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NEW VIDEO: Starting Your Preparedness Journey: What Are You Preparing For?

When you start thinking about preparing for a disaster or emergency, the advice and information can be overwhelming. In this series of videos, I provide some guidance on how to orient your mindset to begin processing all of the information that you will be bombarded with. This specific video will help you identify what you want to prepare for to establish a guiding principle for your Preparedness Journey…Think of it as your North Star. The other videos in this series will help you frame your Preparedness Journey and establish a solid foundation for you to achieve success.

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What are You Preparing For? What is your Primary Event and what are you Secondary Event? Share in the comments below.



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do you feel like you should be preparing
for everything all the disasters all of
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the the emergencies that are feeling a
little overwhelmed by that concept
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because that's a big concept to try to
deal with well take a look at the video
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that we've made coming up next we're
gonna try to help guide you through that
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kind of overwhelming process to begin
your preparedness journey on the right
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foot and establish a great foundation of
preparedness so stay tuned and enjoy
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what we got cooked up for you on the
other side hey everybody welcome in
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cascade a dispatch today I'm Casey and
today we're gonna talk about some
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starting points for your preparedness
journey you may have heard me talk about
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a preparedness journey you may have read
some articles that we've written about
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preparedness journey and you're like
what is this preparedness journey that
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this guy has kind of come up with the
reason that I call this kind of
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preparedness journey of preparedness
journey is because everybody's journey
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is different everyone is preparing for
something different everyone's situation
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and context is different what everyone
feels comfortable with when they feel
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like they're prepared is different so
it's a journey it's a process there is
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you'll see tons of checklists for
bug-out bags and bugging locations and
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all kinds of things and you can check
all those boxes but that just checks you
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off for that thing or that one phase of
preparedness and everyone's journey and
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everyone's level of comfort is different
so it's a journey it's not there is no
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real end destination point unless you
set up your own end destination point so
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today what I want to talk about is kind
of when you're starting out when you're
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beginning what are some things that you
should be thinking about what are some
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guiding principles that you might want
to have we're gonna make a series of
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videos about this so this video is kind
of gonna kick it off and then we're
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gonna have a few videos
that are going to come after it they're
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gonna talk about other areas so first
we're gonna started with what are you
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preparing for okay so you've heard that
you need to be prepared you've heard
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that things can happen that are bad and
you should go out you should get all
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kinds of items and gear and spend a
bunch of money and and and you know
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maybe get some tinfoil hats or something
like that personally I think tinfoil
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hats are very less seasoned and should
not be a part of your preparedness
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journey but that's just my personal
opinion so the first thing is whenever
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you're starting out a journey you want
to know where you're going and so I use
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what the question what are you preparing
for as the establishing of your North
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Star essentially what is it that you
want to prepare for and then you use
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that as your guide when you're deciding
what sort of gear or the timing of
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purchasing items or your planning tools
what plans do you need in place if
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you're planning to prepare for
everything which a lot of people when
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they first start planning to start
preparing they say oh I want to prepare
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for everything I'm going to be ready for
all the things well you can't really
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prepare for all the things you can't
really prepare for all of that stuff and
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that goal of preparing for everything
sometimes becomes too overwhelming and
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then you stop preparing for anything so
I would rather that you have a
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reasonable goal that you have a North
Star and that you are continually trying
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to get better and better prepared for
that journey to that North Star war in
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case of that North Star in the case of a
disaster then setting up a goal of I
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want to prepare for everything and then
not necessarily having the right things
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or the right plans for the most
reasonable situations that will arise so
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so next we're gonna talking about kind
of how to determine what you should be
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preparing for so when I was getting
started with preparation I came from a
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background of having absolutely no
interest in preparation I had never gone
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I had no supplies I had
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really no information other than what I
learned in school about fire drills and
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you know Duck and Cover and some of that
sort of stuff and I didn't have anything
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at my house that was supply related or
anything we were just kind of in the
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world of hey something might happen but
it'll be fine and when I started to read
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about the Cascadia earthquake and look
at some of the numbers behind it
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and all of a sudden became it tangible
you could consider it a threat it could
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be a disaster but it was something that
I recognized as something I wanted to be
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prepared for so for me I break
preparedness and the what are you
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preparing for into two categories I
break it into your primary event plan
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and then your secondary event plans so
your primary plan is the big event the
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big thing that you think is likely to
happen if you are for example in the
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northwest Cascadia subduction zone
earthquake may be your primary plan if
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you live in the southeast or along the
Gulf Coast hurricanes may be your
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primary plan if you live in the Midwest
it may be tornadoes you may not be
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concerned about natural disasters at all
and you may be thinking about a job loss
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or a medical emergency something that
would really turn your world upside down
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in a way that would require additional
supplies and thought in order for you
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and your family to kind of make it back
to normal so for me the Cascadia quake
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is my North Star because if or when that
happens it will not only affect my
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family but it's gonna affect a lot of
families in the region and so we won't
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be able to rely on a lot of government
assistance to help us to get through
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what we won't be able to rely on
neighbors and friends because they will
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all be affected by it as well
so I want to prepare for that so that we
