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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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Here Comes The Rain Again – 14 Gallons Worth?

After weeks of wildfires and tinder dry conditions, the forecast calls for rain, finally! Just in time for National Preparedness month and the #14gallons challenge!   It’s really simple, you can go days without food, but only around 72 hours without water.     So stop stocking cans until you’ve stockpiled 1 gallon of drinking water, per person or pet, per day, for a full 14 day supply! Take the #14gallons challenge!!! Here’s how you can participate. 1)    Obtain 14 gallons of water. 2)    Take a creative photo with it. 3)    Post your…

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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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Burning Down The House – Fire Season Starts Now!

It rained the floods of Noah for nine months… so what? Fire season is upon us. As you bask in the glory of the first decent long weekend since the dawn of time remember that you, too, can burn down the house, forest, village – it takes one carelessly tossed cigarette, errant ember, or still hot bbq coal. I’m a huge pyromaniac, all about the camp/bonfire, but campfires can cause wildfires and wildfires can cause loss of life, kill wildlife and destroy habitat and property. So know before you go, and…

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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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