Thursday, June 28, 2012

Off The Grid Power Alternatives



by Shane White

Power is a necessity that we have all become accustomed to. If you are reading this article, you cannot deny that you are at least somewhat dependent on electricity. When doomsday, or any other short term event strikes, the first thing to go is often power. Fortunately, there are many things that you can do to get electricity after doomsday.

Diesel Generator - A diesel generator is a simple option. They come in several sizes and are readily available for a few hundred bucks on up. The only big issue here is that it needs a constant supply of fuel so you will need to have access to this.

Solar Panels - Solar lately seems to be becoming more and more of an inexpensive option to keeping your home powered. Solar panels do need a clear and direct path to the sun. Their effectiveness typically depends on how near you are to the equator. It will be more efficient if you can track the sun with them, but this is usually an add on.

Wind Generator - Your grandparents might have used a windmill to pump water from their well or an underground water source. Today, you can use a wind generator to provide power to your house. A wind generator's effectiveness is dependent on how much wind is in your area. To help determine if you are in a good area for wind power, check out http://www.windsolarenergy.org/map-of-best-locations-for-wind-power.htm.

Hydro Generator - This is a generator that converts flowing water to electricity. As long as you have water that can move continually, you can set up a hydroelectric generator.

Biogas Generator - Organic waste such as food leftovers, animal waste, or plant waste can be converted into biogas. This gas can be used for lamps, cooking, heat, or anywhere natural gas is used with minimal modifications to your gas appliances. You can also use it with a generator to generate electricity. After the material is depleted of gas, you can use it in your garden as fertilizer. This one might be a little more complicated to set up, and there are several vastly different ideas on how to set one up online.

Residential Fuel Cell - A residential fuel cell at this time is not an inexpensive option, nor is it simple. It is, however, the "greenest" option. Basically, it combines hydrogen and oxygen and converts it into electricity, heat and water.

As with any power source, there is some calculating that you will need to do to make sure you have all the power you need. You will need to figure out what the load is on all the appliances that you need to have powered. There are also load calculators online. One can be found at http://www.electricalknowledge.com/SFDLoadCalc.asp. If you are still not sure, talk to someone who knows more about electricity.

Several of these power sources can be used all year and supplement, or completely power your home all year long. Many areas will even allow you to sell back the excess power to the power companies. This will be a nice savings to your electric bill through the year.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Why It Makes Sense To Invest In Gold Before The Zombies Take Over



It seems like almost everyone has some sort of plan for when zombies take over the world. Is investing in gold one of your great ideas? If not, it should be a priority. Gold is one of the rare commodities that will retain its value no matter what. Get your hands on some gold now before the zombies take it all.

Gold Has Signified Power For All Of History

Throughout history, gold has signified immense wealth and power. Pharaohs, kings and the wealthy of this era have all used gold to show off. The zombies will be influenced by your power and influence over the world. They may just spare your life because they want to learn how to become powerful just like you.

Gold Is Extremely Rare

Gold has been so valuable throughout history because it is so rare. In fact, gold is one of the rarest elements in the cosmos. This means you would have a powerful bargaining chip if you were faced with an end of life scenario. The good news is that gold appreciates in value when other forms of currency are not doing so well. Currently, gold is worth over $1,500 an ounce. Not only would you have enough money to buy your freedom, but you would also have enough money to relocate should you be in any significant danger.

Gold Doesn't Take Up A Lot Of Space

It's a good thing that gold is measured in ounces. This makes it extremely light and portable. If you were ever forced to flee with your gold, you could fit the majority of it in your pocket or backpack. Most gold is contained in the form of jewelry, coins and small nuggets. You would be able to hide it easily if anyone confronted you demanding your gold. Your wealth is therefore protected whether you were being attacked by zombies or any other group in a lawless land.

Tangible Assets Mean More Than Paper

Paper money is only valuable because it is backed by a stable political body. If society breaks down, your paper money is essentially just paper. However, gold is a tangible product with a defined scarcity that determines its value. You can't print more gold like you could just print more paper money. This is why the price of gold always goes up when the economy is doing so poorly. You could trade gold for food or medicine if you found yourself in a sticky situation where you needed supplies quickly.

