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25 Hardcore Healthy Foods You Need In Your Emergency Pantry

By Lisa Egan

Natural disasters like hurricanes, Nor’easters, and winter storms can cause you to be stuck in your home for days (or even weeks) on end – and stuck eating whatever you currently have stashed in your pantry and freezer.

Normally, enough notice is provided to allow time to run out to purchase items prior to a storm’s arrival. It is tempting to stock up on convenient comfort foods before a disaster, but this isn’t ideal. For example, many freeze-dried foods are notorious for having excessive amounts of sodium – thus causing you to consume more water to make up for it (oops, there goes your stored water supply!). Staying hydrated in winter is especially important – your body needs more water during winter than it does during the warmer months. And, remember – you will need to store enough water for drinking AND for cooking.

Surviving on your favorite junk foods may leave you feeling dehydrated, drained, and stressed, which will make enduring a sustained emergency situation even more difficult.

Building an adequate emergency pantry takes time and planning to make it fully functional. Ideally, you will store nutritious shelf-stable foods that your family normally consumes (and enjoys), as well as foods that serve many purposes.

Learn how to build a well-stocked pantry using a layering system: The Prepper’s Cookbook: 300 Recipes to Turn Your Emergency Food into Nutritious, Delicious, Life-Saving Meals, or The One-Year Pantry, Layer by Layer.

How to build a pantry stocked with nutritious, energizing foods

When selecting foods to add to your emergency pantry, focus on the most nutrient-dense items you can find that are also shelf-stable, with a focus on macronutrients.

Macronutrients are compounds found in all foods that humans consume in the largest quantities, providing the bulk of our calories (energy) from our diets. The three main categories are protein, carbohydrate, and fat.

You’ll want your pantry to have a diverse assortment of foods from all three macronutrient categories.

Protein is the most satiating macronutrient – in other words, it is the most filling. Carbohydrates come in second to protein, and fat takes third place.

Fiber is also filling, so including it in meals can reduce mindless snacking (which humans are prone to do when boredom sets in – and let’s face it, being stuck indoors for days on end can get boring).

In a previous article, we stressed that the foods you store for emergencies should provide you with the energy you’ll need during challenging times. Finding foods that are high in complex carbs and dietary fiber are more efficient from a dietary standpoint and will keep you feeling fuller longer.

To build balanced meals, including a source of each: protein, carbohydrate (ideally with fiber), and fat. Low carbohydrate vegetables (like broccoli and leafy greens) have no limits – add them to meals generously.

Here are some sample meal ideas that include each of the macronutrients:

  • Eggs (protein), spinach and tomatoes, cheese (protein/fat), whole grain toast (carb/fiber), and butter (fat)
  • Chicken (protein), vegetables, brown rice (carb/fiber), olive oil (fat)
  • Steak (protein), salad with leafy greens, potato – sweet or white (carb/fiber), almonds (fat), salad dressing – olive oil w/balsamic vinegar and herbs (fat)

If you are unable to cook, you’ll need sources of each macronutrient in shelf-stable, ready-to-eat form, so we have included ideas for those in each category.

Protein sources

Protein is made up of amino acids, which are the building blocks for our bodies. If we consume excess protein in our diets, our bodies will usually find a way to use it – we don’t store a lot of extra amino acids like we do carbohydrates and fat. Because we either use or excrete extra protein, we need to replenish it through our diets.

Daily protein needs vary among individuals. Body composition, activity level, and overall health are factors that need to be considered when calculating protein needs. A VERY general guideline is one gram of protein per pound of body weight for healthy adults.

You likely already know that eggs, poultry, and meat are good sources of protein, but what about shelf-stable sources?

Here are some options to consider:

  • Protein bars: There are many, many varieties available to choose from, and they are not created equal. Read labels, and be sure to select bars that aren’t loaded with sugar. The RXBAR brand is a good choice – these whole food bars provide 12 grams of protein in 210 calories or less and are available in a wide variety of flavors, including Almond Butter, Peanut Butter, Chocolate Sea Salt, Blueberry, and Mixed Berry. These bars are among my personal favorites and have no added sugar, and are gluten, soy, and dairy free. Oh, and the shelf life is 10 months from the time they are made. Not bad for a whole food bar that contains no preservatives.
  • Protein powder: Varieties include whey, casein, egg, soy, vegetable, pea, rice, and hemp. Look for brands that do not contain added sugar or fillers. The fewer ingredients, the better. My personal favorite is Nutiva Organic Hemp Protein but there are many to choose from. Naked Nutrition makes nearly every kind of protein powder possible, and with minimal ingredients. All you need to make a basic protein shake is the powder and water. If you are able to use a blender, you can add more ingredients – like frozen fruits and vegetables – to make protein shakes and smoothies. To make your protein shakes and smoothies extra nutritious, you can add a scoop of a green food powder. Nativas Organics offers delicious superfood powders.
  • Jerky and air-dried beef: You can either purchase jerky, or make your own jerky or pemmican. When making your own, you can purchase cheaper cuts of meat, marinate it and dehydrate it. An alternative to traditional jerky is air-dried aged beef, like these, from Kalahair Biltong. 
  • Dehydrated meat: You can purchase this, or make your own – here’s how: Dehydrating Meat Sources for Your Food Pantry.
  • Bone broth: This is very nutritious stuff, and is versatile. It can be heated and eaten like soup or sipped on like a hot beverage. Make your own with leftover chicken carcasses from dinner or purchase beef soup bonesSlow cook your soup and freeze it for later use. In the event of an emergency, you can take out one bag at a time and place in the refrigerator. This will keep the refrigerator temperature down in extended off-grid emergencies. Additionally, you can your bone broth for longer longevity.
  • Protein pancakes or waffles: Kodiak Cakes Power Cakes mix is a great pantry addition and will come in handy if you are able to cook.
  • Beans and lentils: High in fiber, protein, minerals, and vitamins, beans and lentils are a nutritious pantry stable. In fact, beans and rice are a complete protein source! Smaller beans have shorter cook times and will conserve limited fuel sources in an emergency (keep cook times in mind when stocking food for emergencies).
  • Dried milk: A common emergency pantry item, powdered milk is high in protein and can be used for many purposes.

Carbohydrate and fiber sources

Many preppers find solace in growing produce from their gardens and preserving the fresh grown fruits and vegetables. Doing so gives them a constant supply of food to put away and seeds for the next year (provided that the seeds they use are non-GMO).

Fortunately, it is not difficult to find nutritious shelf-stable sources of carbohydrates and fiber.

