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Friday, July 31, 2009

Food Storage without going broke

Here are some really great tips and suggestions that will help you reduce spending and free up money you already have so you can get the food storage items you need.

Change your grocery shopping habits. You will be amazed how much money you can save each week if you follow this rule. Eliminate buying name brands if a generic brand is available, purchase name brands only on sale, and if possible use a coupon. Additional savings on groceries can be obtained if you first prepare a menu, then create a shopping list, and buy only what is on the list. Leave your kids at home when you shop, and resist impulse purchases. Eat basic wholesome foods, and avoid prepared boxed mixes.

When it comes to food storage, store what you normally eat and eat what you store. If you have to eat foods you are not used to during a stressful emergency you will become even more stressed.

Do not pay full price for anything. Watch for sales, and shop at second-hand stores, flea markets, garage sales, and swap meets. You will be surprised at the great deals you can land for a fraction of the price you would spend on new items.

Attend "dollar movies" or rent videos, instead of paying full price for a theater ticket.

There are many ways to reduce spending on entertainment and save a great deal of money. Have family fun nights at home playing games or having activities that do not have a cost.

Reduce driving to save on expensive gas prices. Stay close to home as much as possible.

Have a meeting with your family and use these examples to begin a discussion of ways to save money. Once you get everyone talking and thinking you will come up with many more ways to save money that can be used to help you accomplish your food storage goals.

Financial preparedness is an essential part of any preparedness plan. Once your finances are in order, other areas of preparedness will fall into place.

Everyone in the family should know basic first aid

What would you do if you, a family member, or a neighbor was injured in a disaster situation, but because of the demand on medical services there is no hope for paramedics to reach you and no possibility of leaving your location to take the person to a hospital?

Basic first aid skills are helpful when medical assistance is readily available, but what would you do if someone was badly injured and there was no hope of getting that person to a medical facility for an hour or more? You need skills beyond what is taught in a basic first aid course.

There are special courses in Wilderness First Aid and CPR for those who travel to remote areas, because emergency services cannot get to those areas quickly if someone is injured. Now Wilderness First Aid training has become a part of emergency preparedness because any city can be a wilderness if emergency services are not available in a disaster.

Wilderness First Aid training is usually very expensive, but the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American College of Emergency Physicians have combined forces through the Emergency Care and Safety Institute to make training and certification affordable.

It is recommended that at least one person in each family, and one or more people at each place of employment be certified and trained in Wilderness First Aid and CPR.

How will you communicate with your family?

A family communications planning night can be a lot of fun for kids and adults, and it should be something you schedule three or four times a year to make sure everyone knows what to do.

Your first plan should be to have a designated place to meet if you have to evacuate your home because of fire, earthquake, or other emergency. This could be a certain location outside your home, or perhaps a neighbors house. Whatever you and your family decide make sure that it is a safe location.

Next, you should have a plan for communication if some or all of your family are not at home when disaster strikes. For example, the first plan may be to call the home phone and let whoever is at home know your whereabouts and condition. If there is no one to answer it may be possible for each person to leave a message on voice mail. All family members should be instructed to call and listen to voice mail messages without deleting any. If that is not possible you could consider having each person make a call to a relative or friend who lives far from you, presumably outside your area and away from whatever disaster has occurred. Think of all the possibilities and then establish an emergency communications plan that everyone knows.

Memorize the plan, but also put the emergency communications plan and numbers on a card for everyone to keep in their wallet. You may also want to have a redundant factor built into your plan. In other words, have two emergency phone numbers to call instead of one.

In addition, you may want to establish a family code word for emergencies only. This word would be used if you have to have someone pick up a child from school because you cannot go. If you tell that person to give the code word to your child it will help the child know that the person is someone they can trust. There are many other possibilities in which an emergency code word may prove to be helpful when you cannot communicate directly with each other and need to use another person to relay messages.

You must be prepared even if you are at work or school


Disasters and emergencies may occur during the day when people are away from home at work and school. It is important that you and your family members include this situation when making plans for emergency preparedness.

