Whats On The Other Side Of The Fence?

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We all like to be “in the know”. Sometimes we over look the most important things, our backyard! As we live are lives and go about our day we forget the dangers that lurk all around us. We prepare for large scale life changing events when we are more likely to face a local threat.

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We all drive on roads, cross railroad tracks and pass by large Industrial centers all the time. Do you ever think what’s being  hauled down your street or on the tracks behind your house? What does that factory make over there? These are questions that need answered. How does this relate to communications you ask? Well all of these Industries use comms on a daily basis to move there products.  If you can monitor these comms, you can keep a ear on these potential hazards. With a little research you can find what frequencies are being used. You can use Internet resources to find this out or better, you can search and discover what frequencies they are using.  Most of the time factory radio traffic is stale and uneventful but when something happens it can be a wealth of information. Recently, a local factory that produces fertilizer had a major fire. The event caused many local homes to be evacuated and roads to be closed. This hazmat incident was a major disruption to local life. If you could monitor the factory radio traffic, you can stay on top of the situation with unfiltered intel. At some point you could be told to evacuate your home. Most of the time this is a time sensitive operation and you must leave immediately.  If you can monitor the communications you would know the order was coming, you could get your bug out gear ready. Stay one step ahead, it’s our best asset. Remember,  listening is much more important then talking!  Many things are said over the radio that do not get reported. Small details can give you clues as to what’s really happening.  Railroad tracks are everywhere, you see them everyday. Trains carry all sorts of nasty things you wouldn’t want in your drinking water supply. If there was a rail incident, the first call for help will be over their own channels. So we have factory, rail, landmoblie and air frequencies to track! Use those 500 channel scanners and load up! You can put these things in a specific bank and they will be easier to manage. Think this stuff doesn’t happen? Think again. Start to find these frequencies now. When the time comes you don’t want to be scrambling to load your radio. Maybe you can take one of those old scanners and load it up with important channels and keep it with your bug out bag? Use all your resources.

Dialtone OUT.

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5 thoughts on “Whats On The Other Side Of The Fence?

  1. Check out the Wiser app which has the ERG, NIOSH book, and lots of other info. It also includes a guide which can be used to determine the agent in a chemical or biological release/attack.

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  2. OK here’s some places to look online for info now while they are still available. Go to http://www.rtknet.org/ and look up your town to see what extremely hazardous chemicals, toxic waste, reported chemical accidents, hazardous chemical storage facilities, and annual total amounts of pollution released into the environment are. Use that list as your jumping off point to query the EPA.gov website, your state environmental agency, your local emergency planning agency, and your local fire department for more information about the specific hazards that may be near you.

    You can also go to EPA.Gov/RMP and look at their online tool to see if your particular location is in a zone that would possibly be endangered in a hazardous chemical release scenario from a manufacturing or storage facility. Every chemical that requires an Risk Management Plan (RMP) to be filed with the EPA is what they call an Extremely Hazardous Substance. That means it’s stuff that will kill you at the very least hurt you very very bady if you are exposed to it.

    RMP plans have two release scenarios included in every one. The first is a “Worst Case Scenario”. It assumes that the largest storage vessel for the listed chemical(s) ruptures and is emptied into the environment in 10 minutes. EPA provides some free software called RMPComp* to model this. It’s a very simple program that gives you a radius of how far away the release will probably kill someone. Pay attention kids. Notice I said kill someone, not injure you, not negatively affect your dna and cause your wife to give birth to the next star of the Toxic Avenger movie franchise. It also does not take wind or realistic weather into account. It just draws an imaginary circle around the facility and says if you are within this circle you might want to get out.

    The second scenario is the “Alternative Case Scenario” or most likely chemical release scenario. This scenario is determined by the facility employee or outside consultant and may or may not be at all realistic depending on many factors. Needless to say if you live close enough to be inside this effective radius you really want to keep a close eye on what goes on at that facility.

    It is critical to know that RMPs do not cover railroads. Remember that. If you are near a railroad you ARE at risk for a chemical spill at any time. When I say near that means within about 2 miles. Weather and topography can alter that zone of concern considerably.

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