Tag Archives: Disaster Preparedness

It’s September? Already!

Well looks like September is here? Just how in the hell did that happen? It’s still a couple of weeks away before the official start of fall starts in North America and the climate changes south of the Equator take change.

This Summer has been an indeed interesting hike all across America with wads of wet weather in the midwest, a late start in Hurricane Season, now sporting three major storms off the South Pacific near Hawaii and two more in the works they say in the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts.

Each day’s sunrise and sunset’s have made for some interesting photo ops of our sun as the wildfires burn out of control in the western portion of the United States – it’s enough to ring in some satire writing ideas for the working writer and bloggers in just about ever corner of blogosphere you look.

With Labor Day Weekend just a few tad days away and the ending of the Summer for the kids, everyone would be gearing up and getting ready to go back to school and hit the books, the lockers and score some new friends and enemies, but mostly friends to say – it all becomes the wicked ways of life.

More than thirty years ago, I once walked those haunted halls of my high school Alma Mater. Today, the high school is a completely different beast and animal than it was back than in the 1980’s – luckily, I came out with some good life long friends whom I’m lucky enough to remain in contact with today in my adult life.

Has I daily dish the thought of the past, I’m quelling the mist of the future as we dwell in today’s world – technology is far more advanced than it was in the past, information is right at hand in smartphones and or with the flick of the wrist in Dick Tracy style watches with an Apple Watch or the likes of an Iphone or other type of smartphone.

I’m garnering what the future hold for the month of September? Ideally they say, September is National Preparedness Month.¬†FEMA is upping this years theme for NPM as, “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make your emergency plans today!”

Which is wisely a very good choice to begin with to say. Preparedness is the key to survival in today’s world as disaster strike at just about every corner of the world, Earthquakes, Hurricanes, Tornado’s, Heavy rains and flooding, just to name a few – who’s prepared and who’s not? Any time a catastrophic disaster takes place, no one is ever prepared to the unexpected, except for those whom have taken preparedness seriously with their family, neighbors and friends.

Banning together is the key to survival in today’s tech savvy world, packing survival kits is more important now than ever – since the article from the New Yorker Magazine was published earlier this Summer it has frenzied people to craze minded dashes to the hardware stores and home centers as well as to survivalist company for disaster and preparedness kits.

The Red Cross and Community Emergency Response Teams are rallying together promoting 72 hour kits, but more are advocating for more than 72 hours to more than Three weeks without such essential services after a major disaster.

One of the simple things to do is get training from the Red Cross in First Aid and also from you local Community Emergency Response Team.

Being prepared and getting your family, friends and neighbors ready would go a long way when the unexpected comes as we experienced back in the 4th of July, when Eugene and Springfield felt a pretty sharp jolt from an Earthquake that shook the Central Willamette Valley.

Be save, be prepared as you never know, when disaster will strike and it’s just a matter of time of when.

EDC: Everyday Carry in an Altoids can!

Neat little survival everyday kit in an Altoids tin – I have one similar to this in several of my bags I carry with me, bike bags, back pack, go kit, SAR bag, etc, where I can move them from bag to bag were needed or rotated between bags.



Cargo Bike Fair and Disaster Relief Trials in Eugene

2014 DRT flyer

This weekend marks the 2nd Annual Disaster Relief Trials or “DRT” in Eugene’s Alton Baker Park in downtown Eugene, Oregon, last year the event took place at Eugene’s South Eugene High School, this the event was moved to Alton Baker Park organizers say, according to their website.

With four different riding classes in this years event, the maximum number of riders has been capped to about 50 riders in the four racing classes. Organizers say, the having cargo bikes in the event of an emergency or natural disaster would allow bicycles with the ability to carry loads up to 200 pounds through the ruins of ground zero would allow supplies to be moved accordingly where motor vehicle access can not pass through in a safe matter, but cargo bikes and bicycle trailers make the job easier to get to despite the many obstacles riders could experience in the event of a natural disaster, they say.

