The Promise by Tom DuBois


Dare To Prepare! — 5th Edition

We don't know specifically what is afoot, but something is definitely wrong and officials are likely privy to it. We have noticed since November a definite uptick in emergency preparedness warnings, PSAs - Public Service Announcements - on TV and radio aired at odds times of the night.

They advise every family should have an emergency plan in place and generally point people to Ready.gov, or individual state programs.

These governmental programs aren't specific enough to be truly helpful. FAS, the Federation of American Scientists, analyzed Ready.gov's. information and found it 'generic, incorrect throughout the site, Inadequate'

Once people realize they must do something for themselves, the lack of practical information leaves them more panicked than ever wondering what to do.

So many 'hammers' could fall on us that it's hard to know where to begin. Many of these events have the capacity to adversely impact food and medical supplies, disrupt electricity, and present an entire platter of unwanted challenges. We have only to look to devastating Hurricane Katrina or the floods and snowstorms of 2007, 2008 and 2009 to see people without electricity for weeks. And people were left for days to fend for themselves. Don't be left vulnerable. There are answers and preparing is easier than you think!

Three days' supplies are NOT enough. . .

Finally, even the government has officially changed its tune.

"Assemble and maintain a disaster supplies kit with food, water, medications, fuel and personal items adequate for up to 2 weeks - the more the better." —Are You Ready: A Guide to Citizen Preparedness, 2002, FEMA page 91

"Additionally, you may want to consider having supplies for sheltering for up to two weeks."
—Are You Ready: A Guide to Citizen Preparedness, 2004, FEMA page 32

"During periods of increased threat increase your disaster supplies to be adequate for up to two weeks.
—Are You Ready: A Guide to Citizen Preparedness, 2004, FEMA page 166

"Learn how to build a Temporary fallout shelter to protect yourself from radioactive fallout even if you do not live near a potential nuclear target."—Are You Ready: A Guide to Citizen Preparedness, 2002, FEMA, page 93.

How much plainer can it be said?

"Every Emergency Management official I've spoken with, both local and national, stated privately that three days supplies is not sufficient. I can understand their thinking. To tell people they need to prepare for longer looks like they're expecting trouble. They don't want people to panic, feel afraid. Understandable. But we are now dealing with bigger disasters, escalating terrorism and possibilities of a nuclear incident.

"If they think warning people causes goosebumps, wait till they see millions of people stampeding for the last supplies."Dare To Prepare, page, 503.

Hurricane Katrina. . . besides vivid stories of countless lives obliterated, we clearly saw how important it is for the individual to prepare. Government failed on so many levels to take care of its citizenry. Politics aside, if you need a reminder, see these four articles picked at random. They should spur you into action:

What Went WRONG
Blueprint for Disaster
Feds Waited While City Drowned
Breakdowns Marked Path From Hurricane to Anarchy

Ask yourself, Is this how a Superpower deals with disaster? Scary. Countries around the world looked on in dismay at the disaster response. Many of those same nations look to America to help them in time of crisis. How can we possibly help them when we can't help ourselves? Katrina is yet another scream to "do it for yourself". Do NOT put the lives and safety of your family into the hands of others.

Having knowledge in your hands beats thumbing through the Internet any day, especially in a power outage. It allows you to carry the emergency preparedness information room-to-room, to your supplies room or office, or to the store when filling your lists.

Everything in Dare To Prepare — 5th Ed. has been completely updated with the most current information available. And yes, over the years a lot has changed. Additionally, "Dare"; contains considerable prep material not on our website, nor on any others. Dare 5 is a unique, completely up-to-date reference book with over 340 photographs and many charts and tables to make your personalized preparedness super simple! View Table of Contents.

If people give you a hard time about storing, remember they razzed Noah too, and look who ended up with dry toes! If you feel discouraged, drop us a note!

Another tool you might find useful in your preparedness efforts is Prudent Places USA. Not only is
Prudent Places USA an excellent relocation tool, it helps you better understand the strengths and weaknesses of your current location.

Unlike Dare to Prepare, Prudent Places USA addresses issues only for America. It's filled with over 550 high resolution, full color, large maps that show details down to a county level - all 3,142 of them! Covered are 64 in-depth topics in the areas of:

A good place to start for storing and preparedness strategies is "Plan for an Emergency".

If you haven't made a 72-hour kit, this is the first area to address. Begin with the 72-Hour Overview and checklists for suggestions how to set up these supplies. As with all lists on Millennium Ark, the information has been researched extensively. They are guidelines. Use them as you see fit.

Once you have short-term items stored, consider emergency preparedness on a broader scope. You may want to begin with the Long-Term Overview and then read the sections on Water. You can choose to skip around in the sections of Long-Term Storage or you can follow the trail by clicking to the next area at the bottom of each page. Since water is THE most important factor, Water Purification is listed first, then Water Storage, then Food, First Aid, General Supplies and so on.

Besides these main topics, you will find loads of other information in the Emergency Prep Files accessed through the menu on the left. Food Storage Planning Software has also been provided for your convenience as well as different approaches to storing food.

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Should you feel like the only one preparing, the only one who is awake, or your spouse thinks you've slipped a cog or your friends look at you like you're crazy, YOU AREN'T ALONE! For practical suggestions how to talk to someone that isn't aware or doesn't want to acknowledge "these times", you might want to check out
How To Talk To Somebody About Earth Changes (That Doesn't Believe).

Stan and I see a more casual attitude toward preparedness with the seemingly quiet passing of Y2K, but with the advent of terrorism events of 9-11, many people have sprung into action. Don't be left vulnerable.

Other events besides the recent terrorist attacks are spurring prep efforts. Take a look around you. Do weather patterns seem normal? Have natural disasters receded in any manner? There's no longer a question whether or not weather has become more erratic, more severe, though the cause is hotly debated.

Look at the graph to the (above right) to see how much natural disasters have escalated in the past few years and America isn't ready. Much of this escalation is due to greater energy output from the Sun. Without question, weather is wilder and more extreme than even a decade ago. While we can not control the Sun's activity and the resulting weather phenomena, we can take action to protect ourselves and our families. Christians who feel there is no need to prepare, may wish to consider these thoughts.


We've heard from many folks in these economically challenging times how glad they are to have food supplies to carry them over these bumps. Imagine if you or your spouse became ill, unable to provide an income. Wouldn't it be reassuring to have "insurance" you can eat?

Wise are those that prepare ahead of time. It's more important than ever to keep emergency preparedness items on hand. This is no time to be slack. Keep stored foods rotated. If you have consumed existing supplies, be sure to replenish them.

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