Let's hope that zombies never decide to attack those of us who are still alive. However, if they do, remember that your best defense is an investment portfolio that includes gold. Gold signifies wealth and status in most cultures. Gold also is a tangible commodity that will maintain its value after the zombies have destroyed our political system.

Connie Solidad has been writing about finances and debt consolidation for years. She's an expert in the industry and writes about debt management options and credit and debt counseling services. When Connie is not working, she loves playing with her two dogs in Tampa, Florida. To learn more about debt management refer to ConsolidatedCredit.org.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Zombie's Attack, Part 4

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So, you and Mr. No Name are now being chased by 10 to 20 zombies... Hey, you're freaking out! You don't take the time to count them! So he grabs your hand and you run with him. You spot an abandoned car. "Get in," he commands you. At this point, you've decided you're going to do whatever he says. So, you jump in on the passenger side while he gets in on the driver's side. You hit the lock button while he hot wires the car.

Outside, you see the zombies slowly walking closer and closer to you. You look down at the guy, he's sweating, and he looks a little panicked. You want to close your eyes and hope for a quick, painless death, but you can't. Your eyes stay lock on the zombies who are now pushed against the car.

This is it you think. I had a good nineteen years.

Suddenly the engine roars to life and you hear tires squeal as you hit the open road. You sigh with relief.

"I'm Shane," he says. You finally know his name.

"I'm Heather," you respond.

You ride in silence and once you're out of the county you can finally relax a little. You're safe.

"Where are we going?" you finally ask him after about 30 minutes in the car.

"The mountains," he replies. "I have a cabin by the lake. It's a very remote area. I have food, water and other essentials stored up."

Wow. This guy was prepared. At this point you're thinking, wow, I'm lucky I met him... I should have been prepared. All you have is your cell phone (that no longer works), your tire iron, one change of clothes and a granola bar. Without Shane, you wouldn't have lasted one hour.

Part 5 is coming soon! Find out how Shane and Heather survive!

This post was wrote by author, Heather M. White. In April she released her latest YA Paranormal, Redheads are Soulless.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Home Survival Tips - Part One



by Shane White

In you prepping plans, you need to make sure you are also ready for short term disasters. Here are a few things that you should be mindful of around your home that will make life more comfortable for you in a short term disaster (power out, no water, etc). If things turn out to be much worse, having these things ready will make starting your survival plan that much easier.

Toilet Tank - There is fresh clean water in the tank above your toilet just sitting there. In an emergency, this can serve as several gallons of emergency water. I highly recommend that you do not put any chemicals at any time into this tank, or you will not have this as a source of emergency water.

Hot Water Heater - Here is another place that you can fine an emergency source of water. There are many gallons of water in here. Remember that the contents will be hot for quite a while.

Organization - Keep your home clean and organized. Keep things where you can find them. You may have to find things in the dark if your power is out and you don't want to be tripping on things in the dark.

Entertainment - If you are going to be without power for a long time, I suggest that you collect lots of books, board games, or something fun to do. I have been in a few short term situations with the power out and find that things can be pretty boring. Give yourself something to do that isn't survival related. Also remember that at night, you will need some light to illuminate your games and books.

Light - Flashlights, lanterns, and candles are all good sources of light. If it is night when your power fails, this will be the first thing you need to find. Place these items somewhere where you know they will be. Make sure that they are easy to access as well. For lanterns and candles, don't forget keep something to light them with nearby. You will need matches for other things as well.

Stove - If you have a gas stove in your home and your power is out, you might still have gas. If this is the case, you should be able to start your gas stove with matches. If you have been in an earthquake, a tornado, or something like this, you should check for gas leaks first. If there are gas leaks, immediately turn off the gas to your house. A gas camping stove is a great option if you have an electric stove or no gas available for you gas stove. An outdoor gas or charcoal grill is also a good option. Some gas grills have a burner option on them as well.

