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News Letter 1006

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News Letter 1005

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News Letter 1004

U.S. could be destroyed through our vulnerable electrical grid?

The gravest danger to America is the survival of its electrical grid. If that grid should go down for months or years, America will cease to exist as a nation of any consequence. If the grid failed across America, and we could not get it up again within several months, hundreds of millions of people could die of thirst, starvation, disease, and civil conflict over the few resources that could be scavenged.

The foremost experts on EMP’s say it could take 4 to 10 years to restore the grid after two small nuclear explosions fifty miles above the East and West coasts of the United States or even one well placed nuke about 200 miles above the center of the nation. With that in mind, you might think this nation would not be apathetic about our electrical grid vulnerabilities.  However, reality indicates that America is either ignorant or apathetic about the threat to our grid.

People in this nation better start taking this danger seriously, even now it might already be too late to prevent the destruction of this nation by the destruction of its electrical grid. This nation has become totally dependent on electricity for everything. Congress is informed about this grave danger but almost a decade after their own commission reported to them on the EMP dangers, they still have not taken any meaningful action to protect the nation. A few leaders have tried to get bills passed to start dealing with our electrical grid vulnerability but so far their efforts have produced no legislation.

There are a number of ways that the electrical grid could fail across much of this nation:

1. A Nuclear Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) attack from a country like North Korea or Iran could be carried out by a crude nuke fired from a crude missile from a crude freighter offshore. The ship could then be scuttled and we would not even know who to blame.

Both North Korea and Iran will have missiles that could reach over the United States within two years and the thought that we could shoot them down is just wishful thinking . Don’t rule out an EMP attack by China or Russia in the future either. Obama intends to get rid of most of our nuclear weapons so any limited damage we could do to them in return, they are already preparing for.

2. A solar explosion directed at the earth strong enough to fry long transmission lines and transformers happens about every 100 years. The last one took place in 1921. An even stronger explosion on the sun occurred in 1859. Today we have hundreds of ultra high voltage transformers that step up voltage so that electricity can be transmitted long distances with minimal loss. These transformers can easily be fried by a solar EMP of the historical magnitudes mentioned. The transformers are as big as a house and they are made overseas. There are few spares and it takes years to build them. With those facts, think of the nightmare of trying to replace dozens or hundreds of these transformers. It would take several years at best and we would only have days until our whole civilization starts to break down.

3. A cyber attack could cause equipment failure and damage to our electrical grid that could take months to repair.

4. Terrorist attacks could take out critical installations necessary for the electric grid to function. With no redundancy whole regions could be without power for weeks or months.

All of these dangers are very real. They could and most likely would indirectly bring the death of  thousands to hundreds of millions of people in this nation. Any of these dangers could take place at any time, yet Americans live in apathy worrying more about the next Super Bowl than the survival of this nation. More money will be spent on that one game than it would take to protect all of our critical high voltage transformers.

For just $1 billion dollars, most lives in this nation could be saved by protecting the critical transformers. It’s not a matter of if the grid will fail if we do nothing, it is really a matter of when and for how long the grid will be down. Even so, the apathetic and the self-serving people that they elect have so far chosen not to spend that billion dollars to save their own nation from destruction.

Some in powerful positions in Congress do not want to spend the money or to put the expense on the utility companies to ground their transformers and to build in some redundancy. They would rather play Russian roulette with our lives.

Of the over 500 electric companies in this nation, only a few are now trying to protect their equipment from the solar EMP threat. So obviously legislative action is needed or the free enterprise system with its annual bottom line will not get it done in time to save our nation.

So how do astute individuals prepare for what now looks to be inevitable power grid failures? For localized events, people need to have several weeks of extra food and water on hand but for a long-term national outage, preparation in the cities is about useless. Even if city dwellers did stockpile, what they have will be taken away from them in short order. Everyone will be at the mercy of the local authorities, if local authorities even can get established in what will become a war zone.

Some in remote rural areas might be able to survive a few months before roving bands of heavily armed predators systematically loot their area. All your own guns will do, is deter some lone wolves. When they come in organized packs your guns will just get you killed. Read “One Second After” for a somewhat realistic account of America without electricity during the first year. It is not a heart warming story.

