Two phone calls in quick succession Thursday are the set-up for this morning’s column.

One, from my consigliere was to inform me that one of the MSM had run a “scare piece” about how people need to be planning to get out of two in the event a nuclear war ever threatens.  Like you’ll be able to miss the traffic for that one?  Sheesh!

The second call was to my old friend Shane Connor, who you will remember owns down south of Austin.

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I had to call Shane because (after the heads-up on how the public is being programmed – to be afraid)  I was curious how the “regular public” is perceiving the threat posted by the slowly-evolving North Korean situation.

Whether it’s Korea or India-Pakistan, or a lone terrorist, the bottom line is that I think it is inevitable that nuclear weapons will be used again in our lifetime, but I don’t know if it will be Korea or not…” he began.

We chatted a bit.  The usual about the build-up and how people aren’t watching it as closely as they should.

“China and Russia don’t want that (NK) regime toppled – they do not want South Korea standing up to their borders, so they’ll be involved…”

Not unlike our thinking.

“Since the Syria bombing and going toe-to-toe with the Russians – we’re not at Fukushima levels yet – but we have been getting a lot busier over the past six week.”

But as I listened, he was getting at something the more aware readers of UrbanSurvival probably already figured…

“The general public hopes it will all just go away.  But our business has picked up and we are making provisions for a huge ramp-up if needed…:”

But will privately owned radiation detection equipment always be available?

“As you know, when something big happens the phones light up.”

All from the general public?

“We’ve get calls from the government, too…and in the past we’ve been sold out with a single government phone call…”

We talked some more about the reality of nuclear war and what can be done about it.  The topic of a national monitoring network came up, too.

FEMA, DHS and EPA are all trying to get something installed and working.  The problem is they have different objectives.  The EPA stuff, for example, is all aimed at low-level changes – like the immediate plumes off Fukushima.  That kind of equipment would be swamped with a radiological plume from a dirty, fission, or fusion bomb.”

If you go to the and sort of read between the lines you can see where the monitoring is going.  And you can see the beginnings of geo-dispersed ongoing monitoring here.

The technology has been changing, too.

Back in the “old days” of Civil Defense, the main unit out there was the Civil Defense Field Survey Meter.  It was a good instrument but useless for spotting radiation damaged food at low levels in the grocery store, for example.  They had a “floor” of just over 100 MR

The NukAlert-ER is the best of the new tech right now since it has ranges that will get you down to the background radiation levels and all the way up to “Done, stick a fork in me” levels.

But what people don’t seem to understand is that there is a huge difference between an increase in background levels (and yes, Washington, Oregon, and the California coast are now “hotter” but livable, or the really “hot” readings.  The kind you want to be in and out of in five minutes or less.

The NukAlert-ER may be out of your budget, but there is another product that is much less expensive – it’s the NukAlert  “Triage Card.” ($25)

It is a credit-card sized dosimeter.  It changes color depending how many MR or R (milli-Roentgens or Roentgens) you have been exposed to.  Back at the time of Fukushima, Shane had sent me some postage stamp-sized prototypes which we will have in our “just in case” stores.

The Israel’s have these out in a deployed military setting.  They have more than 8,000 units deployed and they’re very happy with how well they work.”

The difference is that there are three kinds of instruments you will want to have handy in event of nuclear exchange:  A low-level Geiger counter type unit, the high level survey meter, and the dosimeter.  Of all of them, the dosimeter is the most important because it is a kind of running tally of how much radiation you have been exposed to.  The NukAlert-ER does it all.

In the past week, I’ve gotten some angry email from people who are upset at how “casually” I talk about the possibilities of nuclear war…a few choice adjectives are included most times.

But that (Panic!!! Leave the Cities!!! Everyone be Afraid!!!) doesn’t sit well with people who have considered the REAL physical – not the moral or PR issues of nuclear war survival skills.

I told you last week – and Shane carries the book too – is Kearney’s “Nuclear War Survival Skills.” 

Shane is on a mission to educate the public about the REALITY of nuclear war, not the media spin and panic because the panic can be used to get the public riled up over the wrong issues.

Most of our products will reassure out customers…because panic will be more widespread than fallout.  Radioactive fallout is like a really thin pizza slice that 95% of people don’t need to worry about if they just stay home and follow recommended practices…” he explains.

Plus, as part of his “Educate the Public!” campaign, he’s been buying ads on the Drudge Report and elsewhere to publicize his website.

I strongly advise you to read it completely,  especially if you’re too busy to read the whole Kearney book – this is the essence of what to do distilled down to about four pages worth of reading.

Shane operates the only private calibration lab in the country and he’s got 700 Roentgen Cesium calibration sources, so he is extremely expert when he offers this:

“What I’m trying to do in that article (on is to answer those people who say “How dare you” talk candidly about survivability. But up to 90% of EXPECTED casualties are 100% AVOIDABLE if the public knew what to do, and what not to.  Think about it:  We can – though education – reduce nuclear lethality of 90%!” 

Shane ran the “Good News” about nuclear war publicity twice in the past.  Once when there was a high risk of a false-flag during the U.S. Presidential election cycle.  The time before that it was when Ukraine was on the verge of “going hot” and that would have involved NATO forces versus the Russians for the land, people, and that Dnieper-Donets Petroleum Reserve which is still outside of the EU’s grasp.

Do I regret thinking and writing that nuclear war as “survivable?” No.  Will it be a happy time with party songs?  No. Of course not.

I apologize if I sometimes sound a bit cavalier about it.  But the word cavalier does mean a “gentleman trained in arms and horsemanship.”

It’s just the arms have gotten a lot bigger.  You need to read from authoritative sources to understand the reality of nukes.

Oh, and try to unplug from the BS-spinning MSM who pander to the ratings gods by playing on your “Fear of the Week.”  Toads and trolls.

This fear is real.  But it’s like car insurance.  You buy a coverage just in case.  Which is why when appropriate, like now, I will refer you to Shane and  his team at

Our well-informed sources tell us you have a month to as many as five.  But better is sooner prepping-wise since the government may call as we get closer.  They know where the survival tools are, just like we do.

Save your real panic for getting to work on time.  Education puts down panic over nuclear ware.  Remember that.

Owning a Triage Card is a bare minimum for coming months, as I see it.  No, that’s not paranoid.  It’s called Prepped.

See you Monday! Or tomorrow for our readers…

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