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Merry Christmas -2017

We wish you a happy none denominational inclusive winter solstice festive time period.

And to the rest of us, Wishing all Y’all a very Merry Christmas!

Remembering when …

Days That Shook The World – Christmas Truce 1914 Christmas lights Posted 2014 to mark 100 years

Dark and Stormy Night

It was dark and stormy night….

It was after dark and it was snowing hard enough that we could not see the school across the street from us. The temperature was around 4 degrees F. …. when a neighbor knocked on our door for help dealing with 2 kids [maybe 8 to 11 years old and their 2 dogs. They were wet and cold from being out all afternoon. One did not have socks on and the other’s socks were wringing wet. While they did have coats on they did not have hats or gloves.

Due to the blowing snow they were disoriented and lost, they could not tell which way home was.

A phone was provided and they called home. The 14 year old who was watching them simply told them that they needed to come home and hung up on them. [The parents had gone shopping at noonish and left the 14 year old in charge] it was now 1830 – 1900. the lost kids had been gone from home at least 6 hours by their account.

at this point the local police were called. It was not long at all before the police arrived.

Prior to showing up at the senior apartments the kids had been sheltering at the school in an outside recycling bin with a 3rd kid and dog. Nobody knew where this 3rd kid was as he was no longer at the recycling bin when another officer went to look for him. An apb [all points bulletin] was issued and the kid was located back at home – he had hitched a ride with a stranger which was kind of scary on it’s own.

Turns out that the mom had left her phone at home and the dad’s phone was dead. As an aside even if you have to post a check list on your door before you leave make sure that you have your phone with you and a way to charge it too.

I bet that the parents and the police are going to have a nice long chat over this situation

those kids very easily could have died or kidnapped in this situation.

Lessons learned from this

make sure that everyone knows their street address and the family phone numbers.
Have set check in times
dress right for the weather
make sure others know where you are and routes of travel.

All Hallows Eve and Antifa

All Hallows Eve and Antifa

Well folks AntiFa is still talking about an uprising on November 4th… Saturday. Is there going to be civil unrest??? Beats me.

None the less it is always a good idea to take such things at face value. With that in mind Monday some time early fill your gas tank [Tuesday is All Hollow’s Eve ] with all those kids out and about is good enough reason to be ready anyway. Check and be sure that you have your go bag ready…. illness from over eating candy has sent more than one kid to the hospital along with the % of accident injuries so you may need to visit the hospital and it pays to be ready….. BTW November 1st is the best time to stock up on Halloween candy for your BOBs and car kits and for your ling term storage system.

On Thursday regardless of what is going on top your fuel tank as you normally would. Hit the store and get the fresh stuff you will need for the weekend to avoid the crazies who shop on Friday nights and the weekends.

It may well be worth while for you to go to your bank Monday and get a bit of extra cash out in case you come across any good sales on Halloween stuff.

Cross ref

Election 2016 FU

COMMs part 1

Convalescent Care

and some books that explore the topics in more depth This is book 1 the quick start guide to preparedness. This is book 2 about traveling and evacuation planning.

EAS Test

Blog EAS Test

Emergency Alert System Test aka Emergency Broadcast System or if you are even older you recall Conalrad Alerts

I was listening to Clyde Lewis at Ground Zero Media on earlier. Part of the discussion was about a national EAS test set for 2017, September 27th at 12:20 [pm] Eastern Time[US] Mountain time would be 10:20 AM. GMT or UTC time would be 16:20 ZULU. [Greenwich Mean Time or Universal Time Coordinated]

IF something is actually going wrong they will delay the National test until 2017 October 4th same times.

Apparently this test will go out over both your weather alert radio and your AM/FM radio and TV.

This would be a good time to test your family communications plan to see how well it works and to fix any bugs you find. It would also be a good time to review your bug out plan.

It would be interesting to hear from you what your experiences are with this.

Cross ref

and some books that explore the topics in more depth This is book 1 the quick start guide to preparedness. This is book 2 about traveling and evacuation planning.

