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HAZMAT !! Nuke/Chem/Bio preps on a tight budget

Each and everyday we are all living near radioactive, microbiological and chemical realities.

Tanker trucks and railroad cars rumble on around us. To provide humans with what they demand, factories produce and consume endlessly.

Nuclear reactors keep humming. Right now inter-continental ballistic missiles are pointed at us and many others on this globe.

Do you know how many nation states have live nukes right now?

Have you ever heard of highway crashes that involved overturned tractor trailers?

At this action packed Survive and Thrive meetup we will have a HAZMAT Operations level first responder from Montgomery county PA on hand to help us get a grip on a complex topic in an easy to understand way.

Practical preps for dealing with nuke/ chem/bio incidents will include:

- a basic overview on the most likely and common scenarios that would involve sheltering in place or evacuating your home or work space

- how to select an optimal safe room in your home and work space and properly control airflow/radiation penetration

- what tools and supplies you can pick up at big box retail stores on a tight budget that can really save lives AND how to use them

- decontamination methods for people and things

- how to create a functional quarantine/sick room in a grid down or grid teetering scenario

- how to maintain hygiene and deal with feces/urine without flushing toilets

Notes will be sent out ahead of time for you to print out and bring with you if you so choose.

Our meetup will start promptly at 4 pm so if you wish to order food and drink, please do so at the bar and bring your stuff with you before we start.

Family and friends are always welcome to sit in and listen. These meetings are often fun and thought provoking for first timers, a shared adventure that can have a lasting impact. There is no fee other than your paying of attention. We stand in service to you and those that you love. Bring a good heart and an open mind.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Im bummed we missed this! will there be another one?

    March 19, 2013

  • Rosemarie

    The training was very informative; we just wish there had been more time. As always, 5 stars. Thanks for sharing what you know and keeping preparing less expensive. We also appreciated the knowledge shared by so many others in the group. Really worthwhile!

    1 · March 7, 2013

  • Duane

    Great event. An absolute wealth of information. Fernando, your time is very much appreciated!

    1 · February 25, 2013

  • Donna W.

    Useful information presented in a family-friendly environment. Thank you, Fernando, and members of Survive and Thrive Meetup for taking a difficult topic and breaking it down into laymen's terms.

    1 · February 25, 2013


    This labor of love just keeps giving. Lou was a great asset tonight with his work history in the nuclear industry. Will is, as always a strong and focused mind on the topics at hand, frequently helping us all to bring the realities close to home. Jerry Hartman , Shane and Ken were also very helpful as they shared their more technical military expertise. We covered the who/what/where/why and when of nuke/chem/bio in a relatively concise manner. If we had it all to do over again I would curtail the time spent on gas mask details and put more time into nuclear science and shielding. That said our group shines brightly when it comes to team effort and a giving nature. Thank you all for being a part of something inherently good.

    1 · February 25, 2013

  • Dan I.

    Good info and good people. A true group effort to share information that would take many hours to find on your own. As the Governator said, "I'll be back".

    1 · February 25, 2013

  • KC

    Solid presentation Fernando. Thank you for making events like this happen. Also, hats off to those who provided additional points for consideration and added who to the pot of knowledge exchanged today. If interested here is a link to an NBC i just purchased for $36.

    And for shits & giggles here is a link for a few inexpensive gas mask options.

    3 · February 24, 2013

    • Dan I.

      Thanks for the links!

      February 25, 2013

  • Linda

    Once again, Fernando was well prepared for the topic of
    discussion. And it is my experience, thus far, that although
    he is well versed on the subjects that he brings to the
    group, he continues to demonstrate a level of humility that
    allows the group to share a wealth of knowledge,
    so as in prior meetings, the group was invited
    to participate and we all shared verifiable facts important
    to the topic.

    I continue to enjoy the in-depth sincere interest of the group
    to answer questions, to be involved, making sure that
    the information that we are all introduced to is correct. It is a wonderful perspective on his part to lead but not dominate. I am never disappointed with the interaction.

    I appreciate the sacrifice of time away from his family and the tireless effort that is required to maintain the meetings. Thank you so much to Fernando for the opportunity and
    to the group for their respectful interaction.

    Sincere thanks,


    4 · February 25, 2013

  • Anaid

    There was a great deal of audience participation at this meetup, lots of questions, many answers - which is good, but made it run a bit long, so a few points had to go with only a mention. Fernando wants to hone the presentation for the next time - make it leaner, more focused on readily accessible solutions, less time on the advantages of different gas masks. I think it says something about us that so many of us seem to have some sort of a gas mask fetish. Remember, training trumps gear; community trumps training.

    Speaking about training, looking forward to revisiting presentations on Home and Body Defense Without Firearms (if you live in New Jersey, attending this one is a must) and Emergency Trauma Care (this one goes right with the other one.)

    2 · February 24, 2013

  • CW

    I've been to this meet up topic before. Yet there is always something new that reaches out and resonates as new information. I've been through several presentations by different groups over the years and
    Fernando has the clearest easiest to digest presentation I have ever sat through. Great job Fernando.

    3 · February 24, 2013

  • Leanora

    This was a great meet up. For my first time in this group I have to commend Fernando for his efforts to gather like minded individuals for an open forum learning session. This was certainly very informative I am left with over 5 pages of written notes to digest and reread. I look forward to the next meeting!

    3 · February 24, 2013

  • Will

    The nuke chem bio meeting was a clear example of what brought me to the group. Fernando put together a good program regarding the hazmat threats. The best thing is how he opens the floor to everyone. The format makes the final result greater than anyone person no matter how knowledgeable. The respectful free flow of knowledge is nothing short of impressive. There is an impressive core group of people with a broad array of expertise who gladly share with all for common growth and good. I have and do highly recommend this group to anyone. Fernando strives to maintain a political neutral interaction .... all are welcome....

    4 · February 24, 2013

  • Adrian A.

    any one record it? i missed the meetup.

    February 24, 2013

  • Ken F.

    Very good as always. Lots of information sharing.

    1 · February 24, 2013

  • Leonard

    This was my first meet up with this group and it was a great experience. There was a widely diverse group of ages, races, and backgrounds represented. Overall I found it very informative and presented at a comfortable pace for all. I strongly encourage anyone who's looking to expand their knowledge about preparing for the unexpected to pay a visit to the next meeting.

    2 · February 24, 2013

  • cindy c.

    Hi Guys, was hoping to make this one, family obligation prevents me :-( see ya'll at the next for sure !!

    February 24, 2013

  • Linda M.

    Sorry, I don't think we are going to make it. We have just moved and it's much more than had expected. We hope to make the next one, and would appreciate any more info too.

    1 · February 24, 2013

  • Adam O.

    dad duty

    February 24, 2013

  • Dan I.

    Surprised how hard it is to find good info on gas masks. Can not find a seller with NEW product at a fair price.

    February 24, 2013

  • Dan I.


    February 24, 2013

  • Jessica K.

    work conflict came up. very sorry, maybe next time thank you

    February 21, 2013

  • John C.

    I would very much like to attend, but will be on Vacation for a week.

    February 20, 2013

  • cindy c.

    Hi , I need another gas mask, can you mail me the man from NJ that sells them? Thanks, Cindy

    February 18, 2013

  • Jessica K.

    Is ok if I am late? I work on Sundays. Am caregiver for elderly couple.

    February 14, 2013

  • Olga

    Would it be possible to do a practice session in the afternoon plz? about 2pm?
    thank you, Olga

    January 19, 2013

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