Your Personal Safety May Be In Your Own Hands At This Point
How-to instructions are now in magazines published by terrorist organizations. The instructions include “recipes” for making car bombs among other improvised explosive devices, specifically for car bombs, and other devices that can be put together and detonated within the United States.
The publication even suggests specific targets to strike within the United States. This means anyone sympathetic to their cause can create death and destructions by following the instructions published in the magazine (s). With global reach because of the Internet and Twitter, the organization can reach out to those bent on the destruction of the United States anywhere at any time.
The current strategy is containment. Cage the beasts and the problem will go away is essentially the plan, which is not a plan at all, but merely a reaction to the situation. However, beasts get loose, or are let loose because people believe they are no longer a threat.
Before a beast can be caged, it must be identified as a threat. Some in this country however, want to downplay any threats certain organizations may pose.
Terrorists want to create as much havoc and instill as much fear as possible and this means, creating a higher body count. They want to be on the evening news. They will use news organizations as a means of recruiting followers, because they know their message will be broadcast to millions. Their barbaric acts inspire other like mined individuals from around the world.
What Can You Do As a Prepper or As an Individual or Family?
Begin practicing situational awareness. You have to know what is going on around you. You cannot stop an attack probably, but you may avoid possible injury or death by paying attention to details.
Avoid areas when you expect large crowds such as malls or shopping centers on the weekends. Banking institutions and governmental offices along with military recruitment stations are potential targets as well. These will be prime targets as well as any symbolic locations such as New York City, Washington D.C. and various other locations across the country.
You may be wondering how you can possibly avoid these areas. For now, it may be a matter of life and death, so begin doing as much as possible online, as far as banking and other routine business. You should avoid actions that may take you into areas that could be targets. The Boston Marathon was targeted because of its symbolism, and what it means to the people of Boston and to the country.
This article is not advocating you barricade yourself in your home, but only to think twice about where you are going, and do you really need to go anywhere. Start thinking about what is really a priority and what is not. Of course, an attack can come at anytime or anywhere but for maximum impact, it will be when and where people congregate for sporting events, religious events, recreation, shopping, and for business reasons.
Las Vegas was mentioned as a potential target and why is Las Vegas popular. It is popular for its recreational gambling and other entertainment. Tens of thousands of people everyday are on the streets of Las Vegas, and in the casinos and hotels. People gather there from all over the country and the world. Military bases are obviously a target as well.
Many experts claim that ISIS is not strong enough, or does not have the capability or coordination to launch an attack(s) similar to 9/11. This does not mean however, that a suicide bomber would not devastate a community if they walked into a shopping mall. The point is that an attack (s) will likely be localized, and may not have the same effect on the country, as did the attacks on 9/11 according to some analysts.
The communities affected however will think differently though. A car bomb going off in downtown anywhere will create terror in the minds of all Americans, and people will have to alter their way of life for a short period, or even forever.
Unfortunately, you will have to pay attention to vehicles that appear to be abandoned. You will have to sit by an emergency exit in every restaurant, at ball games or in a movie theater. You always have to be thinking about an escape plan no matter where you are, and this means paying attention to the smallest details. Plan your trips, know the roads and do not be afraid to turn around and leave if things simply do not look or feel right.
Above all, be prepared for extended utility outages and lack of safe drinking water if you live in an urban/suburban area. You have to be aware of the possibility that your city’s drinking water could be purposely contaminated, power grids could be hacked into, and air travel may be disrupted, as well as, rail and even public transportation because of deliberate attacks on these systems.
You cannot become so distracted by your everyday routine that you do not have any idea of what is going on around you. Do not walk into light poles as you text, keep your head up and know what is happening around you.
The world and this country have changed. It suddenly became even more dangerous than it was just a few years ago. The enemy could be living within your very community. An enemy that is willing to die for its cause is not an enemy you can reason with. There is only one thing they understand, and this country must understand what needs to be done.
Daftari, L. (2014, August 28). Retrieved 2014, from http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/08/28/al-qaeda-magazine-urges-terrorists-to-hit-vegas-military-academies-and-stores/?intcmp=HPBucketRead Full Article
This from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel
The terrorist group or army, if you will, has now executed an American citizen. The group also has proclaimed to be coming after America, essentially where we sleep. Our homeland is under constant threat from this group. American soil is a target yet again of some rouge organization that apparently rose from the ashes of another conflict that was not stifled in the early days.
