Chemical Hazards

Andrew’s Note:  Today we return to the MULTI-SERVICE DOCTRINE FOR CHEMICAL, BIOLOGICAL, RADIOLOGICAL, AND NUCLEAR OPERATIONS , FM 3-11, MCWP 3-37.1, NWP 3-11, AFTTP 3-2.42 dated July 2011, Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.  Today’s entry is the second entry in this series.  In the first article in this series we discussed  (Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Incidents and Hazards.  Today’s extract goes into more depth on Chemical Hazards and we’ll discuss Biological Hazards in the next installment.


1,000 and Counting

This posting represents the crossing of a milestone for Prepography.  There’s not much in this note to help you become more self reliant or better prepared but there’s a lot in the previous 999 articles, notes, infographics and quotes.

That’s right, this is our 1,000th posting!

It’s interesting to see which articles are of the most interest to our readers…it’s not always what I expect.  Some of the articles that take the the most time and effort researching and writing fall flat on their face with only a few hundred views, others which are written in just a few minutes on a topic that crossed my or one of our other writer’s mind or that I wrote for personal gratification only go viral.

To give you a feeling for how truly varied the most popular articles are, here are the Top 100 articles we’ve published in order from most popular to least…if our posts were graded on the curve, these are the top 10%, the ‘A’ work:

Top 10 Items to Buy Before The Election

Top 10 Initial Steps to Preparation

Fan of the Ammo Can – Top 10 Uses

Top 10 Preparedness Uses of Diatomaceous Earth

Preparedness Lessons I Learned in Prison

Top 10 Preparedness Uses of Garbage Bags

How To Make Moonshine Infographic

Preparedness Alert Code – Alas Babylon

Top 10 Tips for Countering Surveillance While Walking

Top 10 Preparedness Uses of WD-40

Personal CamouflagePrepography Logo

Introduction to Full Spectrum Preparedness Doctrine

Ultimate Emergency Medical List – Infographic from The Survival Doctor

Online Preparedness Tools and Resources

Best Prepper Caliber?

Less Lethal Weapon Options for Your Bug Out Bag

Tracking The Army Way

Basics of Cold Weather Survival

Cold Weather Canteen Tips – Top 10

The Arsenal of Freedom Circa 1984

Prepper Blood Chit

Top 10 Ways You Know You’re a Prepper

Top 10 Weeds That Heal Infographic

Situational Awareness – An Introduction

Difference Between .223 Caliber & 5.56mm

Am I Too Old to Prep?

Andrew’s Top 10 Preparedness Websites

Frequently Asked Questions / FAQ

Building a Bug Out Bag – Part I

Top 10 Reasons to be a Stealth Prepper

Gunshot First Aid Kit Infographic

The Prepper’s Creed

Preparedness Uses of Baking Soda – Top 10 Uses

Intentional Living

Don’t Be ‘That Prepper Guy’

Top 10 Prepper Mistakes

Legal and Social Norms for Your Security Preps

Buy Your Gun From The Government – The CMP

How to Move Around a Corner During WROL

Ammo Saver Pouches

Observation Skills for Survival

USMC Survival Kit Components

OCOKA – A Key Survival Acronym


Surviving A Nuclear Accident Infographic

Trouble in Store at the Grocery

Why Prep, The Introduction

Top 10 Preparedness Uses of Mineral Oil

Why Prep, Part 2 Historical & Current Examples

Top 10 Survival Lessons from World War Z

Prepping with Garage Sales

The Most Important Item In Your First Aid Kit

Snake Eater – How to Field Dress a Snake

Knots a Prepper Should Know

Why Prep

Invitation from Doomsday Preppers

Why Prep, Part 3 Triggers & Stressors

Mike Hoare’s Top 10 Rules of Battle

Top 10 Preparedness Reasons to Carry Cash

Product Review of The Ultimate Preparedness Library

Top 10 Free Steps to Preparedness

Do One Thing For Preparedness

Prepping Consequences of the Election

101 Prepper Resolutions for the New Year

Top 10 Firearms Items to Buy NOW

Beware the Butt Bomb

Top 10 Preparedness Uses of Cola

Skills For The Apocalypse Infographic

Preparedness Calendar

Building a Bug Out Bag – Part IV, Food

Andrew J. Jackson – About Me

Building a Bug Out Bag – Part II Transportation

Using a Watch to Determine North/South Infographic

Dakota Fire Pit Infographic

Movement in Urban Terrain during WROL

Building a Bug Out Bag – Part V, Shelter, Clothing and Protection from the Elements

Building a Bug Out Bag – Part VII, Security

Building a Bug Out Bag – Part VI, Communications

Building a Bug Out Bag – Part III, Water

Building a Poncho Hooch

Apply a Tourniquet

Top 10 Inactions That Will Be Taxed Next

Wound Terminology

Top 10 Preparedness Options For Labor Day

The Prepper Compact

Physical Security and the Forms of Protection

Today’s Top 10 It’s Not This It’s That for Preppers

Top 10 Preparedness Gifts for Father’s Day

Prepper SALUTE Report – An Observation and Reporting Tool

Top 10 Personal Protection Measures For Foreign Travel

Preppers Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Holiday Deals

Would You Survive Doomsday Infographic

Chemical Attack Survival Skills

Jefferson’s Top 10 Commandments for Living

The Quartermaster’s Report – X CALIBER Shotgun Gauge Adapter System

Today’s Top 10 It’s Not This It’s That for Preppers

Weapons of Opportunity

Ammo Can Grill

Packing a Bug Out Bag, Get Home Bag or Rucksack

Required Reading – When the Music Stops – How America’s Cities May Explode In Violence

That’s the list…the top 10%.  I can’t wait to see what the top 100 are from our next 1,000 posts!

