Today’s Top 10 Prepping Motivators

Today’s Top 10 Prepping Motivators

September is Preparedness Month.  Here are 10 headlines from the past few days on diverse topics to help keep you focused on your prepping:

  1. Yosemite doubles scope of hantavirus warning to 22,000; third death confirmed:  Many diseases including hantavirus can be prevented through proper pest control and sanitation (personal and environmental).  Stock what you need and know what to do.  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) information on preventing hantavirus can be found here.
  2. Drug shortages down overall, but some linger longer:  Stocking the medicines your family needs to stay healthy is important for both mundane ‘drug shortages’ as well as societal upsets that could potentially break down the medical or drug distribution systems.  Make sure you stockpile legally by talking with your doctor or hiring a new one like Dr. Bob Olson.  Until recently Dr. Olson conducted his consultations by telephone to help preppers safely and knowledgeably stockpile critical medications.  The State of Missouri actually changed its law to close down Dr. Olson’s tele-practice.  You can still visit him in person or find a like-minded medical provider in your area.
  3. Rescuers told to keep at it after China quake kills 80:  Nature’s fury can strike anywhere at any time.  Keep on prepping and if you want to see a map showing 2.5 Magnitude or greater quakes for the last week…check out this map at the U.S. Geological Survey (as of this writing the earthquake map looks a lot like the Pacific’s Ring of Fire…it usually does).
  4. Yet another pig flu virus infects peopleZoonotic diseases (capable of cross species transmission) aren’t just creepy…they’re also scary because of their ability to mutate.  We wrote about this particular flu strain earlier this summer in Beware the Fair.
  5. Earthquake Damaged RoadAmerica’s 10 Disappearing Jobs:  Don’t let yourself become obsolete.  Keep your skills up to date and have a backup plan.  Set up a hobby business you can turn into a full-time gig if you are laid off or volunteer to be cross trained in a critical function with your current employer.  Many people now believe they are entitled to a job (some even believe they are entitled to an income without a job) or that they should always have a job if they work hard.  You must begin to look at your job through your employer’s and/or client’s eyes…you will have or be able to find/make a job as long as you add value to your organization or clients that exceed the cost of employing you (salary, benefits, etc.).  Of course you can disregard this advice if you are the official horseshoer of the City of Detroit’s Water & Sewer Department…which doesn’t own any horses.  Also consider what skills could help you earn a living if money suddenly ceased to be the primary method of exchange.
  6. Nicaragua evacuates 3,000 as volcano spews ash:  Did I mention the Ring of Fire earlier…learn more at the Global Volcanism Program’s website.
  7. China Sounds Alarm on Global Economy at APEC Summit:  The debt addiction isn’t exclusive to the U.S.  If it’s making the most populace country in the wold nervous…it should make you nervous as well.
  8. FBI rolls out $1 billion facial recognition system, Next Generation Identification:  It’s not about trusting who runs a system like this now…it’s about everyone who comes after.  The fact that this system is being built means that this system can be abused.  At what point will we stop trading our freedoms and privacy for a false sense of security?  By the way, if you’ve ever been ‘tagged’ in a Facebook post or had a press release with your photo attached posted on the internet you are potentially in the database.
  9. US credit rating under fire again, Moody’s warns lawmakers on debt:  Hmmm…what’s to be nervous about…oh that’s right Your Share is $51,349.21 and growing.
  10. Early frost? White House gives chilly response to proposed Obama-Netanyahu meeting:  Let’s see, a close U.S. ally has it’s very existence threatened by a neighboring country (relatively) with the use of weapons of mass destruction…that country is currently debating when (not if) to launch a preemptive strike against their neighbor…and we won’t make a little room in our head of state’s schedule (which is chock full of campaign events) to discuss the matter.  I’m making a pretty big assumption that Iran is what Netanyahu wishes to discuss with the President…but I think it’s a safe assumption.  I can hear the Drums of War getting louder…take the meeting Mr. President!
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