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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

NatGeo Prepper facts

Episode 3
In 2009 the Pentagon admitted to testing body armor by strapping it on live pigs and blowing them up
{on a side note not given on the show, when asked why recruits join the military the number 1 answer was "to blow stuff up" - I got that from a 1990 documentary on PBS}

Shipping containers are a popular proper accessory. They're durable and can carry up to 67,000 lbs, empty it weighs about 10,000 lbs on it's own

According to a recent survey, 20% of Americans have planned an escape route to leave their neighborhoods or towns

Yellowstone Super Volcano facts:
• has erupted 3 times over last 2.5 million years
• average 71,000 years between eruptions
• last eruption 640,000 ago

Scientists estimate that the threat to human life would likely extend as far as South Dakota

There are over 250 million PRIVATELY owned guns in the US (don't know if this includes rifles/shotguns/etc)

according to a recent survey, 25% of Americans say they have done nothing to prepare for a potential catastrophe

A yellowstone eruption would have devastating short And long term effects, but scientists believe the ash fall on NY would be minimum {note: remember the DustBowl, guys!}

MREs are about 1,200 calories and are eaten for a maximum of 21 days

MREs have a shelf life of 5 years

A typical Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) can provide oxygen for 30-60 minutes at rest

in the US, a family of 4 spends on average $200 a week on groceries

The average US family spends over $3000 a year on gasoline {where are they living? That sounds like just afew months up here}

Biodiesel works in any diesel engine with little or no modification to the engine or fuel system

Vodka can reduce irritations caused by poison ivy and jelly fish stings. It's also an insect repellent

Alcohol in general does not have a "shelf life"

Preppers like it as a bargaining tool, as a fuel, as a wound disinfectant, weaponry, and it gets you drunk

According to a recent Gallop poll, 47% of American adults have a gun on their property

Illinois is the only state that does not allow concealed firearms

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