News for the week of 2024-01-29

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      Prepper Chat Night is this Friday evening, Feb 2, on Discord at 6PM Pacific / 9PM Eastern. Join our Discord now at this link so you’ll be ready when the event starts:


      Prepper Chat Nights are on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of every month. It’s a (video optional) call where we mostly talk about our recent prepping experiences and lessons.


      Note: The Friday chats aren’t the only reason to join Discord. While the website remains the better place for guides, articles, and experience reports, Discord really shines for conversation or helping someone through an immediate situation. The two work well together, and I use both every day.

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      Colombia, a Usually Wet Nation, Reels Amid Widespread Wildfires


      About 600 firefighters have been battling the fires in the hills surrounding Bogotá, Colombia.

      For a full week, firefighters have been battling fires in the mountains around Bogotá, Colombia’s capital, as dozens of other blazes have burned across the country, in what officials say is the hottest January in three decades.

      The president has declared a national disaster and asked for international help fighting the fires, which he says could reach beyond the Andes Mountains and erupt on the Pacific Coast and in the Amazon.

      Colombia’s fires this month are unusual in a country where people are more accustomed to torrential rain and mudslides than fire and ash. They have been attributed to high temperatures and drought exacerbated by the climate phenomenon known as El Niño.

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      Ben on Communication After a Disaster

      Live Like the World is Dying episode S1E107


      Ben (@[email protected] on Mastodon) talks about his experience with emergency communications in many disasters, starting with hurricane Maria in 2017. Lots of tips about how and why radios are helpful in emergencies and about the mindset required for effective emergency response.