Enough terrorists have been caught and enough intelligence gathered by western governments to know that terrorists are actively seeking nuclear weapons, as well as chemical and biological weapons, and have been for several years. Rumors abound of Russian nukes making their way to the black market, as well as nuclear-armed North Korea in an alliance with Iran, helping Iranian scientists in the development of nuclear weapons. Those are the rumors anyway. Add Russian scientists to that list by the way.
The odds of a major terrorist strike aren't going away simply because more time is passing since 9-11. A smart bet, considering all the evidence, is that terrorists will strike, and America will suffer a serious set back at some point in the near future.
Every year that Radical Islam grows in global reach and people sworn to it's cause is like a game of Russian roulette, where America just keeps getting lucky. Odds are that luck is going to run out.
On the topic of survival, let's talk about this threat of biological and chemical weapons (or simply "bio-chemical weapons"). If you're like one of millions of Americans, there's a good chance you live in or near a major city that may just suffer a bio-chemical attack.
Think back to the two major world wars in the first half of the 20th century, and even back to the 19th century -- bio-chemical weapons have been used to kill enemy populations, such as Native Americans being given blankets by U.S. forces that were previously exposed to small pox. (The data appears to be mixed on whether or not this was intentional or if it even ever happened. Regardless, large numbers of Native Americans died as a result of small-pox. Was any of that exposure to small pox intentional? We may never know for sure.)
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According to Wikipedia, China, Syria, Sudan and North Korea are all suspected of having stockpiles of bio-chemical weapons. See this article.
Look closely at that list of suspected nations and reflect on it for a moment.
There's always the possibility that some of these stocks could end up in the hands of terrorists, should an under-paid government worker ever decide to take a bribe. In the modern world, that almost ensures that some of these stocks are going to end up on the black market. We can safely assume that a terrorist organization has direct access to bio-chemical weapons.
But, unfortunately for America -- we are also very, very hated by many people in foreign governments, probably every single government listed above.
Much could be written -- and much has been publicized in various news articles -- that point to a clear and present danger from multiple terrorist attacks with biological or chemical weapons, which any rogue nation (such as Iran or North Korea) has the means to produce.
Rather than go into all the details, and potentially scare the pants off every reader today -- let's focus on what this article is supposed to be about -- that's survival.
The only real way to survive a bio-chemical attack is to reduce the odds of ones exposure to the bacteria / virus / chemical once the initial cries go out on the news about people getting sick, people dying.
With the advances of technology and bio-engineering, there's even the grim possibility of a rogue nation launching a bio-chemical attack, where many get sick and die, and government scientists and of course the general public have no idea what is going on. With bio-engineering it's possible that a bio-chemical could even be cloaked to look like something other that what it is. Read specifics at this link.
In the event of mysterious deaths suddenly taking place, it would be smart to consider that a bio-chemical attack or series of attacks was possibly being unleashed on the nation, and to immediately cease and desist all contact with major population centers... as well as other people in contact with these major population centers.
That's in the first couple days of the attack. As days progress, and potential bio-chemical agents are carried to small towns by a fleeing population, many unknowingly "infected" (in the case of a virus), or simply "carriers" in the case of a chemical, less contact with people would be a very smart move.
With advances in today's technology, who knows what the next "small pox" attack -- such as seen in centuries past -- is going to look like in the 21st century.
Remember what happened when American scientist beat the Nazis to the first working nuclear weapon? This new technology led to America bringing Japan to a fast surrender in World War II, after we destroyed two major cities with just two bomb drops. Who's to say that can't happen to America? If foreign scientists discover a new way to hit America, America can suffer a major loss.
Instead, make a 30 minute drive to a distant small town, grab your food and water there, grab gas for your car, then head back to your home (unless you live in a major city, you may not want to head back). Now it's time to attempt to hunker down for the next few weeks while all hell essentially breaks loose and millions die as a result of the bio-chemical agents being unleashed.
If you know someone who lives in a distant small town make plans in advance to hunker down with them -- (I suggest the small town because of the reduced risk of exposure to other people who may be carrying an active biological agent or germ without even realizing it.)
Our government spends a lot of money on port security -- but not enough.
With that in mind, I'm going to suggest something that may seem like an extreme step, and it is an extreme step...
Does that make sense? We'll have to ask ourselves -- what is going on? Why are people dying? As theories and suspicions make the news, I suggest people eliminate all risk of product poisoning -- by getting rid of all mass produced products from their homes. This is an extreme step to take -- but when mass casualties are taking place across the nation and the western world -- it calls for an extreme response.
Dump the mass produced brand names. Stock up in advance on locally produced brands, if that's possible. Never use items just purchased off a store shelf. Instead, buy items months before you're going to use them, and then store these items on a shelf in your home. Let a few weeks or months go by, then CYCLE these items into use. As these items are used, purchase new items and put these on the back shelf for later use.
In the end, there's always a chance that multiple shipping and product channels have been targeted. It's been reported that at one time Osama Bin Laden had even considered the idea of poisoning America's cocaine supply... the fact is, these people want to kill us, and they have had a lot of time to think of ways they can strike.
Practice Good Handwashing - Should you come in contact with anyone carrying something such as a new strain of the bird-flu, wash your hands thoroughly, and often. You can wash these germs right off your hands before you've even contracted the virus. Get rid of any and all clothing you were wearing at the airport, on the bus, in a supermarket, etc, where you had contact with other people. Keep bottles of hand-sanitizer close at hand, and use frequently during the initial hours and days (even weeks) of outbreak.
Boil Your Water - Boiling is said to kill most biological agents. Of course, if this is a man-made chemical we're talking about, you may not be able to "kill it". Boiling may not work in this case.
Wear Disposable Gloves - Be sure to replace / dispose of them before any possible cross-contamination with another person or object can take place.
Wear A Surgical Mask - For the same reason that doctors and nurses wear these around sick patients. If it's a new strain of the bird-flu or other lethal virus a surgical mask (worn correctly) can help you avoid breathing contaminated air (such as in a building) or out in public around other people.
Have a Plan - Be well stocked up on emergency food and water, both at home and at work, as well as in the trunk of your car, if possible. Why risk shopping for food and water after an emergency is declared? Have survival supplies well in advance (and be sure to check dates on non-perishable food and replace foods that will soon expire).
Have Several Weeks Worth of Food and Water - If you've been told to simply have three days worth of emergency food and water for every person in your home, forget you ever heard that. Think more like several weeks' worth of food and water -- if America is struck by a truly catastrophic serious of bio-chemical attacks, you need to be thinking of the long-term.