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Ammo Sales Surge amid Fears of Pandemic-Induced Chaos

Ammunition sales are surging amid fears of pandemic-induced lawlessness and disorder as the coronavirus threatens the United States. PR Newswire reports online ammunition retailer Ammo.com has seen a 410 percent increased in .40 caliber handgun ammo sales since February 23, 2020. They have seen a 194 percent increase in .223 (AR-15 amm0) sales, 101 percent increase in 9mm ammo sales, and a 95 percent increase in the sale of 12 gauge shells. The sales of other calibers and types of ammunition have increased as well. On February 28, 2020, the Washington Examiner reported that “preppers” were buying up rifles and pistols and seeking safe havens where they could hide out should a pandemic strike. Hyatt Guns’ Justin Anderson spoke to the spike in ammunition and firearm sales, saying, “I’ve seen a notable spike in the purchase of bulk ammo, which is usually a barometer of people’s fear in these types of situations.” He added, “The person with the most ammo wins.”

Agreed..  Although, we’re nowhere near there…yet.  So, keep calm..and get your flu shot.  And, if your budget allows, go ahead and stock up a little on some ammo.  It never hurts to have a little extra.

Which foods should you stock up on in case of an emergency?

It seems like every time there are reports of a storm or any possible disaster or emergency that may leave people trapped in their homes for several days, the supermarkets understandably become crowded nightmares. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be that way. Whether you’re waiting until the last minute or simply preparing in advance, there are plenty of items that every home should be stocked up on — just in case. And if you do have to venture out to the stores ahead of an emergency, you should at least know what to be looking for as you fight the crowds. According to Ready.gov, it’s a smart idea to stock up on certain types of non-perishable foods. The guidelines suggest stocking up on canned goods, dry mixes and other items that don’t “require refrigeration, cooking, water or special preparation.” The website recommends keeping obvious items like “ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, vegetables and a can opener” — preferably a manual one — readily stocked. Other food items on Ready.gov’s list include peanut butter, dried fruit, canned juices, non-perishable pasteurized milk, high energy foods and food for infants. It’s also a good idea to have eating utensils handy, the experts say. The site recommends keeping these foods in covered containers for protection, adding that it’s probably not safe to eat food “from cans that are swollen, dented or corroded, even though the product may look safe to eat.” Lastly, if the power does go out, it’s recommended to leave the refrigerator and freezer shut as much as possible. “The refrigerator will keep food cold for about 4 hours if it is unopened,” the site states. “Refrigerated or frozen foods should be kept at 40° F or below for proper food storage,” Ready.gov explains. “To be safe, remember, ‘When in doubt, throw it out.'” Dr. Carl Batt, a professor of Food Science at Cornell University’s Department, had previously also detailed the five items he would choose to keep in his personal shelter, in terms of those that resist spoilage, or provide the necessary protein and nutrients. He also reiterated that canned food, while it does “last a long time,” is not safe to eat once the “can is compromised,” he said. “Sometimes they rust from the outside in because of moisture; other times the acids in the food cause the can to corrode,” Batta said, noting that this is especially the case with high acid/low pH choices like tomatoes. However, “once [any] can is open, all bets are off.” Click here for more info from Ready.gov

And here are a couple other sources we recommend:

http://www.wisefoodstorage.com

https://mypatriotsupply.com

 

