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Emergency Preparedness – “The Future Isn’t What It Used To Be.”

Thursday, December 14th, 2006

“The future is ahead of us,” said that great American philosopher Yogi Berra. Some make plans for it, and others just go along day to day without any forethought.

“We wouldn’t have lost if they hadn’t beaten us,” Berra went on to say. Sounds like as good an excuse as any, if you plan to run out of response abilities any time in the first hours of an emergency.

If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.  Think about it. Think about what’s really important to you and your loved ones and what you don’t want to live without regardless of your circumstances. Even your pets look to you to provide for them. DO YOU HAVE A PLAN WITH MULTIPLE POSSIBILITIES to provide the basic essentials of water, food, clothing, shelter, sanitation, first aid, communication, transportation and safety needs for those you love? If you don’t want to loose, plan to win and get a winning plan.

“A dime isn’t worth a nickel anymore.”  (Y B)  Yes, Yogi, that’s true. And it’s going to get worse  .  .  .  ,

or better – it just has to do with how you plan to deal with it. Opportunities can be found in gaining knowledge, gathering materials, and good tools to MAKE THINGS HAPPEN. It’s up to you. Get going.

“When you come to the fork in the road, take it.”  (Y B)

For more information contact (your emergency preparedness specialist).


Emergency Preparedness – Pressure Changes

Thursday, December 14th, 2006

   Nightly weathercasts always tell you what the barometric pressure is.  The standard pressure is 29.92 inches of mercury.  Higher surface readings mean sunny days, while lower readings mean denser air at higher atmospheric levels, usually causing cooling, condensation (clouds) and precipitation.  Pilots like to know this stuff because an altimeter is a barometer and must be reset continuously for altitude accuracy.
   Honolulu (motto: welcome to paradise) and San Diego have the least variation in barometric pressure – about 1 inch – and near constant weather year round.   Charleston, SC (motto: you’ll be blown away with our city) has the widest variation of 3.21 inches.  Just a few inches make a big difference in the weather.
   From 1900 to the present, the highest pressure recorded was 31.85” in Northway, Alaska.   Hurricane Hugo tore up South Carolina on 22 Sept. 1989, and still holds the continental US lowest pressure record at 27.58 inches.  It packed 135 MPH sustained surface winds and dumped record rainfall. 
   Home preparedness programs can be measured by pressure, too.  The more essentials you have in inventory, the less pressure you’ll feel on your stress barometer.  Reduce the pressure.  Get prepared.
   For more information contact (your emergency preparedness specialist).

Imagine Life Without a Toothbrush

Saturday, May 13th, 2006

Emergency Preparedness – Imagine Life Without a Toothbrush

   At the beginning of the 20th Century two things were certain:  the average American family of four had one toothbrush per household, and that family was lucky to have two full sets of teeth between them.
   The greatest advances in oral hygiene have been made in just the last 70 years.  Exported Chinese hog bristles made it possible for toothbrushes to be cheap.  Tooth powder (a big step up from baking soda) was replaced by toothpaste when someone realized paste could be dispensed from a squeeze tube used for artist paints.   Now we have arrived at $80-120 rechargeable oral hygiene systems that include spinning brushes, gum stimulators, water flushers and sprayers.  Wow, your mouth can now feel as good as your feet after a run in Dr. Scholl’s gel inserts or Michael Jordan $120 signature model athletic shoes.
   You can imagine what life would be like without a toothbrush.  Halitosis is better than no breathe at all, but not much.  Good toothbrushes cost about $1.  Pick up some extras this week for your inventory, along with some extra toothpaste.   Remember, if you are true to your teeth, they will never be false to you.
   For more information contact (your emergency preparedness specialist).

Think a Gallon of Gas is Expensive?

Saturday, May 13th, 2006

Emergency Preparedness – Think a Gallon of Gas is Expensive?


