Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Torrential Rain Of Biblical Proportions Is Causing Immense Devastation For Midwest Farmers

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by Michael Snyder, End Of The American Dream:

The wettest 12 months in all of U.S. history was followed by the second wettest May on record, and for some parts of the Midwest the month of June will be even worse.  Some portions of Ohio and Indiana have gotten 10 more inches of rain since Friday, and more rain is literally falling on the Midwest as I write this article.  When I describe what we have witnessed as “torrential rain of Biblical proportions”, I am not exaggerating even a little bit.  Even before we got to the month of June, farmers in the middle of the country were already dealing with a disaster unlike anything that they had ever experienced before.  And just when everyone thought that it couldn’t possibly get any worse, it did.  Since Friday, the rainfall totals in the Ohio Valley have been staggering

Prepping in your golden years: How survival strategies change as you get older

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by Ethan Huff, Natural News:

In trying to come up with a plan for when everything hits the fan, many folks end up stumbling upon generic information aimed at the young and agile – meaning it isn’t exactly suited for middle-aged and elderly people who might require more than just the bare essentials if they hope to survive an emergency situation.

If you’re someone who wants to be adequately prepared for the future, but who also recognizes that your needs are changing now that you’re getting up there in years, listen up – this information is for you.

Conveniently deadly: A diet of ultraprocessed foods increases risk of mortality

by Vicki Batts, Natural News:

It should be common knowledge by now that a junk food diet is no good for you. But researchers continue to be astonished by just how toxic processed foods and “ultraprocessed foods” really are. However bad you think that life of microwave meals and snack cakes is for you — well, the science shows it’s almost definitely worse.

A team of French scientists have found that for every 10 percent of your diet made up of processed foods, there is a 14-percent increase in overall mortality risk. In other words, the more junk food you eat, the more likely you are to die. Recently published research has also linked junk food consumption to “psychological distress,” which lends more proof to the “crazy” notion that your body is a single organism comprised of many organ systems — all of which need good nutrition to function properly. Somehow it has become “anti-science” to say that inadequate nutrient intake over the course of a lifetime can have ill effects on your health — and even cause disease.

“It’s A Disaster Like I’ve Never Seen Before”: 2019 Could Be The Worst Year EVER For U.S. Corn Farmers

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by Michael Snyder, The Economic Collapse Blog:

The amount of corn produced in the United States this year is going to be way below expectations.  The Department of Agriculture just slashed its harvest estimates quite dramatically in its June report, but some farmers in the Midwest believe that those reduced projections are still way too optimistic.  As I have previously detailed, millions upon millions of acres will go unplanted this year, but that is only part of the story.  Much of the corn that has actually been planted is coming up very slowly due to the exceedingly poor conditions, and corn farmers all over the Midwest are reporting that their plants look absolutely terrible.  If we get picture perfect weather between now and harvest time, this will simply be a terrible year.  But if severe heat and/or an early frost hits the Midwest, this could very easily be the worst year that we have ever seen for corn farmers in the United States.

Our Wildfire Evacuation, Part 5

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by SoCal9mm, Survival Blog:

(Continued from Part 4. This installment concludes the article series.)

OPPORTUNITIES FOR IMPROVEMENT:
  1. Make sure you wait until the last moment to do your Christmas shopping – seriously, I never have to worry about “rescuing presents” when I procrastinate. Stupid “get-stuff-done-early”…
  2. Laundry – have enough clothes so that you don’t have to go commando next to the washer, waiting for your lone pair of choners to get clean. Trust me, not cool.
  3. Air – we worry about food, water, shelter, protection, etc., but we rarely worry about preps for air. Dust and ash are (relatively) easily removed from breathing air with particulate masks (or respirators), which are fairly inexpensive and easy to store. But most do have rubber elastic straps that WILL break if left in storage too long (like mine did). I need to pay better attention to personal protective equipment (PPE) rotation.

These Off-Grid Summer Strategies Could Save Your Food Supply and Keep You Safe

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by Tess Pennington, Ready Nutrition:

In the coming months, the power grid will be pushed to extremes and can force homes off the grid if temperatures reach maximums. Keep these tips and considerations in mind to help you become more resilient to the lasting effects of power outages during extreme heat events.

In the coming months, the power grid will be pushed to extremes and can force homes off the grid if temperatures reach maximums. Or, in some cases, the electrical companies must turn the power off during extreme weather events like wildfires or rolling blackouts.

