As the mainstream media feverishly attempts to cover up the ongoing crisis in Sweden, the Associated Press is reporting that Riots have yet again broken out in Rinkeby, just north of Stockholm. […]
So what happened last night in Sweden? Last night in Sweden is EVERY NIGHT in Sweden. […]
Experts warn areas throughout northern California are in danger of flooding and many of the area’s dams and levees face disasters similar to what’s going on at Oroville Dam. […]
California officials have extended evacuations below Oroville Dam and say it could be some time before they allow residents back into their homes. Over 180,000 people were told to evacuate areas downstream from the Oroville […]
The California Department of Water Resources has issued an evacuation notice for residents of Orville, California. […]
UC Berkley is on lock down after left-wing terrorists started fires, riots and attempted to takeover the campus to stop Journalist Milo Yiannopoulos from speaking on Campus. […]
As the media goes into overdrive attempting to divide the country, radical leftists, in league with Islamic terror groups, have begun organizing against the working class citizens of this country. […]
Let’s talk Doomsday Clock. The most recent report indicates that the Doomsday Clock is expected to move closer to midnight as the threat of global annihilation grows.
The so-called Doomsday Clock, which symbolizes the current threat of global annihilation, is expected to be moved closer to midnight by scientists.
The clock is currently running at three minutes to midnight, where 00.00 represents the end of humanity. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists is expected to move it forward by one minute on Thursday, January 26, 2017. This is the closest it has ever been to the apocalypse since 1953 when the US took the decision to upgrade its nuclear arsenal with the hydrogen bomb (Knapton, 2017).
The scientists warn, “Terrorism involving nuclear or radiological materials remains one of the gravest threats to humanity and to global stability”. Digest all of this while sipping your morning coffee or drink of choice.
Some Preppers, not many, but some assumed that under the new administration that they could relax or back off their prepping somewhat. This is contrary it seems, however, to what is really going on in today’s world.
Well, the clock has moved closer, so do you need to worry, well not worry any more than you did yesterday, the day before that, or worry more than you did last week. The threats are the same, and possibly, just possibly some threats are more likely now than let’s say a year ago.
If your neighborhood, city, or town is reduced to rubble, because of a nuclear detonation or you have to evacuate because a massive chemical or biological attack, you will need all the skill and knowledge you can muster to survive because you will have to literally head for the hills. You need core skills that come natural, and this only happens after hours upon hours of practice, and, you cannot learn on the job either.
Attacks of the kind mentioned above would likely mean you would leave your community, leave your comfort zone. Your skills have to be ingrained, they cannot be so-so, or mediocre they need to be permanently established to the point you can perform them under any conditions, in any environment.
In some cases, there will be other family members’, and friends and even strangers that need your help. Others not as well trained as you, so some of your time will be spent training and explaining and if you are, unsure of yourself because your skills are not as good as they should be you could be in trouble.
The Doomsday Clock is ticking closer to the zero hour, so prepping is not a passing fad that people did during the last administration. Prepping is a lifestyle that is maintained regardless of who is in charge.
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This year’s global spread of multiple strains of the Avian Flu has health officials throughout the world on high alert. […]
At least 14 malls were shut down due to fights, caused by thugs and domestic terrorists who purposely sought to cause chaos, confusion, and terror inside the malls. […]
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The Islamic State is urging supporters to attack Christians and churches and they published the names and addresses of thousands of churches in the United States… […]
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At least nine are dead and another fifty injured after a large semi-truck plowed through a crowded Christmas marketplace in Berlin, Germany. […]
Over 320,000 residents in the city of Corpus Christi, Texas have been told not to use their tap water after two unknown chemicals made their way into the city’s water systems. […]
The FBI is investigating an ‘imminent threat’ against Los Angeles Metro rail stations. The threat speifically mentioned the Metro Red Line’s Universal City station and an imminent bombing plot for December 6th, 2016. […]
A Gigantic magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck just off Fukushima in Japan early on Tuesday, setting off mass evacuations and raising new concerns over the crippled Fukushima nuclear reactors. […]
Transitioning from one leader to another may leave us vulnerable. It is a possibility and you must be aware of this, while not definitive, there could be gaps, gaps of which a lone wolf or an organized group could take advantage.
The leader of the United States is not analyzing intelligence data 24/7, is not on the ground gathering Intel from people close to the threats, and is not monitoring cyber threats and intercepting communications for threats.
Information gathering and analysis goes on regardless of who is in the Oval Office, but the command structure is changing, and those that make decisions based on the information gathered will change. Will split second decisions still be made while the people at the top shuffle their desks around? Yes and no.
The new decision makers may not be up to speed, or as qualified, or for any number of reasons information may be delayed or not acted upon quickly enough to avert a crisis. Decisions may lag and this is what makes us vulnerable. Our enemies know this, so to answer the question in the title, yes the threat level has increased.
Being aware or what most refer to as situational awareness allows you to better identify increased areas of danger and violence, in other words, areas that may pose the greatest threat to your existence. A crowded restaurant with glass windows facing the street is one example because it puts you in harm’s way if there is a drive by shooting or even if police engage a suspect and gunfire is exchanged.
We have heard about the threats against the United States during this Thanksgiving weekend. No one knows in the intelligence or law enforcement agencies when and where an attack may occur. The chatter is according to the experts, are about attacks ramming civilians with a vehicle as they shop or gather for celebrations in public areas similar to the attack using a truck in Nice. This information allows you make assumptions, and one assumption would be that certain public places are more susceptible to an attack than are others.
It may not be by vehicle but terrorist organizations are actively encouraging lone wolf attacks during the holiday season here in the United States. It could be anywhere, by virtually any means.
Pretending it can’t happen is not helpful and thinking it only can happen in a large city is making a dangerous assumption. No, you can’t hunker in your bunker all day every day, but you do have to pay attention to your surrounds. It’s not likely you could ever stop an attack, so the only thing you can do is react and that is the key to survival. How you act after the first shots are fired or as soon as you realize an attack is occurring is what may save your life.
Exit plans, where do I find cover, can I conceal myself in a safe location are all questions that you need the answers to before you settle in for a nice meal in a restaurant, or as you are watching a movie in a crowded theater.
Venues outdoors require the same diligence and mapping of the area in your mind so you know in which direction to move.
