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Resource Of The Week: The Great Northern Prepper’s ‘Prepper Resources’ Page

I recently stumbled on a preparedness blog- The Great Northern Prepper, “Where Preparedness is a state of mind as well as a style of life”- by ex-Marine and security contractor Richard Morgan.

The Alaska native has amassed a large number of prepping resrouces (in .pdf format) on his aptly-named “Prepper Resouces” page.

“Over 570 and counting!” according to Morgan.

The resources fall under the following categories:

-General Preparedness
-Homesteading
-Wilderness Survival
-Food Preps
-Water
-First Aid/Medical
-NBC- (Nuclear, Biological, Chemical)
-EMP
-Military Field Manuals
-Prepper Tech
-Gardening (lots here)
-Building Plans (tons here)
-Work Magazine
-Natural Disaster Preparedness

I took a look at a few of these .pdf files, and most were teriffic.

Anyone looking to populate a flash drive or other storage device with freely-available prepper resources in an electronic format might want to start here on The Great Northern Prepper blog.

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

(Editor’s note: Link added to “Resources” page)

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Resource Of The Week: PrepperShowsUSA

One last thing about prepper conventions/expos before I call it a week.

What’s a good way of finding one?

I spotted a comprehensive, regularly-updated list of them on a website entitled PrepperShowsUSA (PrepperShowsUSA.com), “Your Headquarters for Prepper, Survivalist and Self-Reliance Shows.”

From that website’s home page:

PrepperShowsUSA is the #1 resource for survivalist shows, self-reliance shows, and prepper shows across the United States. Find complete and accurate information about 2014 prepper show dates/schedules, show locations, venues, ticket pricing, promoter and exhibitor information and much more…

The site does provide a good deal of information for each event. For example, when one brings up the P4P Expo scheduled to take place in Pomona, California, from June 21 to 22, viewers are given a description of the exposition:

At the P4P Expo, families can explore self-reliance, enjoy numerous seminars and demonstrations, learn survival skills, and find the newest products, supplies and resources needed to sustain and protect your family in the event of a natural or man-made disaster…

Along with a website address and plenty of contact information.

For those not wanting to keep checking the website for new events, there’s a “Newsletter & Alerts” section where one can sign up and be sent updates on upcoming shows.

(Editor’s note: I tried the sign-up feature earlier today, but don’t think I was successfully registered. Truth be told, my laptop has been incredibly batty this week and it could just be me.)

For those putting together one of these events, PrepperShowsUSA will allow organizers to submit and list them for free.

Been wanting to attend a prepper/survivalist convention or expo? Find one that appeals to you over at the PrepperShowsUSA website here.

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

(Editor’s note: Link added to “Resources” page)

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Resource Of The Week: StartPage Private Search Engine

I don’t know about you, but I’m incredibly concerned about privacy going extinct in America.

Not that I engage in any criminal activity. I just tend to be a private person by nature.

And I think anything that can be done to reinforce and strengthen whatever privacy citizens still have left in the United States is a terrific thing.

Now let me take a selflie.

Enter StartPage, billed as “the world’s most private search engine.”

From their “About” page:

StartPage protects your privacy!

StartPage does not collect or share any personal information!

StartPage offers you Web results from Google- the world’s most popular search engine.

When you search with StartPage the Web results are generated by Google. This offers you the search results and search features you may have grown accustomed to.

A Unique Combination

On StartPage the privacy of Ixquick is combined with the Web search results from Google. The combination of these two features is what makes StartPage so special.

You can continue using the Web results from the world’s most popular search engine but now under the privacy protection of Ixquick, the world’s most private search engine…

At the bottom of the search engine’s home page there’s a box proclaiming:

Take a deep breath. You’re safe here.

Click here to learn the top 10 ways StartPage protects your privacy.

The “top 10 ways” include:

1. StartPage doesn’t store your IP address, use tracking cookies, or make a record of your searches…

2. StartPage protects you from NSA surveillance and spying…

3. StartPage gives you 100% real Google results in complete privacy…

4. StartPage is a Dutch company, so it is not under US jurisdiction…

5. StartPage offers a free proxy with every search…

6. StartPage is third-party certified for privacy…

7. StartPage has been doing privacy longer than anyone else – since way before privacy was “cool”…

8. When it comes to security, StartPage runs the tightest ship on the Internet…

9. StartPage breaks you free of the search engine “Filter Bubble”…

10. By using StartPage, you send a powerful pro-privacy message in the marketplace…

I’ve been using StartPage for a while now ever since my girlfriend introduced it to me some time back. It’s very good.

The only issue I have with the search engine is that it doesn’t seem to bring up as many results as Google does.

Still, it’s a lot more private.

Give StartPage a try here.

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

(Editor’s note: Link added to “Resources” page)

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Is Pepper Spray Legal In Cook County, Illinois?

