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Drying, Dehydrating, & Smoking • Dehydrating Your Own Applesauce

March 20, 2017 ReadyMom 0

Has anyone dehydrated their own apple sauce? I just threw out about 10 jars of apple sauce that was a number of years old. We didn’t use it fast enough (as the kids grew older) and it turned brown in the jars! I’m replacing it all with dehydrated or freeze dried. I have a dehydrator, so I could dehydrate my own (I think). Not sure what the shelf life would be, doing it myself vs purchasing the #10 cans.

(I’ve posted a question, over on the general food forum asking for input on purchasing those cans). Apple sauce has been one of my ‘live & learn’ items in food storage. :( -k

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General Food Topics • Dehydrated Apple Sauce-Purchasing #10 Cans

March 20, 2017 ReadyMom 0

Has anyone tried dehydrated apple sauce from any of the prep-food vendors? I just threw out about 10 jars of apple sauce that was a number of years old. We didn’t use it fast enough (as the kids grew older) and it turned brown in the jars! I’m replacing it all with dehydrated or freeze dried. Live & learn, as you prep. :(

I found this sale going on, right now. https://www.thereadystore.com/saratoga- … pple-sauce -k

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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: Where to Run, If a Nuclear Bomb is Dropped

March 20, 2017 ReadyMom 0
Dirk Williams wrote:
Excuse me, but exactly HOW has Trump started an arms race. He’s been in office less then 70 days. We are truly living in interesting times. I just think credit needs to go to,those who created the circumstances.

My friend, I fundamentally disagree with at least ” Who ” has started this quest for a nuclear arms vent.

The rest of the post is spot on, thank you. Dirk

Dirk, politics aside (I didn’t write that), the post was intended for the helpful info, not the political aside that was in the introduction. Times have been precarious for a long time, on a lot of fronts, as we all know ;) . Maybe I should have snipped that part out :bored: -k

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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Where to Run, If a Nuclear Bomb is Dropped

March 19, 2017 ReadyMom 0

NOTE: (Photos are large and were making the page scroll, so I’m just posting the link) -k

If a nuclear bomb is dropped on your city, here’s where you should run and hide
http://www.businessinsider.com/nuclear- … =buffer-bi

  • People who survive a nuclear blast may be exposed to radioactive ash and dust called fallout.
  • Finding a good shelter as soon as possible and going inside is critical to surviving fallout.
  • A scientist has come up with a strategy for when and whether to move to a better fallout shelter.

President Trump has egged on a new arms race. Russia violated weapons treaties to upgrade its nuclear arsenal. North Korea is developing long-range missiles and practicing for nuclear war — and the US military is considering preemptive attacks on the isolated nation’s military facilities.

Meanwhile, nuclear terrorism and dirty bombs remain a sobering threat.

Though these events are unlikely to trigger the last-ditch option of nuclear war, let alone a blast in your neighborhood, they are very concerning.

So you might be wondering, “If I survive a nuclear-bomb attack, what should I do?”

Michael Dillon, a Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researcher, crunched the numbers and helped figure out just that in a 2014 study published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical and Physical Sciences.

Likewise, government agencies and other organizations have also explored the harrowing question and came up with detailed recommendations and response plans. *** CONTINUED at LINK, above ****

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Food & Water • Re: Ghee???

March 14, 2017 ReadyMom 0
NJMike wrote:
I have a small case.

Reminds me I’ll need to get some canned crab and lobster as carrying devices for the butter.

              :| . . . :rofl: . . . :thumbsup:

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Pennsylvania Discussion, News and Weather • Re: PA: Blizzard on the Way! Ugh!

March 14, 2017 ReadyMom 0

More pretty colors on a map. Same horrible forecast: Screen Shot 2017-03-13 at 10.19.17 PM.png I’m in the Harrisburg 12 – 20″ part of the map. :(:(:( It’s already started falling and sticking.

The mom of our daughter’s boyfriend works for PEMA (Penna Emergency Management Assoc). She’s on the emergency staff for this storm. She came over for dinner, tonight & we invited her to use our spare bedroom for the night, but she’s staying at a local hotel so they can get her & other staff to the PEMA office via ‘shuttle’ tomorrow morning (which could be the National Guard, if needed). So interesting to hear what goes on ‘behind-the-scenes’ for a storm of this magnitude. -k

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Pennsylvania Discussion, News and Weather • Re: PA: Blizzard on the Way! Ugh!

March 13, 2017 ReadyMom 0
Stahlrosen wrote:

ReadyMom wrote:Of course, being the winter lover that I am … (NOT!) … I’m lucky enough to be in the dark red ‘A’ area. :bored:

I’m not worried, because I’m ready. Just worried for my sanity, after I see it all on the ground. I’m a blue-sky-palm -tree, warm-water kinda gal .

