Oregon Lawmakers choose to safeguard themselves over schools



It is only by chance that I write this article today. I try my best to keep up on stories that happen within Oregon, but I am only one man, and there’s so much that happens. Sometimes luck plays a role in the stories I come across. Like today… I was sitting at Wingstop waiting for my food, when I saw a Willamette Week newspaper, and decided to pick it up.

I scanned the front-page headlines:

  • The Making of a YouTube Star

  • Pot’s Biggest Backers

  • Swimming At the Dock

  • Touring New Booze Carts

Nothing on the front grabbed my attention, so I flipped through. On page 7, I paused and started reading, “On Shaky Ground”, an article on how Oregon legislators choose to protect their own office building over reinforcing old, outdated schools. Now this is an article that interests me.

Click here for the link to the article.

To my complete disgust, I learned that, “Seven years ago, the state identified 275 public school buildings that, without safety upgrades, were sure to collapse when the next big earthquake shakes Oregon…and another 754 with a better than 10 percent chance of pancaking.” This is out of 2000 school buildings evaluated. Continue reading

Reynolds High School Shooting



By now you have heard about the shooting at Reynolds High School around 8:00 am June 10, 2014.  I will have links to stories and articles about the event.  I want to focus on some the issues we can all learn from.

School Emergency Plan:  Did Reynolds High School have a written plan about active shooters?  It appeared that the meeting place was thought about as a quick solution.  Was that plan talked about with fellow parents? It is difficult to communicate emergency information that is not known before hand.

Does your school have a written emergency plan?

Situation awareness: Being aware of your environment, not just in emergencies, but on a daily bases. I am not talking about being paranoid or judging people. I am talking about taking responsibility for your own protection. Here is a classical example of not being aware:

11 a.m.: Eleventh-grader “………” was seated in the school cafeteria with friends Tuesday morning when they were told the school was going into a lock down.
“We thought it was fake because we never heard of anything like this, ” …… said. “Every one thought it was a joke.”
But then he said they heard screaming and were led to a secure counselor’s office to wait out the lockdown. http://www.oregonlive.com/gresham/index.ssf/2014/06/reynolds_high_shooting_police_1.html

Most often schools will announce to students when a drill takes place. For example: The Great Shakeout is in October at 10:00 am. If you hear an announcement that was NOT planned ahead of time, then take it very serious! That young person could have died by his lack of response.

Don’t become a victim: Follow the schools instructions during times of crisis. During earthquakes go under the desk, and during shooting follow teachers announcements, just to name a few.

BUT, you are ultimately responsible for your own safety and life. If the shooter was going to break through the classroom, don’t hide in the open. Jump out the window and make a run for it. Hide in the corner and attack like your life depends on it, because it flipping does!! You have to decide what is your best chance at survival. You are not a brainless human being, don’t act like one.

Without even knowing any details about the shooter, I can assume a few things. He was a loner. People might even say he was a nice kid. But search his Facebook page, and you may gain insight into his troubled mind. People might have said he was a little off. The time to be passive about your life is over. If someone “jokes” about shooting up the school, take that very serious. Report that to the principle, talk with your parents about your concerns, and report that to the local police. Again, this is one of those areas where a little common sense goes a long ways. Just because someone dresses in black cloths, does not mean they are violent.

I want to point out another example:
A junior named Polina, who declined to give last name also planned to arrive to school late, but her brother, Danil, was inside Reynolds. She exchanged text messages with him. He wrote: “Happened in the gym. u could hear shots from outsdode, 2 minutes later lockdown.”

I understand parents and students have a need/desire to find out what is happening, but an active shooter event is NOT that time.

Students: You must keep your wits about you. Every second counts when your living a nightmare. You could be so focused on the text, you do not see the shooter or hear the person coming. When our adrenalin kicks in, our senses zero in and are not as open to the environment. So, instead of focusing on footsteps, your focused on social media or texting parents.

Parents: Don’t be angry with what I am about to say. If you believe there still is an active shooter in the school, DO NOT TEXT OR CALL YOUR CHILD. When my phone gets a text a very loud whistle notifies me. When I get a call, I can hear it from 20 feet or more. God forbid your child is hiding and all of sudden a loud whistle comes from their location. That mistake could cost them their lives.
Students and Parents talk with each other. Talk about your fears, concerns, and family plans.

I hope I have been able to help you. I am sorry for the loss of the student and sad no one could help the shooter with his issues. I ask everyone to spend just a moment or two and keep the families in your heart.


Multnomah Co. Mental Health & Addiction Services

Twitter: #RHShooting

Facebook: Reynolds High School

PreparePDX past podcast

This podcast was just after the Clackamas Shooter event. I also have links to great resources at the bottom.

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2014 Portland Sustainable Preparedness Expo



The information comes directly from Sustainable Preparedness.  Please visit their site for full details.

First time ever to Portland! Coming on May 18, 2014, Sustainable Preparedness Expo is the nation’s premiere expo on preparedness, homesteading, and sustainable living.  This Expo is an incredible training opportunity that attracts attendees from all walks of life–from responsible citizens concerned about disasters to hard core preppers; from sustainable living enthusiasts to survivalists.  Come to learn valuable info at the many excellent training sessions, connect with the thousands of preparedness-minded attendees we are expecting, obtain hard to find equipment, supplies and advice you need from the wide variety of vendors present at their booths. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience you won’t want to miss!


