The American Civil Defense Organization

Educating American Families About Civil Defense Since 1962!

A 501(c)3 non-profit, non-political organization.

*Important Notice About Fraudulent $5 Donations on 7/21/22.  See Message Board at the Bottom of the Page.

Celebrating 60 Years! 1962-2022

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.

Our Teaching Methods

The Journal of Civil Defense

The Journal of Civil Defense began publication in the early 1960’s when TACDA was organized. Back then the Journal was called “Survive”. For almost 60 years TACDA has been publishing articles on a wide variety of civil defense topics, boasting the greatest selection of survival information and tactics under one organization. Articles are carefully selected and are written by scholars, military professionals, emergency personnel, and experts on civil defense.

The Journal of Civil Defense topics include:

  • Current national security threats
  • Practical survival techniques
  • Home and personal defense strategies
  • Nuclear weapons effects
  • Protection of material assets and survival of natural disasters
  • Food storage and preservation
  • Underground sheltering
  • Gun safety
  • Mass shooting situations including prevention, analysis, and take down
  • Homeopathic medicine
  • Home safety equipment
  • Evacuation in emergencies
  • 72 hour kits
  • And many more…


Journals are mailed twice a year (in April and October) and include an invitation link to our monthly civil defense meetings via Zoom!

Journal of Civil Defense Subscription
2021 JCD Vol 55 I-1 Domestic Terrorism
Journal of Civil Defense 2020 issue 2

TACDA is pleased to be able to offer live monthly civil defense webinars for our Journal Subscribers!

It is now possible for you to meet with us on a regular basis no matter where you live.

With your Journal subscription you will receive monthly emails with a private Zoom link to learn from the experts face to face!

The meeting schedule and previously recorded meetings are available to view on the TACDA Resources Page.


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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...


The TACDA Blog offers hundreds of searchable articles on emergency preparedness and will help you prepare for the next big disaster!

Recent Blog Posts-

  • Power Outages and The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

  • Doctors For Disaster Preparedness

  • 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

  • Growing Your Own Food From Seed

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



The time is NOW

“Nothing, absolutely nothing, is more important than
preparedness through civil defense. It means the survival of our country and its people. It’s that simple.
The time is now. The place is Main Street, USA. The
objective is peace through preparedness.”

Walter Murphey
Managing Editor, Journal of Civil Defense

Message Board

On 7/21/22 hackers used stolen credit cards and in some cases bank information (NOT FROM OUR SITE) and used that information to test the cards and accounts by purchasing $5 donations on our site. 99% of the cards used were declined but unfortunately some went through. WE IMMEDIATELY REFUNDED THE $5 DONATION TO EVERY CHARGE. Credit card processing companies say that refunds typically show within 5-10 business days. If you have noticed a charge on your credit card and you do not see a refund by Aug. 4th, please call 800-425-5397 and let us know.  There was no personal information given on any of the charges. Every charge came from the same individual and the same email address so there is no way for us to contact you. Check your accounts.

These credit card numbers DID NOT come from our database. We believe the breach may have come from Uber and/or DoorDash based on what those affected have reported to us. A few individuals have informed us the charge came out of their bank accounts. If you see a $5 charge from us for a donation PLEASE CANCEL YOUR CREDIT CARD IMMEDIATELY AND/OR CALL YOUR BANK TO INCREASE YOUR SECURITY. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope that you will contact us if you need any assistance.

*In the immediate future, you must register or login at checkout to purchase items from our store. This along with a V3 recaptcha process, and newly implemented alerts will add a measure of security that will keep bots from ever accessing our checkout process in the future. Members receive a 5% discount in the store.

Thank you for your understanding.

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Prepare for Nuclear Strike

Senator Mitt Romney is quoted in Newsweek stating that we should prepare for a nuclear strike.

Purchase TACDA Academy, subscribe to the Journal of Civil Defense, join our monthly live civil defense webinars. 

Read the Newsweek article from Senator Mitt Romney here


Hurricane Agnes 50 year Anniversary 1972

"Learn from the Past and Prepare for the Future"

"Hurricane Agnes was a tragedy of unmatched proportions for the East Coast of the US that caused $3.1 billion in damage and 128 deaths." 

Have you heard about Agnes? Most of us have never heard about this horrific storm that hit the northeast states in 1972. Tragically, many lost their lives and many more lost homes and properties. What can we learn about this event to help us prepare for future calamities?

Join in person events in Pennsylvania commemorating this tragic event. See link below!

Learn more about Agnes and 50th anniversary events here-


It's the small donations that we count on and need to continue our mission.

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.

TACDA reminds you to STOP! Study - Think - Observe - Prepare

Visit our Resources page for important links and downloads to help you get prepared and stay prepared.

We wish you and your family health, peace, and safety!