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Civil Defense by Bruce Curley
Civil Defense by Bruce Curley
I explore civil defense (CD) strategies, plans, policies, tips and resources. I've worked in CD for decades, most recently as Vice President of The American Civil Defense Association (TACDA) where I write for the Journal of Civil Defense. Latest published article: "Children and Civil Defense."
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Civil Defense Lessons of the Wuhan Coronovirus

The CCP will direct all health, manufacturing, culture, social media, transportation, foreign policy, and associated tasks under the guiding principle: Does this maintain and increase CCP power or threaten it? So health considerations are secondary to their staying in power. Here is an excellent analysis of this fact.
Why coronavirus cases are higher than Chinese estimates here.

FDA Suspends Drug Inspections in China,  Warns of Supply Shortages

"Supply disruptions could extend to other areas as 80 to 90 percent of U.S. health care products—raw materials, active pharmaceutical ingredients, and finished products—are outsourced mainly from China, he said.
Moreover, the production of many active pharmaceutical ingredients is centered in China’s Hubei Province, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said on Feb. 12 at a Senate committee hearing.
“Most drug makers have a one to three months of inventory of drug ingredients on hand. But these supplies are already being drawn down,” he said in his testimony.
Rosemary Gibson, Hastings Center, co-authored the book, “China RX: Exposing the Risks of America’s Dependence on China for Medicine,” which makes the case for bringing drug manufacturing home."
Wuhan Coronavirus spreads to South Korea. Source
China's GDP Impact of the Wuhan Virus is not 1% but 20% to 30%
"We are not talking about “maybe” a one percent decline in GDP growth. No. We are talking about what I have to believe is more like a 20 to 30 percent decline. We are talking about an economy that is not really functioning."
"The fear is so deep that I don’t think there will be a snapback. It will take a long time before people will feel comfortable gathering in groups. All the reunion dinners, company gatherings, and family gatherings will take a while before they return to normal. Until they come back to normal, I don’t see the Chinese economy coming back to normal."
Impact on global high tech industry here.
Analysis of the Wuhan Virus Impact on Asian supply chain. Source
Ripple Effect: Korea, Japan stock markets take a hit. Source
Dr. Sasha Hu, Chinese doctor, has a good video about how to mitigate flu infection, here.)
Excellent law and business analysis can be found on the China Law Blog.
The reality of what is going on in Wuhan can be heard here. and here
The biggest lesson is that the Communist Chinese Party (CCP) secrecy, deception and food health policies led to the Chinese Wuhan coronovirus worldwide spread. See here It has led to monumental unintended consequences I list a few below.
EVERYTHING with the CCP involves propaganda. The Jamestown Foundation does a great job of breaking down their skulduggery here.
Here is a good Wuhan Virus infographic for background.
As several times before, the CCP sought to hide the latest Chinese Coronovirus. Their secrecy and deception have led to unnecessary illness for thousands and deaths for hundreds...and it is only beginning. See here.
Read about CCP lying, deception and secrecy here:
CCP Made Doctor Who Discovered Wuhan Coronivirus Sign Secrecy Form - He Died
"However, Li, along with seven other doctors who shared information about the outbreak, was summoned to the local police and forced to sign a letter promising to make no further disclosures concerning the disease".
Li Wenliang, one of the eight doctors who tried to alert authorities about the coronavirus when it was first emerging in Wuhan only to be reprimanded by local police, has died, Chinese media reported.
Li, 34, an ophthalmologist at the Wuhan Central Hospital, was found to be infected with coronavirus on Saturday and died on Thursday.
The same day that the doctor shared the messages, local health authorities announced that the city had confirmed 27 cases of a new type of virus, most of them linked to a seafood market.
However, Li, along with seven other doctors who shared information about the outbreak, was summoned to the local police and forced to sign a letter promising to make no further disclosures concerning the disease.What a great doctor. Source
Li Wenliang, Hero, Photo via CNN