Of course, America has heard this type of proclamation before from other groups and even from countries, but this time things are different, this group is different and we all need to pay attention.
The group is well funded because they control oilfields and now refineries, and they have no problem with robbing banks for a little extra cash half a billion in cash in one bank alone. They now receive millions a day from the sale of oil and they do not shy away from any barbaric act.
The group revels in the fear they instill, there is simply no hesitation in their actions. They are not fearful of anything, and so far, they have gotten away with essentially everything they have done, no one it seems can stop them or are willing to stop them. They are a standalone army of barbarians and they are at the gates.
According to General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff “this is an organization that has an apocalyptic, end-of-days strategic vision”.
What Do We Do
The fear is that members of the group or those sympathetic to the group will carry out attacks here in the United States and in other western countries. Individuals, groups, or even cells could orchestrate attacks here.
The attacks can come from so-called lone wolf operators using suicide vests and hand grenades or homemade explosive devices or they could simply begin mass killings in malls, or on crowded streets using firearms.
The attacks can be more sophisticated and planned, as well, such as were the attacks on 9/11. The group has the desire and the funding and it certainly would have no problem, recruiting individuals or groups to carry out the attacks.
We as individuals do not have the ability in most cases to thwart an attack. All anyone can do is to prepare for the aftermath such as what happened on 9/11. Businesses closed, the stock market crashed, transportation especially air travel and delivery was disrupted and people essentially secluded themselves for a time.
ISIS currently controls a large amount of oil in Iraq, oil every country on the planet needs. This is quite the bargaining chip, and it will have an effect on every one of us if something is not done about it and quickly.
We can talk for days or even weeks on what brought us, brought America to this point. Thousands of articles have been written on the why, and some want to place the blame on various people and policies. The reality is however, they are here and we have to deal with it, fair or unfair, like it or not, this is the cold hard facts. Prepare for it.
A person walks into a crowded mall and detonates a suicide vest. What do you suppose would be the effects, aside from the horrific deaths and trauma to the victims and families? One reaction would be a rapid decline in shoppers at every mall in the country and even in smaller shopping venues. The micro economy especially in the area it happened in would suffer greatly and soon it would have a macro effect on the economy and on you as an individual.
The police would be on high alert, and confrontations with civilians would rise, curfews may be enacted and National Guard troops may be called out once again. People would demand the government do something, anything, just do it. When the government is perceived as dragging their feet however, then people become even more fearful.
This type of an attack would require a military response that most people according to recent surveys do not want. However, those that proclaim to let the groups fight it out over there will have a different perspective once they are over here.
People’s attitudes will change, their buying habits will change and some will fear going outside their homes. The country will suffer from an attack and it will be in part, because of the way people react to terror.
The group can be defeated if the full strength of the U.S. military was brought to bear. However, this cost lives and money, and people back home while they see the need at some point, do not want their sons, daughters and other loved ones going off to war.
You as an individual, as a Prepper must be ready for the fallout from an attack here in the United States. It is no longer a matter of if but a matter of when. When a group has the desire, the means, the funding and the people to do their bidding, then it will happen, and it will be horrific. Are you ready?
FoxNews.com. (2014, August 22). Retrieved 2014, from http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/08/22/isis-beyond-anything-that-weve-ever-seen-hagel-says/Read Full Article
Right after 9/11, the federal government strongly suggested that Americans prepare for another attack. Duct tape, plastic for windows, flashlights and stock up on emergency essentials.
Why is the federal government not making suggestions on how Americans can protect themselves against Ebola? They state the obvious of course, do not travel, do not get close to people that appear sick, tell your doctor where you have traveled, and oh by the way wash your hands.
Two experts on Ebola were infected, and they were supposedly wrapped up tighter than an astronaut out for a space walk. Wash your hands indeed.
It is very troublesome, that a doctor and a nurse or aid worker were exposed to the virus despite their best efforts and years of training along with state of the art protective gear. They, more than anyone, knew the dangers, and knew how to protect him or herself. This does not bode well for the rest of us.