Schools and places of employment should have an emergency and disaster plan in place, but if yours does not you may want to make that suggestion. You local community Emergency Management Office may be a good resource to turn to for assistance.

The greatest source of stress during an emergency is the inability to communicate with family members, or to find out where they are. This problem can be solved if you have a predetermined communications plan that all family members know by heart. For example, the first plan may be to call the home phone and let whoever is at home know your whereabouts and condition. If there is no one to answer it may be possible for each person to leave a message on voice mail. All family members should be instructed to call and listen to voice mail messages without deleting any. If that is not possible you could consider having each person make a call to a relative or friend who lives far from you, presumably outside your area away from whatever disaster has occurred. Think of all the possibilities and then establish an emergency communications plan that everyone knows.

Talk to your employer about emergency preparedness, and offer to help establish a plan of action. Many companies store emergency foods and supplies to enable employees to function for many days if needed in a disaster. Blue Chip Group has a selection of storage foods that would work well in a work environment.

Large companies are more likely to have an emergency preparedness plan in place, but it is estimated that 80 percent of all adults work for a small company with 100 or fewer employees. Many small companies have not made plans for emergencies and disasters. Your suggestion many be of great help.

Children and adults have difficulty remembering numbers in a stressful situation, so it is a good idea to make cards for each family member with the family emergency plan of action and phone numbers. All the children who are old enough to read could have their own wallet where they could keep their emergency card.

Will you be taking care of your pets too?

Caring for a pet or pets in an emergency involves more than just having an extra supply of food. There are a number of issues to consider.

During an emergency or disaster situation your dog or cat must have an identification tag, proper license tag, and required vaccination tag on a collar. You should also have the vaccination records easily accessible in the event your pets need to be left in a kennel or boarded with other animals.

Dogs that have had obedience training are better prepared for handling in an emergency. Animals know when something is wrong and become stressed in times of trouble. This makes them harder to handle and less responsive. If they have had obedience training it is often easier for them and for you in a stressful environment.

You should also consider things such as a pet carrier, and all the supplies that are needed to care for your pet if you have to leave home. It is also wise to know in advance where you will leave your pet in your home or on your property if you have to leave but cannot bring your pet. You may also want to contact a local kennel to find out what plans, if any, they have for housing pets during an emergency. There will only be a limited number of spaces available in a kennel and perhaps you can make advance arrangements.

Imagine various emergencies and disasters and ask yourself what you might need to have in order to care for your pets. This might include things such as medications, a brush, a special familiar toy (for comfort during stressful times), blankets or towels, sanitation items, and first aid items designed for pets.

Emergency shelters do not accept pets, so if you must leave your pet behind have an emergency pen set up in your home that includes supply of dry food and a large, spill proof container of water. Preselecting a site in your home will make emergency preparations for you pet easier than waiting until the emergency occurs. It is a good idea to have an automatic feeder and water container on hand. Experts say it is not a good idea to leave a pet chained outside, but leaving a pet in a fenced area may be a good choice if the weather is not severe.

Discuss emergency preparations for your pet the next time you visit your veterinarian.

Build your food storage up slowly















If you are not careful you can easily scare yourself from completing your food storage. So many people get started and then quit because they believe it will take too long, cost too much, and that there is no way they can get all the things needed for a full year of storage.

Do not make that mistake.

Set small goals, not big ones. Do not start with a goal of getting a one-year-supply.

For example, you may want to start with figuring out how to pay for food storage, and what to buy in terms of priorities. Each person and each family will be different, but one thing is for sure, unless you have a plan you will not succeed.

Money is a big concern, so why not come up with a plan to figure out where you can save money in your regular expenses to free up cash to buy food storage items each month. Each time you spend money ask yourself if you need it or just want it. You may be surprised how much money you can save with this method of making spending decisions.

When it comes time to make purchases for food storage you will be more successful if you have a prioritized list after you take an inventory to determine what you already have and what your lack. For example, if you do not have water you may want to start by purchasing water storage containers.

Next on your list may be certain food staples, or you may decide to get a little extra of all the things you normally buy. There are many ways to go about it. The key is to figure out your own plan and then stick to it. What works for you may not work for your neighbor.

