A visit to an Ultimate Bunker

The Ultimate Bunker

Ultimate BunkerAbout a month ago, I had the privilege to see how the “Ultimate Bunker” was created. It was fascinating to see pictures starting with the initial concept to the finished bunker.
The manufacturer of the Ultimate Bunker is just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah in a large backyard garage, full of tools, blue prints and lots of steel. The team of contractors was hard at work while I visited. I was impressed to know that the owner of the company cared so deeply about his work and the customers. The goal of the company is to provide security and safety for its customers at an affordable price.

The Bunkers

The bunkers are all made of 100 percent structured steel, all which is welded together completely. They have R23 Spray in insulation available for the interior and you can also have Paxcon 2100 bullet resistant coating on the exterior. This is a Military grade Ballistic spray on coating for the exterior to keep you extra safe. The bunkers provide protection from Nuclear Fall Out, Chemical and Biological warfare, tornadoes and other natural disasters.
Ultimate bunker living areaThese bunkers come as a steel shell and you get to customize with your choice of options. That is part of the fun, you get to make it your way.
The bunker travels from Survival Expo to Expo so that people can look at it. It is quite a sight to see.
The traveling bunker has all of the comforts of home.
You can have a portable bunker built for you to move to your desired location or Ultimate Bunker can build you a bunker at your location. The bunkers can be the size you chose up to 30 feet.
I would recommend that anyone looking to build a secure, safe bunker or panic room get in touch with the folks at Ultimate Bunker and check out their website for more information.

photos provided by www.ultimatebunker.com

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Survival Preparedness for your Pet

Planning and preparing your pet for an emergency or disaster will ensure that your pet has the best chance of survival.

What to Pack in an Animal Emergency Supply Kit

When packing an emergency supply kit for your pet include these crucial items.  Keep survival basics in mind and make sure there is enough to last three or more days.

  • Clean water
  • Canned dog or cat food & can opener (if required)
  • Feeding bowls
  • Harness and leash
  • A collapsible pet carrier, especially if your pet is small and/or excitable
  • Sanitary supplies like pee pads, litter box, newspaper, plastic bags and disinfectant
  • Pet’s medical records & prescription medicine (if applicable)

It is a best practice to create two different pet emergency kits – one for home and one for evacuation.

Locate a Friendly Safe Haven for your Pet

If you are staying at home…

  • Bring your pets inside as soon as you can
  • Find a protected area that’s big enough for you and your pets
  • Keep newspapers or pee pads in good supply
  • Try to feed your pets canned food so they need less water

If you are going to evacuate…

Contact your local pet shelter, Humane Society or Pet Rescue for information on pet friendly evacuation centers and other options for you and your pets during an emergency. Other options include:

  • Staying with friends or relatives
  •  Nearby hotels/motels that are pet friendly
  • Pet boarding facilities both local and in nearby cities
  • Veterinary clinics
  • Animal shelters – Use this as a last resort if none of the options above are available, as shelters can harbor disease..

Never leave your pets home alone if you evacuate unless your life is immediately at risk. It may be days or even weeks before you are able to return home, and pets are unlikely to survive on their own for that long.

If you feel it is necessary to leave your pet behind, leave them loose inside your home with a good supply of food and water. Also, leave the bathroom door open with the toilet seat up and the tank lid off in case their water supply runs out.  It is a good idea to leave a note in a visible place on your door or a window that explains there are animals inside the home and how to contact you.

It is Important that your Pet’s Identification is Up-to-Date

It is easy to be separated from your pet during a disaster or emergency. There are steps you can take beforehand that increase the odds of reuniting with your pet if that happens.

  •  Collars with up-to-date identification attached – consider adding the number of a friend or family member that lives outside your immediate area in case they cannot get through to you.
  • Shots – your pet’s collar should also have tags that show your pet is up-to-date on all their shots.
  • Get your pet Micro-chipped – if your pet’s collar comes off shelters and clinics can still get your contact information if the animal is chipped.
  • Keep a current photo of your pet – it will help others ID your pet when you come looking for it.
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Firearms Safety Tips

Part of becoming a prepper is being prepared to protect your family and valuables.  One of the ways you can protect is to learn to use a gun. 

Gun Safety is a vital aspect of owning a gun.  Apply these safety tips to all guns, regardless of the power or the caliber.  Whether you are handling a BB gun or  a high-powered rifle, your emphasis should always be on safety.

TOP Three Rules

  • Always treat the gun as loaded.
  • Always keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.
  • Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.

