Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Preparing Dads for Disasters

Preparing Dads - Fishing"Everyone had one thing in common… they all love their kids and were all equally concerned about being prepared for future disaster.”

That was the scenario in Ohio at a disaster preparedness training for fathers as put on by the U.S. Office of the Administration for Children and Families. It was designed in preparing dads for the unexpected. As Father’s Day fast approaches, perhaps it’s time for fathers – and father figures – to sit down and think about what more we can do to help prepare our families for disaster.

...when I think about all I need to do to help my growing family be prepared, it can be a little bit daunting. I want to make sure they have food, water, and shelter if a disaster hits. In fact, there are 12 areas of preparedness that fathers can prepare their family with: water, food, shelter, heat, light, power, sanitation, first aid, communications, cooking, tools, and planning.

Click on the link below to read the article posted from Emergency Essential.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

9 Easy Ways To Use Freeze-Dried Veggies


Posted from www.foodstoragemadeeasy.net

Some veggies are great to snack on straight out of the can.  Corn is a favorite among both kids and grown-ups.  It tastes a little bit like popcorn without all the added butter and salt.  Yum!

If you love making smoothies and want some added nutrition, you can throw in some green veggies along with your fruit to make your smoothies even healthier.  Our favorite is freeze-dried spinach because spinach spoils so quickly.

Freeze-dried veggies are perfect in soups and stews where they will just rehydrate while the soup cooks.  You don't have to purchase and chop up individual items, so it's easy to get a large variety in your meals.

Freeze dried veggies are great for making homemade baby food in a snap.  You simply grind up your selected vegetable in a food processor and add water until you get the desired consistency.  So much cheaper and healthier than store-bought baby food. The best part is you can keep the powder in your diaper bag and make up only a small amount and not worry about wasting a half bottle of uneaten food while you are out and about.

Do you love eating potatoes but hate peeling, dicing, boiling, mashing them, etc? With freeze dried potatoes you can make hashbrowns, potato salad, funeral potatoes, or even mashed potatoes in just a few minutes.  Perfect for a last minute pot luck side dish.

Most people don't realize that you can cook up freeze-dried vegetables and flavor them just like you would regular veggies and use them as a side dish.  We've found freeze dried green beans to be very similar to frozen green beans, and much better than canned.  Simply rehydrate, heat up, and serve.

If you have picky eaters you may find it hard to get them to eat vegetables.  If you stick vegetables in a food processor you can make a nutrient-dense powder that can be sprinkled into lots of main dishes, especially ones with a lot of color and flavor already such as spaghetti sauce.  Experiment and see what you can sneakily get your kids to eat!

Any vegetable that needs to be peeled and/or chopped can be replaced with a freeze-dried vegetable and be a huge time-saver.  Some of our favorites are onions, celery, and peppers.

Have you ever bought a whole green pepper when you just needed half of one for a recipe?  Or had a bunch of celery go bad after you only used 2-3 stalks?  With freeze-dried vegetables you can use ONLY what you need to for a recipe and can save money by not having as much waste.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

7.8 Magnitude Earthquake Slams Nepal

7.8 Magnitude Earthquake Slams Nepal


A 7.8 magnitude earthquake centered less than 50 miles from Kathmandu rocked Nepal with devastating force early Saturday, killing at least 688 people -- and probably more -- in Nepal's capital city, authorities said.

The U.S. Geological Survey had at first rated the temblor at 7.5 magnitude but later upgraded the strength. It reported aftershocks of 6.6 and 5.1 magnitude, among many others others.  In all, the USGS said, at least 15 aftershocks of magnitude 4.5 or greater had been felt in Nepal so far.

One witness told CNN by phone that people were gathered outdoors in fear. Another said via Facebook that power was out and people were listening for news on their car radios.

"We are scared and waiting for the tremors to end," Shiwani Neupane said on Facebook chat from Kathmandu. "We are all sitting outside because there is more news of another quake.

"There is no power and families are listening to the FM radio inside their cars," Neupane said. "News of multiple building collapses. I've seen many cracked walls and roads and buildings. The Dharara was packed with people a while ago. There are police everywhere trying to move rubble to make space on the roads for ambulances. Everyone is very scared."

The force of the quake was said by people who contacted the USGS to be from "severe" to "violent," nearly the highest rating on the intensity scale. Tremors were felt as far as New Delhi, more than 200 miles away in neighboring India. An official said they were felt there at magnitude 5.0.

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Monday, April 13, 2015

You can register for Yalecrest's upcoming CERT class on Salt Lake City's emergency website.

Go to www.bereadyslc.com and
          click on CERT on the top bar
                    click on Register for a Class
                               click on April 22 - June 3 CERT Class Registration

Course fee is $30 per person for residents and you pay for the class on the first night. The deadline for registering is April 15th.

Reg. Track 7 nights, Wednesdays @ 1431 E Gilmer Dr
April 22 - June 3, 2015, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Registration deadline:  April 15, 2015

Click on the link below for more information and to register:

The Great Utah Shake Out at Bonneville Elementary

The  community is invited to come and observe, participate, and learn the  best ways to react during an emergency. If anyone is involved in Red  Cross, C.E.R.T., or ham radio, we welcome them to come practice their  skills --  Register at www.BeReadySLC.com under the top menu item "ShakeOut".

Readying Utahns for a 7.0 quake

The Great Utah ShakeOut:  Readying Utahns for a 7.0 quake

Posted April 12 2015, www.DeseretNews.com

The goal of the Great ShakeOut is not only to teach people how to protect themselves during the quake by taking cover under a sturdy object, but also to become more mindful of habits they can develop to be more prepared, Dougherty said.

“While we’re waiting for it to happen, we as residents can really take command now,” he said. “Preparedness on the individual level is really one of the keys that will tell how well we do as a state.”

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