Hurricane COMMs plus

Hurricane COMMs plus

Unless you are totally Narcisstic and sociopathic, communication in an emergency should be high on your list of skills and equipment to be developed by you and your family / group.

Have you ever played \telephone\ ? Often by the end of the transfer of the message no one recognizes it as the same as at the beginning. Typed OR recorded messages tend to convey meaning consistently. This is one of the reasons HAMs are shifting in a lot of cases to digital radio so that you can in effect send E-mail via radio instead of internet only.

However voice communications is still easy for dialog.

As long as the grid is at least mostly up [or at least spotty] ZELLO seems to be a great system to use so that people at least get the same message even if you don’t get it at the same time as the person next door. Better or at least as good as text.

Zello and texting does NOT replace HAM radios for reliability.

There are links at the bottom for more communications ect.

Zello tops US app store as the walkie-talkie for hurricane volunteers
•by Mike Butcher,
With Hurricane Irma hitting Florida’s southern islands as a category four storm, and more than 6.3 million being told to evacuate Florida, being able to stay in contact with the outside world is a high priority. As a result, smartphone apps which can help coordinate rescues and responses have become crucial to efforts.

The main one that’s being talked about — and downloaded at a prodigious rate — is Zello, a walkie-talkie app which was originally launched in Russia in 2007 under the name LoudTalks (but since moved to Austin, Texas in 2011) and now boasts 100 million users around the world. After being featured in a Houston Chronicle story about the “Cajun Navy” of volunteers who have been using the app to coordinate their efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, the app hit the top of the US app store.

Zello appears to have added six million new registered users since Monday, the company’s CEO, Bill Moore, told BuzzFeed News, and is now the top free app on the iOS App Store. “With the crush of new users and emergency situations, most of the Zello team is working long days either maintaining capacity or helping with customer support,” he said.

However, the huge interest in Zello saw the company admitting it has had to add servers to keep it up.
Now, with Hurricane Irma bearing down on Florida, interest in Zello is being boosted yet again.


and some books that explore the topics in more depth This is book 1 the quick start guide to preparedness. This is book 2 about traveling and evacuation planning. This one will give you an interesting look at travel snarl ups when it not an emergency. has some interesting info for your consideration during this season.

eclipse aar

After action reports from the eclipse 2017

Much of this will be raw reports in the order they were received with some conclusions tossed in.

Glendo WY to Cheyenne WY a trip that would be way under 3 hours normally took 8-10 hours after the eclipse. At some point the police had the trains stopped [so that they didn’t block the roads] in retrospect I think that they should have let the trains run. As the traffic was stopped by them, those drivers caught at the cross roads would have taken a break and shut off their vehicles. Those that were on the other side of the tracks would clear out and after the trains passed those vehicles that had been caught would have clear roads for awhile anyway.

One car that stopped wanted to have hot pop-tarts. She put the pop-tarts on the hood of her car to warm them. Another car brought out a tub of butter to spread on them… apparently a big hit! They say that there is a song about butter on pop-tarts… I have not heard it yet.

ELIMINATION still has to happen – along the road too. Rest stops were closed due to sewers backing up from over use. Most of the rest stops were full of over night campers Sunday night.

Police were imported from around the country [Chicago and Boston were at Glendo]

cell phone service was reportedly spotty due to massive use… this was not a disaster event it was only a large crowd event. Many people think that things like cell phones will always work for them – not true so plan on some sort of ‘back up comms’ .

Another caller to the radio station stated that he had left with over 3 hours to spare and did not make it in time. [Cheyenne to Casper]

several squatters noted on property – several reports about ranchers blocking their roads with their trucks and squatters pulling or pushing them out of the way so they could trespass —- not smart
also fences getting cut which allowed cows to get out. — hummm criminal trespass, criminal property damage all during a ‘big event’ in peace time…. WHAT do you think will happen at protests and real disaster events???

on the other hand some land owners were charging $1,000.00 a day to stay there and getting it in cash.

