The last month or so has seen a lot of news stories in various media outlets about the highest end shelter market and who is planning, installing, or using the most premium of available shelter technology in preparing for possible threats in the future to families, belongings, and investments for the wealthy. The following article comes from Forbes.com, and mentions a lot of technological marvels in home shelters, panic rooms, and overall home security systems.
You may ask, why am I sharing stories about the rich using EVERYTHING available to stay safe, when most of us are doing with just the most basic of home security systems, and potential expedient shelter options?
Well, for one thing, there are a LOT of ideas included in the article that are worthy of further investigation...because while the most expensive hardware and software they might be using can be duplicated for a fraction of the price THEY pay, by shopping, researching, and finding alternatives that accomplish the same end goal of the overall system, you can have the same safety and security with an investment of your time and much smaller portions of your hard earned income.
So, with that in mind, read the following article, take some notes, and let's talk about alternatives to Rich People's Survival Space.
Oh, and please comment if you feel so inclined.
Rich homeowners buying peace of mind with panic rooms, security systems
Wealthy families are opting for everything from pepper spray sprinklers to luxurious bunkers to protect themselves from burglars, natural disasters and nuclear war.
Billionaires are taking home security to a new level.
Affluent Americans are transforming their mansions into apocalypse-proof abodes with secret passageways and hidden panic rooms built to withstand every kind of disaster and attacker imaginable.
Al Corbi's California home, for example, has a security system straight out of a sci-fi flick, according to a Forbes report. He and his family rely on biometric recognition software instead of keys, have a system that unleashes disorienting smoke or debilitating gas at the first sign of unwanted company, and can seek solace in a bunker that doubles as a wine cellar.
Even walls can serve as secret doors to panic rooms and secret bunkers.
"If you saw this stuff in a movie you would think it is all made up," Corbi told Forbes.
Wealthy homeowners are sparing no expense when it comes to outfitting their homes with the latest James Bond-like gadgets.
Some are going beyond the fingerprint scan and installing software from companies like FST21 that use facial and voice recognition as well as behavioral biometrics to unlock doors.
Others are using infrared cameras like those from FLIR Systems that can detect humans in hiding places anywhere from one to 15 kilometers away, depending on the model, Forbes reported.
Pepper spray shooting Burglar Blasters can be installed into ceilings and walls to stop would-be crooks in their tracks.
Smoke machines are another popular security addition. The Corbis family's system can release fog designed to confuse an intruder, or a noxious gas with effects that last up to 24 hours.
Millionaires are also buying unparalleled peace of mind by having panic rooms, hidden passageways and emergency bunkers added to their homes.
In true Scooby-Doo fashion, any shelf or wall could open to reveal a secret living space that could withstand natural or man-made catastrophes.
Companies like Creative Home Engineering have built all kinds of covert portals that appear behind revolving fireplaces or rotating bookcases. Its engineers have even rigged some so they open when a certain book is pulled from the shelf or a specific chess piece is moved to a spot on the board.
American Saferoom Door Company specializes in bullet-resistant doors with electromagnetic locks. The company sells between 50 to 75 doors, which start at $20,000 a piece, every year, founder Gary Paster told Forbes.
No, not the website...just my wife and I. We're downsizing.
My wife and I are currently moving everything we own to a smaller place in town, after 4 years out on the open range. It's strictly a cost saving measure, but the benefits we are getting in return are quite measurable. While we'll be "in town", the edge of town we're at, literally, is the EDGE. Due east of our new place, the next paved road is approximately 70 miles away, over the high Wyoming desert. The main river in the area is about 200 yards away, and we're safely above flood stage.
So, what does this mean to you, the SurvivalRing site visitor and user? Not much, as the site is located on servers across the nation, hooked up to huge pipes attached to the inter-webs. During the move, my main desktop system and network will be down, affecting CD/DVD production mode and some of my other creative outlets, until early next week. If you purchase a 13 Disk set of my library in the next week or so, know that I will get your order, and will ship once "The System" is all reconnected, booted, and humming.
Why the move? Less time commuting, more time with my spouse, savings of $600 or more a month in gas and rent, and no more having to ride my 970 pound road bike up a half mile of snail snot if the weather turns the dirt road to mush from passing rain storms.
