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   For a number of reasons, we have let our Preparing to Survive website sit dormant for the last couple of years. Now, because of the ever-increasing dangers to our country and society we have decided it is time to revive Preparing to Survive. Everyday increases the potential for a catastrophic event that we all pray never happens.

   One of the events that triggered our decision to revive PTS was the incident Hawaii experienced on Saturday January the 13th, when an emergency alert notification was inadvertently sent out. This event may very well prove to be the wakeup call people have been needing. Just maybe it will wake people up to the very real dangers we face. The warning sent out on television, radio and cell phones stating "BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL," caused panic throughout the island. Just imagine if you had been setting in your office, on a job site or even setting at your kitchen table and that message came over the radio, television or the internet. What do you think would be your first thought? I would bet it would be something along the lines of what do we do, where do we go or what about my family. Then you would have thought "Why didn’t we prepare?"

   Maybe just maybe people and the government will finally realize just how unprepared the United States really is for such a catastrophic event. From all reports everyone was at a complete loss as to what they should do. Think about this, since the threat from North Korea has escalated Hawaii has updated it nuclear warning system. That is a good thing. The problem is Hawaii officials evidentially forgot to inform and train the citizens as to what to do in case of an attack, or for that matter any catastrophic event. What good is any warning system if people do not know what to do.

   The thing that should really instills confidence in everyone especially Hawaii is the fact that Hawaii’s Gov. David Ige knew within two minutes it was a false alarm. But he couldn't Twitter and tell everybody it was a false alarm because he didn't know his password.

   "I have to confess that I don't know my Twitter account login and passwords," Ige told reporters. "I will be putting that on my phone."

   Now just think how utterly stupid this is. It goes to show you just how serious some Government officials take this threat. At least in Hawaii. Think about it, this is a nuclear attack warning system and evidently it is controlled at least in art by a stupid Governor by Twitter...God help us.

   On the other hand, most if not all of the continental United States and Alaska are even less prepared. Not only are the citizens unprepared but the Federal, State, and Local governments are grossly unprepared. What is even more disturbing is that if you were to look at most any states budget you will find millions of dollars set aside explicitly for this purpose. When you consider the fact that one of the most important function of the government, Federal, State, and Local is to protect the citizens. All three, the Federal, State, and Local governments are grossly negligent when it comes to Civil Defense. At one point, not so long ago, Civil Defense was a very important part of our government. Today the United States has no Department of Civil Defense. Today civil defense is sorely inadequate, and that may be the understatement of the year.

   Today, what the Federal and State governments pass for a Department of Civil Defense is Federal Emergency Management Agency or better known as FEMA. However, if you research FEMA you will discovery that FEMA appears to be set up to deal with the aftermath of a catastrophic event rather than in the preparing for such an event. This is especially true when looking at the dangers of a nuclear attack. I could find nothing on how to prepare for a nuclear detonation on the FEMA website. Actually, there is very little information on the aftermath of a nuclear attack, this fact is astounding to me. Especially since most countries, including Russia, China, Japan, Spain and a number of other countries have prepared their citizens for such an event. They send out and/or make available literature on different aspects of preparing for a nuclear detonation, and they also have drills. The most I could find has been civil defense films from the fifties. I for one think it is deplorable, it is a dereliction of the Government’s duties to protect its citizens.

   Realizing the Government is doing little, if anything, to prepare us for an event such as this it is obvious what we the citizens must do. The fact of the matter is, you will have to take care of yourself and your family. The event no matter what type…Nuclear attack, HEMP, terrorist attack with WMD or a natural catastrophic event, we the citizens of the United States must prepare ourselves. It is obvious that we can expect very little if any help from our government. In the case of a nuclear attack the government's number one priority, both Federal, State, and Local will not be in helping the citizens but undoubtedly in maintain and protecting the Government. Their job will be to keep the Government functioning.

   This is the reason the Government has spent millions and probably billions on the building, staffing and supplying underground bunkers throughout the U.S. These are strictly for the use of Government personal. This is a fact, they do not make any attempt to hide this fact. Simply google for all the information you want. Although spending billions on the Government bunkers they fail to prepare the public. No bomb shelters or supplies. Not even any information, no pamphlets, no FEMA website information…. nothing as for as preparing. About the best you can find on the FEMA website is their suggestion everyone should have emergency supplies for three days. “THREE DAYS” are you kidding me.

