Saturday, December 14, 2019

Hurricane Irma Projected To Reach Category 5 And Hit The East Coast – Panic Prepping Begins In Florida

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by Michael Snyder, The Economic Collapse Blog:

On Monday, Hurricane Irma strengthened into a category 4 hurricane, and some meteorologists are projecting that it will eventually become a category 5 storm before it eventually makes landfall in the United States.  And since a “category 6” has not been created yet, category 5 is as high as the scale goes at the moment.  Over the past couple of days, the track of the storm has shifted “a lot further to the west”, and at this point it appears that Miami is the most likely to take the full force of the hurricane.  But as we have seen, trying to forecast the behavior of hurricanes is not an exact science.  Irma may never become a category 5 storm, and it may never hit the U.S. at all.  Or it may zip past Florida to the south and end up making landfall in the Gulf of Mexico.  The truth is that we just don’t know.

But for the moment things are not looking good for Florida, and a state of emergency has already been declared for every single county in the state

On Monday afternoon, Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for every county in Florida in anticipation of Irma. A state of emergency was also declared in Puerto Rico earlier in the day.

Another scenario still on the table is that Irma curve northward and miss the East Coast entirely. This would still generate large surf and rip currents along the East Coast. However, this scenario is the least likely to occur at this point.

And as I mentioned above, many are projecting that Irma will become a category 5 storm just a few days from now.  The following comes from the Express

Many projections show the category storm strengtheing to a category 5 hurricane, capable of ripping roofs from houses and causing huge waves and storm surges.

Predictions from both the National Environmental Satellite data and Information Service (NESDIS) and international weather forecaster Ventusky suggest though Irma is currently a Category 3 storm by Thursday she is expected to strengthen to a Category 5.

A category 5 storm has winds of more than 157mph – enough to destroy whole buildings and cause devastating flooding.

But just because the experts are telling us that certain scenarios are likely to happen does not mean that they will actually take place.

In the end, it is entirely possible that Florida may not see a single drop of rain.  Hurricane Harvey certainly behaved in ways that nobody was expecting, and I have a feeling that the same will be true for Irma.

As Irma inches closer to Florida, “prepping fever” has hit the public.  Grocery stores and home improvement chains are already being flooded with traffic, and this is only going to get worse the closer that Irma gets.  The following comes from one local news report

As Hurricane Irma continues to make its way towards a possible strike on the Southeastern U.S., stores in South Florida are beginning to see a rush for supplies.

Several Publix supermarkets were full before noon Monday as residents grabbed water, non-perishable food and other items.

Another local news report noted that essential supplies were already running low at a Home Depot in south Florida

With Hurricane Irma churning west, many South Florida residents are taking precaution and stocking up on supplies on Labor Day.

A Home Depot in Royal Palm Beach on Monday morning posted a sign that said they were short of some hurricane supplies, including wing nuts, 5-gallon containers for gasoline and 5-gallon jugs of water.

Those that wait until the last minute are going to find that there is nothing left for them.  One resident of Palm Beach Gardens told reporters that the local Wal-Mart in her area is already completely out of water

“There was nothing at Walmart,” said Bianca Rodriguez of Palm Beach Gardens. “Not even like one thing of water.”

Of course those that have been preparing all along don’t have to run out to the store in a panic.

If Irma hits the United States as a category 4 or category 5 storm, it is going to make history.

Meteorologists are telling us that the United States has not been hit by two hurricanes of at least category 4 strength in the same year in more than a century.

And prior to Hurricane Harvey, a hurricane had not made landfall in this country in about 12 years.

There is still a possibility that Irma could miss us completely, but as CNN’s Tom Sater has noted, “that window is shutting quickly”…

Computer models show the system moving through the Caribbean, and by the end of week, it will turn right toward the north, said CNN meteorologist and weather anchor Tom Sater.

“There is a small window. If it turns sooner rather than later, we could maybe see the system slide by the East Coast into the ocean, but that window is shutting quickly,” Sater said. “It definitely looks like we will be impacted by a major hurricane that is a Category 3, 4 or 5.”

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My Recent Experience Bugging Into A Disaster- Part 1

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by Hugh James Latimer, Survival Blog:

I had a recent experience of traveling into a situation where everyone else was leaving due to Hurricane Irma. I learned some valuable lessons during the process.

