SURVIVAL: People have to take responsibility for their own safety

Opinion editorial
We need answers to why so many died in the Buffalo storm
By Post Editorial Board 
December 27, 2022 7:49pm

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The death toll from the blizzard in Buffalo keeps rising and is now at least 33 — begging the question of how a city known for its fierce winters couldn’t protect its residents.

Part of the issue is that exact fact: Buffalo natives are accustomed to the weather. Far too many took to the roads even after being warned, likely thinking it was just another winter storm.

As Erie County Sheriff John Garcia said Tuesday, “when we heard terms such as bomb cyclone, this is something that we’re used to in Western New York.”

“But,” he added, “I’ve never seen anything like this before.”

It’s obvious that officials, from Gov. Hochul down, should have been more forceful with their warnings. While businesses were urged to close, a travel ban wasn’t announced until shortly before 9 a.m. Friday, a mere 41 minutes before it took effect and as the storm was beginning to bear down on the region.

And though more equipment was called up, zero visibility meant it was difficult for responders to reach people trapped in their cars, leaving some to die.

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Anyone, who expects the Gooferment to save them from their own mistakes, will soon find out that they are often on their own.

The blizzard is a known hazard in Buffalo.  So when one is predicted, it would seem obvious that one prepares and takes shelter at home or where ever necessary.  

If you have to drive, and that list of reasons should be extremely short  — medical emergency is the only thing I can imagine, then you should have a “winter survival” kit in the car’s back seat.  Sleeping bag, candles, water, and food are essential. 

Seems like some people feel immune to the cold cruel world that we live in.

Requiescat In Pacem



SURVIVAL: Society is falling apart; “juveniles” they ain’t!

Texas coach has broken arm after he’s chased, beaten by middle schoolers
By Patrick Reilly — February 14, 2022 12:13am 

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“Our campuses must be the safest places in our community for students, staff and visitors,” school officials said in a statement Friday. “We will not tolerate anyone compromising the safe environment of our campuses, and will address violations to the greatest extent possible.”

Four students involved in the attack were taken into custody and will be disciplined according to the code of conduct, district officials said in a letter to parents.

It’s unclear if the juveniles will face charges for the beatdown.

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“juveniles” my tush.  They are “adults” and should be charged as such.

I thought Texas was Red State tough on crime jurisdiction.

This is an example of society on the road to perdition.  There should be public outrage.

And, I notice that no one is mentioning the race of all involved.  Could it be a “hate crime” too?

Also, teachers SHOULD be armed!


SURVIVAL: Insulate, seek alternatives, and plan before the cost of energy goes up?

Germany’s Reaction To The Energy Crisis Could Be Catastrophic

 — via my feedly newsfeed

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These rising power prices in Europe are fueling inflation, and Trafigura has warned that Europe could experience rolling blackouts if this winter turns out to be a cold one. Meanwhile, natural gas flows from Russia are a big question mark, with tensions over Nord Stream 2 and Russia’s possible invasion of Ukraine exacerbating Europe’s power situation. 

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The article cites German switch from nuclear and gas to renewable electric with all new construction being required to use electric heat pumps.

Since every bad idea in Europe seems to flow to the USA, it would behoove folks to examine how they are going to stay warm in the​ coming DECADE.  Even in non-SHTF planning, higher “energy” costs may mean that alternatives might be critical  — in terms of budget, availability, or outages. 

At the very least, some insulation and other energy saving investments might cost less now before “everyone wants them” and give a great ROI. 



SURVIVAL: 12-year-old Uses Boy Scout Know-How

12-year-old Uses Boy Scout Know-How to Rescue Lost Couple and Injured Dog on a Hike
By Andy Corbley – Nov 19, 2021

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First, he suggested they build a stretcher by using two lengths of wood and stringing their t-shirts across it—a technique David had learned from his eagle scout older brother.

“It was his idea to make the stretcher,” said Christine. “We didn’t think it would work because we didn’t think the dog would get onto the stretcher. Smokey was just happy to, and we just carried him out.”

