News Stories with Preparedness Aspects

Today, Friday January 9th, 2009, was a fairly busy day in terms of news stories that pertain to preparedness.  Here are some of what I’ve found today:

Powerful Solar Storm Could Shut Down U.S. for Months – A new study from the National Academy of Sciences outlines grim possibilities on Earth for a worst-case scenario solar storm. Damage to power grids and other communications systems could be catastrophic, the scientists conclude, with effects leading to a potential loss of governmental control of the situation.

Amazing solar-powered fridge – the concept isn’t new, but rather an adaptation on something we’ve known for a long time. In any regard, it’s a cool innovative way to keep things cold (though more research needs to be done to determine if it would work in places other than hot climates).

US job losses hit record in 2008 – If you’ve been reading this blog, this comes as no surprise. 2.6 Million people lost their jobs last year – More US workers lost jobs last year than in any year since World War II … The US jobless rate rose to 7.2% in December, the highest in 16 years. 524,000 Jobs lost in December alone.

Are you concerned about keeping your job? – Fox News posts a comments section for people to respond to the question.  It’s a long post but read through the comments (ignoring the morons) to get a glimpse into what’s happening to people across the country. I think this paints a more accurate picture that what we hear on the nightly news.

Kenya to declare food emergency – A small story, but it’s another piece of the food shortage puzzle. The continued stress put on the global food supply will affect all of us eventually.

There are more things going on in the world that could affect us than there has been recently. We need to prepare to meet each of these should (in some cases, when) they happen. Being prepared means less stress for you and your family. 

– Rob

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