PRIMER ON PREPAREDNESS
By Steve Van Nattan-- Editor--
Balaam's Ass Speaks
This item was
originally posted 2001.
It is still greatly more than Homeland Sucurity has
This primer is for nuts and bolts survival preparations
BEFORE the attack. In the USA we are not PRE-Reactive-- We are just
Reactive. Let me illustrate. In virtually every city in America the
method for deciding where to put a new traffic light is to count dead bodies.
USA traffic people are void of the ability of predicting which intersections
will produce a given dead body count, so they wait until after the funerals to
make conclusions and act.
In regard to this impending War, and in
regard to the escalating probability of terrorist attacks with bio and chemical
weapons, YOU CAN COUNT ON IT-- Your leaders will not act until there is a major
attack. At that point it will be much too late for perhaps 200,000 victims.
The President and news room talking heads will fake great shock and vicious
bitter concern. They will then REACT to the aftermath with retaliation,
and they will go into frantic activity to try to provide protection before the
next wave of attacks. The chance of them preparing for terror will still
be woefully slow since there will be little or no knowledge of where to find the
materials for the citizen to protect himself. One illustration will suffice.
In order to be certain that every American could survive two possible infections
of Anthrax, it would be necessary to supply every person with minimum 80 pills
of Tetracycline. 250 million people times 80 pills = 20 billion pills. These
are NOT possibly available if the whole world's supply could be acquired. Are
you catching on yet?
Thus, YOU will have to take care of yourself
and anyone whom you love. The following will be light and silly sounding
to the majority who read this page. This has NEVER been needed in the USA.
There seems to be no need for it right now. So, you, like our leaders,
can laugh it off. After all, why patch the roof while the sun is shining,
For those of you who are still not brain dead--
deal with the following:
Where are the most likely targets?
What dispersal methods will be used for terrorist attack?
steps should I take to get ready for a chemical or bio attack?
24, 1998 update from the BBC, London
Cautions in dealing with suspicious letters in the mail
Where are the most likely targets?
In order to figure
out where Middle Eastern terrorists will attack, I have made a list of criterion
which I feel the average terrorist, or his handler, would use. This is in
part based on logic and in part on my experience with the people of other lands
and cultures. I figure I have at least as much sense as some of these Sophomore
yo-yos who are blundering into disaster after disaster in US foreign affairs.
Furthermore; how have THEY helped you get ready for terrorist attacks?
In the order of highest priority to a terrorist who is a Muslim and from
the Middle East--
1. A terrorist will look first for a
large heavily populated cities. This could be a city, or it could
be a major league baseball game. The determination would only be as to the
size of the delivery system. For an aerosol can of Anthrax, a baseball game
would present a tightly packed mass. For 200 pounds of Anthrax in a plastic
bag, the top of a building in New York City would be attractive. One million
people would die. When to hit this mass would be determined easily-- 7:30
Tuesday morning with the masses on their way to work. Suggestion: Move
out of large cities. If you live in New York City, NOW is a great time to
move to Jersey and commute. Or, move back to the farm in Kansas.
2. Pedestrian targets would be hit. In Israel, terrorists
set off bombs in busy streets or on loaded buses. Rallies like Promise Keepers
and Million Man Marches would be VERY attractive. Freeways would not likely
be the site of attacks since they don't offer pedestrian masses. Beware
of large crowds. The coming Olympics has to be considered. Shopping
malls, the home away from home to millions of socially deranged Americans, would
be very popular for the small quantity delivery devices such as aerosol cans.
Indoor malls would also be attractive in the dead of winter in the north
and at mid-summer in Phoenix and Las Vegas.
3. From up
wind. Logical, right? Well, in the US Army manual on placing
latrines at a bivouac site there is not one word about placing it down wind to
avoid stench. The manual could not have been written by a veteran of a real
war. If you live down wind in a large city, you will be on the bull's eye for
sure. Terrorists will USE the wind as a tool of war. Anthrax released
from a tall building on a breezy day will drift 15 miles. I suggest you
move to a home that is on the far edge of the city UP WIND. At least think
in terms of moving to such an area if terrorist attacks break out. Have
a place in mind where you would go.
4. Strategic Military
installations and Political targets. Military bases which have a great
number of high ranking commanders will be first hit. Then locations where
large masses of troops are being staged will get it. Also, Military bases
in large well packed cities will be hit so that blow-by will drift on over the
city. Bases where high tech operations depend on healthy programers and
sound minds will be possible targets. The Pentagon has to be target number
one. It would offer the opportunity to kill many high ranking personnel
and get Washington DC as well. The White House is down wind from the Pentagon
as the prevailing wind would have it. Bases along the Mexican and Canadian
border will be avoided in order to prevent further international antagonism. Embassies
would be hit only if they were in countries which Islamic and Middle Eastern nations
5. Water supplies. America's
most exposed underbelly regarding terrorist attacks is its water supplies. All
over the USA are thousands of unguarded water tanks and piping exposed. It
is a simple matter to buy a device which has a drill and a clamp which can be
attached to small to very large pipes. These are available at your hardware
or plumbing specialty store for emergency use. After using one of these,
a pressurized tank could easily deliver all manner of toxins into the water supply
of cities. Reservoirs in many areas are not guarded, and in some cases not
even fenced. Precautions will be discussed later.
with poor escape routes will be targeted. New York City is again a
favorite since it is exited only by passing through a number of bridges and tunnels
which would drastically inhibit mass exit from attack sites. Chicago is
of considerable interest with Lake Michigan blocking exit to the east. Los
Angeles is fairly good for exit since it is a sprawling city with many exits.
