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As the world is fixated on the Red Chinese Virus, there are secondaries. What is a secondary? It is a larger event quietly operating in the background that, 50 years later, is much larger in impact on world history, systems, and people. It's the magics.
Here is a link to clue you in about one such secondary.


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The Journal of Civil Defense has my article in the May 2019 on Family Communication Tools. It is below.
During the CCP virus shutdown, I did a number of stress tests of grocery stores in the town of  Mt. Airy, MD. As you can see by watching them, after the mass hysteria panic shopping that emptied out the aisles, those grocery store aisles were restocked within a week after the panic first hit. Remarkable.
Special thanks to the American truckers and American night grocery store workers.





Useful Emergency Communication Tools
Ask yourself, “How would I communicate with my loved ones if something really bad happens?
Most likely, you will use emergency communication tools, some that you have already, and others you could benefit from, such as those below.
What are emergency communication tools? They are hardware and software that connect you to your family, friends, colleagues and community as well as with first responders, support systems, and other family members.
Plan for what emergency communication tools you need BEFORE the event to be able to communicate and it will make your response faster, better, and more effective. Learning and using these tools will give you a higher chance of successfully dealing with an emergency.

Have a Plan

Your circumstances and emergency communication tool needs are as unique as you and your family, so think now about how you would communicate with your family in an emergency. Identify the communications tools you would need to be able to reach them in an emergency and make a plan for how to set those up.
Part of that plan must be to learn the communication tools that are the most useful for you and your family. Many of the ones listed below should be useful to you. If so, set up an account and begin to learn how to use them. That way you know how to use it, have exercised it, and are more likely to use it successfully before, during and after an emergency.
No one tool below is used by everyone, so use all or most of them to make sure you cover all the emergency threat matrix.
To Begin — Establish who you need to contact during an emergency. Make a list of them and distribute that list to all parties.
List phone number, social media addresses, email addresses, for everyone on your list. Make sure one or two contacts are out of state. Also make sure everyone on the list knows they are on it.
Identify a primary point of contact with whom you will work. Make sure they know your plan. Another option is a “call tree.” One person calls two more who call two more and so on. It lessons the burden on one person being responsible for making all the calls.
Emergency Communication with Local Officials — Local emergency management officials (police, fire fighters, emergency operations centers, public safety offices, emergency operations centers, and more) use all, some, or a mix of the emergency communications tools. Investigate those in your area and connect with them. Here are a few local ones I use.

https://www.facebook.com/MountAiryPD/ Mt. Airy, MD Police Department Facebook
https://twitter.com/MDMEMA Maryland Emergency Management Agency Twitter
https://twitter.com/MDSP Maryland State Police Twitter
https://www.facebook.com/CarrCoMDPubSafe/ Carroll County DPS Facebook

Cell Phones
Cell phones are obvious as we use them every day to communicate. Most of us have our loved ones and their telephone numbers in our cell phones. But cell phones require additional items in an emergency.
For example, have an extra power cable in your house and car. Keep a charging adapter in your car cigarette lighter outlet. If electricity is cut off you may need to use the battery in your car to charge up your phone. If power is out you may need to use your car to charge your call phone. A solar phone charger is another option for a power outage.

Instant Message
WhatsApp, Skype, ezTalks, Viber, Meebo+, Google Hangout, Kik, WeChat, and Messenger are examples of instant message apps and services. These and other instant message apps are available for both Android and iOS. They are useful and a basic tool for communicating normally and during an emergency.

Social Media
For sending loved one’s emergency messages and getting updates on their status, social media is useful. When cell phones do not work or the telecommunications networks are overwhelmed preventing calling and texting, social media apps offer an alternative way to communicate. Below are some ways.
Text Message — Text messaging is a mobile phone service offered by phone companies (Verizon, T-Mobile, etc.) that usually have a 160 character limit. Android and
Twitter — Twitter offers instant updates about what is happening during an emergency. This makes it easier to know what is going on and to monitor developments. It provides timely information you and your family can act on. As such, it is invaluable. When you have a Twitter account already in place, it's just a matter of using the existing media during an actual emergency
To follow your tweets on your phone, you may want to text "Follow [Twitter handle]" Twitter's FastFollow has other options, like just getting the most recent tweet for a given Twitter feed. And you may want to have several emergency Twitter accounts, maybe one for alerts and one for information.
Use Twitter’s hashtag (#) feature to follow information that you may want to monitor (#civildefense, #emergecymaryland) so Twitter keywords are flagged with a # in the tweet.
NOTE: Twitter’s strength, instant information, can also be its weakness, incorrect instant information. Always compare what various people and sources are saying to best determine what is really going on.
Instagram — Half of the users of Instagram now use it as a Messaging App. Instagram allows you to private message other users on the platform using the feature called Direct Message. This feature lets you send messages to one or multiple people (a group). It is a good option to communicate using Instagram during an emergency.
Facebook — In addition to your existing Facebook account and your instant links to family and friends, Facebook offers a new feature useful to emergency communications. Called Local Alerts (https://www.facebook.com/help/publisher/572490746512593), it allows you to send a Facebook notification to page followers who live in your area, whether they have opted into that notification or not. They are used for urgent or emergency information.
Currently, Facebook Live is the only other post type on Facebook that sends out a notification. Local alerts are a valuable tool in emergency communications, one that should only be used to relay urgent information.

Emergency Communications Apps
There are a wide variety of emergency communication apps available you can download to your cell phone. Here are a few examples

Bugle — Helps your friends and family find you in case you have an emergency.
Life 360 — Establishes an immediate connection with your friends and family via text, email or voice call. It notifies them about your current location and comes with a panic alert feature.
First Aid by American Red Cross — Offers users basic first aid lessons, help instructions, and a red button to contact 911, disaster preparedness check-lists, and other American Red cross resources.
SirenGPS — Creates a collaborative network of emergency management and responses where the entire community stays connected to first responders.
Patronus – Shares your location with mobile 911 service dispatchers who can access your location.
ICE — The In Case of Emergency (ICE) stores crucial information about you for responders and hospital personnel. Lists your contact information so responders know who to contact.
Red Panic Button — It sparks off an early warning and vulnerability alert system, one-to-many communication the moment you push the red panic button.
Amateur Radio
Amateur Radio (also known as ham radio) is used to communicate without the Internet or cell phones. Therefore, it is an excellent way to communicate when other communications tools are not operating. Also, you can take radio wherever you go! In times of disaster. Ham radios have reliably assisted communications in emergencies for over a hundred years. When other communications tools fail, amateur radio is an excellent option.
Two Way Radio (Walkie-Talkie)
A two way radio is a portable, hand-held device that can transmit and receive radio communication. Even when cell phones are not working or the power grid is down, two way radios operate and convey critical emergency information. They are an excellent first use or backup emergency communication tool.
With their push-to-talk functionality for instant communication, they are much faster than cell phones. They come with extreme ease of use, just the push of a button can transmit your message to an entire group of people. And, they can withstand harsh environmental conditions like heavy rain and dust.
wo-way radios can send and receive text messages for quick and discreet communication. Lastly, the fact that two-way radios don’t rely on cell phone networks is a huge benefit in widespread emergencies, where reception may be congested or even stop altogether.

Drone with a Camera
This may seem like an unusual tool to include with the others here, but it has proven invaluable in emergency events communicating the extent of the damage. For example, when a tornado hit my own town of Mt. Airy, MD, (https://poetslife.blogspot.com/2018/11/ef-1-tornado-lessons-from-mt-airy-md.html), the video taken by a drone was invaluable to recording the damage done so homeowners and farmers could quickly file insurance claims.

Get Started Now
All these suggestions offer advantages as communication tools. It is important to set them up, use them, and know them before an emergency. I pray that for the health, safety and survival of you and your loved ones you take advantage of them. A small investment of time now will yield large dividends in safety, health and security when you experience an emergency.

The Journal of Civil Defense has my article in the May 2019 on Family Communication Tools. It is below.
Journal of Civil Defense Archives - The American Civil Defense Association (Journal of Civil Defense Archives - The American Civil Defense Association)
**Useful Emergency Communication Tools**
Ask yourself, “How would I communicate with my loved ones if something really bad happens?
Most likely, you will use emergency communication tools, some that you have already, and others you could benefit from, such as those below.
What are emergency communication tools? They are hardware and software that connect you to your family, friends, colleagues and community as well as with first responders, support systems, and other family members.
Plan for what emergency communication tools you need BEFORE the event to be able to communicate and it will make your response faster, better, and more effective. Learning and using these tools will give you a higher chance of successfully dealing with an emergency.

**Have a Plan**
Your circumstances and emergency communication tool needs are as unique as you and your family, so think now about how you would communicate with your family in an emergency. Identify the communications tools you would need to be able to reach them in an emergency and make a plan for how to set those up.
Part of that plan must be to learn the communication tools that are the most useful for you and your family. Many of the ones listed below should be useful to you. If so, set up an account and begin to learn how to use them. That way you know how to use it, have exercised it, and are more likely to use it successfully before, during and after an emergency.
No one tool below is used by everyone, so use all or most of them to make sure you cover all the emergency threat matrix.

**To Begin — Establish who you need to contact during an emergency. Make a list of them and distribute that list to all parties.**
List phone number, social media addresses, email addresses, for everyone on your list. Make sure one or two contacts are out of state. Also make sure everyone on the list knows they are on it.
Identify a primary point of contact with whom you will work. Make sure they know your plan. Another option is a “call tree.” One person calls two more who call two more and so on. It lessons the burden on one person being responsible for making all the calls.
**Emergency Communication with Local Officials — Local emergency management officials (police, fire fighters, emergency operations centers, public safety offices, emergency operations centers, and more) use all, some, or a mix of the emergency communications tools. Investigate those in your area and connect with them. Here are a few local ones I use.**

**Cell Phones**
Cell phones are obvious as we use them every day to communicate. Most of us have our loved ones and their telephone numbers in our cell phones. But cell phones require additional items in an emergency.
For example, have an extra power cable in your house and car. Keep a charging adapter in your car cigarette lighter outlet. If electricity is cut off you may need to use the battery in your car to charge up your phone. If power is out you may need to use your car to charge your call phone. A solar phone charger is another option for a power outage.
**Instant Message**
WhatsApp, Skype, ezTalks, Viber, Meebo+, Google Hangout, Kik, WeChat, and Messenger are examples of instant message apps and services. These and other instant message apps are available for both Android and iOS. They are useful and a basic tool for communicating normally and during an emergency.

**Social Media**
For sending loved one’s emergency messages and getting updates on their status, social media is useful. When cell phones do not work or the telecommunications networks are overwhelmed preventing calling and texting, social media apps offer an alternative way to communicate. Below are some ways.
**Text Message — Text messaging is a mobile phone service offered by phone companies (Verizon, T-Mobile, etc.) that usually have a 160 character limit. Android and **
**Twitter — Twitter offers instant updates about what is happening during an emergency. This makes it easier to know what is going on and to monitor developments. It provides timely information you and your family can act on. As such, it is invaluable. When you have a Twitter account already in place, it's just a matter of using the existing media during an actual emergency**
To follow your tweets on your phone, you may want to text "Follow [Twitter handle]" Twitter's FastFollow has other options, like just getting the most recent tweet for a given Twitter feed. And you may want to have several emergency Twitter accounts, maybe one for alerts and one for information.
Use Twitter’s hashtag (#) feature to follow information that you may want to monitor (#civildefense, #emergecymaryland) so Twitter keywords are flagged with a # in the tweet.
**NOTE**: Twitter’s strength, instant information, can also be its weakness, incorrect instant information. Always compare what various people and sources are saying to best determine what is really going on.
*Instagram — Half of the users of Instagram now use it as a Messaging App. Instagram allows you to private message other users on the platform using the feature called Direct Message. This feature lets you send messages to one or multiple people (a group). It is a good option to communicate using Instagram during an emergency.**

**Facebook — In addition to your existing Facebook account and your instant links to family and friends, Facebook offers a new feature useful to emergency communications. Called Local Alerts (****https://www.facebook.com/help/publisher/572490746512593** (https://www.facebook.com/help/publisher/572490746512593)**), it allows you to send a Facebook notification to page followers who live in your area, whether they have opted into that notification or not. They are used for urgent or emergency information. **
**Currently, Facebook Live is the only other post type on Facebook that sends out a notification. Local alerts are a valuable tool in emergency communications, one that should only be used to relay urgent information.**
**Emergency Communications Apps**
**There are a wide variety of emergency communication apps available you can download to your cell phone. Here are a few examples**
**Bugle — Helps your friends and family find you in case you have an emergency.**
**Life 360 — Establishes an immediate connection with your friends and family via text, email or voice call. It notifies them about your current location and comes with a panic alert feature.**
**First Aid by American Red Cross — Offers users basic first aid lessons, help instructions, and a red button to contact 911, disaster preparedness check-lists, and other American Red cross resources.**
**SirenGPS** — Creates a collaborative network of emergency management and responses where the entire community stays connected to first responders.
Patronus – Shares your location with mobile 911 service dispatchers who can access your location.
**ICE **— The In Case of Emergency (ICE) stores crucial information about you for responders and hospital personnel. Lists your contact information so responders know who to contact.
*Red Panic Button** — It sparks off an early warning and vulnerability alert system, one-to-many communication the moment you push the red panic button.
**Amateur Radio**
Amateur Radio (also known as ham radio) is used to communicate without the Internet or cell phones. Therefore, it is an excellent way to communicate when other communications tools are not operating. Also, you can take radio wherever you go! In times of disaster. Ham radios have reliably assisted communications in emergencies for over a hundred years. When other communications tools fail, amateur radio is an excellent option.
**Two Way Radio (Walkie-Talkie)**
A two way radio is a portable, hand-held device that can transmit and receive radio communication. Even when cell phones are not working or the power grid is down, two way radios operate and convey critical emergency information. They are an excellent first use or backup emergency communication tool.
With their push-to-talk functionality for instant communication, they are much faster than cell phones. They come with extreme ease of use, just the push of a button can transmit your message to an entire group of people. And, they can withstand harsh environmental conditions like heavy rain and dust.
Two-way radios can send and receive text messages for quick and discreet communication. Lastly, the fact that two-way radios don’t rely on cell phone networks is a huge benefit in widespread emergencies, where reception may be congested or even stop altogether.
**Drone with a Camera**
This may seem like an unusual tool to include with the others here, but it has proven invaluable in emergency events communicating the extent of the damage. For example, when a tornado hit my own town of Mt. Airy, MD, (EF-1 Tornado Lessons from Mt Airy MD (EF-1 Tornado Lessons from Mt Airy MD)), the video taken by a drone was invaluable to recording the damage done so homeowners and farmers could quickly file insurance claims.
**Get Started Now**
All these suggestions offer advantages as communication tools. It is important to set them up, use them, and know them before an emergency. I pray that for the health, safety and survival of you and your loved ones you take advantage of them. A small investment of time now will yield large dividends in safety, health and security when you experience an emergency.
The Journal of Civil Defense has my article in the May 2019 on Family Communication Tools. It is below.
Journal of Civil Defense Archives - The American Civil Defense Association

Useful Emergency Communication Tools
Ask yourself, “How would I communicate with my loved ones if something really bad happens?
Most likely, you will use emergency communication tools, some that you have already, and others you could benefit from, such as those below.
What are emergency communication tools? They are hardware and software that connect you to your family, friends, colleagues and community as well as with first responders, support systems, and other family members.
Plan for what emergency communication tools you need BEFORE the event to be able to communicate and it will make your response faster, better, and more effective. Learning and using these tools will give you a higher chance of successfully dealing with an emergency.

Have a Plan
Your circumstances and emergency communication tool needs are as unique as you and your family, so think now about how you would communicate with your family in an emergency. Identify the communications tools you would need to be able to reach them in an emergency and make a plan for how to set those up.
Part of that plan must be to learn the communication tools that are the most useful for you and your family. Many of the ones listed below should be useful to you. If so, set up an account and begin to learn how to use them. That way you know how to use it, have exercised it, and are more likely to use it successfully before, during and after an emergency.
No one tool below is used by everyone, so use all or most of them to make sure you cover all the emergency threat matrix.
To Begin — Establish who you need to contact during an emergency. Make a list of them and distribute that list to all parties.
List phone number, social media addresses, email addresses, for everyone on your list. Make sure one or two contacts are out of state. Also make sure everyone on the list knows they are on it.
Identify a primary point of contact with whom you will work. Make sure they know your plan. Another option is a “call tree.” One person calls two more who call two more and so on. It lessons the burden on one person being responsible for making all the calls.
Emergency Communication with Local Officials — Local emergency management officials (police, fire fighters, emergency operations centers, public safety offices, emergency operations centers, and more) use all, some, or a mix of the emergency communications tools. Investigate those in your area and connect with them. Here are a few local ones I use.
https://www.facebook.com/MountAiryPD/ Mt. Airy, MD Police Department Facebook
https://twitter.com/MDMEMA Maryland Emergency Management Agency Twitter
https://twitter.com/MDSP Maryland State Police Twitter
https://www.facebook.com/CarrCoMDPubSafe/ Carroll County DPS Facebook

Cell Phones
Cell phones are obvious as we use them every day to communicate. Most of us have our loved ones and their telephone numbers in our cell phones. But cell phones require additional items in an emergency.
For example, have an extra power cable in your house and car. Keep a charging adapter in your car cigarette lighter outlet. If electricity is cut off you may need to use the battery in your car to charge up your phone. If power is out you may need to use your car to charge your call phone. A solar phone charger is another option for a power outage.