   Back in the fifties, when there was far less danger from a nuclear attack, the Civil Defense was constantly preparing the citizens for such an attack. There were bomb shelters throughout the U.S. Many of these bomb shelters were supplied with emergency rations and water. Almost every populated area had local voluntary Civil Defense personal. The citizens knew who they were. There were drills, especially in schools, there were films, there was numerous pamphlets and other literature. The government advised on how to set up a safe room in your house to protect from radiation. The government advised citizens to build a small bomb shelter. Today the government is apprehensive when it comes to even approaching the subject of nuclear war with the public. It could cause the politicians to lose votes. The politicians want it to appear they are doing their jobs and we the citizens have nothing to fear, they will protect us.

   It is difficult to convince people of the dangers we face when it has been four generations since the last real catastrophic event that affected the entire world. Today, for most citizens of the United States, World War II is not even a memory but maybe a movie. It is rather ironic that Hawaii where the last catastrophic event occurred, may well wake people up.

October 12,2017

Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, and Science and Technology of the Committee on Homeland Security House of Representatives

   Dr. William R. Graham chaired the EMP Commissions for eight years and is widely considered to be the free world's foremost expert on electromagnetic pulse.

   Dr. Graham has said that a major catastrophic EMP attack on the United States could cause an estimated 70-90 percent of the our nation’s population to become unsustainable.

See Note 1

   In order for you and your family to survive long term a catastrophic event of the magnitude we assume requires you to Prepare which means…an evacuation plan, and a well-equipped evacuation point.

   Preparing has always been the concept behind Preparing to Survive. If you are familiar with Preparing to Survive you are aware we do not consider ourselves Survivalist at least not in the strict sense of the word. We prefer to refer to ourselves as Realist.

Realist: 1. a person who accepts a situation as it is and is prepared to deal with it accordingly.

   It is our goal to provide a website you can access, and where you can find useful and meaningful information on not only preparing but also surviving a catastrophic event. As a companion to our website we also have a Facebook Page for the exchange of information. Our philosophy or maybe a better word for it would be creed, is to prepare ourselves and our families to survive a worse case catastrophic event.

   Understand, we do not consider ourselves experts on survival tactics by any means. Quite the contrary, we consider ourselves more as researchers. We do not cover primitive or short-term survival skills. We look at long-term survival skills. Skills that you and your family will need to survive in a primitive environment long term. An environment resulting from a catastrophic event that will change life as we know it. This may at first sound extreme, but we believe in preparing for the worse case event. Think about it. Would it make sense to buy an insurance policy that only covers minor events? Another point, although there are any number of people that are experts on short-term survival there are none that I am aware of that are experts on long-term survival. That fact is simply because there is no one living today that has had to survive long-term in a primitive environment. The last people to do so were our Forefathers…the pioneers that settled this country.

   We do not only welcome your input, but we solicit your input through our Facebook Page. We are firm believers in sharing information, and would welcome anyone to submit an article of interest to be featured on our website. We will be glad to research and provide information on any long-term survival subject, at your request. We only ask that it is a legitimate subject of interest to a number of people.

   A word of caution here, this is a family site. We are not a politically correct site. However, we will not tolerate any hateful speech or vulgarity. This is not a political site. There are plenty political sites if that is what you want. We will talk World events on occasion when they relate to the dangers we are facing. If you do not agree with what we are doing, then it is simple, do not come to our website.

“I do not suffer fools”


Note 1:

•  Dr. William R. Graham chaired the EMP Commissions for eight years and is widely considered to be the free world's foremost expert on electromagnetic pulse.

•  From 1982 to 1985, he served as chair of the General Advisory Committee on Arms Control and Disarmament.

•  Under President Reagan beginning November 25, 1985 he served in the position of Deputy Administrator of NASA.

•  From December 4 1985 to May 11, 1986, Graham served as Acting Administrator of NASA following the resignation of James M. Beggs.

•  October 1, 1986 to become Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

•  On October 16, 1986, he was sworn in as Science Advisor to President Reagan, a position he held until June 1989.


Note 2:

“Empty Threat or Serious Danger: Assessing North Korea’s Risk to the Homeland”

From October 12, 2017

Homeland Security Committee

Oversight and Management Efficiency Subcommittee

Learn About and Watch The Hearing

North Korea Nuclear EMP Attack: An Existential Threat

Read the Follow Up statement from Dr. Peter Vincent Pry


Note 3:

State of National Security Address

From February 5, 2018

Delivered by Representative Michael McCaul (R-TX)

Learn About and Watch The Address

Read a Transcript


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