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IT’S A DISASTER! e-news  Dec 2011

Our opt-in e-newsletter shares ideas and stories, program and product announcements, and other resources we hope you find of interest. (Note: Most links open a new window or tab.) 

We’re always looking for input from agencies, volunteer groups, schools and others and we’ll be happy to review books that might be of interest to our readers. If you have any news, ideas or feedback you’d like to share, please email info@itsadisaster.net

This month's topics:


 IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Preparedness gifts ($25 or less)

    Water / Food
    First Aid / Emergency

    Tools / Misc

    Books, Ebooks, CDs, Magazines + Free PDFs

   C4L blog post "Becoming Nehemiah Compliant"
   DepictionPrep 2-for-1 special

   FEMA National Preparedness System
   FEMA Think T
ank (new forum + conference calls)
   NOAA 2011 Hurricane Season in 4.5 minutes (video)





We want to wish ALL of you a very Merry Christmas
and happy holidays ... and
may 2012 bring you
much joy and many blessings..!
Bill & Janet



 IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Preparedness gifts ($25 or less)

As we did last December, we wanted to share some gift ideas that might spur conversations about preparing for everyday emergencies and disruptions.

This year we’re putting the spotlight on some of our partners and affiliates who offer preparedness products and services, and please realize we are only listing one example per company / group so visit their sites and blogs for more creative holiday ideas, products and tips!


LifeStraw personal water filtration system $19.95 Destiny Survival wrote a nice review on this product that enables users to drink water safely from contaminated water sources. LifeStraw is ideal for homeowners during emergencies such as local flooding which can contaminate drinking water supplies. LifeStraw is also ideal for campers and hikers who may be drinking from rivers or lakes and are unsure of the water safety. And check out Destiny Survival’s blog for more reviews of products, specials and preparedness tips at http://destinysurvival.com

Life-Line Water Purifier Berkey spigot $7.95 Can be used on any of their Berkey water purifiers and even homemade DIY “Bucket Purifiers”. Find more products, videos and specials at http://life-linewaterpurifiers.com

Miller’s Grain House 5 Gallon Storage pail WITH Lid $22.75 BPA free bucket with spin lids for storing foods. For example, a 5 gallon container will hold approximately 30lbs of dried beans (medium in size volume per bean), 38-40lbs of small grains (wheat, rice size grains) or 20lbs of light grains (rolled oats, flaked items). Learn about MGH's mills, grinders, food products and more at www.millersgrainhouse.com

THRIVE Whole Egg Powder $7.69 (pouch / 37 servings), $9.39 (60 servings), $22.38 (#10 can / 236 servings) Made up of both egg whites and yolks, THRIVE Whole Egg Powder is both incredible and edible. Store a can for 5 years or use it up within 6 months. (To reconstitute one egg: Mix 1 tablespoon Whole Egg Powder with 2 tablespoons water then use for any recipe that calls for eggs.) Lisa Bedford (a.k.a. The Survival Mom) is an Independent Consultant for Shelf Reliance ~ learn more about THRIVE freeze dried food products (e.g. grains, veggies, fruits, dairy, meats, beans, desserts, etc) at http://survivalmom.shelfreliance.com/survivalmom . Also visit The Survival Mom blog to learn more about preparedness and survival at http://thesurvivalmom.com/


Chasing4Life I.C.E. (In Case of Emergency) apps $2.99 Take the 1st Step to be prepared for that unforeseen medical event by documenting your medical information and carrying it with you wherever you may go! The ICE (In Case of Emergency) applications give you the ability to store all of that data on your smart-phone and share it by e-mail with a loved one or family physician. Learn about Chasing4Life’s programs, trainings, videos, blogs, C4L Disaster Response Teams and more at www.chasing4life.com

The Cure Inc QR Blood Clotter (2/Package) $9.95 (In 98% of tests on lacerations, nosebleeds, punctures and skin tears, one application of this nontoxic, antimicrobial mixture of hydrophilic polymer and potassium salt stopped bleeding in just one minute. Plus, it forms an artificial scab to protect the wound.). Also check out The Cure Inc’s complete line of emergency and first aid products, defibrillators, preparedness kits, OSHA signage, training classes and more at www.thecuresafety.com


CERT Fire Training App $3.99 (Android) / $1.99 (iPhone) These apps for Android and iPhone present all the material from the CERT Fire Training module in a comprehensive, easy to navigate, attractive app that fits in your pocket. In addition to ALL of the material from the CERT Fire Training module, the app offers informative graphics and illustrations as well as interactive exercises that make the materials easy to understand, grasp and learn. If you're a CERT member this is an essential reference guide to keep on hand, during training, or as a refresher. Even if you're not a CERT member this material can help save lives and property.

