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Surviving a Windstorm in La Yacata

A windstorm can have winds more than 55 km (34 mi) per hour in short bursts or longer periods of sustained winds and can cause death, destruction, and general mayhem.

In 2015, Mexico was hit by Hurricane Patricia. This storm had sustained winds of 215 mph (345 km/h), breaking the record for the highest ever one-minute maximum sustained winds. When the hurricane made landfall near Cuixmala, Jalisco, the windstorm still registered up to 150 mph (240 km/h) making it the strongest landfall hurricane along the Pacific coast of Mexico.

The village of Chamela was completely flattened in the storm. In the town of Emiliano Zapata, winds tore roofs from homes and businesses, stripped the hillside of vegetation, toppled concrete power poles and crumpled transmission towers. Hundreds of homes were destroyed and 7 deaths occurred as a direct result of the intense winds. The total damage has been estimated to be more than 5.4 billion pesos ($323.3 million U.S. dollars). More than 59,000 acres of crops were damaged or destroyed in Jalisco alone. In Colima, the banana crop loss was estimated at 500 million pesos ($30.2 million U.S. dollars). Because of the extreme intensity of the storm, the name Patricia was retired from the hurricane list by the World Meteorological Organization.

In Mexico, one of the primary causes of injury or death as a result of a windstorm is falling billboards.

Here’s just a partial list:

In Metepc on March 10, 2016

In Fray Servando Teresa de Mier on June 26, 2016

In Mexico City on July 22, 2016

In Puebla on August 29, 2016

In Culiacán, Sinaloa on March 8, 2016

In Mexico City on April 18, 2016

In Mexico City on August 30, 2016

In Periférico Norte on March 12, 2015

On the Mexico-Queretaro Highway on March 10, 2010

In Tlalnepantla on Apr 24, 2013

So I would say that surviving a windstorm in Mexico would require that you stay as far away from a billboard as possible. Fortunately, there are no billboards in La Yacata.

Make sure to secure your tinaco!

Make sure to secure your tinaco too!

Other things that you might want to do as prevention including removing dead trees and overhanging branches, loose roofing materials, tie down outside furniture and garbage cans. In Mexico, it might be securing your tinaco (water storage container) as well or risk it flying off as happened in our neighboring town of Uriangato.

Park your vehicles inside if possible. If not, move them a safe distance away from objects (like billboards) that might fall on them. Stay inside, away from windows, doors, and billboards. Make sure pets and livestock are in a sheltered area, far from billboards.

Following these simple precautions will help you best survive a windstorm in La Yacata.

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Surviving a Volcanic eruption in La Yacata

Mexico is crossed by the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt, known also as the Sierra Nevada, which covers its central-southern section. Interestingly enough, this belt defies logic and does not run parallel to the Middle American Trench and many of the volcanoes are located at an angle to the highest peak in Mexico, Pico de Orizaba (18,491 feet), also known as Citlaltépetl which is currently dormant, but not extinct.

There are currently 43 active or dormant volcanoes listed for Mexico, but that’s not to say that one might not spring up in your back yard. That’s exactly what happened just a hop, skip, and jump away from La Yacata near Uruapan, Michoacan in 1943. It grew over a period of nine years, with lengthy periodic eruptions which completely destroyed the town of Parícutin. Three people were killed, not from lava, but after being struck by lightning generated by pyroclastic eruptions (See Surviving a lightning strike).

Other Mexican volcanoes that have erupted in the last 100 years include Volcano Barcena (1953), El Chichón (1982), Nevado de Colima (2016), Popocatépetl (2016), Socorro (1993), and the Tacaná Volcano (1986).

Of course, all of these eruptions may not be natural in origin. There is some speculation that aliens are controlling the timing and intensity of Popocatépetl‘s eruptions. (See Surviving UFO invasion in La Yacata)

So, being in the vicinity of active volcanoes (UFO triggered or not) means learning a bit about volcano safety.

The number one tip is to STAY AWAY FROM ACTIVE VOLCANOES!

It’s quite the thing to hike or climb the impressive peaks in Mexico with Iztaccihuatl being the most popular volcano to hike. However, as some of these are still active, they are technically closed for tourists. So don’t risk it.

More safety advice:

If you happen to be in your house and a volcano erupts near you, evacuate if you are in the direct path of lava, mudflows or flying rocks or debris. Before you leave the house, put on long-sleeved shirts and pants, wear eyeglasses or goggles, and put on an emergency mask or hold a damp cloth to your face.

Ash can damage vehicle engines, so avoid driving. If you must drive, stay below 35 miles per hour.

If you are not evacuating, close windows and doors and block chimneys to prevent ash from entering your home. Wear protective clothing when removing ash from your roof. Bring pets and livestock into closed and sheltered areas.

