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Survival

Drought Conditions and Fire Safety — Weekend Homework

The weekend is here! Hoping you have great plans in the works, and want to share with you a little bit of “Preponomics Homework” to inspire your thoughts, and encourage the ongoing development of your preparedness plans. For our Weekend Homework, let’s consider the importance of fire safety in the face of drought conditions. First the background, and the question follows…

Drought Conditions and Fire Safety

drought conditions
By US Forest Service – https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/photograph/5503/39/68765/, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=62239939

Background:  Drought conditions increase the risk of fire hazards, and often place people, pets, farm and ranch animals, wildlife, and property in danger well beyond what many people understand as their relative levels of risk. Fire can move swiftly, and change directions. A blaze can quickly encircle an area preventing the escape from those trapped within it. Understanding the risks of fire, taking steps to prevent fire, and having a solid and practiced evacuation plan in place and in case of emergency are all key to improving the odds of surviving such a disaster.



Here are a few suggestions to help develop thoughts, ideas, and emergency planning related to fire risk and fire safety…

  • Know the risk level of the area in which you live. Attend as well to risks more broadly so you can help inform and protect family, friends, and other members of the community. Proactively track these risk levels, and monitor communications from local, state, and regional fire safety officials, emergency radio communications teams, and reputable news outlets.
  • Create a phone tree, and be prepared to make voice connections with those who may not immediately receive a text or email message, or see a social media post. Have an organized plan for early and proactive door-to-door safety checks as these are possible. Be prepared to offer special assistance to the elderly, disabled, and those who are otherwise ill or infirm. Have a plan as well to safely secure family pets.
  • Be prepared to evacuate. Keep emergency evacuation supplies in your vehicle. These should include a fire extinguisher or two. A fire ax or two. An electric or gas chain saw. Respirators. Safety helmets, protective shields, and protective eye wear. Access to water and towels. Maps marked with evacuation routes (at least two). A battery powered radio, a CB radio, GMRS hand held radio (“handie talkies” or “walkie talkies”), or a HAM radio. An extra set of keys. Spare eye glasses. Easy to access snacks. A thoughtfully prepared first aid kit, and sanitation supplies.
  • Know your evacuation routes, and have more than one option. Include destinations that are both close and more distant. Remember… Distance to safety will vary with conditions. A localized fire presents a scenario different from a larger forest fire spreading quickly, a chemical fire, or a fire involving the electrical grid or a nuclear power plant. Practice these routes, and develop the alternatives you might need should any fire escape route be compromised. Imagine scenarios that might require improvisation. Make these “surprise elements” part of your practice routine.
  • Review and update your get-home, go-bags and BOBs.
  • While working on fire evacuation safety plans, consider the ways in which you can improve your in-home fire safety (prevention and emergency evacuation).
  • Organize teaching resources and help to educate others. Include people of all ages including kids. Information and training is key to preventing panic, to coordinating an organized and effective emergency responses to any crisis including fire, and to the protection and preservation of people, pets, and property.

The Question: How can I further develop or improve the fire safety plans and protocols for my family, neighborhood, community, state, and region. Is it time to update or expand my tools or supplies? Do I have an “easy to read” written summary of emergency instructions? Have I circulated and posted this in multiple places? How can I help teach fire safety to others, or help to organize community based education and awareness?

Additional Reading:

Posted at Professor Preponomics: “Drought – The Dangerous Implications of Dry Times”

HINT: Survival is one of those pass-fail kinds of courses. A passing answer shall not include “there is nothing else I can do”. There’s a lot you can do. Let’s get started.

Remain steady. Stay well. Be safe everyone!

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A Disaster is Coming

A Disaster is Coming
Track and follow important news and updates with Ben Davidson at https://spaceweathernews.com

Editor’s Comment: A disaster is coming. Perhaps you’ve dreamed about something like this. Persistent concerns, and thoughts pushing you to prepare, to make survival plans. Maybe you don’t even know why. Watch this, and it will become clear. A cyclical solar micronova occurs every 12,000 years, and it’s been 12,000 years since the last one. We’re due. In our lifetimes. An event like this one would dwarf the Carrington catastrophe. Many believe this is why NASA sent men to the moon — to find evidence of previous micronovas. They did. This is science, and the science is becoming increasingly clear. See the video, look at the evidence, discern for yourself. Revelation describes it, historic remnants from ancient cultures appear to have recorded the findings and experiences of the times through which they lived, and science is demonstrating it today.

If you wish to discuss or comment on this video, or any other Professor Preponomics article or post, we invite you to visit the Professor Preponomics GAB Page. There, you can converse with other Professor Preponomics readers and comment freely (subject to GAB’s terms of service). The GAB link to discuss this article can be found here. We encourage thoughtful discourse as we are working to help everyone learn how to survive the dangerous and uncertain times ahead.

Staying Cool in the Summer Heat — Class Notes

Class Notes

Staying Cool in the Summer Heat

As we work through the coming week, let’s build on the most recent Weekend Homework, continue our conversation, and our preparedness planning, with a focus on the importance of low tech solutions as key components of our critical infrastructure.

We love the sun and the playful activities of summer! We love it all even more so when we can seek the reprieve of shelter and shade. Staying cool in the summer heat is something we can learn to do using simple ideas, and relatively low levels of technology. These ideas are important not only for human comfort and safety, but also for greenhouse gardens and food preservation too.

