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10 skills everyone should learn for self sufficiency


10 Skills Every Survivalist Should Learn

A lot of people who are just getting into survivalism, whether they’re the Average Joe putting back extra groceries or a someone who just become interested in a self reliant lifestyle. A lot of these people believe that all you need to make it is an AR-15, 10,000 rounds of ammo and a bunker full of food. Nothing could be more from the truth!

If you’re looking to move into rural America or you planning on staying put where you are in the suburbs, there are a few skills that will become very helpful to you should the SHTF.

These skills can be learned rather easily and may provide beneficial to you beyond your dreams. Some can be learned by reading a book or watching a video while others will require you attending a few classes at your local community college. Here’s my list of skills every survivalist should learn.

#1. Stick Welding

WelderLearning to stick weld is not that hard. You just want to get proficient enough to be able to know which rods to use or which amp setting to use so you can join two pieces of metal. It’s not like you’re planning on making welds on the Alaskan Pipeline. Are you?

Many community colleges now give classes on Welding. And they are very reasonable. Once you own a welder, you’ll find a million and one uses for it. Not to mention should you ever need some extra cash, you can barter or start your own small welding business on the side.

The little Lincoln cracker boxes are 220V welders that can be picked up cheap in a lot of places such as Pawn Shops or Craigslist. These are great for nearly any situation you’ll find yourself needing a welder in a survival situation. But they require a 220V power source. A better choise for the Self Reliant family is a portable generator/welder combo. This way you can take your welder with you plus have the convienance of a portable generator. Honda, Lincoln and Hobart as well as others all make excellent combo units. Just stay away from the cheapies, especially if they’re from China or Indonesia. They may be fine or they may leave you swearing.

#2 Small Engine Repair

Knowing how to repair your generator motor or any other small engine (such as Garden tractors, pumps, etc) is a must. Sure, you could either take it into town or call a repair guy out to your place, but in a crisis situation, do you really want to put yourself at that risk? Once again your local community college will come to the rescue. Many have classes over basic and advanced small engine repair. Once you’ve learned the basics, the rest is a piece of cake.

So the next time your butterfly sticks closed or your magneto isn’t firing, you’ll know why and more importantly, you’ll know how to fix it!

#3 How To Fish

No, I’m not talking about grabbing a can of worms and heading off to a stream. I’m talking about putting up a ton of fish quickly. If you even live remotely close to a large body of water such as a lake, river or pond, you should learn how to catch a lot of fish and do it quickly.

Learn how to make fish traps, nets and trotlines. Then learn how to use them properly.

Many fish have seasonal spawns where they will congregate in schools and move in mass to spawning areas. Most everyone knows that Salmon do this, but fish that live in lakes and rivers do this as well. Stripers, White Bass, Crappie, Walleye and many others spawn this way.

There are many fine books on the market that will teach you these skills. Memphis Net and Twine has a wonderful catelog that includes trawl and gill nets plus many supplies to help you achieve this goal.

Be warned, many of these techniques are illegal in a lot of States. Be sure to read the regulations for your area before trying any of these techniques out. Of course, in a survival or emergency situation, you’ll probably be more worried about eating than getting a fine!

#4 How To Butcher Animals

This skill will come in very handy for those of you who wish to raise your own livestock and to take advantage of the Wild Game in your area. You may need to connect with another like minded individual who already knows how to do this and convince them to show you as well. Learning how to properly cut up an animal, whether it’s a Deer, Cow or Chicken, is a valuable skill that every survivalist or person wanting to be self sufficient should learn.

Many butchers in my area charge 50 cents per pound on the hoof to kill, butcher and package a Steer. If you’ve got a 800 pound steer to put up, that can add up to a lot of money. I’ve even heard some butchers charging 75 cents per pound or more to do this!

Deer typically cost at least $50 and many times more to have processed.

Save yourself some money and learn to do it yourself!

#5 Learn To Trap

rabbittrapTrapping gives the self sufficient person or survivalist a whole other avenue for procuring fresh meat.  Unlike hunting, traps that you set are working for you around the clock. You can also set a lot of traps in order to cover a wide area. This increases your chance of catching something for the Supper table.

What’s more important is knowing what type of trap to use in order to catch your intended target. If you’re wanting to catch a Wolf, then you’ll be sorely disappointed if you use a trap or snare intended for a Mink.

The Survivalist needs to know how to use Snares, Live/Box traps, leg hold traps and body gripper traps. All have their use in the Survivalist tool shed!

Snares can be used in a survival situation to catch everything from Rabbits to big game animals like Deer and Bear.

