Name: Kyle G. Ferlemann
Occupation: Antique Store Owner, Writer
Place of Residence: Topeka, Kansas
Background: US Army Colonel (Ret), Master Plumber and Pipefitter
Kyle Ferlemann has tried to retire several times but keeps finding interesting things to do. He currently owns an antique store in Topeka Kansas and writes books about things he has learned in life. His hobbies reflect his interest in preparedness with ham radio, astronomy and celestial navigation, home remedies, and closed circuit electrical generating systems all seeming to hold a special fascination among other skills of independence.
As a 33-year veteran of the National Guard he worked extensively with local, state, and federal agencies in both domestic and international emergency planning and operational support. His education has been eclectic. Academically he holds degrees in psychology and criminal justice. As a tradesman he is a Mechanical Journeyman and a Master Plumber. Formally trained in military as well as civilian disaster response, he has used these skills to meet the needs of civilian authority from small town Mayors to US embassy personnel where military assistance was appropriate.
Having conducted hundreds of interviews with survivors of disasters and wars over many years, Kyle found that the most prepared and resilient people were those whose attitudes on awareness and preparation were a balance of self-reliance and connection with community. Equally important; those who had made even rudimentary plans and preparation had shown the greatest ability to survive and successfully recover. This was equally true of individuals, families, and communities.
These stories and experiences of real-life resiliency lead Kyle to a philosophy of disaster preparedness that focused upon awareness, realistic expectations, economy, community connection, and civility. Kyle continues to write about and promote these principles as the most effective methods of readiness and resiliency during disasters as well as life in general.
His writings are available at The Lightning Press.
Current Projects: Writing Books, both fiction and non-fiction
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