While I am a strong proponent of concealed carry, let’s face it, you are still carrying a deadly weapon. You are taking on a huge responsibility to yourself and the public. Carrying a weapon opens up the opportunity for mistakes, some are just embarrassing, but some can be deadly. Whether you just started carrying or you’ve been doing so for years, this article might help you think about how to be a better citizen.Read Full Article
“ISIS seizes uranium from a lab; experts downplay ‘dirty bomb’ threat” (Chiaramonte, 2014).
Absorb that bit of information over your morning cup. Low-grade, “un-enriched” uranium was seized from a Mosul University science lab inside of Iraq. This particular heist in and of itself is not dangerous as of yet, but the intentions of the group is what should worry everyone. It is the mindset, of the terror group that is troubling, and it shows where their strategies lay. It is real and it is only a matter of time.
It is obvious that terror groups are looking for nuclear material, and when the occasion presents itself, they will steal it. The current situation in the world today is such that more and more opportunities will present themselves, so it is time to sit up and take notice.
Experts are quick to point out that the material is not deadly enough to be an effective dirty bomb, but it is still uranium after all. If not used or deadly enough for a dirty bomb, the material can certainly be used to contaminate food and water sources.
It is a matter of semantics when experts stress it cannot do much damage. What constitutes “much” only 5,000 die from radioactive poisoning versus 10,000 if a dirty bomb is detonated in a heavily populated area?
One of the problems is that everyone except a handful of high-level individuals close to the matter knows how deadly the uranium really is. Essentially the world is taking the word of just a few people that may have an interest in keeping things low keyed. No one wants to be a chicken little running around screaming the sky is falling, but would we be informed even if the sky were falling.
This is not the time to panic however, and start spending hard-earned money on protective gear that you really have no idea whether it works or not. Double-check your preps, because if an area is contaminated you will not be able to stay in that area, so relocation would be necessary for survival. If you have a protective bunker then you may be in it for an extended period.
Threat analysis shows that the threat of a nuclear detonation inside the country is low right now. However, smugglers carrying radioactive material could conceivably enter this country. This could affect you, because when they are caught with the material, your town or neighborhood would be quarantined. You would be forced to leave, and for how long is anybody’s guess. You may also be quarantined inside your own home as well.
The person (s) carrying the material may not know how to handle it, and this may contaminate an area before anyone is aware of it. They could simply leave the material lying on the street in some scenarios, as well, because they were too scared to handle it any longer.
The materials could be smuggled on a train moving through your community or by vehicle, no one knows, and most of us would not likely find out until the damage is done. You have to maintain a state of readiness. Previous articles have not necessarily advocated the need for bugging-out, and if your town was quarantined because radioactive material was discovered, it would not be a typical bugging-out scenario.
Your level of contamination is determined by distance from the material, time exposed to the material and the type of material. You would have to evacuate, and you will need the means to do so. Shelters may become available at some point, if the crisis is an extended one, but shelters could take several days or even weeks before they would be offered. This is something you would need to be prepared for.
Chiaramonte, P. (2014, July 10). Retrieved 2014, from http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/07/10/isis-seized-uranium-compounds-from-lab-experts-downplay-threat/?intcmp=latestnewsRead Full Article
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are approximately 3,500 species of mosquitoes in the world but not all of them bite humans. The Aedes vexans species, which is found in every U.S. state, does feed on humans however, and there are plenty of them. Only the female mosquito bites, and draws blood, which is needed in egg production.
Mosquitoes are able to zero in on humans, because of carbon dioxide. Some people give off more carbon dioxide than others, and thus the reason some people tend to be bitten more. Size does matter, because the larger you are the more you give off, and the greater mass for mosquitoes to target. Movement, heat, and lactic acid in your sweat also attract mosquitoes and other biting flying insects.
Males tend to be bitten more than females and children are bitten less than most adults. The color of clothing does not appear to have any effect one-way or the other as an attractant or deterrent to mosquitoes. Color of clothing can have an effect on bees however.
Steroids and cholesterol secreted through the sweat glands is also an attractant. The body naturally eliminates cholesterol and depending on how efficient the body is, one person may have more on their skin than another.