Most States have a Trappers Association. They routinely have meetings or weekend get-togethers where there are seminars on basic and advanced trapping. There’s always something for beginners. Look yours up and get on the list today.

#5 Gunsmithing – Learn To Repair Guns

If you’re living the Self Reliant lifestyle or you’re a Survivalist, then chances are good you have some firearms around, or you should! But do you know how to fix those guns if they break? Can you disassemble your guns, clean them and reassemble them and have them work properly? Sadly, from what I’ve seen, most people can’t. Some believe they can, but their idea of cleaning is spraying a half can of WD-40 into the action and calling it clean.

Do you keep spare parts around for your guns? Probably not. But you should and you should learn how to fix a firearm if it breaks, especially the military type firearms.

Brownell’s has a huge library of Video’s and Books on Gunsmithing. Grab yourself some that cover your type of guns and learn how to clean and repair them.

#6 Learn Basic Carpentry Skills

Can you plumb a wall, build a barn, square up walls or plumb a house? If not, these skills are easily learned. Your local community college may come to your rescue again. If you’re the type that can learn from a book, then you can find many fine books on building and carpentry at Amazon.com. If you live near a Barnes and Noble, they have a decent list of books as well.

These skills are necessary should we face a long term crisis. Carpentry, Electrical and Plumbing skills will all be in demand and you could make a lot of friends quickly if you the one in your area who knows how to fix things.

#7 Auto Repair

autorepairThis is close to the Small Engine repair skills you’ll need, but on a much larger scale. You’ll need to learn basic maintenance and repair skills and obtain some advance skills like possibly being able to rebuild an engine or transmission. If you have a newer computer controlled vehickle, then these skills will be more important. Older, non-computer controlled vehicles are much easier to work on than those built today.

Also, depending on who you listen too, these older vehicles may give you some protection from EMP attacks. No sensitive electronics to be fried in case of an attack.

At the very least, you should be able to change a tire, break a tire down and repair it with basic hand tools, change out starters, alternators, water and fuel pups. If you can’t do these simple chores, you’d better have money or another vehicle to rely upon should one go down.

You should also be able to tune an engine and adjust carbs and troubleshoot your vehicle. This may all sound intimidating, but all are easily learned skills.

#8 Operate a HAM Radio

I have to confess. This is one skill I don’t have right now, but I’m certainly going to work on it very soon. In the case of a disaster, a HAM radio will allow you to communicate with the outside World to find out what’s going on.

There are plenty of books and courses on operating a HAM radio, all that is required is a little time and effort.

After Hurricane Ike struck, we were without power for two weeks. At the end of this time, I was really getting use to not having a TV blaring every day or phones ringing. I was very content to hang around my home while cleaning up the debris left by the Hurricane. Once we got power back on, I was amazed at how much news I’d missed out on. I was also amazed at how much useless information we have coming at us everyday without realizing it!

Learn to use a HAM radio. Get your license, find out what type of equipment you really need and get going!

#9 Hunting Skills

It’s easy to assume that all self reliant families or survivalist know how to hunt. But that isn’t the case. Many don’t even have the skills to find and harvest squirrels or rabbits, not to mention big game. To be successful on a regular basis, these skills will have to be learned and will usually take some time. It’s not as easy as going out to the City park and pot shooting city squirrels.

You can bet that when the SHTF, others will be out putting food on the table. The same food that should be headed to your table!

Most hunting skills can’t  be learned from a book or video. Your best bet is to find someone who is successful and tag along. have them show you what to look for and specifics on each game animal. At the very least, you’ll need to get out in the woods and watch how animals exist in their part of the World. Once you understand how animals move and use the woods, you’ll be on the right path to being a good hunter.

#10 Advanced First Aid

Yeah, there are other important skills I could have used at #10, or any number for that matter, but knowing advanced life saving first aid skills should be the goal of every person who is prepping for the worse. It’s just good common sense that you should know these skills. And I’m talking about skills that go above and beyond those taught in basic first aid classes.

You should know how to treat major wounds, such as a sucking chest wound, until help can arrive. Could you set a broken bone? How about removing a bullet? It’s not as simple as some macho guy on TV makes it look. You’ll have to assume at one point during a crisis, you’re first aid skills will be needed. If not by you, then possibly by a family member or friend. You may be their only hope for surviving.

This is my top 10 list. If you don’t know these, then you should be working on learning them. If you do know these skills, then start your own top 10! Remember, these are only the skills you’ll need to start if you want to be truly self sufficient or become a true survivor.

