Food, Plants Destruction Nears 100 Under Biden Regime

Since current White House Resident Joe Biden came out of his basement to reside at his Wilmington, Delaware beach house (and occasionally in the District of Columbia), nearly 100 food plants have been destroyed, ruined or incapacitated.

Biden has spent 41.7% of his 511 days in office away from the White House, breaking all presidential records. There has even been a fake Oval Office set constructed so he can pretend he is working while he babbles through his teleprompter when addressing the nation.

Meanwhile, here is a current list of destroyed food plants from January 21, 2020 to June 12, 2022.

1. 4/30/21 Monmouth Smithfield Foods pork processing plant

2. 7/25/21 Memphis Kellogg plant

3. 8/13/21 JBS beef plant

4. 8/24/21 Patak Meat Company

5. 7/30/21 Tyson River Valley ingredient plant

6. 10/21/21 Darigold plant

7. 11/15/21 Garrard County food plant

8. 11/29/21 Maid-Rite Steak Company

9. 12/13/21 San Antonio food processing, West side Foods

10. 1/7/22 Hamilton Mountain poultry processingPlant

11. 1/13/22 Cargill-Nutrene feed mill. Lacombe, La

12. 1/31/22 Winston-Salem fertilizer plant

13. 2/3/22 Wisconsin River Meats

14. 2/3/22 Percy dairy farm

15. 2/5/22 Wisconsin River Meats processing facility destroyed by fire in Mauston, Wisconsin.

16. 2/15/22 Bonanza Meat Company goes up in flames in El Paso, Texas

17. 2/15/22 Shearer’s Foods Food processing plant explodes in Hermiston, Oregon.

18. 2/16/22 Indiana Louis-Dreyfus soy processing plant

19. 2/18/22 Bess View Farms

20. 2/19/22 Lincoln premiere poultry

21. 2/22/22 Shearer’s Foods potato chip plant

22. 2/22/22 Fire destroys Deli Star Meat Plant in Fayetteville, Illinois.

23. 2/28/22 nutrient AG Solutions fertilizer facility burns

24. 2/28/22 Shadow Brook Farm & Dutch girl Creamery burns

25. 3/4/22 294,800 chickens destroyed at farm in Stoddard, Missouri

26. 3/4/22 644,000 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Cecil, Maryland

27. 3/8/22 243,900 chickens destroyed at egg farm in New Castle, Delaware

28. 3/10/22 663,400 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Cecil, Maryland

29. 3/10/22 915,900 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Taylor, Iowa

30. 3/14/22 Wayne Hoover dairy farm, barn full of cows burns

31. 3/14/22 2,750,700 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Jefferson, Wisconsin

32. 3/16/22 Walmart Distribution Center burns for 76 hours in Plainfield Ind.

33. 3/16/22 Nestle Food Plant extensively damaged in fire and new production destroyed Jonesboro, Arkansas

34. 3/17/22 5,347,500 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Buena Vista, Iowa

35. 3/17/22 147,600 chickens destroyed at farm in Kent, Delaware

36. 3/18/22 315,400 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Cecil, Maryland

37. 3/19/22 Walmart Food Distribution center catches fire in Plainfield, Indiana

38. 3/22/22 172,000 Turkeys destroyed on farms in South Dakota

39. 3/22/22 570,000 chickens destroyed at farm in Butler, Nebraska

40. 3/24/22 Major Fire at McCrum Potato Plant in Belfast, Maine.

41. 3/24/22 418,500 chickens destroyed at farm in Butler, Nebraska

42. 3/25/22 250,300 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Franklin, Iowa

43. 3/26/22 311,000 Turkeys destroyed in Minnesota

44. 3/27/22 126,300 Turkeys destroyed in South Dakota

45. 3/28/22 1,460,000 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Guthrie, Iowa

46. 3/29/22 Maricopa, Az. Food Pantry burns down 50,000 pounds of Food destroyed in Maricopa, Arizona.

47. 3/31/22 Rio Fresh Onion factory damaged by fire in San Juan, Texas.

48. 3/31/22 76,400 Turkeys destroyed in Osceola, Iowa

49. 3/31/22 5,011,700 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Osceola, Iowa

50. 4/6/22 281,600 chickens destroyed at farm in Wayne, North Carolina

51. 4/9/22 76,400 Turkeys destroyed in Minnesota

52. 4/9/22 208,900 Turkeys destroyed in Minnesota

53. 4/12/22 89,700 chickens destroyed at farm in Wayne, North Carolina

54. 4/12/22 1,746,900 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Dixon, Nebraska

55. 4/12/22 259,000 chickens destroyed at farm in Minnesota

56. 4/13/22 Fire destroys East Conway Beef & Pork Meat Market in Conway, New Hampshire.

57. 4/13/22 Plane crashes into Gem State Processing, Idaho potato and food processing plant

58. 4/13/22 77,000 Turkeys destroyed in Minnesota

59. 4/14/22 Taylor Farms Food Processing plant burns down Salinas, California.