Naked and afraid with bugs swarming around you like a cloud. Imagine if you were a participant on the reality television show “Naked and Afraid”. Your first line of defense against bugs, which is your clothing, is gone. You cannot concentrate on survival tasks because of the swarms. How do you even begin to protect yourself?
Covering your skin is important and mud works as good as clothing if it is available. Native Americans and others used mud and animal fats/oils on their skins to repel mosquitoes and biting black flies.
Oil and grease can help as well if you happen to be stranded with a motor vehicle nearby. Survival of course, is all about using what you find in your environment, so it is important that you do a zone assessment to identify what may be available.
Smudge fires work well because smoke will help repel insects. Sagebrush and wormwood is especially effective because they are considered an aromatic. Cedar is also effective so toss on a few cedar boughs as well.
Smoky fires while not good for cooking or heat will produce a cloud of smoke that insects simply cannot tolerate. Green pine boughs can be used as well as any non-poisonous green foliage. Green foliage will of course create the most smoke.
Plants in the Wild
Peppermint can often times be found growing wild, because of its invasive nature the plants previously cultivated will continue to populate an area for many years. Most mint varieties once started will essentially take over an area if not contained in pots.
The active ingredient mentha piperita or menthol can help repel insects. Bruise the leaves and rub on your skin. The active ingredient menthol is cooling to the skin. Menthol is used in vapor rubs to open up sinus cavities and to help with other breathing problems. Mint is also a known remedy for stomach ailments.
Peppermint is a hybrid mint. It is a cross between watermint and spearmint. Mint can easily be identified from its smell.
Catnip (Nepeta cataria) has been shown to be a very effective insect repellent. You can rub the bruised leaves directly on the skin or infuse in oil and then rub on. It is not likely you would have a bottle of olive oil sitting around however, so simply grab a handful of leaves, crush and rub on exposed skin and then bunch the stems and leaves to hang in and around your shelter.
In tropical regions, citronella grass (Cymbopogon nardus) is cultivated expressly for repelling insects, in particular mosquitoes. Citronella oil is extracted from the plant and is used in insect repelling candles and other products sold commercially. While not native to many areas of the world citronella grass can be cultivated in certain parts of the country and world as an ornamental grass so it can be found in various places. Bruise the stems of grass, rub on, and then hang the bruised grasses in and around your shelter, and especially near your sleeping area.
Other wild plants known to repel insects include lemon balm, wild bergamot, snowbrush, cedar and sweet fern. There are of course other plants, but the listed ones are the most common and can be found in various places in the country and around the world.
It is important that you have the experience and knowledge to identify plants that can be useful in a wilderness environment. Pictures and descriptions are simply not enough. Pick up a reliable and up to date botany guide and get out into the woods. Nothing is better than field experience, and if you ever get the chance to go out into the field with a plant expert then do so, it may very save your life one day.
Come dressed for the part and be prepared with a few items that can be carried with you. Insect repellent is obviously your first choice. DEET at 30 to 50 percent concentration is recommended because once applied it can provide protection up to 12 hours.
Mosquito netting is also an item that is easily packed or even carried in a pocket if necessary and in tropical regions insect netting is literally a lifesaver. There is the standard netting and then there are hammocks and even small tents with the netting incorporated into them that again can easily be packed.
When using netting ensure you set it up so your body is not in contact with the netting when resting or sleeping. Insects may be able to bite through the net if your body is pressed against it.
You can find netting hats that can be worn throughout the day and night to provide protection. The netting may cause a few blind spots when worn so pay more attention if you are in an area where animal or humans may be a threat.
Clothing, shoes and gear can be treated with Permethrin, which is an insecticide and repellent. Treat the outside of any sleeping gear, backpacks, shoes and outer clothing to repel and kill insects that may come in contact with the items. Make sure you have long sleeved shirts and long pants. Bandannas can be worn to help protect the head and neck as well.
