April is FEMA’s National Financial Capability Month
FEMA’s link with some decent info.
On TP, start here: Why personal finance is critical for preppers and tips on money management
War in Ukraine
Mariupol then and now:
Clean up efforts are starting in some cities:
Kharkiv: today local citizens together with communal services began to clean the native city from consequences of destructions by #RussianArmy, group dismantle blockages.
Kharkiv is 🇺🇦. pic.twitter.com/wrozxA088y
— UkraineWorld (@ukraine_world) March 29, 2022
The number of refugees fleeing Ukraine has reached 4 million. 2 million of them are children:
2 million children have fled the war in Ukraine to seek safety in other countries.
2.5 million children are displaced within the country.
60% of all Ukrainian children have been forced from their homes.
— United Nations (@UN) March 31, 2022
The White House has intel that Putin has been lied to by his advisers about the performance of his troops and the economy in order to keep him appeased. And a Russian commander has been killed by his own troops. Things don’t seem to go too well for Putin.
Gas, energy, and supply chain
Biden plans to release 1 million barrels of oil a day for the next 6 months. This would be the largest release in the near 50-year history of the SPR:
Today, President Biden is announcing a two-part plan to lower gas prices for families by immediately increasing the supply of oil and working towards American energy independence that would reduce demand for oil and bolster our clean energy economy. pic.twitter.com/bXhPSVx0ti
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) March 31, 2022
Part one of @POTUS's plan includes:
-A historic release of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve – 1M barrels/day for six months
-A use-it-or-lose-it policy proposal to incentivize U.S. producers to utilize the resources they already have pic.twitter.com/0a8TZSXGXY
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) March 31, 2022
Explainer: What is the Strategic Petroleum Reserve?
Biden is also to invoke the Defense Production Act to encourage domestic production of minerals required to make batteries for EVs and long-term energy storage.
Germany and Austria are taking the first steps towards gas rationing. Germany urged consumers and companies to reduce consumption, while Austria said it was tightening its monitoring of the gas market. This “early warning phase” is the first of three steps towards rationing. Germany’s Chancellor Olaf Scholz warned that immediate oil bans would plunge Germany and the rest of Europe into recession. Inflation in Germany hit a 30-years high.
Water scarcity has become the new normal in California, according to California’s secretary for environmental protection. California asked water suppliers to activate Level 2 of their 6-tiered water contingency plan in order to prepare for a 20% water shortage. At Level 2, local suppliers can reduce the number of days that residents can water outdoors, for example. Here’s an up-to-date drought map of the US.
Coastal home buyers are ignoring rising flood risks, despite clear warnings and rising insurance premiums.
A new analysis shows that American taxpayers spend tens of millions of dollars every year on subsidies that encourage farmers to plant on land that floods repeatedly. Climate change causes more flooding, drought, and extreme weather, and payments for drought-related losses rose 400% from 1995 to 2020 and 300% for flooding-related losses over the same period. Of the $143 billion in settlements paid to farmers, more than two-thirds were for drought and rain damage. If the same unproductive lands were left fallow, they would actually help fight climate change by storing carbon that’s otherwise released when farming.
New data suggests forests help keep the Earth at least half of a degree cooler, protecting us from the effects of the climate crisis. The band of tropical rainforests spanning Latin America, central Africa, and Southeast Asia generate the most local and global benefits.
Lismore, AU, flooded again. Australia has highly variable rainfall, and as the world warms, the atmosphere can hold more water and that means we are more likely to see larger floods. In La Niña years (2022 is one of them) floods are more likely, and large floods are more likely to come in clusters with dry periods in between. Climate change is causing floods that do occur to be more frequent and more intense.
Summer temperatures in England have been steadily rising and the Met Office in England raised the temperature threshold to declare a heatwave by 1 degree.
- The highly-contagious BA.2 is the dominant coronavirus strain in the United States. Data shows that BA.2 isn’t more likely to result in hospitalization when compared with BA.1. Unvaccinated individuals are still at higher risk of hospitalization and/or death.
- US cases and death have recently started rising back up. There is an indication that we might soon experience another wave. Don’t give up just yet! 💪
- The FDA and the CDC approved a second booster for people over 50 and the immunocompromised.
- The CDC also recommends that people who got the J & J vaccine or booster mix it up with a second booster from Moderna or Pfizer.
- The first boosters are still preventing hospitalizations and death, but there is evidence that their protection wanes over time, hence why a second booster for the most vulnerable might be a good idea.
- The government released a new one-stop website where you can book a booster/vaccine, order free tests, check the latest recommendations, etc.
- The CDC also released an isolate or quarantine calculator:
Want to know when you can safely leave home if you tested positive for #COVID19? Or what to do when you find out a close contact has COVID-19? Try CDC’s new Quarantine and Isolation (Q&I) Calculator: https://t.co/U8CA3JmzOU. pic.twitter.com/xYOGKxoehJ
— CDC (@CDCgov) March 23, 2022
Community member July Lewis shares tips on how to prepare for a severe case of Covid at home.
The Shanghai lockdown is causing panic buying:
Local residents in Shanghai seen fighting over groceries as half of its 26 million residents are in lockdown, and other half entering lockdown soon. The narrator cusses & complains there’s nothing even left to fight over (locals are notoriously cutthroat). pic.twitter.com/srJY9vm9pT
— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) March 30, 2022
An X1.3 class solar flare from AR2975 which we are magnetically connected to, is in progress, leading to a strong radio blackout.
Expect HF blackouts on the daylit side of the Earth, and a potential radiation event/CME to come. Updates when available. pic.twitter.com/33mCn4PBpJ
— Space Weather Watch (@spacewxwatch) March 30, 2022
John Deere unveiled a self-driving tractor. The price has not been set yet but it might be around $500,000.
Another way you can save up on gas is by using an e-scooter.
Experts warn that the Azores might have an eruption like las Palmas. The island of Sao Jorge experienced more than 22,000 small earthquakes in the past days. If the volcano erupts, it would be the first eruption since 1808. Many have left the island.
BTW, why can’t we throw all our trash into a volcano and burn it up? Good question. In short: lava burns at different temperatures and not all of them are high enough to burn everything we’d thrown in it; there aren’t that many volcano lakes that would make dumping trash in it easy; it would be dangerous due to heat, dangerous gases, and the risk of operating on lava crust.