60. 4/14/22 Salinas food processing plant

61. 4/14/22 99,600 Turkeys destroyed in Minnesota

62. 4/15/22 1,380,500 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Lancaster, Minnesota

63. 4/19/22 Azure Standard nation’s premier independent distributor of organic and healthy food, was destroyed by fire in Dufur, Oregon

64. 4/19/22 339,000 Turkeys destroyed in Minnesota

65. 4/19/22 58,000 chickens destroyed at farm in Montrose, Colorado

66. 4/20/22 2,000,000 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Minnesota

67. 4/21/22 Plane crashes into and destroys General Mills

68. 4/22/22 197,000 Turkeys destroyed in Minnesota

69. 4/23/22 200,000 Turkeys destroyed in Minnesota

70. 4/25/22 1,501,200 chickens destroyed at egg farm Cache, Utah

71. 4/26/22 307,400 chickens destroyed at farm Lancaster Pennsylvania

72. 4/27/22 2,118,000 chickens destroyed at farm Knox, Nebraska

73. 4/28/22 Egg-laying facility in Iowa kills 5.3 million chickens, fires 200-plus workers

74. 4/28/22 Allen Harim Foods a chicken processing company based in Delaware killed nearly 2 million chickens

75. 4/28/22 110,700 Turkeys destroyed Barron Wisconsin

76. 4/29/22 1,366,200 chickens destroyed at farm Weld Colorado

77. 4/30/22 13,800 chickens destroyed at farm Sequoia Oklahoma

78. 5/3/22 58,000 Turkeys destroyed Barron Wisconsin

79. 5/3/22 118,900 Turkeys destroyed Beadle S Dakota

80. 5/3/22 114,000 ducks destroyed at Duck farm Berks Pennsylvania

81. 5/3/22 118,900 Turkeys destroyed Lyon Minnesota

82. 5/7/22 20,100 Turkeys destroyed Barron Wisconsin

83. 5/10/22 72,300 chickens destroyed at farm Lancaster Pennsylvania

84. 5/10/22 61,000 ducks destroyed at Duck farm Berks Pennsylvania

85. 5/10/22 35,100 Turkeys destroyed Muskegon, Michigan

86. 5/13/22 10,500 Turkeys destroyed Barron Wisconsin

87. 5/14/22 83,400 ducks destroyed at Duck farm Berks Pennsylvania

88. 5/17/22 79,00 chickens destroyed at Duck farm Berks Pennsylvania

89. 5/18/22 7,200 ducks destroyed at Duck farm Berks Pennsylvania

90. 5/19/22 Freight train derailment Jensen Beach FL

91. 5/21/22 57,000 Turkeys destroyed on farm in Dakota Minnesota

92. 5/23/22 4,000 ducks destroyed at Duck farm Berks Pennsylvania

93. 5/29/22 200,000 Chickens killed in fire in Minnesota

94. 5/31/22 3,000,000 chickens destroyed at Forsman egg farm facility in Stockholm Township, Minnesota

95. 6/2/22 30,000 ducks destroyed at Duck farm Berks Pennsylvania

96. Irrigation water canceled in California (the #1 producer of food in the US) and storage water flushed directly out to the delta.

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Gov. Abbott Visits Medina Lake Area Fires

North of Medina Lake, Saturday

Prepare Now as More Evacuations are Possible

Governor Greg Abbott is currently meeting with local emergency crews and fire fighters in Medina and Bandera Counties in lieu of significant fires in the region that remain under Red Flag Alert.

Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) Chief Nim Kidd tells us the Lone Star State has been experiencing many grassfires due to lack of rain, low humidity and gusty winds.

Abbott and Kidd

At least a dozen counties are currently under disaster declarations, with more expected by Gov. Abbott after his visit to the Medina Lake area today.

Fire officials are warning nearby residents to remain aware of fire development and be prepared to leave quickly if they receive an evacuation order.

As of 3 p.m. (CST), a large brush fire south of Medina Lake more than doubled in size since Saturday. It is now up to 1,062 acres (30% contained) fire officials report.

Medina County officials are monitoring to determine if more evacuations will be necessary Sunday evening and Monday.

Report at noon on Sunday.

“It’s always a good idea in these situations to have a ‘bugout bag’ prepared and in the car or near the exit of each home,” Kidd advised.

“Be sure to preplan your escape routes to leave early as possible as it is far safer than to be slowed down or trapped due to others evacuating at the last minute.”

Mandatory evacuations have been issued for this weekend with shelters provided for residents near the area. 

The fire began Friday night and has continued into Sunday. Fire crews will maintain their operations overnight to bring the blaze under control. 

People are advised to remain clear of the area. Smoke will likely remain visible from San Antonio and can directly impact the air quality near Medina Lake, Bandera, Pipe Creek, Boerne, Comfort, Medina, Centerpoint, Camp Verde and Kerrville. 

Immediate Areas of Fire Management concern:

  • East of County Road 271
  • West of the Medina River 
  • South of F.M. 1283 
  • County Roads 2651 and 2652
  • The town of Mico

Shelters are available at the following locations:

  • Loma Alta Middle School (266 County Road 381 South) 
  • Fire station on FM 1957  
  • Circle K at the corner of FM471 and 211

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Twice the Hero, This Olympic Swimmer Saved Many Lives

In 1976, Shavarsh Karapetyan, an Armenian Olympic swimmer who earned eight gold medals and broke several world records at European championships for finswimming, had just completed a 12-mile run with his brother Kamo when they saw a trolley bus crash into a dam reservoir. The trolley bus sank 80 feet offshore at a depth of 33 feet.

It was September 16, 1976 when Karapetyan risked his own life to save over three dozen people from drowning in the reservoir Yerevan, the capital of Armenia.

