Monday, September 28, 2015

Class - Amateur Radio Technician Level

Announcing a new course to become licensed as an amateur radio Technician level

Marvin Match (call sign KA7TPH) will be giving free instruction to prepare for taking the FCC exam for the Technician level in amateur radio (ham radio).  Instruction begins this Thursday, September 24, 7 p.m., at the LDS Pioneer Stake Center, 1401 West 700 So., SLC, in the Relief Society room.  Classes will be approximately two hours long.  Marv anticipates the course will last about eight weeks, depending on the needs of the group.  Marv says, "If someone wants to come in part way through, that's OK too."

I additionally recommend attendance for anyone who already has his/her license in amateur radio already but would like a refresher on the diverse principles and practices for ham radio.  Marv has been active in amateur radio for decades, is an electrical engineer and enjoys the hands-on activities of making radio-related components inexpensively.

Marv will be teaching from the Technician manual by Gordon West and will be selling those at the class for $20 each.  You do not have to purchase a manual to attend the course.
An exam is required for FCC licensing and costs $14 or $15 at the time of testing.

After this Technician course, Marv will hold a course for the General then Extra levels of licensure, if anyone is interested.

Registration for Marv's course is not required.  Come one, come all and let your family, friends, neighbors and community know about this special opportunity to add emergency communications to your arsenal of emergency response preparedness!
Susan Smith, President
Salt Lake Crossroads Amateur Radio Club

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Blood Moon Science...and Why You Should Still Prepare

In ancient times, blood moons were looked upon in many different ways, depending on the culture of
the people. The ancient Inca, for example, believed that during a lunar eclipse, the moon was being attacked by a jaguar. That’s why the moon appeared to turn a blood-red.

If something happened that they didn't understand, people would come up with stories to explain these celestial phenomenon. Even natural disasters were explained using stories and were thought to occur because of a displeased god or goddess. Today, we’re pretty sure a jaguar in the sky has nothing to do with the lunar eclipse or the moon turning red. In fact, a lunar eclipse – and the resulting blood moon – can be explained by science. And so can all the other natural disasters we see happening around us.

So what does this mean for you?  Click on the link below to continue reading the full article from Emergency Essentials.

National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month

 September is National Preparedness month and is a great time to make an emergency communication plan for your family. FEMA hopes you will spend time together with your family and talk about how you will contact each other and where you will meet should disaster strike. Learn More:

Here are some things you can do to get started:

  • Check out weekly themes. Each week in September will focus on a specific hazard. Resources and tips will be posted for each one.
  • Register for National PrepareAthon! Day on September 30. Participate in America's PrepareAthon! and register your own event or join other activities and events. 

Visit Salt Lake City's Emergency Management webpage for other preparedness tips and to learn about the City's emergency programs.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Utah Prepare Conference and Expo

South Towne Expo Center, Sandy, Utah

Utah Prepare Conference and Expo
50+ Exhibitors  |  30+ Preparedness Classes

Only $5 per person

Click on the link below to be directed to the website at

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Caring For Your Tent

Caring for your Tent

In a survival situation, your tent will protect you from the elements and may be your primary form of shelter.

So the last thing you want to find during an emergency or camping trip is a tear, broken pole, or mildew growth because you didn’t clean or store it correctly.

Help your tent last for years by learning how to properly care for it.

Click on the link below to read the posting found at Emergency Essential:

Thursday, August 20, 2015

The ABCs of Post-Earthquake Evacuation - Schools

This document below contains thing to consider before, during and after an earthquake.  It is intended for a school program, but can be easily adapted to a workplace environment.  Information in the link posted from

Earthquake Safety in the Work Place

Information below posted from



All companies have an obligation to their employees to maintain a disaster plan. An
emergency evacuation area must be designed, a nearby safe area, preferably outdoor,
where workers can get together after a fire or earthquake. It should be out in the open
away from buildings or powerlines. If there is no open space nearby, designate some
other safe place.

Set up a procedure to account for all employees. If there is a register assign some one to
take this with them when evacuating the building.

Identify evacuation routes and alternate routes, and keep them clear of any obstructions.
Plan assistance for people with disabilities, employees, and people who maybe visiting
and conduct drills.

Assign and train teams of employees to handle basic first aid, search and rescue, fire
response, evacuation, damage assessment, and security. Train all employees in
earthquake preparedness and identify safe places at work. Appoint and train wardens to
take leadership in emergencies. Conduct regular evacuation drills.


Office hazards include:

          1. Tall Shelves

          2. Bookshelves

          3. Tall, Heavy Lamps

          4. Hanging Plants

          5. Heavy Objects on Walls

          6. Windows, Air Conditioners / PA Systems

          7. Light Fixtures

          8. Desks by Windows, etc.

          9. Heavy Pictures

         10. Gas Stoves

         11. Unsecured TV, typewriters, computers. Attach these items to their stands
                       a. with industrial strength Velcro
                       b. by bolting them to the stand
                       c. using a detachable leash attached to the wall
                       d. tie down with bicycle or bungee elastic card.

          12. File cabinets – these will tip over unless they are bolted to the floor.
                Bolting them together also increase their stability. Be sure the drawers can
                lock when they are closed, because if a drawer slides open during an
                earthquake it can injure someone.

