The Absolute Worst Possible Time for a Disaster

The Trinity Atomic Bomb Test, White Sands, July 16, 1945

When are you most vulnerable to a disaster? How about at night, when you are asleep? You’re totally vulnerable. Which is probably why criminals tend to do their dirty work at night.

I’ve often thought the absolute worst time for a major emergency or disaster was in the middle of the night, in the height of winter. As we approach winter here in the U.S., it’s time to take stock of your preparations.

Imagine that in the middle of January, you were to lose power, for any number of reasons. What would you do? Do you have a way to heat your home without electricity. You may have a gas-powered furnace, but does it take electricity to run? Fireplaces and wood stoves would be very welcome during that time.

Survey your preparations and assess your readiness. A major event will likely occur at the most inconvenient time, under the worst possible conditions. So, if you need more water, get it. If you need to buy more emergency survival food, do it. If you need to buy more emergency preparedness supplies, do it.

 

The Big Five of Emergency Preparedness

First Aid Kit EMT Medic Rescue Pak available at Nitro-Pak
First Aid Kit EMT Medic Rescue Pak

A while back, I wrote about three big items of basic preparedness. Well, it occurred to me that two more items could be added to the list. So, here now is The Big Five of Emergency Preparedness.

  1. Water – not only is it essential for life, it essential for preparing food, and useful for most everything else in life. Turn off the water to your home for a couple days and you’ll realize how vital it is to daily life.
  2. Food – slightly less important than water, it is definitely essential for life. Not just for the people in your family, but also your pets, livestock, and whoever else you choose to share it with.
  3. Medical Supplies – this is a broad area. Besides First Aid, this includes prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, but also things for your general well-being. I would include eyeglasses, contacts, and hearing aids in this group. If you rely on them in your daily existence, you should at least store a backup pairs.
  4. Shelter – this one makes life enjoyable. However, if you should ever temporarily not have it, you should think about a getaway property, a backup shelter (building, shed, could be many things), or a set of tents for the family.
  5. Security – if you live in a home with an alarm system, how will you feel if the power is off for an extended time? I would say that this is a broad area as well. A firearm, rifle, shotgun, knife, baseball bat, this will mean different things to different people. Choose what you feel comfortable with.

While not a complete list, this big five list should at least get you thinking about the preparedness state of your family. Just think how much better you will be if you only decide to address these five things.

 

How to Find the Emergency Water Sources Hiding in Your Own Home

Emergency Water Sources Hiding In Your Own Home
Emergency Drinking Water Sources Are Hiding In Your Own Home

Let’s talk about the sources of emergency water that are hiding in your own home. This will be broken down into two sections.

When You Know You Will Be Running Out of Water

When you know that you will be losing water soon, for whatever reason, you need to act fast. It may be rather obvious, but you need to immediately fill your bathtub, your sinks, your pots and pans, any and all containers in your home that will hold water.

If you are on city water, then you should shut off your water main. This will prevent contaminated water from coming back into your house and contaminating the water in your water heater. If you don’t know where the water main is for your home, you can just go to the water heater and shut off the cold and hot water valves to/from your water heater. The building code in the U.S. requires a valve on the cold water supply to the water heater. However, your water heater may have shutoff valves on both the cold and hot water lines to/from the water heater. Shut one or both off.

When You Find Out You Have No Water

If you find out your water supply has been shut off, there are emergency sources of water hiding in your home.

The bathtub is an obvious source of water, but it will only be filled when you are getting ready to take a bath. Bathtubs hold around 50 gallons of water, and that’s substantial. Let’s look at other sources.

The water heater is a great source of emergency drinking water. All water heaters have a drain valve at the bottom. If the main water goes off, you can turn the pilot off on the water heater, and that will prevent the water from heating. Then open the valve on the bottom of the tank and drain water as you need it. 40 gallons is a common size of water heater, so most homes will have this amount of water available to them. Where else can we look?

The toilet is another source of emergency water. But not the toilet bowl. I’m talking about the tank. You can take a cup and scoop the water out. I would boil the toilet tank water just to be safe. Remember, if you have one of those toilet bowl cleaner dispensers in your tank, then you are out of luck on this one.

If you live in a multilevel house, with or without a basement, you can go to the lowest level in the house and drain the water system from that point. If the water won’t drain. Just go to the highest point in the house and open a faucet. Just remember to shut the faucet when you are done. You don’t want your house to get flooded from the top down when the water supply comes back on.

Some of your food storage items already have water in them. I’m not talking about Mountain House Freeze Dried Food, or dehydrated food items, or buckets of staples. I’m talking about how some store-bought canned goods such as tuna, vegetables, and the like are packed in water.

What about the water in the aquarium? I don’t think so.

If it happens to be raining when the water goes off, you can always collect rainwater and use that.

Next time the water is shut off to your home, use these tips as a starting point, and go from there.

Happy drinking!

 

 

“Recognizing the Eight Signs of Terrorism,” A New Video

8 Signs of Terrorism
8 Signs of Terrorism – A New Video by “The Cell”

A new video has been released on The Cell website, which is The Center for Empowered Living and Learning. The video was unveiled by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Colorado Governor Bill Ritter.

Narrated by John Elway, the video lists the eight signs of terrorism and briefly explains each one. Here are the signs:

  1. Surveillance
  2. Elicitation
  3. Tests of Security
  4. Funding
  5. Acquiring Supplies
  6. Impersonation
  7. Rehearsal
  8. Deployment

The video is well produced and the website is professionally designed. I don’t know if it will actually help. I think that by showing people how to recognize the eight signs of terrorism, it might be training people to spy on their fellow citizens. However, that may be a cynical attitude.

You may find the video of value and certainly should view it. I don’t want to discourage you from doing so.

Here is the address:

8 Signs of Terrorism

 

 

U.S. Dollar Being Attacked From All Fronts

The U.S. Dollar is On Its Way Out

The U.S. is on its way down the drain. It is being attacked from everybody including China and the U.N. Larry Edelson on the Money and Markets website has this to say:

“In my emails to you over the past couple of weeks, I’ve shown you why Washington has no choice but to devalue the dollar — and how global leaders and even the United Nations have joined the attack on the greenback by demanding it be replaced as the world’s reserve currency.

Now, just this week, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank have begun adding their voices to the international choir calling for a new global reserve currency.”

This is ony one of hundreds of articles on the subject, and it is not good news. The U.S. is being systematically turned into a Third World country, and the only ones who don’t know it are the American people. I know it’s hard to accept, but you need to realize this. When the U.S. Dollar loses its reserve currency status, it will be a catastrophic.

Take time to access your affairs. Please do some basic preparedness and store food while the U.S. Dollar will still be accepted as payment. I don’t care what kind of food storage you do, Mountain House Freeze Dried Food, dehydrated food, staples, canned goods. Whatever, just do something know while you have the time. I can not predict when the hammer will fall, but if you prepare now you will be infinitely better off than those who have done nothing.

Here is a link to the original article:

World Bank and IMF join global attack on the dollar!