Where are you? Doing anything different?
-k

Then what the heck are you doing in cold country :? (teasing)

I’m a good wife! Although my husband has to endure a TON more moaning & groaning each year, during the cold months. Our son is currently playing soccer in Texas. I’ve been threatening to go down & set up housekeeping during training season, which is our cold Jan-March months. He’ll most likely be sitting next to the pool, while we’re digging out. :bored: -k

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Pennsylvania Discussion, News and Weather • PA: Blizzard on the Way! Ugh!

March 13, 2017 ReadyMom 0

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Of course, being the winter lover that I am … (NOT!) … I’m lucky enough to be in the dark red ‘A’ area. :bored:

I’m not worried, because I’m ready. Just worried for my sanity, after I see it all on the ground. I’m a blue-sky-palm -tree, warm-water kinda gal .

Where are you? Doing anything different?
-k

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Pennsylvania Discussion, News and Weather • PA: Blizzard on the Way! Ugh!

March 13, 2017 ReadyMom 0

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Of course, being the winter lover that I am … (NOT!) … I’m lucky enough to be in the dark red ‘A’ area. :bored:

I’m not worried, because I’m ready. Just worried for my sanity, after I see it all on the ground. I’m a blue-sky-palm -tree, warm-water kinda gal .

Where are you? Doing anything different?
-k

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Personal Safety and Home Security • Re: Wikileaks/CIA

March 9, 2017 ReadyMom 0
anita wrote:
Mine have pink stickies too! The only problem is that I was on a meeting call, and everyone’s face showed up but mine, which was a pink square. It took me about a minute to realize it was my sticky over the camera. Tough explaining to that group of liberal writers why I had my computer camera covered. :blush:

Well, at least you know it works. I just checked mine and this is what I see for ‘facetime’ (which we use with our son all the time … I’ll have to remember to take off the stickie!):Screen Shot 2017-03-09 at 1.46.28 PM.png

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Personal Safety and Home Security • Re: Wikileaks/CIA

March 9, 2017 ReadyMom 0
anita wrote:
Mine have pink stickies too! The only problem is that I was on a meeting call, and everyone’s face showed up but mine, which was a pink square. It took me about a minute to realize it was my sticky over the camera. Tough explaining to that group of liberal writers why I had my computer camera covered. :blush:

Well, at least you know it works. I just checked mine and this is what I see for ‘facetime’ (which we use with our son all the time … I’ll have to remember to take off the stickie!):Screen Shot 2017-03-09 at 1.46.28 PM.png

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Pandemic Preparedness • Re: N7 in Tennessee

March 8, 2017 ReadyMom 0

Although this is an H7N9 bird flu virus, it is NOT the deadly H7N9 virus that is passing through China. ImageHat tip to Mike Coston, over at Avian Flu Diary:

USDA Identifies Tennessee Bird Flu Virus as HPAI H7N9
http://afludiary.blogspot.com/2017/03/u … d-flu.html

Much the same as we saw earlier today with the announcement that the HPAI H5N6 virus in Greece is not of the same lineage as the Asian H5N6 virus, this afternoon we learn the HPAI H7 virus detected over the weekend in Tennessee is an HPAI H7N9 virus – but of different lineage, and genetically distinct – from China’s H7N9 virus. —CONTINUED at LINK, above —

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Pandemic Preparedness • Re: H7N9 Bird Flu in China is Pandemic Potential Flu

March 6, 2017 ReadyMom 0
kenjabroni wrote:

rickdun wrote:The WSJ and Reuters reported that 73,500 chickens were put down due to the bird flu (tyson chicken) in Tennessee. They also stated that Lincoln County in Tennessee is now under quarantine.

Maybe coming to a neighborhood near you.

TN sure is a heck of a lot closer than China. Is it the same strain of flu that is going on over there in China? If so I need to get my chickens some n95 masks

The strain in China is H7N9. I don’t think it has been reported that this is the the SAME H7 strain. There’s a report, over at FluTrackers, that seems vague to me. It states:

          Testing at state and federal laboratories confirmed the presence of H7 HPAI in samples from that flock.


Source: https://www.tn.gov/agriculture/news/48946

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Pandemic Preparedness • Re: H7N9 Bird Flu in China is Pandemic Potential Flu

March 5, 2017 ReadyMom 0
daaswampman wrote:
460 cases over five months is not much of an epidemic for a nation of over a billion people! When it reaches that many cases a day, there may be cause for concern. I am not saying it is not an important bug, but when the right bug comes alone, there will be thousands of cases a day. Even then you will have some warning unless you live in an international hub city and are in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The problem with overreacting to everything, is you may miss the real deal when it comes along. Swamp

Agreed with your statement regarding over reacting. Hope you didn’t that was my intent on posting this, regarding a pandemic potential. I just think we should should be aware and know this is nasty, killing bug over there.