Largest Socialized Medicine System in the World Fails Horribly

The communist medical system in China did not have nearly enough hospitals, clinics, doctors, nurses, medical supplies, diagnostic equipment, medicine, personal protective equipment, or anything near adequate resources to handle this epidemic.
All the communist lies about the high standard of living in contemporary China are exposed.
The building of the three field hospitals in Wuhan to address this inadequacy provides as much of a solution as the Potemkin Villages in the Soviet Union did for starvation.
Even if the CCP had not lied and tried to hide the extent of the epidemic, the third-world state of their medical system would have meant that the disease would have spread anyway.
The CCP emphasis on building the three field hospitals to handle the crisis defies reality.
Why their military was not able to stand up numerous fully operational, manned and equipped field hospitals as our military can indicates how inadequate their military is as well.
See story here.
"Many people from Hubei who tried to get into Hong Kong (for better health care) have been stopped at the border, have stayed in Shenzhen, and this may trigger Shenzhen’s infection cases to skyrocket to the point where people are ordered to stay home" Source.
CPP Culture of Coverup
Revelations from doctors, whistle blowers, and government officials demonstrate that a culture of cover-up and deceit within the Chinese Communist Party’s bureaucracy contributed to the disease’s spread.
In order to avoid political blame, authorities didn’t disclose to Chinese citizens details about the disease nor the true scale of the outbreak. Information about the first infected patients in the disease epicenter Wuhan was omitted, while authorities restricted testing of the disease, thus effectively capping the number of people who could be diagnosed.
As a result, many Chinese were unaware of the perils until it was too late. Source
Analysis of what wearing a mask daily does to human interaction here.
Without a Cure There is only Guessing
One of the greatest problems with a new coronavirus such as the Wuhan one is that no doctor, scientist or government bureaucrat knows what it is at first. So they guess as to cause and transmission. Source
CCP Refuses CDC Expertise
Further proof of CCP secrecy and totalitarian bad planning is that President Trump has repeatedly offered the expertise of the U.S. Center for Disease Control but the CCP refuses it. Like any totalitarian government, they would rather their people die than accept help. Source.
Chinese Military Runs 1,000 Bed Hospitals - No Transparency
Chinese military now operates the mega-hospitals built in Wuhan. Result? Secrecy, data manipulation, patients being held in prison-like cells. Yet, China as a member of the World Heath Organization has agreed to provide data and transparency, something the Chinese People's Army has never been known to exhibit. Source