  • Dehydrated fruits and vegetables: Dehydrating vegetables and fruits for long-term storage is a great way to get needed nutrition into diets with minimal investment. The dehydration process removes moisture from the food so that bacteria, yeast, and mold cannot grow. The added benefit is the dehydration process minimally affects the nutritional content of food. Dehydrated foods can last for 12 months or longer, provided they have been stored properly. Choose fruits and vegetables that are the most calorie dense. Look for small boxes of dried fruits for easy meal assembly. For best results, follow these rules when dehydrating.
  • Freeze-dried fruits and vegetables: Freeze-dried foods are emergency pantry favorites because their shelf life is much longer compared to dehydrated foods. Due to the freeze-drying process, freeze-dried foods are more expensive, but can last 25 years or longers. So, if you’re looking to ensure your long-term food needs are met, this is a good investment.
  • Whole grains: Keeping an assortment of whole grains like wheat and oats in your pantry can provide your family with healthful options in the event of an emergency. Some grains don’t even need to be cooked before eating – you can soak steel-cut oats, bulgur, and whole-grain couscous in water overnight, making perfect ready-to-eat meals – no heating required.
  • Granola and dry cereals: These are also good options – just watch the sugar content, because some can be quite high. Rice cakes are another option – spread a little nut butter and/or jam on them, or top them with dried fruit. Dehydrated/dried fruit can be added to granola and cereal and eaten with your choice of milk or made into trail mix that can be eaten as a snack.
  • Quinoa: Pronounced “keen-wah”, this unique food is often classified as a grain, but it is technically a seed. Quinoa is gluten-free, high protein, high fiber, and packed with nutrients. Use it to make nutritious snack bars, or try this fritters recipe.

Fat sources

Usually, fat sources that are solid at room temperature last longer on your pantry shelf. Fat sources can go rancid over time, and not only do they taste terrible when that happens, but they also aren’t good for your health. To increase the life of your fat sources, store them in a cool dark place, out of direct sunlight. Don’t let water get into the containers, and use a clean utensil every time you scoop a bit out.

  • Ghee: A type of highly clarified butter that’s popular in South Asian and Middle Eastern cooking, ghee is made by removing all the moisture and milk solids from butter. This makes it lactose-free and provides a higher smoke point than regular butter. Ghee has a longer shelf life than regular butter, both refrigerated and at room temperature. It does not need to be refrigerated, even after you open the jar. Most ghee is shelf stable for up to a year, as long as it is stored in a cool, dark place. Ghee is naturally rich in Vitamins A, E, and K, Omega-3, CLA, and butyric acid.
  • Coconut oil: Coconut oil is solid at room temperature and melts at a low temperature. It can withstand high heat, unlike many other cooking oils. It can be used for sautéing, baking, roasting, and even frying. You can use it to replace butter in many recipes. There are two main types of coconut oil: refined/expeller-pressed and unrefined/extra-virgin (or virgin). The refined version does not taste or smell like coconut and can be used in recipes where you don’t want to taste any trace of coconut. Check to be sure the brand you buy doesn’t use solvents in the refining process. Oh, and coconut oil can be used for many things – to learn more about that, see 39 Manly Uses for Coconut Oil in Your Bushcraft Kit.
  • Olive oil: Long revered for its known health benefits, olive oil is an excellent fat source to keep in your pantry. The shelf life of olive oil varies based on the type of container it is stored in, and freshness when purchased. It generally is best if used within a year of pressing. Olive oil typically lasts for 18 months to 3 years, opened or unopened. Store your olive oil in a cool dark place, away from sunlight – and don’t keep it near the stove (the heat can cause it to go bad faster).
  • For more on oils, how to store them, and the average shelf of various oils, check out this handy resource: How Long Does Oil Last?
  • Nuts and seeds: This food source is one of the most nutrient dense foods and contains fiber, which can help you stay full longer. Nuts also contain protein. Seeds like chia seeds are especially high in nutrient content. Look for lower-salt varieties. The shelf life of nuts varies a lot, according to the type of nut, when they were bought, and how they are stored. Most nuts (and nut flours) can be stored in the freezer, which makes long-term storage of the kinds your family likes easier. The fresher the nuts are when you buy them, the better. Nuts are usually best kept in your refrigerator, especially when the weather is warm – they can become rancid more quickly in warm environments. Store them in sealed bags or containers. This chart from Eat By Date provides more detailed information on shelf life for specific nuts: How Long Do Nuts Last?
  • Nut butters: If your family doesn’t burn through nut butters as fast as mine does, purchase them in smaller packages. Some nut butters do need to be refrigerated. Justin’s Nut Butter brand makes single-serving packets which are perfect for bug out bags or if you are making your own MREs (meals ready to eat) Read labels – some nut butters contain added oils and sugar. Or, make your own – all you need is a blender or food processor, nuts, and jars or storage containers.

Beverages

Of course, water should be your top priority when it comes to building your emergency pantry.

However, there are various reasons you may want to include other things to drink in your emergency pantry. Many of us can’t imagine going a day without coffee, for example. In fact, during a long emergency situation – especially during the colder months – coffee can be a great source of comfort. Thankfully, there are ways to prepare coffee without electricity, should your power go out.

Instant coffee, powdered milk, rice milk, almond milk, and other non-dairy beverages can be stored in the pantry until ready to use (must be kept cold after opening, so buy small containers if you won’t use them up in one day).

Tea can provide comfort and nutrients during emergency situations, so consider keeping a variety of herbal options in your pantry.

And there you have it!

Hopefully, you’ll find the ideas presented here helpful when you are building your emergency pantry. Are there any items you’d add that we left out? Please feel free to share in the comments.

Be well!

Additional Reading:

8 Nutritious Foods You Can Afford When You’re Practically Broke

How To Stock a Prepper Pantry

Prepping for a Full On Breakdown? Stockpile These Foods

5 (More) Foods That Last Forever

This article was originally published by Lisa Egan at Tess Pennington’s ReadyNutrition.com

Tess is the author of The Prepper’s Blueprint: How To Survive ANY Disaster

Preppers chemistry: How to make your own activated charcoal water filter and hand warmers

prepperSelf-sufficiency is a highly important skill that you should strive to achieve for your own personal benefit. After all, you wouldn’t want to be caught unaware once disaster strikes. In terms of being self-sufficient as far as drinking water and personal heating are concerned, you can fall back on a little bit of simple chemistry to get you through. Fortunately, it doesn’t take a lot of time or resources to formulate a good solution for either one.

Chemistry, in this regard, doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll need to start mixing up chemicals of all sorts and trying out new combinations for these mixtures. It’s more simple than you realize. You just have to figure out what your best options are when it comes to turning potentially contaminated water into potable water to avoid various diseases, as well as to generate enough heat to warm at least your sleeping area so you can get through the night easier.

First, the act of creating potable drinking water should be performed to help guarantee your health. Too often, people fall victim to contaminated water that contains either heavy metals or bacteria that can cause major problems. For this reason, it’s important to run any and all water that you intend to drink through an effective filtration system. And the way you should go about doing that in a survival scenario is by using an activated charcoal water filter.

Why go with activated charcoal? The first reason is that it can be made rather quickly. Unless you already have charcoal on hand, getting activated charcoal for your Do-It-Yourself (DIY) filtration system should be quick and easy. Not to mention, the process is extremely cheap considering what you’re going to get out of it. So how exactly are you going to make yourself an activated charcoal water filter?

Initially, you should acquire charcoal. The process for making charcoal itself is rather straightforward. Take a pile of wood covered with leaves and a thick layer of mud, burn it all inside a closed containment unit, and let the resulting mound cool for up to a couple of days. It’s better if you can find charcoal from other sources, as it cuts down on your own effort and doesn’t require extra resources. Once you have the charcoal, you can turn it into activated carbon – charcoal is also carbon – by first turning it into a powder then dissolving salt like road salt in it before rinsing all the salt out again.

