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Preparedness is Positively Powerful!

Preparedness is the most positive and proactive part of the Emergency Management Cycle.   Recently the news has been flooded with natural disasters. From the multiple hurricanes in the Caribbean, Puerto Rico, USVI, Texas, and Florida, to the giant earthquake in Mexico City, and here at home the wildfires, it has been a busy time for first responders, and a challenging time for those in the areas hardest hit.  As we get images and stories from these areas, we are hearing of the response phase of the emergency management cycle,…

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Back to School – Do You Know Where Your Kids Are?

When you’re at work do you know where your kids are? Back to school means new classrooms, new teachers, new grades, new schools, and time for a new family communications and emergency plan! MAKE BACK TO SCHOOL TIME A REGULAR PART OF YOUR FAMILY’S EMERGENCY PLANNING PROCESS. EMERGENCIES CAN HAPPEN AT ANY TIME. In a major emergency cell phones can become useless, and schools and school districts might not be able to provide immediate information as to the location and well-being of your students. Talking with your kids and their…

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Mamma Mia – Keep her safe in an Earthquake

Mother’s Day is this weekend. What if a giant earthquake hit at brunch? I love my mother. One of the first things I’d want to do when the Big One hits is make sure I know where she is and that she’s safe. I’m not saying that my mother can’t take care of herself in a major earthquake, she raised me and made it this far just fine, but it’s important to me that I know she has food, water, a safe place, and is prepared for a major disaster.…

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What Do You Know About Earthquakes?

The ground shakes, right? What else is there to know about an earthquake? Plenty.  In elementary school I learned about the ring of fire, plate tectonics, volcanoes, earthquakes, basically the notion that the crust of the Earth shifts and moves and if you live along the Pacific Ocean you’re in earthquake country. Thing is, there are different kinds of earthquakes, and as I mentioned recently to my cousin from the Bay Area, the Cascade Subduction Zone is nothing like the San Andreas fault. The Northridge Quake in California was magnitude 6.7,…

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A Little Less Conversation A Little More Action, Please

Resiliency and Emergency Preparedness starts with a conversation about  two questions: Can you survive, with no help, for TWO to THREE WEEKS on your own? (No grocery stores, gas stations, electricity, water or other utilities – can you live and function for 2-3 weeks after a mega 9.0 earthquake that experts say will, not may, happen?) In an emergency of any kind, do you know how to find, communicate with, and reunite with your loved ones if there are no cell phones, or internet available? I get a lot of stuff in my…

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Spring Break and the Really Big Earthquake

It’s time for Spring Break! For many, Spring Break is the start of the family road trip season in the Pacific Northwest. Taking the kids and the pets to the Pacific Coast, or up to the Cascades in early Spring is one of the great joys of living in this part of the country. While just preparing for a road trip with a car kit is important, if you are vacationing anywhere from Northern California to British Columbia, making sure you’re prepared for a 9.0 mega earthquake to strike while…

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Kids, Cell Phones, and a really big Earthquake

Cell Phones Suck When The Earth Quakes My kids all have cell phones. Better ones than I have, to be honest. 7’s. They are bright, shiny, fancy.  They spend hours on them, headphones on, looking at YouTube videos, playing games, chatting with their friends. With my being involved in preparing folks for the giant earthquake, they even have backup batteries in their school bags. When I call they never answer right away, and when I text, it can be a while, sometimes a long while, before I get a response, even though they…

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Hey Baby – What’s Shakin’?

With Valentine’s Day coming up, I’m sure you might be able to think of a few reasons to want to feel the earth move. Unless you are at the level of Don Juan De Marco or a Scarlett Johansson you probably haven’t ever experienced anything like a 9.0 mega earthquake. Good News! 317 years ago the entire Pacific Northwest shook like a 1970’s waterbed, and we are overdue for the Big One. So you could very easily get your chance. Any day. Any minute. Gay, Straight, Single, Married, or Partnered…

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How ‘Bout that Snowstorm…Are You Ready for Worse?

This week marks the Anniversary of the last Great Earthquake back in the 1700’s, and while all the annoyances of the past week in the Portland Metro area are fresh in folks’ minds, let’s review: @wweek As of 10 am, the official accumulation at our office in Parkrose was 7.9″. Downtown had 11.8″. Before 2008, 6.6″ 1/27/1996. — NWS Portland (@NWSPortland) January 11, 2017   The entire Portland Metropolitan region was hit with infrastructure-crippling snow. The transportation network gets thrown into chaos. Cars are abandoned on roadways; due to road conditions people…

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Resilient Resolutions

10 New Year’s resolutions to keep for 2017 As 2016 comes to a close and the New Year beckons, make 2017 the year you prepare yourself and your family for “The Big One”. Many resilient resolutions cost you absolutely nothing, and yet can make ALL THE DIFFERENCE in an emergency.   Create a Family Communication Plan This costs you nothing to do, and is arguably the most important thing you can do to prepare yourself and your loved ones for ANY emergency. Knowing how to communicate with those you are…

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