Unintended Consequences

I am learning many, many lessons from this outbreak. Here are a few:
Chinese Factories will Reopen Slowly due to Worker Blacklisting
"Last week, the government of Suzhou, a major manufacturing hub in Jiangsu province, which is known for its silk products, asked local communities to tell workers from Hubei and Zhejiang provinces not to return until further notice. This employee “blacklisting” was echoed by other cities, including Wuxi in the south of Jiangsu, which banned migrant workers from at least seven provinces."  Source
And factory workers cannot return as inventory is depleted. Source
Impact of one billion Chinese workers not manufacturing product is just beginning. Source.
Global Economic Impact
Indeed, the battle to contain the epidemic brought much of the world's "second-largest economy to a standstill. The Chinese provinces most affected by the coronavirus are home to 49,884 branches or subsidiaries of foreign corporations, including nearly 9,500 American operations, according to Dun & Bradstreet." Source
Alternative Social Media Provides the Truth the CPP Hides
Citizen journalists, independent bloggers and Vloggers, Twitter and Instgram posters, are all providing independent observations of what is going on in China under the Wuhan coronavirus epidemic. Here are just a few.
#wuhan #doctors #hospitals #wuhancity#students #china #coronavirus #kerala#chinesepresident #xijinping #infected#peoplesliberationarmy #pla #wuhanuniversity#governmentofindia #virus #firstcase #patient#hospitals #corona #ill #sick #trending#truescoopnews #truescoop #Newschannel#testedpositive #Newschannel
Medical Specialists Hit Hardest
Those who help and treat those infected pick up the infection. Source
CCP AI and Facial Monitoring Fails Due to Face Masks
The CCP's massive AI and facial recognition program that depends on camera's has failed due to the face masks everyone is wearing that cover the face. Source
USPS Suspends Mail for China
Due to no flights going to China, USPS suspends mail service to China, Hong Kong, Macau. Source.
CCP Welding Apartment Residents Inside
Because of confirmed #Coronavirus infection inside the apartment, residents doors are being welded shut. Source
Chinese Nationals Sneak out of China by Lying about Country of Origin
There are Chinese nationals who have broken the quarantine and fled stating a non-Chinese origin, like Hong Kong, to get into Australia and other nations. Here is the full story.
Private Companies are Saving Chinese People Where CCP has Failed
"Ironically, while the Chinese military has been behind in its mobilization, the private sector has stepped in to fill the void. In the face of medical supply and health services gaps, there are numerous examples circulating of individuals donating relief supplies or helping those in need. E-commerce giant Alibaba established a 1 billion RMB ($144 million USD) special fund to directly purchase medical supplies from home and abroad and send them to hospitals in Wuhan and Hubei on a regular basis. It also created detailed plans for mobilizing domestic production capacity and coordinating production and procurement of medical supplies, while also provided hundreds of meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at two hospitals in Wuhan, free of charge." Source
CCP Censors Even More than Usual
The CCP believes it can control social media communication about the impact of the pandemic. This will be an epic fail for them. Social media technology enables people to find out the truth even when the CCP seeks to push lies, misinformation, and to pretend the pandemic isn't as bad as it really is.
"China’s internet watchdog is tightening controls on social media platforms after a brief period of tolerance, as it cracks down on content that may sow fear and confusion amid the coronavirus crisis.
The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) said in a statement released late on Wednesday that it has set up supervision on platforms that include those run by microblogging service provider Sina Weibo, short video and news apps operator ByteDance, and Tencent Holdings, which owns the ubiquitous multipurpose app WeChat.
The regulator said it required internet platforms and local authorities to “create a good cyberspace environment to win the battle against the [coronavirus] epidemic”.
Baidu, operator of China’s dominant online search service, has been summoned to rectify what the CAC described as lenient management on illegal information posted by its users, according to the statement.
The watchdog said it has also removed a social app called Pipi Gaoxiao from app stores for “posting harmful videos, and spreading fear and panic” about the coronavirus outbreak, as well as taken down some media and blogger accounts for fake news." Source
American Private Sector Helps Chinese Citizens
We’ve also facilitated the delivery of vast amounts of medical supplies to the Chinese people. Just last week, the State Department helped transport 17.8 tons of relief supplies to Hubei. And more assistance will continue to be offered — the United States is prepared to spend up to $100 million in existing State and U.S. Agency for International Development funds to assist China and other impacted countries to contain and combat the virus.
"While [U.S. Department of] State managed the logistics, the donations themselves were provided by Samaritan’s Purse, Boeing, Intermountain Healthcare and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and coordinated by a nongovernmental organization called Project HOPE. Time and again, when diseases and disasters strike, the American people have stepped up to help citizens of other countries without being asked. Our robust charitable giving and enthusiastic civil society groups are channeling the American people’s concern for their fellow man."  Source
Panic Buying
Unfortunately, panic buying is to be expected in any disaster. Just look at each hurricane that hits the U.S., and that is predictable. This coronavirus pandemic is not predictable in advance. So, as this this story about Hong Kong, human nature is to panic and buy items they are afraid will be in short supply. The lack of information from the Chinese authorities exacerbates it, and it spirals out of control. So it goes. Source.
Interrupted School Attendance and Exam Taking
"Portions of Hong Kong’s university entrance exam along with the Primary Six exam for secondary school placements could be pushed back by a much as a month or cancelled entirely as the spread of the coronavirus continues, the education minister announced on Thursday.
Secretary for Education Kevin Yeung Yun-hung also said that a scheduled reopening of schools on March 2 would need to be reviewed closer to the date." Source
Cruise Ships are a Clear and Present Contagion Danger