Dallas is fairly easy to exit. Miami is fearful. Hawaii is a
sitting duck. Boston would be tragic since it has thousands of winding poorly
marked streets. Getting into an area, of which you are not familiar, would
be fatal. Again, border cities would be highly desirable for refuge since
the terrorists would be under orders not to create unwanted international troubles.
Indeed, a terrorist attack would signal a great time to vacation in Mexico.
7. International travel exits and entries suggest an attack
zone. It is not easy, for a new comer or foreign terrorist, to get
into Los Angeles and then get to a target without help. The distances are
so great and the routes can be confusing. New York City is very easy. Land
at Kennedy, jump into a cab, and ask to go to the Lincoln Center, the United Nations
Building, or the World Trade Center. If large quantities of toxins are to
be shipped in under cover of merchandise, the East Coast would be the most attractive,
with a corridor from Boston to Baltimore being the ocean shipping port of entry
choices. Long Beach, California would also be an ocean shipping port
of entry, which may be why Bill Clinton tried to give it to the Chinese.
8. Possible attacks in smaller communities. It could
be that terror strategists will see the value of hitting Omaha, Nebraska and Billings,
Montana. If they were to hit shopping malls in many such cities on two or
three consecutive days, they would create nation wide panic as Americans could
not assume that large cities were the only targets. The objective would
not be to kill maximum numbers but to create maximum panic. If this were
the strategy, all Americans in all urban localities would have to consider taking
precautions. This is not what I feel is the first scenario, but it certainly
must be considered. Also, hitting smaller cities would make it very hard
for Federal and local authorities to catch terrorists before they acted and fled.
Law enforcement is already spread way too thin in the USA, and local police
and sheriffs in small cities are NOT well trained and prepared to find and stop
What dispersal methods will be
used for terrorist attack?
1. Release into the air from high buildings. This would
have to be the most desirable and morbid possibility. A high building upwind
from New York City would allow Anthrax, which is a spore like mushroom spores,
to drift for 15 miles through the streets of the city. On a dry day, it
would settle on the streets and be stirred up over and over by automobiles and
buses. Subway vents would blow it up into the air over and over. Maximum
bang for the buck would be attained.
2. Small Aircraft.
Don't look for jet planes to spray the cities with "yellow rain."
This will only happen on battle fields or upwind of Israel etc. in the Middle
East. But, small aircraft can be rented, hired, or borrowed, and the
agents and toxins can be released quite easily. The plane could fly at minimum
altitudes which are just barely legal but low enough to allow the agents to drift
to earth on a calm day. Ball parks and amusement parks like Disneyland would
be especially popular, as targets for such releases, since the small aircraft
would not be suspected of evil by those on the ground.
easy and effective way to disperse toxins would be from automobiles and trucks.
This would be useful in rush hour traffic on pleasant days in Los
Angeles when many people have their windows down. One round trip from North
Hollywood to Santa Ana and back, mid to late afternoon, could infect hundreds
of thousands of victims.
Release from autos would also be ideal
for circling the Mall in Washington DC when may tourists are in the area. It
could even be attractive on nice days to drive round and round a busy city making
a release of large quantities of toxins. It must be remembered that these
terrorists may have been vaccinated against infection, and they would not be inhibited
from being in the way of release. This would give false security to the
victims as they watched for terrorists trying to make a releases and yet avoid
the toxins. Muslim terrorists also do not fear death at their own hands.
4. Aerosol cans. This has been speculated to
be a very popular release method by experts in the UK. This is because aerosol
cans are so common in our society. They are everywhere by the millions.
They are very easy to produce and fill. They also provide good dispersal
since they have self-contained pressure which is essential to a good cloud pattern.
Aerosols also are small, and a can could be released here and another over
yonder without carrying a large container to give away the attack to watchers.
They could be concealed as cleaning materials by janitors who were planted
in large mass gathering areas like ball parks and mass transit stations such as
airports and subways. They could also be improvised into delayed release
bombs with some crude improvising techniques requiring only hardware store materials.
I also note that about six terrorists, and a bundle of aerosol cans of Anthrax,
could walk the fence of a major stockyard, upwind, with two to three million head
of stock in it, and they could devastate our beef supply for a long time.
5. Wells and aquifiers. We are now talking about
dioxin and other chemical agents. Dioxin is a rather common by-product in
a number of industrial processes. It is protected in the USA, but Saddam
Hussein might easily buy it from other nations. It may be the most powerful
toxin on earth. A well could be dug, or the well of a city water supply
broken into, and the dioxin could be poured down the well through access from
the top-- not difficult at all. A well could even be contracted at a residence
upstream in the aquifier of a city but outside the city limits where wells are
still being drilled. The toxin could then be PUMPED into the aquifier in
large quantities and it would drift downstream until it reached the city wells.
