May 28, 2024

SurvivalBlog presents another edition of The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods. This column is a collection of news bits and pieces that are relevant to the modern survivalist and prepper from JWR. Our goal is to educate our readers, to help them to recognize emerging threats, and to be better prepared for both disasters and negative societal trends. You can’t mitigate a risk if you haven’t first identified a risk. In today’s column, we look at some interesting maps for those who are preparedness-minded.

Map: National Risk Index for Natural Hazards

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) publishes a National Risk Index for Natural Hazards. This data can be displayed as a map. There is a toggle list in the upper left corner to sort by specific risks, such as earthquake, flood, tornado, et cetera. The tornado risk in the Denver area came as a surprise to me.  Note that the “Census Tract” view might be more useful than the county view, especially for areas with large countries, like southern California. The map at the top of today’s column shows Tornado Risk.

An Interactive Crime Rate Map

With some web searching, I found that the ADT company hosts an interactive map on crime rates that can be filtered by types of crime. It is quite interesting. I was shocked by the high crime rates in Alaska — but I suspect that most of that is concentrated in Alaska’s handful of large cities.

DC Democrats are Still Hard At Woke

SurvivalBlog reader H.A. coined the phrase “Hard At Woke.”  And that perfectly describes the oh-so-woke authors of an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023. This amendment, offered last July, in summary:

“Requires public companies to annually disclose the racial, ethnic, gender identity, sexual orientation, and veteran status of their board directors, nominees, and senior executive officers; empowers the SEC’s Office of Minority and Women Inclusion to publish best diversity disclosure practices; and creates an advisory group that would study and report on increasing corporate diversity.”

It was sponsored in the House Rules Committee by House members Meeks (of New York), Maloney, Carolyn (of New York), Torres, Ritchie (of New York), Sherman (of California), and Brown (of Maryland).  Not surprisingly, all of them are Democrats.

Taiwan To Buy 400 US Anti-Ship Missiles

I found this Zero Hedge article linked over at the Whatfinger.com news aggregation site: Taiwan To Buy 400 US Anti-Ship Missiles, Announced As China Conducts “Major” Military Drill.

Map of Gun Ownership Rates in the U.S.

Published by Matador Network: Mapped: Gun Ownership in the US.

Hiding Spots for Valuables that Burglars Won’t Find

Reader H.L. sent us this: Hiding spots for valuables that burglars won’t find. JWR offers this proviso: Keep in mind the risk of inadvertently “discardIng” or “donating” items like food containers and toys. When hiding cash, precious metals, jewelry, crypto hardware wallets, or other compact valuables, make sure that at least three family members know exactly what is hidden, and precisely where it is.

Maps That Show What Languages People Speak

Fascinating: 14 Maps That Show What Languages People Speak In The U.S..

Elon Musk: Contingency Plan In Case of Uncontrolled AI

Over at the DC Enquirer: Elon Musk Calls For Contingency Plan In Case AI Gets Out Of Hand On Tucker Carlson.

Five Months? Woman Found Alive After Disappearance

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