Another great cooking option is a wood burning stove. A wood burning stove is also an excellent way to keep the house warm on cold nights as well. Insurance companies are very picky about these. If you have a wood burning stove or are planning to get one, talk to your insurance agent about it. If your house ever burns down, they may try to use your stove as an excuse not to pay you. I have a friend who went through this insurance/wood burning stove problem after his house burned down and it wasn't even the fault of the stove.

Fireplace - If you have a fireplace, make sure it is well maintained, and that you have wood for it. You might just be using it as something to put your pictures on now, but in an emergency you may need it for heat. If you are planning on using a fireplace, it is also a good idea to have something to start a fire with.

Blankets - Make sure you have plenty of blankets ready at all times. If it is cold, you may need a few extra. Your home may cool off quickly after the heater stops working.

Windows - Make sure that you can open all your windows if you have to. If it is hot out, you will need air circulating through your house. Without air conditioning, your house can heat up quickly. Another tip is to make sure that you have screens on all of your windows. This will keep bugs and things from taking advantage of your windows being opened. If you have a fan that you can use, set it facing inwards from an opened window to move air through the house.

Generator - A generator is a great idea to have around, but not necessarily the first thing I would get out. If you have one, make sure you connect essentials to it first. I recommend plugging in your refrigerator and freezer if you don't know how long the power will be out. It can make you feel almost as sick throwing out hundreds of dollars worth of food later as it would eating your spoiled food later. Plugging in a fan for air circulation is a good idea as well.

After the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989, I was without electricity, gas, and water for about three days. Being unprepared, I was forced to live off canned food, a single flashlight, and the water from my toilet tank. Being prepared can definitely make life comfortable much more comfortable than this in any situation. Be ready.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

How I survived Hurricane Katrina



Author bio: Jimmy Kane is a writer from Phoenix, Arizona that likes to cultivate his own clandestine mycology labs and enjoys San Pedro cactus. He maintains the website Time Warner Austin.

How I survived Hurricane Katrina

I was born and raised in New Orleans. To me, being under 21 and not a big fan of Mardi Gras, it was a pretty average city. I hadn’t ever traveled out of state, but I was really concerned with that – I just wanted to raise enough money from my job at Taco Bell to move out of my grandmother’s house. I lived with her after my mother passed away from a drug overdose and my sister moved to Colorado. I never knew my father.

I had just saved around two grand and I was hoping to sell my car, get a plane ticket and move somewhere less humid. I didn’t even need the plane ticket, it would turn out, because that was the year that Hurricane Katrina would roll into town.

At first, it just seemed like another hurricane. Our tradition was to turn off all the lights, spark up some candles and play card games until the storm passed. I was sent home early from work and this time, we had a few of my cousins over, so we began playing poker.

We had the radio on, in case there was any news and they we started hearing reports of several houses that were flooding. Before we knew it, the whole city was underwater.

Our own house started to flood. Panicked, we went upstairs to the attic and waited, all of us, huddled together. After 15 hours of miserable sleep and waiting, we heard a boat outside. I used a sledgehammer to burst through the roof and we were able to climb out to safety. The water was up to the top of the house and it was terrifying, especially to my cousins.

We hadn’t eaten in a long time, so that’s what I would have done differently – stored some canned foods and perhaps even a camping stove in the attic. We were starving and who knows what would have happened if I didn’t have that hammer lying around… We could have been trapped for days.

Now, I keep steady supply of ammunition, knives and all kinds of other survival equipment in different areas of the house. It helps that I was moved by FEMA to Phoenix, Arizona where hurricanes are not ever going to hit. But it also helps to be prepared for anything.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

The Colony Season 1 - A Prepper's Perspective

by Shane White



The Colony is a guided social experiment to see what would happen if you put ten "random" people in a doomsday scenario.

The first season is a scenario in which viral outbreak has occurred. These ten people were, for this experiment, are some of the few survivors. After some sleep and food deprecation to get them in the mood, they drop them into the group and give them general directions to where their home base is. The colony spends ten weeks learning on the fly what they need to do to survive.