By admitting, that the two Americans needed to be brought to the U.S. to survive the virus, essentially told everyone left behind that they are going to die. This is not a discussion on whether they should have brought back or not, that is left up to you to decide.
The point is the United States essentially admits that the virus cannot be controlled and treated successfully in the countries where it started. If it cannot be controlled it will spread, and eventually will be worldwide.
What should concern you is that it cannot be controlled here either. Of course, Emory Hospital after 12 years of building an isolation ward can handle two patients with Ebola. What happens however, when dozens start streaming in daily with fevers and rashes?
Not many hospitals have spent the last 12 years and millions of dollars building an isolation floor. What happens when hundreds across the country start filling up emergency rooms, even if they do not have the virus, just the mere thought of hundreds having it will cause the medical system to stumble badly.
It will take days to test just a few patients in any hospital, and even if they test negative, others left waiting may test positive. The system is not set up to do this, and this is why the government does not want to tell you how to prepare, because this would be an admittance of sorts.
One other thing that is bothersome. Airport security screeners simply ask if you have been in a country that has had an outbreak. If you really want to get to America or back to America you are going to lie and of course say no, never have been anywhere near an outbreak. On one hand, the experts state this is the worst outbreak in history and then turn around and say no need to worry, which makes it even more worrisome.
The serum seemed to appear as if by magic as well. It takes years to develop drugs to combat diseases and the process for approval is a long and grueling affair. Understandably, in dire emergencies rules and regulations can be sidestepped, but still, it seems peculiar to say the least. The FDA has had plenty of opportunities to approve or fast track other so-called miracle drugs, which could possibly save lives. They did not in most cases.
The government thinks that just because they have isolation rooms or so-called quarantine areas in airports they can stop the spread. Impossible, someone, even dozens of people will slip through that have the virus. There have been hundreds of incidents where contraband and even explosives have slipped through airport security. The security screeners are going to be scared to death to get near anyone let alone haul them off to some isolation room. Ebola will arrive here, probably already is here.
As the CDC has stated “it is all hands on deck”. It should be all hands on deck for you as well, not panic but step it up, and pay attention to what is happening around you. Make sure you stay informed. Watch the news and read the papers. You cannot believe all you hear and read about but cull through the conspiracy rants to get to the truth, so you know how to better prepare.
This is by no means a rant or about any conspiracies, because there is no conspiracy. There is incompetency however, and a failure to communicate to the American people what is really going on. When elected officials do not tell you what they are planning to do to help, it means they have no plans for what to do, and this should scare us all. When the government stops talking, is when you had better start listening.
Pay attention to what is not being said by the government. In their silence, you may find some answers.Read Full Article
What Happens When No One Knows it is here Though
“Federal agents working the Southern Border and their families exposed to lice, scabies, tuberculosis and chicken pox”, report says (Winter, 2014).
Do you suppose that the agents would intentionally expose themselves and ultimately their family, their children to these diseases and ailments, no of course not? This means they did not know they were being exposed. If they cannot figure out someone has chickenpox or tuberculosis, and protect themselves, how can they possibly know someone has Ebola and then take the proper precautions.
When will the Ebola virus come across the Southern Borders is the next question.
On top of all that, Emory Hospital in Atlanta is set to receive an Ebola patient. The medical care is much better here increasing the chances of survival according to most experts. Using this rational then all Ebola patients should be here, which of course would create a crisis that would essentially be uncontrollable.
Let us all hope no one carries this logic forward. The fact is the mortality rate would be lower if the medical facilities were better equipped in the countries where the current outbreak is. Given all this, is there another crisis looming?
Time to Get Serious about Your Preps and keep Your head Straight
Experts tell us that the Ebola virus is not airborne, in other words, you cannot “breathe in” the virus. This makes sense because if it were airborne more people would be infected and it would have been worldwide by now. The virus has been around supposedly since 1976.
This does not mean you take any chances, and take what others tell you at face value, expert or not, precautions must be taken. It is troubling that the two American doctors now fighting for their life contracted the disease given all of their training and preventative measures. You would have to assume they took every precaution, had all of the protective gear on, and yet still became infected this should tell us something.
