Commentary By: Gordon King
Folks, people, brothers and sisters in Christ, I have been warning people for several years now to prepare for disaster. The time to do it is now, before it’s too late! Do it before disaster strikes.
I am not writing this post in order to place fear in your hearts, but to inform you so that you can make wise decisions. In order for you to be able to survive disaster, and live more abundantly though difficult times.
Over the course of this past week we have seen multiple earthquakes around the world and the ring of fire, quakes not of enormous magnitude, but very large. Quakes which have killed scores of people, injured thousands, and displaced tens of thousands from their homes. They are not over, they continue daily, even as I write this post!
An earthquake does not have to be of a magnitude 8 or 9 to be destructive, it merely has to be at a shallow depth, and hit in the right place, such as close to a densely populated area. I grew up in earthquake country, I know what it feels like to be in an earthquake of magnitude 5 to 6.5, I have lived through them. They are intense, and not one is the same.
I grew up learning that if you live in earthquake country then you need to prepare. You should have a supply of food, water, and medical supplies, these are the essentials, and the bare minimum needed to survive. You should have enough to last for several months. Of course there are many other items that you may need as well, including a source for heating and cooking, warm blankets and clothing, prescription medications, flash lights, batteries, emergency radio, matches or a fire starter, tools, and a good knife. But again, these to me are only essentials, I believe that there are many more items which you should have on hand.
Not only should you prepare with the aforementioned items, you should also have an emergency plan. Where and how to locate and communicate with your loved ones, how to vacate your home, how and where to build a shelter, where to obtain a fresh supply of water, where to go for medical help, how to forage for food, and how to defend your family and yourself.
No one knows just what may occur at any given time. No one knows just where an earthquake or other disaster will occur. And just because you don’t live in earthquake country does not mean that a major earthquake will not strike your area! They could occur anywhere at any time. Disaster of any type could hit the area in which you live.
A major disaster does not have to be of natural causes either. The electrical grid could go down, what then? Could you imagine what would happen if the electricity went out for several weeks, or even months?! There would be pandemonium, chaos, and anarchy! I lived through the Watts riots in L.A., I have seen what civil unrest can do, and just how fast it can spread. People out of control, looting, stealing, and plundering, burning stores, assaulting innocent civilians, and destroying private property, spreading outwards like a wildfire!
If the power were to go out, then our way of life would change completely! Would banks, stores, and gas stations remain open? Where would we get food, gas, money? How many people would run out of food in a matter of days? What then? What about hospitals, schools and work? Just how many police officers would be available to help in such a crisis? There aren’t even enough to go around now!
Marshall law would be set into place. The National Guard would be called in as would a State of Emergency! The government would have to come to the rescue and bring in food and water, with millions of people waiting in line for a hand out. Is that what we really want, waiting on the government for a hand out? Take a look back at hurricane Katrina and Sandy, didn’t it take a long while for the government to respond, especially during hurricane Katrina?! American people were hungry, cold, and homeless, with no where to turn.
Don’t be left out in the cold with no where to turn and nothing to eat. Store up for yourselves as much food and water as you can. It doesn’t have to be 20 year food storage, even bagged dry rice and beans will work, or canned foods and bottled water. It may not be the best nutrition available, but it will keep you alive!
In the event of a nuclear disaster, such as a suitcase nuclear bomb going off in a major city, I am not an expert on this subject. But, I do know that the closer you are to the explosion, the worse off you will be. If you are close, then you may not survive. There is an area called the “severe damage zone”, close to where the explosion occurred, these people will die quickly.
I certainly do not want to spread fear and panic, however, information is knowledge, and the more you have the greater your chances of success and survival!
The following is of the after effects of a nuclear explosion from the website of the Radiation Emergency Medical Management, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
- Representative damage zones for hypothetical 0.1, 1.0 and 10kT nuclear explosions.
- Circle areas are idealized for planning purposes and illustration, and are unlikely to be this symmetrical.
- Borders between zones are likely to be less distinct.
- Light Damage (LD) Zone:
Damage is caused by shocks, similar to those produced by a thunderclap or a sonic boom, but with much more force. Although some windows may be broken over 10 miles (16 km) away, the injury associated with flying glass will generally occur at overpressures above 0.5 psi. This damage may correspond to a distance of about 3 miles (4.8 km) from ground zero for a 10 KT nuclear explosion. The damage in this area will be highly variable as shock waves rebound multiple times off of buildings, the terrain, and even the atmosphere.
As a responder moves inward, windows and doors will be blown in and gutters, window shutters, roofs, and lightly constructed buildings will have increasing damage. Litter and rubble will increase moving towards ground zero and there will be increasing numbers of stalled and crashed automobiles that will make emergency vehicle passage difficult.
