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Safe & Prepared 2015
Wednesday, 31 December 2014 16:07

As 2014 comes to a close, your friends at Black Umbrella wish you a safe, happy and well-prepared New Year!  If improving your family’s preparedness in 2015 is one of your resolutions, please give us a call.  In the meantime, check out a few preparedness resolutions from Apartment Prepper.

2014 Farm Crime
Monday, 29 December 2014 10:00

Without fail, the year’s end always brings about stories of weirdness from the past twelve months. We really enjoyed this particularly odd story about the year in farm crime, which is apparently an issue that spans the globe.

Indonesian Tsunami: 10 Years Later
Friday, 26 December 2014 18:17

It’s been ten years since the 2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake triggered a tsunami that devastated countries bordering the Indian Ocean and resulted in an estimated 228,000 deaths.  The Wall Street Journal looks at the recovery of four countries – Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India and Thailand – during the past decade.

Outback Survival
Tuesday, 23 December 2014 10:00

The narrative is familiar. A family gets stranded while enjoying a trip into the great outdoors. They are woefully unprepared, and a short camping trip turns into a harrowing ordeal, often with dire consequences.

This story is the exact opposite! An Australian man and his two young sons became stranded while camping in the outback.  However, his resourcefulness managed to keep them all alive and well for eleven days. More importantly, a concerned mom knew to call authorities once dad and sons missed several check-ins.

China & the U.S. Power Grid
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 18:10

Last Thursday, while testifying before the House intelligence committee, Admiral Michael Rogers, director of the National Security Agency and head of U.S. Cyber Command, noted that China has the capability to shut down the U.S. power grid via cyberattacks.

It’s a bold statement, and one that’s slightly convoluted.  The real truth is that China (and one or two other countries) could do some serious cyber damage to the U.S. power grid infrastructure, but that grid is so segregated into different units that any attacks would likely affect only localized areas, not the entire grid.

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