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Source: inquisitr.com
  • By: Tara Dodrill
  • Posted on: April 21, 2014
emp attack congress
 
An EMP attack would have “catastrophic effects” on American civilians, according to statements made by Peter Vincent Pry. The executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security and US Nuclear Strategy Forum Congressional adviser feels the technology necessary to avoid such an apocalyptic disaster exist. Pry also maintains that upgrading the power grid to protect life and property from an electromagnetic pulse is fiscally viable. The EMP expert had this to say about the protective measures which could be taken to secure the power grid:

“The problem is not the technology. We know how to protect against it. It’s not the money, it doesn’t cost that much. The problem is politics. It always seems to be the politics that gets in the way. If you do a smart plan, the Congressional EMP Commission estimated that you could protect the whole country for about $2 billion. That’s what we give away in foreign aid to Pakistan every year.”

Renowned One Second After author and EMP advisor Dr. William Forstchen estimated that approximately half a million people would die in just the first few moments after an EMP attack on the power grid. Fires caused by bursting power grid transformers, downed power lines, gas line eruptions, and falling airplanes could likely cause a massive loss of life. Massive fires after an EMP attack are rarely ever factored into either FEMA planning or even discussions by preppers themselves. I had the distinct privilege to interview Dr. Forstchen, also a college professor, about the grim reality of life in the United States after a power grid failed by an EMP attack or solar flare. After speaking with Bill Forstchen, I realized just how divorced from reality the FEMA estimates could actually be when it comes to the potential death toll after an electromagnetic pulse. According to the FAA, there are about 7,000 types of aircraft flying over the United States at any given time. In addition to the thousands of passenger and crew deaths, the fires which will occur during the crashes could destroy entire communities. Air Force One and Strategic Air Command used to control nuclear-tipped missiles are the only aircraft which are supposedly EMP proof. Various states have been attempting to fill the regulatory and legislative void created by the inaction on the EMP and power grid security left by Congress. Private companies have also reportedly been developing and investing technologies which would help protect against an EMP attack.   Do you think Congress should spend more time and taxpayer money focusing EMP attack preparedness and harden the power grid as a matter of national security? Read the rest of this article and find other worthy stories by visiting inquisitr.com

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Source: earthsky.org Most exploded over an ocean, and too high in the atmosphere to do damage, but evidence is mounting that asteroid impacts are more frequent than once believed. At a press conference on April 22 at the Museum of Flight, three prominent astronauts supporting the B612 Foundation presented a visualization of new data showing evidence for 26 atom-bomb-scale asteroid impacts since 2000. The evidence comes from recently released data from the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization, which operates a network of sensors that monitors Earth around the clock listening for the infrasound signature of nuclear detonations. The astronauts were guests of the Seattle Museum for a special series of public events on Earth Day 2014. Dr. Ed Lu, former US shuttle and Soyuz astronaut and co-founder and CEO of the B612 Foundation was joined by former NASA astronaut Tom Jones, President of the Association of Space Explorers and Apollo 8 astronaut Bill Anders, first chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and former chairman and CEO of General Dynamics. Between 2000 and 2013, this network detected 26 explosions on Earth ranging in energy from 1 to 600 kilotons — all caused not by nuclear explosions, but rather by asteroid impacts. To put that in perspective, the atomic bomb that destroyed Hiroshima in 1945 exploded with an energy impact of 15 kilotons. While most of these asteroids exploded over an ocean, and too high in the atmosphere to do serious damage on the ground, evidence is mounting that large-scale asteroid impacts on Earth are more frequent than once believed. The Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization data is important in estimating the frequency of a potential “city-killer-size” asteroid, which is thought to happen about once a century. The Earth is continuously colliding with fragments of asteroids, the largest in recent times exploding over Tunguska, Siberia, in 1908 with an energy impact of 5-15 megatons. More recently, we witnessed the 600-kiloton impact in Chelyabinsk, Russia, in 2013, and asteroid impacts greater than 20 kilotons occurred in South Sulawesi, Indonesia, in 2009, in the Southern Ocean in 2004, and in the Mediterranean Sea in 2002. Important to note as well is the fact that none of these asteroids were detected or tracked in advance by any existing space-based or terrestrial observatory. Also attending the press conference in Seattle were students from Key Peninsula Middle School. In addition, astronauts Ed Lu, Tom Jones, and Bill Anders joined Museum of Flight CEO Doug King to visit the Challenger Center at the Museum of Flight to discuss asteroids and space-related assets to detect and track asteroids and field questions from the students. “While most large asteroids with the potential to destroy an entire country or continent have been detected, less than 10,000 of the more than a million dangerous asteroids with the potential to destroy an entire major metropolitan area have been found by all existing space or terrestrially-operated observatories,” stated Lu. “Because we don’t know where or when the next major impact will occur, the only thing preventing a catastrophe from a ‘city-killer’ sized asteroid has been blind luck.” The B612 Foundation aims to change that by building the Sentinel Space Telescope Mission, an early warning infrared space telescope for tracking asteroids that would provide many years to deflect an asteroid when it is still millions of miles away. The B612 Sentinel Mission will be the world’s first privately funded deep space mission that will create the first comprehensive dynamic map of our inner solar system, identifying the current and future locations and trajectories of Earth crossing asteroids. Sentinel will detect and track more than 200,000 asteroids in just the first year of operation, after a planned launch in 2018. Via B612 Foundation Read the rest of this article and find other worthy stories by visiting earthsky.org *Fair Use Statement*
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Source: foxnews.com
  • By: Josh Peterson
  • Posted on: April 21, 2014
  • Website: watchdog.org/

