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The Path Less Traveled

Many folks have been silent lately within the prepper online communities, myself included. There are a multitude of reasons for this and most of them are applicable at one time or another to most of us. However I am going to be brutally honest today about some of the reasons I have been silent in hopes that maybe some of

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Survival Debate: Aimpoint vs. EOTech?

The choice between an EOTech holographic weapons sight and an Aimpoint red dot sight is a win-win decision. Both sights offer amazing optical performance, near indestructibility, and a proven track record in battle. by Doc Montana, a contributing author of SurvivalCache.com EOTech VS Aimpoint The downside of both of these sights are that they are [...]

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What we can Learn from the Survivors of Chile’s April Earthquake

Lately we’ve heard a lot about earthquakes in the news—and this one’s got to be the biggest one yet because it didn’t just cause the ground to shake. Did you know that powerful earthquakes often cause other natural disasters? On ...

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Essential Survival Apps for Smartgadgets

Essential survival apps for smartgadgets

Essential Survival Apps for Smartgadgets The smartphone is one of the most essentials tools for survival nowadays. With it, you are able to call for help in times of emergency, or access the Internet for directions when you get lost. ...

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Where Is The Gun???

That’s the problem, there isn’t one. The only reason this makes the news is because the kid was an honor student. He was also found “sane” and “intelligent”. What sane and intelligent 16 year old beats their parents to death ...

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Vaccine-induced immune overload now affects majority of US children, study finds

By Ethan A. Huff Immunity is crucial. But the artificial kind brought about by vaccines can be extremely damaging, especially when the body’s immune response is too strong. A groundbreaking new study published in the peer-reviewed journal Molecular and Genetic ...

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The Federal Reserve Explained In 7 Minutes

  From Belligerent Politics Delivered by The Daily Sheeple Contributed by The Daily Sheeple of www.TheDailySheeple.com. This content may be freely reproduced in full or in part in digital form with full attribution to the author and a link to ...

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The Effects of California’s Driest Year

The Effects of California's Driest Year

This post is the second installment of a three-part series highlighting the 2014 California Drought. Check out Part One of the series: "California Drought: Four Months in Review

For the last three to four years, drought conditions have spread all across the western US, but recently, California has been hit the hardest, facing dry temperatures and withered land. The following infographic from Drought Monitor shows you just how dry (and as a result, at risk for fires) certain areas of California are. 100% of the state of California is now in “severe” to exceptional drought.

California Drought Monitor

Conservation Mode

The state is in emergency water conservation mode until further notice. According to Kathleen Miles from the Huffington Post, Governor Brown has advised residents to cut their water use by 20%. All lawn watering and car washing is banned. Homeowners who don’t promptly fix leaks have been fined by city governments.

Coin-operated car washes must only use recycled water. Restaurants and private citizens are encouraged to use paper plates and cups, and water is served in restaurants only upon customer request. Newly-constructed swimming pools may not be filled. Earlier in the year, cities were squabbling over who gets how much water; and in Mendocino County, the sheriff’s office is keeping a close eye out for water thieves who try to pump water from Lake Mendocino into trucks and haul it away to sell or use.

According to a Huffington Post article from May 16th, 40 city employees in Sacramento have even been “re-designated as ‘water cops’ tasked with reporting and responding to wasteful maintenance.”

Industry Affected

Tourism is also adversely affected. California’s ski industry struggled all winter for the lack of snow. Fishing has been banned in several rivers to protect drought-stricken salmon and steelhead trout that may be in danger of extinction if the drought continues. The wine industry is also suffering, with grapes growing slowly and ripening before they’ve reached mature size.

Wildfires Increase

California is especially vulnerable to wildfires during times of drought. On average, 69 fires are reported monthly during normal conditions; however, just from January 1 to January 25 of this year, 406 wildfires were reported. The California wildfire season typically occurs during the summer and fall, but the drought has caused wildfires to become an all-year-round occurrence.

According to the National Journal, as of May 15th “brush fires in California had burned nearly 10,000 acres, destroyed 30 homes, threatened multiple military facilities, and forced thousands to evacuate.” The state has also faced a series of heat waves, with highs between 98 and 106 degrees F that are not helping the situation.

 

These drought conditions are severely taking a toll on daily life in California and other areas in the west. Check out our Insight Articles to help you conserve water in the future by building up your own water storage supply today:

Tomorrow, check out Part III of our California Drought Series  "California Drought: the Impact on Farming and Produce"

-Sharon, Kim, and Angela

Photo Courtesy of the United States Drought Monitor

 

Sources:

www.blogs.usda.gov/2012/08/10/us-drought-and-your-food-costs

www.theundergroundsite.com/california-drought-could-impact-world-food-prices

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/30/california-drought-effects-500-years_n_4647529.html

www.trippapparel.com/2014/18697

www.earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Feature/LakeMead

www.usatoday.com/story/theoval/2014/02/14/obama-california-drought-aid-vilsack/5479121

www.nytimes.com/2014/02/15/us/politics/obama-to-announce-aid-for-drought-racked-california.html?r=0

www.westernfarmpress.com/blog/obama-administration-misses-boat-drought-assistance

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/16/california-drought_n_5340596.html

http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/Home/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?CA

http://www.nationaljournal.com/energy/california-s-wildfire-season-has-ravaged-nearly-10-000-acres-so-far-20140515

http://www.capradio.org/articles/2014/02/06/drought-forces-broadest-fishing-ban-in-state-coho-at-risk-of-extinction/

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Merck issues mass recall of Gardasil vaccines over glass shard contaminants

By Ethan A. Huff Nearly three-quarters of a million doses of Merck & Co.’s Gardasil vaccine for HPV and cervical cancer have been recalled following the discovery that they may be contaminated. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ...

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Going Off Grid – Part III

After we had established the ability to heat our home in an emergency with a wood burning fireplace, my wife and I decided that back up power would be the next logical step.  Unsure about the current state of solar technology, we decided to look into a stand by generator. By Virginia Tom, a reader [...]

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