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|Preparedness News: EMP|
Sunday, January 20 @ 07:56:59 CST by (1016 reads)
|Protecting Yourself from EMP by Duncan Long
EMP. The letters spell
burnt out computers and other electrical systems and perhaps even a return to
the dark ages if it were to mark the beginning of a nuclear war. But it doesn't
need to be that way. Once you understand EMP, you can take a few simple
precautions to protect yourself and equipment from it. In fact, you can enjoy
much of the "high tech" life style you've come accustomed to even after the use
of a nuclear device has been used by terrorists--or there is an all-out WWIII.
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|Preparedness News: Texas Swamped|
Thursday, May 03 @ 07:03:52 CDT by (971 reads)
Third Day of Strong Storms Leaves Texas Swamped
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
May 2: A truck is submerged in high water in San Antonio, Texas.
Waves of strong storms moved across Texas for the third straight day
Wednesday, knocking out power, downing trees and stranding motorists in
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|Preparedness News: Using an Inverter for Emergency Home Backup Power|
Monday, December 05 @ 14:00:00 CST by (737 reads)
|Debbie writes "Using an Inverter for Emergency Home Backup Power|
Article by Jon Hardwick
Using an inverter for emergency power is by far the most common use. The Hurricane season is here for those of you in the east and down south. I hope that this article will help all of you to be more prepared in the likely event that power failure occurs. Here are some helpful tips about running an inverter during a power outage"
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|Preparedness News: Route Planning|
Wednesday, November 09 @ 15:53:08 CST by (1223 reads)
|Josie writes "|
Taking the High Road
One of the most critical factors is route planning. You should have memorized several routes to your safe house or survival retreat and have maps on hand so you can identify alternate routes around accidents or other problem areas. The routes should include:"
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|Preparedness News: Making a Simple Hand-Warming Heater|
Friday, October 28 @ 06:00:00 CDT by (981 reads)
|Debbie writes "|
A Simple Hand-warming Heater You Can Make Yourself
Tom Tabor - Montana
A little bit of warming heat can go a long way in the outdoors, particularly when it comes to warming cold hands. You can always solve the problem by gathering up wood and building a fire, but in some cases the wood may be wet, or maybe you don't like the idea of generating a lot of smoke. There may be a better solution. With a little bit of planning ahead of time you can easily make a simple, basic heater with very little effort. All you need are three simple items:
1. An empty metal coffee can (13-16 oz.) with replaceable lid
2. A bottle of rubbing alcohol
3. A roll of toilet paper
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|Preparedness News: Rita: Storm May be the Coup de Grace for the American Economy and Many of Us|
Thursday, September 22 @ 12:15:20 CDT by (680 reads)
|CJ writes "|
Storm May Be the Coup de Grace for the American Economy and Many of Us As Well
Michael C. Ruppert
© Copyright 2005, From The Wilderness Publications, www.fromthewilderness.com
. All Rights Reserved. May be reprinted, distributed or posted on an Internet web site for non-profit purposes only.
September 21st, 2005 1530 PST (FTW) – As I pack my bags to head to Washington for Congressional Black Caucus hearings on the September 11th attacks (to be conducted this Friday and Saturday) my inbox is being progressively flooded with emails from inside sources in the energy industry about what Hurricane Rita is now likely to accomplish – the near-complete destruction of an already teetering US economy.
Fully 30% of all US refining capacity is in the target zone. Perhaps most importantly, almost every refinery capable of producing diesel fuel is in immediate danger. This promises (especially in the wake of Katrina) a devastating and irreplaceable shortage of the diesel fuel needed to power America’s harvest of grain and food crops this month and next. Without diesel fuel to power the harvesters and combines, crops may be left to rot in the ground presenting a double whammy: food shortages (with prices that may treble or quadruple) and export defaults negatively impacting the financial markets and trade deficit.
Even before Rita strikes, fully 30% of all domestic natural gas production is shut in. The US cannot import natural gas from overseas like it can both crude and refined products. Repair work on infrastructure damaged by Katrina has been halted as crews have been evacuated. The remaining half of Gulf energy production undamaged by Katrina is directly in Rita’s crosshairs
. Natural gas prices are up over 110% and home heating oil futures are up almost 70% before Rita even gets here. Since Katrina, US domestic oil production is down one million barrels per day (from 5Mbpd to 4 Mbpd). We were producing 9 Mbpd less than a decade ago.
Peak Oil has made replacement of losses almost impossible even as Saudi heavy-sour is being spurned as useless around the world, even with discounts of up to $10 and $12 per barrel.
A Bloomberg article
today contains a quotation from a Wall Street energy expert as saying, “‘Rita is developing into our worst-case scenario,’ said John Kilduff, vice president of risk management at Fimat USA in New York. ‘This is headed right into our other major refining center just after all the damage done to facilities in Louisiana. From an energy perspective it doesn't get any worse than this.’”
The Chairman of Valero Energy agrees with the Bloomberg assessment calling Rita a potentially national disaster
. His opinion is important because Valero operates more refineries in the US than any other company.