The Preppers

I was recently asked by a longtime Prepography reader about what motivated me to write the Prepper’s Creed.  It was really an attempt to capture the essence or ethos of the Prepper Movement as I understand it both from the preppers I know and my own experience.  I wanted to codify how preppers differ from their preparedness ancestors, The Civil Defenders and The Survivalists.  Each of these movements has made important contributions to and led to the development of The Prepper Movement.  Think of the three movements as a preparedness family with Grandpa, Dad and Son all sharing interests but approaching those interests just a little differently.

The Preppers:

The problem with the Civil Defender and Survivalist models available in the 1980s  were that  the Civil Defenders preparedness efforts  was predicated upon getting all of society ready for a single type of event (nuclear war) and the Survivalists, although more broadly prepared seemed destined to abandon society altogether.  Thank heaven for the preppers and their third way.

A Prepper is an individual or group that practices preparedness in advance of any significant change in normal circumstances.  Preppers frequently describe this change in normal circumstances as “The End Of The World As We Know It” or use the acronym TEOTWAWKI. (more…)

The Civil Defenders

Back in the 1980’s when I was first developing my interest in preparedness there were few preparedness ‘models’ available to emulate.  Remember, this was way before the internet became a common household (and cellphone) utility.  The predominant archetypes available to model at that time were the Survivalists and the Civil Defenders of the Cold War.

The Civil Defenders: (more…)

Shield Us From EMP & CME – Today’s Quote

It is critical that we protect our major transformers from cascading destruction. The Shield Act encourages industry to develop standards necessary to protect our electric infrastructure against both natural and man-made EMP events…

Rep. Trent Franks via Lights out: House plan would protect nation’s electricity from solar flare, nuclear bomb |

EMP Threat – Today’s Quote

If terrorists do obtain a nuclear weapon, it will likely not be a one-kiloton weapon but a far more sophisticated one from Russia or a rogue state…

The “brain drain” from Russia enabled North Korea to make (and potentially test) “Super-EMP” low-yield nuclear weapons that can generate very powerful EMP fields over wide geographic areas…

Even a low-yield weapon could knock out the [electronics and electrical grid on the] entire Eastern seaboard if detonated from a higher altitude…

Jordan Harms via EMP Attack: The Threat Is Real

The Real North Korean Threat

Frequent Prepography contributor Roger Reality wrote in to ask that I remind our readers that the 27 year old Leader of North Korea, Kim Jung-un just scrapped the 1953 Armistice that ended…really just hit the ‘pause button’ on the Korean War.  His declaration technically returns us to state of open warfare with the Stalinist state.

This puts us in a state of war with another nuclear armed nation…the first time this has ever happened.  I should also mention that this nuclear armed nation has also successfully launched a satellite into orbit demonstrating what is essentially an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capability.  Put together ICBM and nuclear capabilities and we’ve got a whole new kind of threat to worry about…and it likely isn’t the one you’re thinking about right now. (more…)

Severity and Causes of Burns

Andrew’s Note:  Today we present the first in a series on Burns, first aid for burns and treatment for burns drawn from U.S. Army Subcourse MD0576, Wound Care [Approved For Public Release; Distribution is Unlimited].  Today’s lesson discussions the severity and causes of burns.   Needless to say, seek professional medical care immediately in the event of illness or injury and take action yourself only if you have been properly trained.  Many of the therapies discussed in this series should only be attempted by a licensed medical professional.



Will on Apocalypse Fatigue…not that kind of Apocalypse… Sequester Again – Today’s Quote 2 of 2

[President] Obama, who believes government spends money more constructively than do those who earn it, warns that the sequester’s budgetary nicks, amounting to one-half of 1 percent of gross domestic product, will derail the economy. A similar jeremiad was heard in 1943 when economist Paul Samuelson, whose Keynesian assumptions have trickled down to Obama, said postwar cuts in government would mean “the greatest period of unemployment and industrial dislocation which any economy has ever faced.”

Federal spending did indeed shrink an enormous 40 percent in one year. And the economy boomed.

Because crises are government’s excuse for growing, liberalism’s motto is: Never let a crisis go unfabricated. But its promiscuous production of crises has made them boring.

Remember when, in the 1980s, thousands died from cancers caused by insufficient regulation of the chemical Alar sprayed on apples? No, you don’t because this alarming prediction fizzled. Alar was not, after all, a risk.

Remember when “a major cooling of the climate” was “widely considered inevitable” (New York Times, May 21, 1975) with “extensive Northern Hemisphere glaciation” (Science magazine, Dec. 10, 1976) which must “stand alongside nuclear war as a likely source of wholesale death and misery” (International Wildlife, July 1975)? Remember reports that “the world’s climatologists are agreed” that we must “prepare for the next ice age” (Science Digest, February 1973)? Armadillos were leaving Nebraska, heading south, and heat-loving snails were scampering southward from European forests (Christian Science Monitor, Aug. 27, 1974). Newsweek (April 28, 1975) said meteorologists were “almost unanimous” that cooling would “reduce agricultural productivity.”

Today, while Obama prepares a governmental power grab to combat global warming, sensible Americans, tuckered out with apocalypse fatigue, are yawning through the catastrophe du jour, the sequester. They say: Cry “Havoc!” and let slip the hamsters of sequestration.

Dr. George Will via Apocalypse fatigue.

Kyle on Iraqi WMD – Today’s Quote

At another location, we found barrels of chemical material that was intended for use as biochemical weapons. Everyone talks about there being no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, but they seem to be referring to completed nuclear bombs, not the many deadly chemical weapons or precursors that Saddam had stockpiled.

Chris Kyle via 10 of the Best Quotes from Slain SEAL Chris Kyle’s Book ‘American Sniper’ 

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