Survival Off the Grid

 

 

Disaster High risk Locations
Nuclear Accidents & Risks
Survival Shelters
Green Roofing
Alternate Energy
Insulation & Energy cost Reduction
Off the Grid
Employer cost savings
Employee Disaster Survival
Surviving Infrastructure Loss
Post Apocalyptic Protection & Security
Climate Change Reparations
Home Planning Considerations
Trees & Landscaping

 

Note: It would be a good idea to store all emergency supplies in waterpoof, sealed ziplock bags which float. It would also be a good idea to include multichambered inflatable rafts with oars. Sufficient in size and number to accomodate the survivors and your supplies. A catastrophic shift could possibly flood entire continents, thus, even if you are not in a flood area or think you are above flood levels, it would be a good idea to include these preparations. It would also be a good idea to plan for supplies to last for 3 years plus adequate organic, non GMO seeds to plant food crops to replace your food supplies. This will probably be all you have to survive a global catastrophe which destroys the world infrastructure.
 
Disaster High Risk Locations:
All coastlines and any area below 300 ft above sea level are the highest risk locations throughout the world. Coastal region risks include flooding, wind damage & tornadoes produced by Hurricanes, Typhoons, cyclones, Monsoons and tornadoes. Tornadoes are a hazard at any elevation or location& particularly prolific in the central US. Especially if one hits a nuclear, chemical or dangerous biological plant & spreads the contaminants.

Earthquakes in California, Alaska & the Pacific coast and Wyoming are a continuous threat but within the past 18 months the infamous New Madrid fault between Missouri & Kentucky has become active again after a long dormancy. One of the most destructive quakes ever to strike the US in 1811 & 1812. 

The volcanic regions of Mammoth lake cauldera  & Cascade mountains in California, Yellowstone Region, St Helens and Alaska are ticking time bombs. The Ring of fire has been exceptionally destructive to Japan, Mexico, Indonesia, Chile, Central America, New Zealand & Russia. Italy has its own problems with several famous active volcanoes near large populations.  

Tsunamis are another danger coastal areas face as are toxic oil spills. A major shift of the earth's axis could create Tsunami's over 100 ft high & turn the world into a biblical Noah's Arc like the film 2012. All of the tall mountain ranges would be fairly safe  from floods except for rock slides & Avalanches.  Massive forest fires are another disaster most people fail to consider.

The total melting of all polar ice will increase global sea levels by 297 ft. A 297 ft rise of the ocean levels, equivalent to a 20 story building will significantly destroy the homes of hundreds of millions worldwide. Just the US alone would lose major metropolitan cities such as NYC, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC, Miami and the entire state of Florida, New Orleans, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, Portland and Seattle; just to name a few. Look at Google earth to see the elevations of the major cities & locations near you. 

In addition to the loss of homes & lives would be the loss of most major industries, gov't records, priceless historical collections, electrical grid, fuel, financial backbone and heavily contaminated water resources. Hordes of starving, displaced victims will raid & kill those survivors on higher ground to take what they have. People will become violent, lawless animals. Pillaging, raping & killing in hordes. Troops will enact Martial Law & execute thieves on sight; including those victims seeking food from accessible flooded businesses. The troops wont discern between the guilty seeking valuables & innocent  seeking food. Home owners on higher ground will have to be heavily armed & take special precautions to protect themselves & their families. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sellafield

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/09/04/fukushima-radiation.aspx

http://www.ibtimes.com/uss-ronald-reagan-crew

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_and_radiation_accidents_by_country

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rocky_Flats_Plant

 


Nuclear accidents & Risks:

Even worse will be all of the nuclear reactors of power plants, private companies, universities, defense contractors, military bases & Naval vessels just in the US alone; not to mention international sources such as Japan. Without power to run the generators to cool the reactors & spent fuel rod pools; these reactors will begin to overheat, melt down, build up hydrogen & blow the containment building roofs like the Japan reactors. This will not only include the coastal & low lying reactors worldwide if the power grids are lost it will affect those at every elevation & location. So even those of us who survive will be facing deadly radiation from thousands of burning reactors & a plethora of toxins from thousands of uncontrolled fires worldwide. This will also contaminate our gardens, orchard, water sources & food producing animals.

