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Glove-compartment stash could save your life

Mar. 27, 2013 - This article by Creek Stewart suggests a few simple necessities one should carry in the car at all times. They include:
A cutting tool
A fire-starting tool
A light and compact shelter and 10' of parachute cord
A flashlight
A straw-style water filter
Source: WND

Surgeon General: Buying Iodide a "Precaution"

Mar. 16, 2011 -
The fear that a nuclear cloud could float from the shores of Japan to the shores of California has some people making a run on iodine tablets. Pharmacists across California report being flooded with requests.
Kelly Huston of the California Emergency Management Agency said that there is no imminent danger and people don't need to buy the pills.

However, U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin said that buying the pills would not be an overreaction. She said it was right to be prepared.

Source: NBC Bay Area
FACTBOX: Potassium Iodide Use After Radiation Exposure - Fox

Bill creates detention camps in U.S. for 'emergencies'

Feb. 2, 2009 - A new bill introduced in the House of Representatives (H.R. 645), would direct the secretary of homeland security to establish no fewer than six national emergency centers in the U.S. These centers would be "to provide temporary housing, medical, and humanitarian assistance to individuals and families dislocated due to an emergency or major disaster."

However, the centers would also be maintained "To meet other appropriate needs, as defined by the secretary of homeland security." This open-ended instruction leads some people to fear that they could be used as concentration camps for political dissidents, such as occurred in Nazi Germany.

Source: WorldNetDaily
Status of the bill

Obama's Civilian National Security Force

July 20, 2008 - In his July 2 speech in Colorado Springs, Barack Obama called for a parallel military force in the U.S. He said:
"We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we've set. We've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded."
Source: American Thinker

What Can Be Done About Terrorism?

Prophecy Central Commentary

Ron Graff - July 5, 2007

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Every day we are reminded that terrorism is bad and getting worse. It’s part of my morning routine: coffee, breakfast bar, and a serving of bad news from Fox News. There was another car bomb in Iraq. Fatah is fighting Hamas in Gaza. Medical doctors with Al-Qaeda connections are responsible for a major strike in London. Scotland Yard discovered the plot in time, but what about the next attack? When will it happen in my part of the world?

I think about terrorism daily. But I usually brush it off with one of the standard responses.

1-“It’s just the way things are. We might as well ignore it.”
2- “I’m sure Homeland Security is on top of this. There’s nothing I can do.” Or…
3- “What did they say about terrorism? Well, who cares? I don’t want to know the details.”
Still, I sometimes wonder, “What can an ordinary person like me do about terrorism?”

Something inside of me insists that individuals must be able to combat terrorism. How would we handle a different problem? How would we react to a sudden decline in the stock market? What would we do if a new virus was spreading and threatening to become an epidemic? Surely there would be some things that we could do. Let’s see if we can discover and practice some personal anti-terrorist strategies.

Recently I was surprised to see a television ad from the Department of Homeland Security warning families to have a plan about terrorism! It said that terrorism is a problem for all of us. It urged families to be ready if something should happen. We must have a plan for what we will do. We need to know how we will communicate with each other. And we should have a kit of emergency supplies.

I believe there is more we can do to help stem the tide of terrorism. We will consider these things in our next commentary. In the meanwhile, let’s all get started with these suggestions from Homeland Security.

Churches Respond After the California Fires

Nov. 18, 2004 - Some Southern California churches found ways to show their Christian concern to people in need during the recent wildfires.
Source:Christianity Today
Churches Can Receive Federal Help Following Disaster

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Links about Emergency Preparedness

Be Ready - U.S. Dept of Homeland Security
American Red Cross
FEMA- Federal Emergency Management Agency
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Environmental Protection Agency

U.S. Department of Energy
The Disaster Preparednessand and Emergency Response Association
Terrorism and the Family series: Making a Family Plan to Combat Terrorism - Electronic Data Information Source of University of Florida
Earthquake Safety Guide - AreaVibes

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