Feb 04

Container Gardening

Almost every edible crop that is grown in a traditional garden plot can be successfully raised in a container. Even if you have limited space, or room for just one or two pots on your balcony, you can harvest fresh vegetables, fruits, herbs and edible flowers.Here is a sampling of the things I have grown in containers in western Massachusetts for the last 19 years:

Tomatoes
Green Beans
Snap peas
Squash
Kale
Spinach
Swiss chard
Peppers
Cucumbers
Radishes
Lettuce
Basil
Strawberries

Even though many people, including myself, have a “regular” garden, there are many advantages to container growing. There is virtually no weeding, and soil in containers is resistant to soil-borne diseases and pests such as slugs. Pots can be easily moved around or brought indoors at the threat of frost. Perennial plants such as dwarf fruit trees can be brought inside for the winter. The same pot can be used for succession planting throughout the growing season- snap peas or Asian greens such as bok choy in the spring, tomatoes in the summer, and kale in the fall.

Some of the things to consider for container gardening- you must be vigilant about watering, especially when the plant root systems get bigger and the weather is hot. This can mean daily watering. There are water-holding crystals such as Soil-Moist that can be mixed into the soil, and then absorb water and gradually release it as needed. You must also be careful of over-fertilizing. Crops that produce large sprawling vines, such as pumpkins and watermelons, are not generally suitable for containers, although some smaller varieties might be available. Many seed companies offer seed varieties specifically bred for smaller spaces such as container growing.

To get started, evaluate the space you currently have, and approximately how much sun that spot will get during the summer growing season. As a general rule, plants such as peppers or tomatoes will require 6 hours of sunlight. Decide what you and your family want to eat, and grow what you like. It is fun to experiment with different varieties, and it is very easy to try 3 or 4 types of tomatoes in individual pots to see which ones you like best.

Below are a couple of websites with more information, and also a great book on growing vegetables in containers.

Websites:
http://www.revivevictorygarden.org/containers.html
http://www.vegetablegardeningguru.com/containers.html

The Bountiful Container (book)
http://www.seedsavers.org/Details.aspx?itemNo=B766

Feb 01

Weather is a Good Reason to Prepare

Yesterday and today Massachusetts has seen winds averaging 50 miles per hour with gusts to 81 miles per hour.  The high winds are comparable with tropical storms and hurricane winds.  The result of all this wind was downed power lines to over 38,000 households in one community.  That wouldn’t seem so bad since they had about half of the damage repaired by mid day, except for most homes it means their furnace won’t run.  And, unless they have old gas stoves or a fireplace, no way to heat water.

While the indoor temperatures in homes is dropping and families are huddling together to keep war, or perhaps going to someone’s house who has a fireplace, it would be nice to know that you have alternative sources of heat should this event happen again.  If you have prepared and have what you need, you won’t have to leave your house during a storm to take shelter elsewhere.  When the storm is over, simply replenish the supplies you used for the next time your power goes out.

Preparing for an event such as this should be considered part of personal responsibility.  Power outages are common across the country.  To never thing to prepare for such an event could be considered mindless behavior.

Joshua Livengood

The Daily Prepper News

Citation:

“High Winds Knock out Power to Thousands in Bay State.” Boston Herald. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2013.

Mar 26

Prepper meetup groups in Massachusetts

 

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Central Massachusetts
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Jan 22

The Ugliness We Seldom Consider

The Ugliness We Seldom Consider
By C. Watson aka Redhorse_Ronin

How many people have considered the truly ugly details of a critical infrastructure collapse? I was in Gulfport, MS 72 hours after Katrina passed through. I spent two weeks there with my unit helping to secure the area and distribute ice, water, and food to the victims. After coming home for a couple of weeks, I redeployed to New Orleans as a result of Rita’s subsequent passing. I would spent almost a month there in the heart of the city, living in the Convention Center, just a few feet from bio-hazard tapes and rooms where bodies were still being discovered a month after Katrina. I have deployed to numerous 3rd World and 2nd World nations in my career in Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East. I have seen what a lack of infrastructure or a collapsed infrastructure looks like. What I saw in New Orleans, rivaled anything I saw in Honduras, the second poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere, or Iraq, a once proud nation broken by decades of wars and economic embargos.

