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Survival Diva here, wishing all of the mothers on the forum a belated Happy Mother’s Day!
Personally, I was hoping for a relaxed mother’s day weekend, but as it turned out, I wound up wondering what in the world is going on with the sun and our weather patterns lately.
The following excerpts found in the news this month should tell us is that being prepared doesn’t have to stem solely from concerns over manmade disasters such as the economy or war (although the economy is involved in a couple of upcoming challenges we will be facing). Mother Nature appears to be going through issues of its own. These occurrences may come and go without any long-term effects. I certainly hope that’s the case. The one thing I am sure of is that having food, medical supplies and preparedness goods on hand allows us to get past a solar flare that can disrupt the electrical grid and freak storms that have the potential to disrupt our lives, if even for a short time.
Few of us on the forum have the luxury of having family members or friends we can turn to in an emergency for anything more than a temporary roof over our heads. In fact, most of us are the go-to person when calamity strikes. That dreaded, “I know where I’ll go if SHTF,” has been heard by most of us at one time or another.
…which leads me to the recent discussions on the forum about information on forming a preparedness group to help to lessen the financial burden, the stresses of coordinating a safe haven, and the increased workload when we must kick our preparedness plans into action. I’ve included several of David’s suggestions on how to form a group while protecting your interests at the end of this post that shares important points to consider!
Now, let’s take a look at what happened over Mother’s Day Weekend, just in case we need to be reminded on the reasons to prepare.
From Space.com by Tariq Malik May 12, 2013 titled Major Solar Flare Erupts from the Sun, Strongest of 2013
“The sun unleashed a colossal Mother’s Day solar flare on Sunday (May 12) in what has become the most powerful solar eruption of the year.
The giant solar flare, which registered as one of the largest eruptions the sun can unleash, peaked Sunday night at 10:17 p.m. EDT (0217 GMT) and was captured on camera by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory. It sparked an hour-long high-frequency radio blackout, according to the Space Weather Prediction Center overseen by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Sunday’s solar flare registered as an X1.7-class sun eruption — the strongest class of solar flare the sun can fire off, according to the SWPC officials.
When aimed directly at Earth, X-class solar flares can pose a risk to astronauts and satellites in orbit, as well as interfere with communications and GPS signals on the ground. They can also super-charge Earth’s northern lights displays by bombarding the planet with solar particles, triggering awesome aurora light shows.”
(David’s note: Fortunately, this solar flare didn’t cause a coronal mass ejection (CME) towards Earth. If it had, the CME could have caused a series of electromagnetic pulses (EMPs) when it reached Earth’s atmosphere.)
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Recent sun activity is not being blamed on another weather anomaly which hit the news over the weekend. Here is an excerpt from Sky News titled Creeping Wall Of Ice Destroys Homes In Canada.
“A nine-metre high wall of creeping ice from a lake has destroyed 12 homes and damaged another 15 in Canada – as footage emerged of a similar, but less severe, event at a US home.
A state of emergency was declared in the community of Ochre Beach in Manitoba, Canada, after strong winds up to 55mph pushed massive ice floes from Dauphin Lake onto nearby properties.
No one was injured but homes near the beach were evacuated.
Doug David said he heard the ice coming and, within five minutes, a wall of ice rose from the lake so powerful that it plowed through his two-story home.
It pushed furniture from one bedroom into another, with the bath being moved into the hallway.
One official, Clayton Watts, told the Winnipeg Free Press: “The whole thing happened in about 10 minutes.
“We had people barbecuing on their decks. They turned around to go inside to get something, they came back out and their decks were ripping apart.
“It was like a freight train coming through, they say.”
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For years now, sinkholes have been popping up all over the globe. The latest one, reported on by Fox News / Associated Press, May 11, 2013, titled One by One, Homes in Calif. Subdivision Sinking is yet another, but the proportions of this latest sinkhole has many asking questions.
Here is an excerpt explaining the situation:
“Scott and Robin Spivey had a sinking feeling that something was wrong with their home when cracks began snaking across their walls in March.
The cracks soon turned into gaping fractures, and within two weeks their 600-square-foot garage broke from the house and the entire property — manicured lawn and all — dropped 10 feet below the street.
It wasn’t long before the houses on both sides collapsed as the ground gave way in the Spivey’s neighborhood in Lake County, about 100 miles north of San Francisco.
“We want to know what is going on here,” said Scott Spivey, a former city building inspector who had lived in his four-bedroom, Tudor-style dream home for 11 years.
Eight homes are now abandoned and 10 more are under notice of imminent evacuation as a hilltop with sweeping vistas of Clear Lake and the Mount Konocti volcano swallows the subdivision built 30 years ago.