Stay informed, pay attention to what is around you, and make sure you are prepared for quarantines and possibly even Martial Law (a remote possibility). This means you will not be able to travel, and children will have to be in the home with you at all times. This will take some preparations and now is the time to start.
There are rumors that the virus or this strain of it can be transmitted by air, there are five strains of the Ebola virus, and four of them are deadly to humans but they are not airborne viruses. You have to have contact with body fluids. There is no vaccine, no cure in other words. The disease until this point has been in very remote areas and victims die quickly making it difficult for experts to reach the areas and conduct the necessary studies. Maybe things will change going forward.
The biggest fear is fear of the unknown. You do not know if the virus is here in the United States and you cannot blindly trust anyone these days in particular politicians. As citizens, we are not told everything, and that is to keep some of us from over reacting.
People will panic and create a bigger problem and much of it will have to do with not having information, because the authorities are afraid to tell the citizens the truth.
However, you do not need anyone to tell you this is a problem now, and may turn into a crisis later. Prepare for the crisis, obviously, it is better to be prepared and not need those preparations then it is to wait until there is panic in the streets.
Winter, J. (2014, August 1). Retrieved 2014, from http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/08/01/unaccompanied-illegal-immigrant-kids-exposed-federal-agents-to-lice-scabies/Read Full Article
Markets and businesses in some parts of Africa are closing down, schools are closing and airline travel is restricted. Fear of the Ebola virus will create a crisis in and of itself, anywhere the virus is, and anywhere it is suspected. This will happen in the United States as well.
Residents may very well panic if they suspect there is an Ebola patient (s) in a local hospital. People will not go to the hospital or to their doctor’s offices for care, and some may suffer as a result, but the fear of the virus is too great to do otherwise.
People will have a fear so deep they cannot think, and some may decide to flee if there is a suspected outbreak in their area. People will flee one crisis only to find themselves in another. People will attempt to bug-out in some cases, and if the local authorities believe there is an outbreak then people may not be allowed to leave, because contaminant of the virus will be a priority.
Keep in mind local law enforcement and first responders along with other local authorities will be fearful for themselves and for their families as well. Some may over react, expect some to over react, and expect your local government to overreact and do things they would not normally do.
Schools may close in the area along with local businesses. Your workplace may also shut down. Children will have to be kept at home, which will disrupt work schedules if your workplace is still open. People in general will fear going to malls, stores and restaurants. Truck, train and other vehicle deliveries may be disrupted or stopped completely because drivers and operators fear the virus.
The community as a whole will suffer. In some cases, whole communities may be quarantined. All this because of a possibility, but everyone should err on the side of caution, because to do otherwise may cost you your life. Life will be disrupted and you need to prepare for these disruptions.
Local authorities will make rash decisions, decisions to prevent the spread of the virus. People today can be court ordered to seek treatment for contagious diseases that pose a public health risk. It is conceivable that local authorities will ramp up efforts to make sure anyone suspected of having the Ebola virus is quarantined or incarcerated, call it what you will.
If you live close to a major airport, you can expect warnings or alerts to possible Ebola carriers entering or passing through your community, this is inevitable. Someone on the aircraft is going to believe someone sweating, coughing or generally looking sick has the virus. Tweets will go out, and panicked Face Book postings will pop up everywhere. People will talk, and soon rumors are everywhere. People will have fear like they never felt before, and this will create problems within the community.
People will be hyper-vigilant and will be reporting anyone they believe to be sick, or is a stranger in the community. Then there are those that believe the virus has been manufactured by man and is being let loose upon humanity. Some people will become dangerous because of their beliefs.
Many of you have been preparing for this type of crisis for the last few years. However, you must also be prepared for the effects created, by just the thought of the virus being in your community. You will have to deal with the reaction of other people, possibly violent reactions.
See previous articles on what the Ebola virus is and how to protect you and your family. However, for now prepare for the panic it will cause. The primal fear in people will be real and it may be deadly as well.
Experts will deal with the outbreak. You have to deal with the repercussions. You may experience shortages of home medical supplies, because people will essentially clean out the stores and pharmacies of their medical supplies.
Emergency essentials are not disaster specific generally, but when dealing with a deadly virus you may need additional supplies or equipment.