Homes in Both Florida and Midwest

My home is in Florida, and my bug out location is in the Midwest. I spend most of my time during the summer at the BOL due to the climate, the gardening opportunities, and most of all the simple peace and quiet living. Two weeks ago, Hurricane Irma was seven days out in the Atlantic and on a track that may bring it closer to Florida. When this happens, it’s time to load up needed items and travel home to secure everything and also to be there for the aftermath if there is anything to clean up and repair.

My Florida home is a log home. It’s well built to withstand the winds of a hurricane, but it’s not so great if the power is out for weeks in that humidity. Mold can be an issue for any home in Florida, and wood homes seem to draw moisture first. Part of my everyday living and being prepared is the notion that having two places means twice the work, twice the cost, and lots of travel in between. All of this is possible on a small budget if you think things through.

My Travel Vehicle and Contents

My travel vehicle is a 10 year old one ton GMC dually. It has an enclosed topper with a locking (as in padlock) back top glass. The side and rear window are blacked out to keep anyone from viewing all the contents. The truck has been well maintained, though it has over 200K miles, and looks very common on the highway or in a parking lot. The fuel mileage is reasonable no matter the load, and it will pull any trailer. It also can remain loaded down with tools, supplies, and spares at all times so you are reasonably prepared for situations when traveling across country, like I do often, or just out for the day.

 

Yes, I’m fortunate to be able to fix whatever usually happens, but that came from learning, preparing, and keeping the right things in the vehicle. Some people carry a credit card for situations and expect someone else to resolve the problem. I choose not to and instead be self sufficient. You can scale the supplies and spares to fit any car, truck, or even motorcycle as required. Match your skills and try and learn each year.

Necessary Items to Address Common Issues

The bottom line is having the necessary items to address common issues when traveling in a situation when help or a credit card might not resolve things.

I carry the following at minimum:

  • Two spare tires matched to what is currently on the truck, plus the jacks, blocks, and tools necessary to change them.
  • Spare oil transmission and fuel filters along with the proper fluids and lubricants.
  • A serpentine belt and fuel filter assy also as there are “known frequent failures” on my truck regardless of recent replacement.
  • Forty gallons of diesel in jerry cans, plus a spout and a funnel that fits the angle to fill the truck.
  • Potable water in bottles and a five gal potable water jerry can.
  • Portable lighting, because many bad things happen after dark.
  • Complete set of hand tools for side of the road repairs, and on and on.

Hundreds of Pounds of Stuff in Topper Covered Bed

Yes, I carry about 800 lbs of stuff in the topper covered bed. But like I said earlier, the truck will haul it, and it makes things easier when problems arise. Scale it to your ability and vehicle. Prepping is not about having everything for every situation. For me, it’s about having the right level of whatever to meet my needs and the way I live.

Power Was An Issue

On this trip, I knew power in Florida would be an issue. Tree damage would also be prevalent. I had to bring a small cargo trailer with me to haul what I needed. The trailer has add on industrial truck hinges, door locks (padlock) ventilation side windows, and an opening vent in the roof. It’s just 5×10 but rugged, reinforced, and I’m able to leave it unattended for a short time anywhere without fear of anyone having an easy time to break into. Again, it’s clean and well maintained. Law enforcement never gives my truck or trailer a second look. Bad hombres that I spot looking, think twice. It’s well balanced for my needs and how I want to be perceived, while still hauling the goods so to speak.

Remember your trailer needs serviced after every trip. Check the lugs, grease the wheel bearings, check lights, et cetera. It’s far easier to replace bearings in the backyard on a weekend than on the side of the interstate in the rain or heat. I loaded two generators– one Honda 3000eu and a big Onan 6500KW for the home A/C, if needed. Remember, portable generators are not for replacing your homes electric no matter how large the gen set may be. Unless you have a pre-wired transfer switch in the home, a 22kw gen set, and two weeks of fuel, there is no way to have on demand electric like what you’re used to. Pick the few basic items you need electric for. Accept it will only be for a few hours a day due to fuel availability, and go from there.

The Small Honda Generator

The small Honda was for a fan, charging cell phones or tool batteries, and a light at night. It would power a small dorm fridge or very small room A/C if needed, but that’s it. It’s quiet, stealthy, very fuel efficient, and could provide the basics all night when no one else had electric.

