Ready U Preparedness Survival Classes

Check this sweet action. Wolverine commented on my Preparedness – so HOT it’s in the Local Paper post a while back about “Ready U” preparedness classes offered by the Shelby County, Ohio Emergency Management Agency. Then yesterday he emails me their class schedule – and it’s hot!

Now granted it’s not got any of the cool classes I’d offer, like Prepare – or DIE!, Field Dress a Whitetail Deer, etc., but hey, it’s still cool. It promotes awareness and delivers basic information for TEOTWAWKI newbies. Remember – a prepared neighbor is a good neighbor!

I pass along their class listings not because I think tons of readers will go signing up for classes in Shelby County, Ohio, but to demonstrate what one community is doing. I wrote a while a back asking if the Civil Defense should be revived. It’s not that I thought we should start promoting nuclear defense again, but that the Civil Defense get transformed to address today’s threats. These class offerings seem like a step in that direction. Kudos to them!

Ready U describes their objective as such:

The goal of the program is to demonstrate to people how they can take three concrete steps to be more prepared for emergencies that might strike in Northwest Ohio – Make a Plan; Get a Kit; Be Informed.

Here is the Ready U website. Print the following class list off and take it to your own state or county EMA and ask them what classes they’re offering. Put the pressure on. It’s a great course selection.

2010 – 2011 Disaster Presentation Summary

COLD- It’s a Killer

Monday, November 22, 2010

Extreme COLD can become a killer. When outdoor temperatures plunge for several days or more it presents a real threat to people and can affect municipal services.   Without an understanding of the dangers of extreme cold many are unprepared when traveling, working and playing outdoors, and knowing how to survive when the power and gas is out for an extended period of time. Seniors, disabled persons, children and pets are most vulnerable. COLD – It’s a Killer will provide information on how to recognize the signs of COLD injuries, basic first aid for cold, and simple steps for enjoying the Winter season. Learn how you can chill out while staying safe and warm.

Volunteering in a Disaster

Monday, January 24, 2011

When wind, water and fire threaten communities it often falls to volunteers to man the pumps, fill sandbags, and board up threaten homes and offices. Learn which organizations sponsor volunteer programs, how you can become trained to help your neighbors in an emergency.

I’m talking to you…

Monday, February 28, 2011

Communications is usually the first casualty in any emergency. Telephone land-lines, cable and even cell phone services can fail under certain conditions. When the power is out most radio and television stations continue to broadcast, however, unless you are prepared you may be unable to hear or see the important information that they are providing. An Emergency Communications Plan is critical in a disaster and only takes a few minutes to prepare.

The 72 Hour Survival Plan

Monday, March 28

Catastrophic incidents can temporarily overwhelm many emergency response services in communities throughout the nation. Communications can be disrupted causing response delays and routine travel can be blocked by debris, snow, or high water. Citizens across America are learning how to plan and prepare for their own survival until police, fire, or emergency medical crews can reach them in the first 24 hours but what happens when days go by without aid?  Do you know what to put in your disaster kit?  Will your pantry be stocked with enough supplies of food and other essential items?  Ramp up your chances of survival with a 72 hour Disaster Kit and Survival Plan.

Disaster Aid: Facts and Myths

Monday, April 2

In the aftermath of a local, State or Federal Declaration of Emergency departments of local, State and Federal government, as well as private insurance companies and community service organizations, join together to provide aid and assistance to affected families, businesses, non-profit institutions and Municipalities. Relief efforts focused on immediate and short term recovery usually take the form of temporary measures and short term financial support. Knowing what to expect can help you to plan for your own rainy day for the unthinkable events in your future.

Victory in the Garden

Monday, May 23, 2011

Growing your own food can be part of your family’s emergency plan. Beyond putting fresh, flavorful and nutritious fruits and vegetables on your own table any surplus can provide additional home income or support local food banks. Growing a garden need not be expensive in time or labor if you know how. Learn how your garden harvest can create a “win – win” for your family and perhaps the whole community.

HEAT – It’s a Killer

Monday, June 27, 2011

Extreme heat can become a killer. When outdoor temperatures soar many become trapped in our homes.  Without an understanding of the dangers of heat many homes can become dangerous for seniors, children, disabled persons and pets. HEAT – It’s a Killer will provide information on how to stay hydrated, recognize the signs of Heat Injuries, learn basic first aid for heat related emergencies. Learn how you can stay COOL when the heat outside is a killer.

Saving your Bacon (Financial Readiness)

Monday, July 25, 2011

In the aftermath of every emergency questions arise on how affected households will be able to survive financially. Will you be able to rebuild if necessary?  What happens if you cannot work? Will my insurance cover my losses? Will normal banking services be disrupted? Can I qualify for or even afford a disaster loan? Financial experts will advise you on the steps that you should begin to take today to prepare for the crisis’ that may lie in your future. Will your Piggy Bank save your bacon?

– Ranger Man

BTW: Jarhead Survivor and I may teach those other classes (Prepare – or DIE!, etc.), but they’ll have to be fee-based …. or better yet, maybe Jarhead Survivor will teach the classes and I’ll just process payments.

