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Hoaxed Crucifies the Fake News Narrative

It's as old as the Bible. What is truth? As when Pontius Pilate spoke to Christ before His Crucifixion.
"Pilate said, "So, then you are a king?"
"Jesus answered, "It is you who way that I am a king. I was born for this, I came into the world for this, to bear witness to the truth; and all who are on the side of truth listen to my voice."
"Truth? What is truth?!?    Pontius Pilate   John 18:37-38   33 A.D.
"Quid est veritas?!   The Media   2018 A.D.

Hoaxed - Everything they Told Us is a Lie

I attended the Washington, DC pre-party, movie screening, and post party of the documentary Hoaxed on December 6, 2018 that explores truth and it's opposite, lies, as the "media" delivers it everyday to our TV's, websites, cell phones, Ipads, to our eyes and ears, hearts and heads..
(While there, I enjoyed two ginger ales and meeting Laura Loomer, who showed me the hand cuffs she had just used to bind herself to the front door of Twitter headquarters, and Mike Cernovich, the producer of Hoaxed.)
Just remarkable on so many levels and in so many ways.
It makes the case that the corporate media has been lying to us for decades...and worse, getting away with their lies. And more worse, people have died and continue to die due to their lies.
More importantly, it presents proof...turning the tables in interview after interview to show how they lie and to what end.
When I was in the USAF I was taught that war was the rational application of violence to succeed toward a predetermined end.
When I watched Hoaxed I came away with the knowledge that the corporate media has been rationally and irrationally applying lies to succeed toward a predetermined end. That predetermined end is the lies they present as truth as they present it, convey it, create it, support it, and maintain it.
But Hoaxed, and other trends, have gone beyond old media and are creating alternative.
I cut the cable cord three years ago and get basic antenna TV.
Most TV bores me.
But there is wonderful alternative news out there providing creative, critical thinking, content.
For example, I watch Mike Closer on TheBestCloser show via the Periscope app on my cell phone in the morning and the evening.
He amalgamates content from hundreds of websites, YouTube videos, TV shows, guests and viewers.
The show is completely interactive with viewers contributing much of the content.
It is real, authenticated news because he actually verifies his sources, stories, and guests.
Contrast that to the 60 Minutes interview that Mike Cernovich has in Hoaxed with pervy Scott Pelly who just drips with disdain, anger, evil, and deceit. Everything about Scott is smarmy...the way he tastes his eye glasses during the interview, the affectations and phony voice tonality, the "gotcha" after "gotcha" questions, the slimy defense of obvious false narratives about Hilary Clinton...
As evidence of the change, a month after that interview 60 Minutes got 3 million Twitter impressions. Mike Cernovich got 83 million. Who do you think is winning the future of who controls the news?

More Links of those interviewed in Hoaxed. All are worth looking up.
"All Media is Narrative. And We Are in a War of Narratives" Mike Cernovich
"The Media is Designed Not to Inform You But to Keep You Uninformed"
"Everything Flows from the Media" James O'Keefe
"This is political warfare" Alex Jones
"They (The Media) Want Control of the Narrative" Lauren Southern
"We Are Told by the Media What the World Is" Stefan Molyneux
"They Are Much More Interested in Finding Villains" James Damore
"They Want Power and They Want You to Go Away" Gavin Mcinnes
"We are Not OK with You Lying to People and Misleading Them"   Tom Poole
 "Falsehoods have consequences. That's what makes them falsehoods."   Jordan Peterson
"One thing that is interesting is to have someone like Mike making a documentary about fake news is that it's owning the term that has been directed at him."   Ryan Holiday
"Until it happens to you, you can't really understand how powerful the fake news is."  Scott Adams"
"They plant these ideas in your head."
"People who have been printed in the media a lot can start to identify who is fake news."  Cassie Jaye
"I've been lied about repeatedly. My friends have been lied about. I don't have to frame them. I just have to talk about what they've done." Mike Cernovich

I think the media will gin up controversy to create an environment of discontent."   Anthony Scaramucci
"There are people on both sides who just want us to go to war."

For context, see Stefan Molyneux's interview with Mike after the smarmy Scott Pelly 60 Minutes interview here.
And read Who is Mike Cernovich here.

Note: I will (hopefully) be able to add videos I took of the Q&A and some more analysis later.