For seven days in a row, violent chaos has broken out night after night throughout the country… […]
Overnight Anti-Trump protests hit a couple dozen cities throughout the country; the so-called protests quickly turned ugly and violent… […]
Activists have taken to the streets throughout the country, spreading chaos and fear in protest of Trump’s win in the Presidential elections. Police departments throughout the country are getting ready for riots… […]
A large-scale cyber-attack has hit the U.S. taking out the internet throughout large portions of the east coast and taking down thousands of American-based websites. […]
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Some might say a world war is being fought as we speak. As of this morning, a massive DDoS attack is underway. DDoS is A Distributed Denial of Service. A cyber world war is ongoing and it seems we here in the United States are losing. Much of the East Coast it seems is under a cyber attack.
Yahoo claims that roughly 500 million email accounts were hacked and personal information was stolen. Remember the Target hack where millions of credit and debit card numbers were compromised. What is worrisome besides the fact the information was stolen, is that the companies take months, and in some cases, years to admit to a hack.
Now WikiLeaks dominates the news, with people on the edge of their seats waiting for the next round of emails that may contain solicitous information, which people can crow or moan about as the case may be. It seems our every move, our every sentence, and our every purchase is being recorded and then leaked to someone for some reason or another.
The participants in this war do not even have to get up out of their seats and yet the war rages while we go about our daily routines, refusing to change any habits, take any precautions or even listen when sound advice is given.
Are all of these cyber attacks and the gathering of information simply a prelude to bigger things to come, are we being softened up. Are we so used to hearing about hacks and stolen information that we have grown deaf and blind to the threat, are we willing rolling over so our soft underbellies are exposed to the thrust?
The next big hack may send this country back to the dark ages, literally in the dark ages for weeks, months, or years depending on the severity, all without firing a shot or launching a missile. Will other countries help, probably not, because what have we done for them lately. Other countries will wring their hands and moan and say how sorry they are, but in fact, they will be more worried about it happening to them so they will ultimately bow to those who created the havoc. Bow down so they can survive.
However, Europe and Asian countries would soon feel the bite if the United States floundered for even a few days. Financial markets would collapse, oil prices would skyrocket, and terrorist groups would quickly take advantage here in the U.S. and elsewhere, and the country (s) responsible would not have fired a shot in this world war.
Certain countries would step up to help but the price for their help would be steep, we would essentially have to turn over the reins as a price, and we the citizens would be asked to give up our way of life so we all could survive. We may very well lose this war if something is not done and done quickly because the pieces of the puzzle are coming together and it will not be a pretty picture once all the pieces fall into place.
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The United States Response
Headlines like the following mean what exactly, “U.S. warns of ‘overwhelming’ response to North Korean nuke use” (Associated Press, 2016).
“Russia taunts U.S. with biggest military offensive since the Cold War” (Ben Farmer, 2016).
We have heard it before, we heard it about Syria, and the so-called red line, if you use chemical weapons we will do this, they used chemical weapons and we did what exactly, well nothing, the killing continued. We postured and mumbled about the atrocities, condemned the actions using harsh words, but words only, and how do you suppose our enemies viewed this, probably as many of us here did, as nothing more than empty words.
Some don’t want us to do anything at all, none of our business, not our problem. We have enough problems here at home. We do have problems at home that need to be solved, but problems elsewhere tend to spill over and create bigger problems here, so what does it all mean for you, for us all. We do need to look to our own first in most cases, but when is enough, enough.
If North Korea attacks a United States ally with a nuclear weapon, will we respond? Will we go to war with North Korea and where would China be in all this. China who is a supposed ally of North Korea, how would they react? Who exactly would we be fighting, and by the way, who will do all of the fighting.
Will there be a draft, men, and women called up to fight? Who picks up a weapon to defend the United States, will it be us, the citizens of the United States, the reduced American military, who then. Well, that is the problem, isn’t it? No one knows and other countries know as well as we do here that we don’t have our act together, and that does not bode well for any of us.
What Does This Mean For You
The mere threat of a nuclear war instills a visceral fear in people. It may be the reaction to the possibility of this type of war, which may create the most problems. A civil defense drill, who remembers those from their school days, it has been decades since these types of drills have been conducted. Would anyone even cooperate with civil defense programs?
Travel would likely be restricted, air travel in particular, because of the threat of civilian aircraft being shot down, submarines in waters off our coasts may restrict maritime travel as well, and this means certain goods will not reach our ports in a timely manner if at all.
Product shortages may happen because imports may be reduced or stopped in some cases, so the latest gadgets, certain foods, and other products may be in short supply relatively quickly if things escalated to a war stance. It seems not much is made in this country anymore, so if imports stopped what is left from which to choose.
A war posture means oil prices will spike. Shipping lanes out of the Middle East will be closely monitored, ships stopped and boarded and some may be even sunk or hijacked. Just the thought of a nuclear war or even a traditional war would cause turmoil here and abroad, and if not prepared many of us will suffer.
Marital Law is a possibility, as well, as the threat of war looms. Some politicians and even the White House may take advantage of the situation. This all mere speculation, but look back at history, and look at what is happening now, and compare the two.
Right now, it is talk, but given the actions Russia is taking, what North Korea is threatening and don’t discount Iran and certain terrorist organizations, and what they are capable of doing. They will be the first to take advantage of the turmoil.
There is much to think about and you must think about how to prepare and again, just the possibility in and of itself will create problems here.
Associated Press. (2016, October 19). Retrieved 2016, from http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/10/19/us-warns-overwhelming-response-to-north-korean-nuke-use.html
Ben Farmer, B. H. (2016, October 19). Retrieved 2016, from http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/10/19/russia-taunts-us-with-biggest-military-offensive-since-the-cold/
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They have been accused of meddling in our elections here in the U.S., they spiel propaganda to their own people and now they talk about pulling personnel back from the U.S., and then there are the bunker drills back in the homeland.
Do they know something we don’t? All in a day’s work for Russia right, or is it just more propaganda.
Russia launches civil defense drills amid tensions with the US. The Russian Emergencies Ministry has launched a sweeping nationwide civil defense drill set to involve 40 million people. (Associated Press, 2016).
The U.S. has doubled airstrikes against ISIS in Libya in less than a month, and Russia doesn’t like it one bit because it hampers Russia’s long-term plans of essentially running the country. They need the warm water seaports and the land mass so they can stage their weapon systems, and hold the Sword of Damascus over the entire regions head, and oh, by the way, control the oil and gas.
It is all about power, money, and pride and keeping the folks back in Russia yelling for nationalism. Saber rattling is like the flicking tail of a rattlesnake, keep doing what you are doing the United States and you will get bitten. That’s the message they want to convey, but is anyone listening, and can those in charge deal with the looming threat because let’s face it, how do you really prepare for the nearly complete annihilation of major cities using nuclear weapons.
