Archive | April 2012

The Color Code of Awareness: Developing a Combat Mindset

Presented by Tactical Intelligence.net

Used by soldiers and CIA agents alike, The Colour Code of Awareness will help you see danger before it strikes and may just save your life.

In nature, predators seek out easy targets – the weak and the sick ones. Similar to the animal kingdom, human predators also seek out targets of opportunity – especially those who are unaware and oblivious to what’s around them. For this reason, it’s necessary to take on a state of mind that can help you stay alert to potential threats at all times and be able to intelligently react should you be faced with one. There’s no better metaphor for this state of mind than The Colour Code of Awareness.

Follow the link below to the Full Article.

The Color Code of Awareness: Developing a Combat Mindset.

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Homesteading Guide: How to Make a Rain Barrel

Presented by “The New Me” blog, a well presented and very simple guide to making your own rain barrels.

Homesteading is going to be a big part of the Disaster Survival UK blog and there will be plenty more of these to come. Follow the link below to check out this brilliant DIY guide.

The New Me: How to Make a Rain Barrel.

Italian Students Develop Earthquake-Proof School Desk.

Jonathan Fincher for Gizmag.com

Anyone who has been through earthquake drills in school knows the standard defense against falling debris is for students to crawl under their desks. Unfortunately, while this might block a few pieces of stray drywall and glass, a wooden desk isn’t going to withstand the crushing weight from large chunks of concrete or steel. In fact, people hiding under their desks could very likely become trapped with no way out. That’s why two designers have developed an “earthquake-proof” desk that can absorb the impact of up to a ton of weight and even provide emergency routes for rescue crews to reach trapped students.

The two students submitted the design for the end of year Design Extravaganza in Milan after submitting it to tests including dropping 1 Tonne blocks of steel and concrete onto the tables from above. In every case the table top was destroyed, but the structure of the table remained intact, potentially protecting anybody sheltering underneath. When arranged in rows, as they would be in classrooms, the tables create ‘tunnels’ for either escape or easy access for the Emergency Services.

The design works by integrating ‘crumple zones’ into the structure of the tables, visible in the above picture as the red posts at the top of the table legs. This distributes the force of falling debris to the ends of the table, traditionally the strongest part as the legs are just underneath.

The students; Arthur Brutter and Ido Bruno are currently awaiting a patent and an approval by the Padua University before they can begin shipping their innovation to the world’s disaster zones.

For the full article and a full image gallery, visit the link below.

Earthquake proof school desk provides cover for natural disasters. Gizmag.com

Causes: Globalisation Animation

Spotted Walking Home.

Disaster Archive: New York Blackout 1977

The New York City blackout of 1977 ran from July 13 to July 14 and plunged the entire city, except southern Queens and areas of the Rockaways, both of which were mainly powered by the Long Island Lighting Company System, into pitch darkness overnight.

It was not the first time that New York had suffered blackouts, not was it the most widely spread, but the 1977 blackout has become infamous for the epidemic of violence, looting and general chaos that came with it and that had not been seen in previous emergencies.

Brooklyn 'Civic Responsibility' 1977 (Tyrone Dukes: New York Times) 

Brooklyn 'Civic Responsibility' 1977 (Tyrone Dukes: New York Times)

The blackout was the result of a series of lightning strikes hitting various substations and a subsequent catalogue of unfortunate events that made it nearly impossible for the engineers to get the power back online. For a detailed analysis and timeline of the cause of the events, you can see one on Wikipedia, but in short:

