Officials in Mexico have asked citizens to close all nonessential businesses for 5 days. Besides the closing of businesses, citizens have been asked not to leave their homes unless its necessary. Yahoo news posted the article that is being referred to – Mexico shuts nonessential services amid swine flu This is just my opinion, but if the swine flu continues to spread, we can expect to see this kind of stuff on a global scale. What would it be like for cities such as New York to impose a quarantine or curfew? Most Americans have never had to deal with this kind of situation before. What kind of civil unrest (and panic buying) would happen if cities across the USA were told to close? Some Continue Reading….
Month: April 2009
The World Health Organization (WHO) has raised its pandemic flu alert level to phase 5. Source – Yahoo News. Here is a link to the WHO website and press release – WHO goes to phase 5 on swine flu. What does this mean? It means that the outbreak can not be contained. In response to this situation, the Survivalist Forum has opened a Swine Flu Forum section. Please post any questions or comments that you have in that forum. Cases of swine flu have been confirmed in the USA, Austria, Canada, Germany, Israel, New Zealand, Spain and the United Kingdom. Confirmed swine flu related deaths have been reported in Houston, Texas and Mexico.
The past few days have been a whirlwind of “Swine Flu” events. April 25 – Texas closes the high school where the students tested posivite for swine flu. Around 75 – 100 people are dead in Mexico. The 75 – 100 varies because different news sites are reporting different numbers. So its a little confusing as to what the exact death toll is. April 26 – Texas closes the entire school district where the positive students are from. Death toll in Mexico nears 100. Swine Flu is being reported in different parts of the world. Mexico has cancelled all public events and ordered public places closed. April 27 – Death toll in Mexico Soars (as one news site states it) to well over 100. World Continue Reading….
The World Health Organization has posted a Swine Flu questions and answers PDF file on their website. Some of the information that the file covers – What is swine influenza, What are the implications for human health, Where have human cases occurred,,, and several other key points. Go on over to the Swine influenza page on the World Health Organization website and download the file.
In an effort to contain the outbreak of Swine Flu, health officials in the State of Texas have temporarily closed Byron Steele High School in Cibolo. This is effective immediately. To read the whole article, see this School to Close and Other Flu Precautions Recommended news article on the Texas Department of State Health Services website. “The purpose is to reduce the risk to students, staff and the community,” said Sandra Guerra, M.D., a DSHS regional director and the public health authority for Guadalupe County. To discuss the current situation with the Swine Flu, visit the Swine Flu Outbreak thread in the Survivalist Forum.
The Center for Disease Control has released an MP3 podcast with information about the Swine Flu. This audio file is about 4 megs. On dial up, it might take about 15 to download. In this podcast, Dr. Joe Bresee – who is with the CDC Influenza Division – describes swine flu, discusses the signs, symptoms, how it’s transmitted, medicines to treat it, steps people can take to protect themselves from it, and what people should do if they become ill. [audio:SwineFlu.mp3] Follow this link to read a transcript of the swine flu audio file. That link also goes to where the audio file can be downloaded. A special thank you goes to Dr. Joe Bresee and the Center for Disease Control for making this podcast Continue Reading….
Before we get started, the author of this article (Kevin) is not a health care professional. Do your own research before making decisions that affect your health. Links in this article are being provided for information purposes only. The flu is a viral respiratory infection – there is no real treatment or cure. Once someone catches the flu, there is little that doctors can do for the patient. One of the most important considerations about the flu, is to stop the spread of the disease. The flu is spread through infected cough droplets. The infected person coughs, which spews forth maybe millions of droplets that carry the flu virus. Other people breath in those infected droplets. And as a result, they become infected with the Continue Reading….
Its been reported that the World Health Organization (WHO) has called an emergency meeting on the swine flu outbreak. The Center for Disease Control – which is part of the United States Government – has confirmed seven human cases of Swine Influenza A/H1N1 inside the USA. Five of the cases are in California and two are in Texas. Besides the seven confirmed cases, there are nine more cases that are suspected of being A/H1N1. The WHO emergency meeting is composed of a panel that will determine if the outbreak of swine flu constitutes a public health emergency. More details later. To discuss this article, visit the Swine Flu Outbreak thread in the Survivalist Forum.
The Texas Department Of State Health Services has posted a bulletin that 2 confirmed cases of Swine flu have been reported in Texas. This is from the Texas DSHS website: Laboratory test results received today from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that the illnesses were caused by a swine influenza A (H1N1) virus. Preliminary lab data suggests that the virus closely matches the viruses from recent swine flu infections in human cases from Southern California. End Quote There is no need for panic, but there is reason for concern. This is supposed to be a new type of flu. Which is a mixture of flu viruses typically found in pigs, birds and humans. As of when this article was posted, there Continue Reading….
A recent article on the BBC details how some of the world’s major rivers are drying up. Water levels in some of the world’s most important rivers have declined significantly over the past 50 years, US researchers say. They say the reduced flows are linked to climate change and will have a major impact as the human population grows. Areas across the southern part of the USA have experienced periods of drought in just the past couple of years. In Texas, between the last part of 2008 and the first part of 2009 – 90% of the state was in drought condition. Even if you believe that global warming is a myth, there is one thing that can not be denied – that the human Continue Reading….
You never get a second chance to make a first impression. And from the first moment I handled the Maxpedition Proteus Versipack, I knew the pack is a solid piece of equipment.
One reasons why this buttpack was picked, I needed something to carry just enough gear for a day hike. My current fannypack is a little big, so I decided to downsize.
Not only is this a fannypack, but it has a grab handle on the top. So the pack can be carried by hand, or worn around the waist.
If memory serves me right, sometime around 1998 somone in the Atlanta, Georgia was using a tractor with a post hole digger to put in a new fence. The post hole digger cut through a major fiber optic line that provided service to Atlanta, Georgia and several outlying areas. Estimates at the time were that about 250,000 people did not have phone or internet for about half a day. On April 8th or 9th, Vandals cut four fiber optic lines. Which caused a phone and internet outage for AT&T and Verizon users in the south Bay Area and Central Coast. The infrastructure of the USA is about as fragile as it can get. When a couple of vandals can cut a fiber optic line, and Continue Reading….
After a disaster – such as a hurricane – part of the relief efforts usually include bottled water, MREs or canned goods and ice. The ice is supposed to help people preserve their cold or frozen foods. But, this ice is of little good if the person getting the supplies to does have a good quality ice chest. It has been in my experience that Rubbermaid brand is almost the bottom of the bucket. I have taken a 34 quart Rubbermaid ice chest, put a couple of bags of ice in it. And the next day just about all of the ice is melted. On the other hand, Coleman and Igloo both offer quality solutions. One of my ice chest includes a 128 quart Igloo Continue Reading….
Over the past couple of weeks, several cities in southeast Texas have reported dogs attacking children. Lets not get into dog physiology and “why” dogs attack. Lets move past that point, the dog has attacked the child, the child suffered minor injuries and is alive and well. My personal opinion, if a dog acts aggressive towards children – the dog should be destroyed. This usually means taking it to a vet and having it put to sleep. When a dog attacks a child – parents, friends, relatives and law enforcement must ensure that another attack never happens again. If that means destroying the dog then so be it. There are a lot of people that disagree with that statement. They will argue that it was Continue Reading….