Despite zero visibility, he managed to kick in the back window, injuring himself in the process. He proceeded to save 37 people trapped in the bus, one at a time, for hours.

Using the routine he had developed from his swimming training, Karapetyan fell into a rhythm. He took five breaths, dove down for two passengers, and kicked against the top of the bus for momentum as he returned to the surface with the people in both arms.

He had instructed Kamo to stay at the surface and ferry passengers to the bank of the reservoir, as he dove again and again. Karapetyan’s own legs were bleeding, sliced open by broken glass, but that did not deter him.

The two-man lifesaving effort lasted about 20 minutes, before a rescue crew arrived, some of whom moved in on kayaks.

Because of the flurry of action and lack of clear government records, it’s unknown how many people the Karapetyan brothers saved; they estimate about 30. Some survivors freed themselves. Forty-six people died.

Karapetyan after rescuing about 37 people, is shirtless at the bottom center.

The combined effect of the cold water and his inquiries from breaking the glass window led to his hospitalization for 45 days after the incident, during which time he developed pneumonia, sepsis, and lung damage which ended his athletic career.

For years, his story wasn’t known, until an article about the event identified him by name in 1982. In 1985, he happened to pass by the Sports and Concert Arena when he witnessed a fire break out and rushed inside, again saving people trapped inside one at a time until he collapsed. He was again hospitalized with severe burns and lung damage.

He retired at the age of 24, having set 11 world records. Karapetyan held 17 world championship titles, 13 European championship titles, and seven Soviet championship titles.

He was born in 1953. As of 2022, Karapetyan says that he wouldn’t change a thing. Diving into Yerevan Lake that day cost him his athletic career. But he would do it again.

“There was no other choice,” he said. “I knew that it wouldn’t be right if the world’s fastest underwater swimmer was there and didn’t even try to help. Nature and humanity would have judged me. God probably would have judged me.”

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Amusement Park and Thrill Rides Gone Wrong

In September 2021, the High Roller on the Las Vegas Strip suddenly stopped working, stranding about 150 people on the attraction for 90 minutes.

“The High Roller Observation Wheel was stopped during its rotation on Friday night, due to a network connectivity issue involving one of the cabins,” Caesars said in a statement. “Approximately 150 passengers were aboard the wheel at the time. Engineers resolved the network issue within approximately 90 minutes, the wheel’s rotation resumed, and all passengers safely disembarked and received refunds.”

The High Roller raises riders 550 feet in the air and is the largest observation wheel in North America. The wheel takes 30 minutes to complete one revolution and features 28 cabins. 

Although terrified, there were no reported injuries. Las Vegas injuries from amusement type rides exceed 90 per year, but the national numbers are staggering.

In an average year over 9,000 people are injured on amusement park rides in the United States. Theses are statistics from the Federal Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

This data represents only injuries serious enough to require treatment in an emergency room. The total number of injuries that occur are even more.

CPSC reported that in 2017, emergency rooms saw 43,405 injuries associated with amusement attractions and rides, for both mobile, like traveling carnivals, and fixed-site parks, such as Six Flags, Sea World or Disneyland.

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When the injuries from inflatable amusement park rides are included, the number of injuries increases by over 3,800. When both moon bounces and inflatable slide injuries are added, it increases by 3,300 and still doesn’t include the number of people injured on public water slides.

Kids often crowd into bounce houses, and jumping up and down can send other children flying into the air too.

The latest numbers indicate about 30 U.S. children a day are treated in emergency rooms for broken bones, sprains, cuts and concussions from bounce house accidents. Most involve children falling inside or out of the inflated playthings, and many children get hurt when they collide with other bouncing kids.

Wind blows inflatable off the ground.

Half of all people hurt on amusement park rides are children. Over 16 percent of reported injuries occur to children between the ages of 10 and 14. Children account for three-quarters of accidents involving a rider falling or being ejected from a ride during its operation.

During a span of three years over 50 people were killed riding amusement park rides. These deaths most often occurred on roller coasters. The second most deaths occurred on whirling rides.

Types of Injuries Experienced

Bumper car rides and others that move people around at a high rate of speed cause many accidents.

Roller coasters also cause many accidents. People often experience a stroke from trauma that occurs to ligaments in their neck. Traumatic brain injuries can happen from high levels of stress put on the brain by excessive speed. Detached objects hitting a person’s head also causes injury.

People experience varies types of cuts, torn ligaments as well as broken bones. Some individuals drown on waters slides and a number of other water rides.

The Cause of Accidents

Many accidents are determined to have resulted from mechanical failures caused by improper maintenance and more.

Rides are sometimes operated incorrectly.

In some cases, a passenger does not follow safety instructions. Accidents happen when a rider stands up at the wrong time, removes safety restraints too soon and more. Some accidents occur because a ride is designed to create a thrill by spinning fast or traveling at excessive speeds.

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Can I Hold Him While You Give Medical Care?

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“The boy, obviously, being so small, became very upset. He was crying. He was sobbing. I asked the hospital staff if I can hold him to comfort him and soothe him a little bit to try to calm him down, to continue getting medical care, and they said that was fine.

So I picked him up. Minutes later, I was standing and he was asleep on my chest, and with all my body armor and my gun belt, became very heavy holding this small child. So that’s when I decided to sit down on the bed and make it easier for him and me.