Someone (presumably David) knew the way back to the parking lot as well, and so they all worked together, sometimes in twos, sometimes in fours, to get Smokey to safety, who despite his injuries occasionally hopped off to give some relief to the exhausted hikers.

David would later take the opportunity to tell KHON2 News when you’re off on a hike, a good way to be prepared is to imagine what could go wrong, and plan for that.

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How can anyone let themself get “lost” without a compass, a map, and the knowledge to use them?


SURVIVAL: Some apps you should have on your phone.

Best survival apps for your phone

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Your phone / mobile device is one of the few things you’re almost guaranteed to have nearby in an emergency. This list covers third-party apps worth downloading and lesser-known features built into Android and iOS phones.

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  • Citizen (iOS, Android, free) is a crowdsourced incident alert system. If you or others see something such as a fire, police interaction, or terrorist attack, spread the word or even livestream video to notify other app users.

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  • Signal (iOS, Android, free) is an all-in-one app for text, voice, and video. SMS text messages (ie. normal/classic texting) are terribly insecure, and most other apps like Telegram and WhatsApp aren’t much better. Signal is the trusted, encrypted king endorsed by security experts like Bruce Schneier and Edward Snowden.

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And, of course, I recommend what3words to give you a very precise location description.


SURVIVAL: Everyone should have a “survival plan”; if not a pack!

Henry U.S. Survival Pack with AR-7 Takedown Rifle – Why You Need One
By Major Van Harl

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Mike and I both know that an individual needs a survival kit. You have the right to survive but you also have the obligation to survive, others may depend on you. Hollywood sadly gives you the mistaken impression that one nuke will strike your country and everyone will be vaporized, so of course no one will survive. If that is the case then why practice the Boy Scout motto to “Be Prepared”?

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Regardless of how you feel about “guns”, tin foil hat Conspiracy Theories, or dystopian novels, the recent snowstorm has illustrated just how “fragile” people are. Many folks were without power for a week. Some just lost TV and / or the internet. Now imagine if it was for an extended period of time?

Either way, if you don’t believe that a complete collapse transporting everyone back to the caveman age is possible, then dial it back to a temporary interruption and ask “how do I survive”!

Folks are ill-prepared for any disruption. And, the supplies are all “just in time”.

Better have a plan! 

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SURVIVAL: Don’t think it could NEVER happen to you

What Civil Unrest Is Really Like: We Survived the Ferguson Riots
By Karen Morris — The Organic Prepper — March 1, 2018

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  • Don’t think it could NEVER happen to you.  
  • Being ready for the unexpected is a MUST! 
  • Learn to use social media to your advantage. 
  • Having items that you keep in your car all the time is VERY helpful in case you ever need to leave quickly. 
  • Watch for the effects that stressful situations may be having on your children. 

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“Normalcy bias” kills.

We see, that in a crisis, a large percentage of people “freeze” unable to take action.

Wonder how you develop that “bias to action” without always “running around with your hair on fire”?

Not sure how this helps but I’m going to get a go bag in my cars.

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SURVIVAL: How are you set for earthquake preparedness?

California’s ‘Other’ Drought: A Major Earthquake Is Overdue
by Tyler Durden
Wed, 01/31/2018 – 21:55
Authored by Richard Aster via

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California earthquakes are a geologic inevitability. The state straddles the North American and Pacific tectonic plates and is crisscrossed by the San Andreas and other active fault systems. The magnitude 7.9 earthquake that struck off Alaska’s Kodiak Island on Jan. 23, 2018 was just the latest reminder of major seismic activity along the Pacific Rim.

Tragic quakes that occurred in 2017 near the Iran-Iraq border and in central Mexico, with magnitudes of 7.3 and 7.1, respectively, are well within the range of earthquake sizes that have a high likelihood of occurring in highly populated parts of California during the next few decades.

