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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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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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Pencils, Paper, Books, Backpacks, and a Back To School Emergency Plan!

Changing classrooms, changing teachers, changing schools! Make back to school time a regular part of your family’s emergency planning process. Emergencies can happen at any time. Back to school is hectic enough, so now is a great time to update your family emergency plan, reevaluate your emergency meeting places, contacts, and especially if starting in a new school, prepare your kids and family so that they are as resilient and prepared from day one. Replenish, replace, update. Check your child’s Go Bag and make sure to refresh perishables and batteries.…

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