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Federal Reserve’s Yellen Emergency Meeting With White House

Apparently, the Federal Reserve held an impromptu meeting this week to discuss interest rates and monetary policy. Fed chairman Janet Yellen then had a closed door meeting with Obama at the White House. These meetings were called to session using Fed’s seldom used “expedited procedures.”

“Expedited Procedures” by the Federal Reserve sounds more like “emergency meeting”, and obviously that can’t be good.

Below are two videos explaining what could be coming, with the first video by Mike Maloney giving a little more information using charts and graphs.

If there is some kind of monetary crisis coming, would you have enough food on hand to ride the storm? What if there was a panic and people cleared the shelves of the local stores? In preparing for an emergency, it’s better to be early than even a minute late.

Wise Emergency Food Storage has a 15-25 shelve life, so you can purchase it early without having to worry about spoilage.
 

 

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Tornado!

tornado

I hate tornadoes. I can’t imagine anyone liking tornadoes especially if they have lived through one. As a kid, I used to have nightmares about tornadoes. I’m not sure exactly why, but maybe because of the tornado films, and movies I saw in school.

A tornado is a violent and destructive column of rotating air usually shaped as a funnel. A tornado becomes dark in appearance because  it picks up dirt and debris from the ground. It can move along the ground at an average speed of 30 miles an hour, however it can go slower or even approaching 70 miles an hour. Wind speeds are a different story. Tornado wind speed can range from 65 miles an hour to over 200 miles an hour. There is a rating scale for tornadoes called the Fujita Scale (F Scale). As of 2007, there is an Enhanced Fujita Scale (EF). You will hear tornadoes rated this way. Below is the EF Scale:

 

enhanced fujita scale

 

Knowing the Difference Between Warnings and Watches

Tornado Watch: Conditions are possible for tornadoes in and near the watch area.

Tornado Warning: A tornado has been spotted or indicated by weather radar. Tornado warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property. Seek shelter under ground or an interior room.

Preparing for Tornadoes

Be sure you have a battery or hand-crank powered NOAA Weather Radio.

Per the Red Cross:

  • During any storm, listen to local news or a NOAA Weather Radio to stay informed about tornado watches and warnings.
  • Know your community’s warning system. Communities have different ways of warning residents about tornadoes, with many having sirens intended for outdoor warning purposes.
  • Pick a safe room in your home where household members and pets may gather during a tornado. This should be a basement, storm cellar or an interior room on the lowest floor with no windows.
  • Practice periodic tornado drills so that everyone knows what to do if a tornado is approaching.
  • Consider having your safe room reinforced. Plans for reinforcing an interior room to provide better protection can be found on the FEMA web site.
  • Prepare for high winds by removing diseased and damaged limbs from trees.
  • Move or secure lawn furniture, trash cans, hanging plants or anything else that can be picked up by the wind and become a projectile.
  • Watch for tornado danger signs:
  • Dark, often greenish clouds – a phenomenon caused by hail
  • Wall cloud – an isolated lowering of the base of a thunderstorm
  • Cloud of debris
  • Large hail
  • Funnel cloud – a visible rotating extension of the cloud base
  • Roaring noise

 

What to do during a tornado

  • Again from the Red Cross:
  • The safest place to be is an underground shelter, basement or safe room.
  • If no underground shelter or safe room is available, a small, windowless interior room or hallway on the lowest level of a sturdy building is the safest alternative.
  • Mobile homes are not safe during tornadoes or other severe winds.
  • Do not seek shelter in a hallway or bathroom of a mobile home.
  • If you have access to a sturdy shelter or a vehicle, abandon your mobile home immediately.
  • Go to the nearest sturdy building or shelter immediately, using your seat belt if driving.
  • Do not wait until you see the tornado.

 

If you are caught outdoors, seek shelter in a basement, shelter or sturdy building. If you cannot quickly walk to a shelter:

  • Immediately get into a vehicle, buckle your seat belt and try to drive to the closest sturdy shelter.
    If flying debris occurs while you are driving, pull over and park. Now you have the following options as a last resort:̶
  • Stay in the car with the seat belt on. Put your head down below the windows, covering with your hands and a blanket if possible.
  • If you can safely get noticeably lower than the level of the roadway, exit your car and lie in that area, covering your head with your hands.
  • Your choice should be driven by your specific circumstances.
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First Aid and CPR

Some basic first aid and CPR is good thing to know whether for normal times or when SHTF.

You can checkout the American Red Cross site for classes in your area.

Below are some Red Cross videos demonstrating basic first aid and CPR. Most of the videos I found were from the British Red Cross. It seemed like the American videos were mostly infomercials talking about how great the Red Cross is. You’ll notice the British videos say to call 999 instead of 911 which is the emeregncy number here in the US.

Hands only CPR:


CPR on adults:


First aid – How to put someone in the recovery position:


Everyday First Aid: Bleeding heavily:


Choking:

 


End Times Warehouse carries  survival kits that include first aid kits and other things you will need in an emergency. There are kits designed for the car, the home or any place so you the items you need when you need them.

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Overstock.com Prepares With Food, Gold & Silver

This story has been out for a few weeks now but it’s important to re-visit it in case you have not heard of it, or just need to hear it again.

The people that run Overstock.com are preparing for change. We’re always told to embrace change after it happens, but rarely told to prepare for it.  What change is Overstock.com prepared for? They are preparing for the collapse of the dollar and the temporary collapse of the U.S. banking system.

How would that be possible? Right now, we trade pieces of paper called Federal Reserve notes or digits on our debit cards for goods and services of value. The dollars are backed by the full faith and credit of the U.S. Government; a government that can’t balance a budget or stay under debt ceiling. So right now, we trade stuff of value, goods and our time, for paper or digits on our card because we have confidence in the system. When that confidence is lost, then we have problem. No one knows for sure what will trigger that.

So imagine a crisis that shuts down the banks for a short time. Your debit and credit cards won’t work. Would you be able to buy food? If you have cash, would you get to the store before the shelves clear? If the banks are closed, would the stores even be open? Are the stores prepared for cash only buyers? Will the stores accept gold and silver?

There’s a lot of unknowns including the timing of any crisis, so it’s probably a good idea to have some food on hand.  It’s probably a better idea to have some storable emergency food on hand. The shelf life can be anywhere from 15 – 25 years so you won’t have to worry about spoilage in the near term. Plus, it comes in portable containers if you have to be on the move.

Here is a recent interview of Patrick Byrne, CEO of Overstock.com on the Ron Paul Liberty Report. After that, is a short talk by Jonathan Johnson, chairman of Overstock.com