Right before Halloween, I blogged about the legality of pepper spray- or Oleoresin Capsicum (OC) spray as law enforcement/corrections commonly call it- in the city of Chicago, Illinois. I concluded:

So is pepper (OC) spray legal in Chicago? From what the material above says, I would think it is, as long as the spray is used in self-defense and in compliance with what’s stated in the Municipal Code of Chicago, and not in a threatening manner.

Okay. But how about the rest of Cook County, Illinois?

I couldn’t find anything in the Cook County Code of Ordinances that designates pepper spray as illegal. However, similar to what’s stated in the Municipal Code of Chicago, there’s this in Part I, “General Ordinances,” under Chapter 58, “Offenses And Miscellaneous Provisions,” Article VI, “Offenses Against The Public Peace”:

Sec. 58-172. Disorderly conduct.

(a) It shall be unlawful for any person to commit disorderly conduct. A person commits disorderly conduct when he knowingly…

(6) Carries in a threatening or menacing manner, without authority of law, any razor, knife, stiletto, blackjack, bludgeon, metal knuckles, slingshot, any knife, the blade of which is released by a spring mechanism, including knives known as “switch-blades”, undetectable knives as defined in Section 58-176 of this Code, an object containing noxious or deleterious liquid, gas or substance or other weapon, or conceals said weapon on or about the person or vehicle.

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

Punch in “pepper spray noxious” in a search engine query and the results show the term “noxious” has been used to describe pepper spray. The key here is not to “carry” the pepper spray in a “threatening or menacing manner.”

Otherwise, I would think pepper (OC) spray is legal in Cook County, Illinois, as long as it’s used in self-defense and complies with what’s stated in the Cook County Code of Ordinances.

Still, I would check local (municipal) laws to verify its legality in a particular jurisdiction.

You can read that part about noxious/deleterious liquids in the Cook County Code of Ordinances here.

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

(Editor’s note: Information added to “Resources” page)

(Legal disclaimer: This post is for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact an attorney to obtain such advice.)

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Resource Of The Week: Slickguns.com

Any readers looking to buy a firearm, ammunition, or related product during the holiday season? Sometime in the near future perhaps?

This Friday’s “Resource Of The Week” is Slickguns.com, “Best deals on guns and ammo posted by users.” From their website:

This is an index of best deals on guns and ammo posted by users like you. We do not sell any of the products listed on our website. Deals are posted by us and our visitors throughout the day.


“Slickguns Discovery”
YouTube Video

Categories of deals are listed across the top of the home page and include:

-All Deals
-Black Friday (at least for now)
-CA Legal
-Handguns
-Rifles
-Shotguns
-Ammo
-Reloading
-Knives
-Accessories

Additionally, there’s a Coupons, News, and Forum section, as well as a query tool if you’re looking to score a discount on a particular item you have in mind.

Slickguns.com is incredibly easy to use. Click on a deal and you are taken to the Slickguns description page for the item(s), which includes information, photos, price comparisons, comments, and the all-important “Go To Store” button.

That’s it!

Best of luck finding a great deal on that gun-related item you’ve been looking to purchase.

Slickguns.com

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

(Editor’s note: Link added to “Resources” page)

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In Print: SAS Survival Handbook

I can’t believe it’s been almost two-and-a-half years since I last published a book review post.

Where does the time go, right?

Now, I recently got the chance to read John “Lofty” Wiseman’s SAS Survival Handbook. I picked this book to restart my “In Print” series because I’m in the process of adding survival-related texts to my home library. Prior to this purchase, the closest thing I had to it subject-wise was my trusty old Official Boy Scout Handbook from 1983.

There are a number of survival manuals out there, including the U.S. Army Survival Handbook, the U.S. Air Force Survival Handbook, and others. There were some pretty impressive reviews floating around out there on this SAS book, so I decided to pick up the 2009 revised edition of the text. From the back cover:

FOR ANY CLIMATE, IN ANY SITUATION

Newly updated to reflect the latest in survival knowledge and technology, the internationally bestselling SAS Survival Handbook is the definitive resource for all campers, hikers, and outdoor adventurers. From basic campcraft and navigation to fear management and strategies for coping with any type of disaster, this complete course includes:

BEING PREPARED: Understanding basic survival needs and preparing essentials, such as a pocket survival kit.

MAKING CAMP: Finding the best location, constructing the appropriate shelter, organizing camp, and creating tools.

FOOD: What to eat, what to avoid, where to find it, and how to prepare it.

FIRST AID: A comprehensive course in emergency/wilderness medicine, including how to maximize survival in any climate or when injured.

DISASTER SURVIVAL: How to react in the face of increasingly frequent natural disasters and hostile situations—and how to survive at home if all services and supplies are cut off.

So who is John “Lofty” Wiseman? According to the back cover:

Wiseman served in the British Special Air Service (SAS) for twenty-six years. The SAS Survival Handbook is based on the training techniques of this world-famous elite fighting force.