I'm going to miss the old place...it was the perfect BOL. 1000 feet up a hill from a 13,000 acre lake, million dollar views of TWO mountain ranges, deer, pheasant, geese, duck, chipmunks, squirrels, and other small furry mammals, and a wildlife habitat across the back fence. In this economy, it still takes money to live in the boonies...and although I've got five years with the state, it's not enough to justify the expense of staying out there. Of course, when I go hunting, that habitat is still as good as it gets year round. And I know it a lot more than most, since I explored it for 4 years...
Looking forward to downsizing in every way, and going to start leaning towards "minimalization" in many life areas during and after this move. It's just time.
You heard about the EBT (food stamp) fiasco down in Louisiana? The Walmart in two cities decided, when the network that verifies and validates EBT funds crashed this past weekend, to allow buyers to basically put unlimited purchases onto EBT cards...and that was followed by a mad rush of hundreds of EBT users literally EMPTYING the entire grocery and meat section of the store. Walmart managers called corporate, and corp said "ring'em up" at those two stores, who are now being told that WALMART will be held libel for any overages not covered by EBT. And, each EBT user's purchases WERE recorded via the system, so the feds know WHO got how much over. 16 other states were affected in this EBT crash, yet only Louisiana got smashed and grabbed.
Here's the thing...there was a panic, when the EBT cards did not work. We, the people that actually PAY the taxes that gets forwarded to actually pay for these EBT debts, saw in TWO HOURS what happens when the food stamp system crashes.
Now..think about the government shutdown. The USDA is offline due to the congressional shit storm over paying for government costs (shuttered because Reid and Obama ... the two largest assholes in the world ... WON'T accept ANYTHING that does NOT fund Obamacare).
That shutdown is creating the NEXT crisis...the USDA funds the food stamp program, and there are movements in the direction of NOT being able to FUND EBT cards for November.
Now, think of Louisiana...gone NATIONAL. Breakdowns of civil life and society in grocery stores all over the nation. Riots. Looting. Stealing. Homicide? Murder? Where does it stop?
Why do I bring these things up?
Because of this....
"The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will continue operations and eligible households will still receive monthly benefits for October. The authority to make October benefit payments comes from the Recovery Act, through which Congress provided “such sums as are necessary” to finance the SNAP benefit provided for in the Recovery Act. In addition, about $2 billion in contingency funding will be available and could be used to support State Administrative activities essential to continue the program and issue and process benefits. These contingency funds were provided in the FY 2013 appropriation and do not expire until the end of FY 2014."
Read this....(the currently shuttered agency that administers the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) memo obtained by the Crossroads Urban Center in Utah carries in it a very disturbing warning for the 46+ million Americans currently on foodstamps.
To wit: "understanding the operational issues and constraints that States face, and in the interest of preserving maximum flexibility, we are directing States to hold their November issuance files and delay transmission to State electronic benefit transfer (EBT) vendors until further notice." In other words, as Fox13News summarizes, "States across the country are being told to stop the supplemental nutrition assistance program for the month of November, pending further notice."
Last week we announced the launch of the 2013 National Preparedness Month (NPM) Toolkit and we saw a huge response from you in downloads! If you missed it last week, you can get everything here.
This week, we're sharing some tips on pet preparedness and ways to stay safe in extreme heat. Read on!
PREPAREDNESS FOR YOUR PETS
Many of us have a disaster plan for the family but have we included our pets? Make sure your animals stay safe and remain a loving part of your family by taking the steps below:
Get a Rescue Alert Sticker—The Rescue Alert Sticker will notify people that pets are inside your home. Place the sticker in a visible spot for a rescue worker to see. Include the types and number of pets in the home, the name of your veterinarian and your veterinarian’s phone number. If you have evacuated, write “EVACUATED” across the sticker.
Find a Place for your Pet— Never evacuate without your pets. Make sure you have a predetermined place you and your pets can go in the case of an evacuation because not all Red Cross Facilities allow pets.
Pet Emergency Kit— Along with an emergency preparedness kit for your household, it is also a good idea to create one for your pets. Some items to include are: a pet first-aid kit, enough food and water to last 3-7 days and toys to keep your pet occupied.