13 comments… add one
  • fireman41 October 28, 2010, 8:40 am

    Well Rangerman even though your intentions were not to get people to sign up for classes in Shelby County Ohio its probably going to happen since I live 10 minutes from where these classes are being held. Thanks for the heads up on this since I had not heard anything about it.

  • Presage Buddy October 28, 2010, 9:18 am

    I have been advocating the revival of Civil Defense – especially in a modern way similar to what Shelby County Ohio has done – for a long time. The concept of “civil defense” is bottom up rather than top down and, in my opinion, is the most effective way of training people to prepare for themselves and their community. It also removes prepping from the “fringe” category. As more communities establish programs such as this, the better we all will be in the event of an emergency. It also re-establishes a sense of community, which is so lacking from our present culture.

  • uk mike October 28, 2010, 9:27 am

    Hell yea … you could process them from a nearby bar with a few beers maybe? Supervising is hard work you know!

  • LindaG October 28, 2010, 11:11 am

    WOW, I cannot believe you wrote this article today. Just last night, I was researching info on my town’s emergency management office. The department webpage offered a bunch of links. One was to, which advocates “Get a Kit. Make a Plan. Keep Informed”. From there, I linked to, which advocates getting involved with your local emergency management office (revision of Civil Defense?). From there….I discovered this link,, which offers a 200 page (I believe) downloadable preparedness course (exams and all!). I have not yet downloaded the course, but look forward to checking it out! From my reading, I gather there is also a facilitator’s guide to this course, which allows one to ‘take it to the community’. Now, I can follow a guide, but no way in hell could I teach a course about field dressing a deer:). I’ll have to call on you guys to come on down to teach the nitty-gritty, if I can convince my town that this type of info should be getting out to my townspeople. Gotta say, it gets my goat….we have a Director of Emergency Management, AND a Deputy Director (whose job is to get info on EM out to the community. 2 people to do this job in a town of 32k. How well are they doing? I didn’t even KNOW we had an office of EM, and have NEVER seen a preparedness course advertised. Figures, it’ll take someone like me to volunteer to get the info out while they sit on their arses and collect cushy paychecks. Damn, that gets me mad. BUT, as you said, a prepared neighbor is a good neighbor, so it’ll be worth it in the end. Keep up the great work!

  • Jarhead Survivor October 28, 2010, 7:48 pm

    If me or my wife get a deer this year I’ll make a video on “How to field dress a deer.” Do you think you’re ready for it? It’s kinda gory!

    Prepare – or Die? I like it! Sign me up to teach that class.

    • Ranger Man October 28, 2010, 10:19 pm

      Not if I do it first. Friendly wager on who tags out first?

      • Jarhead Survivor October 29, 2010, 8:24 am

        Oooooh, a bet! Um, how about a box of 30.06 shells? (Or whatever you shoot.)

  • No ME Preppy October 28, 2010, 8:44 pm

    I love this concept. Id be up for the Northern campus if you’re ever serious about bringing the idea forward.

    • Jarhead Survivor October 29, 2010, 8:29 am

      Hi Preppy – you know, if we got enough interest I’d put together a winter survival course. Maybe take a lucky few out for a weekend camping trip here in Maine or something like that. Start with a basic class like, “Not freezing to death in the Maine woods in Winter” or something like that. :-)

      • No ME Preppy October 30, 2010, 8:53 pm

        That would be awesome. Just to make it clear, I was thinking of co-teaching. I’ve taught basic skills before, can easily do so again.

  • Angry Mike November 2, 2010, 12:52 am


    I pitched the idea, a detailed idea of a revived CD in 2000 to my county OEM. They pretty much laughed at me. They didnt laugh as much after 9/11 when man power and resources were pushed to the breaking point around here. They had a few questions which I amswered and then nothing. Still no word since. Problem is politics and egos. Basically what I call “Assholeism” runs rampant. They do after all have to justify their county jobs and penisis…er, pensions.

    To those counties and states that are proactive: Kudos. To those that arent; shame on you, call me. My fees are $3000 a week plus travel & lodging. MONEY BACK GUARANTEE.

    • Presage Buddy November 2, 2010, 9:56 am

      Angry Mike – Part of why this happens is that this area of government is not funded the way it was in the seventies or especially in the 60’s and 50’s. There also isn’t the fear that was felt by everyone back then. To some degree the government created this sense of fear to ensure funding. That was most apparent when Civil Defense was part of the DOD. Today, these efforts need to be done starting at the grass roots. Those who have the training, skills, and, more importantly, the motivation to organize these training classes and push for support will be the way it gets done. Obviously, after an event like 9/11 there is much more enthusiasm for this. The strong degree of patriotism and the vibrant network of community that described the social environment of the last couple of generations is sadly deminished today. These factors created an environment that allowed Civil Defense to flourish.

  • KRR December 2, 2010, 12:13 pm

    Actually, READY U is in Lucas County but we’re happy for the press. It was modeled after a program in Shelby County last year.


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