The devastation from the Japanese nuclear Reactor meltdowns, fallout & other tsunami related destruction is just a tiny example of what we could face if we continue to permit the use of nuclear energy. There is no reason our entire country could not use solar & wind energy. The excuses  for not using clean energy sources are heinous lies & deceptions by the oil, gas, coal & nuclear fuel & power industries to Maintain their death grip on the neck of the populace & sustain their greed at our expense. They own every influential politician in Congress & the White House  regardless of party affiliation. No decent politician will ever gain power. The corrupt energy companies would literally destroy anyone not in their pocket. There is no limit to how far they would go to ensure their control, power & greed. Remember Paul Wellstone & Carnahan & the Kennedy's?

The public needs to break the death grip  of these corrupt energy companies on the nation by installing their own solar & wind power systems as well as ending the use of all nuclear energy  and alternative vehicle fuel. If we don't fight back, these  deadly, greedy corporations & corrupt politicians will be the death of us all. 

This isn't fear of the unknown. I originally intended to be a nuclear scientist like my uncle who died in an accident working on a super hydrogen nuclear test  bomb on Enewetak.  I was the product of Cold War propaganda about safe, clean nuclear energy. The truth was quite the opposite. Nuclear energy is anything but safe or clean and there is  zero room for error.  Check some of the nuclear accident lists on the links below Not just power plants, but civilian & military broken arrow & reactor accidents as well. Read the details of Hanford, Windscale, Rocky Flats, Idaho Falls SL-1 just to name a few. 

You will even find patients throughout the world who died or were severely injured by radiation treatments  which were inadvertently set too high. An easy mistake to transpose 10 msvt to 10 svt or 100 msvt. Or Gsy. They keep changing the unit nomenclature to confuse the public so you can't keep up with the unit  Cross references. But there are hundreds of these cases all over the US if you check the FDA listings for the dozens of citations & fines cited at major providers of radiology service& hospitals in every major city in the US. Some repeatedly. Who knows whether every incident was reported or whether every victim was notified of dosage mistakes. After all, it would be blamed on their cancer or heart failure as long as the radiation levels did not produce visible burns.  The radiation sickness could easily be blamed on standard reaction to cancer treatment. Once you read the FDA violations, you will be in for a shock.  Another startling report to read is the Los Alamos worker injury report from the LANL website. 

I learned the details of spent nuclear fuel rods & other waste products  which our nuclear  industry propaganda had neglected to mention in their fancy promotions. Not to mention reading about accidents of workers as well as accidents in plants in  Windscale, Sellafield, UK & Hanford near the Columbia River & Idaho  Falls SL-1. Plus the contaminations & exposures from places like Savannah River, Georgia;  Radium City, Ottawa, IL; NJ, Los Alamos, Yucca Mountain; Palmyra, Spain; 3 mile island; Chernobyl; Thule, Greenland; Oak Ridge, TN, Kerr McGee, OK (Karen Silkwood); Rocky Flats, CO; several in Canada & Japan prior to 2011 which I had never heard about before and dozens of global broken Arrows & exposed workers plus the deliberate exposure of soldiers & innocent citizens without their knowledge. Downwind of Hanford are the con agra (sp?) food farms where children & farm animals were born with extreme mutations  (available  documentary on DVD).  Nevada Test site also had numerous communities downwind which had severe birth defects & cancer pandemics.  Even the recent Fukushima Japan reactor accidents in March 2011 reports the Japanese gov't has withheld radiation contamination & worker exposure details claiming to avoid public panic. 

Only now are we hearing  about the 70 crewmembers of the USS Ronald Reagan who are dealing with severe radiation sickness & over 50 cases of cancer due to their prolonged exposure to Japans reactor highly radioactive fallout & runoff which engulfed their aircraft carrier for an extended period while they were engaged in relief efforts. They had been exposed to extremely high levels for 2 days including radioactive snow caused by the reactor radioactive steam & smoke fallout being cooled in the upper atmosphere which snowed upon the navy crew & contaminated the decks for 2 days before the severity of their exposure was realized. See the link below for the recent story about the shocking severity of their illnesses. In Aug 2011, Bluefin Tuna caught near San Diego were found with10 times higher than normal levels of Caesium 137 & 134.

