Welcome to this week’s roundup of preparedness news, tips, articles and recommendations from around the web.
I did not do much, prepping wise, this week due to my extended rehearsal schedule at the theater. Thursday night was opening night and we danced in front of a full house (The Island’s alive with the Sound of Music). This has been a lot of fun and a great way to connect with others in my community.
It has been a very busy week, but surely, I look forward to life getting back to normal. So, with that said, let’s see what is new on the Sunday Buzz.
Living in the Pacific Northwest, I have been concerned about the delayed impact of last years tsunami and the incident (to put it lightly) at Fukushima. Now I see that warning posters titled “Japan Tsunami Marine Debris: What to do if you see debris” are going up at beaches along the coast Washington State.
The posters come with a strong warning DO NOT TOUCH but no mention of why. Of course the truth is that the floating junk may be radiation positive. We are not dummies, after all.
Here specifically is what the poster says:
Be safe: If you don’t know what it is, don’t touch it. Collect as much information from a safe distance as you can – including photos – and report the debris to DisasterDebris@noaa.gov. If the item appears unusual or hazardous, contact your local authorities for specific guidance and instructions (see below).
Litter and other typical marine debris items: Common marine debris types will vary by location. If an object can be linked to the tsunami, please report it to DisasterDebris@noaa.gov. Please provide as much information as possible. Where it’s safe and practical to do so, people should remove the debris and recycle any plastics or metals.
Hazardous materials: Drums, fuel tanks and containers, gas cans, gas cylinders, chemical storage totes. Do not touch or attempt to move the item. Give authorities a detailed report about what you’ve observed.
Aluminum Canisters: 10-inch aluminum insecticide canisters often are found in high tide zones. Do not open the cap since these fumigant canisters may contain small amounts of toxic phosphine gas.
Derelict boat or other large debris item: Do not attempt to move or remove the boat. Report it to the U.S. Coast Guard 24-Hour Command Center,
Personal effects or possessions from Japan tsunami: Items that appear to be personal belongings should be treated with respect. They should be reported with as much relevant detail as possible. Generally, these objects should be left in place for later retrieval. However, if the object appears likely to be moved by tide or wave action and it is safe to do so, consider moving the object above the high-tide line. Report these to DisasterDebris@noaa.gov.
Human remains: It is extremely unlikely any human remains from the tsunami will reach the United States. However, if you encounter any remains, immediately call 9-1-1 and give local authorities a detailed report about what you observed. Do not touch or attempt to move.
Unknown Item: Don’t touch or attempt to move the item. Give local authorities a detailed report about what you observed.
As of April 7th, the disbursement of 5 million tons of tsunami junk was predicted by NOAA to take the following path:
But there are some feel-good stories, too
An observant beach comber on Middleton Island, in the Gulf of Alaska, found a soccer ball with Japanese writing on it. A school name was stenciled on the soccer ball, and the soccer ball’s owner, 16 year-old Misaki Murakami, has been located and confirmed that this is indeed his ball.
The soccer ball with Japanese writing, which came from a school in the
tsunami zone and later washed up on an Alaskan island. (David Baxter)
Young Misaki lost everything in the 2011 Japan tsunami and is grateful that this object of sentimental value has been found. He received it in 2005 as a gift from his classmates in third grade before moving to a new elementary school, and one of the messages on the ball reads “Good luck, Murakami!!” (or rather “Hang in there, Murakami!!”).
The couple who found the ball has made arrangements to return the soccer ball to its owner.
High-tech credit cards putting you at risk for fraud?
Did you know that a lot of so called hi-tech credit cards include chips that can broadcast your personal information to anyone who has an appropriate reader? These chips, called RFIDs, send out a radio signal with your credit and debit card information on it. They are supposed to make paying at stores quicker since all you do is wave your credit card in front of a device at the cash register instead of swiping it. Right. Who needs it?
You can purchase protective sleeves to prevent this and there are some sites on the internet that provide instructions for making your own protective wallet. Me? I think the best advice is to just say no to such cards.
A hat tip to Pat in Arizona for sending me this article: High-Tech Credit Cards Putting You At Risk For Fraud?
From the Backdoor Survival Mailbox
This came though in the comments to Taking Baby Steps to Reach Your Preparedness Goals.
A simple test for anyone who says “why bother, it won’t matter”. Stop eating tomorrow when you get up. Only drink water from streams and puddles. Do this for three days; a mere three days. Anyone can do that, right? Anyone who actually does it will understand why we prep.
Thanks to GoneWithTheWind for sharing this bit of wisdom.
New Recommendation: The Home for Survival
I get a lot of inquiries from other web-sites asking for link exchanges. The good news is that this give me an opportunity to visit some of the newer sites and to expand upon my own learning experience. The bad news is that – and pardon my language – many are crap.
What this all means is that when I decide to recommend a site, it is the real deal so you can truly sit up and take notice. After all, I do not want to waste your time anymore than I want to waste mine. That said, today I would like to recommend and their mission is to provide the most current, relevant and insightful survival content on the web. In addition, they periodically put up some blog articles, the latest being Army Of The Future – Robot Soldiers?.
After taking a look at the site, I asked Mike the Survivor the following question: What is your primary concern when it comes to survival and what do you do to prepare for that concern? Here is his response:
My primary concern is preparing my family (and extended family) for an economic collapse in our country. I believe we’re headed for a whole new way of life here. I am preparing by stockpiling food and water and essential supplies in our home. Security is another major concern as we live in the suburbs and I’ve been feverishly securing our home with technology and hardware. I’m also keeping a journal of how and when I am preparing and publishing that on our site.
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Today on Strategic Living
This week George and I are pleased to share a very special interview with Teresa Leibrick, a Private Investigator in Southern California.
I met Teresa during my recent travels and was impressed with her knowledge that comes from over sixteen years of investigative experience with her firm, Pink Investigations. She is an expert in undercover operations and shares a unique perspective on security and changing mores in our country. She claims that “No Information Worth Having Is Beyond Her Reach”.
Be sure to read the article Are You Safe from Snooping Eyes?
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Spotlight Item: RFID Blocking Card Sleeve – this RFID Blocking Card Sleeve is a card holder for easy convenience and great protection. It will help protect your identity by preventing snoopers from accessing the RFID chips now imbedded in many credit/debit cards and driver’s licenses.
From the Bargain Bin: Couple being a good neighbor and with strong primary defenses and you have a winning combination. Here are some items to consider as you build up your fortress.
Sabre Family Home & Property Protection Pepper Spray: This small fire extinguisher-style pepper spray delivers a strong blast covering an entire doorway. Offering extremely practical protection, SABRE provides distance from your threat with its 30 foot range. I like that it includes a wall mount. About $36.
Security Decals – 4 Pack: Security surveillance camera system warning decals/stickers. Increase security whether you have a system or not -no one will know but you. Less than $10.
Dorcy LED Wireless Motion Sensor Flood Lite: Not a bad deal. Runs for a year on 3 D size batteries. About $20.
Uniden Bearcat 200-Channel Portable Scanner: A hand scanner with ham band for less than $100. Very portable.
Two-Way Radios and Scanners For Dummies: Gaye thinks she is a dummy (she is not) but likes the “dummies” books none the less.
Motorola FRS/GMRS Two-Way Radios: There are lots of good uses for the these radios. Handy while hiking, traveling, or simply keeping in touch with your partner while out shopping.
Keypad Deadbolt: Need a good strong lock? With this, you will never have to worry about locking yourself out plus, you can secure the deadbolt from inside the house.
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