By announcing the so-called bunker drills that involve over 40 million people, Russia is sending a message. They, like most of us know that if they strike the U.S. with a nuclear weapon we will reciprocate in kind, or so we the average American citizen hopes anyway.
Russia is telling us they are ready for a counter strike, which means, of course, they plan to strike first. The message is that their citizens will be hunkered safe in their bunkers, while we here rush out to get our lattes and the latest Apple product all the while oblivious to the fire about to rain down upon us.
Russia never got over losing the cold war, and their civil defense ministry has been full steam ahead for decades. Russia prepares for the worst and is ready to deliver and accept the worst. They never hope for the best because in their minds’ that’s a defeatist attitude, so they have never stopped conducting drills and preparing for the “day”.
Russia would use a nuclear bomb if the conditions were right, but they still live by the “mutually assured destruction” mantra. We don’t here anymore because there is lingering doubt if we would respond in kind and that is what is the scariest, not that Russia would “Nuke” us but that we would let them get away with it. It is almost to the point we have more to fear from within than from others. Russia knows this, so they can win the war without firing a shot, or dropping the bomb as it were.
Russia can and will win if we here in the U.S. do not get better at protecting our government secrets. It’s appalling that the Kremlin knows more about our neighbors’ daily lives than we the ones that live next door to them do. Appalling and dangerous to allow this to happen, given all the money spent on cyber security and weapons systems that we have around the world. We can win any war if there is the will to win.
Gone are the days when soldiers stormed the castle gates. We won’t’ see troops wading ashore to conquer the U.S. by sheer force, but the thought of troops ready and willing to do such a thing is a deterrent to some extent and Crimea is an example of just what Russia is willing to do with its very large army of soldiers.
Instead of facing us head on, Russia or any other country for that matter will soften us up first. They will gather Intel, and the recent hacks of email accounts as presented by WikiLeaks are a prime example of how disruption will be sown.
No one really knows if the Russians are behind the hacking scandal or not, and it really doesn’t matter, what does matter is that the information contained within is damaging to the country and our political process. By chance or by design Russia is fighting a war that Washington simply will not acknowledge. If we ignore it, it will go away appears to be the thinking. Downplay everything so as not to panic the rank and file. Death by a thousand cuts.
Cyber attacks will increase and so will the chances of a complete grid failure or local municipalities will suffer outages here and there to keep the frustration levels high. These will be harassment techniques used by the other side. Identity theft will rise. Cybercriminal gangs that are nation sponsored will get bolder because we seem to be unable to stop the breaches.
Your local bank may go under. Your money lost in space, your 401K could be lost or stolen, savings wiped out and credit card numbers stolen along with your identity. Anything controlled by a computer system is subject to failure, a failure by design if a country wanted to soften us up before the coup de grace.
Russia would not benefit from wiping out America, but Russia would love nothing better than to control the world’s financial markets, the oil and gas markets and have first dibs on any weapons systems bought or sold around the world. In essences, Russia needs us, more than we need them.
Their tactic right now is to sow discontent and it ratchets up from there, depending on who may be elected the next president of the United States.
North Korea, Iran, and other nuclear capable countries are another matter entirely and the next series of articles will focus on the threat posed and what may be the best way to prepare for what would be Armageddon.
Associated Press. (2016, October 05). Retrieved 2016, from http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/10/05/russia-launches-civil-defense-drills-amid-tensions-with-us.html
As the election draws near, chaos is breaking out throughout the country, and for the first time, there is proof that many of the riots we have seen over the last year have been orchestrated […]
According to multiple sources within the U.S. government the CIA has been tasked with preparing an unprecedented act of cyber warfare against the Russians. […]
Russia test fires Nuclear Capable Missiles as Obama Admin threatens retaliation for so-called hacks against the DNC. Russian Government News Organization threatens U.S. saying actions could have nuclear implications […]
Experts are warning that it could hit Category 5 strength by later this evening; mass food, water, and supply shortages have hit the region hard… […]
For the fourth night in a row, rioters have shut down one of the major interstate highways surrounding Charlotte, North Carolina. […]
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Rioters took over the I-85 Highway in North Carolina; attacking motorists, pulling them out of cars, and looting semi-trucks right on the highway. They set fire to the highways, attacked cops, and looted local stores… […]
Authorities say a terror cell may be operating in the New York area, after another backpack containing five explosive devices was found at an Elizabeth, New Jersey train station on Sunday. […]
Police are confirming that a Terrorist attacked visitors at a mall in St. Cloud, Minnesota. The attack comes at the same times as multiple bombings hit New York and New Jersey… […]
Multiple bombs have been found in New York and New Jersey after an explosion rocked a crowded Chelsea neighborhood in Manhattan. That bombing follows an earlier attack in New Jersey… […]
Has Our Infrastructure Collapsed to the Point It Is Dangerous Now
According to a U.S. study,( Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston and Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts) the water supply to more than six million Americans contains unsafe levels of industrial chemicals. The toxic chemicals have been linked to certain cancers to include kidney and testicular cancers along with hormone disruption, high cholesterol, and obesity.
The chemicals are known as PFASs (polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl substances). The chemicals are used in fire-suppression foams, food wrappers, clothing, and non-stick cookware to name a few.
According to one researcher that was part of the study, the chemicals have been in use for the past 60 years. Why are we just known finding this out, if the chemicals have been in use for six decades? One possibility is better testing methods and another possibility is that construction for several decades or so has been expanding to where homes are now being built in places they were never intended to be built 60 years ago.
People need water and the water sources are typically close to large metropolitan areas where industry is humming along. Industrial areas are always close to railroad and highway hubs around large cities.
Even though you may not live in town, as it were, runoff from heavy rains can get in the rivers and streams from far upstream and thus, get into reservoirs that supply cities and towns with their drinking water. Some rural areas do get their water from local municipalities, because you are inside the city limits and yet do not live in the city proper.
Most of the waste treatment plants that supply water to city dwellers do not have the capability of filtering or otherwise removing the chemicals mentioned above from the water source. Filtering, boiling, and/or chemical treatment will not remove the toxic chemicals.
There are methods, of course that would reduce the chemicals to a so-called safe level, but they are extremely cost prohibitive.
Drinking water from 13 states accounted for 75 percent of the unsafe supply, led by California, New Jersey, North Carolina, Alabama, Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, Georgia, Minnesota, Arizona, Massachusetts, and Illinois.
