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FRANKENSTORM: Are You Ready for the Mutant Storm of the Century?

Hurricane Sandy will be assaulting the East Coast, morphing into a mutation of a blizzard and a hurricane, the likes of which meteorologists claim has not been seen for more than 100 years. Are you ready?

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FRANKENSTORM: Are You Ready for the Mutant Storm of the Century?

Hurricane Sandy will be assaulting the East Coast, morphing into a mutation of a blizzard and a hurricane, the likes of which meteorologists claim has not been seen for more than 100 years.

Government forecasters have predicted a 90 percent chance for 4 days’ worth of gale-force winds, heavy rain, flooding and maybe snow beginning on Sunday.

Traveling from the Bahamas, the storm has taken the lives of 29 people in the Caribbean at current count.  The storm is traveling up the Eastern seaboard where it is predicted to collide with a seasonal nor’easter.  At that point, the fury of the blizzard and the hurricane will combine before striking the highly populated areas of Washington, DC and New York City.

The storm hit Florida early Friday morning and is traveling up the coast at approximately 10 miles per hour. Forecasters say that this slow journey increases the risk of flooding, as it will strike multiple high tide cycles.  Schools in the southernmost part of Florida have been closed for the remainder of the week.

With the election coming up just days after a storm threatening mass power outages is due to hit, anyone with knowledge of geo-engineering has to question whether or not the magnitude of this natural disaster is being increased by artificial means. The anomaly of the combination of the two storms has many people wondering about the possibility of human interference via HAARP and chemtrails. This would be a smoke-and-mirrors distraction on the grandest scale seen previously.

Analysis of a NASA video by geo-engineering experts at Chemtrails Planet says, “Yes” in answer to that question.


Whether this is a planned disaster or not, those in the path of the storm must get prepared immediately.  Of course, it’s preferable if you already have your supplies and plans in order, but if not, there is still a small window of opportunity before it’s too late and you are at the tender mercies of FEMA.

The best way to prepare for an event like this is to learn from previous natural (or unnatural) disasters.  This will teach us what types of crises may arise and how those around us will react to such an event.

Here are some things that could be expected:

Power Outages 

The east coast has become somewhat notorious for lengthy power outages over the past few years. In 2009 the Washington DC area was crippled, by a winter storm this time, dubbed by the press as “Snowpocalypse”. Power was out to over a quarter of a million people and was not restored for several days.  Then last summer, residents of Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, North Carolina, Kentucky, and metropolitan Washington, DC suffered through a brutal heat wave after a thunderstorm knocked out power to over 3.8 million people.  The outage lasted up to two weeks in some places. People lost the contents of their refrigerators and freezers and the few stores that were able to remain open were completely picked clean of all supplies.   The hard hit residents of this area may not have learned their lesson yet, as “experts” are telling them to have 3 days of supplies to ride out the upcoming storm, which is predicted to last for 4 days.

  • What we can learn from this:

If the power goes out, you will not be able to put gas in your car.  Fill up now and invest in a few containers for some extra gasoline.

You will not be able to use your bank card or credit card even if you are lucky enough to find a store open.  Get some cash out of the bank now, and get it in small bills so that you don’t end up paying $20 for a $5 case of water because you are desperate and the person you are buying it from claims not to have change.

The shelves will be bare at the store as the storm gets closer.  If you don’t have your storm supplies already, go NOW, as soon as you read this article, to buy your last minute items.  Expect huge crowds and line-ups, and expect the stores to be sold out of basics like water, matches and flashlights.

Many people can’t cook or heat their homes without electricity.  If this is the case for you, figure out how you are going to keep warm, even if you have to go camp out in the living room of a friend with a fireplace.  Have some food on hand that doesn’t have to be cooked, like peanut butter crackers, baked beans, and granola bars.  Figure out if you will have running water without electricity and plan accordingly. Get a manual can opener.

Structural Damage

Gale force winds, ice and snow can cause damage to your home.  Meteorologists are predicting a $1 billion price tag for damage incurred by Hurricane Sandy. A University of Colorado study outlines the damage that can be expected from a hurricane:

A common image of the damaging effects of hurricanes is that of storm-driven waves crashing against a shoreline, destroying fishing piers and coastal homes. Waves, driven to a speed that is a significant fraction of the hurricane’s wind speed, crash against any structure in their path with irresistible force. Storm surge ahead of the hurricane raises sea level and carries damaging waves even farther onshore, which causes flooding in areas normally well above the high tide line.

Although hurricane winds can exert tremendous pressure against homes, a large fraction of hurricane damage is not from the wind itself, but from airborne missiles such as tree limbs and branches, signs and sign posts, roof tiles, metal siding and other pieces of buildings, including entire roofs in major storms. This wind-borne debris penetrates doors and windows, and allows the force of the wind to act against interior walls and ceilings not designed to withstand such forces.