We’ll all fare much better when the grid goes down if we’ve invested ourselves in skill building beforehand. Read. Add books to personal libraries. Watch tutorial videos. Create notebooks with important information, ideas, and instruction.

Here are just a few of many ideas to stir the imagination, and inspire your solution-focused thinking!

Zeer Pot
Staying Cool in the Summer Heat
Zeer pot example – Image credit: Adam from ModernBushman.com

Although the Zeer Pot may not produce modern levels of refrigeration, it does provide a cooling benefit. In any environment requiring low tech solutions, this one is worth considering. It’s excellent as well for teaching and learning about heat transfer and cooling processes. Create your own Zeer Pot as part of a summer project for the family, or find a way to work it into a home school curriculum. The article below is an excellent overview.

Posted at Rebuilding Civilization: “Busting myths about the Zeer pot”

Evaporative Cooling and Geothermal Strategies

Shade cloth can be tremendously helpful in cooling a greenhouse on hot days. Shade cloth is available in varying densities, and is a passive solution. It’s affordable, and easy to use (seasonally or year ’round). In fact, you might find that your plants fare better with a little bit of shade. In the hottest days of summer, people fare better too!

As a supplement to the shade cloth, consider misters for their evaporative cooling effects. These are remarkably effective, and relatively low tech. In a grid-down scenario, supplemental power from a solar powered water pump will be needed to create water pressure in a system like this one. But don’t despair. This is doable! Solar panels may also generate enough electricity to run modest fans for the benefit of air flow.

In addition to these ideas, consider a low tech geothermal system designed to draw cooler air from piping placed below ground. This strategy is best considered as part of your preliminary design planning. If an in-ground, or partially in-ground greenhouse is an option, this may be another worthwhile consideration with geothermal benefits.

Posted at Urban Farmer Curtis Stone: “How and Why We Use SHADE CLOTH” by Curtis Stone

Dehumidifiers

Dehumidifers work differently than air conditioning units. By drying the air, they make a warmer environment much comfortable. They an also help reduce the demands placed on today’s HVAC units. In and of themselves, dehumidifiers draw far less power. This level of supplemental tech will require the energy support of a solar system during should the grid go down, but should be much more sustainable over a long period of time.

Posted at The Zone Hole: “How To Use A Dehumidifer To Cool A Room”

Root Cellars

Root cellars are an excellent consideration for the food storage of any homesteader. These were popular among the generations of our grandparents and great grandparents. Root cellars are often found, even today, in many rural parts of the country. Consider adding a dehumidifier with solar support as an added benefit as needed.

Posted at Tractor Supply: “How To Build A Root Cellar On Your Land” By Scott Bish

Earth Ships

Earth Ships use passive geothermal systems to draw cool air through tubes buried in earth. Warmer air from within the homes naturally rises, and is allowed to escape through vents or window portals. The movement of the warmer air up-and-out pulls cooler air from the buried tubes, and into the living space. Built beneath earthen berms, there are lots of fabulously creative designs and ideas for Earth Ship living.

Posted at OGB: “Earthship Thermal Wrap and Cooling Tubes”

Yakhchals
Yakhchāl | © Wikimedia Commons

Ice in the desert! This is the brilliant innovation of ancient people.

Posted at The Culture Trip: “This Ancient Technique to Make Ice in the Desert is Mind Boggling”

“Making ice in the desert? The irony is in the sentence itself, as most people can only fathom making ice by using their freezers, in a practical and modern manner. However, people had figured out how to make ice in the desert over a millennia ago. This practice requires an ingenious structure called a yakhchāl, and was used as far back as 400 BC.”

For more great ideas, check out our post on Water Storage!

If you wish to discuss or comment on this article, or any other Professor Preponomics article or post, we invite you to visit the Professor Preponomics GAB Page. There, you can converse with other Professor Preponomics readers and comment freely (subject to GAB’s terms of service). The GAB link to discuss this article can be found here. We encourage thoughtful discourse as we are working to help everyone learn how to survive the dangerous and uncertain times ahead.

Remain steady. Be safe. Stay well, everyone!

Drought – The Dangerous Implications of Dry Times

United States Drought Map
United States Drought Map Image Source: https://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/

Editorial Comment: Drought has broad and important implications. It is likely to affect our food supply in the near term, and to have pricing implications that ripple through the broader economy for years to come. This is especially true when the resources of households, communities, states, and the country are stretched and thin. Ours in the United States have certainly been so for too long a time.

We have promoted “Just in Time” economic models and business practices that appear to create cost savings and convenience, but leave us without the safety net of stores. We have allowed the world to siphon national resources to our own detriment. We have become dependent on countries that seek and celebrate our demise. Conditions have been made more difficult in the face of eruptive adversities including the current pandemic caused by an agent of biological warfare. We are at a critical juncture. We have no elasticity left. We can no longer avert our eyes. The stage has been set for difficult times ahead, made more so by a cyclical event — a major drought — for which we should have been prepared far in advance.

Posted at ZeroHedge: “One Shocking Chart That Has Farmers Trembling With Fear” By Tyler Durden

“Soil moisture plays a crucial role in agricultural monitoring, drought and flood forecasting, forest fire prediction, and water supply management.”