The Big, Loud, Obnoxious Onan Generator

The big, loud, obnoxious Onan generator was to be wired in to the home A/C package unit, if needed. It was not for the house system but the individual AC unit. You can kill lineman with electric back feeds, so never attach a gen set to your home’s wiring. Only after a week or so of no power would I do that to run the whole house AC for a few hours a day to remove moisture. You don’t open windows in Florida in the summer if you can help it. There’s too much moisture in the air, and it permeates everything in your home, and you will never get rid of it in a power compromised situation. You will have mold. I also brought proper sized extension cords.

Coolers

I chose two coolers– one super large for ice storage, and a smaller one for in the house to use as the “replacement fridge”. I purchased Ice and filled the large cooler before I left the farm up north, knowing ice may be in short supply when I got to Florida. It was a good thing I did. With the hurricane seven days out, there was no ice to be found and very little available over the next week and a half.

You must wrap the large ice storage cooler with insulation of some type to keep ice in a hot climate regardless of how good the cooler is. I used heavy moving pads that they use to wrap furniture, and my initial ice supply lasted 12 days! Yes, you do have to drain the water every other day to maintain the ice. Remember, in the past, people would cut ice blocks from frozen ponds during winter, store in earthen coolers (ice houses) covered in thick layers of sawdust, and then they had ice in their drinks in the dead of summer. Planning ice storage and use is more intensive than just buying a cooler and few bags of ice. Educate yourself on this, and you will appreciate the rewards greatly.

DeWalt Battery Operated Hand Tools

Having a set of battery operated hand tools makes sense if you’re a prepper. I chose the DeWalt line of 20v sawsdrills, and impact driver. The flashlight is one of the best. The 20v batteries charge quickly and last a long time. You must be able to cut wood, metal, and other things, and also drill and have a means to drive bits and small sockets. They’re inexpensive to own and very valuable in all situations.

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FOOD CRISIS ALERT: U.S. FARMER INCOME PLUMMETS

by Mac Slavo, SHTF Plan:

The food crisis could be upon us, as farmers in the United States report that income has plummetted.  If farmers can no longer afford to grow the food we all buy in the stores, expect not only a major price hike on the food that is available but a shortage of whole foods as well.

The personal income of farmers in the U.S. declined by an annualized $11.8 billion between January and March, the biggest 1st quarter drop in 3 years, Bloombergreported, citing Commerce Department data released Monday.  The drop in income is being driven primarily by the fallout from President Trump’s trade disputes, a nosedive in commodity prices, and record flooding in the Midwest. As a result, farmer bankruptcies in the Midwest have shot up to levels the U.S. hasn’t seen for approximately a decade.

Are You Preparing for SHTF or TEOTWAWKI- Part 2

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from Survival Blog:

We are taking a look at the similarities and differences between preparing for a SHTF or TEOTWAWKIevent. In part 1, we left off with questions one and two of the four questions associated with not having the luxury of normal commerce and how that impacts preparations for TEOTWAWKI. Let’s continue and wrap up the two-part article.

Question Three

We have question three to answer, and it is a significant one. Once the stored inventory is used up, how will it be replaced with either a renewable resource or by manufacturing?

Build your own first aid kit with natural remedies

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by Tracey Watson, Natural News:

There is no doubt that many parts of the globe are in crisis, and to many it seems as though a natural or man-made disaster could strike in their area at any moment. While it is always important to have certain basic first aid items like Band-Aids and bandages on hand in case of emergency, there are other, more natural items that can prove to be worth their weight in gold when disaster strikes. After all, it may not always be possible to run out to a pharmacy or grocery store to purchase medical supplies.

Your natural first aid kit can be used effectively to treat a variety of conditions, including burns, cuts, Poison Ivy and other rashes, bug bites, stomach upset and diarrhea, bleeding and bruises, to name a few.

Some suggested survival kit items include:

VIDEO: Build a Cheap Backyard Brick Oven and Make Some Pizza In It (Recipe Included)

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by Daisy Luther, The Organic Prepper:

If you’re like me, you’re always looking for off-grid ways to cook. I found this great video that shows you how to easily make a brick over in your backyard for just a few dollars.

Modern Refugee shows you how it’s done in this video:

Modern Refugee has got some great videos, so be sure to follow him on YouTube.

The Truth About That Expiration Date on Your Vitamins and Medications

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by Michael Dees, The Organic Prepper:

Do you have vitamins, supplements, and prescription medications stored up to help you stay healthy during a worst case scenario? One thing you may have been concerned about was the expiration date on those bottles.

Placing a vitamin or medication in a cool and dry place will help it remain potent for many years. It is important for us to know this and have good supplements on hand in the case of emergencies. Read on, because you will be surprised how long they last.

