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Nowhere Are You Completely Safe From Disasters

A few days ago, my friend Michael Totten posted an interesting — and disturbing — post on his site about a potential earthquake that very well could hit the Pacific Northwest in our life time. Read the whole thing, and the referenced article on Willamette Week:

In the reasonably near future, perhaps within our lifetimes and quite possibly as soon as tomorrow, an earthquake will strike Portland with roughly the same force felt this month in Port-au-Prince.

But while the Jan. 12 Haitian quake lasted less than 40 seconds, the shaking in Portland will continue for at least four minutes. Portland will feel a quake with a strength, duration and destruction never before experienced in the developed Western world.

Our cataclysm will begin 75 miles off the Oregon coastline. The ocean floor will split, sending shock waves racing under the water as fast as 17,000 mph. Those shock waves, felt first as a rumble, will slam into Portland in 30 seconds. The rattling will grow into a pulsing undulation that will repeatedly shove the ground up and down as much as 6 feet.

Landslides will ensue in the West Hills, sending mansions crashing on top of each other. Several of the 10 bridges across the Willamette River will collapse—the Steel Bridge, Sellwood Bridge and Marquam Bridge, most likely—and the rest will be impassible. Big Pink and other office towers will sway so violently their granite and glass facades will shear off and crash into the street, piling rubble up 4 feet deep. The Multnomah County Courthouse will tumble. Underground gas, power and water lines will be pulverized. The soil beneath the Portland International Airport will temporarily turn to soup.

About half an hour later, a 30-foot wall of water will crash into the Oregon coastline, with the tsunami flooding as high as 100 feet above sea level, sweeping in and out for hours.

This is not a pitch for the next Hollywood disaster movie. It is the scientific consensus on what will happen here sooner or later. And the latest data suggest it may in fact be sooner.

Wow. In the past, I’ve heard that the Portland, Oregon area has the potential of being hit by a serious earthquake, but honestly, I didn’t have a clue that it could be that bad.

My wife and I try to take emergency preparedness seriously, and this is one very good reason you should, too. Especially, of course, if you life in the Pacific Northwest, but really, this just shows that there’s no completely safe place. Store some food that will last, water, a couple flashlights in good working order, and some emergency medical supplies. You don’t need to go crazy, but I’d say a couple weeks worth of food and water should be considered a minimum for things like this. It the kind of situation outlined above my the Willamette Week, it just might be a couple weeks before dependable help could make it to your location. Play the “what if?” game in your head. What if an earthquake happened when I was at work? What if it happened when my kids were in school? What if my neighbors needed help? Could I offer assistance? Lastly, from the stories in Haiti — and around the world in similar situations — the last thing you want to be is a refugee.

The last thing you should ever think is that it could never happen here, where ever you may be.

Suburban Survivalists or Just Preparedness?

I saw this over at Breitbart.com today, and had to post it. I’m still wary about the term “survivalist” being used in this context, but what they hey. It’s a reasonably fair handed article, I guess. The important thing to point out here is that people aren’t stocking up — for the most part — because they believe that the U.N. are going to come and take their guns away in black helicopters. It’s because they believe that it wouldn’t take much to cause their families to go hungry if they aren’t prepared. That doesn’t necessarily mean some huge economic breakdown: it could just mean a lay off at their job. Hardly crazy. It could mean a state enforced pandemic lockdown in your house. Not looney in the least.

I’d say that people that only have a couple days of food in their fridge with a whole family depending on them as crazy. Not the folks described in this article.

Economic Survivalists Take Root

Great little story about a family pushed by increasing economic challenges to make some radical changes to their lives to live more self-sufficiently. Here’s the thing: even if the really bad predictions that you sometimes hear from the doomsayers only have a 5% chance of coming true, isn’t it wise to do some preparations for it? You know, just in case? These people aren’t about stockpiling guns and bullets and living in the mountains in a compound — they’re just about lessening the utter reliance upon the extremely interconnected system most of Americans find themselves having. That’s a great thing, in my book.

When the economy started to squeeze the Wojtowicz family, they gave up vacation cruises, restaurant meals, new clothes and high-tech toys to become 21st-century homesteaders.

Economic survivalists take root – USATODAY.com

Another Reason to Prepare for Bad Things

My family and I have been taking preparedness more seriously of late. Stocking food, supplies, and starting to learn skills that may be useful if things go bad for us, Portland, the US, the world. It’s incredible that there are people that scoff at such activities, as if they were completely unnecessary. There’s a whole series of events and/or situations that could happen that would make it difficult to take care of yourself and your family for a period of time. Terrorist attack? Pandemic? Hyperinflation? All possible. With our just-in-time food delivery systems, it doesn’t take much to empty shelves at Fred Meyer.

Now, thanks to the New Scientist, we have something else to worry about: space storms, or coronal mass ejections.

IT IS midnight on 22 September 2012 and the skies above Manhattan are filled with a flickering curtain of colourful light. Few New Yorkers have seen the aurora this far south but their fascination is short-lived. Within a few seconds, electric bulbs dim and flicker, then become unusually bright for a fleeting moment. Then all the lights in the state go out. Within 90 seconds, the entire eastern half of the US is without power.

A year later and millions of Americans are dead and the nation’s infrastructure lies in tatters. The World Bank declares America a developing nation. Europe, Scandinavia, China and Japan are also struggling to recover from the same fateful event – a violent storm, 150 million kilometres away on the surface of the sun.

Wonderful, he said sarcastically. File this under, “Yet another reason to take preparedness seriously, not not to depend on Fred Meyer or the United States Government in times of crisis.”