Most of the analysis of the spread of pandemic viruses focus on how rapidly a virus can spread due to modern commercial airline travel. Far less attention is given to the same threat from cruise ships. Yet, with thousands of passengers, effectively cruise ships are modern floating cities. One example of this threat is detailed here.
Airline Flight Cancellations
One of the most critical infrastructure pillars of modern life is unimpeded airline travel. People and goods are transferred around the world via air travel. The China coronavirius led many nations and airline companies to cancel all flights to and from China. Source.
Cathay Airlines Asks 27,000 Employees to Take Unpaid Leave
Hong Kong-based airline Cathay Pacific is asking all of its 27,000 employees to take three weeks of unpaid leave over the coming months as Hong Kong’s flagship carrier reels from the impact of the deadly coronavirus on air travel. Source
Global Supply Chain with China will Radically Change
Now that the global supply chain that has been dependent on China for 30 yeas is being shattered, risk adverse companies will withdraw from the mainland and relocate elsewhere. It was a trend that was already beginning. Now, it will accelerate. See here.And here.
Impact on Logistics and Manufacturing
There are far more questions (Will Chinese workers return to work? What are the disruptions to logistics?) to answer. The only thing everyone agrees on is that no one trusts the data coming our of Beijing. More details here and here.
Just in Time Logistics May be Overt
Closed factories in China are negatively impacting the global supply chain and creating questions about the future of just in time logistics. Source
Impact on Small Manufactures and Businesses
Due to their size and limited ability to survive even a limited lack of revenue, the greatest impact of the  Chinese coronavirus may be small manufacturers and businesses. Source and here.
Online Shopping Mitigates Store Closures and Stock Impact
Apple Corporation has an interesting statement after they closed their stores in China. 
"Apple is following the trend of McDonald's, Starbucks, and other US companies that have retail stores/footprints within China," Daniel Ives, the managing director of equity research at Wedbush Securities, said.
Ives noted that consumer purchases of iPhones and Apple products in the region have "already taken place in the lead up to the start of the Chinese New Year," and that Apple had strong sales for December and January as well as strong year-over-year sales.
With the vast majority of sales happening online, "we view a one week closure of Apple stores as having a negligible impact thus far despite the scary and concerning headlines from the region," Ives added.
"While the coronavirus outbreak is a sad situation and concerning headline for investors, for the stock we believe the fundamental impact from this issue to Apple’s top-line is negligible," he wrote." Source.
Political Infighting will Intensify
Most totalitarian systems can hide their political infighting. Not when an epedimic like the Wuhan virus is destabalizing everhthing, however. There will be political disruption in China as a result of how the CCP mishandled the event. See here and here and here.
CCP and Taiwan Division Widens
Due to the policy of the CCP isolating Taiwan on all fronts, Taiwan is not even allowed to belong to the World Health Organization. Result? Taiwan is frozen out of getting the critical coronavirus data from the WHO. Source
Starbucks Closes Thousands of Stores:
Global Airline Cancellations: American Airlines, British Airways, Lion Air, and Seoul Air are suspending all flights to China with Air Canada with select flights. Royal Caribbean and Carnival cancelled cruises in China. Patients in Wuhan spitting on doctors to purposely infect them (the ultimate unintended consequence).
Authorities Cannot Control the Entire Message in Pandemics
Worldwide, people have had varying reactions to the Chinese coronavirus, from seeking more information to panic. It demonstrates that with billions of people using social media daily, even the CCP with its remarkable worldwide power and influence, especially over social media, cannot control the message. See here.
Tracking Wristbands for Potential Carriers
Hong Kong has put tracking wristbands on potential coronavirus carriers from Hubei.
Dishonest Businessmen Taking Advantage:
Panic Buying:
McDonald's Closes:
Global Supply Chain Disruption:
Lawyers Recording the Unintended Consequences
Parents Abandon Children at Airport
Shocking pictures have emerged in China showing two children reportedly abandoned by their parents over fears that they had the deadly coronavirus. The couple left their young son and daughter behind at Nanjing Airport in the eastern province of Jiangsu after they were stopped from boarding the plane because the boy had a fever.
7,000 Cruise Ship Passengers Quarantined
Two passengers on a cruise ship are feared to have caught coronavirus, leaving 7,000 passengers and crew trapped onboard. The Italian cruise ship Costa Smeralda is being held at Civitavecchia close to Rome while tests are carried out on a Chinese couple with fever. More here.
Drones Spraying Disinfectant
China has deployed an army of drones to disperse disinfectant over villages and cities in the latest attempt to combat the spread of coronavirus. Not sure how effective this will be, but it is proof of my idea that drones will be useful, and increasingly used, to cope for natural and man made disasters. Here is where I asserted this after the Mount Airy tornado. See here.
Rumors Cause Death of Pets
Grim images show cats and dogs who were reportedly thrown from tower blocks in China after a rumor circulated claiming that the animals spread the coronavirus. Full Story here. One dog was found dead after allegedly being thrown from a tower block in the Heyuan Guohe Garden area of Tianjin City in China’s Hebei Province.
When Citizens Disobey Official Edicts
A woman was dragged out of a supermarket and pinned to the ground after allegedly refusing to wear a mask as China deals with the coronavirus outbreak. Footage dated January 29 shows the shopper, identified only by her surname Qiu, resisting two uniformed officers as they eject her from an aisle of the Space supermarket in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China. Story here.
Lawyers Recording the Unintended Consequences
Parable: Impact of the CCP Total Control on Relief
The CCP has always been corrupt, power mad, and controls every aspect of life...even donations from foreigners. Americans in New York sent face masks that are in short supply to China via the Red Cross. Here's what happened. The Red Cross in communist China, like the Catholic Church, is owned by the CCP. So...they seized the American donated face masks, demanded money for forwarding them,  and are selling them for a profit. 