Posted at The Economic Collapse Blog: “Ranchers Sell Off Cattle And Farmers Idle Hundreds Of Acres As America’s Drought Emergency Escalates” By Michael Snyder

“The term “mega-drought” is being thrown around a lot these days to describe what is happening, but this isn’t just a drought. This is a true national emergency, and it is really starting to affect our food supply.”

Prepper Tips!

Proactive steps can help mitigate the impact of drought and all its implications. Consider how you can participate in the decentralization of food supply, and in cost savings asssociated with food production. Learn to grow from seed to seed. Think hydroponics, vertical growing systems, and drought tolerant plants. Build in drip irrigation systems, and time your watering. Study options for the reuse of gray water, and explore the possibility of rain catchment. Prolonged drought may have implications for insect control, and even dust bowl conditions. Greenhouse growing may become increasingly important as well. There is much we can do, even now, to ease the strain on all systems. Every person who can grow even a portion of their own produce will reduce the strain on the system and supply chain for all others. Let’s get started!

A Thoughtful Quote to Share…

“Houses were shut tight, and cloth wedged around doors and windows, but the dust came in so thinly that it could not be seen in the air, and it settled like pollen on the chairs and tables, on the dishes.” – John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath

If you wish to discuss or comment on this article, or any other Professor Preponomics article or post, we invite you to visit the Professor Preponomics GAB Page. There, you can converse with other Professor Preponomics readers and comment freely (subject to GAB’s terms of service). The GAB link to discuss this article can be found here. We encourage thoughtful discourse as we are working to help everyone learn how to survive the dangerous and uncertain times ahead.

US Meat Supply Under Threat As Cyber Attack Spreads Across JBS Plants Nationwide — Flash Traffic

Meat Supply Under Threat

Posted at Zero Hedge: “US Meat Supply Under Threat As Cyber Attack Spreads Across JBS Plants Nationwide”
“JBS USA, the world’s largest meat supplier, released a statement Sunday evening, saying it was the target of an “organized cybersecurity attack.” JBS, which has North America headquarters in Greeley, Colorado, said the cyber attack “affected some of the servers supporting its North American and Australian IT systems.””

Update (1425 ET): Americans across the country are increasing Googling “meat shortage” as the afternoon progresses following the news of the JBS ransomware attack.”

meat supply under threat

First the Colonial Pipeline attack, now this. Have you begun your preparations?

Prepper Water Storage — Weekend Homework

It’s Friday! Hoping you have great plans in the works for the weekend, and want to share with you a little bit of “Preponomics Homework” to inspire your thoughts, and encourage the ongoing development of your preparedness plans. For our Weekend Homework, let’s drill down on the subject of water. First the background, and the question follows…

Prepper Water Storage

Background: Water storage is a key piece of critical infrastructure for all of human civilization. We must have it for just about everything. Human hydration. The care and keeping of gardens, pets, and ranch animals. Cooking and food preparation. Coffee and tea. Household cleaning and laundry. Personal hygiene. First aid and medical procedures. Sanitation. Anyone without clean, safe, drinkable water is a refugee within 48 and not more than 72 hours. Please take this seriously.

Most people are dangerously unprepared for any interruption to the water supply. This is true whether that supply comes from a public utility or a well that relies on electricity. We are too accustomed to having water available on demand and at the tap. Imagine what water would mean if you had to carry it in by the bucketful from a half-mile away or more.

The Question: What steps should be taken to protect and preserve access to adequate amounts of water, for drinking, cooking, gardening and hygiene? Here are a few suggestions…

prepper water storage
Image by Kahunapule Michael Johnson from Pukalani, Hawaii, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
  • Store bottled water, and lots of it. The advantage of bottled water is that single servings are measured, easily dispensed, and portable.
  • Use larger containers for additional storage. You might consider Water Bricks.
  • Keep buckets at hand. These should be accessible and ready to use. Keep several. Plastic materials deteriorate with time and exposure to sunlight. Sometimes the handles give way.
  • Maintain a solid supply of filters, filtration devices, and water purification tablets.
  • Consider a UV sterilization system, and a back-up power supply should there be a loss of electrical power.
  • Keep sturdy, high quality cookware for boiling water. A good example might be a soup pot. Stainless steel tea kettles and coffee presses are also helpful.
  • Have a way to heat your water. Think about simple solutions such as the rocket stove as seen in our Professor Preponomics post regarding Low Tech Living. Additional ideas include charcoal and propane fired grills or camp stoves.
  • Add a hand pump feature to any household well, and know how to use it. You might also consider drilling your own well… here’s an article about doing this using PVC pipe.
  • Learn about rain catchment, water storage, and gravity fed delivery systems.
  • Be prepared to hand wash clothes, towels, and linens. A wash basin or deep utility sink, and clothes line will quickly become important during any interruption to water supply.
  • Have a solar shower, and practice using it. Remember that water coming from a solar shower may be very hot, and it doesn’t come with the proverbial dimmer switch. Be careful.
  • Keep a LifeStraw Personal Water Filter for emergency access to filtered water in your BOB or Go-Bag.
  • Educate yourself about water borne diseases, and how to prevent them. Understand the signs and symptoms of these diseases, and know when to get help. First and foremost, take every measure to prevent these in yourself and in others.

HINT: Survival is one of those pass-fail kinds of courses. A passing answer shall not include “there is nothing I can do”. There is lots you can do. Let’s get started.