Portland Expo Center
2060 North Marine Drive
Portland, OR 97217


Sunday, May 18, 2014

Doors open at 10 am and close at 6 pm

 Hands-on Workshops

We are privileged to have some incredible hands-on training opportunities.  Below you will find the classes that are currently lined up, but please check back for updates, or sign up on our email newsletter to receive the latest information.

  • Intro To Wound Management & Suturing Technique – David Pruett, MD (Registration & fee required for hands-on participants – limited to 20 students. Open to observers for free. REGISTER FOR THIS CLASS HERE)   Note:  You need to visit the website in order to register.
  • Emergency Dentistry Workshop – Howard Shayne, DDS (Registration & fee required for hands-on participants – limited to 20 students. Open to observers for free.  

Training Sessions

A mainstay of the Expo, our exciting lineup of around 20 training sessions will provide an incredible learning opportunity throughout the day. Listed below are just several of the topics that will be covered at the Expo. Please check back for more details and an updated schedule of sessions for the day. If you know of a presenter who would be a great addition to our lineup or is skilled in any of the following topics, please Contact Us with more info!

  • Strategic Relocation – Joel Skousen (JoelSkousen.com
  • Herbs, When There Is No Doctor – Walt Cross (The Mustard Seed
  • Adding “Sustainable” To Preparedness – Craig Meissner 
  • Dealing With Medical Emergencies in Austere Conditions – David Pruett, MD (AMP-3 Medical Kits)

  • Micro-Hydro Basics: How to Generate Free Electricity From a Creek – Matt Crume (Rocky Hydro
  • Unlocking the Pitfalls in Purchasing Rural Real Estate – John Brownlee, J.D. 
  • The Secure Home – Joel Skousen (JoelSkousen.com
  • Prepping for EMP (electromagnetic pulse) – Joel Ho (MobileSec Solutions
  • Preparedness in Dentistry – Howard Shayne, DDS 
  • Fukushima Meltdown & Modern Radiation: Protecting Ourselves and Our Future Generations – John Apsley, MD(E), ND, DC (The Regeneration Effect)
  • Homestead Home Business Revolution – Dave Westbrook (Country Living University)

  • Planning Considerations for Sustainable Preparedness – Floyd Garner (Shadow Guide Preparedness Training) 
  • Using Herbs Effectively With Your Farm & Family – Katherine Drovdahl (Fir Meadow Herbal Medicine
  • Wood Cook Stoves – Daniel Fenoff (Stove & More)

  • AND MANY MORE COMING SOON! (check back for updates)

Tickets will be for sale at the door for $12. Children 12 and under are FREE!

 Door Prizes & Coupons/Expo Specials

There will be some exciting door prizes and amazing coupon savings on great products coming your way–but only if you come to the Expo!  Be sure to come back and see the list of door prizes and coupons.

Help Spread the Word!!

Would you like to help your friends, neighbors, and community live a life that is more responsible and prepared? Let them know about this Expo! Here are some things you can do:

  • Send personal emails to all your friends, letting them know about the Expo
  • Request FREE printed promo material to pass out to your friends, family, church, and community
  • “Like” our Facebook page and post a link to it to alert your FB friends
  • Give a heads-up to any businesses with products or services useful to preparedness-minded homesteaders

Preparedness Expos in May



Hello fellow preparedness friends.  It seems May is the month to put on emergency preparedness expos.  There are three that I am aware of.  Below is information about the Mt. Hood Preparedness Expo the first Friday and Saturday of May.

On April 25 and May 1st, I will have two more posts about upcoming Expos, so keep a watch out for those.  I am going to do my best to attend as many as I can.  I know I will be at the Mt. Hood Expo, there is a big one in downtown Portland in the middle of the month.  If you would like to meet up and chat just shoot me an email at preparePDX@nullgmail.com


The following information comes from Mt. Hood Preparedness website:

Mt Hood Emergency Preparedness Expo

Friday May 2, 2014 11:30 AM to 7 PM
Saturday May 3, 2014 9:30 AM to 6 PM


Keynote Speaker Dr. Scott Burns May 3rd @ 2:00 p.m.

“Dr. Burns received his BS and MS degrees from Stanford and PhD from the University of Colorado. Scott is a Professor of Geology at Portland State University where he specializes in engineering and environmental geology, soils, geomorphology, Quaternary Geology and terroir. He has also taught at the university level in Switzerland, New Zealand, Washington, Colorado and Louisiana. An author or co-author of two books, over 80 articles, and over 200 published abstracts…”

This FREE two-day event hosted by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will feature presentations and hands-on demonstrations for things like:

        • creating a personal plan for emergency evacuation
        • basic first aid
        • water purification
        • cooking without electricity
        • emergency communications
        • food storage
        • protecting your personal documents
        • creating a 72-hour emergency preparedness kit
        • financial planning and emergency funds
        • raising chickens, making soap, canning and other preparedness skills
        • gardening, and MUCH MORE.



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




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.