Rain is torrential in the rain bands surrounding the eye of a hurricane. Driven by hurricane-force wind, water can enter homes through usually rain-tight openings and cause significant damage. Hurricane-force rain entering through a wind-destroyed roof can completely devastate a home’s interior and contents.

  • What we can learn from this:

Secure items outside your home.  Obviously there isn’t a lot you can do about the neighbor’s elm tree but you can move patio furniture into the garage or shed, anchor the kids’ trampoline to the fence, and make sure all toys like bicycles and scooters are put away.

Have supplies for covering broken windows. Whether you lose a pane of glass to extreme pressure or an entire window to flying debris, you need to have the proper supplies to perform a quick repair if necessary.  Sheets of plywood, long screws and a FULLY CHARGED cordless screwdriver can allow you to block off a broken window to keep the rain and cold air outside.

Be prepared for leaks.  Even a normally weather-tight roof can leak under circumstances like this. For smaller leaks, have containers at the ready to catch drips. For larger leaks, some of those aforementioned pieces of plywood paired with large tarps may keep interior damage to a minimum.

Impassable Roads

In 2005 as Hurricane Rita bore down on the coastal regions of Texas, residents of Galveston and south Houston were mandatory evacuation orders.  As more than 3.5 million people began to flee roadways were soon jammed with angry, frustrated and frightened evacuees. 118 deaths occurred during the evacuation before the storm even arrived as traffic became completely gridlocked. People died in accidents and from heat related issues.

  • What we can learn from this:

Think carefully before evacuating.  Sometimes evacuating can be more dangerous than staying put.  Plan ahead and decide under what circumstances leaving is necessary and under which circumstances you will ride out the storm.

Time it carefully. If you’ve decided that staying in your home will be too risky, leave immediately to try and avoid the impending traffic nightmare.

Select a route off of the main highways.  Choose a route that avoids main highways and cities if at all possible.  If you are on an island, like Manhattan, for example, realize that the bridges leaving will be at a standstill if you wait too long. Choose more than one route in case you discover that everyone else had the same idea.

Plan a meeting place in the event you get separated or must evacuate individually from other family members. In some circumstances, if a family member is away at work or school, for example, the entire family may not be able to leave together. If this is the case, select a family member who is out of the immediate area as a contact person, and plan ahead where you will meet after leaving the area. Communication lines will be iffy in this situation, so you may not be able to reach loved ones by phone or text.

Have a bug-out bag ready.  For all family members, have a bag ready with a change of clothes, some lightweight snacks, ID, insurance information and medications. Having this prepared in advance will allow you to avoid a last minute panic where important things can be forgotten.

Be climate-ready.  Unlike the Hurricane Rita evacuation, the weather threat here is extreme cold.  Make sure your vehicle is packed with snow gear, cold weather items like hats and gloves, and spare boots, socks and gloves. In cold weather moisture is the enemy so if your clothing or shoes get wet, change immediately.

Looters and Crime

Crime in urban areas tends to skyrocket during times of crisis.  Police and federal law enforcement tend to focus their efforts on search and rescue, which gives the criminal element and opening in which to rape, rob and pillage.  In suburban Washington during last summer’s power outage, residents were told to call non-emergency phone numbers or go to fire and police stations if they needed help because even 911 emergency call centers were without electricity, giving credence to the adage that when seconds count, the police are only minutes away. Or in this case, hours, after you go and get them. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Louisiana, one-third of New Orleans police officers deserted the city in the days before the storm, many of them escaping in their department-owned patrol cars.  Because of a lack of police presence and distraction of the police that remained, looting was widespread. There were reports of gangs of gunmen and Along with violent, armed robbery of non-essential valuable goods, but many incidents were of residents taking food, water, and other necessities from unstaffed grocery stores.

  • What we can learn from this:

You’re on your own.  This is the basic lesson from past disasters. You cannot depend on the police to rescue you. You cannot rely on calling 911. You absolutely must be prepared to use force to defend yourself, your family and your property.

Keep a low profile.  Avoid going out on the streets.  Stay inside with your doors locked.  Keep curtains and shades drawn and don’t have your home brightly lit with candles and kerosene lamps when all the other homes on the block are dark.

Gun Grabs and Thugs in Jackboots

No one can forget the gun grab undertaken by the members of the National Guard during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.  According to the NRA:

New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, Police Superintendent P. Eddie Compass unleashed a wave of confiscations with these chilling words:

“No one will be able to be armed. We will take all weapons. Only law enforcement will be allowed to have guns.”

Thousands of firearms were then confiscated from law-abiding gun owners. The police gave no paperwork or receipts for those guns. They just stormed in and seized them.

