Listen to the interview conducted by Dave Gahary on the topics of EMP attacks and Solar Storms.
Table Conversion Note: To convert between Sieverts (discussed in the news) and Rems (shown in the table), divide the number of Rems by 100. At the top of this post, I’ve copied a table from the handbook regarding the immediate and latent effects from radiation. Putting the numbers in context: On average, Americans are exposed to about 300-400 milliRems (3,000-4,000 microSieverts) per year. Witnessing the serious events in Fukushima, Japan, several people have written with questions about protecting themselves from a nuclear facility accident. In particular, people often wonder about the use of potassium iodide (KI) as a safeguard against radioactive poisoning.
Potassium iodide (KI) is a salt of stable iodine used by your body to produce thyroid hormones. The thyroid glands of unborn fetuses, infants, and young children are particularly susceptible to radioactive iodine, making KI pre-treatment critical.
Potassium iodide is generally considered very safe but can be harmful to people with certain medical conditions, so consult your doctor before taking KI. The product iOSAT is recommended since it is the only full-strength, FDA-approved KI tablet for radiation blocking legally sold in the United States. The question of how much food to store ties to the more fundamental question: What you are preparing for?
Some preppers gravitate towards extreme, “end of the world” food storage plans but fail to consider the likelihood of such events or the costs associated with that kind of preparation. Consider the impact of every family in America following this recommendation to keep a full month’s supply of food. One very important exception to my 30-day rule is in the case of storing food for a DP network.
The EPA estimates that 90% of the world’s fresh water is contaminated and unsuitable for drinking.
There are many options for purifying the water, but this post will compare commercial products that rely on halogen chemical treatments.
Polar Pure – contains iodine crystals, has an almost indefinite shelf life if kept tightly sealed, and very inexpensive per dose cost, requires measuring the dosage using the cap (which can be imprecise). Micropur MP1 – contains chlorine dioxide tablets, has a shelf life of at least four years, moderately expensive per dose cost, and comes in easy to administer doses (one tablet per quart of water). Simple household bleach – 2 drops per quart of water (assuming a a bleach solution of 5-6% hypochlorite), may wish to double the dose for cloudy water, shelf life of bleach is only about 6 months, must use a dropper to administer dose, very inexpensive per dose cost.
Tincture of iodine – 5 drops per quart (assuming a 2% iodine solution), may wish to double the dose for cloudy water, almost indefinite shelf life if properly stored, must use a dropper to administer dose, modest per dose cost. All of the methods are effective at killing bacteria, somewhat effective against viruses, and of limited value against protozoa cysts. Effective preparation requires considering how each of the hazards might affect your family, and then take steps to mitigate their impact. Your pets have the best chance of surviving if you make preparations before a disaster strikes. Ten years ago, the words “church” and “disaster preparedness” were usually only in the same sentence when discussing the Mormons.
An excellent example of the merging of faith and preparedness is the Bridges of Love Ministry’s Faith Emergency Preparedness Initiative. As any prepper will tell you, preparedness is not a single action that you take; it is a lifestyle. My personal view is that disaster preparedness should never distract you from meeting life’s other needs and responsibilities. The 440-page handbook is a complete guide to creating a practical disaster preparedness plan. Discover why this handbook is being praised by emergency management experts, preppers, church groups, survivalists, bloggers, soccer moms, and people from every walk of life.
Also, if interested in an exciting post-apocalyptic series that follows a US MarshalA after a global pandemic, check out The Survivalist (Frontier Justice).
Military historians tell us that prior to a major offensive, Napoleon Bonaparte would grab his simplest soldier and brief his battle plan. If you currently have a plan, is it so complex that only you and your spouse know all the details?
If you are staying in place, how long do you expect to be without normal services such as power, water, food, medical care and physical security?
If you have decided to evacuate, which is probably the best idea if you have adequate advanced warning, do you own a vehicle capable of carrying people, pets and supplies? Before you and your family can execute a family disaster plan, you must first assemble as a family.