MorePrepared.com 1 Person Car Survival Kit in Red Cooler Bag $24.00 Contains Food Bar, Water Boxes, Thermal Blanket, Tissues, Dust Mask, First Aid Kit, AM/FM Mini Radio with batteries, Pump LED Light and Plastic Whistle with Lanyard all packaged in a red soft nylon carrying bag. And visit MorePrepared.com for their full line of safety and survival products, CERT supplies, kits and more.
SurvivalKitFood.com Emergency Dynamo Lantern with Radio $19.99 LED lantern uses a OomAh/3.6v NI-MH Storage Battery and can also be charged using a 6V external electrical adapter. It can charge a cell phone, has a USB tie which can charge an MP3 player, and has FM Radio, siren and compass so is a perfect emergency or camping item or a great gift! SurvivalKitFood.com has more kits, tools, food and more at www.survivalkitfood.com

We Are Safe and Sound Emergency & Disaster Communications Service $0.00 Sign up for WeAreSafeAndSound.com's free service to quickly notify family and friends of one another’s well-being and whereabouts during an emergency or disaster. Services include global voicemail, web search, email, text/SMS capabilities using a one-step process for mass sending and receiving notifications for free to loved ones.


Educational books, ebooks and publications about preparedness, survival, food storage, gardening, cooking, raising critters and other skills are always excellent gifts! Some examples from some of our affiliates include:

The Coming Economic Chastisement by Christine Hirschfeld $0.00 Preview chapters are viewable online at Catholic Home and Garden. Hirschfeld writes she has been working on the final version that will be complete with spiritual preparations and be available soon.

Guide to Surviving the Apocalypse by James Smith $7.65 & up This book is designed to help you prepare for a disaster and if you prepare for disasters, when the Apocalypse happens you will be miles ahead of everyone else. Also check out TCP’s blog at www.thecovertprepper.com

I AM POSITIVE by J.J. Johnson $0.00 The Reality Survival founder explains all the critical steps you should take during a survival situation in his free PDF ebook. Their site also has a great blog and videos about wilderness, urban, rural + primitive survival tips and resources, gear & supplies and more at www.realitysurvival.com

The Prepping Couponing E Guide $3.95 Lynette’s e-guide can help you incorporate coupons into your daily routine and build your preps or storage while spending less money. Spending less on some things allows us all to spend money more wisely on other supplies. Learn more about ebook and check out Lynette’s blog at http://preppingonabudget.com

Save Your Horse! A Horse Owner's Guide to Large Animal Rescue by Michelle Staples $24.95 Most horse owners live in rural areas where emergency responders may be few and far between. Knowing what to do to help your horse out of entrapment may be the difference between life and death for him. And learn about LAR training, Horse awareness and safety, pet first aid and more at www.redjeansink.com

SurvivalCD by Rich Fleetwood $20.00 downloadable 4 CD set (Over 80,000 printable pages of preparedness and survival information from sources all over the world. The data covers over 67 years of U.S. civil defense research and publications.) NOTE: Scroll about 2/3 way down to order $20 downloadable CD option.

Survival Guides by Survivalist.com $9.97 18 separate guides in PDF covering a variety of topics like identifying edible and medical plants, canning, building a shelter or solar oven and more. Also check out Survivalist magazine ($17.76 for a one year subscription / 6 issues).
Find many more preparedness gifts priced $25 or less in our December 2010 enews ... and, of course our IT’S A DISASTER! books and ebooks make great customized gifts year-round. Click here to download some free disaster and first aid topics in PDF and learn how to order.

Also visit our Partners, Business Links and Prepper Links pages for more safety and prepping resources … and learn how to earn 10% - 50% on referred orders with our Affiliate Program.



(We wanted to share a snippet and link to Chasing4Life’s great blog post called “Becoming Nehemiah Compliant”.)  Over the course of the years, I have had the opportunity to witness quite a few churches operate in the wake of a disaster. Before getting too far into this article, I want to say that there are many faith-based organizations that have done a tremendous job of responding to disasters, but those are not the ones I am addressing here.

I remember some of my early programs included discussions about what I called “chaotic response”. These references were regarding the groups of youth or volunteers from different churches that, with hearts of gold, would deploy themselves into disaster zones only to become a part of the problem and not the solution. ... Read more…

Depiction, Inc. is running a “2-for-1” holiday special on DepictionPrep! This preparedness mapping software helps families and neighborhoods take the basic steps to get prepared: building an emergency kit, making a disaster plan, and staying informed about the hazards around you … and, thru 12/24/2011, if you buy 1 copy at $29.95 you get a 2nd copy free! Visit www.depictionprep.com/purchase

FEMA announced the release of the National Preparedness System description, which will help lay the groundwork for strengthening the nation’s resilience against all threats and hazards. The system description is the second deliverable required under Presidential Policy Directive / PPD-8: National Preparedness, which was released March 30, 2011.

