My wife, Gena, and I have been so saddened with our world to watch more human casualties from Charlottesville to Barcelona, Turku and Freetown. And over the weekend, six police officers were shot in three U.S. cities. Our hearts and prayers go out to all the victims, their families and friends.
These tragic events drive home the point even further that we all need to be prepared to handle crises and emergencies, whenever they hit our lives. As I said last week, I’m not an alarmist, but I do believe in being ready in season and out of season.
Last week, I wrote on the topic “What the govt. and media won’t tell you 1 nuke can do.” (I encourage you to read the column if you didn’t get a chance.) The column discussed the very real threat of electromagnetic pulses, or EMP, that could knock out the power grid for months across the whole U.S. from a high-altitude detonation of a single nuclear warhead in the skies above us.
Last week’s column discussed what the government can and should do to better protect American citizens. This one will discuss what you and your loved ones can do to prepare and protect yourselves against an EMP attack, or even many other emergency situations or disasters.
Just as a reminder, an article in the Business Insider, titled, “A North Korean EMP Attack is a Dark Possibility,” explained: “In practical terms, a [EMP-originated] catastrophic blackout would be worst in cities, because it would instantly deprive the population of access to drinking water, refrigeration, heat, air conditioning, and telecommunication. Food stores would be looted within a matter of days, and gas stations would cease to function without electricity.”
The article goes on: “Without Internet access and power, all commerce and advanced methods of communication would stop. There would be no TV, radio, phones. Credit card transactions and cash withdrawals at banks would be impossible. Paper money would become worthless, and Bitcoin would cease to exist, along with the stock market.”
It’s the threat your own government wants to ignore. And the likelihood is growing daily. Are you ready for an EMP attack? Find out what’s at stake in “A Nation Forsaken: EMP, the Escalating Threat of an American Catastrophe” by national security expert Michael Maloof. Don’t miss it in the WND Superstore!
Newt Gingrich, speaking at the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, said an EMP attack “would send us back to the 18th century.”
It may seem like a no-brainer to many, but in this terror-pervasive age, we all need to have “a personal survival kit” or survival storage closet or room that contains essentials that could last us for months at a minimum.
Below is my list of essential emergency supplies. I know some of these are costly items, so I’d encourage you to save for each, and check them off until you have them all.
- Establish an agreed emergency preparation plan for you and your loved ones in case of a national or local disaster (place to meet, what to bring, delegated duties, etc.);
- Fresh water storage, a portable filtered-water system, and Potable Aqua Water Treatment Tablets;
- Containers of non-perishable or freeze-dried foods, appropriate for your family size (with a shelf life of five to 25 years);
- Manual can opener for food;
- Containers of gas, oil, propane, kerosene and any other essentials liquids;
- Extra batteries of all sizes and types;
- Long-range walkie-talkies;
- Battery-powered or hand-crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert;
- First aid kit;
- Dust mask and gas masks;
- Duct tape;
- Moist towelettes;
- Toilet paper, paper towels, garbage bags, plastic sheeting and plastic zip ties;
- Toolbox and tools (at least hammer, wrench and pliers);
- Local maps;
- Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery (when communications continue);
- Solar-powered panels and generator;
- Cash, traveler’s checks, gold or other types of currency;
- Knives, guns and ammunitions;
- If you can afford it and have the space, an underground bunker.
(Of course, you need to add to this list according to your own personal needs – see below.)
Ready.gov actually does a good job of listing “additional emergency supplies,” based upon your own individual and family needs:
- Prescription medications;
- Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids or laxatives;
- Glasses and contact-lense solution;
- Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes, diaper rash cream;
- Pet food and extra water for your pet;
- Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container;
- Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person;
- Complete change of clothing appropriate for your climate and sturdy shoes;
- Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper to disinfect water;
- Fire extinguisher;
- Matches in a waterproof container;
- Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items;
- Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils;
- Paper and pencil;
- Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children.
Ready.gov recommends some excellent additional items and actions to consider for those who are seniors, disabled or have other special needs. They even have wise instructions and emergency needs for those who have pets and other animals, small and large.
Everyone (and I mean everyone) should have essential emergency supplies, regardless of whether you’re a survivalist or not. These items can help you and your loved ones survive a host of emergency situations or disasters, whether the cause is from weather, power outages, EMPs or something worse – such as a terrorist attack – that completely shuts down communications, travel or the financial system for an extended period of time.
Preparation is absolutely key. When disaster hits, the time to prepare has passed.
Proverbs 27:12 says, “A prudent person foresees the danger ahead and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.”
Or, as Howard Ruff, a financial adviser and writer, wisely and simply put it: “It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.”
(For anyone interested in learning more about EMPs, watch Dr. Peter Vincent Pry’s interview on the Hagmann Report. See also EMP.news and F. Michael Maloof’s “A Nation Forsaken. EMP: The Escalating Threat of an American Catastrophe.”)