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  • Germany to chart first civil defense plan since Cold War

    08/21/2016 8:27:46 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies ^ | 21 Aug 2016 15:14 GMT+02:00 | AFP
    Germany will introduce its first civil defense strategy since the end of the Cold War, calling on the population to stockpile enough food and water for several days, according to a report Sunday. The plan, which makes civilian backing of troops a priority while boosting the resilience of buildings and increasing capacity in the healthcare system, is due to be adopted by the government Wednesday, according to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) daily. […] The strategy noted that “an attack on German territory requiring conventional defense is unlikely,” but said the country should be “sufficiently prepared in case of an...
  • Oath Keepers is Going “Operational” by Forming Special “Civilization Preservation” Teams

    10/05/2013 12:40:54 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 58 replies
    Oath Keepers ^ | October, 01, 2013
    Oath Keepers is instructing its 30,000 members nation-wide to form up special teams and sub-teams in each Oath Keepers chapter, at the town and county level, modeled loosely on the Special Forces “A Team” (Operational Detachment A ) model, and for a similar purpose: to be both a potential operational unit for community security and support during crisis, but also, as mission #1, to serve as training and leadership cadre, to assist in organizing neighborhood watches, organizing veterans halls to provide community civil defense, forming County Sheriff Posses, strengthening existing CERT, volunteer fire, search-and-rescue, reserve deputy systems, etc., and...
  • Early 1960s Photo: "Nuclear Bomb! Fallout Shelter On Display Here! Public Invited"

    06/30/2013 11:46:00 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 44 replies
    Retronaut ^ | Early 1960s | Retronaut
  • Vintage Photo November 27, 1941 - U.S. Army Nurses Perform Gas Attack Drill in NYC

    06/25/2013 6:52:59 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 6 replies
    Retronaut ^ | November 27, 1941 | Retronaut
    “With some of New York’s skyscrapers looming through clouds of gas, some U.S. Army nurses from the hospital post at Fort Jay, Governors Island, New York, wear gas masks as they drill on defense precautions”
  • Israelis brace for missile firestorm

    12/06/2010 4:02:03 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 25 replies
    UPI ^ | 12/6/2010 | UPI
    For months, military leaders and commentators have been warning Israelis their cities face an unprecedented threat of missile attacks even as the country invests heavily in developing air-defense systems experts say cannot provide adequate protection. This uncharacteristically downbeat theme was summed up by Maj. Gen. Amod Yadlin, the outgoing chief of Military Intelligence, in a Nov. 21 briefing to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's Cabinet. "Tel Aviv will be a front line in the next conflict," he warned. A few days earlier, he'd told the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee that "future wars … will be much bigger, much wider...
  • Moscow arms against nuclear attack

    07/15/2010 7:02:19 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 42 replies · 1+ views ^ | 7/12/2010 |
    Nearly 5,000 new emergency bomb shelters will be built in Moscow by 2012 to save people in case of potential attacks. In the last 20 years, the area of air-raid defense has been developed little, and the existing shelters have become outdated. Moreover, they are located mostly in the city center, which makes densely populated Moscow outskirts especially vulnerable in the event of a nuclear attack In order to resolve the issue, the city has given architects a task to construct a typical model of an easy-to-build shelter that will be located all over the city 10 to 15 meters...
  • Israel contingency plan would use West Bank as wartime refuge for up to 500,000

    05/27/2010 9:33:39 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 302+ views
    World Tribune ^ | 5/27/2010 | World Tribune
    The Jewish community in the West Bank plans to host up to 500,000 Israelis in the event of a future regional war.In the 1991 Gulf war, thousands of residents from the Tel Aviv area fled to the West Bank for safety from Iraqi Scud ballistic missile strikes. In the 2006 war with Lebanon, about 10,000 residents of northern Israel joined relatives and friends in the West Bank to escape Hizbullah rocket attacks. "Judea and Samaria can be a place of refuge for the nation," Naftali Bennett, director-general of the Council of Jewish Communities of Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip,...
  • Israel Prepares For The Worst From Iran

    05/26/2010 1:35:41 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 11 replies · 724+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 5/25/2010 | The Strategy Page
    Over the last three years, Israel has been revising its civil defense plans, and how to deal with the growing arsenal of rockets and ballistic missiles aimed at it. The latest change is the announcement that the military is dispersing its stocks of supplies, equipment and spare parts to a larger number of (better protected) locations. For the last two years, the government has been constantly updating and revising a war planning document. This plan assumes a future war with Syria, and gives the local officials an idea of what to expect. Currently, the Israelis estimate that there would be...
  • Israel distributes new gas masks to civilians: army