The catastrophic effects of an electromagnetic pulse-caused blackout could be preventable, but experts warn the civilian world is still not ready. 

Peter Vincent Pry, executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security and director of the U.S. Nuclear Strategy Forum, both congressional advisory boards, said the technology to avoid disaster from electromagnetic pulses exists, and upgrading the nation's electrical grid is financially viable. 

"The problem is not the technology," Pry said. "We know how to protect against it. It's not the money, it doesn't cost that much. The problem is the politics. It always seems to be the politics that gets in the way." 

He said the more officials plan, the lower the estimated cost gets. 

"If you do a smart plan - the Congressional EMP Commission estimated that you could protect the whole country for about $2 billion," Pry told Watchdog.org. "That's what we give away in foreign aid to Pakistan every year." 

In the first few minutes of an EMP, nearly half a million people would die. That's the worst-case scenario that author William R. Forstchen estimated in 2011 would be the result of an EMP on the electric grid - whether by an act of God, or a nuclear missile detonating in Earth's upper atmosphere. 

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Source: greatnorthernprepper.com In this article I will identify what I feel are the 3 biggest mistakes that people make in survival situations.  Before you read on realize that the term “Survival Situation” does not mean a Collapse scenario, it means a Collapse scenario, lost in the woods, a gunman in your building or even a burglar in your home. 

STAY WHERE YOU ARE OR RUN AWAY

This can also be phrased as “Wait for help or not wait for help”, I also realize that this seems like not the greatest advice since I am telling you two opposite things; let me elaborate. Every situation will dictate your reaction to it, so there is NO real silver bullet for every survival situation. Take for instance a Shooter in your building.  Say you work in a large office building selling insurance, there was a big set of layoffs 3 weeks ago and many people left with chips on their shoulder.  You start the day as you normally do, but a few hours after you get there you head 4 loud bangs on your floor, people start to scream in the hallway and your coworkers begin to freak out.  Months back your company had passed out a paper for what to do during emergencies, they recommended that in the case of a gunmen in the building that all workers were to shelter in place, that is to stay where they were get under their desks and hide.  The closest worker to the door was to lock it and then go to their shelter in place area. In this scenario someone does lock the door to your area of cubicles, the gun shots get closer and then the door handle jiggles, then the door hand is shot out and the door swings wide open and you hear the shots begin to ring out every few seconds as the steps go from one cubicle to the next…. Now we saw how Shelter in Place did not work during the Navy Yard Shooting, as people made themselves non moving targets, the one thing you dont want to be when someone has a gun. Anyone who has ever been trained to deal with being shot at knows that the best defense against a gunmen is having a gun yourself, the second best thing to do (and sometimes in conjunction with the first) is to make yourself a moving target away from them, zig zagging in different directions to complicate their ability to use accurate fire upon you.  Sheltering in place is not a good idea.  In reality shelter in place is more for the Cops than for you in my opinion, in a mass shooting scenario if everyone is sitting still then whoever is up and moving is more likely the target, and this way cops can more easily engage the target without having to pick them out of a crowd, this is fine for the cops and makes their job easier, but not for you as you hear the gunmen moving towards you as (s)he shoots everyone in the cubicles as he moves your way. You need to identify exits wherever you are at all times, especially in places you spend a lot of time like work, have exit strategies.  However on the flip side, say you were traveling in a small commuter plane going fishing in the back country, the plan loses power and you crash land, you survive the crash however you are 100 miles from the nearest town.  Now many people would instinctively think they should get up and start walking to find someone to get help.  In this case however your best chance of being rescued will be to stay with the wreckage; search planes will be dispatched once family and friends and the pilots company realizes you never came back, never checked in, etc.  Search planes will more easily see the wreckage than you walking through the woods.  As I mentioned in the beginning every scenario will give you this decision to make, stay or go, and each will have a different correct decision to make. There is no silver bullet decision, one size fits all, however the silver bullet to make that decision is available and it is simple. “What will increase my survival” once you figure this out your decision can be made. 

