All posts for the month August, 2012

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Français : Panneau d’évacuation en cas de Tsunami, en Nouvelle Zélande. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

With recent seismic activity going on around the world and with such a large portion of the world’s population living on or near the coastline Tsunamis pose a considerable threat to human life.

These seismic waves sometimes called “Tidal Waves” or Tsunamis can move hundreds of miles per hour in the open ocean and are typically caused by underwater disturbances such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides and less frequently meteorite impacts. Tsunamis travel out in all directions from the point where they originate and as they approach land build in height as the floor of the ocean meets the shoreline. These waves can be as high as 100ft or more with the right conditions and can destroy all in its path. What can be a small Tsunami in one place can cause massive destruction in another depending on the topography of the ocean floor and coastline.

All Tsunamis are potentially dangerous and warnings should always be taken very seriously. When earthquakes or landslides occur close to the coastline the first waves can reach the shoreline within a few minutes, even before warnings can be issued and communicated to the general public. The greatest risk zone would be that of areas less than 25ft above sea level and within 1 mile of the shoreline.

Here is a list of things you can do to protect yourself and family from a Tsunami;

  • Build an Emergency Kit or Bug-Out-Bag that’s ready to go if you need to evacuate in a hurry.
  • Make a Family Evacuation Plan and practice it with all members of your family so they all know what to do and where to go if a tsunami occurs. You should be able to follow your escape route night or day and be able to reach your safe location within 10-15 minutes by foot. Evacuating by car may not be an option due to roads being clogged or blocked by other people fleeing.
  • Know your town, city or communities warning system, disaster plans and evacuation routes. In other words know where you need to go to be safe and how to get there in a hurry.
  • If you are on vacation familiarize yourself with local evacuation plans and locations.
  • Know the height of your home or location above sea level and the distance you are from the coast, evacuation orders may be based on these factors.
  • Follow any and all evacuation orders given by local authorities and evacuate immediately. Save yourself, family and pets but leave your possessions behind, they can be replaced.
  • Under no circumstances go down to the beach to watch the tsunami come in, this may be the last stupid decision of your life.
  • If you see a noticeable recession in water away from the shoreline this is nature’s tsunami warning and you need to move away immediately.
  • Move inland to higher ground away from the coastline immediately. Try to get 100 feet above sea level or go as far inland as you can. Get as high and as far as you can, every foot inland or upward may make the difference between life and death.
  • If you can see the wave and it is too close to escape get as high in a multi-level reinforced concrete building as you can, this is a last resort and may not save your life but it’s better than being at ground level when the wave hits. Try to be at least 3-4 floors up inside the building.
  • Remember to help those who may require special assistance such as the elderly, infants and the disabled.

Remember that when you have to evacuate you’ll need supplies, so be sure to have your emergency kit or bug-out-bag stocked and ready to go. Remember to include things like extra clothing, important documents, prescription medications, first-aid supplies, food, water, portable radio and other personal and hygiene items. There are lots of pre-made kits on the market which makes this is a great option to get you a base kit and then you can add your own personal touches to create something that fits your personal needs.

After a tsunami return home only after local officials tell you it is safe. If you feel it is unsafe to remain in your home go to a designated public shelter for further assistance.  Avoid disaster areas and stay away from debris in the water, it may pose a safety hazard to people or pets due to contamination or unseen hazards. Always use caution when re-entering your home or other buildings due to possible structural damage that can cause floors to crack or walls to collapse. To avoid any injuries, wear protective clothing and be cautious when cleaning up.

Hopefully by following these tips and suggestions you and your family will feel safe and secure to make it through a tsunami if you ever find yourself in this situation. The best thing to do is to be prepared and have a plan so you will have the confidence and ability to survive.

Author: The Survival Guy



Planetary alignment that will take place Dec 3, 2012 is dead-on alignment with the Pyramids at Giza. Night Sky in Giza, Egypt on December 3, 2012, local time … one hour before sunrise compared with the Pyramids at Giza.

Planets inline: Mercury / Venus / Saturn

In the documentary Urban Danger, Maryland’s Congressional Representative Roscoe Bartlett warned those who can to move their families out of major cities.

Outspoken in his belief that each individual American should prepare for a crisis where the government would be unable to provide for the basic needs of the national population, Bartlett has himself created a hideaway deep in the West Virginia forest. His cabin runs on independent power, he has put away food and canning equipment, stockpiled supplies for the long-term, and is ready for a worst-case scenario should it ever come to pass.

