Course Review: AWR-147 Rail Car Incident Response

The Contrarian Emergency Manager

This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend AWR-147 Rail Car Incident Response conducted by the Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium (RDPC) and Findlay University.  This is a one day awareness level course that focused on response to incidents involving freight rail cars and hazardous materials.

AWR-147 Participant Manual AWR-147 Participant Manual

All in all this was a good course which I recommend to anyone who has the opportunity to attend it.  For those not familiar with the RDPC you can find their website at  Although only an awareness level course, it is suitable for any responder or emergency manager who has a jurisdiction with freight rail lines.  It’s also quite suitable as additional training for HazMat teams, as the information provided relative to the identification of the different types of rail cars and potential hazards associated with them is excellent.

The course construction follows the usual DHS format, including a…

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Home Defense On A Budget: 20 Inexpensive Tips


Home defense

By Cache Valley Prepper – SurvivoPedia

Home defense is a part of self-reliance that we all deal with on a daily basis, and self-reliance is the king of all things DIY (Do-It-Yourself).

Since it applies to us all, regardless of how much money we have, this article will address how a prudent measure of home security can be achieved on a budget.

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Korean Actress Jung In Ah Dies in Skydiving Accident

Twenty Third Station

This was honestly the most depressing thing I’ve read all day and I am truly so sorry to hear about this. Korean actress and model Jung In Ah was found deceased after being reported missing following a skydiving trip.

It has been confirmed by several sources that Jung In Ah’s body was found on June 16, three days after she went missing while taking part in skydiving training in Goheung, South Jeolla Province. Her body was found floating in the sea, tangled up with her parachute. Bad weather is thought to be the primary cause of the accident.

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I was really really really hoping this wasn’t true so I procrastinated talking about it. I was hoping beyond hope that maybe just maybe the “sources” were confused or it got misinterpreted or something.

My heart truly breaks for her family.

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