FEMA Is Preparing For A Solar Storm That Would Take Out The Grid

See the original story at……. http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/fema-is-preparing-for-a-solar-storm-that-would-take-out-the-grid_06222017

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FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Administration) is planning for a massive solar storm that would be so strong, it would take down the power grid. Noting that the rare, yet “high-consequence” scenario has “the potential for catastrophic impact on our nation and FEMA’s ability to respond.”

According to unpublished FEMA documents obtained by Government Attic, a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) database and non-profit organization, the Department of Homeland Security agency once mapped out a disaster plan for the occurrence of another geomagnetic “super storm” like the one the occurred in 1859.

Back then, the sun flung a giant plume of magnetized plasma out into space. The coronal mass ejection (CME), the sibling of a massive solar flare, traveled the 93 million miles between the Sun and Earth in only 17.6 hours. Today, it’s known as the Carrington Event and is remembered by the largest geomagnetic storm in the history of recorded space weather.

No other storm has matched it in speed or magnitude. When the shock wave of accelerated particles arrived on September 1, 1859, the disturbances to Earth’s magnetosphere were so great that telegraph communications across Europe and North America went on the fritz. Sparks leaped from the telegraph infrastructure, and machinery was so inundated with electric currents that operators were able to transmit messages while disconnected from battery power. Compasses even wiggled, and brilliant auroras were reportedly seen as far south as the Caribbean.

But that doesn’t mean the ill-equipped government isn’t preparing for the inevitability, in fact, they are. Despite our superior ability to predict these events, the stakes are exponentially higher in a modern, hyper-connected world.  FEMA predicts that a geomagnetic storm of this intensity would be “a catastrophe in slow motion.” Space weather events happen all the time, and many are harmless. For example, an event causing radio blackouts, solar radiation storms, and geomagnetic storms would be abnormal, yet the ripple effects on the power grid and communications would severely limit FEMA’s ability to respond to a nationwide crisis.

Within 20 minutes of the CME’s occurrence, FEMA estimates that 15 percent of the satellite fleet would be lost due to solar panel damage. Solar radiation from the incoming storm would add “3-5 years worth of exposure” to the panels, degrading older satellites to the point of inoperability. Low orbiting satellites, such as Iridium and Globalstar, may be less affected. Cellular service would be disrupted, and a loss of GPS capabilities could complicate FEMA operations. –Motherboard

Should a storm of this magnitude hit, there wouldn’t be much the government can do. And of course, this would be the perfect opportunity to round up the masses for a trip to a FEMA camp. Individuals would need to band together to help get things back online, but it would all take time.  Those in heavily populated regions would be hit the hardest and evacuation of over 100 million people would be impossible, and even if it was, there would be no unaffected region to send the evacuees – other than the FEMA camps.  Prepare yourself, because the mere fact that this government document exists could mean that there is something we don’t know.

See the original story at……. http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/fema-is-preparing-for-a-solar-storm-that-would-take-out-the-grid_06222017

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FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Administration) is planning for a massive solar storm that would be so strong, it would take down the power grid. Noting that the rare, yet “high-consequence” scenario has “the potential for catastrophic impact on our nation and FEMA’s ability to respond.”

According to unpublished FEMA documents obtained by Government Attic, a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) database and non-profit organization, the Department of Homeland Security agency once mapped out a disaster plan for the occurrence of another geomagnetic “super storm” like the one the occurred in 1859.

Back then, the sun flung a giant plume of magnetized plasma out into space. The coronal mass ejection (CME), the sibling of a massive solar flare, traveled the 93 million miles between the Sun and Earth in only 17.6 hours. Today, it’s known as the Carrington Event and is remembered by the largest geomagnetic storm in the history of recorded space weather.