The communications plan should also include a specific location close to but outside the home, as well as a neighborhood meeting place where the family will gather in the event home is not reachable. Do not plan on cell phones working, as in most major emergencies the towers may be damaged or clogged with traffic. Finally, a specific route plan should be researched and mapped both on paper and GPS that contemplates alternatives for infrastructure capacity, geographic challenges and considerations for the navigational impacts of different disasters.
Deputy Marshal Mason Raines must forage for food, water, and gasoline while outgunning those who seek to take advantage of the apocalyptic anarchy. This is a color re-release of the original book with minor changes and an added section on food caches. If evacuation is not possible, create a safe room to limit exposure to radioactive particulates – details of creating a safe room are the Handbook.
After the event has passed, be cautious about consuming foods that may have been contaminated.
In the event of a radiological or nuclear event, radioactive iodine may be released into the air, food, or water.
Potassium iodide will protect the thyroid for 24 hours, so depending on the duration of the threat, repeat dosing may be required. A prescription is not required to purchase KI; your pharmacist can dispense it directly to you. The answer ultimately determines the quantity of supplies of every type that you will need. You would need to master techniques to keep food from becoming contaminated— most likely using nitrogen-purged air-tight containers. If you decide that a month’s supply isn’t enough to protect your family, then by all means store more. Many networks strive to keep a sizable emergency food bank to help those who are underprepared.
In a very unscientific taste test of chemical treatment methods, my own family concluded that iodine-treated water was by far the worst smelling and tasting, bleach-treated was second, and water treated with Micropur MP1 ready-to-use tablets was the least objectionable.


Not only will it help to mask the chemical taste, but the ascorbic acid (vitamin C) converts the chlorine or iodine to tasteless chloride and iodide. Every region faces different hazards, ranging from flooding, to extreme weather events, to wildfires. If your animal ever becomes lost, you can use the photos to create posters or show them to shelter workers. If you know where you will be evacuating to, put that location and a phone number on the back of your pet’s tag or on the collar using duct tape. This could be a professional boarder, veterinarian, or friend not affected by the disaster. See FEMA’s Information for Pet Owners for a complete listing of first aid supplies for various pet types and sizes. Temperatures can become far hotter in the car than outside and can quickly kill your animals.
During some emergencies, state authorities may not allow large animal trailers on the roadways.
If a fire breaks out while you are away, the stickers will inform firefighters of how many, and what type, pets you have in the home. Remove the toilet tank lids, raise the seats, and brace the bathroom doors so they can drink from the toilets as needed. Leave a notice on your front door that details what types of pets are inside, their names, where they are located, and when you left them.
If you have a couple of cats, they probably won’t have much impact on your water consumption.
Widespread recognition of the importance of disaster preparedness as a part of our religious duties may well change the landscape of family preparedness across the entire world. The 3rd Edition has been expanded to cover every important topic, including food storage, water purification, home improvements, electricity generation, backup heating, personal protection, financial preparations, communication systems, disaster preparedness networks, evacuations, life-saving first aid, and much more.
Now is the time to take responsibility for your family’s safety by putting into place important emergency preparations. She doesn’t care that you didn’t get enough sleep last night, have a deadline at work, sat in traffic on the way home or have a splitting headache. FEMA recommends three days, but recent events show that having at least a month’s supply on hand is a good idea. If it is slightly damaged, do you have the ability to adapt or use only a portion of the property? Finding one another is important not just to have everyone pulling together, but because the psychological distraction of locating a loved one can spell disaster to the cohesiveness necessary to survive a life-threatening emergency.
Texting (SMS), which uses less bandwidth and typically a separate system from cell phones, is less likely to fail in the event of diminished system capabilities and leaves a semi-permanent message where a voicemail requires a consistent cell signal to function properly. This route plan should also include the criteria for departure, even if everyone isn’t together. However, they can greatly increase their chance of survival by asking tough questions, answering honestly and preparing accordingly.
Together with his giant Irish wolfhound, Bowie, he aligns with survivors of the town of Boone in a life and death struggle against a gang of violent criminals.
New sections were added to address the financial crisis, nuclear concerns, personal protection (firearms, concealed carry, etc.), and long-term food storage options.
It contains numerous new topics, including Ham radios, buring dead bodies, fire starting, knot-tying, firearm self defense, bartering, and an introductory chapter on electromagnetic pulse attacks and solar storms.
