Episode 158 – Looking Forward into 2013






Looking Forward into 2013

I hope you had a Happy holiday. Kids, I hope Santa brought what you were hoping for. In this podcast, we’re going to be looking at what may be in store for us in 2013.

Some quick announcements:

  • EMP ebook available on Amazon.
  • Preparedness Capability Checklist book coming soon. I hope to have it ready for publishing by the end of month.
  • Weekly Tips – Don’t forget to sign up if you haven’t yet.
  • Newsletter starting soon. This will be a collection of the articles that appear on the site every week. I’ll be pulling the trigger on this in the next week or two.
  • Prepper News Watch articles – a new feature on the Preparedness Podcast website.


End of the World – It didn’t happen, did it.

Notes for this section:

  • Comment on how the world didn’t end, even though there were those that were certain that it was.  Reference the podcast on Doomsday 2012 and why it’s good not to get too wrapped up in these predictions.
  • Predictions can be useful, especially for “What If?” types of war-gaming.  IOW, test your preps with this sort of stuff and see how you would fare, or to find out any weaknesses in your prep plans.

Looking Forward into 2013 – What are some things that we can expect going into the new year?

Notes for this section:

  • Economy issues – It can shift suddenly, but inflation is a long term event. Need to continue prepping for a depressed or hyperinflation economy.
  • Food issues – We’re continuing to see reports on how we’re not growing enough food to feed the entire globe. This has been a recurring theme over the past 4 or 5 years and doesn’t seem to be getting better.
  • Solar activity – the 2013-2014 is supposed to be a maximum for solar activity.

North Korea launches missile – Huge EMP potential

Notes for this section:

  • Under the guise of launching a satellite, last month, North Korea launched a missile into the upper atmosphere.
  • Whether their intention really was to launch a satellite or not, the issue here is that the missile they used is capable of reaching the west coast of the US.
  • Top this missile with a single nuke, and we’re looking at an EMP nightmare scenario.
  • Granted, the EMP wouldn’t cover the entire US, but if it was coordinated with another actor that launched a missile on the east coast, or multiple actors that launch multiple EMP nukes from several directions… yeouch!

Solar Flares & CME – Potential is higher than normal

Notes for this section:

  • SpaceWeather.com is reporting (http://www.spaceweather.com):
  • The sun is peppered with spots: There are now more than a dozen numbered active regions scattered around the solar disk. As the sunspot count increases so does the chance of flares. NOAA forecasters estimate a 25% chance of M-class eruptions and a 5% chance of X-flares during the next 24 hours.
  • http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/sunearth/news/X-class-flares.html
  • If they’re directed at Earth, such flares and associated CMEs can create long lasting radiation storms that can harm satellites, communications systems, and even ground-based technologies and power grids. X-class flares on December 5 and December 6, 2006, for example, triggered a CME that interfered with GPS signals being sent to ground-based receivers.

Drought Potential for US – Some improvement possible

Notes for this section:

  • I think it’s too early to know for sure what the spring and summer will bring with regards to the drought. The current long range forecast is showing that there some improvement is possible, which is a far better outlook than it could be.
  • http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/expert_assessment/seasonal_drought.html
  • Some drought improvement is also possible across the Midwest and northern tier of the U.S., but general persistence of extreme to exceptional drought is expected across the Plains states during the dry season.

Hyperinflation – Still a threat

Notes for this section:

  • As discussed several times on previous podcasts, the potential for going into a hyperinflation economy is a real possibility.
  • Personally, I have a feeling that we have already entered the beginning stages of this. Though, it’s difficult to tell, as it’s like peak oil. You can’t tell if you’ve hit peak oil until several years after you’ve actually reached peak oil.

What’s coming up on the Podcast?

Notes for this section:

  • Spouse show
  • How to make a preparedness plan
  • Prep related apps for mobile devices.
  • The Preparedness Capability Checklist and how to use it.
  • Ideally: we’re going to be getting into some nuke and RADEF stuff.
    • Also, hoping to get to pandemics.



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