Temperatures are rising across the country and many cities are feeling the heat of 100 degrees or more.
Did you know extreme heat causes more deaths than hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and earthquakes combined? Heat related illnesses occur when the body is not able to compensate and properly cool itself. The great news is extreme heat is preventable by following a few tips:
Listen to local weather forecasts and stay aware of upcoming temperatures.
Weather strip doors and windows to keep cool air in.
Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sunshine with drapes, shades or awnings.
Drink plenty of water, even if you do not feel thirsty.
Stay indoors. If you do not have air conditioning, visit a cooling station such as your local library or shopping mall.
Wear light weight and light colored clothing with sunscreen to reduce exposure to the sun.
Do not leave children or pets in the car unattended at any time.
Pace yourself in your outside activities. Reschedule if needed.
I shared my thoughts on this story on my FB page this afternoon and said...
I say let people live where they WANT to.
When you force things like this, you wind up with Katrina and Rita refugees moved by the tens of thousands to Houston and Dallas, both of which created HUGE increases in crime, homicide, corruption within municipal government, and similar events.
For those areas that are truly segregationist, then sue them into complete and utter destitution. Simple...and the government is VERY good about that suing part....REALLY good.
What Obama is REALLY planning here is completely diabolical insertion of socialist operators into the historically conservative areas to AGAIN put all the votes needed in ALL precincts into his pocket to illegitimately change the election outcomes...again.
....but he's calling it this bullshit name of "stepping up racial standards".
Am I the ONLY one that sees what's really going on here?
This *new* effort of the government to FORCE, what amounts to INTEGRATION, where it's NOT needed in most of these Unites States, is a complete and utter sham.
Think upon the evil that was perpetrated in the election of last year. Look at the maps of the most dangerous counties (homicide counts) in the entire US, and lay that map over the counties that went to put oh-blow-me into a second term.
2012 Elections. Blue counties went to Obummer. Red counties went to Romney. Blue equals high poverty rates, low income housing, huge welfare contingents.
Blue counties represent the highest crime rates, most violence, AND strictest gun laws in the nation.
Notice an uncanny resemblance? A huge mass of humanity BRIBED to vote for the incumbent, with welfare, food stamps, Obama phones, and extended unemployment benefits. Where's the money coming from to pay for all this? Nowhere. It's being printed as fast as our politically run government printing presses can run...and because of that, you'll see triple digit inflation within 5 years in the U.S...if not sooner.
Now, read this from the heading of the story above...
“Make no mistake: this is a big deal. With the HUD budget alone, we are talking about billions of dollars.”
-- Shaun Donovan, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, in a July 16 speech to the NAACP about a new regulation and database aimed at adding “protected classes” into predominantly white neighborhoods.
This is not about "adding protective classes"...it's about upsetting, EVEN MORE, the ability for conservative areas to vote their wants and wishes, by going FEDERAL on the method of GERRYMANDERING (look it up).
This particular story is TYRANNY WRIT LARGE.
Stop a moment...think on those three words above.
It continues...every day.
It hastens...the overthrow of our republic.
It SUCKS away more freedom from each of us...with every hour that we do nothing.
I have mentioned before that "Nothing will stop them from total tyranny...unless we Americans stand up ....and die....for it" in other places on the web. That comment now stands out ever more so...to each and every one of us.
Regular folks...honest folks...former operators...current operators...retired vets....current active duty...and of course, all our public safety workers coast to coast...and all the rest of we constitutional conservatives....we must stand for what is right, just, and true in this time....in OUR time.
I want to take you on a little journey into the past.
The year? 1649. The event? The execution of a king. It's called "Regicide".
Visit this page, and you'll see the definition of that word as...
"The broad definition of regicide (Latin regis "of king" + cida "killer" or cidium "killing") is the deliberate killing of a monarch, or the person responsible for the killing of a monarch. In a narrower sense, in the British tradition, it refers to the judicial execution of a king after a trial. More broadly, it can also refer to the killing of an emperor."
Note the list of victims of this method of execution, but particularly Charlie the First. Clicking on the link below his name takes you here...
There's a big, long list of folks that signed his death warrant, including (unbelievably) one of MY ancestors... No, really...he did!
