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September 9, 2017 survive-in-style 0

Surprised – and delighted- to find preppers/ patriots in CT! I thought I was on my own here. Looking forward to meeting people, networking, etc.. I am in Middletown – not a very good neighborhood. Moved here 4 years ago ,from MA- rented house off Craigslist- and thought all of CT. was like Salisbury/ nw corner are -lol! Shortly after I moved here I got really sick with Lyme disease, gone downhill since. Finally getting in to see aLyme literate doctor though, this coming week so – fingers crossed! I was a ball of fire, super independent, active, gardener, wrote for a political newspaper, involved in politics – but Lyme stole my life, now I feel so useless! It is just not in my nature! I do prep – kinda starting over after the move, but am raising my grandson so have to make sure he will be okay no matter what. Hopefully can move to a better area before things go downhill. Anyway – nice to “meet” you all!

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Check In Here Connecticut Preppers • Aha! Found you!

September 9, 2017 survive-in-style 0

Surprised – and delighted- to find preppers/ patriots in CT! I thought I was on my own here. Looking forward to meeting people, networking, etc.. I am in Middletown – not a very good neighborhood. Moved here 4 years ago ,from MA- rented house off Craigslist- and thought all of CT. was like Salisbury/ nw corner are -lol! Shortly after I moved here I got really sick with Lyme disease, gone downhill since. Finally getting in to see aLyme literate doctor though, this coming week so – fingers crossed! I was a ball of fire, super independent, active, gardener, wrote for a political newspaper, involved in politics – but Lyme stole my life, now I feel so useless! It is just not in my nature! I do prep – kinda starting over after the move, but am raising my grandson so have to make sure he will be okay no matter what. Hopefully can move to a better area before things go downhill. Anyway – nice to “meet” you all!

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Check In Here Connecticut Preppers • Re: EMP scenerio in CT

February 15, 2017 Gunns 0
Rod wrote:
I remember that thread about the safety of the stored fuel rods. What happen at Fukushima was the emergency pumps were disabled by the wave. So I asked what would happen if our emergency pumps were disabled by the EMP or some other thing. I think the gist was that it couldn’t happen here and something about we use gravity for that cooling. I have heard that line a lot from many smart people so I have to figure the magnitude of such a disaster would simply be 10 times worse if those pumps do not run well enough and long enough to cool that spent reactor fuel, for what ever reason. It’s not the reactor but the stored hot fuel that is the danger.

Yes I have also heard the nuclear disaster in Japan has become much worse in the last month. I have to wonder how much the Pacific Ocean can take before it becomes a giant pool of death.

Oh yea I also remember many people saying the whole thing was a waste of time to talk about because there wasn’t anything that could be done.

From previous posts from someone in the industry is that all of our nuclear reactors were hardened against EMP/CME. All backup generators are in positions safe from flooding too.

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February 14, 2017 Rod 0

I remember that thread about the safety of the stored fuel rods. What happen at Fukushima was the emergency pumps were disabled by the wave. So I asked what would happen if our emergency pumps were disabled by the EMP or some other thing. I think the gist was that it couldn’t happen here and something about we use gravity for that cooling. I have heard that line a lot from many smart people so I have to figure the magnitude of such a disaster would simply be 10 times worse if those pumps do not run well enough and long enough to cool that spent reactor fuel, for what ever reason. It’s not the reactor but the stored hot fuel that is the danger.

Yes I have also heard the nuclear disaster in Japan has become much worse in the last month. I have to wonder how much the Pacific Ocean can take before it becomes a giant pool of death.

Oh yea I also remember many people saying the whole thing was a waste of time to talk about because there wasn’t anything that could be done.

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February 10, 2017 theoutback 0
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Illini Warrior wrote:the country is nuked one end to the other.

That wasn’t the jest of the post. If we are nuked from one end to the other then EMP is the least of our worries.

An EMP or CME are very likely events. I am willing to bet there are still some cold war satellites up there primed for that job.