EF-1 Tornado Lessons from Mt Airy MD

On November 2, 2018 an EF-1 Tornado touched down in my hometown of Mt. Airy, MD. EF-1 is the lowest level on the EF-1 to EF-5 National Weather Service scale. I learned that even an EF-1 can cause serious damage.
(For an analysis of an EF-5 in Joplin, MO, see here.)
There was no warning from the National Weather Service, on TV, or from local media. It just struck.
The NWS website here shows the early path of the tornado.

Miraculously, there were no deaths caused by it.
Here is an incomplete summary of the damage from the National Weather Service:
  • Canopy at High's store was partly torn off
  • TJ Maxx roof was lifted up and partly removed
  • Trees down behind the Twin Arch Shopping Center near the water tower
  • Silo destroyed and roofs partly blown off outbuildings at Knill's Farm Market
  • Power poles snapped on Watersville Road (meriting the 100 mph wind estimate)
  • Five pine trees snapped at a residence on Watersville Road
  • Minor structural damage at several homes on Arrowood Circle
  • Multiple hardwood trees snapped in the 6000 block of Runkles Road
  • Trees uprooted east of Runkles Road on Gillis Falls Road
For local media accounts of the tornado after it happened, see:
Fox News
Carroll County Times
Patch Westminster
Carroll County Times
Baltimore Sun