Casper to Cheyenne is normally under 3hours on I 25 and it took 8 hours after the eclipse. Denver is normally 2 hours from Cheyenne [so call it 5 hours from Casper and it took 15 for some folks.

On the local radio WYDOT reported that we had almost 600,000 more vehicles enter Wyoming for the eclipse—- that is more vehicles than the total population of Wyoming!!

2 families departed Casper after the eclipse together both headed to Brighton CO family #1 stayed on I 25 and it took them 11 hours to get home. Family #2 took the alternate routes suggested and it took them 15 hours to get to the same neighborhood

My family stayed home and watched 98% totality and BBQ it was way more fun than being stuck in traffic and it was safer.

Some folks also stayed home for many reasons. Some folks slept through it others had cloud cover and a lot of folks had to work and so missed it. Others got a better view by staying home and watching it on TV.

lessons learned

Pay attention to what happens today to help you predict future events.
Have a back up communications plan for WHEN cell service is interrupted.
Make sure you have plenty of fuel and never below half a tank.
Be able to camp out for a few hours/days for traffic to clear. Have a bob for each person in the car all the time maybe….
Have multiple routes planned out before leaving home..

A good reference is at This is book 2 about traveling and evacuation planning.

Update at 1000 hours local radio reports from Highway Patrol that there was a motorcycle V car mishap after the eclipse on Monday. Reportedly the traffic was very heavy [DAH] and the motorcycle decided to pass a line of cars because he was in a hurry….. a car had the same idea and pulled out of line to pass the line of cars too and hit the motorcycle. The motorcycle rider was killed and the driver of the car was uninjured and will not be charged. Folks bad things happen when you do dumb stuff. Slow down, pay attention and don’t be in a hurry.

Cross ref

We would of course like to hear your reports of your day of eclipse and what you learned and experienced.

Eclipse Day

Good MORNING campers!

Well it is eclipse day!

Pay attention to situational awareness! Watch out for traffic. Especially in the dry west areas watch out for fires caused by parking hot vehicles in tall dry grass.

In our area last week started with reports of people squatting on private property preping for this eclipse.

One radio report that we heard this AM a normal commute of 9 minutes is taking 27 minutes….

We would be very interested in hearing your reports of how the eclipse experience went for you.

How were the crowds and traffic?

Did the food places have enough on had?

How about fuel? One station we heard about had run out of gas [all grades] Sunday night and wont get resupplied till Tuesday. They still have diesel fuel.

Did you have reservations over the eclipse that they canceled or charged more for than planned?

How did communications go? How did your radios work? Was there issues with your cell phone – over the weekend there were a few times that our phones would not connect because ‘all circuts were busy”… I suspect that the large amount of traffic did that…. I bet during the eclipse there will be a lot of dropped calls.

Be safe!

BTW reportedly will have Clyde Lewis live this AM to help report on the eclipse.

eclipse 2017

eclipse 2017

Howdy everyone

Monday august 21st is the date of the total eclipse of the sun. I know this comes as a shock as nobody else has been writing about it…

In Casper Wyoming they are expecting the population to expand by close to 500% the town is about 50,000 people normally and they expect over 200,000 people to show up for the eclipse, according to the news on the radio there are flight plans already filed for an extra 190 aircraft to arrive the morning of the eclipse in Casper and then during the eclipse the airspace will be closed down.

Even though it is illegal to “park” on the interstate in most areas….. Wyoming Highway patrol is expecting large numbers of parked cars and accidents.. some states have activated the national guard to help deal with the extra people who come to watch the eclipse.

I do not expect a natural disaster from the eclipse, BUT I think it prudent to expect a human disaster during this time. Think of it as a large influx of refugees and the effect of this may have on infrastructure – food,gas, electric, water and SEWAGE.

Go today and top off your fuel tanks [TODAY] as it will most likely be HEAVY traffic around Monday. We plan on having a family BBQ and to stay off the road on Monday, I suggest that you go ahead now and get whatever provisions you will need for the festivities you plan.