For discussion, check out our GAB.COM and our BRIGHTEON.SOCIAL pages. Stay safe everyone!

Low Tech Living — Class Notes

Class Notes

Low Tech Living — Class Notes

As we begin the new week, let’s build on the most recent Weekend Homework and last week’s Class Notes, continue our conversation, and our preparedness planning, with a focus on the importance of low tech solutions as key components of our critical infrastructure.

In the modern age, it’s difficult for most to imagine life and the world without the aid, support, and convenience of technology. For many, it may seem impossible. As people committed to a life of preparedness, we have learned to imagine the world, and its future, much differently. We know that the world in which we live depends, in almost every way, on interdependent systems – and that this kind of network dependency subjects every link in the network chain to points of weakness among the others. With this in mind, the critical infrastructure of our households, communities, and country, should be as operationally independent as possible. Think in terms of working order, maintenance, and repair.

Disentangling our dependence on external systems and support is a great challenge from the standpoint of our practical day-to-day activities and experiences. Take heart. Do not despair. It may seem to be a hurdle too high, but that’s an illusion – and one that separates us from solution focused thinking.

Instead, we’ll try a radical thought experiment. Such an experiment may appear on the surface to be rather extreme, and may even be stressful. It can also be quite liberating. Try not to resist the idea. Work through it instead. Radical thought experiments can help us break through the constraints of our current thinking, and lead us to new ideas and options.

Let’s get started. Consider every aspect of your life with a view to primitive conditions. Imagine a day without access to any modern convenience, and then consider this over a week, a month, a season, a year. If you can survive under these conditions, any convenience that can be added back is a luxury. Make this a fundamentally honest assessment. Your survival, and that of your family and friends, may ultimately rely on the truth and fullness of such an examination.

Recall from the prior Class Notes: “Critical infrastructure is any feature of a system or site that is vital, and the loss of which (partial or complete) would have serious (even severe) adverse affects on health and well-being, safety and security.”

The big elephant in the room is electricity. Just about everything we do depends on it. Without electricity, the activities of modern society come to a screeching halt. Gas pumps require electricity. Registers at the grocery store require electricity. Washers and dryers require electricity. Heating and air systems require electricity. The computers that manage the supply chain here and everywhere rely on electricity. If you haven’t yet read our posts on the threat of an EMP (act of nature or act of war), see the links below. It’s a huge topic, and one that can easily become overwhelming. We’ll begin with an example that will help us think about alternatives so that we can build these into our preparedness plans.

EMP — Risks on the Horizon
Surprise Geomagnetic Storm — Flash Traffic

The electric stove is an excellent example of an appliance used across America and around the world every day. Since we must prepare food and may have to boil water to sustain ourselves, the capacity to cook is an important part of critical infrastructure. We’ll use this example to think about broad based alternatives.

low tech living
A simple rocket stove you can build in minutes- (image links to video). https://awesomejelly.com/author/cveilleux/

What are the alternatives in the absence of electricity?

  • Propane stove
  • Wood fired stove
  • Charcoal grill
  • Solar oven
  • Rocket stove
  • Fire pit

Preppers should have the capacity to cook with every option from the list above. If one fails for any reason, the others provide a safety net. Running out of fuel, or lacking sun as clouds roll in can significantly affect your ability to cook. Having alternatives is protective and reassuring.

Water supply is another outstanding example, and key to survival. Anyone without access to safe, drinkable water will become a refugee within 48 to 72 hours.

Where is your water coming from? A public utility, or a well dependent on an electric pump? What are the alternatives?

  • A store of water bottles or “Water Bricks
  • Rain catchment
  • A well with a hand pump feature
  • Access to a spring head, creek, or river

…and always remember ways to make it safely drinkable.

Once the first part of the assessment is completed, consider next how you might “add back” the most important and useful tools that are least reliant on technology. If your systems and strategies can support and sustain life independently, any additions may improve quality of life for as long as they remain in good working order. Should these fail at any point, your safety net remains as does your ability to survive without the added benefit of the “extras” that add relative luxury to life.

Remember the categories listed under “Form” as part of “Form and Function”. These will help you organize your thinking. You’ll find that some of these are relatively easy to address, and others are much more difficult. Take them in order or choose an area into which you want to delve deeply.

Form

  • Safe, Breathable Air
  • Safe, Drinkable Water
  • Shelter from the Elements
  • Nutritious Food
  • First Aid and Medicines
  • Security and Personal Defense
  • Sanitation and Hygiene
  • Communications

Remain solution oriented. Be encouraged. Breathe through the process. Make this an opportunity to take your commitment to preparedness to the next level. You can do it!

A Thoughtful Quote to Share:

“You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.”

–Ayn Rand

Survival Plan — Weekend Homework

It’s Friday! Hoping you have great plans in the works for the weekend, and want to share with you a little bit of “Preponomics Homework” to inspire your thoughts, and encourage the ongoing development of your preparedness plans.

First the background, and the question follows…

Background: In this week’s Class Notes, we organized our thinking around the Form and Function of preparedness planning, supplies, and training. We focused on Function, and considered questions important to equipment, the development of skills, redundancy, maintenance, and repair. Function is important because it takes us to a much more advanced understanding of preparedness. A solid stash of supplies is important, but without a deeper understanding of how things work and why, having “the stuff” scratches only the surface of what it means to be prepared.

survival plan

Together we’re covering a topic that spans a whole lot of territory. We’ll unfold it together over the course of the coming weeks. Today’s Weekend Homework asks our readers to add the dimension of time to the redundancy, renewability, and sustainability aspects of supplies and systems. We must give thoughtful consideration to how each of the areas of critical infrastructure fare across the time horizon.

