Survival Prepping – Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late

 

Check out this news clip from Fox News, as this is what happens  when disaster hits and people are not prepared.  Don’t be the person that has to race out to the stores at the last minute only to find them cleaned out.  Survival prepping is a must.

 

“Frustration with gas supplies topped the list of issues causing tensions to boil over in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, the states hardest hit by power outages in the wake of superstorm Sandy. Residents jockeyed for fuel at the few stations still pumping, searched store shelves in vain for batteries, struggled with sporadic cell phone service and found themselves unable to buy necessities at supermarkets. Continue reading “Survival Prepping – Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late”

Survival Awareness – News Feeds, 620 Million Without Power

 

Over 620 million people are without power in India after power grid failures.

Check out this story from FOX NEWS.  And remember, this has happened here in the United States:  North American Power Outage

 

FROM FOX NEWS:  India’s energy crisis cascaded over half the country Tuesday when three of its regional grids collapsed, leaving 620 million people without government-supplied electricity for hours in, by far, the world’s biggest blackout.

Hundreds of trains stalled across the country and traffic lights went out, causing widespread traffic jams in New Delhi. Electric crematoria stopped operating, some with bodies half burnt, power officials said.

Two hundred workers were stranded in three coal mines in West Bengal when the blackout cut off electricity to elevators in their underground pits, a mining company official told The Times of India.

“We are waiting for the restoration of power to bring them up through the lifts, but there is no threat to their lives or any reason to panic,” Nildari Roy, a senior official at the mines’ operator, Eastern Coalfields Limited, told The Times of India.

The massive failure — a day after a similar, but smaller power failure — has raised serious concerns about India’s outdated infrastructure and the government’s inability to meet its huge appetite for energy as the country aspires to become a regional economic superpower. The power failure affected people across 20 of India’s 28 states — about double the population of the United States.

Now, imagine how you would be affected where you live without any electrical power for just a couple days, then imagine if it lasted a few weeks.  Another reason to prepare, and there are plenty of older posts on this site that can help you get prepared for such an event and other events.  Just takes some time and some effort.
The power grid system in use today in America is old technology and could fail easily.  You cannot compare India to America in this regard, both countries are more equal in this regard than many people would believe.

Survival Awareness – News Feed, Pandemic

 

A new study raises concerns that some bird flu virus strains are only three mutations away from a possible pandemic;  airborne transmissible, human to human.  Not good news.  But all the more reason to prep.

Link to bring you to the story is here:  Fox News.

Every hundred years in human history there are at least three outbreaks of pandemic.  Usually one of those three outbreaks is a major outbreak.  The last major outbreak that occurred that included America was in 1918-1920.  Word wide the 1918 pandemic has been attributed to between 50-130 million deaths.  The exact death toll world-wide is unknown as the pandemic did also involve third world countries, and at the time reporting/monitoring was not the same as it is now.  In America the 1918 pandemic caused just over 650,000 deaths.  What the experts do say is that the 1918 pandemic could have been much worse in today’s day and age with world travel as easy as it is – that pandemic today would have spread to every country in the world within a matter of days with major outbreaks in every city around the globe. Continue reading “Survival Awareness – News Feed, Pandemic”

Survival Awareness – Foraging For Food, Be Sure Of What You Eat

First rule of foraging for edible plants: If you think a plant is edible but not 100% sure, don’t eat it!  Second rule of foraging for edible plants:  If you are uncertain about the first rule you have no business foraging for edible plants.  It is better to go a little longer without food than to poison yourself and die in probably pain and agony.  Remember, a person can go weeks without food if need be.  Better not to risk it.

Every prepper should have some basic knowledge of plants both edible and poisonous within their region.  I hope that I will never have to rely on my small amount of knowledge in the area of foraging for edible plants to eat, but I believe I need to be prepared for that instance just in case, and so should you. Continue reading “Survival Awareness – Foraging For Food, Be Sure Of What You Eat”

Why You Should Be A Prepper – Revisted “Things Can Go Wrong”.

 (This is a re-posting of “Things Can Go Wrong”, one of the earlier posts placed on this blog.  I am re-posting this article because of the large amount of positive feedback that I have received on it from earlier readers, and from outside web sources currently…makes me think it is worth the re-post.)

We are all lucky to live in this great country that is The United States of America.  For the most part all of us go through our daily lives with an understanding of our place in life and have certain expectations of modern living.  Modern living is of course having still the best healthcare in the world, flat screen TVs in two out of three rooms in the house, indoor plumbing, fast telecommunications, well stocked grocery stores, and of course law & order.