Hurricane warning vs. hurricane watch: Here’s the difference

Between early June and late November, coastal locations from Texas to Maine are vulnerable to the wrath of hurricanes that can cause vast destruction. On average, 12 tropical storms — six of which become hurricanes — form over the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, or the Gulf of Mexico during the hurricane season, according to the National Weather Service. In a typical two-year period, the U.S. coastline is struck by an average of three hurricanes, one of which is classified as a major hurricane with winds of 111 mph or greater. The storms can have winds ranging from 74 to over 157 mph that brings destruction from storm surge and torrential rains that have the ability to cause massive flooding. When such storms approach land, the National Hurricane Center will issue either what is known as a “hurricane watch” or “hurricane warning” for affected communities. So what’s the difference between the two? When “hurricane conditions” or sustained winds of 74 mph or higher are expected, forecasters will issue what’s known as a hurricane warning. “A warning means that hurricane conditions are expected, whereas a watch means that conditions are possible,” the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Ocean Service (NOS) said. Since hurricane preparedness activities become difficult once winds reach tropical storm force — which are sustained winds between 39 and 73 mph — hurricane warnings are issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of those winds to allow for “important” preparation. “During a hurricane warning, complete storm preparations and immediately leave the threatened area if directed by local officials,” according to the NOS. Hurricane warnings also can be in effect for other reasons besides wind “The warning can remain in effect when dangerously high water or a combination of dangerously high water and waves continue, even though winds may be less than hurricane force,” the National Weather Service states. A hurricane watch means that hurricane conditions — sustained winds of 74 mph or higher — are possible within the specified area. A hurricane watch is issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds in an area. “During a hurricane watch, prepare your home and review your plan for evacuation in case a hurricane or tropical storm warning is issued,” the NOS states. “Listen closely to instructions from local officials.”

 

Norway to spend $12.7M in upgrades to ‘doomsday’ seed vault

Does Norway know something we don’t? The Scandinavian country announced Monday that it is going to spend about $12.7 million to upgrade its “doomsday” seed vault that is the world’s largest repository built to safeguard against wars or natural disasters wiping out global food crops. The Verge reported that the upgrades will focus on a new concrete tunnel and “emergency power and refrigerated units and other electrical equipment that emeits heat through the tunnel.” The Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a gene bank built underground on an isolated island in a permafrost zone some 620 miles from the North Pole, was opened in 2008 as a master backup to the world’s other seed banks, in case their deposits are lost. The latest specimens sent to the bank, located on the Svalbard archipelago between mainland Norway and the North Pole, included more than 15,000 reconstituted samples from an international research center that focuses on improving agriculture in dry zones. They were the first to retrieve seeds from the vault in 2015 before returning new ones after multiplying and reconstituting them. The specimens consisted of seed samples for some of the world’s most vital food sources like potato, sorghum, rice, barley, chickpea, lentil and wheat. The agency borrowed the seeds three years ago because it could not access its gene bank of 141,000 specimens in the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo, and so was unable to regenerate and distribute them to breeders and researchers. Fifty thousand samples were deposited last year from seed collections in Benin, India, Pakistan, Lebanon, Morocco, Netherlands, the U.S., Mexico, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belarus and Britain. It brought the total deposits in the snow-covered vault — with a capacity of 4.5 million — to 940,000.

Election Chaos Fears Have Preppers Stockpiling Survival Food

In case of an election night Doomsday, preppers are running up sales of emergency survival food. While sales for “long term food” typically see an increase around natural disasters and elections, “this is more intense than what we saw in 2012,” said Keith Bansemer, VP of marketing for My Patriot Supply, a manufacturer and seller of survival food. During the previous election his company saw sales double. This time it’s triple. “We have everyone we can on the phones,” he said. “We are overwhelmed.” Purchases at other long term food supply companies are up as well. Emergency preparedness online store TheEpicenter reports a 6 percent uptick in year over year sales. Another company, Legacy Foods, predicts they’ll see a 1-2 week spike in sales after the election — if Hillary Clinton wins, said owner Phil Cox. The meals, sold by the plastic bucket or tote bin, are typically dehydrated or freeze-dried food in sealed military-grade Mylar packs. Menu items include pasta primavera, Hawaiian Style Sweet n’ Sour, cheesy broccoli and rice soup, orange energy drink mix and chocolate pudding. They’re sold in bundles based on how long they’ll feed you. For $2,000 spent at Legacy Foods, you could eat three square meals a day for an entire year. That’s 1,080 servings. TheEpicenter has a 14-day supply kit for $235 that’s recently been “selling really well,” said owner Bryan Nelson. The most popular entry-level seller at My Patriot Supply is a 3-month supply for $497. It comes a in nondescript gray slim line totes bin designed to be easy to stack in the back of a closet or slip under your bed. Big name retailers are in on the game. Costco sells a 1-month supply of 390 servings in plastic gallon buckets for $114.99. Wal-Mart has a bucket deal, too. What’s feeding this new urgency? Survivalist consumers says they’re preparing for post-election unrest that could involve everything from massive riots, to power grid outages, to the total collapse of the financial system where a can of food becomes currency. And it’s not just guys digging a hole on their farm and filling it with MRE’s who are driving sales, companies say, but schoolteachers, moms, and successful financial planners. Nor is it limited to just rural areas.