I think what is important (and I know you follow these things) is that OF THE PEOPLE it HAS infected … 40% of them have died. Granted that’s NOT 40% of the TOTAL country’s population … but 40% kill ratio for those who have gotten infected is substantial. IF this virus happens to go H2H (‘human-to-human’), then that 40% is a pretty big deal and it will take little to nothing to make that % even bigger. -k

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Pandemic Preparedness • Re: H7N9 Bird Flu in China is Pandemic Potential Flu

March 4, 2017 ReadyMom 0
Illini Warrior wrote:
been following the pandemic in China – most likely will be the Ground Zero for the disease spread – and China won’t be reporting the truth ….

https://flutrackers.com/forum/search?se … e%22%5D%7D

:thumbsup: Flutrackers is a VERY reliable source to follow this. GREAT newshounds that are on top of current events. -k

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Pandemic Preparedness • H7N9 Bird Flu in China is Pandemic Potential Flu

March 4, 2017 ReadyMom 0

This news reminds me of back in 2006, when I was following the H5N1 flu.

The raging bird flu in China is a good reminder the US isn’t prepared for a pandemic
The virus has a fatality rate of up to 40 percent.

A strain of deadly bird flu that has a high risk of becoming a pandemic is surging in China, and experts are warning that the US isn’t making the necessary preparations.

According to an assessment from the World Health Organization this week, China had 460 lab-confirmed human cases of the H7N9 bird flu virus since last October — the most of any flu season since the virus was first reported in humans in 2013.
This makes the current outbreak the largest on record for H7N9, a virus that typically circulates around poultry markets and can cause pneumonia or death when it spreads to people. Forty percent of those with confirmed H7N9 infections have died — including at least 87 people this year alone. That’s a very deadly pathogen.

The risk of the current outbreak causing a global epidemic is low right now, the WHO said. Almost all of the current infections were caught directly from birds and there’s no evidence yet of ongoing human-to-human transmission. But whenever bird flu spreads to people, there’s always the worry that it will mutate to become more contagious.

The people most at risk of H7N9 virus right now are poultry workers in China. Vietnam should also be on guard; reports suggest the virus has surfaced there as well.

But if this H7N9 outbreak were to spread further, experts say the United States is not ready.
“America has long been unprepared for a dangerous pandemic, but the risks are especially high under President Trump,” the former Ebola czar Ron Klain told Vox.

Trump hasn’t yet named nominees for a new head to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, the agency that would lead a pandemic response. He also hasn’t nominated anyone to head Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, or USAID — two other key agencies in a pandemic.

With the repeal of the Affordable Care Act looming, Trump is poised to gut a key public health fund that accounts for 12 percent of the CDC’s budget, and he’s reinstated the global gag rule, which depletes global health funding. “His proposed cuts in foreign aid,” Klain added, “will devastate work to detect and combat disease outbreaks abroad — the very best way to prevent those diseases from coming to America.”

If it’s not a bird flu outbreak, it’ll be some other health threat. The pace at which pathogens are flying around the globe and threatening pandemics is only accelerating. Over the past decade, the WHO has declared four global health emergencies. Two of them happened during President Obama’s tenure (Ebola and Zika). There’s slim chance Trump will finish a four-year term without facing an outbreak of some kind.

As for H7N9, it’s very possible it could spread to birds and people in other countries, said Dr. Tim Uyeki, a medical epidemiologist in CDC’s influenza division.

“Among the viruses we’ve assessed… H7N9 is the most concerning. It’s at the top of the list,” Uyeki said. “We don’t know when the next pandemic is going to start, where it’s going to start. But at this time the biggest concern is the H7N9 virus.”

Treating the current cases is also proving to be a challenge since some seem to carry genetic markers associated with drug resistance to antiviral treatments for the disease, like Tamiflu. A new assessment from the CDC also shows the virus has also split into a new lineage — which is a problem because the vaccine development for H7N9 was based on an older lineage of the virus. So we don’t have any vaccine candidates in the pipeline to fully address the current outbreak.

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First Aid & Medicine • Re: Antibiotics From Mexico

March 4, 2017 ReadyMom 0
PrepperProperties wrote:
Last time down, the “farmacia” in Walmart told us we need a prescription to purchase any antibiotics, including amoxicillin.
Anyone else had this problem recently?
Thanks!

We were just ‘over the border’ a week ago. I was told we need a script for narcotics. I got prednisone, penicillin,amoxicillin, ampicillin & Omeprazole without a script. At the American side of the border, as I showed my passport to come back in I told them I had antibiotics and they let me go right through. People buying liquor (GREAT prices! … I need to make that one of my next purchases 8) ) had to declare it and I’m assuming pay a tax. But I don’t know for sure, because we didn’t get it, this trip.

Our son just got signed to play with a professional Texas soccer team ( proud soccer mom bragging moment :D:D:D ), so we’ll be making a lot of trips in the area and I plan on taking advantage of it whenever I can. -k

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First Aid & Medicine • Re: Antibiotics From Mexico

March 4, 2017 ReadyMom 0
PrepperProperties wrote:
Last time down, the “farmacia” in Walmart told us we need a prescription to purchase any antibiotics, including amoxicillin.
Anyone else had this problem recently?
Thanks!