Additional Rules to Utilize When Using a Gun

  • Never use alcohol or drugs before or while shooting.
  • Always wear protective equipment to include: eye and ear protection, and orange safety clothing as appropriate.
  • Be aware that certain types of guns and many shooting activities require additional safety precautions.
  • Be aware of your surroundings when handling guns so you don’t trip or lose your balance and accidentally point and/or fire the gun at anyone or anything.
  • Learn the mechanical and handling characteristics of the gun you are using.
  • Always use the proper ammunition for the gun you are using.
  • Never load a gun until you are ready to use it.
  • Be sure the barrel is clear of obstructions before loading and shooting.
  • Always keep your finger straight and off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
  • Know your target and what is beyond.
  • If your gun fails to fire when the trigger is pulled, hold your shooting position for several seconds; then, with the muzzle pointed in a safe direction, carefully unload the gun.
  • Don’t rely on the gun’s safety to keep it from firing.

Child Safety

The National Rifle Association’s Eddie Eagle Gun Safe Program  is designed to teach young children that are not ready to handle firearms.  Here are some simple steps that you can give them to follow if they should happen to find a gun.

  • Stop!
  • Don’t touch.
  • Leave the area.
  • Tell an adult.

Safe Storage

  • Keep all guns and ammunition out of the reach of children, untrained adults, and those who would use them improperly.
  • Always keep firearms locked in a Gun Safe and utilize trigger or cable locks.
  • Keep the keys to gun safes and trigger locks on your person and out of the reach of those who should not have access to them.
  • Store your guns unloaded and with the safety on.
  • Keep the guns dry, cleaned, and oiled while in storage.
  • Store guns and ammunition in a dry cool place and away from heat and fire.
  • Store you gun and ammunition in separate locations.

 

 

 

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How to Protect Yourself from Nuclear Fallout

Due to recent threats to our National Security by the nuclear testing that North Korea is doing, I felt this was an important issue to address.  In January 2013, North Korea claimed that they had a missile with the range to reach the United States.

I found this article on the CDC website; although it had many typos in the original document (which I have corrected for this post), I thought that the article was full of useful information.

Frequently Asked Questions About a Nuclear Blast

With the recent threats of terrorism, many people have expressed concern about the likelihood and effects of a nuclear blast. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed this fact sheet to describe what happens when a nuclear blast occurs, the possible health effects, and what you can do to protect yourself in this type of emergency.

What is a nuclear blast?

A nuclear blast, produced by explosion of a nuclear bomb (sometimes called a nuclear detonation), involves the joining or splitting of atoms (called fusion and fission) to produce an intense pulse or wave of heat, light, air pressure, and radiation. The bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, at the end of World War II produced nuclear blasts.

When a nuclear device is exploded, a large fireball is created. Everything inside of this fireball vaporizes, including soil and water, and is carried upwards. This creates the mushroom cloud that we associate with a nuclear blast, detonation, or explosion. Radioactive material from the nuclear device mixes with the vaporized material in the mushroom cloud. As this vaporized radioactive material cools, it becomes condensed and forms particles, such as dust. The condensed radioactive material then falls back to the earth; this is what is known as fallout. Because fallout is in the form of particles, it can be carried long distances on wind currents and end up miles from the site of the explosion. Fallout is radioactive and can cause contamination of anything on which it lands, including food and water supplies.

What are the effects of a nuclear blast?

The effects on a person from a nuclear blast will depend on the size of the bomb and the distance the person is from the explosion. However, a nuclear blast would likely cause great destruction, death, and injury, and have a wide area of impact.

In a nuclear blast, injury or death may occur as a result of the blast itself or as a result of debris thrown from the blast. People may experience moderate to severe skin burns, depending on their distance from the blast site. Those who look directly at the blast could experience eye damage ranging from temporary blindness to severe burns on the retina. Individuals near the blast site would be exposed to high levels of radiation and could develop symptoms of radiation sickness (called acute radiation syndrome, or ARS). While severe burns would appear in minutes, other health effects might take days or weeks to appear. These effects range from mild, such as skin reddening, to severe effects such as cancer and death, depending on the amount of radiation absorbed by the body (the dose), the type of radiation, the route of exposure, and the length of time of the exposure.

People may experience two types of exposure from radioactive materials from a nuclear blast: external exposure and internal exposure. External exposure would occur when people were exposed to radiation outside of their bodies from the blast or its fallout. Internal exposure would occur when people ate food or breathed air that was contaminated with radioactive fallout. Both internal and external exposure from fallout could occur miles away from the blast site. Exposure to very large doses of external radiation may cause death within a few days or months. External exposure to lower doses of radiation and internal exposure from breathing or eating food contaminated with radioactive fallout may lead to an increased risk of developing cancer and other health effects.

How can I protect my family and myself during a nuclear blast?

In the event of a nuclear blast, a national emergency response plan would be activated and would include Federal, State, and Local Agencies. Following are some steps recommended by the World Health Organization if a nuclear blast occurs:

If you are near the blast when it occurs:

  • Turn away, close and cover your eyes to prevent damage to your sight.
  • Drop to the ground face down and place your hands under your body.
  • Remain flat until the heat and two shock waves have passed.

