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  • Blood Moons, Meteors, and Why You Will Be OK

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    If you’ve been on social media for any amount of time this month, chances are you’ve heard something about the blood moon coming on September 27. Some minority groups believe it will bring with it the beginning of the end of times. Other people, however, don’t think you should quit your day job.

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    According to his Twitter account, Antonio Paris is a scientist, professor, and part-time zombie hunter (he said it, not me), and he’s one of many who isn’t buying in to the end-of-the-world mantra that accompanies the blood moon. While this mindset may or may not be an extreme reaction by some (we’ll see when the time comes), I will agree with Mr. Paris that we should keep paying our bills and stick with our jobs. Panic cannot help us.

    Speaking of panic…have you heard about the meteors heading straight for Earth? According to The Daily Star, we’ve got six large meteors that will pass close by Earth “within the final seven days of September,” which coincides pretty well with the blood moon. One is supposed to smash into Puerto Rico, causing all sorts of climate change and devastation. The Daily Star said that the smallest meteor could obliterate London (sounds like something out of a Doctor Who episode), while the largest one could decimate the entire continent.

    Fortunately, NASA does not expect any extraterrestrial collisions. In fact, all those mentions of meteor impacts threatening Earth on the Internet are just hoaxes.

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    With all this talk of the blood moons ushering in the end of the world or meteors destined to slam into Puerto Rico, it seems like there’s a never ending supply of scenarios out there that are made to terrify. In regards to asteroids striking Earth, we’re safe. As for the blood moon, we’ll see what happens. Although, as Mr. Paris believes, there is good reason to believe the world will keep going the way it has been.

    And if the world keeps going the way it has been, you can bet your bottom dollar there will be disasters aplenty coming your way. Fires, tornados, earthquakes, job loss, disability, flood…you name it. This is why we prepare. It’s not for a massive meteor or a moon changing color, but instead it’s for the accidents that leave you without work. It’s for the trucker’s strikes that leave your stores without food. It’s for the natural disasters that come, well, naturally.

    Great Depression - MeteorWe can never truly predict when the next greatest catastrophe will strike, but we can at least do something about it. Don’t wait until tomorrow to start preparing. Begin now. After all, the world was all right and good on October 23, 1929, but on October 24, we saw the most devastating stock market crash in our nation’s history. Other disasters and crises are similar in nature. One day, all is right in the world, and the next…it’s all but ended.

    Of course, we all hope for and have enjoyed plenty of days and months and years of peace and prosperity, and I wish it would always remain that way. But as history shows, bad things happen, and if we want to come out of there relatively unscathed, we’re going to want to start preparing while we can.

    But don’t worry about any large objects falling from space, and don’t be too concerned about the world ending on the 27th. Instead, focus on the here, the now, and the future disasters that may (or may not, hopefully) come to you in your life. That way, if you’re prepared ahead of time, a blood moon will just be a moon of a different shade, and disasters can give you their best shot. You’ll be ready, and you’ll be just fine.


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    Posted In: Disaster Scenarios Tagged With: end times, meteor, prophecy, Puerto Rico, tetrad, blood moon, be prepared

  • Flash Flooding Washes Away Hikers [Video]

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    "We turned and we saw the water flowing up like a large wave.”

    Flash FloodingThat’s according to Renee Lusano when she and her friends nearly became the victims of a flash flood on Commando Trail in East Maui recently. Her friend Sean was washed off the top of the waterfall, and the whole party had to quickly climb to higher ground. The water rose quickly, and miraculously nobody died. The group even had a drone camera and captured the entire ordeal (see video at the end of this article).

    One moment everyone was having a good time. The next they were fighting for their lives.

    Flash floods are no joke, and as the name implies, they can happen in a flash. That’s why it’s important to know the dangers wherever you are, and to pay heed to warnings. Maui had received a lot of rain just before this incident due to nearby hurricanes, and a flood advisory had been issued. The group continued with their hike, however.

    You, too, could face a flash flood, no matter where you live, hike, camp, or vacation. One of the best ways to avoid being caught in one is to know your surroundings, weather conditions, and check for local advisories.

    Saddle Dome Flash Flooding Calgary's Saddledome flooded when the Bow River flooded its banks.

    When it comes to weather, the most common cause of flash flooding is intense rainfall. Depending on the condition of the ground, this water could start flooding almost instantly. Soft ground like sand and good soil can hold more water, whereas clay and wilt don’t absorb water as well, so it starts flooding much faster after the rain starts falling.

    The depth of bedrock also plays a factor in flash flooding. The closer the bedrock is to the surface, the faster it will flood. This is because there’s just not as much room for water to soak in to the soil as there would be if the bedrock were much further down. More soil, more saturation, less flooding.

    Urban Flash FloodingUrbanization and fire are also huge factors in flash flooding. Obviously, water can’t permeate concrete very well, so the more roads and sidewalks the water reaches, the greater chance of a flood. Wildfires can change the way the soil takes in water, essentially making it hydrophobic. This means that the ground repels water rather than taking it in. So in places like California or Washington that have had some extended wildfires, there could be some even greater risks for flash flooding (except maybe in California, because the rain doesn’t seem to go there much, anyway).

    With colder weather on approach, hard and freezing ground can also pose a problem for saturation. If the ground starts freezing and then receives a lot of rain or fast-melting snow, be prepared for some flash flooding.