   A 16 oz. Diet Snapple costs $1.29, or $10.32 per gallon.  A 20 oz. Gatorade is $1.59, or $10.17 a gallon.  With the most “real fruit juice”, a 16 oz. Ocean Spray is only $1.25, or $10.00 a gallon.
   Get sick and you’re in real trouble.  A 1.5 oz. bottle of Scope is $.99, or $84.48 a gallon, Pepto Bismol (4 oz. at $3.85) is $123.20 per gallon, and Vick’s Nyquil (6 oz. for $8.35) is a whopping $178.13 a gallon.
    Doctors say most people become susceptible to sickness because they don’t drink enough water.
Evian Spring* Water at $1.49 for 9 ounces, costs only $21.19 per gallon, and no one knows its’ source.  (Did you know that EVIAN spelled backwards is NAÏVE?)  Is the drinking fountain that bad?
   Eat good food, stay healthy and drink lots of water – find your own tap, and you can afford gasoline.
*Do you think they call it spring water because it’s bottled only in March, April and May?
   For more information contact (your emergency preparedness specialist).


Give Big Rig Truckers a Brake. . .

Saturday, May 13th, 2006

Emergency Preparedness – Give Big Rig Truckers a Brake. . .


   And they will probably wind up in the trunk of your car.
   Some interesting facts about those huge semi-trucks and those who drive them:

  • At 40 mph a partially loaded semi requires over 185 feet to stop.  A mini-van – 70 feet.
  • Professional drivers have 4:1 fewer accidents than other drivers.
  • There are 188 million vehicles on U.S. highways.  On the open Interstate about 40% are semis.
  • Semi drivers cannot log more than 70 driving hours in an 8-day period, and most do.
  • Most drive between 450-600 miles a day, or around 250,000 per year.
  • 77% of U.S. cities depend solely on trucking for getting goods to market.
  • It would take 5 days to bring the country to a standstill without trucking.

   After 9/11, 5,000 planes in the air were grounded by regulators in under three hours, and that industry was shut down for over a week.  We learned that what happens elsewhere quickly has local effects.  If regulators stopped all trucks for some reason, could you be self-sustaining until they get rolling again?


Things We Keep.

Saturday, May 13th, 2006

Emergency Preparedness – Things We Keep.

   I grew up in the late 40’s – baby boomer from practical, hard working parents.  My mother washed aluminum foil and reused it before recycling was ever a word.  Dad felt better in resoled shoes than  new ones.  Both were great at making do and fixing things – curtain rods, window screens, oven door, lawn mower, hem in a dress – things we’d keep.  That was our way of life, and it sometimes made me crazy.
   All that fixing, repairing, renewing:  I wanted just once to be wasteful.  Waste meant affluence.  Throwing things away meant you knew there’d be more.  A new replacement was always better.
   But some things you don’t throw away.  You learn to work hard, make do, and be grateful for good food, your marriage, children with bad report cards, adequate clothes and aging parents.  You see, if you strip away all that stuff that’s worth keeping, you’ll just accumulate a bunch of junk that’s not.  Plain and simple, the things we work for most we’re willing to give up least.  Conserve and preserve to keep your family together, regardless of the difficulties.  Food, clothing, and home – the rest is fluff.  Cherish, provide and spend time with the “keepers” in your life.   It will make your life important, and rich.

“I Never Have Enough Time To Get Things Done.”

Saturday, May 13th, 2006

Emergency Preparedness – “I Never Have Enough Time To Get Things Done.”

   Ever heard this squawk?  Sounds sort of LAME, doesn’t it.   If everyone has exactly the same amount of time in a day, week, month or year, shouldn’t we be saying, “I’ve too many things to do?”  If its just things, what we really need to do is prioritize and GET THE IMPORTANT THINGS DONE FIRST.
   Here’s the plan.  Each night before retiring make a list of ten important things you have to get done tomorrow, in priority order.  That will tell you how early you have to get up and get going.  As you complete each item, you get to (moment of joy) cross it off your list.  Be flexible and if you don’t get things done in exact order, that’s okay.  Just keep crossing off by accomplishment one thing at a time.  What you don’t get done today goes to the top of tomorrow’s list.  When you get really good at this, MULTI-TASK  —  learn to do two or more things at once.  Recognize how some tasks can dovetail along with others.
   Sound simple?  This advice was worth $20,000 to a large US corporation who hired an efficiency consultant for a week to show them how to increase productivity.  If it works for you, or you need more information, contact (your emergency preparedness specialist).  He (she) will accept your check.