Some aquifiers could also be poisoned by releasing the toxins at ground
level where they might leach onward underground. This could possibly be
done by treating snow packs in mountains near cites so that the aquifier was poisoned.
6. Water tanks and mains. As mentioned above,
there are thousands of water supply facilities which are wide open to terrorist
attack. Even if the water were discovered before many people were infected,
which is NOT to be assumed, the water still would be hazardous for a long time
in the case of Dioxin and other extreme toxins. It would be costly and psychologically
devastating to the population to try to relax and get back to normal. I
hesitate to mention all the ways I have noticed are open to water supply attack.
I have NEVER heard of any national of local effort being made to identify
these open targets and make provision for self-defense by local law enforcement
and Federal operatives. This will only happen after there are enough dead
bodies to justify concern, right?
7. The least likely method
of attack would be by Scuds or missiles. This is because our military
is supposed to be prepared for this. I do note though that small planes
have buzzed the White House, and a German from West Germany landed in Red Square
in a small aircraft one time to prove a point. A Cuban pilot fled Cuba in
a fighter jet and was detected only as he rolled to a stop at a US Military airfield
It is folly to assume that US Military leaders
are totally prepared. They are not. In their favor, we must note that
the Military is traditionally not supposed to meddle in American life according
to our Constitution. That means the Military can warn Federal authorities,
and the Feds then must take appropriate action. In the Oklahoma City bombing,
precautions were taken by the Feds taking the day off just before the bombing.
Strange action, and not very comforting. So, there COULD be a way
found to deliver missiles or small toxic bombs over our cities, at least over
sea coast cities. Again, I hesitate to talk of ways I have noticed. I
would hate to be the one to tip off the terrorists. However; this has to
be the least likely thing to look for, so don't get all worked up over it.
What steps should I take to
get ready for a chemical or bio attack?
INTRODUCTION: This will be the most practical section on
this page, for it will be where you will learn of steps which you can take to
reduce your chances of death and suffering. I don't expect many people to
do anything about this right now, but I would strongly suggest you copy this page
to a publishing program or Notepad, and print it out. If the power fails,
it will be no use to you then. Again, most of you DO NOT really believe
you are in any danger, and you won't until a thousand people have died in some
other city. But, what if they attack YOUR city first?
I can assure you that all experts, both for and against War with Iraq, agree
that Saddam Hussein has made it quite possible for Islamic terrorists from many
Muslim nations to attack the USA with toxins and chemicals. England is right
now frantically producing anti-bio-attack vaccines for their population, and Israel
has purchased gas masks for their population AND TOURISTS! The notion that
the USA will be immune to such attacks is monstrous insanity. We have to
be the number one target to several thousand lunatics in Islamic lands. Recently
thousands of Muslims met at the Grand Mosque of Mecca to pray for the destruction
of the United States. They ARE serious folks, and they have great resources
of petro-dollars to fund their visions of terror.
I also must
note that Farrakhan has made it quite clear that death is the destiny of Whites
and Christians who do not submit to Islam. I have no idea how many Black
Muslims would act upon his ravings, but I note the Jesse Jackson and many other
Black American activists will NOT stand against Farrakhan. We must not let
this turn us against Black Americans who are peace loving folks, but we also are
not fools. The Black Muslim community DOES offer potential to the Muslim
terror mongers of Mecca.
Many folks also fear that there
may be agents provocateur within either the Militia or within the Federal agencies
such as FEMA and the BATF who would be called on to release terror attacks to
give the Federal Government cause to declare a state of National Emergency and
take charge of American life and suspend Democracy and local government. We
would hope this would not happen, but Waco and Randy Weaver bring back memories
of Federal manipulation of American life. What a great opportunity a terrorist
attack would give these One Worlders to take charge of America.
Again, as I have tried to make clear before, the US Military is NOT conditioned
to help the Feds destroy America. Our Military officers of rank all know
that they are sworn to DEFEND the USA and the Constitution. Many of them
are NOT friendly to the present Administration in personal feelings. Bill
Clinton could NOT give the order to our Generals and Admirals to attack American
citizens and get any kind of a response. The Military will generally be
the friend of the US citizen. This is why the Feds need a crisis which will
produce submission without Military intrusion. A terrorist attack with toxic
agents would be just the ticket. Our CIA is well known for using outside
foreign antagonistic operatives to gain objectives of purely propaganda value
within the US population. This may be why there is no preparation for terrorist
attacks-- These attacks could be anticipated and part of a plan to alter American
Whatever the motivations, the permutations are many,
so taking precautions has to be prudent. Therefore, here are the various
things you can do to get ready for terrorist attack, in particular, an attack
using chemical and biological agents as weapons:
take BEFORE you are caught in an attack:
-- You must remember
that distance is life saving. If you can get something between you and the
toxins, you have a chance of not being infected or hit. Here is a list of
things to get BEFORE the attack:
-- A large plastic raincoat (This
is for Yellow Rain attacks.)