Additional Resources

Here are some of my past CBRNe (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear) presentations that may be useful for this event. The detection and mitigation matrix at the end may be especially helpful.


  • To promote the art of civil defense by promoting practical civil defense planing, strategy, preparedness, drill and use IN ADVANCE. Highlight expertise of The American Civil Defense Association ( and Journal of Civil Defense as a reliable and tested resource. Also promotes Western civilization (especially poetry).

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Civil Defense Lessons of the Wuhan Coronavirus II

China Uses its Soft Power to get ASEAN Countries to Bend to its Will  Source
China Coronavirus financial costs to airlines. Source
On February 20, 2020, NASDAQ had the following listing of the economic impact of the Wuhan Coronavirus on various markets of the world economy. Source
"With today’s headlines dominated by COVID-19, a special briefing issued by Dun & Bradstreet concerning the global impact of the shutdowns across large parts of China ought to have investors’ attention. 
  • The areas affected with 100+ confirmed cases as of February 5 are home to over 90% of all the active businesses in China.
  • Just under 50% of the companies with subsidiaries in the impacted areas are headquartered in Hong Kong, 19% in the US, 12% in Japan and 5% in Germany.
  • At least 51,000 companies worldwide and 163 of the Fortune 1000 have one or more direct “tier 1” suppliers in the affected region. Nearly 1/10th or 938 of the Fortune 1000 have one or more “tier 2” suppliers in the affected region.
  • The impacted provinces of Guangdong, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Beijing, and Shandong account for 50% of China's total employment and 48% of total sales volume. China as a whole generates around 20% of global GDP. If the containment continues beyond the summer, Dun & Bradstreet estimate that global GDP growth could be reduced by a full percentage point.
On Monday Moody’s revised its global growth forecasts down by 0.2%, forecasting G-20 aggregate growth of 2.4% in 2020 and China falling to 5.2%. China has experienced an averaged GDP growth rate of 9.5% from 1989 to 2019 with a record high of 15.3% in 1993 and a record low of 3.8% in 1990. It's last four quarters saw rates of 6.4% (Q12019), 6.2% (Q2), 6.0% (Q3) and 6.0% (Q4).
Japan’s economy shrank at an annualized rate of -6.3% in the December 2019 quarter, far faster than the expected 3.7% drop. We’d note this marks the first decline in five quarters for the country GDP, which is being attributed in part to the sales tax hike that hit consumer and business spending. Paired with the fallout of the coronavirus, we could see the country hit a technical recession during the current quarter. Japan is the top tourist destination for residents of Beijing.
The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for the Eurozone fell by 15.2 to 10.4 in February from 25.6 in January, substantially below the expected reading of 30 for the month. 
The February ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment reading for Germany fell to 8.7 from 26.7 in January, missing the 21.5 consensus, with the assessment of the economic situation component dropping to -15.7, down 6.2 points from January. The suspected reason behind the February tumble is the impact of the coronavirus on the German economy. China is Germany's third-largest export partner, accounting for 7.2% of all exports in 2018 with the United States and France accounting for 8.7% and 8.1% respectively.

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Building a Coronavirus Safety Kit

As the steps to prevent any flu, including the Wuhan flu, are widely known (frequent hand washing, keeping hands away from your nose or mouth, maintaining a safe distance of at least 3 meters from others, wearing a surgical mask, and so forth), 
If you want to build a safety kit to be ready for the spread of the coronavirus to your area, build a kit that emphasizes prevention. 
Here are two more: purchase and use a real wearable barrier and purchase and use the antiseptic and disinfectant power of hydrogen peroxide.
And purchase a real wearable barrier to keep the air borne droplets from landing on you or breathing them in. North American Rescue (Products With A Mission) has excellent, tested and proven products that provide a barrier between your system and the air borne virus. 
Visit their website for barrier products that work. Here is one: Biological Personal Protection Kit
You have seen everyone in China using bleach to disinfect, but that is not always safe or effective. It’s kind of like the surgical safety masks they are all wearing. They are better than nothing, of course, but they are not 100% effective.
Instead, purchase and store bottles of hydrogen peroxide. It is a safe, inexpensive and effective disinfectant and antiseptic. And it has multiple prevention uses.
The great advantage of iodine antiseptics is their wide scope of antimicrobial activity, killing all principal pathogens and, given enough time, even spores, which are considered to be the most difficult form of microorganisms to be inactivated by disinfectants and antiseptics.
I learned the wonder of hydrogen peroxide working on an anthrax project in 2002 to clean out anthrax spores in post offices where they had been released. A British company charged our government an enormous amount of money for a secret cleaning formula that was mostly, yes, hydrogen peroxide.
Hydrogen peroxide has so many uses to fight this pandemic. For example, when you return from the grocery store with fruits and vegetables that someone who is infected has been near and breathed on, wash them in hydrogen peroxide when you get home to mitigate the risk of that microbe getting into your system. 
Also, be sure to clean your shopping bags with which you brought home the fruit and vegetables.
Hydrogen peroxide has so many uses in preventing coronavirus. Below are a few from 50+ nifty uses for hydrogen peroxide for your home, garden, and body
  • “Hydrogen peroxide can work wonders on soothing a sore throat. There are a couple ways you can do it. You can either gargle a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and warm, boiled water, or you can dip a depression stick in 3% peroxide and coat your tonsils.
  • We all know (unfortunately) that there is no cure for the common cold. However, the symptoms can be managed and shortened with the use of hydrogen peroxide. Create a mixture of hydrogen peroxide, salt, and baking soda then rub inside nasal passages – it will help draw out any infections and kill bacteria.
  • As trips to the grocery store may be restricted as in China, you will need to keep your fruits and vegetables fresh longer. Did you know hydrogen peroxide can help extend the life of your fruits and vegetables? Fill your kitchen sink with water and add a quarter cup of food grade hydrogen peroxide. Soak your produce for 20 minutes, then rinse and dry. You’ll be amazed how much longer it stays fresh.
  • Makeup brushes can become a breeding ground for bacteria – thankfully, they’re very easy to clean. Mix 3% hydrogen peroxide with water and soak your brushes for approximately 5 minutes. Rinse the brushes with water then let them dry. Do this once a week for clean, bacteria-free brushes.”
Cleaning with bleach is effective, but not really safe. Hydrogen peroxide is just as effective, but safe. Think of it this way. Would you rather clean your children’s toys in a solution of bleach or hydrogen peroxide?
So, with a good barrier such as the Biological Personal Protection Kit and hydrogen peroxide, you are better prepared.
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Considering that you can live for approximately three weeks without food, but only about a week without water, clean water is vital. To make sure you have a safe water supply and that it is stored correctly to be clean and pure when you need it, consider using WaterBricks. 
I have used them for almost 10 years and find them rugged, easy to fill and store, carry and stack, and very dependable when I’ve needed them.
They sell for $180 for 10. At $18 a brick, they are reasonably priced. They are made in the USA by a veteran-owned business.
Water supplies can be cut off or contaminated. That is a fact. It happens daily. Yet, water is essential to health and life. By purchasing WaterBricks now and filling them with fresh, clean, safe-to-drink water, you will have abundant water for your family when you need it most.
On average, each of us uses 3 to 4 gallons of water a day. If your water supply is cut off, you will need to be able to access at least that much water each day. They are an easy and affordable way to satisfy that need.
I depend on a deep well for water and so I have to have store water for myself and my family. These are the best water storage items I've found. They don't leak and protect water for a very long time.
Due to their ergonomic design and comfortable, easy grip handle, WaterBricks are easy to carry individually or two at a time. You can take them where ever you need them. You can load one in the trunk of your car for emergencies, as I do in my car and in my wife’s and children’s cars.
Once in a power outage I brought the 1.6 gallon containers up and added them to my bathroom and my kid’s bathrooms. I installed the spigots to use to brush our teeth, wash our faces, and to drink. We enjoyed an uninterrupted supply of clean, safe water.
Avoid the panic of running to the grocery store BEFORE a hurricane, flood, earthquake, snowstorm, or power outage. Enjoy the peace of mind of knowing you and your family have clean water to drink, clean, bath and use. It is something you can control. By doing so, you will have one less thing to be concerned about in the stress of an event. (Your pets will thank you, too.)