However, the fact of the matter is that the thing we call modern society that allows us to live so well, is maintained by a very thin thread that holds everything together.  The system that supports our way of living can come crashing down faster than most people would believe possible.  Our modern society is far too overspecialized, and that can cause a big problem, which is explained in more detail further below.

You may not be too surprised to learn that just over 95% of all American’s live within a major city or a surrounding suburb.  America is a big place, that means the other 5% have a lot of room to roam.  It also means that of the 5% that live in the country probably only half of them are involved with agriculture…and that means that less than 5% of the country’s population is working to feed the remaining population.  Think about those figures for a moment, and then think about how tasty that food is that you buy in the grocery store. Continue reading “Why You Should Be A Prepper – Revisted “Things Can Go Wrong”.”

Survival Awareness – Massive Solar Eruption With Power Outages, News Feed

 

Yet another reason to do a quick check of your survival gear and survival food stores.  In this instance it sounds like the solar flare will have a minimal impact.  But these things can happen with very short notice, and it is always better to be prepared.  If not for this event, then for another more serious event.  Article below:

Jan. 22 at 10:59 p.m. EST, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory caught an extreme ultraviolet flash from a huge eruption that originated from our sun. 

According to NOAA, this is the strongest solar radiation storm since May 2005, and as a precaution, polar flights on Earth are expected to be re-routed within the next few hours, Kathy Sullivan, deputy administrator of NOAA, said today at the 92nd annual American Meteorological Society meeting in New Orleans, La.  A barrage of charged particles triggered by this morning’s solar flare is expected to hit Earth tomorrow at around 9 a.m. EST (1400 GMT), according to experts at the Space Weather Prediction Center, a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Scientists call these electromagnetic bursts “coronal mass ejections” (CMEs), and they are closely studied because they can produce potentially harmful geomagnetic storms when the charged particles rain down Earth’s magnetic field lines.

In addition to generating stronger than normal displays of Earth’s auroras (also known as the northern and southern lights), geomagnetic storms aimed directly at our planet can also disrupt satellites in orbit, cause widespread communications interference and damage other electronic infrastructures.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2012/01/23/planes-rerouted-fearing-strongest-radiation-storm-in-7-years/#ixzz1kJcRXzOg

 

Note from page Editor: There is some concern regarding solar flares knocking out entire power grids, and it has happened in the past.  This is a great example of a green level event.  For further reading on this site check out this link; survival awareness.

 

Survival Awareness – Comet Or Asteroid Impact, News Feed

 

An asteroid the size of a modern aircraft carrier, designated as Asteroid 2005 YU55, is set to pass very close to the earth today.  How close?  Within the moon’s orbit distance from the earth.  So close enough.

It is estimated to be traveling roughly 29,000 MPH, and makes a trip around the sun every fifteen months.  Luckily this asteroid is not projected to ever hit the earth in the next several hundred years, but the fact of the mater is that if an asteroid of this size ever did it would cause a major regional disaster.  It is not beig enough to kill all life on earth, or to even wipe out a country the size of the United States.  Texas, maybe…

What concerns me and many other preppers is that there are hundreds of thousands of asteroids out there floating around, and there are only a small percentage of them that NASA is aware of and that are being tracked.  Earth has been hit many times in the past when the solor system was young, and major strikes do still occur in our solor system.  It was just in July of 1994 that a comet (Shoemaker-Levy) impacted with the planet Jupiter.  In 1908 in Siberia Continue reading “Survival Awareness – Comet Or Asteroid Impact, News Feed”

Good Example Of A Green Level Survival Event – Current News

 

It is all over the local news for October 30th and 31st.  Major snow storm hits the northeast and millions are without electrical power, and in many areas it is suspected to be almost a week before power is restored.  This is a prime example of a green level event, and one that you should be able to prepare for if living in climates that get snow storms.

Connecticut: 800,000 without power

Massachusetts:  640,000 without power Continue reading “Good Example Of A Green Level Survival Event – Current News”

Survival Awareness – Terrorist Detonated Dirty Bomb

 

If you have been watching the news over the past few weeks you have heard of the Iran linked terror plot to assassinate foreign ambassadors on U.S. soil by means of an implemented explosive device (IED).  More recently there has been another terror plot uncovered in Texas where five foreign Muslims were arrested and found with pictures of “infrastructure” around the country including malls, government buildings and water systems.  A quick internet search of news over the last few months will show many terrorist plots being uncovered all around the world, and some some places they are not uncovered in time and people die.