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Study: Colorado River can’t meet long-term demand

Study: Colorado River can’t meet long-term demand

Reblogged from the THE SURVIVAL PLACE BLOG

Posted on December 12, 2012 by Bob Berwyn

A 2001 NASA satellite image shows the dessicated Colorado River delta. Click on the image to visit the NASA Earth Observatory page. New U.S. Bureau of Reclamation report outlines tough scenario for resource managers By Bob Berwyn

A 2001 NASA satellite image shows the dessicated Colorado River delta. Click on the image to visit the NASA Earth Observatory page.

A 2001 NASA satellite image shows the dessicated Colorado River delta. Click on the image to visit the NASA Earth Observatory page.

SUMMIT COUNTY — The Upper Colorado River Basin — including Summit County — could see deficits in its compact obligation to deliver water downstream as often as once every five years by 2040, according to a massive new Bureau of Reclamation study released this week. The study details a 50-year Colorado River water supply and demand outlook. Based on a combination of population growth and climate models that show a general drying trend in the region, the river could be short by at least 3.2 million acre feet by 2060, and perhaps by as much as 8 million acre feet, according to the Colorado River Water Users Association. Colorado River water is used by about 40 million people in seven states: Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming. Under the most aggressive growth scenario, that number could nearly double, to about 76 million people, by 2060. “You can’t manage a resource that you can’t measure,” said Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, announcind the results of the study during a press conference. “With he help of the U.S. Geological Survey, we are gathering crucial science about our water supplies and how we will use them … We need to work with other partners on the Colorado River, as we have been. That same spirit of partnership is needed to tackle all the water challenges we will face,” Salazar said. Those challenges are daunting, Salazar continued, acknowledging that the river is already stretched to the limit. “We need to recognize that frankly, the legal construct we have already over-subscribes the water by several million acre feet,” he said explaining that the best available climate science suggests that the Colorado River Basin could see an overall 9 percent reduction in flows in the next 50 years.Salazar also acknowledged that there is no easy answer to filling the projected shortfall, and said that federal resource managers won’t look outside the basin, rejecting ideas like shunting Missouri River water to Colorado, or towing icebergs to Southern California. “Those ideas are “impractical and technically not feasible,” Salazar said. “We will pursue practical common sense solutions … like reducing demand thru efficiency and conservation, and also increasing our supply through practical measures like re-use,” he added. The Colorado River Basin States will have to work together to find ways to make the existing water go further, he said. That will include intensified conservation efforts, significant re-use of water and conversion of agricultural water to municipal and industrial purposes, since that’s where the greatest demand will continue to come from. That work must begin now, said Assistant Secretary for Water and Science Ann Castle. “The problem of a drier Colorado River Basin is one that we have to tackle now so that our children and grandchildren will have water,” she said. U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Michael Connor reinforced Salazar’s comments about practical solutions. He said the agency has no plans to pursue Missouri River imports and explained that uncertainties related to conservation, weather modification and water banking must be resolved as part of the equation. Scientists must also continue to refine climate projections to help firm up estimates of future supplies, he concluded.

Beyond Collapse: Surviving and Rebuilding Civilization From Scratch

 

Beyond Collapse: Surviving and Rebuilding Civilization From Scratch (Free Download)

by TheSurvivalGuy

The following excerpt from Beyond Collapse: Surviving     and Rebuilding Civilization From Scratch has     been graciously provided by author TJ Miller. You may know TJ by his online     persona, Odd Questioner. He has been a long-time friend and contributor to     this web site, as well as many other preparedness communities. As his     handle suggests, TJ takes a different approach to the ‘problem’ of     surviving when the system as we know it falls apart.

Sure, you can stock up food, and guns and thousands of     dollars worth of other supplies – but if that’s your entire plan, then     you’re going to be in serious trouble, especially if we’re talking about a     paradigm shift spanning years or decades.

Supplies eventually run out and Murphy’s law often turns the     best laid plans into catastrophe. If you haven’t taken the time to explore     all of the possibilities and how you may deal with them as they happen,     then in all likelihood you will be, as TJ notes in his book, “as good as     dead and/or exploited.”

Beyond Collapse is an extensive guide,     covering everything from why we should prepare, how a collapse may happen,     what civilization may look like in its aftermath, and what steps you can     take to not only prepare ahead of time, but how you’ll survive and thrive     during the reconstruction and rebuilding that follow.