The resulting activated carbon can be used in a water filtration system that also involves the use of sands and rocks of gradually increasing grade. Of course, you’d still need to boil water to clear out any remaining contaminants and bacteria, but a properly working filter with activated carbon also goes a long way to help make things better.

As for creating a method to produce heat in order to avoid having to get in a cold bed in times of disaster, you can make a simple chemical-based warmer. First, you’ll need a container. Ideally, you should go with something that can be easy to work with, yet doesn’t break that easily. Once you have decided on a container, like a resealable bag made out of clear vinyl or something similar, you can fill it up with your heating mixture of choice.

Learning chemistry as part of your road to self-sufficiency can be a lot more rewarding than you think. It’s better to prepare ahead of time to make sure that you can make it through when SHTF.

Read more articles on prepping in Bugout.news.

Sources include:

SurvivalBlog.com

Originally posted: https://www.naturalnews.com/2018-03-14-how-to-make-your-own-activated-charcoal-water-filter.html

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Is it edible? 3 easy steps to determine if you’ve found something edible in the wild

ediblePreppers have a well-rounded set of skills and if they’re stuck in the wilderness, they have the know-how to survive for a couple of weeks or even longer. Do you know how to identify edibles if you’re lost while hiking or camping?

Once you’re in a safe zone, triage your needs immediately. Remember the top 3 priorities for triaging to determine how long you can survive: three hours without shelter from the cold, three days without potable water, and three weeks without food.

Most camping or wilderness deaths are due to hypothermia. Try to get some warm clothes and a blanket then locate shelter so you can stay warm. Next on your list is water. If you’re sweating a lot or are very stressed, you will need to find water that’s clean enough to drink immediately.

Food is one of your priorities while triaging so it’s important to know how to search for edible plants. (Related: Don’t poison yourself: 5 things to keep in mind when foraging for edibles in the wilderness.)

Going for one to two days without food can make you “feel lightheaded, fatigued, and possibly even dizzy.” Meanwhile, accidentally eating poisonous food can cause several reactions that range from “relatively mild, like vomiting, to the more severe — organ failure, coma, and eventually death.”

The Universal Edibility Test

This test, which was developed by the United States Army, isn’t 100 percent effective. Some experts say that plants that “can cause serious adverse reactions simply from skin contact” will fail. However, you must learn to adapt, especially when SHTF.

  1. Skin contact test — Crush up the part of the plant that you want to eat, e.g. the leaves or the stalk, and rub it on the inside of your wrist or elbow for 15 minutes. Next, observe the area for the next eight hours. During this time you can only drink water. Reactions like “redness, bumps, burning, pain, itching, etc.” means the plant that you’re eyeing isn’t edible. If you find a plant that passes this test, put the plant to your closed lips for three minutes. Any plant that causes “tingling, burning, itchiness” or any unusual reaction fails this step. Start over, and if the plant passes, go to the next step. Plants can taste bitter or bad, but they might still be edible.
  2. Chew test — Chew the plant, but don’t swallow it. Keep it in your mouth for 15 minutes, and check for any of previously mentioned reactions. Stop the test if you have bad reactions and try again. If the plant passes, you can swallow the plant. Check if you “feel nausea or any ill effects,” then induce vomiting. Drink lots of water. Once you swallow the plant, wait for eight hours. Drink water but don’t eat while waiting.
  3. Edibility test –After the plant passes the eight-hour test and there are no side effects, continue eating at least 1/4 cup of the plant part. Wait again for eight hours and drink water. Anything that passes this final stage of the test is edible.

Tips for identifying edible berries and fruits

You can also try these tips to identify berries and fruits that are safe to eat:

  • Color — The color of a fruit or berry is the first thing that we notice when foraging.
  • Pulp texture — The fruit or berry must be the right texture of interior for that species.
  • Pulp color — Depending on the species, the color of the berry or fruit interior could be the same as the skin or different.
  • Seed number — This will vary depending on the species. Some have only one seed while others have many.
  • Seed color — Pay attention to seed color. It should always match the usual color for that species.
  • Seed size — Again, this will vary depending on the species.
  • Seed shape — If you have a field guide, compare the seed shape to check if the berry or fruit is edible. If you don’t have access to a guide, play it safe and do not eat the fruit or berry.

You can learn more about foraging and survival at FoodSupply.news.

Sources include:

BioPrepper.com

OutdoorLife.com

Originally posted:https://www.naturalnews.com/2018-01-25-is-it-edible-3-easy-steps-to-determine-if-youve-found-something-edible-in-the-wild.html

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10 Essential, must-have items to have before the next natural disaster strikes

survivalBeing prepared for a natural disaster is important, especially if you want to survive. Disaster preparedness starts by having an emergency bag at home. However, do you know which are the most important items that you must have in case of a natural disaster? Here is a list of 10 essential, must-have items in case of a natural disaster, according to an article by AlwaysWellWithin.com.

  1. Supply of water – One of the most important items that you need to have in your disaster preparedness kit is water. After a disaster, acquiring clean drinking water may become more difficult. One person needs at least one to two gallons of water a day. A gallon of water should be enough for a person for three days, in case of evacuation. If you can, try to keep a supply of two weeks’ worth of water at home.
  2. Supply of food – Food is essential to survival. Foods that are easy to prepare and are non-perishable, such as canned soup, meat, vegetables, and fruits, should be included in your disaster preparedness kit. Also include a mechanical can opener in the kit for opening the canned goods. There should be enough food supply for three days in case of evacuation and a two-week supply at home. For food preparation, you must have a simple barbecue, charcoal, starter fuel or one propane unit with two canisters of propane, and some basic cooking utensils ready. Also, do not fail to include waterproof matches or lighters. (Related: ORGANIC SURVIVAL FOOD: Health Ranger launches non-GMO, certified organic survival food instant meals delivering real nutrition, not junk calories)
  3. Shelter essentials – If you’ve lost your home or need to evacuate, you’d require an emergency blanket, a sleeping bag or regular blankets, and a tent, so better include these items in your disaster preparedness kit.
  4. Medical supplies – It is important to prepare a first aid kit, a supply of important medicines for at least one week, and other essential medical supplies such as an inhaler. A first aid kit may include sterile gauze pads, dressings, roller gauze bandages, adhesive tape, non-latex gloves (just in case of latex allergies), hand wipes, hand sanitizers, a ready-to-use ice pack, tweezers, scissors, and a face shield. You may also want to add items such as emergency medications that your family may need, topical anesthetic spray for burns or itches, oral antihistamines for allergic reactions, a triangular bandage or piece of cloth, a thermometer in case of fever, and over-the-counter medicines for common sicknesses such as diarrhea, nausea, and headaches.
  5. Light – There is a high probability that a power outrage will occur either before, during, or after a natural disaster. When there is no electricity, there will be no light, so prepare by packing flashlights, extra batteries, and extra bulbs in your kit. You can also include candles and waterproof matches or lighters.
  6. Radio – Communication is important in emergencies. Having a battery-powered AM/FM radio is important in case of a natural disaster. You cannot rely on your mobile phones during emergencies because there may be no cellular signal or your phones may run out of battery. With radios, you can at least listen to news and stay updated about the happenings in your area.
  7. Cash – Prepare at least $50 on hand in small bills and phone change as cash machines do not work without electricity.
  8. Cellphone and charger – There is a possibility that a mobile phone will not work in a disaster, but it might also be your line to life-saving support.
  9. Sanitation and personal hygiene items – Include toilet paper, toothbrush, soap, and other important sanitary items in your survival kit.
  10. Personal documents – Save and bring with you your personal documents, such as driver’s license, birth certificate, passports, insurance policies, proof of address or lease, medication list and medical information, copies of credit cards, checks.

