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News for the Week 2023-05-15

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News for the week of 2023-06-26

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News for the week of 2023-06-19

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News for the week of 2023-06-05

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Looking for preppers in Arizona and Florida for documentary

Hi everyone! I don’t post often here but some of you know me from the 60 Minutes episode with John last year. I also wrote the book Bunker, which you may have run into. 

I’m currently trying to help a friend with a documentary she’s producing about how Gen-Z have became more aware of prepping due to COVID. She’s going to be travelling to Arizona and Florida, and is looking for preppers under 25, or families with children that began prepping  – or ramped it up! – during the pandemic. 

If anyone is interested, feel free to drop me a line at [email protected] or respond here. And thanks! 

     -Brad

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For UK members: April 23rd 3pm (1500 local) Alert Test, What do you think???

I checked in here to see what you all thought of this alert thing? is it useful? does it have the potential to help anyone in a real situation? etc…

because I went to a busy motorway service station near me to see what would be like in a crowd, how people would respond and how easily heard it would be so that I would get the most from the test, and I know that other country use similar systems so I guess it must work

What I experienced:
– there was a loud noise because there was enough people with compatible phones for everyone in the crowd to hear it
– my phone was too old (you need android 11 or later), I did expect to receive a text at the very least but I got nothing
– I think it was about one in ten people with a version of android new enough to receive it
– This 1/10 included a group of Indian tourists (so where your SIM is registered doesn’t matter) you can still receive the alert, but it came through on there phones in English so the children had no idea what it was until there farther translated it for them
– There is no alert through FM or DAB radio, just phones

If I was on my own I would have had no way to receive this, but it is still better than nothing, so should I upgrade my phone?

What are you thoughts on the UK Alert System?

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News for week of 2023-03-06

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News for the Week 2023-05-08

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News for the week 2023-05-01

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News for the week 2023-04-17

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News for the week 2023-04-10

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News for week of 2023-04-03

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News for week of 2023-03-20

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News for week of 2023-03-27

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News for week of 2023-03-13

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News for week of 2023-02-27

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News for week of 2023-02-20

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News for week of 2023-01-23 (all current event convos go here).

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News for week of 2023-01-30 (all current event convos go here).

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News for week of 2023-02-06

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News for week of 2023-02-13

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News for week of 2023-01-16 (all current event convos go here).

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News for week of 2023-01-09 (all current event convos go here)

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Favorite source for storm warnings?

There have been some extreme weather effects in the US lately and San Francisco is about to have an another one. The National Weather Service’s Bay Area office issued “a frank and dire warning to citizens”:

“To put it simply, this will likely be one of the most impactful systems on a widespread scale that this meteorologist has seen in a long while,” the warning read. “The impacts will include widespread flooding, roads washing out, hillside collapsing, trees down (potentially full groves), widespread power outages, immediate disruption to commerce, and the worst of all, likely loss of human life. This is truly a brutal system that we are looking at and needs to be taken seriously.”

I find it helpful to get a “heads-up” about storms like this and sometimes they will appear in my regular daily news (The New York Times), but I’d like a more specialized source to check regularly.  My built-in iPhone weather app is pretty good at providing forecasts when things are normal but it didn’t warn me about the artic blast we received in December.

What’s your favorite source to check for storm forecasts?

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News for week of 2023-01-02 (all current event convos go here)

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