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July 11, 2013
by Admin

Are You Prepared for Emergency Survival Following a Solar Storm?

Solar storms are coming. The current solar maximum is projected to peak in late 2012 to early 2013. World organizations and governments are quietly organizing. What are our governments, and scientists doing to prepare. We know that they have been meeting with increased frequency, and diversity, but what answers or information have they given us about the very likely upcoming solar storm activity? What instructions have they given us about preparation?

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Solar storms are coming. The current solar maximum is projected to peak in late 2012 to early 2013. World organizations and governments are quietly organizing. What are our governments, and scientists doing to prepare.

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The truth is the world governments and organizations are having a difficult time trying to plan for the potential upcoming solar super storm.

In order to address what you’ll need to prepare for an upcoming solar super storm, we must look at what the effects of such a storm will be. The satellites that surround the earth will be the first casualties of an extreme coronal mass ejection. Some scientist suggest that if they are put into a sleep like mode that they could survive. The shear amounts of energy that will bombard the electrical systems in these satellites lead us to believe otherwise.

July 11, 2013
by Admin

Emergency Survival Communications: How to Stay Connected

As the result of a natural disaster or emergency situation, normal communications will be disrupted and calling for immediate help will be hard to do. What will be your best way to contact emergency services or check on your loved ones?

Most everyone has a cell phone, but using them will be difficult immediately after a disastrous event. Past experiences during previous emergency situations have shown that everyone tries to either call for help or to check on loved ones at the same time with their cell phone. Cellular systems are not designed to handle that high volume of calls and will quickly overload, getting through to anyone is nearly impossible. Also, if there happens to be issues with the cell phone network as the result of damaged Tower Antennas or Base


Stations, your cell phones could be inoperable for days or even weeks. However, if the cell phone network does stay intact and the volume of calls has diminished, your cell phone could be a valuable tool to keep in touch with family and friends as long as the battery doesn’t go dead.

Using your Home phone, also known as a land-line, is a better way to immediately call during or after a disaster. Even if the lights go out, plugged in Home phones will work because they get their power to operate from the phone line itself and don’t need the AC power from your house. Also, phone lines are hard wires usually buried deep and protected to withstand most weather and events, it’s not common that they will be affected. Your Home phone will need to have a corded handset, in other words, the wire from your handset needs to plug directly into the phone base. Home phones with wireless handsets need AC power for the base to send the signal to the handset, so they will not work when the power is out. Additionally, phone systems bundled with your cable system will also not work, because if the power is out, your cable will also not be working. Be prepared, tuck away a corded Home phone with your emergency supplies.

The most reliable way to communicate or call for help during or after a disaster is to use a 2-meter Amateur Band Ham Radio. Anyone can use them, they can be inexpensive, and can be the size of a standard walkie-talkie to easily pack away for use in emergencies. Emergency Responders use the 2-meter Amateur Radio Band and are often aware of situations even before local Police and Medical Services. The 2-meter Amateur Band frequencies are not locally limited or affected in times of emergencies, Ham radio operators are often the first contacted to assist in major disasters with communications between the public and emergency services such as law enforcement, fire response, and emergency medical services. The American Red Cross has recognized that the 2-meter Amateur Band is the most effective way to provide communication and Ham Radio operators provide 90% of the coordination efforts during a major emergency. If a major disaster occurs, having these radios could save your life or the lives of your loved ones.

However, please note that the FCC wants you licensed to broadcast on your radio, but for the Amateur 2-meter band, it’s as easy as taking a simple test of 35 questions covering operating procedures, rules and regulations, and minor electronics with no Morse Code memorization necessary. If needed, classes are available everywhere, inexpensive, and don’t take too much time. Also, remember to have back-up batteries or a recharging system for your hand-held radios, they might be the best way to communicate and stay informed during an emergency situation, but a dead battery means you’re on your own.

Reliable communications are necessary during any extended Emergency situation or Natural disaster such as flood, fire, earthquake, hurricane, or even the unthinkable act of terrorism. Having the ability to easily contact Emergency or Medical personnel if needed could be critical to you and your family’s survival.

This article is one of a series of articles discussing areas most commonly not remembered or misunderstood in preparing for a disaster or emergency situation.

July 11, 2013
by Admin

Emergency Preparedness – Time to Plan Now

One of the tenets of the Latter Day Saint religion is the importance of being prepared in case of an emergency. The principle of being prepared has been around since the time that Joseph was sold as a slave into Egypt. Foreseeing a famine in the land, he counseled that they store a portion of their food in preparation. “And let them gather all the food of those good years that come…and that food shall be for a store to the land against the seven years of famine…that the land perish not through the famine.ciep1

Like Joseph from long ago, current Church leaders advise members to have food stored in preparation for a time of want. In addition to storing food, members are also advised to be prepared for emergencies. This includes storing water, tools, money, and anything that might be necessary in an emergency.

Many regions in the Church are becoming more organized in order to provide a support structure for their neighborhoods in the event that the local infrastructure should fail in an emergency. Wards and stakes are being divided up into blocks, with each block assigned a captain to streamline the process of recovering from a disaster. If your area is divided up in this way, you should find out who your block is. He or she will know what to do if there is an emergency.

In the event of an emergency, response teams such as firefighters and law enforcement will almost certainly be overwhelmed. It may take several days for them to reach you. For this reason, it is recommended that you have a 72-hour kit. These kits contain items such as food, water, a change of clothes, a flashlight, some medical supplies, and copies of important or irreplaceable papers.

Make a plan of what to do if there is an emergency. Identify ways to escape your house in case of an emergency, and designate a meeting place if you get separated from family members. Practice these plans regularly to keep the fresh in your mind.

Be aware that in some situations, the telephone network may become unusable after a disaster. If the cell phone network is still running, the volume of calls will likely exceed the capacity of the network. For these reasons, the Church recommends that members become trained and licensed in the use of Ham radios. Ham radios do not rely on a central network, so they are much more reliable in the event of a disaster. Find out if your area has assigned someone as a Ham radio operator, and consider becoming one yourself.

Being prepared for an emergency is difficult. It takes time, effort, and money. We can’t be ready for every possible situation, but even a little bit of preparation will go a long way to making a disaster that much easier to weather. The Lord promises us a measure of comfort in the Doctrine and Covenants, when he says, “If ye are prepared, ye shall not fear.” (D&C 38:30) It just begins with a few simple steps.