    To sum up, heavy rainfall and its inability to soak into the ground can cause massive flooding in an instant. Check out your surroundings where you live and plan accordingly.


    And in case you forgot, here’s the video of the hikers’ near-death experience with a flash flood:



    What risks of flash flooding do you see near your home?


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    Posted In: Disaster Scenarios Tagged With: rainfall, drone, hawaii, Flash flood, flood

  • Total Eclipse: Beautiful Moon or Dreadful Sign?

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    Eclipse - What does it mean to you?On the evening of September 27th/28th, 2015, the Sun, Moon and Earth will once again align in such a way that they “turn the moon to blood” in a total lunar eclipse. Of course, there will be no more blood involved in the moon’s condition than there is green cheese. But the deep red hue of a total lunar eclipse is why such an event is often called a “Blood Moon.”

    Millions across North America will witness this phenomenon as the earth’s shadow obscures sunlight from illuminating the moon in our night sky. As it does, many will ask, why can I still see the moon? And why is it red?


    How Do Blood Moons Happen?

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    To best understand why the moon is red you must imagine yourself standing on the surface of the moon. Looking up, you watch the earth move in front of the sun, casting its shadow upon you and the entire sunward side of the moon. The shadow grows until the earth has obscured almost all the light of the sun from reaching the moon.

    The key word here is “almost.” While the earth conceals the sun from the moon, the glow of the sun’s corona still radiates around the earth, creating a glowing ring of bright red light in the lunar sky.

    Eclipse - All the sunsets!“But why red light?” you might ask. The answer is simple when you realize that the ring of light you see is all the sunrises and sunsets occurring on our planet, visible all at the same time. Since these early morning and late evening skies are often bright red and pink, the only light reaching the moon is bright red. As the lunar surface is bathed in red light, the normally bright full moon is turned into a “Blood Moon.”

    What Makes This Blood Moon Special?

    As interesting as this eclipse promises to be astronomically, this blood moon holds much deeper meaning for millions worldwide. Both Jews and Christians alike recognize that this eclipse will be the fourth consecutive blood moon in 18 months, or a “Blood Moon Tetrad.” What’s more, each eclipse of this tetrad falls on a Jewish Feast Holiday—a coincidence so rare that is has occurred only 7 other times over the last 2,000 years. Of particular interest to these millions of believers is that each previous Tetrad/Feast Day occurrence has been accompanied by some history-changing world events.

    Eclipse HistoryFor example, the Blood Moon Tetrad of the year 162 ushered in the Antonine Plague, a widespread epidemic throughout Europe and the Mediterranean that marked the beginning of the fall of the Roman Empire. Bad for Romans, great for Christians, as this was also when their religion began its spread into Europe.

    The Tetrads of the 795, 842 and 860 each saw great shifts in power and territories between the peoples of Europe and Arabia.

    Still impacting us today, the Tetrad of 1493 was observed by sailors sailing from Spain to the newly discovered Americas. Virtually every facet of history shifted that year, as this the old world confronted this “New World.”

    Almost 500 years later, the Tetrads occurring through 1949 and 1967 accompanied the most pivotal events in the history of modern Israel—the very establishment of the State of Israel and their milestone 6-day War, respectively.


    Oh…One Other Thing

    So what might the Tetrad of 2015 bring in its wake? One clue might be found in another cycle of Jewish custom unrelated to the moons; Shemittah. Shemittah is a Jewish Sabbatical observance wherein every seven years adherents elevate their thoughts, words and deeds to build their relationship with God. Wrongs and debts are forgiven, lands lie fallow, and people focus more upon their spiritual needs and less upon material pursuits.

    Interestingly, over the last several decades this seven year cycle seems to coincide with a pattern of societal disruption and economic unrest, e.g. stock market crashes, recessions, energy shortages, even the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001. This Shemittah ends September 13th, 2015—15 days before the Blood Moon Tetrad.


    So What Does It All Mean?

    Looking up at the beautiful and mysterious Blood Moon of September 28th will mean different things to different people. To some, that evening will denote nothing more than an entirely predictable astronomical event. For many others, the Blood Moon Tetrad and the end of the Shemittah year falling just over two weeks apart mean that this particular astronomical event should be taken as a sign. Millions regard this as the crucial and long-prophesied period of calamity and disruption that will precede the end of times, as foretold by the Hebrew prophet Joel:

    Eclipse - Sun and Moon“The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.” (Joel 2:31, Holy Bible, KJV).


    Whatever the moons and the calendars and the cycles all mean, however, is somewhat irrelevant. Whether or not the Blood Moons/Shemittah phenomenon means the end is near, a simple examination of history reveals one constant and lasting truth; Earthquakes, fires, floods, whirlwinds, drought, cyclones, storms, wars, pestilence, and disease happen, and often, in every time, season and generation. Odds are pretty good you will have to deal with at least one of these “Big Ones” at some point in time.

    Even more likely, however, is the fact that one of a dozen other calamities will strike closer to home—accident, illness, job loss, divorce, death of a loved one…no one sidesteps all the trials and troubles of life.

    Sorry…unless you’re still standing on the moon…welcome to earth.

    Eclipse PrepareSeptember 28th will be the same as last week, the same as last year, the same as it ever was; It will be a good time to be ready. As we like to say around here, “The best time to prepare was yesterday. The next best time is today.” Because tomorrow is and ever has been uncertain, it’s always time to prepare.


    How will you be watching the total eclipse? Let us know in the comments below!



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