REFUGE BY SAFECASTLE: emergency alerts

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Showing posts with label emergency alerts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label emergency alerts. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Market-Meltdown Wake-up Call from Safecastle

This is your wake-up call ... don't snooze
Markets melting down, systems failing, panic spreading

Getting right to the point--the slide toward anarchy may have begun. Global investors are in full retreat. Greece lit the fuse, China spilled the gasoline. Wall Street and the other financial centers around the world are in turmoil. Starvation and panic is already front and center in Greece. In Europe and in Asia, banks and brokerages are unable to help their clients. It's all spreading in rapid fashion and one does not need much imagination to realize what comes soon after the inevitable rioting in the streets.
 
From where we sit--we can tell you with certainty and experience what happens in the preparedness marketplace. Supplies are depleted in no time. Backorders stretch into months. Factories shutdown when raw materials become unavailable. 
 
Bottom line--we can't promise we will be able to help you stock-up once the SHTF.
 
In the meantime, we ARE here, watching the news as closely as I'm sure you are, praying for the best, filling orders, making necessities available at the best prices we can swing.

Note that through July 15, we are still offering up some of our most popular products at extra steep discounts, while they remain available.  
 

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

It's not the time to be comfortably numb!

A little stream-of-consciousness here ... based largely on what I am finding myself doing right now.

1.  There is a strong tendency right now to slide down in the swivel chair to just watch the markets and the global headlines. Maybe still denying internally that this might really be the beginning of the long-expected crash.

2.  Intellectually, it sure seems to fit the bill ... everything as it is now happening may in fact be accelerating downhill with little chance of it reversing course, even temporarily. The trick here may be to actually square up with that fact emotionally, calmly, with a focus on next steps.

3.  Not nearly the time yet to think bugging out or bunkering up, but to embrace the fact that at this point we are still ahead of the game in comparison to almost everybody else out in the meat world.

4.  So how to use that early advantage? That's the question of the day. The answer means something a bit different for each prepper, but this is that hoped-for early warning before TSHTF. Maybe.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Beware the Greek Canary! Watch and learn ... finish your preps now

The dominoes have begun to fall. It will be a relatively slow-motion cascade of crises from now through the next several weeks and mere handful of months.

The Greek default will turn out to be the trigger event that will cause not only a catastrophe in Greece, but will also quickly spread through much of Europe. The falling dominoes will ultimately criss-cross the globe, as the central banks fail to push the inevitable any further down the road.

Every day the news coverage will show the spreading fear and destruction, though some mainstream media outlets may try to keep it all on the low down.

Preppers Want a Warning Sign

Most folks have seen this coming for a long time, but we really have wanted a big flare in the sky or a warning shot across the bow to let us know that the expected collapse is imminent. Well consider this Greek debt default to be the early warning sign for your final preps if you are in North America.

Those in Europe--the urgency for you to make ready is great.

Astute and discerning preppers have already begun to move on this over the last 24 hours. If there is one thing I know it is the preparedness marketplace. This is already showing to be one of those rare events that will bring about panic buying of preps--particularly long-term storage food--to the point where suppliers will quickly have their warehouses emptied and customer waiting lists will stretch out for months.

I've been in the business for long enough that I have seen it happen two or three times. It hurts and it's frustrating. But it does happen and I put it today at about a 75% chance of happening again, starting this week.

Be forewarned. Stay safe.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Emergency Alerts. Did you know ?

EMERGENCY ALERTS

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You can receive important lifesaving alerts no matter where you are - at home, at school, or at work.
Public safety officials use reliable systems to alert you and your family in the event of natural or man-made disasters. Many communities also offer emergency alert notifications through their own systems. 
  1. Why are Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) important to me?
    Alerts received at the right time can help keep you safe during an emergency. With WEA, warnings can be sent to your mobile device when you may be in harm's way, without need to download an app or subscribe to a service.
  2. What are WEA messages?
    Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) are emergency messages sent by authorized government alerting authorities through your mobile carrier.
  3. What types of alerts will I receive?
    • Extreme weather, and other threatening emergencies in your area
    • AMBER Alerts
    • Presidential Alerts during a national emergency
  4. What does a WEA message look like?
    WEA will look like a text message. The WEA message will show the type and time of the alert, any action you should take, and the agency issuing the alert. The message will be no more than 90 characters.
  5. How will I know the difference between WEA and a regular text message?
    WEA messages include a special tone and vibration, both repeated twice.
  6. What types of WEA messages will the National Weather Service send?
    • Tsunami Warnings
    • Tornado and Flash Flood Warnings
    • Hurricane, Typhoon, Dust Storm and Extreme Wind Warnings
  7. What are AMBER Alerts?
    AMBER Alerts are urgent bulletins issued in the most serious child-abduction cases. The America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response (AMBER) Alert Program is a voluntary partnership between law-enforcement agencies, broadcasters, transportation agencies, and the wireless industry.
  8. Who will send WEAs to issue AMBER Alerts?
    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), in coordination with State and Local public safety officials, sends out AMBER Wireless Emergency Alerts through IPAWS.
  9. What should I do when I receive a WEA message?
    Follow any action advised by the message. Seek more details from local media or authorities.
  10. Will I receive a WEA message if I'm visiting an area where I don't live, or outside the area where my phone is registered?
    Yes, if you have a WEA-capable phone and your wireless carrier participates in the program. (More than 100 carriers, including all of the largest carriers, do.)
  11. What if I travel into a threat area after a WEA message is already sent?
    If you travel into a threat area after an alert is first sent, your WEA-capable device will receive the message when you enter the area.
  12. When will I start receiving WEA messages?
    It depends. WEA capabilities were available beginning in April 2012, but many mobile devices, especially older ones, are not WEA-capable. When you buy a new mobile device, it probably will be able to receive WEA messages.
  13. Is this the same service public safety agencies have asked the public to register for?
    No, but they are complementary. Local agencies may have asked you to sign up to receive telephone calls, text messages, or emails. Those messages often include specific details about a critical event. WEAs are very short messages designed to get your attention in a critical situation. They may not give all the details you receive from other notification services.
  14. Will I be charged for receiving WEA messages?
    No. This service is offered for free by wireless carriers. WEA messages will not count towards texting limits on your wireless plan.
  15. Does WEA know where I am? Is it tracking me?
    No. Just like emergency weather alerts you see on local TV, WEAs are broadcast from area cell towers to mobile devices in the area. Every WEA-capable phone within range receives the message, just like TV that shows the emergency weather alert if it is turned on. But, the TV stations, like WEA, don't know exactly who is tuned in.
  16. Will a WEA message interrupt my phone conversations?
    No, the alert will be delayed until you finish your call.
  17. How often will I receive WEA messages?
    You may get very few WEA messages, or you may receive frequent messages when conditions change during an emergency. The number of messages depends on the number of imminent threats to life or property in your area.
  18. If, during an emergency, I can't make or receive calls or text messages due to network congestion, will I still be able to receive a WEA message?
    Yes, WEA messages are not affected by network congestion.
  19. What if I don't want to receive WEA messages?
    You can opt-out of receiving WEA messages for imminent threats and AMBER alerts, but not for Presidential messages. To opt out, adjust settings on your mobile device.
  20. How will I receive alerts if I don't have a WEA-capable device?
    WEA is only one of the ways you receive emergency alerts. Other sources include NOAA Weather Radio, news broadcasts, the Emergency Alert System on radio and TV programs, outdoor sirens, and other alerting methods offered by local and state public safety agencies.
Source: Ready.gov