The growing threat of a North Korean missile striking Canada or detonating in a place that causes radiation to head into Canada, has prompted the Canadian government to adopt a Cold War defensive posture; they have told their military to re-open and fully re-stock deep underground bunkers at TWO military bases to be used for evacuation and survival of gov't officials.
Rising global tension, notably over North Korea, has prompted Canadian federal officials to review and in some cases revise a series of critical contingency plans, including one that involves the evacuation of the federal cabinet to a secure military base outside of Ottawa.
The Privy Council Office, the bureaucratic wing of the Prime Minister's Office, drafted an agreement with National Defense to open up bunkers on two military bases should the National Capital Region become "unviable," according to documents obtained by CBC News under access to information legislation.
Each location is classified in the heavily redacted briefing and only referred to as "Alpha and Bravo sites."
The agreement is part of the federal government's overall plan for the "Continuity of Constitutional Government," which aims to "ensure minimal or no interruption to the availability of critical services" during an emergency or natural disaster in Ottawa.
The federal government has long had contingency plans, known internally as CONPLANS, for a variety of emergencies running the gamut between earthquakes and floods through terrorism to full-scale war.
What is different lately, according to experts, is that officials are being forced to think more often in Cold War terms, particularly when it comes to the threat of a North Korean missile striking Canada, either as an accident or by design.
On Tuesday, Pyongyang tested the Hwasong-15 intercontinental missile, which the regime of Kim Jong-un claims can be tipped with a "super-large heavy warhead" and is capable of striking anywhere on the continental United States.
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Canada Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan was asked Wednesday what would happen should a missile land in Canada.
"When it comes to any type of foreign threats, we take them extremely seriously," he said. "We've been looking at North Korea right from the beginning when I was given this portfolio. I am very mindful of the country's missile testing that they have been doing. We believe that the diplomatic solution is the way to go, because I think that there is hope for it."
The notion that Canada could be hit by incoming missiles was part of the Cold War defense mindset and planning, which disappeared in the early 1990s, said Andrew Rasiulis, a defense expert with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute.
"After the Cold War was over, we stopped thinking about those things. It fell off the radar, so to speak," said Rasiulis, a former senior official at National Defense who once ran the Directorate of Nuclear and Arms Control Policy. "At the time, it was really a whole cultural shift."
Cold War legacy
At the height of the standoff with the former Soviet Union, the Canadian military had a series of bunkers to which the federal cabinet could retreat, including the so-called Diefenbunker, near Carp, Ont., the deep underground complex at Canadian Forces Base North Bay and another centre at the now-decommissioned military base in Calgary.
Rasiulis said a whole generation of public servants have not had to think in those cataclysmic terms and had not even begun to consider it as late as 2014 when he retired.
And that's why he considers the revision of continuity of government plan so significant. But Rasiulis said he considers the likelihood of Canada being struck by a North Korean missile to be low.
The thinking, however, over the last generation was, if there was thought of a nuclear event, it would be a terrorist dirty bomb, not a missile or missiles that could wipe out entire cities and result in tens of thousands of casualties.
Although on the surface they may not seem related, Rasiulis said the Russian annexation of Crimea and the lone-wolf, ISIS-inspired terrorist attack on Parliament Hill, both of which occurred three years, appear to have convinced officials that the capital was vulnerable.
Sean Maloney, a professor at the Royal Military College of Canada and a Cold War expert, said he believes the issue is bigger than just whether there are contingency plans to keep the government operating. He questions what sort of civil preparedness is going on.
A nuclear blast brings with it an electromagnetic pulse that would fry power grids over a much wider area than just the radius of the blast. That, in turn, would take down not only businesses but public infrastructure, such as water and sewer plants.
"That is just the start of the problem," said Maloney. "People have not thought that through and they don't want to discuss it because it's too overwhelming for them."
He said during the Cold War, there was also a sense of "lethargy" because people were resigned to the fact that once the missiles started flying everything would be over.
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Maintaining the power elite
Maloney wrote a paper in the late 1990s about the federal government's contingency plans in the event of a thermonuclear war with the Soviet Union.