A Open Letter To The Readers of Ready Nutrition About the Prepper Community

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by Jeremiah Johnson, Ready Nutrition:

This is a fairly straightforward and simple piece for your benefit as a prepper and survivalist.  Many articles that are placed upon ReadyNutrition’s screen are of use for your records and to serve (at bare minimum) perhaps as an impetus for further studies on the subject.  Do not neglect the comments section!

I wish to personally thank the reader to whom this piece is dedicated, as he sent me some great information on a bicycle motor complete with links and explanation.  The reason for this article is this: you will find a lot of wealth in the comments section from many individuals with talent, skills, and wisdom that they are willing to share.

Whenever you visit a site and research a particular topic, it is easy to screen the “dead weight” and the “trolls” in the comments.  Trolls are easy to spot: they are repetitively insulting and redundant in their complaints.  They follow the same “MO,” or Modus Operandi in the way that they insult and bash others.  Don’t allow a few “bad eggs” to dissuade you from the information you may need.

No author (myself included) has the “corner” on all information pertaining to any subject.  In this vein, information shared in the comments from anyone willing to contribute to a productive discussion furthering the benefit of any and all readers are both welcome and desired.  I, too, am a reader…I read the comments and learn as much as I can from those willing to share with the blog and the rest of us.

After you weed out the negatives and non-productive comments, you will find there are many with considerable experience in the area that is the subject of the article.  Highlight them, paste them into a Word document, and print them off and save them.  You will come to see that there are many who comment frequently when it is the type of subject central to their area of expertise.

Explore the links and research the extra material they give you.  If possible, ask for an e-mail or try to engender a correspondence with them.  Chances are you can mutually support one another in your efforts to perfect your prepping and survival skills.  Ask questions.  That is what the comments section is for…to share information and to ask questions.  The blog is a medium of exchange for information, and the authors are facilitators of topics.  The heart of any blog is the Readership.  That is you, the Reader.

Many have done more than ask questions and share information.  I write to many readers here regularly, on my private e-mail.  We are a community of like-minded individuals, and this is your forum…your chance to ask questions and be heard.  Save the information you have from other sites and exchange that information here when you see a similar article or the same topic of discussion.  In the end, any community is only as good as the members of the community wish to make it.  There is something at ReadyNutrition for everyone, and there is always room for improvement…and we value your input and information.  It is always welcome and always wanted.  Stay in that good fight!  J

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Study explores various natural thermogenics and identifies the ones that best aid in weight loss

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by Edsel Cook, Natural News:

Thermogenic agents are edible substances that turn nutrient calories into heat energy that the body uses to regulate its internal temperature. Researchers suggest that taking these agents as supplements can help reduce weight and keep it to a healthy level, thereby lowering the risk of obesity.

Obesity is often traced to problems in adaptive thermogenesis, the changes that result from different food or exposure to cold temperatures. Fortunately, thermogenesis can be adjusted by consuming certain foods and supplements. Some foods, in particular, function as stimulant thermogenic agents since they invigorate the central nervous system, while others are called non-stimulant thermogenic agents, given their stimulating effects on the cardiovascular system.

VIDEO: What Everyday Life Is Like in Puerto Rico Now

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by Daisy Luther, The Organic Prepper:

In Puerto Rico, everything has changed since Hurricane Maria struck nearly 3 months ago.

Many people have no running water. And if they do, it can’t be consumed without boiling.

There’s no electricity in many regions.

Supplies are scarce.

I’ve written about the SHTF aftermath in Puerto Rico, both the day after the storm,  a week after, and a couple of months later. But while there is a lot of good information in all those articles, it’s just words on a page.

The video below brings it to life. This is what life looks like for people who have just watched everything be turned upside down by Mother Nature.

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How to Hide Your Gold and Silver

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from 1Bienki:

I bury my treasure to keep it out of the cabals hands.

Selco: How to Defend Your Home and Yourself When the SHTF

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by Selco, The Organic Prepper:

Editor’s Note: Have you ever wondered how to defend your home and yourself if the SHTF? In this interview, Selco provides us with information from his personal experience during the occupation of Bosnia. There are many lessons we can learn from his experience. ~ Daisy

What was the most likely crime you would encounter when the SHTF?
Where there is no regular system of law and order you have different kinds of groups who impose that “law and order.” In reality, it is lawlessness or law of whichever group is stronger.