To err on the side of caution you want to make sure you have fresh common household bleach for disinfectant, oral thermometers, hand sanitizer and bar soap, paper towels for hand drying, face masks/face shields or glasses, medical gowns and quality medical gloves for your hands as well as medical booties for your feet. Personal cleanliness is as important now as it has ever been.
You should be prepared to shelter in place. There is no point in trying to flee to another town or city, because the same fears and problems will be there as well. Ensure you have enough essentials to survive in your home for an extended period, up to three weeks in some cases, if there is a compulsory quarantine, or some sort of travel restriction in your town or community.
There is absolutely no need to panic, think through the problem, and take the steps you know you need to take to protect you and your family.Read Full Article
Preppers and Ebola: Protecting Yourself
The current Ebola outbreak is the largest in history. It has caused more than 672 deaths and more than 1,200 infections in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, this according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
To control the disease the chain of transmissions must be broken. While highly contagious the disease can be isolated, because you cannot become infected by simply breathing the virus in, it is not airborne, in other words. You have to have contact with an infected person’s bodily fluid, blood, feces, mucus, semen and even sweat.
The mortality rates are high but keep in mind the medical facilities where the patients are now being treated are not as advanced, as they would be in the United States. If people became infected in the U.S. and received prompt medical treatment the mortality rate would likely drop to 50 percent or possibly lower. This is all speculation of course, because there has never been a reported case of one of the four deadly Ebola viruses in the United States.
It is assumed that the medical professionals across the country have plans, and are ready to deal with the problem if it becomes a problem in the United States. However, this again is all speculation.
Assume the Worst
Experts and others claim the disease is just an airplane ride away from being in the United States and most claim it is not in the U.S. yet. Assume it is here however, because to assume otherwise, you would then not take the proper precautions when caring for someone with a high fever, who is vomiting and has severe stomach pains. These are just a few of the symptoms, and keep in mind influenza for example, may have the same symptoms to a certain extent, (refer to a previous article on Ebola symptoms and treatments).
You as an individual should never treat anyone including family members, that you know or suspect has the virus without proper protection. Protection includes medical gloves, gowns, facemasks, shields and protective eyewear.
First responders have to be particularly cautious when treating any victim for any reason, because a person can be a carrier and not show any symptoms. It is important that a travel history be obtained if possible. You must know where family members have traveled too. Even if they have not traveled to Africa, for example, interconnecting flights may have had an infected person on it.
Medical experts claim that a person is not contagious or as contagious until the symptoms are full blown, but there is not a vaccine, which should tell you that the medical experts do not fully understand the virus, so never assume anything.
Wear two pairs of protective gloves when handling needles. You should never reuse needles, but if you find you have to, the procedure for sterilization is to submerse the needles in hot soapy water to remove any obvious contaminates, such as blood mucus and so on. Once the needles have been cleansed of all blood or other fluids rinse well with clean water in a sterilized bowl or other container. Once rinsed draw undiluted chlorine bleach into the needles and let soak for 30 seconds. Expel the bleach safely, repeat the process, and let the needles air dry. This assumes the sodium hypochlorite (liquid chlorine) content is at least between 5.25 and 6 percent or higher.
Elimination of All Microorganisms, Viral, Bacteria, and Fungal Through Sterilization
Sterilization of hard, non-porous items can be accomplished by using high heat, an autoclave or steam sterilizer. Boiling heat-resilient items in water for 20 minutes will kill the Ebola virus as well. You can also use a bleach solution to kill the virus on hard surfaces, clothing and other items using a solution of 1:10 and a solution of 1:100.
A 1:100 bleach solution is used to disinfect:
- Medical equipment
- Patient bedding
- Reusable protective clothing before it is laundered.
A 1:10 bleach solution is a strong solution used to disinfect excreta and bodies, and it is best this is left to medical professionals (CDC, 2014).
Washing your hands is always the first line of defense to protect yourself and others. Use bar soap that has been cut into chunks so you can use one piece and dispose of that piece. This prevents contamination of the entire bar of soap.
Use one hand to scrub the hand, forearm of the opposite hand, and then switch using the other hand and then rinse well. Discard the piece of soap safely and always use a disposable one-time use towel or let the hands air dry.
You cannot “catch” the virus by simply being in the same room with an infected person. However, you have to assume that if an infected person sneezes or coughs then micro mucus droplets can be transmitted through the air for short distances. If it is known or suspected a person has the disease use all available protection whenever in the same room.