The study conducted did not test water from smaller public water systems and private wells that serve roughly one-third of the U.S. population or about 100 million people.
Yes, private wells can become contaminated if they are not designed properly, in other words, not capped correctly, or dug deep enough. Improperly capped wells allow ground runoff to enter the well from the top. You do not have to live near an industrial site or city to have your well contaminated. Runoff from farms, septic systems, roadways, and parking lots can contaminate your well, as would any floodwaters from rivers or streams in the area that may contain toxins from industrial sites miles upstream.
The Earth is a Natural Water Filter and Water Purifier but It Has Its Limits
As water seeps through the soil certain soil clay particles, which have a negative charge will attract any constituents in the water that have a positive charge, such as some heavy metals, salts, organic chemicals, and pesticides. Another mechanism is the formations of covalent bonds (sharing of electrons).This sharing helps soil retain many organic chemicals, pesticides and some inorganic constituents (Pierzynski, n.d.).
Well-constructed wells receive water from aquifers, underground springs, or artesian wells deep underground. Water has traveled many feet, hundreds of feet in some cases, through the soil to replenish the underground water supply, and for the most part the water is safe to drink unless the soil in the area is heavily contaminated.
It is important that you test your well water and take corrective action at the user end, such as more or better filtration and purification methods. Mother Earth at times needs helps to purify water so make sure you test regularly and make changes to your system as needed.
Those receiving your water from a municipality must keep track of testing and read the reports carefully. All public water supplies must be tested and the findings made public. You can test your tap water as well, and if you find and abnormalities, then call in the professionals to do a follow up test. In the meantime consume bottled water, and depending on the contaminates you find, you may be able to shower, water plants and do laundry without any ill effects, but knowledge is key along with regular testing.
As we have stated in previous articles, when a crisis strikes you may very well be on your own. As the government expands into more and more of our lives the more it seems we are on our own. Fair, unfair, right or wrong, it doesn’t matter, you as an individual must do what you need to do to ensure the safety of you and your family. Waiting on the government to do what is needed is not the answer when an emergency arises.
Pierzynski, G. M. (n.d.). Retrieved 2016, from http://www.wqpmag.com/soil-earth%E2%80%99s-largest-natural-filter
Reuters. (2016, August 10). Retrieved 2016, from http://www.foxnews.com/health/2016/08/10/toxic-chemicals-in-drinking-water-for-six-million-americans.html
There are hundreds, if not thousands of articles on the Internet that describe in detail what you can do, or need to do to survive without electricity. Some of the articles are well thought out, and provide the readers with practical, common sense advice, and are well worth reading in most cases, but, there is always a but when it comes to survival.
It is not a matter of you being able to survive without electricity, it is the fact that the entire grid system in the United States has collapsed. You as an individual or even as a family could survive for an extended period without power if you prepared well, but this is providing the three North American grids have not entirely collapsed.
You living on a homestead or simply living in your home in a rural area could survive if the grid for the rest of the country was operational. You might think you live independently, but are you really. Stop and think about it. No one is truly independent, until all three grids systems (interconnects) collapse.
Even those living on a homestead need to go to town occasionally to pick up supplies, food and materials you cannot make, grow or raise yourself, in other words, even when living without electricity you need the rest of the world to have electricity so you have access to certain things. You need manufacturers producing goods, refineries making gasoline and companies filling propane bottles. You need delivery services, the Postal Service, UPS, and FedEx.
You may need to take your child to a dentist, visit a parts store for a water pump part or you may need gas or diesel for farm equipment, and generators, and you may have an emergency cell phone you don’t use but have “just in case”. Your animals may need professional care at times, so yes, you need the rest of the country to be up and running so you can live off the grid.
For those that think they would never need to make a phone call, go to town to visit a doctor or to pick up some parts for that old tractor are not being honest with themselves. This kind of thinking will have an impact on your survival.
Some of you are already saying you won’t need a doctor, or have medications prescribed, or even need to buy over the counter medications because you have stockpiled all you need. This is a good thing, but stockpiles deplete over time.
Your health as an adult is already baked in the cake from childhood. You may not need high blood pressure medication today, or insulin, or pain medication for aching and aging joints, not today, but what about tomorrow.
Health problems start when you are a child. Too many bowls of sugary cereal will cause problems with your teeth in adulthood, cause diabetes, high blood pressure and so on. You wonder how the pioneers and your early ancestors survived without doctors and medications. Well they didn’t survive very well in some instances. The life expectancy was much lower than it is today, (150 years ago, life expectancy was between 30 to 40 years). People lived hard and worked hard. People lived with bad teeth or pulled the teeth themselves before the infection killed them. A small cut on the arm or leg could lead to gangrene and death. A broken leg could be a death sentence.
Diseases wiped out entire families, yellow fever, smallpox, tuberculosis, and a simple cold that leads to pneumonia would kill a person without antibiotics being administered. A number of people died from spoiled or tainted foods, bad fish, oysters, and bacteria laden beef (PubMed.gov, n.d.).
Charles Mann (1955- ) points out in his book 1493, “Uncovering the New World Columbus Created” that 30 percent of the first three waves of early colonists to the New World were gentlemen. A gentleman at the time was defined as someone who did not perform manual labor.
During the winter of 1609–10 known as the “the starving time”, almost everyone died, and those who did survive, survived by eating those that did not. They came to the New World woefully unprepared for the physical rigors awaiting them.
When the lights go out for good, the harsh conditions that await you will be unimaginable as well. Your life span will be reduced because diseases we once thought eradicated will once again surface and those that did not keep up on, or refused to get vaccines may very well succumb to centuries old diseases.
Increased physical labor will lead to heart attacks and injuries because your body is not conditioned. Water and food that may or may not be safe to drink or eat will be drank and eaten because dehydration and starvation is a sure thing, while dying from botulism or getting sick from Giardia may or may not happen.
Simply having the early technology to provide clean water dramatically increased the life expectancy of people living in populated areas a century ago. The government and the people at the time could not comprehend that diseases were spread through water contaminated by human waste and garbage left in the streets and gutters. Chamber pots were emptied in the gutters, and then the rain, washed the raw sewage and garbage into the local lakes, rivers and streams where drinking water was drawn from. A viscous cycle that was not broken for decades.
Your current lifestyle is relatively sedentary in comparison to your ancestors and your diet to this point will have a lot to do with how well you live going forward. Oh, you may think you are in shape, because you walk a few miles a day or hit up the gym once in awhile. Go without electricity for a few weeks or a few months and then see how much in shape you are. There are no doctors to get blood pressure medicine from, no pills for aching joints, no one to set a broken bone properly and so your arm or leg is forever deformed if it even heals at all.