Examine, if you will, the list of signees of the death warrant for Charlie...
There were 59 participants of the tribunal, which "was composed of three hereditary peers, four aldermen of the City of London, twenty-two baronets and knights, three generals, thirty-four colonels, the twelve judges of the High Court (who all declined to serve), three sergeants-at-law and representative members of various principalities and the House of Commons."
Scroll down to number 45.
Yep...that's one of my ancestors...right there...
George. He signed that warrant, and helped put Oliver Cromwell into power (and if you don't know who he is, again, look it up). 11 years later, Cromwell "went away", and the restoration of the monarchy occurred. Check out what happened to those hapless fellows who pretty much signed away their lives years earlier...
"At the English Restoration in 1660, six Commissioners and four others were found guilty of regicide and executed; one was hanged and nine were hanged, drawn and quartered. In 1662 three more regicides were hanged, drawn and quartered. Some others were pardoned, while a further nineteen served life imprisonment and three already dead at the time of the Restoration had their bodies desecrated."
Now, you are pretty much asking, WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT WITH ALL THIS HISTORY CRAP?
You know what happened then...we became a nation....after war with England, the deaths of thousands of Americans, and the events that transpired afterwards, to each signatory of the precious constitution and eventual Bill of Rights...
While some prospered, many suffered for their support of the creation of this great nation...
SO...getting back to the POINT of this post...
I am, in NO way, shape, or form....suggesting or doing ANYTHING BUT pointing out that history, going back hundreds of years, suggests that we do things the hard way to create a better world for our children and descendants....SOMETIMES.
As the particular history above shows, making huge investments of our lives (as our ancestors did above) to change the course of history because of evil, powerful, vicious tyrants who rule ruthlessly through mandate and force...sometimes does require signing away one's life to help move the right movement forward, even if we can't or won't FULLY comprehend those checks our bodies will have to cash eventually....just as the modern, and historical, military soldier does every day of service of their lives.
Current events in this great nation of ours, are trending towards the evil that men will do, to a subservient, easily manipulative, populace...the Low Information Voter...as Rush mentions so often everyday. It is creeping upon us, and many of us sit here, watching it approach, sitting in our homes or bugout locales, hoping the mess that IS coming, won't make it as far as WE are away from the Golden Hordes.
Believe me, if it goes down, there will not be a square mile in this nation that evades the hell that will come, when the crash goes full retard.
Understand THAT...and adjust YOUR plans accordingly. You're meat for the grinder, either way...either overrun, or defending all that you have, against an endless mass of crazed humanity. Lone wolves will disappear from the planet before it's over. It is really going to suck big time. I can't tell you just how much I *don't* want ANY of this to happen.
I know my family history going back hundreds of years, including the fact that my g-g-g-g-grandfather Zachariah had TWO land grants in 1838 in the REPUBLIC of TEXAS (in 1838 he came to Texas as a 17 year old and applied for a Republic of Texas land grant. Original certificate #287 of Houston Co., Republic of Texas was issued Sep 7 1841 for 320 acres. This certificate was later replaced and augmented to 640 acres because of his marriage and issued as # 350 on Oct 29 1846.)...that is, when Texas was a NATION.
I have an ancestor named William the Recorder who served the monarchy of England decades before Grandpa George. I've got ancestors from England, Scotland, Ireland, Scandinavia, and even Switzerland, only three generations back...my mom's, mom's, dad. My great grandfather Dominica Fuchs, who emigrated from Switzerland, coming into the country via the port of New Orleans.
I've had ancestors fight in every war fought by the US since we became a country, as do many of you.
Hell, my younger brother spent 26 years in the AF, now works for a contractor, and goes in country 3-4 months out of the year...sis served as well, and my work was in defense electronics throughout the 80s, supporting our military with the tools they needed to do their jobs.
A leg injury in a 1975 wreck kept me out of the military, even though I finished Army ROTC in high school. Sucked, but I still did everything I could in my life to help support others.
You would be surprised that, even at this very moment, I am personally helping two homeless vets to keep moving forward. That is how much I support these guys that do what must be done.
Here's the bottom line. As that award winning movie about the oil era a few years ago was titled, "there will be blood".