Stock up on the normal prepper supplies such as food and water. The effects of a volcanic eruption could last years leading to drought (See Surviving Drought), and civil unrest (See Surviving Martial Law). The great civilization that once inhabited Teotihuacan is thought to have been torn asunder after a massive volcano caused global climate change (See Surviving Global Climate Change) leading to an extended drought causing the starving inhabitants to overthrow its government. (See Teotihuacan)

Knowing what could happen and being prepared is half the battle when it comes to volcanic eruptions. The other part is just using old fashion common sense and staying the h*ll away from high-risk zones.  Of course, it’s come to my attention that we live closer to a high-risk zone than I previously thought.  In February 2017, a crater appeared in the small lake town of Cuitzeo, not so very far from La Yacata.  The ensuing dust cloud caused considerable health issues for residents and affected the air quality all the way to Moroleon for several weeks.

And then, of course, there is the suspicious amount of pumice stone found in La Yacata which makes me wonder if we are far enough away from a risk zone.  Well, I guess we’ll just have to take our chances on this one.

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Surviving UFO invasion in La Yacata

If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you might remember I’ve already written about alien contact in Valle del Santiago, Mexico. (See Valle de Santiago).

Believe it or not, those giant vegetables were not the only legacy left by galactic visitors in Mexico. Many of these alien-human interactions have been recorded by history for us to examine at this time.

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Pictured above is a 7000-year-old petroglyph discovered in the province of Queretaro, Mexico in 1966. There are 4 figures with outstretched arms below a large oval object radiating what appear to be beams of light.  Looks like aliens to me!

Mayan artifacts dating back at least 1300 years show what appear to be flying disc shaped vehicles along with representations of aliens. Fancy that!

In 1883, astronomer Jose Bonilla reported more than 300 dark, unidentified objects crossing before the sun while observing sunspot activity at the Zacatecas Observatory. Unfortunately, these were later proved to be high flying geese, but at the time, they did qualify as unidentified flying objects.

In 1974, residents of the town Coyame reported a mid-air collision between a UFO and a small airplane followed by a military investigation and cover up. It appears that this was little more than the military recover of a Cessna aircraft used for drug trafficking. No live aliens nor alien bodies were recovered at the crash site.

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In 1984, an alien from the constellation Orian named Herulayka, visited Raymundo Corona and commanded him to build a temple in the form of a pyramid. Herulayka had honey-coloured eyes, long white hair and claimed to be from a plant called Nefilin. Sr. Corona built the 22 foot stone temple outside the town of Monclova in the state of Coahuila.

In 1991, residents of Mexico City looked to the skies to see the solar eclipse but instead saw a UFO. There were several independent videos taken of the sighting. Two months later, there was another sighting in the area during a military air show.

In 2004, the Mexican Air Force recorded 11 unidentified flying objects over southern Campeche while conducting a search for drug-smuggling aircraft. The Mexican Defense Department released a video that showed moving bright lights at 11,500 feet. Mexican UFOlogist Jamie Maussan believes the video as proof of alien visitation. However, other experts say that the lights were most likely burn off flares from oil platforms. (See Toxic cloud).

In 2016, strange lights were spotted above the Popocatepetl volcano. Some have speculated that aliens are monitoring the Earth’s geothermal activity, possibly in an attempt to cause eruptions. Others say that the lights are nothing more than plasma that glows at night and only appears to be metallic. This isn’t an isolated sighting. (See also Mysterious UFO captured passing over a volcano seconds before eruption, UFOs over volcanoes in Mexico, Strange footage captures mysterious object flying close to volcano in Mexico just days after it erupted.)

And how these?

Giant UFO moves over Mexico City

Aliens guard Pope as he enters Mexico

Mass sightings in Mexico

Daytime UFO sighting in Puebla Mexico

Flying saucer photographed over Mexico

UFO drop off and pick up point discovered in Mexico

UFOs during halo phenomenon

Ring-shaped UFO over Mexico City

Alien recorded watching family in Mexico

Looking at the evidence, is it so far a stretch to say that UFOs might visit again in the future, this time with less than friendly objectives in mind?

Stephen Hawkin has been quoted as saying ““If aliens ever visit us, I think the outcome would be much as when Christopher Columbus first landed in America, which didn’t turn out very well for the Native Americans.”

We all know how that turned out for the Native American. So what should you do in the event of a UFO invasion?

Do your normal prepper thing. Stockpile food, water, and medical supplies.

Become self-sufficient in case the grid goes down due to alien energy interference. (See EMP attack)

Avoid meteorite crash sites. There might be alien ships there!

Prepare for biological warfare. (See Pandemic) Of course, this could work both ways. In “War of the Worlds” the aggressive and man-eating alien beings were overcome when they were exposed to the common cold.

Have adequate shelter. If your house is blown up in the ongoing struggle, find another one.

Unless you are trained in tactical maneuvers and weapons, don’t try to take out the mothership on your own. It might be better to include people with those particular skills in your newly formed community, though.

Don’t trust anyone.  It could be an invasion of the body snatchers time!

So why is La Yacata the best place to be in the event of an alien invasion? For all of the same reasons that it is the perfect place to be in the event of any other catastrophic disaster. It’s low population, the abundance of foraging food, small hovel-like dwellings and talented community of multi-taskers in residence, of course!

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Surviving Terrorism in La Yacata

The first step in surviving terrorism is to identify the terrorists and the modus operandi that the group employs.