-- A large umbrella (Yellow Rain is delivered
in a sticky spray and is usually not inhaled but lands on the skin. If it
never contacts your skin, you are reasonably safe.)
-- Access to a
shower. Business owners would do well to arrange a simple shower in a basement
or restroom. Privacy will not be a high priority after someone is sprayed
by Yellow Rain or is exposed to Anthrax. Any shower possibility will be
-- Gas masks. These are mainly for Anthrax, Plague,
and Botulism attacks.
-- Cotton cloth bag to cover your head. This
is for Yellow Rain attack. If the weave is tight, it could also help with
Anthrax and other bio attacks. Remember, this is not preparation for nerve
gas. We are mainly concerned with biological warfare.
tape and plastic film. This is to seal one room for a period of time, and
this would be useful in case of any kind of attack. The plastic and tape MUST
be stored in the room you intend to use as a "bomb shelter." This is true
of all other items for sitting out an attack.
-- Denatured alcohol
and rubbing alcohol. Anyone with Yellow Rain on them should be cleaned off
at once by any means possible. With the alcohol, have a generous supply
of wipes or Kleenex on hand. The denatured alcohol will burn more, but it
is a far stronger solvent than rubbing alcohol and will remove the sticky Yellow
Rain carrier quickly IF the one being treated can stand it.
gloves-- BIG supply. Those cleaning off another person MUST wear these or
they will also get the toxin on them. These gloves should be worn to cover
the hands at all times during an attack if possible. tuck the sleeves of
long shirts of jackets inside the gloves. You must have loose clothing in
your shelter room which covers the whole body.
-- Access to
a garden hose to wash down outdoor areas after an attack. Wash the walks,
the car, the driveway, and sprinkle the lawn. Wash everything on your property
every day for a week or so if your area was given a direct hit of toxin. Why?
Answer-- The Anthrax spores are light and fluffy, and every automobile
which drives by your house will blow up a cloud of spores which will settle on
-- Invent a head covering. Sew it in the
form of a long bag with an opening which can hang down around the shoulders, or
make it with drawstrings which can be pulled at the lower neck level. Below
the draw string, leave a skirt to hang down around the shoulders anyway. Into
the bag cut a hole and fill the hole with a piece of clean good quality plastic
for a window to look through. Sew this window in place. This is only
for biological attacks. Make the sack of medium weight felt. Use a
color which is relaxing so that you don't terrify everyone who sees you.
-- Park your car in the garage. If you don't have one, park it under
any shelter you can find. This will make it less likely to be covered in
case of Yellow Rain attack. Wash it off with a hose before trying to use
it after an attack. Wipe the door handles with denatured alcohol before
-- Five gallons of drinking water per person. This
could be stored in one or two liter soda pop bottles after you drink the soda.
Add a quarter teaspoon of plain laundry bleach to each bottle, tighten
the lids, and store them in the room where you will sit out the attack.
-- Dry food, beef jerky, and snacks. This should be rotated from time
to time so it is not stale.
-- Materials to barricade the door. During
attacks and emergencies in large cities looting and raiding is a real possibility
with people who are too stupid to stay indoors. You will have NO police
protection, so you will have to be able to defend yourself.
with ammunition. Read the paragraph above. Forget the gun laws. War
is not a time for leaving yourself undefended.
-- Battery radio and
TV. You will want to hear the news and break the boredom. Also,
you may find that the attack was not actually in your neighborhood from radio
sources. It would be a shame to sit out an attack which went the other way
-- Lights, candles, and flashlights. These should
be rotated periodically. Do not use Coleman gasoline lanterns. If
one caught fire, you would have to expose yourself to get it out of the
room. A power plant would be a good thought. There are some very small
ones, but you would have to make a way to exhaust the thing out of the room. Do
NOT use a charcoal burning device in this emergency. Also, if you do a good
job of sealing off the shelter room, you should burn no fires since you could
reduce the oxygen in the air dangerously.
-- Camp stove for cooking
and pans and a griddle. As above, there is danger in this. Be cautious.
If electricity holds, which it should, an electric boiling pot and frying
pan would be ideal. If you have some time to grab things, get meat and eggs
from the refrigerator as you go into the room.
-- Personal papers
and valuables. These should be stored in the room where you plan to sit
out the attack. If your home is looted, you would not want these things
to be stolen.
-- Fire extinguisher.
-- Make very sure
a working phone and a phone book is in the shelter room. Add a CB, cellular
phone, or Ham radio if you have it. Using a Ham radio during such an emergency
would be quite acceptable even if you don't have a license. Even if you
don't feel free to talk over it, Hams are VERY motivated to help people during
emergencies, and you could hear information you need.
This is for keeping from infecting yourself as a result of elimination contamination.
You are not going to be able to wash your hands every time you feel like
it. I suggest Lysol. I know it will kill nearly anything.
-- Potty facility. If the room you stay in is off of the bathroom, so much
the better, but make sure you can tape and seal off the bathroom also. If
this is not possible, you will need buckets which can support a sitting adult
for elimination. If you want privacy, plan on that AHEAD of time and have
materials on hand. Purchase potty chemicals from an RV center to use in
the buckets to control the waste. Have lids ready for several buckets if
possible so that when one is full, it can be sealed off.