Therefore, the only wise thing for Americans to do, is to get their government representatives to pass the “Shield Act”. If it passed, it would be the start of protecting vital equipment so that the electrical grid would either remain up or so that it could be restored within a survivable time frame.

I have already written posts on this danger, so if you want more information about these dangers and what an EMP would do, read the related posts at the end of this article and follow the links in those articles.

One thing that I found out recently that I did not know when I wrote those other articles is that spent reactor rods are being stored on nuclear power plant sites all over this country in cooling ponds because we do not have any other place to store this nuclear material. The big danger is that we only have enough diesel fuel for about a week to pump water to the cooling pools that cool those highly radioactive rods.

So, after the diesel fuel runs out, all the spent reactor rods being stored on site at our nuclear power plants will boil off the water and the spent rods will start burning and produce deadly nuclear fallout on this nation. We had a taste of what could happen in Japan this year. However, they soon had equipment flown in and water to cool the rods. After an EMP that would not be likely. When the rods start burning in dozens of plants it will be a thousand times worse than what happened in Japan. Most of the country will become radioactive, then go thank Senator Harry Reed for stopping us from moving those spent fuel rods to deep underground caverns in Nevada.

As stupid and apathetic as the people in this nation have proved to be on many critical issues, do we even deserve to survive as a nation? There are elite people in the world that think we do not. Some elitists running the world and the UN might think they would be saving the world by destroying the United States. Just like they think that Israel needs to be sacrificed for the sake of world peace.

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News Letter 1003

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News Letter 1002

Documents you may need during an emergency

Having documentation during an emergency can be very helpful and sometimes essential! There are certain identification, insurance and personal documents that you’ll wish you had during an emergency. Here are a few things to consider while collecting your important papers:

How to store
It’s pretty easy to digitize your records to fit them all onto a hard drive or flash drive. If you choose not to go this route, you can always keep copies of these documents in a water-proof folder. You might consider creating a master list (or Excel spreadsheet) to track all of your documents. There is a great tutorial by Lifehacker on how to do this.

However you store your documents, you’ll want to make sure that they are housed in a weather-resistant container of some sort.

Where to store
During an emergency, you’ll want to know where this information is. We recommend that you put this information in a 72-hour kit. By placing this information on one of the exterior pockets, it will be easy to access if you need to get to it quickly.

You can also make copies to be placed in your emergency supplies at home.

Emergency records

Types of documents
Identification papers
Copies of documents like your passport, driver’s license, social security card, birth certificates, and others are important to include in your emergency kit.

Insurance papers
If a natural disaster struck, how would you get in contact with your insurance company? It’s a good idea to have contact information for your insurance company and bank. You should include account numbers.

Be sure to include photos, descriptions and other documentation about the items in your home. Some families have even taken video tours of their home to show proof of them owning certain items in their home.

You could also include copies of house or property ownership if that becomes disputed.

Personal documents
While preparation might not protect certain family heirlooms, you can also take precautions against loosing certain family valuables like marriage certificates, treasured photos, family history records or old family keepsakes.

Some families have completely digitized their records to fit on a single flash drive or hard drive.

Medical documents
Making copies of vital medical records is a great thing to include in emergency plans. These could include allergies, prescriptions that you are on, immunizations, medical conditions, etc.

Contact information
You should have the names and phone numbers of a few vital contacts – a family relative that lives out of state, your insurance contact, etc. You can also include information on who people should contact if you or your pack is found.

List
Here is a list of some of the documents that you should consider:

Insurance

  • Household and place of business inventory (recorded using photographs, videotape, or stored on a database manager computer program).
  • Duplicates of insurance policies (life, health, auto, home, hazard, etc.)
  • Mortgage documents
  • Real estate deeds
  • Title papers
  • Motor vehicle titles and bill of sale, serial or VIN numbers
  • Wills and trusts
  • Safe deposit box: location, number, inventory of contents, location of key, authorized persons to access box
  • Investment portfolio
  • Stocks, bonds and other securities
  • Bank, checking, savings account numbers or certificates
  • Credit card accounts (company and account numbers
Medical

  • Family health and medical records
  • Employee benefits information
  • Letter of instruction in case of death
  • Funeral and burial plans
  • Name, address, phone number of attorney, financial advisor and insurance agents
  • Photocopy of documents carried in wallet or purse

Identification

  • Birth, marriage, and death certificates
  • Adoption and custody decrees
  • Citizenship papers
  • Military papers
  • Passports, visas
  • Social security card (or card numbers)
  • Employment records

Personal

  • Family photos, videotapes, etc.
  • Important books
  • Personal family history
  • Family genealogy records

So what other ideas have you found helpful? What records do you keep? How do you keep them?