Many people find great satisfaction by building their supplies in such a way that they first have enough for everyone in the family for a few days, then get enough for a week, a month, and so on until they end up with a supply for a year. This way they have a lot of small goals that are easier to attain, which provides a sense of real accomplishment.

Food storage shelf life

There was a really interesting news story: Oatmeal From '70s Still Tastes OK. It reveals some facts that show food can be stored for a very long time it is done right. You can read the story here: http://www.wired.com/techbiz/media/news/2005/11/69447

The article cites a study conducted by Brigham Young University, and quotes a professor from the Univ. of Minn. who conducted research.

Momons, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, are counseled to store a year's worth of food and supplies to be prepared for possible emergencies. Prof. Oscar Pike at Brigham Young Univ. obtained samples of food from Mormons who had it in storage for almost 30 years.

The story said that food scientists have long maintained that certain foodstuffs, like salt, granulated crystal sugar and wheat kernels, can be stored indefinitely at room temperature or below. The study at BYU proved that a more processed grain, such as a rolled oat, would also stand the test of time when stored correctly.

Prof. Ted Labuza from the Univ. of Minn., said research has shown that seeds can last for thousands of years. Processing and improper storage practices that expose items to heat or oxygen are what cause deterioration.

Many survivalist have always told others that food stored in cool temperatures (55 to 65 degrees F) in containers that protect it from oxygen, light and moisture can be expected to last 7 to 10 years. According to the news story some foods will last even longer.

What kinds of foods to store for your family



A crisis or emergency is a high stress time for everyone. It is especially important to have high energy foods available during these times. If you plan ahead, you can have meals that are not only high in energy, but also nutritious.

We recommend that you store the foods you and your family normally eat, and eat what you store. When you encounter an emergency situation you will not have to eat foods you are unfamiliar with if you have planned in advance by storing foods you already know that you enjoy.

Besides the nutritional benefit you gain from the food, there is also a positive psychological benefit of doing things the way you did before a disaster. Eating three meals a day of food you and your family actually like will help make the stressful time seem easier to handle.

Do not count on government help in a disaster. The only way to guarantee that you will have food is if you have your own supply. Government agencies state that the goal is to provide shelters within 72 hours of a disaster, but that has not been the case recently. Often the shelters are not available for an extended time, and food may be delayed even longer. Whenever possible, stick to simple tastes that you are used to for your storage. Consider these possibilities:

Instant soups and meals, instant mashed potatoes are a great way to have foods on hand that you also use in your regular diet. They are lightweight and easy to pack if you need to leave home. Instant Morning Moos is a good way to make sure you get the calcium you need.

Snack Foods
Snack foods are an essential part of your diet and help reduce stress. If you eat snacks during normal times, you will want snacks during emergencies too. Plus snacks are a good way to help relieve the stress of emergency situations.

For Babies or Toddlers
If you have a nursing baby, you should pack formula in case you arent able to nurse because of shock or stress. Include both powdered formula and liquid formula in case water is not available to mix the powdered formula. Include baby food for an older baby or toddler. Instant cereal, fruits, and vegetables are a good choice. Remember to store extra water to reconstitute these items.

Are you prepared when you are not at home?

It may be necessary to leave your home quickly with little or no time to prepare or to take anything with you. It is also possible that an emergency may strike at a time when you are away from home. For this reason you should have emergency items stored in your car, and you should have a communication plan to help you and your family members find each other. Because your car may be your means of evacuation, it is important to maintain at least one half tank of gas or more at all times, and keep your car in good repair.

The following is a recommendation of items to put into an emergency car kit:

Water
Food
LED Flashlight or light sticks
First aid kit
Sanitation
Maps and compass
AM/FM radio (in addition to car radio)
Emergency blanket
Extra clothing
Jumper cables
Car repair tools
Cell phone (most disconnected cell phones are able to call 9-1-1)
Fire extinguisher
Paper and pencil
Toys and other special consideration items for children
Books and games for entertainment

It is important to customize your emergency car kit for people with special needs such as diabetes, allergies, chronic illness, babies, and elderly.

