The Real Shocker in August

  I trust that you are doing well after the horrible August we had. In one month, we had two hurricanes wreak havoc through the Caribbean, Texas and Florida, forest fires ravaged the West and Canada, an 8.1 earthquake struck Mexico, the sun launched some of the largest solar flares towards us in years, and North Korea launched a missile over Japan in its most provocative action yet. Quite an eventful month! But there is one event that happened in August that hardly got any attention, and it’s by far the most shocking, “Security firm Symantec is warning that a series of recent hacker attacks not only compromised energy companies in the US and Europe but also resulted in the intruders gaining hands-on access to power grid operations—enough control that they could have induced blackouts on American soil at will.” I have talked many times about Ted Koppel’s book “Light’s Out” because it outlines the single largest vulnerability of the USA; our electric grid. Never before in history has a nation been so completely dependent upon electricity as we are. We live in a fantastic world of automation. Food and safe water are so plentiful that we never have to
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FEMA and Red Cross Recommendations for Treating Water in an Emergency (Part 1)

Today I am starting a important article series about FEMA and Red Cross recommendations for treating water during an emergency. This is very important, practical information that everyone should know, because having a supply of safe drinking water during an emergency is one of the key aspects of survival. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the American Red Cross have prepared a comprehensive pamphlet that instructs people how to make water safe to drink during an emergency. My goal with this article series is to go beyond the information in the pamphlet and explain to readers WHY FEMA and the Red Cross recommend the treatment methods that they do, with the intent that a deeper understanding of the core issues will enhance your ability to survive an emergency. BEFORE READING ANY FURTHER, YOU SHOULD PRINT THE FEMA/RED CROSS PAMPHLET OUT AS WELL AS THIS ENTIRE ARTICLE SERIES SO YOU HAVE ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION IF THE POWER GOES OUT. YOU SHOULD STORE THESE DOCUMENTS IN A WATER-PROOF, EASILY ACCESSIBLE LOCATION. HERE IS THE LINK TO THE FEMA/RED CROSS PAMPHLET. THE RECOMMENDATIONS. FEMA and the American Red Cross recommend three treatment methods for treating water during an emergency. Here are
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