    02/28/2010 9:33:27 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 418+ views
    Agence France-Presse/Hindustantimes.copm ^ | 2/28/2010 | Agence France-Presse
    Israel on Sunday began distributing new gas masks for civilians to use in a possible chemical or biological attack, the army said. "The civil defence has asked the Israeli postal service to begin distributing gas masks on an experimental basis to the residents of Or Yehuda," a military spokesman told AFP, referring to an area near Tel Aviv. "Gradually, based on the lessons learned in this operation and in accordance with the Israeli government's decision, the distribution will be extended to the entire population," he added. The government decided on January 5 to distribute some eight million new gas masks,...

    12/22/2009 8:20:11 PM PST · by B-Chan · 3 replies · 847+ views
    Google Video ^ | 1953 | United States Government / Federal Civil Defense Administration
    Target: YOU
  • 50-year-old article outlines real 'homeland security'

    04/20/2009 4:21:25 AM PDT · by marktwain · 21 replies · 929+ views
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 18 April, 2009 | David Codrea
    I've always disliked the term "Homeland Security," from the very first time I heard George Bush utter it in a national address. There's just something Motherland/Fatherland creepy about it, and the recent DHS reports on "rightwing extremism" and "southbound weapons smuggling" confirm the fascist touch that seems to accompany everything the federal government oversees. I remember being bugged when we as citizens were basically told that going about our business was the best contribution we could make to what should be civil defense. Well we've gone about our business. The government has gone about theirs. And we're a much less...
  • "I've just been surveyed on commercials about how to survive a nuclear attack"

    12/09/2008 8:07:39 AM PST · by B-Chan · 75 replies · 1,855+ views
    Self ^ | 2008.12.09 | B-Chan
    A friend of mine on a popular social networking site just posted an interesting message. She says that prior to posting she had just completed an Web survey on commercials about how to survive a nuclear explosion. The survey covered basic emergency preparedness information, including information about a "ready kit". According to her, the people taking the survey did not say who they were. The wording of the questions was typical ("Did this commercial give you useful information? Did this commercial seem believable?", etc.). As part of the survey, she was also shown storyboard animation representing the eventual live-action commercial....
  • NORAD, USNORTHCOM participate in Exercise Vigilant Shield 09

    11/10/2008 9:31:59 PM PST · by B-Chan · 2 replies · 337+ views (official) ^ | 2008.11.05 | U.S. Northern Command PAO
    NORAD, USNORTHCOM participate in Exercise Vigilant Shield 09 November 5, 2008 PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command will participate in Exercise Vigilant Shield 09 Nov. 12 - 18. The focus of VS09 is on homeland defense and civil support. The exercise will include scenarios to achieve exercise objectives within the maritime, aerospace, ballistic missile defense, cyber, consequence management, strategic communications, and counter terrorism domains. VS09 will run concurrent with other Department of Defense-sponsored and international exercises to more realistically test the synchronized response of federal, state, local and international mission partners...
  • Missle Defense - 33 Minutes

    07/10/2008 5:23:47 PM PDT · by Uncle Ralph · 10 replies · 146+ views
    33 Minutes and Why it is Important in this New Missile Age In January of 2009, The Heritage Foundation will release a high-definition documentary that tells the story of the very real threat that hostile nations and rogue dictators now pose to every one of us. The truth is brutal: in 33 minutes or less a missile launched at America would hit the U.S. target it was programmed to destroy. We must cause people to stop and face this horrible reality. Aptly named, 33 Minutes: Protecting America in the New Missile Age, our documentary will be a key component in...
  • Duck and Cover [Old But Not Outdated Article]

    07/09/2008 8:30:07 PM PDT · by B-Chan · 9 replies · 124+ views ^ | Nov 3, 2003 | T.J. Nelson
    Duck and CoverAdmittedly, Hollywood is not a center of profound intellectual thought. It's been called the "dream capital of the world", and in a real sense this is true. Like dreams, many of Hollywood's movies consist of plots and dialogue that don't make much sense, and characters whose behavior defies the principles of psychology as frequently as it breaks the rules of physics. Some of them, like the dreary antiwar movies of the 1960s, are blatantly political and manipulative. But some of them can only be described as dangerous misinformation cynically disguised as entertainment. One of the worst examples of...
  • Retiring General Aims To Create A Culture Of U.S. Preparedness (Honore)

