Friday, April 18, 2014

How bad could a Utah earthquake be?

Experts say that preparation is incredibly important to improving the chances of surviving a major earthquake.

Click below for a KSL newscast from April 16th, 2014 that shares some of the possibilities, and ways to prepare for them.

Prepping for the 'big one': 
How bad could a Utah earthquake be?

PS.  Once you click the link above, make sure you click on the video link (picture) on the KSL website for the full broadcast.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Text First. Talk Second.

"The September 11, 2001 terror attacks, Hurricane Katrina and the 2011 East Coast earthquake all share
something in common – each caused massive mobile phone service disruption for millions of Americans.

Mobile call volume simply overwhelmed provider capacity during these incidents.

The desire to call loved ones after an emergency or disaster is natural. However, preparedness experts universally agree that during an emergency and its immediate aftermath, communicating via SMS text messaging should be your first choice.

This is because non-essential calls often shutdown wireless phone service and prevent 911 calls from getting through and emergency personnel being unable to communicate with each other. In fact, just a single one-minute phone call takes up the same bandwidth as 800 short SMS text messages.

Also, unlike phone calls, text messages get through even when the network is congested.  Even if it gets a "busy signal" on its first try the text system will continue to keep trying to deliver your message. This makes text messaging perfect for sending non-emergency messages like “R U OK” and “I M OK.”

So remember, after a flood, earthquake, hurricane, tornado or earthquake, use your wireless device to Text First. Talk Second.

Get the word out. Let your family and friends know if a natural or man-made disaster happens in your vicinity that the best way to check-in with you is to first try and contact you via text message."

Click on the link below for more useful information about Text First / Talk Second and learn how you can participate in a preparedness texting drill.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Get Ready to ShakeOut!

Get Ready to ShakeOut!

On Thursday, April 17th at 10:15 am, many in Utah will “Drop, Cover, and 
Hold On” in The Great Utah ShakeOut, the largest earthquake drill ever! Everyone is encouraged to participate in the drill wherever you are!

Major earthquakes may happen anywhere you work, live, or travel. The ShakeOut is our chance to practice how to protect ourselves, and for everyone to become prepared. The goal is to prevent a major earthquake from becoming a catastrophe for you, your family, and your community.

Why is a “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” drill important? As with anything, to act quickly you must practice often. You may only have seconds to protect yourself in an earthquake before strong shaking knocks you down, or something falls on you.

Here are simple things individuals can do to participate in the ShakeOut:
  • Do a “hazard hunt” in your home for items that might fall during earth quakes and secure them.
  • Create a personal or family disaster plan.
  • Organize or refresh your emergency supply kits.

Visit for more information.

Visit  for neighborhood emergency prep packets and information.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

LDS Church, Red Cross Join to Provide Extra Community Support

Article posted from KSL.COM
By Emilee Eagar, posted on April 5th, 2014

"The LDS Church has set a goal to offer 200 volunteers to the Red Cross by the end of 2014 through callings, church service and missionary assignments, said Kristy Denlein, volunteer services director for the charity's Utah region.

The initiative came from a conversation between the LDS Church and Red Cross leaders to take their national agreement and partnership to "the next level," Denlein said.

The volunteers will provide extra support in the local communities and respond to disasters to give "breadth in our services and some depth in our responses through disaster preparedness and response," she said.

The idea for the initiative came after Red Cross Utah Regional CEO Heidi Ruster and Bishop Gérald Caussé, first counselor in the LDS Church's Presiding Bishopric, met to discuss their long-term relationship and how to enhance services that both organizations contribute to the community.

So far, Denlein said, there are 18 volunteers through this new initiative, mostly from Utah County. The initiative also has potential to expand outside of Utah.

"The Red Cross and the LDS Church have a strong partnership nationwide, so I think it's something here, modeling that good relationship with a community partner like the LDS Church, that could definitely be modeled throughout the country," Denlein said."

Click on the link below to read the full articleL

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Demonstration of Drop, Cover, and Hold On by LA County FD

Demonstration of Drop, Cover, and Hold On 

by Los Angeles County Fire Department Firefighters

Practice for the Great Utah Shakeout on April 17th at 10:15 am.

For more information, click the link below.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Candle Can--heat, light & cook stove

The Candle Can--heat, light & cook stove

Items needed to assemble The Candle Can:

  • One roll of one-ply toilet paper
  • One 16 oz. bottle of rubbing alchohol
  • One box matches
  • One penny
  • One quart size paint can with lid.
  • Glue & scotch tape

Assembly Instructions:

Take cardboard out of center of toilet paper, (optional)
Put the roll of toilet paper in the can. (It's a tight squeeze.)
Slowly pour the alcohol over the toilet paper.
Put the lid on the can and pound gently with a hammer to seal tight.
Glue/tape the box of matches on top of the can (with penny glued on top of matches.)
Scotch tape the paper instructions around the can.

To use:

Remove lid with penny and light. This stove will burn approximately 8 hours. Paper will not burn. When done, replace lid to extinguish flame. May be reused. Add more alcohol as needed to keep it ready for future use.

Great for snowmobiles, winter camps, trunk of car, or just as a storage item. Think of it as heat, light and cook-stove. (To use as cook-stove, couple with an empty #10 can that has plenty of large air holes punched around the sides of the can.)

Safety Warning:

The outside of the can will get hot after about 30 minutes of burning. The bottom of the can will not get hot until alcohol has burned down.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Tips for Preparing Emergency First-Aid Kits

PREPAREDNESS-1.jpg"Emergency preparedness to many people means food and water, but there is a third important element in being prepared: first aid.

In some types of emergency, it is likely that there will be injuries or other medical needs that will need to be addressed. If you're not prepared, it may be difficult to help yourself and those around you.

That being said, first aid does not take the place of professional medical care. If medical care is available, seek it out rather than trying to help someone with injuries above your level of expertise.

It's a good idea to have a complete first-aid kit in your home and a more travel-friendly kit for your car."

Follow the link below to read the full article and posted tips on First-Aid kits, written by Valerie Steimle and posted at