While I am sure they tried hard to think like they were in the apocalypse for the long haul, some of their early decisions are clearly based on the short term and not the long term or they would have been better worked out. Also, some of their decisions were clearly not based on logic and were more based on what they would do if they went on a short vacation. As the season went on they all seemed to take it a little more seriously.

During the series, the producers threw a series of tests at the colony, they began to take things a little and then a lot more seriously. After they got in the groove of the experiment, they began to get their priorities in order. I could tell by towards the end of the experiment that the producers had given the colony some direction for what they needed to do and began to pick up the pressure to exit the colony with a truck the people had customized for their escape. Also, naturally with real people, there is a lot of drama in this series. I won't tell you any more of the story-line. You need to watch it for yourself.

Overall, I felt that this series seemed fairly realistic, but somewhat guided. This show has many people taking their roles seriously. You can see ordinary people reacting in a doomsday situation. You also get to see how people might react with other people in a high pressure situation.

From a prepper's perspective, The show is worth watching because of the fact that the people here are real even though the scenario is fictional. Watching shows like this can give you a perspective of what a real doomsday scenario might be like, and situations you might run into.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Vacationing During the Apocalypse



by Shane White

You work hard all day, every day and the boss is really beginning to get on your nerves. It is time for a vacation. You pack whatever you need to survive for a week in the exotic destination of your choice when suddenly it happens. Your credit cards don't work, the airlines have stopped flying, the power and phone systems are out, and here you are stuck 3000 miles from your home.

So what do you do if a catastrophic event happens while you are on vacation? Lets assume that you packed like any normal person would and that you didn't pack your arsenal of guns (they would not allow them on the plane anyway), your year supply of food, your survival knife, or even your bug-out-bag. Seriously, why would you at $25 for a checked bag?

Your first plan when you go anywhere should be an escape plan. This applies to your hotel room and also wherever your vacation destination happens to be. As soon as you get to your hotel, make sure that you know the way out. I am not talking about being able to follow the signs through well lit halls either. Could you find your way out with your eyes shut? Don't try walking out of the hotel with your eyes closed for practice. You could hurt someone. After you settle into your room, you should walk out of the hotel, making mental notes on the way. Which way is the exit? Did you turn left or right? Where are the stairs? What floor are you on? If your hotel was burning down, there was no power, or a situation in which you had to exit quickly, you may need to know how to get out fast. In the event of a disaster in which you will likely not be returning to your room, take your bags with you. I will tell you why in a minute.

Once you get out of your hotel, you will need to get supplies for your trip home. Make sure you know where you can get food and other things you will need for your trip home. If you act fast, you should be able to buy the things you need before others figure out what is going on. If you are not in panic mode, you should have an advantage here. Now with your suitcases, you can empty out what you absolutely don't need and fill them with the supplies. An instant survival bag. My personal suitcase is actually a very large backpack so I don't have to carry a suitcase, but if you prefer a suitcase, you should use one with good wheels. A good bag can save your life.

The next thing you need to plan in advance is how you are going to get home. In a worst case scenario, you can always walk. That is assuming that you are not on an island somewhere or some other continent. In a disaster, you should always have backup transportation. If you flew somewhere, get a rental car if you can. I am sure they will forgive you (as long as you pay the difference) if you show up at a rental car office near your home, or at least tell them where you left it. First priority is to get home safely. You may have to use several different forms of transportation. Use your best judgement. If there are riots or other disorder, you might be safer just walking. If you are on an island or another continent, you may need to hire out a boat or a private plane that can get you to where you need to go. Make sure you know how to use any vehicles you use. Also, make sure you know which way home is. Maps are always a good thing to have.