I agree. I don’t think either Iran or NK really think they can take us on militarily, but if they could set off an emp, they will do it.

Also, to the OP’s point, a solar flare large enough to shut down most electronics has happened before, it will happen again. We haven’t seen what will happen to a society that relies so heavily on electronics, and I think Prepared82 is right to ponder what could happen to nuke plants. Whether it be from solar flare or nuke set off high above the US,the results would be catastrophic and swift. Would a bunch of idiots protesting/rioting be more likely to cause serious problems across the country, sure, but it would not even be close to the problems brought on by an emp.

Prepared82, you got me to look up how far nuke plants are from me. It looks as though everyone east of the Mississippi is screwed.

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February 10, 2017 KazKaz 0

Since spent nuclear fuel rod storage popped up in this thread, I figured I would educate myself of the process rather than rely on observation based assumptions.
What I found was both interesting and terrifying.
This is how the process is handled in Japan.
The meltdown of the majority of the facility due natural disaster led to the process of revealing how such matters are handled.
As a side note, there are several reports this week of new developments and severe hazards evolving at the same facility.
With how things are reported, the story often competes with the truth.
Draw your own conclusion.
http://www.world-nuclear.org/informatio … ident.aspx

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February 10, 2017 Gunns 0
Illini Warrior wrote:
the country is nuked one end to the other.

That wasn’t the jest of the post. If we are nuked from one end to the other then EMP is the least of our worries.

An EMP or CME are very likely events. I am willing to bet there are still some cold war satellites up there primed for that job.

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February 9, 2017 Prepared82 0
Cast Iron wrote:

Gunns wrote:There is another thread on here about the nuclear reactors. We have a member that works in the field. The reactors have their collective crap together and we have been assured that they will go into safe mode and not blow their tops.

Yes, that was a good read.

I tried to find it, but there are so many EMP/solar flare/grid down threads, some pages long, I could not find it.

With the current world affairs, I think a cyberattack on the grid could be just as likely.

Thanks for looking for it! totally agree on the concept of a cyber attack on the grid being just as likely and for that matter probably more likely

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February 9, 2017 Prepared82 0
Illini Warrior wrote:
always tends to amuse me – you do realize that EMPs are a factor of a nuke explosion – and the One Second After terrorist grid killer is highly unlikely … most likely talking a nuke war

the country is nuked one end to the other – the nuke power plants themselves are part of the tertiary target listing – you should SHTF downgrade the runaway nuke plant below a comet strike and Walking Dead ….

take a hard look at the local jackazzes that are always organizing protests for something or other …. if you’re prepping – they’re 1,000 more the threat than a nuke plant ….

I fully understand what an EMP is and yes your right the scenerio is unlikely. However there are other scenerios that can cause a total shutdown of the electrical grid (eg solar flare as stated in my original post) I feel pretty confident in my ability to prep/deal with an angry crowd hence why I didn’t ask about that. My understanding of the grid down scenerio is where k fee as if I’m lacking knowledge. I fully agree the likely hood of the EMP scenerio is highly unlikely but I’ve always been a firm believer in prepare for the worst, hope for the best. Just trying to educate myself in case of all scenerios

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February 9, 2017 Cast Iron 0
Gunns wrote:
There is another thread on here about the nuclear reactors. We have a member that works in the field. The reactors have their collective crap together and we have been assured that they will go into safe mode and not blow their tops.

Yes, that was a good read.

I tried to find it, but there are so many EMP/solar flare/grid down threads, some pages long, I could not find it.

With the current world affairs, I think a cyberattack on the grid could be just as likely.

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February 9, 2017 Illini Warrior 0

always tends to amuse me – you do realize that EMPs are a factor of a nuke explosion – and the One Second After terrorist grid killer is highly unlikely … most likely talking a nuke war

the country is nuked one end to the other – the nuke power plants themselves are part of the tertiary target listing – you should SHTF downgrade the runaway nuke plant below a comet strike and Walking Dead ….

take a hard look at the local jackazzes that are always organizing protests for something or other …. if you’re prepping – they’re 1,000 more the threat than a nuke plant ….