The lack of infrastructure is bad for the people; however, the people who suffer a collapse of their infrastructure fare worse because they are not prepared to lose the stability that their government and utility services provided. Historically, the more advanced an economy is, the worse its collapse will be. The collapse of the Roman Empire left Europe in a centuries long period of anarchy and catholic tyranny known as the Dark Ages. The dysfunction of Africa is directly attributable to the collapse of European colonial administration.

When the collapse of the United States happens, it might be sudden, but probably it will be a more gradual, yet still rapid process. The process can come in many forms that are impossible to predict.

Let us look at a pandemic or EMP like event that results in the loss of electricity on the national scale. We, as preppers, all say that we have plans and have our high speed tactical BOBs with our tricked out BOV’s and intend to hold out against the zombie hordes in our mountain redoubts. However, let’s look at the reality.

First, the die off. In the event of a sudden loss of power, say an EMP or solar flare, then the catastrophic loss of life from airliner crashes, vehicle crashes, and the resulting fires will be staggering and police and fire/EMS services will quickly become overwhelmed. The next couple of days will give the government a reprieve to try to get a handle on the new disaster as people sit in shock at their new reality. As people slowly realize that that they are 2 days into their 2-5 days of food reserves, they will venture out in what few vehicles they can find that work or they will walk. Their first stop will be the ATM to get some cash or they will head to the stores and gas stations with their credit and debit cards. They will quickly realize that the machines and pumps are down with no internet, phone, or electrical service. At this point, the incipient panic starts to bubble forth.

The next stop will be the grocery stores. There will be a run on bottled water, milk, bread, and Twinkies. Quickly stores will turn into pandemonium as people vie for limited resources and police are unable to respond as fights break out and injuries mount. One look at the average Black Friday fights over an Elmo toy tells us that people will die in the produce aisles over a can of peaches. Finally, broken and stripped, stores will shut down or be burned down by rioters.

We are now into days 3-5 of the Brave New World. The air is smoky, the houses are dark and people are scared. There are bodies in the local stores and still in crashed vehicles that government services are unable to remove due to a shrinking workforce as more and more people stay home. Now we start noticing a problem at the pharmacies. America is one of the most medicated nations in history. We have pills for anything. We are a pharmaceutically dependent nation whose happiness is tied to a brown pill bottle. People on anti-depressants will be upping their dosage to cope with the situations. People hooked on their pain meds will start worrying about their supply. Insulin dependent diabetics will start to desperately worry about the lack of refrigeration for their insulin. Psychologically impaired individuals will start to run out and their balance will start to off kilter.

Pharmacies, clinics, doctor offices, and even dentist and veterinary offices will see a surge in customer violence, break-ins, robberies, and eventually deaths as the medical supplies run short. People dependent upon oxygen will not get refills and people dependent upon electrical life support will simply die. The death toll is rising. Home invasions will rise in suburbia by people looking for meds and food. Unreported murder victims will simply lie dead, undiscovered in their shattered homes.

By days 7-10, the death toll is innumerable and the emergency response forces are less than 60% of where they were a week prior, even with National Guard augmentation. If it is late spring, summer, or early fall, then the bodies of the dead will quickly be noticeable from the stench of their decomposition. In New Orlean and in Northern Iraq, one of our biggest threats were feral dogs. We shot them on site because they were attacking us due to their hunger. Household pets will escape the homes of their dead owners and quickly become feral.

As week two progresses, the lack of water pressure and sewage systems will become a problem than cannot be ignored en masse any longer. The majority of the population left has no clue about public health sanitation. Human waste will become public waste in short order. Trash will pile up and attract disease vectors like rats and raccoons. People will be going to FEMA and local government shelters in droves. These shelters will quickly be overwhelmed and overflow.