“We don’t really think of those today, because it’s so convenient to go to the supermarket,” he cautions. “But you know, you’re planning because the supermarket may not always be there.”

The electrical grid could fail tomorrow, he frequently warns. Food would disappear from the shelves. Water would no longer flow from the pipes. Money might become worthless. People could turn on each other, and millions would die.

Bartlett’s biggest concern, the vulnerability of our national power grid, is justified through extensive research by private organizations and the US government alike. A 2010 report by the Center for Security Policy estimated that 9 out of 10 Americans would die within one year should a catastrophic emergency take down the national power grid and restrict access to key just-in-time delivery systems like food, gas and utilities.

Sitting down with officials and experts at a conference in Washington D.C., Bartlett has been working to pass legislation that would promote individual preparedness on a national level.

Bartlett recently sat around a Capitol Hill conference room table with a group of like-minded experts to unveil legislation that calls for “every citizen to develop an individual emergency plan to prepare for the absence of government assistance for extended periods” and for communities to become capable of providing 20 percent of their own power, food and water if necessary.

The electric grid, everyone agreed, is vulnerable to natural disasters and terrorist attacks. “This is possibly the most serious threat the United States faces right now, because we are so utterly unprepared for it,” said Richard Andres, a senior fellow at National Defense University.

The grid could be crippled at least four different ways, Bartlett says: terrorist assaults on power substations, a cyberattack, a massive solar storm and an electromagnetic pulse attack.

Bartlett has for decades warned of the harm of an EMP attack — a nuclear detonation in the atmosphere that could fry computers and anything with an electric circuit — in his writings, in legislation and in late-night speeches on the House floor, though experts differ on the seriousness of the threat. Some agree the dangers are real, while others say such an attack is unlikely and the potential effects remain uncertain.

“Whatever level you’re concentrating on, being as self-sufficient as you can, as quickly as you can, is going to be the right thing to do,” he says.

In “America’s Cities,” a separate documentary with similar themes, Bartlett approvingly cites the financial adviser and author Howard Ruff — an influential figure among survivalists — who counseled that “the most important investment you can make” is to have a year’s supply of food

for your family, and “the second-most important investment” is a thousand-dollar stash of silver coins and jewelry to bargain with in an emergency.

“This is great advice for anybody,” Bartlett says. “And maybe you can’t buy a year’s supply of food. All the Lord expects you to do is what you can do.”

Source: The Washington Post

An EMP, a massive natural disaster, or a widespread currency collapse that threatens global payment systems could make it impossible for any the exchange of goods across the globe to take place. This means that food and energy supplies would simply stop flowing, and it would leave 320 million Americans without any ability to acquire even the most basic necessities for life.

The US Government has been actively preparing for natural and man-made emergencies by stockpiling emergency foods, equipment, self defense arms and ammunition, backup shelters, and creating contingency plans to deal with the chaos that would follow such an event.

They themselves, however, have noted that should a truly large-scale disaster come to pass they would simply not have the resources available to help everyone. FEMA recommends that every American household have at least a two week supply of food, water and critical supplies ready for an emergency. At last count, only about 3 million Americans prepare, about 1% of the population, suggesting that any far from equilibrium shock to the system as we know it would lead to outright panic and chaos as those without reserve supplies would stop at nothing to get their hands on them.

The government is preparing to deal with it when it happens.

Are you?

This article was written by Mac Slavo and originally published at

Massive X6.9 class solar flare, August 9, 2011...

Massive X6.9 class solar flare, August 9, 2011. While this flare produced a coronal mass ejection (CME), this CME is not traveling towards the Earth, and no local effects are expected. Sun Unleashes X6.9 Class Flare, NASA press release dated 08.09.2011 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Government adviser in fight to ‘save Earth’ against devastating solar storms expected to knock out National Grid in 2013

A space professor from Oxfordshire is battling ‘to save Earth’ from a solar storm that experts fear will wreak worldwide chaos next year. Professor Mike Hapgood, who chairs the Space Environment Impacts Experts Group (SEIEG) and advises the Government on space weather, says solar storms, generated by an outburst from the sun, are set to knock out national power grids and he believes magnetic rays from the storm will result in widespread blackouts which will plunge homes and businesses into darkness.