How You Can Use WaterBricks

To successfully manage disasters, the U.S. Marines have used a strategy that is summarized in their saying, “Improvise, Adapt and Overcome” for years. WaterBricks are a tool to put that strategy into practice before, during, and after a disaster.
WaterBrick’s make water storage easy. They can be stored in bedrooms, basements, kitchens, living and family rooms, and closets. Due to their Lego®-like design, they may be stack as a cube or tower.
They are available in two sizes: 3.5 gallon and 1.6 gallon. These two sizes allow for long-term storage and short-term use. Each also has a sturdy, comfortable handle for carrying and a rugged screw on lid with an anti-leak gasket. This lid can be removed and a spigot lid added to regulate the flow of water from the container.
In addition to water storage, WaterBricks may also be used for: food storage, to build walls, as an emergency float, for field showers, as a flood barrier, as a hunting blind, to store medical supplies, for sand bags, and to build houses.
The Well Designed and Highly Useful Spigot

An often-overlooked feature of water storage and use is how you get the water you need to flow when you need it. Water delivery involves pouring it out (often hard and wasteful) or, for greater efficiency, using a water spigot. The water spigot that attaches to the WaterBrick meets that requirement.
It is a wonder of utilitarian engineering. The base is easy to screw on. It has a gasket that keeps it tight and prevents any leaking. The valve uses a simple handle that you turn to open the water flow. Turn the handle back and the flow stops.
What this excellent spigot design means is that in a disaster situation, with the stress and disruption each means, you do not have to worry about getting a safe, clean water quickly. This spigot is especially easy for children, the elderly, and disabled to use.
As my family discovered during our power outage, it is so much easier to brush your teeth or wash your face using the spigot.
Carrying Handle
It is ergonomically designed to be comfortable in your hand when carrying them.
Two eyelet hooks at the top of the unit make it easy to install and remove the handle. 
Rubber Gasket
Each WaterBrick has a serrated lid with a rubber gasket for easy gripping and turning. The gasket keeps the water from leaking.
Additional WaterBrick Uses
Frozen WaterBricks may be stored in a refrigerator to preserve food or medications. Medications that require refrigeration can be kept usable during a power outage. Also, when the ice eventually melts, you can drink the resulting water.
Note: This is important to extending frozen food life during a power outage. And, if you need to keep insulin or other medications cold, this can be a lifesaver in the first few hours and days of the loss of power.
Although beyond the scope of this article, if you go to the WaterBrick company website (at the bottom of this article) you will see many other uses for them, such as to build furniture and shelter or to store ammunition, grain, food, coins, alcohol, sand bags, and more.
Dual Use Technology