We were just ‘over the border’ a week ago. I was told we need a script for narcotics. I got prednisone, penicillin,amoxicillin, ampicillin & Omeprazole without a script. At the American side of the border, as I showed my passport to come back in I told them I had antibiotics and they let me go right through. People buying liquor (GREAT prices! … I need to make that one of my next purchases 8) ) had to declare it and I’m assuming pay a tax. But I don’t know for sure, because we didn’t get it, this trip.

Our son just got signed to play with a professional Texas soccer team ( proud soccer mom bragging moment :D:D:D ), so we’ll be making a lot of trips in the area and I plan on taking advantage of it whenever I can. -k

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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: EMPs (Electro Magnetic Pulse)

March 2, 2017 ReadyMom 0
Murby wrote:

ReadyMom wrote:

Murby wrote:
A metal trash can is fine but you should tape shut the gap where the lid connects to the can with a conductive tape.. It might feel tight but it probably isn’t. A high frequency, high amplitude pulse from a HEMP or NEMP can penetrate a weak seam where the lid connects to the can.. My preliminary list to put in it:

I have the silver aluminum tape for the lid/can seal. Will that work? -k

I don’t know.. I would suggest the manufacturers website to see if both sides are conductive. You could probably wrap it with tinfoil and then tape that too.. Just get a good seal.. no gaps, no openings.. not even small gaps.

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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: EMPs (Electro Magnetic Pulse)

March 1, 2017 ReadyMom 0
Murby wrote:
A metal trash can is fine but you should tape shut the gap where the lid connects to the can with a conductive tape.. It might feel tight but it probably isn’t. A high frequency, high amplitude pulse from a HEMP or NEMP can penetrate a weak seam where the lid connects to the can.. My preliminary list to put in it:

I have the silver aluminum tape for the lid/can seal. Will that work? -k

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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: EMPs (Electro Magnetic Pulse)

March 1, 2017 ReadyMom 0

Murby THANK YOU so much for your reply! I appreciate your noting your background, so I can feel comfortable relying on your information. There are so many folks who just throw info out on the forum, without anything to back it up and when prepping you just can NOT rely on all info to be tried & true. Links & educations/occupational backgrounds are best when sharing info.

I like the way you explained how to make the faraday cage. I made one out of a brand new metal trash can … it’s what I could get and it fits in my house. I lined the sides & bottom with card board and it has a VERY tight lid. I wrap my products in brown paper and then put them in tin-foil. From your explanation I should also be purchasing the static bags. Question: Is this all for naught, because it’s a metal trash can vs a steel drum?

I’d also like you input on our list of things to include in a faraday cage. Are some of the things included not necessary (it would free up space, if they don’t need to be there) … I’m thinking batteries, for instance.

Thanks again! -k

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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: EMPs (Electro Magnetic Pulse)

March 1, 2017 ReadyMom 0
Murby wrote:

ReadyMom wrote:

Murby wrote:Like dressing in layers for cold weather, EMP Shielding is best accomplished using those same layers.

It should be noted that putting electronics in a Faraday cage for a solar storm is a waste of time.

But for a nuclear EMP, you want layers.. Use static bags, at least two layers, and then a metal can.

Can you provide links with confirmation for that suggestion. Thanks! -k

Harharhar hahaha.. Would you like a link to Northern Michigan University’s Electrical Engineering program? hehehehe..

If you tell me what your question is, I might be able to explain the how and why in layman’s terms.

First of all Murby, I can’t help but take offense to the way you answered my question. It was kind of snarky. I have NO idea what your background is, and it was an honest question, because there’s so much info ‘out there’ and I wanted to know why you were making those suggestions.

Next … YES … I would like to have an answer in ‘laymen’s terms’. Your offer to give such an explanation leads me to think you may have a background in this topic and help would be much appreciated to understand the best way to TRY to protect SOME electronic-type items that could use alternate power sources.

And finally …. I see that you already have offered some explanation a few posts later. The explanation is much appreciated. Given what you have written I see you have a faraday cage at home. (I searched through some of your older posts 8) to see what else you may have offered in other threads on this topic. I was also curious to see if you mentioned a background in this field or if it was just a well researched topic, on your behalf ) What type of faraday cage have you made that you are feeling comfortable relying on? -k

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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: EMPs (Electro Magnetic Pulse)

February 28, 2017 ReadyMom 0
Murby wrote:
Like dressing in layers for cold weather, EMP Shielding is best accomplished using those same layers.

It should be noted that putting electronics in a Faraday cage for a solar storm is a waste of time.

But for a nuclear EMP, you want layers.. Use static bags, at least two layers, and then a metal can.

Can you provide links with confirmation for that suggestion. Thanks! -k

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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: EMP-Korea Concerns & Discussions

February 28, 2017 ReadyMom 0

Don’t Underestimate North Korea’s Nuclear Arsenal
The country’s weapons are likely more advanced and dangerous than many experts think.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/dont-under … 1488239693

By R. James Woolsey and
Peter Vincent Pry
Feb. 27, 2017 6:54 p.m. ET
44 COMMENTS

North Korea successfully tested a solid-fueled missile earlier this month, the latest in a series of technological leaps. Instant experts allege Pyongyang is not yet a serious nuclear threat to the U.S. Some reporters say North Korea does not have “miniaturized” nuclear warheads for missile delivery and that its weapons are primitive—even after five nuclear tests. These are dangerous delusions.