No other storm has matched it in speed or magnitude. When the shock wave of accelerated particles arrived on September 1, 1859, the disturbances to Earth’s magnetosphere were so great that telegraph communications across Europe and North America went on the fritz. Sparks leaped from the telegraph infrastructure, and machinery was so inundated with electric currents that operators were able to transmit messages while disconnected from battery power. Compasses even wiggled, and brilliant auroras were reportedly seen as far south as the Caribbean.

But that doesn’t mean the ill-equipped government isn’t preparing for the inevitability, in fact, they are. Despite our superior ability to predict these events, the stakes are exponentially higher in a modern, hyper-connected world.  FEMA predicts that a geomagnetic storm of this intensity would be “a catastrophe in slow motion.” Space weather events happen all the time, and many are harmless. For example, an event causing radio blackouts, solar radiation storms, and geomagnetic storms would be abnormal, yet the ripple effects on the power grid and communications would severely limit FEMA’s ability to respond to a nationwide crisis.

Within 20 minutes of the CME’s occurrence, FEMA estimates that 15 percent of the satellite fleet would be lost due to solar panel damage. Solar radiation from the incoming storm would add “3-5 years worth of exposure” to the panels, degrading older satellites to the point of inoperability. Low orbiting satellites, such as Iridium and Globalstar, may be less affected. Cellular service would be disrupted, and a loss of GPS capabilities could complicate FEMA operations. –Motherboard

Should a storm of this magnitude hit, there wouldn’t be much the government can do. And of course, this would be the perfect opportunity to round up the masses for a trip to a FEMA camp. Individuals would need to band together to help get things back online, but it would all take time.  Those in heavily populated regions would be hit the hardest and evacuation of over 100 million people would be impossible, and even if it was, there would be no unaffected region to send the evacuees – other than the FEMA camps.  Prepare yourself, because the mere fact that this government document exists could mean that there is something we don’t know.

Republican Lawmaker Wants to Make It Legal to Carry a Gun in Washington DC… But Only for Congressmen

See the original story at……. http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/republican-wants-to-legalize-concealed-carry-in-washington-dc-but-only-for-congressmen_06212017

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When it comes to gun control, no one is more hypocritical than liberal celebrities and politicians. While these people promote the end of gun rights for ordinary Americans, it’s often the case that they are protected in public and in their homes, by cadres of highly trained and armed bodyguards. They reap the benefits of the Second Amendment, while treating the rest of us like children who can’t be trusted with a gun.

However, it’s not just prominent liberals who are hypocritical when it comes to gun rights.

Republican Congressman Mo Brooks, who survived the recent shooting in Virginia that left Congressman Steve Scalise severely injured, has been promoting a new bill that will allow lawmakers to carry a gun anywhere in the country, including Washington D.C., regardless of local laws. The only exceptions, are when lawmakers are in the US Capital building, or in the presence of the President or Vice President.

“I’m going to be introducing legislation this week … to allow congressmen to carry a sidearm, should they so desire,” Rep. Mo Brooks said in an interview with Maria Bartiromo on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures.”

Members of Congress are “high-profile targets,” the congressman said, adding that they have “absolutely no way to defend ourselves because of Washington, D.C.’s rather restrictive gun laws,” the Alabama congressman said.

“I want congressmen to be treated as if they were law enforcement,” Brooks said, “given that we are high-profile targets for the bad guys, the lone wolves, the terrorists.”

That makes sense. Politicians are high-profile individuals who routinely face death threats from members of the public. They should absolutely have the right to arm themselves in public.

But what about everyone else? What would it say about our country if this bill passes? That lawmakers should have a special right to carry a gun wherever they want? That they are above the local and state laws that keep millions of Americans from protecting themselves in public? Politicians are supposed to have the same rights as us. They’re not special in that regard, but some of Brooks’ recent statements might suggest that he thinks otherwise.

Brooks said the measure doesn’t include any particular training requirements for members.

In an interview with WHNT News 19 Tuesday afternoon, he said members are capable of deciding on their own if they need any firearms training.

