New Mexico Urban Homesteader

Hello, I am A 50 Something, Prepper ;-}; former 60's Flower Child, don't believe in taxpayer subsidized special interest groups (political parties), DO believe in the Constitution and Bill of Rights (1st 10). Long time Independent & Informed Voter. Lover of the outdoors and firm believer that History Teaches - if only we will listen!

(No longer Urban or in NM. Now Rural in the mountains of Maine.)

This blog was started at the request of some dear friends that wish to become Preppers.

“No man who is not willing to help himself has any right to apply to his friends, or to the gods.”

Demosthenes (384–322 BC, Greek statesman and orator of ancient Athens)

Thursday, April 22, 2010

What are the Risks?

Evaluating Possible Threats for the Prepper

When you are working on a preparedness plan one of the first things you need to do is determine what you need to be prepared for. Now there are all kinds of things one has to consider from Natural Disasters to Man-made to Spiritual and Prophetic. There is help on the internet for natural disasters and to some extent man-made too.

If part of your preparedness plan is to have a bug-out retreat then you need to consider population, the electrical GRID, gun laws, homesteading laws, home schooling laws and taxes for income, sales or gross receipts and property/school. Internet sites can be of assistance for that too. For your over-all starting point on this aspect check out JWR’s SurvivalBlog on retreats @

“Preparedness is not just about stockpiling, it's about having an actual plan.”
Mike Ryan

Internet Sites to Help With Risk Assessment

Survival Blog on Retreats

Africanized Killer Bee Spread

Cancer Risk

Catastrophic Risk - earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes and hailstorms

City Crime 2009 Rank

Dark Sky Project - Human Light Influence
U.S. w/borders
U.S. at night

Drought Risk

Earthquake Risk

Earthquakes USGS

FEMA How to Calculate and Plan for a Natural Disaster (community level) IE: This is what the U.S. Government is currently doing to protect us.

Ground Water Contamination Risk Map

Ground Water Nutrients/Nitrate Contamination

Hazard Maps by National Geographic Maps:

Human Footprint (more than CO2, this is landfills, population and other human health/environmental risks)

Hurricane Gulf Coast Risks
Download PDF

Insect and Disease Risk

Invasive Pest Risk Maps - Sirex Woodwasp

Lyme Disease

Malaria Maps & Malaria Interactive Map

Misc U.S. Gun Law info &

Most Dangerous States, Cities, Neighborhoods in the U.S. April 2010

NASA Earth Observatory (from CO2, Fires, earthquakes to ozone to Volcanoes)

Natural Disaster Risk Profiles

Natural Hazard Mortality Map

Natural Hazards

NDGC/NOAA Night Light Posters &

Open Space at Risk National Geographic

Radon Risk Map

Security & Political Risks

State by State Crime Rankings by Population 2010

State by State Crime Rankings 2010

State by State Gun Laws 2010

State by State Home Schooling Laws 2010 &

State By State Rankings for Retreats for Survival a spreadsheet from SurvivalBlog

State Tax burden –Best & Worst 5 States 2008

Sudden Oak Death
Download a PDF of this map @

Tax Rates By State- Sales

Tax Rates State- Income

Toxin Hazard Maps

U.S. Population Density
Download image:

U.S. Urban Population Density

Water Resources of the United States & Contaminants

West Nile Virus

Wheat Head Blight Risk

Worst Gun Laws in the Worst Stat

NOAA Weather Related Hazard Threats (daily prediction maps)

Visualizing the US Electric Grid

My long time favorite is The Disaster Center it not only has all kinds of maps, alerts, predictions, etc., it has Space Weather too and links to a multitude of other systems as well. The following links are all off this site.


Surface Analysis Loop (link doesn’t always work)

Graphical Forecasts

National Forecast

National Radar

National Satellite

Drought Monitor

Drought Seasonal Predictions

Leading Causes of Death

Recent Earthquakes

Flood Watch Conditions

Significant River Flood Outlook

NWS - Rivers

Satellite Environment Plot

Real Time Water Data

Fire Weather Forecast

Experimental Day 3-8 Fire

National Hurricane Center

Warnings - Advisories

Current Warnings

Current Convective Watch

Day 1 Convection Outlook

Day 2 Convection Outlook

Day Two Rainfall Forecast

Day 3 Convection Outlook

Day Three Rainfall Forecast

Air Quality Forecast

Tsunami Warning Centers: PTWC -- AWCTWC

Pandemic Flu.Gov

Current UV Index

Space Weather

NWS Active/Special Warnings

Earth Observatory: Data & Images Link doesn’t always work

Aerosol Index

Ozone Index

Current Auroral Oval

US Crime pages have been updated with the Year 2005 data, which was released in September 2006 US States Crime 2004 -2005 Crimes per 100,000 and Ranking

NWS Offices and Centers

“To be aware is to be prepared” Unknown

Here are some links concerning nuclear fuel and weapons and their related hazards. Covering the following specifics:
  • Trans-Pacific Fallout
  • National Cancer Institute Study Estimating Thyroid Doses of I-131 Received by Americans From Nevada Atmospheric Nuclear Bomb Tests. The NCI's 'worst case' estimate is that fallout from nuclear weapons testing likely generated from 10,000 to 75,000 cases of thyroid cancer!
  • 1990 FEMA Report on Possible fallout regions after nuclear attack
  • Nuclear targets based on known defense, value of target, population, and military sites
  • Chernobyl Fallout Pattern
  • Jet Stream Fallout & Jet Stream Fallout Detailed
  • U.S. Fallout Map
  • Earthquake Faults and Nuclear Reactors
  • Spent Fuel
  • Power Reactors
  • Uranium Mines
Maps and Detail Reports can be found at:

“I am prepared for the worst but hope for the best”
Benjamin Disraeli

To see some of examples of these maps go to: and

Keep On Prepping !

From a 50 Something, soon to be rural homesteading, Prepper ;-}

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