While we tend to think of emergencies in the context of immediate action, we must also consider and lean into the implications of survival over the long haul.

The Question: How should a comprehensive preparedness and survival plan be guided by an understanding that crisis may come with both an immediate or “acute” phase, and a longer term “chronic” phase? HINT: Think about how best to move across time from a position that relies on redundancy to a position that is prepared with renewable and otherwise self-sustaining systems.

For discussion, check out our GAB.COM and our BRIGHTEON.SOCIAL pages. Stay safe everyone!

Critical Infrastructure — Preparedness Planning

Class Notes

Critical Infrastructure — Class Notes

As we begin the new week, let’s build on the most recent Weekend Homework, and continue our conversation, and our preparedness planning, with a focus on critical infrastructure.

Critical infrastructure is any feature of a system or site that is vital, and the loss of which (partial or complete) would have serious (even severe) adverse affects on health and well-being, safety and security. Although this subject is usually covered in the context of national security, critical infrastructure is important on all levels – and should begin with each and every individual person and household. In fact, our national security is made stronger when preparedness is made part of the broader culture, and is the commitment of every individual and family.

By organizing our critical infrastructure thoughts into Form and Function, we’ll have a way to structure our thinking around “what is needed” and “how it works”.

We’ll start with Form, and the usual categories preppers cover in the acquisition of important supplies. This will stand in summary format for easy review, and will be covered in greater detail at a later date. Our focus today is on Function. Let’s get started.

Form
  • Safe, Breathable Air
  • Safe, Drinkable Water
  • Shelter from the Elements
  • Nutritious Food
  • First Aid and Medicines
  • Security and Personal Defense
  • Sanitation and Hygiene
  • Communications

Function moves our thinking from our checklists of supplies to more advanced levels of preparedness. We’ll review next the overarching categories related to Function, and then follow up with additional development of the subject, our supplies, and our skills.

Function
Critical Infrastructure
  • Equipment and Supplies
  • Initial Training, Cross Training, Ongoing Practice
  • Redundant, Renewable, Sustainable Systems
  • Maintenance, Replacements, and Repairs

Now to the thoughtful questions we should be asking next. Resources are all the more valuable to us when we have a full compliment of related supplies, training, practiced skills, and the capacity to replace or renew various and sundry tools and equipment.

Equipment and Supplies

Do I have equipment and related supplies appropriate for use in a variety of circumstances, and levels of urgency?
Have I covered those areas that are universal to emergency preparedness?
Have I considered any unique circumstance, situation, or risk — perhaps something specific to my geographic area?

Initial Training, Cross Training, Ongoing Practice

Have I practiced using my equipment and supplies? How often should I refresh my skills?
Do I have a library of manuals with well-written and detailed explanations and instructions for use, maintenance and/or repair?
Have I cross-trained on the equipment and supplies with other family members, neighbors or friends?

Redundant, Renewable, Sustainable Systems

Do I have replacement equipment, and renewable supplies?
Are the tools, equipment, and supplies I have sustainable – and under what conditions?

Maintenance, Replacements, and Repairs

At what level do I need outside assistance for maintenance and repair? Is this a system I can learn to maintain and repair independently?

There is a lot of information to digest. There are many ideas to consider. Coming with the next installment of Weekend Homework will be additional discussion as we work together to advance our preps!

12,000 Important Reasons Why We Prepare — Flash Traffic

This is one of the best videos produced on why we prepare. 8 minutes. Worth every second.

The video is not about prepping, it is about an existential threat coming — perhaps THE existential threat coming. It’s why we prepare. This is about science. It’s not conspiracy. It’s not fake news. This is a cyclical event recurring about every 12,000 years. It wipes out most of humanity along with everything else. It is spoken about in prophecy, in The Bible, and is referenced in every religion since man started communicating and recording events. Signs that we’re on the edge of the next galactic event are unfolding before us now. This will be the EMP of EMP’s, and the clock is ticking.

The last time it happened was 12,000 years ago.

The conditions are coming together that could cripple our world’s infrastructure. Earlier this week a minor event created a major electromagnetic storm because the Earth’s magnetic field is significantly reduced, and continues to weaken.

Find out more at Suspicious Observers, and come back here to learn what you can do to survive.

Surprise Geomagnetic Storm – Flash Traffic

This was unexpected. The Earth experienced a strong, level three geomagnetic storm last night, jacking up the KP Index to a level 7. NOAA, NASA, the ESA and IPS in Australia all failed to predict this. The reason this was so unusual is that the solar wind speed peaked at only around 500 kps, which is stronger than ambient solar wind but much weaker than a typical CME (coronal mass ejection). In other words, there is nothing in the history of studying these events to suggest that a mild CME from the eruption of a small plasma filament, that barely hit the Earth with a glancing blow would produce such a strong geomagnetic storm. Now, although a level 7 KP reading isn’t necessarily worrisome in terms of a solar kill-shot, there aren’t many possible explanations for such a strong storm from such a small CME.

geomagnetic storm

So, what does this mean?