Instant Message
WhatsApp, Skype, ezTalks, Viber, Meebo+, Google Hangout, Kik, WeChat, and Messenger are examples of instant message apps and services. These and other instant message apps are available for both Android and iOS. They are useful and a basic tool for communicating normally and during an emergency.

Social Media
For sending loved one’s emergency messages and getting updates on their status, social media is useful. When cell phones do not work or the telecommunications networks are overwhelmed preventing calling and texting, social media apps offer an alternative way to communicate. Below are some ways.
Text Message — Text messaging is a mobile phone service offered by phone companies (Verizon, T-Mobile, etc.) that usually have a 160 character limit. Android and
Twitter — Twitter offers instant updates about what is happening during an emergency. This makes it easier to know what is going on and to monitor developments. It provides timely information you and your family can act on. As such, it is invaluable. When you have a Twitter account already in place, it's just a matter of using the existing media during an actual emergency
To follow your tweets on your phone, you may want to text "Follow [Twitter handle]" Twitter's FastFollow has other options, like just getting the most recent tweet for a given Twitter feed. And you may want to have several emergency Twitter accounts, maybe one for alerts and one for information.
Use Twitter’s hashtag (#) feature to follow information that you may want to monitor (#civildefense, #emergecymaryland) so Twitter keywords are flagged with a # in the tweet.
NOTE: Twitter’s strength, instant information, can also be its weakness, incorrect instant information. Always compare what various people and sources are saying to best determine what is really going on.
Instagram — Half of the users of Instagram now use it as a Messaging App. Instagram allows you to private message other users on the platform using the feature called Direct Message. This feature lets you send messages to one or multiple people (a group). It is a good option to communicate using Instagram during an emergency.
Facebook — In addition to your existing Facebook account and your instant links to family and friends, Facebook offers a new feature useful to emergency communications. Called Local Alerts (https://www.facebook.com/help/publisher/572490746512593), it allows you to send a Facebook notification to page followers who live in your area, whether they have opted into that notification or not. They are used for urgent or emergency information.
Currently, Facebook Live is the only other post type on Facebook that sends out a notification. Local alerts are a valuable tool in emergency communications, one that should only be used to relay urgent information.
Emergency Communications Apps
There are a wide variety of emergency communication apps available you can download to your cell phone. Here are a few examples
Bugle — Helps your friends and family find you in case you have an emergency.
Life 360 — Establishes an immediate connection with your friends and family via text, email or voice call. It notifies them about your current location and comes with a panic alert feature.
First Aid by American Red Cross — Offers users basic first aid lessons, help instructions, and a red button to contact 911, disaster preparedness check-lists, and other American Red cross resources.
SirenGPS — Creates a collaborative network of emergency management and responses where the entire community stays connected to first responders.
Patronus – Shares your location with mobile 911 service dispatchers who can access your location.
ICE — The In Case of Emergency (ICE) stores crucial information about you for responders and hospital personnel. Lists your contact information so responders know who to contact.Red Panic Button — It sparks off an early warning and vulnerability alert system, one-to-many communication the moment you push the red panic button.

Amateur Radio
Amateur Radio (also known as ham radio) is used to communicate without the Internet or cell phones. Therefore, it is an excellent way to communicate when other communications tools are not operating. Also, you can take radio wherever you go! In times of disaster. Ham radios have reliably assisted communications in emergencies for over a hundred years. When other communications tools fail, amateur radio is an excellent option.
Two Way Radio (Walkie-Talkie)
A two way radio is a portable, hand-held device that can transmit and receive radio communication. Even when cell phones are not working or the power grid is down, two way radios operate and convey critical emergency information. They are an excellent first use or backup emergency communication tool.
With their push-to-talk functionality for instant communication, they are much faster than cell phones. They come with extreme ease of use, just the push of a button can transmit your message to an entire group of people. And, they can withstand harsh environmental conditions like heavy rain and dust.
Two-way radios can send and receive text messages for quick and discreet communication. Lastly, the fact that two-way radios don’t rely on cell phone networks is a huge benefit in widespread emergencies, where reception may be congested or even stop altogether.
Drone with a Camera
This may seem like an unusual tool to include with the others here, but it has proven invaluable in emergency events communicating the extent of the damage. For example, when a tornado hit my own town of Mt. Airy, MD, (https://poetslife.blogspot.com/2018/11/ef-1-tornado-lessons-from-mt-airy-md.html), the video taken by a drone was invaluable to recording the damage done so homeowners and farmers could quickly file insurance claims.

Get Started Now
All these suggestions offer advantages as communication tools. It is important to set them up, use them, and know them before an emergency. I pray that for the health, safety and survival of you and your loved ones you take advantage of them. A small investment of time now will yield large dividends in safety, health and security when you experience an emergency.
The Journal of Civil Defense has my article in the May 2019 on Family Communication Tools. It is below.
Journal of Civil Defense Archives - The American Civil Defense Association (Journal of Civil Defense Archives - The American Civil Defense Association)
**Useful Emergency Communication Tools**
Ask yourself, “How would I communicate with my loved ones if something really bad happens?
Most likely, you will use emergency communication tools, some that you have already, and others you could benefit from, such as those below.
What are emergency communication tools? They are hardware and software that connect you to your family, friends, colleagues and community as well as with first responders, support systems, and other family members.
Plan for what emergency communication tools you need BEFORE the event to be able to communicate and it will make your response faster, better, and more effective. Learning and using these tools will give you a higher chance of successfully dealing with an emergency.

**Have a Plan**
Your circumstances and emergency communication tool needs are as unique as you and your family, so think now about how you would communicate with your family in an emergency. Identify the communications tools you would need to be able to reach them in an emergency and make a plan for how to set those up.
Part of that plan must be to learn the communication tools that are the most useful for you and your family. Many of the ones listed below should be useful to you. If so, set up an account and begin to learn how to use them. That way you know how to use it, have exercised it, and are more likely to use it successfully before, during and after an emergency.
No one tool below is used by everyone, so use all or most of them to make sure you cover all the emergency threat matrix.
**To Begin — Establish who you need to contact during an emergency. Make a list of them and distribute that list to all parties.**
List phone number, social media addresses, email addresses, for everyone on your list. Make sure one or two contacts are out of state. Also make sure everyone on the list knows they are on it.
Identify a primary point of contact with whom you will work. Make sure they know your plan. Another option is a “call tree.” One person calls two more who call two more and so on. It lessons the burden on one person being responsible for making all the calls.
**Emergency Communication with Local Officials — Local emergency management officials (police, fire fighters, emergency operations centers, public safety offices, emergency operations centers, and more) use all, some, or a mix of the emergency communications tools. Investigate those in your area and connect with them. Here are a few local ones I use.**

**Cell Phones**
Cell phones are obvious as we use them every day to communicate. Most of us have our loved ones and their telephone numbers in our cell phones. But cell phones require additional items in an emergency.
For example, have an extra power cable in your house and car. Keep a charging adapter in your car cigarette lighter outlet. If electricity is cut off you may need to use the battery in your car to charge up your phone. If power is out you may need to use your car to charge your call phone. A solar phone charger is another option for a power outage.
**Instant Message**

WhatsApp, Skype, ezTalks, Viber, Meebo+, Google Hangout, Kik, WeChat, and Messenger are examples of instant message apps and services. These and other instant message apps are available for both Android and iOS. They are useful and a basic tool for communicating normally and during an emergency.

**Social Media**

For sending loved one’s emergency messages and getting updates on their status, social media is useful. When cell phones do not work or the telecommunications networks are overwhelmed preventing calling and texting, social media apps offer an alternative way to communicate. Below are some ways.

**Text Message — Text messaging is a mobile phone service offered by phone companies (Verizon, T-Mobile, etc.) that usually have a 160 character limit. Android and **

**Twitter — Twitter offers instant updates about what is happening during an emergency. This makes it easier to know what is going on and to monitor developments. It provides timely information you and your family can act on. As such, it is invaluable. When you have a Twitter account already in place, it's just a matter of using the existing media during an actual emergency**

To follow your tweets on your phone, you may want to text "Follow [Twitter handle]" Twitter's FastFollow has other options, like just getting the most recent tweet for a given Twitter feed. And you may want to have several emergency Twitter accounts, maybe one for alerts and one for information.

Use Twitter’s hashtag (#) feature to follow information that you may want to monitor (#civildefense, #emergecymaryland) so Twitter keywords are flagged with a # in the tweet.

**NOTE**: Twitter’s strength, instant information, can also be its weakness, incorrect instant information. Always compare what various people and sources are saying to best determine what is really going on.

**Instagram — Half of the users of Instagram now use it as a Messaging App. Instagram allows you to private message other users on the platform using the feature called Direct Message. This feature lets you send messages to one or multiple people (a group). It is a good option to communicate using Instagram during an emergency.**

**Facebook — In addition to your existing Facebook account and your instant links to family and friends, Facebook offers a new feature useful to emergency communications. Called Local Alerts (****https://www.facebook.com/help/publisher/572490746512593** (https://www.facebook.com/help/publisher/572490746512593)**), it allows you to send a Facebook notification to page followers who live in your area, whether they have opted into that notification or not. They are used for urgent or emergency information. **

**Currently, Facebook Live is the only other post type on Facebook that sends out a notification. Local alerts are a valuable tool in emergency communications, one that should only be used to relay urgent information.**

**Emergency Communications Apps**

**There are a wide variety of emergency communication apps available you can download to your cell phone. Here are a few examples**

**Bugle — Helps your friends and family find you in case you have an emergency.**

**Life 360 — Establishes an immediate connection with your friends and family via text, email or voice call. It notifies them about your current location and comes with a panic alert feature.**

**First Aid by American Red Cross — Offers users basic first aid lessons, help instructions, and a red button to contact 911, disaster preparedness check-lists, and other American Red cross resources.**

**SirenGPS** — Creates a collaborative network of emergency management and responses where the entire community stays connected to first responders.

Patronus – Shares your location with mobile 911 service dispatchers who can access your location.

**ICE **— The In Case of Emergency (ICE) stores crucial information about you for responders and hospital personnel. Lists your contact information so responders know who to contact.

**Red Panic Button** — It sparks off an early warning and vulnerability alert system, one-to-many communication the moment you push the red panic button.

**Amateur Radio**

Amateur Radio (also known as ham radio) is used to communicate without the Internet or cell phones. Therefore, it is an excellent way to communicate when other communications tools are not operating. Also, you can take radio wherever you go! In times of disaster. Ham radios have reliably assisted communications in emergencies for over a hundred years. When other communications tools fail, amateur radio is an excellent option.

**Two Way Radio (Walkie-Talkie)**

A two way radio is a portable, hand-held device that can transmit and receive radio communication. Even when cell phones are not working or the power grid is down, two way radios operate and convey critical emergency information. They are an excellent first use or backup emergency communication tool.

With their push-to-talk functionality for instant communication, they are much faster than cell phones. They come with extreme ease of use, just the push of a button can transmit your message to an entire group of people. And, they can withstand harsh environmental conditions like heavy rain and dust.

Two-way radios can send and receive text messages for quick and discreet communication. Lastly, the fact that two-way radios don’t rely on cell phone networks is a huge benefit in widespread emergencies, where reception may be congested or even stop altogether.

**Drone with a Camera**

This may seem like an unusual tool to include with the others here, but it has proven invaluable in emergency events communicating the extent of the damage. For example, when a tornado hit my own town of Mt. Airy, MD, (EF-1 Tornado Lessons from Mt Airy MD (EF-1 Tornado Lessons from Mt Airy MD)), the video taken by a drone was invaluable to recording the damage done so homeowners and farmers could quickly file insurance claims.

**Get Started Now**

All these suggestions offer advantages as communication tools. It is important to set them up, use them, and know them before an emergency. I pray that for the health, safety and survival of you and your loved ones you take advantage of them. A small investment of time now will yield large dividends in safety, health and security when you experience an emergency.

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Provide bio kits and gloves to your police, fire fighters, EMTs, nurses, etc. and others who are carrying the burden for the rest of us. If you can provide them them supplies, they can spend more time helping people and less time on the Internet trying to locate supplies.
If you don’t have access to those, smile at them, maybe buy them a cup of coffee and thank them for their sacrifice.

I donated bio kits and gloves to the Mt. Airy Police Department and the Maryland State Troopers.



 
Use whatever skills you have to help the American family.
For example, I know about and have personal bio kits. Most don’t.

When I stopped by the Mt. Airy Police Department MD last evening, the officer said they could not get them. They went online and all they could get was the old googles you used in your high school history class.

I gave him one kit and he responded, “We have seven officers! We need seven!”

That presented a quandary. I still have others who need them, like the firefighters who have yet to get back to me.

But I saw his point. He was trying to protect his fellow officers. So I went to the car, got him another 5, and said I would return tomorrow with another one. I also gave him the open one I used to instruct the mayor and told him to use it to instruct his fellow officers.

Educate yourself so you can educate others. For example, that Purell everyone is putting on their skin was only meant to be used occasionally. Now that people are using it constantly, the alcohol will split their skin and leave them open to infection. Soap, fat based, works best.

Visit the TACDA.ORG website for help. https://tacda.org


This will get you started.


 
Best estimates are that 3% to 5% homeowners are prepared for a possible disaster/emergency event.

Compare that to Switzerland where 95% are prepared.

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The following is from Irene Ken, physician, whose daughter is an Asst. Prof in infectious diseases at Johns Hopkins University.
The virus is not a living organism, but a protein molecule (DNA) covered by a protective layer of lipid (fat), which, when absorbed by the cells of the ocular, nasal or buccal mucosa, changes their genetic code (mutation) and convert them into aggressor and multiplier cells.
Since the virus is not a living organism but a protein molecule, it is not killed, but decays on its own. The disintegration time depends on the temperature, humidity and type of material where it lies.
The virus is very fragile; the only thing that protects it is a thin outer layer of fat. That is why any soap or detergent is the best remedy, because the foam CUTS the FAT (that is why you have to rub so much: for 20 seconds or more, to make a lot of foam).
By dissolving the fat layer, the protein molecule disperses and breaks down on its own.
HEAT melts fat; this is why it is so good to use water above 25 degrees Celsius for washing hands, clothes and everything. In addition, hot water makes more foam and that makes it even more useful.
Alcohol or any mixture with alcohol over 65% DISSOLVES ANY FAT, especially the external lipid layer of the virus.
Any mix with 1-part bleach and 5 parts water directly dissolves the protein, breaks it down from the inside.
Oxygenated water helps long after soap, alcohol and chlorine, because peroxide dissolves the virus protein, but you have to use it pure and it hurts your skin.

NO BACTERICIDE OR ANTIBIOTIC SERVES. The virus is not a living organism like bacteria; antibodies cannot kill what is not alive.
NEVER shake used or unused clothing, sheets or cloth. While it is glued to a porous surface, it is very inert and disintegrates only between 3 hours (fabric and porous),
4 hours (copper and wood)
24 hours (cardboard)
42 hours (metal) and
72 hours (plastic)
But if you shake it or use a feather duster, the virus molecules float in the air for up to 3 hours, and can lodge in your nose.
The virus molecules remain very stable in external cold, or artificial as air conditioners in houses and cars.
They also need moisture to stay stable, and especially darkness. Therefore, dehumidified, dry, warm and bright environments will degrade it faster.