The earthquake situation in California is actually more dire than people who aren’t seismologists like myself may realize.Although many Californians can recount experiencing an earthquake, most have never personally experienced a strong one. For major events, with magnitudes of 7 or greater, California is actually in an earthquake drought. Multiple segments of the expansive San Andreas Fault system are now sufficiently stressed to produce large and damaging events.

The good news is that earthquake readiness is part of the state’s culture, and earthquake science is advancing – including much improved simulations of large quake effects and development of an early warning system for the Pacific coast.

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Clearly, if you’re in Pepuls Republik of Kaliforkneeah, then you better have you’re act together — BIG TIME!

But, what is to say that it’s just California? When the stuff hits the fan, what makes us think that it would have widespread physical, economic, and financial effects.

Think about the impact physically. Trivially, I guess there will be a huge increase in the price of avocados. Seriously, the death toll will be enormous; the injuries will be numerous. 

The US, and the world, economy will be disrupted. It’s unimaginable.

Financially, it’s going to be disastrous. The stock market will crash. And, the supply lines will be stretched and drained. Think about the hurricanes and their impact.

Best, that EVERYONE start preparing.

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SURVIVAL: Why don’t we plan for natural disasters?

Cash demand soars in Puerto Rico after hurricane hit ATMs, card systems
by Reuters — Wednesday, 27 September 2017 21:52 GMT
By Jonathan Spicer, Robin Respaut and Saqib Iqbal Ahmed

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NEW YORK/SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Sept 27 (Reuters) – Demand for cash in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico is “extraordinarily high” after power outages knocked out electronic transactions and ATMs but needs were being met for now, a Federal Reserve branch said on Wednesday.

Residents and tourists were counting their dwindling banknotes in the wake of Hurricane Maria, which crippled the electrical grid and communications network, turning the Caribbean island into a largely cash-based economy.

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Looking away from the immediate string of disasters, why hasn’t the “wise and all knowing maters of the Universe” (i.e., Gooferment politicians and bureaucrats) planned for national disasters?

Each time “we” have one, be it wildfires, hurricanes, tornados, floods, it like “we” have never experienced it ever before.

As a retired IT executive, Disaster Recovery was a recognized need. And, while getting proper attention and funding was never easy, it got done. Often the expense was minimized by proper recognition of the relative impact and possible frequency with a dash of innovative architecture.

It seems like the politicians and bureaucrats LOVE disasters (i.e., “You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” — Rahm Emanuel)

I mean if “we” had forward thinking Federal and State Gooferments, then wouldn’t we have some “trust funds” set up. Of course, that would require some fiscal discipline. But in Genesis 41:54 (“and the seven years of famine began to come, just as Joseph had said, then there was famine in all the lands, but in all the land of Egypt there was bread”), Pharaoh listened to Joseph and put something away for a “rainy day”.

Why can’t “we”?


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SURVIVAL: Don’t wait to be told; use your own common sense

Observations and Lessons from the Oroville Dam Evacuation 
By SurvivalBlog Contributor | February 14, 2017 

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At this point in the evening (now about 10:40), the Department of Water Resources is reporting that the water level is now below 901 feet, the level of the emergency spillway, and water is no longer spilling. Now, they are working on a plan to address the failed concrete in the main spillway and get a plan of action together before the next storms begin arriving next Thursday on the 16th of February. North bound highway 99 has now been reopened to traffic. Marysville remains shut down to access at this time. At after 11:00 pm, we are finally getting some comprehensive reports from the various emergency services agencies. I am sure that there will be some questions about why the initial damage to the main spillway that initiated this event was not addressed by the Department of Water Resources when it was first documented about three years ago, when we were in official drought status. Go figure. No doubt a custodian someplace will be the one to lose their job over it; there is always a scapegoat.

Blessings to all. Stay safe, and be prepared. You never know what might happen. – Behind Enemy Lines in the People’s Republik of Kalifornia

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I have read reports that say there were competent authorities warning about the dam 12 years ago? TWELVE years ago!

