Preparedness is your insurance policy.
You hope you never need to use it,
but it could save your life if you do.
The U.S. is Ripe with Soft Targets
- While the steps being taken to secure our power grid against cyber-attack are important, these steps only protect one of many attack vectors. Hundreds of miles of critical power transmission lines run through remote, rural areas. A reasonably well-practiced shooter with a scope and .223 or greater caliber rifle can take these out with little effort, and even less risk. A coordinated ‘low tech’ attack by as few as six people could easily and simultaneously take out the power to most major cities.
- A few pounds of scrap steel, a welding machine and a couple of large “C” clamps are all that are required to build a pair of “derailleurs,” designed to take rail cars off the track. As long as there are unsecured rail crossings and tracks, [forever] the rail system will remain vulnerable.
- There are signs prohibiting photography of many bridges in New York City, but anyone can see a set of plans at the library.
- All of the X-Ray and high-tech devices in the world will not keep weapons, explosives and other contraband from planes as long as it’s possible to throw an object over a fence for an “inside man” to retrieve. [forever]
- Small aircraft will remain a threat as long as there are unsecured general aviation airports and private airfields. [forever]
- It is historically demonstrated that no amount of gun control or prohibitive laws can keep weapons ranging from small arms to grenade launchers out of the hands of criminals and terrorists.
- Mexico routinely moves tons of illegal drugs into the United States. How hard do you think it would be for them to smuggle in a couple of suitcase sized “dirty bombs.”
- Ricin, used in the past as a bio terrorism weapon, remains a serious threat. Ricin is one of the most toxic plant toxins, and is produced from the common Castor Bean.
- Industrial Ammonia mixed with swimming pool tablets releases clouds of deadly Chlorine gas.
- Gunpowder is made from three readily available chemicals.
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Ricin, one of the most toxic and easily produced of all plant toxins, has been used in the past as a terrorism weapon and remains a serious threat.
If injected, a pin-head sized dose of ricin could be enough to kill an adult. Research indicates that similar amounts could be lethal when inhaled.
Despite ricin’s exceptional toxicity and utility as an agent of chemical/biological warfare, it is extremely difficult to limit production of the toxin.
Under both the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention and the 1997 Chemical Weapons Convention, ricin is listed as a schedule 1 controlled substance.
Despite this, more than 1 million tons of castor beans are processed each year, and approximately 5% of the total is rendered into a waste containing high concentrations of ricin toxin. [Wikipedia]
Common beneficial uses of the Castor plant are lubricants, automotive uses and of course, every child’s friend, Castor Oil.
Considering the toxic cargo carried by many rail lines, a train derailment could be a major disaster. At the least, it would be costly in lives, disruption and direct monetary damages.
This image (left) shows a permanently mounted derail device. Portable, clamp-on derail devices are commercially available, and are also simple to manufacture with a few pieces of steel and a large “C” clamp.
With proper camouflage paint, a pair of derail devices would be difficult for an engineer to detect, even in daylight.
Mother Nature Can Be A Terrorist!
Your definition of ‘Bad Things’ shouldn’t be limited to the evil acts of mankind, Mother Nature is also out to get you if you aren’t prepared, and on occasion, when you are.
2011 had the 7th worst tornado season since they started keeping the records, and we’ve recently had tornadoes in places where they don’t normally have tornadoes. 2012, however, in spite of a violent start, ended as one of the least busy seasons overall.
The point: Nobody can predict nature.
Earthquakes, hurricanes, forest fires, floods, blizzards, avalanches, sink holes, bridge collapses, train wrecks, chemical disasters and epidemics are either recent events, or just over the horizon.
The Yosemite basin is well overdue for a major volcanic eruption and many of our older bridges and dams are in disrepair.
In other words, Man up, even the unlikeliest of crap happens! I’m not being paranoid, I’m merely brutal and unapologetic for my realism.
When the bad things do happen, be prepared.
Since little to nothing can be done to prevent random attacks by crazies and natural disasters, post-event survival, damage control and mitigation must be priorities..
Some of the most important things that you can do to prepare for the major events we all hope will never happen are:
Preparedness is your insurance policy.