If you don't have much warning time before an attack, or before it reaches
you, don't go looking for pets unless you are prepared to die for animals. After
the attack, your pets may have large quantities of Toxins in their fur. Do
not hug the pets! That hug could send you to the morgue. If you cannot
clean the pets up real well, as with long haired dogs and cats, you must kill
them and bury them at once. Hey, friend, war is not nice. Maybe by
now you have figured out why some of us don't want this war, right?
-- Print all of these pages in this War section, and have them in the shelter
room. I know this is not the nicest page to print. Move it, page by
page, to either a publishing program or Notepad, and print it there. If
you have a laptop, you could store these pages on that, but be sure you have a
power source to plug it into.
-- Make a list of the protocols your
family will follow when you first learn of an attack. Each family member
should know what they are to get, and it must be a very short list. Do not
allow the gathering process to last over 5 minutes. Top of the list- Close
all outside doors and windows. Close all inside doors also. Turn off
air conditioner unless it is central with the working unit OUTDOORS. Turn
off water coolers in the Southwest. Make sure some lights are on for nighttime
security. Leave a radio or TV on to give looters the idea someone is home.
Make sure all water is off, including toilets which like to run. Gather
only absolute necessities. To your protocol list, add the phone numbers
of anyone you might want to call while in the shelter room.
you made a will? This is no time to leave your kids' futures to chance.
The family's chief bread winner is at the greatest risk, especially if he
is employed in outdoor work. Make out a will at once.
some cash on hand or in the shelter room. If you have to flee, you may find
that banks will be closed and credit could be frozen by inactivity in the marketplace.
A massive and nationwide toxic attack could even collapse the US economy,
and cash would be the only thing merchants would accept.
be sure to have a Bible and some reading material in the shelter room. You may
live there for a number of days.
Preparations for flight from an attack area:
-- Once in
your shelter room, try to resist the urge to leave and go to a "better place."
-- If circumstances force you to leave and flee to another location,
you should use a car which has been most sheltered. Hose it off and clean
the door handles with denatured alcohol while wearing rubber gloves. Be
100% suited and covered as you exit your home and enter the car. Walk very
slowly so as to avoid stirring up a cloud of toxin which may be on the ground.
Keep your feet on the floor of the car and sit still. Roll the windows
up, and turn off all vents and heater. If your auto air conditioner has
a recycled air setting, you could use it. Otherwise, leave it off.
-- Do not flee on public transport. It will be very contaminated
-- Do not flee on foot. You will become totally contaminated.
If forced to walk away from, say a burning house etc. Cover yourself
with anything you can find. Walk on hard surfaces NOT grass. Don't
touch one another or enter crowded areas. Walk under canopies and down allies
if possible. Avoid windy areas, and head perpendicular to the wind flow
so that you exit the release area as soon as possible.
-- If you sense
that a release of toxins is taking place in a large crowd, such as at a ball game,
get up without panic and move into the inside of the building complex. Do
NOT go on to the parking lot. Stay inside, and try to find a room which
has a minimum exit arrangement and out of the draft, such as bathrooms or waiting
rooms in the inner core of the complex. Don't jump up and yell, "gas attack."
You will never make it to shelter if the crowd panics. Talk about
this BEFORE you and your family go to the game or public event.
If you are at an open air rally or event. You are a fool if you do this
from now on. I have nothing to tell you but to make out a will first. I
suppose it would be smart to crawl under anything that would cover you.
-- If you can leave your city area in a car, head for the easiest exit and move
perpendicular to the wind flow. Once outside the city area, locate yourself
in a motel etc, but not many miles from home. If the attack ends, you will
want to return home to protect your possessions. Don't all go home at once.
Send one person to case out the area where you live. Look for people
and indications that life is returning to normal. If the city and your area
are deserted, go back and stay put in your escape locality.
the shelter room in your home have your personal papers and things ready to throw
into the car in maximum 5 minutes. This way, the most urgent possessions
will be saved from possible looters while you are gone.
-- If the
whole city gets out on the roads at once, don't join them. You could get
into a traffic jam forever, or you could get into gridlock. Also, accidents
will be very common. Better to tough it out in your shelter room, at least
for 8 hours.
-- Sit down NOW, and work out a protocol of what you
will do if you are separated when the attack comes. Some family members
may be in a better position to flee the city than to go home, while others may
BE at home. You must all agree what will be most safe behavior BEFORE the
event so that minimum risk is anticipated. Children at school should be
left at school if the drive to get them would be through a toxin release area.
It is fool hearty to ALL get exposed and have no family member to later
nurse those who may have been exposed and are sick. Make arrangements with
friends outside the city to take in your kids if they have to flee without you.
-- Pastors and church boards should have a plan for either immediate
departure in the even of attack, or they should make preparation to stay in the
church house and take precautions. A protocol MUST be written down, or indecision,
which is so common with large gatherings, will result in many deaths. Pre-planning
also prevents panic. If the church is to be an alternate shelter location,
do the job right by reading the above preparation suggestions.