Lessons Learned Due the Tornado

1.  The Media Only Reports Part of the Story
The Media concentrated on the damage to the stores while the greater damage was to the Knills Farm right behind the stores, the Nottingham development, and the double telephone lines on Watersville Road. There was extensive damage to a large dog kennel and numerous houses around Runkles Road. This and other damage was never
reported. Most got their story filed that night and moved on.
2.  Dishonest Contractors will Always Show up Post Disaster.
As Many have not experienced a devastating natural disaster before, they can be taken advantage of by dishonest contractors.
The day after the tornado, multiple tree service, debris removal and home repair contractors showed up to offer their services. Most were insured, bonded and Licensed . Others were not. So, we had to issue the following WARNING on the Town of Mt. Airy and other websites.
WARNING: Unfortunately, some dishonest tree removal, roof and building repair, and other kinds of contractors show up after any natural disaster. They offer services but disappear once paid without doing their job. Always check that any contractor you consider is licensed, bonded, and insured. Only pay them when the work is completed.
3. Your Insurance Only Covers Part of the Cost
This is just a fact of life. There are all kinds of exclusions in your policy. You never realize they are there until you try to make a claim.
What is extraordinary about Mt. Airy is that the Mayor and citizens immediately organized to help those most hurt financially by the tornado, and especially those without insurance.
4. Drones are the Future of Planning for and Recovering from Natural and Man-Made Disasters.
George Varros, owner of Mount Airy Drone Photography, has an innovative drone company located 401 Center Street, # 206 Mt. Airy, MD 21771 800 359 4464. Our good fortune. He flew his drone over the damaged area the day after the tornado and again on 11/8/2018. He took the aerial drone views you see here.
As you can see from the aerial photos of the path of the tornado here this is a new technology that will have a huge impact on damage assessment, emergency management planning, civil defense strategic planning insurance claim validation, children's education, and for other uses we cannot even imagine right now.
I helped write the Town of Mount Airy Emergency Management Plan. It would have been useful to have had this technology when we did so.
5.  Have a Damage Survey Form Template Ready
Filling out a damage survey, such as the Carroll County Emergency Management Damage Survey Form is critical to establishing the facts about the financial damage caused by the tornado. Here is a simple Damage Survey Form that can be a template for others to use for other natural and man-made disasters.
6.  Human Ties are Critical to Successful Disaster Response and Recovery
Every successful response to and recovery from a disaster I've seen depends on people who love and care for each other taking action. Rather than explain, I offer this post for the Town of Mt Airy website that demonstrates this.
Knill’s Farm Update-
"Respecting the Knill family privacy I feel comfortable stating Mr. Knill, the patriarch of the family, is very touched by the community outreach of offers of support. They are accessing their current needs and will let us know in the future what help if any is needed. As a proud farming family and very self sufficient they have already opened up road access and performed other immediate services. Mr. Knill, a pillar of our community, states he has never seen a storm of this magnitude is his 78 years living here in Mount Airy. We will continue to communicate and look to Mr. Knill for guidance on what needs may arise. God Bless the Knill family and Mount Airy."
From the Town of Mt Airy website: Image of the Nov 2 Tornado Path as surveyed by our Town Engineer, Barney Quinn and Asst Town Engineer, Chaslyn Derexson. Red circles indicate where severe damage was observed (likely some locations were missed).
7. Good Government Governance and Communication Tools are Critical
The Town of Mt. Airy and Carroll County are both blessed with good governance.
Good governance results in a good response to a bad natural event, as here.
For example, the Town of Mount Airy and Carroll County have excellent communication tools. For example, this Storm Damage Information Sought from Businesses and Residents was created and distributed several days after the tornado. That's fast. As importantly, it has a link to an on-line Damage Survey Form to it has an excellent data collection feedback loop.
The Mayor of Mount Airy acted as the hub of the wheel coordinating the response:
Dispatched the guys from the Department of Public Works in minutes after the storm to cut up the trees in the roadways so people could drive the roads.
Coordinated with the Carroll County Emergency Management Office to bring in extra fire, police and emergency medical technicians.
For life to return to normal, tree and vegetation removal is essential after every natural disaster. Below are examples (Carroll County notice) about how it is done.
8.  Neighbors Must Help Neighbors
At church the Sunday after the tornado I heard a table of elderly people talking about it. One mentioned that he went to his elderly neighbor the night it happened and bailed out the water in her basement as the sump pump had not electricity. Then he gathered his three sons, gave them each a chain saw, and together they cut up the many trees that had fallen on her long farm road driveway so she could get to the grocery store.
There were so many acts of kindness like this that I cannot mention them all.
But the central truth of these acts of charity hold: neighbors must help neighbors.
he Town of Mt Airy had already set up a Disaster Relief Fund and the town website encouraged those who needed direct assistance to apply. "  There is an application process. Call Ellie Bonde at 301-829-8300 Blossom and Basket Boutique.   Only money is distributed. Email address:  mtdisaster@gmail.com." The Disaster Relief Application Form is below.
What Must be Done
As with all natural disaster planning, the fundamentals must be repeated.
1. Learn IN ADVANCE what you must do to prepare to save yourself, your family, your pets, and your neighbors when disaster strikes.
2. Stockpile, within reason, items you will need to survive (water, food, medical, electronic, etc.).
3. Exercise for an event. Make if fun with children. This is vital. You will discover holes in your plan, supplies, contacts, etc. you will need to fill.
They Mayor's Report November 2018
The November 2018 Mayor's Report includes an excellent and brief analysis of what happened during and after the Mt. Airy tornado.
Remember...no one died. Some of that was Providence in that no trees fell on anyone. Still, after a tornado there is always the possibility of death or accidents. Here you will read of the professional actions of the police, fire service, utility companies, and various government officials who ensured that streets were closed, live wires were moved, and trees removed without anyone getting hurt.
The letter below is a blue print for how to react calmly, professionally and cooperatively as a well oiled machine to prevent the loss of life and damage to property during and after a natural disaster.
Team Mount Airy - Tornado Response
On Friday evening, November 2, 2018, the town was hit by a tornado with winds up to 90 miles plus per hour. This resulted in extensive damage to commercial structures, homes, and utility services. The Town’s role was mainly one of support and coordination, ensuring those unfamiliar with the community kept vital access routes to communities open by providing emergency services and equipment throughout the event. Follow-up efforts will continue throughout the week as well as updates on storm recovery operations. Twin Arch Road was fully opened today.