UV LIGHT on any object that may contain it breaks down the virus protein. For example, to disinfect and reuse a mask is perfect. Be careful, it also breaks down collagen (which is protein) in the skin.
The virus CANNOT go through healthy skin.
Vinegar is NOT useful because it does not break down the protective layer of fat.
NO SPIRITS, NOR VODKA, serve. The strongest vodka is 40% alcohol, and you need 65%.
LISTERINE IF IT SERVES! It is 65% alcohol.
The more confined the space, the more concentration of the virus there can be. The more open or naturally ventilated, the less.
You have to wash your hands before and after touching mucosa, food, locks, knobs, switches, remote control, cell phone, watches, computers, desks, TV, etc. And when using the bathroom.
You have to HUMIDIFY HANDS DRY from so much washing them, because the molecules can hide in the micro cracks. The thicker the moisturizer, the better.
Also keep your NAILS SHORT so that the virus does not hide there.
JOHNS HOPKINS HOSPITAL


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The following is from Irene Ken, physician, whose daughter is an Asst. Prof in infectious diseases at Johns Hopkins University.
The virus is not a living organism, but a protein molecule (DNA) covered by a protective layer of lipid (fat), which, when absorbed by the cells of the ocular, nasal or buccal mucosa, changes their genetic code (mutation) and convert them into aggressor and multiplier cells.
Since the virus is not a living organism but a protein molecule, it is not killed, but decays on its own. The disintegration time depends on the temperature, humidity and type of material where it lies.
The virus is very fragile; the only thing that protects it is a thin outer layer of fat. That is why any soap or detergent is the best remedy, because the foam CUTS the FAT (that is why you have to rub so much: for 20 seconds or more, to make a lot of foam).
By dissolving the fat layer, the protein molecule disperses and breaks down on its own.
HEAT melts fat; this is why it is so good to use water above 25 degrees Celsius for washing hands, clothes and everything. In addition, hot water makes more foam and that makes it even more useful.
Alcohol or any mixture with alcohol over 65% DISSOLVES ANY FAT, especially the external lipid layer of the virus.
Any mix with 1-part bleach and 5 parts water directly dissolves the protein, breaks it down from the inside.
Oxygenated water helps long after soap, alcohol and chlorine, because peroxide dissolves the virus protein, but you have to use it pure and it hurts your skin.

NO BACTERICIDE OR ANTIBIOTIC SERVES. The virus is not a living organism like bacteria; antibodies cannot kill what is not alive.
NEVER shake used or unused clothing, sheets or cloth. While it is glued to a porous surface, it is very inert and disintegrates only between 3 hours (fabric and porous),
4 hours (copper and wood)
24 hours (cardboard)
42 hours (metal) and
72 hours (plastic)
But if you shake it or use a feather duster, the virus molecules float in the air for up to 3 hours, and can lodge in your nose.
The virus molecules remain very stable in external cold, or artificial as air conditioners in houses and cars.
They also need moisture to stay stable, and especially darkness. Therefore, dehumidified, dry, warm and bright environments will degrade it faster.

UV LIGHT on any object that may contain it breaks down the virus protein. For example, to disinfect and reuse a mask is perfect. Be careful, it also breaks down collagen (which is protein) in the skin.
The virus CANNOT go through healthy skin.
Vinegar is NOT useful because it does not break down the protective layer of fat.
NO SPIRITS, NOR VODKA, serve. The strongest vodka is 40% alcohol, and you need 65%.
LISTERINE IF IT SERVES! It is 65% alcohol.
The more confined the space, the more concentration of the virus there can be. The more open or naturally ventilated, the less.
You have to wash your hands before and after touching mucosa, food, locks, knobs, switches, remote control, cell phone, watches, computers, desks, TV, etc. And when using the bathroom.
You have to HUMIDIFY HANDS DRY from so much washing them, because the molecules can hide in the micro cracks. The thicker the moisturizer, the better.
Also keep your NAILS SHORT so that the virus does not hide there.
JOHNS HOPKINS HOSPITAL


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How to Combat the Wuhan Coronavirus

Depending on the events each day, to help American’s get through this safe and sound, I post 1 to 3 quick videos on PeriscopeTV.
My poetslife.blogspot.com blog has 20 years of emergency management posts. Since the Wuhan Coronavirus outbreak I have been providing helpful resources on it as well.
SubscribeStar has a mirror of my poetslife.blogspot.com as backup. It is free.

From: James Robb, MD UC San Diego
Subject: What I am doing for the upcoming coronavirus) pandemic, James Robb, MD UC, San Diego, California, USA

Dear Colleagues,

As some of you may recall, when I was a professor of pathology at the University of California San Diego.I was one of the first molecular virologists in the world to work on coronaviruses (the 1970s). I was the first to demonstrate the number of genes the virus contained.

Since then, I have kept up with the coronavirus field and its multiple clinical transfers into the human population (e.g., SARS, MERS), from different animal sources.

The current projections for its expansion in the US are only probable, due to continued insufficient worldwide data, but it is most likely to be widespread in the US by mid to late March and April.

Here is what I have done and the precautions that I take and will take. These are the same precautions I currently use during our influenza seasons, except for the mask and gloves.:

1) NO HANDSHAKING! Use a fist bump, slight bow, elbow bump, etc.

2) Use ONLY your knuckle to touch light switches. elevator buttons, etc.. Lift the gasoline dispenser with a paper towel or use a disposable glove.

3) Open doors with your closed fist or hip - do not grasp the handle with your hand, unless there is no other way to open the door. Especially important on bathroom and post office/commercial doors.

4) Use disinfectant wipes at the stores when they are available, including wiping the handle and child seat in grocery carts.

5) Wash your hands with soap for 10-20 seconds and/or use a greater than 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer whenever you return home from ANY activity that involves locations where other people have been.

6) Keep a bottle of sanitizer available at each of your home's entrances. AND in your car for use after getting gas or touching other contaminated objects when you can't immediately wash your hands.

7) If possible, cough or sneeze into a disposable tissue and discard. Use your elbow only if you have to. The clothing on your elbow will contain infectious virus that can be passed on for up to a week or more!


What I have stocked in preparation for the pandemic spread to the US:


1) Latex or nitrile latex disposable gloves for use when going shopping, using the gasoline pump, and all other outside activity when you come in contact with contaminated areas.

Note: This virus is spread in large droplets by coughing and sneezing. This means that the air will notinfect you! BUT all the surfaces where these droplets land are infectious for about a week on average -everything that is associated with infected people will be contaminated and potentially infectious. 

The virus is on surfaces and you will not be infected unless your unprotected face is directly coughed or sneezed upon. This virus only has cell receptors for lung cells (it only infects your lungs) The only way for the virus to infect you is through your nose or mouth via your hands or an infected cough or sneeze onto or into your nose or mouth.

2) Stock up now with disposable surgical masks and use them to prevent you from touching your nose and/or mouth (We touch our nose/mouth 90X/day without knowing it!). This is the only way this virus can infect you - it is lung-specific. The mask will not prevent the virus in a direct sneeze from getting into your nose or mouth - it is only to keep you from touching your nose or mouth.

3) Stock up now with hand sanitizers and latex/nitrile gloves (get the appropriate sizes for your family).

The hand sanitizers must be alcohol-based and greater than 60% alcohol to be effective.

4) Stock up now with zinc lozenges. These lozenges have been proven to be effective in blocking coronavirus (and most other viruses) from multiplying in your throat and nasopharynx. Use as directed several times each day when you begin to feel ANY "cold-like" symptoms beginning.

 It is best to lie down and let the lozenge dissolve in the back of your throat and nasopharynx. Cold-Eeze lozenges is one brand available, but there are other brands available.

I, as many others do, hope that this pandemic will be reasonably contained, BUT I personally do not think it will be. Humans have never seen this snake-associated virus before and have no internal defense against it. 

Tremendous worldwide efforts are being made to understand the molecular and clinical virology of this virus. Unbelievable molecular knowledge about the genomics, structure, and virulence of this virus has already been achieved. BUT, there will be NO drugs or vaccines available this year to protect us or limit the infection within us. Only symptomatic support is available.

I hope these personal thoughts will be helpful during this potentially catastrophic pandemic. You are welcome to share this email. Good luck to all of us! Jim

James Robb, MD FCAP

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Dear Americans,

Hundreds of thousands of truckers are out there loading up on thousands of millions of tons of product so all your stores have full shelves again. 
The picture below is just one example. 
Say a prayer for these truckers as they are on a sacred mission.
Pray they stay awake on their long drives and that they do not blow a tire on the way to help you.
As President Donald J. Trump requested, pray for them.
Thank them for their service when you see them. 
Truckers are the real heroes. 
IAs God still smiles on America, we are blessed to have real truckers.
We are blessed to have such men who give and give and give.
Thank them. Maybe buy them a cup of coffee or a meal.
Tell them you are so grateful they are willing to leave their loving families to get you more, more and more toilet paper, water, canned goods, candy, pasta, thermometers, and other goods you have been panic buying and hoarding in a mentally unstable way.
Thank them for endangering their lives and healthy due to your infantile panic buying.
Then be better people and don't hoard.
Act like you are part of the American family




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Why Hand Washing Prevents Wuhan Coronavirus

Palli Thordarson, a chemistry professor at the University of New South Wales, explains why soap is so effective against the Wuhan Coronavirus.
Please read his entire thread below.
Here is his Twitter feed from which I abstracted his knowledge.
We are told every day to wash our hands to prevent the spread of the Wuhan Coronavirus or any flu. We are never told why. Here is why.
My deep gratitude to Professor Thordarson for explaining why we need to wash our hands religiously to get past this current pandemic flu.
The Spanish Flu lasted 13 weeks in 1918. We'll see how long this one lasts.

Mar 8th 2020, 41 tweets, 9 min read

1/25 Part 1 - Why does soap work so well on the SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus and indeed most viruses? Because it is a self-assembled nanoparticle in which the weakest link is the lipid (fatty) bilayer. A two part thread about soap, viruses and supramolecular chemistry #COVID19
2/25 The soap dissolves the fat membrane and the virus falls apart like a house of cards and "dies", or rather, we should say it becomes inactive as viruses aren’t really alive. Viruses can be active outside the body for hours, even days. 
3/25 Disinfectants, or liquids, wipes, gels and creams containing alcohol (and soap) have a similar effects but are not really quite as good as normal soap. Apart from the alcohol and soap, the “antibacterial agents” in these products don't affect the virus structure much at all. 

4/25 Consequently, many antibacterial products are basically just an expensive version of soap in terms of how they act on viruses. Soap is the best but alcohol wipes are good when soap is not practical or handy (e.g. office receptions). 
5/25 But why exactly is soap so good? To explain that, I will take you through a bit of a journey through supramolecular #chemistry, nanoscience and virology. I try to explain this in generic terms as much as possible, which means leaving some specialist chemistry terms out. 
6/25 I point out to that while I am expert in supramolecular chemistry and the assembly of nanoparticles, I am not a virologists. The image with the first tweet is from an excellent post here which is dense with good virology info:

7/25 I have always been fascinated by viruses as I see them as one of them most spectacular examples of how supramolecular chemistry and nanoscience can converge. Most viruses consist of three key building blocks: RNA, proteins and lipids. 
8/25 The RNA is the viral genetic material -it is very similar to DNA. The proteins have several roles including breaking into the target cell, assist with virus replication and basically to be a key building block (like a brick in a house) in the whole virus structure. 
9/25 The lipids then form a coat around the virus, both for protection and to assist with its spread and cellular invasion. The RNA, proteins and lipids self-assemble to form the virus. Critically, there are no strong “covalent” bonds holding these units together. 
10/25 Instead the viral self-assembly is based on weak “non-covalent” interactions between the proteins, RNA and lipids. Together these act together like a Velcro so it is very hard to break up the self-assembled viral particle. Still, we can do it (e.g. with soap!). 
11/25 Most viruses, including the coronavirus, are between 50-200 nanometers – so they are truly nanoparticles. Nanoparticles have complex interactions with surfaces they are on. Same with viruses. Skin, steel, timber, fabric, paint and porcelain are very different surfaces. 
12/25 When a virus invades a cell, the RNA “hijacks” the cellular machinery like a computer virus (!) and forces the cell to start to makes a lot of fresh copies of its own RNA and the various proteins that make up the virus. 
13/25 These new RNA and protein molecules, self-assemble with lipids (usually readily present in the cell) to form new copies of the virus. That is, the virus does not photocopy itself, it makes copies of the building blocks which then self-assemble into new viruses! 
14/25 All those new viruses eventually overwhelm the cell and it dies/explodes releasing viruses which then go on to infect more cells. In the lungs, some of these viruses end up in the airways and the mucous membranes surrounding these. 
15/25 When you cough, or especially when you sneeze, tiny droplets from the airways can fly up to 10 meters (30 ft)! The larger ones are thought to be main coronavirus carriers and they can go at least 2 m (7 ft). Thus – cover your coughs & sneezes people! 
16/25 These tiny droplets end on surfaces and often dry out quickly. But the viruses are still active! What happens next is all about supramolecular chemistry and how self-assembled nanoparticles (like the viruses) interact with their environment! 
17/25 Now it is time to introduce a powerful supramolecular chemistry concept that effectively says: similar molecules appear to interact more strongly with each other than dissimilar ones. Wood, fabric and not to mention skin interact fairly strongly with viruses. 
18/25 Contrast this with steel, porcelain and at least some plastics, e.g. teflon. The surface structure also matter – the flatter the surface the less the virus will “stick” to the surface. Rougher surfaces can actually pull the virus apart. 
19/25 So why are surfaces different? The virus is held together by a combination of hydrogen bonds (like those in water) and what we call hydrophilic or “fat-like” interactions. The surface of fibres or wood for instance can form a lot of hydrogen bonds with the virus. 
20/25 In contrast steel, porcelain or teflon do not form a lot of hydrogen bond with the virus. So the virus is not strongly bound to these surfaces. The virus is quite stable on these surface whereas it doesn’t stay active for as long on say fabric or wood. 
21/25 For how long does the virus stay active? It depends. The SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus is thought to stay active on favourable surfaces for hours, possibly a day. Moisture (“dissolves”), sun light (UV light) and heat (molecular motions) all make the virus less stable. 
22/25 The skin is an ideal surface for a virus! It is “organic” and the proteins and fatty acids in the dead cells on the surface interact with the virus through both hydrogen bonds and the “fat-like” hydrophilic interactions. 
23/25 So when you touch say a steel surface with a virus particle on it, it will stick to your skin and hence get transferred onto your hands. But you are not (yet) infected. If you touch your face though, the virus can get transferred from your hands and on to your face. 
24/25 And now the virus is dangerously close to the airways and the mucus type membranes in and around your mouth and eyes. So the virus can get in…and voila! You are infected (that is, unless your immune system kills the virus). 
25/25 If the virus is on your hands you can pass it on by shaking someone’s else hand. Kisses, well, that's pretty obvious…It comes without saying that if someone sneezes right in your face you are kind of stuffed. Part 2 about soap coming next (25 post limit reached)! 
26/39 Part 2 about soap, supramolecular chemistry and viruses. So how often do you touch your face? It turns out most people touch the face once every 2-5 minutes! Yeah, so you at high risk once the virus gets on your hands unless you can wash the active virus off. 
27/39 So let’s try washing it off with plain water. It might just work. But water “only” competes with the strong “glue-like” interactions between the skin and virus via hydrogen bonds. They virus is quite sticky and may not budge. Water isn’t enough. 
28/39 Soapy water is totally different. Soap contains fat-like substances knowns as amphiphiles, some structurally very similar to the lipids in the virus membrane. The soap molecules “compete” with the lipids in the virus membrane.
29/39 The soap molecules also compete with a lot other non-covalent bonds that help the proteins, RNA and the lipids to stick together. The soap is effectively “dissolving” the glue that holds the virus together. Add to that all the water. 
30/39 The soap also outcompetes the interactions between the virus and the skin surface. Soon the viruses get detached and fall a part like a house of cards due to the combined action of the soap and water. The virus is gone! 
31/39 The skin is quite rough and wrinkly which is why you do need a fair amount of rubbing and soaking to ensure the soap reaches very crook and nanny on the skin surface that could be hiding active viruses. 
32/39 Alcohol based products, which pretty includes all “disinfectants” and “antibacterial” products contain a high-% alcohol solution, typically 60-80% ethanol, sometimes with a bit of isopropanol as well and then water + a bit of a soap.
33/39 Ethanol and other alcohols do not only readily form hydrogen bonds with the virus material but as a solvent, are more lipophilic than water. Hence alcohol do also dissolve the lipid membrane and disrupt other supramolecular interactions in the virus. 
34/39 However, you need a fairly high concentration (maybe +60%) of the alcohol to get a rapid dissolution of the virus. Vodka or whiskey (usually 40% ethanol), will not dissolve the virus as quickly. Overall alcohol is not quite as good as soap at this task.
35/39 Nearly all antibacterial products contain alcohol and some soap and this does help killing viruses. But some also include “active” bacterial killing agents, like triclosan. Those, however, do basically nothing to the virus! 
36/39 To sum up, viruses are almost like little grease-nanoparticles. They can stay active for many hours on surfaces and then get picked up by touch. They then get to our face and infect us because most of us touch the face quite frequently. 
37/39 Water is not very effective alone in washing the virus off our hands. Alcohol based product work better. But nothing beats soap – the virus detaches from the skin and falls apart very readily in soapy water. 
38/39 Here you have it – supramolecular chemistry and nanoscience tell us not only a lot about how the virus self-assembled into a functional active menace, but also how we can beat viruses with something as simple as soap.
39/39 Thank you for reading my first thread. Apologies for any mistakes in the above. I might have some virology details wrong here as I am not a virologist unlike @MackayIM who I am a big fan of! But I hope this inspires you not only to use soap but to read up on chemistry! 
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1/9 It looks like my "soap" tweet has been quoted all over the place. Wonderful! I do though take a slight issue with the tone in some of these when it comes to soap vs hand sanitiser. Just because I said, soap is better, doesn't mean sanitiser are not good-they are very good!
2/9 Let's recap: Soap dissolves the virus by breaking up the interactions that hold it together. The alcohol in sanitisers and wipes does pretty much the same: "Hence alcohol does also dissolve the lipid membrane and disrupts other supramolecular interactions in the virus"
3/9 There is a subtle point here that I didn't explain. Alcohol is a solvent. It is different from water or say petrol. Now, non-covalent interactions are very solvent dependent. The "hydrophobic" interactions that hold the virus together are strongest in water (water = hydro).
Mar 9th 2020
1/18 A soap is a soap is a soap! I am still flabbergasted by your response to my Twitter thread about the #COVID19 Coronavirus, soap and supramolecular chemistry! I have been quite busy today but I in this thread I will try to provide answers to some of your questions:
2/18 A lot of the questions are basically about which soap is best? Some people ask if detergents are better/worse than soap? Let me start with the latter one. Basically, what people call a detergent and what is a soap seems to differ! To me as a chemists they are very similar.
3/18 The Wikipedia entry on detergents seems to delineate detergents from soap mainly by calling alkylbenzenesulfonates & similar chemicals detergents, whereas fatty acid salts are soaps. You find detergents mainly in things like laundry detergents. See en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Detergent  
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The American National Disaster Medical System is stress tested yearly. It will experience an actual test this year. I have every confidence they will succeed.