A clearer picture of who the author is and what kind of survival knowledge he brings to the table with him in this handbook is found on the website of the Trueways Survival School, with whom Wiseman is an instructor. From that site:

John “Lofty” Wiseman joined the Parachute Regiment in 1958. He applied for service with the Special Air Service Regiment in 1959 and set a record as the youngest person ever to pass selection at the age of 18. John served with 22 SAS for 26 years (and, as he likes to point out, 55 days)! He saw active service worldwide, in every theatre of operations and special operations required of the British Army between 1959 and 1985. Amongst other things, John was Sergeant Major, B Squadron (Sabre Sqn) 22 SAS, Sergeant Major 22 SAS Training Wing, Head of Operational Research 22 SAS, set up the SP Team (Counter Hi-Jack), set up the SAS Counter-Terrorist Team (you know…those chaps who ended the Iranian Embassy siege) and trained the first members of the US Green Berets to return to the USA to form the famous Delta Force (US Special Forces). John also ran the famed SAS Selection Course, deciding who was fit to join the Regiment. By the time he retired from active service in 1985, he was held in such high esteem that it could be said of him, to directly quote the Commanding Officer of 22 SAS at the time, “Lofty is a legend in this Regiment”.

In addition, John ran the Survival Training School for 22 SAS at Hereford, specialising in all aspects of survival training (land, sea, jungle, desert, arctic, mountains – wherever a special forces soldier or civilian might find themselves). After retiring from 22 Special Air Service Regiment, John set up the Survival School at Hereford. John has trained survival instructors and consultants, expedition members, overseas survival training specialists, military and civilian.

Really impressive stuff.

Onto the 576-page book. It’s broken down into the following chapters:

Introduction
1. Essentials
2. Strategy
3. Climate & Terrain
4. Food
5. Camp Craft
6. Reading The Signs
7. On The Move
8. Health
9. Survival At Sea
10. Rescue
11. Disasters
Postscript
Index

In the introduction, Wiseman lays out a solid foundation for understanding survival from which readers are to work from. He says:

Survival depends upon applying basic principles and adapting them to the circumstances. These basic principles form an essential pyramid of learning for the survivor.

Think of a pyramid divided into three layers (largest one being the base, smallest being the tip), where the bottom-most layer is the “Will to live,” the middle being “Knowledge,” and the top-most layer is “Kit.”

In the next chapter, entitled “Essentials,” the former SAS survival instructor points out:

Survival is the art of staying alive. Any equipment you have must be considered a bonus.

Wiseman adds:

The main elements of survival are Food, Fire, Shelter, Water, Navigation and Medicine. To put these in order of priority we use the acronym PLAN. No matter where you are in the world this will never change be it in the Arctic, desert, jungle, sea or seashore.

PLAN stands for (P)rotection from further danger/elements, (L)ocation in terms of alerting rescuers to your position, (A)cquisition of food and water while waiting to be rescued, and (N)avigation where “good navigation will keep you en route and will often avert a survival situation.”

I just love when someone with so much knowledge about a subject can break things down and keep it simple for the rest of us.

The chapter goes on to talk about the “essentials” for survival- being prepared, research, planning, equipment, and the unexpected. It also goes into great detail about survival kits (“a few key items” stored in a tin), the “survival pouch” (“too large to carry in your pocket like your survival tin but kept where it can be grabbed quickly in an emergency”), and knives, before finishing up with a discussion about facing disaster, water, and salt.

The Intro and “Essentials” chapters serve as the launching point for the rest of the handbook, so readers are best served understanding what Wiseman is trying to get across in this section, practicing it, and putting together/acquiring the items he prescribes, especially if the text is being used as a “complete course” as mentioned on the back cover.

The remainder of the SAS Survival Handbook is chock-full of “how-to” information covering those topics broken down above. The accompanying illustrations are both color and black-and-white, and are detailed adequately enough.

I found Chapter 11, “Disasters,” particularly interesting. Drought, fire, chemical and biological warfare, gases and chemicals, flood, hurricane, tornado, lightning, earthquake, volcano, and nuclear explosion are covered, in addition to something called “Home Front.” Wiseman writes in the chapter intro:

Home front faces the problems of coping with survival on your own doorstep if the services and supplies on which we normally depend are cut off.

Wiseman reminds us:

You do not have to be miles away from civilization to be caught in a survival situation. Natural disaster, civil disturbance or military action could cut you off from all the usual services and food supplies. Until they can be re-established, you would be left to manage on your own resources and skills.

The former SAS survival instructor goes on to talk about food stores, priorities, water, fire, food, shelter, and hygiene in such a scenario.

In summary, I really liked this latest edition of the SAS Survival Handbook. Granted, I’m not a survival expert whose knowledgeable enough to point out any shortfalls tucked away in the nearly 600 pages of text and illustrations, nor do I really have anything else to compare it to (unless you count that Official Boy Scout Handbook, in which case, it’s the BSA handbook on steroids). But I do know this. The SAS book has tons and tons of information that I, personally, would want on-tap in case TSHTF. Not only is John “Lofty” Wiseman’s survival reference book a welcome addition to my home library, but I’m thinking about getting the 384-page pocket-size SAS Survival Guide by Wiseman to review as well with an eye towards throwing it in my future bug-out bag that I’ll be putting together down the road as part of my “Project Prepper” series of posts.

