SurvivalBlog reader J.K. mentioned that FEMA has a very informative booklet available, “Taking Shelter From The Storm” See: http://www.fema.gov/fima/tsfs02.shtm . This booklet includes case studies and engineering drawing for several different safe room locations.
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SurvivalBlog reader Overhill spotted this Asian Avian Flu planning guide from Uncle Sugar: http://www.pandemicflu.gov/planguide/ 
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And you thought that the U.S. 1994 “Assault Weapons” ban was dead and buried–or at least “sunsetted”? Guess again. The ultra-liberal wing of the U.S. Senate has re-introduced it, as new legislation. (S. 645) The sponsors are mostly “the usual suspects”: Lautenberg, Corzine, Schumer, Boxer, Kennedy, Durbin, Mikiluski, Sarbanes, Reed, Akaka, Dodd, and of course Hitlery Clinton. Time to call your senator’s office and get this piece of Schumer  stopped, pronto.
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As cited in Wednesday’s issue of The Daily Reckoning , The Mortgage Bankers Association expects U.S. mortgage originations to drop off
by 20% this year; it says refinancing should fall by 40%.