Google the history of nuclear testing and weapons development, and North Korea’s tests suddenly seem a lot more serious. This has all been done by the U.S., the Soviet Union, China, Britain, France, Israel, South Africa, India and Pakistan. History suggests North Korea already has nuclear-missile warheads and a sophisticated array of nuclear weapons.

Testing is not necessary to develop nuclear weapons. The first atomic bomb, which used enriched uranium, was never tested: Hiroshima was the test. The second one, which used plutonium, was tested once and worked perfectly at Trinity and on Nagasaki.

France entered the nuclear club in 1960 with a sophisticated high-yield fission weapon that worked perfectly on its first test.

According to the Wisconsin Project and defector Mordechai Vanunu, Israel developed a sophisticated array of nuclear weapons from the 1960s to the ’80s—all without testing. Its arsenal ranges from high-yield thermonuclear missile warheads to low-yield tactical weapons, including neutron warheads.

South Africa also developed nuclear weapons and designed a missile warhead without testing. India and Pakistan designed atomic bombs, thermonuclear warheads and neutron warheads 20 years before testing.

North Korea built its first atomic weapons by 1994, more than a decade before testing. Yet the yield of North Korean nuclear tests isn’t known. Estimating yields from seismic signals is inexact. Press reporting on estimates for North Korea’s January 2016 test range from 4 to 50 kilotons. The estimated yield for North Korea’s fifth nuclear test, in September 2016, is between 20 and 30 kilotons.

Less known: North Korea could conduct decoupled tests to hide their true yield. Decoupling entails detonating a device in a cavity to dampen the signal by as much as 10-fold. A 100 kiloton test could look like 10 kilotons.

And low-yield tests may indicate more-advanced nuclear technology. High-yield testing is usually done for political reasons and to study nuclear-weapon effects. Low-yield testing is scarier because it is usually done to verify design principles for a more advanced generation of nuclear weapons.

In 1946 the U.S. used 23-kiloton Nagasaki-type atomic bombs to study blast and radiation effects on ships and structures. But it was the 1951 nuclear tests of mostly low-yield devices, between 1 and 8 kilotons, that confirmed new designs to expand the U.S. deterrent. America went from 50 atomic bombs in 1948 to hundreds of new weapons, including hydrogen bombs.

Two of the most significant early Soviet nuclear tests had yields of only 2 kilotons and 3.5 kilotons, but these foreshadowed tactical nuclear weapons, including nuclear artillery and torpedoes.

Pakistan’s nuclear test series in 1998 had yields of mostly only 1 kiloton. At the time, the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission said these were “neutron bombs—a battlefield weapon that is essentially a low-yield device.” Almost immediately afterward, Pakistan deployed nuclear-armed missiles and bombers.

North Korea has intercontinental ballistic missiles, the mobile KN-08 and KN-14, that can strike the U.S. mainland. They are probably nuclear-armed. Following North Korea’s fourth illegal nuclear test in January, the Pentagon warned that Pyongyang might have tested components of a hydrogen bomb.

The Congressional EMP Commission—and Russian, Chinese and South Korean sources—assess that North Korea probably has nuclear arms specialized for electromagnetic pulse, what the Russians call “Super-EMP” weapons. These warheads would be low-yield because they are designed to produce gamma rays, not a big explosion.

These are the most dangerous weapons known to man. A single Super-EMP warhead detonated over North America could permanently black out the U.S. and Canada and kill up to 90% of the population through starvation and societal collapse.

Since North Korea and Iran are strategic partners, and since nuclear testing is unnecessary to develop weapons, Iran too might already have nuclear-armed missiles.

Among the senior national-security experts who share these views are William Graham, chairman of the EMP Commission; Henry Cooper, former director of the Strategic Defense Initiative; and Fritz Ermarth, who chaired the National Intelligence Council.

The U.S. should immediately harden its national electric grid to deter and defeat a nuclear EMP attack. Further, it should quickly redeploy Aegis guided missile cruisers to America’s most vulnerable regions. Looking to the future, President Trump must work with Congress to modernize the U.S. nuclear deterrent and revive President Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative by deploying space-based missile defenses to render nuclear missiles obsolete.

Mr. Woolsey was director of the Central Intelligence Agency (1993-95). Mr. Pry, chief of staff of the Congressional EMP Commission, has worked in the House Armed Services Committee and served in the CIA.

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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: EMP-Korea Concerns & Discussions

February 24, 2017 ReadyMom 0
3ADScout wrote:

Photon Guy wrote:So after reading this thread I looked up Dr. Pry on the internet and I must say he sounds like somebody who knows what he’s doing when he talks about the possibility of an EMP threat. I’ve heard and seen him speak on youtube videos and I would like to meet him if possible. I would like to know if he ever attends prepper expos and conventions, I would want to go to one that he’s at.

