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Listing all posts from January of 2012. Show all posts.
  1. The Key to Staying Warm in cold weather is largely dependent on the condition of your clothing:

    Keep them Clean – Grease and dirt block air flow!
    Avoid Overheating – Ventilate to regulate your temperature!
    Wear them Loose – Allow air to circulate!
    Keep them Dry – Inside and Out!

  2. Edibility Test

    Inspect: Try to identify the plant.

  3. Flash Floods

    This may seem like simple common sense, but in a sudden heavy rainfall, or rapid snow melt, keep out of valley bottoms, and stream beds. Both of these can host a rush of water and debris traveling at great speeds. You don't have to be at the bottom of a hill to get caught in a flash flood, so be aware of these situations.

  4. P.L.A.N.

    The primary elements of survival in order of priority are:

    Protection - ensure you and your family are safe from harm.

    Location - do what you can to draw attention to your position, for rescuers.

    Acquisition - locate food and water.

    Navigation - If you are stranded, stay where you are, but if you must move good navigation will be necessary.

  5. Early this morning January 25, 2012 about 10:51 UTC (02:51 local time) the ground near Mt. St. Helens began to shake. The earthquake a magnitude 3.4, had an epicenter 10 miles NNW of the volcano. Several small aftershocks followed over the next hour. This series of small earthquakes occurring in approximately the same area over a short period of time is called an earthquake swarm.

  6. Moving the Injured

    You can improvise a stretcher by passing two poles through a piece of heavy plastic, clothing, or blankets. If no poles are available, rolll in the sides of a blanket and use the rolls to get a grip. You could also use a door, tabletop, or other similar sized material. Be sure to test any improvised stretcher bevore using it.

  7. Following an Incident, take precautions to avoid injury and illness. Make sure that everyone in your group knows first aid, so that if medical problems do arise they have some knowledge of what to do. This is especially important if there is no hope of expert help, and the survivor may have to take drastic measures to save a life.

  8. On January 19th a large Solar Flare erupted on the sun, producing a large CME (Coronal Mass Ejection).  The effect of this CME were seen over the weekend on the 21st and 22nd, as increased auroras were visible.

  9. One of the larger earthquakes in north america of late, struck just off shore near Chiapas, Mexico this afternoon at 12:47 pm local time. The quake measured 6.2 on the richter scale. There are no reports yet as to the level of damage, or casualties. This region has been seing increased activity over the past year, following the 8.9 quake in Japan last march.
  10. Survival Tip #21

     

    Signaling for help (SOS): Almost any signal repeated three times will serve as a distress call. For example three blast of a horn or whistle, three fires, or columns of smoke; three gunshots, or flashes of light can also work. When using light or noise as a signal be sure to wait one minute between each group of three. 

  11. Survival Tip  #20

    If you get stranded in a vehicle during inclement weather, especially in cold weather, establish shelter in or close to the vehicle. Only move away from the vehicle if it is unsafe, or if rescue is improbable. Make a plan early, while you can still think clearly, as cold dulls the mind, and voice of reason.

  12. Old Man Winter kicks off the New Year with quite a chilling. From southern Oregon, all the way to Seattle, heavy snow was the picture in the media.  Floods were soon to follow, as heavy snow turned to heavy rain. Power outages ran rampart through the region.

  13. The Community Emergency Response Team concept was in response to the realization that citizens would likely be on their own in the early stages following a large-scale disaster.  CERT is a critical program whose mission is to engage Americans to make their communities safer, to prepared them, and make them more resilient when incidents occur.

  14. We have all seen how devastating Mother Nature’s disasters can be.  Our country in the last year or so has seen unexpected earthquakes, relentless tornadoes, brutal winter storms, massive floods, and one of the worst hurricane seasons in years.


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