    01/09/2008 4:50:40 AM PST · by RDTF · 12 replies · 115+ views
    AZ Daily Star ^ | Jan 9, 2008 | AP
    FOREST PARK, Ga. — The gruff, cigar-chomping general who led federal troops into New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina is convinced America hasn't learned its lesson from the storm. As Lt. Gen. Russel Honore gets ready to retire from the Army and hand over his command on Friday, he says he wants to spend the rest of his life creating a "culture of preparedness" to prevent another post-disaster disaster. "There's an attitude everywhere else that people are smarter than they are in New Orleans and in Mississippi. They're not," the 60-year-old general said at his office at Fort Gillem, just outside...
  • Katrina General Retiring From the Army (our 'new normal')

    01/08/2008 1:07:45 PM PST · by decimon · 51 replies · 119+ views
    Associated Press ^ | January 8, 2007 | GREG BLUESTEIN
    FOREST PARK, Ga. - The gruff, cigar-chomping general who led federal troops into New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina is convinced America hasn't learned its lesson from the storm. As Lt. Gen. Russel Honore gets ready to retire from the Army and hand over his command on Friday, he says he wants to spend the rest of his life creating a "culture of preparedness" to prevent another post-disaster disaster. "There's an attitude everywhere else that people are smarter than they are in New Orleans and in Mississippi. They're not," the 60-year-old general said at his office at Fort Gillem, just outside...
  • Gimme Shelter

    10/09/2007 10:56:46 PM PDT · by B-Chan · 16 replies · 514+ views ^ | 2007.10.09 | Stanley Kurtz
    Question: I’m thinking of a policy proposal that could easily mean the difference between life and death for tens or hundreds of thousands–conceivably even millions–of Americans who are alive at this very moment. Each year that passes magnifies the urgency of the problem this policy would address. Experts on both sides of the political spectrum appear to agree on both the pressing need for reform, and on the appropriate way to meet the challenge. Yet in our public debates we hear virtually nothing of this issue. What am I thinking of? Answer: Nuclear fallout shelters. This country needs to develop...
  • Civil Defense Logo Dies at 67, and Some Mourn Its Passing

    04/15/2007 11:44:17 AM PDT · by dbehsman · 39 replies · 1,233+ views
    NY Times ^ | 12-1-06 | DAVID W. DUNLAP
    The stark insignia of civil defense — a C and D forming a red circle in a white triangle on a blue disk — died yesterday after a long eclipse. It was 67 years old and lived in the mind’s eye of anyone who remembers air-raid drills, fallout shelters and metal drums filled with what had to be the stalest biscuits in the world.
  • The Good News About Nuclear Destruction

    08/24/2006 4:37:54 PM PDT · by shanec · 82 replies · 7,259+ views ^ | August 24th, 2006 | Shane Connor
    The good news about nuclear destruction Posted: August 24, 20061:00 a.m. Eastern By Shane Connor What possible good news could there ever be about nuclear destruction coming to America, whether it is dirty bombs, terrorist nukes or ICBMs from afar? In a word, they are all survivable for the vast majority of American families, if they know what to do beforehand and have made even the most modest preparations. Tragically, though, most Americans today won't give much credence to this good news, much less seek out such vital life-saving instruction, as they have been jaded by our culture's pervasive myths...
  • Heading for the hills (Slice of Life DownUnder)

    05/04/2006 3:05:14 PM PDT · by DieHard the Hunter · 7 replies · 325+ views
    The Dominion Post (New Zealand) ^ | 05 May 2006 | Staff
    Heading for the hills 05 May 2006 A neighbour's 5.15am phone call sparked the Kohn family in Gisborne into full-scale emergency evacuation mode, joining hundreds of locals heading for the hills. Heather Kohn's family live 700 metres from Wainui Beach. Daughter Hannah, 8, heard the call. "Mum went in to wake my brother Jacob and I heard her say `tsunami' and I just froze," she said. Within 10 minutes the Kohns were in their 4WD packed with water, a first-aid kit and sleeping bags, heading for the elevated safety of nearby Tuahine Pt Hill. "Nearly everyone in our street went...
  • Alarm would have been raised for real tsunami - CD chief (Bulldust Alert!)