I just knew this child needed somebody to be there for him,” the officer said. “It was just human instinct; humanity. The hospital staff was taking great care of him [but] he was sobbing and crying. I picked him up and within minutes, he was asleep on my chest.””

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American Red Cross Issues First Ever National Blood Supply Crisis

America is experiencing the first-ever national blood supply crisis. The American Red Cross, which supplies 40 percent of the nation’s blood, made the declaration this week.

High inflation, government mandates, staffing limitations and lockdowns are among some of the reasons many blood drive events have been cancelled.

Since the Biden presidency began, almost immediately blood shortages appeared due to:

🔹energy, oil, gas and pipeline shutdowns.

🔹high unemployment.

🔹lockdowns.

🔹supply shortages

🔹more hospitalizations from pandemic related issues including injuries and illnesses from experimental COVID vaccines and booster shots.

The severe shortage could result in some hospitals not receiving all of the blood they need on certain days. On some days, hospitals might not receive as much as one-quarter of blood products requested, the Red Cross said in its most recent update. 

The bleak announcement comes weeks after the Red Cross and two other national blood organizations issued a joint statement urging eligible people to donate amid an unprecedented supply shortage. 

“If the nation’s blood supply does not stabilize soon, life-saving blood may not be available for some patients when it is needed,” the  Dec. 13 statement revealed. 

“All types are needed now, especially types O positive and O negative, as well as platelet donations, to help reverse this national blood crisis,” the organization said. “If there is not an immediate opportunity available to donate, donors are asked to make an appointment in the days and weeks ahead to ensure the Red Cross can replenish and maintain a sufficient blood supply.”

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Is it Just a Coincidence They All Took the COVID-19 Experimental Vaccine?

Besides being athletes, what other coincidence did they have in common recently?

1) 33-year-old professional dancer Santo Giuliano suffers a heart attack.

2) Soccer player Jalen Leavey dies.

3) Soccer player Tirrell Williams dies.

4) Soccer player Okafor Kelechi dies.

5) Soccer player Lee Moisés dies. 

6) Footballer Stephen Sylvester dies.

7) Footballer Emmanual Antwi dies.

8) Soccer player Cayetano Nsofor dies.

9) Footballer Moira Claire Arney dies.

10) Baseball pitcher Andrew Roseman dies.

11) Footballer Nickolas Lawrinas dies.

12) Soccer player Miquel Lugo dies.

13) Soccer player Devon DuHart dies.

14) Footballer Ivan Hicks dies.

15) Footballer Joe Bradshaw dies.

16) Footballer Drake Geiger dies.

17) Soccer player Joshua Ivory dies.

18) Footballer Quandarius Wilbur dies.

19) Footballer Dimitri McKee dies.

20) Rugby player Dave Hyde dies.

21) Baseball player Yusuke Kinoshita dies.

22) Olympic cyclist Olivia Podmore dies.

23) Sprinter Cameron Burell dies.

24) Gilbert Kwemoi’s Chinese Olympic champion dies.

25) Former footballer Franck Berrier dies.

26) Belgian footballer Jente Van Genechten suffers from cardiac arrest.

27) The Venezuelan marathon champion Alexaida Guedez dies.

28) José dos Reis, 29 years old, collapses in the field and has to be resurrected.

29) Diego Ferchaud suffers a cardiac arrest.

30) ASV Baden’s Austrian player collapses on the field and has to be revived.

31) 16-year-old soccer player in Bergamo suffers cardiac arrest.

32) 27-year-old Belgian footballer Jens De Smet dies.

33) 13-year-old soccer player suffers a heart attack on the field.

34) Soccer player Dylan Rich dies.

35) Birati Club Münster player suffers cardiac arrest.

36) Abou Ali collapses with cardiac arrest.

37) Ice hockey player Sebastiaan Bos dies.

38) Former NFL pro Parys Haralson dies.

39) Soccer player Francis Perron dies.

40) 19-year-old FC Nantes soccer player suffers cardiac arrest.

41) Germany volleyball coach Traktor Divitz dies.

42) Shrewsbury forward Ryan Bowman treated with defibrillator during the game.

43) Goalkeeper Lukas Bommer dies.

44) Professional footballer Fellipe de Jesus Moreira suffers a double heart attack.

45) Cycling champion Gianni dies.

46) English Helen Byrne with heart problems has to be removed from the field at the World Cup.

47) Germany’s team leader Dietmar Gladow dies.

48) German goalkeeper Bruno Stein dies at the age of 15.

49) USA 14-year-old soccer player Ava Azzopardi collapses into a coma.

50) 12-year-old Jayson Kidd dies after collapsing during basketball practice in the US.

51) Robert Lima dies of a heart attack in Uruguay and a few hours later his wife dies.

52) Bodybuilder George Peterson dies.

53) The former champion of Kick Boxing Acero Cali dies.

54) Mr. Olympia Shawn Rhoden dies.

55) Italian footballer Giuseppe Perrino dies on the fieldLexi Riggles, a college basketball player who “died unexpectedly” back in October.

56) Tom Greenway, a champion jockey who died in early November.

57) Nelson Solano, a Spanish footballer who died of a heart attack in early November.

58) Shawn Rhoden, a bodybuilder and former Mr. Olympia who died of an apparent heart attack in early November.

59) Layla da Costa, a Miss World contestant from Italy who was found dead at her house after failing to show up for work.

60) George “Da Bull” Peterson III, who was found dead in a Florida hotel room just two days before he was scheduled to compete in the Mr. Olympia contest.