The SAS Survival Handbook is available for purchase on the Barnes & Noble website hereicon (all orders for eligible items amounting to $25 or more still qualify for free shipping within the U.S.). Please note by clicking on the link and making a purchase I receive a commission on the sale.

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

(Editor’s note: Title added to “Resources” page)

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Resource Of The Week: HealthMap

“The world needs to be prepared for ‘unpredictable pandemics’ from viruses making the leap from animals to people, scientists in Taiwan say.

Their warning follows the first reported case of a common bird flu, H6N1, being detected in a woman, earlier this year.

The patient recovered and no other cases have been detected.

But the Lancet Respiratory Medicine report said “intensive” monitoring of bird flu was needed…”

-BBC News website, November 14, 2013

It’s been some time since I published a “Resource Of The Week.”

I apologize for that.

You may recall that the last couple of ROTW posts had to do with the monitoring of potential threats. First, there was the TESIS Geomagnetic Activity Forecast (I now find myself stopping by here every couple of days). Next, there was the National Hurricane Center website. Most recently, there was NOAA’s National Weather Service Tsunami Warning Center websites.

Tonight, I want to talk about another monitoring resource.

Enter HealthMap. From their website:

HealthMap, a team of researchers, epidemiologists and software developers at Boston Children’s Hospital founded in 2006, is an established global leader in utilizing online informal sources for disease outbreak monitoring and real-time surveillance of emerging public health threats. The freely available Web site ‘healthmap.org’ and mobile app ‘Outbreaks Near Me’ deliver real-time intelligence on a broad range of emerging infectious diseases for a diverse audience including libraries, local health departments, governments, and international travelers. HealthMap brings together disparate data sources, including online news aggregators, eyewitness reports, expert-curated discussions and validated official reports, to achieve a unified and comprehensive view of the current global state of infectious diseases and their effect on human and animal health. Through an automated process, updating 24/7/365, the system monitors, organizes, integrates, filters, visualizes and disseminates online information about emerging diseases in nine languages, facilitating early detection of global public health threats.

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

Playing around a bit with it tonight, HealthMap looks to be a promising tool for monitoring emerging public health dangers. Especially as it has an alert capability. From the “Mobile” area of the website:

Outbreaks Near Me

With HealthMap’s Outbreaks Near Me application, you have all of HealthMap’s latest real-time disease outbreak information at your fingertips. Open the app and see all current outbreaks in your neighborhood, including news about H1N1 influenza (“swine flu”). Search and browse outbreak reports on the interactive map, and set up the app to alert you with a notice automatically whenever an outbreak is occurring in your area. If you know of an outbreak not yet on the map, be the first to report it using the app’s unique outbreak reporting feature. You will be credited and your report will be featured on the website.

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

When it comes to a pandemic, it’s always nice to have the skinny on the developing event in case you need to get some last-minute preps for you and your loved ones. HealthMap might be an effective early-warning system in this respect.

Check it out here.

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

(Editor’s note: Link added to “Resources” page)

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Resource Of The Week: NOAA’s National Weather Service Tsunami Warning Center Websites

Two weeks ago, my “Resource Of The Week” focused on the forecasting and warning of Sun-induced geomagnetic storms on Earth.

Last week’s ROTW focused on predicting and warning of U.S.-bound tropical storms and hurricanes.

This week’s “Resource Of The Week” serves to warn of large sea waves caused by earthquakes, landslides, or other disturbances under the ocean.

That’s right- tsunamis.

Do you live and/or work along a coastline and don’t think these giant waves pose a threat to you or your livelihood? Consider what Charles Choi reported on the LiveScience website Thursday evening about what six independent teams of scientists recently concluded about a potential tsunami hitting California:

The fearsome aftermath of a tsunami striking California might cost at least $3.4 billion to repair…

The greatest economic impact to California from tsunamis comes from damage to ports, harbors and other coastal properties. For instance, such a tsunami could damage or sink a third of all the boats in California marinas and damage or destroy two-thirds of the docks. Altogether, repairing California marinas, coastal properties, and the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach might cost about $3.4 billion, researchers estimated.

About 250,000 people live in the zones most inundated by the scenario and would likely have to be evacuated.

And if the deadly wave struck during the summer, “millions” of tourists might also be added to the mix, according to the researchers.

Keep in mind this is just California that’s being talked about here.

Enter the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. And the West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center. Both of which come under the National Weather Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Huh?

NOAA’s two Tsunami Warning Centers (PTWC and WC/ATWC) have separate areas of responsibility. The PTWC “provides warnings for Pacific basin teletsunamis (tsunamis that can cause damage far away from their source) to almost every country around the Pacific rim and to most of the Pacific island states.” It also provides warnings for the Caribbean Seas.