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February 9, 2017 Gunns 0

There is another thread on here about the nuclear reactors. We have a member that works in the field. The reactors have their collective crap together and we have been assured that they will go into safe mode and not blow their tops.

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February 9, 2017 KazKaz 0

Oddly enough, I travel the eastern half of the country for a living. There is no telling where I might be from one day to the next.
With that said, I have no primary location.
However, with even a half tank of fuel I can easily get to my retreat (interior mid atlantic).
Worst case scenario is a 3 day bicycle race for me.
My BoB, is ready to roll and within reach at all times.
Back to the post, I have heard that some of the spent nuclear cells get entombed underground in specialized chambers to mitigate the risk of exposure. I have seen railcars in Missouri and New Mexico that seemed to have the proper containment and markings to carry such things. Leads me to believe the government utilizes secret caves for this purpose?
That creates it’s own new set of liabilities. No way to inspect what can’t be seen, right?
Caves are carved by water and time.. I’d hate to know what the result would be of that stuff leaking into a natural spring or aquifer.
As for CT, the hill towns in the northwest corner of the state have some potential. I lived up that way for about a decade. With the extreme population density only 50-70 miles south? I’m thinking it’s gonna get crowded there way too quickly when the clocks strikes SHTF time.

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February 9, 2017 Prepared82 0

Thanks for the thoughts guys! What worries me the most and from what I’ve read and understood the largest problem seems to be the possible effects of the spent fuel rods. My understanding is that that are housed in some sort of container and constantly cooled by running water. If an EMP were to hit and let’s say the diesel backup engines still worked most facilities only keep enough fuel on hand to run them for 7 days. After that if the cooking process stops the water in this container eventually heats up, boils off, and leaves these fuel rods exposed which equals very unhappy things happening. Again this is just my understanding of the process. I would certainly hope if nothing else our government has hardened these systems against an EMP/solar flare but i have moved past the point of putting all my trust in big brother. Unfortunately there may come a time when help is no longer on the way. Would love to hear the opinion of someone that’s worked in the field, feel like all my internet searches are turning up a lot of contradicting info. Thanks for the responses and conversation guys! @kazkaz do you reside in CT, what region is your secondary location in? Is it close enough you’ll be able to get there in a grid down scenerio?

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February 9, 2017 KazKaz 0

Personally, I believe the sheer simplicity of what could precipitate a widespread EMP/ griddown event likely makes that scenario the single most underrated threat to life as we know it.
The power grid is outdated, underprotected, and entirely vulnerable.
I find it hard to believe (not inconceivable) that safeguards are not adequately in place to protect nuclear plants from natural disasters or power outages.
Then again, the government said New Orleans was protected from a major hurricane, right?
Superstorm Sandy? Another painful lesson learned.
I’d hate to see what would happen in case of a direct hit of a F4-F5 tornado on a nuclear facility.
Perhaps that explains why they aren’t lined up along the Mississippi River?
With those consideration in mind, my location of choice for a retreat is located far, far away from anything nuclear-powered. And, certainly away from the prevailing wind patterns that would put me in harms way.
The immediate implosion and collapse of the economy is the basis for my preparation.
EMP has my vote for what lights that fuse.
Could be solar flares? Could be the entire financial sector claiming bankrupcy? Could be terrorism? Could be anything that is the last flake before that avalanche is set in motion?
End result remains unchanged.
Chaos, anarchy, desperation.
This election said it all for me.
The city is no place to be when it all goes down.