Sources include:

AlwaysWellWithin.com

HCCUA.org

Originally posted: https://www.naturalnews.com/2017-10-29-10-essential-must-have-items-natural-disaster.html

Prepper Medical Myths That Drive Me Nuts!

Editor’s Note: This post is another entry in the Prepper Writing Contest from Huples. In this article, Huples address some medical myths that he believe is being advanced through some of the information on prepper sites and his perspective on steps you might need to take after a disaster.


First off please do not take this as encouragement or advice. This article is strictly theoretical so stay safe and legal!

My background is a couple of decades in trauma intensive care nursing and recently the excellent article on this site Ultralight Get Home Bag List prompted me to make a long-winded critique comment in which I said “One N95? Carry ten. Pandemic one is worse than none. Hum. Maybe an article about that is needed!” and so this is that. I also have a few things to say about wound care, hand washing, dealing with the dead, euthanasia, and suturing based on reading and viewing a few prepper articles.

MedicalMythsSupplies below are obtainable from a Pharmacist or a friendly nurse but the suggestions to obtain prescription medications and equipment is, as I said, theoretical, and do not do so as it is likely to be both illegal and dangerous.

I look forward to the comments and I expect you all to be rough on me :-)

N95 Masks

These are seen as the gold standard for pandemics and gas/smoke situations.

For gas/smoke they might help a bit but frankly a wet bandanna or a specific smoke hood/gas mask is the prep.

In pandemics they reduce but never eliminate the chance of droplet infection. The 95 means 95% of suspend particulate in the air won’t be inhaled IF you are using it right. So avoid heavy breathing and looking into people’s mouths!

In a pandemic you will need these. I’d suggest 100 per individual for urban preppers. More if you can get them as their cash value will soar.

In my get home bag I have four not one. They last about 20 minutes to one hour depending on your activity level. You breath out moisture. They rapidly fail when damp. They won’t be of much use beyond that except as a reminder to never, ever touch your face/hair. In rain, especially heavy rain keep 6-12 feet away from people and you will be fine without a mask. In dry conditions stay 12-20 feet away.

3M 8511 Particulate N95 Respirator with Valve

Shave your mustache and beard if you feel the need to use one.

Put it on with the bottom strap under your ears/on your neck. Then pull the top strap over your ears and touch only the nose bridge area (it should be metal) and tighten it by pressing. After this do not touch it except to discard. Wash your hands, remove the bottom strap pulling it over your head, and then pull it swiftly off using the top strap. Never, ever treat the discarded mask as anything but a germ laden death trap. Into a plastic bucket by dropping it in and then close it tightly. Then wash your hands.

They cannot be reused and they should never be dangling under your chin and then reused. Do not draw lips on them either. It looks cute but puts you at risk. They are ideal to put on if fleeing a train or stadium. They are required to deal with new people or the ill.

Wound care

Some people seem to believe that antibiotic ointments are antibiotics and seem determined to use them for all wound care. The amount of antibiotic is minimal.

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There are two types of wounds – superficial and deep. Clean both with sterile normal saline [0.9%]. The deeper ones really need flushing. The superficial wounds dab away with sterile gauze. Remove all foreign objects using your tick forceps (you have these right?). Use antibiotic ointment to cover superficial wounds and burns. Lightly apply it not thickly. Cover lightly if large and leave open if small. Reapply three times a day.

Deep wounds should never have antibiotic ointment put in them. It is not sterile and is really hard to remove when doing three times a day cleaning. Nor should you shove tampons, etc in unless you can easily remove them and the bits of cotton wool that flake off. Use saline and squirt it in.

Remember blood is dramatic and always looks much more than it is. In survival if the patient is talking to you it is not the time to panic and if they are unconscious should you be using supplies on them at all?

Loosely pack all deep wound fully with sterile dressing gauze or those quick blood stop sterile packages. Around deep wounds and burns the antibiotic ointment is awesome to promote healing. Yes use tampons if you have no real gear but I’d not count on survival as likely. If you have real antibiotics use them on people with deep wounds day one.

For deep and superficial wounds I use 3% hydrogen peroxide for the first cleaning. Bubbles and does not hurt. Great to push out debris but then flush well with saline as it will retard healing. However debris left inside the body will cause sepsis and death.

Hand Washing

Few prepper videos ever show hand washing but it is the single most important medical prep there is.

In most scenarios a simple bottle of hand sanitizer will work but plain old soap and water works better, is cheaper, and can be made long after Costco closes. Sure you can make alcohol and use it but I’d rather drink my post SHTF alcohol and sell it. Basic hand washing before eating and drinking seems forgotten by many yet hand to mouth spread of germs is one of the most common way people die in many less developed parts of the world. Boil your water but wash your hands first every time!

For medical stuff have all rings, watches, paracord bracelets off, and wash for two minutes with soap under running water starting at the finger tips and going up to both your elbows. Do this if a radiological or biological event has occurred before entering your retreat and do it again after changing your clothes.

Dealing with the Dead

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The problem is likely not germs or disposal as is often thought. It is the post STHF Coroner!

Avoid them wherever possible especially if they are moldy or wormy. If a loved one dies during a pandemic photograph their illness, take dated notes, and then use trash bags with duct tape to make a body bag. Remove them and bury them 3 feet (6 to 10 feet is ideal) underground away from water sources. Cover this with heavy wood and rocks. Photograph everything in case a post SHTF Coroner shows up. You do not routinely need an N95 mask or gloves for the freshly dead unless it is a pandemic. The dead will expel gas and body fluids. That will freak you out until you get used to it. If you leave them a few hours they will go rigid and are much easier to move but beware as they will be dead weight!

Euthanasia

This remains illegal so I am in no way suggesting it as a solution.

Theoretically I would have an ample stock of rapid acting insulin {Humulin R} and a syringe. Injecting 1-2 ml of the 5ml stock into a vein will likely cause overwhelming glucose movement and rapid death. Expect a seizure but they won’t feel anything and death will be rapid. 1ml is 100 units. A lot of nonsense is said about storing insulin but it is fine at temperatures below 20C so use a root cellar in hot climes. As with everything it will expire gradually so just up the dosage.

The newly dead by this method are also edible so a theoretical solution to pet concerns in a really bad SHTF scenario. Again photograph them (humans not Fido!) and then after they are dead. Do not mention euthanasia or insulin ever to anyone. As I said this is theoretical but if you have to kill only a bullet is nicer than this. Lots of aspirin and Tylenol works but they cause a hideous death that is prolonged. Massive narcotics would be ideal if available but insulin will be much faster.

Suturing

This seems to becoming a growth area in prepping yet steri-strips work better and are less invasive for smaller wounds. The October 2015 Apocabox had some cheap ones (sorry Creek!) but most nurses can grab much better ones.