How nice of our gov't to wait years to alert us to these details while ALL of our major cable news networks were ridiculing & making jokes of anyone who expressed concerns about the fallout as well as ocean & Marine contamination. They were laughed at & the media brought in our  new US nuclear plant construction projects who belittled nuclear experts like the one from Berlin; accusing those expressing concerns as paranoia & conspiracy theorists with overactive imaginations. The public needs to wake up & fight these gov't propagandists who use conspiracy & paranoia labels to ridicule & discredit respectable scientists, engineers, doctors and whistleblowers who come forward to alert the public of dangers, corruption & coverups. There should be zero tolerance for these news networks who are responsible for the propaganda & ridicule of decent respectable individuals who place the public welfare above their own. In response, the ungrateful, undeserving public becomes a Vicious pack of wild dogs programmed to attack anyone the govt or corporate propagandists target with labels of conspiracy, paranoia & ridiculed by their puppet news anchors. The public Automatically attacks Anyone they pin these labels on. The Public has been programmed like Pavlov's dogs to attack anytime they hear the words conspiracy Theorist. The public has been taught to eat their own the same way bullies torment their victims while crowds of their peers cheer on the bully and salivate to see the innocent victims brutalized. I honestly do not know how people can live with themselves& look in the mirror. No one in our younger generations born after 1970 seem to have any conscience or shred of decency. They viciously attack anyone the jackals ridicule without a second thought.

 


Survival Shelters:

If you are lucky enough to have a basement and are not in a low lying area or in a flood zone, you are one step ahead of the rest of us, because those of us who do not have basements may find ourselves digging as fast as we can in about 3 years. Temperatures underground can be best regulated with less energy. And with the wild tornadic storms, slipping axis, rising temps in the summer and freezing in the winter… we may find underground as our only refuge…. but we’ll have to plan for it on our own and start digging if the conditions get to such extremes where we need to survive… and we can’t expect any government to help us. We’ll be on our own.

Back to the old underground shelters of the 1950’s…  I’ll provide info on those if we get to the point where we need to start digging.

 


Green Roofing:

The green roofs suggested by the UK and Canada are an excellent idea but need accurate engineering and loading of weight to be accomplished.

 http://www.ukresilience.info/emergencies/weatherandflooding.aspx

I have some photos of a village near the Spencer estate and Althorpe, England where these homes built over 800 years ago used moss roofs… about a foot thick. Early US pioneers also used sod roofs. Other suggestions for urban homes in London were rooftop gardens. There is a lot of important info in their pamphlets to show the problems and precautions needed to do this successfully. This is a PDF file link. You will need Adobe reader to open it.

 

 GLA: London Climate Change Partnership Report: “Adapting to climate change - Lessons for London”

 

Other ideas suggested include light colored roofs… while white is the best heat reflector, it also stains very easily. Beige or gray or a mix might be better aesthetically. Something durable like a 35 or 40 year tile but don’t buy Corning… their tiles tear like paper. You want something to withstand wind. I prefer Tamko myself.

Don’t use staples, it will weaken your tiles and they will break off. Also be sure to replace the tarpaper underlayment and inspect the roof for damage and replace or add any flashing or new vents as needed before doing the roofing tiles. Add any downspouts for overflow areas on your rain gutter system. You don’t want any leaks. This is also a good time to add extra turbines and automatic fans to your attic. We use a combination of both.

