Current Projects

This page is updated seasonally.

If you are not getting a timely response via email or social media, please forgive me. It’s likely that your inquiry simply doesn’t fall into the handful of areas of focus for me right now. I receive a fair amount of requests from folks both locally and afar, but I need to reserve my time for my projects listed below. Thank you for understanding.

Here’s what I’m working on right now, in the spring of 2019…

Presenting book to FEMA

Taking care of my amazing clients (capped at no more than five at any given time) who are directly bringing benefit to this world. Folks like these.

After the last few years of widespread wildfires in British Columbia, Oregon, and California, massive flooding in Texas, hurricane tragedies in the Caribbean, and more natural disaster weirdness around the world, the increased response to my Prepared Neighborhoods book continues.

After speaking at the biennial FEMA National Preparedness Symposium this past year, I’m now taking that same message regionally, presenting both my book’s unique perspective of looking at preparedness through a lens of love and community-building rather than fear, as well as the innovative partnership (with City Hall and the fire district) behind my nonprofit Bainbridge Prepares.

I’ve started a new preparedness company, ReadyPod with my buddy Fred, a recently retired Central Intelligence Agency senior officer, making curated shelter-in-place earthquake kits that are custom and comprehensive. Most preparedness kits last just three days; good for evacuation from a wildfire but not sheltering-in-place after an earthquake. Our kits prepare you to handle every aspect of life for two weeks (and beyond) when services such as water, telecommunications, and electricity are down. Early testers describe the kits as what Jack Ryan (of the CIA) and Mr. Rogers (of the neighborhood) would create if they started a company together. Funny. And accurate.

In addition to these new exciting projects with preparedness professionals, I’ll continue to focus on building resilience into my family’s life, as well as in our community. Right now that specifically looks like us doing the “seedling shuffle” between our grow lights, greenhouse, and hugelkultur beds on our permaculture micro-farm (Spring growth is here!). I’m also enjoying both my teenage son and tween daughter. My wife and I love spending time with these two super-neat human beings.

H/T to the always interesting Derek Sivers for the idea of a NOW page.