“I defer to the judgment of our elected Congressmen and Senators,” Brooks said. “They are adults. They are targets, they are high-profile targets of terrorists and lone wolf attackers, and as such they are in a position to make their own decision about how much training they believe is necessary.”

But our judgement can’t be trusted?

Last I heard, most Americans have to undergo some form of training if they want to receive a conceal carry license. But congressmen suddenly don’t need training? Sorry, but I could think of a few politicians who would make me nervous if they were packing. If they’re mature of enough to make that decision themselves, then so is every other adult American.

The point I’m trying to make, isn’t that this bill is wrong. I do think politicians should be allowed to arm themselves in public, and I don’t think they should have to beg the government for permission to carry a gun. But neither should the rest of us. That’s exactly what millions of Americans have to do if they want to conceal carry. Depending on where they live, they need to pay fees, obtain permits, go through background checks, and undergo training before they can carry a gun. They have to convince the government that they are responsible adults, before the government gives them a permit to exercise their rights. They don’t get to decide for themselves if they have enough training. It would be absolutely sick if the political class didn’t have to jump through the same hoops that many of us have to jump through to obtain a concealed carry permit.

The bottom line is this. Whether you’re a politician or a private citizen, no law abiding American should have to beg the government for permission to carry a gun in public. It’s a right that should be taken away from citizens who abuse it (criminals), but nobody should need permission in the first place.

Congressman Brooks, if you really support the Second Amendment, as you so eloquently claimed after the shooting in Virginia, then you’ll promote laws that enhance everyone’s rights, and not just the rights of your colleagues.

See the original story at……. http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/republican-wants-to-legalize-concealed-carry-in-washington-dc-but-only-for-congressmen_06212017

concealed-carry-gun-pistol-revolver

When it comes to gun control, no one is more hypocritical than liberal celebrities and politicians. While these people promote the end of gun rights for ordinary Americans, it’s often the case that they are protected in public and in their homes, by cadres of highly trained and armed bodyguards. They reap the benefits of the Second Amendment, while treating the rest of us like children who can’t be trusted with a gun.

However, it’s not just prominent liberals who are hypocritical when it comes to gun rights.

Republican Congressman Mo Brooks, who survived the recent shooting in Virginia that left Congressman Steve Scalise severely injured, has been promoting a new bill that will allow lawmakers to carry a gun anywhere in the country, including Washington D.C., regardless of local laws. The only exceptions, are when lawmakers are in the US Capital building, or in the presence of the President or Vice President.

“I’m going to be introducing legislation this week … to allow congressmen to carry a sidearm, should they so desire,” Rep. Mo Brooks said in an interview with Maria Bartiromo on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures.”

Members of Congress are “high-profile targets,” the congressman said, adding that they have “absolutely no way to defend ourselves because of Washington, D.C.’s rather restrictive gun laws,” the Alabama congressman said.

“I want congressmen to be treated as if they were law enforcement,” Brooks said, “given that we are high-profile targets for the bad guys, the lone wolves, the terrorists.”

That makes sense. Politicians are high-profile individuals who routinely face death threats from members of the public. They should absolutely have the right to arm themselves in public.

But what about everyone else? What would it say about our country if this bill passes? That lawmakers should have a special right to carry a gun wherever they want? That they are above the local and state laws that keep millions of Americans from protecting themselves in public? Politicians are supposed to have the same rights as us. They’re not special in that regard, but some of Brooks’ recent statements might suggest that he thinks otherwise.

Brooks said the measure doesn’t include any particular training requirements for members.

In an interview with WHNT News 19 Tuesday afternoon, he said members are capable of deciding on their own if they need any firearms training.

“I defer to the judgment of our elected Congressmen and Senators,” Brooks said. “They are adults. They are targets, they are high-profile targets of terrorists and lone wolf attackers, and as such they are in a position to make their own decision about how much training they believe is necessary.”

But our judgement can’t be trusted?

