I.P.N. Preparing For National Preparedness Month, New programs on the way
By Aton Edwards, I.P.N. Executive Director
I’m going to begin this piece by thanking all of our supporters/members for bearing with us while we re-configured our website and several other related technical and management issues.
Now that we’ve got them all solved, we’re good to go!
Quite a bit has been changed. I will reveal all of the details here at the end of the week. It’s quite exciting… I’m looking forward to the launch of several fantastic programs and projects that I know you will all appreciate. To begin, I’m especially excited about unveiling our “ia,” science of human survival for the next century program.
Our mission has also expanded. When we began back in 1989, our focus was on community disaster preparedness, response- recovery training and education. For the most part, we’ve maintained this status for the past 21 years. The time has come to formally include several other extremely important categories that are overlooked by the US and many other governments around the world. Declaring them as disasters helps to mobilize aid and develop practical and innovative solutions to prevent them from occurring or, to manage them when they arise.
This will be the newest and largest new I.P.N. directive. To develop technology & tools that will aid in the mitigation, response and recovery from the full range of natural, technological, environmental, civil, cyber and including social disasters such as homelessness, hunger, poverty etc. A great example of this principal is the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation’s “Reinvent The Toilet” program. The foundation has created a competition for scientists & inventors around the world to compete for grants to assist them in developing toilets for the over 2.5 billion people around the world who don’t have proper sanitation facilities. Nearly 2 million people per year die of waterborne illnesses, often produced by human waste polluting their drinking water.
We’ll also be working hard to prepare America’s inner-cities, rural and impoverished areas along with assisting great organizations such as the Bedford Stuyvesant Volunteer Ambulance Corp. and the Universal Zulu Nation to build high tech community Incident Command Centers that can provide critical support for communities after disasters and other emergencies strike.
I.P.N. will offer our own programs based on the universal human needs of shelter, water and food.
We will continue teaching disaster preparedness with a new twist. The training will be a comprehensive program called “Escape From The Grid”
Escape From The Grid training not only prepares you for disasters, but also if you commit to the entire program it also readies you to develop your own “off-grid” urban or rural homestead. We’ll also be going full gear with our ia-science of human survival training. Needless to say, this will be an exciting month
Let’s make this upcoming National Disaster Preparedness Month great. I’ll be back Monday with more info! Lots more uploading to do!