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New Release: After The Dying Time
Amazon, Smashwords, iBooks, Barnes & Noble and other fine retailers. See links below. On the Cover note the greatly expanded Gulfs of California and Mexico, the missing Great Lakes and that Central and South America are no longer connected.
In a post-Impact world there are Kings, subjects, slaves and those desperately fighting to remain free. Twelve years after The Dying Time Impact, Joseph Scarlatti reigns as King of California, or at least that’s what he’s called to his face. Behind his back the words tyrant, butcher, monster and cannibal are spoken softly in fear of being overheard. His spies are everywhere. His empire spans the remains of the entire West Coast. But his need for power is all consuming so he invades the Colorado Freeholds and the Nation of Deseret (formerly Utah) and he hasn’t forgotten about gaining control of the top secret weapon that can assure him of world domination.
On the moon, where the crew of the International Space Station relocated to survive, a mutiny is brewing. The population is growing, resources are getting scarce, their power supply is failing and people are getting sick of military rule.
There’s also a growing fear that if anyone on Earth gains control of The Weapon they’ll use it against Luna City and plans are hatched to destroy the space based laser.
Meanwhile, Havoc’s twin is hurtling toward Earth and that weapon is the only thing that can prevent another Dying Time.
The Dying Time: Impact is still available for only $1.99 and thanks to many of you it's getting some great five star reviews.
And now for that Prepper content I've been promising you. This is an excerpt from a non-fiction book I'm working on titled:
BUGGING IN: WHAT TO DO WHEN TSHTF and YOU LIVE IN SUBURBIA by Raymond Dean White
Stop and Think (Panic is death)
Unless you are in extreme, immediate danger -- someone is shooting at you, the building is falling down on you -- the first thing you should do in any disaster is not panic. Take a deep breath or two and THINK. Take stock of your self, your available resources, your immediate situation.
Are you injured or okay? Are you trapped in a structure or able to move about? Are you at work or with your family? If you aren’t with your family do you know where they are? Do you know what happened or have things gone to hell and you have no idea why?
Do you have a stock of food and water at home? Do you have a bug out bag in your car?
Is the power still on? Are phones and radios and televisions still working? Are transportation networks (roads, subways, trains and planes) still functioning? Are zombies, or other such lowlifes, roaming the streets?
Now, think about the plan you and your family made to reconnect if you aren’t together when The Shit Hits The Fan (TSHTF). Then act according to that plan.
The one you are about to make. After all, your main duties to your family can be summed up in two words: provide and protect. Planning is the first step in doing that.
Gather your family around and discuss different things that can happen and what each one of them should do in such circumstances. DO NOT LECTURE. DISCUSS.
If you have young children try to make a game out of it. What do we do when the tornado siren goes off? If the fire alarm sounds? Draw an evacuation map of your house or apartment and discuss the fastest way to get to safety. If you live in an apartment your children need to know where the nearest fire escape or stairwells are and when to use and when not to use the elevators. Start with small emergencies and work up to big ones. Try hard not to make it scary or when the crisis happens your children may panic and run around screaming instead of thinking and recalling your plan.
At the risk of being labelled, “That weird guy from across the street” talk to your neighbors. You can and should form a plan to help each other. This is especially true if your children attend the same schools or day care centers. Remember, there is strength in numbers.
So you can see you will have several plans. Fire, flood, tornadoes and terrorist attacks are all things that can and do happen swiftly and with little or no warning. Even an economic collapse you see coming can occur virtually overnight once the financial panic sets in. For an example of that, see Argentina in 1998.
One of the worst case scenarios is an EMP -- an electromagnetic pulse from a nuclear weapon detonated high in the atmosphere, or by a strong coronal mass ejection from the sun. There will be no warning. Suddenly almost everything electric will cease to work. The power grid itself will fail. Transformers will explode and start fires. Planes will fall out of the sky. Cars made after 1974 will not start and if they are running when the pulse occurs they will stop. Unless you have a really old car or motorcycle or a bicycle, you and your family will be on foot. And that, in and of itself, is a good argument for bugging in.
There will be no internet, no computers, no TV, no radio, no cell phones, no landlines, and in very short order no civilization. All because every computer chip and transistor not protected by a Faraday Cage will be fried. This will be one of the most difficult situations to plan for because it requires extensive preparation and more than a little good luck to survive.
Another worst case scenario is a global pandemic. A new strain of avian flu with a two week incubation period and an 80 percent mortality rate starts in Asia, or in Tyson Farms in Arkansas, and spreads throughout the world. Aside from a massive asteroid or comet strike, or the Yellowstone Supervolcano blowing its top and sending us all back into an ice age, a global pandemic may be the toughest event to survive.