Some people claim that rubbing cider vinegar on the skin will help repel insects. Some also claim that consuming cider vinegar by mixing with water or juices will do the same thing. Whole garlic is also eaten as a deterrent. The theory is that the acid in vinegar will make its way to your sweat glands and the acid will repel insects. The same theory applies to garlic. Baby oil and imitation vanilla is said to reel insects according to some people.Read Full Article
Insects borne diseases can be deadly and now diseases once thought isolated to certain parts of the world are showing up in the United States. Persons infected with diseases once thought to be confined to a certain region of the world can now carry the diseases to the four corners of the world. Mosquitoes transmit diseases by biting an infected person, and then transmit the disease by biting another person (CDC, 2014).
Deadly insect transmitted diseases are no longer confined to remote areas of the world. Infected people can travel anywhere in the world today and spread the disease by being bitten by a mosquito. The mosquito bites a person with the disease and then passes the disease on by biting another person, so the cycle essentially never ends.
Infectious disease experts say conditions are ripe for mosquito borne illness to explode in large swaths of the USA where two mosquito species known to spread certain diseases are in abundance, in particular mosquitoes that can carry chikungunya, which was once thought to be only in the Caribbean. Deaths from the disease are rare, but the pain can be severe and debilitating.
The disease has been reported in Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Nebraska, New York, Nevada, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia (USA Today, 2014).
(N, N-diethyl-M-toluamide [DEET] Insect Repellent
The concentration of DEET determines how long it works to protect against biting insects in particular mosquitoes. Low concentrations of the active ingredient such as those used for children may only work for a few hours whereas at 30 percent, for example, you can expect protection for a number of hours.
DEET is considered one of the most effective insect repellents on the market today. DEET was developed by the United States Army during the 1940’s following the problems soldiers encountered in jungle warfare during World War II. It was introduced for civilian use in 1957.
According to experts, there is no real protection enhancement from 50 percent concentration up to 100 percent. At between 50 and 100 percent you can expect up to 12 hours of protection. At 20-34 percent concentration, expect 3-6 hours of protection.
The CDC recommends between 30 and 50 percent concentration as the most effective concentration to help control the spread of infectious diseases by insects (CDC, 2014).
DEET should be a staple in all emergency bags, survival kits and home emergency kits because insects borne disease are prevalent in virtually all parts of the country today and the world.
Use netting to help control insects as well. Because DEET can be washed off or wear off additional protection may be needed at night and this is especially important for children because parents sometimes fear using DEET on their children but they must be protected nonetheless. Netting along with topical repellents can dramatically reduce the risk of contracting insect borne diseases such as malaria.
Permethrin as an Insect Repellent/Insecticide For Clothing and Gear
The repellent is in the pyrethroid chemical family. Permethrin can be purchased specifically for application to clothing, gear and certain other equipment to repel and kill insects. Permethrin is an insecticide and repellent. Apply the repellent to all outer clothing, shoes, and field gear and sleeping gear as well.
Hang the clothes in a well-ventilated area and then apply, do not apply to clothing you are currently wearing. Follow label directions carefully.
Permethrin is toxic to cats and fish.
Permethrin is poorly absorbed by the skin and is often times used, in different concentrations, as a topical medication to treat scabies, but is considered pharmaceutical grade when used medically, which is regulated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Permethrin is used in public health mosquito abatement programs and on a variety of food and feed crops and on livestock to control insects.
If you purchase the repellent as a general use pesticide/insect repellent for clothing treatment read the directions carefully and never apply to the skin directly. Permethrin will remain on clothing even after repeated washings. It should not be applied directly to the skin or inner clothing, underwear and tee shirts for example.
The dunks are a brand name for a mosquito control product that contains BTI (Bacillus thuringiensis serovar israelensis). Bti is a group of bacteria used as a biological control agent for larvae stages of certain insects.
Bti produces a toxin, which is effective at killing the larvae of mosquitoes, fungus gnats, and black flies. Bti is routinely used to control fungus gnats that can cause edible crop damage. The gnat larva is present in the soil and a liquid solution is used to drench the soil for eradication.
The dunks typically come in a donut shape that is placed whole in standing water, or even moving water that cannot otherwise be removed such as watering tanks for livestock, drainage ditches, birdbaths, ponds and so forth.
The dunks do nothing to control adult mosquito, however. The bacteria can only prevent the larvae from hatching by destroying it. BTI is considered an organic bacterium.