As many know, the Earth’s magnetic field has been weakening significantly. In 2000 is had lost 10% of it’s strength since the 1800’s, another 5% was lost by 2010, and we know that further losses were measured in 2015 and 2017. What this event suggests is that it may actually be much weaker than we realize. This makes the Earth extremely susceptible to future solar storms, and we are now entering solar cycle 25, with sunspots and space weather ramping up to a peak in 2025. The risk to the grid, and thus our way of life (electricity) is considerable.

So, we’ll ask again: What are YOU preparing for?

Learn more about this, with actual science, rather than political posturing or conspiracy nonsense, by visiting Ben Davidson’s site: SuspiciousObservers.org. Stay safe everyone.

Colonial Pipeline… No Gas Shortages???

Then…

White House Tells Americans There’s No Gas Shortage House Before Some Pumps Run Dry”
By John Hawkins, Posted at The Dan Bongino Show
“Yesterday, the Biden White House reassured Americans over and over that there was no gas shortage and no reason to worry about the supply of gas….”

…and Now!

The pumps are running dry.

But wait, there’s more…

In Midst of Massive Gas Shortages Crazy Insane Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer Orders Shutdown of Pipeline
By Joe Hoft, Posted at The Gateway Pundit

And this…

WATCH: Pete Buttigieg calls Biden pipeline crisis a ‘major wake-up call’”
By Libby Emmons, Posted at The Post Millennial
“Is the Biden administration having any preliminary discussions about potentially taking over the pipeline to restore the flow if the company is unable to do it themselves?”

Thoughtful Quote to Share…

There are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. ” – James Madison

Editorial Comment

Pay close attention, America. There is much to be learned from the current crisis involving the Colonial Pipeline. We must attend to the vulnerability of critical infrastructure, and defend it against enemies, both foreign and domestic.

Read more about Emergency Survival Planning here…

Survival Preparedness and Planning – Go-Bags and BOBs

Class Notes
Go-Bags and BOBs.

Our focus today is on the importance of flexibility when it comes to preparedness. The ability to travel to a safe location is critically important to every survival plan. This is true whether an emergency finds us out and about traveling and trying to get back to our shelters, or needing to move from one location to another. We often think of “movement” in terms of travel by car or truck, but expanding our vision beyond the safety, security and convenience of a vehicle is also important. Emergencies often come with surprise elements, even when we are otherwise prepared. With this in mind, we should check in on our BOBs and Go-Bags routinely, and prepare ourselves for multiple contingencies.

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The categories we want to cover in our BOB and Go-Bag supplies include:

  • Food and Water
  • Shelter and Protection from the Elements
  • First Aid, Prescription Medicines, Personal Hygiene, and Sanitation
  • Sources of Light, Tools for Communication
  • Maps and a Compass
  • Safety and Security
  • Important Documents
  • Multi-Purpose Miscellany

Keep close to your thinking these basic objectives:

  • Surviving the Acute Phase of an Emergency Situation
  • Securing Access to Help or Rescue on Site if Possible
  • Traveling for Help or Rescue as Necessary
  • Extending the Survival Time Horizon
  • Arriving Alive on the Other Side of the Crisis at Hand

Here are a few suggestions for ways to think about both supplies and strategies:

Some supplies may require protection from extreme heat or cold. Think of everything from ready-to-eat snacks to chapstick and even prescription medications. Rather than storing these permanently in a trunk or vehicle space otherwise enclosed, it may be helpful to have a stash bag of personal supplies near the front door or otherwise in an accessible and easy to check spot. We should make traveling with these special care Go-bag supplies part of our usual routines. They should be with us every time we head out – even if it seems we’ll only be gone for a short on a quick errand. Establishing this habit may one day save our lives.

We’ll want to build water proof containers into our vehicle storage plan. Water is life saving, but it can also cause devastating loss when supplies are lost to water damage. There is no need to risk it. We must build in fail-safe redundancy to our water-proofing strategies with multiple layers of protection. Ziploc bags are great for storing items you need to keep dry, then seal them inside a hard plastic food container. These protective measures may also prevent unwelcome visits from mice.

We must consider relative accessibility alongside safe storage. If we’re trying to escape a vehicle through a window in an emergency, the critically important center punch neatly tucked into the trunk becomes useless in the moment when it is most needed. It must be kept close by and easily reachable, but also secured so that it does not become a dangerous projectile in the event of any jarring force or the impact of an accident. This is just one example, and a place to begin imagining many other possibilities. We can create thought experiments for ourselves, and apply these to every item intended for use in an acute emergency. One way to do this is to sit in our vehicles and test our reach and access points. How difficult would these tasks be if we were dazed or disoriented, found ourselves in the dark and unable to see, if we were turned around, or if we could only use one hand? Visualize trying to find the center punch while under water on a dark night, while the vehicle quickly fills with water is a good exercise. Seconds count. We should practice our reach and access with all of this in mind from the driver’s seat, the passenger seat, and the back seat.

We should practice seasonal rotation of those items that are permanently kept in BOBs and Go-Bags. We might also consider supplies that are important to a specific area, kind of terrain, climate, or even the time required for the arrival of rescuers. Survival scenarios have a lot of commonality, but each has its own unique or distinctive elements as well.

