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Smallpox – A Biological Agent

Biological agents are pathogens and toxins derived from nature that target living organisms (humans, animals or vegetation) to kill or incapacitate.  Some biological perils are also suitable for weaponization and use in biological warfare, biological terrorism or economic attacks in the case of pathogens...

Risk Management for Preparedness

This article will provide a brief introduction to Risk Management for Preparedness, but it’s techniques can be applied to every aspect of your life. We each do Risk Management every day of our lives, often without even being consciously aware of the process.  Some examples of day-to-day Risk...

A Brief Introduction to EMP

Prepography reader BlueShark recently wrote me to ask what an EMP is.  What follows is a very brief introduction to EMP and here’s a hint…it’s not the name of the latest rap star to make it big. Simply put an Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) is an immense charge of electricity created by a...

EMP Commission on EMP Vulnerability – Today’s Quote

Several potential adversaries have or can acquire the capability to attack the United States with a high-altitude nuclear weapon-generated electromagnetic pulse (EMP). A determined adversary can achieve an EMP attack capability without having a high level of sophistication. EMP is one of a small number of...

News to Know

Situational awareness is a key element of survival and today, situational awareness must be global.  Today we present news to know from the past week with a dab of commentary: Security Threat News: DHS Admits It Is Unprepared for EMP Threat:  The Department of Homeland Security says that our electrical grid...

Top 10 Names for Winter Storms, Suggestions for the Weather Channel

You may have read earlier this week that the Weather Channel has decided to begin naming winter storms.  As you may be aware, the National Hurricane Center names tropical storms and hurricanes but this is the first time a private media company in the U.S. will name weather events.  Their thinking is that...

3 Steps to Banish Fear of Preparedness

I’ve had several conversations with some of my closest confidants recently that have opened my eyes and eliminated a blind spot in my understanding of (some) other people’s preparedness paradigms…or lack thereof.  It seems that some people fear thinking about preparedness.  These people...

Why Prep, Part 4 Individual & Family Disasters

Note from Andrew: The complete Why Prep Series has now been consolidated HERE. Today we present the fourth and final article in our series on why prepare for disasters.  In today’s installment we’re going to talk about the personal tragedies that are all too familiar for anyone who survives to adulthood. ...

Why Prep, Part 3 Triggers & Stressors

Note from Andrew: The complete Why Prep Series has now been consolidated HERE. Today we present the third article in our series on why to prepare for disaster.  In the first article, ‘Why Prep, The Introduction’ we asked and answered the following question: Question:  Why Prep…why become more self-reliant?...

Beware the Fair!

With county fair season in full swing there’s evidence of a outbreak of an H1N1 related swine flu that’s transmissible to humans.  While this particular flu is currently a relatively mild strain this is a reminder that the flu is a threat year round. US health officials on Friday warned the...

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