The cities, the ones that escaped the riots of the previous week, will fall victim to riots and unrestrained gang warfare. Whole city blocks will be consumed by fire. The people left behind will be besieged by the violence and fires. Untold numbers will die.

The next big die-off will come from disease. Cholera, dysentery, typhoid, and a host of others will sweep the concentrated population centers as sanitation systems break down. Influenza will attack the weakened immune systems of the initial survivors and the virulence of the strains will be horrific. The air will reek of burning flesh as dead human bodies are burned throughout the nation.

The next die-off comes from contaminated food and water as people get desperate to eat anything and water stores become contaminated from dead bodies and haz mat spillages. By the time the second month begins, it will be a rare family that is untouched by the death of a loved one or close friend.

I have seen the beginnings of this during Katrina. I have seen the advanced stages of this in Honduras and Iraq. We depend upon our government service infrastructure to such an extent that we will be unable to cope in the near term with the loss of them. The only solution is to anticipate the loss of these systems.

If you are like me and live in a suburban area with a low probability of being able to bug out, then you need to take precautions. I have some burn barrels. These will become my trash and waste burners. I have shovels to bury what waste I cannot burn. I need to get a better water storage and filter plan together. I need to stockpile essential medical supplies to a greater extent than I have now. I need to up my food stockpiles, as well.

I need to keep my bicycles in good working order to save on gasoline. I need to get creative at rainwater run-off collection and I need to hone my situational awareness to be better able to defend against the human threats to my family. I need to increase my gardening efforts to use my yard productively. Most of all, I need to create alternatives for my family to fall back on in any contingency.

Jan 13

Beauty Report: Collapse Edition

by concretegardenstx

I’m sure a beauty regimen is going to be the last thing on any woman’s mind during a crisis event. Speaking from personal experience, if I don’t feel clean, I’m not going to feel well, and therefore not be at my best. However, there are a few things that I can do now, or be prepared for, in case something happens.

HAIR REMOVAL
Hair removal, for me, is not just a cosmetic issue, but can be a hygenic one. (I personally feel that having a lot of underarm or hair in the “nether regions” can trap sweat and body oils, which can cause unpleasant odor. Just my opinion, not mean to offend anyone.) But also, if my legs aren’t shaved or I start sporting a mustache, I’m not going to be very happy. But I do have suggestions on how to get rid of all of that unwanted hair.

Shaving – This is probably the most common form of hair removal. During a collapse situation shaving may not be your best option. One of the problems with shaving is that the blades will eventually get dull. This will lead to more nicks and cuts and less hair being removed. Each razor is only going to last so long, and then what to do with all of that waste? A better option is an old fashioned safety razor. These can be found on eBay, thrift stores, and possibly even antique stores. The safety razor will use either single or double sided razor blades. Razor blades are cheaper to stock up on, take up less space that traditional razors, and create less waste. That leaves the other problem with razors: what if you have no water? That leads me to…

Waxing – Waxing is a great semi-permanent way to get rid of hair. Yes, it can be painful. We suffer for our beauty. But what I love about waxing is that the hair is removed at the root, and each time the hair grows back it is usually softer and finer, which leads to me wanting to have to remove the hair less and less. I don’t advocate using a creme wax, the kind that use strips. I’ve never had much luck with them, other than making a mess. What you will want to invest in is hard wax or Brazilian wax. You can find large jars of this at a beauty supply store, and depending on what you are waxing, the large jar will last a long time. Make sure to get a jar that is metal! You can get electric warmers to heat up the wax, but what if you have no electricity? In my family, we always used a tea light to heat up the wax, putting the wax on a ceramic potpourri holder, the kind with a place to put a tea light underneath. However, if you REALLY don’t want to worry about it, there is always…

Lasers – Laser hair removal is great, if you can afford it. Why not get rid of the hair now, before something happens, and not have to worry about it? Unfortunately, lasers do not work very well if you have light hair on light skin. I know there is a product on the market called the “nono!” that is supposed to remove hair permanantly. It is also expensive and I have read mixed reviews, but it will work on any hair.