Your diet will not improve during a crisis because survival foods like MRE’s, dehydrated soups, stews and canned foods will be high in sodium, Carbs, sugars and who knows what else, and all this without medications for high blood pressure and cholesterol. Of course, you can counter the effects by an increase in activity, which is a double-edged sword, because an increase in activity may lead to heart attacks, pulled muscles and broken bones.
Cities and suburban areas will become death traps quickly. Fires will burn out of control because the fire departments cannot respond. Hospital generators will go silent over time and patients will die by the thousands. Crime will increase and much of the crime will be out of necessity for many and for others this is their chance to pillage and run wild until the stomach starts shrinking and the illegal drugs some so desperately need are all gone and then they will die or be killed.
Those left in the military will bring generators the size of mobile homes to some cities. Aid stations will be set and emergency supplies passed out, and armed soldiers will patrol the streets day and night. The population will be reduced dramatically in the first 90 days and then people will live for weeks and months before they die from diabetes, heart attacks, from injuries or by murder. Garbage will pile up and sewage will run in the streets. Rats and insects will carry diseases. Body lice will once again be as common as the housefly and children will constantly have red, runny noses and coughs no one can explain.
How Do You Survive And For How Long Can You
We all take things for granted, many things like an EpiPen, for example, how many are on hand right now. Do you have a stockpile because your child has allergies or because you do? A bee sting or the wrong food could be deadly.
If you have two years worth of supplies, clean drinking water and the ability to filter and purify a water source you can survive without electricity, unless you get appendicitis, break a leg and the bone is sticking out, unless you can treat an infection with fresh antibiotics.
Yes, you can survive as your ancestors did or didn’t as the case may be. You have to make your own luck, however, get fit now, and eat right. Stockpile food, water, medicines, gasoline, diesel, propane, firewood, ammunition, and cookware and the lists go on from there.
You will need others, but you want to avoid others, as well, to avoid diseases they may carry, to avoid their anger and frustration and violent tendencies because their children are starving and sick.
Stayed Tuned For The Next In This Series
PubMed.gov. (n.d.). Retrieved 2016, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25438479
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According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. electric grid loses power 285 percent more often than it did in 1984 the year they began keeping track of such things.
The study further reveals that blackouts cost American businesses as much as $150 billion per year in lost wages, spoiled foods, halted production, damage to the grid components themselves and so forth (Clark, 2014). The 150 billion is just what they know about. How much would it cost you as an individual or family if the grid failed and you were without electricity for days, weeks, or even months?
The American Society of Civil Engineers in 2014 gave the electrical grid a D+. They evaluated the grid for security and other vulnerabilities and found it lacking across the board (Geiger, 2016).
According to a report issued in 2014 by the United States Department of Energy, “The United States suffers more blackouts than any other developed country in the world.” How is this possible you might wonder?
Antiquated infrastructure and a failure to invest and follow through on replacements and repairs is the main cause according to experts. One of the biggest problems is that states, cities, and communities simply do not have the money to repair or replace the infrastructure that supplies water and power to their cities and towns.
Everyone has a vested interest in maintaining the local infrastructure, but financially strapped cities cannot come up with the money to invest in new technology, parts, or experts to maintain the system properly.
It falls on the U.S. taxpayer to subsidize the repairs and we see how well that has worked out here lately, see Flint Michigan, for example. It cost money and when taxpayer money is involved, politicians of course are involved and that is generally when things go off the rails.
Vital components of the U.S. power grid are Large Power Transformers or LPT’s. LPT’s, which are scattered about the country and they are on average 40 years old. That’s old for a transformer so why not replace them (Energy.Gov U.S. Department of Energy, n.d.).
Here is Why They Don’t Get Replaced
They have to be custom built and it takes somewhere around 20 plus months and millions of dollars ( between 2 and 7.5 million, the cost in 2010) to make just one, and by the way only between six and nine power transformer manufacturing facilities exist in the United States today. Some may not be accredited or ready to start producing because the demand for steel and copper is so high it requires bids and so forth before the metals can be purchased.
The process just to be able to produce these components is a lengthy one, so thus, the reason for the varying number of manufactures at any one time here in the U.S. Some plants in the U.S. cannot produce the larger transformers that are needed to meet the growing demand. Together, the U.S. manufactures can only meet approximately 15 percent of the Nation’s demand for power.
Several manufacturers may be able to make a medium voltage transformer, while only one or two companies can make the extra high voltage transformer, which can take close to two years to make just one, providing they stay on schedule.
Transmission Voltage Classes
- (kV) Medium Voltage 34.5, 46, 69, 115/138
- High Voltage 115/138, 161, 230
- Extra High Voltage 345, 500, 765
Source: DOE, 2006
Only 15 percent or so, meaning the rest are manufactured outside the U.S then. Did we mention they weigh in excess of 400 tons? Not something you can pick up at your local UPS store and toss in the back of a pickup and go replace when one blows up, gets blown up, melts down, or simply stops working.
Put in a work order, write a huge check, and twiddle your thumbs for several years, only then to hear we can’t’ afford one without some federal money, so wait a few more years on a grant or a loan from the “Feds”. In the meantime, patch, cobble together, and do whatever you can, to get the power restored to tens of thousands of your paying customers, and pray that a heavy cloud cover doesn’t knock the power out again.
The blackouts mentioned above are caused by Mother Nature and an aging infrastructure. Imagine if someone really tried to shut the grid down, do you think anyone would have that much trouble doing it.
Delta Airlines just days ago experienced, a so-called power outage at their home base in Atlanta Georgia. Georgia Power disputes this claim, however, by saying that Delta was the only one affected by the alleged outage. Therefore, did someone target Delta, and then simply unplugged them from the grid, or is there some second tier infrastructure that supplies big companies that we are unaware of that failed, or were their computers hacked.
Delta of course would not want to admit someone with a laptop and a fat-free latte in the airport lounge grounded all flights for six hours. This one incident created havoc for tens of thousands of people. Imagine the chaos spreading. A power outage or computer hack, the results are the same.
We talk about “The Grid” a lot, but actually, there are three grids (called interconnections), which supply all of North America. There is the Eastern and Western interconnection and then there is the Texas interconnection. The Eastern provides electricity east of the Rockies and the Western interconnection provides power west of the Rockies while the Texas interconnection supplies most of Texas but not all. The Texas grid is the smallest, and some parts of Texas are supplied by both the Eastern and Western interconnections. (Geiger, 2016).