Practice and use sterile sutures. Do not pull them tight as you want the edges of the wound to be touching but not rammed hard together. Remove them Day 7 or 14 and take alternate ones out the first days. Stop if obviously infected. Treat as fresh wound and consider opening it up and flushing with saline again and restarting the suturing. If you use normal sewing thread please, please boil it and needle for at least 30 minutes before using it and avoid touching it afterwards. Sterile is the goal not merely clean for anything you insert into the human body in a medical situation.

Take a course in wilderness medicine but really you need to talk an ED or ICU nurse into joining your group. MDs and Vets are great but many of us nurses are the ones who actually deal with the stuff and figure out how to treat rather than just ordering treatment.

Source: http://www.theprepperjournal.com/2016/01/02/prepper-medical-myths-that-drive-me-nuts/

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Everyday items that can be used for survival and prepping

Emergency-Preparedness-ChecklistOur homes, cars, offices and even dustbins are full of stuff that we barely give a second glance to. Many of those items are multi-purpose and can be used for prepping and/or in situations where our survival is challenged. Being able to adapt and use regular everyday items that you have around you is an important skill and can make a real difference to you chances of survival. (Story by Liz Bennett, republished from UnderGroundMedic.com.)

When we think of these situations our minds often imagine us stuck in the wilderness in a snow storm…or freezing to death stuck on the M25. It all depends where you live as to the situation you could find yourself in.

Although it’s a fact that large cities will be far more dangerous than a rural retreat should the SHTF, many people will not leave. Some just have nowhere else to go, others couldn’t leave other relatives undefended and some make a conscious decision to stay put. Those that are left behind will have a massive amount of materials at their disposal if they are able to access it.

We also know that just because you have made the decision to leave it may in real life not work out like that. In that light it’s worthwhile to have a look at some everyday household items that can be adapted to uses their inventors never even considered.

Here are some items that you may not have thought of as multi-purpose. I won’t bother listing the regular use for items…I think that’s pretty obvious.

Bra: Cut at the center front, a bra makes two reasonable particulate matter facemasks. Not as good as an N95 but far, far better than nothing.

Tampons/sanitary napkins: Fluffed up a tampon can make pretty good tinder and left whole they are excellent for plugging penetrating wounds. Make sure that you remove them from the wound carefully to avoid dislodging any clot that has formed in the depth of the wound. Sanitary napkins are great as pressure dressings and both tampons and napkins make good water filters. Fluffed up both items will take a spark and are useful as tinder. The string on a tampon can be used as a wick in any oil type candle/light. Allow the string to soak up the oil or fat and then light.

Shoelaces:
There are several uses for shoelaces. Use as cordage where length is not an issue such as holding a splint in place. They can be used as a small snare and even as an emergency tourniquet.

Empty soda bottle: Another item that has many uses. With the top and bottom cut off and a cut up the side you get a sheet of plastic that can be re-rolled and used as a funnel of many sizes depending on how tight you roll it. Unfurling the same sheet of plastic and placing it around a wounded arm will hold the dressing in place very effectively. Applying it to a broken arm will provide some measure of support if taped in place. Strips but off the sheet will take a flame even when wet and it’s therefore useful as a fire-starter when every other form of tinder is sodden. Soda bottles make excellent mini solar stills. Now I don’t know how thick the plastic is in the U.S., but here there is little chance of rolling the plastic to make a lip inside the bottle, it’s just too stiff for that. A different approach is needed. Cut the top off a couple of inches below the shoulder of the bottle. Make three slits from the cut edge towards the top, this allows the plastic to overlap when you put it back together. Gather whatever it is that you intend to evaporate, plant material chopped up small, manure, urine, muddy water, it can be anything as long as its wet. Put it in some kind of container. This can be anything from the lid off a deodorant can to a ‘bowl’ made of tinfoil, as long as it’s smaller than the diameter of the bottle it matters not. Place it in the bottom of the bottle and then fix the top section back on, the slits you made will make this simple. Then sit back and wait. As the sun heats up the air inside the bottle the material dries out, evaporation will run down the sides of the bottle into the base. This water is pure and ready to drink. Washed and dried they are excellent for storing dried supplies such as rice and they are brilliant as slug traps to save your precious veggies.To make the trap cut the bottle just below the shoulder. take the top off and invert so that the upside down top is now inside the bottom of the bottle. Slugs love the smell of fermenting yeast so either mix a little yeast with warm water and sugar and pour it into the trap or pour in a couple of inches of beer. Leave half an inch sticking out of the ground to stop good bugs falling in. This can be adapted to a wasp trap and fly trap by altering the contents of the bottle. For flying insects, replace the top and make a hole in it so its far more difficult for the flies/wasps to escape.

Garbage bags: You really do get what you pay for with bin bags, go for thick good quality ones. They have tons of uses. You can pull one over you if you’re stuck in an exposed situation. Staying dry is a prerequisite of staying warm. Ditto for turning one into an over ‘jacket’. Cut holes for your head and arms and away you go. Split the side and the bottom seam for an instant groundsheet. Cut into strips and braided they makes a strong cord, you can even crochet doormats with unbraided strips…not that you often need doormats to survive, but I just thought I’d mention it. Rolled down to form a rim they make excellent rain catchers or temporary water carriers. I know people recommend condoms for this but have you ever tried to fill a condom with water that isn’t coming out of a tap? Try it, you’ll see what I mean. Fill with leaves and moss for a pillow or mattress or split along the bottom and sides and tie between branches to form a sunshade…or static umbrella. Most rubbish bags are black, and if filled with snow they will absorb heat from a fire from a considerable distance, providing you with drinking/washing water. To avoid the possibility of leaks double them up if you bring them into the house. In dire circumstances, they can be used as a floatation aid. Open them up and turn around a full circle to entrap air. It’s not something I would take a chance on unless my life truly depended on it. Before the invention of patient movement systems, we used bin bags to move patients from a gurney or trolley onto a bed. The make excellent sliders. cut the bottom off the bag so you have a large, double plastic sheet. Gently roll the casualty to one side and stuff the bag under them, kind of rough concertina style. Ease them down then roll them the other way. You will see the bag around the midline of their body. Unfurl the bag so it’s a sheet again and ease the patient back down onto their back. All you do now, is push them at the shoulder and hip, and the bag will roll on itself taking them to the new position. For particularly large people someone can assist by gently pulling on their clothing, guiding them across to the bed. Using the eyelets to turn a tarp into a large version of the bag allows you to move heavy objects quite easily.

Condoms: Even stretching the neck of the condom filling it with water from a pond or river is time-consuming and you usually end up wet. Well, I do, and that’s something to be avoided in survival situations. Condoms are good for keeping things dry though, they act as mini dry-packs. Matches, tinder and spare batteries all fit very nicely with room to knot the ensuring the contents stay totally dry until you need them. Cut off the tip and you can use them as a tourniquet.

Pantyhose: Excellent stretch means you can use them as a support for a poncho shelter. They are good to use as a sling and can be used to tie splints in place. The fine mesh makes them useful as a water filter. Again they can be used as a tourniquet and I am told you can make a pretty good sling shot with them though I have never tried this.

Bank cards: Use as a scraper to remove stings or as a flutter valve for a sucking chest wound. Used whole they can help inflate a deflated lung caused by a sucking chest wound. Put over the hole and tape on three sides only. The card acts as a flutter valve, preventing air from entering the wound but allowing air outside of the lung, but inside the chest cavity to escape as the lung inflates.Cut into strips they ate excellent finger splints.

