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Nature’s Fury, Natural Disasters Today

A few stories involving Nature’s Fury currently in the news…Earthquakes & Droughts & Hurricanes & Typhoons, oh my!  Earthquake Swarm “A swarm” of several hundred earthquakes, the strongest measuring a 5.5 magnitude, were centered east of San Diego near California’s border with Mexico on Sunday afternoon but caused little damage, seismologists said. Sunday’s shaking in Southern California’s Imperial Valley was the most activity recorded there since the 1970s, according to U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Lucy Johnson. “We are having a swarm,” Johnson said. “We expect thousands of events (like this) over several days.” via CNN Drought The insurance industry faces its biggest ever loss in agriculture as the worst drought to hit the US in more than half a century devastates the country’s multibillion-dollar corn and soybean crops, triggering large claims. …Agricultural economists at the University of Illinois estimate the drought will trigger this year gross indemnities of roughly $30bn, with an underwriting loss of $18bn. Of that, the US government would shoulder around $14bn, while private sector insurers are likely to face a loss of $4bn, they said. Standard & Poor’s, the rating agency, put the losses of the private sector a notch higher at $5bn. “The US drought is indeed a ‘catastrophic’ event,” Gregory W Locraft, insurance analyst at Morgan Stanley in New York, wrote in a recent note to clients, adding that it “is likely the largest [insurance] crop loss in history.” via CNN Tropical Storm / Hurricane “The best thing to do in a storm like this is get out of its way,” said Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, who urged residents to prepare for the worst. He, along the governors of Louisiana and Alabama declared states of emergencies to help cope with the storm, which could make landfall near or on the August 29 seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. …A day after slamming Haiti, where...

Why Prep, Part 3 Triggers & Stressors

Note from Andrew: The complete Why Prep Series has now been consolidated HERE. Today we present the third article in our series on why to prepare for disaster.  In the first article, ‘Why Prep, The Introduction’ we asked and answered the following question: Question:  Why Prep…why become more self-reliant? Answer:  Because it’s the only reasonable and logical response to an unknown future and even a cursory study of history. In the second article, ‘Why Prep, Historical and Current Examples’ we discussed examples of places and periods where preparedness could have made the difference between survival and suffering (or worse) for you and your family.  In this third installment we’ll discuss stressors and triggers for potential The End Of The World As We Know It (TEOTWAWKI) situations. Today we’re going to talk about stressor events and triggers.  A stressor event is an occurrence that has the potential to change a system or society.  Stressor events happen all the time and can vary dramatically in the amount of stress or influence they place on a system.  Some examples of stressor events are election outcomes, legislation, trade wars, disease outbreaks, government spending programs, wars, acts of terror, social movements, development or loss of key infrastructure (like the internet you’re browsing), information releases (like the Watergate scandal) or changes to the physical environment (like drought or natural disasters).  From a societal standpoint, stressors often manifest themselves in multiples and if significant enough disruption occurs…they can create a situation that cascades out of control.  While it’s an overly simplified model think of these stressors from the last century: Germany loses World War I and a large percentage of its reproductive age males War damage and reparations create severe economic hardship Rise of the National Socialism in Germany bringing Adolf Hitler and his Brownshirts to power (were the Brownshirts easier to recruit due to a...

Why Prep, Part 2 Historical & Current Examples

Note from Andrew: The complete Why Prep Series has now been consolidated HERE. Last week in Why Prep, the Introduction we briefly discussed the fragility of the status quo and clarified that preparedness is not about getting ready for the ‘end of the world’… it’s about building the skills, resources and resilience to endure the transition periods following dramatic financial, environmental, societal or individual life changes.  If you haven’t read the introduction yet, I recommend that you read it before continuing by clicking on the hyperlink near the start of this paragraph.. Today we’re going to take a look at some current and historical situations and events that are/were much more survivable (financial and otherwise) for those that took the time to prepare.  For brevity’s sake I have chosen a small sampling of the historical examples available and have chosen not to include many areas of perpetual warfare (Cyprus, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Palestine/Israel, Northern Ireland, etc.). Note:  The links included go to articles or preselected internet searches (to make results more timely) in case you’re interested in doing additional reading on that subject.  For convenience, these examples are listed by continent although many of the events/situations spanned multiple continents. Europe: 1917 Bolshevik Revolution in Russia Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia Rapid fall of the Soviet Empire and post-Soviet Russian Anarchy and Corruption The breakup of Yugoslavia Recent European Rioting France, England, Italy, Russia, Greece, Germany, Ireland Weimar Republic – economic collapse that led to the rise of the National Socialist German’s Worker Party (NAZI) Chernobyl Nuclear Accident Ireland’s 19th century potato famine Fall of the Roman Empire due to internal rot and external ‘Barbarian’ pressure Fall of the Italian City States Anti-Monarchy wars or movements (French Revolution, War of the Roses, etc.) Spanish Civil War Napoleonic Wars World Wars Recent economic collapse of Greece Ottoman Invasion Moorish Invasion of Spain...

Trouble in Store at the Grocery

The Department of Agriculture said 1,016 counties in 26 states are natural disaster areas. via Drought stretches across America, threatens crops – CNN.com. I speak with farmers nearly every day and those that were able to get a crop to stand this year are now watching it wither away.  Ranchers are even having to feed hay in the middle of summer rather than being able to rely on pasture.  Trouble for farmers, trouble for ranchers, trouble for consumers at the grocery store. FacebookPinterestGoogleRedditTwitterTumblrEmailPrintPocketMoreLinkedInLike this:Like...

Heat Wave Safety

EXTREME HEAT As temperatures continue to soar across the country, the Red Cross reminds everyone to slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day. People should also: Stay hydrated, drink plenty of fluids (avoid caffeine or alcohol) and eat small meals. Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat. Take a lot of breaks if working outdoors. Remember to never leave children or pets alone in enclosed vehicles. Check on animals frequently and make sure they have plenty of water via Power Still Out For Many As Most of U.S. Swelters. Would you be prepared if your power went out in for day, a week, or longer?  Even summer power outages are potentially life threatening for those who aren’t prepared.  While heat waves aren’t the most dangerous perils we could face… they are particularly dangerous for the very young and the elderly…especially those of limited means. Our current heat wave comes on the heels of a storm system that knocked out power to a significant percentage of the population in D.C. and the surrounding states.  According to the Red Cross there are over a half million households still without power.  If this happened to you and you became stuck in your home by finances, blocked roads, etc. how would you keep cool, hydrated, fed and safe from potential looters? Last thought…the most rewarding part of preparedness may be the sense of community you develop as you work with or help others.  Call, or better yet, visit your elderly neighbors and relatives and make sure that they are safe, sound, and secure…and don’t forget cool. Learn more about heat wave safety and preparedness from the Red Cross.   FacebookPinterestGoogleRedditTwitterTumblrEmailPrintPocketMoreLinkedInLike this:Like...

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