Mosquitoes of course breed in water, and any standing water in a camp setting or around the home will be a hazard to humans due to the rabid breeding of mosquitoes.
It is important during the summer months and all year around in some parts of the country and world that you are pro-active in preventing insect bites to help prevent contracting an infectious disease.
CDC. (2014). Retrieved 2014, from http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/diseases/list_mosquitoborne.htm
USA Today. (2014, June 13). Retrieved 2014, from http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/06/12/mosquitoes-chikungunya-disease-insects/10374773/Read Full Article
Preppers: It Is Going To Take More than Guns and Ammo to Survive
The possibility that a highly contagious and deadly disease, once thought eradicated, is already in this country or will enter this country is high. The assessment also shows the threat of a dirty bomb being detonated somewhere in the country is medium at this point.
Assessment is based on recent activities at the Southern border and continual thefts of transport trucks containing deadly radioactive material in Mexico. The assessment also shows the reaction and handling of the situation by the authorities on both sides of the border has increased the risks.
On average, half dozen thefts of radioactive materials have been reported in Mexico each year. Reports from officials claim the thieves are targeting the transport trucks for the value of the trucks themselves and are not targeting the cargo or even aware of the cargo.
This alarming trend will likely have a direct impact on the people in the United States, so everyone needs to stay informed. What is not being disclosed by authorities on both sides of the border is something to think about as well.
Radioactive waste collected from obsolete radiation therapy equipment that is being replaced throughout Mexico’s public health system is routinely transported to waste facilities. Thieves are targeting the transport trucks because of the loading and unloading equipment in addition to the trucks themselves.
According to officials, the thieves are only after the vehicles. This may be true until the thieves are after the Cobalt-60. “Direct exposure to cobalt-60 could result in death within a few minutes” (FoxNews.com, 2013).
Cobalt-60 is deadly to anyone with 500 yards, and this is before it is loaded into a suitcase full of explosives and blown thousands of yards into the surrounding environment. This means that if someone has possession of Cobalt-60 and opens the container you can be exposed to deadly radiation if you are within 500 yards, 500 yards in any direction.
Next time a shipment is hijacked the thieves may be aware that while the truck itself is valuable the cargo itself is the real payload, and much more valuable. It does not take much imagination to realize that Cobalt-60 may soon be on the auction block and sold to the highest bidder. A bidder bent on the destruction of the United States.
All it takes is someone with some knowledge, and the proper protective equipment to pack the radioactive waste into suitcases with some explosives. Once detonated the so-called dirty bombs would rain death down in a city near you.
Your survival may hinge on your ability to react quickly to the situation. While a dirty bomb will not create an EMP, or spew radioactive fallout for 200 miles, it will cause almost certain death to thousands. There may be more than one dirty bomb detonated as well, in the same area or in cities across the country.
Combine this with the thousands of people streaming across the border while not bringing radioactive waste with them they may be bringing diseases with them once thought eradicated. You cannot fight this with guns and ammo. You survive it by planning, and being ready to react to protect yourself.
It is obvious that the Southern borders are relatively wide open, so how much effort would it take to smuggle a container of radioactive material into the United States. Of course, there may already be a container of stolen radioactive material in the United States. It is time to pay attention and step it up.
Maybe It is Time to Step up Your Preps
You cannot fight deadly bacteria, viruses and contaminated medical waste with firearms. You fight it by isolation. You need physical barriers, knowledge, materials and other vital supplies along with the ability to think calmly.
Unfortunately, like an iceberg we only see a portion of what is really going on. We see the tip and often times this is only what the government wants us to see. What is lurking underneath that we cannot see, if we cannot see the danger can we be prepared to react to it.
The government obviously keeps things from its citizens. They do this for various reasons, and one reason is to prevent panic that would lead to demonstrations and riots that would lead to mass chaos. None of us really knows the full extent of the dangers lurking out there.
Not many people can run out and afford to buy protective suits and masks. You would have to be in your protective posture before detonation or direct exposure to radiation however, so they may not do you much good in some cases. This would mean you would have to know when and where a dirty bomb would explode and of course, you will not have this information.
