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September is National Preparedness Month

Posted by Elise on September 1, 2017

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How to Jump from a Moving Car

Posted by Elise on February 28, 2017


Hurling yourself from a moving car should be a last resort, for example if your gbrakes are defective and your car is about to head off a cliff or into a train.

  1.  Apply the emergency brake.  This may not stop the car, but it might slow it down enough to make jumping safer.
  2. Open the car door.
  3. Make sure you jump at an angle that will take you out of the path of the car.  Since your body will be moving at the same velocity as the car, you’re going to continue to move in the direction the car is moving.  if the car is going straight, try to jump at an angle that will take you away from it.
  4. Tuck in your head and your arms and legs.
  5. Aim for a soft landing site: grass, brush, wood chips, anything but pavement – or a tree.  Stunt people wear pads and land in sandpits.  You won’t have this luxury, but anything that gives a bit when the body hits it will minimize injury.
  6. Roll when you hit the ground. 

Source: The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook by Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht

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Self Reliance

Posted by Elise on December 9, 2009



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Provide for Self and Family


Church members are respon­sible for their own spiritual and temporal well-being.  Blessed with the gift of agency, they have the privilege of setting their own course, solving their own prob­lems, and striving to become self-reliant.  Members do this under the inspiration of the Lord and with the labor of their own hands.

Elements of Self Reliance

Self-reliance is the ability, com­mitment, and effort to provide the necessities of life for self and family.  As members become self-reliant, they are also better able to serve and care for others.

Some of the areas in which members should become self-reliant are: Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by Elise on November 21, 2009

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Watches and Warnings

What to do

 When a flood WATCH is issued

  • Move valuable household possessions to the upper floors of your home.
  • Fill your car’s gas tank in the event an evacuation order is issued.

When a flood WARNING is issued

  • Tune in for information and advice to local radio and TV stations.
  • When told to evacuate, do so as quickly as possible.

When a flash flood WATCH is issued

  • Watch for signs of flash flooding and be ready to evacuate on a moment’s notice.

When a flash flood WARNING is issued

  • If you believe flash flooding has begun, evacuate immediately as you may have only seconds to escape.
  • Move to higher ground and away from rivers, streams, creeks and storm drains.
  • Do not drive around barricades. These are placed to keep you out of harm’s way.
  • If your car stalls in rapidly rising waters, abandon it immediately and climb to higher ground.
 California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (OES)

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Emergency Sanitation

Posted by Elise on November 20, 2009

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Dave & Peggy Balmforth

Shelley Idaho South Stake

October, 2009

One of the most important aspects of sanitation is waste, which is the predominant cause of disease after an emergency.  The three most important things to do are: Read the rest of this entry »

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Long Term Food Storage

Posted by Elise on November 18, 2009

Long  term storage means a supply of food that will last a long time, and that you can survive on.   Of  course, they must be properly packaged and stored in a cool dry place.  Some recommended containers are #10 cans, foil pouches, or PETE bottles.  Sometimes plastics buckets can be used.

For more information talk to your Relief Society, Self Reliance/Emergency Preparedness Specialist, Cannery Coordinator, visit, or just ask me. Read the rest of this entry »

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During an Earthquake

Posted by Elise on November 18, 2009

What to Do During an Earthquake

Stay as safe as possible during an earthquake.  Be aware that some earthquakes are actually foreshocks and a larger earthquake might occur.  Minimize your movements to a few steps to a nearby safe place and stay indoors until the shaking has stopped and you are sure exiting is safe. Read the rest of this entry »

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Earthquake Safety Steps

Posted by Elise on November 18, 2009

Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety

These steps were developed by members of the Earthquake Country Alliance and are based on many existing resources and the advice of many organizations.  Earthquake Country Alliance member have specific things they need to do before, during, and after an earthquake so as to reduce earthquake damage and injuries, and to speed recovery.  But, you need to do your part.

1.  Identify potential hazards in your home and begin to fix them.

2.  Create a disaster-preparedness plan.

3.  Prepare disaster supplies kits.

4.  Identify your building’s potential weaknesses and begin to fix them.

5.   Protect yourself during earthquake shaking- drop, cover, and hold on.

6.   After the earthquake, check for injuries and damage.

7.  When safe, continue to follow your disaster preparedness plan.

Source:  Putting Down Roots in Earthquake Country

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Domestic Terrorism

Posted by Elise on November 17, 2009

Never Forget


Images of airliners used as missiles in terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon as well as bombing attacks on the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City and the Olympic Centennial Park in Atlanta are hard to forget.  These terrorist events caused thousands of deaths and injuries and billions of dollars in property losses. They have also inflicted a huge emotional toll within the impacted communities as well as throughout the world.  The FBI defines terrorism as “the unlawful use of force or violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives.” A significant terrorism threat we face today is that of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) and these consist of Nuclear, Biological and Chemical (NBC) weapons.