Excerpted from Beyond     Collapse: Surviving and Rebuilding Civilization From Scratch:

The idea of this book is simple: Get you up to speed on some     basic bits to stay alive and rebuild a working society. We want to get you     started in gathering needed provisions (and references) to survive a     collapse and its immediate aftermath, but then give you a series of     resources that you can refer to, in order to help you along after the dust     settles. After all, you probably won’t need or be able to use it all     immediately. Things in here may be a bit intellectual or crazy at times,     and I apologize in advance if it sounds that way. On the other hand, I want     to drive the point home, and I want to be as precise and as factual as I     can. Most of all, I want this book to do more than just help the individual     survive. It takes a community to rebuild civilization, and that community     is going to need help and at least some practical guidance.

Unlike most survival/preparation resources, we’re going to     assume that civilization will break down completely, and will likely take     at least a century or more to return to the level it is now. In such a     situation, that electrical generator which too many experts recommend will     end up being a glorified lawn ornament (unless of course you feel like     making/storing an ocean of fuel and storing a mountain of spare parts…) The     idea of having a small backyard garden is a good start, but it’s not going     to feed you and your family all by itself. Expensive water filters are a     good convenience while things are all chaotic, but eventually the filter     elements are going to wear out, and you’re stuck with having to make your     own clean water from then on. Solar panels can work for up to and beyond     three decades, but the inverter, batteries, and electronics you plug into     it probably won’t. Anything that relies on batteries (even rechargeable ones)     are guaranteed to be worthless once the battery chemicals wear out, and     there are no more to be had. Guns? A good idea for the more chaotic times,     but eventually the bullets will run out, leaving you (and everyone else)     with, at best, a bunch of clumsy clubs made from steel and wood. Any advice     that relies on buying and storing something should only be counted as     either temporary, or the (sometimes literal) seeds of renewable items, be     it tools, weapons, or wheat. Some items will be vital in spite of their     being temporary, but some will help you make a permanent means of living     long-term after it all settles down.We’re going to break it down into some sections, (loosely)     based on…

  •     Why you should be reading this book (and more importantly,     doing something about it)
  •     things to do beforehand
  •     things to do and expect when the balloon goes up
  •     things to do and expect immediately afterward (for up to six     months after civilization crashes)
  •     things to do short-term (for the first two years)
  •     things to do long-term (everything beyond that second year)
  •     the distant future (where we get all misty-eyed – or, well,     how to really build a new civilization)
  •     Recipes for critical items (for all the vital bits that you     will want to use)
  •     Appendices (Resources: shopping lists, post-collapse     scrounging lists, websites to visit and print off, etc)

The good news is, you don’t have to read the whole book     right now (and given its size, who would really want to?) You can safely     read and absorb the first three or four ‘Books’, and save the rest for     later, when you really need it. Definitely read and put into practice the     first one, Things To Do Beforehand. The second two, While The Balloon Goes     Up and Immediately Afterward, you will want to be familiar enough with so     that when things do go ‘splat’ on a global scale, you’ll at least have some     idea of what to do. Also make up the scrounging lists. The others are a bit     of far-in-advance ideas and suggestions, which are perfectly suitable for     reading by the fireplace, and hammering out with the leadership of whatever     new community you build afterwards.

We’re not going to go into ridiculous detail on everything,     but I do want to give you at least enough information to have a reasonable     chance of survival, and even doing that will be quite a bit in and of     itself. I want to give you things to think about, and things to consider,     so that you can prepare in advance, and have what you need. More     importantly, you won’t have to become an expert in all of these fields, but     will be started in the right direction, and when needed will be pointed to     resources which will help you stock up your library. The library is going     to be rather important because later, when the turmoil has somewhat     subsided, you can focus on learning in-depth those things you need to know     by then.


A note from author TJ Miller:

The reason I’m giving the book away is two-fold.First, I want as many people to be aware of what’s coming,     and to prepare for it. I don’t need to become a wealthy man in order for     that to happen, so I gave it away in addition to having it printed. The     second reason has to do with the fact that I really cannot tolerate having     vital information being locked behind “digital rights management” and other     crap. If it gets passed around, it gets passed around.

The free version can be had here:

https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B6e3oH1LuRvzeGZlTHRkeHZQSkk

If you like it, please visit the Amazon link (below) and     drop off a word or two about it as a review. Even if you do not buy it,     please let me know what you think (either below, or give me a shout in the alt-market.com forums).

I also give you perfect permission to print as many physical     copies as you can. After all, electricity and computers rely on     civilization to remain functional… but when civilization goes, so will the     electricity and computers (well, eventually). So yes, printing this out is     a very good idea. However, printing out a 450-some-odd-page book will     consume a lot of paper and printer ink, employers will frown on you pushing     it through their equipment, and trying to print it off at the local Office     store will be pricey.