On the other hand, the WC/ATWC “provides tsunami warning, advisory, watch, and information messages to Canada, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and all U.S. coastal states, with the exception of Hawaii.”

On October 1, the West Coast/Alaska Tsunami Warning Center will see its name changed to the National Tsunami Warning Center.

Anyway, a quick look at each of their websites show no current warnings, watches, or advisories in effect right now for their respective areas of responsibility.

Each easy-to-navigate site provides visitors with an informational banner of the latest tsunami warning/watches/advisories on top of an interactive satellite map of the areas of the world they cover.

While the websites are helpful, those individuals living in tsunami-threatened areas would probably want to be alerted immediately about an incoming wave. Information on how to subscribe to messages from the PTWC can be found on their website here and on the WC/ATWC site here.

I know if I lived and/or worked in an area threatened by tsunamis, I would want to be well-informed of these dangerous events. Both the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center and West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center websites are invaluable resources in this respect.

You can visit the PTWC here and the WC/ATWC here on the Internet.

By Christopher E. Hill, Editor
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

Source:

Choi, Charles Q. “California Tsunami Would Have Costly Aftermath.” LiveScience. 5 Sep. 2013. (http://www.livescience.com/39454-california-tsunami-costly-aftermath.html). 7 Sep. 2013.

(Editor’s note: Links added to “Resources” page)

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Resource Of The Week: National Hurricane Center Website

Last week’s “Resource Of The Week” focused on forecasting severe space weather- particularly, Sun-induced geomagnetic storms

For this week’s ROTW post, I’ve decided to focus on predicting turbulent weather back here on Earth- namely, tropical storms and hurricanes.

Enter the National Hurricane Center, which is part of the National Weather Service (NWS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

From the Center’s Facebook page:

The National Hurricane Center mission is to save lives, mitigate property loss, and improve economic efficiency by issuing the best watches, warnings, forecasts and analyses of hazardous tropical weather, and by increasing understanding of these hazards through global outreach…

The National Hurricane Center’s Hurricane Specialist Unit issues forecasts and warnings on tropical cyclones, and maintains a continuous watch on areas of disturbed weather that have the potential to develop into a tropical cyclone within the North Atlantic and eastern North Pacific Ocean basins. The NHC’s Tropical Analysis and Forecast Branch generates analyses and forecasts of weather over the tropical Atlantic and eastern North Pacific Ocean basins year-round.

Founded back in 1870, I’ve been visiting the Miami, Florida-based National Hurricane Center website for a number of years now. Ever since Hurrciane Katrina, come to think of it.

On the site, you will find:

-News of the day/past news
-Maps tracking Atlantic and Eastern Pacific tropical cyclone activity (first thing I look at to give me a good idea of what’s going on off each our coasts)
-Atlantic/Caribbean Sea/Gulf of Mexico and Eastern Pacific tropical weather outlooks
-Hurricane preparedness info
-Additional resources

Looking at the Atlantic tropical cyclone activity map real early Saturday morning, there’s two potential cyclones (one with low, one with medium probability of forming) heading west into the Atlantic Ocean out of Africa.

Something tells me the Atlantic hurricane season is going to get quite a bit busier than it has been this year.

But, rather than wait for me to blog about it, keep a tab on the action (or lack thereof) yourself by visiting the National Hurricane Center website here.

(Editor’s note: Link added to “Resources” page)

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Resource Of The Week- TESIS Geomagnetic Activity Forecast

You may recall that I blogged the other day about a geomagnetic storm heading in the direction of Earth.

Well, I didn’t know that the Sun fired off another solar storm at our planet Wednesday until this morning.

From Tariq Malik, managing editor of SPACE.com, Thursday evening:

The sun fired off an intense solar storm at Earth Wednesday (Aug. 21) — the second in two days — hurtling billions of tons of charged particles at our planet…

The solar eruption, called a coronal mass ejection, occurred yesterday at 1:24 a.m. EDT (0524 GMT) and sent charged particles streaking outward at 380 miles per second. That’s just over 1.3 million mph (2.2 million km/h). The solar fallout from the sun storm is expected to reach Earth within the next three days.

According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, this storm shouldn’t pose a threat to humans on Earth.

Late this afternoon, I thought to myself, “I wonder if there’s some resource out there that tracks severe space weather and attempts to forecast the resulting geomagnetic storms affecting Earth?”

Why would I be interested in something like that?

Back on August 16, 2011, I blogged about the potential consequences of a wicked solar storm. According to one estimate, a severe one could cause $1 trillion to $2 trillion in losses the first year, and take 4 to 10 years to fully recover from.

Personally, I suspect the carnage would be worse.