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Stay connected in remote areas with GoTenna Mesh

GoTenna, which created an off-the-grid communication device of the same name that earned our Editors’ Choice, is rolling out a new product—the GoTenna Mesh. Where the first GoTenna product was able to carry out point-to-point communication using VHF (Very High Frequency) radio, the new product can set up a long-range, consumer-ready mesh network. “We’re addressing something bigger than just unreliable service,” says GoTenna co-founder and CEO Daniela Perdomo. Mesh differs from the first generation GoTenna, which is limited to sending a message between two individuals or a select group of users within range of each other. The Mesh operates on a different frequency, selecting publicly available frequencies on the UHF spectrum. This allows it to be sold internationally, since it isn’t subject to the same regulations that hampered some aspects of the first GoTenna. The Mesh can also send one-to-one messages with text and GPS over long range, but most importantly, it can use a technique known as store and forward to create a mesh network and extend range. So the more GoTenna Mesh users there are, the stronger the network range and connectivity will be, increasing what people can do while remaining a compact, off-the-grid device with no fixed nodes. Perdomo talked up “people-powered connectivity” that runs in tandem with traditional communications infrastructure. “We’re set on redefining communication based on need as opposed to access, and with GoTenna Mesh, we’re one step closer to achieving this on a larger scale,” she said. “It starts being useful when you don’t have service, but we believe mesh networking of this kind will soon be a part of the everyday communication stack.” The GoTenna Mesh will have dynamic protocols, allowing it to react to network changes in real time, provide delivery confirmations, and support end-to-end encryption for chats, both one-to-one and for groups. Public “shout” broadcasts will also be able to contact all Mesh users nearby. Most intriguingly, the Mesh can use people as a relay , so if you have a group of Mesh users, and one of them has outside network connectivity, other Mesh owners can use them to contact emergency services, something the previous GoTenna couldn’t do. Like the first-generation GoTenna, the Mesh pairs with any Android or iOS device, and centers around the same GoTenna app, which should automatically detect which GoTenna device you have. The GoTenna SDK will also be made available, allowing additional functionality, such as sending pictures, video, and voice clips in small bursts of data. Finally, GoTenna Plus is a $9.99 per year subscription service launching alongside the Mesh, allowing users to take advantage of special features like topographic maps, trip statistics, automated location tracking, sharing with trusted contacts, group delivery confirmation, and network relays into traditional SMS. The GoTenna Mesh will be available for pre-order on Kickstarter. A pair of Mesh devices will initially set you back $139, but that will rise to $179 after 30 days.

Very cool!!   🙂

Innovative Lego-like armor is replacing sandbags

Blast and bullet resistant, giant Lego-like blocks are making the old-fashioned sandbag a thing of the past. For hundreds of years, sandbags have been the standard for rapidly building fortifications— but now there’s a smarter and superior solution. It’s called McCurdy’s Armor. You can use them to build walls, guard posts and more, or even build a shed in your backyard to withstand a zombie apocalypse. Made by Dynamic Defense Materials, the product is named after Ryan McCurdy. McCurdy was a Marine who was killed by a sniper while trying to save another Marine. Joe Dimon, general manager of Dynamic Defense Materials, explained that he served with McCurdy in Fallujah. “He is someone that I feel would still be alive today if we had this technology when we were serving in Iraq,” he said. McCurdy’s Armor can withstand RPGs, Molotov Cocktails, small arms fire and even serious explosive blasts including 32 pounds of TNT – that’s about the equivalent of two 155 artillery shells. There are transparent gun ports to provide soldiers with situational awareness while completely protected. When soldiers need to return fire, the ports can quickly open into firing position. They can be set up on any terrain. Three people working together can set up an entire guard post without any hand tools or heavy equipment in less than ten minutes. The system can be dismantled and redeployed just as rapidly. Also designed for easy storage and transport, McCurdy’s Armor can be packed away in a trailer to relocate and quickly be set up elsewhere. These giant armored blocks have been quietly replacing sandbags as the far smarter and effective solution to rapid protection in war zones. Hundreds of these posts have been delivered to the U.S. Army in Afghanistan. Other users include the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Air Force, Afghan Border Security and Mexican Federal Police. Beyond the war zone, they could also be used to protect places that are attractive targets to terrorists like government buildings, airports, train stations, and hotels, to name a few. Also made by Dynamic Defense Materials is an individual shield that allows protection on the go. It is designed to meet challenges like active shooters and checkpoints. It can also be useful on roofs, and blend into structures like U.S. embassies. The Mobile Ballistic Shields provide full protection against small arms, high caliber rifles and multiple hits. The mobility means they can be handy for law enforcement during riots, for example. It also has robust wheels for rugged terrain. And like Legos, the shields can connect to others to build a moving wall of protection.