Is Your Spare Flat?

Saturday, May 13th, 2006

Emergency Preparedness – Is Your Spare Flat?

   Food in the storage room is a lot like the spare tire in your vehicle.  Both can be neglected.
   People never think of tires in terms of a set being five.  Out of sight, out of mind . . . a good (bad) example being cars that go to the wrecking yard.  Most have spare tires that look like they have never been driven on.  A little air pressure and they’re like new.  But most spares go to waste from being overlooked.
   Good utilization of resources includes putting everything into a rotation plan.  Just sticking with a plan with tires insures best fuel efficiency (check the pressure regularly) and 20% more tire mileage if you rotate and utilize the spare.  Spare anything is always good insurance, but why spend money needlessly?  Overlooked resources are underused blessings.  You sleep better having extra food inventory and spare tires, but you can live cheaper if you don’t let stuff spoil.  Use it all, and use it all up.
   If you use it, store it.  If you store it, use it.
   Make it a priority this week to check your food inventory as well as the pressure in the vehicle spare.
   For more information contact (your emergency preparedness specialist).

Good Bedside Manners

Saturday, May 13th, 2006

Emergency Preparedness – Good Bedside Manners

   “Oh goodness, he’s going to need a lot of stitches,” said the Provo nurse in a voice burdened with fear.  Fished out of the municipal pool semi-conscience after my diving collision with a kid at age 9, I wasn’t even aware my scalp was split until I touched it and found blood.  I started to cry, still not feeling any pain.
   “Don’t ever tell someone how badly they are hurt, even if they are holding their insides in their hands,” a medic told me.  You state: “You’re going to be alright and help is on the way right now!”
   “We want to see where you had your operation,” the home teacher said.  The recent kidney donor hurt from her giggle and said, “I’m too modest to show you, but I am happy you came to visit me.”
   “We were just asking if you’d like to take a drive past your hospital,” was the quip.
   In an emergency, you may only have band-aids, the priesthood, and a good sense of humor to help someone in need.  Polish up on some one-liners.  It’s okay to quote someone else if you aren’t spontaneous with jokes.  Humor generates endorphins and can be a healing balm.  Even if you have a good first aid kit, MAKE ‘EM LAUGH.  It’s easier to find a pulse.
   For more information contact (your emergency preparedness specialist).

Simplicity is the Key to Survival Success.

Saturday, May 13th, 2006

Emergency Preparedness – Simplicity is the Key to Survival Success.

   Ever been lost?  There is no agreement among scientists on an exact definition for being lost.  Some relate “lost as being unable to relate your position in space to known locations.”  But, lost also includes a whole range of emotional and behavioral consequences as well.
   Close your eyes and pretend you are an astronaut in orbit in the Space Shuttle.  Point to UP!  What, you can’t find it?  Clue:  the shuttle flies with its tail pointing toward the earth.  If you pointed toward the ceiling of the craft, you would actually be pointing down – toward the earth.  What’s the right answer?
   There is no UP in space . . . only relative position.  Astronauts are trained to recognize step by step where they have come from in order to get where they want to go.  With limitless direction choices they ADAPT.
   Some subconsciously believe that “to prepare for disaster is to encourage it.”  They don’t want to think about it for fear it may come to pass.  Yes, they are lost, and most aren’t pointed in any useful direction.
   Gathering know-how, resources and tools are steps in the right directions.  Survivors take one small achievable step at a time, as astronauts do.  “A journey of 1,000 miles. . .?”  GET STARTED NOW.
   For more information contact (your emergency preparedness specialist).