Bedding must be destroyed by incineration or proper procedures followed for sterilization and the same applies to the patients clothing. Physical barriers must be erected to isolate patients. This would include protective fencing, to prevent people from entering, or heavy sheets placed over doorways to alert others that a person is isolated. Signs alerting others should be placed were easily seen as well.
Bathrooms used by the infected person must be isolated and not used by anyone else. Never enter a bathroom facility that an infected person has used without all protective clothing/gear in place.
The best protection for individuals is of course isolation. Avoid crowds, do not fly and stay out of airport terminals. Once again, the virus is not floating in the air, so if you have not come in physical contact with an animal or a human that has the disease then you cannot catch the virus.
It is likely but not proven that the virus is in the United States. Remember the mortality rate is directly related to the treatment of patients infected. Because there is no cure, treatment is therapeutic. Hydration levels must be maintained, blood pressure monitored closely and most patients have to be treated for secondary infections caused by the virus.
Excessive internal and external bleeding is common and a common cause of death from the virus. This must be treated promptly by professionals. Do not attempt to treat anyone at home that you suspect has the virus.
The information provided is for informational purposes only and is not to be considered medical advice.
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“Medical Staff Warned Keep Your Mouths Shut About Illegal Immigrants or Face Arrest”.
“A government-contracted security force threatened to arrest doctors and nurses if they divulged any information about the contagion threat at a refugee camp housing illegal alien children at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas” (Starnes, 2014).
This article is not a discussion on immigration policies, but about the possible threats, this country is facing. Unfortunately, the current situation is one that we can only react too. There is no going back and changing the facts. The real world situation is what it is and it has to be dealt with going forward. Everyone of us has to deal with it, and prepare accordingly.
Children and some adults are streaming across the border literally by the thousands right now. Some people are calling them refugees. Many are fleeing violence, oppression and famine.
The facts or the reasons vary depending on who is telling the story, but right now, the reasons are less important than the fact that they are here. The question is now, what deadly diseases have come with the children and what should we all do to prepare.
No one really knows why they are fleeing, other than the conditions from where they came are much worse than in the U.S. Most of the children according to reports are being smuggled from Honduras, Guatemala and other South American countries.
What Diseases Are They Bringing With Them
Other than the financial strain and the burden on law enforcement, there is another reason for concern. Diseases, some that medical professionals had thought were wiped out, may now emerge again.
Many if not most of the children now arriving at the border have never been vaccinated against many of the life threatening diseases in the world. What is most frightening is that the children and others are not being processed through any medical facilities first to determine if they are carrying any contagious diseases.
Tuberculosis, MERES, SARS, polio, swine flu, scabies, chickenpox, smallpox, measles virus, rubella and whooping cough are just a few that can be brought into this country and spread throughout the country in just a matter of days.
It is important to note no one has officially stated any diseases are present that could pose a risk to the country as a whole. It is only a possibility that “diseases can be brought in” no one is suggesting the children have, as of yet, set off an epidemic, but common sense tells you it is just a matter of time.
Many of the children are being bused and flown to other parts of the country, into other states and cities without the knowledge of the local governments or the citizens. Medical professionals are not checking the children for diseases before being flown around the country. If no one is checking then no one really knows.
Now is not the time for finger pointing, the horse is already out of the barn if you will. You can talk about how this happened later on, now is the time for planning for the “what ifs”.
Make sure you your spouse/partner and all of your children have all of the needed vaccinations. For those that do not believe in vaccinations then you should prepare for isolation at some point to protect yourself and your loved ones when the SHTF. Isolation is really the only option you have if an epidemic gets started and you are not vaccinated.
Quarantines are possible if an epidemic turns into a pandemic so Martial Law is possible in certain areas. Federal troops may very well be called in to enforce the quarantines. If the situation gets out of hand, the President has the authority to impose Martial Law anywhere in the country. National Guard troops can be called up in any state at any time by the governor during an emergency.
Preppers look to your supplies and double check to ensure everything is in order. Imagine the things you may need for an extended time away from towns or cities. You may have to isolate yourself regardless of what type of vaccinations you have. There are diseases that can be brought into this country that you cannot be vaccinated against, because vaccines do not exist.