All schools must have protocols in place which are based on whether parents are
available, wind direction, type of attack if known, and other safety considerations.
Loading the kids into buses and shipping them all home at once could be
real dumb. This is one emergency which will need to be approached with just
a tinge of creatively for a change. Waiting until an attack is in progress
will result in massive death. Parents need to DEMAND action and pre-planning
of their school officials since these people always wait for trickle down prodding
from state and Federal gurus.
-- College students. University
and Bible College officials will always wait until there are a load of dead
bodies being carried off before they make preparations. These people are
so utterly politically correct that pre-planning for war would drive them nuts.
The problem is, universities WILL be major targets. College students
should either make preparations by adapting above suggestions, or they should
go home, or they should move to a small school in a rural area. Will that
interrupt your glorious career? Maybe, but not nearly as much as a trip
to the morgue.
-- Don't leave your car windows down when you go shopping
or to work. At work, have some of the materials on hand to cover yourself
which are in the above topic. You don't need to tell your co-workers about
this. They may think you are a nut. If they are fearful, print this
up and hand it to them and the boss.
-- Try to do as much of your
shopping as possible when crowds are very sparse. Most attacks will be during
high activity periods. Go to the grocery store at midnight if possible.
Shop outside of your city area more. Avoid being caught in rush traffic
if you have a choice. "Swing shift" would be the safest work shift if you
can arrange it.
-- I strongly urge you to either start or join a house
church. Large churches will be targets. You may want to only attend
Sunday evening services if attacks seem to be highly likely.
to park as near the door of wherever you are going as possible. You can
sit in the car and wait for others to leave if necessary.
may sound weird, but I shall risk it. Is there a chance you would need to
flee the country? Are you Arab or Middle Eastern? Some weak minded
Americans will attack you with hate as if you are somehow responsible for the
attacks. What would you do if it got too violent? Do you have friends
in Canada or in some rural area of the USA where people are more rational?
Now, considering all of you, if the US economy collapses and general
panic sets in, it might be prudent to flee the country. If so, do you have
passports? If you can afford them, it would be prudent to get them now.
Americans in Florida might think of visiting Mr. Castro. With an attack
under way, the gentleman might suddenly look very interesting. Those in
Texas through California might want to make some contact over the line in Mexico.
This discussion assumes that total chaos could break out nationwide. With
Americans nearly 100% self-centered, and with our Federal Government out to lunch
regarding pre-war preparation, and given the level of ignorance in the public
today, I feel that a major crisis, like biological war in the streets, could tip
the nation into white hot panic and mindless reactionary frenzy. It might
be necessary to flee the country in order to find any normality to life.
for treatment if you feel you have been infected:
pills of 500 mg Tetracycline for every member of your family. This will
allow two whole treatments per person at 4 pills a day for ten days. If
you want to use the Tetracycline as a prophylactic, you will need a large quantity
in order to take one a day per person for the duration.
would also be a smart addition. Take it with the Tetracycline for the first
four days of treatment. Ask the source for the normal dosage.
-- Antitoxin is needed to ward off Botulism. Problem-- I don't know enough
about it to tell you where to find it and how to dose it. It is available
-- A source of oxygen for Botulism attack. This
could be from a welding bottle of oxygen. This is for anyone who needs it
who has respiratory problems. Don't worry if you cannot find this item.
-- Salt water. This is for washing the eyes out of those who
were hit in the eyes by toxins.
-- Stimulants like coffee and
ammonia should be available. Large quantities of bandages would be needed
with Yellow Rain contamination. Green soap would also be useful.
-- Again, a shower arrangement would be very helpful, even if improvised.
-- Have some sort of body bag available in case you are trapped indoors
and someone dies.
-- Do not waste treatments and first aid on pets.
You may need it all and more before the thing is over.
-- Have on
hand, with your water supply in your shelter room, a good quantity of protein
powders to build strength in an infected person. Get Maalox for stomach
cramps. Can you get an opium or belladona drug for severe diarrhea?
-- If you have access to IVs, do get some. With Botulism and Yellow
Rain, IVs would be needed to replace fluids. Learn how to use them. If you
can only get the tubing and needles, you can boil your own IVs if it is urgent
enough. Add a pinch of salt to restore salts and to prevent the IV from being
painful. Use distilled water, then boil it anyway.
-- Does anyone
in your family know CPR? You should learn this NOW.
-- A strong
sedative should be in your kit. If someone goes into severe panic or into
a mental state, you will need to sedate them lest they bolt and expose themself.
For panic attacks, Tennoretic can be useful, but I am not officially telling
you to get it, nor am I officially taking charge of your health. This statement
is to protect me from liability. Please don't write and ask me to tell you
about any medical cures or prevention measures. If my information seems
incorrect to you, I WOULD like to know that.
-- Nerve gas attacks.
Try to get Atropine for injections. If this is not possible, can you
get it in oral form. I really don't have much to suggest regarding nerve
gas attacks except to get a gas mask and get to shelter before the attack reaches
Mar. 24, 1998 update from the BBC, London
at 04:41 GMT
Anthrax: a deadly bacterium
Illustration, 100 kg equals about 45 pounds.