It could also lead to potentially deadly knock-on effects, for instance if hydro-electric dams holding back millions of gallons of water are knocked offline.

Early next year, the sun will reach the peak of its 11-year activity cycle, which puts the planet at greater risk of such storms.

And experts say with the planet now relying on the Internet and hi-tech gadgetry, the chaos caused by the 2013 solar storm will have a far greater impact than any in the past.

Prof Hapgood, who studied at Oxford, warned: ‘A big magnetic storm can permeate the Earth’s crust, which can drive electric currents through aluminium or copper wires in the National grid, which could cause a national blackout.

‘Interactions with Earth’s atmosphere can also affect any radio signals. If you had a big storm, GPS might be unavailable for a couple of days.

‘On July 21 this year there was a very large event on the far side of the sun, if it had intercepted Earth we would have had a very large magnetic storm.’

All manner of transport relies on GPS including aircraft and if the systems suddenly collapse, there could be lethal consequences.

He said ‘My main interest is to study the likely extremes in these scenarios. These are enormous events that could have a very significant effect on GDP.

‘The National Grid now relies on warnings from space craft carrying equipment built at Rutherford and they are developing plans on how to evolve.’

Magnetic storms on Earth are caused by Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) on the sun, where large clouds of gas held in place by the sun’s magnetic field are suddenly released.

When magnetic storms permeate the Earth’s crust, the direct current can meet with the alternating current in the National grid and over power transformers, causing them to malfunction.

Prof Hapgood explained there is currently one possible defence.

‘It sounds counter-intuitive, but actually the National Grid could switch on the whole grid, to block the effect of extra currents.


Unlike many recent natural disasters, a huge solar flare would cause the greatest suffering in developed countries.

Plasma balls blasting out from the surface of the sun could wipe out our modern electricity grids, which would draw the energy to them like antennas and quickly overload.

This would have a knock on effect on many of the systems that support our lives, including water and sewage treatment, medicine cooling, supermarket delivery, power station controls and financial markets.

To rebuild the grid, the melted transformer hubs would need to be replaced but new ones take up to a year to make to order.

At present NASA’s Advanced Composition Explorer (ACE) is the most important indicator of incoming space weather. It can give 15 to 45 minutes warning of geomagnetic storms and power companies need 15 minutes to prepare systems for a critical event.

However, ACE is 14 years old and already operating beyond its planned lifespan with no planned replacement.

Prof Hapgood said ‘We will largely lose the early warning capability.’

‘At the moment we rely on one American aircraft called ACE which measures the speed of solar flares, plasma coming towards Earth, and its speed and density, but even that can only give a 20 minute warning.’

Prof Hapgood warned that even though next year would bring a peak of solar activity, the Earth is always under threat.

‘Next year is a peak in activity. However, we can’t find a link between these peaks and the major events like CMEs. You shouldn’t breath a sigh of relief and think you are safe, this is a constant risk.’

Experts are warning that the Government must make contingency plans for the solar storm which could create severe water and food shortages.

In 1859 the so-called ‘Carrington event’ was a magnetic storm that struck Earth – long before the Internet and GPS – and caused the failure of telegraph systems all over Europe and North America. The Northern Lights were reportedly seen as far south as Florida.

In 2009 a report funded by NASA claimed similar storms today would lead to ‘planetary disaster.’

The study outlined the devastating impact it would have. For instance it could leave half of the US without power within 90 seconds, without coal after 30 days and would take the country a decade to recover.

Such a scenario would also cost an estimated £1.5trillion – and that would just be in the first year.

Prof Hapgood told the New Scientist magazine in 2009 that ‘I don’t think the report is scaremongering. This is a fair and balanced report.’

The flare emitted during the Carrington event in 1859 travelled so fast it took less than 15 minutes to reach Earth anyway.

The report’s chief author Daniel Baker from the University of Colorado said he hoped it would push decision-makers into action.

‘It takes a lot of effort to educate policy-makers, and that is especially true with these low-frequency events. But we are moving closer and closer to the edge of a possible disaster’, he said.


Hurricane season is here once again and it’s no doubt to be full of action, so are you prepared? The hurricane season lasts from June to November, the peak season is from mid-August to late October so it’s time to get your supplies ready just in case you need them.