The reason I say that is because any cooperative strategies you may have formed with your neighbors will break down the first time one of them coughs. But then, any plan, now matter how well thought out or how much time you and your family spend practicing, is unlikely to survive long in any situation involving complete societal collapse. There’s a saying in the armed forces. “No plan survives first contact with the enemy.”
That, however is no excuse for not having a plan, because without one you will have chaos. So you should make as many plans as you can and have backups for them, because if you THINK about these things, and TAKE ACTION to prepare, you will at least have an “insurance policy” superior to those who haven’t. As the old saying goes, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”
Communications (Ignorance is death)
The second thing you should do, after a disaster happens and you calm down, is to begin gathering information about what is happening outside your immediate area. How widespread is the damage? How soon is outside help likely to arrive? What SHTF scenario are you dealing with?
Why, you ask, after going on about the importance of thinking and planning, would I begin a discussion about surviving a disaster with communications? Because if you don’t know what’s happening out in the world, or even outside your immediate neighborhood during a catastrophe, you can’t know the right things to do.
If you are hit by a hurricane, tornado, earthquake or some such relatively localized event you can be sure help is coming, maybe not soon, but sometime. You can then plan and act accordingly. You can turn on your EMERGENCY RADIO -- if the power is out and the battery is dead you can use the hand crank to charge it up -- and find out what’s going on.
The model I use is the Kaito Voyager Pro KA600 which cost about $75 and is available from Amazon, NitroPak, Good Ideas for Life, and numerous other places. I have two of them. One is out and handy for daily use. The other is, along with its transformer and power cord, safely ensconced in a metal popcorn can faraday cage.
This radio is powered by AC, 3 AA Nickel Metal Hydride rechargeable batteries, a hand crank, and a solar panel. It picks up FM/AM/Long Wave/Short Wave and NOAA weather alerts. It has an Alert Mode that will automatically activate the radio to inform you of any hazardous weather conditions or warnings.
It includes a calendar, alarm clock, sleep timer, humidity meter and thermometer and has a standard USB jack for charging cell phones or laptops. To top it off it only weighs one pound.
I’m sure there are other, better radios out there, but this one looked pretty good to me and so far it functions well.
If the emergency you experience is an EMP or similar societal collapsing event you can still use this radio (the one you had in a Faraday Cage) to listen in on shortwave and pick up HAM broadcasts that can inform you of the extent of the disaster, or of things you can do to survive it. You should get one or two emergency radios that have backup power sources and use rechargeable batteries.
Two Way Radios
In the absence of cell phone communications, two way radios, or walkie talkies, can be invaluable for staying in touch with family and neighbors to coordinate a common defense, or even just to schedule a meeting to discuss what happened and implement the proper plan.
The long and short of it is, in order to base your decisions regarding your family’s survival on good data, you must have good information about what is happening outside your immediate neighborhood. The old saying among computer geeks was GIGO -- Garbage In Garbage Out -- and the same applies to you. Bad information or no information equals bad decisions.
Therefore, I heartily recommend getting some form of two way radio (in addition to a pair of emergency radios) and learning how to use it.
M.D Creekmore, of The Survivalist Blog, has the Midland GXT 1050VP4 two way radio pair with an alleged 36 mile range, and optional rechargeable battery packs and that’s good enough for me. Range depends upon terrain and whether repeater towers are available and functioning. They are $68.92 from Amazon.com.
Also research TriSquare TSX100 AND TSX300 radios as well as Yaesu and other handheld HAM sets.
If you are going to use a HAM radio you will have to get licensed by the FCC. Why should I let the Feds know I have a radio and where I live? And if TSHTF who will care if I have a license? Because HAM’s are self-policing and those who will be on the air after, say, an EMP, will be those who are prepared for such an event. They will be security conscious, so few, if any, of them will answer your call if you do not have an official call sign. The test is inexpensive and, with a little study, easy to pass. You do NOT have to learn Morse Code now. It may be a good idea to know it, but it is no longer required.
A decent local range HAM Mobile that can be used as a base station is the Icom IC-V8000. $214 plus another $37 for a 12 foot coaxial antenna. It has 75 Watts of output power, which most experts say translates to roughly a 25 mile range -- depending on terrain and if the repeater towers in your area are working.
Yaesu FT-250R VHF handheld HAM 2m Transciever with desktop charger is $163 on Amazon
Kenwood TM-281A is a cheaper ($125 + Antenna) alternative to the Icom V8000. 65 Watts and comes with a Weather Alert Function that scans the 1050 tone from NOAA.
That's it for this month folks. Hope you liked it and that it gave you food for thought.