Remember to always let someone know what time you left and what time you expect to arrive at your destination. By taking these precautions, you can prepare your family for an emergency and feel more confident in your travels.

Who are you going to call when an emergency strikes?

Most of the nation is served by 9-1-1 emergency dispatch, but when people in a large area are in an emergency situation that system will be over-worked and unresponsive. Try to think of the numbers you might want to call in an emergency. Create an emergency phone list and keep it posted where everyone can get to it easily if the need arises.

Example of Emergency Numbers for Your List
Any emergency--911
Fire station
Local Police station
State Police station
Local F.B.I. office
Local office of Homeland Protection
Local National Guard
Family doctor
Poison control center
Animal control
School numbers
Local friends or relatives
Out-of-state friends and relatives
Work numbers
Trusted neighbors
American Red Cross
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
State and local emergency management offices

Whom else will you need to call if there is an emergency?

Does you family have a evacuation plan?

If and when an emergency comes that requires you and your family to evacuate your home, there will be little or no time to make your plans. If you have an evacuation plan in place, and make sure that all family members know and practice what to do, you will have a tremendous advantage in the event you ever need to implement that plan.

Evacuation plans can be useful for many different types of disasters, especially for fires, riots, and earthquakes. House fires are one of the most common disasters people face in this country so it is important that everyone has an evacuation or fire escape plan, and practice it regularly. Everyone in your family should know the plan, even the little ones, so set aside an evening when the whole family can get together to make your emergency escape plan. Follow these simple steps and you will be ready for evacuation.

1. Make a map of your home with escape routes marked
Label every exit, including doors, windows, and hallways, which may become a potential fire escape.
In every room, label the primary exit (usually a door or hallway) and a secondary exit (usually a window) in case the primary exit is blocked by smoke or flames.
Label every room where a family member sleeps.
Label the main shutoff valves of the gas, electricity, and water lines.
Establish a safe meeting place outside the home so everyone can be accounted for.

2. Practice your emergency evacuation plan
It does little good to have a plan on paper. Practice will help you to learn how to improve your plan and will insure that all family members know exactly what to do.

It is important for everyone in the family to learn how to escape, including how to get out the windows. A good fire escape ladder is essential if your exit is through a window on an upper floor. You may want to arrange the furniture so a dresser or nightstand is under the window to make it easier to escape, especially through basement windows.

Place your emergency preparedness kits strategically near an exit so they are easy to grab in a hurry. Be sure to have a flashlight or light stick by each person’s bed to make it easier to find your way out at night.

Practice turning off utilities, but only pretend to do it. You do not want to actually turn off the gas during a drill. A gas wrench or other tool is needed for this. You should have an emergency evacuation drill four times a year, and vary the conditions so that you practice in different situations such as night, day, good weather, and bad weather.

3. Communication
Each family member must know where to meet after getting out of the house in an emergency. Make sure everyone knows that their number one priority is to get out quickly and go to the designated meeting place without delay and to wait there.

Be sure that each family member memorizes the phone number of an out-of-town, or even better and out-of-state person to call in case they are separated from your family. Have everyone memorize the phone numbers of other important contacts.

Evacuation plans can be life-saving for you and the ones you love. Disasters don't just happen to other people. They are very real and can happen to anyone at anytime. Take the time to plan and prepare and you will be very grateful you did.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Feminine Personal Hygiene Products - Makes life better for everyone

Feminine hygiene products are a sensitive subject, but they are definitely a vital must have to assure everyone’s sanity. I often advise my wife to purchase extra whenever I think about it. If you are planning on taking care of your family during an emergency make sure to keep several months on hand for every woman (or teenage girl) that is likely to be a member of the household.

Watch for sales, and when the products can be purchased for a discount get several years worth (if budgeting allows). If money is tight, try to buy an extra pack every other trip to the store and store them away.