We need to thank many others, that worked behind the scenes but whose roles were just as important as those who were more visible during the emergency. Thanks firstly to our residents that showed amazing resiliency and humanity to each other.  Together you chipped in to restore normalcy, provide housing, essential services, worked to clear roads and open access to private homes, etc. as needed.  Many thanks to your Town Council members Peter Helt, Larry Hushour, Bob King, Jason Poirier and Patty Washabaugh who all chipped in manning Town Hall as an Emergency Shelter, providing much needed refreshments with a warm greeting to our utility crews and first responders. 
We know that those actions go a long way. We also had chainsaw wielding Councilmembers, YES, they were out there with chainsaws too. Our amazing town staff that worked behind the scenes mostly, using large equipment to clear roads, keeping emergency generators running to ensure you received uninterrupted water and sewer services. 
At one point, they hand cut through the debris and using an ATV brought in emergency fuel to ensure essential water and sewer services were not interrupted. Thanks to the many commercial businesses that offered services and food to our first responders at no cost, such as Vocelli’s Pizza, Wings of Angel’s Chicken, Upper Deck, and Wagner’s Meat Locker.  Many other businesses did not have power but have a long history of sending food in for first responders who don’t have the luxury of taking a break.
We were also fortunate and appreciative of assistance received from our State and County agencies.  Special Secretary Wendi Peters from the Governor’s office checked in, it’s comforting to know our State Representatives and Governor have Mount Airy’s best interest in mind. 
Other agencies who were a critical part of the emergency response effort include the Carroll County Emergency Response Unit who set up the command center, Maryland Emergency Management Agency, first responders from neighboring local Fire Companies, Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, Maryland State Police and the Carroll County Roads Operations crew.
Again, thanks to the Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Company (MAVFC) and Chief Kenny Stull who were all out there in the rain Friday night securing our commercial areas that were literally torn apart. Life safety measures, getting gas lines, etc. secured was the priority and we are grateful for their swift and capable emergency response measures. Thank you to Chief Reitz and Lieutenant Snyder who along with other MAPD Officers assisted in various roles throughout the event. No major injuries were noted.
Team Mount Airy, Working Together, Weathered a Tornado!! Thank you all!

To View a video of the damage to an access road to one of the Mt. Airy water towers, click:
Tornado Damage Video. This was one of the hardest hit areas. The road by Knill’s Farm and to our waste water treatment plant directly behind Home Goods. We came very close to catastrophic essential facility damage. Please forgive my amateur video skills and note the large trees snapped like tooth pics. It was more horrific in person.

Bonus Tip: If you read this far, know that the inventor of the computer is buried in Mt. Airy MD in the back of the Pine Grove Chapel at 787 Main Street. Here are photos of his gravestone. For more information, see here, and here, and here.


Children and Civil Defense

We teach children from when they can begin to understand subjects to help them have a long, healthy, and prosperous life. Yet the subject of civil defense, essential to those goals, is completely neglected by public, private and home schools every day.
This article will seek to help fill that gap for parents (and grandparents) in some of the core areas of civil defense so you may teach your children and grandchildren those skills.
Greater exploration of the topics of civil defense may be explored by visiting the websites or reading the books suggested here.

Brief Definition of Civil Defense

Civil defense as used here includes all the tasks taken to ensure the safety of citizens from attack (chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear) as well as from the negative impacts of natural disasters.
At the very core of civil defense is the protection of children. In the United States, it is mostly done by unpaid volunteers in support of front-line emergency personnel with oversight by the government.

Civil Defense History: WWII to Today

Civil defense for children has been practiced from the beginning of time, but here we will briefly analyze civil defense from the end of World War II until today. I will then offer several ways to help children with various aspects of good civil defense planning, supplies, and tactics.
From the end of World War II through the 1950’s and 1960’s, the emphasis was on training children on how to “duck and cover” or find shelter from incoming nuclear weapons.
There was also an emphasis on building shelters, often in the basement or backyard. Fallout shelters were built because nuclear war at the time were a good possibility and they were one way to reduce the loss of life should the unthinkable happen.
For the Duck and Cover film that was widely shown to children in the 1950’s and 1960’s, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWH4tWkZpPU). For fallout shelter videos, see: History Brief: For Family Fallout Shelters, see the History Brief at:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLoiQ9pZjfk)
Today there are many YouTube videos mocking these videos, viewing them as laughable because the nuclear war they prepared for never happened or the shelters and supplies gathered were never going to save anyone.
I disagree.
Given the international tensions at the time and how close we came to nuclear war (I know a Marine who was in Guantanamo Bay and another who was in Florida ready to deploy during the Cuban Missile Crisis…both assure me we were one call away from a nuclear war at that time), those preparations were prudent.
Moreover, preparing to live by preparing to deal with known contingencies (civil defense) has been essential to human survival for thousands of years.
And before laughing too hard, consider that citizens then knew the threats and took measures to prepare to meet and overcome them. How many citizens can say the same today? Witness the panic buying as hurricane Florence approaches.

