Why Should I get a Kit?

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It’s not my priority. I want you to take a minute and think about your top priority… The minute is up. Now, let me guess. It had something to do with taking care of your family, pet, or self, depending on your situation. That is what emergency preparedness is all about, being able to take care of your family in times of distress. Remember: the Government will NOT SAVE YOU. Be it the town, city, state, or nationwide level. It is your responsibility to protect and supply your family.

Why should I get a kit? FEMA has been honest and told people they should be prepared to be on your own for at least 72 hours. The reality is you should expect no help from fireman, police or government for two weeks or more. Continue reading

Lighten UP

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There are so many different ways that apocalyptic calamity can be sprung upon us. Earthquake, fire, super volcano, comet… The list really goes on. But preparing for an emergency does not always have to be doom and gloom. It can be creative and somewhat fun.

Zombies! The Center for Disease Control (CDC) stumbled on to something creative and interesting. You may have heard about this. On their blog, they posted an article titled, Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse. For a few, brief moments, they captured the attention of the nation, generating traffic to even crash their server. I believe that if even 1% of those readers took heed and got prepared, then it was a successful moment.

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Tribute to the Arizona Firefighters

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Below is a list of links to stories about the AZ fire fighters who lost their lives.

“With no way out, the Prescott-based crew did what they were trained to do: They unfurled their foil-lined, heat-resistant tarps and rushed to cover themselves. But that last, desperate line of defense couldn’t save them.”

“The deaths of the Granite Mountain Hotshots marked the nation’s biggest loss of firefighters in a wildfire in 80 years. Only one member of the 20-person crew survived, and that was because he was moving the unit’s truck at the time.”  Huffington Post

 

It’s a Disaster blog did an outside job on article, photos and video on the fallen heros.

http://itsadisaster.wordpress.com/2013/07/05/tribute-to-arizona-19

 

Breitbart website has a video  on it of a very personal nature.  The video has personal facts about fire fighters.

http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2013/07/03/WATCH-Photo-Tribute-To-AZ-Firefighters

 

Fire Critic.com did a great write up of biographies on the firefighters.  It is hard to believe how young most of them were. 

http://firecritic.com/2013/07/01/prescott-az-firefighters-identified-granite-mountain-hotshot-crew-lodds

If you haven’t already, please take a minute a send a prayer to the families. 

 

 

Cascadia Earthquake Part 3: Coastal Communities and Critical Buildings

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tsunamijpg-0168170d5074aa36_largeRunning time:  55 min.

Below you can find Part 1 and 2.

The page numbers are the electric (vs. print out) number and not the true page numbers.

 

 

Today we focus on the Coastal Communities and Critical buildings.  Such as schools, government buildings and hospitals.

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Click here for the link to the Oregon Resilience Plan. These podcast are based off that report.

Coastal Communities

“The vulnerability of coastal communities to tsunami hazards varies, with the most concentrated

exposure being on the northern Oregon coast (as indicated in Figure 3.3). Within the tsunami inundation zone, practically all of the 22,000 permanent residents — along with an equal or greater number of second home owners — who survive the tsunami will be instantly displaced (Wood, 2007).

The visitor population presents a great challenge, because visitors tend to congregate in the tsunami inundation zone and have the least knowledge of where and how to evacuate. Moreover, those that survive will put extreme pressure on local relief efforts, which must provide for their initial welfare.” pg73

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End of the World!

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I wanted to embrace the whole, “December 21st, end of the world.”  The best way I thought of was to post my favorite disaster songs.  Advance apologies, if the end of the world does come :) 

 

 

MC Frontalot:    Disaster

Act II. Molten lava is chasing them around.

Big blue bolts of lightning spring up from underground.

But our hero and his team have some hope for a cure:

“If we can just get this crew into the center of the earth,

We can install a nuclear device then detonate it.

My findings indicate that this will stave off devastation.”

Click here for the Lyrics   

click here for the video         

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