So, to save you a bit of money and time, I had it published.

You can purchase a cheaper and more     useful copy of it that way – I have it up at Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Beyond-Collapse-Joseph-Miller-Jr/dp/1480140805/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1350953356&sr=8-1&keywords=Beyond+Collapse

or if you don’t like to use Amazon for some reason,     CreateSpace (my publisher) also sells it:

https://www.createspace.com/4026400

So… why this book and not someone else’s? I actually     recommend James Rawles’ How     To Survive the End Of The World As We Know It, among other     books (listed in the back of my own). It is always good to get multiple     opinions and analysis on such a subject, because no one person has all the     answers. All of us look at this thing from different angles, and bring     different benefits to the table.

As for me? Many of you know me on this site by now, but     maybe I should add a few words…

I’m very allergic to conspiracies, and they really don’t     help you survive what’s coming. There’s going to be plenty enough to do     when it all comes down, and I wanted to write something that ordinary folks     could put to good use. I prefer to keep a quiet eye on the news, and     contrary to what National Geographic may portray, I don’t dance around the     woods wearing camouflage or tote an AR-15 in my spare time. I disguise my     drills as fun activities that normal folks do, and I keep my prepping to     myself. Even close friends and neighbors who do prep do not know the full     extent of what I’ve been up to, but as I help them along (and to be honest,     as they help me along), we all learn more, do more, and we have a good time     doing it.

I do know that prepping is gaining widespread adoption in     our society.

62,000+ unique downloads (not counting other sites folks may     have hosted it on) tell me there are a lot of people who want to know more,     and want to do more. I want to help that happen.

The more of us overall who prepare, the less we will have to     worry about on an individual basis once it does go ‘splat. There are going     to be enough folks out there who will end up without, and we’re going to     need all the help we can get.


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Buy Beyond Collapse at     Amazon.com ($18.99) (456 pages)

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Preparation – Just Crazy or A Good Investment?

Wow…and this is the actions of civilized people under duress.  Imagine this…this can get worse!  When the power and water are off for days, or weeks, and the food becomes very scarce that is when our homes turn into these trashed out stores from civilized people under duress.

Do a search for “Empty Store Shelves from Hurricane Sandy” and look at all the date stamped photos of store with empty shelves.  Events like this help to reassure me as to why I look at preparation as an investment.

http://bottomline.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/10/29/14783169-storm-shows-retailers-rely-on-brick-and-mortar-despite-technology?lite

 

http://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2012/10/staten_islanders_out_shopping.html

 

There is just way to many to post!

“No doubt when a zombie apocalypse occurs, it’s going to be a federal incident!”

I can’t help but post this. I think it is great that the government is pushing the issue to get prepared…really I do. However, using the “Zombie Apocalypse” theory is getting used way too much. I know…it is a great way to get the younger masses involved in the prepping movement!  Alright, I had to share this story from my brother who lives in a very rural, cold and northern state.  He too like me is a retired Jarhead which makes listening to the story even better.  So here is the cleaner & shorter version.

Brother – “So, there I was sitting in a restaurant feeding my face, when I couldn’t help over hearing this Goth dresses couple in the next booth discussing their survival plans. You got to be kidding me I said to myself”.

Girl – “I think it is so cool the way you and your buddies have started…like…preparing for the Zombie attack”. 

Boy – “Yeah, I know it is really rad.  We have this place in the woods.  It is all stocked up with our food, guns, ammo and stuff.  You should like come with us. This is about the safest place for you.  Especially, like when they run out of food in the cities…they are going to like make their way out here to the country you know. That is why I have like…this scoped rifle so I shoot the zombies from way out there…long before they can get to me.” 

Girl – “That is totally so awesome…yeah I am in.  I need to be some place safe.  My place is…well my parents are…well they are going to be zombie food.”

Girl – “So like I see you are still driving your mom’s car!  I thought like you were getting your own?”

Boy – “Yeah, so I need to get my own place first though.”

Brother –“Ok, I had I enough.  I took the last bite of my burger and I was on my way.  It took everything I had not to slap the pinhead in the back of the head on my way out.”

Yeah, there are some out there that really think the “Zombies” are coming!

