Mysterious brick piles and gasoline bottles: staying safe and sane despite riotous rumors

You may have heard reports about pallets of bricks conveniently left near protests around the United States, ready to be thrown through windows. We’ve also been hearing about bottles of gasoline hidden in bushes around Minneapolis. Could people really be planting violent objects in our cities? Let’s take a look at the claims and try

The “split-screen effect”: what it is and how to turn it to your advantage

It’s a common feature of epidemics and pandemics: one city or village will be decimated and the next one over is unscathed. The same thing also tends to happen with civil strife. Some regions of a city or country will be literally aflame, while nearby, people crowd into restaurants and shops as if nothing’s wrong.

The unrest in my city could come to yours next. It’s time to get ready

I live in Minneapolis. On Saturday, the city released community safety recommendations during the unrest we’re experiencing. Those recommendations included the following: Pack a bag and have a plan to leave if you feel your residence has become unsafe: Identify a safe place you can go and stay. This may be the home of family

My Minneapolis neighborhood is under siege. Here’s how I’m preparing, now

I live in the city of Minneapolis. Unlike many of my colleagues at The Prepared, who’ve left the city for the country, I love living in a city. But the past week in Minneapolis has been scary. Last Monday, George Floyd, a member of my community, was killed by police outside the Cup Foods convenience

Good news: a mutation probably did not make COVID-19 more contagious

Three weeks ago, The Prepared was among the first in the English-language press to report on a new study indicating that SARS-CoV-2 had mutated into a more transmissible form. A more transmissible version of the virus that causes COVID-19 would be the second-worst possible news — second only to a more deadly strain. Given that