There are several ways to /watch/ the eclipse– for example the special sun glasses IF you can find them at this point. You can make pin hole cameras to see this event [google it] when I was very young we watched one eclipse with such a thing. It was a big cardboard box with a hole cut in the top for binoculars [wrapped in a towel to seal around it] and a hole cut in the side for viewing. This was rather neat that my parents built this for us.
HEALTH WARNING– do NOT look directly at the sun EVER!

This event is supposed to effect radio propagation. You may want to have an AM radio tuned to a distant radio station and hear the effects on reception.

Please share your thoughts and experiences from the eclipse [past and present one] along with the reactions of people around you.

cross ref for dealing with large numbers of people….

Summer Safety

Summer Safety Primer
During heat illness, the body’s cooling system shuts down due to a
lack of water and electrolytes.
Mild symptoms of heat exhaustion include thirst, fatigue, and cramps
in the legs or abdomen. Left untreated, heat exhaustion can progress
to heat stroke. Serious heat-related symptoms include dizziness,
headaches, nausea, rapid heartbeat, vomiting, decreased alertness,
and a temperature as high as 105 F or more.
In severe cases, the liver, kidneys, and brain may be damaged due to
the lack of water and electrolytes. About 400 people die each year
from heat exposure, according to the CDC.
The risk of heat illness goes up during exertion and sports and with
certain health conditions such as diabetes, obesity, and heart
disease. Alcohol use also increases the risk. So do medications that
slow sweat production such as antihistamines, tricyclic
antidepressants, and diuretics used to treat water retention, high
blood pressure, and some liver and kidney conditions.
People ages 65 and older and young children are especially vulnerable
to heat illness. During the summer of 2003, at least 42 children in
the United States died after being left in hot cars, according to Jan
Null, a meteorologist in San Francisco who tracks heat-related
deaths. What some people don’t realize is that the temperature inside
a car can climb much higher than temperatures outside during a sunny
day. Heat stroke in children can occur within minutes, even if a car
window is opened slightly. **The car becomes a `solar oven’ with
tempratures going over 200 degrees F.
What You Can Do
Adequate hydration is the #1 protective factor!
At #2 is proper clothing with headgear. Air conditioning is the No. 3
protective factor against heat illness. If you don’t have air
conditioning, spend time in public facilities, such as libraries and
malls that have air conditioning. Reduce strenuous activities or do
them during early mornings and evenings when it’s cooler. If you’re
outside for long stretches of time, carry a water bottle, drink
fluids regularly, and don’t push your limits. People who play sports
should wear light, loose-fitting clothes and drink WATER or sports
drinks before, during, and after activity. If you see someone
experiencing heat illness, have the person lie down in a cool place
and elevate the legs. Use water, wet towels, and fanning to help cool
the person down until emergency help comes.

The number one indicator of adequate hydration is URINATION. With
infants we are told that 10-12 wet diapers is a good thing. And
that “depends” on your age. If you are 40 years old, one would hope
that you do not need diapers [in older folks diapers are called
depends]. BUT you should be going every 2-3 hours and your urine
should be clear to straw colored and at least 90 MLs each time. If
your urine is dark, cloudy or scant you NEED to be drinking more
water. A good formula is one liter of water, ¼ teaspoon potassium
chloride [this is a salt substitute some trade names are NU-salt, NO-
salt ECT.. Available in the seasoning section with the regular table
salt –sodium chloride] a pinch of mag sulfate—Epson salt, 2
tablespoons of sugar and Kool aid to taste. Chile and serve. This
formula is rather similar to Pedialyte or Gatorade only better and
much cheaper. — Just like you learned in our first aid class.