Very cool!!   🙂

Prepping for Doomsday: Bunkers, Panic Rooms, and Going Off the Grid

The apocalypse has become big business. And it’s getting bigger every day. In the ’50s, homeowners fearing Communist attacks built bunkers in their backyards and basements, hung up a few “God Bless Our Bomb Shelter” signs and called it a Cold War. But today, Americans en masse are again preparing for the worst—and Communists are just about the only thing not on their list. What is? Terrorist attacks, a total economic collapse, perhaps even zombie invasions. Or maybe just a complete societal breakdown after this November’s scorched-Earth presidential election. But this is not your Uncle Travis’ guns-and-canned-foods-militia vision of Armageddon preparedness. While the fears of survivalists and so-called preppers are modernizing, so too are their ideas and methods of refuge. The business of disaster readiness is getting higher tech, higher priced, and way more geographically diverse, with state-of-the-art underground shelters tricked out with greenhouses, gyms, and decontamination units in the boondocks and the latest in plush panic rooms in city penthouses. Welcome to the brave (and for some, highly profitable) new world of paranoia. “There’s a lot of uneasiness in society. You see it in politics. You see it in the economy. The world is changing really, really quickly and not always for the better,” says Richard Duarte, author of “Surviving Doomsday: A Guide for Surviving an Urban Disaster.” Prepping “gives them a certain comfort that at least they’ve got some sort of preparations to … take care of their family if things start falling apart all around them,” he says. If the booming sales of panic rooms are any indication, more and more city dwellers these days are obsessively worrying about everything from home invasions to terror attacks. And they’re backing up those worries with cold, hard cash. Sales of safe (aka panic) rooms, where families can safely lock themselves away from most threats, are up 30% over the same time last year at Gaffco Ballistics, a Londonderry, VT–based installer which does much of its business in New York City, according to CEO Tom Gaffney. That’s driven in part by the terrorist attacks in San Bernardino, CA, and Paris, he says. Most of his safe rooms are actually fortified master bedrooms, with ballistic fiberglass–reinforced walls, a Kevlar-lined door that is purported to resist both bullets and sledgehammers, and bullet-proof windows—as well as a high-end alarm system that is designed to withstand burglars, rioters, and more. He also turns home theaters into radiation-proof rooms where residents can watch the latest Hollywood blockbusters while World War III rages on outside. The rooms range from $250,000 to $1.5 million. (No one said paranoia came cheap.) People are “just more aware” of potential threats, says Gaffney of his clients, many of whom don’t consider themselves preppers. “It’s a growth market.” That paranoia has also been fueling business at construction company and safe room installer GoNavco Corp., a Troy, NY–based safe room installer. Owner Joe Navarra began installing panic rooms several years ago after requests began pouring in. Now this burgeoning portion of his business is up about 50% over the same time last year. His no-frills chambers start at $20,000, although most are in the $50,000 range. They’re typically installed in the closets or bathrooms of master bedrooms. Panic rooms aren’t just relegated to the biggest cities and the biggest disasters. Author Duarte has several spaces in his suburban home outside of Miami that could serve as safe rooms with fortified walls and doors. “You’re never going to stop a determined attacker” with his homemade safe rooms, says Duarte, who says he became a prepper after Hurricane Andrew destroyed his home in 1992. “But you can slow them down to give you enough time to call the police or figure out how to defend yourself.” Of course, for some survivalists, cities will never feel safe. These are the folks who need to go far off the grid. But even this age-old concept is getting a makeover, and a business plan.