If you are too close to a dirty bomb when it goes off, you die, and if you are far enough away, you can react and put distance between you and the threat. You may need suits and other protective gear in some cases, but to survive you will have to create distance and/or barriers.
Some will not survive but those that do will have to react quickly once word of a pandemic or release or radioactive material is known.
Underground is probably the best protection, unless you have access to facilities specifically designed for protection against the specific threats. Not many will have access to secure facilities so underground is the only choice.
Bunkers with air scrubbers would be ideal but even your basement that is below ground level will help protect you against radiation, any barrier affords a certain level of protection.
Ten feet of earth will certainly protect you, even five feet if that is all you can manage, is better than not having any barrier at all. Airborne contaminates like viruses and bacteria must be dealt with as well, and once again underground is ideal.
You will of course need respirators that will stop or help to stop certain viruses and bacteria from entering your body. Protection is all about barriers between you and the threat.
Certain preppers imagine themselves roaming the area searching and foraging when the SHTF However, with the most likely threats at this moment being ones you cannot see then roaming the streets and lanes is not what you should be preparing to do.
You can expect to be isolated for long periods, so you must prepare accordingly. You may not be able to hunt or fish if deadly bacteria, viruses and radioactive material are present in your area. You will have to isolate yourself to the point where there may not be contact with others for an extended period.
You should assume that you could not collect, filter or purify a water source so you will need enough stockpiled. This means you up your preps on everything. Some preppers assume they can gather certain items such as food and water during a crisis. In some cases, during some threats, you may not be able to, so you have to prepare for this.
FoxNews.com. (2013). Retrieved 2014, from http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/12/04/stolen-radioactive-material-found-in-mexico/Read Full Article
Criminals don’t expect you to be prepared. Sure, a home alarm system may scare off the average burglar, but what happens if the police are no longer around to respond? Understanding the dynamics of property protection is the first step to keeping family and valuables safe in SHTF.
You will be the responder, but first you must give yourself the upper hand; enough time to respond. Learn how to tip the scales of home defense in your favor with this excellent article from our good friends over at the Tin Hat Ranch.
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Preppers: The Power Grid Is Down but the Chores Continue
The devil is always in the details, and the simplest of things can become monumental tasks if you have not prepared for them.
Take washing dishes for example. You will need a plan in place for washing dishes and you may not be able to wash them inside your home for any number of reasons. You will of course need a cleaning solution, dishcloths, steel wool, sponges that have an abrasive side and dishpans.Read Full Article
Described as silver particles suspended in liquid, Colloidal Silver (CS) is considered by some people to be an alternative to prescription antibiotics that require a doctor’s prescription. The claim is that CS can destroy certain strains of bacteria that have developed immunity to conventional antibiotics.
This article is merely providing information that is relatively common knowledge in some respects, along with some conjecture as far as the benefits of Colloidal Silver. This article is not an endorsement of Colloidal Silver nor is it attempting to deny claims of its effectiveness. The information is presented so you can begin your own research so you can decide on your own.
The information provided is not to be considered medical advice, always seek the counsel of a certified and respected medical professional before consuming any product that claims to cure certain diseases.
Experts have determined that CS can in fact destroy certain bacterium in vitro, which is Latin for in glass, in other words, in a laboratory out of the typical environment in which CS would be administered. The results from testing CS in a “test tube” of course are different than testing it on humans.Read Full Article
All you wanted was a few relaxing days away on a nice vacation. Unfortunately, when you got home, your house was ransacked, your guns are gone, and your SHTF silver left no trace. You’ve been burglarized. It can happen to anyone, but if you’d have taken a few simple steps, you might have deterred the thief to move on to another target. The steps outlined in this article don’t guarantee you will never be robbed, but they increase the chances. Check out:Read Full Article
Mylar is a trade name for a material called BoPet. It is a polyester film first developed in the 1950’s by DuPont and first used by NASA.
Mylar is “Biaxially oriented polyethylene terephthalate” or BoPet, which is a polyester film made from stretched polyethylene terephthalate.
Mylar has a high tinsel strength and its oxygen, moisture, gases, odor and light barrier make it ideal for long-term food storage. Light, certain gases, moisture, and oxygen will reduce the shelf life of non-perishable foods.Read Full Article