Hurricanes can cause major damage to the coastline from storm surges, winds in excess of 150 miles per hour and torrential rainfall which leads to flooding; this includes miles inland even as these massive storms are downgraded once they hit land.

Hurricane Gloria caused 7 deaths in Massachuse...

Hurricane Gloria caused 7 deaths in Massachusetts, as well as 84,000 power outages. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here’s what you need to do to prepare for a hurricane:

  • Build an Emergency Kit and a have an evacuation plan.
  • Identify potential hazards such as dams and levees in your area that could fail and cause flooding.
  • Figure out the elevation of your home and property and its potential flooding from storm surge or torrential rains.
  • Identify your evacuation routes and where there is higher ground if you need to evacuate in a hurry. Have several options available and planned out so you’re not surprised in the event your first option is unavailable or cut-off.
  • Make plans to secure your property and livestock.
  • Have materials ready to be able to cover windows, such as marine plywood or storm shutters, already fitted for the area you will be covering.
  • Install additional strapping to secure your roof to the framing of your home or other structures such as garages, sheds and barns. Reinforce any doors and cover windows on these structures.
  • Keep trees and landscaping trimmed so they are more wind resistant and identify any possible hazards such as old rotten trees, branches or the like that may be blown down and may cause damage to property or injuries to people or animals.
  • Bring in all outdoor decorations, furniture, garbage and landscaping cans that can be blown away by high winds or is not tied down and secure.
  • If you own a boat make plans to secure it.
  • Consider installing an emergency generator or alternate energy source for the power outages that follow such events.
  • Check your Insurance coverage; your insurance may not cover flood damage.
  • Stay informed by TV and radio stations.
  • Evacuate when instructed by authorities or if you live in a low-lying area that is prone to flooding or live in a mobile home in any coastal area or flood plain.

If you have to evacuate, you’ll need supplies so be sure to have a 72-hour kit or bug-out bag stocked and ready to go. Remember to include things like extra clothing, important documents, prescription medications, first-aid supplies, food, water, portable radio and other personal and hygiene items. There are lots of pre-made kits on the market which makes this is a great option to get you a base kit and then you can add your own personal touches to create something that fits your personal needs.

After the hurricane and it is safe to return home you should be prepared to face wide-spread power outages and other services that may be disrupted for days or even weeks. This means even though your home and you have survived you may need to be on your own for an extended period of time so you will need supplies and other resources to get you through. You should consider installing an emergency generator or alternate energy source for the power outages that follow such events. Also you may want to have an emergency food storage source available with ways of storing,  gathering and disinfecting water. I would suggest a 2 week supply of both just to be safe but you know your area and resource availability so do what makes you comfortable.

Hopefully by following these tips and suggestions you and your family will feel safe and secure to make it through hurricane season this year and for years to come.

Author: The Survival Guy


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Well summer is almost over and the kids are getting ready to go back to school and that means flu season is right around the corner. It’s time to get prepared for the possibility for an influenza pandemic now and be prepared for a worst case scenario. What would happen if a pandemic broke out and you and your family needed to isolate yourself from other people, would you be prepared?

You should be aware of what can happen during flu season and a possible pandemic outbreak. There are certain actions you can take to help lessen the impact of an influenza pandemic on you and your family. In the event of a flu pandemic some day-to-day services may be disrupted for up to 2 weeks or longer including; doctors’ offices, urgent care clinics, banks, grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants and government offices. That means stockpiling essential supplies for you and your family is a good way to be prepared for this possibility and will give you a sense of security. You will be able to isolate yourself and family from the pandemic for an extended period of time.

During the time of a pandemic/ flu season and to prevent the spread of germs and prevent infection avoid close contact with people who are sick. If you are the one who is sick keep your distance from others and if possible stay home from work, school, and running errands and isolate yourself if needed. I know this one’s tough but for heaven’s sake cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick and it’s just the right thing to do. Wash your hands often to prevent and protect you from germs and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Practice good health habits such as getting plenty of sleep, exercise regularly, managing your stress levels, drinking plenty of fluids and eating right. By doing these few things it will help keep your immune system strong and limit your vulnerability to sickness.

Here’s a basic checklist of items and resources you may need in case of a flu pandemic. This list can be modified to custom fit your family’s needs and circumstances; special needs children, seniors or the disabled. Many of these items are things you most likely already have but you need to double-check and get prepared.