CNN is now predicting $5 per gallon gasoline and this will not likely go away with market manipulations. We had not yet experienced the permanent spikes resulting from Katrina, and the emergency reserves of the United States’ Strategic Petroleum Reserve and the International Energy Agency have already been tapped once and not refilled.
The South Texas Project nuclear plant – one of the largest in the country – is being completely shut down in preparation for Rita’s landfall. It is only 12 miles from the Texas coast and almost dead center in the hurricane’s projected path. Texas has its own power grid but catastrophic electricity shortages could easily ripple throughout the country in a short time. Electricity lost from that that facility will only be added to what is lost from other facilities powered by now critically short supplies of natural gas.
For those of you who expect FEMA to behave any differently in Texas than it did in New Orleans you are in for a crude awakening. FEMA will do what it must now do to preserve even a functioning part of America’s governing and economic infrastructure. Saving lives will be one of the least important functions in its mandate. While I had serious doubts about America’s ability to recover from Katrina, I am certain that – barring divine intervention – the United States is finished; not only as a superpower, but possibly even as a single, unified nation with the arrival of Hurricane Rita."
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|Preparedness News: Rita Coming...|
Monday, September 19 @ 10:12:27 CDT by (601 reads)
|This from Dr. Jeff Masters Wunderblog (www.wunderground.com):|
Rita continues to slowly strengthen. The hurricane hunters have found a steady pressure fall of 2 mb between 3am and 6am EDT this morning, and an increase in winds at their flight level of 5000 feet from 57 to 64 knots. The latest penetration at 7:30am found a pressure of 997 mb and winds of 64 knots at flight level, the same levels as recorded at 6am, so Rita has not intensified in the past two hours.
However, the rate of intensification should quicken later today as the shear over Rita decreases, and Rita will likely be at least a strong Category 1 hurricane or Category 2 hurricane when it passes near Key West Tuesday morning. There is still a small chance Rita could intensify to a Category 3 hurricane when it passes the Keys. The Keys can handle a strong Category 2 hurricane without loss of life--barely. If I lived in the Keys I would stay put today, assuming I had a sturdy shelter to ride out the storm. A 6 - 8 foot storm surge--or a foot higher if Rita hits at high tide--is expected over Key West, and less further north. Even if Rita suddenly strengthens to a Category 3, the winds would not have time to build up a storm surge characteristic of a Cat 3 hurricane until after she passes the Keys. Wind damage would be severe over Key West, however. This all assumes Rita makes a direct hit on Key West. The latest track forecast takes her south of Key West 50 miles or so, sparing the city the winds of the eyewall, and Key West may escape with only light to moderate damage from Rita.
While the Keys are likely to escape with a hard but bearable hit from a strengthening Category 1 or 2 hurricane, the Gulf Coast will not be so lucky. There is nothing in the long-range forecast that I can see that will prevent Rita from intensifying into a Category 3 or stronger hurricane. The entire stretch of coast from 500 miles south of Brownsville, Texas to Mobile, Alabama is at risk--no one can say with any confidence where Rita will hit this far in advance. Texas and Louisiana are at the highest risk. The current model trend is to recurve Rita earlier and earlier, so residents from Corpus Christi to New Orleans need to be particulary concerned.
UPDATE FROM STEVE GREGORY'S WEATHER BLOG:
SEP 19, 2005 11:22 AM CDT
RITA TO STRIKE FLORIDA KEYS AS CAT 2
GALVESTON IN CENTER OF STRIKE ZONE SATURDAY AS SOLID CAT 3 (...editors note... a strike on or near Galveston would mean a pretty direct hit on Houston)
Although not official, Tropical Storm Rita is absolutely of Hurricane intensity at this time. Satellite imagery indicates that strong convection has wrapped completely around the center -- and an inner eye wall has already formed. The next RECON will reach the storm this afternoon, but imagery over the past 2 hours indicates it is a VERY solid CAT 1 hurricane.... CONTINUED>>>
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|Preparedness News: Officials Order Lower Fla. Keys Evacuated|
Monday, September 19 @ 08:52:30 CDT by (542 reads)
|Zippy writes "KEY WEST, Fla. - Officials ordered residents evacuated from the lower
Florida Keys on Monday as Tropical Storm Rita churned toward the island
chain, bringing with it a potential 8-foot storm surge. Hurricane
warnings were posted."
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|Preparedness News: Johnstown, Pennsylvania experienced MASSIVE FLOOD Wthout Federal Intervention|
Wednesday, September 14 @ 09:12:13 CDT by (638 reads)
|SanchoPanza writes "|
Pa. City Battled Floods 116 Years Ago
Sep 14 9:42 AM US/Eastern
By JENNIFER C. YATES
Associated Press Writer
As it rumbled toward the city, the 35-foot wave of rain-swollen water churned over and onto itself like a giant snowball, swallowing trees, boulders, homes and anything else in its path.
In minutes, the powerful rush flattened homes, uprooted trees and moved buildings hundreds of feet. It left behind 2,209 people dead _ including 99 entire families _ and 1,600 homes destroyed. "
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|Preparedness News: Assemble Your Emergency Kit|
Tuesday, September 13 @ 18:08:24 CDT by (649 reads)
|SanchoPanza writes "|
Plan ahead and you can weather any storm.
By Barbara Pleasant"
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