PANIC

< p>The vast majority of folks have never been faced with a true survival situation, never been shot at, never seen death, never been truly tested.  It is a normal human reaction to feel revulsion at these things that clash with what they consider “normal” and have experienced their whole lives. We see this even in those who have been trained to fight wars, spent years or even decades readying themselves to perform in combat, the first time they see a dead body they freeze, or the first time they have to pull the trigger they do not.  Now military/Police Training severely cuts down these numbers through training and desensitizing that individual to the horrible things they will have to do and see.  However if this can still happen to people with this level of training, don’t think it could happen to you in any situation. The key to this is to recognize that you what you may see is not normal and your initial reaction may be to freeze or panic, recognize this and you will not be in this state for very long, dont deny it through machismo or bravado ideals of yourself. The Greatest thing that you can do is to prepared yourself. Clear thinking is the greatest weapon you can have in your arsenal of survival tools, Recognize the horror you see and move one If we are not talking about a situation where there is a imminent threat to your life at that exact moment like a shooter or a fire that will surround you, take a moment and a couple deep breaths and think “what do i need to do next”.  Think back to the mental training that you have been giving yourself off these months and years since you decided to embrace preparedness instead of sticking your head in the sand, you WILL come up with the solution and you WILL survive.  Tell yourself “I WILL SURVIVE”. NOT RECOGNIZE WHAT IS NEEDED TO SURVIVE Most people are inherently good (in my opinion), only a small percentage of folks are inherently evil (or bad if you prefer) and the others that are bad are so because of the situations they have been placed in and then become ingrained into that lifestyle. As Good people we are often not ready to do what is needed to survive, and you need to ready yourself to be able to make those decisions. I am not talking about looting or killing people for their food, I would never advocate becoming some immoral thief. What I am talking about is making the decision to survive, for an example in the scenario i posted above about a shooter in your building, is not do what the “good” people do and follow directions, get up and run to the nearest exit, get out of there.  If you cannot grab the nearest object you can use as a weapon and take down that threat.  This is not something “good” people do, it is also not something “bad” people do, it is something that someone who has a will to survive does. Within this category we can talk about being a prepper in a generalized sense, however more than likely you have already made this decision and have some food socked away, etc.  In this way you have the mindset in partial of what is needed to survive, but this is not enough. However many of us focus on the bigger things, the bigger disasters and yet we disregard the smaller things that can happen to us, in this way we are not recognizing what is needed to survive.  That is to embrace the full spectrum of survival, to recognize that the smaller things are more likely to happen and more likely to happen NOW vs the bigger crisis that MAY happen later. Do you have what is needed to survive a few days in your car if it broke down on a back country road? Or In a Snowstorm?  could you fix a busted tire, refill with gas?  Do you have what is needed to keep yourself warm? Do you have a small go bag available at work with a method to use a defense weapon (whatever is legal in your area or office place)?  Do you have maps? Recognize that you are not prepared in all areas, I know I am not, And then refocus yourself on what is needed to cover your deficiencies in those areas, instead of making the less likely more redundant. I am not saying STOP stocking up food, I am saying that you are not really “ready” to survive if you have 3 years of food in your garage but a disaster strikes while you are visiting family hundreds of miles away and you don’t know how to read maps or find your way back. Read the rest of this article and find other worthy stories by visiting greatnorthernprepper.com Fair Use Statement
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Source: thedailysheeple.com
  • By: Mac Slavo 
  • Posted on: September 6th, 2013
When it hits the fan America’s population centers will explode in violence, looting, and total breakdown of law and order. It’s a theory put forth by numerous survival and relocation specialists, and one that makes complete sense if you consider what happens in a truly serious collapse-like scenario. Survival Blog founder James Rawles calls them the golden horde:

Because of the urbanization of the U.S. population, if the entire eastern or western power grid goes down for more than a week, the cities will rapidly become unlivable. I foresee that there will be an almost unstoppable chain of events: Power -> water -> food distribution -> law and order -> arson fires -> full scale looting

In his recent documentary Strategic Relocation, retreat expert Joel Skousen echoes Rawles’ warnings:

The number one threat that I concentrate on. It’s not terrorism, it’s not natural disaster, it’s not even government or war. The major threat is population density. Because every crisis that threatens, even a local crisis, can turn exponential because of close proximity to people who cannot help themselves. Even good people panic in a crisis…