Food and Water

Store at least a 2 week supply of foods your family will eat and remember any special dietary needs.

Health Supplies

  • Pain relievers/fever reducer (e.g. acetaminophen, ibuprofen)
  • Cough and cold medicine
  • Stomach remedies/ Anti-diarrhea medication
  • Vitamins
  • Prescribed medications
  • Sports drinks for rehydration
  • Thermometer/ monitoring equipment
  • Supplies for disabled or special needs individuals

Other Supplies

Hopefully by following these tips and suggestions and doing some research on your own you will feel more prepared and ready to take on a pandemic if needed. We all need to be prepared for those things in life that are out of our control and by making plans ahead of time you and your family will feel much more safe and secure if and when those things happen.

Author: The Survival Guy


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C3-class Solar Flare Erupts on Sept. 8, 2010 [Detail] (Photo credit: NASA Goddard Photo and Video)

Solar flares are nothing new to the earth; she’s been exposed to them way before we ever came along. However the technology of today unfortunately hasn’t been and therefore does occasionally cause some problems to today’s society. Years ago way before we had a power grid and all our electronic devices it was no big deal and it just produced a way better light show in the sky that we know as the Aurora Borealisor northern lights. The problem with today is that we are more reliant on technology for our everyday needs and any small disruption to this could and does cause major problems.

We are once again in one of these cycles which could send massive solar storms our way this year and into next. NASA is tracking the Solar Maximum or Solar Max which is the period of greatest solar activity in the solar cycle of the sun. We’ve already had a few sent our way this year and thankfully no direct hits or major disruptions. Why is this such a big deal you ask? Solar storms of this magnitude can take down our power grid and cause major power outages for an extended period of time. Great, like it can’t get any worse with the whole 2012 thing and all, but think of not having power for days, weeks or maybe more, some experts say as much as 1-4 years. This would obviously be the worst case scenario depending on the size of the flare, but it has happened in the past and it will happen again. Look back to some recent severe weather in the North Eastern United States earlier this year and how long did it take to restore power there? Now imagine that on a global level and it’s downright scary! That’s a lot of resources that would be needed to repair all the equipment damaged not to mention the manpower it would take, and that takes time.

Ok, time for a little history lesson and this will give you an idea of what’s happened in the not so distant past.

  • Carrington Super Flare in September 1859, during this the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) could be seen as far south as the Caribbean, imagine that because most of us have never seen them at all. Farther north in the United States it was said to have awakened people who then thought it was morning because it was so bright. It also brought down telegraph systems all over North America and Europe, causing some telegraph operators to be shocked and starting fires. Even after being disconnected from the power supplies some telegraph systems continued to send and receive messages despite being disconnected from a power supply.
  • On March 13th 1989, a huge solar storm totally shut down Hydro-Quebec, the power grid servicing Canada’s Quebec province blacking out most of the province and plunging 6 million people into darkness.
  •  November 2003, a solar flare temporarily disabled many satellites and the crew of the International Space Station had to take shelter, reporting elevated radiation readings.
  •  September 2005, a string of solar flares caused disruptions to major power grids and knocked out the GPS system completely for ten minutes. Doesn’t seem bad unless you happened to be in an airplane landing being guided in by a GPS based system.

These are only a few past events that show that solar flares are something that we need to really take serious. I’m not saying it’s the end of the world but it could definitely disrupt our daily lives for a period of time. Everything we do or use in some way revolves around having power. How will I communicate without my cell phone or computer? How will I update my Facebook account or Tweet, trust me the least of our problems. I’d be more concerned with how will I feed my family if the trucks that restock the grocery stores don’t have fuel to make deliveries? How will I cook or refrigerate my food, if I can find any food after the first week of a major outage? Where will I get water to drink if all the water stations are down because the pumps don’t have power? These are all legitimate concerns and you should think about them and make preparations and plans of how you would react to each or all of them.

The only thing we can do as responsible adults is to think ahead and to be prepared. They say we are only 3 days away from anarchy once the grocery stores run out of food. I know that sounds bad but think about it for a moment, most people rely on their local stores for everything, and technology keeps it all running smoothly. If you take away the power then you take away technology and the ability for it all to work seamlessly. So think about maybe making yourself a plan and get prepared for the unthinkable, just in case.

Author: The Survival Guy