Now this is very important about roofing tiles and every contractor I have met either lies about it because they are lazy or because they don’t know any better… but as an engineer, I can tell you this for a fact and my spouse did not know this either: The clear plastic on the edges of the new tiles are there to keep the tiles in the stack from sticking together. But when you install those new tiles on your roof, you Must REMOVE the clear plastic strips from each roofing tile. This allows it to adhere to the tile below on the roof and will prevent your tiles from lifting up in the wind (and is also another reason you want heavy, longer life tiles). If you leave the plastic on, your tiles will lift up in the strong wind like the shuffling of cards and will break and become damaged. My spouse had left on the plastic and used staples on his previous home. The tiles lifted up in the wind and broke off at the staples. Last spring, we had 100+ mph wind storms at our current home. Our house was the only one which did not have the roof tiles lift up and these are the lighter weight tiles because they came with the house. Even our neighbor, the contractor had his tiles lifting and breaking. Tiles from every house in the area were blowing everywhere. Our tiles did not budge an inch. I went outside in the peak of the storm to check. So from experience… I share this with you since no one else seems to be doing so. I also recommend extra heavy anchoring of anything that might be affected in high winds. With the changing global weather, strong winds are inevitable. Items such as satellite dishes, antennas and other items need strong anchors and bracing and you cannot depend on the installer having done so. They usually only do the bare minimum unless you make special arrangements.

 

Caution: If you are contemplating a change in roofing, it is very important to consider the weight and structural support and consult an engineer if you are making significant changes in weight, roofing materials, weight distribution or any structural issues before proceeding. You can cause serious structural damage or cause supports or walls to collapse if you make changes your structure is not designed to handle. You should also do a full inspection of the roofing joists to ensure you are not having any separation or slippage or splitting or rotten wood.

 

Alternate Energy:

Solar Energy

I’ve been doing a lot of research on our options to help ourselves. After Katrina, I would not want to depend on the gov’t’s help on anything. Things we can expect are loss of electricity, water rationing and high prices. It would be advisable for us to go off the grid by installing solar panels or windmills (windmills may have some ordinance prohibitions due to noise). There are many different types of solar panels. Some are solar cells, some are evacuated panels, some use heated copper tubing, etc. Perhaps a combination of both. Here is one site you can look at to get an idea. There are many other sites you can find on the internet.

http://www.evsolar.com/pricelist.html

Wind Energy

Most of the time, if you install these, the power company has to buy back your excess power if you connect to the grid. If all the customers of an electrical cooperative had these alternate systems connected to a grid, they probably would not have to buy any fuel… but you can also do this on your own and have a generator handy as well in case weather is not favorable. Be sure to do research on the products, the cost, maintenance, durability, lifespan of the products and check out your electric providers policies and the ordinances in your area.

 

Insulation & Energy Cost Reduction:

Insulated Windows

Some of the best things you can do to keep your homes warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer would be changing out your windows (and glass doors)  to Anderson or Pella Low E, tinted composite frames and a solar reflective coating. Metal frames sweat. Vinyl frames sag and wood frames rot… so the composite is a combination of vinyl over wood. We have them and they are not only fantastic in reducing energy costs, they reduce noise significantly and glare as well. Then buy some solar screening for the outside. You can get an 80% solar screen, tough enough for pets. These really help a lot in the summer. You can do the screens yourself and save a ton of money.

Insulated Doors

You can also change out your doors with something like a Stanley Metal-solid core door which have all types of fancy designs and weather sealed glass. Get prehung doors with excellent weather seals. Stay away from styrofoam insulation. It emits a toxic gas. Adding a lot of extra blown in insulation in the attic is a must and is not that expensive. Use the shredded paper type. Don’t use fiberglass and remember to read a good book on insulation so you will know about vapor barriers. This includes sections on floor insulation as well. If you get the vapor barriers incorrect, you can cause rot damage and impede the purpose of the insulation. The blown in insulation can be bought at Home Depot or Lowes and you can rent the machine. Be sure to figure the amount you need and understand how it works… and install some planks to walk on so you won’t end up falling through the ceiling. You will need two people to do the attic. One to blow the attic and the other feeding in the bales to the machine… rather rapidly. Also check the lighting fixtures. Many are not rated for contact with insulation and get very hot. Fixtures also have a lot of air gaps which can be dealt with. We box ours in with a screen vent to keep the insulation away from them and replaced all light fixtures with those rated for insulation and thermal shut offs… but we still put in a box to prevent contact.

Affordable Energy Savings

Fluorescent lights are a big help to energy reduction. They are no longer like the flickering tubes. We have them inside and out. They have also have spot lights, bug lights and candlestick fluorescents for those special needs. But don’t use them with dimmers.