How the three interconnections are supposed to work and how they actually work are two different things.
Well three grids are better than one right. Yes, three grids are better than one, but having three only gives you more time, however, three does not solve the problem. One collapsing would be a catastrophe, but one that unfolds at a slower pace considering there are two more grids that will operate for a certain period. A slower moving crisis would give those not initially affected time to prepare, if there is such a thing as preparing for a total collapse of all three grids.
If the Eastern grid failed or even began to function at a lower capacity, for example, one of the remaining two interconnects would pick up the slack. This happens quite often with little to no consequence. It gets hot in the western states in the summer months and thus the grid is taxed beyond its capability in some cases, and power is then siphoned from the eastern grid to bring things back to 100 percent.
However, if the western grid failed completely the remaining two grids could not sustain full capacity for very long. The remaining interconnects would fail as well, at some point. Remember all three interconnects are operating with decades old components that will fail when stressed, whereas, newer parts may be able to sustain the stress until repairs could be completed or new components installed.
Granted this is only conjecture, but logic tells us that a newer part that is a year old could sustain more stress than one that is say 40 years old or even older. Having all of your eggs scattered in three separate baskets only allows you more time to come up with some options, it does not ensure you save all the eggs when disaster strikes.
Using solar and wind power is actually making things worse. You need a well functioning power grid for solar and wind energy to work. Wind and solar units produce electricity when the sun is shining and when the wind is blowing. The energy produced may very well exceed the need in a home for example, so where does the surplus electricity go, it flows back to the grid to be used by your neighbors possibly or to the grocer down the street or for someone miles away. Surplus energy flowing back to the grid puts some stress on the grid, and an aging system cannot withstand much stress.
Imagine an entire community went off grid by using solar and wind power, and the grid failed. Where would the excess go, well to a battery bank, which would store the power for when there wasn’t any sunlight like at night. How big of a battery bank would be needed, and is this even conceivable for a large city. Batteries leak, they can explode and they do wear out. The same applies to wind turbines. The surplus has to go somewhere.
The push for solar and wind is ongoing, but in the fine print it states for the systems to be sustainable on a large scale they must depend on a well operating grid system. Those without a battery backup system for their alternative power sources would be out of luck if the grid failed completely.
Okay, we hope we have presented the problem in a well thought out manner. What are the answers, what can you do to prepare so you can survive is the next set of questions.
The next article or articles will discuss some things you can do to prepare. We will not fear monger, but present the facts and some opinions of course, but we don’t believe in running around yelling the sky is falling unless, of course it is.
Opinions presented will be based on prior experiences and common sense and research using credible sources that you can verify yourself if it comes to that.
There are no magic pills. No single piece of gear that you can buy and we will not present some of the more, shall we say “arcane” methods some Doomsday bloggers profess to use. So arcane in fact, they are the only ones that know how they work, and only when you reach for your wallet will they share their mysterious knowledge.
Clark, M. (2014, July). Retrieved 2016, from http://www.ibtimes.com/aging-us-power-grid-blacks-out-more-any-other-developed-nation-1631086
DOE. (n.d.). Retrieved 2016, from http://energy.gov/sites/prod/files/Large%20Power%20Transformer%20Study%20-%20June%202012_0.pdf
Energy.Gov U.S. Department of Energy. (n.d.). Retrieved 2016, from http://energy.gov/oe/downloads/2013-reliability-markets-peer-review-day-1-presentations
Geiger, J. (2016, August). Retrieved 2016, from https://finance.yahoo.com/news/lights-inevitable-failure-us-grid-230000502.html
Violence erupted on the streets of Milwaukee, Wisconsin last night after rioters teamed up with the city’s brutal street gangs to target police officers and whites… […]
The Chicago Police Department has issued a civil unrest warning for the city of Chicago after they released footage today of police officers shooting a black criminal who had just stolen a car and tried to run over police officers. […]
In some cities at certain times, we have advanced from civil disobedience or civil unrest to violence to anarchy. When protesters can shut down major highways and roads and get away with it and then get invited to the White House, you know things are spiraling out of control. What final straw will break the camel’s back, what catalyst will cause discontent and violence to spread to areas in which they are not accustomed?
Will those that created the chaos soon become the ones that will protest when the system breaks down? A system they had strived to destroy. Will they be there with their hands out wanting help once things go past the point of no return? When you cause a system to fail you cannot turn around and then complain about how the system no longer works for you.
What Can You Do?
Well, the easiest and smartest solution would be to move out of town. Most people can’t do this, however. Jobs are nearby, and the expense of moving is not something many could afford.
If you can’t move away, then you have to do what you can in place. Fortify, and harden your structure, in other words, protect what you have.
Avoiding conflict is important. If you know, there are demonstrators out and about stay away from the area then. If you have vacation days, or sick days take them so you don’t have to go to work. Losing a day’s wage is hard, but losing your life, or having your car destroyed or becoming injured is even worse.
Rubbernecking the scene is a good way of getting caught up in something you can’t handle. Police will be on high alert and you could end up in cuffs or worse. Do not add to the problems already there. Trying to go to work knowing the bridges and roads are blocked by protesters is just folly on your part. Use common sense, and set your ideology aside and do what you need to do to survive the day or days of turmoil.
Mob mentality rules, this is a common phenomenon and it is a dangerous one because sheep will walk off the cliff following their appointed leader. Stay away and think for yourself. Look to your family first. The mob won’t help you survive, they won’t be there to bail you out of jail or to help fix your car, they won’t bring you food and water, and they will disappear to create havoc somewhere else as soon as it gets too rough for them.
It’s important that you have enough supplies in your home to survive for days or weeks in some cases. There are so many possible threats it is impossible to prepare for each individually, so don’t try. Just be prepared to hunker down for as long as it takes. Bugging-out is probably not an option unless you had several days notice and could pack your vehicles and get out of town before the city shuts down.
If you tried to bug-out during the Dallas massacre how far do you think you would get. In Nice, France, a supposed terrorist used a large truck to kill over 70 people that had gathered for a national celebration. What if something like this happened tomorrow in your city, could you leave, not likely, so you do have to be prepared to shelter in place? Stores and roads could be shut down for days, access blocked to certain areas of the city or town. You may not be able to go to work, to school, or to the grocery store.