It was entitled Dr. Strangelove Visits Canada, referring to the 1960s Stanley Kubrick comedy about what could happen if the wrong person pushed the wrong button.
Some of the issues raised in his paper could find new life in this new era of uncertainty.
"Critics of civil defense programs argued that protecting government leaders in shelters and not providing similar facilities to the population as a whole was 'undemocratic,' [and] designed to maintain the power elite," said Maloney who added the current plan to reconstitute the government "sounds very 1950s."
The government of former prime minister John Diefenbaker conducted the first large-scale training exercise for its contingency plan to evacuate Ottawa in December 1959.
It saw one North Star transport plane and one Labrador helicopter put on 30-minute standby to evacuate senior government ministers and officials from the east side of the lawn on Parliament Hill to the air base in nearby Rockcliffe.
Other officials were to have been transported by bus out of the city.
What Do THEY Know That WE Don't?
Governments like to "spin" why they are taking certain actions, and this is no exception. The officials quoted above talk in "what-if" language, and how they just want to be "mindful of the possibility . . . " NONSENSE.
The fact that Canada is already re-opening and re-stocking deep underground military Bunkers over North Korea SHOULD tell YOU everything you need to know: War is coming as is the possibility of NUCLEAR war.
So now that you know the government is preparing, ask yourself "What am I doing to prepare?"
If you're like most folks, the answer is: nothing.
That answer can get you killed.
PREPARE NOW – DON'T WAIT
PRECIOUS LITTLE TIME TO PREPARE
I have been warning my fellow for months to prepare themselves. Now, I extend that advice to Canadians.
Given the ongoing shenanigans with North Korea, WAR PREPS are a smart idea because any attack launched from North Korea will be followed by additional attacks inside the US (and perhaps in Canada too), by "Sleeper Cells."
These cells will attack Electrical Grids, public water supplies, key highway bridges to halt the flow of food and commerce, key railroad bridges, to halt the flow of food and war-fighting supplies, Oil and gas pipelines to shut down our ability to keep warm or to travel or deliver supplies.
They will release chemical and biological weapons to take as many of us down with them as they can.
You and your family absolutely MUST prepare. You MUST have:
Filter Masks to protect from inhaling radiation particles or Chemical/Biological Weapons
Swimmer masks or waterproof goggles to protect our eyes from Nuclear/Chemical/Biological Weapons
A source of Emergency Electrical power: A generator, or an INVERTER to convert DC car batteries to AC electric, or Solar panels with batteries and an INVERTER.
Spare Fuel: For your car(s), Trucks, Emergency Generator fuel supply etc.
CASH MONEY ON HAND — Puerto Rico got hit by a hurricane and here we are over a month later, many banks and ATM's are all still closed and offline. Credit cards don't work. Debit Cards don't work. What few stores are open won't accept checks. CASH IS KING. Such will be the case nationwide in the USA if we get hit here by North Korean attacks. No cash? No nothing for you. Have some cash on-hand. Not to pay bills, but to rely upon in an emergency so you can survive.
Emergency HEAT. We are rapidly approaching the onset of Winter. You should have at least ONE source of Emergency heat. Perhaps a Kerosene Heater with spare fuel? SOMETHING is better than nothing. If war hits here . . . and attacks here in the USA are ___ LIKELY ____ you'd better have a way to keep warm if all the electric is out and if gas lines are sabotaged stalling your furnace.
Emergency Communications: Again I refer to Puerto Rico because it is an actual, ONGOING, situation and a prime example of how screwed-up things get when disaster strikes. People on that island can't get cellular or wi-fi, have no phones and no electric; thus cannot communicate with their loved ones. Don't be like them.
- Get yourself a CB radio ($29) and antenna for each car, and a CB radio and antenna for your house. CB does not require a license, is good for several miles and can keep you in touch with your loved ones during a disaster.
- Better yet, get yourself Family-Radio-Service (FRS) walkie talkies. ($15 ea.) They're only two watts, and the range is very limited (1/2 mile at most) but it will keep you in touch with family members nearby.
