- What To Expect After A Major Disaster
- Active Shooter
- Economic Collapse
- Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP)
- Heat Wave
- Nuclear Accident / Terrorism
- Personal Assault
- Riots & Civil Unrest
- Winter Storm
- Zombie Apocalypse
What To Expect After A Major Disaster:
In the aftermath of a major disaster the unprepared general population will be anxious and panicked. There may be mass casualties. Utilities will be down. There will be no electricity, fresh water, garbage collection, or communications. Survivors may be confused, panicked, sick, injured, thirsty, hungry, hot, cold, and alone in the dark. Groups may be desperately hunting for what they need to survive and may try to steal whatever precious supplies you may have. There will be no rescue, law enforcement, or medical resources to help you. If from the beginning of your planning you understand that you will be on your own after a major disaster, then you won’t be in for any surprises after it happens.
Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP):
Definition of Electromagnetic Pulse:
An electromagnetic pulse, also sometimes called a transient electromagnetic disturbance, is a short burst of electromagnetic energy.
Must Read Books:
- Electromagnetic Pulse Wiki
- EMP Safeguard
- Secure The Grid — EMP: Technology’s Worst Nightmare
- Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) The New Reality in Asymmetric Warfare
- Graywolf Survival’s How To Survive An EMP – Part 1: What is an EMP?
- How To Survive An EMP/CME – Part 2: Life After the Pulse
- How To Survive An EMP/CME – Part 3: How To Prepare
How To Build A Faraday Cage:
The following video uses handheld GMRS radios to test out the RF blocking capabilities of anti-static bags. The results of the test show that while it may take as many and three layered bags to block the signal from a GMRS radio, one bag should be plenty to block the much weaker signal from an EMP attack.
The following video uses a spectrum analyzer to test the radio frequency (RF) blocking capabilities of metal trashcans and anti-static bags. Lessons learned: seal your trashcans with metal duct tape, and if you are going to use anti-static bags then the video host recommends Dri-Shield 2000, 3000, or 3400. The 3400 bags performed the best and blocked the most RF energy. Avoid the Dri-Shield 2700 bags.
Vehicle Hardening Against EMP:
- Listen to your local weather forecasters and keep an ear out for terms like Excessive Heat Watch, Excessive Heat Warning and Heat Advisory.
- Always be aware of the temperature and the heat index. The heat index is a measure of how hot it really feels when relative humidity is factored in with the actual air temperature. Remember, exposure to direct sunlight can increase the heat index by as much as 15° F! You can determine the heat index by using this handy calculator.
- Build a disaster supply kit and make a family plan.
- If installing window air conditioners, install them snugly and insulate if necessary.
- Check air-conditioning ducts for proper insulation.
- Install temporary window reflectors (for use between windows and drapes), such as aluminum foil-covered cardboard, to reflect heat back outside.
- Weather-strip doors and sills to keep cool air in.
- Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades, awnings, or louvers. Outdoor awnings or louvers can reduce the heat that enters a home by up to 80 percent.
- Keep storm windows up all year.
- Know those in your neighborhood who are elderly, young, or in poor health – they are more likely to become victims of excessive heat and may need help.
- Be aware that people living in urban areas may be at greater risk from the effects of a prolonged heat wave than are people living in rural areas.
- Get trained in first aid to learn how to treat heat-related emergencies.
During The Heat Wave:
- Listen to an NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Weather Radio for critical updates from the National Weather Service (NWS).
- Never leave children or pets alone in enclosed vehicles.
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.
- Eat small meals and eat more often.
- Avoid extreme temperature changes.
- Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.
- Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.
- Postpone outdoor games and activities.
- Use a buddy system when working in excessive heat.
- Take frequent breaks if you must work outdoors.
- Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.
- Check on your animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat.
Nuclear Accident / Terrorism:
Riots & Civil Unrest:
Societies have always run on these rules:
- The strongest get what they want before the weakest.
- Men have always subjugated other men in one fashion or another.
- The people with the money and wealth make the rules.
- The people who have weapons enforce the rules.
This past week, ISIS, the terrorist tumor growing in the Middle East, stole 40 Kilograms of Uranium from a research facility in Iraq. While the Uranium that was stolen is low level and could never be made into a device that could sustain a nuclear explosion, it is dangerous nonetheless. First of all, it isn’t enough Uranium to refine into weapons grade material, second, the people who stole it are…unsophisticated. What they are good at, however, is making things go boom. Attaching a rather large explosive device to a canister of Uranium will disperse the materials pretty well.
If a dirty bomb were to be detonated in your area of operations I can guarantee one thing, panic. But you, dear reader, will not be panicking because you read this post. Understanding the dynamics in any survival situation goes a long way towards survival. If you follow these tips you will be certain to walk away from the situation unscathed.
The first thing to understand is your danger is not immediate, but long term. That won’t stop the zombie masses from fleeing the area. I would venture to say that the chances of being injured or killed as a byproduct of the panic will be far higher than sheltering in place..for now.
Your primary danger will be from ingesting nuclear materials. The materials in a dirty bomb are most likely to be the type that emit alpha and beta particles. Alpha particles are stopped by your skin, and beta, the walls of you shelter. Breathing a particle into your lungs, or eating a particle will concentrate the radiation in one area, increasing your risks for cancer. Closing windows and turning off heating/air conditioning will lessen the influx of any particles into your shelter. Remember, the primary dangers from a dirty bomb are breathing in the contaminated materials or eating contaminated food.
While waiting for the panicking masses to settle down, you will need to drink water and eat food. ALL food and water in sealed containers will be safe to consume. Sealed containers are the key. This is very easy to understand, the only way you will ingest a radioactive particle is if it mixes with the food or water you are consuming. If consumed directly from a sealed container, this is impossible. Food WILL NOT “become” radioactive.
The two best items to have laying around for this type of emergency are plastic painters tarps and duct tape. If it looks like you will be sheltering in place for a while, either cover windows and doors with the plastic, or make a “clean room” inside your shelter. The plastic forms a barrier between you and the particles.
Since the dangers are long term, you will ultimately have to leave. Exposure over time can greatly increase your risks of cancer. Even so, you still do not want to breath in or eat a hot particle. When you decide it is time to evacuate, wear long sleeves, long pants, gloves (taping the seams with duct tape if possible), and most importantly, a way to filter the air you are breathing. The particles will be rather large, so a gas mask will guarantee you don’t breath them in, but an N95 repsirator will do the same and even a T-shirt or handkerchief will work in a pinch.