Most Of Us Aren’t Ready.

cgapproved80% of Americans live in a county that has been hit by a weather related disaster since 2007

60% of people have not practiced or prepared for what to do in an emergency

55% of people think they can rely on the “authorities” to rescue them

44% of people have no first aid kit

48% of people have no emergency supplies

53% of people do not have a three days supply of water

52% of families do not have an emergency rally point (ERP)

42% of people do not know the phone numbers of immediate family members

I wasn’t overly surprised by these numbers when I was doing my research, but still, those are aren’t good.

The first thing I suggest doing in Prepare Now-Survive Later is get two cases of bottled water per person in your home. That sounds simple but water is the most precious commodity after an emergency or natural disaster. It’s the first thing you see getting hauled in. I’ll discuss water more in this blog, but just doing this simple thing puts you ahead of the vast majority of households. It’s not about avoiding the negative.

In the Green Berets, the most important thing that made us elite was our planning. We not only thoroughly planned our missions, we also Emergency Planned all the possible things we could imagine going wrong.

You Emergency Plan for 3 reasons:

To avoid the emergency.

To have a plan, equipment, training etc. in place in case the emergency strikes.

To give you peace of mind in day-to-day living so you don’t constantly have to worry about potential emergencies because you are prepared for them. This allows you to experience a higher quality of life.

Thus, one of the goals of Prepare Now is so that you can feel more secure.

If you’ve lived through a natural disaster or emergency, what was the most important thing you wished you had done differently beforehand?

Publication Day: The 2 Most Important Books I’ve Written

Prepare Now-Survive Later and Survive Now-Thrive Later publish today, in time for Christmas shipping of print books.

I say they’re the two most important books I’ve written because they provide information which will saves lives; at the very least, they will help people get through an emergency or catastrophe.

cgapprovedThe first book is all about preparation– it’s too late to prepare once something happens. It’s full of checklists, including lists of free, useful apps you can downloads. The second book, is about what to do in an emergency, natural disaster, or catastrophe.

Print versions make excellent, and thoughtful, holidays gifts. I actually started writing these books after talking to my son about his preparedness in San Diego after there was a heightened earthquake alert. I realized the information out there was very confusing and he needed a step by step guide, along with checklists, to do at least the basic preparation in case something happened.

You will find these books useful!

Available at the following

Kindle       Print Book       iBooks         Nook          Kobo


75 Years later. Remembrances for a Day of Infamy.

uss-coloradoMy father was in the Navy in the Pacific in the last year of World War II. He was a young teenager when Pearl Harbor was attacked and he was still just a teenager when he shipped out to war. Growing up in New York City, he’d seen the Hindenburg fly over, just before its fatal attempted landing in New Jersey. He never talked much about the war, although he did mention how the crew of the USS Colorado (to the right) felt when it was announced that they would be departing the waters off of Okinawa where they’d been providing fire support and battling off Kamikazes, to be part of the fleet that would face down the largest battleship ever built, the Yamato.

imagesFortunately, the Yamato (left) was sunk by submarines and aircraft before the American battleships reached it.

He went to USS Colorado re-unions several times. Initially with my mother, and then after she passed, my older sister, Ellen, would go with him. But those re-unions are all fading away now.

75 years ago today, a peacetime Navy was attacked in Hawaii, which wasn’t even a state yet. The miscalculations on both sides that led up to that attack were staggering.

But none of that mattered to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice on 7 December 1941.

We can only pay our heartfelt respects.



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