WaterBricks are have so many uses they are a dual use technology. Unlike so many survival supplies that sit unused except in an emergency, they can be used year-round for multiple activities (parties, family events, company gatherings, hunting, etc.) that require safe, clean water.
You can fill them with water, sand or pea gravel and they will stop a bullet (see their website). You can use them dry to maintain a waterproof enclosure for storage. Or if you are camping or boating, you can bring a few along and have clean fresh water to drink, clean up, brush your teeth, wash your clothes or any other activity that requires water.
Or, to add weight for traction, place a few in the back of your pickup truck or car in the Winter. If you are stuck for a long time in the snow, you have water to survive.
With every disaster the first item that disappears from store shelves is water bottles. By keeping WaterBricks in your survival supplies, if you must flee, you can add them to your grab them to your grab and go kit and put them in your car or truck to use on the journey or at your next destination.
You can even include them for a picnic or tailgating with your favorite beverage!
WaterBrick Features

The main features of the WaterBrick product follow.
·         Made of tough, textured BPE-free HDPE (high density polyethylene resin)
·         3/32 inches thick
·         2 ½ pounds empty and 30 pounds full of water
·         Portable
·         Available in blue or tan
·         Each has two holes to help them be staked in place
·         Easy to carry
·         Easy to tie down and secure
·         Stackable (cross stacks and interlocks)
·         Interlocking male and female parts (Lego-like design)
·         Customize storage patterns
·         Save space (store under a bed, behind a couch, in a closet, etc.)
·         Versatile — May also store bulk food (beans, grain, oats, cereal, pet food), bullets, etc.
·         Durable and last for years
·         Useful for family and business events (parties, camping and others)

Standard Size Specifications
·         3.5 gallon container
·         9″ Width, 18″ Length, 6″ Height
·         Weight Empty – 2.52 pounds
·         150 can be cross stacked per pallet
Half Size Specifications
·         1.6 gallon container
·         9″ Width, 9″ Length, 6″ Height
·         Weight Empty – 1.17 pounds
·         300 can be stacked per pallet

Portable – At 3.5 gallons, it is small enough to carry with you in a time of need or to fit under beds or in the refrigerator.
Stackable – Cross stacks and interlocks up to 4 feet high in closets or the garage to create a bulk storage system. Insert standard ¾ inch PVC through the internal columns of these stackable containers for safer stacking heights.
Durable – These industrial-grade cross-stacking containers are durable enough to withstand a high impact air drop or be used as building blocks in transitional basic shelters. The ultra violet additive extends the product life up to 15 years.
Safe Dry Storage – Stores water, food, ammo or anything you want to keep dry. The resin used in this food grade container meets FDA standards and is BPA free making them safe storage containers for food and water (but not for fuels or oils).
Water Preserve Concentrate

Another useful product they offer at $17.95 is Water Preserver Concentrate. It is a liquid additive that disinfects, preserves and extends the safe storage life of emergency drinking water. It provides a guaranteed 5-year storage. It does not have the strong odor or taste of bleach.
One Final Caution: Never store water in used plastic milk cartons, water bottles, or soda bottles. All fall apart and in time are unsafe and unsanitary. They also break apart easily.
WaterBricks are an innovative, reasonably priced, multi-use disaster and emergency tool. I have used them for a decade and find them vital to a safe supply of clean, fresh water. They also have many other uses and are a vital addition to any family or businesses survival supplies.

For more detailed information on WaterBricks, see these links:


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Flu Infection: Three Seconds Until Midnight

Dr. Steven A. Hatfill,  specialist physician, virologiist, bio-defense researcher, working in a Level 4 lab, is who you want to follow to understand the current Wuhan flu.

