Contagion Outbreak – How It Spreads

 

I came across an interesting article today on FOX news.  It explains how a massive outbreak could quickly spread across the country.  It’s worth checking out.  And for more information, go to the CDC (Center for Disease Control) webpage and do some more searching for how to prepare and deal with outbreaks, as well as Yellow Level Events.

 

From the FOX news post, link further below will take you directly to the article and more information:

During infectious disease outbreaks, personal freedom comes at a price: the welfare of the public as a whole, a new study finds.

In the research, scientists investigated whether, in the event of an outbreak, people should be allowed to move about freely or if authorities should enforce travel restrictions to halt the disease’s spread.

“What we were trying to understand better is how actions, in terms of routing humans, could affect the spread of disease,” said study researcher Ruben Juanes, a geoscientist at MIT in Cambridge, Mass. [The 5 Most Likely Real-Life Contagions]

The findings suggest that highly connected regions of dense commuter traffic carry the gravest consequences of allowing free movement.

The price of anarchy

The researchers borrowed a concept from game theory known as the “price of anarchy,” which they defined as “the loss of welfare due to selfish rerouting compared with the policy-driven coordination.”

Bird Flu Strain – New and Lethal

 

It is being reported that the new bird flu strain is one of the most lethal encountered so far, and transfers more easily to humans than previous strains.  That’s the bad news.  The good news is that so far there is no evidence of transference between people.

However, despite all the potential survival scenarios that are out there, the flu pandemic is the one that is the most likely to happen.   So keep that in mind and research some of the past posts on this site to learn a little more about pandemics.  Prep and prepare.

For more information on the newest bird flu strain check out this link:  NEW BIRD FLU STRAIN

 

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 – Hurricane Sandy Coming Ashore

 

In case you have not been following the news, Hurricane Sandy is finally coming ashore and threatens easily 60 million people on the East Coast.  I hope people affected by this storm took the time to prepare themselves with specific survival items such as water, food, backup power such as generators, first aid supplies, extra clothes, means of cooking food and heating water and a wide variety other survival gear essentials.

 

The East Coast is bracing Monday for the impact of a powerful Category 1 hurricane as it barrels toward the mid-Atlantic with 95 mph winds and a storm surge that forecasters called “life-threatening.”

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Survival Awareness – CDC Reports More than 1,100 Cases Of West Nile Virus

 

It’s not an influenza pandemic, but the West Nile Virus can be pretty nasty and is something to be aware of.  It is transmitted through mosquitoes and this year there have been a lot more mosquitoes than previous years.  At this time last year there were only 21 cases reported nationwide.  Now there are more than 1,100 and that has the CDC concerned.

While the West Nile Virus is probably not going to cause a major breakdown in society, it can get to proportions that can be disruptive, so it is good to be aware of it. Continue reading “Survival Awareness – CDC Reports More than 1,100 Cases Of West Nile Virus”

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 Prepping – Important Documents

 

Forest-fires have been big stories in the news the past few months with Colorado in particular being hit hard.  Many people had been forced from their homes as the fires advanced out of control.  Of course the potential threat of forest-fires is yet another reason to prepare.

In most cases when a forest-fire threatens your home you are going to be forced to evacuate your home.  Usually you will have some advanced warning before this happens, however that is not always the case.  Either way, having a good bug out bag is vital.  All of the items in that bug out bag are important of course, but in the instances of floods, tornadoes, forest-fires, hurricanes, earthquakes and other natural disasters, having copies of important documents such as proof of insurance, identification, residence and bank information are equally important.

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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”

Awareness – Clintonville Wisconsin And The Need For A Bug Out Bag

 

Clintonville, Wisconsin has been plaqued by strange booming noises and possible earth tremors the past few days – all unexplained.  It has made the national news.  Below is an excerpt from FOX News:

CLINTONVILLE, Wis. –  Bemused curiosity is turning into worry and aggravation for families in a small Wisconsin town longing for peace and quiet after three nights of mysterious booming noises that have sent some residents into the streets — sometimes still in their pajamas.

The strange disturbance sounds like distant thunder, fireworks or someone slamming a heavy door. At first, many people were amused. But after a third restless night Tuesday into Wednesday, exasperation is mounting. And some folks are considering leaving town until investigators determine the source of the racket.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/03/21/mysterious-booms-rattle-wisconsin-city/?test=latestnews#ixzz1pqxYiTJF

 

Possible sink hole soon to form?  Earthquake coming?  Methane build up under the ground?  Nobody knows for sure, at least not at the writting of this post.  One thing is for sure Continue reading “Awareness – Clintonville Wisconsin And The Need For A Bug Out Bag”

Doomsday Preppers – National Geographic Channel

 

What looks like could be an interesting new show is premiering tomorrow night, February 7th at 9PM eastern time on the National Geographic Channel.  The show is called “Doomsday Preppers”, and the show will explore the lives of supposedly ordinary citizens preparing for various end of the world scenarios. 

Below is an excerpt taken from the National Geographic Channel website:

“‘Doomsday Preppers’ explores the lives of otherwise ordinary Americans who are preparing for the end of the world as we know it. Unique in their beliefs, motivations, and strategies, preppers will go to whatever lengths they can to make sure they are prepared for any of life’s uncertainties. And with our expert’s assessment, they will find out their chances of survival if their worst fears become a reality.”

I will be tuning-in to watch the first episode and seeing if it is worth while to continue watching.  Who  knows, but perhaps there is something to be learned from seeing other preppers talk openly about their preparations for survival, and to learn their reasons why they feel they need to be prepared.  Personally I firmly believe in keeping hard details of my prepping plans such as retreat locations and amount of supplies I have secret.  If some major event does take place people who know that you are prepared will show up at your door looking for help, or worse, Continue reading “Doomsday Preppers – National Geographic Channel”

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 – Bio-security Officials Sound Warning, News Feed

 

This certainly is alarming news being reported:  Combined sources for the information below is CNN and FOX news online.

The U.S. government is very much concerned regarding reports that Dutch scientists have created a highly contagious and deadly airborne strain of bird flu that is potentially capable of killing hundreds of millions of people world wide.

The U.S. National Science Advisory Board for Bio-security is currently analyzing how much of the scientists’ information should be allowed to be published if any at all.  There certainly are immense risks of having the scientific findings fall into the hands of terrorists or rogue states.

Following is a quote from a Senior US Bio-Security Official: “The fear is that if you create something this deadly and it goes into a global pandemic, the mortality and cost to the world could be massive.”

Many scientists reacting to the news are questioning whether the experiments and strain alteration should have been done in the first place.

For more information on this news story check out your own various sources one line.

This is just another reason to try and be prepared.  Stocking up on survival supplies such as water and food can certainly help.  But also you need to educate yourself regarding influenza and how to best fight it without being able to receive hospital care.  If a strain this deadly and as easily transferable as the one being talked about ever went global, care centers everywhere would quickly be overrun and shortages of medicine used to fight influenza would occur quickly.  Something this deadly would certainly incur a red event with a collapse of society.

 

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”