Now that we have the topic of hair removal out of the way, let’s talk about hair. I hate the feeling of greasy hair. Collapse or no collapse, an oily, greasy scalp will make me gross and unhappy. There are good dry shampoos out there, and you can always stock up on those. I tend to be more frugal, so might I recommend cornstarch or baby powder? Just sprinkle some on at the roots and comb it through your hair. Your hair might not be vibrant and bouncy, but it will look and feel less oily. A note of caution, though. Baby powder, though it has a nice smell, might look a little white on your hair, so make sure you comb it through until you can’t see it! I’ve never used cornstarch, so I’m not sure if it has the same effect.

One last thing I’d like to go over briefly, is deodorant. Again, you can be stockpiled with your favorite brand, but plain old baking soda works just as well! Just pat some on dry armpits. Has been known to last a couple of days!

I know that things like this can seem pretty trivial, but sometimes the smallest of things can help bring comfort and familiarity in an otherwise unpleasant situation

Jan 11

Use the Technology BEFORE It Fails

by RedHorse_Ronin

Today I want to talk to about a form of technology that is emerging and can become quite the prepping tool. The technology is almost 20 years in the making but the general public has little awareness of it, despite benefiting from it daily. The last 20 years has seen more user-friendly forms of the technology develop and it is becoming more and more readily available to the public. The technology is loosely termed GIS, or Geospatial Information Systems. When people ask about my major, I oversimplify and tell them I make maps with tools similar to AutoCAD and GPS, and essentially, that is not far wrong. However, that is like saying a router is used to bevel wood and leaving it at that. Both examples have so much more potential than that.

The basic premise of GIS is the interpretation, expression, and analysis of spatial data that is collected by remote sensing and supplemented by other sources for analysis purposes. Though aircraft provide many of the cameras and sensing platforms used by GIS, it is satellites that are the primary workhorses of the technology. There are more satellites than I could ever hope to know of in various orbits around the planet and while a significant number of them are for the governmental and security purposes of various states, there are plenty of commercial satellites, or birds, up there, as well. These birds generally fall into one of two primary purposes. The first purpose is communications. How many of our grandparents from Brokaw’s Greatest Generation could have conceived of being able to watch the BBC or Skynews, the national cricket matches in Sri Lanka in real-time, or talk to somebody on a phone while in the remotest parts of Alaska 50-60 years ago while sitting in a living room in Ames, Iowa? Yet, these communications satellites allow all that and much more. The second purpose is remote sensing. These birds have the sensors and cameras that allow us to predict the weather, analyze environmental disasters, chart vegetation health, monitor water conditions, map out urban sprawl, and countless other applications through their use of the electromagnetic spectrum.

The result of the second purpose is that we have an unprecedented ability to predict, plan for, and respond to any number of conditions that may meet human beings in their existence upon this planet. Government has longed used this technology, especially for military and other national security applications, and the rise of awareness for disaster response at all levels brought this technology all way down into the smallest volunteer fire company in North Star Borough, AK. Response officials from every level of government use this to plan evacuations, predict flood plains, stage response assets, etc. Simply put, GIS is cartography on steroids. With the interactivity that GIS provides, a basic topographical map of an area can be overlaid with a road map that has population breakouts for all population centers. In a matter of minutes, things like fire stations, rivers with flood history, National Guard assets, police stations, hospitals, bridges, interstates, schools, etc. can be identified and spatialyl located and graphically represented on a working map.

Thus, analyses can be conducted and contingencies, such as river flooding, blizzards, chemical plant releases, or whatever could be thought of, can be planned for and implemented in a more efficient and expeditious fashion. Imagine how difficult the task of coordinating the BP oil spill response was for the Coast Guard. Now imagine how much harder it would have been without aerial sensors and imagery to track the oil dispersal and the effectiveness of the clean-up efforts.