What is a virus? Are viruses alive?
  • Although viruses are indeed a definite biological entity that can both replicate and change with time, a virus is considered to be “alive”.
  • A virus of any type is simply a very small assembly of complicated molecules that include proteins, RNA molecules (or DNA molecules in some viruses), and sometimes fat and sugar molecules.
  • Although these biological molecules are highly organized, a virus is incapable of any form of energy production or biochemical metabolism.
  • A virus is simply an inert collection of chemicals until it penetrates and enters into a living cell of its host.
  • Influenza is actually a viral infection of birds.  Studies have shown that approximately one out of four wild birds are infected with some strain of the Influenza virus.
  • Instead of affecting the upper airway, the virus infects the intestines of the birds.
  • Usually the Influenza virus does not harm the birds but it is shed into the environment though bird droppings.
  • Individuals who have been infected with the Influenza virus are infectious to others for a day before they show any symptoms at all through the respiratory droplets they generate while speaking, coughing, and sneezing.
  • Their hands are also contaminated by the respiratory droplets they generate, and any surface that they touch can be contaminated by the virus for several hours.
  • An infected individual is considered infectious for at least four-days after they begin to show symptoms. Children may remain infectious to others for another several days after they recover from an Influenza infection.
  • An infected individual will contaminate all the objects and surfaces around them.
  • Scientists knew that Influenza was contagious and that limiting social contact with other people could reduce their chances of becoming infected with Influenza.
  • Today these measures are called Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions or NPI.
[I have always done research on the "Spanish Flu." due to what my grandmother Margaret Sweeney Watson told me growing up. She was a very even tempered person, and the only time I saw her upset was when she spoke of the effect of the Spanish Flu in Germantown, Philadelphia when she was young. For several weeks in 1918, horse drawn wooden carts would arrive daily to pick up the dead. Looking back, I realize she was traumatized by seeing this as a young girl. Here is a good description of the Spanish Flu's impact on Philadelphia's citizens.]
  • Frequently wash hands using soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid rubbing your eyes with your hands unless you wash them first.
  • Routine surface cleaning of frequently touched surfaces and objects like tables, door knobs, desks, cell phones, and computer keyboards.
  • The goal is to slow down the rate of influenza transmission so that hospitals can manage the number of patients that are being admitted for care.
  • Traditionally this has been the closure of all public gatherings including schools, movie theaters, church services, bars, restaurants, and the like.
  • However, in a heavily urbanized area where people are dependent on mass transit to travel to work, these closures will not be fully effective.
  • The Influenza virus can survive up to 3-days when at high concentrations in the presence of respiratory mucus and kept out of the ultraviolet rays of sunlight.
  • The hands must be sanitized immediately after handling money.
  • Banknotes may well be a significant factor in Influenza transmission, but our research indicates that no federal agency has yet addressed this concern.

  • If My Hands are Contaminated, Can Scratching My Nose or Rubbing My Eyes Cause Me to Be Infected?

    In a Severe Lethal Influenza Pandemic, Will the Government Tell Me the Truth What is Happening?
    • Based on past history, it cannot be guaranteed that the US Government will tell its citizens the truth about the severity of an Influenza Pandemic.

    • Dr. Steven Hatfill Biography

    • Dr. Steven Hatfill is a specialist physician and a virologist with a military background and separate master’s degrees in microbial genetics, radiation biochemistry, and experimental pathology. In 1986, he overwintered in Antarctica as a member of the 27th SANAE Antarctic Expedition. In 1992, he demonstrated that the drug Thalidomide exerted a major effect in Leukemia cell cultures. Analogues of this drug are now a mainstay treatment for pre-leukemia and Multiple Myeloma.

      Dr Hatfill’s medical fellowships include Oxford University, the NIH in Bethesda, and the NRC where he studied the Ebola Virus at the US Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick. His background includes training and certification as a UN Weapons Inspector. Since 2005, he has been involved in the directed training of both civilians and the military, in the medical response to mass casualties from blast and ballistic injury.

      In 2015, he trained and helped to establish the Rapid Hemorrhagic Fever Response Team for the National Disaster Management Unit in Kenya, Africa. He has numerous peer-reviewed scientific publications. In 2018, he was awarded Honorary U.S. Army Parachute Wings with Bronze Star, in an exchange ceremony with the U.S. Army 1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne). He is a National Fellow of the Explorers Club, a board member of several non-profit medical organizations and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in two departments at a leading US Medical School.

      Here is his website from which I draw this material

    • Note

While listening to the Steve Bannon Warroom show, I heard him talking about the Wuhan Flu with Dr. Steven A. Hatfill.
An alarm went off in my mind and soul.
I knew that name well.
When I worked on anthrax mitigation in 2003, the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) went after him with a vengeance. They accused him of being responsible for sending anthrax in envelopes through he mail where it was released in postal facilities and killed people.
That was a total lie on the FBI's part. As today, they were so powerful they did not have to be truthful or accurate in their persecutions.
And as today, they leaked to and used the mainstream media (New York Times, Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, etc) as a force multiplier to go after him.
Here is the whole sordid tale of FBI, DOJ and main stream media persecution of this great man.

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You have to prepare continuously so that one hour is immaterial.
Remember Aesolp's Fable of the Ant and The Grasshopper.
“Why bother about winter?” said the Grasshopper; “we have got plenty of food at present.” But the Ant went on its way and continued its toil. When the winter came the Grasshopper had no food, and found itself dying of hunger, while it saw the ants distributing every day corn and grain from the stores they had collected in the summer. Then the Grasshopper knew:
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