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There’s been a lot of hype recently about Islamic factions in Mexico. In December 2012, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was heard to say that “Iran exports Terrorism to Mexico.” And as she admits that the US created Al Qaeda and as she had a part in all that, she’d know all about Terrorism.

One of these groups that Mexico is reportedly hosting is Hezbollah. In 2010, the Tuscon Police Department reported the arrest of Jameel Nasar, a Hezbollah recruiter in Mexico and South America. The fact that the accused terrorist was arrested by the Tuscon Police caused panic in the US. It was believed that terrorists were crossing the border from Mexico with nefarious plans to cause mayhem in the US. But is that really the case?

Not really. Experts at Homeland security agree that there are more efficient ways to get into the US where you don’t have to violate the US law or cross a desert for that matter. It’s more likely they’d get their tourist visa and fly in. In one study, out of 94 arrests for illegal entry, only two had any affiliation with known terrorist groups and one of those two detained entered from Canada.

So, Islamic groups aside, is Mexico safe from terrorism? It does rank 44 out of 124 on the risk list. For comparison sake, it’s interesting to see that the US ranks higher as a risk zone coming in at 35.

So why is Mexico even on the list at all if there is no credible evidence that Islamic groups have a foothold here? Terrorism by definition is the “systematic use, as well as threatened use, of violence to intimidate a population and thereby effect political, religious or ideological change.” There are two distinct groups within Mexico are responsible for most of the terrorist attacks. The government and narcotraficantes (drug traffickers).

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From 2006 to 2012, narcotraficantes have caused between 60,000 to 100,000 deaths in Mexico. Between 2007 and 2014, the Mexican government has been linked to 23,272 disappearances. As not all disappearances are reported because of the fear of repercussions, this number could be significantly higher. Mass graves throughout Mexico are the final resting place for the bodies of thousands of those who have disappeared.   (See Hidden graves count: 1,143 in last 10 years Rights Commission also found that 57,861 people have been reported missing in 20 years)

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In reality, these are not two separate terrorist groups, but two sides of the same coin. Without the narcotraficantes, Mexico would not be able to keep afloat financially. Drug trafficking is extremely profitable.

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Ties between the political party of Mexico’s current president (PRI) and illegal drug traders can be traced to the beginning of the 20th century during the US period of Prohibition. The political, police and military infrastructure were subsequently designed to support the cultivation, manufacturing, and distribution of cocaine, heroin, and marijuana for export. The Dirección Federal de Seguridad (DFS) organization was formed to organize and control drug trafficking. So is there really any surprise that El Chapo was allowed to escape?

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For decades, this system functioned without restriction. In the 1990’s PRI‘s 70-year reign ended. The addition of new political players with no prior connection with the cartels upset the system. Sections of the Mexican government began to challenge the set-up. Thus began the government sanctioned assassinations of drug-enforcement agents, governors, mayors, clergy, citizens, lawyers, judges, and journalists. And there we have narcoterrorism in a nutshell. While cartels battle over territories, dissenters are silenced by the government.

Partial List of Battle over cartel territories and state sanctioned massacres

between 2008 and 2015

Monterrey Casino Attack in 2011

Puebla Oil Pipeline Explosion in 2010

Ciudad Juárez rehab center attack in 2009

Morelia Grenade Attacks in 2008

Cadereyta Jiménez massacre in 2012

Iguala Mass Kidnapping in 2014

Mexican Federal Police Implicated in Massacre of 16 People in 2015

Tlatlaya Massacre in 2014

Coahuila Mass Graves in 2011

San Fernando Massacre in 2011

San Fernando Massacre in 2010

Nuevo Leon Mass Graves in 2010

Guerrero Mass Graves in 2010

Villas de Salvárcar massacre in 2010

List of Politicians killed 

List of Journalists and Media Workers killed

List of massacres in Mexico

So now that it’s been established who the terrorists are in Mexico and what their tactics are, it’s time to think about survival.

#1–Be aware of your surroundings. This will enable you to possibly identify a threat before it becomes active, locate exits and find cover.

In Mexico, it is now law to employ the use of deadly force in a protest situation. (See Ley de Atenco) Mexico has a history of staging public protests in order to garner attention for unjust laws and social reform. The results have often been bloody when government forces have stepped in.

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Oaxaca 2016

With that in mind, ANY protest manifestation in Mexico becomes a potential terrorist situation. (See Nochixtlan massacre witnesses: Mexican police fired automatic weapons at demonstrators)

#2–Once you have identified a potential terrorist situation, flee. It’s the single most important thing you can do to survive.

So how does La Yacata become the place to be in the event of terrorist attacks? It’s not a central location, thus not a prime place for protest marches. You can wave your billboard all you want in La Yacata and no one cares. There isn’t anything of value to blow up or hold hostage by narcos or federales (federal police). It has a low population made up of poverty stricken people. You can’t get blood from a stone, so there’s little risk of extortion–another method often used by terrorists.

So when I am asked if I feel safe in Mexico, I can say that in spite of the experiences I have had so far in Mexico (See Safety and Security, Justice for all, Fighting for flowers) I can honestly say that I do.

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