  • A lightning strike on a substation on the Hudson River tripped two circuit breakers in Westchester County. Faulty maintenance prevented the breakers from re-closing and allowing the power to flow.
  • A subsequent lighting strike at Indian Point – the nuclear plant that fed Westchester County – caused two transmission lines to fail, of which only one returned, and the loss of power from the plant. A remote-start on the plant was attempted but failed.
  • Yet another lighting strike caused two more transmission lines to fail, with only one re-closing, and a massive overload of power into the remaining lines. As a result, the power provider Con Edison had to reduce the load on another major generator at East River.
  • The call came to “shed load” but Con Ed operators and Power Pool operators had different understandings of what that meant. Con Ed intended to gently lower load by a few hundred Mega Watts, PP to suddenly drop load by 1500MW.
  • The last major interconnection to upstate NY tripped due to overheating which in turn caused the links in Long Island to overload and the New Jersey interconnections to struggle with their loads.
  • A miscommunication caused Long Island to open connections (trying to reduce overloading on their own lines) to try and redirect almost twice the power through the available lines between themselves and the city.
  • After trying to protect the system by dropping customers, Con Ed automatically began isolating its self from the ‘outside world’.
  • By 9.27pm, Con Ed’s city generators could not produce enough power and the lines feeding into the city were on the verge of collapse. The city’s biggest generator “Big Allis” shut down and the city went black.

Background.

The 1977 blackout could not have happened at a more unfortunate time. The United States as a whole was suffering a financial crisis and inner city poverty was endemic. New York was in the middle of a heat wave while also slipping into to panic over the Son of Sam murders. In effect, the blackout was the straw that broke the camels back, very much like the shooting of an unarmed man triggered the London riots last year.

The violence and looting spread across 31 districts. Shops were looted across the city, usually by people from the very same neighbourhood. Fires were widespread. The airports closed for hours. Road tunnels were shut because they couldn’t be ventilated. The cost of the damages was estimated to have reached $300 million by the time order was restored on the 14th.

So what is to be learned from the 1977 blackout? Firstly I would suggest that in times of financial hardship, all it takes is for the power to go off for ONE NIGHT before chaos reigns. This is particularly apparent in built up, heavily populated areas, especially those areas that are in the lower economic brackets. In the UK these days, we have very few areas that are as desperate as central New York in 1977, but they are not unheard of. If we live in these areas it needs to be considered that a night without power could see mass panic in the streets outside our windows.

In nearly all the other respects our society is almost identical to the society of seventies America. Our economy is struggling. Immigration is causing people to become tense in and distanced from their own communities. The concepts of civic and personal responsibility are but memories. Joblessness is always increasing. Crime is increasing. What is going to be the match that lights the blue touchpaper? A (metaphorically inaccurate) blackout?

So. Taking all of this into account, what is to be done in the event of a blackout.

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American Red Cross Gives Simple Preparedness Advice.

From 14news.com (USNBC)

The Red Cross and the EMA say there are several measures that all of us can take to ensure our safety in the event of a weather emergency.

Red Cross spokesperson Julie Krizen says preparation for a weather emergency is a three step process.

“There’s really three essential steps that people can take to make sure they’re safe when there’s incoming severe weather. And that is making a kit, make a plan, and be informed. Things that you should include in your kit are drinking water, a first-aid kit, gloves, just anything that can keep you safe,” noted Krizen.

To read the full article: go to the 14news website via the link below.

Red Cross Reminding Residents to be Prepared During Severe Weather.

Housing solution for the next natural disaster? House in a box, maybe?

Brought to you by the Washington Post.

NEW ORLEANS — In one of the neighborhoods hit hardest by flooding in Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath, developers have built a prototype house that’s aimed at providing a quick housing solution for areas blown away by hurricanes and tornadoes or knocked down by earthquakes.

For more (and images) follow the link.

Housing solution for the next natural disaster? House in a box, maybe – The Washington Post.

Food Storage: Knorr Rice – 40 Servings

A big thank you to Technician775 for the Video. You can find his You Tube Channel HERE.

For people in the UK, Oxygen Absorbers are available from many self sufficiency shops and online. I get mine from The Self Sufficiency Shop: http://www.theselfsufficiencyshop.co.uk/

Why Extreme Weather Is Increasing! – Part One

Presented by The Real Truth . Org

David. C. Pack explores the possible reasons for the explosion in extreme weather worldwide and especially the increased rate of them in recent years.

The Real Truth is a faith-based website and puts a Christian twist on the answers they find. That’s no reason to ignore what they say however. All opinions are valid when we are looking at TEOTWAWKI (glossary).

Why Extreme Weather Is Increasing! – Part One.

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