The media wants it.
The tyrants want it.
The multi-term Politicians expect it.
The many and various regimes of this and every other nation, large and small, PLAN for it.
It comes down to one thing. You.
What side will you be on?
What will you be willing to do when The Horror comes to your town... and comes breaking over your neighborhood like a giant and uncontrollable tsunami of demons and soulless humanity?
Are you going to invest in saving this nation, or let it go...just like a throwaway comment to an already forgotten question?
We all know shit's about to get real. That's why we're here...in this place...at this time...in history. We, we unfortunate few, we proud and courageous Americans, are on the cusp of a paradigm shift like this world has NEVER seen.
The date? Now. Tomorrow. Fall 2008. It's already happening. Look around and try to convince me otherwise...
Again I say...What will you do?
By the way, Grandpa George luckily evaded being hung, beheaded, and drawn and quartered, unlike many of his compatriots. He spent many years in the Tower of London. He eventually was released, and disappeared into America...where my story begins.
Keep watching the news...ALL of it. Figure out how to use YOUR Spidey sense. Learn situational awareness.
Think of those 19 volunteer firefighters that died recently on that horrible afternoon in Yarnell Hill, Arizona, when nature did something completely unexpected, even though that crew had a good and well trained lookout watching the growing flames, and who had set trigger points for the team, that when the fire/wind/whatever reached a certain point, he could give them the heads up to get out of the danger area.
Those crews down in the gully could do 2-3 miles an hour hiking up to the point. They received the warning to get to safety. The flame front that hit them was going 50 miles an hour...an unheard of, much less expected, speed of travel in wildfires. They died, because they were in a bad place, on a bad day, doing what they were trained to do. The survival shelters they each carried, just for such an occurrence, were just not enough for the heat in those flames.
Nature had absolute control, and Arizona lost 19 of its bravest that sorrowful day.
You need to figure out what YOUR trigger points need to be...for you...for your family...for your life. You need to be able to act on those trigger points. You need to be able to follow through...completely.
If you don't, won't, or can't...well, you already know the outcome.
Let's hope that all those supposed FEMA guillotines that the conspiracy theorists are always clamoring about...really don't exist.
After nearly 20 years of doing without family vacations and assorted personal unnecessary purchases, and after nearing five years as a state employee of Wyoming with great benefits (good vacation time buildup, great insurance, etc), we've enjoyed two vacations in 7 months. Both were to visit family, and both were extremely frugally planned and pulled off. These vacations were absolutely bare minimums of transportation, NO eating out, NO getting souvenirs, or other normal vacation activities.
Grandson Hudsin, in front of the Lamar, CO Train Depot (an Amtrack stop)
In both vacations, my wife Annie and I watched every penny, kept every receipt, took the minimum stuff needed for the trip, and considered it an almost off the grid experience away from everything. Both trips were to visit my daughter in Lamar, Colorado, and both times, my son flew out from Nashville to take a break from his music work and other active lifestyle activities as a 20 something in one of the most dynamic cities in the country.
While dear daughter and son-in-law don't live off grid, their location and property is pretty rural. No home internet, but their own well water, and a good solid home. For me, visiting them is doing without internet access for days or a week at a time. Like us, they don't run A/C unless they have to...and the first week of June there were two 112 degree days in a row. It's been year's since I've dealt with that kind of heat, and one of the reasons we now live in the cooler climes of Wyoming.
So, what kinds of events can I share with you about actually taking time to take a break from your every day life to find peace and solitude for creating magic moments of creativity? Having a place to go where you know someone (a relative or close friend) really helps. Having a plan for what you'd like to accomplish with your time off from work is another. I have long lists of household chores I need to do, and I get to many of them a big chunk at a time. Vacation time is special, and means planning truly worthwhile things to accomplish in that small window of the time/space continuum.
For me, it was practice what I preach. Do good things. Help others. Develop goals that can help more than just myself. Don't waste money. Barter. Give more than a full measure if helping others. Show love. Mean it. Develop skills every stinking day. Do something new. Stay safe.