Getting to work, I queried “space geomagnetic storm forecast” on an Internet search engine and came across something called “TESIS.” From their website:

The TESIS is a set of solar imaging instruments developed by the Lebedev Physical Institute of the Russian Academy of Science, and launched aboard the Russian spacecraft CORONAS-PHOTON in January 30, 2009. The main goal of the TESIS is to provide complex observations of solar active phenomena from the transition region to the inner and outer solar corona with high spatial, spectral and temporal resolution in the EUV and Soft X-ray spectral bands.

The TESIS includes five unique space instruments to observe the inner and outer solar corona from 0.2 to 4 solar radii in spectral band 290-320 A. With the advanced capabilities of its instruments, the TESIS will help better understand the physics of solar flares and high-energy phenomena and provide new data on parameters of solar plasma in the temperature range 105- 107 K.

The TESIS experiment started in the deep minimun between the 23rd and the 24th cycles of solar activity and planned to continue through all the razing phase of new cycle till 2012-1013…

TESIS main tasks

-The study of mechanisms of solar wind generation and coronal heating.
-The development of methods for space weather forecasting.
-The study of the production and evolution of high-temperature plasmas in the corona.
-The analysis of processes of magnetic energy accumulation and release before and during flares.

Did you guys understand all that? I sure didn’t. And I’m a fan of astronomy.

The thing that counts is, the TESIS website has a page dedicated to “Geomagnetic Activity Forecast” under “The Sun Today” in the main menu.

For each calendar day, the following is provided:

-”24-hours forecast of magnetic storms”
-”27-days forecast of magnetic storms”
-”3-day forecast of solar activity”
-”27-days forecast of solar activity”

As it stands right now late Friday night:

-24-hour forecast of magnetic storms: “Magnetic disturbances are expected”
-27-day forecast of magnetic storms: Geomagnetic distrbances are expected on September 1, 11, and 12
-3-day forecast of solar activity: The probability of a “strong magnetic storm” reaches 10 percent on Sunday (with strong defined as level G3 or higher)
-27-day forecast of solar activity: Solar activity is expected on September 1, 11, and 12

(Editor’s note: According to the NOAA Space Weather Scale for Geomagnetic Storms, a level G3 storm could result in the following:

Power systems: voltage corrections may be required, false alarms triggered on some protection devices.
Spacecraft operations: surface charging may occur on satellite components, drag may increase on low-Earth-orbit satellites, and corrections may be needed for orientation problems.
Other systems: intermittent satellite navigation and low-frequency radio navigation problems may occur, HF radio may be intermittent, and aurora has been seen as low as Illinois and Oregon (typically 50° geomagnetic lat.))

The TESIS Geomagnetic Activity Forecast looks promising. The site correctly-predicted “geomagnetic disturbances” for both August 20 and 21. And as long as it remains up-and-running, I’ll try to make it a point to stop by the web site on a regular basis in an attempt to keep abreast of severe space weather coming the planet’s way.

You can view the forecast on the TESIS website here.

(Editor’s note: Link added to “Resources” page)

Source:

Malik, Tariq. “Sun Unleashes Another Solar Storm Aimed at Earth.” SPACE.com. 22 Aug. 2013. (http://www.space.com/22490-sun-unleashes-solar-storm-at-earth.html). 23 Aug. 2013.

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Project Prepper, Part 19: Emergency Water Supply Helpful Info

I know I’ve been blogging quite a bit about the emergency water supply I’m trying to put together at the new residence, so I anticipate this will be my last major post about the topic for a while.

Now, that being said, I want to share with readers some helpful information I’ve recently come across concerning the long-term storage of this water.

First off, I wanted to ensure that when I socked my emergency water away, I’d be doing it “correctly.” I found comprehensive instructions on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, under “Water-Related Emergencies & Outbreaks,” “Personal Preparation and Storage of Safe Water.” Topics covered include:

-Create a Disaster Supplies Kit
-Prepare an Emergency Water Supply
-Water Containers (Cleaning and Storage)
-Make Water Safe
-Finding Emergency Water Sources

You can view this info on the CDC website here.

Second, I had heard that when storing water long-term in containers like my new Moeller Scepter and WaterBricks, I needed to use bleach/other chemicals to prevent the water from going bad. Apparently, this might not be true. From the American Red Cross/FEMA publication Food and Water in an Emergency:

Filling water storage containers

Fill the bottle to the top with regular tap water. (If your water utility company treats your tap water with chlorine, you do not need to add anything else to the water to keep it clean.) If the water you are using comes from a well or water source that is not treated with chlorine, add two drops of non-scented liquid household chlorine bleach to each gallon of water.

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

A quick check of my water provider revealed tonight that my tap water is indeed treated with chlorine. Great. No chlorine bleach needed then.

You can read that FEMA/American Red Cross publication here.

