This is an off shoot of Ready.gov website. They set up the website so that people from all walks of life could help each other out. Here are a few of the elements they offer:
- Regional Discussions: “Connect and collaborate with coalition members near you.”
- Preparedness Discussions: “Learn from and share best practices with members from around the country.”
- Find or add events: “Find events near you or add your events.”
Here are some of the members in the database:
- Businesses/Private Sector
- CERT Groups
- Faith-based Organizations
- News Media
There is a CERT forum on the site. People from all over the nation ask questions, give recommendations and look for people to connect with.
This site is highly recommended if you have a CERT team or are a professional emergency manager who is looking for some great insightful information. But if you don’t fall in those categories, don’t let that stop you from checking them out. There are still plenty of recourses that will help you on your path to becoming a more prepared person.
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We have all heard of the saying. For those that live or lived in earthquake country, we had the drills in school. “Earthquake, earthquake, now kids go under the desk and hold on real tight.”
What is the real point of doing this? Does this really help anyone out in a real earthquake? And if so, then why do all the youtube videos show people just standing around when it starts to shake? What about the “triangle of life”, what makes it a good or bad concept?
These are all great questions (pat myself on the back) and let us see where it takes us.
Q: What is the real point in doing this?
A: The real point of doing this is to stay alive. Things fall down, and head injuries are no laughing matter. If debrie does fall all around you, you will have a pocket of air. The hope is that it could be enough to keep you alive until rescue comes.
Q: Does this really help anyone out in a real earthquake?
A: No, it’s just a sad, sad joke Continue reading
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Today, let us welcome my friend and hazardous materiel expert, Bill. His official title is Environmental Health and Safety Specialist, where he’s responsible for hazardous material import/export, along with training individuals on proper handling of Hazmat. Bill was very entertaining to interview and he has a wealth of information to share. It may even save your life.
My normal Disclaimer applies to my guests as well.
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preparePDX@gmail.com for questions
HOUSE HOLD DANGERS
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Fire is the one element that can bring us life in the cold outdoors or it can take our life while we sleep in our house. This post is focused on why some fires start.
Ready.gov reports that: “Each year more than 2,500 people die and 12,600 are injured in home fires in the United States, with direct property loss due to home fires estimated at $7.3 billion annually.”
Not only do house fires take lives, but our physical memories as well. I have about 90% of very thing in own in this world is in my house.
What are some common causes of house fires?
- Cooking: “According to the NFPA, 40 percent of house fires and 36 percent of fire-related injuries are caused by cooking fires.”
Most of are guilty of cooking something on low, and then having to run to the store. Or leaving the oven on and believing that it is safe. IT IS NEVER SAFE TO LEAVE THEM ON. This is a reminder to me as well. If I leave, the cooking stops!
- Smoking: “Smoking is the leading cause of fire deaths. The NFPA estimates that nearly one in four people killed in fires in the United States were killed in smoking-related fires.”
I find his one strange, because everyone I know goes outside to smoke. I am not going to go on a soap box about smoking. The stats speak for themselves. If you smoke, go outside, and dispose of it in the safest manner possible. You endanger your family by smoking indoors. Continue reading
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