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Improvements in Earthquake Resistant Building Design

Living in Southern California I am always interested in improvements to building design that affect how well they ride out an earthquake.  I found this article from the Christian Science Monitor intriguing to say the least.

http://www.csmonitor.com/Innovation/Tech/2012/0113/To-save-buildings-from-quakes-architects-try-self-destruction-by-design

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January 15, 2012 at 12:14 pm Leave a comment

Coming Solar Storm – Disaster of major proportions?

Interesting article on Forbes.com (http://www.forbes.com/sites/williampentland/2011/08/09/sky-full-of-trouble-bracing-for-super-solar-storms/) tells about the fact that the results of a major solar storm is headed our way in the next few days…..There is even a possibility that the electromagnetic pulse could even shut off the water to your house by disabling the computers at the pumping station near you.

How likely is this, well the answer is not very even according to the story.  It would take a direct hit from a “super” storm to do any real damage.  We have been being shot at by the sun pretty regularly since mid June and I am sure that if your toilet stopped working during that time it was due to a more typical cause.

Why am I writing about this here in a blog about building, construction and disaster recovery?  Well it is a disaster you should consider if you are responsible for planning for recovery for your business and there has been more than a little scare mongering lately about this topic.  However if you have planned ahead to survive a major earthquake and a solar storm hits you should be just fine as the things you will need are very similar.

And the government is planning for the event.  Here is an official link from NASA all about it: (http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2011/22jun_swef2011/)

Also here is a Youtube video showing what one looks like: (http://youtu.be/G4gwEpNYygU)

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August 10, 2011 at 9:49 pm Leave a comment

Interesting Disaster Shelter

I ran across and very interesting concept in rapidly deployable shelters.  They are called concrete canvas shelters and you can find all about them here: http://www.concretecanvas.co.uk/

Here is a youtube video on the product:

Pretty amazing stuff!

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July 14, 2011 at 10:48 pm 1 comment

Cleaning supplies for unusual needs

I ran across some unusual cleaning supplies  this week to supplement your arsenal when it comes to keeping you buildings clean and safe.

The first is a product called slipgrip and it is for use on ceramic tile and polished stone floors.  The idea is a cleaner that get the surface clean but doesn’t make it slippery.  The office where i work just remodeled the lobby with beautiful terrazzo floors that were slippery even when dry.  Management has started using the product and I can notice a difference when I walk across the floors.  Information on the product can be found here at slipgrip.com( http://www.slipgrip.com/).

Next we have a product I found on the Cool Tools website (http://www.kk.org/cooltools/) called Ickee Stickee Unstuck. This product is a stain remover maybe from soybeans.  It is said to remove many things like paint and magic marker.  I can certainly find uses for this at my sites!  It is available from Amazon and is manufactured by Franmar Chemical (http://www.franmar.com/).

Lastly tonight via the Geeky Gadgets website (http://www.geeky-gadgets.com/decongel-is-the-best-cleaner-in-the-world-28-05-2011/) comes a product that supposedly can clean up radioactive particles from hard surfaces.  It is called DeconGel.

DeconGel’s unique qualities were accidentally discovered a few years ago when a scientist working for a technology incubator peeled it off a surface. Turns out what DeconGel does best is collect all sorts of microscopic particles that are cluttering the space it is spread on. When removed, it virtually cleans the object of thing it’s been covered with.

The company website has a lot more information and can be found here: (http://decongel.com/).

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May 28, 2011 at 6:57 pm Leave a comment

Gimme Shelter?

There is a series of recent news reports about a group of folks selling slots in an underground shelter city or at least village somewhere in the desert. While I think that this is just another scam based around the 2012 end of the world theory I thought that I might write a post on what is available out there for the do it your selfer.

What I found in large numbers are site purporting to have plans you can build or have built that will protect you in the event of a nuclear war.  I guess they assume you won’t be suffering any direct hits…

The first site is: http://www.undergroundbombshelter.com/ is a fairly calm site compared to some and does take the time to give you some basic understanding of the issues that need to be addressed.

There are many examples of both this type of site and of the other more sensational kind.  An example of this type is: http://www.alpinesurvival.com/nuclear_bomb_shelters.html

This site is much more scary and really tries to get you convinced that you need to spend serious money to protect yourself and your family from what they see as impending disaster.  They so have  a nice set of 3D mock up of shelters.  However these examples seem a little unrealistic due to lack of storage for what I would think of as needed supplies.