Photon Guy, you might want to reach out to ReadyMom she has organized events where one of Dr’s Pry’s friends who was active with EMPact America spoke. I have been fortunate to listen to Dr Pry, Ambassador Woolsley and others who champion EMP defense and cyber-protection. There was a big conference on EMP up in the Buffalo, NY a few years ago but I don’t know if that is a yearly occurrence.

That was just a VERY lucky day for me! He doesn’t normally speak at prep events, like he did that day, for us. I had another guest speaker, Cynthia Ayers, who was working at the Carlisle Army College at the time. She was meeting with Dr. Pry and he kindly agreed to come to our prep event, since he was in the area for the weekend. I feel honored to have met him and had the chance to hear first hand what his concerns are. He gave me a copy of his book, that was current at the time and signed it. I lent the book to a friend of mine, and haven’t seen it since, which makes me sad, because he wrote an inscription in the front that I only had time to quickly glance at (it was a busy day) and only saw something about my being a Patriot for my local prep work. I have no idea what the full inscription was because I haven’t seen the book since :( . -k

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First Aid & Medicine • Antibiotics From Mexico

February 20, 2017 ReadyMom 0

So happy! Visiting our son, who us trying out for a Texas soccer team and we had a day trip across the border, into Mexico. Scored some basic antibiotics to update my preps. If our son makes the team, he’s going to be getting a frequent ‘grocery list’ to mail back home.

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Guns • Re: Practicing Your Defensive Pistol Skills at Home

February 17, 2017 ReadyMom 0

I like this post! Thank you!

I just finished my 4-part course in firearms training. Part 3 of it was simulation training on when to draw & not draw (kind of like what they do in military & police simulation training). It was an eye opener on how easy it is to make the wrong decision and also on how accurate/inaccurate you were when you DID shoot. It was a laser gun and the shot registered on the screen and into a computer set up. Pretty neat.

I can not always get to a range (which was part 4 of the training) for the reasons mentioned in your article posted: finances for all the ammo shot (mine takes 380 and it’s $15-$17/box :| ) and I wasn’t comfortable going to a range until I just got this training finished. I’d love to find a training/practice program that can be used with a laser vs the dummy bullets they were talking about. -k

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Food & Water • Re: WHEAT – Price per pound?

February 16, 2017 ReadyMom 0
IceFire wrote:
I buy 50 lb bags of re-cleaned wheat for under $15. Same with oats and barley. Of course, that IS at the local feed store…..

I’ve done that too. But, it wasn’t very clean. I had a lot of sifting to do to remove a lot of bits & pieces, before freezing & storing. -k

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Food & Water • Re: WHEAT – Price per pound?

February 15, 2017 ReadyMom 0
Murby wrote:
What kind of problems did you have?

You’re paying well over $1/lb.. that seems like a lot.

I’ve also gotten mine from Honeyville. And the shipping price is the reason why. When you price-compare at other places, you’ll find that the shipping will kill you, because of the weight. -k

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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • EMP-Korea Concerns & Discussions

February 15, 2017 ReadyMom 0

Starting a thread for discussions/news involving Korea & EMP threat concerns.

The following article is written by Dr. Pry, who is VERY knowledgeable about EMPS & the Korean threat. As mentioned before, I had the privileged to have him as a guest speaker at one of my Pennsylvania Prep Events. He lives, sleeps & breaths EMPs & their threat to America. The man is like a “mad” scientist who frantically wants people to be aware, understand the threat and be prepared. A true American Patriot. He’s been warning that Korea is a significant threat, for some time now. . -k

North Korea, the real threat
The regime’s irrationality makes a catastrophic missile strike plausible

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/201 … al-threat/
By Peter Vincent Pry – – Tuesday, February 14, 2017

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

When might North Korean develop missiles capable of striking the United States? Today.

Four years ago in December 2012, when North Korea orbited its KMS-3 satellite over the U.S., I warned they could conduct an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack by satellite.

An EMP that blacks out the national electric grid would be a far greater catastrophe than blasting a city. A North Korean 10-kiloton warhead blasting a city might cause about 200,000 casualties.

However, the same warhead making a high-altitude EMP attack — though there would be no blast, thermal or fallout effects on the ground — could knock out the electric grid and other life-sustaining critical infrastructures for more than a year, killing 90 percent of the population through starvation.

Why blast a city when EMP attack can destroy the whole nation? North Korea wants to be able to do both. They can launch an EMP attack already.

Another advantage of EMP attack by satellite is anonymity, to escape retaliation, whereas an intercontinental ballistic missile destroying a city would have North Korea’s fingerprints all over it.

North Korea’s KMS-3 satellite is in low-Earth orbit, along with hundreds of other satellites. KMS-3’s south polar trajectory approaches the United States from the south, where there are no ballistic missile early warning radars or national missile defenses. The U.S. is blind and defenseless from that direction.

An EMP attack would damage radars, satellites, ground stations and other national technical means necessary to ascertain who attacked. A super-EMP weapon could paralyze even hardened command, control, communications and intelligence assets and strategic forces, rendering them unable to retaliate, even if the aggressor could be identified.