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February 9, 2017 tidewaterva 0

From my knowledge of this subject, all US nuclear plants use water cooled reactors which makes them inherently more safe compared to some reactors like Chernobyl which used lead radiation absorbing material which did not provide as much safety margin against a runaway reactor. It is my understanding that US nuclear plants are required to have diesel powered coolant pumps which have adequate diesel fuel storage to allow for an orderly reactor shutdown process. However, if I remember correctly, Fukashima was a water cooled plant but the earthquake was powerful enough to disable the backup coolant pumps and piping. According to energy conversion texts that I have studied, US nuclear plants are all inherently unstable, that is to say that if the control mechanisms and coolant flow fail, it is meltdown time. That is an unlikely event, with Fukashima the only full scale meltdown of a water cooled utility reactor that I know of. I just read an article today which says that radiation levels at Fukashima are still extremely high. If someone on the forum is a nuke engineer or technician they can correct me or provide further explanation. I live within 50 miles of a nuclear utility plant, but don’t lose any sleep over it.

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February 8, 2017 Prepared82 0

I was wondering if anyone in the CT area has given any serious consideration to the possibility of a grid down scenerio secondary to an emp/solar flare. My largest concern of this situation would not be not having electricity, possibly a running car, etc. I’m more concerned about what would happen to the number of nuclear power plants in CT and the surrounding area. without electricity the cooling mechanism used to keep these reactors from melting down would be non functional creating a number of nuclear meltdowns all along the eastern coast. Approximately 75% of the state of CT is within a 50 mile radius of an active nuclear power plant. My fear is that all the prepping in the world is not going to protect you from the nuclear fallout and nuclear pollution this would cause. I have thought about possibly looking into a secondary location in northern VT NH or Maine that would be out of these zones. Has anyone given this scenerio any thought? Would love to hear some feedback. Thanks guys!

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February 8, 2017 Prepared82 0

Hopefully I’m posting in the correct section, I have never been good at navigating forums LOL. I’m relatively new to the whole prepping concept, have done a lot of research but have not actually done too much prepping at this point. I don’t currently live in Connecticut however am planning a move up there in a few months. Hoping to learn as much as possible and meet some knowledgeable people throughout this forum

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February 6, 2017 AvonCTStyle 0

Been away from ALL of the Prepping Boards & Forums for a while due to LIFE & Politics
With Life it’s been a whirlwind of stuff think last time I was here I was starting to set up a Go-Bag for the pending Grandson … he’s now 4 going on 5 & my elder grandson is 16 going on 17
Son has moved out of the state due to the bad economics & my daughter may follow him once my eldest grandson graduates from high school

In the meantime as I watch the news I’ve realized that our country & even more so our state is on the brink of falling apart because the sheeple are not thinking but merely following the crazy crowd & the leaders of those crazy crowds are very anti-american so while we should be celebrating a new direction for our country instead we’ve seriously got to look at the possibilities of gangs of thugs disrupting the power grid & burning down our cities as a serious threat…

So GO BAGS & Distant Locations on Escape Routes that aren’t so likely to be blocked are what we do need to start focusing upon…
So I’m back & looking to get information on Campers & RVs & other ways to look at for how to get the family Safely Out of Urban Areas…

When the homes are burning the preps in our homes will be gone so we’ve got to think in REALISTIC Terms of how we can get our families out & away to safety for at least a short 3 – 6 months while the insurance companies get their paperwork done & our homes etc can be rebuilt…

Speaking of which, a review of what Insurance Coverages etc to get is in order
Is there a limit of the number of Trip Maps that AAA will print up for you in a month/year? As a backup to the GPS units I’m thinking that those might come in handy since it’s highlighting the places that you want to get to rather than a huge map with tiny print?

:eek:

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February 3, 2017 LDC81370 0

New member here located in central CT. Thanks for letting me join, looks like a ton of info to review. Looking forward to information and learning from/with people who ‘get it’ and don’t think prepping means making tinfoil hats!

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February 3, 2017 LDC81370 0

New member here located in central CT. Thanks for letting me join, looks like a ton of info to review. Looking forward to information and learning from/with people who ‘get it’ and don’t think prepping means making tinfoil hats!

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