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can make it through because there may
not be support to help us get through
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that and then my secondary plans are our
smaller events for you you know a
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hurricane that can take out an entire
city is probably a good North Star if
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you were in the southeast for example or
along the clove coast or the East Coast
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20 of those big things should really be
kind of your primary event plan and then
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we'll build on that with secondary plans
now that we've identified the big thing
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in the primary plan the secondary plans
are the more day-to-day things that
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could come up and they play together so
for example my secondary planned are
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maybe a house fire for some people that
might be a primary primary event for me
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its secondary because it will really
only affect my family and will have
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support around us with friends and
family to get through a disaster like
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they include you know some sort of a
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vehicle breakdown for out-and-about away
from home and we have a flat tire run
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out of gas there's mechanical issue it's
gonna affect us specifically well affect
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anyone else we'll be able to call for
help but we need to be able to make it
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through until help arrives things like a
power outage that can definitely affect
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a larger group of people but it's a
shorter duration of time you're probably
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only going to be without power
especially in a suburb or a city for 612
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maybe 24 hours it's not going to be a
huge disruption but you want to be
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prepared in case that happens because
there will be you know negative effects
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and consequences of that snowstorms and
everyone on the East Coast can begin to
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laugh but those of us on the west coast
but in Oregon if we get half an inch of
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snow we have road closures and school
closures and things like that and every
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year we usually get two or three days of
a little bit of snow that kind of throws
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you know our area into chaos
on the East Coast you may have you know
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maybe feet of snow that would require
that but sometimes you get feet of snow
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so that might be something that she
would want to prepare for in our area
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rain can happen all the time and so
flooding in in most areas is not a
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big issue but in a lot of areas that
don't receive a lot of rain if you get a
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huge rainstorm and you have flash
flooding and things like that that might
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be something you would we put in a
secondary category depending on the size
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you might put it as a first category
primary event but for us it would
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probably be more of a secondary events
so that's kind of how you would define
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your primary events and your secondary
events now you may be asking why is it
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that we're defining primary and
secondary events and what do they have
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to do with each other
well the reason that we define them is
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your primary event is going to be again
like I say your Northstar when I think
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about gear and investment in in tools
and supplies and planning I usually
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think about how it's going to apply for
my primary event that is kind of the
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filter the first filter that I look
through when I'm thinking about getting
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prepared the secondary events are kind
of the fillings so if I buy a flashlight
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because I'm preparing for the Cascadia
earthquake that same flashlight is going
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to be able to be used if I have there's
a snowstorm or a power outage I can use
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those things in multiple areas so then
when I think about the most likely
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secondary events I can either try and
and prepare for those secondary events
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and identify the gaps between what I've
prepared for the primary event and what
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I need to prepare for for the secondary
event and they kind of play together and
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then what you start to realize is that
you're building a foundation of
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preparedness for a variety of things you
are not just preparing for an earthquake
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you are also preparing for a fire or a
snowstorm you're not just preparing for
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a hurricane you're also preparing for a
power outage or job loss for example a
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lot of people will store food in case of
a big emergency but if they lose their
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job they'll start to use that food that
they've stored to get them through until
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they have a job again and
they can you know buy groceries and
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that's for them so again if you take the
approach that all I'm preparing for
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everything it becomes overwhelming and
you you don't necessarily prepare for
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any one thing well but if you identify
our primary and you identify some
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secondaries it becomes very easy then to
filter through what you want to do and
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create a plan that will allow you to
really well or really easily identify
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priorities identify the things that you
need and then start to build the
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confidence that hey I'm maybe only
prepared for two weeks for the
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earthquake but that's enough supplies to
easily get me through a blackout or a
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snowstorm okay I don't have to worry
about maybe those events anymore and I
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can focus on something else so that's
that's why I divide them up that way and
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that's also why they play together so
well and why when you're thinking about
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where to start on your journey
identifying a really clear North Star in
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your primary event and then identifying
kind of guidelines and framework around
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your secondary events hope to kind of
point you in the direction of where
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you're gonna go on your journey so we're
gonna wrap it up today that is the video
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on what you want to prepare for would
love to hear what you've decided after
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hearing this which you your primary
event and your secondary event should be
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it's always great for other people in
the community to know what people are
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preparing for it's great for us to know
what you're preparing for it because
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then we can try to build content around
common themes if there's a bunch of
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people you know that are thinking about
hurricanes will try to make something
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out hurricanes
there's a lot of people that are
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worrying about job loss we can try to do
stuff around that so please definitely
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leave your comments let everybody know
what you're thinking about what's on
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your mind so we can continue to create
content that that it's not only going to
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benefit you but also help everybody else
recognize that they're not the only one
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of the folks they're not the only one
that is concerned about house fires or
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wildfires or floods there's other people
that are concerned about
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- and we can continue that conversation
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