Archive for the ‘Shelter’ Category

Tool Time

Saturday, September 30th, 2006

Emergency Preparedness – Tool Time.
   “The hot water was dripping, so we called a plumber.  Can we send you the bill,” asked the renter?
   “You called in a plumber on a Sunday night because of a drip,” replied the landlord?
   For well under $110 anyone can buy a $30 wrench and a $.25 washer to fix a faucet drip problem.  Thereafter, the wrench can be put to other excellent uses, saving its purchase price countless times.
   Home heating, cooling, lighting, sprinkler, disposal, drainage, laundry, dishwasher, stereo, pet, telephone, alarm, furniture, carpet, window, computer, wall, door, floor, chimney, roof, indoor, outdoor, cabinet, musical instrument, battery operated, small engine powered, recreation, automobile, bicycle, tricycle, moped, roller blade, etc., etc., etc., items need tweaking or repair at times.    Having pliers, screwdrivers, saws, wrenches, hammers, glue gun – simple tools to get the job done is a worthy investment.  If the first experience costs $30 for a tool, $1.50 for parts, and three hours time to do what a professional could in 20 minutes, do-it-yourselfers become self-reliant for life in that thing – if you don’t loose the tool.  Best free education is at your local home center, hardware store, or the neighbor that had your problem last week.
   YOU CAN DO IT.  Buy your wife a lawn edger for her next birthday, and be prepared to use it.
   For more information contact (your emergency preparedness specialist).

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 — #4 Shelter.

Friday, May 5th, 2006

72 Hour Emergency Kit — #4  Shelter

     As mentioned in last weeks clothing article, a good hooded poncho is probably the most useful survival item you can have.  Not only will it keep you and your gear dry, but it can also be used as a ground cover, shade shelter, tent, and even solar still.  Otherwise, consider a tube tent, two-person shelter or family tent with rain fly to keep you out of the weather if your van, motor home or residence is not available.  Strong, lightweight materials always make a change of venue more tolerable.
     Consider auxiliary heating.  Combustion units can be deadly in enclosed spaces and are never recommended.  Your best bet is layering and moisture control.  Stay dry.  Otherwise, plan for fires or heaters to be outside.  Whenever there is combustion, fire and fuels are competing with you for fresh air.
     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).

Sunshine Has A Price.

Friday, May 5th, 2006

Emergency Preparedness – Sunshine Has A Price.


     “The first storm took down all of our trees.  The next three worked on our houses.”
     Floridians will long remember late summer of 2004 when their state was hit by category 3 to 5 hurricanes an average of one every two weeks for 6 weeks.
     Imagine what you would do if half of your neighbors’ houses suddenly disassembled and half of your own roof lifted off, too.  Expect 18 inches of rain to follow before you can get out.  Oh yes, WHO are you going to call for help when everyone is in need?
     At times like these individual skills, materials and equipment are invaluable.  Each person is either part of the problem, or part of the solution.  Have you enough to be self-sustaining and to spare to help others?
      Work with your Emergency Preparedness Specialist and let (your ward specialist at [phone number]) know if you have special skills and tools to help if a disaster comes to visit your neighborhood.


The Department of Repetitive Redundancy Department

Friday, May 5th, 2006

Emergency Preparedness – The Department of Repetitive Redundancy Department.

     “Tie this rope on that concrete anchor,” said my friend.  “I’m going after him.”
     A nine year old boy had tumbled over 300 feet from the summit of Mt. Timpanogus on the annual hike of 1967.  My friend, a first-aider from the National Ski Patrol, had just asked me to be surety for his life.
      I was never stellar with knot tying in Boy Scouts, but I knew that a square knot would hold and a granny knot would not.  My small mistake could loose my friend on the precarious slope.  I triple checked the square knot, then tied four more half hitches as insurance.
     Redundancy in systems insures that performance can continue.  It is terribly important in aircraft, for example, because it’s tough to walk home from 30,000 feet if something fails.  Redundancy is just as important in your home.  If your furnace motor fails on a Friday night, can you still stay warm until Monday, when repair facilities reopen?  If power, water, or other distribution systems fail, can you take over and provide for others with your skills, tools and resources?  If you can, you are prepared.
     Remember:  two half hitches equal a full hitch.  If you got a glitch in your hitch, two are better than one.
     For more information contact (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).