Monthly Archives: April 2014

Ready-UP! I.P.N. Executive Director Back In Action On ABC’s Katie Couric Show


By Sam Singh I.P.N.

The I.P.N.’s own Executive Director Aton Edwards has kicked off our Ready-UP! America & NOW! programs with a bang with a special appearance Monday on the Katie Couric Show “Katie.”     On the show, Edwards spoke about the importance of disaster preparedness and what you need to know and even own.

The LifeGear Go-Bag was featured in the segment along with Leatherman Multi Tools.  Edwards is working to help direct the general public toward equipping their homes with Go-Bags and other potentially life saving preparedness equipment as part of the Ready-UP! effort.  Several major companies have joined the Ready-UP! team and many more are signing on.

Edwards goal for the Ready-UP! program is to help direct Americans to cutting edge information, equipment and techniques that will allow them to become prepared, self-reliant and live sustainably.


Disaster Preparedness in NYC 2014

photo-40I.P.N. Member RJ Coté is laying down the truth on the air! Recently, BBC World Service presented a segment on Urban Preparedness for Disasters, and RJ spoke to the fact that support services will not be accessible to many New Yorkers when they most need it.  The time to think about this is NOW.  ABC Nightline will have RJ speaking to the evacuation of millions competing for resources on the way out of the NYC Metro area.

RJ is a longtime computer expert for I.P.N. and can explain how mini-disasters like computer crashes can be avoided just by planning ahead.  He goes on to say the same goes for life-threatening events. “Never stop learning,” says the quiet man who looks like he should be on a boat, with his signature Greek skipper’s cap and twinkle-eyed grin.

“A few minutes spent today thinking about your plans in the case of a disaster –  for your family or for yourself – can save lives, including your own.”

You can reach RJ by dropping him a line via email.

Disaster Preparedness Tips For Mom’s


By Kendell Cobb

Like most mothers, I was fearful of what the big bad world had in store for my children and was a “prepper,” readying-up my family long before I realized it.  Not the extreme prepper type with an underground bunker and AK-47’s, but I did stockpile non-perishables and supplies, had all kinds of exit plans depending on the crisis and trained my daughters how to handle various situations and to think on their feet to survive. My girls showed me what they were made of when we faced our first big challenge.

We were attending Caribana for the first time. It’s an enormous annual parade in Toronto held on the QEW highway, parallel to Lake Ontario that draws locals and visitors from around the world. We had never seen anything like it before. Our senses were engaged—live bands were playing soca, reggae and calypso from floats; costumes were themed, bright and outlandish- men, women and children were dancing and gyrating from the floats as well as those that followed behind on foot, some with giant head pieces with feathers and shimmering body make-up; spectators were just as much of the show; food vendors lined the highway tempting attendees with tantalizing Caribbean flavors that wafted through the air. We were mesmerized.

Cariban festivities

Our festivities came to an abrupt end when gunshots rang out. The crowd panicked and stampeded down the highway and on the grassy shoulders. It was mayhem. When I looked down to grab my children, my eldest was climbing up a tree. My little one had the same idea that I did and we dropped and rolled under a parked Econoline van. While grown people were running in the herd like sheep and being trampled, my daughters had presence of mind to think quickly and independently in a crisis situation. It was a proud moment, amongst many, that I’ll never forget!

From the time my girls were very, very young, they were taught to think critically and independently– a very conscious decision. I knew it was key to their survival in all areas of life.

As mothers, we are usually our children’s first teachers. Obviously, how we  handle this overwhelming responsibility will greatly influence how our children grow, how independent and confident they are and how they handle stressful or  dangerous situations. Children should be taught skills that match and challenge their abilities. Sometimes these lessons or skills come organically as you go through your day. Some lessons will be cerebral- well thought out and planned, others physical. Both are important.

Some children don’t enjoy or excel at sports, but your child must be physically fit to be able to endure what may come. (My daughter was safely up in that tree in seconds!)

 My upcoming posts will explore family-focused techniques that we moms can use to prepare our families that are inclusive of our children at their various ages and stages.