Here is another interesting read…

Marines, police prep for mock zombie invasion

Saturday – 10/27/2012,  5:25pm EDT
By JULIE WATSON Associated Press

SAN DIEGO (AP) – Move over vampires, goblins and haunted houses, this kind of Halloween terror aims to shake up even the toughest warriors: An untold number of so-called zombies are coming to a counterterrorism summit attended by hundreds of Marines, Navy special ops, soldiers, police, firefighters and others to prepare them for their worst nightmares.

“This is a very real exercise, this is not some type of big costume party,” said Brad Barker, president of Halo Corp, a security firm hosting the Oct. 31 training demonstration during the summit at a 44-acre Paradise Point Resort island on a San Diego bay. “Everything that will be simulated at this event has already happened, it just hasn’t happened all at once on the same night. But the training is very real, it just happens to be the bad guys we’re having a little fun with.”

Hundreds of military, law enforcement and medical personnel will observe the Hollywood-style production of a zombie attack as part of their emergency response training.

In the scenario, a VIP and his personal detail are trapped in a village, surrounded by zombies when a bomb explodes. The VIP is wounded and his team must move through the town while dodging bullets and shooting back at the invading zombies. At one point, some members of the team are bit by zombies and must be taken to a field medical facility for decontamination and treatment.

“No one knows what the zombies will do in our scenario, but quite frankly no one knows what a terrorist will do,” Barker said. “If a law enforcement officer sees a zombie and says, `Freeze, get your hands in the air!’ What’s the zombie going to do? He’s going to moan at you. If someone on PCP or some other psychotic drug is told that, the truth is he’s not going to react to you.”

The keynote speaker beforehand will be a retired top spook _ former CIA Director Michael Hayden.

“No doubt when a zombie apocalypse occurs, it’s going to be a federal incident, so we’re making it happen,” Barker said. Since word got out about the exercise, they’ve had calls from “every whack job in the world” about whether the U.S. government is really preparing for a zombie event.

Called “Zombie Apocalypse,” the exercise follows the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s campaign launched last year that urged Americans to get ready for a zombie apocalypse, as part of a catchy, public health message about the importance of emergency preparedness.

The Homeland Security Department jumped on board last month, telling citizens if they’re prepared for a zombie attack, they’ll be ready for real-life disasters like a hurricane, pandemic, earthquake or terrorist attack. A few suggestions were similar to a few of the 33 rules for dealing with zombies popularized in the 2009 movie “Zombieland,” which included “always carry a change of underwear” and “when in doubt, know your way out.”

San Diego-based Halo Corp. founded by former military special ops and intelligence personnel has been hosting the annual counterterrorism summit since 2006.

The five-day Halo counterterrorism summit is an approved training event by the Homeland Security Grant Program and the Urban Areas Security Initiative, which provide funds to pay for the coursework on everything from the battleground tactics to combat wounds to cybersecurity. The summit has a $1,000 registration fee and runs Oct. 29-Nov 2.

Conferences attended by government officials have come under heightened scrutiny following an inspector general’s report on waste and abuse at a lavish 2010 Las Vegas conference that led to the resignation of General Services Administrator Martha Johnson. The Las Vegas conference featured a clown, a mind-reader and a rap video by an employee who made fun of the spending.

Joe Newman, spokesman of the watchdog organization Project on Government Oversight, said he does not see the zombie exercise as frivolous.

“We obviously are concerned about any expenditure that might seem frivolous or a waste of money but if they tie things together, there is a lesson there,” Newman said. “Obviously we’re not expecting a zombie apocalypse in the near future, but the effects of what might happen in a zombie apocalypse are probably similar to the type of things that happen in natural disasters and manmade disasters. They’re just having fun with it. We don’t have any problems with it as a teaching point.”

Defense analyst Loren Thompson agreed.

“The defining characteristics of zombies are that they’re unpredictable and resilient. That may be a good way to prepare for what the Pentagon calls asymmetric warfare,” Thompson said.

Organizers can also avoid the pitfalls of using a mock enemy who could be identified by nationality, race or culture _ something that could potentially be seen as offensive.

“I can think of a couple of countries where the local leaders are somewhat zombie-like,” he joked. “But nobody is going to take this personally.”

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Hurricanes, Tsunamis, and Earthquakes Oh My!

Federal, State, and Local Governments are frantically trying to get the word out to residents of the Eastern United States in helping them brace for the “Perfect Storm” or Hurricane Sandy as she has been named by NOAA.  British Columbia coastal residences are trying to assess the damages left behind from the 7.7 earthquake that shook things up and Hawaii is under another Tsunami watch.

Emergency agencies and officials have established very informative websites with directions to shelters, how to prepare guides, equipment list, all way down to what to do when you lose power.  These agencies are flooding the many media outlets right this very moment to get the people this information.