Most of you probably already know what you need, but reminders never hurt. Make sure you have a vehicle that is well maintained and is ready to go at anytime. Trying to bug-out on foot will only bring you in closer contact with other people, which is what you want to avoid. So make sure you can leave in a vehicle if you need to.
Having plenty of food, water, medicines and communication devices of course is understood. Make sure you know how to sanitize your home or camp properly to help stop the spread of any viruses and bacteria.
Sheltering in place usually makes the most sense but you never know until it comes down to it, so have a backup plan. People will panic, but staying informed and planning ahead is the best course.
There is no reason to believe that the power grid would fail unless workers simply abandon their posts if there happens to be a pandemic. Transportation, public or otherwise may be slowed or stopped altogether if the authorities initiate containment procedures.
Politicians, to include local governments, law enforcement, any first responders, medical personnel in hospitals and other public workers will look to their families first during this type of crisis so do not expect any help from the authorities in the beginning.
Starnes, T. (2014, July 1). Retrieved 2014, from FoxNews.com: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/07/01/medical-staff-warned-keep-quiet-about-illegal-immigrants-or-face-arrest/Read Full Article
Civil unrest is common in the world, it always has been and always by degrees. Civil unrest can turn into rioting, looting, bombings and marches on governmental buildings. Peaceful protests in many people’s minds can enact changes, and it does on occasion, but sometimes demonstrations cannot enact change. Once failure becomes obvious people become angrier and soon civil unrest boils over and takes it to the next level.
Studies have been conducted throughout history as to the causes of civil unrest. Taxes are too high, taxes for some are to low, jobs are scarce and certain public policies cause people to take to the streets. Now it seems that some people make too much money while others make considerably less, and this causes civil unrest as well.Read Full Article
Is the issue about cattle grazing, the desert tortoise, or the failure to pay grazing fees, or is it the family’s religious affiliation or a combination. It is unclear, but what is clear is the fact the federal government seems quite at ease with using overwhelming force in the face of unarmed American citizens. The United States however, seems reluctance at times to show any kind of force to countries that are without a doubt a threat to every American citizen.
Unarmed social workers enter into crack houses almost on a daily basis in some cities with nothing more than a clipboard and a pen where children’s lives are at risk. Yet when a so-called endangered desert tortoise may be in danger it is all hands on deck, to include snipers positioned that are allegedly locked and loaded.
Keep in mind the statements made are based on news accounts and any wrongdoing by any party is alleged only and has not been proven as fact.
Apparently, if you speak your minds as citizens you are considered a threat in today’s country. What will tomorrow’s country look like.
“Federal officials said BLM enforcement agents were dispatched in response to statements Bundy made that the agency perceived as threats” (FoxNews.com, 2014).
A cattle rancher who supposedly owes close to or in excess of a million dollars in grazing fees is a national threat, which requires an immediate armed response. Cliven Bundy according to the Bureau of Land management (BLM) made inflammatory statements that prompted the response from the federal government, sounds like someone at the BLM is a bit too sensitive.
Let us see here, Iran has made inflammatory statements directed against the United States, Russia certainly has, and all terrorists’ organizations have, as well as, a host of American citizens walking free today because of freedom of speech and yet Cliven Bundy is a threat, an immediate and direct threat, him and his cattle. A threat so immediate that an armed response is needed and apparently, now there is a standoff.
Obviously, there is more here than meets the eye and unfortunately, ever since 9/11 all the federal government has to state is you are considered a national threat and the tanks start rolling down Main Street.
Failure to act, failure to let the politicians know this is wrong is an acceptance of what is happening. It is a slow progression but whenever citizens fail to act then evil is accepted and it will take over. The slow drip, the slow take over then soon you wake up to a country that is no longer recognizable.
Today it is Cliven Bundy, who tomorrow, and the next day. The people control the government and when the government begins to control the states and the people in each state by trampling states rights then you may as well climb in bed and pull the covers over your head.
“Militias Heading to Nevada to Help, Ready for Armed Conflict”
Not helpful and can only cause more harm than good but heated rhetoric does increase membership for some of these groups. There is certainly nothing wrong with militias as far as that goes but when the mob gets heated up by the instigators the wannabes are always the first ones to shoot first and ask questions later. The amateurs seem to provide the spark that burns down the barn around everyone.