On the same day that the gun confiscation began, Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco announced the arrival of American soldiers and National Guardsmen.  “They have M-16s and are locked and loaded. These troops know how to shoot and kill and I expect they will.”

There were reports of gang-rapes by the NOPD in which the officers were never convicted, incidents of police brutality and other stories of thugs in jackboots run amok.  Five former police officers were recently sentenced after they were convicted of shooting unarmed citizens in the aftermath of the 2005 storm.

  • What we can learn from this:

Don’t keep all your eggs in one basket (or guns in one gun safe).  Although what occurred in Louisiana was unconstitutional, the incident proves that gun confiscation can and will occur in a disaster situation.  During this incident, police and military members asked for weapons. In a situation like this, you may be able to turn over some weapons and not others.

Attempt to get a receipt of your weapons are confiscated.  If you are unable to keep your weapons ask for a written receipt complete with serial numbers of the items taken. This can aid you in reclaiming those items after the event.

Avoid interaction with authorities whenever possible. Do not allow police or military into your home if they ask to come in.  Stay inside during the aftermath of a disaster. In line with keeping a low profile, above, you aren’t required to answer the door if you hear a knock. Don’t call the police for assistance if you can avoid it at all. Law enforcement officers are not immune to a mob mentality, even though they should, in reality be held to a higher standard.

No Drinking Water

When the power goes out, access to clean, safe water may become limited.  Treatment plants may not function without electricity and if that is the case, what comes out of your taps may not be safe to drink. Many wells are powered by an electric pump, which means that you may not have access to your normal huge supply of water. The threat with this water is that it may contain bacteria or parasites, which can leave to illness or even death.

  • What we can learn from this:

Have a supply of drinking water.  Expect to use one gallon of water per person per day.  Try to store at least a one month supply of drinking water for your family, and don’t forget your pets!

Don’t use potentially contaminated water for hygiene or cooking purposes either.  Use bottled or disinfected water for cooking, washing dishes, brushing teeth, preparing baby formula and anything else that may result in ingestion.

Invest in a gravity filtration system.  A system like the Berkey water systems can allow you to filter up to 3 gallons at a time of water from taps, lakes or streams.  Be sure the system you select does not require electricity to operate and stock up on extra filters.

The CDC gives the following recommendations for sanitizing water:

To disinfect water:

  • Filter it through a clean cloth, paper towel, or coffee filter OR allow it to settle.
  • Draw off the clear water.
    • When using household chlorine bleach:
      • Add 1/8 teaspoon (or 8 drops; about 0.625 milliliters) of unscented liquid household chlorine (5–6%) bleach for each gallon of clear water (or 2 drops of bleach for each liter or each quart of clear water). Add ¼ teaspoon (or 16 drops; about 1.50 milliliters) of bleach for each gallon of cloudy water (or 4 drops of bleach for each liter or each quart of cloudy water).
      • Stir the mixture well.
      • Let it stand for 30 minutes or longer before you use it.
      • Store the disinfected water in clean, disinfected containers with tight covers.
    • When using iodine:
      • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
      • Store the disinfected water in clean, disinfected containers with tight covers.
    • When using chlorine dioxide tablets:
      • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
      • Store the disinfected water in clean, disinfected containers with tight covers.


Long Delays for Government Assistance

Finally, don’t expect FEMA or another government agency to ride in on a white horse and save you.  You must plan to be self-sufficient during these events or suffer the consequences.  Aid did not arrive in New Orleans for 5 days after the levees broke, due to flooding, impassable roads and bureaucratic delays. Meanwhile, people were stranded on rooftops and left without food and potable water. When FEMA did arrive, many of the trailers that people were housed in were also host to black mold, which made the refugees from New Orleans ill.

As well, keep in mind that shelters are often dangerous, unsanitary and overcrowded. Many assaults and rapes were reported at the Superdome, which housed over 20,000 refugees.  Bathroom facilities were limited and shortly overworked to the point that the sewage backed up, leaving no restrooms at all.

  • What we can learn from this:

Make your own preparations.  You can only depend on yourself to meet the needs of your family. By relying on the government to save you, you are playing survival lottery with their lives.

Transportation issues may cause delays.  In a hard hit area, after a major storm, roads may be blocked by downed wires and trees, as well as other debris.  Access to fuel will be limited until the power gets back on and road and electrical crews will be working around the clock, sometimes blocking roads with their equipment.

Your family’s survival is most important to you.  Although there are some very dedicated members of the Red Cross and other disaster relief agencies, recognize that to no one is your family’s well-being as vital as it is to you.  Therefore you will have the extra impetus to keep them warm, fed, protected and secure while an employ or volunteer of an organization sent to help will not have that same overwhelming motivation.

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