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The European Cold Snap
SHTF School ^ | 2/14/12 | Selco

Posted on 02/14/2012 7:59:10 PM PST by Kartographer

Something again about power of media and human stupidity, or i can call it human lazyness to check some simple facts.

Right now in my region we have something like two weeks of very bad weather, snow, -15 or -20 C temperatures (getting finally better now), roads are blocked by snow, whole cities are completely cut off, infrastructure in some regions is falling apart, ambulance services can not reach patients, stores are mostly closed in worst hit cities, electrical power is off. Deaths from cold temperatures are more than 600 now.

Now this all is temporary, maybe few more days, week, and life is coming back to normal way. But still from this “small” scale event there is again some important lessons to be learned for us.

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TOPICS: Society; Weather
KEYWORDS: preparedness; preppers
When Selco speaks smart preppers listen.
1 posted on 02/14/2012 7:59:15 PM PST by Kartographer
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To: appalachian_dweller; OldPossum; DuncanWaring; VirginiaMom; CodeToad; goosie; kalee; ...

Preppers’ PING!

2 posted on 02/14/2012 8:01:03 PM PST by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Kartographer
OK, i work in medical system, so i perfectly know how bad the system is. For example, try to research how many respirator machines hospitals in your region have, after you finish that, research how many respirators will be needed if some kind of bad deseases struck your region, terrorist atack, flu, SARS..

All quite true, and also inevitable.

If we had medical reserves in place to handle the potential order of magnitude greater demand in an emergency, it means that by definition 90% of the medical resources would be standing idle except IF and WHEN that emergency comes along.

No society can afford that kind of extravagance.

3 posted on 02/14/2012 8:05:49 PM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: Kartographer

Rather its Mother Nature or man, history has shown that both can bring about times and situations that can become disparate fairly quick.

And society has changed to an extent that many would quickly turn on their fellows especially in big metropolitan areas. In a large crisis I see many many small business wiped out by flash mob looting, followed by wholesale rape, robbery and murder for murder sake. Many of these urban ‘yutes’ will think no more about killing you than most people think about stepping on a roach. That will be the test of many. Most preppers I know are Christian people and they will hesitate to do what they might have to do to stop the ‘yutes’. On the other hand the ‘yutes’ won’t think twice nor lose a minute of sleep, in fact they will smile and laugh about it.

Think of this quote which is one of my favorites:

“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Siege of AR-558 (#7.8)” (1998)
Quark: Let me tell you something about Hew-mons, Nephew. They’re a wonderful, friendly people, as long as their bellies are full and their holosuites are working. But take away their creature comforts, deprive them of food, sleep, sonic showers, put their lives in jeopardy over an extended period of time and those same friendly, intelligent, wonderful people... will become as nasty and as violent as the most bloodthirsty Klingon. You don’t believe me? Look at those faces. Look in their eyes.

On top of all who knows how many saboteurs (Islamic, Chinese etc) and sleepers have crossed our borders and are now just waiting to cause havoc.

For those who are just starting or are old hands at prepping you may find my Preparedness Manual helpfull. You can download it at:


For those of you who haven’t started already it’s time to prepare almost past time maybe. You needed to be stocking up on food guns, ammo, basic household supplies like soap, papergoods, cleaning supplies, good sturdy clothes including extra socks, underwear and extra shoes and boots, a extra couple changes of oil and filters for your car, tools, things you buy everyday start buying two and put one up.

As the LDS say “When the emergency is upon us the time for preparedness has past.”

Or as the bible says: A prudent man sees danger and takes refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it.
NIV Proverbs 22:3

Lastly this for the doubters and the scoffers.

“There is no greater disaster than to underestimate danger.

Underestimation can be fatal.”

4 posted on 02/14/2012 8:09:44 PM PST by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Kartographer

There are innumerable good reasons for being prepared to be self-sufficient for a good long period of time, and not one good reason not to.

5 posted on 02/14/2012 8:21:38 PM PST by little jeremiah (We will have to go through hell to get out of hell)
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To: little jeremiah
"and not one good reason not to."

With absolutely NO harm in being 'wrong'. Of course, there is no 'right' or 'wrong' when it comes to being prepared for whatever may come your way. Just better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it. We're not talking about a massive financial investment either. A few hundred bucks can cover an average sized family for months with wisely chosen food/water preps. Maybe a few hundred more for defense and extras and you're fairly well set.

6 posted on 02/15/2012 12:08:49 AM PST by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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