We all need a good back-up plan or three. If our vehicle is disabled for any reason, we cannot resupply fuel, or roads are impassable or blocked, we’ll want the best back-up options we can create. Keeping a multi tool and a toolkit and supplies in the vehicle, such as drive belts, a battery booster, spare headlights, a tire repair kit (and a spare with actual air in it) and a hand or foot-pump is essential. We want to include a broad range of communications tools. Think cell phones. Satellite phones. Ham radios. CBs. Signaling mirrors. Flares. We should also plan for alternative methods of travel should we have to abandon a vehicle in search of safe haven or help. A bicycle that can be quickly pulled from the trunk and assembled. A stroller or a small wagon. Comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots. Good quality socks.

We should all keep multi-purpose miscellany and practice our skill sets. We may be able to improvise solutions with anything from twine to safety pins, duct tape to dental floss. We should constantly be channeling our inner MacGyver. Think glue, a sewing kit, and even zip ties. Practice emergency survival skills including problem solving challenges on our own and with others. When seconds count, our quick thinking and fast appropriate action may be critical to the outcome. An essential addition to our go-bags is the SAS Survival Handbook.

Always file a flight plan. Our spouse, children, parents, and a close and trusted friend should know where we’re headed, along what path, by what means, our expected date of return, and have ways to contact us. They should know how to help rescuers locate us in an emergency, and when to sound the alarm.

Remain steady. Stay well. Be safe everyone!

Weekend Homework

Weekend Homework

It’s Friday! Hoping you have great plans in the works for the weekend, and want to share with you a little bit of “Preponomics Homework” to inspire your thoughts, and encourage the ongoing development of your preparedness plans.

First the background, and the question follows…

Background: Preppers understand that even the best efforts cannot prevent every adversity, and are typically found building skills and stocking supplies with the goal of surviving a disaster “after the fact”. They’re wise to do so because there are no good substitutes for practiced skills and a solid stash of supplies. These are essential when navigating forward through a survival scenario. Even so… Preppers, many of whom understand risk aversion quite acutely, all too often fail to engage preventative efforts where those involve political and cultural concerns. A serious danger in this is that there is no true escape from the environment that surrounds us all. While preparing to survive the aftermath of any catastrophe, we should also do everything we can in the present to prevent such a catastrophe from unfolding. Prevention is our first place position as people committed to preparedness.

The Question: How can you maintain your preparedness efforts and survival planning while simultaneously working to prevent the very adversity for which you are preparing? HINT: Survival is one of those pass-fail kinds of courses. A passing answer shall not include “there is nothing I can do”.

For discussion, check out our GAB.COM and our BRIGHTEON.SOCIAL pages. Stay safe everyone!

Emergency Survival Planning

Class Notes

Our focus today is emergency survival planning. Preppers often lean into long-term planning. They build on strategies for the stashing and storage of long term durable goods, and shelf-stable supplies. It’s understandable. Many of the scenarios imagined require more than 3 days’ supplies until rescuers arrive. The hard reality is that a catastrophic event is likely to leave us on our own, and relying on ourselves and perhaps the few who surround us for our very survival. We have a lot to cover in this regard, and together we will!

For today’s class notes, we’re going to focus on a much shorter survival time horizon. In order to survive across long stretches without aid or assistance, we must first survive the acute phase of a serious crisis.

Remember the Rule of 3’s.

* You cannot be more than 3 minutes without breathable air.

* You cannot be more than 3 days without drinkable water.

* You cannot be more than 3 weeks without food.

In order to survive in the longer run, you must survive the first 3 minutes, the first 3 days, and the first 3 weeks.

Building on the Weekend Homework, let’s take the opportunity this week to look at the steps you can take to improve your survival odds in the early phase of a disaster. The goal is success.

Let’s get to it.

You cannot be more than 3 minutes without breathable air.

In the Age of Covid, paper masks come to mind, but these are relatively ineffective by comparison to other options. You might consider and research N-95 quality disposable masks alongside more durable equipment including emergency escape respirators, cartridge-based reusable respirators, supplied-air systems (SAR), and self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA).

Be sure that you have access to your protective equipment. In an emergency that compromises breathable air, your PPE will serve no good purpose sitting in a box in the attic or garage.

You cannot be more than 3 days without drinkable water.

Emergency Survival

Water is essential to life. Those who are without it become refugees within 3 days. Periods of crisis are complicated enough by virtue of their very nature. Never complicate further any crisis when complication can be prevented with a few preventative steps. Remember! Water is essential to life.

Always have clean water in good supply, and close at hand. Keep a solid stash of bottled water, and rotate through its use much the same way you would rotate through the shelf-stable foods kept in your home pantry.

Consider a product like the WaterBrick which stores 3 1/2 gallons in what we have affectionately come to call “the blue cube”. Larger storage systems are also available and very affordable.

Add water filtration straws to your BOB or go-bag.

Keep emergency filters and the equipment needed to boil water. Be sure you have a gas powered burner as a back-up to electric appliances. Always know how to use your equipment safely, be sure it is in good working order, and have replacement parts or back-ups. A portable camp-stove is a very good option.

Have a supply of unscented bleach and water-purification tablets on hand as well.

Legacy Food Storage has an outstanding post on water filtration here.

The CDC has helpful information and instructions which make an excellent review: Making Water Safe in an Emergency

You cannot be more than 3 weeks without food.