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How to make a bow & arrow

News Letter 1001

 If you find yourself in the wilderness for what ever reason and need to hunt for food, how are you going to do it? Knowing how to make a bow and arrow could help keep you alive!

As youi know a simple 22.-caliber rifle would have more accuracy from a long distance, but you might be able to use a homemade bow and arrow to snag a meal from 10-50 feet. Remember though; don’t rely on a single method of hunting. You can use a combination of bow and arrow, snares and scourging to survive in the wilderness.

Check out this tutorial below to find out how you can use simple supplies in order to create a bow and arrow in the wild. Remember to be careful when you practice making a bow and arrow and work at your own risk.

The Bow
Wood Selection
There is a wide selection of wood that will work well for a bow. Woods that work well include yew, willow, cedar, locust, ash, hickory, elm, ash, maple or birch. Avoid pine or dead tree branches. You’ll want to choose greener saplings or shoots. Cut 2-3 potential shafts as you’re looking.

Bow Size
You’ll want to cut off branches, saplings or shoots that are about 50-60 inches long. As a rule of thumb, cut branches that measure from the ground to your neck. The bow should also measure at least 1 inch in its diameter in the center and 3/4 inches at the edges.

Cutting the Bow
When you’re cutting the branch for the bow, be sure to use a saw or knife to cut it away. Never bend and break the branch off. Look for a branch that has very few knots and branches. You want to cut off as little as possible.

Making the Handle
There are two main sections that you’ll want to plan for in the handle: The rest and the hand grip. The hand grip can be made by just wrapping the area with leather. If you don’t have leather you can also use items like duct tape or cloth.

The other important aspect of the handle is the notch where the arrow will rest. You can cut a slight notch into the side of the wood right above the handle. If you’d like to accentuate the notch, you can place a stone underneath the leather to give you a larger notch to hang your arrow on.

Placing the String
On the outer edges of the bow, cut two v-shaped notches. Make the smaller end of the V’s point toward the inside of the bow. If you are worried that the bow might break apart at the edges, feel free to bind them with duct tape or another material that you have available.

Now that you have the notches cut for the bow, choose a string that’s roughly 12 inches longer than your bow. You can use nylon twine, string, a leather strip or even shoelaces.

Tie one end of the string to the bottom of the bow. On the other end of the string, make a loop or slip knot that is about 6 inches shorter than your bow. You’ll then use your leg to hold the bow out as you attach the loop to the other side of the bow. (pictures below) Be sure to unstring the bow if you’re not using it. You don’t want the strand to lose its spring.

The Arrows
Wood Choice
Just like a bow, you’ll want to choose any straight sapling or shoot without branches or knots.

Length and Size
Usually a good arrow measures about 24-30 inches long and is about 1/4 – 1/2 inches in diameter. Typically, a shorter arrow remains straighter and they usually fly better and don’t break as easily.

Preparing the Arrow
The first thing you’ll want to do is remove the bark from the arrow. When you do so, cut straight so that you remove the bark but keep as much of the branch as possible. If you’re going to be using the arrows for multiple days, tie them together to ensure that they don’t warp and they keep each other straight. Ideally, you’d cure the arrows for 1-10 days (not in direct sunlight) straightening them each day. However, in an emergency that might not be an option.

You’ll cut a slight notch in the back end of the arrow to sit in the string of the bow. To prevent the arrow from breaking apart on the back end, you can tie string around the tail.

Prepare the tip of the arrow by cutting it into a point and charring it over coals if you have the option. This will harden the point a bit so it’s not as soft and green. Adding an arrow head will allow you to hunt larger animals like deer. With a simple sharpened edge, you can kill smaller game like rabbits.

Practice
The best thing that you can do is practice with your bows and arrows before you use them. Shoot the arrows at soft items (pile of leaves, patch of moss, etc.) to figure out which ones shoot straight and which ones don’t.

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