Next, I mentioned previously that I’d be purchasing commercially-bottled water as part of my preps. But I wasn’t sure if purified water or spring water was the better choice for an emergency water supply. Then I came across an article entitled “Water For Health And Longevity” by Lawrence Wilson, M.D. Dr. Wilson, a nutrition consultant, recommended spring water, saying:

The best water to drink is usually plain spring water. In my experience, it does not matter if it comes in plastic bottles… I have found pure spring water to be the best type of drinking water in many cases because it hydrates the body well, and it supplies many needed minerals. Overall, it is clean and healthful when approved by the government, and it has other invigorating properties due to the natural processing it has been through.

Spring water it is then. As a matter of fact, after reading last night what Dr. Wilson wrote, I headed out to the Walgreens just down the street from me and picked up two 24-bottle cases of Ice Mountain spring water ($7.19 with tax) for my stash.

You can read Dr. Wilson’s article here.

Finally, I’ve been curious about how long I can store the water for. To answer this, I utilized the CDC website again. Under “Water-Related Emergencies & Outbreaks,” “Personal Preparation and Storage of Safe Water,” “Prepare an Emergency Water Supply”:

Observe the expiration date for store-bought water; replace other stored water every six months.

Those cases of Ice Mountain spring water? The packaging says the water’s good until January 2015. Nice.

Well, that’s it for my emergency water supply for now. Time to clean, sterilize, dry-out, and fill all those water containers up, and store them and the bottled spring water in my cool basement.

If you’d like to share any helpful info concerning the storage of emergency water, please feel free to comment.

(Editor’s note: Links added to “Resources” page)

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Resource Of The Week: Prepper Website

Back on August 2, I named The Gun Feed as this blog’s “Resource Of The Week.”

I explained The Gun Feed as being:

Simply a Drudge Report-style news aggregation website with links to firearm-related-news… with a smidgen of humorous commentary thrown in.

This week’s ROTW is also a Drudge Report-style website- but with links to prepping-related articles, blogs, and websites.

Enter the Prepper Website, “The Internet’s Premier Source for Preparedness, Survival & Alternative News,” by Todd Sepulveda. From his “About” page:

Mission – to provide links to quality articles and websites that focus on preparing for emergencies, survival, homesteading, simple life and alternative news.

Like I said, the site has got a Drudge Report-feel to it. And while there is a healthy supply of links to notable prepping-related articles, Sepulveda’s managed to compile a ton of them under the following subject areas:

• “Frugal/Save/DIY”
• “Alternative News”
• “Firearms”
• “Forums”
• “Homesteading”
• “Online Magazines”
• “Podcasts”
• “Preparedness”
• “Preppers Resources”
• “PW Product Review”
• “Survival Fiction”
• “Youtube Channels”
• “Misc.”

The Prepper Website even offers a “Daily Newsletter.”

Very nice. I can’t wait ‘til I have more time to check out a number of interesting-sounding links.

Visit the Prepper Website at www.prepperwebsite.com.

By Christopher E. Hill, Editor
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

(Editor’s Note: Link to added to “Resources” page)

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Chicago-Area Laws Concerning Self-Defense Tools

(UPDATE: Revised to reflect City of Chicago’s passage of Substitute Ordinance SO2013-6015 on September 11, 2013, regarding personal safety tools)

From my research, I’ve noticed that quite a few Chicago-area residents wanting to find out more about the legality of their personal safety tools in their communities, county, and the state of Illinois often have a difficult time locating that information on the Internet easily.

Which is a shame, considering the amount of changes that have been made recently to state and local laws concerning firearms and other self-defense tools. For example, not only is concealed-carry now on the books at the state-level, but the City of Chicago and Cook County have tightened their gun “control” measures and there are a number of new “assault weapon” bans in effect in several metro-area communities.

So, in my “local” post for the day I thought I’d share with Chicagoland readers some links on the Internet where a bunch of this info can be found.

In my opinion, I’d approach general queries from the state level down to the municipal level. No use trying to find out if something is legal in your community if the state bans it and they supersede local laws in a particular area.

State of Illinois

Criminal Code of 2012 (720 ILCS 5/24-1)- Firearms, Chemicals, Electric
Criminal Code of 2012 (720 ILCS 5/33A-1)- Knives
Criminal Code of 2012 (720 ILCS 5/33F-1)- Body Armor
Public Act 98-63, Firearm Concealed Carry Act (430 ILCS 66)- CCW

Cook County

Cook County Ordinance No. 07-O-36, Blair Holt Assault Weapons Ban- Firearms
No info found on knives, body armor

DuPage County

No info found

Kane County

No info found

Lake County

No info found

McHenry County

No info found

Will County

No info found

City of Chicago

Municipal Code of Chicago, Title 8, Chapter 20- Firearms, amended 9/11/13 by SO2013-6015
Municipal Code of Chicago, Title 4, Chapter 144- Ammunition, amended 9/11/13 by SO2013-6015
Municipal Code of Chicago, Title 8, Chapter 24- Knives, Chemicals, Electric, Amended 9/11/13 by SO2013-6015

Chicago Suburbs

Query the municipality in question in a search engine with the name of the town and state plus “ordinances” and proceed from there. If you can’t find any local ordinances on the town’s website, there’s a good chance the municipality outsources their codification and public display. In which case, check the Illinois municipal client catalogs of the following codifying companies below:

American Legal Publishing Corporation
Municipal Code Corporation
Sterling Codifiers

Hope this comes in handy!