As Preppers you have to adapt to the changing threats, the old threats are still there, however. Threats like nuclear war, armed conflict with another country and cyber attacks that shut the grid down, but more likely in the short-term are situations like Orlando Florida, Nice France, Dallas Texas, and San Bernardino CA. and so on down the list. These come without warning, so you do have to be prepared to react quickly and change plans for that day, or for that week until the dust settles somewhat. This means you have to be prepared to stay home and to do this you need supplies on hand.
At least 73 people are dead and another 150 severely injured in a suspected terror attack in Nice, France. […]
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The hacktivist group Anonymous, along with a number of other radical activist groups, is calling for a nationwide Day of Rage on Friday, July 15th. 37 cities are on their target list… […]
You won’t hear this on FOX, CNN or MSNBC, but since the massacre in Dallas violent street gangs have begun ruthlessly targeting and ambushing police and trying to shut down major highways… […]
Parents need to wake up to the realities of the world that their children are living in. There is an epidemic of violence on our streets and in our schools. […]
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CIA Director John Brennan warned Americans that he believes ISIS could be planning a similar large-scale attack here in the United States. […]
European Elites are using the BREXIT vote in the UK to push for the creation of a European SUPERSTATE — EU countries to be dissolved, losing their rights to have an army, criminal law, taxation system or central bank, with all those powers being transferred to Brussels. […]
California’s power grid operators are sounding the alarm bells saying that the grid could go down for as many as 14 days in California this summer… […]
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People need to be aware that ISIS is calling on their followers to attack movie theaters, hospitals, airports, trains, amusement parks and restaurants. […]
Information is slowly leaking out in relation to the Orlando, Florida terror attack and the total failure of our government’s anti-terrorism agencies has become appallingly apparent. […]
Dozens of people were attacked by left-wing radicals in San Jose, as police stood by and watched Trump supporters being viciously beaten. […]
Senate Republicans helped Democrats fund an Obama Administration Regulation that will essentially setup a National Zoning Board and allow HUD to radically reshape American cities… […]
This subduction zone can produce some of the strongest earthquakes on the planet, and researchers are warning the area could be long overdue for a quake that could exceed a magnitude 9.0. […]
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The attacks on 9/11 had of course, changed the landscape as well. The number of deaths in just a matter of moments was staggering, never again we swore as a country. We went to war because of the attacks, and we heard the government recommend we stock up on duct tape and plastic. Now almost a decade and a half later we are attacked again, and thus, things have changed once again.
What Makes the Most Recent Terrorist Attack Different?
It could be anyone. The government is talking about the so-called lone wolf attacks. About the person that gets it in his or her head to attack people. To attack a way of life, our way of life based on an ideology, which is hard to fathom. The lone wolf scenario is more than likely a fallacy in most cases, a term given, for well, lack of a better term.
The couple in San Bernardino if you think about likely had help, and of course, there were two of them. Once there is more than one attacker then the lone wolf theory goes out the window.
This means that the couple pushing a stroller through the park with a six month old child nestled inside could be plotting an attack, the neighbors next door with the crib and toys scattered about the apartment could be plotting an attack. It could be anyone, or any group of people. We don’t know, and people are hesitant, due to civil liberties, to even wonder if it is possible that it could be a neighbor, a coworker, or a stranger loitering at the bus stop or on the subway platform.
As stated in previous articles the police usually show up after the fact. This is not the fault of the police of course. You don’t know what you don’t know, and so until someone makes their intentions known in such a way as to be considered a viable threat the police have no role, and we don’t judge anyone in this country until they have done something, or express in such a way that they plan to do something.
Once someone acts out then everyone comes forward. Yes he or she seemed quiet, didn’t socialize much, greeted occasionally, but didn’t stop to chat with their neighbors. They seemed aloof at times. They worked late into the night in their garage, and men stopped by and they huddled in the workshop. What was just stated could apply to anyone of us. It could be anyone, any group of people plotting the next attack. This is how things have changed in this country.
So How Do You Protect Yourself
The politicians and others tell us we cannot change the way we live. We must go on, go to parties, go to sporting events, and go to concert halls. Go to a company party in the middle of the day when the sun is shining, and the birds are chirping just outside the windows.
Yes, we all have to carry on with our lives, but we have already changed the way we live, how we see things and how we react to terror even though we may not think we have. Survival is always at the individual level. Even when in a room full of people and there is an active shooter, it is you and the shooter in competition, who will win the game.
When it comes right down to it, sometimes living or dying is all about being in the right or wrong place at the time. How close will you be sitting to the door in which the shooter comes through?
Whom did the shooter first spot as they burst through the door? How close to an exit are you, is there a desk close by, a file cabinet, or wall to get behind. It is about your place, your location in time that often times dictate life or death. You have to change the odds so they are in your favor.
Look for the exits and evaluate the distance as you walk into any room or building. Look for objects that could offer protection and choose one or two. You can no longer spot an attacker. It could be the women with the baby stroller. It could be the man in the expensive suit reading the paper. Remember some of the Paris attackers had purchased expensive suits to blend into their surroundings. It could be your neighbor, who you say hi to as you both head out to work in the morning.
Go over the steps to take in your head, be ready to drop if you hear sounds that are not right. What is the first thing many people say when asked to describe what happened. I thought it was firecrackers going off. Not many assume it was gunfire.
Always assume it is gunfire first, and then after you find out it was firecrackers, then you can dust yourself off, have a good chuckle, and go on. Really though, it has never been firecrackers, if it sounds like firecrackers it is likely gunshots. If it sounds like thunder on a sunny day, then it is likely an explosion of some sort.
Remember situational awareness. Do not try to analyze the sounds or start looking for the source of the sounds. Drop, and move away and if you had previously noted the exits or places of cover then you would move toward them.
Your life may depend on where you are standing or sitting when an attack happens, so make sure to put the odds in your favor. There is no magic solution. Some online may tout they know, and they will try to put out articles and information about what you should do, but it really all comes down to you. Comes down to where you are and what actions you take when the SHTF.
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There is a “doomsday” vault built in an Arctic mountainside to safeguard global food supplies. Now for the first time since the vault was established on the Svalbard archipelago in 2008, seeds have been withdrawn. The original intent or charter if you will was designed to protect crop seeds such as beans, rice, and wheat against the worst cataclysms of nuclear war or disease (Doyle, 2015).
Once you crack the seal, or pop the cork as the case maybe, it is easier to go back to the wine for a sip or two, and sooner than imagined the bottle is empty. The vault has more than 860,000 samples, from almost all nations and of course the seeds are stored so the world or a particular nation can recover from a catastrophe, a catastrophe that threatens the food supply.