Although bombing has been the most popular method used in terrorist incidents in the United States, Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by Elise on November 17, 2009

Mission:  do the greatest good for the greatest number!

Motto:  neighbors helping neighbors

If you think that you can dial 911 and get help immediately after a major disaster, go back to bed.  First responders can not fill all  the demands for needed services.  They will be restricted and overwhelmed.  Also, and it takes time for an organized response to be put in motion.  This can take up to three days.  Many people will be cut off from outside help and we will have to rely on each other.  Family members, co-workers, friends, and neighbors will want to help.   But, untrained and spontaneous help can face serious problems.  For example, after the Mexico City earthquake volunteers saved 800 people.  Unfortunately, 100 people died while trying to save others.  This could have been prevented if the volunteers were trained.  This is where CERT comes to the rescue!

If you are the “helper” kind who likes to be in the thick of things getting your hand dirty and can think on your feet, CERT is for you.  Find the free CERT training through your local fire department.  The program teaches emergency skills that will allow you to help yourself and others.  It is practical training that allow citizens to function effectively during a disaster, and to make a real difference.  I took the course in 2006 given by James Beebe of North County CERT.  I thoroughly enjoyed it and learned so much.  I recommend it highly.  You are not required to join a CERT team after the training.  This knowledge can help you, and those around you during an emergency.  You will be trained in the following: Read the rest of this entry »

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Water is the Most Important Item to Store

Posted by Elise on November 16, 2009

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Loss of safe drinking water can be deadly. Most people, with few exceptions, will be feeling the effects if they do without water for more than 36 hours. Dehydration occurs much quicker than starvation. Our bodies can tolerate the loss of food much better.

With an ample water supply, starvation is delayed many days, even weeks.

The City water supply is vulnerable to the effects of a large earthquake. Contaminants can get into the drinking water supply through ruptures in the pipes, through the mixing up of sediments, through the adulteration of filtering systems, etc. Now, we take our water for granted. That will be dangerous after a big quake.

HOW MUCH SHOULD I STORE? Read the rest of this entry »

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Guidelines for Ward and Stake Emergency Plans

Posted by Elise on November 12, 2009

Wards and stakes should have a plan in the event of an emergency.  Plans are prepared by ward and stake welfare committees under the direction of the bishop or stake president.  Plans should be updated periodically.  The following should be included:

  • Disasters likely to occur and response actions needed.
  • Assignment of responsibilities to priesthood and Relief Society.
  • Maps, addresses, and contact information of members.
  • Procedure to account for missionaries and members following a disaster.
  • A list of members with special needs.
  • Procedures to assist members who may experience emotional trauma.
  • A list of members with available resources such as medical training or the ability to operate heavy equipment.
  • How stake leaders will contact the area office (outside the United States and Canada) or Church headquarters (United States and Canada) following a disaster.
  • Contact information for the local government, the Red Cross, and other emergency response agencies.
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Cat Paw Cuts

Posted by Elise on November 5, 2009

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Cats may occasionally get laceration injuries to their paw pads from gravel, glass, wire, tree limbs & foreign bodies. It is important to seek veterinary care to prevent furtherdamage.


  • Licking at Paw
  • Wound
  • Difficulty Walking
  • Pink Flesh
  • Bleeding
  • Discomfort
  • Laceration


  1. Muzzle your pet because they might bite you if they are in pain
  2.  Put a gauze pad against the wound and slip a cotton sock over the foot
  3.  Tape a plastic bag over the sock
  4.  Once the bleeding has stopped use blunt scissors to trim the fur around the wound
  5.  Wash the cut with mild soap and water then pat dry with a clean, soft cloth
  6.  Apply Neosporin or Bactine to help prevent infection
  7.  Watch for swelling, fever, or discharge which would indicate an infection
  8.  If bleeding continues or the cut appears deep call your veterinarian immediately
  9.  Provide direct pressure on the wound as you drive to the Vet’s office


If your cat goes outside make sure to cover the injury with a temporary bandage and then remove it within a couple hours

Never apply an ice pack directly to the wound


The paw has huge concentrations of blood vessels and they may bleed a lot

The wound heals better when left to open air


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Pets and Disasters

Posted by Elise on October 28, 2009

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Our pets enrich our lives in more ways than we can count. In turn, they depend on us for their safety and well-being. Here’s how you can be prepared to protect your pets when disaster strikes. Read the rest of this entry »

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Wild Fires and Evacuation

Posted by Elise on October 23, 2009

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Number of Fires and Acres Burned in California:

Interval Fires  Acres
January 1, 2009 through September 26, 2009 7,198   54,109
January 1, 2008 through September 26, 2008 5,007 357,903
5 year average (same interval) 6,689 172,848
(All statistics are for CDF jurisdiction fires only and are subject to change until final fire season reports are completed and tabulated.)

Evacuations save lives and allow responding personnel to focus on the Read the rest of this entry »

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