The Elite Engage in Civil Defense….So Should You

As proof, the Carnegie Corporation just gave a huge sum of money ($500,000) to a junior professor named Alex Wellerstein at the Stevens Institute of Technology to “reinvent” civil defense (http://blog.nuclearsecrecy.com/2017/07/13/the-reinventing-civil-defense-project/) (https://reinventingcivildefense.org/.
His Secrecy Blog (http://blog.nuclearsecrecy.com/) explores, in a highly cerebral and academic way, the history, reality, threat, potential use, impact and survival possibility of nukes.
Professor Wellerstein also created the NUKEMAP to see if you are in the blast zone should nuclear weapons rain down on your domicile. and the NUKEMAP.
I actually entered my address in the NUKEMAP years ago to make sure my family would be outside the blast zones of Baltimore and Washington, DC. when I moved to Mt. Airy, MD.
Not sure you can get more elite than the Carnegie Foundation. If they are spending large sums of money to analyze and promote (reinvent) civil defense, why not average Americans?
Moreover, the elites have built, and are building, multiple civil defense communities to ensure they survive a nuclear exchange. See here , and here .
And the elite of the elite, Silicon Valley billionaires, have their survival communities ready, and if this is not a contemporary civil defense project, I don’t know what is.
On the natural disaster side, enter #naturaldisaster in an Instagram or Twitter search engine. You will be able to view thousands of videos of natural disasters.
They happen somewhere on the earth every hour. You only know of the ones that affect you directly or that the media chooses to report, but they occur continuously on this dynamic, living, erupting planet.
So, natural disasters happen. Nuclear war has happened and will likely happen again.
Let’s prepare. And live. And triumph. And be great at it!
Here are a few ways you can prepare yourself, your children and grandchildren in civil defense.
And you don’t have to have hundreds of thousands in funding from the Carnegie Foundation to do so.
Just use your family budget in a wise and prudent way.
Ways to do so are below.

Planning for Civil Defense for Children

Kylene and Jonathan Jones, in Provident Prepper: Common Sense Guide to Emergency Preparedness, Self-Reliance and Provident Living, have written a book that comprehensively  deals with civil defense.
For example, Chapter 2 called, Preparing Children to Thrive in a Disaster, present in Plain English the best things you can do for your children, and their practical steps in this civil defense guide book will assist you.
Chapter 4, Family Emergency Plan: We Can Make It Together, details how to create a family emergency plan. They are clear about what I've observed for years: this is a parental responsibility that will pay off when the event happens, and it is a thankless task like many thankless parental tasks.

The Civil Defense Community

Michael Mabee, who wrote The Civil Defense Book: Emergency Preparedness for a Rural or Suburban Community, takes a community civil defense approach. Children are part of a family, but they are also a part of a community. He argues, insightfully, that if the community civil defense is strong, there is a far greater chance children will survive and prosper. The book examines how communities can prepare for and respond to nuclear, terrorist, hurricane, electromagnetic pulse (EMP), power outages, cyberattacks and other natural and man-made threats.

Civil Defense for Children — Medical

Good civil defense planning for children involves medical planning beyond just simple first aid kits and training. To understand just how much greater medical needs for children are in disasters, see: The Storm Doctor: Joplin Tornado https://stormdoctor.blogspot.com/ ). You don’t ever want to be caught having your children looking at you plaintively with fear facing a major medical catastrophe and you don’t have the tools to handle it. Visit North American Rescue’s product with a mission website, especially for:
·  Trauma and First Aid Kits
·  Audio Bleeding Control Kits
·  Combat Application Tourniquets (CAT)
·  Burntec Burn Dressing
·  Bleeding Control Kits
·  Casualty Response Kits
·  Splinting and Immobilization Products
·  Medical and Surgical Products
·  Treatment Support and Accessories
They offer special forces-level medical products that will provide you with the equipment and tools you need to care for children in a civil defense emergency. See: https://www.narescue.com/

Civil Defense Supplies for Children

Because they are children, it will be mostly parents and adults gathering civil defense supplies. One option is the TACDA Store. For example, they sell Potassium Iodate (K103) to shield the thyroid and prevent it from absorbing radioactive iodine during a nuclear emergency. (Unfortunately, people in California during the Fukushima radioactive scare mostly bought knock-off pills that did not work.) Sanitation kits, personal hygiene and first aid kit, folding portable toilets, water filtration socks, Aquarain four filter systems, emergency food bars, privacy shelters, fire blankets and so many products offered there are of great civil defense for children.