Maybe I’m a real tin foil hat but when it comes to the Gooferment, its politicians and bureaucrats, or “spokespersons”, “I wouldn’t believe you, if your tongue came notarized.” … attributed to Judge Marilyn Milian, but may have an earlier history.

Bottom line: Don’t wait for some “official” to tell you what to do. Do it NOW!

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SURVIVAL: Off-Grid For 27 Years

The WWII Soldier Who Disappeared Into The Woods & Lived Off-Grid For 27 Years
Written by: Cody Assmann

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Wow, I’d read and forgotten about this story.

Just shows what a person can do.

His memes made his life lot harder. But then maybe our own memes are just as flawed.

Interesting that he never reconsidered any of them.

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SURVIVAL: This super experienced guy goes … and nearly dies!

TV crew saves castaway after spotting him on deserted island: ‘He was ready to die’ 
Inside Edition JOHANNA LI
Apr 19th 2016 5:44AM

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Shearman said that the man, whom they later learned was named Tremine, was out fishing one day when he decided to venture off his boat in search of better oysters. He was told that the Sir Edward Pellew Group of Islands was only inhabited by a small aboriginal group, and would be a more interesting area to fish.

Tremine, a roofer from Borroloola in northern Australia, is an experienced hobby fisherman and often takes short camping or fishing trips. But he didn’t anticipate the conditions that day. Shearman said Tremine told him that he left his boat and took a wrong turn after a couple hours of digging for oysters.

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After 60 hours without water, this guy was a mess and near death.

How many of the ‘survival rules’ did he break!

Maybe they should be codified so that we “experts” don’t fall afoul of them?

First rule, is remember “Murphy’s Law”. And, it’s like the Law of Gravity. It’s always operational.

It’s a dangerous world out there and puny naked humans shouldn’t forget that ONE FACT!

He was almost a “Darwin Award” nominee; let’s not have others!

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SURVIVAL: Some people are just survivors

10 Incredible Survival Stories From The 19th Century

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#10 Sergeant James Landon

Camp Sumter, commonly known as Andersonville, was a military prison operated by the Confederacy during the US Civil War. Even by the low standards of prisons at the time, Andersonville was notoriously horrible. The prison was overcrowded, and prisoners were forced to sleep in the open in disgusting, unsanitary conditions. During the Civil War, 13,000 prisoners died in Andersonville. Following the war, Captain Henry Wirz, the camp’s commander, was tried and hanged for war crimes.

Sergeant James Landon, a Union soldier from Iowa, was one of the unlucky ones who ended up in Andersonville. During a skirmish, Landon was shot in the thigh. He pried the bullet out using his knife and ran on foot from Confederate forces for five days before being captured. He was then forced to march for another four days to Andersonville. As a wounded soldier entering Andersonville’s unsanitary conditions, Landon didn’t stand much of a chance.

Amazingly, Landon survived. He was held for six weeks at Andersonville before being transferred to another prison camp. He was released from there after two months, as the Confederacy was crumbling and could no longer afford to hold prisoners. Even more amazingly, Landon didn’t receive proper medical treatment until he arrived back in the North. He lived until age 83 and was reportedly healthy and athletic throughout his life.

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Interesting that he operated on himself. All while E&E-ing for five days?

That would be some tale to hear about. As usual, the best part gets untold!

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SURVIVAL: What can we learn from Paris?


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III. We Have Been Confronted with—and Solved—This Problem Before 

The most important point to bear in mind is that we have been down this road before. Yes, we have faced the threat of terror, and overcome it. In fact, we can identify four distinct waves: the pre-World War One era, World War Two, the Cold War, and now, the Long War on Terror.

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It would seem that “tolerance” is passé.

We have to get tough with both the inside and outside threats. That doesn’t mean bomb everything in sight. In fact, it may mean less bombing. And, less immigration with stricter standards and vetting.

Personally, I think ending Gooferment welfare for both individuals and Crony Capitalists would go a long way to turning the situation around.

One of the cry of the “migrants” in Europe is “give us money”. That’s exactly the wrong thing to do. In the legal immigration wave of the Italians, the Irish, the Poles, etc. etc., no one got anything for free.

