Posts Tagged SHTF

670 Million People In India Lose Power Amid Massive Black Out

TheRedPillGuide
July 31, 2012

A dilemma of such monumental proportions such as 670 Million People in India loosing power is something that strikes close to home.

Growing up in Puerto Rico, there were many power outages due to a large amount of tropical storms and hurricanes.  Sometimes we could go weeks without power if not longer.  Prepping 101 doesn’t get much more realistic than that.

Power outages are one of the many reasons why people should have a buffer of food & water of at minimum three months in order to be able to tackle such problems outright, and not risk being in a highly unstable and dangerous situation.

Hopefully this issue does not last long and the country can recover relatively quickly.  Either way, it serves as a great warning to those that carry a nonchalant ‘nothing could ever happen here’ type of an attitude.

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670 Million People In India Without Power As Electric Grid Fails

via: ZeroHedge
Source: Reuters
by: Tyler Durden
July 31, 2012

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Two weeks ago we touched upon the possibility that the US climatic deep fried black swan could soon stretch to India [9]where the Monsoon season was 22% below normal conditions for this time of year. Today India is the locus of another flightless bird sighting following an epic powergrid meltdown which left half of its 1.2 billion people without power on Tuesday “as the grids covering a dozen states broke down, the second major blackout in as many days and an embarrassment for the government as it struggles to revive economic growth… More than a dozen states with a total population of 670 million people were without power, with the lights out even at major hospitals in Kolkata.” Indicatively this is the same as every man, woman and child in America having no electricity. Twice over.”Stretching from Assam, near China, to the Himalayas and the deserts of Rajasthan, the power cut was the worst to hit India in more than a decade. Trains were stranded in Kolkata and Delhi and thousands of people poured out of the sweltering capital’s modern metro system when it ground to a halt at lunchtime. Office buildings switched to diesel generators and traffic jammed the roads.” Hopefully, two events in a row don’t confirm a trend. Although if indeed systemic, and if suddenly the Indian power infrastructure is unable to handle the local drought-related conditions, thus serving as a natural cap on economic expansion, all bets may be off as to the unlimited upside potential capacity of the BRICs.

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The Most Often Forgotten Survival Preparations

via: Alt-Market
by: Brandon Smith
July 31, 2012

I think it’s safe to say with some conviction that in the year of 2012 the concept of survival prepping is NOT an alien one to most Americans.  When National Geographic decides there is a viable market for a prepper TV show (no matter how misrepresentative of true preppers it may be), when Walmart starts stocking shelves with long term emergency food storage kits, when survivalism in general becomes one of the few growing business markets in the midst of an otherwise disintegrating economy; you know that the methodology has gone “mainstream”.  There is a noticeable and expanding concern amongst Americans that we are, indeed, on the verge of something new and unfortunate.

Is it the big bad hoodoo of the soon to expire Mayan Calendar?  For a few, maybe, but for the majority of us, no.  That jazz is a carnival sideshow designed to make the prepping culture appear ridiculous.  We don’t need to believe in magical prophecies to know that there is a catastrophic road ahead; all we have to do is look at the stark realities of our current circumstances.  It does not take much awareness anymore to notice looming fiscal volatility, social unrest, the potential for unrestrained war, and the totalitarian boldness of our government.  I’ll take the wrath of Quetzalcoatl any day over the manure storm that is approaching us currently.

With some estimating a count of 3 million prepper families and growing in the U.S., the motto of “beans, bullets, and band-aids” is finding a home amongst legions.  However, being closely involved in the survivalist movement during the past six years and speaking with literally thousands of preppers, it has become clear to me that we still have a long journey ahead of us before we can claim true efficiency and mastery.

Continue Reading At: Alt-Market.com

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Survival Basics: Preparing for a Grid Down Power Outage

via: ActivistPost
by: Gaye Levy
July 26, 2012

Recent storms in my own area reminded me that power outages resulting in a grid down can happen anytime, to anybody, anywhere. Some outages are planned, some are the result of mother nature kicking up a storm, and some are the unexpected result of a natural or man-made crisis. Whatever the reason, there are various measures you should take now to insure your comfort and safety when the power blows.

Some of the basic items you need to have on hand to get through a power outage are quite simple and are things you probably have on hand:

  • Flashlights
  • Batteries
  • Candles
  • Matches
  • Blankets

This is a very short list, relatively speaking and unless you have been living in a cocoon in Siberia, chances are that these items have already been set aside so that they will be readily available when the lights blink off. And for a three or four hour outage, you will be just fine with these items.

But what if the power is lost for a longer period of time – for whatever reason – how will you cook your food? How will you keep warm? How will you insure your safety in dark? These are just a few of the issues you will face if there is an extended power outage. Add infants, the elderly or the infirm to the mix and you have a big problem on your hands.