    05/04/2006 1:43:11 PM PDT · by DieHard the Hunter · 2 replies · 193+ views
    The Dominion Post (New Zealand) ^ | 05 May 2006 | KIM RUSCOE
    Alarm would have been raised for real tsunami - CD chief 05 May 2006 By KIM RUSCOE Households and businesses in the path of a genuine tsunami will be door-knocked and told to evacuate immediately, emergency managers say. Civil Defence national controller Mike O'Leary said if yesterday's false alarm had been the real thing it would have meant the immediate evacuation of nearly a million people from low-lying areas around New Zealand. "If there was any doubt or risk that a tsunami could have struck, we would have done it." Gisborne Civil Defence officer Richard Steele said council and emergency...
  • Tsunami alert exposes response weaknesses

    05/04/2006 1:19:00 PM PDT · by DieHard the Hunter · 18 replies · 326+ views
    The Dominion Post (New Zealand) ^ | 05 May 2006 | LANE NICHOLS
    Tsunami alert exposes response weaknesses 05 May 2006 By LANE NICHOLS Hundreds of people in coastal areas faced chaotic early-morning evacuations as a tsunami alert exposed substandard emergency preparations nationwide. Civil Defence is now the target of severe criticism for failing to tell a panicked public that a tsunami alert – triggered by a Tongan earthquake – posed no danger in New Zealand. The alert was cancelled within half an hour. The communication breakdown has been savaged by regional mayors. Residents in coastal areas, including Gisborne, headed for the hills in their hundreds fearing the worst. Some had been woken...
  • No place to run (Scary description of what a nuclear attack on the United States would be like)

    04/29/2006 5:02:09 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 75 replies · 2,340+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 4/29/06 | Robert Pfriender
    Editor's note: The following column includes excerpts from Robert Pfriender's upcoming book, "No Place to Run."     Robert Pfriender An awful lot can be said for adequate prevention and professional planning for a disaster. We as a great country rely upon our government and its vast agencies such as FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security to institute programs and procedures to protect us. But it seems these agencies and our elected officials have no clue, or perhaps they just really don't care about the public or our country's very survival. Unless a comprehensive national civil defense program is...
  • Brooklyn Bridge houses '50s survival stash

    03/21/2006 6:25:25 AM PST · by Moose4 · 60 replies · 1,754+ views
    AP via Comcast News ^ | 21 March 2006 | Unattributed
    NEW YORK - Workers inspecting the structural foundations of the Brooklyn Bridge uncovered a Cold War-era trove of basic provisions that were stockpiled amid fears of a nuclear attack. The stash, discovered in a vault under an entrance ramp, includes water drums, canisters of calorie-packed crackers, paper blankets, medical supplies and drugs that were used to treat shock. The estimated 352,000 Civil Defense All-Purpose Survival Crackers are apparently still intact, said Joseph Vaccaro, a supervisor at the city Transportation Department. The metal water drums, each labeled "reuse as a commode," did not fare as well _ they're now empty.
  • Immigration Official Praises Citizen Patrols

    07/21/2005 12:41:41 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 102 replies · 1,035+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 21, 2005 | Solomon Moore
    The nation's top immigration enforcement official on Wednesday praised the work of citizen patrols along the U.S-Mexican border and said his agency is looking at creating a volunteer reserve program to help beef up security. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Robert C. Bonner said his initial concerns about possible vigilantism by citizen patrol groups have been eased by the volunteers' conduct. "We welcome the eyes and ears of citizens who help us gain control of our borders, especially when they do so in a peaceful way," Bonner said during a visit to the Port of Los Angeles. "I applaud the...
  • A Sound Immigration Proposal

    05/23/2005 11:23:27 AM PDT · by madfly · 22 replies · 1,135+ views
    Voices Magazine ^ | May 20, 2005 | Jon E. Dougherty
    Finally, someone in government has offered a rational proposal to help solve the nation's chronic illegal immigration problem. Interestingly, the idea has been before us for years.Robert Bonner, Customs and Border Protection commissioner, suggested to members of the House Government Reform Committee last week the Border Patrol begin to train and utilize scores of civilian volunteers, as a cost-saving force multiplier aimed at boosting the pairs of eyes along our porous southwestern border."We need more Border Patrol agents, there's no question about that," Bonner said. But in recognition of the cold, hard fiscal facts, he also knows he's not...
  • Time to Secure our Border Mr. President - (Bush: "Call Vicente and set him straight!")