Civil Defense — Children Need Clean Water

Water, of course, is essential to life and essential to children, especially for civil defense. Storing that water so that it is available when needed is even more essential. WaterBrick International offers a storage medium that is durable, clean, safe, portable and designed to be conveniently stacked.  Each has a handle for easy use and transport and a spigot for drinking and practicing good hygiene. They can be frozen to extend the life of food or medicine in an emergency, and you can drink the fresh water when they melt. WaterBricks can also be used to store food, to build furniture and shelter, and as sandbags.

Educating Children about Civil Defense

It is up to parents (and grandparents) to know civil defense and to educate their children. The media, government, and schools are not going to do it.
But you can.

Find Fun Events like a Civil Defense Expo

Remember to keep it fun. For example, practice an emergency evacuation as a game. For the wee ones, this will be easy. For the bigger ones, it is more of a challenge, but it can be done.
One great event to do with your children or grandchildren is to take them to a civil defense expo in your community.  It is usually called an Emergency Preparedness Expo. In Carroll County where I live, every September the Carroll County Department of Public Safety presents police and fire, emergency medical services, public safety electric companies, and standing emergency management (civil defense) displays. Many of the activities are directed at children. There are other such civil defense related activities (open house at a fire station (ours features toy trains at Christmas). Keep your eyes open and you will find such civil defense related events to which you can take your children or grandchildren. See: https://poetslife.blogspot.com/2017/09/emergency-preparedness-expo_28.html
Find the civil defense and emergency management apps that apply to your area. Our Department of Public Safety offers a Prepare Me Carroll app.
It enables residents to access emergency information, alerts and preparedness guidance on the go. Download the app to all your children’s phones and then make a game of guessing how to find information. Some of the items featured in this app include emergency alerts, local weather and power outages, storm related closures, social media, traffic updates, Emergency Management contact information, preparedness guidance and an interactive emergency kit checklist.
Use your imagination and keep it fun. They will learn how to use it as a game and know how to use it in an emergency.
For starters, read The Provident Prepper and the Civil Defense Book noted above. Both will provide practical steps to get your family ready for emergencies that are certain to happen.

Use the Internet

Use search engines on the Internet (https://duckduckgo.com/ for search and https://brave.com/ for browsing are useful) to find additional civil defense resources and learning tools. Be aware that civil defense concepts, strategies, supplies and information may be found under emergency management, survival, prepping or other search terms more popular than civil defense.
YouTube has thousands of civil defense and emergency preparedness videos.
As with anything on the Internet, you must be careful to discern what is good material. For example, when I just searched under emergency preparedness, Keeping it Dutch in Pryor, OK has an instructional video on Hurricane Florence Category 4 Emergency Preparedness!?! How Do You Save the Farm Animals? (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wt3sk-f6b-w) 
There is much livestock in the areas Florence will strike. Here is a useful video for preparing.

Use the TACDA Website

The TACDA website (https://tacda.org/) has a very useful series of topics under the TACDA Academy tab. (Psychology of Civil Defense, Nuclear Weapons Effects, All Hazard Sheltering, Chemical/Biological Warfare, EMP (Electro-Magnetic Pulse) and Power Failure, Radiation, Natural Disasters, Food Storage, Water Purification, Sanitation, Cold Weather Survival, Evaluation and 72-Hour Kits, Communications, Alternative Energy and Fuel, Medical Preparedness, Triage and First Response, and Post Event Survival). All of these courses may be downloaded as a PDF so you may study them at your leisure.  

Why Civil Defense for Children Matters

Disasters and emergencies happen every day. They are especially hard on children.
As I write this, hurricane Florence is barreling toward the Southeast of the United States. A million parents have had to abandon their homes and drive hundreds of thousands of children great distances  to unfamiliar surroundings.
Ask yourself: Are you prepared to keep your children safe, fed, sheltered, healthy, and medically treated when the next Florence-like civil defense emergency strikes your family?
Start by using the information in this blog post and you will be.

Learn civil defense and teach it to your children.

For background, here is a good article about civil defense in Bismark, ND in 1961.
For an American view of the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of British children from London in 1939 (Civil Defense Measures for the Protection of Children: Report of Observations in Great Britain, February, 1941) see here.
The New Zealand Ministry of Civil Defense and Emergency Management has an excellent page about Prepared communities start with prepared kids.