If you have any additional questions regarding the books, please send me an email or use the Contact Me button. It takes about 50 Rems (500,000 microSieverts) of radiation to cause noticeable symptoms (headache, nausea, fatigue, vomiting, etc).
It will not protect against other radioactive materials such as those released by a “dirty bomb”; neither will it protect any part of the body except the thyroid. Short-term food interruptions, such as a snowstorm that prevent you from getting to the store, are unlikely to require more than a week’s supply. Now imagine a family of four storing four tons of food in a location that is both temperature and humidity controlled. Even when you did become skilled at food storage, you would still experience loss due to spoilage, rodents, and insects. The bottom line is that the sacrifices incurred from storing large quantities of food would very likely be unnecessary.
Catastrophic disasters would still cause worry, but the 30-day supply would give families time: time for the nation’s emergency management services to provide relief, time for people to rally with friends and family to pool resources, and time to evacuate to areas where shortages were not as severe. Emergency rations set aside by a network might not be eaten on a routine schedule, and would therefore require longer shelf life. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that just because water looks clear or tastes good that it is free of contaminants.
Consider how the most likely threats will affect your pets and set up safeguards to protect them. Microchips placed under the skin can also greatly assist veterinarians or shelter workers when trying to reunite lost pets with owners. Pet carriers should be large enough to have a small water bowl and a litter pan (for cats), and must have your contact information on them. It will also make it clear that you wish for them to make every effort to rescue your pets. However, if you have two German Shepherds, three cats, and a donkey, you should definitely determine their water usage and budget accordingly!
There is a growing recognition among all types of ministries that churches have an obligation not only to provide safe haven for those in need, but also to guide their followers in becoming more self-sufficient and prepared.
We’ve all heard the expression, “God helps those who help themselves.” And though not explicitly found in any religious text, it does ring profoundly true in most people’s hearts and minds. People who neglect important areas of their life in order to focus on uncertain doom are losing sight of what’s important—not to mention failing to see life’s daily joys.
An entire chapter is also provided for people with special needs, including the elderly, those with young children, people with disabilities, and pet owners. She chooses to send weather, shift tectonic plates or ignite fires when she wants to, your convenience be damned. It’s perfectly appropriate to have parts delegated to a family member, but everyone involved needs to know their role and how they fit into the larger plan.
Should your family choose to stay in place during or after a disaster, or if it occurs too quickly to avoid, your family will need a plan.
The most obvious route out of town will attract the most evacuees and potentially the most traffic.
Should family members be outside of the typical home area when disaster strikes, the American Red Cross also maintains a “Safe and Well” service where separated family members can log their location and status so the rest of the family can at least have the peace of mind knowing they are safe.
The second element to the actual plan is a list and location of supplies staged or stored for an emergency.


Before departing the home, a clear message should be left for friends and family reflecting who departed, when they departed, and what route and destination they have in mind. With each deadly encounter, Mason is forced to accept his place as one of the nation’s few remaining lawmen. It also includes a new chapter focused on specific preparations for the five deadliest types of natural disasters: earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, and tsunamis. However, we in the US are not likely to feel any physical effects from the events unfolding there. Potassium iodide is inexpensive and has a shelf life of at least five to seven years, making it a low-cost, yet potentially life-saving preparation. Whereas a terrorist attack on the food supply system might cause shortages lasting weeks or even months—albeit likely limited only to certain food types. You’re recalling the advice of numerous experts who suggest having an entire year’s supply of food stockpiled. Not only storing it, but rotating it, and keeping it from spoiling or being ruined by pests.
This means that you would be required to regularly inspect a huge stockpile of food, discarding and replacing things that were no longer consumable.
In these cases, longer term storage options, such as freeze-dried, dehydrated, or Meals-Ready-to-Eat should be considered.
That includes frozen water, which can house hepatitis A, Salmonella, and Cryptosporidium for months.