Duct tape: This needs an article all to itself…and there are many of those out there. Use for everything from splinting a broken leg to fixing a window and everything in between. Remember that by putting strips sticky sides together you can make a sheet of incredible strong ‘fabric’ that has dozens of applications.

Clear plastic bags: These can also be used as a flutter valve in a pinch. Stick on three sides only to allow air in the chest cavity to escape and to prevent more air from entering. excellent for covering burns as the bag doesn’t stick to the defect. Good for carrying snow to melt for water later.

Cling film/plastic food wrap: Another item that’s good for covering burns. Gathered together and twisted it makes a very strong material that has dozens of uses…I just haven’t thought of them yet!

Long socks: Stretch over full soda bottles and leave for a few days then roll then down to form ‘donuts’. This allows you to roll them easily over wound dressings on the limbs and to use them as a sling. Roll onto the arm and once positioned pin to clothes at the shoulder. Stuffed with sand, grit and grass, in that order from the bottom up they make a simple debris filter for water filtration. Fill them with pebbles to make a weapon.

Petroleum jelly: An old favourite. Used with cotton wool balls or leaves, you get decent fire starters. It prevents chafing and is good for waterproofing boots. Used on manual and garden tools it prevents rusting.

Spectacles/eyeglasses: An old pair of glasses has several uses. The lens can be used as a magnifying glass for close work or as a fire lens. The frames could possibly be fashioned into various hooks…or so I am told.

Paper clips: Improvised fishing hooks. you can also open an iPhone with one if you lose the little pokey lock pick thing hey give you. when replacements are hard or impossible to come by they make excellent zipper tabs.

Bandanas: It may just be easier to list a few of these because bandanas have literally dozens of uses:

  • wind/dust mask
  • debris water filter
  • soak in water and use as a neckband to keep cool
  • use dry as a neckband to keep the chill out
  • sling
  • secure a splint
  • rip up as cordage
  • rip up and use as trail markers
  • bandage
  • towel or washcloth
  • tourniquet
  • improvised weapon…filled with stones and tied up

The uses for a bandana could occupy an article all on its own so I’m leaving it at that.

Coffee filters: Not as many uses as a bandana but they are as self-explanatory:

  • paper towel substitute
  • debris filter for water
  • toilet paper
  • tinder

Activated Charcoal: Activated charcoal is simply the charcoal resulting from a wood fire. It’s not as effective as charcoal produced from exceptionally high temperatures such as in a wood fired kiln, but it’s still valuable to have around. Activated charcoal can bind heavy metals and toxins that may be present in water. Adding a couple of crushed lumps to water and leaving it for 15 minutes before you drink it will reduce the amount of toxins in the water. It doesn’t remove bacteria or viruses so boiling or other filtration methods are still needed. It can be used as camo paint when crushed and mixed with water and removes odours when crushed and mixed with the offending material. It can be crushed up and eaten in cases of chemical poisoning and although no substitute for medical assistance if help isn’t available you have nothing to lose in trying to bind the toxins with charcoal. the charcoal can be digested by the body without incident but it should not be used by anyone with intestinal blockage/constipation unless their life depends on it.

Upholstery needles: These are often curved and make wound stitching much easier. See here for an article on suturing wounds.

Mylar blankets: You can find almost two dozen uses for them here and plenty more in the comments that follow the article.

Preppers are the most adaptable group of people you could wish to meet, anything you guys add to the list will be collated and listed in a future article.

Take care

Liz

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Learn how to dry herbs for long-term storage and health self-reliance

Dried-Herbs-Bowl-HealthyMost herbs are easy to grow in your garden or even indoors on a windowsill or in a hanging planter. They are just as easy to dry for long-term storage. Not only are herbs tasty additions to lots of recipes and the basis of teas, rubs, spice blends and more, but many also offer health-promoting and medicinal properties as well.

Anyone preparing for long-term emergencies or just wanting to keep their kitchen well-stocked should consider learning how to dry their own healthful and flavorful organic homegrown herbs.

Shelle Wells at PreparednessMama.com has posted a helpful guide for drying herbs using several different techniques. And as she points out, regular harvesting is good for the plants and will provide a steady supply of herbs for storage. As she explains in her article, which you can read here:

You can dry herbs throughout the season as time allows, it’s easy to do, and it costs less to purchase your own plants than purchasing dried herbs from the store. Your plants actually respond to regular cuttings by growing better. It keeps them compact and prevents them from flowering and setting seed.

The benefit of regular harvests? You will have a longer harvest time and more herbs to dry.

For harvesting, choose a sunny, dry day. Make sure the leaves aren’t damp — wait until the sun has dried the dew on them. Don’t wash them unless they are very dirty, and keep them out of direct sunlight until you are ready to start the drying process. Dry them soon after harvesting, before they begin to wilt.

Here are descriptions of the four basic methods for drying herbs:

Hang Drying – This is an easy traditional method for drying herbs, and as Shelle notes, it will add a homey touch to your kitchen to have colorful bundles of herbs hanging around. Bundle the herbs according to relative size and tie them together using a rubber band at the base of the stems. Bundling them will help keep them from becoming too dry and losing their flavor. Hang them out of direct sunlight in a well-ventilated area that doesn’t contain too much moisture.

Screen Drying – Another easy method, just make sure the screen has plenty of air circulation underneath. A screen with a frame and supported by a few bricks is perfect. The herbs should be placed on the screen in a single layer — it’s okay if they are touching each other, because they will shrink as they dry.

Microwave Drying – I personally don’t recommend this method, but I guess if you are in a hurry to use your herbs, it won’t hurt to dry a small amount in the microwave. I believe you will lose flavor and some health benefits through microwave drying, but maybe I’m just old-fashioned. If you want to microwave dry them, however, here’s how to do it: Arrange a single layer of leaves between two paper towels and microwave them for 30 seconds on a low setting. Turn them over and microwave them again for another few seconds, if necessary.

Dehydrator Drying – Food dehydrators work fine for herb drying, but you’ll want to use a low temperature setting — around 95 degrees, according to Shelle. She also recommends separating strong-smelling herbs from milder ones so that the milder ones don’t absorb their scent.

For storing herbs, wait until they are fully dry and remove the leaves from the stems. Place them in airtight containers for storage (glass is best) without crushing the leaves. Crushing releases the aromatic oils, so you should wait until you are ready to use them. Herbs will start to lose their aroma after a year or so but are still okay to use beyond that point. If possible, however, keep a yearly harvest cycle going, so you’ll always have a fresh supply on hand.

For an easy, low-cost, electricity-free way to grow your own organic herbs and vegetables, check out Food Rising Mini-Farm Grow Boxes at FoodRising.org.

Source:

http://preparednessmama.com

http://foodrising.org

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Author:Daniel Barker

Preparing for an Ebola pandemic ensures survival, confidence and calm

Natural News editor Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, has been busy again lately, recording several episodes’ worth of a course that contains very useful information regarding how best to protect yourself and your family in today’s chaotic, bio-infected world.

His latest course, Episode 12, is titled,”Remaining Calm: Why Ebola Preparedness Leads to Confidence and Calm,” is now available at BioDefense.com, and as is the case with all previous discussions, it is available free of charge to the public.