Last I heard, most Americans have to undergo some form of training if they want to receive a conceal carry license. But congressmen suddenly don’t need training? Sorry, but I could think of a few politicians who would make me nervous if they were packing. If they’re mature of enough to make that decision themselves, then so is every other adult American.

The point I’m trying to make, isn’t that this bill is wrong. I do think politicians should be allowed to arm themselves in public, and I don’t think they should have to beg the government for permission to carry a gun. But neither should the rest of us. That’s exactly what millions of Americans have to do if they want to conceal carry. Depending on where they live, they need to pay fees, obtain permits, go through background checks, and undergo training before they can carry a gun. They have to convince the government that they are responsible adults, before the government gives them a permit to exercise their rights. They don’t get to decide for themselves if they have enough training. It would be absolutely sick if the political class didn’t have to jump through the same hoops that many of us have to jump through to obtain a concealed carry permit.

The bottom line is this. Whether you’re a politician or a private citizen, no law abiding American should have to beg the government for permission to carry a gun in public. It’s a right that should be taken away from citizens who abuse it (criminals), but nobody should need permission in the first place.

Congressman Brooks, if you really support the Second Amendment, as you so eloquently claimed after the shooting in Virginia, then you’ll promote laws that enhance everyone’s rights, and not just the rights of your colleagues.

Astrophysicist Warns Devastating Asteroid Impact Inevitable: “1,800 Potentially Hazardous Objects Have Been Discovered So Far”

See the original story at……. http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/astrophysicist-warns-devastating-asteroid-impact-inevitable-1800-potentially-hazardous-objects-have-been-discovered-so-far_06212017

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There are a lot of different scenarios that ordinary people can prepare themselves for. Anyone can gear up for weather related events, war, pandemics, economic collapse, and earthquakes. Learning the right skills, stocking up on food, tools, weapons, and precious metals, are all attainable for most people, and can insulate them from just about any scenario. But there’s one disaster that’s significantly more difficult to prepare for, and that’s an asteroid strike.

This type of disaster is so much more unpredictable, and the potential damage would dwarf anything that humans are capable of inflicting on themselves. It doesn’t even compare to the destructive capacity of a nuclear war. At least in that situation, there will be signs that tensions are rising between nuclear armed nations, and it’s feasible that you could leave major cities before disaster strikes. But with an asteroid, you probably wouldn’t know when or where it’s going to hit until it’s too late. And perhaps worst of all, this disaster is inevitable, which is what a leading astrophysicist recently told the Daily Mail:

Dr Alan Fitzsimmons has said it is a case of when an asteroid collision will happen, rather than if it will happen, with more asteroids being discovered every day.

An unexpected strike in today’s world could easily destroy a major city and a larger one could potentially wipe out humanity, the expert warned…

‘…Over 1,800 potentially hazardous objects have been discovered so far, but there are many more waiting to be found.

‘Astronomers find Near-Earth Asteroids every day and most are harmless.’

‘But it is still possible the next Tunguska would take us by surprise, and although we are much better at finding larger asteroids, that does us no good if we are not prepared to do something about them’, he said.

And the destructive power that these objects are capable of would easily put the kibosh on our civilization for good.

From time to time they cross paths with us and, while impacts on the scale of the infamous 6.2-mile (10km) ‘dinosaur-destroyer’ are rare, an asteroid a fifth the size could spell disaster for civilisation.

With energy greater than 10 million Hiroshima bombs, the impact shock would flatten everything within a 186-mile (300km) radius.

Dust and debris would cause an ‘impact winter’ and most living things would perish.

Alternatively, an ocean strike would trigger monumental tsunamis, obliterate entire coastlines and inject seawater into the atmosphere, destroying huge swathes of the ozone layer and exposing survivors to devastating levels of UV radiation.

Asteroids pose the most humbling threat to our species. They remind us that despite how technologically advanced our species has become, we’re still at the mercy of our universe. These objects whizz by us on a regular basis, and there really isn’t anything we can do to stop it.