So, where should you be when it happens? To find the answer, let’s consider where we shouldn’t be. Recent U.S. census data indicates that out of the 3000 counties in the United States, fully 50% of the population lives in just 146. If you want to have any chance of surviving a wide-spread catastrophic event by avoiding the hordes that will be searching for critical resources in its aftermath, then check out the following map to get a visual reference of the areas you want to stay away from. (Click here for larger image) US-population-map (For a complete list of the counties highlighted on this map click here) When considering your retreat locations or emergency evacuation routes, be familiar with the population densities of the area you’re headed to, as well as those counties in your immediate vicinity. In his book Patriots, James Rawles specifically points out that Highway 80, running through California, will be one of the busiest evacuation routes in the country as millions of people pour out of major cities to flee disaster or in search of  food. So, no matter where you are located, consider your proximity to high traffic thoroughfares going in and out of the city. During Hurricane Rita, which hit Houston several years ago, every major pipeline out of the city was jammed for hundreds of miles. Interstate 45 from Houston to Dallas was bumper to bumper traffic. Normally a 4 hour trip, those who didn’t evacuate in time were stuck on the highway without food, gas, sanitation, or potable water for upwards of 15 hours. This is why Joel Skousen suggests that those looking for strategic retreat locations or homes outside of major cities consider highway proximity. Be at least 5 – 7 miles away from any major thoroughfare, which is generally outside the range people want to venture off familiar roads, and far enough away to make any ‘walkers’ too tired to attempt the trip without ample clean water and food. If you have no choice but to be in a major metro area during a serious emergency situation, consider strategies that can help you remain sustainable in the city even in the midst of panic. Hat tip Satori

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Source: foxnews.com
  • By: Tia Ghose, Staff Writer
  • Posted on: April 01, 2014
< p>trilobite-extinction (1)A microbial feeding frenzy may have fueled the biggest mass extinction in Earth's history, new research suggests. The findings suggest that bacteria, with a little help from massive volcanism, produced large quantities of methane, thereby killing 90 percent of life on the planet. Mass extinction About 252 million years ago, more than 96 percent of ocean life and 70 percent of land-based life forms died in an event known as the end-Permian extinction. The mass die-off happened in a geologic flash of just 60,000 years. Scientists have proposed everything from massive meteor impacts to coal explosions to rifting super-continents to explain this cataclysmic extinction.  Rocks from that time period in locations such as Meishan, China, show that atmospheric carbon-dioxide levels skyrocketed right around the time of the extinction. Sediments also show that during this time, the largest set of volcanic eruptions in recorded geologic history called the Siberian Traps spewed enough lava to cover the entire landmass of the United States, said study co-author Gregory Fournier, a biologist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Therefore, many researchers have theorized that the Siberian Traps could have belched out the extra carbon dioxide, choking life on the planet. Deadly microbes? But if volcanic eruptions caused the great dying, shifts in carbon should occur as big bursts followed by gradual decays. Instead, the carbon-dioxide (CO2) levels rose at faster-than-exponential rates, which points to a biological cause of the shift, the researchers said. [...] Read the rest of this article and find other worthy stories by visiting foxnews.com Fair Use Statement
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CNCS Disaster Brief Update: April 14, 2014


Montana Conservation AmeriCorps members respond to Avalanche in Missoula, MT Missoula, Montana Avanlanche AmeriCorps members with the Montana Conservation Corps (MCC) responded to a deadly avalanche that occurred outside of Missoula, MT on February 28, 2014. AmeriCorps members were a key part of the full response effort, working alongside hundreds of volunteers assisting with debris removal. Check out the latest news coverage on ABC FoxMT and KPAX.

Flowood, Mississippi Flooding AmeriCorps NCCC Southern Region deployed a composite team of 7 AmeriCorps members to work with the American Red Cross Capital River Chapter. They are working out of the chapter office in Flowood, MS, performing disaster assessment, client casework, and other support in several small communities throughout central Mississippi affected by last weekend's floods. 


Washington Conservation Corps responds to mudslides in Oso, WA

Oso, Washington Flooding/Mudslide CNCS continues to be represented by local AmeriCorps program Washington Conservation Corps (WCC), which is housed within the state’s Department of Ecology. The state has deployed 45 AmeriCorps members and 9 staff members to assist with resource delivery and base camp operations. FEMA has also deployed 42 AmeriCorps NCCC FEMA Corps members to support administrative operations. In addition, 4 AmeriCorps members with the American Red Cross have deployed.  Related Social Media:


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Making the Best of Basics
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