Are You Taking Part in America’s Prepareathon Hosted by FEMA?

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Check out America’s Preparathon hosted by FEMA and taking place on April 30 this year. It’s pretty much an all-hazards event, so no matter where you are in the country, there’s a disaster just for you.

Once you get onto the site you can personalize it so that it works for your region and type of apocalyptic event.

This message was written by Dr. David Powers. You can always find me at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

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10 Signs You’re a Stereotypical Doomsday Prepper

Here are several litmus tests to determine if you or someone you know is a stereotypical doomsday prepper. When I say stereotypical, I mean in the negative sense. You know, the kooks out there that give us a bad name and are just as likely to cause an apocalypse as survive one.

  1. There are several vehicles on blocks or otherwise inoperable condition in your yard.
  2. Your compound consists of enough mobile homes to be considered a trailer park.
  3. You own more guns than your local police department.
  4. Every weird noise outside at night signals that the end is nigh.
  5. All your friends avoid you.
  6. Your acquaintances have decided that they hope you don’t survive so they can raid your emergency food supply once IT happens.
  7. Your every decision revolves around being ready, but somehow owning 10 cats fits into your plan.
  8. The person you’re convinced is the Antichrist changes weekly.
  9. You want everyone to know you’re the expert, but only in a sneaky “I could tell you, but I’d have to kill you” kind of way.
  10. You don’t want people to take your photo and you shy away from social media.

This message was written by Dr. David Powers. You can always find me at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

Expatriates by James Wesley, Rawles (Book Review)

People send me so many books to review that I’ll seldom fork out my money on books or authors that I’m unfamiliar with. I’m also one of those people that’s incapable of walking out of a bookstore without buying something. Hence, I walked out with Expatriates, my first experience with James Wesley, Rawles.

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I was intrigued with this book by all the same things that make men fall in love with their wives- looks, description, and experience. The book looked good, the description sounded wonderful, and the author had a great bio. The combination of all three in one made me want to check it out. Rawles’ bio gave me the thought that the book would be factually accurate and ultra-realistic, and he did not disappoint. The book was a masterpiece and given current happenings on the world stage, incredibly frightening. In case you didn’t know, he’s a former Army intelligence officer and the guru behind Survivalblog.com.

Expatriates follows an economic apocalypse of global proportions and focuses on three main groups of people- a family in Florida, a Christian missionary family in the Phillipines, and an American working in Australia. Through them we see the effects of the economic collapse across three very different spectrums of life. In addition to the fiction elements, portions of the book provide excellent real world resources to find additional survival information.

In the book Rawles also explores the potential for a very real bad guy to come to power should the world change in a bad way, extremist Muslims. These days, everyone is way too politically correct to look at this group of extremists that have been responsible for almost all major terrorist attacks, wars, and changing nation-states for the past several decades. Rawles explores what this group would do in a power vacuum.

I loved the book and became invested in the characters. That’s a huge turn-off in some novels and movies. If I don’t get interested in the characters, I don’t care what happens to them. The  only thing that bugs me doesn’t have anything to do with the book. I have no complaints about the book. It’s Rawles’ name that bothers me. For some reason there’s a comma between Wesley and Rawles. I made a cursory Internet search for an explanation, but could not find a reason for the comma.

If this review intrigues you, don’t buy this book. Or at least, don’t buy it yet. It’s part of a series, but it’s not the first book. Look for Patriots and get that one first. Rawles also has non-fiction works available as well.

This message was written by Dr. David Powers. You can always find me at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

Check out the Zombie Shooter’s Association

A friend of mine just recommended I check out the folks over at the Zombie Shooter’s Association of America. Although I’ve never been to any of their events, I have to say that I’m intrigued. I’m a big fan of anything zombie and also an aficionado of the shooting arts, so this seems right up my alley.

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Turns out these guys and most of their events and matches are within a half days drive of my compound in eastern South Carolina, so I may be visiting them soon to send off a few rounds downrange. Their 3 gun matches sounds especially fun. From all appearances and what I’ve heard about them, the ZSA isn’t just a bunch of redneck gun yahoos. These guys are professionals who enjoy  a fun, safe time with guns and zombies as the medium for that.

Check out their site. Look at the event schedule. Watch a few videos. And make yourself better prepared for zombies or any other bogies that try to get between you and the rest of your life.

Tell them that Dr. Dave at CAPOCS sent you. Maybe I’ll see you there one weekend on the range.

Prepping for the Apocalypse Link Pack

Thought I’d give you a lovely link pack to end your week. Hopefully the world will survive, and I’ll see you next week.

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Hydration for the Apocalypse: How to Store Water for Long-Term Emergencies from The Art of Manliness

Live in a tsunami prone zone? How about a tsunami proof boat-house-thingy? Or go old school with another ark.

And once the water goes away, how do you rebuild properly?

And if the water never goes away, here’s an idea for a post-apocalyptic life underwater.

Modular Building Goes Mainstream in Storm-Ravaged Areas from Builder magazine

Ever wonder what malls would look like after an apocalypse? You could watch Dawn of the Dead or check out these photos of abandoned malls in the US.

This message was written by Dr. David Powers. You can always find me at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

Ebola is Back!

Ebola was really popular back in the 1990’s. There was Richard Preston’s book The Hot Zone and then the movie Outbreak starring Dustin Hoffman. Those two media powerhouses made Ebola quite the chic disease and took the pressure of off AIDS and HIV. After all, with Ebola, there were no sexual overtones involved. It was just a simple communicable disease that was going to be responsible for the next Spanish flu style apocalypse.

Then it went away. Ebola just vanished off the face of earth. It was gone completely. No more infected people.

WRONG!

It just became less popular, but guess what? Now it’s back. A recent outbreak even rated a small mention in the international news sidebar in the paper. If you ask me, anytime a disease kills over three score people and neighboring countries close their borders, it could mean trouble.

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This message was written by Dr. David Powers. You can always find me at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

PS…April 4 update- If you’d like to help with medical care for the outbreak, click HERE for a link to Samaritan’s Purse.