In 2004, Moscow’s top EMP experts warned the Congressional EMP Commission that the design for their super-EMP warhead “accidentally” leaked to North Korea; that Russian, Chinese and Pakistani scientists had been recruited by Pyongyang and were helping its nuclear and missile programs; and that North Korea could develop a super-EMP warhead “in a few years.”

In 2006, North Korea conducted its first nuclear test. It was dismissed by the press as failed because of the very low-yield — only one to three kilotons. But it looked to the EMP Commission like a super-EMP weapon because such a weapon would have very low yield, being designed to produce gamma rays (which create the EMP shock wave), not a big explosion. Most of North Korea’s nuclear tests have been low-yield devices.

One simple design for a super-EMP warhead would resemble an Enhanced Radiation Weapon (ERW), or neutron weapon, which produces a lot of gamma rays in addition to neutrons, like the ERW artillery shell for the 155 mm howitzer, designed during the 1950s and deployed by the U.S. during the 1980s. Such a weapon would have very low-yield, one to five kilotons, and weigh less than 100 pounds — small enough to fit on North Korea’s KMS-3 satellite.

North Korea launched another suspicious satellite, the KMS-4, on the same south polar trajectory as the KMS-3, on Feb. 7, 2016. So now there are two North Korean satellites orbiting over the United States on trajectories consistent with a surprise EMP attack — perhaps another idea borrowed from the Russians. Moscow during the Cold War had a secret weapon, the Fractional Orbital Bombardment System, to deliver a surprise EMP attack by satellite.

Senior national security experts from the Reagan and Clinton administrations have warned about the potential EMP threat from North Korea’s satellites — including a former director of central intelligence, chairman of the National Intelligence Council, White House science adviser and director of the Strategic Defense Initiative. South Korean military intelligence reportedly warned that Russians are in North Korea helping develop super-EMP weapons. In 2013 a military commentator for the People’s Republic of China stated North Korea has super-EMP warheads.

EMP threats from satellites are ignored by the liberal media, which prefer to insist North Korea cannot yet blast a U.S. city with an ICBM.

James Oberg, a distinguished rocket scientist who visited North Korea’s satellite launch facility, warns in a recent Space Review article:

“There have been fears expressed that North Korea might use a satellite to carry a small nuclear warhead into orbit and then detonate it over the United States for an EMP strike. These concerns seem extreme and require an astronomical scale of irrationality on the part of the regime. The most frightening aspect, I’ve come to realize, is that exactly such a scale of insanity is now evident in the rest of their ‘space program.’ That doomsday scenario, it now seems, has become plausible enough to compel the United States to take active measures to insure that no North Korean satellite, unless thoroughly inspected before launch, be allowed to reach orbit and ever overfly the United States.”

Is anyone listening?

• Peter Vincent Pry is chief of staff of the Congressional EMP Commission, served in the House Armed Services Committee, the CIA, and is author of “Blackout Wars” (CreateSpace Independent Publishing, 2015).

Statistics: Posted by ReadyMom — Wed Feb 15, 2017 10:17 am


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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • EMP-Korea Concerns & Discussions

February 15, 2017 ReadyMom 0

Starting a thread for discussions/news involving Korea & EMP threat concerns.

The following article is written by Dr. Pry, who is VERY knowledgeable about EMPS & the Korean threat. As mentioned before, I had the privileged to have him as a guest speaker at one of my Pennsylvania Prep Events. He lives, sleeps & breaths EMPs & their threat to America. The man is like a “mad” scientist who frantically wants people to be aware, understand the threat and be prepared. A true American Patriot. He’s been warning that Korea is a significant threat, for some time now. . -k

North Korea, the real threat
The regime’s irrationality makes a catastrophic missile strike plausible

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/201 … al-threat/
By Peter Vincent Pry – – Tuesday, February 14, 2017

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

When might North Korean develop missiles capable of striking the United States? Today.

Four years ago in December 2012, when North Korea orbited its KMS-3 satellite over the U.S., I warned they could conduct an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack by satellite.

An EMP that blacks out the national electric grid would be a far greater catastrophe than blasting a city. A North Korean 10-kiloton warhead blasting a city might cause about 200,000 casualties.

However, the same warhead making a high-altitude EMP attack — though there would be no blast, thermal or fallout effects on the ground — could knock out the electric grid and other life-sustaining critical infrastructures for more than a year, killing 90 percent of the population through starvation.

Why blast a city when EMP attack can destroy the whole nation? North Korea wants to be able to do both. They can launch an EMP attack already.

Another advantage of EMP attack by satellite is anonymity, to escape retaliation, whereas an intercontinental ballistic missile destroying a city would have North Korea’s fingerprints all over it.

North Korea’s KMS-3 satellite is in low-Earth orbit, along with hundreds of other satellites. KMS-3’s south polar trajectory approaches the United States from the south, where there are no ballistic missile early warning radars or national missile defenses. The U.S. is blind and defenseless from that direction.