Hard? Yes, but necessary. 

The Gooferment is immoral, ineffective, and inefficient. It doesn’t do “charity” well. 

Since the Left often says: “don’t let a good crisis go to waste”, “We, The Sheeple” should use this one to clean house.


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SURVIVAL: Water, water, water everywhere but not a drop to drink when you need it

8 Life-Saving Emergency Items That Should Be In Your Car Right Now
Written by: Zach Dunn

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4. Water purification and storage. Don’t get caught without some water with you and a means to purify more. A simple pot can do for boiling, and water purification filters can make river and lake water drinkable. I suggest you have a few bottles and at least one method to purify more H20.

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You have to have water. No doubt about that!

If you’re going to be stupid, then the wilderness will kill you.

And, you have to rotate your bottled water. It can evaporate in the sealed bottle cause the container to fail. Water in your trunk is a disaster weather is flood or a case of water that you store there.

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SURVIVAL: What do you have when your house collapses or worse

The tiny gap between life and death: Entombed alive with the body of his friend, Nepal earthquake victim is finally pulled free as death toll rises to 2,500

  • The earthquake survivor was pulled from rubble of his home in Swyambhu in the Kathmandu Valley on Sunday 
  • He had been stuck with the lifeless body of his friend after the building they were in collapsed around them 
  • In the Nepalese capital city of Kathmandu the bodies of hundreds killed have been laid out in the street 
  • Rescue teams are frantically using their hands to dig out survivors as aid relief from neighbouring India arrives
  • As many as 18 climbers on Mount Everest were killed when base camp was swallowed by avalanche on Saturday 
  • More bodies are being pulled from destruction in cities ‘by the hour’ as the death toll continues to rise 

PUBLISHED: 03:55 EST, 25 April 2015 | UPDATED: 14:32 EST, 26 April 2015

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Thousands of people spent the night outside in chilly temperatures and patchy rain, too afraid to return to their damaged homes or sleep indoors for fear of another tremor. Aftershocks from the deadly earthquake have ravaged through the country today. When the aftershocks come you cannot imagine the fear… you can hear the women and children crying ‘The aftershocks keep coming … so people don’t know what to expect,’  said Sanjay Karki, Nepal country head for global aid agency Mercy Corps. ‘All the open spaces in Kathmandu are packed with people who are camping outdoors. When the aftershocks come you cannot imagine the fear. You can hear women and children crying.’

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We see “natural disasters”, but it’s like no one prepares.

In the USA, we have tornados, floods, power outages, and blizzards. There are gas explosions, fires, and wind damage. 

Many different ways a house can become a total loss.

But no one is prepared it seems for anything.

My paternal grandmother in Oregon had a storm “cellar” nearby her house. Up on a rise, dug into the hill, with her “put up food”, blankets, and stuff. In bad weather, she sleep in it. 

Most people have nothing, zero, nada. Not even a plan.

We’re very luck that this doesn’t happen often. But it does happen often enough.

I have serval 72 hour bags around. Maybe even I need more.


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SURVIVAL: Being fragile “animal” in a dangerous world

2 missing sisters visiting family in Michigan found after nearly 2 weeks
Published April 25, 2015

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The women – Leslie Roy, 52, and Lee Marie Wright, 56 – survived on Girl Scout cookies while stuck in their snow-crippled SUV. A pilot noticed a reflection off the Ford Explorer and landed the police helicopter on shore, ending the women’s unexpected wilderness adventure.

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Tough world out there. Especially when you’re unprepared.

It’s not like you don’t have room in an SUV for a “Bug Out”, “Get Home”, or “Holy Hell What’s Happening” bag.

Fire making materials, survival blankets, food and water seem obvious.

And people think an SUV is a ATV.

At least they were smart enough to stay with the SUV!

Dumb that they didn’t start burning the spare after a week?

Recently when I was driving from Manchester NH to Keene NH, I found large stretches with no cell phone service. So you can’t depend upon that.