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Report: Authorities Buying More Riot Control Gear Over Fear of Civil Unrest Sweeping America – Concerns about Ferguson-style disorder continue to build

Makers of riot control products are seeing increased demand from law enforcement bodies across America who fear Ferguson-style civil unrest hitting other areas of the country, according to a new report. The report, published by Sandler Research, says that demand for surveillance drones is driving growth, with new systems that deploy water canons to “handle large crowds and demonstration(s)” also proving popular. Riot control systems are expected to “generate revenues of over USD 3.5 billion by the end of 2020,” with North America being one of the primary growth areas for upgraded weapons due to “militarization of the police department and other law enforcement agencies” in the aftermath of the 2014 riots in Ferguson, Missouri. Purchases of long-range acoustic devices, whips, batons and armored vehicles that will be used to “disperse, control, and arrest people involved in riots and protests” are also on the increase. “Demand for such equipment is expected to rise during the next few years,” states the report, with authorities in Iran, Egypt, Russia, China, and Thailand also spending increased amounts on riot control equipment in advance of potential social disorder. As we highlighted earlier this week, top insurer Lloyds released a report that warned of a “pandemic” of global civil unrest that could go viral, threatening international stability. The ultra-wealthy are highly concerned about civil unrest and have made moves to prepare for social disorder. Elitists are buying luxury bomb-proof survival bunkers, with one of the companies behind the underground units, Vivos, revealing that they are for the “protection of high net worth individuals” against the threat posed by the “general public”. “This is for wealthy people who are concerned about various disaster scenarios, but a common theme among them is a fear of civil unrest, a fear of an uprising from the 99%,” said journalist Lynn Parramore, who visited one of the facilities in Indiana. Millionaires are also fleeing Chicago and other major cities due to concerns over racial tensions and rising crime rates. When asked why the super-rich were buying land and homes in remote locations like New Zealand, Davos economist Robert Johnson told RT that Ferguson-style unrest was one of the primary worries.

Panicked Elite Buying Bomb-Proof Luxury Survival Bunkers to Escape Civil Unrest, Disasters

Panicked members of the elite are buying luxury bomb-proof underground survival bunkers because they fear mass civil unrest might be on the horizon. The company behind the construction of the sprawling complexes, Vivos, says the facilities are for the “protection of high net worth individuals” in the event of apocalyptic-style scenarios during which “millions will perish or worse yet, struggle to survive as victims”. “Where will you go when pandemonium strikes?” asks a promo for the luxury shelters. The biggest facility, called Europa One, is located in Germany and is “one of the most fortified and massive underground survival shelters on Earth, deep below a limestone mountain” and is “safely secured from the general public, behind sealed and secured walls, gates and blast doors”. Journalist Lynn Parramore said she also visited another site in Indiana which is a former Cold War communications facility. “Built during the Cold War to withstand a 20 megaton blast, within just a few miles, this impervious underground complex accommodates up to 80 people, for a minimum of one year of fully autonomous survival, without needing to return to the surface,” states a promo for the bunker on the Vivos website. The main selling point is the location of the facility, which is a “safe distance away from the New Madrid fault line” and therefore a good hideaway to escape a “tsunami-type event”. “You go underground and it feels like you’re in a very nice hotel,” said Parramore. “This is for wealthy people who are concerned about various disaster scenarios, but a common theme among them is a fear of civil unrest, a fear of an uprising from the 99%,” she added. Units in some of the underground shelters, which also come with a year’s supply of food and water, start at around $35,000 dollars but the largest ones sell for upwards of $3 million dollars. “There is no assurance that our race will continue, therefore it is our responsibility to do everything we can to survive,” warns the Vivos website, which invites elitists to contact them for further information that is on a “need to know” basis only. As we reported last week, millionaires are fleeing Chicago and other major cities due to concerns over racial tensions and rising crime rates. “About 3,000 individuals with net assets of $1 million or more,” left Chicago in just the last year alone according to the Chicago Tribune. Paris and Rome are also seeing a mass exodus of millionaires, while wealthy elites are also installing panic rooms in their big city apartments due to fears over potential civil unrest and skyrocketing crime. Land and remote homes in places like New Zealand are also popular with the global 1%, with realtors citing the threat of worldwide financial instability and domestic disorder as motivating factors behind the purchases.

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