61) Jordan Tucker, a footballer who passed away unexpectedly during play.

62) Avi Barot, a Saurashtra batter who died after suffering cardiac arrest.

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A Red Flag For Electric Battery Safety

Emergency first-responders are facing a new wave of safety hazards when responding to car accidents involving electric vehicles (EV). After a deadly crash in Mountain View, California, the fire chief released a safety alert to other first-responders in the region to warn of the dangers of the high-voltage batteries in electric cars involved in accidents.

Firefighters putting out car fire

Firefighters responding to the crash were shocked to see once the fire was extinguished it reignited at least 3 times in the next six days. This created a seriously hazardous condition for the firefighters who were unsure when the battery would stop bursting into flames. Many have been questioning the safety of electric cars in high-speed car accidents.

What are Electric Cars?

Electric Car on fire

The electric car market has caught the attention of many consumers with the promise of increase in environmental efficiency and decrease in fuel costs when compared to regular gas-fueled vehicles. Electric cars run entirely off of electricity, so they must be plugged in to charge before continuing to travel. The electric car market has recently boomed with over 2 million people across the world using electric cars with the U.S. being the third largest market. With these new cars comes new safety hazards that the public needs to be aware of.

How are Electric Cars Dangerous in a Car Accident?

electric cars charging

Electric cars are equipped with high-voltage lithium-ion batters that differ from regular gas-fueled cars because they engineered to be rechargeable. Some electric car manufacturers, such as Tesla, engineered the battery to respond in the case of a fire by slowing down the spread of flames so all passengers can retreat safely. Unfortunately, this seemingly innovative safety features is creating more work and hazards for first-responders. The battery is burning energy so slowly that the leftover energy becomes unstable, leaving the battery to spontaneously combust over the course of a couple days after the accident.

Firefighters are usually able to cool a battery down to guarantee safe removal but with the Tesla electric battery it took days and a call to Tesla engineers to officially declare the battery safe. This is important for electric car drivers to know in case of an accident.

Battery safety is a serious concern for makers of electric vehicles (EV) today because of potential battery fires. But in earlier years, one of the most serious incidents wasn’t a fire, but a toxic chemical cloud from an EV’s experimental battery.

Automakers, energy interests, and major government-funded efforts have been on the hunt for the ideal battery to power electric cars for decades. It hasn’t been an easy road and remains a challenge even today, as shown by several massive recalls of electric vehicles with batteries that, in rare cases, have suffered spontaneous combustion.

Fires aren’t a new thing. During the EV’s drive to market, battery fires occurred early on, including several in experimental Ford Ecostar electric vehicles powered by sodium-sulfur batteries back in 1994.

A particular battery safety incident that stands out occurred at an electric car race in 1992. Rather than a fire, a race entry running an experimental battery suffered a leak that spewed a toxic vapor cloud that injured racers and race personnel, causing the raceway to be evacuated.

Here, we present the following article from the Green Car Journal archives, as it was originally published in June 1992:

Excerpted from June 1992 Issue: It was in the final hours of racing activity at Phoenix International Raceway when the lead car began spewing a reddish-brown vapor trail into turn one, then went into a spin, braking hard.

As the car slowed to a stop, its driver tore at the window’s safety net and dove out of the opening head-first, stumbling, then collapsing as he tried to escape the battery gases that filled his cockpit and the area around the car. Like the driver, James Worden, of the Solectria team (Boston, Mass.), 14 track officials and others who came to his aid would be taken to the hospital to treat breathing difficulties. Worden was admitted in serious condition. Fortunately, all 15 people injured in the accident recovered.

This was the sobering final scene that red-flagged this year’s APS Solar and Electric 500 in Phoenix, Ariz. An important showcase of new and developing electric car technology, the race exemplified new thinking like quick-change battery packs and race-style pit stops under 20 seconds. Many of the cars were substantially faster than just a year ago, and the driving more sophisticated. Products from major sponsors like General Electric, Motorola, Goodyear, and Firestone were used and touted on banners and cars. The event drew a small crowd of enthusiasts and a good showing of research teams from across the U.S. Many were small-time efforts with personal cars converted to electric propulsion. Others were well-financed teams equipped with the latest in electric motors, controllers, and batteries.

It was the experimental battery technology that brought an early end to the Chrysler-Plymouth Electric Stock Car 200. Complexed bromine solution leaked from a dislodged tube in the race car’s pressurized zinc-bromine battery on lap 91, hitting the hot track and creating a toxic cloud near the car and an acrid smell that hung over the infield. The hazardous materials team handling the incident ultimately ordered the raceway evacuated. Although disabled, Worden’s Solectria entry was later declared the winner since he was five laps ahead of the field.

Should this experimental battery have been at the race? Race sanctioning body Solar and Electric Race Association (SERA) regulations specifically cite that “any battery type (except silver-zinc) is generally permitted and any number of batteries may be utilized within the vehicle.” Thus, the prototype zinc-bromine batteries used independently by both the Solectria and Texas A&M entries were allowed. A wide array of other battery technologies, some potentially dangerous, would also be permitted under these rules.

