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.
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.
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.
Children are great mobilizers, actors, and connectors within their communities for building a culture of preparedness. “Kids love to learn; they love to share what they learned,” Sarah Thompson says. “That means they can be really good at bringing home preparedness messages.” Thompson uses her experience and sociological data to show how emergency managers can use the natural curiosity of children to build preparedness in their communities.
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.