Some people in the groups do not seem to understand that heated rhetoric puts money in the coffers of some of these organizations, but talk is all that some groups are about, but not all are just about talk, some groups not all. Several of the groups have put their money where their mouth is on various occasions but they no longer exist.
Showing you disagree with the federal government by shooting at agents is not the way to get your point across. Voting is one way to show displeasure and writing about it, blogging and making phone calls or writing emails is another way. There are ways and the government does bow to pressure if enough, enough of the right kind of pressure is applied.
The question remains what is really going on with Cliven Bundy and the BLM. Once everyone knows the answer to that then a response can be initiated, but until then a bloody range war benefits no one.
FoxNews.com. (2014, April). Retrieved 2014, from http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/04/07/nevada-officials-blast-feds-over-treatment-cattle-rancher-cliven-bundy/Read Full Article
The headline reads, “U.S. officials have warned for years that the prospect of a cyber attack is the top threat to the nation and have sharply increased spending for computer security”.
A report released by the Republican staff for the Senate Homeland Security Committee states that federal agencies are ill prepared to defend cyber networks against even the modestly trained hackers. In other words, anyone with a computer and a complaint against the United States could in fact shut us down at anytime.
The report goes on to say that, workers responsible for the systems have failed to install security patches, update anti-virus software and failed to communicating on secure networks. No one is, or was checking the security of passwords used. One common password found to be used often was the word “Password”. Sleep well tonight everyone.
Despite the clamor, warnings and obvious problems with the nation’s cyber security profile, it appears that nothing is being done about the crisis. The security of the country’s infrastructure and lives of American citizens is on the line (Rein, 2014).
“U.S. intelligence agencies last week urged the administration to check the new health care network for malicious software. All this after learning that developers linked to the Belarus government (a former Soviet Republic that still has close ties to Russia) helped produce the website. This of course also raises fresh concerns about the security of private data posted by millions of Americans”.
The report goes on to say that officials suspect that programmers in Belarus have inserted malicious code that can be used for cyber attacks against the United States (Gertz, 2014).
It seems that every American today is either a target of a terrorist organization or a target because of governmental incompetency or a target by design. It does make one wonder.
How Are You Affected
Stop and think about how much of what you do on a daily basis is controlled by computers, computers that could at anytime fall into the hands of a terrorist organization bent on our destruction.
Trains, planes and many new automobiles are directly controlled or can be directly controlled by a computer. Internet, cells phones and many other types of communication are controlled by computers somewhere. Water treatment plants, food processing facilities, hospitals and police departments all run by computer. Not to mention the military is highly dependent upon computer systems these days.
How many sick or dying people will need to show up at the hospital before someone realizes the computers have been hacked at the local water treatment plant and someone has been poisoned? The point is once you realize it has happened it may be too late.
A nuclear weapon is launched by a rogue nation, our missile defense shield is activated, and we fire a missile to intercept the warhead only to find out that the intercept missile is way off course and has landed in a suburban neighborhood. The ICBM carrying a nuclear warhead cannot be stopped. It is now too late to realize that the computers have been hacked.
You Never Saw the Need to Begin Prepping Before So How About Now
It seems that no matter how we vote or how much we protests to our Senators and Representatives nothing ever seems to change. In today’s world, no one can afford to have those responsible for cyber security falling asleep at the switch. Do politicians not realize they live here too? Any lapse in security will affect them, maybe more so than other groups of people because Washington D.C. is a prime target and may be the first to be struck by a cyber attack.
You have to assume a crisis will strike the United States and based on real world intelligence gathering the next crisis could be a cyber attack. You will not have time to prepare because once you realize it has happened it will be too late.
Gertz, B. (2014, February 04). Retrieved 2014, from http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/02/04/obamacare-network-vulnerable-to-cyber-attack/?intcmp=latestnews
Rein, C. T. (2014, February). Retrieved 2014, from http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/senate-cybersecurity-report-finds-agencies-often-fail-to-take-basic-preventive-measures/2014/02/03/493390c2-8ab6-11e3-833c-33098f9e5267_story.htmlRead Full Article