Phillip Eidler of Johnson Controls, supplier of the experimental batteries in the Solectria car, told GCJ that of the battery technologies being pursued, zinc-bromine is one of the safer ones. “What you saw out there was one of the worst incidents, short of crashing into the wall, you’re probably going to see from the battery system.” He also cites that the Johnson Controls battery does not contain pure bromine. “It’s a complexed form, in solution, that doesn’t have near the vapor pressure and evaporation rate of pure bromine,” advises Eidler. Johnson Controls is the largest U.S. manufacturer of lead-acid automotive batteries and the leading supplier to both the original equipment and replacement markets.

Sources at Johnson Controls cite the company is engaged in a cost-shared development contract for the zinc/bromine battery with the U.S, Department of Energy for utility applications. Zinc-bromine is said to have 2-3 times the energy capacity of lead-acid batteries and, according to Johnson Controls’ vice-president of battery research Bill Tiedemann, it’s “one of the most environmentally safe battery technologies available.”

“While experimental technology is critical to the developing EV and alternative fuel vehicle fields, it’s equally critical that safety is addressed as vigorously outside the lab as it is inside. “

A spokesman for principal race sponsor Arizona Public Service (APS) told GCJ that the technologies to be used by race teams will certainly be examined more clearly for safety in coming years. SERA’s Ernie Holden cited that closer scrutiny would be built into the safety inspection process for future races as well. Johnson Controls is also offering to help in any way it can to make the race a safer event. Since assurances from entries using experimental technology cannot serve as the final word on safety, though, it’s obvious that an expert inspection team will be needed to independently perform this task.

This incident should sound a warning signal within the industry. While experimental technology is critical to the developing EV and alternative fuel vehicle fields, it’s equally critical that safety is addressed as vigorously outside the lab as it is inside. This is especially true in the case of public demonstrations of experimental technology. With the upcoming schedule or races, ride-and-drives-, and public demonstrations of electric vehicle technology worldwide, it will be imperative that adequate safety measures are taken. The same holds true for future fleet testing of electric vehicles using potentially hazardous batteries. A catastrophic battery failure on city streets could have wide-ranging consequences.

Experimental technology will continue to be seen in electric car racing, since racing is the proving ground that ultimately benefits the cars that make it to dealer showrooms. But high-risk system components, or even ones protected by redundant safety systems which could still prove deadly in the event of catastrophic failure, might be penciled out in the rule books for safety and liability reasons. This is especially true of those technologies which could injure large numbers of people in a single incident.

What of experimental components, like batteries, which need to be tested during their evolutionary run to market? That’s why the major automakers have proving grounds In their place, smaller R&D firms can rent a track like Phoenix International Raceway or countless others around the world…and do their testing with the stands empty.

“It would probably have been much better for us if we would have just ran and ran the car around the track without anybody there,” muses Johnson Controls’ Eidler. “But we’ve done years worth of testing. After that works, where’s the next place you go?” That’s a dilemma that will surely be faced by many R&D efforts in coming years. He adds: “There comes a point where you have to take it out on the road.”

GCJ editors do expect that electric cars will compete in major-league racing alongside conventional gasoline-engine cars. But it seems certain that some important safety checks will have to be in place. Racetracks packed with tens of thousands of spectators are not the venue for volatile technology that could endanger the lives of those who are on hand to root for its success.

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Power Outage Tips

Tis the season for more storms and power outages. When the big snow and ice storm of February 2021 hit, we were prepared. For 20 years I was over Facilities Management at H-E-B Food-Drugs stores, offices and their properties throughout Texas and Mexico. Here are some quick tips I learned along the way that can help families stay safe.

Before an outage, create an easily accessible emergency kit with these items:

  • flashlights
  • one gallon of water per person
  • hand-crank radio
  • tool box
  • batteries
  • blankets
  • cash
  • first-aid supplies
  • manual can opener
  • nonperishable food items like granola bars, jerky and trail mix

Install appliance thermometers in your refrigerator and freezer. Doing this will help you tell if your food gets warmer than 40 degrees F—the danger zone for food-borne illness.

Keep the fridge and freezer full to keep everything cold longer. Tuck extra bags and bottles of water into the fridge and freezer to maximize the cold. If you anticipate an outage or receive notice of a planned one, think ahead and set your refrigerator temperature to the coldest setting.



During an outage

It’s a good idea to report your outage first. Then, turn off all appliances and lights that were on when service was disrupted, leaving a lamp on so you’ll know when power is restored.

Keep your refrigerator and freezer closed. Unopened, a refrigerator will keep food cold for about four hours without power, and a freezer will keep food cold for about 48 hours without power.

Turn off the circuit breakers to major appliances. When power is restored, this prevents overloads.



Avoid burning candles as this creates a fire hazard. Stick to flashlights. Even headlamps work, especially for the kids!

Once power is restored, avoid overloading your circuits by turning appliances back on in 15-minute intervals.

We encourage you to be prepared before an outage happens. Create your emergency kit and practice what to do during an outage with your family. Be prepared and stay safe.

10 ‘Enlightening’ Facts You Likely Forgot


Lightning can happen at any time – during snow storms, in hurricane rain bands, in dust storms and forest fires, they are even found in volcanic eruption clouds. We need to think of lightning safety anytime there is a severe thunderstorm in our area.

In the USA, there are several states where you are more likely to run into trouble. Florida leads the list, with double the casualties of the others: Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Colorado and Texas. Each year, almost 24,000 people are killed by lightning strikes around the world and it is the fourth weather killer here at home. Even if you do not live in the 10 states above, you are still at risk.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), there are three main ways lightning enters structures: through a direct strike, through wires or pipes that extend outside the structure, and through the ground.