Plan ahead on how you and your family will meet up in case you are separated. If you are travelling alone, for example, let them know how you plan on coming home and how long you think it will take in case you lose contact. The worst thing that can happen is for you and your loved ones to go looking for each other. If you are separated at a theme park, or everyone decided to do something different around town, set a bug-out-point. A place where you will all go if things look like they are getting out of hand. Meet at a place where there might not be a lot of people. Meet at the unpopular ride at the theme park, or at the back of the hotel. Wherever it is, make sure everybody is absolutely clear how to get there. If you have to go looking for someone, leave one person at the meeting place and make a clear time when everybody will meet back at the meeting place. If for some reason you have to leave, or someone doesn't show up in a reasonable amount of time, leave a note telling where you went, and how they can reach you. The note should be in a place where they will expect to find it. Advanced communication is the key.

Hopefully this has not make you afraid to go on your vacation. Remember that boss? You deserve it. Just make sure you are ready at all times for a catastrophe. Now go have fun.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Post-Apocalyptic Fare: What’s on the Menu When Doomsday Comes?





Never before has there been more interest, speculation, and excitement surrounding doomsday theories. The Mayan calendar predicts the end of the world on December 21st of this year, another theory suggests that Planet X –a mysterious brown dwarf star hidden by the sun—will enter our solar system in 2012 and destroy humanity, and some scientists claim solar flares are scheduled to hit planet Earth before January 1, 2013. While there are plenty of arguments for and against these theories, it is clear that the topic is on a lot of people’s minds (just think about the number of “end of the world” movies released in the past five years and the millions of dollars they gross in the box office).

Whether we buy into the theories or not—and considering our recent string of natural disasters— it is definitely worth thinking through how we would react in a crisis situation. Our chances of being involved in some sort of catastrophe may be more likely than we would care to admit. And it always pays to be prepared.

Possibly the most frightening aspect we have to confront when considering such a situation is that the most basic elements of our everyday lives, those things we tend to take for granted, are no longer readily available. Because food and water are our most essential needs, any emergency preparedness plan should include food storage. Acquiring adequate food storage is not a new idea but many shy away from doing it because initially it may seem like a huge task. It can be fairly simple and when it’s the difference between life and death it is certainly worth the effort.

The most obvious and essential item to begin with when building your food storage is water. Whether you’re stuck in your home because of a zombie apocalypse or because an earthquake has made it impossible to get to the grocery store, you are going to be thirsty and you’re going to need water. Experts suggest that an adult should drink between 9 and 13 cups (around 2.5 liters) of fluid per day. Use these rough numbers to calculate daily, weekly, or monthly needs for your specific situation. While any fluid will do, water is the cheapest and safest to store for extended periods of time without refrigeration. If the thought of just drinking water for every meal is unsavory, you may consider powdered drink mixes to add a little flavor.

Once you have your water needs adequately planned for you will want to build a decent food supply. It might seem silly to ask, “what’s for dinner?” after a tidal wave has swallowed half of the continent, but you have to eat to live and you want to live. Building your own food storage doesn’t have to be complicated, just stick to the basics. Grains, vegetables, fruits, dairy, meats and beans are all part of a healthy diet and should be the staples of your food storage. Flour, rice, and macaroni are easy to find in large quantities and will last for a long time. Dried fruits and vegetable are also readily available in larger quantities. Take care of your dairy needs with items like powdered milk, yogurt bites, and freeze-dried cheeses and look into purchasing large cans of dried beans and freeze dried meats to ensure you will be consuming enough protein to have the energy you will need.

While this list probably won’t be found on the menu of your favorite local restaurant, many of these foods are fairly tasty. More importantly, of course, they will help keep you alive.

Saturday, June 09, 2012

SPIKE TV is Giving You a Chance to Win an Underground Shelter for Your Family



DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO SURVIVE THE APOCALYPSE? THEN SPIKE TV WANTS YOU!!!

Nuclear war, terrorism, pole shifting, killer comets and tsunamis all have the potential to create national and worldwide disaster. Some even think the Mayan Calendar predicts the end of the world on December 21, 2012.

Do you have what it takes to survive global disaster?

If you think you have the skills, strength of will and determination to be one of the last people on earth -- and to rebuild the earth with a community of true survivors -- then SPIKE TV wants you to compete on their new show "Last Family on Earth."