However, that doesn’t mean that as individuals, we are completely helpless. It may be luck that decides who survives the initial impact of an asteroid, but the skills you learn and the supplies you stock up on now will determine whether or not you survive the aftermath.

Read More:

The Prepper’s Blueprint: The Essential Starting Point for Survival Planning

“Skills That Could Save Your Life”: 25 Forgotten Survival Lessons You Need to Know

SHTF Skills Every American Needs: “Improvise With What You Have”

The Threat Of An Asteroid Striking Earth Is Higher Than Originally Thought

Incoming Asteroid Passing Extremely Close: “If It Doesn’t Hit Earth, May Strike Something Around Us!”

See the original story at……. http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/astrophysicist-warns-devastating-asteroid-impact-inevitable-1800-potentially-hazardous-objects-have-been-discovered-so-far_06212017

meteor

There are a lot of different scenarios that ordinary people can prepare themselves for. Anyone can gear up for weather related events, war, pandemics, economic collapse, and earthquakes. Learning the right skills, stocking up on food, tools, weapons, and precious metals, are all attainable for most people, and can insulate them from just about any scenario. But there’s one disaster that’s significantly more difficult to prepare for, and that’s an asteroid strike.

This type of disaster is so much more unpredictable, and the potential damage would dwarf anything that humans are capable of inflicting on themselves. It doesn’t even compare to the destructive capacity of a nuclear war. At least in that situation, there will be signs that tensions are rising between nuclear armed nations, and it’s feasible that you could leave major cities before disaster strikes. But with an asteroid, you probably wouldn’t know when or where it’s going to hit until it’s too late. And perhaps worst of all, this disaster is inevitable, which is what a leading astrophysicist recently told the Daily Mail:

Dr Alan Fitzsimmons has said it is a case of when an asteroid collision will happen, rather than if it will happen, with more asteroids being discovered every day.

An unexpected strike in today’s world could easily destroy a major city and a larger one could potentially wipe out humanity, the expert warned…

‘…Over 1,800 potentially hazardous objects have been discovered so far, but there are many more waiting to be found.

‘Astronomers find Near-Earth Asteroids every day and most are harmless.’

‘But it is still possible the next Tunguska would take us by surprise, and although we are much better at finding larger asteroids, that does us no good if we are not prepared to do something about them’, he said.

And the destructive power that these objects are capable of would easily put the kibosh on our civilization for good.

From time to time they cross paths with us and, while impacts on the scale of the infamous 6.2-mile (10km) ‘dinosaur-destroyer’ are rare, an asteroid a fifth the size could spell disaster for civilisation.

With energy greater than 10 million Hiroshima bombs, the impact shock would flatten everything within a 186-mile (300km) radius.

Dust and debris would cause an ‘impact winter’ and most living things would perish.

Alternatively, an ocean strike would trigger monumental tsunamis, obliterate entire coastlines and inject seawater into the atmosphere, destroying huge swathes of the ozone layer and exposing survivors to devastating levels of UV radiation.

Asteroids pose the most humbling threat to our species. They remind us that despite how technologically advanced our species has become, we’re still at the mercy of our universe. These objects whizz by us on a regular basis, and there really isn’t anything we can do to stop it.

However, that doesn’t mean that as individuals, we are completely helpless. It may be luck that decides who survives the initial impact of an asteroid, but the skills you learn and the supplies you stock up on now will determine whether or not you survive the aftermath.

Read More:

The Prepper’s Blueprint: The Essential Starting Point for Survival Planning

“Skills That Could Save Your Life”: 25 Forgotten Survival Lessons You Need to Know

SHTF Skills Every American Needs: “Improvise With What You Have”

The Threat Of An Asteroid Striking Earth Is Higher Than Originally Thought

Incoming Asteroid Passing Extremely Close: “If It Doesn’t Hit Earth, May Strike Something Around Us!”