    05/17/2005 1:29:41 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 42 replies · 975+ views
    Take a moment to consider all of the pressing issues facing America today. There is a war we are waging, and rightfully so, to rid the threat of Islamo-Fascist terror. That might rightfully, be placed right at the very top of our national concerns. After all tax-cuts, spending, education, and Social Security reform will take a back seat very quickly if terrorists were to strike here in America. So let us agree, for the purpose of this column, to assume the war on terror is the pre-eminent issue facing America. Now let us examine how the Bush administration has handled...
  • 'Tide Of Change Now Inevitable' in Iraq, Sanchez Says

    02/26/2004 8:48:24 AM PST · by Calpernia · 6 replies · 138+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Feb. 26, 2004 | By Gerry J. Gilmore
    Attacks on U.S., coalition and Iraqi security forces in Iraq will not stop the country's march toward self-governance and democracy, a senior U.S. military officer said today. "Those who attempt to prevent a free and democratic state (in Iraq) will definitely fail," Army Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, commander of Combined Joint Task Force 7, told reporters at a Baghdad press conference. "We remain undaunted," he asserted, against attacks conducted by Saddam Hussein loyalists and terrorists. He pointed out that despite anti-coalition attacks designed to intimidate Iraqis, the numbers of those volunteering for security duty continue to grow. Training facilities for...
  • “In Time Of Emergency”: The Civil Defense Thread

    08/09/2003 11:20:12 PM PDT · by B-Chan · 6 replies · 696+ views
    Various ^ | 2003.08.10 | B-Chan
    Before there was Homeland Security, there was Civil Defense. I grew up in the 1960s and '70s. During those formative years, I, like most kids of my generation, were taught from an early age about civil defense -- the actions one should take in the event of a catastrophic emergency. Growing up in the South, the emergency most often encountered was the Tornado Warning -- a frightening, but blessedly brief phenomenon. Civil defense against tornadoes generally consisted of hiding in a bathroom until the storm has passed. (Then as now, most Southern homes had no basements, due to soil conditions...
  • McDonald's to End Growth Antibiotic Use in Meat

    06/19/2003 6:55:07 PM PDT · by pttttt · 10 replies · 327+ views
    Yahoo/Reuters ^ | June 19,2003 | not given
    Yahoo! News   Thu, Jun 19, 2003 McDonald's to End Growth Antibiotic Use in Meat Thu Jun 19,12:53 PM ET CHICAGO (Reuters) - McDonald's Corp. on Thursday told its meat suppliers to phase out growth-promoting antibiotics that are also used in human medicine, prompted by concerns that overuse could reduce the effectiveness of the drugs in people. McDonald's, the largest fast-food chain in the world, uses more than 2.5 billion pounds of chicken, beef, and pork annually. McDonald's said its new policy calls for the elimination of antibiotic drugs some producers have used to help animals grow faster. It sets...
  • Terror response agnostics

    06/13/2003 12:27:27 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 1 replies · 155+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Friday, June 13, 2003 | By Austin Bay
    <p>Add another level of gut-breaking fear: Your only son and your eldest daughter are on a school bus somewhere between you and Ground Zero. What do you do?</p> <p>Role change: Now you're a cop, a guy with a gas mask and a gun. Police headquarters is a crater doused with persistent nerve gas. Based on crazed radio chatter, you conclude the business district (where your wife works) is littered with the dead and dying. The hospital's emergency room is already swamped with the violently ill.</p>
  • Putting nuke genie back in bottle

    01/16/2003 10:59:25 AM PST · by Commander8 · 2 replies · 160+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | January 16, 2003 | Joseph Farah
    The world's nuclear club is expanding.
  • Terrorism training for civilians ramps up

    12/21/2002 4:40:46 PM PST · by Lo-Pro · 123 replies · 571+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Dec. 7, 2002 | Sherrie Gossett
    HOMELAND INSECURITY 1-on-1 terrorism defense gains popularity WND reporter takes 'Survive a Violent Encounter' training FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Anna Saracini was walking to her car alone at night when she noticed a strange man coming toward her on the sidewalk. The attractive blonde gave him a wide berth, but the man soon fixed his attention on her. Every time Anna turned, he turned in the same direction. With adrenaline pumping and the fight-or-flight response kicking in, Anna could sense she was about to become the victim of a violent attack. But in this case, it was the man who...
  • Another deadly boulder hovers

    08/21/2002 8:26:52 PM PDT · by Vidalia · 11 replies · 221+ views
    Honolulu Star Bulletin ^ | Wednesday, August 21, 2002 | Gregg K. Kakesako
    About 30 Nuuanu residents have been warned that another large boulder -- like the one that killed a 26-year-old woman in her sleep nearly two weeks ago -- could tumble down on their homes. At the request of attorney Steven Hisaka, who represents a retired Pacific Heights couple who own the land where the boulder is located, Oahu Civil Defense Agency staffers and volunteers canvassed homes yesterday on Henry Street. The workers passed out flyers warning of another large boulder that, if dislodged, could tumble onto the people and homes below. On Aug. 9, a five-ton boulder rolled down the...