FEMA funding

FEMA Funding Needs Questioning

By Bradley Harrington

“When one gets in bed with government, one should expect the diseases it spreads.” — Ron Paul, “The Ron Paul Revolution: Writings and Speeches of Congressman Ron Paul,” 2008 —

As Cheyenne’s administrative circles continue exploding as a result of City Engineer Jim Voeller’s recent claim that the city deliberately “misled” FEMA on flood-control figures for our pending “West Edge” project (“Cheyenne city engineer: ‘We lied on our grant application,’” WTE, March 26), the real lessons to be learned here are heading for the horizon in the midst of all the flying rubble.

Yes, it IS extremely important that we get to the bottom of Voeller’s allegations — for, if true, as he stated in a presentation to the Governing Body the following evening, “you might as well pile the $5.5 million in the street and burn it” (“Council supports Commons project over engineer’s objections,” WTE, March 28).

Nor is there any doubt that those answers potentially contain profound and ever-lasting impacts on both city operations and the public’s perception of them.

I contend, however, that it is of equal relevance — if not more so — that we analyze the nature of the explosion itself, and of what ultimately permitted it to happen: It’s time we question our funding schemes.

Take FEMA itself, for instance. The City has applied to FEMA for millions of “free federal dollars” to fix our flood-control issues downtown, fraudulently or otherwise … Yet, no one has ever satisfactorily explained why the taxpayers of Florida, Illinois or New Mexico should be held responsible for our flood-plain problems.

What are the ideas surrounding, and the consequences deriving from, such a funding model?

■ Some individuals, completely independent of and disconnected from us, are considered as financially accountable for Cheyenne’s weather — and we here, likewise, are being held responsible for issues of “flood plains” in Shreveport, Los Angeles and Seattle. Whatever happened to the idea of a community being responsible for itself? And of not being able to extort money from people hundreds or thousands of miles away, simply because they might “need” it?

(Don’t confuse this with voluntary charity in instances of natural disasters, which Americans have always been willing to step up to the plate and provide whenever truly necessary. FEMA’s very existence is instead based on the notion, and is nothing less than, the federal government’s TELLING you that you have no choice but to fund such operations whether you have an interest in it or not, whether you consider their activities to actually be useful or not.)

■ Consequently, the connection between donor and beneficiary is severed, with dim-witted bureaucrats acting as the arbiters of your tax dollars instead. Are you, Dear Reader, willing to trust them to handle those monies properly? The Red Cross and United Way sure didn’t in the wake of 9/11, and those are private organizations. Should we just blithely assume that FEMA oversight mechanisms have been properly put into place and are functioning correctly? Both history and reality indicate otherwise.

■ As another repercussion of such pie-in-the-sky assumptions, consider the impact on the public mind of these flawed reasonings: The short-circuit of the link between donor and beneficiary can’t help but breed into people’s thoughts the idea that this is little more than “free” money to be used at will for whatever anyone decides to use it for.

And if you don’t think that’s true, then get a load of this:

“I am in full-blooded support of the West Edge project, insofar as it ends up in a park that we can all use … It’s really immaterial to me whether that comes about from private funds, or whether it comes about from these FEMA funds … I hope we all get on the same page by whatever reasonable means necessary and that we get this park built.” (City resident Sara Burlingame, “City Council Meeting Video,” March 27.)

So, Ms. Burlingame: Since it’s illegal to use FEMA funds to build your pet park (“[City Treasurer Lois] Huff pointed out in a Dec. 9, 2016 memo that neither FEMA money nor matching sixth-penny funds could be used to design the park elements of Civic Center Commons”), and since it’s “immaterial” to you whether or not such actions take place, would it be fair to conclude that you consider it “reasonable” to violate the stipulations of this grant? This is known as “the ends justifying the means.” Where have we heard that before?

This, I submit, is the kind of concrete-bound, range-of-the-moment mentality that has got us $19 trillion in debt, with another $105 trillion of unfunded liabilities. We sacrifice our financial independence for … Parks? And flood control?

Well, I’d beg to differ with you, Ms. Burlingame: For, when THOSE two debt bombs decide to go off, as they eventually will, parks, flood control and city shenanigans are going to be the last things on our minds.

Bradley Harrington is a computer technician and a writer who lives in Cheyenne. Email: