USS Stephen Hawking: Commissioned on the 46th Anniversary of Man Landing on the Moon




Social media, gaming, and other technologies have brought bullying from the playground to Facebook, phones, and consoles. How do we navigate these new treacherous waters? The Pop Culture Hero Coalition goes to comic conventions to help us understand how to identify, confront, and overcome bullying- specifically in the areas of comics and cosplay.

The Pop Culture Hero Coalition was founded by actress Chase Masterson of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine in 2013 to help bring an end to the culture of bullying.

Club member Martin Horowitz has been a tremendous help to Chase and her worthwhile organization. 



Be Prepared for the Next Emergency

The USS Stephen Hawking like a many other Science Fiction groups does what it can to help out its community. Last August the first of us graduated from our local Emergency Preparedness course. We would like to encourage all of you to get involved! No matter how much or how little.

But you don’t have to join CERT or any group of this sort, the name is not as important as the actions you take. The best way to keep you and your family safe in case of emergency are easy, use the checklist we have on our site. Have a go bag in your car, and at work. Have water and food for every member of your house for at least 5 days.

The best way to help the people helping you is to have what you need for you and your family in your home. If your home is okay stay there, if you are out and at work or school, have a meeting place everyone can get to.

In Hurricane Sandy of 2012 it was found that text and voice mail messages could be accessed by people looking for people in the disaster area. The suggestion is in an emergency of this kind, leave a message on your outgoing voice mail saying you are fine, and that you will contact all who leave a message when the networks are back up.


Loma Prieta Earthquake San Francisco (1989)

The Marina district was built on a landfill made of a mixture of sand, dirt, rubble, waste and other materials containing a high percentage of groundwater. Some of the fill was rubble dumped into San Francisco Bay after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, but most was sand and debris laid down in preparation for the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition, a celebration of San Francisco's ability to rebound after its terrible catastrophe in 1906. After the Exposition, apartment buildings were erected on the landfill. In the 1989 earthquake, the water-saturated unconsolidated mud, sand and rubble suffered liquefaction, and the earthquake's vertical shock waves rippled the ground more severely.

Hurricane Katrina New Orleans (2005)

In 2004, a Corps of Engineers' study was done on the costs and feasibility of protecting southeast Louisiana from a major Category 5 hurricane, including construction of floodgate structures and raising existing levees. The report also suggested that the chances of a major Category 5 hurricane directly striking New Orleans was a one-in-500 year event.

Super Storm Sandy Eastern Seaboard (2012)

Through regional offices in Atlanta, Philadelphia, New York City, and Boston, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) monitored Sandy, closely coordinating with state and tribal emergency management partners in Florida and the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, and New England states. President Obama signed emergency declarations on October 28 for several states expected to be impacted by Sandy, allowing them to request federal aid and make additional preparations in advance of the storm.

When you join your local CERT programs, you will learn how to extinguish fires. Shore up places in case of flooding. Use timber to lift heavy objects. Most of all you will learn teamwork to help those who have become victims of disasters in your immediate area.

The Hawking highly recommends you get involved.


You will want to have things for the home, and kits for work and your car.

There are things you want to have for the seniors and children in your household too.


Everyplace else the program is called CERT for Community Emergency Response Team, you know its just a name but the same program. There are programs like this all over the world as well, please check with your government to find out how to get involved in the country that you live in. It will help your country, your prefecture, your city, your neighborhood, your family and yourself to be prepared for what disaster may throw at us.

CERT ( Community*Emergency*Response*Team*) is a free training program for individuals, neighborhood groups and community-based organizations in most major US cities. Through this program, individuals will learn the basics of personal preparedness and prevention. The training also includes hands-on disaster skills that will help individuals respond to a personal emergency as well as act as members of a neighborhood response team. San Francisco is made up of many neighborhoods. We are training to be one ready community when it counts. In Los Angeles they are made up of the many cities throughout the county of Los Angeles and Orange. Check in your online city directory for the CERT program near you.

The Emergency Response is key but the Neighborhood Teams comes first. Community and Neighborhood ERT’s are run by your local Fire Departments or City Governments. They are run my ICS or Incident Command Centers and through FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) to provide nation wide assistance from the local to the Federal level.

For more information on Emergency Response Teams in your area please follow one of the following links. REMEMBER YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A HERO, YOU JUST HAVE TO CARE.

Look up by Zip Code: FEMA

Look up agencies in your State or City