Friday, September 12, 2014
Here in Ireland the aurora borealis is a sight worth seeing. Last year when I first noticed it I was captivated by the mystical green color in the night sky and today I’ll probably stay up until midnight in hope of catching another glimpse.
The aurora borealis also has a less attractive side to it. It’s basically the consequence of a solar storm or coronal mass ejection. These can disrupt radio transmissions and cause damage to satellites and electrical transmission line facilities. In a worst case scenario, these can result in massive and long-lasting power outages in some areas.
CNN’s main page is dedicated to solar storms and how it may affect the power grids, GPS, radios and satellites.
In the case of Fox News, the main article is about Ebola and how mutations may end up in an even worse epidemic. If the virus becomes airborne we are suddenly talking about a much greater threat than it already is. With such high mortality rate and no vaccine on the horizon the consequences of such a global pandemic could be disastrous.
As always, I recommend caution and common sense, but these are the headlines today and it would be unwise to not acknowledge ongoing events and potential threats.
What can you do?
Prepare, as always.
By now most of you should be well prepared regarding essential supplies, which would come into play in both events mentioned. I’m talking about plenty of long shelf life food, plenty of stored water, means of cooking, lanterns and flashlights, batteries, first aid kit and medical supplies and a firearm for self-defense.
In the case of a disruptive coronal mass ejection we are looking at sensitive electronics getting fried and having to be ready to bug in and deal with power outages.
In the case of Ebola, it would also be advised to bug in, stay put and avoid contact with people until the risk of contagion is significantly reduced. In a worst case scenario this could mean bugging in for months at a time, so long term food supplies are essential as well as hygiene and medical supplies.