Continue Reading At: ActivistPost.com

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Off-Grid Refrigeration

via: Alt-Market
by: John Chatham
Sunday, 22 July 2012

One of the hardest things to go without when going off grid is refrigeration. Most other operations can be replaced by manual means but keeping food cold or frozen in hot weather is a unique need in modern times. In times past the need for refrigeration was limited because most food was prepared fresh every day and very little was kept for several days due in part to the lack of mechanical cooling. The fast paced lifestyle many now live have led people to depend on frozen or refrigerated food due to the modern day work habits leaving little time for home preparation of food. In times past most women worked in the home all day, so daily preparation of food was a natural occurance. With most women working outside of the home nowadays, the fast preparation of food dominates most kitchens. Even for those that do a lot of cooking from scratch everyday, the use of frozen foods is very convenient.

The ability to raise your own meat, butcher it, and save it for later use on a moments notice has been nothing less than revolutionary in the kitchen. While freezing is not the only way to save foods, it is much easier than other methods for many foods. The biggest problem with frozen foods is the need to keep it frozen at all times. When the power goes out many people lose the contents of their freezers because of lack of electricity. Even after this happens several times most people continue to use the same means to keep their food refrigerated and never give thought to using a different method that would save them that loss and provide them with frozen food and ice no matter how long the power was off.

The use of propane refrigeration is a step above compressor driven units for several reasons. Many absorption refrigeration units can run on 12v, 120v and propane power. A refrigerator that can run on all three, such as the units found in RVs or camper trailers, can give you an edge when the power goes out. You could run it on 120v for normal operations and if the power fails you can switch over to 12v battery power or to a propane tank outside your home. Absorption units are powered by heat so as long as you have a heat source they will continue to cool. Another great thing about these units is the fact that unlike compressor units that have many moving parts that can break or wear out, an absorption unit has no moving parts in the cooling unit.

Continue Reading At: Alt-Market.com

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Survival Basics: Water Storage, Sourcing, and Purification

via: ActivistPost
by: George Ure and Gaye Levy
Sunday, July 22, 2012

Clean water is something that we all take for granted. We turn on the faucet and there it is. It is plentiful, it is clean and it is drinkable. Yes, it may have some undesirable chemical additions (fluoride come to mind) but that is a subject for another day. So, if a disaster occurred and the supply lines to fresh water were comprised, we would be in a pickle. There is a possibility that safe water would not be available for days and possibly not for weeks.

For this reason, the American Red Cross, FEMA, and just about every other authority out there recommends that the public store at least one gallon of water per person, per day for a minimum of three days. But if you think that a three day water supply is adequate, think again.

A more reasonable recommendation is that you up the recommended amount of stored water to a two-week supply. So for two people that would be 2 people x 1 gallon x 14 days = 28 gallons. This amount should cover your minimal needs for drinking, food preparation and nominal – and I mean nominal – hygiene.

Water Storage

Storing water for an emergency can be as simple as filling thoroughly washed plastic or glass containers with tap water and sealing them tightly. This is something that anyone can do without incurring a cost so long as few simple rules are followed.

Continue Reading At: ActivistPost.com

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Don’t Get Dehydrated – especially in SHTF!

via: ThePatriotNurse
July 19, 2012

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Going to the Extreme: Euro-Preppers Get Ready for the Worst *Video*

via: CorporateMediaExposed
Source: SHTFPlan.com
By: Mac Slavo
July 18, 2012

It’s not just in the USA that a growing number of people are preparing for far-from-equilibrium scenarios resulting from economic or geo-political collapse.

Many Europeans have also taken note of the troubling signs all around them. In the following report, RT visits a man who wished to keep his name and location anonymous.

Like many Americans, he is preparing for all hell to break loose and has spent the last few years gearing up his home and supplies for the worst.

Like most preppers and survivalist, he has modified his lifestyle to become more self reliant and less dependent on the grid and existing government infrastructure.

In addition to generating  two thirds of his current energy consumption with wind and solar power, he grows his own food and raises cattle to supplement his diet in the event grocery stores run out of food or prices get so expensive in Euros that no one can afford to buy it.

Continue Reading At: CorporateMediaExposed.com

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Survival Garden That May Save Your Life

via: NotForSaleNWO

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Guest Post: Why I Prepare?

via: ModernSurvivalOnline
by: Jennifer
July 15, 2012

I was in the 3rd grade when I experience my first earth quake.  It was October 17th, 1989 at 6:04 in the evening.  Just about dinner time for my sister and I.  We were enjoying a regular evening home with my mother while my father was just about to leave from his office job just about an hour away from our house.

I don’t quite remember exactly what we were doing the moment it hit but as soon as it did, my short lived 9 years of life changed forever.  I remember my mother grabbing me and literally throwing me under our dining room table.  She grabbed my kid sister (just 6 six years old) and did the same with her.  After that, ever the cat lover, she scooped up both of our cats as if they were footballs and handed one to each of us girls and told us to hold on tight and stay.  That’s when I remember actually feeling the shaking and hearing the noises of rattling glass and creaking walls.  The entire house was shaking.  My mother did not get under the table with us.  Instead, she stood just 15 feet away holding up her prized grandfather clocked passed down from generations.  I remember screaming and crying “MOM” “MOM” begging her to come under the table.  It was the most terrifying thing I have ever experienced.  Then the shaking stopped, just as suddenly as it had started.   It was the Loma Prieta Earthquake, 6.9 on the Richter and 7.1 with surface waves. San Francisco, 1989.

Continue Reading At: ModernSurvivalOnline

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