An attack using anthrax
could be every bit as deadly as a one-megaton atomic bomb, according to an official
It is a deadly disease that can be spread by people breathing
it in, it kills 90% of those infected and it exists in tiny quantities in cattle
grazing areas. Potential terrorists can produce anthrax without access to exotic
Books explaining how to manufacture a variety of poison
gasses and other toxins can be bought in the US or ordered across the Internet.
According to the report to the US Congress' former Office of Technology
Assessment, an aircraft releasing 100kg of anthrax over a large city on a calm,
clear night could kill between one and three million people.
according to Dr Jonathan Tucker, an expert in chemical and biological weapons
who served on a UN weapons team in Iraq, using such weapons in a terrorist attack
is not easy.
"Trying to produce 100,000 casualties is much more difficult
than is often stated", he said.
In March 1995, members of the Aum
Supreme Truth cult in Japan made several poison gas attacks on the Japanese subway
system - the first large-scale terrorist use of chemical or biological weapons.
While 12 people were killed and thousands sent to hospital, equipment
failures and human error kept casualties from being much higher.
Tucker adds it can be difficult to design ways to deliver these toxins, and weather
conditions and impurities in the toxins themselves can frustrate a terrorist attack
Precautions in dealing with suspicious letters in the mail
of the following may not be politically correct, but this is life and death, and
not all Federal law enforcement officials and health officials are created equal.
You are, to a large degree, on your own. This is not to say that you should not
respond to Federal plans and provisions for you survival. But, be very careful
of the order in which you do things, for the Feds will not always want you to
live as much as they want to keep your neighbors from panicking. This has been
a problem with kings and Presidents for about 5000 years.
are the things to watch for that can come in your mail box:
1. An envelope of excessive size or weight could contain a letter bomb or
a packet of bio powder. This has been the case with Anthrax, and smallpox will
be delivered the same way.
2. Beware of too much postage. This seems
to go with letter bombs, but foreigners who do not know the US postal rates may
also put on way too much to make sure the letter is delivered and not returned.
No return address. Some terrorists will not put on a return address, thinking
they might get caught,
4. The return address disagrees with the postage
cancellation. This is very incriminating.
5. A letter from a foreign
country. Especially if the letter is personal in style and first class. AND, you
never heard of the person. This also applies to an alleged company mailing from
overseas which you know you have never had contact with.
6. A rigid
or lopsided envelope. DO NOT BEND IT TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS! You could lose your
hands. Do not open it carefully, especially if you never heard of the return address.
Common words in the address are misspelled, or usage is awkward. Such as, US of
A, Amerika, Az, Ka, Jorgia, and so on. The sender from such an area is the expert
on spelling, so errors should not be possible if the letter is legitimate.
Restrictive markings, such as "personal" and "confidential"
Third class mailings have such things on them, but I would still not trust them.
Cheap manilla envelope of pulp looking paper. This is from the Third World. Also,
envelopes of add length and shape. Many nations use a wider page than we do, so
their envelopes are often of a length between a small personal letter size and
10 Incorrect title of you of person in your family.
Like, Mister, Ms (to a conservative), Esq (at the end of the name, which is not
used in the USA anymore).
11. Poorly typed address. This means a
poor foreign person may have addressed the letter on cheap equipment, and the
letter was delivered to the US by a carrier.
12. Powder on the letter.
This is obvious, but some folks just don't pay attention. If you have handled
it, take action at once-- More below.
13. Excessive packaging material,
such as lots of tape covering folds. Hold it up to a bright light, and see if
there are shadows which could be a powder. Look for smaller packets inside the
letter. If you determine that foil is inside the letter, burn it. One of these
million candle power lights would be very useful here.
14. Oily stains
or finger prints on the outside of the letter. There is no reason for such things.
There is no longer any such
thing as a "practical joke" with letter writing. Such a move is the
precise same thing as calling in a false bomb threat. You can expect to go to
prison, or at least be charged with some lesser crime, if you use this time of
terror to play tricks. The same applies to your friends. Anyone who plays a trick
with a letter in the context of terror should be punished by you in some way.
A lawsuit would be in order, for say, $1,000,000. A well planned pounding by you
and a couple friends would also be in order. There are no longer any jokes about
terror. Don't send these letters filled with confetti-- NOTHING clever in this
way should be done. You could one day get killed for such a thing by angry people,
and you would deserve it. A safe America is far more important than your mongrel
notions of fun. This will be in effect for possibly one hundred years. Life will
NEVER be the same for you until you die. We are now living with the Northern Ireland
and Israeli model of "normal life." Plan on it. Get used to it or suffer,
Curiosity is the bait of terrorists, and the powder is the hook-- These people
are fishing. We all want to know what is in front of us. These mass mailing people,
via the Post Office or E-Mail, use all manner of tricks to coax us into opening
a letter. Some look very official, as if they came from the IRS, and we open them
in fear of trouble. Some promise we have won something, and though skeptical,
we open them to see what we won. Some have a message on the outside which talks
about injustice or political crisis, and we open them to see if there really is
a crisis. Some of your older folks are lonely, and you open all your third class
mail because no one loves you enough to send real mail. How sad, but please know
that it is a lot more lonely in a hospital room under quarantine.
lust to be the ones to give the final verdict as to the authenticity of the message
inside the letter. We may even want the material to use in exposing the hoax.