On this exciting new show, you and a handful of lucky people will compete in a series of thrilling challenges for a chance to win a prized spot in a state-of-the-art, community underground shelter for you AND your immediate family in case a worldwide emergency ever strikes.

Vivos Shelters (http://www.terravivos.com/) will give the winner ownership shares in one of their top-of-the-line Luxury Shelters for up to 6 immediate family members.

Producers are looking for outgoing and competitive PAIRS of immediate family members (husband and wife, father and son, siblings....) to represent their family household on this show.

APPLY TODAY! This is your opportunity to PROVE that you have what it takes to join a community of people who can survive global disaster!

Send an email to LastFamilyCasting@gmail.com with the following:

1. Your name and the name of at least one family member who could be your teammate
2. Both of your phone numbers
3. Both of your locations (immediate family in the same household/neighborhood preferred)
4. Recent photos of each of you
5. A brief explanation of why you want to win this show AND what skills you and your family can offer a community of survivors.

Deadline to apply is JUNE 20, 2012! Producers are waiting to hear from you!

* To compete on the show, you must be a legal U.S. resident and at least 18 years of age. (Note: Family members of any age are eligible for a place in the shelter. Conditions and restrictions for shelter co-ownership apply). For more information, visit http://pilgrimstudios.com/casting/lastfamilyonearth/


Thursday, June 07, 2012

How Long Will my Stored Food Last?

by Shane White

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You are doing a great job collecting all sorts of foods for your doomsday storage, but you have always been concerned just how long it will all last. Your plan is to keep your family fed, not make them sick. I have done some research and have found the answers for you. I hope this helps.

Canned Foods

As you probably suspected, best by dates don't mean much. These dates are voluntarily placed on products to give a general guideline for how long it will be at its best quality. After this date, you will see loss of color, flavor, etc. Most manufacturers will back their products 2-3 years (depending on the product) after canning which gives you some time at the very least. Some people will insist that canned foods are more likely to last 15-20 years. In 1938, some canned foods were found from an 1820 expedition to the north pole. The cans were 118 years old and the cat who ate the canned meat didn't complain and suffered no ill effects.

Recommendations for some common foods that I have found are; canned meats (2-5 years or the expiration date on the can), baby food (1 year or the expiration date on the can), tomato sauce (1 year), canned fruits (2-5 years), fruit juice (6 months to a year), canned vegetables and baked beans (1-2 years), spaghetti sauce and soups (1 year or the expiration date).

Home canned foods should be find for one year if they are stored in a dry cool place. If they are kept in a warm place or near indirect sunlight, they might lose some of their quality, flavor, or color. If they are in a damp area, the lids may corrode and the food will spoil. Also, make sure that the canning process was followed.

Botulism is also a danger for canned foods, especially home canned foods or rusty cans. It is a potentially life threatening bacteria but can be killed by boiling the food for 10-20 minutes.

Dried Foods

Beef Jerky and dried fruits can last around a year if they are in their original packaging. If you made them yourself, make sure they are properly dehydrated and placed into vacuum sealed bags. Vacuum sealed jerky and fruits should last around a year. If you are just keeping them in a zipper bag or something like that, probably not much more than 15 days. Freezing will make them last longer.

MRE

An MRE typically lasts 5 years. Storage temperature is important for an MRE. The lower the temperature, the longer it will last. In temperatures at or below 60 degrees Fahrenheit (15 degrees Celsius), an MRE can last up to 10 years. At a temperature of around 120 degrees Fahrenheit (50 degrees Celsius), an MRE will only last 1 month. An MRE will lose quality and shelf life if stored improperly. Probably not a good thing to keep in the bug-out-bag that you keep in your car all summer.

Freeze Dried Food

Freeze dried foods have the advantage of having very little water or air in them to cause spoilage. The freeze drying process typically removes most of the moisture from the food and oxygen from the packaging. Unopened Cans of freeze dried foods should last around 25 years and pouches last around 7 years. Freeze dried foods can last between 1-2 years after opening as long as minimal oxygen and moisture is introduced into the package. make sure they are kept in an air tight container after opening.