Unfortunately, some disasters leave pet owners with very difficult decisions to make if prior planning was not done. For dogs and cats, stocking this amount of food isn’t usually difficult – keep a spare bag of dry food in the cupboard, or rotate the canned food to keep it fresh. Remember, it is recommended to store 2 gallons of potable water per person per day (one gallon for drinking, one gallon for hygiene), with a minimum of a 14-day supply – that’s 28 gallons of potable water for each person. With that said, it is still quite possible to live a full, rewarding life while preparing for hard times.
If the emergency is initiated by a terrorist attack, you can almost always expect them to initiate it when it hurts the most. The stationary plan should reflect the considerations discussed previously, but will require more in terms of certain supplies and less where mobility and transportation are concerned.
This means baby food and diapers, essential medicines for those with life- or health-threatening illnesses, and emergency power if medical devices require power to function. Fundamental to this step is a document with the names, home and cell phone numbers, and the email addresses of the members of your family, as well as an out-of-state contact name through whom communications can be routed should typical methods of communications not work. If the family chooses to evacuate, each should know the designated vehicle, the driver, where each will sit and where each will stow their gear, as well as their primary and secondary responsibilities in regard to packing essentials and loading them into the vehicle. The entire industrialized world has become a wasteland of abandoned cars, decaying bodies, and feral animals. In a world now populated by escaped convicts, paranoid mutants, and government hit squads, his only hope to save the townspeople is to enforce his own brand of frontier justice.
Sure, there will be financial impacts and personal tragedies for those with families in Japan. If you take potassium iodide in advance, it essentially fills your thyroid, preventing the absorption of radioactive iodine and potentially saving your life. By law, service animals are allowed into emergency shelters if the owner has proof of a medical need and the pet’s current vaccinations. Of course, if you run out of pet food, it may be possible (depending on the type of animal) to improvise by feeding your pets “scraps” from your meals. Non-potable water needs depend greatly on how you will handle sanitation, but a reasonable budget is 5 gallons per person per day – enough to flush the toilet once a day for each person.
God, whether you believe him to be a Christian, Muslim, Bahai, or Hindu deity, does not want his people suffering. For others, it simply means ensuring there appropriate safety nets are in place, such as a modest food stockpile, a method of purifying water, and adequate homeowner’s insurance. Not only is it possible, but as the head of a household, I would argue that achieving this kind of balance is your responsibility. A family disaster plan, even a simple one, to get your family focused and working together on safety and survival is not just critical, it’s the only thing standing between you, them and the indifferent violence of chaos. Not only will rehearsals help tune the kinks out of the process, but the repetition will both help family members learn their respective roles and find solutions to problems the original planners might not have considered.
If you are staying in place during and after a disaster, do you know where you need to be in your home? Each member of the family should have a memorized, if not written, record of these names and numbers, especially children.
Choices need to be made by the responsible adults as to which, where and how supplies are stored. But the distance between our countries is considered too great to deliver dangerous levels of radiation from this type of event. Your exposure levels can also be reduced by staying indoors and avoiding produce or milk that may become contaminated. The effectiveness of potassium iodide depends upon three things: (1) how much time has passed between the contamination of radioactive iodine and the taking of KI, (2) how fast the KI is absorbed into your blood, and (3) the total amount of radioactive iodine to which you are exposed.
Non-potable water can come from natural sources (rivers, lakes), swimming pools, rain barrels, etc.
An interior room or a basement is always a good choice, but are there elements specific to your location, surroundings and construction of your home that would compel you to choose otherwise? There’s nothing more pathetic than a box of canned food and no can opener, but this also applies to the ability to boil water and prepare most varieties of emergency food. How far can your vehicle go fully loaded, and is it reliable enough to get to your designated location in all seasons? The out-of-state contact allows responsible adult members to give instructions to gather family members should the circumstances prevent normal assembly at home. Are they in backpacks for a hasty departure or in tubs for easy access but otherwise stored in the corner of a basement? Your local animal shelter may also be able provide information regarding available shelter and boarding locations. Each family will have to contemplate the costs and benefits of these considerations and make decisions based upon their family’s needs and capabilities. Keep in mind water is for drinking, hygiene and cooking —there is little else more important to the long-term survival of you and your family.
What if your primary evacuation location is also within the danger zone you are trying to avoid?



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