Shelf stable food is sustaining through a time of crisis – physically, and psychologically too. There are also many options available from storage strategies used for familiar foods found in a typical grocery store to “just add water” meals packaged for much longer time horizons.

You might use a Food Saver system to vacuum pack your stores, or want to try dry oven canning to extend the shelf-life of dried beans.

Food grade buckets with good quality screw-top lids combined with silica gel packets and oxygen absorbers are good solutions.

A number of long term survival food suppliers package complete meal plans in stackable containers for ready and convenient use. Just tuck ‘em away until you need ‘em.

Also a couple of supplemental suggestions… Keep salt on hand, and dried herbs for flavor. Try to achieve diversity of food for balanced nutrition and a variety of flavors. Tasty snacks are helpful alongside full meals. Calculate the amount of food you’ll need generously. Emergency situations often call for a lot of physical activity, and the expenditure of calories. How about your pets? They count on you for their very survival, and must be considered in your preparedness planning.

Be prepared as well to help others. You may need the capacity to help someone outside your immediate household. Disasters come with tremendous loss – of life, of property, of survival supplies. Even those who are prepared may suffer losses, and may need the help of others willing to help them build or rebuild their survival bridges from catastrophe to recovery.

Preparedness should not be a lifestyle pursued by the few, but instead by the many. It should be as much a part of our thinking and planning as is morning coffee or the weekend BBQ. Preparedness should be part of and ingrained within our culture. We have done a great disservice to ourselves, and generations to come, in not making it so. It’s time to turn this around, and make true the course of human civilization.

It’s time to get started.

Weekend Homework – 04.30.2021

weekend homework

Weekend Homework – 04.30.2021

It’s Friday! Hoping you have great plans in the works for the weekend, and want to share with you a little bit of “Preponomics Homework” to inspire your thoughts, and encourage the ongoing development of your preparedness plans.

First the background, and the question follows…

Background: Preppers tend to be foreword looking, diversified in their thinking and preparedness strategies, and skilled in risk assessment. Even so, there is always the possibility of one or more areas not as well attended as others, or a blind spot. This can create one or more places of weakness in an otherwise excellent emergency planning strategy. Have you reviewed your prepper lists?

The Question: What is your Achilles’ heel? …and what steps do you need to take now to resolve the most important areas of weakness in your preparedness planning?

For discussion, check out our GAB.COM and our BRIGHTEON.SOCIAL pages. Stay safe everyone!

Robotics – Risks on the Horizon

Posted at ZeroHedge: “China Unveils ‘AlphaDog’ – An Affordable Alternative to the Terrifying Robo Dog” By Tyler Durden

A quote from the article: “It’s only a matter of time before these machines are outfitted with weapons for war.”

Editor’s Comment: Advances in technology are often both fascinating and terrifying.

We see within these the ways in which life can be improved, and history is replete with examples. The convenience of electricity. Life saving medicines. Travel made possible with commercial flight. In big ways, and small ways, life is more comfortably and longer lived in the presence of innovation and invention.

The danger for all of us lies in the use of these very same technologies for dreaded and dark purposes. Evil coexists with good, and its presence cannot be denied. The electricity on which we’ve become so dependent could be taken from us in a cyber attack, or with the sudden strike of an EMP. Modern life-sustaining and life-saving medicines, now produced and traded internationally, might be withheld in an act of economic retaliation, or an act of war. Organs intended for transplantation are said to be harvested in some countries from the condemned, but while these human beings – no matter their alleged crimes – remain living. In acts of terrorism, planes are hijacked and used as weapons against the very cultures and countries that made the celebration of flight possible. We should never forget the horror of September 11th even as we mark the 20th anniversary of that terrible day in 2021.

Within this context, we should consider carefully how robotics has changed our world, and will continue to do so. Some of these applications will save life. Others will extinguish it. Without so much as a moment of human hesitation, robots with the capacity to kill will do so on command, and absent any conscience. In the hands of the soulless whose decisions are made with little more than the press of a button, there will be no mercy. Distant to pain and suffering and death, robotics will make too easy the decision of one human being to end the life of another, or perhaps many millions of others.

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8 Suggestions for Learning Morse Code – The Universal Language of Telegraphy

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By Annie St. Francis – Reprinted with permission from The Repository Project
Morse code is a way to communicate using dots and dashes to represent letters and numbers. It’s a universal language, and was developed by Samuel Morse, and used as an effective way to communicate via telegraph. First used in the mid-1840s, Morse telegraphy transmitted communications by making indentations on a paper tape in response to electrical signals. Clock style mechanics moved the paper tape along as the message was being received. This is a fascinating part of communications history. Still used today by amateur radio operators, Morse code is an especially useful tool for communicating during times of emergency and poor radio conditions including sunspots and CMEs. Many hobbyists understand the value of preserving this skill, and sharing it with others just discovering an interest in radio!

Ready to learn a new language? Here are a few tips to help you get started!

1) Learn the basic signals, and study the Morse code alphabet. There are many who believe that the study should be focused significantly on the training of the ear. This is understandable since Morse code communicates with the use of sound. There are also more visual learning strategies. Do read on!

2) Practice saying the “dits” and “dahs” out loud and in the correct ratio and rhythm. A “dah” should last about three times as long as a “dit” when spoken. As you practice the sounds, the length of each will come more and more naturally – and very much like the native language we use in our daily lives.

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