Life as we knew it has changed.

States of emergency and now a national emergency have been declared in the United States of America due to the ongoing pandemic outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus and Americans are feeling increasingly helpless, overwhelmed, anxious, and frustrated.

Here are some things you can do to help your family, friends, and community during this time of crisis.

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COVID-19 PANDEMIC and U.S.: Advice and Action Steps to prepare yourself and your family

COVID-19 is real, it’s here, and you can navigate this crisis. The coronavirus is a serious threat that could be very disruptive to our society, especially the global supply chains and economy and our place in it, but the virus itself appears to be something we can survive if we take the appropriate preventive measures. I’ve been answering individual questions about this outbreak for a while, but at this point I think it would just be easier to drop all my thoughts in one place. So like my good friend, author, and fellow pandemic hawk Steven Konkoly laid out with his COVID-19 Primer, here is my take on the way forward regarding the coronavirus.

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In the 21st century, we are all connected. Population growth, mass urbanization, deforestation, climate change and increased travel have dramatically increased the risk that familiar diseases will spread and mutate, and new ones will emerge. As people enter new spheres of biodiversity, they come into closer contact with other species, increasing the risk of viruses jumping from animals to humans, and then spreading more widely.

Unseen Enemy is an essential exploration into the increasing threat of emerging infectious disease outbreaks and their impacts on society. Meet healthcare workers, disease detectives and families who have experienced the horror and devastation of Ebola, Zika and Influenza epidemics and emerged deeply changed.

UNSEEN ENEMY, about the potential looming crisis of disease pandemics, will debut as a CNN Films broadcast for a World Health Day presentation Friday, April 7 at 9:00pm Eastern on CNN/U.S.

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100 things you can do to live more sustainably

This was originally posted by Sharon Astyk from a position of resource scarcity consciousness, specifically peak oil, but the ideas that are mentioned could prove useful regardless of why you feel they would be necessary. I found it interesting and I hope you do as well. ========================================================================================================================================================================= 100 Things you …

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A cooperative effort with best selling post-apocalyptic author Steven Konkoly, PRACTICAL PREPPING is an essay style collaboration that looks at personal preparedness through a real world lens while keeping the focus on the practical steps you can take to mitigate the impacts from the most common hazards we all face. …

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Rational Survivor podcast

Well, this was fun. Last week, Steve Konkoly and I had a conversation with Kyle from Rational Survivor. We talked about the new book, Practical Prepping: No Apocalypse Required, but this fun talk covered everything from how we got started in preparedness, Steve’s books including The Jakarta Pandemic and the …

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Chapter 4: PLANNING “We have a lot of prep work to do. Bicycles, backpacks, and weapons are first priority. The rescue group needs two packs. One BOLT bag and a smaller assault kit—” “What’s an assault kit?” asked Ed. “I don’t have stuff like that.” “It’s just a smaller backpack, …

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Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Wake Up Call

Electromagnetic Pulse. EMP. Do you know what it is? Do you know how it could impact you? Why should you care? All of these questions and more are answered in this wonderful video that features a brilliant panel of experts on the subject that could bring about the end of …

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The Jakarta Pandemic : Steven Konkoly : The Interview

One of the offerings I have wanted to establish here on the blog that I am personally most excited about is the feature interview.  It is my goal to bring you enlightening and enthralling interviews with some of the most interesting people out there from all corners of the preparedness …

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