Hot water… using the tubing type of solar panels can supply you with hot water and baseboard heat. The other way to heat the house is with solar electricity… but I would recommend getting away from any type of gas or fossil fuel before they bankrupt you and you cannot get supplies. By the time you realize you are in trouble, you won’t be able to find replacement units because everyone else will have waited until the last moment to change.

 

Be sure to insulate all of your exposed water pipes. Both hot and cold pipes. There is a foam insulation you can buy at the local Lowes, etc which will slip around the pipes. It keeps your pipes from freezing and lowers the loss of heat from your hot water pipes.

Simple things can be a great help: weather stripping, heavy drapes, ceiling fans, attic ventilation, window shades which block out all light, carpets on floors, sealing the fireplace when not in use, heatilators, exterior wall insulation are all things that help in heat and cold.

You can also use shade covers for your porch and deck or you can use larger, nursery style shade cloths for larger areas and you can buy them with various percentages of solar shading, custom size and custom ways to attach and support it. Nursery suppliers sell these rather inexpensively.  One of the more interesting uses of screening was used in Ft Lauderdale, Florida. Many homes have their entire backyards screened in like giant aviaries. Some are one story tall, some screens are two stories high. A novel idea but definitely expensive even if you built it yourself.

 


Off the Grid:

Water is the next problem. A report today said we will start running out of water by 2020. A shame they don’t consider desalinization plants. There will be plenty of water when the ice melts and floods the coastlines. But for those of us who can’t depend on the gov’t’s help and if we live in the country (another recommendation if possible. An acre of land will be a boon for your family.) Where possible, a water well will be a lifeline. If a well is not possible, then consider some type of large gravity tank storage or cisterns for extra water capacity when you need it. This will help with a garden as well when they put you on rationing like they did here.

There are also new types of septic systems which spray the water onto the yard… but I am not yet convinced of the safety of the bacteria in that water.

 

Try to get yourself off the grid if you can. A lot of us around here are getting ready to install solar panels. Nearly everyone I know is doing so just to get away from the high prices and control of the energy companies. Be sure to stock up on food and water and other daily necessities. Just take it one step at a time.

 

And it would also be a good idea to take a look in your attic at fireplace chimneys, lighting, fans, wiring, vents, etc. Black soot around your chimney is a bad sign of leakage and fires too hot or too much tar from using Pine. Problems like could cause a fire in your attic and should be further inspected by an expert before using it again. Electrical wiring should not be pinched, hot, melted, scortched, charred, chewed by rodents, etc. Some people have used a staple gun to attach wiring. This is bad as it can cause compression, overheating and exposure of the bare wire at that location. There are insulated staples specially designed for electrical wiring which is tapped in with a hammer, not a staple gun. Be sure to always turn off breakers before doing anything with electrical wiring. You can buy a lighted test plug for a few dollars to check an outlet. Also, aluminum wiring is a very bad thing to have. I’m a EE engineer…. don’t let anyone tell you different. It takes a larger gauge aluminum wire to handle the same current on a copper wire. But the worst problem are the AC outlets. If an AC outlet is not specifically rated for aluminum, the metals in the outlet react differently than the aluminum wire and will cause overheating in the outlet and fires. It can cause overheating in outlets farther down the circuit. I have seen aluminum wiring installed by expert electricians and pass building inspection which were not using the right gauge or outlets. So when the homeowner turned on a light or plugged in a vacuum in one room, an AC outlet across the house in another room became searing hot. Hot enough to cause 2nd degree burns when her toddler bumped into it. The wrong outlet was used by the electrician. My advice is to remove and replace all aluminum wiring with proper gauge copper (it’s better to go larger than smaller). And make sure all of the outlets are rated for the type of wiring you are using. Same with the breaker box. Make sure your breakers are in good functioning order and that they are appropriate for the wiring, gauge and current.  Again, I caution, never handle or work on any electrical wiring or connection unless the breakers are turned off and if you don’t know what you are doing… have a qualified electrician do it for you.