The situation has gotten so bad that mail delivery was ended to keep carriers out of danger.
“It’s a slow-motion disaster,” said Randall Fitzgerald, a writer who bought his home in the Lakeside Heights project a year ago.”
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And, a combination of Mother Nature and budget cuts may impact the safety of millions of Americans in certain regions of the country as seen from this report from AccuWeather.com, by Molly Cochran on May 13, 2012, titled Budget Cuts to Result in Closure of More Than 7000 Flood Gauges
“Despite record-breaking flooding in parts of the Midwest this year, budget cuts threaten to shut down hundreds of stream gauges across the United States.
The gauges are automated systems that collect data every 15 minutes. Every hour, that data is put through a satellite system and dispersed to the National Weather Service (NWS).
According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), 723 total stream gauges are at risk for closure due to funding issues or shortages.
A 5 percent funding cut will take place in 2013, according to Mike Norris, a spokesperson for the USGS National Stream flow Information Program. The USGS operates about 85 percent of all stream gauges.
“We have no choice but to take cuts,” Norris said.”
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And here is another budget cut that I sincerely hope gets turned around, as reported by FOX News/ Associated Press on May 13, 2013 titled Federal government poised for tough 2013 wildfire season; budget cuts mean fewer firefighters.
Here is an excerpt;
“BOISE, Idaho – The U.S. is heading into a tough wildfire season made even more challenging because budget cuts mean fewer firefighters to battle blazes, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Monday.
Another dry year is creating the potential for another extreme summer of forest and range fires, Jewell said after spending the past two days touring the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise. She was joined by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who said a 7.5 percent cut to the 2013 U.S. Forest Service budget means 500 fewer firefighters on the ground this year.
Even before Monday’s visit, fire experts were predicting a grim scenario for this summer’s fire season. A dry winter and early warming is creating heightened potential for West Coast states, central Idaho, Montana, Arizona and New Mexico.
In 2012, record-setting fires raged in New Mexico and Oregon, while destructive Colorado blazes torched hundreds of homes amid one of the state’s worst seasons in years.
Just like last year, Colorado experienced some of its first 2013 wildfires in March.
Outside the West this year, much of the U.S. is expected to experience normal fire conditions, with below-normal danger in the South where significant, long-duration rains saturated the landscape since Jan. 1, Delgado said.”
(David’s note: After the last 2 years of massive losses due to wildfires, some insurance companies have literally slashed and burned their risk pools–cancelling both new and longstanding policies on homes in wildfire areas with cedar shingles and/or siding, regardless of defensible space or other fire protection factors in place.)
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(David’s note: One of the BIGGEST factors in the number of the increasing dollar and life cost of natural disasters has been due to the fact that 1. People are building where natural disasters have historically struck. Why? Because the land is cheaper because old timers have long known that some places are unsuitable for building. The second reason why the cost of disasters is increasing is because Insurance companies charging too low of premiums to fully underwrite the risk. These low premiums take away the disincentive to build where losses due to natural disasters have happened historically.
Put another way, ice blowing up on an empty shore isn’t newsworthy, but if you put houses there and the ice runs into a house, it gets airtime around the globe.)
As reflected in these recent events, it is wise to be ready for a day when we will need to be self-sufficient to help ourselves, our loved ones and our neighbors.
Forming a group, where the cost of prepping can be shared, and where the work load and safety concerns can be shared after SHTF is worth consideration because, when successful, it will allow you to prepare faster. At the same time, it’s a process that needs to be approached with caution. To approach a relative stranger and be an open book about what you have put aside would, of course, be unwise.
Click On Finding Other Preppers & Flu Prevention to read David’s insightful explanation why forming a group makes sense, specific best practices to follow, as well as what pitfalls to avoid. < This could almost be called a White Paper for forming prepper groups.
Another post which discusses the reasons and tips on forming a group is titled Banding Together For Survival.
In light of the recent government budget cuts that will reduce the number of firefighters, next week I will be posting important information on how to keep your home and property as fire-safe as humanly possible. With the recent drought and the climbing mercury projected for this summer, I can’t stress enough the importance of fire protection for a time of long-term calamity when calling the fire department may not be an option. You will be surprised how simple it is to become fire safe at a time when it will count the most!
Have you noticed an increase in weather anomalies? Do you think it’s an increase in reporting, an increase of people being where disasters happen, or do you think weather disasters are actually happening more frequently? Have you been watching the sun’s activity lately? If so, does it feel as if we will be facing more challenges, or is this just a blip in the radar? Please sound off by posting below!
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God bless and stay safe,
David Morris and Survival Diva