The threats are out there, and it is no hidden secret that terrorist groups would like nothing more than to be able to get their hands on radiological material and detonate a bomb on United States soil or one of our allies far that matter.  It was just this past anniversary date of 9/11 that it was suspected a dirty bomb was going to be detonated in or around New York City.  Terrorist are much more likely to be able to get their hands on material for a dirty bomb than have the ability to detonate a nuclear bomb.  So for now lets focus on dirty bombs and what we can do to prepare. Continue reading “Survival Awareness – Terrorist Detonated Dirty Bomb”

Survival Skill Preparedness – Influenza Pandemic

 

Some survival situations are hard to plan for.  A large scale influenza pandemic is such an event.  A pandemic is a very real possibility that every prepper should take seriously and plan for accordingly.  There are things you can do to help prepare yourself for such a disaster on top of your own emergency survival food and general survival gear planning.

First let’s look at some information about influenza pandemics.

An influenza pandemic occurs when a new virus strain emerges for which there is no immunity in humans and for which no vaccine is already in place.  Such a virus causes serious illness and eventually spreads very easily from one person to the next. The Twentieth Century saw three influenza pandemics, two of which were major in size.  The last major pandemic occurred in 1957 and killed nearly 70,000 people in the United States alone.  The major pandemic before that was much worse, occurred in 1918 and killed just over 650,000 people in the United States alone.  Imagine how much worse the 1918 pandemic could have been in today’s modern world of fast air travel, long distance commuting and global shipping. Continue reading “Survival Skill Preparedness – Influenza Pandemic”

Survival Planning For A Power Grid Failure – Check Your Survival Gear

 

Another example of a green level event is a blackout.  Blackouts can happen at anytime and anywhere.  The information provided in this blog post will just go to re-enforce that survival planning for emergency situations is important.  Having backup food stores and extra water on hand for your survival needs can go a very long way when the grid goes down.  So read this interesting blog and then go back and check your current survival gear supplies.  It’s funny sometimes how reading an article such as this can make you think about things you can do to make yourself better prepared.

Without a doubt one of the weakest points in our country’s infrastructure are the power grids. Continue reading “Survival Planning For A Power Grid Failure – Check Your Survival Gear”

Snow Storm Disaster – How Clear Thinking And Survival Preparedness Can Help

 

I received an email from a reader of this blog and thought he had a good story to tell.  His name is “Mike”  and he was prepared to handle a snow storm that knocked out power while at a remote cabin in norther Wisconsin.  Mike’s story is posted below for everybody to read.  Anybody who thinks they have a good story or wants to contribute to the blog, please read the link at the top of the page “Contact & Post” for information on your emails and comments.  Thanks!  Biff-

Mike writes:  Have to say that your site so far has had some interesting reading.  I look forward to seeing it grow more.  I have learned a few things already, in fact I have a survival story I thought I would tell you about.  You mentioned in one of your blog post about creating a shelter inside a room to conserve heat.  Well I did just that last winter and it worked pretty good.  You also mentioned Continue reading “Snow Storm Disaster – How Clear Thinking And Survival Preparedness Can Help”

Survival Retreat Planning – Part One

 

Luckily large scale disaster events are few and far between.  Most survival situations run for a short duration and last less than ten days, and are referred to as a green event.  Most green events can be tackled by hunkering down at home with an ample supply of survival food along with survival water storage and some alternative cooking means such as a camp-stove.  Throw in some other basic survival gear, some common sense thinking regarding prepping and you are set to face a green event.  However, larger disaster threats are out there, and such events that fall into the yellow and red category typically spell bad news for entire regions and sometimes entire countries.  Worse case scenarios are world wide events, which is typically referred to as ‘the end of the world as we know it’ (TEOTWAWKI), or even the apocalypse.

You can pretty much count on a yellow (10-90 days) or red (90+ days) event having a complete breakdown of society. Continue reading “Survival Retreat Planning – Part One”

Things Can Go Wrong – Why You Need To Think About Survival Preparedness

 

We are all lucky to live in this great country that is The United States of America.  For the most part all of us go through our daily lives with an understanding of our place in life and have certain expectations of modern living.  Modern living is of course having still the best healthcare in the world, flat screen TVs in two out of three rooms in the house, indoor plumbing, fast telecommunications, well stocked grocery stores, and of course law & order.

However, the fact of the matter is that the thing we call modern society that allows us to live so well, is maintained by a very thin thread that holds everything together.  The system that supports our way of living can come crashing down faster than most people would Continue reading “Things Can Go Wrong – Why You Need To Think About Survival Preparedness”