It was my hope to really pull together a LOT of my own ideas, snippets, thoughts, dreams, and future projects, and sort them out and prioritize them for more efficient follow through and real objectives. In this, I got a lot done, but not as much as I wanted to. But, positive movement occurred, and I was able to relax and think on so many great things that I'm going to be working on in the near future.
My new trailer...
While on vacation this summer, I traded a lot of computer geekage for two trailers, a couple of folding chairs, an antique barrister bookcase, and a couple boxes of books...OLD books. In exchange for cleaning and securing a plumbing office computer, setting up a website, and taking dozens of pictures of the contents of a newly purchased old building being converted from church to a plumbing business space and warehouse to sell the pews, desks, and older items on Craigslist, I took home a pickup bed style 1 ton trailer, a much smaller homemade trailer that I'm going to convert into a trailer for my motorcycle, two steel folding chairs, and a glass doored antique bookcase.
...an antique bookshelf...
I also spent a lot of time with my four grandkids, my son Kenny, and daughter Laurie, including a lot of time swimming in the Arkansas river trying to cool off. Saw some bad weather from the massive heat wave, to 80 mph wind gusts from thunderstorm outflow boundaries, to the actual lighting strike that caught the forest by the river's side on fire for many hours, shutting down half the town with moving emergency equipment and fire fighters. Gas prices were up much higher than springtime, and was our biggest expense for the trip. We did bring down about 120 pounds of beef from our beef cow we purchased in the spring, to feed the crew over the vacation and leave my daughter's freezer full after we left.
All in all, a much needed break from work, a not really wanted break from the internet, and some quality family time with those I love the most. We finally stopped a while to actually smell the roses. We even got to practice using some of our prepper skills in various aspects of this trip, such as first aid, bugout buggy loading, roadside repairs and adjustments, dealing with wildlife we don't normally worry about, and a few psychological and physical needs and therapy for a few little things. I have to say, one of our best family vacations yet.
...a forest fire on the river bottoms 400 yards from my daughter's house, started by a massive lightning strike...which I witnessed...
What to take away from this story? Even in a down economy, with very little savings, using what tools and skills and food storage we have, and most definitely planning ahead with all the family involved, we were able to travel across two states, help each other, trade some skills for some tangible items, and have loads of fun using nothing but our wits, our abilities, and the tools and resources at hand.
Would this kind of trip be possible in a time of great unrest and civil disturbances? Maybe, but probably not as safely. There were and are many backroads, and fuel issues might be the worst. Current trends indicate that bad times right now are going to keep getting worse, as our selfish leaders lavish everything on themselves, and continue stealing from our future. I suggest if you're overdue for a family get together, soon is better than later to make it happen. And, think about the older generations as well. Visit...while they're still around to share with you...
The summer season means more than school vacations and weekends at the pool. Summer brings an increase in the threat of wildfires and the danger that these outbreaks carry. As firefighters worked to contain the Spring wildfire in Southern California, the National Interagency Fire Center recently published its summer fire outlook that forecasts a difficult, above average wildfire season in the West.
Wildfires spread quickly and often go undetected until it’s too late. Across our nation every year communities are affected by major wildfires. While some homes survive, more homes do not. Make sure your family and community take actions to get prepared.
Wildfires: Getting Prepared and Protecting Your Home
Homes have a much higher likelihood of surviving wildfires when residents are prepared. Predictability, prevention and being prepared can minimize your risk in case of wildfire and help reduce the loss of life, property and resources.
In most cases, people start wildfires. Promote and practice wildfire safety in your community with these tips:
Teach children about fire safety. Keep matches out of their reach.
Make sure that fire vehicles can get to your home. Clearly mark all driveway entrances and display your name and address.
Report hazardous conditions that could cause a wildfire.
Post fire emergency telephone numbers.
Ensure adequate accessibility by large fire vehicles to your property.
Plan several escape routes away from your home - by car and by foot.
FEMA and its partners recently released the 2013 National Preparedness Report (NPR). The NPR is an annual status report on the nation's progress toward reaching the National Preparedness Goal of a secure and resilient nation.
Overall, the NPR found the nation continues to make progress building preparedness in key areas and identifies several significant areas of national strength. The report also identified areas for national improvement in enhancing the resilience of infrastructure systems and maturing the role of public private partnerships.