10 Lightning Safety Facts Mom Probably Told You

Fact #1 – Lightning has its own agenda.

According to protocols for the US Army, standing outside during a lightning storm puts you at risk for a strike.  If you must be outside during a storm you should NOT:

  • Remain in an open area
  • Remain near metal fences
  • Be near railroad tracks
  • Remain in tents

Fact  #2 –  Lightning does strike in the same place twice.

It hits the Empire State Building about 25 times a year. Some people are extremely susceptible and everyone should practice lightning safety measures – just ask Roy Cleveland Sullivan (February 7, 1912 – September 28, 1983) who was a U.S. park ranger in Shenandoah National Park in Virginia.

Sullivan

Between 1942 and 1977, Sullivan was hit by lightning on seven different occasions during his 35 year career and survived all of them, although he lost the nail on one of his big toes, and suffered multiple injuries to the rest of his body.

Fact #3 – It is dangerous to seek shelter under a tree during a lightning storm.

Your mom was right, trees are frequent conductors of lightning to the ground. Lightning prefers to strike tall, pointed objects. When the strike occurs, the bolt will usually follow the shortest, most conductible path to the earth’s surface. Therefore objects that stick out above everything else are more likely to be struck.

Taking shelter under trees is dangerous – recent studies of lightning victims showed several highly-vulnerable situations and activities, but the one that stood out was taking shelter under trees.

Fact #4 – You should stay in your car during a storm, but not because the rubber tires will save you.

Lightning has traveled through space…a few inches of rubber mean nothing at all. You should stay in your car because it acts like a Faraday cage. The metal in the car will shield you from any external electric fields and prevent the lightning from traveling inside it. If you are in a vehicle during a lightning storm, close your car windows and ride it out.

Fact #5 – You can be struck by lightning even if you can’t hear the thunder.

Lightning strikes can occur on a day when you cannot see storm clouds near you. This is known as “A Bolt from the Blue.”  Lightning can travel up to 10 miles but our ears can hear thunder claps from only 6-8 miles away.  To be safe, wait at least 30 minutes before resuming activities after a thunder storm.

Fact #6 – You should not talk on a hard wired telephone during a thunder and lightning storm.

According to Ronald L. Holle, a weather consultant and former meteorologist with the National Severe Storms Laboratory, “Corded phones are extremely dangerous during a storm. Home phone lines are protected with surge devices, but these defenses can be overwhelmed should lightning hit a nearby power pole. Someone dies every few years while talking on a phone during a lightning strike.”

Your cordless phone and mobile phones are safe to use during a thunderstorm. You can safely use remote controls, but do not touch electrical equipment such as computers, TVs or cords.

Fact #7 – You should unplug your computer and other electronic devices before a storm arrives.

It’s a good idea to protect electronic equipment — stereos, TVs, computers, etc. — with surge protectors. Good-quality ones typically cost between $50 and $100. Like the surge protection built into houses, however, they don’t offer 100% protection. Unplugging devices before a storm is your best approach.

Fun Fact #8 – It’s true! Counting between the lightning and thunder clap will tell you how far away the storm is and if it is moving toward or away from you.

Lightning’s distance from you is easy to calculate: if you hear thunder, it and the associated lightning are within range…about 6-8 miles away. The distance from Strike A to Strike B also can be 6-8 miles. Start counting… one one thousand…two two thousand…

Ask yourself why you should NOT go to shelter immediately. A lightning strike at a very close distance will be accompanied by a sudden clap of thunder, with almost no time lapse, and the smell of ozone.

Fact #9 – A lightning victim is not electrified. If you touch them, you will not be electrocuted.

While the human body does not store electricity, it is perfectly safe to touch a lightning victim to give them first aid. This is the most chilling of lightning myths. Imagine if someone died because people were afraid to give CPR!

Call 9-1-1 and if the person has stopped breathing begin CPR immediately. Use an Automatic External Defibrillator if one is available. Contact your local American Red Cross chapter for information on CPR and first aid classes.

Fact #10 – In lightning’s electrical field 

If you are caught outside in a field during a thunder and lightning storm, if you feel your hair standing on end, and/or hear “crackling noises” – you are in lightning’s electric field. If you cannot get to shelter you should  follow these steps: 

  • Immediately remove metal objects from your pockets, and remove jewelry. This includes baseball caps.
  • Place your feet together with hands on ears to minimize acoustic shock from thunder.
  • Duck your head.
  • Crouch down low in baseball catcher’s stance with hands on knees, squat low to the ground on the balls of your feet, with your head between or over your knees.
  • Never lie flat on the ground

Clever Tip 4: How to Melt Snow Before You’re Out of Water

The key word is “BEFORE.” Try one of these methods before you need it. Be anticipatory and BEFORE you decide to melt snow, check the quality of it.

Be certain to collect clean and fresh snow. Avoid discolored and stained ice. Being patient since melting can take a while, especially when you’re out in the freezing wilderness.

It takes quite a bit of snow (is primarily made of air) to make a small amount of water. Clean ice, if you can find it, will actually produce more water in less time.

A rough figure is if you fill a pot with nine inches of snow you will get one inch of water.

If you have electricity or gas and your stove is working, it’s best to place the clean snow in large pot there.

Fun Fact

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It takes as much energy to turn ice to water as it takes to boil water that starts at room temperature.