Now one may wonder how this technology benefits you in daily tangible ways. How many people have used Google Earth? That is one example of a premier open source and user friendly application and many businesses find it an inexpensive and productive tool. The weather in your area is predicted and mapped with this technology. The real estate developer and his opponents both use this technology. You use GPS technology in your car, boats, and hiking. It is everywhere but seldom recognized.

Recently, I was talking with a professor of mine about the use of GIS in emergency management. We both have a background with emergency management, he from the analysis and planning side of the house and me from the coordination and implementation of the physical response side of the house. From a conversation that began with discussing silver as the money of the future, we ended talking about Katrina and finally to me musing about how GIS could be used with relative ease for non-governmental organizations and individuals to map out their own evacuation or response plans. By researching what relevant infrastructure an area had and postulating about potential disruptions and disasters that might lead to evacuations, one could begin to map out routes that bypassed potential trouble areas or identified potential aid locations, cache points, and rally points. I realized that this could be invaluable to urban and megalopolis sprawl and hinterland dwellers, like myself.

My experiences with the military and in security and emergency response have taught me how to expect what government reactions to certain scenarios would be. For example, living in the DC-Baltimore I-95 corridor, as I do, will mean having relatively safe roads longer than other urban centers, like, say, Detroit or Phoenix. The Federal Government has too much invested in transportation, continuity-of-government, communications, intelligence-gathering, and response infrastructure in this region to let it fall victim to anarchic chaos. As a result, the roads will be one the first things secured by government forces.

The Eisenhower Interstate Road System was one of Dwight Eisenhower’s lasting presidential legacies. Seeing the efficiency of the German autobahn system led him to bring a similar system here to the US for national defense and interstate commerce. The Interstates were designed to be military arteries and potential landing strips for fighter aircraft. During emergencies, control of the road systems can easily be seized by Federal forces by executive fiat. That being said, in a scenario that had a large National Guard or regular military domestic response, the Interstates and the arterial secondary feeder road systems will be controlled for military and government traffic.

Imagine living in a city that has a pandemic or radiological disaster. Many people will want to leave. YOU may want to leave. The government decides to cordon off the region to secure and manage it, leaving you and your family in the hot zone. As the government moves in, they will inevitably secure from the cordon inward toward the core areas. As civil society breaks down under the stress of the disaster, the response forces quickly get bogged down in a plodding advance against hastily formed bands of looters and more organized criminal gangs as they form an insurgency and prey on the local citizenry. In order to gain control, the Interstates and major roadways into and out of the area are blocked with military and law enforcement and the lion’s share of movement is restricted and controlled through threat of arrest and force. The only way out is by knowing the area and using the tertiary and unconventional routes.
The problem is, how many Americans can think laterally and tactically and recognize that not all roads lead to Rome, or in this case, a group of nervous, bored twenty-somethings in uniform with automatic weapons that were raised on a generation of war stories from Iraq and Afghanistan? How many people can look at a drainage culvert and see it as a road crossing? How many people would think to look for a veterinarian’s office, in lieu of a hospital, for immediate lifesaving medical treatment? How many people know where the local police stations or National Guard armories are, in case it is better to avoid them or it is necessary to get to them? Beyond a 15 mile radius of your location, how familiar are you with the infrastructure along your designated routes of evacuation?

My observations lead me to believe that not many Americans meet the criteria above. We are a society of mobile consumers who has the world at our fingertips or within a 15 minute drive. How does one start to overcome this bias? Well, if you are on this site or others like it, then you have started your journey already. Education leads to awareness, awareness leads to changes in thinking, and thinking leads to life safety.