If you are outside when the blast occurs:

  • Find something to cover your mouth and nose, such as a scarf, handkerchief, or other cloth.
  • Remove any dust from your clothes by brushing, shaking, and wiping in a ventilated area. Cover your mouth and nose while you do this.
  • Move to a shelter, basement, or other underground area, preferably located away from the direction that the wind is blowing.
  • Remove clothing since it may be contaminated; if possible, take a shower, wash your hair, and change clothes before you enter the shelter.

If you are already in a shelter or basement:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a facemask or other material (such as a scarf or handkerchief) until the fallout cloud has passed.
  • Shut off ventilation systems and seal doors or windows until the fallout cloud has passed. After the fallout cloud has passed, unseal the doors and windows to allow some air circulation.
  • Stay inside until authorities say it is safe to come out.
  • Listen to the local radio or television for information and advice. Authorities may direct you to stay in your shelter or evacuate to a safer place away from the area.
  • If you must go out, cover your mouth and nose with a damp towel.
  • Use stored food and drinking water. Do not eat local fresh food or drink water from open water supplies.
  • Clean and cover any open wounds on your body.

If you are advised to evacuate:

  • Listen to the radio or television for information about evacuation routes, temporary shelters, and procedures to follow.
  • Before you leave, close and lock windows and doors and turn off air conditioning, vents, fans, and furnace. Close fireplace dampers.
  • Take disaster supplies with you (such as a flashlight and extra batteries, battery-operated radio, first aid kit and manual, emergency food and water, nonelectric can opener, essential medicines, cash and credit cards, and sturdy shoes).
  • Remember your neighbors may require special assistance, especially infants, elderly people, and people with disabilities.

Is a nuclear bomb the same as a suitcase bomb?

The “suitcase” bombs that have been described in news stories in recent years are small nuclear bombs. A suitcase bomb would produce a nuclear blast that is very destructive, but not as great as a nuclear weapon developed for strategic military purposes.

Is a nuclear bomb the same as a dirty bomb?

A nuclear blast is different from a dirty bomb. A dirty bomb, or radiological dispersion device, is a bomb that uses conventional explosives such as dynamite to spread radioactive materials in the form of powder or pellets. It does not involve the splitting of atoms to produce the tremendous force and destruction of a nuclear blast, but rather spreads smaller amounts of  radioactive material into the surrounding area. The main purpose of a dirty bomb is to frighten people and contaminate buildings or land with radioactive material.

Would an airplane crash in a nuclear power plant have the same effect as a nuclear blast?

While a serious event such as a plane crash into a nuclear power plant could result in a release of radioactive material into the air, a nuclear power plant would not explode like a nuclear weapon. There may be radiation danger in the surrounding areas, depending on the type of incident, the amount of radiation released, and the current weather patterns. However, radiation would be monitored to determine the potential danger, and people in the local area would be evacuated or advised on how to protect themselves.

Do I need to take Potassium Iodide (KI) if there is a nuclear blast?

Local emergency management officials will tell people when to take KI. If a nuclear incident occurs, officials will have to find out which radioactive substances are present before recommending that people take KI. If radioactive fallout is not present, then taking KI will not protect people. If radioactive fallout is present, then taking KI will help protect a person’s Thyroid gland from the radioactive fallout. Taking KI will not protect people from other radioactive substances that may be present along with the radioactive fallout.

Where can I get more information?

For more information about radiation and emergency response, see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website at emergency.cdc.gov or contact the following organizations:

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The Earth will have 15 Minutes to Prepare for a Solar Storm

Did you know the Earth will only have 15 minutes to prepare…

ImageScientists from around the world  are joining those in the United States in becoming alarmed at the possibility of a plasma cloud from a solar superstorm that could wipe out vast electronics networks, because they say Earth would have only a notice of about 15 minutes.

U.S. space scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Aeronautic Space Administration’s Goddard Space Flight Center have been expressing concern over what is fast becoming a “solar storm maximum.”
The alarms are now going off globally, with expressions of concern from European Union interests, the European Space Agency and Great Britain’s Royal Academy of Engineering, which is urging the British Space Weather Board to help that nation prepare for a massive solar flare.

Increasing Solar Flares

Given the intensity of the increasing flare spewing from the sun’s surface, experts agree that scientists would have only 15 minutes of warning of an intense solar flare – a huge plasma cloud of charged particles that can become a nightmare to unguarded electronics on earth.
This increased solar activity is occurring as sunspots multiply on the sun’s surface during what is expected to be its most active period, 2012-2013, in its 11-year cycle.
NASA believes that while the sun will reach its most intense period this year in the sun’s 11-year cycle, such magnetosphere activities which could continue to produce solar flares until 2020 as the sun exits the latest intense cycle.

Solar Flares and Communications

In communications, solar storms could affect ground-to-air, ship-to-shore and amateur radio frequencies. Television and commercial radio stations appear not to be not as affected. According to NOAA, high frequency radio wave communications are most affected since their frequency depends on reflection from the ionosphere to carry signals over long distances.

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