Feminine hygiene products are technically a luxury, but in modern society are so integrated into the daily life that they are looked upon as a necessity. Before feminine hygiene products were invented, women would isolate themselves during menstruation. This isolation will probably not be an option during the days, weeks and months following an emergency – having adequate supplies on hand until better alternatives can be found are vital.

Stock extras if possible! Feminine hygiene products will make great barter items in emergencies where shipping is disrupted. They are highly desirable, consumable and can store virtually forever. Get the products NOW…do it for the females in your household, but most importantly, do it for yourself. Can you imagine the extra stress you will have to deal with if the products are needed and you don’t have them?

Monday, July 6, 2009

72 Hour Preps are just not enough

The old idea of having a 72-hour kit to sustain you long enough for the government to set up shelters is no longer considered being good advice. Recent disasters have proven that the only way to be prepared is to rely on your own resources, and 72 hours is not enough. The Federal Emergency Management Agency in cooperation with the American Red Cross and the U.S. Department of Agriculture state that if an earthquake, hurricane, winter storm or other disaster strikes your community, you might not have access to food, water and electricity for days, or even weeks.

By taking some time now to store emergency food and water supplies, you can provide for your entire family. Having an ample supply of clean water is a top priority in an emergency. A normally active person needs to drink at least two quarts of water each day. Hot environments can double that amount. Children, nursing mothers and ill people will need even more.

You will also need water for food preparation and hygiene.

Store a total of at least one gallon per person, per day.

You should store at least a two-week supply of water for each member of your family, according to FEMA. If supplies run low, never ration water. Drink the amount you need today, and try to find more for tomorrow. You can minimize the amount of water your body needs by reducing activity and staying cool.

When Food Supplies Are Low

If activity is reduced, healthy people can survive on half their usual food intake for an extended period and without any food for many days. Food, unlike water, may be rationed safely, except for children and pregnant women. If your water supply is limited, try to avoid foods that are high in fat and protein, and don't stock salty foods, since they will make you thirsty. Try to eat salt-free crackers, whole grain cereals and canned foods with high liquid content.

You don't need to go out and buy unfamiliar foods to prepare an emergency food supply. You can use the canned foods, dry mixes and other staples on your cupboard shelves. In fact, familiar foods are important. They can lift morale and give a feeling of security in time of stress. Also, canned foods won't require cooking, water or special preparation.

Following are recommended short-term food storage plans.

Special Considerations

As you stock food, take into account your family members unique needs and tastes. Try to include foods that they will enjoy and that are also high in calories and nutrition; foods which require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking are best, since they are so easy to prepare.

Individuals with special diets and allergies will need particular attention, as will babies, toddlers and elderly people. Nursing mothers may need liquid formula, in case they are unable to nurse. Canned dietetic foods, juices and soups may be helpful for ill or elderly people.

Make sure you have a manual can opener and disposable utensils.

And don't forget nonperishable foods for your pets.

Food Storage Tips

Keep food in a dry, cool spot - a dark area if possible. Keep food covered at all times. Open food boxes or cans care-fully so that you can close them tightly after each use.

Wrap cookies and crackers in plastic bags, and keep them in tight containers. Empty opened packages of sugar, dried fruits and nuts into screw-top jars or air-tight cans to protect them from pests. Inspect all food for signs of spoilage before use.

Use foods before they go bad, and replace them with fresh supplies, dated with ink or marker.

Place new items at the back of the storage area and older ones in front.

Nutrition Tips

During and right after a disaster, it will be vital that you maintain your strength.

So remember:

Eat at least one well-balanced meal each day.
Drink enough liquid to enable your body to function properly (two quarts a day).
Take in enough calories to enable you to do any necessary work.
Include vitamin, mineral and protein supplements in your stockpile to assure adequate nutrition.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Water - The Basics you need to know

Avoid using containers that will decompose or break, such as milk cartons or glass bottles. A normally active person needs to drink at least two quarts of water each day. Hot environments and intense physical activity can double that amount. Children, nursing mothers, and ill people will need more. Store a minimum of one gallon of water per person per day to allow for drinking, cooking, and sanitation needs.