Blast overpressures that characterize the LD zone are calculated to be about 0.5 psi at the outer boundary and 2-3 psi at the inner boundary. More significant structural damage to buildings will indicate entry into the moderate damage zone.
Moderate Damage (MD) Zone:
- Responders may expect they are transitioning into the MD zone when building damage becomes substantial. This damage may correspond to a distance of about one mile (1.6 km) from ground zero for a 10 KT nuclear explosion. The determination is made by ground-level and/or overhead imagery.
- Observations in the MD zone include significant structural damage, blown out building interiors, blown down utility lines, overturned automobiles, caved roofs, some collapsed buildings, and fires. Some telephone poles and street light poles will be blown over. In the MD zone, sturdier buildings (e.g., reinforced concrete) will remain standing, lighter commercial and multi-unit residential buildings may be fallen or structurally unstable, and many wood frame houses will be destroyed.
- Substantial rubble and crashed and overturned vehicles in streets are expected, making evacuation and passage of rescue vehicles difficult or impossible without street clearing. Moving towards ground zero in the MD zone, rubble will completely block streets and require heavy equipment to clear.
- Within the MD zone, broken water, gas, electrical, and communication lines are expected and fires will be encountered.
- Many casualties in the MD zone will survive, and these survivors, in comparison to survivors in other zones, will benefit most from urgent medical care.
- A number of hazards should be expected in the MD zone, including elevated radiation levels, potentially live downed power lines, ruptured gas lines, unstable structures, sharp metal objects and broken glass, ruptured vehicle fuel tanks, and other hazards.
- Visibility in much of the MD zone may be limited for an hour or more after the explosion because of dust raised by the shock wave and from collapsed buildings. Smoke from fires will also obscure visibility.
- Blast overpressures that characterize the MD zone are an outer boundary of about 2-3 psi and inner boundary of about 5-8 psi. When most buildings are severely damaged or collapsed, responders have encountered the severe damage zone.
Severe Damage (SD) Zone:
Few, if any, buildings are expected to be structurally sound or even standing in the SD zone, and very few people would survive; however, some people protected within stable structures (e.g., subterranean parking garages or subway tunnels) at the time of the explosion may survive the initial blast.
Very high radiation levels from prompt and residual origin and other hazards are expected in the SD zone, significantly increasing risks to survivors and responders. Responders should enter this zone with great caution, only to rescue known survivors.
Rubble in streets is estimated to be impassable in the SD zone making timely response impracticable. Approaching ground zero, all buildings will be rubble and rubble may be 30 feet deep or more.
The SD zone may have a radius on the order of a 0.5 mile (0.8 km) for a 10 KT detonation. Blast overpressure that characterizes the SD zone is 5-8 psi and greater.
Like I said, I am no expert, however from researching the subject I have noted some important information:
- Do not look at the blast when it occurs! The light emitted from a nuclear explosion is many, many times brighter than the sun. If you look at the blast you could be permanently blinded.
- Get as far away from the blast site as you possibly can. The effects of radiation weaken the further you get from it.
- Do not move with the radiation cloud. There will be a cloud formation above the explosion which will more than likely move with the wind. This formation is full of radiation, called fallout, due to the fact that it will fall out and down from this cloud. Move away from the cloud.
- If you have no other choice than to remain where you are, then get as far inside of the building as possible, stay away from the perimeters of the building. Radiation weakens as it passes through materials.
- If you are anywhere near the blast site, then many people will be attempting to flee the area, just as you are. Roads will more than likely be impassable, trapping you inside of your vehicle. It may be best to shelter in place.
- Potassium Iodide (KI) can help to reduce the effects of radiation on the body, especially the thyroid which is most vulnerable. Do more research for yourself on taking KI, there are risks involved.
The sad truth is that this is a very grim scenario. Many, many people will be killed instantly, and many more will not survive. The effects of radiation will kill many within hours, and many more within days. Knowing these things, and what to do in such a case may just save the lives of you and your loved ones.
No one wants to live in or through a disaster, yet they occur each and everyday. They will happen, and it’s wise for us to prepare ahead of time for them. We must do what we can, when we can, in order to survive the best that we can!
The only real hope is salvation through the blood of our Savior, Jesus Christ! Without Him then all is lost. Many will perish not ever knowing the love of God, without putting their faith in the Creator of heaven and earth.
The first line of defense is getting saved! This is the most important of all. You may survive a disaster, but if you die without Jesus Christ as your Lord, then you will face the greatest disaster of all times, eternal destruction!
God bless my friends! Maranatha!