Nuclear Blast

Surviving a Nuclear Catastrophe

Nuclear bombs release more than one type of destructive energy. First, there is the blast itself, which immediately causes a shockwave and depending on the size bomb and fuel used, it can literally destroy everything within a certain radius. A one-megaton surface blast has a destructive radius (circle) of 1.7 miles. Nothing would be left standing within the circle; buildings would be leveled to their foundations. There would a 100 percent fatality rate within the 1.7-mile radius. Then you have direct nuclear radiation and then thermal radiation.

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What to Do During Civil Unrest in Your City

The first three days after a crisis is relativity calm and it can be called a gracious period where people help others and provide a hand up to the less fortunate. Rules are followed and pilfering supplies or looting a grocery store is far from people’s minds at this point. Survivors are thinking in the back of their mind that the authorities (government) are marshalling troops to provide disaster relief.

The chaos caused by the disaster itself can however, pale in comparison to the turmoil that certain citizens themselves can cause after three days or more. Once people realize their government is ill equipped to handle the situation desperation creeps in. Antagonists and others sense this and begin whipping up crowds with the guise of demanding support from the government when in reality the so-called anarchists simply want to take advantage of the situation. They want to further the notion that government should be abolished, by emphasizing the lack of response thus far. Demonstrations turn into riots.

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Natural Disaster Preparedness

Natural Disaster Preparedness

Recent events have shown that preparedness is crucial for surviving a natural disaster. The most recent super storm that ripped along the Eastern Seaboard of the United States left death and destruction in its wake. Experts stated it was a once in a lifetime occurrence.

Citizens, local governments and the federal government alike were not prepared for the devastation because they used history as a template for future events. Therefore, the “once in a lifetime occurrence” can happen again because you cannot use history as an indication of future events. The storm has also shown that politics and bureaucracy played a role in the reaction time and recovery efforts of the government. The take away from all this is that you as a citizen may very well be on your own for days, weeks or even longer in the event of a natural disaster.

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Home Defense during a Crisis

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A crisis is stressful and emotions will run high. People after only a few days may become desperate and will convince themselves they and their family are starving and may turn against their friends and neighbors. Others will take advantage of the disaster, and begin looting from victims. Politics also plays a role and people will turn to their government for help and then just as quickly turn against the government, blaming bureaucracy and politicians for the crisis. You may encounter riots and demonstrations and once the demonstrators have had their way with city hall, they may turn their anger toward their fellow citizens.

Antagonists will infiltrate demonstrations and emerge as de facto leaders pushing their own agendas. You as a citizen must consider all this during a crisis. You may be confronted with individuals intent on looting or doing you physical harm. Not only do you need emergency essentials such as food and water you need to consider home defense as well. Looters and other criminal elements will be active almost immediately after disaster strikes.

Getting Started

Some people may believe having a firearm is all they need for home defense. A firearm is only a part of your overall security profile. Firearms in the hands of someone who is trained and confident in their abilities can be a deterrent to further action. Just the fact you have a firearm does not mean you know how and when to use one however. Home defense weapons must be chosen carefully. Keep in mind you will be likely operating in the dark in close quarters. You must know how to load and fire your weapon in the dark. The ammunition you use must be chosen carefully as well. In suburban areas, you have to consider round penetration. Heavy caliber rounds can pass through walls and even individuals and cause death and injury to others.

Consider a 12 Gauge pump action shotgun with an 18.5 to 20-inch barrel. Indiscriminate firing at an intruder can be dangerous to anyone in the area. You must learn target discipline and jacking and firing rounds blindly is dangerous because you can miss the target and give the intruder an opportunity to seize your weapon.

Shotguns with barrels between 18.5 and 20 inches are easier to maneuver in tight spaces. You do not want the barrel catching in doorways or dragging along the walls in narrow hallways.

Get to know your weapon by practicing on an approved firing range. For safety and legal issues, it is not recommended you practice in your backyard. For home defense, you must concentrate on loading and target discipline. You will need to be able to load in the dark by feel only.

Your ammunition is important as well. You do not want to cause injuries to others, so round penetration must be considered. Rifled rounds or “slugs” are not recommended for home defense unless you plan to defend a large area outside of the home. Birdshot such as #4 shot will stop an intruder at close range, but the penetration depth is limited, this does however, reduce the possibility of injuries to others to include your family and neighbors. Expect a range of 20 to 25 feet before the pellets spread and become less effective. You can also consider “00” buckshot or #9 buckshot for greater penetration up to 12 inches in some cases. Close quarter combat does not lend itself to aiming so essentially, you are pointing and shooting.

Handguns should also be considered in addition to a shotgun. Once the disaster strikes it is important, you have your weapons within reach. Carry the handgun with you as you inspect your home outside to let potential intruders know you are armed. Some criminals will use a pretext to talk to you and others during the day. They may pose as insurance adjusters or building contractors. If they see you are armed they may decide not to target you. A weapon is of no use to anyone if it is locked up during a crisis. If you have children in the home, you must always put safety first.