Now what I think would be really able to make this type of a solution work is a planned town with a small sealed nuclear reactor that would allow the installation to be able to heat, light, cook, reprocess water and all of the other things an underground living space needs.  There are small reactors coming to a neighborhood near you within five years say England’s Guardian newspaper: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/nov/09/miniature-nuclear-reactors-los-alamos

In any event I am not planning on building or buying in to one of these anytime soon. Not because I believe that the world is not at risk for any of the disasters mentioned but rather because I don’t think that any of these actually represents a reasonable solution or presents more than a very temporary solution to our survival problem.

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July 18, 2010 at 9:22 pm Leave a comment

Disaster Preparedness Update April 7, 2010

With all of the recent earthquake news from Chile, the Far East and Northern Mexico it seemed like a good time to reprise some basic preparedness information.

First of all, let me be blunt, you need to have a plan that considers the likely disasters that might occur in your area and has at least some basic plan points to cover these situations. Okay, so you haven’t made a plan and need somewhere to start.

CERT (Community Emergency Response Team): http://www.citizencorps.gov/cert

This site will allow you to get to the local organization that can offer you training and resources.

Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org/ Start here and drill down to the local chapter to find helpful worksheets on basic plans, what should be in your first aid kit and training opportunities.

Ready.Gov: http://www.ready.gov/ Good basic information and starting point.

Lastly a site sponsored or at least approved by the City of San Fransisco: http://72hours.org/ The name relates directly to the amount of time you would likely be on your own in the event of a major emergency and therefore your basic planning window.

I have other posts on this same subject: https://askthefm.wordpress.com/category/planning/disaster-preparedness-planning/ that will cover other aspects of this important topic.

Just few more pointers for tonight:

1. Make sure you have at least a basic first aid kit at home and in your car, that is current.

2. Accumulate a couple hundred dollars in small bills (1, 5, 10’s) so that you can pay only the amount    for inflationary priced supplies. If all you have is a $20 bill to pay for that bottle of water, guess what the price is?

3. Make sure that all of your family members know the number of an out of area contact in case you are separated and allow that person to coordinate messages.  Outgoing long distance lines will be more likely to be accessible during an emergency than incoming and local calling.

Now I would be remiss if I didn’t give at least one toy.  The USGS has a great overlay for Google Earth that can be downloaded here: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/ that will show recent activity and past activity over the last week.  This is neat and kind of scary all at the same time.

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April 7, 2010 at 10:07 pm Leave a comment

The Before and After of Disaster Housing

I ran across a couple of pages the Thanksgiving weekend that I just had to share.  There is always a lot of discussion about disaster both natural and man made and how would our shelter hold up.

To start with we have a great story on WebUrbanist (http://weburbanist.com/2009/11/08/blown-to-smithereens-the-secret-story-of-survival-town/) that is all about the Nevada Test Site.  Yes that lovely place where the United States did it nuclear testing.  On the test site is a place called Survivor Town that was built to study the effects of these weapons on structures and typical city infrastructure.  All I can say is that I am glad that I didn’t live there!

Next we have a post on 10 Sustainable solutions for shelter after a disaster from Ecofriend.org (http://www.ecofriend.org/entry/10-sustainable-housing-solutions-to-tide-across-calamities/). I particularly like the HOMErgent for overall practicality and trying to cover all the bases.

Excerpt: e1
“The HOMErgent is an emergency housing structure that can be quickly set up with minimal effort. Based on a unique Hexayurt design, the HOMErgent can be quickly dispatched to affected zones as it comes in a flat fold-able design. Unlike conventional tents, the HOMErgent lasts for almost 20 years, thus making it an excellent proposition to be reused while required. To make it a truly sustainable structure, the HOMErgent is endowed with solar, wind and geothermal generators for powering the needs of it’s occupants. Quite impressive!

Lastly I couldn’t resist the house that is a disaster waiting to happen, Sri Lanka’s Magma Plug fortress.  This amazing site is a ancient fortress carved from a magma plug.  The article says “in what used to be a volcano”, but I don’t think there is an ever used to be about it.  Volcano’s are pretty much forever, they just take long rest breaks.

So enjoy while you can as it is certainly amazing in many ways not the least is the amount of work it took to create!

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November 28, 2009 at 8:57 pm 4 comments

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