds to follow through and take action in support of the specifics laid out in this order. I’ve read for years about how everyone knows this is a threat, yet no one is willing to take action. Well, the former President did what he could do in response to a lack of action by Congress and now it’s our turn.

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FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN: EAST TENNESSEE WILDFIRES AND HOW YOU CAN HELP!

I have no doubt that most of you are aware that wildfires raged across eastern Tennessee earlier this week decimating Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and the surrounding areas along the way. These fires are not the only ones that have been burning across the southeast in recent weeks, but the they are the first to directly impact large and heavily populated cities. The mountains of eastern Tennessee, western North Carolina and northern Georgia are an outdoor lover’s playground throughout the year. If you live in the region, you have probably visited Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, enjoyed the natural beauty of the area and the warm hospitality of their people. We grew up just a few hours away and visited often, never minding the ride to get there, but rather enjoying the magnificence of the view throughout the trip and we always felt right at home once we arrived. It is for this reason and many others that this disaster is personal for us and we wanted to do whatever we can to help.

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CASCADIA RISING: FEMA Will Hold A Drill To Prepare For A 9.0 Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake And Tsunami June 7-10 2016

Just in case you missed it…and you probably did…FEMA Will Hold A Drill To Prepare For A 9.0 Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake And Tsunami next week. The United States is a continental country and the Cascadia Subduction Zone represents a North American sized disaster and national threat. Even if you do not live in the great northwest or have family that does, it would be wise to maintain a wary eye cast in that direction. When the CSZ fully ruptures again, even if you don’t feel the shaking, every American will feel the impacts.

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LEVELING UP TO A TRAUMA KIT

I decided to take things to the next level when it comes to the topic of ‪‎First Aid‬ in my/our personal preparedness kit(s), so I have upgraded my individual first aid kit (IFAK) to a trauma kit. Check out the video to see why I decided to do this and what I decided to build into my kit.

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