Steps You Can Take

Board up windows to prevent forced intrusions. Anything you can do to slow an intruder down will give you time to escape. However, avoid a bunker or siege mentality where you barricade yourself in your home. You will need an escape exit in the event of a fire or other event requiring a quick exit. Have as much illumination at night as possible to let looters know the home is occupied. Remember that you will not have streetlights or artificial illumination if there is a power outage. Once an intruder sees you are prepared and have taken precautions, they may move on to an easier target. It is important that you do what you can to deter criminals.

You must be pro-active when it comes to home defense. You must have the proper training if you have a firearm. The stopping power is not always the rounds in the weapon but the person with the firearm themselves. A trained and confident homeowner with a weapon in their hands is an intruder’s worst nightmare and the fact you are armed and ready may cause an intruder to exit quickly without you having to use your weapon.

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What 5 guns to buy before a potential ban

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The guys at Classic Firearms have a new video out with their recommendations of the five guns you should buy incase of a potential gun ban. To bad they didn’t come out with this video sooner. Certain guns have been sold out across the nation and now ammo is scarce. Certain gun shops are price gouging so if you haven’t gotten one of these guns yet and you come across one I recommend you pick one up.

 5 Guns to buy before a potential ban

 

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Evacuation Route

Stay or Evacuate

Plan to Evacuate

One of the hardest decisions you can make during a disaster is whether to abandon your home. You may feel by evacuating that you are giving up. You want to stay and protect your property and possessions from looters and from further damage. However, your life may be in jeopardy if you stay in some cases. Manmade disasters can create a hostile environment to include airborne contaminates and armed invasions that you simply are not prepared for. You may also encounter demonstrations and riots if you live in an urban environment. Any number of events can cause you to evacuate, and you have to be prepared for the possibility.

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Natural Disasters

Food and Water for Short and Long Term Survival

As many survival experts will tell you, anything can happen to anyone at any time. No crisis should be an unexpected surprise and it will not be if you are prepared. It is never a question of if something will happen the only question is when.

Cyber terrorists can shut down power grids, cause malfunctions at water treatment plants and/or shut down rail and transportation systems. They can do all this once they have breached security protocols. It has happened in the past and it will happen again. Once a disaster of this magnitude strikes, you may very well be on your own for months or even longer. Typically, strikes against a country’s infrastructure are just a prelude to things to come, a softening of the defenses if you will. The citizens of any country where this happens may see years of rebuilding and chaos before life, if ever, is back to the new normal.

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Hypothermia How to Avoid It and Recognize the Symptoms

Hypothermia is a medical condition typically brought on by the body’s exposure to cold temperatures or immersion in cold water. Hypothermia is diagnosed when the body loses heat faster that it can produce heat. Heat conducts from warm to cold, so a body not adequately protected from cold temperatures will conduct body heat into the surrounding air thus chilling the body rapidly. The average body temperature is 98.6ᵒF/37ᵒC and when that temperature drops to 95ᵒF/35ᵒC, the person is in the initial stages of hypothermia. Failure to warm the body once in hypothermia will cause the heart and other organs to work harder and eventually fail resulting in death.

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The Prepper Gift Guide

 

The Prepper Gift Guide

 

‘Tis the season … and, in keeping with our tradition of giving you news you can use during these uncertain times, we now present you with Gifts That Keep on Giving.

Feast your eyes on our selection of powerful tools with a learning curve even a geek could appreciate, as well as some really simple tools for the right brainers among us.

Give the gift of survival, with items that run the gamut from the everyday to the uncommon. You can find it all, from basic staples for the novice or non-prepper to luxury goods for the survivalist who has it all.

 

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Over The Top Gifts!

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Dried Food

Do you have enough food to last a month?

Prерріng fоr а ѕurvіvаl ѕіtuаtіоn іѕn’t аn еxасt ѕсіеnсе. Thе rеаѕоnѕ fоr ѕоmеоnе tо ѕtаrt рrерріng fоr аn еmеrgеnсу ѕіtuаtіоn rаngе frоm nаturаl dіѕаѕtеrѕ lіkе hurrісаnеѕ, tоrnаdоеѕ аnd flооdѕ tо thіngѕ lіkе ѕоlаr flаrеѕ, vоlсаnіс еruрtіоn оr еvеn раndеmіс dіѕеаѕе ѕіtuаtіоnѕ. Sо wіth thаt ѕаіd thеrе іѕ nоt јuѕt аn еxасt fоrmulа fоr hоw muсh оf а fооd ѕuррlу уоu ѕhоuld hаvе іn уоur еmеrgеnсу ѕurvіvаl ѕtосkріlе.

Bеfоrе уоu trу аnd соmе uр wіth аn аmоunt fіrѕt уоu nееd tо сhооѕе whаt ѕоrt оf ѕіtuаtіоn уоu аrе рrерріng fоr. If уоu аrе рrерріng fоr а ѕіtuаtіоn whеrе уоu mіght bе wіthоut роwеr fоr а numbеr оf dауѕ thеn а 72 hоur ѕurvіvаl kіt wоuld рrоbаblу bе fіnе. If уоu thіnk thаt а ѕоlаr flаrе mау tаkе оut thе роwеr grіd, оr аn EMP thаt dіd thе ѕаmе thіng thеn уоu’d рrоbаblу wаnt tо gо wіth аt lеаѕt а 3 mоnth fооd ѕuррlу оr lоngеr.

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