Potluck: Emergency Preparedness and Survival Skills

At our November potluck, we will learn about how to be prepared for a variety of emergency situations, in terms of supplies to have on hand, important considerations, and vital skills, actions or responses, from someone who understands these topics very well. Rusel Hays is a retired army helicopter pilot. Prior to this role, he spent 2 years as an Airborne Ranger at the second ranger battalion. He also has accreditation in high altitude survival, Arctic survival, Ranger school, and the Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Officer's Course.

He moved with his wife Lisa to the Nashville area after a four year tour of duty in Korea. He has seven children and teaches JROTC at Ravenwood High School. Rusel enjoys sharing his knowledge of these topics as a way of helping others to build confidence in their ability to respond effectively in a crisis.

Transition Nashville is based largely upon principles of permaculture, earth stewardship and regeneration, community building, and sustainable living in all of its many and diverse aspects. As such, we also embrace a diversity of ideas, for this is how we build resilience into our own thinking and behavior. We honor this veteran, and are honored by his willingness to teach us a small portion of all he has learned. 

Some Basics

Bring food to share: Vegetarian, vegan, carne all ok. Any dish (main, side, dessert, etc) ok. Please make it as local/sustainable as is practical. Please also list ingredients on an index card (for folks with food allergies, etc).

If possible, bring your own plate, bowl, utensils, etc. -- This really helps with the clean-up.

Site fee: $2 if you bring a dish, $5* if you don't. Children free.

* In keeping with our community principles, we strongly encourageeveryone to bring some food to share, if you are able.

Children: Always welcome, with legal parent/guardian. 

Schedule & Program:

6:00 pm - Our traditional gathering time.
6:20ish - Dinner, announcements, and more socializing.

6:45ish - Dinner wrap-up, introduction to main program.


8:00 - Wrap-up & Closing 
8:30 - Cleanup & Good-byes

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  • Joe S.

    Part 2 of 2

    The three files are:


    A one-page publication that tracks pretty well with what Rusel Hays said about emergency preparation in general terms. About 1 MB.

    Second file:

    A report by the Department of Energy suggesting that emergency events like Hurricane Sandy will be increasingly likely in the near future and disruptions of the energy supply will be increasingly common. About 4.5 MBs.

    Third file:


    An audio recording of Rusel Hays talk at our Transition meeting on November 4. Made available with his permission. About 1 hour and 15 minutes. About 105 MBs.

    I hope this all works for you. If people encounter problems, we'll have to figure out other ways of coping with the long URL problem.

    Best wishes,

    Joe Shedlock

    November 12, 2013

  • Joe S.

    Part 1 of 2

    Three files relevant to this event have been uploaded to webspace. The problem I see is that these have very long web addresses/URLs, so these will tend to be split up in messages like this. But the whole URL has to appear on one line in your web browser for it to work. So you may just have to copy and paste the address together.

    The first part of each address is:


    The second part of each address is:


    The third part of each address is the individual file name (which will of course differ for each file). Try downloading each file if you can. ("Save Link As" works in Windows.) Two of these files are .PDFs. One is an .MP3 (audio recording). If you cannot download the file, then you will have to load it into your web browser and then save it from there.

    [Continued next message due to 1,000 character limit.]

    November 12, 2013

  • martin h.

    This was a terrific presentation, very thought-provoking, entertaining, humorous,
    and informative. I wish we'd had more time both for the presenter and for discussion, and I wish more people had showed up to be "provoked" by this exercise in thinking about the unthinkable.

    November 5, 2013

  • Joe S.

    I really enjoyed this program, and would like to see more on this subject.

    November 4, 2013

  • Zacheus B. O.

    By the Grace Of GOD, i hope to be there after my Doctor's Appointment which is on the same street

    November 1, 2013

    • Susan S.

      Hope to see you there, Zach!!

      November 1, 2013

  • Mary Kay W.

    I would love to attend the program on Nov 4 about emergency preparedness. My husband is having surgery that day and I can't be there. Please do this type of program again!!

    October 30, 2013

    • Susan S.

      Thanks for the feedback, Mary (and sorry you can't be there). We'll keep that in mind for sure when scheduling topics in 2014. Rusel is an excellent presenter. Maybe he'll be willing to do this again for us. Wishing your husband a very successful surgery!!

      October 31, 2013

  • Joe S.

    Interesting topic!

    October 29, 2013

  • Karen

    +1 guest

    October 29, 2013

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