The times suggested in this article are just guidelines for your food storage plan. It assumes that these packaged foods are kept in a dry, cool place, out of the sun, and are kept free of damage. As a general practice, you should throw it away is it smells, looks, or tastes bad.

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

4 Doomsday Scenario TV Shows





Look no further than the warm hum of the television to discover ways to prepare yourself and your loved ones for the impending end of the world – after all, it is 2012 and you need to be ready. If you know which shows to check out, television can be a veritable treasure trove of post-apocalyptic, doomsday survival skills. In order to aid you in your quest for survival, here’s a rundown of the best shows to guide you after the final day of reckoning arrives.

“Battlestar Galactica”

This iconic doomsday show follows a ragtag crew of humans who survived after Cylons unleashed a colossal nuclear attack on humanity’s 12 home planets. This unlikely band of heroes find themselves responsible for safeguarding the future of humanity by finding a new planet to call home.  Not only does “Battlestar” exemplify the crucial role of hope in survival, but the show is based on one of its most primary requirements – finding a safe place to go. The first thing these survivors do right is escape in an all but retired ship, the Galactica. And the whole purpose of their mission is to find a new safe place where they can bring the remaining 50,000 survivors and start building a new civilization.

“The Walking Dead”

It’s hard to survive after a zombie apocalypse, and no one knows that better than the folks who were lucky enough to survive in this ground-breaking television series. Rick Grimes, a county sheriff, wakes up in the hospital after weeks in a coma and finds himself utterly and completely alone. The people Grimes pledged to protect and serve were nearly wiped out by a zombie epidemic, and he is now the de facto leader of the town’s survivors. “The Walking Dead” teaches us a vital rule: if you want to stay one step ahead of becoming a zombie yourself – stick together. Loners rarely have a long-term survival rate. By banding together for emotional, physical and mental support, Sheriff Grimes and his survivors increase their odds of not joining the walking dead.

“Jericho”

“Jericho” takes place in a small Kansas town after most of the country’s major cities have been nuked to kingdom come. As the residents of Jericho struggle to stay alive and restore a semblance of order and normalcy, they come up against many typical post-apocalyptic challenges such as how to keep the neighboring town from stealing your supplies and never knowing who to trust. Robert Hawkins, who was fairly new in town prior to the attacks, follows one rule of survival better than anyone else – stockpile weapons. How else will you keep those other desperate survivors from taking your food and water? Hawkins doesn’t just go for guns, though. He is mysteriously in possession of a nuclear warhead that was earmarked for the attacks but ended up in his hands instead.

“The Sarah Connor Chronicles”

This defunct show picked up where “Terminator 2” left off and gives us an expansive look at the world after Skynet took over and destroyed most of humanity. In this show, you get lots of the usual doomsday shtick of fighting off enemies and stockpiling supplies but its main focus for long-term human survival is smarts. The primary objective of the survivors in this show (other than to stay alive) is to figure out how to outsmart the machines that turned against them. “The Sarah Connor Chronicles” is a strong reminder that in order to survive in a post-apocalyptic world it takes both brawn and brains.

This is a guest post by Edwin, a content specialist at USDish.  Catch your favorite doomsday TV shows in any location with USDish programming packages.

Friday, June 01, 2012

Doomsday Giveaway for June 2012!

We are giving away an American Red Cross FR150 Microlink Solar-Powered/Self-Powered AM/FM/Weatherband Portable Radio with Flashlight and Cell Phone Charger (Red).

AM (520-1710 KHz) FM (87-108MHz) NOAA weather – all 7 channels Built-in hand crank power generator recharges the internal rechargeable Ni-MH battery and cell phone batteries Built-in 3 white LED light source Can be powered from three different sources: From solar power From the built-in rechargeable Ni-MH battery that takes charge from the dynamo crank From the USB port (USB cord not included) Built-in cell-phone charger Earphone jack – 3.5 mm socket


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