The Tsunami App: An Innovative Safety Solution You Can Help With

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Back The Tsunami App Kickstarter. Developed by Alexander Artyukhin, this smartphone app is aimed at warning people the moment tsunami conditions are triggered and even providing safe routes to help people get away as fast as possible, likely saving countless lives.

Here, watch the video:

Pretty neat, right?

You can learn more at their website and also back the project on Kickstarter here.

And the press release:

Revolutionary app could save thousands of lives during the next natural disaster

Austin, TX: With each passing year, tsunamis and floods pose increasing threats to populations around the globe. Working with experts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), we have created an app designed to protect vulnerable residents and visitors from the next catastrophe. On February 15, we will launch a Kickstarter campaign to collect the remaining funds required to put the app into action.

TheTsunami app will tap into a global network of dozens of buoys designed by the NOAA to detect tsunami-related disturbances at a moment’s notice.

The moment we detect a disturbance, we will provide users with real-time alerts and all of the information they will need to protect themselves and their loved ones.

During any sort of tsunami-related disturbance, users will have the following invaluable resources at their fingertips:

  • A countdown to when the tsunami is expected to hit
  • Live updates of the height and speed of the wave
  • The option to share the relevant data with friends and loved ones
  • A comprehensive evacuation plan, showing you the nearest safe zone and how to get there
  • News updates relevant to the tsunami
  • Confirmation that you have reached the safe zone

During any sort of flooding – whether the floods are caused by a tsunami, a hurricane or any other disaster – stranded users can tap the app’s SOS button to be immediately connected with all relevant emergency professionals in the vicinity. With one tap of the button, all nearby emergency professionals will be alerted to the user’s exact location. Thus, users can focus on tending to their immediate needs rather than calling 911 and attempting to discern their own whereabouts. The technology we have developed will work even when GPS signals are at their weakest.

So long as the coast is clear, users can open and explore the app to double-check that everything’s ok, to help craft a tsunami/flood survival plan, to read up on the latest news or to learn more about TheTsunami and the technologies we rely on.

TheTsunami app is designed in a minimalistic and straightforward fashion. Our goal is to save as many lives as possible; we don’t want any of our users to have to spend valuable time flipping through endless screens and dense text.

It is also fully automated. The elimination of the human factor will save time, ensure against human error and – as a result of both of these elements – save lives.

We have already signed a memorandum of understanding to gain access to the NOAA’s network of buoys, and have established a comprehensive app development plan. All we need now to make TheTsunami app a reality is to gather funds required to secure access to the buoy network and to fine-tune the server. We plan to raise the funds we’ll need by March 2017. Then, we’ll move forward with development. We plan to go live just a few months later, by mid-summer.

Remember, they’re not asking for much and now you have the power to save countless lives. 🙂

Back The Tsunami App Kickstarter.

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Booby Traps For SHTF Protection (link)

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Have you ever thought about adding booby traps to your preps? I have, particularly where SHTF is concerned. Obviously, there’s a lot to consider when it comes to employing such devices since they can be quite devastating and even deadly; there’s something to be said for NOT wanting them to be used against people they shouldn’t be, such as neighbors and friendlies. In fact, there’s the whole liability thing too. That said, you should have some clue about how to employ traps in a post-SHTF world…

“Booby traps are devices set up with the intent to surprise, harm, or even kill a unknowing victim. They are triggered by the presence or unwitting actions of another.

Booby traps have been used since ancient times. Cave drawings indicate even prehistoric humans used them as a means of capturing prey, such as in “pit falls” where a large hole is dug and spikes placed inside. The hole is then covered.

Historically speaking, booby traps do not win wars. They are, however, considered a key element in psychological warfare. Also known as PSYWAR, psychological warfare is by definition, something that is done to either deceive, manipulate or otherwise influence an opponent and to incite hopelessness, fear, despair and loss of morale. Used extensively in WWII and Vietnam, booby trap effects have caused many surviving soldiers long-term pain and trauma.They can also be an effective early warning system…”

Read the full article here

Instinctive Shooting: No Sights Required (link)

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How often do you shoot your firearm without looking down the sights? How about… NEVER! Maybe that’s not always the best plan, at least, according to this article, plus you’ll get some good tips on how to employ instinctive shooting in your training…

“In close quarters, defensive shooting, you do not aim as such using your handguns sights, because you usually you do not have time for this. You use a method known as instinctive – or point shooting. Instinctive shooting is simple you point the gun and pull the trigger. You need to ensure you have a good grip on your handgun, your wrist is locked and the forearm of your gun hand is in line with your handgun.

For instinctive or point shooting at ranges of about 3 to 10 yards, you should bring the handgun up with stretched arms at chest or chin level, with both eyes looking at your target area. Point the handgun at the target area (i.e. head or chest); when the target is aligned, you fire. There is no need to use the sights, you simply point and shoot.

I have seen students, who have been taught to always use the sights on their handguns, even at close quarters, and have difficulty getting good results when shooting. This is usually because they are concentrating too hard on lining up their sights. They are usually amazed how easy, fast and what good results they can get from point shooting. You want to practice instinctive shooting with an unloaded handgun before you go to the range. To start, pick a point in the room you are in, for example, a light switch. Now with a straight-arm point your finger at the switch. Look down your arm and see where your finger is pointing- it should be pointing at the switch…”

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A Knock At The Door, What Should You Do? (link)

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This is a good question, isn’t it? And one that few people expect to deal with but, sadly, it’s a potentially scary circumstance all American’s may face in their lifetime. Granted, the potential “threat” could be nothing at all but, then again, it could be your worst nightmare. What would you do? Here’s some thoughts from a law enforcement officer…

“A couple of years ago, when my mother still lived alone and before it became evident that her dementia was worsening, I took my wife and two daughters for an overnight visit. She lived about four hours from where we do and we often planned visits that allowed us to spend two days or more with her.

My mother liked to sleep on the couch in the living room. She had what some might consider an irrational fear of sleeping upstairs in the event that she had to get out of the house quickly or confront a situation in the middle of the night that might go unnoticed if she was sleeping on another floor. My wife and I had gone to bed in a bedroom upstairs, while my kids were sleeping in yet another bedroom on the second floor…”

Read the full article here