Getting to know your Northwest Volcano: Mount Baker, Glacier Peak Part 1


September is national awareness month.  I have choose to write about the volcanoes in the Northwest. Today we go over Mount Baker and Glacier Peak.



Mount Baker

Quick facts from the USGS

Location: Washington, Whatcom County

Latitude: 48.777° N

Longitude: 121.813° W

Elevation: 3,286 (m) 10,781 (f)

Volcano type: Stratovolcano

Alert Level: Normal

Last eruption: September to November in 1880

Fun facts about Mount Baker

  • It is the most studied volcano in the Cascades volcano range

  • It is also the youngest volcano in the range.

Also Know As:  Koma Kulshan or simply Kulshan 

Nearest City: 31 miles from Bellingham, Washington

Click here to monitor Mount Baker 

Activity Status 


Glacier Peak

“Danger Will Robinson, Danger”

Glacier Peak is the most active volcano

“Glacier Peak is one of the most active of Washington’s volcanoes. The volcano formed during the Pleistocene epoch, about 1 million years ago, and since the most recent ice age, it has produced some of largest and most explosive eruptions in the state.” Wikipedia

Quick Facts from USGS

Location: Washington, Snohomish County

Elevation: 3,213 (m) 10,541 (f)

Volcano type: Stratovolcano

Composition: Dacite

Alert Level: Normal

Click here for monitoring for Glacier Peak 

Activity Status 

 Fun Facts

  • It’s the most remote major volcanic peak in the Cascade Range and has more active glaciers than any other place in the lower forty-eight states. 

  • The 450 or so miles on as many as 100 trails vary from relatively easy hiking on maintained footpaths to strenuous and seldom used old animal trails. 

Last eruption: 1700AD. 


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

Help your infant or toddler cope with stressful events


The information comes directly from Science Daily

July 29, 2014
Childrens Hospital Los Angeles
18-month-old “Karla” was playing on the slide at the park in her neighborhood, her mother sitting on a nearby bench chatting with her friend. A loud screech was followed by a crash and the sound of car alarms going off. In a flash, Karla was swept into her mother’s arms and both were shaking as they saw people running and heard sirens coming toward the scene of a car crash in the street next to the park.

18-month-old “Karla” was playing on the slide at the park in her neighborhood, her mother sitting on a nearby bench chatting with her friend. A loud screech was followed by a crash and the sound of car alarms going off. In a flash, Karla was swept into her mother’s arms and both were shaking as they saw people running and heard sirens coming toward the scene of a car crash in the street next to the park.

“Hailey,” age 11 months, had just learned to say “da da” when her father had to leave town for three months to work on a job out of town. Hailey was very attached to her father, who was always the one to tuck her in for bed and make her favorite oatmeal with bananas for breakfast. She keeps looking for him, jumps up whenever she hears someone at the door, and she cries when it is time for bed.

How stress impacts young children and babies
Infants and toddlers face stressful events in their everyday lives, just as adults do. Many people think that children younger than three years won’t be as impacted by stress because they “won’t remember” or don’t understand what is happening. However, we now know from research on brain development and toxic stress that even tiny babies are impacted by stress. Even if they can’t put words to their distress, they are impacted by feeling their heart racing, the sight of their mother’s tears, or scary sounds of community violence. Continue reading

Americas Youth and Emergency Preparedness



Today’s article comes from my friend Uryan Nelson of 10 years. I have sought his advise on many topics of emergency management. We meet while serving in Yorktown, VA for the United States Coast Guard. He has an impressive list of past employers to his credit, such as:

Safety Technician II/ Hazmat Technician
University of Texas

Safety Manager
State of Missouri

Safety Technician
Vanderbilt University

Click here for a link to his full work history.


Author: Uryan Nelson     June 27, 2014

In America we have many tools available for adults to utilize when learning how to either, prepare, respond, or recover to incidents and disasters. That being said, this information is slightly harder to get for a younger audience, leaving children dependent upon others when it comes to disastrous events. “Disasters often strike quickly and without warning. They are frightening for adults, and can be traumatic for Continue reading

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 (
  • 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 (
  • 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