Commentary

Discovery Channel TV Series: The Colony - Week Eight

by Adam Montella -

The survivors gain an additional member, and encounter not one but several additional problems. Tempers flare, supplies dwindle - but human genius provides a spark of mobile optimism. What are the lessons learned that future generations can use to develop and implement their own survival plans?

Discovery Channel TV Series: The Colony - Week Seven

by Adam Montella -

Another trip (always dangerous) to the L.A. River teaches the Colonists that the challenges they face are psychological and emotional as well as physical. They also know that they need a continuing supply of protein; fortunately, there is a lot of it scurrying about the warehouse.

Discovery Channel TV Series: The Colony - Week Six

by Adam Montella -

The ten volunteers continue their quest for survival - but are suddenly rocked by the unexpected, and unexplained, disappearance of one of their members. The "real" loss of this one person is in some ways emotionally more distressing than the cataclysmic loss of the entire nation in which they had lived during their previous lives.

Discovery Channel TV Series: The Colony - Week Five

by Adam Montella -

The volunteers learn that hard work, good intentions, and ingenious solutions will not ensure their survival. What also is needed is elected or appointed leadership. And maybe a few common-sense laws applicable to all hands.

National Recovery Doctrine: The Next Preparedness Frontier

by Dennis R. Schrader -

Recovery operations cannot begin until the first responders have finished their work. But recovery plans can and should be in place well before disaster strikes. To date, though, there has been very little movement on the promulgation of a detailed Recovery Doctrine.

Discovery Channel TV Series: The Colony - Week Four

by Adam Montella -

The volunteers continue their efforts to build a new and better world from the destruction all around them. But they also must take time to protect themselves from attack by other survivors not as well intentioned.

Discovery Channel TV Series: The Colony - Week Three

by Adam Montella -

After securing the basic necessities for survival, episode three found the volunteers focusing on the one creature comfort they can't live without: a hot shower. But focusing on comfort left them open to a massive attack that threatened their long-term survival. The take away lesson is how to cope with stress. Comments and feedback by the reader welcome.

Discovery Channel TV Series: The Colony - Week Two

by Adam Montella -

The ten volunteers continue their efforts to create a new civilization despite attempts by the Marauders seeking to steal the basic essentials found in the abandoned warehouse. The greatest challenges facing the volunteers, though, are their own fears and uncertainties.

Discovery Channel TV Series: The Colony - Week One

by Adam Montella -

No one knew exactly what happened, or how much damage their world had suffered. But they all knew that life would never again be the same. They were few in number, but they had somehow survived. By joining together they might continue to survive. But how, and for how long?

Mid-Atlantic Officials Cite Progress, Continuing Challenges

by Daniel Brethauer -

Recent AHC (All-Hazards Consortium) meeting in Wilmington (Del.) serves as a working model for all states and regions seeking to institute and/or improve cooperative multi-state programs, funding efforts, and mutual-assistance agreements.