Most important is a survival mindset. 

If you’re depending upon a road being plowed, then you better do some research.

When in Vegas and we’d go for a ride, there were always two gallons of water in the rental car. And we were NOT going of the beaten track. But it’s dry and hot there.

And, finally, you always have to leave a route with your “canary”. That is someone who knows where you are, where you’re going, and when you’ll check back in. I acted as a “canary” for someone traveling alone in Japan. (We even had a code word!)

These women were very lucky.

The human being is a fragile “animal” in a dangerous world.

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SURVIVAL: Clean water issues

Survive anything
Published September 01, 2013Men’s Health

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“Animals use streams and rivers as their toilets. And swimmers put germs in the water too—there’s a bit of feces in every butt crack,” Charles Gerba, an environmental microbiologist at the University of Arizona, said.
Chlorine or iodine tablets alone won’t eliminate Cryptosporidium or Giardia parasites. So invest in an MSR Sweet-Water Water Purifier System, which wipes out bacteria, parasites, and viruses and was a top-rated purifier in a U.S. military report. Bonus: It has an activated carbon core to improve taste.

“Keep the inlet and outlet hoses in separate bags to avoid cross contamination,” Gerba added.

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When TEOTWAWKI (The End Of The World As We Know It) happens, there will be a lot of casualties.

For all those wannabes, this is a good litany of why they will be casualties too!

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SURVIVAL: Texting tree with cells of three

Quick Emergency Prep Project: Build a Texting Tree
Posted on May 9, 2012 by aptprepper

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A few weeks ago, we posted a guest post on having a meeting place in times of emergency, which covered having multiple backup plans in place where your family can congregate. At the same time, when a disaster occurs, we would also want to reach out to loved ones to communicate our situation or inform them of our next move. In recent emergencies, it was widely observed that while land lines did not work, many people were able to use their cell phones to send text messages. For this reason it would be a good idea to organize your own texting tree. Much like the phone trees used by kids’ schools to keep parents informed, the texting tree would be used in times of emergency to keep family and friends informed.

This project is simple: all you need is your cell phone, contact list and a sheet of paper. You can either draw it out manually or build the tree using Word or Excel, in the same manner you would create an organization chart. It should only take about an hour at the most, except for the part about explaining how it works to your contacts.

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IT would be a good idea to have your contacts be in a different geographic area.

For example, my three contacts are geographically diverse. 

And, I’ve asked them to contact three folks in region or who’d care. 


Not that I’d be sad about being released for this “vale of tears”, but it’s against the rules to leave the game early.

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SURVIVAL: Disabled cruise ship is a practice bug in

What to do if your cruise ship becomes disabled
By Paul Motter
Cruisin For Deals
Published March 15, 2013

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One approach is to pick a new ship or one that has just been refurbished. Some of these include Disney Fantasy and Carnival Breeze. Also coming soon are Norwegian’s Breakaway and Royal Caribbean’s Royal Princess.

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I’d say “what should you have done BEFORE your ruse ship becomes disabled”!

You should have your “bug out” bag. 

OK, you may have had to leave the guns home. But everything else should be there. 

Plastic bags, duct tape, water, food.

Hunker down.

It’s a survival situation.

Retrovirus — isolate yourself; become a germophobe.

Stuck — collect supplies. 

It’s a bug in situation with guaranteed extraction within a week. 

Good practice?

Stay out of situations where your movement is restricted! 

Airplanes, boats, trains, buses!

The big key is always have a plan!

Like Ike said: “Plans are worthless; planning is everything!”

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SURVIVAL: One risk that you can’t plan for

Do You Live in Sinkhole Territory?

U.S. Geological Survey

Sinkholes are common where the rock below the land surface is limestone, carbonate rock, salt beds, or rocks that can naturally be dissolved by ground water circulating through them. As the rock dissolves, spaces and caverns develop underground. Sinkholes are dramatic because the land usually stays intact for a while until the underground spaces just get too big. If there is not enough support for the land above the spaces then a sudden collapse of the land surface can occur. These collapses can be small, as this picture shows, or they can be huge and can occur where a house or road is on top.