In this episode, Adams leads off by saying that he has fielded scores of questions and concerns regarding the current Ebola outbreak, its spread to the United States and what people can do to better prepare for it.

“I’ve had a lot people of contact me since [the disease] was found in Dallas,” he said. “There’s a lot of concern that [Ebola] is spreading, that even if [the first patient, Thomas Eric Duncan] is controlled, then… It could be spreading through people that are just flying into the country, going right through Customs, and then [are] walking around major U.S. cities.”

He added: “I’ve never heard so many people in a state of fear about an epidemic before… so I thought it would be really important to really explain why we need to stay calm about this.”

Relax – and prepare now

In this course, Adams discusses several important aspects of the Ebola outbreak, its spread to the U.S., what to expect, what is ahead and, vitally, what measures people can take to be prepared and, thus, calm their fears.

Here is a summary of what Adams discusses in this episode:

  • the sooner you get prepared, the more rational justification you have for remaining calm and confident;
  • are you ready right now to survive a 21-day quarantine in your own home?
  • most Americans have no ability to survive for 21 days in isolation;
  • can you survive for 21 days without electricity?
  • don’t depend on food being available at grocery stores;
  • be prepared for looters to try to break into homes and businesses;
  • don’t ever allow yourself to need food from the government;
  • if you want to feel calm, give yourself good reasons to feel calm;
  • there’s still plenty of time to get prepared if you start now;
  • start making better decisions about where to spend your discretionary income;
  • build up your preparedness supplies consistently, over time;
  • have a bug-out plan;
  • know when to bug out by monitoring local infection counts;
  • have some preparedness supplies stored at your bug out destination;
  • having options creates confidence and calm;
  • in America today, you have remarkable access to anti-viral herbs and superfoods;
  • why you should be growing medicinal herbs and spices right now;
  • taking action now can lead to a sense of optimism about facing the future;
  • humanity will move forward even after a global pandemic;
  • understanding the origins of pessimism and panic;
  • panic comes from a lack of knowledge and a lack of preparedness;
  • the CDC is contributing to panic by lying about modes of Ebola transmission;
  • be prepared with multiple layers of defense; and
  • by preparing for a pandemic, you are also simultaneously prepared against all other potential disasters.

The very first step in gaining peace of mind, says Adams, is to start “making a list” of supplies, foodstuffs and medicines you will need if you have to a) venture out of your home during a widening Ebola outbreak; b) take care someone inside your home (click here for a great primer on how to set up a “sick room”); or c)”bug in” – that is, stay in your home during a government-ordered quarantine of two to five weeks (or more). Adams says storable foods and as many as 100 gallons of water per person will go a long way toward getting you prepared for a potential widening Ebola outbreak (or any other manmade or natural disaster).

Click here to listen to the course now.

To learn more about how to prepare for a potential Ebola crisis here in the U.S., be sure to check out:
BioDefense.com.

Sources:

http://biodefense.com

http://www.independent.co.uk

http://www.naturalnews.com

http://science.naturalnews.com

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Be prepared: Wall Street advisor recommends guns, ammo for protection in collapse

Guns_&_Ammo_4A top financial advisor, worried that Obamacare, the NSA spying scandal and spiraling national debt is increasing the chances for a fiscal and social disaster, is recommending that Americans prepare a “bug-out bag” that includes food, a gun and ammo to help them stay alive.

David John Marotta, a Wall Street expert and financial advisor and Forbes contributor, said in a note to investors, “Firearms are the last item on the list, but they are on the list. There are some terrible people in this world. And you are safer when your trusted neighbors have firearms.”

His memo is part of a series addressing the potential for a “financial apocalypse.” His view, however, is that the problems plaguing the country won’t result in armageddon. “There is the possibility of a precipitous decline, although a long and drawn out malaise is much more likely,” said the Charlottesville, Va.-based president of Marotta Wealth Management.

Marotta said that many clients fear an end-of-the-world scenario. He doesn’t agree with that outcome, but does with much of what has people worried.

“I, along with many other economists, agree with many of the concerns expressed in these dire warnings. The growing debt and deficit spending is a tax on those holding dollars. The devaluation in the U.S. dollar risks the dollar’s status as the reserve currency of the world. Obamacare was the worst legislation in the past 75 years. Socialism is on the rise and the NSA really is abrogating vast portions of the Constitution. I don’t disagree with their concerns,” he wrote.

In his latest note, he said that Americans should have a survival kit to take in case of a financial or natural disaster. It should be filled with items that will help them stay alive for the first 72-hours of a crisis, including firearms.

“A bug-out bag is a good idea depending on where you live even if the emergency is just power outages, earthquakes and hurricanes. And with your preparedness you will be equipped to help others who might be in need,” he wrote. “Be prepared. Especially because it keeps you from being scared.”

He provided a list of items and even a link to bug-out bags on Amazon.

Source: Paul Bedard, The Washington Examiner’s “Washington Secrets” columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.

What Are You Going To Do When A Massive EMP Blast Fries The U.S. Electrical Grid?

It is only a matter of time before a massive EMP burst fries the U.S. electrical grid.  What that happens, how are you going to survive?  In the United States today, we are completely and totally dependent on electrical power.  Unless you are Amish (or are a part of a similar community), you probably have absolutely no idea how to survive in a world without electricity.  Unfortunately, our electrical grid is extremely vulnerable at this point.  As you will see below, intelligence officials believe that China and Russia already have “super-EMP weapons”, and a whole host of smaller nations and terrorist groups are believed to be working on developing similar weapons.  But even if the U.S. is never attacked by an EMP weapon, scientists tell us that it is inevitable that a massive solar storm will fry our electrical grid someday.  If an event similar to the solar storm of 1859happened today, it would be absolutely catastrophic.  Known as “the Carrington Event”, that massive solar storm fried telegraph machines all over Europe and North America.  At some point we will experience another such solar storm, and some scientists believe that we are already 50 years overdue for another one.  In fact, the earth had a “near miss” just a few months ago.

So what will happen if we are hit by a massive EMP blast?  Well, according to a government commission that investigated this issue, approximately two-thirds of the U.S. population could potentially die from starvation, disease and societal chaos within one year.  It would be a disaster unlike anything that we have ever seen before in U.S. history.

Frank Gaffney, the president of the Center for Security Policy, is even more pessimistic.  He believes that a single EMP blast could potentially end up killingalmost the entire population of the United States

“Within a year of that attack, nine out of 10 Americans would be dead, because we can’t support a population of the present size in urban centers and the like without electricity”

As a society, we are simply not equipped to function without electricity.  Dr. William Graham was the chairman of the government commission that I mentioned above, and he says that a giant EMP blast could knock the United States back into “the late 1800s” in just a single moment

Life after an EMP attack “would probably be something that you might imagine life to be like around the late 1800s but with several times the population we had in those days, and without the ability of the country to support and sustain all those people,” Graham says. “They wouldn’t have power. Food supplies would be greatly taken out by the lack of transportation, telecommunication, power for refrigeration and so on.”

And remember, this does not require an attack by a foreign power.  A gigantic solar storm could cause an event like this at literally any time.  According to a recent WND article, it is estimated that it would take four to ten years to recover from a direct hit from a massive solar storm…

If the earth is hit by a direct solar flare, some of which can be 14 times the size of the earth, scientists from NASA and the National Academy of Sciences say it would cost the nation alone up to $2 trillion in the first year. It could take four to 10 years to recover and affect 90 percent of the U.S. population, meaning widespread starvation and death.