‘By developing a tactical mindset, one can look at their surroundings in a new light. Once one decides to attempt to change their thinking, then infinite possibilities emerge. The next step is to begin to map out your region and evacuation routes. There is a definite mnemonic aspect to writing information down or graphically displaying it that commits much of it to memory. When your relevant information is spatially located on a map and has some background intelligence, then one can begin to analyze their area spatially, in light of different scenarios. In the west, if your home is downhill, especially on eastern slopes, in wildfire country, then you can look at the topography or vegetation maps on forestry websites to make some predictions of fire paths and response routes. Similarly, if you are in an historic hurricane impact area then you can predict what storm surges may do to the infrastructure in your area. A cursory knowledge of geology and mapping during an infamous Exxon gas station leak in Baltimore County, MD alerted many residents to test their water wells and determine if they had been contaminated or not, just a few years ago.

If you and your family have to evacuate your home, would your maps indicate where culverts, marinas, local airports, railroads, storm drains, creeks, ravines and a host of other non-traditional roads were located? How would you locate them and map them out?

First, get intimately familiar with the area by physically driving it. Go for a walk or hike. Take pictures or keep a notebook with you to record what you find. Send notes to your smart phones. Research the area for certain infrastructure on the internet and phone books. Use USGS topo maps and local government and/or Google Earth aerial imagery to enhance your basic road maps. Get a handheld GPS system and map out potential routes and waypoints. To borrow the title of my recurring APN threads, one must think, “Outside of the Box!” The next step is to put it all together. You do not need a fancy computer program, like ArcGIS, though; it is nice to have access to. Get acetate overlays for your base maps with different information on them. An internet search will reveal open-source GIS maps and even GIS programs to help you put this information all together in a coherent fashion.

Organizations may find this easier than individuals, but locate GIS programs at local high schools and community colleges. Approach them and see if the department or students might be interested in mapping out your data as a project or maybe, with a small endowment from you, as an internship. This could give you a professional product that is as good as the data you wish to provide.

In closing, the idea of using GIS technology now before something happens like the lights going out, or worse, to help you plan for contingencies is simply using the governments’ own approach and methods, albeit on a smaller scale, and creating your own threat picture and contingency plans. In the future, if interest is shown, I will develop this idea further and maybe even provide some product examples that one could utilize in developing their own plans.

“Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants: it is the creed of slaves.” William Pitt the Younger

Aug 14

Build a solid grape support and grow wonderful grapes

By Paul & Liz Stevens

Like many we wanted to produce grapes, and like many that dream seemed to always end up in disappointment, as the grapes would come on and seem to just dry up before they matured. We did the typical 4 x4 post with wire strung between them, but after the first few years when the grapes were really starting to take off the post were crooked, the wire was sagging and no matter what we did the vines always ended up touching the ground.

In touring the Amish country we began noticing one more step they use in supporting their grapes. They use the post and wire, but they take one additional step. At about 54” high they run a solid pipe through the post and drill through and bolt it at each post.
When we moved to Texas we decided to take that next step and built our new support using three post set so that we could run a 20’ 1-1/2” galvanized chain link fence top rail through the post. This meant we had to subtract 4” off each end of the 20’ so that the pole would go from end to end, with one post in the center. Before we set the post we wedged them plum and used a string level on our chalk line and snapped a line level at 54” high, then another line where we wanted the top to be. We numbered the post took each one back out and drilled strait through the center of each post on our drill press using the chalk line as our horizontal center point. We used the next size up forstner bit from the actual pole size to give a bit of wiggle room. We then drilled a series of 3/8” holes in each post space 16” apart starting at 12” from the ground. This is where we ran our wire through to attach the vines as they grow up to the main pole. We cut the post to length and set the post back into the ground. With some extra hands we went ahead and slid the pole through the tops, drilled through the end post and bolted them, after we had the end post plumb, we plumbed the center post and drilled and bolted it.

