- Paperback: 196 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2 edition (October 17, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1974320944
- ISBN-13: 978-1974320943
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #301,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Michael Mabee’s career includes experience as an urban EMT and paramedic, a suburban police officer and with the federal government. Michael served in two wartime deployments to Iraq, and two humanitarian missions to Guatemala with the United States Army. He has a great deal of experience – both overseas and in the U.S. – working in worlds where things went wrong. “I wrote this book because I have spent my entire adult life in the service of this country and its people. I feel that protecting the country and our communities is still a worthy cause.”
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I have been a huge fan of Michael Mabee’s work ever since late 2015, when I first read his original book on this topic, Prepping for a Suburban or Rural Community. This first book was one of many that I read in my quest to understand a concept I would go on to coin, “Continuity of Community.” As both a retired Army NCO and Federal Officer, I was no stranger to emergency management practices (ICS, NIMS), continuity of government (CoG) and continuity of operations (COOP). In fact, it was being assigned to my agency’s COOP that brought me to realize something was missing; that something was an element that included the citizens helping each other during emergencies in true Continuity of Community, or Civil Defense.
I read and reread Mabee’s first book, each time gleaning something else from its pages that I had missed the previous times. When I discovered he had a new book, I couldn’t wait to read it and ordered it without hesitation from Amazon.com.
At first glance I knew this book was different from the first one. I could tell that Mabee had thought long and hard about the issues that we face and he had put them into this new book. Just the Preface alone sets the stage for his insightful tour into his correct analysis of the threats and what we should do as a nation to prepare. Here is an example: “A prepared family in a prepared community has a much greater chance of survival. There is a term for “community prepping”: civil defense.” He is so correct! If we look back into the history of mankind we have always congregated into groups, clans, tribes, and nations to survive. We have never survived and thrived as lone wolfs or an unorganized gaggle of people, we have always succeeded in surviving as a community.
I really like how the book is laid out and the informative way he argues for a new Civil Defense structure in this country. Every chapter has something we need to know, especially those of us looking for information on getting started with our own civil defense organization. I used his instructions as a guide to start our own Civil Defense Virginia (CDVA), a registered 501(c)(3) tax-exempt education and training organization. As of this writing, we are the first, that we know of, to take this concept to this level. As a state-level organization we will work to inspire others around the Commonwealth of Virginia to start their own Civil Defense organizations, which we have one already in Culpeper county, Virginia.
Mabee is even brave enough to describe what a lot of people fear to speak about – the real need for a Security Force (militia) within the community civil defense structure. This is something that many politicians and emergency managers will run from like their hair was on fire. But, this is a reality of any severe disaster scenario, as a simple review of major disaster will validate. If outside help is not likely to come, then you need your own security force, one that is properly vetted PRIOR to an event occurring and large enough to provide needed safety and security to the community, rural or urban. It is far better to have a large security force under the control and coordination of the local law enforcement body than to have a large rogue force that is not.
The research and information that this new book contains is amazing. If anyone were to doubt the validity of the books claims about the possible threats we face as a nation, checkout his references list beginning on page 153. If the daily news weren’t enough to convince you of a possible nationwide blackout, then hopefully this exhaustive list of nearly two decades of federal government and congressional commissions, hearings, studies, reports, and executive orders will convince you.
My last comment is on the sample tabletop exercise he has provided towards the end of this book. This simple exercise has the potential to wake up a lot of emergency managers in this country. If my predictions are correct, this book and his sample exercise could be the catalyst to an awakening of Civil Defense in this country. I am praying that this great book does just that.