This is scary stuff!


SURVIVAL: Sandy creates at least one

What Made Me Begin Preparing for TEOTWAWKI, by Elizabeth in the Northeast

In six months the oldest of my boys leaves for the Marine Corps, and told me that for the first time since he enlisted he’s no longer afraid of what will happen with me and his younger brothers. He’s actually okay with really leaving now, because in two short months I’ve managed to squirrel away enough supplies to take care of all of us, and instead of believing that the powers that be will take care of me and mine in an emergency, I’m being proactive in taking care of me and mine. If it happens, when it happens, this Mama is more than ready.


SURVIVAL: PrepareHub, a not-for-profit

Welcome to

We beta-launched this site on Saturday, May 26, 2012, as part of our celebration of EMPact America’s third anniversary.

You are welcome to sign up as a member now and start looking through the site and the Citizens’ Exchange(TM) — which is what we’re calling the online store.

Founded in 2009

EMPact America is a not-for-profit that was incorporated in New York State on May 26, 2009. is EMPact America’s latest venture, intended to be a place where people concerned about EMP can interact.

Celebrating Our Third Anniversary

We hope you will explore the various features our site has to offer. We created this online space for you to log on and create a dynamic member profile, collaborate on projects, share your ideas and expertise – and, most important, connect with others who are interested in and involved with preparedness efforts.

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[TIP ‘o’ the HAT to: Jim Rawles ]

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SURVIVAL: Never Surrender. Ever!–a_resolution.html

Never Surrender–A Resolution for 2012 And Beyond,
by C.R.W.January 1, 2012 5:00 AM

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Why do Law Enforcement Officials always tell civilians not to resist a criminal, while they tell their Officers to always resist and never surrender?

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On Sept 2, 2010, 40 armed criminals took over and robbed a train in India. Some of the robbers had guns, others used knives and clubs. When they began to disrobe an 18 year old girl for the purpose of gang raping her, one of the passengers decided to fight. He was a 35 year old retired Gurkha soldier. He drew his Khukasri knife and attacked the 40 robbers. He killed three of the robbers and wounded 8 more despite his being wounded in this 20 minute fight. The remaining criminals fled for their lives leaving their stolen loot and eleven comrades dead or wounded on the floor of the train. The eight wounded robbers were arrested.

How does one man defeat 40? How does he summon the courage to fight such odds? He utilized all of the Principles of Personal Defense: Alertness, Decisiveness, Aggressiveness, Speed, Coolness, Ruthlessness, and Surprise. He was skilled in the use of his weapon. Most importantly, He refused to be a victim and allow evil to triumph!

If this one inspirational soldier can defeat 40 opponents using his knife, it would seem that we should all be able to defeat a group of armed criminals by using our firearms if we are professionally trained as was this heroic Gurkha soldier.

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This brings to the fore, with concrete examples, as to why “dial 911 and die” is true.

And, why, indeed, do kops get told one thing and the “mundanes” something else?

Finally, there are no dangerous things, only dangerous people. One guy with a knife polishes off 40?

Remember the Churchill quote: “…if you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.” -Churchill, The Second World War, vol. 1, The Gathering Storm (London: Cassell, 1948, 272, on the British guarantee to Poland in Spring 1939.

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SURVIVAL: What you have on you, and with you, may be all you ever have to survive?

Stranded Nome man survives 3 days in cold
THREE DAYS: Rescuers found pickup stuck in snow near Nome.
By KYLE HOPKINS Anchorage Daily News
Published: December 3rd, 2011 07:08 PM
Last Modified: December 6th, 2011 09:41 AM

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Normally Vial carries a sleeping bag, extra gasoline and other survival gear in the 2000 Toyota, he said. But on this trip he had few supplies, no food and no water. Even his dogs, a pair of labs that usually accompany him on drives, stayed home.

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What you have on you, and with you, may be all you ever have to survive?

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