So what would life look like for you and your family if this happened?

Consider the following…

-There would be no heat for your home.

-Water would no longer be pumped into most homes.

-Your computer would not work.

-There would be no Internet.

-Your phones would not work.

-There would be no television.

-There would be no radio.

-ATM machines would be shut down.

-There would be no banking.

-Your debit cards and credit cards would not work.

-Without electricity, gas stations would not be functioning.

-Most people would be unable to do their jobs without electricity and employment would collapse.

-Commerce would be brought to a standstill.

-Hospitals would not be able to function.

-You would quickly start running out of medicine.

-All refrigeration would shut down and frozen foods in our homes and supermarkets would start to go bad.

-Some vehicles would no longer be able to start at all.

-Traffic lights would no longer be working.

-Airplanes would not be able to go anywhere.

-Wall Street would not be able to function at all.

-Government services would collapse.

A lot of these effects would start to be felt immediately.  An article by Mac Slavo detailed some of the things that we could expect to see in the immediate aftermath of a massive EMP blast…

The first 24 – 48 hours after such an occurrence will lead to confusion among the general population as traditional news acquisition sources like television, radio and cell phone networks will be non-functional.

Within a matter of days, once people realize the power might not be coming back on and grocery store shelves start emptying, the entire system will begin to delve into chaos.

Within 30 days a mass die off will have begun as food supplies dwindle, looters and gangs turn to violent extremes, medicine can’t be restocked and water pump stations fail.

So what is the federal government doing to protect us against such a horrific disaster?

Absolutely nothing.

In fact, according to a recent WND article, ex-CIA Director Michael Hayden says that the Obama administration has no plans to defend us against an EMP blast…

Contrary to the findings of a 2008 commission mandated by Congress to consider a defense against an electromagnetic pulse attack and its effects on the national grid, a retired Air Force general who also headed the National Security Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency says that there isn’t a solution to an EMP attack.

Speaking before the Bipartisan Policy Center at a conference on the threats to the U.S. electrical grid, Michael Hayden also said the Obama administration has no plan to defend against an EMP.

In fact, Hayden says that “there really aren’t any solutions” to this problem…

“I don’t mean to be so flippant, but there really aren’t any solutions to this, so I would just leave it at that,” Hayden said.

Of course that is a complete and total lie.  It would take less than a billion dollars to protect the largest transformers in our electrical grid.  But the Obama administration refuses to do it.

Since the Obama administration is doing nothing, some state government officials are now considering taking action…

At the National Council of State Legislatures last week in Atlanta, a number of lawmakers said they’re preparing legislation similar to a bill introduced in Maine recently did under the leadership of Rep. Andrea Boland.

Efforts are under way to press the membership of the NCSL to address the EMP issue, since the federal government has failed to take action to mitigate the potential for a catastrophic event, whether natural or man-made. An EMP event could knock out the U.S. electrical grid system and the critical infrastructures that rely on it.

Along with the national electrical grid, other critical infrastructures include telecommunications, banking and financial transactions, oil and natural gas pipelines, transportation, food and water delivery, emergency services and space systems.

In short, an EMP event could cause the collapse of society.

And without a doubt, our electrical grid represents the “soft underbelly” of U.S. infrastructure.  Attacks on the electrical grid happen all the time, but most of them are not reported by the mainstream media.  The following report of an attack is from a recent Forbes article

More than 10,000 people in Arkansas were dumped into a blackout Sunday following an attack on that state’s electric grid, the FBI said today, the third such attack in recent weeks. In August, a major transmission line in the region, around Cabot, Ark., was deliberately cut.

The FBI said that two power poles had been intentionally cut in Lonoke County on Sunday, resulting in the outage.

The following is how the FBI described the attack

In the early morning hours of September 29, 2013, officials with Entergy Arkansas reported a fire at its Keo substation located on Arkansas Highway 165 between Scott and England in Lonoke County. Fortunately, there were no injuries and no reported power outages. Investigation has determined that the fire, which consumed the control house at the substation, was intentionally set. The person or persons responsible for this incident inscribed a message on a metal control panel outside the substation which reads, ‘YOU SHOULD HAVE EXPECTED U.S.’

But minor attacks like that are nothing compared to what an EMP weapon could potentially do to our electrical grid.

And our strategic enemies have been working on developing such weapons.  The following is a short excerpt from a statement by Dr. Peter Vincent Pry to the United States Senate Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology and Homeland Security on March 8th, 2005…

Russian and Chinese military scientists in open source writings describe the basic principles of nuclear weapons designed specifically to generate an enhanced-EMP effect, that they term “Super-EMP” weapons. “Super-EMP” weapons, according to these foreign open source writings, can destroy even the best protected U.S. military and civilian electronic systems.

But it is not just Russia and China that we need to be worried about.

According to Pry, North Korea also has such weapons

Pry pointed out that South Korean military intelligence has warned not only their government but also the U.S. that North Korea is developing super-EMP warheads with Russian help.

In 2011, Pry pointed out, a military commentator with the People’s Republic of China stated that North Korea has super-EMP warheads. Data from North Korea’s nuclear tests, he said, are consistent with a super-EMP warhead.

And it should be noted that it is very possible to create a devastating EMP burst without exploding a nuke high up in the atmosphere.  In fact, the U.S. and other nations have been very busy working on such weapons.  For example, the U.S. military has reportedly developed “a directed electromagnetic pulse gun” that can take out all electronics within a limited area.  This kind of EMP weapon can be fired from a plane, a cruise missile or even a drone.  The following is how this class of weapon was described in a WND article

A pre-programmed cruise missile not too different from a drone has been proven to be capable of blasting out an EMP-type microwave that was able to destroy personal computers and electrical systems inside a building over which it was flying.

The U.S. Air Force and its contractor Boeing have created the High-powered Microwave Advanced Missile Project, or CHAMP, which was just tested over a Utah desert.

In addition, “radio frequency weapons” are so simple that terror groups or even “lone wolf crazies” could easily build them and use them.  The following is from an article by F. Michael Maloof

Such an individual with a penchant for electronics can pull together components from a Radio Shack or electronic store – even order the components off of selected Internet websites – and fashion a radio frequency, or RF, weapon.

As microprocessors become smaller but more sophisticated, they are even more susceptible to an RF pulse. The high power microwave from an RF weapon produces a short, very high power pulse, said to be billions of watts in a nanosecond, or billionths of a second.

This so-called burst of electromagnetic waves in the gigahertz microwave frequency band can melt electrical circuitry and damage integrated circuits, causing them to fail.

Constructing a radio frequency weapon is not difficult at all.  In fact, you can find instructions for how to build them on the Internet.

In the future, electromagnetic weapons are going to become even more powerful and even easier to use.

Meanwhile, we are going to continue to become even more dependent on electricity and technology.

And of course even if there is never a major EMP attack against the United States, scientists tell us that it is only a matter of time before a massive solar storm fries the electrical grid.

I hope that you are getting ready while you still can.

EMP Attack On The United States

Source: http://endoftheamericandream.com/ Author: Michael Snyder