Great information but too late!  As we have seen previous large emergencies…the storm is on the door step… those that have failed to plan have also failed to prepare…and those are the people that started getting supplies two days ago.

Sense of Urgency – the quality or condition of being urgent; pressing importance: the urgency of the call for help; pleading with urgency.  The opposite of a sense of urgency is a sense of complacency. http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Sense_of_urgency

“The Zombie Metaphor” – There are creeping feelings of panic and a sense of urgency beginning to set in on those who have not set themselves up for success by planning ahead.   Along with this new found sense of urgency a realization for many develops.  A scary picture of “We are screwed unless we get help”.  We see the effects that this state of mind can have on individuals in media coverage over and over.  The photos showing anxious hoarders stripping the grocery store shelves empty, at the local fuel station the security cameras display the sea of cars with angry hordes waiting to suck out the last bit of gas, or the Sky News chopper coverage of the building traffic jams from the ensuing exodus.

The Food – Below is a very good example of the conditions the grocery stores will encounter during emergencies and when the anxious hordes bum rush the isles.

The Truth About Your Local Grocery Store, By Jay M. Tuesday, Nov 30, 2010

Copyright 2005-2012 James Wesley, Rawles – SurvivalBlog.com All Rights Reserved

 The problem occurs when some outside factors come into play. This can be as little as the weather man predicting a snow or ice store. If that happens people go nuts buying everything they can get their hands on. The system is not set up for this. If the situation only affects a few locations then they can get back in stock within 2-3 days on most of the basic supplies. However if it affects a large region such as half a state then the warehouses run out fast also. They are on the JIT program as well and aren’t stocked in a way to restock 100 stores all at once. Many areas of the country are primed to be affected by an earthquake. If that were to happen the shelves would be cleaned out within hours and wouldn’t be restocked for who knows how long. Even if the stores local area wasn’t affected, most likely the roads between the store and the warehouses would have bridges that if not destroyed would certainly be shut down for a time in order for inspectors to clear them as safe before trucks were allowed to cross.

The other factor I explain to folks is that when they shop day in and day out it looks like a ton of merchandise on the shelf. For example a store may stock 60 propane bottles for camp stoves on a regular basis. But in an emergency situation whether it has happened or only predicted the customers who get there first to buy some don’t just buy one or two. They will buy at least 10 so then only the first six customers get any. Many of the big box and grocery stores you shop in every day average between 3,000 and 6,000 customers a day. Do the math.”

The Fuel – The average 7/11 stores holds anywhere from 10,000 to 15,000 gallons of fuel in the underground tanks.  The average car holds 14-16 gallons of fuel in the gas tank.  For simplicity we will use 15 gallons for the car and be generous at the 7/11 with topped off tanks holding 15,000 gallons.  Take the 15,000 gallons divided by 15 gallons per car and that gives a total of 1,000 cars or families to be fueled.  How many gas stations are in your town?  What is the population of your town?  With the average home having 2-3 cars, that 1,000 families per gas station just fell to 333.33.  A similar type of scenario can unfold for the fuel stations as we saw above for the grocery stores.  Do the math and plan ahead.

The way out – Really, why is this always an issue?  Outside of a surprise event like an earthquake and etc we usually have some notice to an event.  Seriously, we have amazing weather forecasting, news, TV, internet, and other technology that provides many days of notice to an event.  Why must there always be scenes of mass traffic jams during a known emergency?  The only reason I see is because people do not take planning and preparing serious enough until it is too late!  Plan your routes out of town. You need to have several routes planned to get to your destination.  Make sure to plan for stops and fuel as well. 

Plan to succeed not fail – There is a great deal of information out there to help us help ourselves plan to be ready for an emergency.  Don’t let yourself become one of the anxious hordes who failed to plan and failed to prepare!

Benjamin Franklin “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”  ―  Benjamin Franklin

Part hurricane, part nor’easter and  all trouble: That’s what threatens 60 million Americans

Published October 28, 2012

Associated  Press

WASHINGTON –  The storm that is  threatening 60 million Americans in the eastern third of the nation in just a  couple of days with high winds, drenching rains, extreme tides, flooding and  probably snow is much more than just an ordinary weather system. It’s a freakish  and unprecedented monster.

How did it get that way?

