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I’m a skeptic of just about everything. My wife will tell you I was born disgruntled and contrary, so when I hear certain pieces of prepper advice, again and again, I can’t help but question it. In no particular order, here are 5 pieces of overrated prepper advice that drive me crazy.
- Stock up on lots and lots of wheat. Okay, we did that and then realized that our family eats very little bread and we feel a lot healthier on lower-carb diets. My wife buys one loaf of Ezekiel bread (tastes like sandpaper to me, but she likes it), keeps it in the freezer, and it lasts for 3-4 weeks.
The current threat posed by North Korea can be debated back and forth, but one thing we know for certain is that the country’s dictator, Kim Jong-Un, has weapons capable of of an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) attack. This thought is terrifying and we citizens have no way of knowing how far those capabilities go and whether or not we might live in a targeted area.
Not very comforting, and I tend toward paranoia in the best of times. A war here on American soil is a terrifying thought.
Dictators are more interested in self-preservation than anything else, and, perhaps, that’s the one thought that gives me a bit of comfort.…Read More...
On April 21, 2016, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee discussed an issue that many states and local governments aren’t addressing: The possibility of a widespread grid power outages that would cause people to be out of electricity for long amounts of time.
According to an article in SC Magazine, the chairman of the committee, Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Penn.), told members that they need to start helping states and local governments prepare for such an event. During the same meeting, Craig Fugate, the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), said his agency was working with the Department of Energy to develop federal plans to respond to long-term power outages.…Read More...
The other day I received this e-mail on siphoning gas from cars:
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“While doing some maintenance work on my gasoline powered electrical generator, the thought struck me that back in the old days, and in case of an emergency, one could always siphon gasoline out of their car’s gasoline tank and use it to run things like generators. However, that seems to be not the case nowadays. I tried inserting a conventional siphon hose into my tank but it “bottomed-out” on some obstruction before it touched any gasoline. I looked under the hood of my car (2001 Toyota Highlander) for a place where I could tie into my fuel line.
This morning I found an interesting article in today’s news that I feel we should pay attention to in planning our prepping. US intel intercepts memo showing Iran wants to attack grid with EMP weapon… So today I decided to address the subject of EMP and CME. It has been some time since we posted any information on this subject.
As of yet I have not seen the government take an concrete action to mitigate the effects of and EMP attack or a CME (Coronal Mass Ejection) event. UPDATE: The 2016 Republican platform mentions EMP as a major threat.
An electromagnetic pulse (EMP), also sometimes called a transient electromagnetic disturbance, is a short burst of electromagnetic energy.…Read More...
We have all heard about EMP, CMP, Cyber attacks on the electrical grid and computer failures. In the last few days, several things have come to my attention that are relevant to these subjects and at the same time show how much we are dependent on electronic systems. Infrastructure collapses in any of these areas either big or small can affect us.
Yesterday I spoke with a friend whose daughter is having some medical issues. She had a number of tests including a colonoscopy, a upper GI and some blood test and a biopsy. Now normally you would hear back the results within a couple of days. …Read More...
Ted Koppel has never been one of my favorite news people, as a long time anchor for Nightline; I have always felt that he was part of the liberal media that has so hurt this country. However, he has recently earned a bit of respect from me, because of his new nonfiction book “Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath”.
Ted Koppel who is an investigative reporter investigated the vulnerability of the US power grid to an attack. In Lights Out Koppel makes the case that the U.S. electric grid is extremely vulnerable to collapse due to cyber warfare, EMP attack, or solar flare (CMP). …Read More...
Now I don’t claim to have any special knowledge on what is going to happen in the future. I will be like the rest of you and just have to wait and see how it unfolds. However, we can all form conclusions and make plans based on the information that we have access too. Every day we are bombarded with tons of information, a lot of which is misinformation. Because of the large volume it is easy to miss articles that may affect us For instance, just yesterday I saw a news article that got me to wondering US navy returns to celestial navigation amid fears of computer hacking.…Read More...
While I was in Utah on this last trip, I had a chance to attend the Utah Prepare Conference and Expo put on by Utah State University. They held some great classes and one that I was able to attend was “The Realities, Response, and Recovery From EMP” taught by Jim Phillips. His background includes being an Electronics Technician, Certified Nuclear Power Plant Operator, Standards Engineer, and Industrial Engineer. He has done extensive studying of the problems of an EMP attack.
He feels strongly that we will suffer a devastating EMP attack within the next 15 years. A nuclear explosion set off 30 miles about the center of the United States would take out about a dozen states. …Read More...
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