Received this from a very honorable man and good friend. I most recently saw him when we buried his SEAL nephew at Arlington Cemetery. He fought two tours in Vietnam as a Green Beret and is a wounded combat Veteran. I am confident it will be Vets like him, given their wisdom, historical knowledge, grace and grit, who will get us through this. Enjoy.

On March 6, 2020, a Facebook post by Dr. Abdu Sharkawy, internal medicine and infectious diseases consultant with Toronto’s University Health Network and an assistant professor at University of Toronto, went viral, garnering over 1.3 million shares as of March 9th." Wise words from an Infectious Disease doctor on COVID-19:

“I'm a doctor and an Infectious Diseases Specialist. I've been at this for more than 20 years seeing sick patients on a daily basis. I have worked in inner city hospitals and in the poorest slums of Africa. HIV-AIDS, Hepatitis,TB, SARS, Measles, Shingles, Whooping cough, Diphtheria...there is little I haven't been exposed to in my profession. And with notable exception of SARS, very little has left me feeling vulnerable, overwhelmed or downright scared. 

I am not scared of Covid-19. I am concerned about the implications of a novel infectious agent that has spread the world over and continues to find new footholds in different soil.  I am rightly concerned for the welfare of those who are elderly, in frail health or disenfranchised who stand to suffer mostly, and disproportionately, at the hands of this new scourge. But I am not scared of Covid-19.

What I am scared about is the loss of reason and wave of fear that has induced the masses of society into a spellbinding spiral of panic, stockpiling obscene quantities of anything that could fill a bomb shelter adequately in a post-apocalyptic world. I am scared of the N95 masks that are stolen from hospitals and urgent care clinics where they are actually needed for front line healthcare providers and instead are being donned in airports, malls, and coffee lounges, perpetuating even more fear and suspicion of others. I am scared that our hospitals will be overwhelmed with anyone who thinks they " probably don't have it but may as well get checked out no matter what because you just never know..." and those with heart failure, emphysema, pneumonia and  strokes will pay the price for overfilled ER waiting rooms with only so many doctors and nurses to assess. 

I am scared that travel restrictions will become so far reaching that weddings will be canceled, graduations missed and family reunions will not materialize. And well, even that big party called the Olympic Games...that could be kyboshed too. Can you even 
imagine?

I'm scared those same epidemic fears will limit trade, harm partnerships in multiple sectors, business and otherwise and ultimately culminate in a global recession. 

But mostly, I'm scared about what message we are telling our kids when faced with a threat. Instead of reason, rationality, open mindedness and altruism, we are telling them to panic, be fearful, suspicious, reactionary and self-interested.

Covid-19 is nowhere near over. It will be coming to a city, a hospital, a friend, even a family member near you at some point. Expect it.  Stop waiting to be surprised further. The fact is the virus itself will not likely do much harm when it arrives. But our own behaviors and "fight for yourself above all else" attitude could prove disastrous. 

I implore you all. Temper fear with reason, panic with patience and uncertainty with education. We have an opportunity to learn a great deal about health hygiene and limiting the spread of innumerable transmissible diseases in our society. Let's meet this challenge together in the best spirit of compassion for others, patience, and above all, an unfailing effort to seek truth, facts and knowledge as opposed to conjecture, speculation and catastrophizing.

Facts not fear. Clean hands. Open hearts.
Our children will thank us for it.”

Dr. Sharkway
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I will add to this post when I have time from advising decision makers.

Prepare Don't Panic for the Next Wuhan Coronavirus

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The American National Disaster Medical System is stress tested yearly. It will experience an actual test this year. I have every confidence they will succeed.
What do you wish you had ready before this current Wuhan Coronavirus pandemic?
Then ask, what can you assemble using common sense for the next one?
Yes, there will be a next one. Study history.
Or review the 42 years of the Journal of Civil Defense we uploaded in 2019 to the American Civil Defense Association (TACDA.ORG) or here.
Here is another way you can prepare for the next event BEFORE it happens. 
And you can purchase vetted items that will help you survive and prosper during the next man made or natural disaster here.
Our media corporations, rather than informing with evidence-based analysis as here, have chosen to inflame,  misinform, lie, confuse and cause panic.
In doing so, they have drowned out the rational, common sense, science- and evidence-based information that could have dampened down the panic.
There was no reason for the gyrations in the stock market, interruptions in factory supply lines,
closed business and schools and events.
It could have been different. It can be different next time.
For example, most people who are dying from catching the Wuhan Coronavirus are on average 800 years old with pulmonary, repository, heart and other health conditions.
But to read and hear the corporate media mass hysteria, everyone is at risk and everyone is dying.
This is not backed up the the evidence or data.

Civil Defense Lessons Learned for Wuhan Coronavirus

I have tracked this event from November, 2019 because I knew it offered many civil defense lessons.

1. Do not panic. 

Rational, even-thinking, common sense, simple reactions to any event trump fear porn, worry, anxiety, spreading rumors rather than facts,
The former leads to action. The later leads to chaos and death.

2. Identify, purchase and store supplies BEFORE the event.

This is an old, tested and true civil defense strategy. When you spend months and years aware of the threats in your area and built your emergency supplies to meet those demands. you will be fine. (Most emergencies last less than 72 hours.)
If you do not plan ahead, you may be one of those racing into Costco to get the last roll of toilet paper and the last bottle of water.

3. Learn the peace of being prepared. 

From Aesop's Fable of the Ant and The Grasshopper to the Boy Scout's teaching millions of young men to Be Prepared to the massive insurance industry to the Combat Application Tourniquet, being prepared brings peace of mind.  Peace of mind means correct thinking, no panic, equanimity, and good decision making. Result? Saved lives. This principal has been tested millions of times in combat and in daily life. Use it.
We get 97% of our antibiotics from the CCP. Given the way the CCP has eradicated the rare earths industry in the U.S. and has threatened to cut off our vaccines if we don't do what they want, that is not being prepared.
When President Trump heard about America's dependency on the CCP for 97% of our vaccines, he decided to prepare better.
Here is an excellent example of learning the peace of being prepared: "In September 2019, Trump issued an executive order directing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to overhaul seasonal flu vaccine production." The White House said in a statement: "Unfortunately, many of the vaccines we use today are produced overseas, using time-consuming, egg-based technology, which limits their effectiveness and makes production too slow to effectively combat a potential deadly influenza pandemic."

4. Use alternative media to get your facts, evidence and information.

The corporate media is so unreliable these days you must depend on the abundant alternate sources of fact-based evidence and analysis that is available now.
For example, from the early days of the Hubei Province outbreak, Steven K. Bannon created a podcast and radio show called: "War Room: Pandemic."
Numerous times, Steve interviewed phenomenal virology experts such as Dr. Steve Hatfill, the famous author of Three Minutes Until Midnight.
Result? You learn wisdom, data, analysis and recommendations that were science and experience based.

5. Again, find and follow genuine experts.

Here is an example.
Dr. Steven Hatfill is the primary author and team lead for this book. He is a specialist physician and a virologist with a military background. He holds Master's degrees in microbial genetics, radiation biochemistry, and a Master's degree in Medicine where he was the first to demonstrate Thalidomide as a drug for possible use in hematological malignancies. 
His medical fellowships include Oxford University, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Research Council where he studied the Ebola, Marburg, and Monkeypox viruses at the US Army Institute for Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick. His background includes training and certification as a UN Weapons Inspector and over a decade of teaching the emergency medical and mass casualty response to blast and ballistic injuries. 
His medical experience includes serving as the Overwinter Team Physician for the 27th South African National Antarctic Expedition, and Casualty Officer at the Conradie General Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa. While at Science Applications International Corporation, he served as a course developer and senior lecturer for the Hospital Provider Section of the Nunn-Luger Domestic Preparedness Program and he developed and conducted specialized training for the US military and State Department. He has served as a guest lecturer for numerous Federal agencies. In 2015, he trained and helped to establish the first Rapid Hemorrhagic Fever Response Teams for the National Disaster Medical Unit in Kenya, Africa. 
He has numerous peer-reviewed scientific publications. In 2018, he was awarded Honorary U.S. Army Parachute Wings with Bronze Star, in an exchange ceremony between the U.S. Army 1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne) and a former African Army Regiment. He is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor at a leading Medical School in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Tropical Medicine and the Department of Clinical Research and Leadership. He is a National Fellow of the Explorers Club and is a board member of several non-profit medical organizations.

6. Beware False Flag Operations

Due to the secrecy. lying, propaganda expertise and the many politicians and international business people in the West the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has purchased, the Wuhan Coronavirus outbreak has been a false flag operation from the beginning.
There are thousands of examples of this sophisticated message control operation. Here is my favorite.
Rather than being honest and stating cause of death as the Wuhan Coronavirus, the CCP has made funeral homes name the cause of death as "Unidentified Pneumonia."
I kid you not. Here is the source.
Now...imagine an intel operation that is so sophisticated that you not only lie at the front end about the epidemic, but you make sure to continue to lie to the graveyard by misidentifying the Wuhan Coronavirus flu cause of death for "unidentified pneumonia."
More about the CCP  offensive false flag operation here

7. No Leaks

Because the Italian declaration of quarantine was leaked on March 8th, 2020, it caused a full out panic. People sought to flee the quarantine area by fleeing to friends, relatives or anyone who was living outside the quarantine area.
China is not the United States. Nor is it Italy. The West is very different than the East.
The CCP, as an authoritarian regime.They can order millions to stay indoors and they will be followed. They are willing and has sealed people into apartments, and sent them to "hospitals" where they cross contaminate.
Not in the freedom loving West. The message must be managed. It must be creative, rationale, simple, effective and efficient.
It must also be transparent and accountable.
That said, there is planning and strategies that, to protect lives and future generations, must be keep confidential. 
No leaks.

8. Bring the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Factory's Back to the United States

The Wuhan Coronavirus pandemic has demonstrated the irrational thinking behind sending the American pharmacy and medical device industries to China to save a few dollars.
The CCP ordering ships with surgical masks and pharmaceuticals to return to China when they were in the supply chain to go to the United States is proof enough.
China Law Blog does outstanding legal work to help you remove your factories from China here.
Many of our most critical pharmacy products are only made in China. Source

9. Globalization has been a Disaster

Here is just one example: 
David Vance
@DVATW
Many Italians in Northern Italy sold their leather goods and textiles companies to China. Italy then allowed 100,000 Chinese from Wuhan/Wenzhou to move to Italy to work in these factories, with direct Wuhan flights. Result: Northern Italy is Europe’s hotspot for Wuhan Coronavirus
Sadly, the Communist Chinese Party (CCP) sent both legal and illegal immigrants to work in factories in Northern Italy. Many went home to China for the Chines New Year, contracted Wuhan Coronavirus, and returned to Northern Italy and spread it around.
Italy's biggest Chinese community clashes with police near Florence Source
Made in little Wenxhou, Italy: the latest label from Tuscany Source
"According to the foreign ministry in Beijing, this Tuscan textile city and its surrounding province has the highest concentration of Chinese in any administrative district outside China itself. Silvia Pieraccini, a local journalist and author of a book, L'Assedio Cinese (The Chinese Siege), reckons there are 50,000 Chinese in Prato, and that they make up about 30% of the city's population. But no one knows, because so many – well over half, says Pieraccini – are there illegally."

10. Resources

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Civil Defense Lessons of the Wuhan Coronavirus II

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Every crisis offers lessons for how to prepare for the next one. The Wuhan Coronavirus crisis offers many because it is global and some are reacting to it with rational planning while others are reacting with irrational fear.
I maintain this post as a grab bag of that reaction, a junk drawer if you will, of how we responded to it.
Many lessons are to be found there that I will mine later with perspective you can only gain from a distance from the event.
The American National Disaster Medical System is stress tested yearly. It will experience an actual test this year. I have every confidence they will succeed.
One experts opinion of what to do. Source
"For more than a year we’ve been relentlessly writing about how China has become so much riskier for manufacturing and how so many companies that manufacture in China are desperately looking to move their manufacturing elsewhere. I predict that at least 50 percent of the American and European companies that do all of their manufacturing in China today will have moved at least 50 percent of that manufacturing out of China within the next 2-3 years. As Kenneth Rapoza, Forbes Senior Reporter for Emerging Markets, put it in his recent article, Coronavirus Could Be The End Of China As A Global Manufacturing Hub: “The new coronavirus Covid-19 will end up being the final curtain on China’s nearly 30 year role as the world’s leading manufacturer.” Source

