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

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

“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…

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Emergency Preparedness – Pressure Changes

Emergency Preparedness – Pressure Changes

   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…

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Imagine Life Without a Toothbrush

Imagine Life Without a Toothbrush

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…

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Think a Gallon of Gas is Expensive?

Think a Gallon of Gas is Expensive?

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…

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Give Big Rig Truckers a Brake. . .

Give Big Rig Truckers a Brake. . .

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…

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Things We Keep.

Things We Keep.

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…

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

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

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…

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Is Your Spare Flat?

Is Your Spare Flat?

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…

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Good Bedside Manners

Good Bedside Manners

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…

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Simplicity is the Key to Survival Success.

Simplicity is the Key to Survival Success.

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…

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