How to Store Water

Store your water in thoroughly washed plastic, glass, fiberglass or enamel-lined metal containers. Never use a container that has held toxic substances. Plastic containers, such as soft drink bottles, are best. You can also purchase food-grade plastic buckets or drums from WalMart, Food for Less, Smart & Final, etc...

Seal water containers tightly, label them and store in a cool, dark place. Rotate water every 3 months. If you need to find water outside your home, you can use these sources. Be sure to treat the water before drinking it.

Emergency Outdoor Water Sources

Rainwater Streams, rivers, and other moving bodies of water
Ponds and lakes
Natural springs
Avoid water with floating material, an odor, or dark color
Use saltwater only if you distill it first
Do not drink flood water

Hidden Water Sources in Your Home

If a disaster catches you without a stored supply of clean water, you can use the water in your hot-water tank, pipes and ice cubes. As a last resort, you can use water in the reservoir tank of your toilet (not the bowl).

Do you know the location of your incoming water valve? You'll need to shut it off to stop contaminated water from entering your home if you hear reports of broken water or sewage lines.

To use the water in your pipes, let air into the plumbing by turning on the faucet in your house at the highest level. A small amount of water will trickle out. Then obtain water from the lowest faucet in the house.

To use the water in your hot-water tank, be sure the electricity or gas is off, and open the drain at the bottom of the tank. Start the water flowing by turning off the water intake valve and turning on a hot-water faucet. Do not turn on the gas or electricity when the tank is empty.

Three Ways to Treat Water

In addition to having a bad odor and taste, contaminated water can contain microorganisms that cause diseases such as dysentery, typhoid and hepatitis. You should treat all water of uncertain purity before using it for drinking, food preparation or hygiene.

There are many ways to treat water. None is perfect. Often the best solution is a combination of methods. Two easy treatment methods are outlined below. These measures will kill most microbes but will not remove other contaminants such as heavy metals, salts and most other chemicals.

Before treating, let any suspended particles settle to the bottom, or strain them through layers of paper towel or clean cloth.

Boiling

Boiling is the safest method of treating water. Bring water to a rolling boil for 3-5 minutes, keeping in mind that some water will evaporate. Let the water cool before drinking. Boiled water will taste better if you put oxygen back into it by pouring the water back and forth between two clean containers. This will also improve the taste of stored water.

Disinfection

You can use household liquid bleach to kill microorganisms. Use only regular household liquid bleach that contains 5.25 percent sodium hypochlorite. Do not use scented bleaches, colorsafe bleaches or bleaches with added cleaners.

Add 16 drops of bleach per gallon of water stir and let stand for 30 minutes. If the water does not have a slight bleach odor, repeat the dosage and let stand another 15 minutes. The only agent used to treat water should be household liquid bleach. Other chemicals, such as iodine or water treatment products sold in camping or surplus stores that do not contain 5.25 percent sodium hypochlorite as the only active ingredient, are not recommended and should not be used.

While the two methods described above will kill most microbes in water, distillation will remove microbes that resist these methods, and heavy metals, salts and most other chemicals.

Distillation

Distillation involves boiling water and then collecting the vapor that condenses back to water. The condensed vapor will not include salt and other impurities. To distill, fill a pot halfway with water. Tie a cup to the handle on the pot's lid so that the cup will hang right-side-up when the lid is upside-down (make sure the cup is not dangling into the water) and boil the water for 20 minutes. The water that drips from the lid into the cup is distilled.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Suggestions from the Red Cross

The Red Cross offers excellent advice to help people evaluate what is needed in their personal preparedness kit.

This kit should contain everything you need to survive on your own, particularly in the event of a major disaster or emergency when shelters may not be available for a week or more.

The Red Cross lists nine topics to consider:

1. Water
2. Food
3. Medications and special items
4. Tools and supplies
5. Sanitation
6. Clothing and Bedding
7. Emergency car kit
8. Important family documents
9. First aid kit

I recommend that you construct your own preparedness kit using as many items that you already have in your home, and then supplement it as needed. Keep the items that you would most likely need a container stored where you can easily get to it. Each person, and each family has varied and different needs. We recommend you design your own kit rather than relying on commercial kits that may or may not have the items specific to the needs of your family. Make sure they all have a kit in their car or office, just incase something happens and they are not home.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

EMP Attack on the US - Are you prepared?

