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

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

http://news.trust.org/item/20170927215847-o173x

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”?

Argh!

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

Sunday, February 19, 2017

https://survivalblog.com/observations-and-lessons-from-the-oroville-dam-evacuation/

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

Monday, December 5, 2016

http://www.offthegridnews.com/extreme-survival/the-wwii-soldier-who-disappeared-into-the-woods-lived-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!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

http://www.aol.com/article/2016/04/19/tv-crew-saves-castaway-after-spotting-him-on-deserted-island-h/21346472/?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000058&intcmp=hplnws

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

Sunday, January 3, 2016

http://listverse.com/2015/11/17/10-incredible-survival-stories-from-the-19th-century/

10 Incredible Survival Stories From The 19th Century
T. PIKUL  NOVEMBER 17, 2015

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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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Speechless.

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?

Thursday, November 19, 2015

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/11/14/reflections-on-the-slaughter-in-paris-can-we-learn-from-the-past/

REFLECTIONS ON THE SLAUGHTER IN PARIS: CAN WE LEARN FROM THE PAST?

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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.

imho

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

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

http://www.offthegridnews.com/extreme-survival/8-life-saving-emergency-items-that-should-be-in-your-car-right-now/

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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