The six components of the National Preparedness System are:
  • Identifying and assessing risks;
  • Estimating capability requirements;
  • Building or sustaining capabilities;
  • Developing and implementing plans to deliver those capabilities;
  • Validating and monitoring progress made towards achieving the National Preparedness Goal; and
  • Reviewing and updating efforts as needed to promote continuous improvement.
The National Preparedness System description incorporated input from state, local, tribal, and territorial representatives, many of whom also served on the writing team for the document. www.fema.gov/ppd8 

FEMA has launched a new “Think Tank” and is reaching out to state, local, and tribal governments, and to all members of the public, including the private sector, the disability community, and volunteer community, to seek their input on how to improve the emergency management system. FEMA wants to hear your ideas and suggestions, to both explore best practices and generate new ideas. The FEMA Think Tank will help facilitate these conversations and encourage further discussion.

The FEMA Think Tank has two main components:

  • Online Forum: Submit your own ideas, comment on others, and participate in conversations meant to generate creative solutions. The forum is open to anyone who wants to discuss a variety of emergency management issues, such as how as we prepare for, respond to, recover from, or mitigate against all types of disasters, as well as ideas on how we can continue to integrate the whole community.  Visit the forum at http://fema.ideascale.com/
  • Monthly Conference Call Discussions: Deputy Administrator Serino will conduct monthly conference calls to discuss some of the real-life solutions and ideas that are generated by this online forum. These calls will be open to the general public and captioning for participants who are deaf or hard of hearing will be provided. Learn more at www.fema.gov/thinktank

The 2011 Atlantic hurricane season officially ended Nov. 30 and produced a total of 19 tropical storms of which 7 became hurricanes, including 3 major hurricanes. According to NOAA, surprisingly none of the first eight tropical storms reached hurricane status, a record since reliable reports started in 1851. An integral part of NOAA's ability to monitor and predict hurricane formation and movement is the data that is provided by the GOES satellite, with its visible imagery, infrared sensors, and sounding capabilities. The below animation merges both the visible and infrared imagery taken by the GOES East (GOES-13) satellite every 30 minutes over the Northern Hemisphere from June 1 -- November 28, 2011. 
(hat tip to inWEM's LinkedIn group)

The 2011 Hurricane Season in 4.5 minutes



...December is National Critical Infrastructure Protection Month? Protecting and ensuring the continuity of the critical infrastructure of the United States are essential to the nation's security, public health and safety, economic vitality, and way of life. Learn more about the 18 critical infrastructure sectors and what you can do to get involved. Source: DHS

…geophysicists from Potsdam have established a mode of action that can explain the irregular distribution of strong earthquakes at the San Andreas Fault in California. Reporting in the latest issue of the journal Nature, the scientists examined the electrical conductivity of the rocks at great depths, which is closely related to the water content within the rocks. From the pattern of electrical conductivity and seismic activity they were able to deduce that rock water acts as a lubricant. Source: Science Daily

...‘lethal’ radiation doses can be treated with drugs?! Harvard Medical School has identified an approach to treatment involving a protein known as bactericidal/permeability-increasing protein (BPI), which plays a role in the immune response to the harmful bacteria from the intestine. A day after exposure, some mice were given the oral antibiotic fluoroquinolone while some mice were given a combination of fluoroquinolone and injections of BPI. A third group had no treatment at all. Most of the untreated mice died within 30 days. As expected, the antibiotic boosted the survival rate: around 40 per cent of the mice given the antibiotic were still alive after 30 days – but survival rates jumped to almost 80 percent in the mice given the combination therapy. Source: PPRN 



Recently, the Sesame Workshop group, along with its project partners, created a series of instructional and training videos — one of which is called “Let’s Get Ready! Planning Together for Emergencies.™” Other preparedness “tool kits” videos offered on Sesame Street's site include:

1. “Talk, Listen, Connect” – Resources and support for the special challenges faced by military families.

2. “Hurricane Kit” – Get tips and activities to help children cope with the aftermath of a hurricane or other natural disaster.

3. “Lead Away” – It’s easier than you think to prevent lead poisoning. Get quick tips and fun activities to help children avoid lead poisoning…. 

Hat tip to Continuity Compliance

Microsoft’s US SMB Organization serves millions of Small and Medium Sized Businesses in the US, helping them start, grow and thrive by leveraging today’s powerful and affordable technologies. Find various preparedness tools at www.microsoftbusinesshub.com and download their free disaster preparedness e-guide here (22 pg PDF)

XBRM has provided training and consultation to organizations worldwide on human behavior in disasters and emergencies, including those behaviors associated with group, crowd and mob situations. A helpful paper called “Safety and Survival in Protests and Civil Unrest: What Every Employee Should Know” by: Steve Crimando, MA, BCETS, CHS-V Managing Director Extreme Behavioral Risk Management (XBRM) Division of AllSector Technology Group, Inc. is available at www.xbrm.com/2011/11/17/safety-and-survival-in-protests-and-civil-unrest/

Got a cool link or idea? Email it to Janet at info@itsadisaster.net


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Stay safe out there, j & B

Bill & Janet Liebsch
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