News roundup for Fri, Jun 11, 2021

Ford’s all-electric F150 was certainly newsworthy, but this Ford is also rocking my world—a $20K hybrid truck! Number one, any hybrid that’s under $30k is exciting. But $20K? That’s outrageous. 40 miles to the gallon city, in a truck? It’s a very busy year—for ticks. There’s been a tick explosion in the Northeast since spring, […]

New preview trailer + 50% off preorders for the Austere First Aid online video course

We’ve spent the last few months working on a course that we wish we had available when starting our preparedness journeys: Austere First Aid, or what to do in medical emergencies when you can’t depend on professionals to save you. Some of the top austere/wilderness/tactical medical teachers in the country, including our own Tom Rader […]

News roundup for Tue, Jun 8, 2021

US traffic deaths are soaring. There were over 38,000 motor-vehicle-related fatalities in 2020, and the trend is still going. The rise in these deaths occurred in the context of the lifting of social distancing mandates. Speeding is up, folks not wearing seat belts is up, and fatalities rose even as the number of crashes declined: […]

News roundup for Fri, Jun 4, 2021

I don’t understand the need to suppress communication regarding damage done by earthquakes, but apparently this kind of information suppression is  happening in some parts of the globe: An earthquake in Qinghai’s Matoe county kills at least 20, a Tibetan source says, adding that Chinese media are barring local residents from reporting damages and deaths. […]

News roundup for Tue, Jun 1, 2021

Russian hackers exploited the USAID Microsoft email system—the same folks behind the recent SolarWinds hack. Welcome to the new world of near constant hacking exploits. Speaking of… a major global meat supplier has been hacked.  Factories have been shuttered in multiple locations around the globe, and some facilities and worker shifts in US plants may […]

FEMA issues new shelter-in-place booklet for a range of situations

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently published a pamphlet offering shelter-in-place advice for several preparedness scenarios: active shooters, chemical hazards, earthquakes, flooding, hurricanes, nuclear events, pandemics, thunderstorms, tornadoes, and winter storms. They also offer tips for different dwellings, like individual homes, mobile homes, and apartment buildings. It’s written for a broad and very-unprepared audience, […]

News roundup for Fri, May 28, 2021

Biden plans to double emergency spending to help with natural disasters. The Administration also plans to work with NASA to help forecast extreme weather events and climate change impacts more granularly. The Administration hopes that spending and planning more proactively will ultimately help cut the costs of after-the-fact disaster response. There’s been a large volcanic […]