Make certain you have spare medicine to live on. Some folks take specific medicines without which they cannot live. For instance, one member of my family had a Thyroid removed due to cancer. That person MUST take a Thyroid replacement drug once a day. Without that medicine, my family member will die by day five of no medicine. Have a month or longer supply of such vital medicines on-hand.
Here's the worst part:
YOU MUST KEEP YOUR PREPS SECRET
The worst part of this situation is that you cannot tell ANYONE that you have made preparations. The overwhelming majority of people simply will not take _any_ steps to prepare. And when disaster strikes, they will come knocking on YOUR door, begging for help.
Many of you will find yourselves in a situation where people you've known for years, come begging you for food and you'll face a stark choice: Feed THEM, or feed YOURSELF. They had a chance to prep but didn't. They made that choice, they have to live (or die) from it. Only the strong survive. The weak and weak-minded do not.
If you make the mistake of bragging or telling anyone that you're making preparations, they'll stick that in the back of their minds and do nothing, figuring they can come to YOU when the SHTF. ANd if you make yet another mistake of actually giving any of them food, THEY WILL TELL OTHERS! You'll quickly find yourself totally swamped by desperate, hungry people.
HAVE FIREARMS and AMMUNITION You should have a firearm to protect yourself and your family. When the ignorant masses start getting hungry, first they'll _ask_ for food; then they'll come to TAKE IT. You had better be ready to fend-off these predators.
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Time is of the essence. Once hostilities commence, things will get incredibly bad, incredibly fast. There won't be any time to cover your ass once everyone in the country is trying to cover theirs. Store shelves will be emptied in hours. Gas stations will be empty too (just like we all saw last month when Hurricane Irma hit Florida, and "the masses" waited until one day before to even THINK of getting fuel. Thousands of them found empty gas stations. Don't be like them.
If a hostile entity (like North Korea or Terrorists) were to release a Biological Weapon anywhere in the US, certain areas of our country (perhaps entire cities) would IMMEDIATELY be under QUARANTINE. No one in. No one out.
All businesses and transportation would shut down.
In order for _any_ Quarantine to be lifted, authorities must go through at least one 21 day period without any NEW infections. Most times, they actually need TWO 21-day periods. That's 42 days.
Do YOU have enough food at home to last 42 days?
If not, you're screwed. Because there won't be any way to get food delivered (all businesses are closed) and you won't be allowed out to try to BUY anything. So what then?
Anyone who thinks the government will somehow help them is an idiot.
You'd better think long and hard about getting yourself Emergency food, because if North Korea sees it's losing a war with us, they WILL release bio-weapons here in the US, and a lot of us WILL be Quarantined. Will you or your family be among those who starve?
PLEASE SPREAD THIS ARTICLE LINK TO ANYONE YOU CARE ABOUT. THEY SHOULD ALL HAVE AT LEAST A __CHANCE__ TO SURVIVE AND NO OTHER MEDIA OUTLET IS PROVIDING INFORMATION LIKE THIS ON HOW TO PREPARE!
PREPARE NOW OR DIE
No one can survive a direct impact of a nuclear bomb. But those close to an impact zone CAN survive; and so can those farther away . . . . IF you prepare to deal with the issues created by an attack.
In a nuclear attack, the immediate blast zone is totally lost. Vaporized. Nothing survives. Within 3 miles of the blast zone, windows are instantly shattered by the force of the blast – both the wind and the sound wave.
PLASTIC WINDOW COATING
You can minimize the danger of injury to yourself and your family from shattering glass by installing plastic coating on the INSIDE of your windows. This coating acts to hold-together the shards of glass which would otherwise be JAGGED, RAZOR-LIKE, PROJECTILES cutting the heck out of anything in their path.
The coating makes your home windows more like a car windshield as opposed to the side window in a car: A Windshield may crack, but the glass is held together by plastic. Side windows of a car shatter all over the place.
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“If you are an ordinary person, then you can prepare yourself for war by moving to the countryside and building a farm, but you must take guns with you, as the hordes of starving will be roaming. Also, even though the elite will have their safe havens and specialist shelters, they must be just as careful during the war as the ordinary civilians, because their shelters can still be compromised.”