America is Vulnerable to An Electromagnetic Pulse Attack
by Kathryn Gaines
06/29/2009

http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=32480

In a nutshell, an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack has an immediate effect as would an atomic bomb blast. It moves like a wall of energy overloading, and destroying all computer based technology. Such an attack would destroy the power grid; air traffic would be dropping to the ground, telephone, internet and other communications would be immediately shut down.

Americans would die by the HUNDREDS of THOUSANDS.

EMP is not a sci-fi war theory. EMP is a legitimate weapon and a legitimate threat to the security of our nation.

Brief analysis shows that our computerized, electronically-dependent society offers any rogue nation a perfect target: an EMP-vulnerable power grid susceptible of a sucker punch to the heart of our infrastructure. On the floor of the House, Rep. Roscoe Barlett (R-Md) recounted a story of a Russian, who, prior to the G-8 meeting said “If we really wanted to hurt you, with no fear of retaliation, we'd launch an SLBM, submarine launch missile. We wouldn't know where it came from; it came from the sea. And we'd detonate a nuclear weapon high above your country, and it would shut down your power grid and your communications for 6 months or so.”

Our enemies are well aware of what an EMP attack is, and just what precisely it would do. The incentive to attack America through EMP is high because the cost to America would be catastrophic. As the 2004 commission report said “The current vulnerability of our critical infrastructures can both invite and reward attack if not corrected. Correction is feasible and well within the Nation's means and resources to accomplish.”

Our electric grid systems, communication networks, financial system, fuel/energy infrastructure, transportation infrastructure, food infrastructure, and most importantly water supply would be corrupted to an un-workable extent in the event of an attack, because we have yet to make the vital corrections. If America were hit with an EMP over the course of one year 90% of Americans would be dead.

America would be reduced to third world status.

Additionally the expense to produce an EMP attack is less than a nuclear attack. Counter to logic the less developed the warhead, the more range and greater effect. An EMP attack does not require highly developed delivery technology because the effect of the attack is so widespread, although its closeness to the surface does affect its severity. Both of these factors make it easier for less developed nations to develop this technology. Defensive deterrence coupled with decreasing our vulnerability to an EMP attack is the way to counter the high incentive to attack us.

It has often been said that 9-11 was a failure of our imagination. There are certain things that our imagination, out of self-preservation resists thinking about -- an electromagnetic pulse attack falls into that category.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

How to begin to prepare for your family

Answer the questions below and you will have a plan of action if emergency strikes today.

Come back to this plan of action and up date it as you improve your resources.

1. If an emergency prevents you from leaving your house, and you do not have running water, electricity, or heat do you have what you need to survive? Describe your plan.

2. If an emergency requires that you leave your house, but there are no shelters, no hotels, no gas stations, and no restaurants available, are you ready to grab a emergency preparedness kit with everything you need and go? Describe your plan.

Some Specific Questions You NEED to Answer

1. Do you have actual emergency preparedness kits ready to go at a moments notice for each member of the family, including the pets?

2. Do you have a specific, written emergency evacuation plan known by all family members?

3. Do you have a safe source of light in the event of a power failure?

4. How will you communicate and get news if phone lines are not working?

5. Do you enough water stored for each person and pet in your family for at least 72 hours?

6. What will you use for shelter if you have to leave your home?

7. Do you have a first aid kit and have you been trained in first aid and CPR?

8. What will you do if you cannot flush your toilet?

9. How will you cook food if your stove does not work?

10. How will you wash if you have no running water?

11. What will you do if emergency shelters are not available for more than 72 hours after a disaster strikes?

12. What will you do if all businesses are closed and all roads are closed to civilian traffic?

13. How will your answers to the above be affected if it is winter or if there is severe weather?

After writing down your answer to each of the above questions, make a separate list detailing your plans to obtain the knowledge or supplies you do not presently have so that you can answer these questions better in the future.