FEMA Institute Self-Study

Did you know that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers free classes? The Emergency Management Institute (EMI) offers emergency management training for emergency management professionals, government employees and the general public. As part of the National Preparedness Goal, their free online independent study program offers self-paced courses in nine “mission areas”:

Incident Management
Operational Planning
Disaster Logistics
Emergency Communications
Service to Disaster Victims
Continuity Programs
Public Disaster Communications
Integrated Preparedness
Hazard Mitigation


Class titles include:

Intro to Hazardous Materials
A Citizen’s Guide to Disaster Assistance
Animals in Disasters
Diversity Awareness
Orientation to FEMA […]


Shanon, AZ

“I am a 33 year old, stay at home mom with four children. We heard great things about your product a few years ago and after tasting some samples, we fell in love and wanted to start building a better supply. We even ask our parents for your food storage every year for Christmas!! Our extended family and friends have now tried and also loved your products. We have not had any emergencies luckily yet but we have loved […]


Patrick, NJ

“Hurricane Sandy has hit New York and New Jersey. Crazy fights over gas and shoving matches in grocery stores have broken out.
We are well prepared and well fed thanks to Wise.
I just walked to mile to a local grocery store for some things we “wanted”. Seeing the veneer of civility peeled away was less than pleasant but not surprising. People not far from here are eating out of dumpsters or not at all. There have been three hour gas […]


Preppers on Pinterest

Sometimes we ask you to trust us a minute in our blog posts and this is one of those times. You see, if you’re not already on Pinterest, we want you to consider joining.
Pinterest is a content sharing website that allows members to “pin” images and videos to “pinboards” they create on different topics. Membership is free, all you have to do is sign up here. After you sign up you too can create “boards” that relate to things […]


Scott, MA

“Two back to back events proved that planning and preparation goes a long way to ensure your family is not only safe, but relatively happy during difficult times. In the Northeast we are usually good with snow storms, but a hurricane followed a few weeks later by a very early snow storm was unusual.
First, Irene paid us a visit knocking out our power for 4 days, then about a month later we got hit with an October snow storm […]


9 Prepper Gifts Sure to Please

It’s that time of year again and you’re probably trying to figure out what to get your favorite Preppers. Whether you’re stuffing a stocking, taking a host gift to a holiday party or need a gift for one of the eight crazy nights, here’s a list of our favorite small gifts:

Sugru – If you haven’t yet heard of Sugru, get ready to get excited. Sugru is self-setting, moldable rubber that can be used for fixing things or making things […]


Stacey, TX

“I never thought I’d be dipping into our emergency food supply so soon, but I can’t say enough how relieved I am to have it. A few years ago my husband and I thought it would be smart to purchase an emergency food supply. After researching, comparing, and finally talking with representatives, there seemed to be only one clear choice. We bought a couple of buckets from our personal Wise food representative.
What a smile I had on my […]


Doomsday Preppers on National Geographic Channel – New Season!

Preppers everywhere are addicted to Doomsday Preppers, a series on the National Geographic channel. This popular show, now in its second season showcases real preppers as they prepare for worst-case scenarios, which gives viewers all kinds of creative ideas and information about preparing for disasters and emergencies. One of the best parts of the show is the discussion at the end of every episode in which experts evaluate the subject’s plans and reveal how long they are likely to […]


Seed Vaults

When you think of “Svalbard”, that is, if you ever think of Svalbard, you probably think of polar bears, ice and snow. Svalbard is in Norway, only 810 miles from the North Pole and not terribly accessible. However, there’s interesting stuff going on up there. In fact, since 2008 Svalbard has been home the Global Seed Bank. The purpose of the Bank is to protect the genetic diversity of seeds from all over the world in case of a […]


Lynn, Canada

“On May 2, of this year…. at 3:45 pm {I won’t ever forget} I was hit by a truck while standing at a corner waiting for traffic to pass. I was with my bike (straddled between my legs) when I was hit on my left side. My leg was broken in three places as it was forced around the bars of the bike. I flew several feet and landed on my back in the middle of the intersection. The […]