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Shaky Ground”, an article on how Oregon legislators choose to protect their own office building over reinforcing old, outdated schools.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 (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.