Strategies that are Used in Totalitarian Countries will not work in the U.S.
The CCP, through violence, intimidation, and total thought control over citizens and their social media, can enforce a total lock down of large cities. In contrast, South Korea, an open society, did not use a city lock down strategy and had great success containing the Wuhan Coronavirus. 
“The steady decrease in cases has been attributed to a variety of factors, including mass testing, improved public communications and the use of technology. Extensive testing of members of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, which was linked to more than 60 per cent of the country’s cases, has been completed. South Korean officials have shared their experiences in containing the outbreak, saying that citywide lock downs, as imposed by China in Wuhan, where the outbreak originated, are difficult to enforce in an open society. Without harming the principle of a transparent and open society, we recommend a response system that blends voluntary public participation with creative applications of advanced technology,” South Korea’s Vice Health Minister Kim Gang-lip told journalists.” Source
For market analysis of the Coronavirus market correction, see here.
For accurate information on the spread of the Wuhan Coronavirus in plain English from a doctor, see here and here.
For reference, this was an analysis of the Wuhan Coronavirus when it started.
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What CDC Wants you to Know
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China has alot splain to do Source
Unintended Impact: Japan is paying parents to stay with their at-home children. Source
CCP has been very good at hiring American talent to further its interests.
#KevinSheekey was fired by Senator Moynihan for lying about a deluxe vacation with a wealthy DNC donor.  Sheekey uses Blooomberg's billions to threaten critics and purchase silence and complicity. His ties to the #CCP should alarm voters
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Kevin Sheekey, @MikeBloomberg's campaign manager, met with deputy head of Publicity Department, CCP Central Committee on May 8, 2018, about 6 months before the midterm elections on which Bloomberg spent $80 million to flip the House to the #Democrats.  http://english.scio.gov.cn/aboutscio/2018-05/09/content_51190876_0.htm…
I highly recommend this doctor's YouTube Coronavirus Update 28 with pulmonologist Dr. Seheult of https://www.MedCram.com.  
Topics include what health care professionals and other citizens can do to prevent COVID-19 spread,  coronavirus case fatality rate based on patient age, and further discussion on coronavirus test kits. Source
See our first 27 videos on the novel coronavirus outbreak that began in Wuhan, China:
Why Does China Get a Pass Source
Using Force Majeure, most Chinese companies will fail to deliver product and then get away with it without consequences Source
Because the coronavirus is making it difficult for Chinese companies to fulfill their contract obligations, many Chinese companies have asserted force majeure in an effort to excuse their failures. The media has been all over this issue. See e.g., General Counsel Pondering How to Handle China’s Force Majeure Claims (Corporate Counsel), Chinese firms use obscure legal tactics to stem virus losses (The Economist), Chinese copper traders declare force majeure over coronavirus (Financial Times).
Wuhan Coronavirus blood tests are not dependable but A computed tomography (CT or CAT) scan allows doctors to see inside your body. It uses a combination of X-rays and a computer to create pictures of your organs, bones, and other tissues...as in your lungs, and are more dependable. Source
How Coronavirus Kills and How We Prevent That (from an Emergency Room Doctor)  here.
For current statistics on the outbreak, see here.
For accurate information on the spread of the Wuhan Coronavirus in plain English from a doctor, see here.
Some basic science about the Wuhan Coronavirus here
CDC Action Plan if Whan Coronavirus Hits U.S. Hard Source
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention outlined Tuesday what schools and businesses will likely need to do if the COVID-19 virus becomes a pandemic.
Schools should consider dividing students into smaller groups or close and use “internet-based teleschooling,” Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, told reporters on a conference call.
“For adults, businesses can replace in-person meetings with video or telephone conferences and increase teleworking options,” Messonnier said.
She said local communities and cities may need to “modify, postpone or cancel mass gatherings.” Hospitals may need to triage patients differently, add more telehealth services and delay elective surgery, she said.
“We are asking the American public to work with us to prepare for the expectation that this is going to be bad,” she said. “Now is the time for businesses, hospitals, communities, schools and everyday people to begin preparing.”
Last week, U.S. health officials started warning businesses, schools and parents to start preparing for the deadly new coronavirus that’s infected more than 80,000 and killed at least 2,700 to become a global pandemic. The localized outbreaks in places such as Italy and Iran are fueling concerns among infectious disease experts and scientists that the virus is spreading too quickly and may be past the point of containment.
“I understand this whole situation may seem overwhelming and that disruption to everyday life may be severe. But these are things that people need to start thinking about now,” Messionnier said Tuesday. “You should think about what you would do for child care if schools or day cares closed.”
The CDC late Monday confirmed 53 cases in the U.S., a majority of which came from passengers repatriated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship that was quarantined off the coast of Japan. The data shows that 36 of the cases are attributed to the cruise ship, three patients were infected in Wuhan and later evacuated to the U.S., and the rest were largely infected while traveling overseas.
Just two cases were contracted through person-to-person contact in the U.S., the CDC said.
CDC Says we have 30 million surgical masks...but need 300 million Source
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said there will likely be more cases of coronavirus in the United States as he asked a Senate subcommittee to approve $2.5 billion in funding to fight the outbreak after proposing cuts to the department’s budget. Azar said the funding would help the U.S. expand surveillance systems for the fast-spreading virus, support state and local governments, help development of vaccines and therapies and expand stockpiles of protective equipment like surgical masks. He said the U.S. currently has a stockpile of 30 million surgical masks, but HHS estimates suggest the country needs 300 million masks. —Reuters
12:01 pm: CDC outlines what closing schools, businesses would look like in US pandemic 
The CDC outlined what schools and businesses will likely need to do if the COVID-19 virus becomes an epidemic outbreak in the U.S. Schools should consider dividing students into smaller groups or close and use “internet-based tele-schooling,” Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, told reporters on a conference call. “For adults, businesses can replace in-person meetings with video or telephone conferences and increase teleworking options,” Messonnier said. She said local communities and cities may need to “modify, postpone or cancel mass gatherings.” Hospitals may need to triage patients differently, add more tele-health services and delay elective surgery, she said. “We are asking the American public to work with us to prepare for the expectation that this is going to be bad,” she said. —Lovelace, Feuer
Dupont 500 acre Richmond VA Factory Runs 24/7 to Manufacture PPE Suits Source
South Korean Cult Proselytized in Wuhan and brought Virus back Source
Hong Kong Real Estate Prices Tumble Source
Pandemic hits Italy hard. Source
Cult in South Korea main cluster for pandemic spread due to close up prayer sessions Source
Western financial markets are realizing the impact of the spread of the Wuhan Coronavirus Flu. Source.
Johns Hopkins University maintains a worldwide spread of the Wuhan Coronavirus Flu map here.
The most current and accurate information about the Wuhan coronavirus flu pandemic is on Steve Bannon's War Room Pandemic podcasts. warroom.org  https://warroom.org/listen-live/
Amazon cracks down on fake Coronavirius cure companies. Source
With lockdown, online banking and purchasing surges. Source.
Wuhan Coronavirus is spreading to wider populations, like prisoners. Details here.
China Uses its Soft Power to get ASEAN Countries to Bend to its Will  Source
China Coronavirus financial costs to airlines. Source
On February 20, 2020, NASDAQ had the following listing of the economic impact of the Wuhan Coronavirus on various markets of the world economy. Source
"With today’s headlines dominated by COVID-19, a special briefing issued by Dun & Bradstreet concerning the global impact of the shutdowns across large parts of China ought to have investors’ attention. 
  • The areas affected with 100+ confirmed cases as of February 5 are home to over 90% of all the active businesses in China.
  • Just under 50% of the companies with subsidiaries in the impacted areas are headquartered in Hong Kong, 19% in the US, 12% in Japan and 5% in Germany.
  • At least 51,000 companies worldwide and 163 of the Fortune 1000 have one or more direct “tier 1” suppliers in the affected region. Nearly 1/10th or 938 of the Fortune 1000 have one or more “tier 2” suppliers in the affected region.
  • The impacted provinces of Guangdong, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Beijing, and Shandong account for 50% of China's total employment and 48% of total sales volume. China as a whole generates around 20% of global GDP. If the containment continues beyond the summer, Dun & Bradstreet estimate that global GDP growth could be reduced by a full percentage point.
On Monday Moody’s revised its global growth forecasts down by 0.2%, forecasting G-20 aggregate growth of 2.4% in 2020 and China falling to 5.2%. China has experienced an averaged GDP growth rate of 9.5% from 1989 to 2019 with a record high of 15.3% in 1993 and a record low of 3.8% in 1990. It's last four quarters saw rates of 6.4% (Q12019), 6.2% (Q2), 6.0% (Q3) and 6.0% (Q4).
Japan’s economy shrank at an annualized rate of -6.3% in the December 2019 quarter, far faster than the expected 3.7% drop. We’d note this marks the first decline in five quarters for the country GDP, which is being attributed in part to the sales tax hike that hit consumer and business spending. Paired with the fallout of the coronavirus, we could see the country hit a technical recession during the current quarter. Japan is the top tourist destination for residents of Beijing.
The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for the Eurozone fell by 15.2 to 10.4 in February from 25.6 in January, substantially below the expected reading of 30 for the month. 
The February ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment reading for Germany fell to 8.7 from 26.7 in January, missing the 21.5 consensus, with the assessment of the economic situation component dropping to -15.7, down 6.2 points from January. The suspected reason behind the February tumble is the impact of the coronavirus on the German economy. China is Germany's third-largest export partner, accounting for 7.2% of all exports in 2018 with the United States and France accounting for 8.7% and 8.1% respectively.

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Civil defense strategies for dealing with the Wuhan Coronavirus here.

Note: Toilet paper alternatives may be found here and here.
The American National Disaster Medical System is stress tested yearly. It will experience an actual test this year. I have every confidence they will succeed.
Here is an easy, simple quiz to see if you are likely to contract Wuhan Coronavirus.
One experts opinion of what to do. Source
For correct water storage, use WaterBricks. Source
For excellent medical kits. Source
For background from the "Spanish" flu. Source The second wave gets you.
Three Seconds to Midnight. Source
Scott and Naval have some great tips. Source
Steve K. Bannon has broadcast accurate information about the Wuhan Coronavirus from the beginning. Helps he is fluent in Chinese from his Naval officer days. Source
Preparedness Tips for the Elderly Source
Time to prepare is now. Source
"The best estimates now of the overall mortality rate for COVID-19 is somewhere between 0.1% and 1%," Adm. Brett Giroir, Assistant Secretary for Health at HHS, says. "That's lower than you heard probably in many reports ... it's not likely in the range of 2 to 3%" Source
Solution to the Toilet Paper Buying Panic Caused Scarcity
All the people who have panicked and bought out the toilet paper supply at groceries are not doing themselves or the American community any favors.
But now that they have, we need to address the alternatives to toilet paper that work and are sanitary.
It is too long to go into here, but go to the excellent Provident Prepper lesson here for practical and available alternatives to toilet paper.
We need to stop thinking as individuals and must think as a community! 
For example, get a thermometer! With a thermometer, you can monitor your temperature to see if you have a fever. If you have a mild cold or flu, you do not need to go to the hospital. 
Call your doctor or your nurse and tell them about your symptoms. You do not need to overwhelm emergency rooms if you notice you have a fevor.
In addition, if you are healthy, if you sit in an emergency room for hours you could pick up the virus.
Stop hording surgical masks! They are needed by health professionals and those who do have symptoms at the hospital.For current statistics on the outbreak, see here.
For accurate information on the spread of the Wuhan Coronavirus in plain English from a doctor, see here and here.
As the steps to prevent any flu, including the Wuhan flu, are widely known (frequent hand washing, keeping hands away from your nose or mouth, maintaining a safe distance of at least 3 meters from others, avoiding crowds, etc.) I will cover two additional steps here:
  1. Purchase and use a real wearable barrier
  2. Purchase and use the antiseptic and disinfectant power of hydrogen peroxide.
Some basic science about the Wuhan Coronavirus here
If you want to build a safety kit to be ready for the spread of the Wuhan Coronavirus to your area, build a kit that emphasizes prevention.
And purchase a real wearable barrier to keep the air borne droplets from landing on you or breathing them in. North American Rescue (Products With A Mission) has excellent, tested and proven products that provide a barrier between your system and the air borne virus.
Visit their website for barrier products that work. Here is one: Biological Personal Protection Kit
You have seen everyone in China using bleach to disinfect, but that is not always safe or effective. It’s kind of like the surgical safety masks they are all wearing. They are better than nothing, of course, but they are not 100% effective.
Instead, purchase and store bottles of hydrogen peroxide. It is a safe, inexpensive and effective disinfectant and antiseptic. And it has multiple prevention uses.
The great advantage of iodine antiseptics is their wide scope of antimicrobial activity, killing all principal pathogens and, given enough time, even spores, which are considered to be the most difficult form of microorganisms to be inactivated by disinfectants and antiseptics.
I learned the wonder of hydrogen peroxide working on an anthrax project in 2002 to clean out anthrax spores in post offices where they had been released. A British company charged our government an enormous amount of money for a secret cleaning formula that was mostly, yes, hydrogen peroxide.
Hydrogen peroxide has so many uses to fight this pandemic. For example, when you return from the grocery store with fruits and vegetables that someone who is infected has been near and breathed on, wash them in hydrogen peroxide when you get home to mitigate the risk of that microbe getting into your system.
Also, be sure to clean your shopping bags with which you brought home the fruit and vegetables.
Hydrogen peroxide has so many uses in preventing coronavirus. Below are a few from 50+ nifty uses for hydrogen peroxide for your home, garden, and body
  • “Hydrogen peroxide can work wonders on soothing a sore throat. There are a couple ways you can do it. You can either gargle a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and warm, boiled water, or you can dip a depression stick in 3% peroxide and coat your tonsils.
  • We all know (unfortunately) that there is no cure for the common cold. However, the symptoms can be managed and shortened with the use of hydrogen peroxide. Create a mixture of hydrogen peroxide, salt, and baking soda then rub inside nasal passages – it will help draw out any infections and kill bacteria.
  • As trips to the grocery store may be restricted as in China, you will need to keep your fruits and vegetables fresh longer. Did you know hydrogen peroxide can help extend the life of your fruits and vegetables? Fill your kitchen sink with water and add a quarter cup of food grade hydrogen peroxide. Soak your produce for 20 minutes, then rinse and dry. You’ll be amazed how much longer it stays fresh.
  • Makeup brushes can become a breeding ground for bacteria – thankfully, they’re very easy to clean. Mix 3% hydrogen peroxide with water and soak your brushes for approximately 5 minutes. Rinse the brushes with water then let them dry. Do this once a week for clean, bacteria-free brushes.”
Cleaning with bleach is effective, but not really safe. Hydrogen peroxide is just as effective, but safe. Think of it this way. Would you rather clean your children’s toys in a solution of bleach or hydrogen peroxide?
So, with a good barrier such as the Biological Personal Protection Kit and hydrogen peroxide, you are better prepared.
What CDC Wants you to Know Source

