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Published:December 28th, 2010 10:12 EST
A New Year's Resolution to Be Prepared for Emergencies is Simple - and Could Save Lives

A New Year's Resolution to Be Prepared for Emergencies is Simple - and Could Save Lives

By SOP newswire2

With the holiday season upon us and 2011 fast approaching, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is encouraging all Americans to make emergency preparedness one of their New Year`s resolutions for the coming year.

Throughout the rest of December, FEMA will promote Resolve to be Ready in 2011, a nationwide effort to urge individuals, families, businesses and communities to focus on being ready and aware of all the hazards that exist in their communities.

Thomas Horn, CEO of supports FEMA`s national readiness effort.

Horn, a semi-retired minister considers himself a reasonable man with a well-balanced outlook on the future.

But since September 11, 2001, Horn has been stockpiling emergency supplies and encouraging others to do the same.

"Following 9-11 and Hurricane Katrina it was abundantly clear that it is dangerous and even naive to expect government agencies to swoop in to save everybody in the event of a major emergency," Horn explained. "Now we are hearing from federal authorities that it is only a matter of time -- when, not if -- a catastrophic event could make 9-11 pale by comparison. Experts have placed even-odds on a terrorist attack using a weapon of mass destruction (WMD) inside the United States within the next five years."

Horn, a veteran minister of 30 years is part of a growing trend where regular people -- doctors, mechanics, laborers, receptionists and others -- are preparing to survive should a natural or man-made disaster strike.

Theirs is not an extremist community hole up in underground shelters teaching bizarre or cultic ideas.

These "preppers" (as they are called) are regular folks that saw what happened on 9-11, experienced their 401(k)s falling apart as the economy soured, witnessed the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and decided to take the future into their own hands.

"These are average people holding down regular jobs who understand the world is not the idealistic place they might have once thought," Horn said. "The proliferation of weapons technology in the hands of terrorists and recent unusual weather patterns have made them aware how things can suddenly go wrong. They are preparing to survive whatever may come."

Continue reading this special `Resolve To Be Ready` online report (and get free preparedness books and downloads) at:
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