The latent heat of fusion is ~80 calories for ice. The definition of a calorie is the energy required to raise the temperature of water one degree Celsius. So if room temperature is 20 degrees C (~70 degrees F) then it takes ~80 calories of energy to boil a gram of water.

How To Melt Snow For Survival | 3 Ways

Learning how to melt snow is an effective life hack you need to survive! Here are three ways you can turn ice into hydrating water.

1. Boiling It

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Boiling is one of the most basic skills you need to learn on how to melt snow. If you have a pot and some fire, you have it made with little worries about being dehydrated.

If you don’t have a stove available (gas and/or electricity is out and no suitable fireplace), try this:

Having a modern camping stove is best, but a pot of snow over a fire pit or outside grill will also work. Start with a small amount of ice at first, then add more along the way. Never fill the pot with snow to the brim to avoid overflowing.

Keep the lid on at all times to maintain the heat. With higher temperatures, the snow will melt easier and quicker.

2. Do the Bandana Trick

If a pot or kettle is unavailable an empty jar or cup can serve as a temporary container for the snow.

Grab a bandana, shirt, towel, or cloth and place a lump of snow on top. Tie the corners up to form a sack, then hang it around a stick or branch over the container.

Much like roasting a marshmallow, put the bag of snow near a fire and allow it to embrace the heat of the flames. This will help the snow melt and drip; it may take some time, but it will fill up the cup or jar.

3. What if you have no fire source?

A mountain man at the Royal Gorge in Colorado taught me this trick in 2005. On a sunny day, get a large BLACK plastic trash bag (larger the better and black absorbs more heat). Make an indentation or “bowl” in the snow in a location that will have Sunlight.

Spread the bag over the space that has the “bowl” (larger means more water). Sprinkle snow along the slopes of the “bowl” so as the sun heat absorbs on the black plastic, the snow will melt into the bowl.

Boost Your Emergency Preparedness With This Scouting Wisdom

Boost your emergency preparedness with the 20 mnemonics below. 

Wait! You don’t know what a mnemonic is? It’s a tool that helps us remember certain facts or large amounts of information. They can come in the form of a song, rhyme, acronym, image, phrase, or sentence.

Remember “In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue…”?

Mnemonics help us remember facts and are particularly useful when the order of things is important. 

1 – Treating shock

“Face is red, raise the head; face is pale, raise the tail.”

2 – Warning signs of a stroke

Think FAST:

Face – One side of smile droops.
Arms – Do they have equal strength?
Speech – Is it slurred?
Time – If you observe these, get them to a hospital quick.

3 – Hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia

“Hot and dry, sugar high; cold and clammy, need some candy.”

4 – Dehydration

If you’re drinking enough water, your urine should be “Clear and Copious.”

5 – Poisonous plants

“Leaves of three, let it be.” Also, for the non-leafed seasons of the year, “Don’t touch the hairy vines!”

6 – Treating diarrhea

Switch to the BRAT or BRATTY diet:

Banana
Rice
Applesauce
Toast

Some like to add T and Y to get BRATTY:
Tea
Yogurt

7 – Using a fire extinguisher

Cool things off with the PASS technique:

Pull the pin
Aim at the base of the fire
Squeeze the trigger
Sweep across the fire

8 – Proper winter camping attire

Stay warm, but not too warm, by getting COLD:

Clean – dirty clothes lose their loft and get you cold.
Overheat – never get sweaty; strip off layers to stay warm but not too hot.
Layers – dress in synthetic layers for easy temperature control.
Dry – wet clothes (and sleeping bags) also lose their insulation.

9 – Diagnosing hypothermia

Look for the “umble” family. Does the person fumble, mumble, stumble, and grumble?

10 – Identifying poisonous snakes

Looking at the color of bands works for some varieties of snakes. Remember “red on yellow, kill a fellow; red on black, friend of Jack.”

12 – When you’re on fire

Just as we learned as kids: “stop, drop, and roll.”

13 – The ABCs of CPR

ABC in its original form stood for “Airway, Breathing, Circulation.”

Nearly all groups still use ABC in some form, but others add D for defibrillation using an AED.

14 – Determining a person’s medical history

This one is usually for the pros, but when interviewing a patient, take a SAMPLE:

Signs and Symptoms
Allergies
Medications
Past medical history
Last oral intake
Events leading up to the injury and/or illness

15 – Signs of a fracture

Think SLIPDUCT:

Swelling
Loss of function
Irregularities on the bone surface, such as depressions or lumps
Pain
Deformity
Unnatural movement
Crepitus, a sound similar to scrunching a bag of frozen peas heard/felt when the two ends of a broken bone grate together
Tenderness

16 – Saving someone from drowning

“Reach, throw, row, go.” But others suggest starting with “talk.” “Always try to talk them back first.”

17 – Conditions that could cause unconsciousness

They’re summarized in the longest mnemonic of the article: FISH SHAPED.

Faint
Infantile convulsions
Shock
Head injury
Stroke
Heart attack
Anaphylaxis
Poisoning
Epilepsy
Diabetes

19 – How to treat a sprained ankle or other body part

Remember RICE.

Rest the injured area. Ice the sprain. Compress with wrap or bandage. Elevate the injured area.

20 – An essential rule of camping

“Dark sky at night, you’re up too late; Dark sky in the morning, you are up too early.”