Organizers say with this weekends event at Alton Baker Park, a disaster preparedness fair, a cargo bike race and information booths for the entire family should make it eventful for all to enjoy.

CERT Training as an instructor proves vital

March 2014This past weekend, after eighteen hours of training, that began on Friday morning at 9 A.M. sharp at Eugene’s Fire Department Training Facility in Eugene – twenty plus students all veteran CERT Trainers except for two of us myself and a friend from the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Unit and Commander of Central Aid Agency, all came together as an entire unit of instructors taking FEMA’s Train The Trainer (TTT) Course for the Eugene-Springfield Community Emergency Response Team.

What was interesting was the instructors that taught the class were from Polk County, Oregon, CERT Team just outside of Salem, Oregon. The four, Kimber, Dell, Dave and Wendy all threw their knowledge, experience and awesome instruction on how CERT Trainers should be teaching the basic CERT Training to their students.


We all learned the right and wrongs and what to improve during our training and learned about ourselves along the way, as well..

For some of us, we’ve never taught a CERT class full of students, but we learned in front of our own peers and colleagues along the way – that there was no easy way out, we all had to learn how to trust our own instincts and fears – at the end we actually found out, “we could actually do this!” I said to myself, late Sunday night after getting some much needed sleep from three days of eight to nine hours for a total of 18 hours of classroom lecture and lab work with the two “teach-backs” as they are called – I came out learning from the best that have been traveling the state teaching other CERT Teams around the state of Oregon the same things they were teaching us in Eugene-Springfield CERT.

It could get any better than that. It was awesome and a lot of fun – I’m actually looking forward in teaching those in the community what it’s like to a prepared member of CERT and what they can do to help their communities, neighbors and family in the event of a disaster or emergency.




Disaster Go Kits On The Cheap

20-buck-go-bag-with-Radio-600x491When it comes to putting together a disaster emergency “Go Kit or Go bag,” it doesn’t have to be expensive – You can find what you pretty much need from you local dollar store as Los Angeles County Sheriff PIO Mike Parker multiple tweeted a tweet from the @WeAreUnprepared Tweeter feed, this quick and easy disaster grab and go bag was posted on behalf of Deputy Parker to his followers.

With only $20 on hand and an hour to spare in the isles of his local dollar store, your capable of finding and assembling a cheap and easy disaster preparedness grab and go kit or go bag with just twenty bucks.

Sure some folks will say you need the most expensive brand and products you can find to save your life – but, with $20 dollars and an hour of your time, you can put this very same kit together as you see in the photo, as if you were putting together a more lucrative $200 or $1000 dollar survival kit for you and your family.

As a member of the Eugene-Springfield Community Emergency Response Team, I can tell you, folks always ask me – “why do disaster preparedness kits have to be so expensive?” Honestly, they don’t need to be expensive – period, as I tell them. You can actually get away with the simplest things around the house and from the dollar store as someone once said.

The Totally Unprepared Website has a prepared list of the contents bought at the local dollar store with $20 and if your interested in putting together a simple disaster kit for you and your family – actually, it’s good practical preparedness sense to make a go kit for your each member of your family as they travel in your car, rather it’s Mom or Dad, Son or Daughter, it’s Common Sensibility and good disaster preparedness sense to maintain such a practical fleet of Go bags for your family and vehicles.

Here are some helpful links to help you with your disaster preparedness efforts;

Totally Unprepared Website www.totallyunprepared.com/2013/11/20-grab-go-bag/

FEMA Website www.fema.gov

American Red Cross www.redcross.org

Salvation Army www.salvationarmy.org

Ready, Prepare, Plan, www.ready.gov

Communiuty Emergency Response Team www.fema.gov/community-emergency-response-teams

Department of Homeland Security www.dhs.gov

Eugene-Springfield CERT Team www.eugenecert.com