This morning I was scooped by my friend, George Ure over at Peoplenomics and UrbanSurvival. Imagine my surprise when I learned the the Administrator of NASA, Charles F. Bolden, sent an email to all NASA employees encouraging them to prepare themselves for potential emergencies such as fires, floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, terrorist attacks and other unforeseen catastrophes.
And so I say Oh. My. Gosh.
This is very much mainstream and when coupled with recent FEMA activities, makes me wonder what they know that I don’t. To quote:
A major initiative has been placed on Family/Personal Preparedness for all NASA personnel. The NASA/Family Preparedness Program is designed to provide awareness, resources, and tools to the NASA Family (civil servants and contractors) to prepare for an emergency situation. The most important assets in the successful completion of NASA’s mission are our employees’ and their families. We are taking the steps to prepare our workforce, but it is your personal obligation to prepare yourself and your families for emergencies.
Listen to Administrator Bolden’s thoughts on why it’s important that we “know our stuff” and “be prepared”.
And from the NASA employee memo itself:
Family/Personal Preparedness Plan
NASA is the only federal agency responsible for its people’s safety and well-being here on Earth and in space and has a longtime commitment to safety and emergency preparedness. Over the past year, Administrator Bolden has emphasized the importance of Family/Personal Preparedness for the entire NASA family. Family and personal preparedness plans are key to protecting our families and communities during potential emergencies such as fires, floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, terrorist attacks and other unforeseen catastrophes.
The most important assets in the successful completion of NASA’s mission are its people and their loved ones. The agency has developed a set of informational guides designed to prepare you, your families and pets for emergencies. These guides will provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to develop your Family Preparedness Plan.
All employees are encouraged to download these guides, prepare plans, and review them with your families. The agency has taken the steps to prepare our NASA family; now it is your personal obligation to prepare yourself and/or your family for an emergency.
NASA Preparedness Guides
Here is link to the NASA site and the downloadable preparedness guides: NASA Personal/Family Preparedness.
Enjoy your next adventure, wherever it takes you!
Backdoor Survival Tip of the Day: I have a silly, but yet practical, tip for a summer weekend. You know how ice cream cones are fun to eat but messy too. Before loading up your cone with ice cream, drop an M and M candy or a dollop of peanut butter in the bottom. Now, when munching through that scoop of Rocky Road, you won’t have leaks coming out of the bottom. Plus, you will have a nice little surprise at the end of your treat.
From the Bargain Bin: Today I would like to welcome a new sponsor, Survival Gear Bags. Their goal is to provide you with the bags and tools to build your own, customized, emergency kits. Tres cool.
Over the next few weeks, I will be working with Survival Gear Bags to create a customized kit for ladies, a child or other smaller person who is not accustomed to carry heavy loads. Stay tuned!
Emergency Essentials is a great source of food for long term storage as well as supplies. Their monthly specials are especially good. Shown below are some of the June specials.
Doesn’t this look good? During the month of June, the price is reduced from $72.25 to $59.99.
The June savings is $10 off on this sleeping bag.
And, if you have the bucks and the space, I highly recommend a water barrel (or two!)
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