Hostile Areas

How to create a EMP generating device and how to protect yourself from a EMP attack

An EMP, or electromagnetic pulse, is a fascinating phenomenon. Caused by a rapid acceleration of charged particles travelling at the speed of light, an EMP can easily disable electronics including household electrical equipment, automobiles, and even electric utility power grids. Inherent properties of electronic components make this possible.  Electronic circuits…
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Hostile Areas

The CIA provides details on NBC/CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear) attacks

The following was taken from a CIA pamphlet published in 2007 warning of potential Al-Qa'ida terrorist attacks.  The pamphlet lists various CBRN attack vectors with details on the agent used in the attack, symptoms and signs, and treatment (first aid) options.  More information on NBC/CBRN attacks can be found in…
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Hostile Areas

What the Army Field Manual tells us about surviving nuclear, biological, and chemical attacks

The following document is an appendix taken from the US Army Field Manual.  The topic is tactical and emergency operations in a chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear attack (see this CIA report for details on various types of attack vectors).  The document, which provides excellent insight into the tactics and procedures…
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Urban Survival

Top 120 cities at risk for a Nuclear, biological, nuclear (NBC/CBRN) attack

A Chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear attack, also known as a CBRN or NBC attack, is an attack against an area using hazardous material to promote widespread damage, typically utilized in a terrorist-type attack. The US Army’s domestic preparedness division lists the following cities/states as the top 120 cities at…
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Hostile Areas

How to defend against a car bomb – all about explosive devices and how to protect yourself from their deadly blasts

About car bombs Car bombs are a commonly used weapon for assassinations, terrorism, or guerrilla warfare. They are easy to hide, cheap to construct, and leave behind little forensic evidence. In addition, the gasoline in the automobile’s fuel tanks magnify the force of the explosion. Where car bombs are typically…
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Hostile Areas

Escape from zip ties? It’s not as hard as you think to escape from plastic handcuffs

Plastic handcuffs (aka FlexiCuffs, Riot Cuffs, or Zip Ties) are popular with military and law enforcement officials when mass arrests are expected. Consisting of either two interlocking straps or a single cable tied around both wrists, they are cheaper, easier to carry, and less likely to spread communicable disease (plastic…
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Hostile Areas

How to survive a mass public shooting – tips for avoiding the shooter’s sights and getting out alive

Random Mass Public Shootings Despite what many believe, random mass public shootings are not uncommon occurrences. For instance, during six months in 2012, there were at least six random, mass shooting incidents (one in a drive by shooting spree killing 3 people, two in schools killing a total of 10…
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