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Sizable Seismic Events

Saturday, May 13th, 2006

Emergency Preparedness – Sizable Seismic Events

   Worldwide 284,010 people died in 2004, and 89,354 in 2005, in earthquakes, Utah’s biggest threat.

   An earthquake is Mother Nature exercising her option to reshuffle resources.  She is quite regular about it, too.  During the week ending 2/3/2006, there were 146 quakes in the world of 2.5+, 62 quakes were greater than 4.0, and one was 6.7 on the Richter scale.  Of the total, 85 quakes were in the US with all but 22 being in Alaska (state motto:  we’ll make the earth move under your feet).  The 6.7 in Fiji was a SEW (somebody else’s worry).  But 13 in California and 2 in Nebraska put us in the realm of possibility.  Utah actually had 7 quakes in the last week, but each was under 2.5.

   Seismologists tell us we have a 1 in 4 chance of a 7+ quake within 50 years.  Utah just spent $200 million for seismic renovation on the capitol building and the LDS Church is doing the same kind of renovation on the tabernacle on Temple Square.  Consider your preparedness following these examples.
   Have a place for everything and everything in its place.  You won’t leave your resources after a rumble.  The most important thing is to know where to start digging to recover water, food, clothing and shelter.
   For information check out and see what Mother Nature is doing this week.

72 Hour Emergency Kit — #3 Clothing.

Friday, May 5th, 2006

72 Hour Emergency Kit — #3  Clothing 

     Moisture and salt are your enemies when it comes to clothing.  Have a rainproof exterior garment (poncho) coupled with layering to regulate body heat and moisture from the outside in and the inside out (sweating).  Body heat is lost 70 times faster when you are wet.  But, when clothing dries out, body salts  retained in fabrics will feel like sandpaper against your skin.   A “no sweat” goal is achieved by layering.
      Remember when mom said to always have clean under ware?  It is essential in an emergency kit, especially socks.  Second day salty socks will quickly wear blisters and chaffing is not a problem you want to deal with.  You may need to wear what you have on the outside for three days, but change to clean under things daily.  Doing a little washing can reduce the need to carry multiples of the same garment.
     Sweat suits are great for layering.  For work, play, warmth and sleep wear they are most versatile.  
     A hooded poncho may be your only tent to sleep in and stay dry at night if you are traveling light.  Otherwise, a shelter and sleeping bag are two more things to keep dry so they remain useful.
     For more ideas contact (your emergency preparedness specialist). 

First Responder Kits.

Friday, May 5th, 2006

Emergency Preparedness – First Responder Kits.

     A 72-hour kit IS NOT the foundation of a home preparedness program.  But, it’s a start.
     What are the essentials of a three day First Responder Kit?  (priority order)

  1. Water
  2. Food                               Considerations:   “Will it all fit into something
  3. Clothing                                                        that won’t break my back?”
  4. Shelter                                                        “Can technology lighten my load?”
  5. Sanitation                                                   “Will I be able to afford it?”
  6. First Aid                                                     “I don’t want something else that will
  7. Communication                                           just sit and decay for lack of use!”
  8. Transportation

     Each week we will treat one topic.  Get ready and build your kits and involve the whole family.
     For more information contact (your emergency preparedness specialist).

Weather Report: Still and Clear

Tuesday, April 18th, 2006

     “It’s still snowing and it’s clear up to here,” said the weather briefer.  E-T-B-A-W followed as abbreviated suffixes to the printed aviation weather forecast that followed.   (F) means fog.  (S) is snow.  (RI) stands for rim ice – something you never want to fly in.  The weather was bad,  but how bad?

     “What’s ETBAW,” I asked?  The briefer replied:  “Even The Birds Are Walking.”  BAD! BAD! BAD!

     Some things are hard to understand about the weather.  This following principle is not.  When it’s cold, 90% of body heat exits out of the top of your head.  You need a good hat.  You also need a good coat, gloves, pants and (an absolutely essential investment) good foot ware.  All clothing items are only useful if kept dry.  Body heat is lost 60 times faster if you are wet.  Layering, good materials and calm control moisture.  Goretex is good.  Not sweating is even better, IF you have skills and a workable plan.

     Look at your feet and ask if you are prepared to walk home right now – in ice and snow.  The further you travel from home, the more you need warmth resources with you, especially when  E-T-B-A-W.

     For more information call (your emergency preparedness specialist).


Comfort Zones

Tuesday, April 18th, 2006

     Irving Berlin made the idea of a “White Christmas” a desirable, warm experience of the holiday season.  For 70,000 Utahns, neither was Christmas week of 2003 warm, nor was it desirable to be without power in the aftermath of the biggest winter storm in 20 years.  Some were cold for up to 7 days, with little food and drink.  Barbeques were brought indoors for heat, poisoning scores of ill prepared families.

     Look around and find seasoned, all-weather specialists who know how to prepare against the elements.  Sportsmen, farmers, truckers and builders know how to not just survive extremes of heat and cold, but they know foods, clothing, and shelter skills sufficient to remain productive.  To control simple liquids of life not only includes intake and output body functions, but in a preparedness sense means you HAVE A NO SWEAT PLAN that survives all kinds of weather.  Perspiration can kill you in cold weather.

     Winter warmth starts with quality hats, coats, gloves, pants, and foot ware.  Ask contractors and farmers what’s best and where to get it.  Get warm outfits for every member of the family – two or three sets if they are very active.  The rugged outdoors look may not be your style, but you’ll feel better if you are warm.

     For more information call (your emergency preparedness specialist).