An EMP attack would damage radars, satellites, ground stations and other national technical means necessary to ascertain who attacked. A super-EMP weapon could paralyze even hardened command, control, communications and intelligence assets and strategic forces, rendering them unable to retaliate, even if the aggressor could be identified.

In 2004, Moscow’s top EMP experts warned the Congressional EMP Commission that the design for their super-EMP warhead “accidentally” leaked to North Korea; that Russian, Chinese and Pakistani scientists had been recruited by Pyongyang and were helping its nuclear and missile programs; and that North Korea could develop a super-EMP warhead “in a few years.”

In 2006, North Korea conducted its first nuclear test. It was dismissed by the press as failed because of the very low-yield — only one to three kilotons. But it looked to the EMP Commission like a super-EMP weapon because such a weapon would have very low yield, being designed to produce gamma rays (which create the EMP shock wave), not a big explosion. Most of North Korea’s nuclear tests have been low-yield devices.

One simple design for a super-EMP warhead would resemble an Enhanced Radiation Weapon (ERW), or neutron weapon, which produces a lot of gamma rays in addition to neutrons, like the ERW artillery shell for the 155 mm howitzer, designed during the 1950s and deployed by the U.S. during the 1980s. Such a weapon would have very low-yield, one to five kilotons, and weigh less than 100 pounds — small enough to fit on North Korea’s KMS-3 satellite.

North Korea launched another suspicious satellite, the KMS-4, on the same south polar trajectory as the KMS-3, on Feb. 7, 2016. So now there are two North Korean satellites orbiting over the United States on trajectories consistent with a surprise EMP attack — perhaps another idea borrowed from the Russians. Moscow during the Cold War had a secret weapon, the Fractional Orbital Bombardment System, to deliver a surprise EMP attack by satellite.

Senior national security experts from the Reagan and Clinton administrations have warned about the potential EMP threat from North Korea’s satellites — including a former director of central intelligence, chairman of the National Intelligence Council, White House science adviser and director of the Strategic Defense Initiative. South Korean military intelligence reportedly warned that Russians are in North Korea helping develop super-EMP weapons. In 2013 a military commentator for the People’s Republic of China stated North Korea has super-EMP warheads.

EMP threats from satellites are ignored by the liberal media, which prefer to insist North Korea cannot yet blast a U.S. city with an ICBM.

James Oberg, a distinguished rocket scientist who visited North Korea’s satellite launch facility, warns in a recent Space Review article:

“There have been fears expressed that North Korea might use a satellite to carry a small nuclear warhead into orbit and then detonate it over the United States for an EMP strike. These concerns seem extreme and require an astronomical scale of irrationality on the part of the regime. The most frightening aspect, I’ve come to realize, is that exactly such a scale of insanity is now evident in the rest of their ‘space program.’ That doomsday scenario, it now seems, has become plausible enough to compel the United States to take active measures to insure that no North Korean satellite, unless thoroughly inspected before launch, be allowed to reach orbit and ever overfly the United States.”

Is anyone listening?

• Peter Vincent Pry is chief of staff of the Congressional EMP Commission, served in the House Armed Services Committee, the CIA, and is author of “Blackout Wars” (CreateSpace Independent Publishing, 2015).

Statistics: Posted by ReadyMom — Wed Feb 15, 2017 10:17 am


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Introduce Yourself • Re: 5 gallon bucket or larger tote?

February 13, 2017 ReadyMom 0

That’s the beauty of ‘seasoned’ preppers, Anita & Swamp … we can offer valuable suggestions that were NOT available to us back in the ‘early’ days of prepping (2005-06 or so). There’s so much MORE available for folks now. So LITTLE info, back then. Sharing info, as we learned is the the backbone to the current prep forums/blogs. -k

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Introduce Yourself • Re: 5 gallon bucket or larger tote?

February 12, 2017 ReadyMom 0
jeffsilver777 wrote:
Thank you all so much for the GREAT information on this topic!

I did go out to Home Depot and purchased 5 gallon buckets with the gasket lids.

Jeff

You can also check with your local grocery store bakery department or Wholesale Club store (like Sam’s) to see if they have FREE buckets & lids to give you. Might be messy, might be washed, but FREE! –k

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Introduce Yourself • Re: 5 gallon bucket or larger tote?

February 12, 2017 ReadyMom 0

I started prepping back in 2006, using 5 gallon buckets for dry goods. That was 11 years ago. I’m now 11 years older and not as strong. I’ve been repacking all my heavy dry goods into 3 gallon buckets, because I’ve found I can’t carry/move those darn 5 gallon buckets anymore. Heavy = 30+ pounds for items like sugar, brown sugar, salt, flour, baking soda, etc.

Just. Can’t. Move. Them. :(

Hubby’s getting older right along with me and young teenagers that were in the house are young 20-somethings with their own life. Unless they bug back to home, they won’t be here. So, don’t forget to keep that in mind, LONG term storage, too. -k

Statistics: Posted by ReadyMom — Sun Feb 12, 2017 9:49 am