“Get Ready for Anything: Before and After a Disaster”

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VIA:  Get Ready for Anything

“Get Ready for Anything: Before and After a Disaster” is a free workshop series scheduled for April and May in the Sellwood-Moreland, Woodstock, and Brentwood-Darlington neighborhoods of Portland, Oregon. Falling so near to the March 11 second anniversary of Japan’s earthquake and tsunami, the series reminds us that the offshore Cascadia Subduction Zone threatens Oregon with a similarly disastrous event. The need to get ready is clear.

Workshop #1: Make a Plan & Build a Kit
The first workshop, “Make a Plan & Build a Kit,” will teach you how to create a family emergency plan, including communications, getting everybody back together, and planning for children, pets and household members with special needs. It will also show you how to assemble an affordable emergency kit, including simple solutions for emergency sanitation. This workshop will be repeated three times on the following dates and at the following locations…

  • Saturday April 5 — 2 to 5 pm
    Brentwood-Darlington Community Center, 7211 SE 62nd Ave.
  • Sunday April 13 — 2 to 5 pm,
    Moreland Presbyterian Church, 1814 SE Bybee Blvd.
  • Saturday May 3 — 2 to 5 pm
    Trinity United Methodist Church, 3915 SE Steele St.

Workshop #2: Help Friends & Neighbors Get Prepared
In a major disaster, you and your neighbors will be each other’s closest source of help. “Help Friends & Neighbors Get Prepared,” the second workshop, shows you how to engage neighbors in getting their households ready, and how to organize to help each other after a disaster. Also, you’ll learn about Neighborhood Emergency Teams and, if being a volunteer first responder appeals to you, how to become a NET member. Also much needed are ham radio operators who can provide vital communication links. This workshop will be repeated three times on the following dates and at the following locations…

  • Wednesday April 30 — 6:30 to 9 pm
    Service Employees International Union, 6401 SE Foster Rd.
  • Tuesday May 13 — 6:30 to 9 pm
    SMILE Station, 8210 SE 13th Ave.
  • Tuesday May 20 — 6:30 to 9 pm
    Reedwood Friends Church, 2901 SE Steele St.

Workshop #3: Secure Your Home Against Disaster
The last workshop, “Secure Your Home Against Disaster,” will address the safety of your living environment, with important information for both renters and homeowners. Speakers will cover fire safety and other non-earthquake hazards; non-structural measures for renters and homeowners to protect against earthquakes; and seismic upgrades for homeowners. This workshop will only be featured once, so don’t miss it!

  • Saturday May 31 — 2 to 4:30 pm
    Trinity United Methodist Church, 3915 SE Steele St.
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Fierce 2012 magnetic storm just missed us: Earth dodged huge magnetic bullet from the sun

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Via  Science Daily

Date:
March 18, 2014
 
Source:
University of California – Berkeley
 
Summary:
On July 23, 2012, a huge magnetic storm propelled by two nearly simultaneous coronal mass ejections on the sun plowed through Earth’s orbit. Luckily, Earth was on the other side of the sun at the time. Had the outburst hit Earth, however, it would have rivaled the largest magnetic storm to strike Earth in recorded history, possibly wreaking havoc with the electrical grid, satellites and GPS.
 
Earth dodged a huge magnetic bullet from the sun on July 23, 2012.

 

According to University of California, Berkeley, and Chinese researchers, a rapid succession of coronal mass ejections — the most intense eruptions on the sun — sent a pulse of magnetized plasma barreling into space and through Earth’s orbit. Had the eruption come nine days earlier, it would have hit Earth, potentially wreaking havoc with the electrical grid, disabling satellites and GPS, and disrupting our increasingly electronic lives. Continue reading

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