 

Look for similar problems of overheating, damage, etc., around lighting fixtures which might be overheating or other problems. Rats and mice are a real issue because they can damage wiring and cause fires and attract rat snakes.

 

Planning for Food Shortages

 

Gardens and canning will be a must to build up food. Not only for planning ahead on the impending crop failures and reducing your food bills, but for avoiding the bacteria contaminated produce industry. You can do this with small yards and raised boxes or roof top in urban areas if loading weights permit.

 

Now that I have shared all of this doom and gloom…. just try to stay ahead of the problems by doing the small things you can afford and save money and start gardens and improve things as you can. Don’t try to do it all at once just do what you will need at least 6 months to a year in advance but don’t wait until it is too far gone to do something because everyone else will go into a panic mode and there won’t be any supplies.

 

 


Employer Cost Savings:
  • Telecommuting (working from home)
  • Video Conferencing 
    •  Skype
  • Staggered, flexible  or Alternate Work hours
    •  Four tens, flexible shift hours 
  • Lighting  Alternatives 
    • removing half ceiling light bulbs
  • Heating & Cooling  
    • clean filters, UV light, algaecide, mini desk fans 
  • Window coverings
    • dense, blackout, reflective, cellular, white shades 
  • Live Plants & Greenery
    • Ivy, pothos, dieffenbachia (if no pets or children) 
  • Casual Clothing
    •  Comfort & reduction of static damage 
  • Travel Alternatives 
    • limit travel, utilize video & cameras
  • Employee Wellness
    • limit stress, conflict avoidance, noise reduction, flexible work hours
    • foot stools, mini fans, greenery
    • No heavy employee perfumes, no candles or scented fresheners
    • privacy, tall cubical walls
    • weekly group activities, monthly employee awards or recognition, bonuses
    •  Annual company picnics & Christmas Dinners - spouse formal
  • Efficiency Aids
    • phone headsets, flexible keyboard tray, elevated monitor
  • Office Atmosphere
    • green  plants, fresh air
    • Rockwell type paintings

Employee Disaster Survival:
Employers and Employees both need to consider what they might need in the event of a disaster. Shelter to protect from radiation and toxins. Supplies. Food, Water. Bedding. Blankets. Medical supplies. Alternative methods of escape from a high rise building. Think of 911. Perhaps rope ladders, Pully ropes and rescue seating. Check with the window washers about ways to use their system to lower employees to safety.  Helicopter lifts can be done even if they cannot land. Iodine tablets for radiation. Elevator shaft ladders. Plastic sheeting and duct tape to seal out toxins. Washing systems and paper suits to remove contamination and plastic sheet tents set up to create an isolation from contamination. A secondary method of communication. The cell phones will be disconnected by order of FEMA. Your Land lines will also be disconnected by order of FEMA. Trust me. I was on the Emergency Management Agency of one of the largest metro areas in the US. So consider keeping portable CB radios or other types of communications. A satellite phone may work if FEMA scrambles the radio signals. A loud speaker bull horn to amplify your voice to be heard. Consider the structure and safety of your shelter area and multiple methods of escape. Plenty of fire extinguishers would be a wise investment.

Surviving Infrastructure Loss:

If you live by the coast or near sea level which will flood as the sea levels rise, you might want to consider moving to higher ground. Every government website I have been on has talked about the rising sea levels as an unavoidable problem. So it is not IF the sea levels rise…. it is a matter of WHEN. They originally said it would not melt until 2070 or 2100. The Chronicle Herald of Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada ran an article (Aug 19, 2007) that all of the ice will be melted by 2030.

 

Some of our coastal states are already complaining about losing 3 feet per year.

 

Vehicles will be another issue. Fuel and cold weather. But most of you know what those issues are so I’ll leave it at that.

 

For the question on the best places to live….. in addition to living at a higher altitude with a basement and an acre of land or more… (away from the coastlines to avoid the rising sea levels … keeping in mind, when the sea levels rise… so do the river, lakes and creek levels), the center of the planet between the original tropics of cancer and capricorn, near the equators will remain the most temperate climates with the least impact in weather changes. But you’d also have to consider fault lines, seismic activity, volcanic activity, etc.

