Is there a radioactive leak in China

News roundup for Tue, Jun 15, 2021

The US and France say China is having some sort of low-level but potentially serious radiation leak out of a nuclear plant in heavily populated Guangdong province. China completely denies there’s a problem. In any case, Hong Kong is not picking up any increase in ambient radiation, and this is what I’ll keep my eyes

Are there more ticks this year

News roundup for Fri, Jun 11, 2021

Ford’s all-electric F150 was certainly newsworthy, but this Ford is also rocking my world—a $20K hybrid truck! Number one, any hybrid that’s under $30k is exciting. But $20K? That’s outrageous. 40 miles to the gallon city, in a truck? It’s a very busy year—for ticks. There’s been a tick explosion in the Northeast since spring,

New preview trailer + 50% off preorders for the Austere First Aid online video course

We’ve spent the last few months working on a course that we wish we had available when starting our preparedness journeys: Austere First Aid, or what to do in medical emergencies when you can’t depend on professionals to save you. Some of the top austere/wilderness/tactical medical teachers in the country, including our own Tom Rader

Can I travel to France if I'm vaccinated

News roundup for Tue, Jun 8, 2021

US traffic deaths are soaring. There were over 38,000 motor-vehicle-related fatalities in 2020, and the trend is still going. The rise in these deaths occurred in the context of the lifting of social distancing mandates. Speeding is up, folks not wearing seat belts is up, and fatalities rose even as the number of crashes declined:

Has the NYC metro been hacked

News roundup for Fri, Jun 4, 2021

I don’t understand the need to suppress communication regarding damage done by earthquakes, but apparently this kind of information suppression is  happening in some parts of the globe: Shell faced the Hague and the Hague proverbially smacked the company down. Shell has been ordered to reduce carbon emissions by 45% by 2030. New York City’s

How old are UD dams

News roundup for Tue, Jun 1, 2021

Russian hackers exploited the USAID Microsoft email system—the same folks behind the recent SolarWinds hack. Welcome to the new world of near constant hacking exploits. Speaking of… a major global meat supplier has been hacked.  Factories have been shuttered in multiple locations around the globe, and some facilities and worker shifts in US plants may

Home Depot workers sheltering in place

FEMA issues new shelter-in-place booklet for a range of situations

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently published a pamphlet offering shelter-in-place advice for several preparedness scenarios: active shooters, chemical hazards, earthquakes, flooding, hurricanes, nuclear events, pandemics, thunderstorms, tornadoes, and winter storms. They also offer tips for different dwellings, like individual homes, mobile homes, and apartment buildings. It’s written for a broad and very-unprepared audience,

How much topsoil are we losing

News roundup for Fri, May 28, 2021

Biden plans to double emergency spending to help with natural disasters. The Administration also plans to work with NASA to help forecast extreme weather events and climate change impacts more granularly. The Administration hopes that spending and planning more proactively will ultimately help cut the costs of after-the-fact disaster response. There’s been a large volcanic

Is it illegal to collect rainwater

News roundup for Tue, May 25, 2021

Drought conditions in the Western US are still severe, more severe than they’ve been in quite a while, and we’re keeping ears to the rail on impacts on water sources—things aren’t sounding too good. The Western US can be quickly repleted by atmospheric rivers of rain, but there aren’t any on the immediate horizon: Ammunition

Can the police confiscate your gun without a warrant

News roundup for Fri, May 21, 2021

The Supreme Court says law enforcement may not enter your home and confiscate your guns without a warrant. The semiconductor shortage continues to “chip” away at the automotive industry. Forgive the pun. I couldn’t resist: More concerningly, farm equipment manufacturers are also feeling the chip squeeze. Farmers are subsequently having trouble getting the equipment they

Big Berkey review unboxing picture

Review: I used the Big Berkey water filter every day for the last year and now I can’t go back

One of the ultimate goals of any prepper is to find preps that integrate seamlessly into daily life. It’s one thing to buy a product, put it on a shelf, and wait until a major emergency. But the real magic is when you get value in daily life and an emergency without missing a beat

Corporate demand is stressing global supply chains

News roundup for Tue, May 18, 2021

Demands are up, supplies are down, shortages are everywhere, and the US economy is revving fast. We’re hoping for transient inflation, here. The imbalance between supply, demand, and rising prices is putting pressure on businesses. Some business owners find themselves panic buying business supplies–it’s not just individuals panic-buying anymore. Companies are doing it to fulfill