What can we do if we are caught in a Chemical Attack?

What can we do if we are caught in a Chemical Attack?

What can we do if we are caught in a Chemical Attack?Things have really changed in the world. Isis can make their own chemical weapons, who knows what chemical weapons have escaped from Syria and it seems that nation-states have no problem conducting assassinations using nerve agent. If you live or work in an urban environment, use mass transit on a regular basis, or around large gatherings of people on a regular basis you should highly consider carrying a chemical protection component in your get home bag.

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So what’s the good news about Smallpox? Is there any?

So what’s the good news about Smallpox? Is there any good news?So what’s the good news about Smallpox? Is there any?

Well there is some good news. In June of 2001 an exercise called Operation Dark Winter was conducted at Andrews AFB Maryland with senior government officials. It examined how the US would respond to a Bioterror Attack like Smallpox and if we were ready for such an attack. The findings are grim and the answer in 2001 was no. The country has come a long way since then and we have corrected and/or identified some of the short falls we have in a National Response.

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How bad is Smallpox, really?

How bad is Smallpox, really?

How bad is Smallpox, really?

Before we look at warning and reporting of a biological attack I want to tell you about two Canadian scientists that wanted to see if they could put together horse pox virus, a close cousin to Smallpox, from gene splices from different laboratories. Well they did it and what makes things really bad, they published how they did it for under $100,000 in a common lab. Now any well-funded group could do the same thing and release Smallpox on a target area.

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What about Smallpox?

What about Smallpox?

What about Small Pox?I was recently asked about Smallpox and if I thought we are better prepared now then we were right after 911. If you recall right after the events of 911 we had an Anthrax attack, which is a post for another day, but we as a country worried about a follow up biological attack. We needed to be better prepared because frankly our butts were hanging out and we knew it. Continue reading What about Smallpox?

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EMP and what to put in a Faraday Gage

EMP and what to put in a Faraday Gage
Articles: This appeared in Disaster Survival Magazine #7

EMP and what to put in a Faraday GageIn my last article, I promised to tell you how to build a Faraday cage to protect your electronics for the effects of EMP (Electro Magnetic Pulse). This is simply a sealed metal container made from any conductive material lined with an insulator. I am not going to go into much detail on how to make the cage itself because there are tons of videos on You Tube about that but I am going to tell you about the limitations and uses for the cage. Know first that this is just an experiment and truly may or may not work for you. They do NOT make a bulletproof vest that will work 100% of the time against all bullets. There are too many variables (size of the bomb, location of the attack, solar flare or EMP device, etc.) to say with 100% certainty that this will work in all cases. For these reasons, a Faraday cage should be part of an integrated survival and protection plan with backups and redundancies. Continue reading EMP and what to put in a Faraday Gage

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What if a 20 KT Bomb was detonated in Washington DC?

Articles: This appeared in Disaster Survival Magazine #6

Okay so I am asked all the time what I think would be the most likely scenario for an NBC (Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical) attack to occur on US soil and what would be the effects. I answer them by saying a small tactical nuclear device, delivered in a Ryder truck, parked next to the capitol building in DC and detonated at noon on a Wednesday. Now, I don’t know why Ryder trucks, it just seems that terrorists prefer Ryder but a small tactical nuke just because there are so many of them and even a small one is around 20 Kiloton. A well-funded and well equipped terrorist group could even build a small nuclear device on their own. It would most likely be a terrorist group and detonating it at noon on Wednesday just to create the most casualties. Continue reading What if a 20 KT Bomb was detonated in Washington DC?

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