Worthy cause, but now dangerous. I am convinced that it is only a matter of time
before a mass mailing of third class mail will be sent to infect thousands of
people. Just resist the urge to know, and throw away all third class mail. Also
note-- Some first class mail nowadays is propaganda, and some even use Priority
Mail. Dump it all. You may miss a great opportunity to get a deal on Mason shoes,
but what price do you wish to pay for your bargains?
The following is what I would do, and I would not suggest
you pay any attention
to what I say.
If you don't know why I wrote that, you are a bit slow. ]
Once you have such a
letter, and you feel something is wrong, you have to do the following:
a shower at once. This will not help you with any spores you inhaled, but it will
stop the process on your skin, which is the greatest chance risk of infection.
A one to ten bleach-water solution is supposed to kill the spore also. It will
not kill AIDS virus, so I am skeptical. Disinfectants and rubbing alcohol are
NOT adequate to kill many viruses and spores. Take a shower with soap.
Keep anyone nearby away from
the object or letter you think is contaminated. Do not clean up the area or straighten
up your desk so that law enforcement people will not see how messy you area. That
act of tidiness could kill you. In an office setting, you should have surgical
masks and rain coats on hand. The masks for everyone, and the raincoat for the
possibly infected persons. Ask them to sit still until help arrives. Open windows
and ventilate to the outdoors if possible. If an outside door is near the infected
person, ask them to step outside until help arrives. Outdoors, ask the infected
person to move downwind and stay calm. The Russians have this thing pretty much
whipped. When our Feds take them up on their offer to help, we may have better
protocols, but for now, we are on our own.
3. Take an antibiotic
at once if you opened it or saw any powder. CIPRO is the one of choice, but tetracycline
and penicillin will help. Take a double dose (except CIPRO) at first to get the
level up in your blood, and continue with normal doses thereafter. Do not wait
and see what happens. Go to a doctor at once, or call the FBI or local law enforcement.
Be sure to tell them of any medication you already took. For now though, you better
not wait to see what they will do, for with most bio agents you have a very short
time to start the antibiotics. In Florida, learn where the clinics are for this.
As of October 15, no other state has such clinics, and by the time the authorities
respond to your need, you will be beyond saving.
4. What to do with
the letter. You have not opened it. You can call the authorities. They will do
something appropriate. Suppose it is just something you didn't expect, but nothing
else is odd about it. I would
suggest you submerge it in a 50%-50% solution of water and bleach, and leave it
there for a while to soak. This will work will all biological pathogens that I
know of. You could also burn it if you have a burning option in your area. Make
sure a hard burning fire in a container is used, for you want to burn up the virus.
Stay up wind as it burns. Smother the fire with a water-Lysol mixture. If it looks
like a letter bomb, burning is the opposite of what you should do, for it could
blow up. Call the law for a possible letter bomb.
Unknown source blue letters. This may be urban legend, but a friend tells me that
a Federal employee told him not to take chances. Destroy the letter, for it may
have a bio agent inside. This one is not based in Osama's boys' tricks-- It is
the work of an American nut case.
6. Parcels you did not order. Do
NOT open them. Call law enforcement.
7. Third class mail. I would
suggest you put all of it in the trash. Coupon books or single sheets not in envelopes
Once smallpox is being sent by terrorists, and we know tons of it are available
to them, get away from anyone you love, for you CAN give it to them and probably
will. You have a 30% chance or survival, so do make any preparations for you loved
ones in the event of your death. Any care giver for an infected person should
also be quarantined.
legel purposes, virtually ALL of my suggestions are insane and cannot be trusted.
The following was first posted on this site in
2000: I called it folks!
This has not been a very happy page to write.
It is like insurance. You get it, then you hope it will not be needed.
I DO expect Middle Eastern terrorists to attack the USA even if we don't
go to war against Saddam Hussein. The only question is when and where. Please
discern your risk area and factors. If you are sitting on a bull's eye,
please make preparations. If you are in Butte, Montana, well then, maybe
this seems like a very remote discussion. You are probably right too. But,
anyone in a medium to large city, or downwind from a Military installation, must
assume that attacks could come there.
Also, Mr. Tucker of the UK above,
in claiming it is difficult to launch a biological warfare attack, has forgotten
that the Russians are the principle benefactor of Iraq in weapons delivery, and
the Russians are masters of bio-warfare and delivery systems. They played
horrible tricks on Afghans some years back. We recall the pretty combs they
left on the ground for little girls to pick up which then exploded in their faces
blinding them. Mr. Tucker is whistling in the dark folks.
may also buy CIPRO and other antibiotics in Mexico if you are near the border.
You will need a prescription to come back into the USA with the drugs, but you
can get that in Mexico. It is accepted by US Immigration for now. If you have
a doctor friend who will help, tell him you think you have dysentery and want
to treat it empirically. He has to have something based on your health needs which
he must write in his records. Tetracycline is also used to treat acne. Go figure.
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