          13. Ceiling Partions

          14. Signs

          15. Fans

          16. Water Tanks – on roof can affect the load bearing capacity of the roof
                causing it to fail.

          17. Satellite dish (older version).


In order that your staff knows how to respond during an earthquake, it is essential that
they practice these procedures by conducting earthquake drills until they are second

There are six (6) components to an Earthquake Drill.

These are the Alarm, Response, Evacuation, Assembly, Head Count or Roll Call and
the Evaluation.


During the alarm stage, those involved in the drill are alerted by a loud warning device.
such as a bell or buzzer. This must be a pre-arranged signal known by everyone, so that
all will respond appropriately.


During the response phase, everyone heads for cover. Persons get under a heavy desk,
table, chair, bed or under a door jamb. Make sure you move away from windows, glass or
light fixtures. If there is not cover available, crouch and try to protect your head.


After remaining in your respective safe-place until the shaking has stopped, persons
should then evacuate the building. The evacuation proceeds through pre-determined safe
routes and evacuees gather outside in a safe area away from buildings, fences, walls,
electricity poles, bridges and trees.


At the assembly point, the evacuees are grouped in order of classrooms, departments or
floors – whichever is more convenient to facilitate the next step, which is roll call.


During the roll call, teachers, floor wardens, or others designated before-hand determine
if everyone is present. In the event of a real earthquake, a search and rescue team would
have to be dispatched to look for those missing.


After the roll call, there should be an evaluation where the institution identifies snags in
the drill, problem areas, or potential problem areas.
Remember that only by practicing will occupants of a building be reasonably sure that in
the event of a serious earthquake they will be able to respond appropriately.

High Rise Buildings

Most of the guidelines for earthquake preparation in other buildings also apply to high
rise buildings.

When a high rise building is designed without earthquake protection, the building is
designed to withstand its own weight as well as the weight of the contents, and hold up
against wind. Earthquakes engineering adds other dimensions, because the building must
be able to hold together as it is shaken from side to side and up and down. The roof and
walls are tied together so that the walls do not pull apart and allow the roof to fall. Some
multi-storey buildings have been designed to be flexible while holding together. The
building is designed to sway as a unit in a side to side motion. Without this planned
flexibility, the various elements of a large building would move at different rates,
creating additional stresses within the building that could weaken it to the point of

During large earthquakes, expect windows to break, plaster and suspended ceilings to
fall. If high rise buildings are designed to sway as they should during earthquakes,
unsecured objects will slide around inside, particularly on the upper floors. That is why it
is important to secure the furnishings of a high rise building. Anchoring pieces of
furniture will prevent them from sliding back and forth, even acting as battering rams to
break through windows or walls. Carpets may help reduce this action. Large windows
above the fourth and fifth floor would have guard rails installed on the inside, and/ or
shatter resistant plastic film on the glass.

The Warehouse

Tall racks of stored equipment and supplies pose a great danger in an earthquake. Many
warehouses have shelves holding thousands of supplies ten or more feet high. These
shelves should be bolted to the floor and further anchored with steel channel bars to the
upper walls and ceilings. Goods should be stored carefully, with heavier items on the
lower shelves. Removable fences can prevent the item from sliding while providing
access to workers and fork lifts.

Great care should be taken when storing chemicals or other potentially hazardous
material. Avoid glass containers where possible. Drums piled one on top of another are
very dangerous; and should be stored on shelves with fences. Incompatible materials
stored close together could mix in a spill. Chemistry and test laboratories should store
their chemicals by type instead of alphabetically, making sure that each container is
secured – while in use and when stored.


In an office building, the safest place is usually under a desk, protecting you from filing
cabinets, bookshelves and other tall office furniture that could easily fall during an
earthquake. In industrial buildings, with the additional hazards of heavy equipment and
supplies, try to locate safe places in advance.

In a High Rise Building

Tall buildings sway back and forth during earthquakes, so you will need to hold on while
the ground shakes. Again, find the safest place and hold on tight. Take cover under a desk
or table unless it is right by a low window. Turn away from windows. Hold on and move
along with the desk as it slides. Or brace your self in the central hall way or against an
interior wall. If you are in a stairwell, sit down and hold on. Stay out of the elevators. If
you are in an elevator, step out of it if the door is open. Otherwise, use the drop position.

In A Public Place

Stay where you are and assess the situation. In most public places, the best thing to do
during an earthquake is to stay where you are and drop. In a restaurant, get under the
table. In a theatre or stadium drop between the rows of seats.

If you are in a store, shopping mall, or a place where people are standing or walking, stay
still to see what the other people do. If you must move, do so slowly. Try to find a wall or
other protection to lean against. In any emergency in a crowded place, there are dangers
of pushing and trampling, and if the lights are off, the situation will be worse. Try to stay
out of the way of the crowd. Store and other public buildings are required to clearly
identify emergency exits. Train yourself to notice the location of these exits in case you
need them.

In the supermarket or other stores, goods are bound to be falling around you during an
earthquake. The worst place to be are near the soft drinks, liquor or the cleaning supplies
because of the danger of broken glass, spilled chemicals and exploding pressurized cans.
If you are pushing a shopping cart, use it for protection. Drop and hold onto the cart.