The Middle East as a whole could probably qualify as a catastrophe, where disease and starvation account for many deaths, not to mention war. With the refugee crisis and millions leaving the area is there anyone left to plant the crops and harvest them, process them, and then distribute them?
It won’t take long for the terrorist organizations who are trying to take over certain countries to realize they too need to eat and have a reliable food source, so what happens when, because of their actions the seed vault is tapped again, and again, and how long can it sustain itself. Maybe it’s time you started your own seed vault.
The doomsday seed vault is for countries to secure their future food supply, and while you live in a country, you would not be able to call up and order up your tomato seeds from the vault, if disaster strikes. It would take years after a calamity for nations to get the seeds in the ground. It requires people with skills to plant, tend to, and then to harvest the crops, not to mention once you have all this how to distribute the crops. Once again, you realize you are on your own.
We are not going to get into the debate about GMO’s, heirloom, hybrid, and all that. That is for you to decide what is best for you and yours. However, when the SHTF your choices may be limited, so if you want perfection and will not settle for less than perfect, then it is up to you to make it happen now, because no one will do it for you once a crisis is upon us.
Droughts, floods, a volcano, war, or even a major earthquake could ruin crops and crop land for years, and it would take years to recover. This means you would need several years’ worth of food stockpiled, or a sustainable and renewable source of food, your own private source in other words.
What Do You Need
Gathering up seeds is the easy part, and relatively inexpensive. If you only plant heirloom seeds then the plant itself will produce seeds ensuring a renewable source of seeds for every season. However, many heirloom varieties have inherent weaknesses. They are not drought tolerant, pest resistant and in some cases the growing conditions need to be near perfect for a decent harvest. Hybrid plants cannot produce seeds for an identical plant. However, the plant itself has had the best qualities bred into it and so hybrids are more suited for problem soil, and in many cases require less water. This is something to consider as you begin your stockpile, think about a combination of both.
Aside from the seeds, you will need certain skill sets, materials, and above all knowledge of the growing seasons, and of the plants themselves. Knowing how to compost properly will ensure you have fertilizer and the tools needed are not complicated, or all that expensive, but needed nonetheless.
The biggest problem is space and soil. If you live in a suburban area, vacant lots and other areas of the city could be contaminated after years of vehicular traffic and factories discharging contaminates into the soil. One solution is to stockpile your own soil, which would be a monumental task and you could use raised beds virtually anywhere. If you have a backyard suitable in size then that problem is solved, but consider the need to expand when calculating size of area versus harvest.
It takes planning and it can take months if not years to reach the level where your garden could supply you with daily sustenance during the growing season. Keep in mind you need to grow enough so there is a surplus that can be preserved for the off seasons.
Doyle, A. (2015, September 22). Retrieved 2015, from https://news.yahoo.com/syrian-war-spurs-first-withdrawal-doomsday-arctic-seed-143300148.html
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The New Yorker published a story July 20th, 2015, in which they detailed the destruction a massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami would cause in areas of the Pacific Northwest. The story is called The Really Big One (Schulz, 2015).
The danger zone that the article is referring to lies just north of the San Andreas Fault line. It is known as the Cascadia subduction zone, and it runs for seven hundred miles off the coast of the Pacific Northwest, and ends near Vancouver Island Canada.
There are a lot of technical details in the article and it is easy to get lost in the weeds when reading it, but the take away is that essentially experts predict that a massive quake could happen along the fault line any day now.
According to FEMA everything west of Interstate 5 would be toast if what has been described were to occur. Well if it were to occur there would of course be massive destruction and likely any estimation made before the quake would be a conservative estimation, because no one knows for sure.
The story had a visceral impact and some people panicked. The New Yorker is considered a reputable magazine in many quarters, and not some doom and gloom website that is always predicting the sky will fall tomorrow. When tomorrow comes there is always another tomorrow in which the sky will fall. This article resonated with people and according to some retailers emergency kits are flying off the shelves, because of the news story.
Sales of emergency-preparedness kits have skyrocketed after The New Yorker last week published a story about how an earthquake would destroy the Pacific Northwest (Lacitis, 2015).
American Preparedness CEO Steve O’Donnell was quoted as saying that his company sold an average month’s worth of emergency kits in a single day right after the story was published (Lacitis, 2015).
Another company that retrofits homes for earthquakes stated the waiting list for clients went from 3.5 months to six months after the story came out. People wanted on the waiting list for the services the company provides.
Experts reveal what most of us already know and that is that things go in cycles. People will be hyper vigilant and eager to prepare for a period, and then it wears off. Emergency kits will be hot items for a time and then taper off.
However, according to a survey conducted by the city of Seattle only 25 percent of the citizens are prepared. This is good news to some extent because the national average is only four percent, only four percent of the population is ready for a crisis. That leaves far too many not prepared, and those unprepared may be as big of a problem as the crisis itself in the days after.
Kits prepackaged for you and ready to use right off the shelf are apparently popular, because people will spend money so they do not have to worry about gathering the items here and there themselves.
The kits however could be put together at home, and it might be cheaper to do it yourself, and you can control the quality of the items as well. It is the convenience factor for some, so the kits are popular.
Those that buy the kits, and then stick them in a closet without inventorying the items are only buying the kits based on the emotions at the time. Everyone is buying them so “I better get one too” is how some see things. A few do not even know why they need to prepare, but they get caught up in the rush. The city of Seattle is now recommending that everyone have 10 to 14 days worth of supplies so why not just buy one that is ready to use may be the thinking of some people.
Preparedness Has To Be Taken Seriously
Earthquakes are not a new development, but the story reminded people that live in earthquake prone areas that the big one could come at anytime. If the so-called big one did strike, then ten days or even 14 days worth of supplies would probably not be enough.
You do not prepare because someone else says it is the thing to do. You have to know why you must be prepared, and then know what you need to be prepared. You may very well survive the event, but can you survive the days and weeks after.
It really is unfortunate that it takes a glaring news headline to spurn people into action and yet given all of the alarm generated only 25 percent of the people living in Seattle have prepared for such an event.
Experts have been predicting the big one for years and it could in theory happen any day now, and the fact that no one knows, means you do have to be prepared for it to happen any day now.
Lacitis, E. (2015, July). Retrieved 2015, from http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/ready-or-not-earthquake-kits-flying-off-the-shelves/
Schulz, K. (2015, July). The New Yorker. Retrieved 2015, from http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/07/20/the-really-big-one
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