Midwest Flooding Will Cause Shortages of THESE FOODS

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by Cat Ellis, The Organic Prepper:

Floods are dangerous natural disasters. People and animals can be swept away and easily drown. Floods can carry bacteria and pollutants great distances. Floods can bust through levees and tear down bridges. Floods can also lead to food shortages when they destroy farms, like the recent floods in the Midwest have. Smart preppers will take measures to beef up their food storage now.

By now, most US-based preppers have either heard about (or experienced) the massive, damaging floods in the Midwest since this past March. To make matters worse, the potential for more floods in key agricultural states looms in front of us as more rain is predicted for the rest of this spring.

Our Wildfire Evacuation, Part 3

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by SoCal9mm, Survival Blog:

OPPORTUNITIES FOR IMPROVEMENT: 
  1. Radios – both Motorola radios AND handheld ham radios were left behind that would have helped us stay in contact between our 2 cars. Cell phones worked (thankfully), but I noticed bad connections nearly every call.
    1. NOTE: if we had a better means of communication, W. could have taken her car to the other neighborhood exit to see if traffic was flowing better and reported back to me to either follow her or stay where I was (oh well, hindsight and all that).

Reflections on Bugging Out – the Venezuela Experience Edition

by J. G. Martinez D., The Organic Prepper:

I mentioned in my previous article how, in a sadly surprising twist, people have started to leave Venezuela on foot. For those of you who did not know, there is a good reason for that: it was the only way for those with fewer resources. Walking to the frontier to Colombia, then across Ecuador, until arriving in Peru is not exactly what you could call easy. People have been murdered, children have died, accidents have occurred. Weather in some places is unbearable for Venezuelans, who are used to a fair, tropical humid and sunny environment. It’s not easy to keep a record of how many people has left: the authorities are not sealing the passports (of the few people who hold them) because they are aware that in the future this is going to be used for prosecution. Forcing people into displacement is a felony, just as the guerrilla did in Colombia. There are hidden roads called “trochas” (narrow trails in the open country that go straight through the unpatrolled Colombian border) used by people to leave. Of course, guerrilla, colectivos gangs, and national guards in the Venezuelan side control this and charge cash to let people go through. There are some coyotes as well, and some people decide to go with them, even with all the dangers involved. Colombian forces just can wait on their side, with some water, medical assistance, and food, so the people can continue walking to their destination.

Our Wildfire Evacuation, Part 2

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from Survival Blog:

(Continued from Part 1.)

So we put this plan together on paper, that’s all that we needed to do, right? Um, no. Practicing an evacuation drill is probably at least as important as having an evacuation plan. After I had revised our plan into the checklist format, I knew that we needed to practice it to see if the timeframes were correct (i.e., could we actually do all the stuff that I’d written down on the 1-minute checklist in 1 minute?). Shortly after the Tubbs Fire (in October, 2017) we did a walk-through of the house and pointed out all the items on the checklist and where they were located. We planned to do a dry run on November 5th – but something came up and we had to postpone it… We never did get the chance to do that dry run before we had to “do it live.”

7 Proven Reasons To Eat More Blueberries

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from Collective Evolution:

  • The Facts:This article was written by GreenMedInfo Research Group, where it originally appeared. Published here with permission.
  • Reflect On:Food is medicine, and if used correctly it can be used to drastically boost your quality of life and reduce the risk of various diseases

Spring and summer are prime seasons for fresh blueberries.  But there are good reasons to eat them all year round.  Blueberries pack huge health benefits in a tiny package.

Our Wildfire Evacuation

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from Survival Blog:

Editor’s Introductory Note:  At nearly 10,000 words, this is one of the longest multi-part articles ever to appear in SurvivalBlog. It will be presented in five parts, concluding on Saturday. Despite its length, this is some fascinating and detailed reading. The author’s insights and “lessons learned” are quite valuable, and they go far beyond just the particular concerns of wildfire evacuation.

On the evening of December 4, 2017, the Thomas Fire started in Ventura County, California. By the time it was over, about 440 square miles had burned across Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, more than 1,000 structures were lost, and at least 23 people had perished (2 directly from the fire, and another 21 [plus 2 missing] from subsequent mudslides caused by denuded hills). This fire resulted from the combination of a long-term drought (very dry brush) and a very strong Santa Ana wind condition (a semi-routine wind pattern that blows from the deserts of Utah, Nevada, and Arizona and pushes warm and very dry air into SoCal). Temperatures, even on this December evening, were in the 60s – 70s, humidity was in the single digits, and winds were blowing up to 70 mph. A spark was all that was needed to set off this firestorm, and that was provided by a downed power line.