I have a suggestion to help build resilience and increase survival of mega disasters among the poor. Teach basic emergency preparedness and survival to elementary school children. This includes mental and physical preparedness. Do hands-on training integrated with regular classroom subjects. These lessons are no cost / low cost, no tech / low tech skills for making emergency shelter, getting and making safe drinking water, making fire without matches and lighters, etc. All of these can be done with materials salvaged from disaster debris. Encourage students to take these lessons home. Encourage them to teach back to family, friends, and neighbors. I wrote a paper called EmPrep for the Poor . It is available free on the Internet for individual and educational non-commercial use. (If the link for the paper doesn’t work, visit http://www.neighborhoodlink.com/GECO/pages and scroll down the left column to the section Plan Your Own Rescue and look for the paper. I have prepared several other lessons on emergency preparedness. Poor people are poor because they lack money. This means they cannot afford to set up emergency kits and stock pile food for disaster preparedness. Many are struggling to put food on the table each day. This paper focuses on the poor who cannot afford to prepare kits ahead of time. The approach is to make use of materials found in the debris. Much may be common sense, but in the wake of a disaster, emotions and stress may limit clear thinking. Teaching practical lessons to children BEFORE the disaster, practicing at school and having “races” to set up a shelter, gather materials to make safe drinking water, etc. can make the difference between life and death. I believe education can be used to empower disaster survivors to reduce the impacts of depression and helplessness. RTC-TH Emergency Preparedness (EmPrep) EP-0 Emergency Preparedness: Some Basic Choices EP-1 Preparing for Emergencies EP-2 Shelter EP-3 Water EP-4 Food EP-5 Space EP-6 Severe Storms EP-9 Lightning EP-10 Wildfires In the spirit and tradition of HAM radio, all lessons are free of charge for non-commercial, educational, and individual study provided they are not reproduced for sale, no alternations are made to the lessons, and proper credit is given to the authors. My efforts tend to be grassroots (of, for, and by the people) using community-based education methods on a people-to-people basis. When it comes to saving lives and making the world a better place, the spirit of volunteerism and HAM radio should be number one. Please share this information with others you feel may benefit from it. If you have questions or comments, please feel free to contact me. Thank you for your time and appreciation.