In the news: Things that catch our eye..

I was just scanning the internet and found quite a lot of news that makes me think there are a million reasons to get prepared.. Here are some of them..

We start with a article the points out WHY you need to come to the Preparedness Center and Get Prepared BEFORE the emergency starts..

Storm supplies flying off shelves

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Generators, flashlights, water, batteries — these are just some of the emergency supplies that are running out in many stores in the Northeast.

Nearly a third of the country’s northeast is preparing for Hurricane Sandy, which expected to make landfall on Sunday and Monday. Customers who have been flocking to stores may be coming home empty handed.

Large stores are rushing trucks to replenish supplies as several states from North Carolina to Connecticut have declared emergencies before the hurricane makes landfall on Sunday and Monday and brings heavy rain and high winds, which could cause power outage and flooding.

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NYC Subway to Shut Down..

New York (CNN) — The subway in the city that never sleeps will shut down Sunday night as officials brace for the impact of Hurricane Sandy.

New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority will suspend subway service at 7 p.m., Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. The last commuter railroad trains will also leave at that time. And bus service will stop at 9 p.m., he said.

“The storm is coming … and now it is time to take action,” Cuomo told reporters. “A situation like this, you don’t want to be overly panicked and overly prepared, but you want to be prudent and you want to do what is necessary.”

The storm is expected to cause massive flooding and widespread power outages when it hits the East Coast, in full, late Sunday and into next week. But before that happens, transportation companies and government officials are allowing — and, in some cases, urging — people to plan for the worst.

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Canada quake triggers Hawaii tsunami scare

This is Closer to Home

(CNN) — A tsunami warning for Hawaii, triggered by a powerful earthquake in Canada, proved nothing more than a pre-Halloween scare for thousands of people this weekend.

“The tourists are doing their best Chicken Little impressions,” one CNN iReporter in West Maui, Hawaii, wrote early Sunday.

Sirens announced the tsunami warning across Hawaii on Saturday night, as thousands of revelers packed streets in Honolulu for the annual Hallowbaloo festival and many others in costumes headed to Halloween parties.

Restaurants, clubs and the festival immediately shut down and the parties turned into bumper-to-bumper traffic jams as residents headed to higher ground.

Visions of the devastating quake and tsunami that killed thousands in Japan in March 2011 fueled the fright, but the waves proved to be smaller and less powerful than feared.

While the warning said waves could surge between 3 and 6 feet, the largest wave, measured in Kahului on the island of Maui, was about 2.5 feet above ambient sea level, according to Gerard Fryer, senior geophysicist at the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

The evacuation orders for coastal residents and the tsunami warning were canceled by 1 a.m. in Hawaii (7 a.m. ET) and a tsunami advisory was put in its place. That advisory was lifted three hours later.

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Small earthquake rattles Southern California; buildings shake in Los Angeles

By NBC News staff and news services

Updated at 11:54 a.m. ET: A small earthquake rattled Southern California on Sunday morning, causing buildings to shake in downtown Los Angeles. There were no immediate reports of damage or injury.

The quake had a preliminary magnitude of 3.9 magnitude and struck at 8:24 a.m.,  the U.S. Geological Survey said. It was centered about 5 miles east-southeast of Santa Clarita, and about 24 miles north-northwest of downtown Los Angeles.

Shaking was felt across the Santa Clarita Valley, in downtown Los Angeles, in West Hollywood and along LA County beaches, The Associated Press reported.

A sheriff’s dispatcher in Santa Clarita told the AP  there were no calls reporting damage or injury.

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Fukushima fish still contaminated from nuclear accident

Levels of radioactive contamination in fish caught off the east coast of Japan remain raised, official data shows.

It is a sign that the Dai-ichi power plant continues to be a source of pollution more than a year after the nuclear accident.

About 40% of fish caught close to Fukushima itself are regarded as unfit for humans under Japanese regulations.

The respected US marine chemist Ken Buesseler has reviewed the data in this week’s Science journal.

He says there are probably two sources of lingering contamination.

“There is the on-going leakage into the ocean of polluted ground water from under Fukushima, and there is the contamination that’s already in the sediments just offshore,” he told BBC News.

“With these results it’s hard to predict for how long some fisheries might have to be closed”Prof Ken Buesseler WHOI

“It all points to this issue being long-term and one that will need monitoring for decades into the future.”

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The Sun’s Wrath: Worst Solar Storms in History

This still from a video taken by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory shows the Aug. 8, 2011 solar flare as it appeared in the ultraviolet range of the light spectrum. The flare registered as an X6.9 class sun storm, the largest of the Solar Cycle 24.

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Dutch Oven Cooking, by Louie in Ohio

The aromas coming from the cooking fires on that autumn morning are still in my memory.
I purchased my first Dutch oven soon after returning home from that training weekend. Years later my collection has grown to fourteen Dutch ovens and now I usually teach that class at the training once or twice a year.

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