Factsheet: Nine Meals Away From Anarchy

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Some facts from Doomsday Preppers: Nine Meals Away From Anarchy

  • In the United States, martial law has been instituted on the national level only once, during the Civil War, and on a regional level only once, during World War II.
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 20 counties in Kansas as natural disaster areas because of losses caused by drought, excessive heat and high winds that began Jan. 1, 2011, and continue.
  • First deployed in September 1959, the Atlas (SM-65), was the nation’s first operational intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). The missiles, however, saw only brief service and the last squadron was taken off operational alert in 1965.
  • The atlas missile weighs approximately 267,000 pounds and could travel between 6400 and 9000 miles.
  • At the apogee of its elliptical flight path the missile reached an altitude of 763 miles and a speed of approximately 16,000 miles per hour. Elapsed time for a flight of 6,788 miles: 43 minutes
  • The Atlas F, the most advanced of the Atlas series, were designed to be stored vertically in “hard” or “silo” sites. With the exception of a pair of massive 45-ton doors, the silos, 174 feet deep by 52 feet in diameter, were completely underground. The walls of the silo were built of heavily reinforced concrete.
  • In the firing sequence the missile was fueled, lifted by an elevator to the mouth of the silo, and then fired. Although the silo sites were by far the most difficult and costly sites to build, they offered protection from overpressures of up to 100 psi.

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