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Yesterday at 06:34 PM Keep incandescents as a backup by benjammin

In this age of LEDs, it might be worth reminding that in the event of EMP, an LED is just another solid state device that is susceptible. Having one or two incandescent bulb flashlights would be advisable.

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Yesterday at 06:31 PM Surviving getting older by benjammin

Now that I am firmly on the backside of 50, I note there are some things about life that have changed. Anyone else notice this cross-over?

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04/14/14 10:45 PM surviving nuclear explosion. by yee

http://theweek.com/article/index/259829/...t-should-you-do

Recommendations are not intuitive and the odds of it happening is rather low but I suppose knowledge is power.

1. seek immediate shelter for one hour.
2. move away from blast site to more substantial shelter afterwards.
3. do NOT drive away.

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04/14/14 03:53 PM Earthquakes and short memories. by AKSAR

This morning in the NY Times there is a good video and article: Promises of Preparedness Followed Devastating Earthquakes. And Yet.
Quote:
Readiness, or lack of it, is also on the national mind in this country after back-to-back earthquakes rocked Southern California in late March. Damage was relatively slight. But a question that had loomed for decades suddenly gained new urgency: How prepared are Americans, especially Californians, for the anticipated killer quake routinely referred to with a mixture of dread and awe as the Big One?
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After Loma Prieta and then a quake of 6.7 magnitude in 1994, California bumped up its readiness by many notches. Billions have been spent fortifying infrastructure elements like bridges, rail systems, water mains, schools and other public buildings.
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....being better prepared is hardly synonymous with being fully prepared; ........ Once memories of an earthquake fade, there is a tendency to slip back into complacency.......
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Understandably, California draws the most attention, but fault lines snake through pretty much all regions of the United States except the northern Midwest. (New Yorkers tend to forget that a major fault runs along 125th Street in Manhattan. The Harlem Shake may yet refer to more than a dance craze.) Oregon in particular drew Retro Reportís interest because seismologists believe it is due, maybe even overdue, for an enormous quake that could conceivably register as much as a devastating magnitude 9.
The video with this article is well worth watching.

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04/14/14 06:47 AM Air National Guard rescues another sick infant by AKSAR

Air National Guard evacuates sick baby from Western Alaska village
Quote:
A critically ill newborn was evacuated from a Western Alaska village by an Alaska Air National Guard crew Saturday after a private air ambulance couldn't get to the village because of weather and runway restrictions.

The two-week-old baby in New Stuyahok, a village of about 500 people northeast of Dillingham on the Nushagak River, was suffering from neonatal pneumonia ....... The Alaska Air National Guard launched a HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter and an HC-130 airplane as a refueling escort to New Stuyahok at around 1 a.m......
Note that the only medical care available in many Alaska villages is from a Community Health Aid. Great folks, but with only about 16 weeks of training. For anything serious, they need to fly to Anchorage. When the weather is bad (as it frequently is), they can't fly.

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