This journal will help you re-inventory the greatest risks for your specific circumstances. It’s better to have and not need than to need and not have.


Journal of Civil Defense 2017, Volume 50, Issue 2, “Better to have and not need, than to need, and not have”

In this Journal we discus the notion that it is indeed better to have and not need, than to need, and not have. Preparing for an unknown future can be a daunting task. A seemingly endless variety of natural and manmade risks are looming from every direction, just waiting to strike. We invite you to take a deep breath and look at the progress you have made toward mitigating those risks. Well done! Now re-inventory the greatest risks for your specific circumstances. Armed with this current information revise your preparedness goals. What do you still need to do to keep you and your loved ones safe? What could you keep on hand in order to have and not need, so you don’t have to worry about needing and not having?


3) 5 Vitamins You Could Die Without

By Cynthia J. Koelker, MD
Possible scenarios you may encounter in a long-term survival situation.

8) Why Build CSP Shelters

By Paul Seyfried
Steps to a properly built corrugated steel shelter.

10) 15.6 Pounds of Potatoes

By Jonathan B. Jones
Personal experience with trial and error when it comes to gardening.

12) When State Hackers Take Aim at the Power Grid

By Bruce Curley
Ways to protect your home and business computers from falling prey to hackers.

15) Survival Gardening

By Jay Whimpey
Maximizing the amount of food and calories with the lowest expenditure of effort in survival gardening.

17) Honey, Nature’s Perfect Longer-Term Storage Food

By Jonathan and Kylene Jones
Honey remains in great condition indefinitely when stored properly.

19) Active Aggressive Behavior

By Colonel Jim Smith
Stats from recent mass shootings and active aggressive behavior.

28 Devastating Natural Disasters of 2017 – A Great Motivation for Being Prepared

By TACDA Staff
Carefully evaluate your personal risk factors, then explore reasonable steps to mitigate those risks.


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