We set the post with just a little bit of concrete just to fill the post hole, plus we only needed to go down around 2’. With this system all the tension is held by the pipe at the top, so we didn’t need to attack it with a 3’ deep hole and several bags of concrete. That was our first clue that we were really going to really like this approach, a lot less work! To add a bit of fancy to the project we purchased the ball tops and screwed them into the top of each post. After the post cured we ran our wire through the holes having the pole across the top keeps the post solid, thus we were able to really stretch the wire without worry of pulling the post inward.

We started our grapes and carefully nurtured them as they grew to the top. We choose Muscadine Grapes as we know someone living in the Florida panhandle suggested them. They have much of the same climate as we do in central coastal Texas, and have tried several of the varieties from up North with no success, except for the Muscadine, with that said where you live will have a lot to do with the varieties that do well in your climate.

Well with all this work we thought we were ready to cash in on a great grape crop, nope after they started to really mature about five years ago, the same old story, they came on strong and then just shriveled up like a pea and dropped off. We have them in the irrigation system so we knew they were getting plenty of water. We did notice that we were getting a fungus on the leaves and would spray but that didn’t really help either.

As we drove through Texas we would always admire the wonderful grape vineyards and wondered just what the secret was that we were missing. As we began to look closer we noticed there were no leaves up to around 4’ from the ground. At first we thought this was just because the plants were more mature. We went home and peeled off all our leaves that were close to the ground and kept new growth from coming out at that level. We also fertilized the plants and to our surprise the fungus went away the plants filled out the grapes came on stayed and we had a great crop that year. This year will mark our 3rd year with a strong crop of grapes. Last year off four plants spreading across that 20’ section we were able to harvest enough grapes to make jelly and nearly five gallons of wine.

In total it has been eight years since we planted our grapes, the support is still as plumb and straight as the day we installed it, and it appears it will be that way for some time. We are really sold on this system, as for what made the grapes finally take off, we are not sure which has more benefit the removal of the leaves or the fertilizer but we plan to keep a good thing going. Hope this helps someone else having the same problems with their grapes.

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Mar 20

From Our State Officials

From Our State Officials
 Posted by Detentus

After the usual run to get the Sunday paper, aka The Boston Globe, I stumbled across this headline in the Metro section(B) that was interesting. “State officials fear a run on iodide pills.” It appears as if they are downplaying the role of these pills in disaster plans after receiving about 100 phone calls from residents who live near the Pilgrim plant requesting them. They claim that should a nuclear accident occur residents would be able to obtain them at nearby shelters and evacuation centers.

Local and state officials are discouraging people not to pick up these pills “because there is no need” according to Plymouth fire chief, G. Edward Bradley.

I suppose this makes sense to some degree because we know that potassium iodide is not the magic cure all or preventative measure given that there are different types of radioactive exposure.

However, this does not explain why the federal government supplied MA with 550,000, upon request, over concerns about terrorist attacks on Pilgrim. Conflicting reports do more to add to people’s confusion and understandably so. The Surgeon General, Ms. Benjamin called it a “precaution.” Later, the Dept. of Health and Human Services issued a statement that she was not suggesting people buy personal supplies.”
With such spotty and bad information, or no information at all,is it any wonder why people are so concerned?

Also in the article was comments made by one Becky Chin, a Duxbury resident, cochairwoman of that town’s nuclear advisory committee, “who has long pressed for better preparation for disasters and who said that residents should be encouraged to be self-sufficient.” Given that Duxbury is about 10 miles south of Plymouth, she has led campaigns to buy protective masks for the town’s 3,000 schoolchildren and stock schools with liquid KI.

She says “Most people don’t want to think about it, and many think the government will help them out. The government will do the best it can, but you’d better be prepared to help yourself.”

Well said, Becky Chin! 

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Mar 14

Chemical Plant Explosion in Middleton, MA

An explosion at the Bostik Chemical Plant, in Middleton damaged 2 buildings and injured 4.  The plant manufactures adhesives.  The cause of the explosion is still unknown.

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Mar 07

Massachusetts Preppers Roll Call – All Preppers Please Check In

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