By Christopher E. Hill, Editor
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

(Editor’s note: Links added to “Resources” page)

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Resource Of The Week: King World News- Broadcast

As I’ve mentioned before, I like to listen to a number of financial and personal safety podcasts on a regular basis. Recently, I’ve started listening to a new one.

A couple of years ago, I happened to catch Eric King on the Financial Sense Newshour. I was pretty impressed by what he had to say, and shared the same concern he had of a “strongman” along the lines of Hitler and Stalin coming to power after a U.S. financial crash. I knew King headed up King World News (KWN), and when I finally headed over to his website to listen to one his interviews with the sort of people who correctly-called the U.S. housing bust and Great Recession, I kept coming on back for more.

Enter King World News- Broadcast.

From Wikipedia:

Eric King created King World News (KWN) in 2009 to fill a void he saw in mainstream journalism’s lack of coverage of essential information about financial markets. Each week, King conducts audio-only interviews with important people from business and finance.

In addition, King broadcasts something called the “KWN Weekly Metals Wrap” each Saturday. From the website:

We have added new segments to the KWN Weekly Metals Wrap covering gold, silver, trading and a plethora of other factors affecting the precious metals markets. I am giving King World News listeners globally access to what has long been my secret weapons in researching where gold and silver are headed directionally along with the COT Report. We Cover the Commitment of Traders Report in detail as well as a number of other factors which can influence the gold and silver market price action.

Looking back to the beginning of May, King has interviewed notable members of the financial/investing community like:

• Art Cashin (most recent)- Director of Floor Operations for UBS Financial Services & CNBC Market Commentator
• William Kaye- Founder, Vice Chairman and Senior Managing Director of the Pacific Alliance Group of Companies
• James Turk- Founder & Chairman of GoldMoney
• Andrew Maguire- Whistleblower & Independent London Metals Trader
• John Hathaway- Senior Managing Director & Portfolio Manager, Tocqueville Funds
• John Embry- Chief Investment Strategist for Sprott Gold & Precious Minerals Fund
• Dr. Paul Craig Roberts- Economist, Co-Founder of Reaganomics
• Jean-Marie Eveillard- Senior Adviser, Portfolio Management for First Eagle Funds
• Dr. Stephen Leeb- Chairman & Chief Investment Officer of Leeb Capital

I, myself, have King’s interview with James Turk uploaded into my mp3 player and ready to be listened to when (if) I have the time this weekend.

Eric manages to extract very insightful material from such well-informed individuals. Perhaps you might find what they have to say valuable too?

The latest King World News- Broadcast can be accessed on the KWN website here.

By Christopher E. Hill, Editor
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

(Editor’s note: Link added to “Resources” page)

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Resource Of The Week: Trigger Time TV

Last week’s “Resource Of The Week” was Student of The Gun, a firearms-related show that originally could only be viewed on satellite television but now can be watched on the Internet. In that same mold is Trigger Time TV, which features on the Pursuit Channel (available on DirecTV and DISH Network) but whose past episodes are archived on their website. From that site:

Trigger Time is a television show that brings together firearms professionals from across the United States to provide the highest level of firearms training and information to firearms enthusiasts across the country. We truly have an All Star roster of firearms professionals. Take a few minutes and review our show, our hosts, and how you can be a part of our television show. We are currently looking for products and services to highlight on television.

GOALS OF THE SHOW

• Showcase a variety of shooting personalities
• Entertain audiences with dynamic techniques
• Provide real world safety & training practices
• Educate a gun loving population on proper handling
• Introduce new shooters to a plethora of equipment
• Offer advanced tips for high level marksmen


“Trigger Time TV Ep 2 Seg C, Matt Jacques of Victory First talks about Firearms selection”
YouTube Video

I was lucky enough to discover Trigger Time TV early on in its production. The recently-departed Mark Craighead, owner/founder of CrossBreed Holsters, hosted Season 1 of the show, which consisted of 10 episodes.

Mike Lamb, founder of training/consulting firm Stoic Ventures, took over the role of host for Season 2, which is comprised of 8 episodes as far as I can tell.

According to the Trigger Time TV Facebook page, as of May 6 the crew is busy filming Season 3 of the show.

I really enjoy watching Trigger Time TV. Like Student of The Gun, it’s packed with valuable firearms-related information. My biggest problem has been forgetting to watch the TV show when it airs on the Pursuit Channel. But because past episodes are being archived on the Internet, that’s no longer a problem anymore. I can just catch it when I have time. Awesome.

Check out Trigger Time TV over on their website here.

By Christopher E. Hill, Editor
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

(Editor’s note: Link added to “Resources” page)

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