One cannot be prepared for something while secretly believing it will not happen.
Former South African President Nelson Mandela
Andrew’s Note: I don’t remember how to tie all the knots my father tried to teach me over the years…but I remember how to tie the Trucker’s Hitch and use it regularly. Thanks Dad! Today’s Infographic comes to us by way of ScoutMasterCG.org. Check out their website for lots of preparedness related information…their motto is “be prepared” afterall…
There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism…German-Americans, Irish-Americans, English-Americans, French-Americans, Scandinavian-Americans or Italian-Americans. There is no such thing as a hyphenated American who is a good American. The only man who is a good American is the man who is an American and nothing else.
President Theodore Roosevelt
Well, I’m not excusing the fact that planning and preparedness was not where it should be. We’ve known for 20 years about this hurricane, this possibility of this kind of hurricane.
Former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff
Andrew’s Note: You know right now if you live in tornado country, hurricane territory, near an earthquake fault, in an area susceptible to tsunamis, winter storms or floods…what’s your excuse for not preparing for these or any of the other natural or man-made risks you and your family may face? …and make sure you don’t rely on those guys that new Katrina was coming for 20 years…just 20…maybe they should have read a little history like this piece on the 15 Wost Hurricanes.
…the most dangerous situation the United States has seen since the 1930s.
Former U.S. Air Force Assistant Vice Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General (Ret) Thomas G. McInerney
Andrew’s Note: Listen HERE for LTG McInerney’s full statement and reasons. Interesting note on LTG McI’s career: He began his military career by graduating from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and being commissioned in the Army.
Andrew’s Note: Today’s article on Veterans Day Etiquette was first published on Prepography for Veterans Day last year and proved very popular so we have reprinted it.
For the first sixteen years of my military career there was little need for a primer on Veterans Day etiquette as there was little public recognition of the day other than a few restaurants that thanked our Nation’s Veterans with a free meal and a Federal holiday. All that changed in September 2001… since that time there’s been a renewed gratefulness from the U.S. population towards its current and former military service members. That gratitude has played out in many ways and one of those ways is by a renewed interest in Veterans Day.
Before we explain Veterans Day etiquette, let’s look at the history of Veterans Day
Unlike Memorial Day which honors our war dead, Veterans Day is a day set aside to honor our living veterans. The timing of Veterans Day grew out of Armistice Day from World War I. Although the peace treaty wasn’t signed until June 28th 1919 the armistice went into effect the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month (1918). This armistice was the end of the over-optimistically named ‘war to end all wars.’ President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first “Veterans Day Proclamation” in 1954 at the urging of Congress to officially expand the observance of Armistice Day into Veterans Day. You can read more about the history of Veterans Day at History of Veterans Day – Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs
Here’s one old soldier’s guide to Veteran’s Day etiquette based primarily on my family’s traditions, as well as my own feelings and experiences. Continue reading
Let the laws be clear and simple, let the entire force of the nation be united in their defence, let them be intended rather to favour every individual than any particular classes of men, let the laws be feared, and the laws only. The fear of the laws is salutary, but the fear of men is a fruitful and fatal source of crimes.
Marchese Beccaria Cesare Bonesana
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What — what is that American Promise? It’s a promise that says each of us has the freedom to make of our own lives what we will…
Then Senator Barack Obama’s acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, 2008
Andrew’s Note: Mr. President I couldn’t agree more! What a nice phrase, “the freedom to make of our own lives what we will…” Now please stop appointing socialists to high office, as well as encouraging legislation, allowing Federal regulations and issuing Executive
Orders Decrees that decrease our freedom…that’s tantamount to breaking the American Promise!
Here’s what else I don’t want: As a 60-something, relatively healthy person, I don’t want lactation and maternity services, abortion services, speech therapy, mammograms, fertility treatments or Viagra. I don’t want it. So why should I have to tear up my existing health-care plan, and then buy a plan with far more expensive premiums and deductibles, and with services I don’t need or want? Why? Because Team Obama says I have to. And that’s not much of a reason. It’s not freedom.
That’s right. You see, according to Cacteau’s plan. I’m the enemy. Because I like to think, I like to read. I’m into freedom of speech, freedom of choice. I’m the kind if guy who would sit in the greasy spoon and think “Gee, should I have the T-bone steak or the big rack of Barbecued spare ribs with the side order of gravy fries?” I want high cholesterol. I want to eat bacon, butter and buckets of cheese alright? I want to smoke a Cuban cigar the size of Cincinatti in a non-smoking section. I wanna run around naked with green jell-o all over my body reading a Playboy magazine. Why? Because maybe I feel the need to okay pal? I’ve seen the future, you know what it is. It’s made by a 47 year-old virgin in gray pajamas soaking in a bubble bath, drinking a broccoli milkshake and singing “I’m an Oscar-Meyer Wiener”. You wanna live on top, you gotta live Cacteau’s way. What he wants, when he wants, how he wants. Your other option: come down here, maybe starve to death.
Dennis Leary as Edgar Friendly in the 1993 film Demolition Man set in the year 2032
General (then Brigadier General) Anthony C. McAuliffe
Andrew’s Note: The government of my grandfather’s generation helped wiped fascism from the face of the world in a little over three years. In a similar amount of time the government of my generation can’t even seem to make a website that allows people to buy a product they’re now forced to purchase by a U.S. government that looks ever more fascist itself.
Thomas Edison’s teachers …told his mom he was “too stupid to learn.” His attempts to build a light bulb failed a thousand times. When he finally succeeded, a reporter asked him, “How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?” Edison replied, “I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention …with 1,000 steps.”