Pulmonologist and Critical Care Specialist Roger Seheult, MD explains the Wuhan Coronavirus and the impact of the pandemic in plain English. Source
Below is a data dump from his YouTube channel. He provides excellent medical advice in an easy to understand way.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update 33 with pulmonologist & critical care specialist Roger Seheult, MD of https://www.MedCram.com Dr. Seheult illustrates how medications like remdesivir may work on a cellular level to stop viral replication. South Korea has now tested almost 200,000 people for COVID-19 as the rest of the world lags behind and may be experiencing “the tip of the confirmed coronavirus cases iceberg.” LINKS from this video: https://www.worldometers.info/coronav... https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/ap... https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-... https://aidsinfo.nih.gov/understandin... https://www.jbc.org/content/early/202... Previous videos from this series: - Coronavirus Epidemic Update 32: Important Data from South Korea, Can Zinc Help Prevent COVID-19? https://youtu.be/Eeh054-Hx1U - Coronavirus Epidemic Update 31: Mortality Rate, Cleaning Products, A More/Less Severe Virus Strain? https://youtu.be/7YI2tOoVVpk - Coronavirus Epidemic Update 30: More Global COVID-19 Outbreaks, Vitamin D May Aid Prevention: https://youtu.be/gmqgGwT6bw0 - Coronavirus Epidemic Update 29: Testing problems, mutations, COVID-19 in Washington & Iran: https://youtu.be/XjEacUyp4vY - Coronavirus Epidemic Update 28: Practical Prevention Strategies, Patient Age vs. Case Fatality Rate: https://youtu.be/quDYb_x54DM - Coronavirus Epidemic Update 27: Testing accuracy for COVID-19 (CT Scan vs. RT-PCR), California Cases and Coronavirus Los Angeles: https://youtu.be/xQwfuJgJ9lo - Coronavirus Epidemic Update 26: Treatment Updates, Stock Markets, Germany & San Francisco, Pandemic? https://youtu.be/bV1CZxJ-uvU - Coronavirus Epidemic Update 25: Vaccine Developments, Italy's Response, and Mortality Rate Trends: https://youtu.be/UImSVhLLeGY - Coronavirus Epidemic Update 24: Coronavirus Infections in Italy, Transmissibility, COVID-19 Symptoms: https://youtu.be/UImSVhLLeGY - Coronavirus Epidemic Update 23: Infections in Kids & Pregnancy, South Korea, Spillover From Bats: https://youtu.be/JGhwAGiAnJo - Coronavirus Epidemic Update 22: Spread Without Symptoms, Cruise Quarantine, Asymptomatic Testing: https://youtu.be/OqpHvK0XADY - Coronavirus Epidemic Update 21: Antibodies, Case Fatality, Clinical Recommendations, 2nd Infections?: https://youtu.be/9BYaywITXYk - Coronavirus Epidemic Update 20: Misinformation Spread, Infection Severity, Cruise Ship, Origins: https://youtu.be/Ka48UZDDzLY - Coronavirus Epidemic Update 19: Treatment and Medication Clinical Trials: https://youtu.be/4HK9QEy1KJ8 - Coronavirus Epidemic Update 18: Cellphone Tracking, Increase in Hospitalizations, More Sleep Tips: https://youtu.be/vE4pBkslqS4 - Coronavirus Epidemic Update 17: Spike in Confirmed Cases, Fighting Infections with Sleep (COVID-19): https://youtu.be/wlbM6VVkVZM - Coronavirus Epidemic Update 16: Strengthening Your Immune Response to Viral Infections (COVID-19): https://youtu.be/qqZYEgREuZ8 - Coronavirus Epidemic Update 15: Underreporting, Prevention, 24 Day Incubation? (COVID19) https://youtu.be/o804wu5h_ms - Coronavirus Epidemic Update 14: Hospital spread of infection, WHO allowed in China, N-95 masks: https://youtu.be/pDnmHu8x9C4 - Coronavirus Epidemic Update 13: Li Wenliang, nCoV vs Influenza, Dip in Daily Cases, Spread to Canada: https://youtu.be/0UgrPgJdzp0 - Coronavirus Epidemic Update 12: Unsupported Theories, Pneumonia, ACE2 & nCoV: https://youtu.be/GT3_A1bf9pU - Coronavirus Epidemic Update 11: Antiviral Drugs, Treatment Trials for nCoV (Remdesivir, Chloroquine): https://youtu.be/pfGpdFNHoqQ - Coronavirus Epidemic Update 10: New Studies, Transmission, Spread from Wuhan, Prevention (2019-nCoV): https://youtu.be/gPwfiQgGsFo - Coronavirus Epidemic Update 9: Fecal-Oral Transmission, Recovery vs Death Rate: https://youtu.be/8Hjy3UfaTSc - Coronavirus Outbreak Update 8: Travel Ban, Spread Outside of China, Quarantine, & MRSA: https://youtu.be/GpbUoLvpdCo - Coronavirus Epidemic Update 7: Global Health Emergency Declared, Viral Shedding: https://youtu.be/nW3xqcGidpQ - Coronavirus Outbreak Update 6: Asymptomatic Transmission & Incubation Period: https://youtu.be/UGxgNebx1pg - Coronavirus Epidemic Update 5: Mortality Rate vs SARS / Influenza: https://youtu.be/MN9-UXsvPBY - Coronavirus outbreak, transmission, and pathophysiology: https://youtu.be/9vMXSkKLg2I - Coronavirus symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment: https://youtu.be/UCG3xqtcL3c - Coronavirus Update 3: Spread, Quarantine, Projections, & Vaccine: https://youtu.be/SJBYwUtB83o - How Coronavirus Kills: Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) & Treatment: https://youtu.be/okg7uq_HrhQ Speaker: Roger Seheult, MD Produced by Kyle Allred, PA MedCram medical videos are for medical education and exam preparation, and NOT intended to replace recommendations from your doctor. #Coronavirus #COVID19 #SARSCoV2
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Considering that you can live for approximately three weeks without food, but only about a week without water, clean water is vital. To make sure you have a safe water supply and that it is stored correctly to be clean and pure when you need it, consider using WaterBricks. 
I have used them for almost 10 years and find them rugged, easy to fill and store, carry and stack, and very dependable when I’ve needed them.
They sell for $180 for 10. At $18 a brick, they are reasonably priced. They are made in the USA by a veteran-owned business.
Water supplies can be cut off or contaminated. That is a fact. It happens daily. Yet, water is essential to health and life. By purchasing WaterBricks now and filling them with fresh, clean, safe-to-drink water, you will have abundant water for your family when you need it most.
On average, each of us uses 3 to 4 gallons of water a day. If your water supply is cut off, you will need to be able to access at least that much water each day. They are an easy and affordable way to satisfy that need.
I depend on a deep well for water and so I have to have store water for myself and my family. These are the best water storage items I've found. They don't leak and protect water for a very long time.
Due to their ergonomic design and comfortable, easy grip handle, WaterBricks are easy to carry individually or two at a time. You can take them where ever you need them. You can load one in the trunk of your car for emergencies, as I do in my car and in my wife’s and children’s cars.
Once in a power outage I brought the 1.6 gallon containers up and added them to my bathroom and my kid’s bathrooms. I installed the spigots to use to brush our teeth, wash our faces, and to drink. We enjoyed an uninterrupted supply of clean, safe water.
Avoid the panic of running to the grocery store BEFORE a hurricane, flood, earthquake, snowstorm, or power outage. Enjoy the peace of mind of knowing you and your family have clean water to drink, clean, bath and use. It is something you can control. By doing so, you will have one less thing to be concerned about in the stress of an event. (Your pets will thank you, too.)

How You Can Use WaterBricks

To successfully manage disasters, the U.S. Marines have used a strategy that is summarized in their saying, “Improvise, Adapt and Overcome” for years. WaterBricks are a tool to put that strategy into practice before, during, and after a disaster.
WaterBrick’s make water storage easy. They can be stored in bedrooms, basements, kitchens, living and family rooms, and closets. Due to their Lego®-like design, they may be stack as a cube or tower.
They are available in two sizes: 3.5 gallon and 1.6 gallon. These two sizes allow for long-term storage and short-term use. Each also has a sturdy, comfortable handle for carrying and a rugged screw on lid with an anti-leak gasket. This lid can be removed and a spigot lid added to regulate the flow of water from the container.
In addition to water storage, WaterBricks may also be used for: food storage, to build walls, as an emergency float, for field showers, as a flood barrier, as a hunting blind, to store medical supplies, for sand bags, and to build houses.
The Well Designed and Highly Useful Spigot

An often-overlooked feature of water storage and use is how you get the water you need to flow when you need it. Water delivery involves pouring it out (often hard and wasteful) or, for greater efficiency, using a water spigot. The water spigot that attaches to the WaterBrick meets that requirement.
It is a wonder of utilitarian engineering. The base is easy to screw on. It has a gasket that keeps it tight and prevents any leaking. The valve uses a simple handle that you turn to open the water flow. Turn the handle back and the flow stops.
What this excellent spigot design means is that in a disaster situation, with the stress and disruption each means, you do not have to worry about getting a safe, clean water quickly. This spigot is especially easy for children, the elderly, and disabled to use.
As my family discovered during our power outage, it is so much easier to brush your teeth or wash your face using the spigot.
Carrying Handle
It is ergonomically designed to be comfortable in your hand when carrying them.
Two eyelet hooks at the top of the unit make it easy to install and remove the handle. 
Rubber Gasket
Each WaterBrick has a serrated lid with a rubber gasket for easy gripping and turning. The gasket keeps the water from leaking.
Additional WaterBrick Uses
Frozen WaterBricks may be stored in a refrigerator to preserve food or medications. Medications that require refrigeration can be kept usable during a power outage. Also, when the ice eventually melts, you can drink the resulting water.
Note: This is important to extending frozen food life during a power outage. And, if you need to keep insulin or other medications cold, this can be a lifesaver in the first few hours and days of the loss of power.
Although beyond the scope of this article, if you go to the WaterBrick company website (at the bottom of this article) you will see many other uses for them, such as to build furniture and shelter or to store ammunition, grain, food, coins, alcohol, sand bags, and more.
Dual Use Technology

WaterBricks are have so many uses they are a dual use technology. Unlike so many survival supplies that sit unused except in an emergency, they can be used year-round for multiple activities (parties, family events, company gatherings, hunting, etc.) that require safe, clean water.
You can fill them with water, sand or pea gravel and they will stop a bullet (see their website). You can use them dry to maintain a waterproof enclosure for storage. Or if you are camping or boating, you can bring a few along and have clean fresh water to drink, clean up, brush your teeth, wash your clothes or any other activity that requires water.
Or, to add weight for traction, place a few in the back of your pickup truck or car in the Winter. If you are stuck for a long time in the snow, you have water to survive.
With every disaster the first item that disappears from store shelves is water bottles. By keeping WaterBricks in your survival supplies, if you must flee, you can add them to your grab them to your grab and go kit and put them in your car or truck to use on the journey or at your next destination.
You can even include them for a picnic or tailgating with your favorite beverage!
WaterBrick Features

The main features of the WaterBrick product follow.
·         Made of tough, textured BPE-free HDPE (high density polyethylene resin)
·         3/32 inches thick
·         2 ½ pounds empty and 30 pounds full of water
·         Portable
·         Available in blue or tan
·         Each has two holes to help them be staked in place
·         Easy to carry
·         Easy to tie down and secure
·         Stackable (cross stacks and interlocks)
·         Interlocking male and female parts (Lego-like design)
·         Customize storage patterns
·         Save space (store under a bed, behind a couch, in a closet, etc.)
·         Versatile — May also store bulk food (beans, grain, oats, cereal, pet food), bullets, etc.
·         Durable and last for years
·         Useful for family and business events (parties, camping and others)

Standard Size Specifications
·         3.5 gallon container
·         9″ Width, 18″ Length, 6″ Height
·         Weight Empty – 2.52 pounds
·         150 can be cross stacked per pallet
Half Size Specifications
·         1.6 gallon container
·         9″ Width, 9″ Length, 6″ Height
·         Weight Empty – 1.17 pounds
·         300 can be stacked per pallet


Portable – At 3.5 gallons, it is small enough to carry with you in a time of need or to fit under beds or in the refrigerator.
Stackable – Cross stacks and interlocks up to 4 feet high in closets or the garage to create a bulk storage system. Insert standard ¾ inch PVC through the internal columns of these stackable containers for safer stacking heights.
Durable – These industrial-grade cross-stacking containers are durable enough to withstand a high impact air drop or be used as building blocks in transitional basic shelters. The ultra violet additive extends the product life up to 15 years.
Safe Dry Storage – Stores water, food, ammo or anything you want to keep dry. The resin used in this food grade container meets FDA standards and is BPA free making them safe storage containers for food and water (but not for fuels or oils).
Water Preserve Concentrate

Another useful product they offer at $17.95 is Water Preserver Concentrate. It is a liquid additive that disinfects, preserves and extends the safe storage life of emergency drinking water. It provides a guaranteed 5-year storage. It does not have the strong odor or taste of bleach.
One Final Caution: Never store water in used plastic milk cartons, water bottles, or soda bottles. All fall apart and in time are unsafe and unsanitary. They also break apart easily.
WaterBricks are an innovative, reasonably priced, multi-use disaster and emergency tool. I have used them for a decade and find them vital to a safe supply of clean, fresh water. They also have many other uses and are a vital addition to any family or businesses survival supplies.


For more detailed information on WaterBricks, see these links:


Website:          https://www.waterbrick.org/
Twitter:            https://twitter.com/WaterBrick



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Flu Infection: Three Seconds Until Midnight


Dr. Steven A. Hatfill,  specialist physician, virologiist, bio-defense researcher, working in a Level 4 lab, is who you want to follow to understand the current Wuhan flu.

What is a virus? Are viruses alive?
  • Although viruses are indeed a definite biological entity that can both replicate and change with time, a virus is considered to be “alive”.
  • A virus of any type is simply a very small assembly of complicated molecules that include proteins, RNA molecules (or DNA molecules in some viruses), and sometimes fat and sugar molecules.
  • Although these biological molecules are highly organized, a virus is incapable of any form of energy production or biochemical metabolism.
  • A virus is simply an inert collection of chemicals until it penetrates and enters into a living cell of its host.
  • Influenza is actually a viral infection of birds.  Studies have shown that approximately one out of four wild birds are infected with some strain of the Influenza virus.
  • Instead of affecting the upper airway, the virus infects the intestines of the birds.
  • Usually the Influenza virus does not harm the birds but it is shed into the environment though bird droppings.
  • Individuals who have been infected with the Influenza virus are infectious to others for a day before they show any symptoms at all through the respiratory droplets they generate while speaking, coughing, and sneezing.
  • Their hands are also contaminated by the respiratory droplets they generate, and any surface that they touch can be contaminated by the virus for several hours.
  • An infected individual is considered infectious for at least four-days after they begin to show symptoms. Children may remain infectious to others for another several days after they recover from an Influenza infection.
  • An infected individual will contaminate all the objects and surfaces around them.
  • Scientists knew that Influenza was contagious and that limiting social contact with other people could reduce their chances of becoming infected with Influenza.
  • Today these measures are called Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions or NPI.
[I have always done research on the "Spanish Flu." due to what my grandmother Margaret Sweeney Watson told me growing up. She was a very even tempered person, and the only time I saw her upset was when she spoke of the effect of the Spanish Flu in Germantown, Philadelphia when she was young. For several weeks in 1918, horse drawn wooden carts would arrive daily to pick up the dead. Looking back, I realize she was traumatized by seeing this as a young girl. Here is a good description of the Spanish Flu's impact on Philadelphia's citizens.]
  • Frequently wash hands using soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid rubbing your eyes with your hands unless you wash them first.
  • Routine surface cleaning of frequently touched surfaces and objects like tables, door knobs, desks, cell phones, and computer keyboards.
  • The goal is to slow down the rate of influenza transmission so that hospitals can manage the number of patients that are being admitted for care.
  • Traditionally this has been the closure of all public gatherings including schools, movie theaters, church services, bars, restaurants, and the like.
  • However, in a heavily urbanized area where people are dependent on mass transit to travel to work, these closures will not be fully effective.
  • The Influenza virus can survive up to 3-days when at high concentrations in the presence of respiratory mucus and kept out of the ultraviolet rays of sunlight.
  • The hands must be sanitized immediately after handling money.
  • Banknotes may well be a significant factor in Influenza transmission, but our research indicates that no federal agency has yet addressed this concern.

  • If My Hands are Contaminated, Can Scratching My Nose or Rubbing My Eyes Cause Me to Be Infected?

    Yes
    In a Severe Lethal Influenza Pandemic, Will the Government Tell Me the Truth What is Happening?
    • Based on past history, it cannot be guaranteed that the US Government will tell its citizens the truth about the severity of an Influenza Pandemic.

    • Dr. Steven Hatfill Biography

    • Dr. Steven Hatfill is a specialist physician and a virologist with a military background and separate master’s degrees in microbial genetics, radiation biochemistry, and experimental pathology. In 1986, he overwintered in Antarctica as a member of the 27th SANAE Antarctic Expedition. In 1992, he demonstrated that the drug Thalidomide exerted a major effect in Leukemia cell cultures. Analogues of this drug are now a mainstay treatment for pre-leukemia and Multiple Myeloma.

      Dr Hatfill’s medical fellowships include Oxford University, the NIH in Bethesda, and the NRC where he studied the Ebola Virus at the US Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick. His background includes training and certification as a UN Weapons Inspector. Since 2005, he has been involved in the directed training of both civilians and the military, in the medical response to mass casualties from blast and ballistic injury.

      In 2015, he trained and helped to establish the Rapid Hemorrhagic Fever Response Team for the National Disaster Management Unit in Kenya, Africa. He has numerous peer-reviewed scientific publications. In 2018, he was awarded Honorary U.S. Army Parachute Wings with Bronze Star, in an exchange ceremony with the U.S. Army 1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne). He is a National Fellow of the Explorers Club, a board member of several non-profit medical organizations and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in two departments at a leading US Medical School.

      Here is his website from which I draw this material

    • Note

While listening to the Steve Bannon Warroom show, I heard him talking about the Wuhan Flu with Dr. Steven A. Hatfill.
An alarm went off in my mind and soul.
I knew that name well.
When I worked on anthrax mitigation in 2003, the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) went after him with a vengeance. They accused him of being responsible for sending anthrax in envelopes through he mail where it was released in postal facilities and killed people.
That was a total lie on the FBI's part. As today, they were so powerful they did not have to be truthful or accurate in their persecutions.
And as today, they leaked to and used the mainstream media (New York Times, Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, etc) as a force multiplier to go after him.
Here is the whole sordid tale of FBI, DOJ and main stream media persecution of this great man.