 

Should the worst happen and things get really bad….. there is one other concern….. money. It is not inconceivable that government income, social security, pensions, disability, etc… will be forfeited by the governments and corporations… not to mention medical insurances and medicare. Be prepared for them all to bail out leaving millions in the lurch.

 


Post Apocalyptic Protection & Security:
This would be best accomplished by a group of neighbors. You need to protect from hordes of invading marauders looking to take your food, supplies and your life. It you can barricade access to your homes and have adequate weapons and substantial stores of ammunition with someone to take turns keeping watch each night, your chances of survival will be improved. Those who did not plan ahead will descend like mobs of animals upon the countryside to take everything you have. Camouflage anything that might attract these mobs from your home. Any signs of shelter, power, crops, food, animals will endanger your family. Traps and crude alarm systems. Vigilance. Guard dogs which can be released at night are essential to survival. They will also alert and protect you... as long as they are properly controlled and contained such as with perimeter fencing. It might be a good idea to keep extra rolls of fencing on hand for such an emergency as well as ropes, tools and coordinating with your neighbors. However, take care not to give away your necessities out of pity for others. The numbers of needy will far outnumber you. You cannot place your family in danger for another. Such ruses as sending in bedraggled females, sometimes with children are used today by criminals to gain access to your home by feigning an accident or other malady. Many soft hearted seniors have been killed by these mindless felons. So imagine how it would be in a disaster where thousands are displaced without food, water or supplies. They will turn into a mob which will have no conscience for the welfare of others. Remember the NYC blackout vandalism? Or the Rodney King riots in LA. It doesn't take much to turn people into vicious animals. You need to do everything you can to protect your home. Steel Brackets to seal your doors with heavy 2x4 lumber. Heavy plywood to seal your windows. You need to make your shelter or home impenetrable and prevent them from taking what you have. A solar electric fence perhaps.  Heavy locks and chains. For instance, if you have horses, a welded pipe fence around the stall with heavy locks and chains would prevent the loss of your horses. They can't take them if they can't get them out of the stall. Also, keep in mind that smoke from a wood fire can attract unwanted thugs, so keep the fires low and only when necessary. Have a safe room where you can defend yourself, made from masonry to block weapons fire and so it cannot be burned.  You can also use the saferoom for tornadoes and other uses.

Climate Change Reparations:

I do know that there is a huge effort seeding the clouds and doing chem trails… although I would not recommend breathing it… and you might want to protect your gardens from it. I had heard rumors about it but was able to confirm it when I found the State of Texas licensing people performing weather modification and seeding. Here is a word doc file with the TX rules on this

 

http://tlo2.tlc.state.tx.us/statutes/docs/AG/content/word/ag.009.00.000301.00.doc

 

Then here is another idea NASA had about using orbital mirrors around the planet. I suspect they did not consider our eyesight when they came up with this one:

 

http://home.swipnet.se/allez/Eng/SpaceMirrors.htm

 


Home Planning Considerations:
Here is a list of things to consider when planning for emergencies. Even long term power outages should be considerations in your planning. Not all emergencies are catastrophic but early preparation may make the situation easier,

Water heating alternatives

plumbing insulation

Heating & Cooling

Attic Insulation

Flooring

Interior insulation

Wall insulation

Window coverings

Water wells

Cisterns

Gray water

Septic

Food Pantry

Food Storage

Outdoor & Indoor gardens

Fruit & nut trees

Nursery, greenhouse, raised box, window gardens

Seeds for crops

Food preservation

Books & Guides for Survival (paper books, not kindles)

 


Trees and Landscape:

Trees are important. Fast growing trees with a lot of shade and hardy to droughts. Be sure to research the plants which are best for hot summers and cold winters. Don’t go by your normal climate ratings because these are rapidly changing. Trees can help shade your home and reduce heat. Even better if the trees are fruit, berry or nut trees because they can provide food even though they tend to be messy. Other plants such as shrubs and other plants will help and you can also do some drainage landscaping to help with floods and water run off. You can do french drains, gravel and dry wells for excess water or recycle and store the runoff for watering trees but don’t use it for the house.

 


 

 

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