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/science/2012/10/27/part-hurricane-part-noreaster-and-all-trouble-that-what-threatens-60-million/?intcmp=trending#ixzz2AbgpUyI9

Hawaii under tsunami advisory as  first waves hit following Canadian quake

Published October 28, 2012

FoxNews.com

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/10/28/tsunami-warning-issued-for-hawaii-after-canadian-quake/?intcmp=trending#ixzz2AbhZ3ceH

Will you be ready …as the North American Grid Gets Less Reliable?

Is the Grid Really Unreliable?

Chiefly, most of those concerned with preparedness don’t want to live off grid, but fear that they may have to with the state of decay of the North American Power Grid. There is a compelling case for investing in power outage contingencies, since a substantial risk of outages is growing annually.

Many in preparedness do not think the grid has become totally unreliable at this time, but they say that it’s getting less and less reliable each year.

Some questions recently we asked: Does the question “Is the Grid Really Unreliable?” have a solid basis in fact? The answer, scrutinized from whichever direction, by any authority in the field: Yes.

Is the state of the Grid likely to get worse?

The posed questions so far address solely outages caused for reasons under the control of the companies that collectively run the bulk power systems. Examples include failures due to human error, component failure, and inadequate system resources and “smartness” to prevent a small outage from cascading into a big one.

Most data collected leaves out a substantial proportion of outages that fall into the AOG or acts of God — those caused by external events that could not be controlled, like hurricanes.

Because of how reliably data is collected, excluding acts of God skews our conclusions toward understating the current problem.  Take the example of a heavy rain storm with high but not extraordinary (50 mph) winds. Most of the outages from such storms are due to tree branches falling on power lines, ice buildup on power lines, or even decaying power poles.

Many of such failures are avoidable, according to the California Public Utilities Commission. They took Pacific Gas and Electric to task a few years ago, compelling PG&E to hire more personnel to trim trees that posed an obviously high risk to power lines.

Nonetheless, failures from natural disasters — preventable or not — are not included here in our definition of “outage”.

So is it a wise decision to invest in power outage contingencies?

Aging power grid on overload as U.S. demands more electricity

By , The Washington Post

They began to bend in the roaring wind, then their steel girders snapped like twigs, the towers toppled and the lights went out.Minutes before the windstorm arrived to pummel the Washington area on June 29, it swept east through West Virginia, crushing three electrical transmission towers that are a tiny part of an intricate power grid that’s supposed to keep the lights on in America.

The term “grid” suggests a certain uniformity to the power system’s structure, but the network more closely resembles a patchwork quilt stitched together to cover a rapidly expanding nation.

The United States doesn’t yet face the critical shortage of power that has left more than 600 million people in India without electricity this weekBut the U.S. grid is aging and stretched to capacity. More often the victim of decrepitude than the forces of nature, it is beginning to falter. Experts fear failures that caused blackouts in New York, Boston and San Diego may become more common as the voracious demand for power continues to grow. They say it will take a multibillion-dollar investment to avoid them.“I like to think of our grid much like a water system, and basically all of our pipes are at full pressure now,” said Otto J. Lynch, vice president of Wisconsin-based Power Line Systems, “and if one of our pipes bursts and we have to shut off that line, that just increases the pressure on our remaining pipes until another one bursts, and next thing you know, we’re in a catastrophic run and we have to shut the whole water system down.”India’s blackout was a power generation problem: It is saddled with aging coal power plants and facing resistance to new nuclear plants. This week, several plants closed suddenly and the lights went out. Although the United States will need more power plants to meet the demands of a growing population, the most immediate threat is that the delivery system will continue to fail.The huge steel towers whose power cables crisscross the country — and the transmission stations they feed — are the pipes of that system. It’s not easy to store electricity for very long, and most of it is used within a second of being produced. At the push of a button, the grid routes power where it’s needed, from state to state or region to region. It is supposed to sidestep bottlenecks or hiccups that might slow the flow.Towers are designed to withstand winds far stronger than the almost 70 mph blasts that struck Ritchie County, W.Va. But three towers in a row running parallel to Route 50 north of Ellenboro collapsed, early victims of a storm that would devastate power delivery throughout the Mid-Atlantic.“A fourth tower didn’t come down but had to be removed because it was pulled off kilter,” said Todd Meyers, spokesman for FirstEnergy, a power company that supplies electricity to five states, including Maryland. “I don’t remember a time when this many came down. This is an unusual occurrence.”Engineers are trying to figure out why the 40-year-old towers collapsed in a freak storm — whether through corrosion, foundation cracks or flying debris. But there have long been warnings that local systems, which began linking to one another in the 1920s, need an expensive overhaul.MORE LINKS:http://www.americainfra.com/news/fixing-the-us-power-grid/

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