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We’re All About Your Survival

The mission of The American Civil Defense association (TACDA) is to provide education, products and resources that empower American Citizens with a comprehensive understanding of reasonable preparedness strategies and techniques; promoting a self-reliant, pro-active approach to protecting themselves, their families and their communities in the event of nuclear, biological, chemical or other manmade and natural disasters.


Recent Journal of Civil Defense


In this issue "Domestic Terrorism", civil defense experts explain in detail the threats facing our nation that stem from domestic terrorism and what you can do to stay safe and even help mitigate these threats. You may be surprised about the level of activity and what is fueling these extremists groups and individuals to act out in violent and desperate ways. Other articles in this issue include information on many types of sheltering such as nuclear blast shelters, tornado shelters, safe rooms and more! Learn why KIO3- "The Nuke Pill" is important to have in your go bag, and how social media can help you and your loved ones in a disaster.

In our last issue "Civil Unrest", we explain why riots and looting happen and what you can do to protect yourself and your family in these situations. This issue also gives in depth guidelines on choosing and purchasing a hand gun for personal protection and even how to properly and safely use the weapon. Articles in this issue also include information on how to survive an active shooter incident, natural disasters, and more!

The Threat of Domestic Terrorism by Colonel Jim Smith, MSS, NRP, FABCHS, CPC, CLEE

Why are domestic terrorist attacks hard to stop? Domestic terrorist groups tend to be well educated and follow philosophies that can be generations old. They are often well organized, have good training, and use quality weapons. Some members, like Oklahoma City Bomber Timothy McVeigh, have military training. Domestic extremists have a support base in the US which assists in funding these activities.

Many of these individuals may not even be a part of a group, be very loosely organized, or only train together. This reduces their signature and the ability to gather intelligence by law enforcement. Many of the groups focus more on...

Also Contains Articles on:

Body Armor, Do You Need It?, Why Build Corrugated Steel Pipe Shelters? The Radon Threat & Mitigation, Radon Mitigation in NBC Shelters, How to Build Interior Shelter Entrances, Domestic Terrorism, 10 Reasons To Build A Safe Room, Social Media For When Disaster Strikes, KIO3 The Anti Nuke Pill

2021 JCD Vol 55 I-1 Domestic Terrorism

Volume 55 - Issue 1

Power Outages and The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

The Vulnerabilities of the COVID-19 Virus And How To Destroy It

Using Emergency Management During Civil Unrest

How To Prepare for ANY Disaster

‘Coronavirus and VeteransGlobal Virtual Forum to Address Solutions for U.S. Military Veterans Amidst The Pandemic

Strategies for Coping with Isolation and Loneliness During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Hydration Awareness: 10 Ways to Be ‘Water Wise’ (Even While Sheltering in Place)


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TACDA Academy

The TACDA Academy provides free essential detailed education for everyone.

In the TACDA Academy, you can access a growing series of online courses. These courses contain materials and information that have been collected over decades of research. They can help empower you, your family and your community with the knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to be prepared for all types of natural and manmade disasters and emergencies.

  • NBC Weapons Effects
  • Sheltering
  • EMP & Power Failure
  • Communications
  • Radiation
  • Natural Disasters
  • Food Storage
  • Alternative Energy & Fuel
  • Water Storage & Purification
  • Evacuation & 72 Hour Kits
  • Triage & First Response
  • and more...

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Please be part of the solution by not spreading rumors or conspiracy theories, especially those that incite fear. Make sure that your source of information is accurate and reliable.

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The American Civil Defense Association (TACDA) empowers Americans through educational means, to protect their homes and families against natural and man-made emergencies and disasters. With mounting civil unrest and record-breaking natural disasters upon us, there is no better time to prepare!

We believe that being prepared for emergencies and disasters creates safer neighborhoods, promotes peace, and reduces fear. Your donation will help TACDA continue its mission and keep memberships FREE so that every American regardless of income can utilize the resources TACDA offers.