Think for a moment of the logistics of trying to protect yourself and family from all the desperate unprepared refugees in your town or city after a catastrophic event. Just think. Which is what preparedness is all about after all — self responsibility. The author suggests starting small; a few people and working out from there.
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Top Menu. Social Media. Remember the Penetrator Antenna from the 70s? Here is mine in it entirety. It teaches you how to: — organize a Civil Defense organization under the c 3 structure — design a mission statement, charter and set of bylaws — create a security force and the leadership to manage it — all the while working with existing peace officers, fire crews and town leadership — create and manage effective support via planning, operations, logistics and finance Throughout his book, he asks questions in list format.
Follow us on Browse our store to see things we use, or recommend. It is one way to review items you may want in your preps inventory. Comments Posts. How much help can you do for your county in that? The legacy training that you get in CERT is the bare minimum. You got to take things farther. You got to be able to turn into a real prepper.
You need to have more preparation at the community level than what a CERT is, designed to do. Todd DeVoe: So I want to kind of just talk a little bit about the term prepper. Just because I know that in some cases as a negative connotation basically because of that TV show, doomsday preppers, terrible, right? Specifically, in California, we talk about Earthquakes and fires, right?
Preston: Well, back in back in the old days of civil defense, there were emergency food supplies.watch
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But you know, you need more than that. You need at least 30 days, 30 days because the guys up in New Jersey that got hit by Sandy, they were out of out of whack for a lot longer than 30 days. And the term prepper turns into lifesaving instead of some derogatory term. Todd DeVoe: So you are talking about, what was happening, I should say, in Puerto Rico were exactly right, where people are struggling for food and water and electricity.
Still to this day. They were coming on, what, eight, nine months ago when that, when the hurricane came through. Preston: Yeah, we were, we went on a dive trip to Grand Cayman right after that hit. And uh, we were worried that, that Maria was gonna spoil our trip. So I remember the whole season very well. The thing was, you know, settling down just to find out if they were okay because everybody that I talked to and nobody heard anything from them.
And so, you know, I was worried that something may have happened, but now they were, they were just busy because they were working hard to, uh, to help mitigate the disaster not only in their home but at the, uh, ICE operations therein, in the Houston area. And so, uh, it was a hard time until I got a hold of these people. So when Houston started to have this issues, especially with the flooding, they called for anybody with a boat to please come help with rescue.
And so the Cajun Navy started and they got the Texas Navy as they call them. Preston: Exactly, exactly. People who are trained who are certified, because a lot of times government gets in the way. We have to get past that. If the people in, in Houston, would have even a small portion of them would have been trained to understand what happens in a flood and, and had the ability to do different things.
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And, and I, I promote all the time. It starts in the family neighborhood, community, family, neighborhood, community. And you, you said that you guys out there in California or are working on preparedness for earthquakes and fires, will have you heard of a map, your neighborhood from the Washington state emergency management?
So they start talking about preparedness. And you put that in your window in the front of your house.
But you know what happens when you have to go to the bathroom, you can only flush it so many times before things started getting full. And you need to know how to use the contents in your first aid kit. You got to think about water purification. He believes also that that was a trial run. So has it happened before? Yes, it has. Have we been hit by an EMP? We have to be prepared for that. So an all haall-hazardnse. Your car, not a problem. Your cell phone is logins. Jack, not a problem. Todd DeVoe: So let me ask you this real quick. So now this program is geared towards the emergency manager.
Most of the people that are professional managers working Brock Long listens to us, you got him listen all the way down to the student who wants to be an emergency manager. Preston: Yes, and for the tough job that they have with the limited resources and support that they get. How do you take this program that I started a few years ago when I was at a city and we call it neighborneighbor and we basically took the model of neighborhood watch and took that and we put disaster preparedness into it and so we would go amongst the neighborhoods within our city and I worked at at the block level and we had block little block party brought the fire department, the police department, emergency management, CERT Team, all those people out to do some basic training and to encourage people to meet each other.
A little barbecue. Everybody had like a potluck, it was a lot of fun, a lot of fun. What do you have for the or or do you think this has to be organic ground up or can the emergency manager help instill the civil defense thought process into their neighborhoods. Preston: Completely.
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I think that the civil defense idea is not just my idea. He supports Civil Defense, Virginia and a lot of ways he has.
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He wrote the book literally, so emergency managers, you know, I asked you one, get out there and study the really serious threats and start considering putting these into your training matrix because they need to be there.
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