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Civil Defense Lessons of the Wuhan Coronovirus

Every crisis offers lessons for how to prepare for the next one. The Wuhan Coronavirus crisis offers many because it is global and some are reacting to it with rational planning while others are reacting with irrational fear.
I maintain this post as a grab bag of that reaction, a junk drawer if you will, of how we responded to it.
Many lessons are to be found there that I will mine later with perspective you can only gain from a distance from the event.
One purpose of this analysis is to highlight the unintended, unexpected, and in some ways unknowable impacts of this event.
What CDC Wants you to Know Source
Coronavirus Could be the End of China as a Manufacturing Hub Source
The rulers of China, the Communist Chinese Party, take a top down, centralized strategy (which won't work) to deal with the event. 
The CCP will direct all health, manufacturing, culture, social media, transportation, foreign policy, and associated tasks under the guiding principle: Does this maintain and increase CCP power or threaten it? So health considerations are secondary to their staying in power. Here is an excellent analysis of this fact.
Why coronavirus cases are higher than Chinese estimates here.
Japan is closing its schools to stop the spread Source

FDA Suspends Drug Inspections in China,  Warns of Supply Shortages

"Supply disruptions could extend to other areas as 80 to 90 percent of U.S. health care products—raw materials, active pharmaceutical ingredients, and finished products—are outsourced mainly from China, he said.
Moreover, the production of many active pharmaceutical ingredients is centered in China’s Hubei Province, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said on Feb. 12 at a Senate committee hearing.
“Most drug makers have a one to three months of inventory of drug ingredients on hand. But these supplies are already being drawn down,” he said in his testimony.
Rosemary Gibson, Hastings Center, co-authored the book, “China RX: Exposing the Risks of America’s Dependence on China for Medicine,” which makes the case for bringing drug manufacturing home."
 Source
Wuhan Coronavirus spreads to South Korea. Source
China's GDP Impact of the Wuhan Virus is not 1% but 20% to 30%
"We are not talking about “maybe” a one percent decline in GDP growth. No. We are talking about what I have to believe is more like a 20 to 30 percent decline. We are talking about an economy that is not really functioning."
"The fear is so deep that I don’t think there will be a snapback. It will take a long time before people will feel comfortable gathering in groups. All the reunion dinners, company gatherings, and family gatherings will take a while before they return to normal. Until they come back to normal, I don’t see the Chinese economy coming back to normal."
Source
Impact on global high tech industry here.
Analysis of the Wuhan Virus Impact on Asian supply chain. Source
Ripple Effect: Korea, Japan stock markets take a hit. Source
Dr. Sasha Hu, Chinese doctor, has a good video about how to mitigate flu infection, here.)
Excellent law and business analysis can be found on the China Law Blog.
The reality of what is going on in Wuhan can be heard here. and here
The biggest lesson is that the Communist Chinese Party (CCP) secrecy, deception and food health policies led to the Chinese Wuhan coronovirus worldwide spread. See here It has led to monumental unintended consequences I list a few below.
EVERYTHING with the CCP involves propaganda. The Jamestown Foundation does a great job of breaking down their skulduggery here.
Here is a good Wuhan Virus infographic for background.
As several times before, the CCP sought to hide the latest Chinese Coronovirus. Their secrecy and deception have led to unnecessary illness for thousands and deaths for hundreds...and it is only beginning. See here.
Read about CCP lying, deception and secrecy here:
https://www.scmp.com/comment/opinion/article/3047999/how-chinas-coronavirus-crisis-sars-epidemic-was-worsened-communist
https://multimedia.scmp.com/infographics/news/china/article/3047038/wuhan-virus/index.html?src=article-launcher
CCP Made Doctor Who Discovered Wuhan Coronivirus Sign Secrecy Form - He Died
"However, Li, along with seven other doctors who shared information about the outbreak, was summoned to the local police and forced to sign a letter promising to make no further disclosures concerning the disease".
Li Wenliang, one of the eight doctors who tried to alert authorities about the coronavirus when it was first emerging in Wuhan only to be reprimanded by local police, has died, Chinese media reported.
Li, 34, an ophthalmologist at the Wuhan Central Hospital, was found to be infected with coronavirus on Saturday and died on Thursday.
The same day that the doctor shared the messages, local health authorities announced that the city had confirmed 27 cases of a new type of virus, most of them linked to a seafood market.
However, Li, along with seven other doctors who shared information about the outbreak, was summoned to the local police and forced to sign a letter promising to make no further disclosures concerning the disease.What a great doctor. Source
Li Wenliang, Hero, Photo via CNN


Largest Socialized Medicine System in the World Fails Horribly

The communist medical system in China did not have nearly enough hospitals, clinics, doctors, nurses, medical supplies, diagnostic equipment, medicine, personal protective equipment, or anything near adequate resources to handle this epidemic.
All the communist lies about the high standard of living in contemporary China are exposed.
The building of the three field hospitals in Wuhan to address this inadequacy provides as much of a solution as the Potemkin Villages in the Soviet Union did for starvation.
Even if the CCP had not lied and tried to hide the extent of the epidemic, the third-world state of their medical system would have meant that the disease would have spread anyway.
The CCP emphasis on building the three field hospitals to handle the crisis defies reality.
Why their military was not able to stand up numerous fully operational, manned and equipped field hospitals as our military can indicates how inadequate their military is as well.
See story here.
"Many people from Hubei who tried to get into Hong Kong (for better health care) have been stopped at the border, have stayed in Shenzhen, and this may trigger Shenzhen’s infection cases to skyrocket to the point where people are ordered to stay home" Source.
CPP Culture of Coverup
Revelations from doctors, whistle blowers, and government officials demonstrate that a culture of cover-up and deceit within the Chinese Communist Party’s bureaucracy contributed to the disease’s spread.
In order to avoid political blame, authorities didn’t disclose to Chinese citizens details about the disease nor the true scale of the outbreak. Information about the first infected patients in the disease epicenter Wuhan was omitted, while authorities restricted testing of the disease, thus effectively capping the number of people who could be diagnosed.
As a result, many Chinese were unaware of the perils until it was too late. Source
Analysis of what wearing a mask daily does to human interaction here.
Without a Cure There is only Guessing
One of the greatest problems with a new coronavirus such as the Wuhan one is that no doctor, scientist or government bureaucrat knows what it is at first. So they guess as to cause and transmission. Source
CCP Refuses CDC Expertise
Further proof of CCP secrecy and totalitarian bad planning is that President Trump has repeatedly offered the expertise of the U.S. Center for Disease Control but the CCP refuses it. Like any totalitarian government, they would rather their people die than accept help. Source.
Chinese Military Runs 1,000 Bed Hospitals - No Transparency
Chinese military now operates the mega-hospitals built in Wuhan. Result? Secrecy, data manipulation, patients being held in prison-like cells. Yet, China as a member of the World Heath Organization has agreed to provide data and transparency, something the Chinese People's Army has never been known to exhibit. Source

Unintended Consequences

I am learning many, many lessons from this outbreak. Here are a few:
Chinese Factories will Reopen Slowly due to Worker Blacklisting
"Last week, the government of Suzhou, a major manufacturing hub in Jiangsu province, which is known for its silk products, asked local communities to tell workers from Hubei and Zhejiang provinces not to return until further notice. This employee “blacklisting” was echoed by other cities, including Wuxi in the south of Jiangsu, which banned migrant workers from at least seven provinces."  Source
And factory workers cannot return as inventory is depleted. Source
Impact of one billion Chinese workers not manufacturing product is just beginning. Source.
Global Economic Impact
Indeed, the battle to contain the epidemic brought much of the world's "second-largest economy to a standstill. The Chinese provinces most affected by the coronavirus are home to 49,884 branches or subsidiaries of foreign corporations, including nearly 9,500 American operations, according to Dun & Bradstreet." Source
Alternative Social Media Provides the Truth the CPP Hides
Citizen journalists, independent bloggers and Vloggers, Twitter and Instgram posters, are all providing independent observations of what is going on in China under the Wuhan coronavirus epidemic. Here are just a few.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkF4qYdNU9Y
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lk5XkhUKMDM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbuqmziQ28I
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKcMVXTucpw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4Ho96UKfYA
https://www.theepochtimes.com/citizen-journalist-in-coronavirus-epicenter-of-wuhan-has-been-detained-by-local-police_3233602.html?ref=brief_News&utm_source=Epoch+Times+Newsletters&utm_campaign=ee55737aca-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_02_11_08_16&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_4fba358ecf-ee55737aca-241782809
#wuhan #doctors #hospitals #wuhancity#students #china #coronavirus #kerala#chinesepresident #xijinping #infected#peoplesliberationarmy #pla #wuhanuniversity#governmentofindia #virus #firstcase #patient#hospitals #corona #ill #sick #trending#truescoopnews #truescoop #Newschannel#testedpositive #Newschannel
Medical Specialists Hit Hardest
Those who help and treat those infected pick up the infection. Source
CCP AI and Facial Monitoring Fails Due to Face Masks
The CCP's massive AI and facial recognition program that depends on camera's has failed due to the face masks everyone is wearing that cover the face. Source
USPS Suspends Mail for China
Due to no flights going to China, USPS suspends mail service to China, Hong Kong, Macau. Source.
CCP Welding Apartment Residents Inside
Because of confirmed #Coronavirus infection inside the apartment, residents doors are being welded shut. Source
Chinese Nationals Sneak out of China by Lying about Country of Origin
There are Chinese nationals who have broken the quarantine and fled stating a non-Chinese origin, like Hong Kong, to get into Australia and other nations. Here is the full story.
Private Companies are Saving Chinese People Where CCP has Failed
"Ironically, while the Chinese military has been behind in its mobilization, the private sector has stepped in to fill the void. In the face of medical supply and health services gaps, there are numerous examples circulating of individuals donating relief supplies or helping those in need. E-commerce giant Alibaba established a 1 billion RMB ($144 million USD) special fund to directly purchase medical supplies from home and abroad and send them to hospitals in Wuhan and Hubei on a regular basis. It also created detailed plans for mobilizing domestic production capacity and coordinating production and procurement of medical supplies, while also provided hundreds of meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at two hospitals in Wuhan, free of charge." Source
CCP Censors Even More than Usual
The CCP believes it can control social media communication about the impact of the pandemic. This will be an epic fail for them. Social media technology enables people to find out the truth even when the CCP seeks to push lies, misinformation, and to pretend the pandemic isn't as bad as it really is.
"China’s internet watchdog is tightening controls on social media platforms after a brief period of tolerance, as it cracks down on content that may sow fear and confusion amid the coronavirus crisis.
The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) said in a statement released late on Wednesday that it has set up supervision on platforms that include those run by microblogging service provider Sina Weibo, short video and news apps operator ByteDance, and Tencent Holdings, which owns the ubiquitous multipurpose app WeChat.
The regulator said it required internet platforms and local authorities to “create a good cyberspace environment to win the battle against the [coronavirus] epidemic”.
Baidu, operator of China’s dominant online search service, has been summoned to rectify what the CAC described as lenient management on illegal information posted by its users, according to the statement.
The watchdog said it has also removed a social app called Pipi Gaoxiao from app stores for “posting harmful videos, and spreading fear and panic” about the coronavirus outbreak, as well as taken down some media and blogger accounts for fake news." Source
American Private Sector Helps Chinese Citizens
We’ve also facilitated the delivery of vast amounts of medical supplies to the Chinese people. Just last week, the State Department helped transport 17.8 tons of relief supplies to Hubei. And more assistance will continue to be offered — the United States is prepared to spend up to $100 million in existing State and U.S. Agency for International Development funds to assist China and other impacted countries to contain and combat the virus.
"While [U.S. Department of] State managed the logistics, the donations themselves were provided by Samaritan’s Purse, Boeing, Intermountain Healthcare and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and coordinated by a nongovernmental organization called Project HOPE. Time and again, when diseases and disasters strike, the American people have stepped up to help citizens of other countries without being asked. Our robust charitable giving and enthusiastic civil society groups are channeling the American people’s concern for their fellow man."  Source
Panic Buying
Unfortunately, panic buying is to be expected in any disaster. Just look at each hurricane that hits the U.S., and that is predictable. This coronavirus pandemic is not predictable in advance. So, as this this story about Hong Kong, human nature is to panic and buy items they are afraid will be in short supply. The lack of information from the Chinese authorities exacerbates it, and it spirals out of control. So it goes. Source.
Interrupted School Attendance and Exam Taking
"Portions of Hong Kong’s university entrance exam along with the Primary Six exam for secondary school placements could be pushed back by a much as a month or cancelled entirely as the spread of the coronavirus continues, the education minister announced on Thursday.
Secretary for Education Kevin Yeung Yun-hung also said that a scheduled reopening of schools on March 2 would need to be reviewed closer to the date." Source
Cruise Ships are a Clear and Present Contagion Danger
Most of the analysis of the spread of pandemic viruses focus on how rapidly a virus can spread due to modern commercial airline travel. Far less attention is given to the same threat from cruise ships. Yet, with thousands of passengers, effectively cruise ships are modern floating cities. One example of this threat is detailed here.
Airline Flight Cancellations
One of the most critical infrastructure pillars of modern life is unimpeded airline travel. People and goods are transferred around the world via air travel. The China coronavirius led many nations and airline companies to cancel all flights to and from China. Source.
Cathay Airlines Asks 27,000 Employees to Take Unpaid Leave
Hong Kong-based airline Cathay Pacific is asking all of its 27,000 employees to take three weeks of unpaid leave over the coming months as Hong Kong’s flagship carrier reels from the impact of the deadly coronavirus on air travel. Source
Global Supply Chain with China will Radically Change
Now that the global supply chain that has been dependent on China for 30 yeas is being shattered, risk adverse companies will withdraw from the mainland and relocate elsewhere. It was a trend that was already beginning. Now, it will accelerate. See here.And here.
Impact on Logistics and Manufacturing
There are far more questions (Will Chinese workers return to work? What are the disruptions to logistics?) to answer. The only thing everyone agrees on is that no one trusts the data coming our of Beijing. More details here and here.
Just in Time Logistics May be Overt
Closed factories in China are negatively impacting the global supply chain and creating questions about the future of just in time logistics. Source
Impact on Small Manufactures and Businesses
Due to their size and limited ability to survive even a limited lack of revenue, the greatest impact of the  Chinese coronavirus may be small manufacturers and businesses. Source and here.
Online Shopping Mitigates Store Closures and Stock Impact
Apple Corporation has an interesting statement after they closed their stores in China. 
"Apple is following the trend of McDonald's, Starbucks, and other US companies that have retail stores/footprints within China," Daniel Ives, the managing director of equity research at Wedbush Securities, said.
Ives noted that consumer purchases of iPhones and Apple products in the region have "already taken place in the lead up to the start of the Chinese New Year," and that Apple had strong sales for December and January as well as strong year-over-year sales.
With the vast majority of sales happening online, "we view a one week closure of Apple stores as having a negligible impact thus far despite the scary and concerning headlines from the region," Ives added.
"While the coronavirus outbreak is a sad situation and concerning headline for investors, for the stock we believe the fundamental impact from this issue to Apple’s top-line is negligible," he wrote." Source.
Political Infighting will Intensify
Most totalitarian systems can hide their political infighting. Not when an epedimic like the Wuhan virus is destabalizing everhthing, however. There will be political disruption in China as a result of how the CCP mishandled the event. See here and here and here.
CCP and Taiwan Division Widens
Due to the policy of the CCP isolating Taiwan on all fronts, Taiwan is not even allowed to belong to the World Health Organization. Result? Taiwan is frozen out of getting the critical coronavirus data from the WHO. Source
Starbucks Closes Thousands of Stores:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/michelinemaynard/2020/01/29/starbucks-big-china-push-gets-interrupted-by-the-coronavirus-how-its-coping/?utm_source=TWITTER&utm_medium=social&utm_content=3080237734&utm_campaign=sprinklrForbesMainTwitter#3acfc8a110e2
https://twitter.com/i/status/1222596705465643008
https://twitter.com/EpochTimesChina
https://twitter.com/SpaceStated
Global Airline Cancellations: American Airlines, British Airways, Lion Air, and Seoul Air are suspending all flights to China with Air Canada with select flights. Royal Caribbean and Carnival cancelled cruises in China. Patients in Wuhan spitting on doctors to purposely infect them (the ultimate unintended consequence).https://nypost.com/video/sick-wuhan-man-purposely-coughs-on-hospital-staff-amid-chinas-coronavirus-scare/
#coronaravirus
Authorities Cannot Control the Entire Message in Pandemics
Worldwide, people have had varying reactions to the Chinese coronavirus, from seeking more information to panic. It demonstrates that with billions of people using social media daily, even the CCP with its remarkable worldwide power and influence, especially over social media, cannot control the message. See here.
Tracking Wristbands for Potential Carriers
Hong Kong has put tracking wristbands on potential coronavirus carriers from Hubei.
Dishonest Businessmen Taking Advantage: https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/law-and-crime/article/3048126/china-coronavirus-hong-kong-customs-officers-launch
Panic Buying: https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/society/article/3048121/china-coronavirus-shelves-cleared-essentials-spread-sparks
McDonald's Closes: https://www.scmp.com/news/world/united-states-canada/article/3048143/mcdonalds-closes-all-branches-chinas-coronavirus
Global Supply Chain Disruption: https://www.theepochtimes.com/coronavirus-destroying-china-global-supply-chains_3218605.html
Lawyers Recording the Unintended Consequences https://www.chinalawblog.com/2020/01/chinas-coronavirus-impacts-everything-what-your-business-should-do-now.html
Parents Abandon Children at Airport
Shocking pictures have emerged in China showing two children reportedly abandoned by their parents over fears that they had the deadly coronavirus. The couple left their young son and daughter behind at Nanjing Airport in the eastern province of Jiangsu after they were stopped from boarding the plane because the boy had a fever.
7,000 Cruise Ship Passengers Quarantined
Two passengers on a cruise ship are feared to have caught coronavirus, leaving 7,000 passengers and crew trapped onboard. The Italian cruise ship Costa Smeralda is being held at Civitavecchia close to Rome while tests are carried out on a Chinese couple with fever. More here.
Drones Spraying Disinfectant
China has deployed an army of drones to disperse disinfectant over villages and cities in the latest attempt to combat the spread of coronavirus. Not sure how effective this will be, but it is proof of my idea that drones will be useful, and increasingly used, to cope for natural and man made disasters. Here is where I asserted this after the Mount Airy tornado. See here.
Rumors Cause Death of Pets
Grim images show cats and dogs who were reportedly thrown from tower blocks in China after a rumor circulated claiming that the animals spread the coronavirus. Full Story here. One dog was found dead after allegedly being thrown from a tower block in the Heyuan Guohe Garden area of Tianjin City in China’s Hebei Province.
When Citizens Disobey Official Edicts
A woman was dragged out of a supermarket and pinned to the ground after allegedly refusing to wear a mask as China deals with the coronavirus outbreak. Footage dated January 29 shows the shopper, identified only by her surname Qiu, resisting two uniformed officers as they eject her from an aisle of the Space supermarket in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China. Story here.
Lawyers Recording the Unintended Consequences https://www.chinalawblog.com/2020/01/chinas-coronavirus-impacts-everything-what-your-business-should-do-now.html
https://www.chinalawblog.com/2020/01/breaking-news-china-issues-new-employment-rules-for-dealing-with-the-coronavirus.html
https://www.chinalawblog.com/2020/01/coronavirus-and-what-china-employers-should-be-doing-and-not-doing-now.html
Parable: Impact of the CCP Total Control on Relief
The CCP has always been corrupt, power mad, and controls every aspect of life...even donations from foreigners. Americans in New York sent face masks that are in short supply to China via the Red Cross. Here's what happened. The Red Cross in communist China, like the Catholic Church, is owned by the CCP. So...they seized the American donated face masks, demanded money for forwarding them,  and are selling them for a profit. 

Additional Resources

Here are some of my past CBRNe (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear) presentations that may be useful for this event. The detection and mitigation matrix at the end may be especially helpful.
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Keep One or Two Combat Application Tourniquets Nearby

One of the most overlooked items for use in civil defense is the tourniquet.
Unfortunately, I've heard many say, "I'll just use a belt." Not good.
Patients often bleed out from just using a belt.
Instead, buy several CATs (Combat Application Tourniquet's).
The CAT is a life saving tool that has been proven in combat. You can learn to apply it in minutes and to put it on in seconds.
In that Golden Hour, it keeps a patient from bleeding out before they can get medical attention to the wound.
Many police, fire fighters, EMTs, and other first responders keep a CAT on their belt, in the car, and at home to help staunch bleeding.
Here is a good description of the tourniquet from North American Rescue.
https://www.narescue.com/combat-application-tourniquet-c-a-t.html

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Official Tourniquet of the U.S. Army
Proven to be 100% effective in occluding blood flow in both upper & lower extremities by the U.S. Army’s Institute of Surgical Research
NEW Single Routing Buckle for faster application, decreased blood loss, effective slack removal, fewer windlass turns, and simplified training with single protocol application standards
Includes reinforced windlass, stabilization plate, windlass clip and writeable windlass security strap
Featuring North American Rescue's signature Red Tip Technology® elliptical tab providing added visual clues during application

It has been tested and proven effective and was listed as the best pre-hospital tourniquet in the February 2008 supplement of The Journal of Trauma

The patented C-A-T® is a true one-handed tourniquet proven to be 100% effective by the U.S. Army’s Institute of Surgical Research. Tests proved that the CAT completely occluded blood flow of an extremity in the event of a traumatic wound with significant hemorrhage.

The Gen 7 CAT utilizes a durable windlass system with a patented free-moving internal band providing true circumferential pressure to the extremity. Once adequately tightened, bleeding will cease and the windlass is locked into place. A hook and loop windlass retention strap is then applied, securing the windlass to maintain pressure during casualty evacuation. The CAT’s unique dual securing system avoids the use of screws and clips which can become difficult to operate under survival stress or where fine motor skills are compromised.

The patented Combat Application Tourniquet® (C-A-T®) featuring the proprietary red tip design and the mechanical advantage of a band within a band has been the Official Tourniquet of the U.S. Army since 2005.

The CAT Tourniquet uses a durable windlass system with a patented free-moving internal band providing true circumferential pressure to the extremity. Once adequately tightened, bleeding will cease and the windlass is locked into place. A hook and loop windlass retention strap is then applied, securing the windlass to maintain pressure during casualty evacuation. The tourniquets unique dual securing system avoids the use of screws and clips which can become difficult to operate under survival."
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One Easy Way to Prepare for a Blackout

Keep solar lights in your garden. You can bring them in and use them in your kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom during a black out.Store at least 72 hours of food, water, and medical supplies. Here are places to look for what suits you.
The Survival Store - The American Civil Defense Association
Products With A Mission
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If you had just 1 hour to prepare for a natural disaster, what would you do?


You have to prepare continuously so that one hour is immaterial.
Remember Aesolp's Fable of the Ant and The Grasshopper.
“Why bother about winter?” said the Grasshopper; “we have got plenty of food at present.” But the Ant went on its way and continued its toil. When the winter came the Grasshopper had no food, and found itself dying of hunger, while it saw the ants distributing every day corn and grain from the stores they had collected in the summer. Then the Grasshopper knew:
“IT IS BEST TO PREPARE FOR THE DAYS OF NECESSITY.”
https://poetslife.blogspot.com/2008/05/emergency-exercise.html
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What I did on 9/11


  1. Got permission from my boss to get my children and go home.
  2. Called my wife and said I would get the kids. She’s a corporate travel agent so she had to work the next 14 hours getting people home.
  3. Went to the day care to get my younge
    r ones. The teachers were in a panic and I reminded them they had to be calm for the kids and parents.
  4. Went to my older ones high school. He refused to leave because he had track practice. Knowing you can’t argue with someone who is stuck on an idea even if wrong, I asked him if he would agree to leave if his coach said so. He said yes. When we tried to find his coach they dismissed the entire school.
  5. Stopped at the ATM and got cash out.
  6. Went to the grocery store for extra food. One women was in a panic in line spreading rumors and negativity. I could see the panic spreading. I reminded her people do great things in a crisis and I expected she would do the same.
  7. Got home, put the younger one down for a nap, the older one went in to take a nap as well.
  8. Monitored the news in multiple ways.
  9. Did the CBRNe (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear) circles for our house.
  10. Realizing we were inside the circles and there was a mosque going up down the street, made the decision that day t
    o move my family to a safer area.
  11. [UPDATE: The mosque/fort (Islamic Society of Germantown) planned in 2001 I reference above proved my point in 2019. A jihadi who indoctrinates there (“Osman Alaalla, 61, came to pray Monday evening at a 5 p.m. service at the Islamic Society of Germantown. He said Henry typically led that service.” Maryland man inspired by Islamic State attack plotted to drive truck into National Harbor pedestrians, officials say
  12. Called my specops brothe
    r-in-law. As his unit in WV was fully qualed he told me he was on his way to Afghanistan.
  13. Three weeks later put money down on a house that has a well, an acre and 4 groceries within walking distance. Also, my wife has family here and most of neighbors are intelligence officers, police officers, fire fighters, military, etc.
  14. Committed to doing more for my family and all Americans that day and began to study civil defense which I had learned in my 20s. Soon joined the American Civil Defense Association, eventually writing 14 articles for the Journal of Civil Defense. Was invited to the TACDA Board of Directors and now VP. https://tacda.org/journal-topic/journal-of-civil-defense/
  15. ISIS Use of Social Media as a Force Multiplier
  16. Yes, that day changed my life in even more ways, in ways too long to explain here.
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What app works best to communicate during crisis, power outages or natural disasters?


I wrote this article in the 2019 issue of the American Civil Defense Association’s Journal of Civil Defense. Maybe it will help answer your question in the app section.

Useful Emergency Communication Tools
Ask yourself, “How would I communicate with my loved ones if something really bad happens?Most likely, you will use emergency communication tools, some that you have already, and others you could benefit from, such as those below.What are emergency communication tools?

They are hardware and software that connect you to your family, friends, colleagues and community as well as with first responders, support systems, and other family members.Plan for what emergency communication tools you need BEFORE the event to be able to communicate and it will make your response faster, better, and more effective. Learning and using these tools will give you a higher chance of successfully dealing with an emergency.

Have a Plan
Your circumstances and emergency communication tool needs are as unique as you and your family, so think now about how you would communicate with your family in an emergency. Identify the communications tools you would need to be able to reach them in an emergency and make a plan for how to set those up.Part of that plan must be to learn the communication tools that are the most useful for you and your family. Many of the ones listed below should be useful to you.

If so, set up an account and begin to learn how to use them. That way you know how to use it, have exercised it, and are more likely to use it successfully before, during and after an emergency.No one tool below is used by everyone, so use all or most of them to make sure you cover all the emergency threat matrix.

To Begin — Establish who you need to contact during an emergency. Make a list of them and distribute that list to all parties.List phone number, social media addresses, email addresses, for everyone on your list. Make sure one or two contacts are out of state. Also make sure everyone on the list knows they are on it.Identify a primary point of contact with whom you will work. Make sure they know your plan. Another option is a “call tree.” One person calls two more who call two more and so on. It lessons the burden on one person being responsible for making all the calls.

Emergency Communication with Local Officials — Local emergency management officials (police, fire fighters, emergency operations centers, public safety offices, emergency operations centers, and more) use all, some, or a mix of the emergency communications tools. Investigate those in your area and connect with them. Here are a few local ones I use.
https://www.facebook.com/MountAi... Mt. Airy, MD Police Department Facebook
https://twitter.com/MDMEMA Maryland Emergency Management Agency Twitter
https://twitter.com/MDSP Maryland State Police Twitter
https://www.facebook.com/CarrCoM... Carroll County DPS Facebook

Cell Phones Cell phones are obvious as we use them every day to communicate. Most of us have our loved ones and their telephone numbers in our cell phones. But cell phones require additional items in an emergency.For example, have an extra power cable in your house and car. Keep a charging adapter in your car cigarette lighter outlet. If electricity is cut off you may need to use the battery in your car to charge up your phone. If power is out you may need to use your car to charge your call phone. A solar phone charger is another option for a power outage.

Instant Message WhatsApp, Skype, ezTalks, Viber, Meebo+, Google Hangout, Kik, WeChat, and Messenger are examples of instant message apps and services. These and other instant message apps are available for both Android and iOS. They are useful and a basic tool for communicating normally and during an emergency.


Social Media For sending loved one’s emergency messages and getting updates on their status, social media is useful. When cell phones do not work or the telecommunications networks are overwhelmed preventing calling and texting, social media apps offer an alternative way to communicate. Below are some ways.

Text Message — Text messaging is a mobile phone service offered by phone companies (Verizon, T-Mobile, etc.) that usually have a 160 character limit. Android and Twitter — Twitter offers instant updates about what is happening during an emergency. This makes it easier to know what is going on and to monitor developments. It provides timely information you and your family can act on. As such, it is invaluable. When you have a Twitter account already in place, it's just a matter of using the existing media during an actual emergency.

To follow your tweets on your phone, you may want to text "Follow [Twitter handle]" Twitter's FastFollow has other options, like just getting the most recent tweet for a given Twitter feed. And you may want to have several emergency Twitter accounts, maybe one for alerts and one for information.Use Twitter’s hashtag (#) feature to follow information that you may want to monitor (#civildefense, #emergecymaryland) so Twitter keywords are flagged with a # in the tweet.

NOTE: Twitter’s strength, instant information, can also be its weakness, incorrect instant information. Always compare what various people and sources are saying to best determine what is really going on.Instagram — Half of the users of Instagram now use it as a Messaging App. Instagram allows you to private message other users on the platform using the feature called Direct Message. This feature lets you send messages to one or multiple people (a group).

It is a good option to communicate using Instagram during an emergency.

Facebook — In addition to your existing Facebook account and your instant links to family and friends, Facebook offers a new feature useful to emergency communications. Called Local Alerts (Facebook Media and Publisher Help Center), it allows you to send a Facebook notification to page followers who live in your area, whether they have opted into that notification or not. They are used for urgent or emergency information.Currently, Facebook Live is the only other post type on Facebook that sends out a notification. Local alerts are a valuable tool in emergency communications, one that should only be used to relay urgent information.

Emergency Communications Apps
There are a wide variety of emergency communication apps available you can download to your cell phone. Here are a few examples
Bugle — Helps your friends and family find you in case you have an emergency.
Life 360 — Establishes an immediate connection with your friends and family via text, email or voice call. It notifies them about your current location and comes with a panic alert feature.First
Aid by American Red Cross —
Offers users basic first aid lessons, help instructions, and a red button to contact 911, disaster preparedness check-lists, and other American Red cross resources.
SirenGPS — Creates a collaborative network of emergency management and responses where the entire community stays connected to first responders.
Patronus – Shares your location with mobile 911 service dispatchers who can access your location.
ICE — The In Case of Emergency (ICE) stores crucial information about you for responders and hospital personnel. Lists your contact information so responders know who to contact
Red Panic Button — It sparks off an early warning and vulnerability alert system, one-to-many communication the moment you push the red panic button.


Amateur Radio Amateur Radio (also known as ham radio) is used to communicate without the Internet or cell phones. Therefore, it is an excellent way to communicate when other communications tools are not operating. Also, you can take radio wherever you go! In times of disaster. Ham radios have reliably assisted communications in emergencies for over a hundred years. When other communications tools fail, amateur radio is an excellent option.
Two Way Radio (Walkie-Talkie)A two way radio is a portable, hand-held device that can transmit and receive radio communication. Even when cell phones are not working or the power grid is down, two way radios operate and convey critical emergency information. They are an excellent first use or backup emergency communication tool.With their push-to-talk functionality for instant communication, they are much faster than cell phones. 

They come with extreme ease of use, just the push of a button can transmit your message to an entire group of people. And, they can withstand harsh environmental conditions like heavy rain and dust.Two-way radios can send and receive text messages for quick and discreet communication. Lastly, the fact that two-way radios don’t rely on cell phone networks is a huge benefit in widespread emergencies, where reception may be congested or even stop altogether.

Drone with a Camera This may seem like an unusual tool to include with the others here, but it has proven invaluable in emergency events communicating the extent of the damage. For example, when a tornado hit my own town of Mt. Airy, MD, (https://poetslife.blogspot.com/2...), the video taken by a drone was invaluable to recording the damage done so homeowners and farmers could quickly file insurance claims.

Get Started Now  All these suggestions offer advantages as communication tools. It is important to set them up, use them, and know them before an emergency. I pray that for the health, safety and survival of you and your loved ones you take advantage of them. A small investment of time now will yield large dividends in safety, health and security when you experience an emergency.
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What are the top 5 most important items for a car winter survival kit?


Emergency Water
https://tacda.org/product-category/emergency-water-storage-containers/
Emergency Food
AutoBrick Emergency Kit - WaterBrick | Building Hope...Saving Lives!
Survival Blanket
NAR Survival Blanket
Battery charger/tire inflater/phone recharger
Example: NEW Stanley J5c09 Jumpit Jump Starter

Bonus: When broken down awaiting rescue, know to only use vehicle heater on for 10 minutes, turn it off for 50, repeat




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How My Town is Preparing for Emergencies

We enjoy the following blessings:
  1. First-rate fire company.
  2. Highly professional police force.
  3. Outstanding mayor and town council.
  4. Community made up of many military, law enforcement, intelligence and other professionals who know and understand emergency management.
  5. Spent many years creating an Emergency Operations Plan and a Continuity of Operations Plan.
  6. Keep updated lists of professionals like skilled construction workers who can cut out down trees in roadways.
  7. Established an Emergency Operations Center with full communications equipment and keep it stocked with food, water, medical supplies, etc.
  8. We have successfully exercised our emergency operations plans in Hurricane Irene and other natural disasters.
  9. Wrote Memorandum of Understanding and signed them with multiple town vendors (Ace Hardware, Wal Mart, etc.)
  10. The great majority of our community is made up of God fearing, law abiding, hard working parents and children.
For additional information, here is my most recent blog post about children and civil defense. Children and Civil Defense

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