Saturday, September 29, 2012

Milk Jug Emergency Light

Make an Ambient Lamp Out of a Milk Jug 

This portable lamp is just a gallon milk jug filled with water, with a headlamp pointing into it. It's a clever repurposing trick that creates a great soft light perfect for reading, writing or illuminating indoors or out.

A headlamp is usually a square light with a band that goes around the head. The lamp itself is then positioned on the forehead. The strap is adjustable and the light is fairly bright. You can find a headlamp at a discount department store, or a store that sells tools, or you can order one online. A single lamp - and a gallon of water - is all you need to make one camping light.

Fill a gallon jug of water and make sure the lid is screwed on tight. If the cap only snaps on, wrap a piece of tape around it to secure. Since the band on the headlamp will easily adjust, slide it over the jug of water, and adjust it to fit. Rather than position the light so that it points out from the jug, turn it the other way. When the light shines into the jug of water it makes a much brighter light, and the light shines all around the jug.

Go ahead and wear the headlamp when it first gets dark. Later, it's no trouble to remove it from your head, and strap it around the gallon jug of water. Then, you'll have light for the whole room. Make a couple for your living room, the bedroom and the kids room.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Foothill Area Emergency Response Exercise
Saturday, September 29, 2012

Dear Resident,

The Foothill Area in coordination with the Bonneville Hills Community Council, and the Salt Lake Foothill Stake will be conducting an emergency response exercise on Saturday, September 29, 2012 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. A part of the exercise will be to practice the assessment of residents needs and the reporting of these needs to command centers.

We invite you to assist us on the day of the exercise by taping this flyer to a door or window clearly visible from the street. Block Captains and volunteers will be going through the neighborhood counting the number of flyers that are being shown in the windows or on the doors. In an actual emergency, placards will be used to indicate a need for assistance or to let others know that all is OK. Please have this flyer taped to your door or window by 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 29, 2012. (You could even tape it the night before.)

We also encourage you to go to the Foothill Area emergency preparedness website at and download the packet titled, “Household Emergency Packet” Parts 1 and 2. This packet provides information on how the emergency response in our area will be conducted. It also provides information about how to prepare for a future emergency. The last page of Part 2 has a sheet showing “OK.”  If you print this sheet and tape it to your window or door in place of this flyer, it will provide us with a new item to track as we perform this exercise.

On the day of the exercise (or prior to the exercise) we invite you and all members of your family to do the following:
  1. Find the location of your main water shut-off inside of your home and know how to shut off the water.
  2. Find the location of your gas meter and know the location a wrench that could turn off the gas if needed. Know how to shut off the gas.
  3. Find the location of your electric circuit breaker box, and know how to turn off electrical power to your home.
  4. Locate your 72 Hour kit and make sure that it is up-to-date.

For more information on the emergency response exercise, please contact your Block Captain or send an email to this blog at the following address:

Thank you for your participation.

SLC Foothill Area Prep Committee

Sunday, September 16, 2012

CERT Training - Training Positions Still Available

A note from the local CERT training going on right now.

We had 9 people begin the training class Thursday night. We are looking for 11 more people to attend or the class may be postponed. Please push the word around. I would like to be able to keep the class going.

Please come and register at the class -- First time individuals and those looking to refresh their skills are welcome!!

Thursday the 20th of September
Monument Park 1st and 2nd Ward Building
1005 South 2000 East
6:30 to 9:30pm.

Original posting from our the CERT blog page:

Dear Friends,

Are you prepared to save yourselves, your families and your communities when disaster strikes? When fire, flood or shake/rattle/roll starts, you'll be glad you've trained in CERT (Community Emergency Response Team), a national FEMA course! 

The schedule for Fall 2012 Salt Lake City training is posted at; click on "Register for CERT Training." The opportunities include two locations close to residents of the Salt Lake City Southeast Division. 

  • On Tuesdays September 11 through October 23, a course will be presented at the LDS Richards Ward building at 860 Downington Avenue.
  • On Thursdays September 13 through October 25, a course will be presented at the LDS Monument Park 1st and 2nd Wards building at 1005 S 2000 E. 

Thirty dollars and seven weeks of classes from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. gets you instruction, a manual, a great CERT starter kit and new friends in preparedness. 

If you want to attend but have a conflict for one or two of the nights of your selected course, you may coordinate with the instructors to make the unit(s) up. For instance, if you're signed up for the Thursday course but have to miss one, you could attend the Tuesday course on the appropriate day for that unit.

Please sign up soon; registration is required a week ahead of the start of the first class for each course. Get the word out to family, friends and neighbors as a minimum of twenty students is required to carry each course. These courses offer people previously trained in CERT to refresh and update their skills and, with $30 and attendance at all seven nights, an extra CERT kit for automobile or work!

Best regards,

Susan Smith, Volunteer
Salt Lake City CERT
Southeast Division Supervisor

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Tips on how to begin food storage for emergency preparedness has another great posting on emergency preparedness about beginning food storage.
"The easiest way to begin is to set aside a few items each time you grocery shop. Little by little your pantry will fill up and give you that feeling of security."
Check out the complete story at the following link:

Friday, September 7, 2012

Diabetic Ecase from Essential Preparedness Products

As I watched the events of Hurricane Katrina unfold, I remember so vividly a news clip of a person stranded on his rooftop. The word “DIABETIC” was spray painted on the roof. I knew at that moment what his needs were and felt helpless.

Being Type 1 diabetic for over 28 years and having a son who was diagnosed as a Type 1 diabetic at the tender age of 16 months, the question that ran thru my mind after Katrina was “How would I remember to grab all the necessary supplies we would need if we had to evacuate our home for any reason?” Diabetics use many supplies on a daily basis but also have emergency supplies on hand for sick days and such.

Diabetic Ecase™ is designed with this purpose in mind.

I am thrilled to introduce a very much needed product for those who suffer chronic illnesses such as Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, asthma, and heart disease.

- Jennifer Lindley, Founder

Click on the following link to view a video of the product:

For more information, visit their website:

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Millcreek Township 5th Annual EP Fair at Home Depot

5th Annual Emergency Prepare Fair 

Millcreek Township presents the 5th Annual Emergency Prepare Fair 2012. Open to the entire community, the Emergency Prepare Fair will be held at the Millcreek Home Depot at 3398 South Highland Drive from 10am to 2pm on Saturday, September 8th. Demonstrations, exhibits, fun, and educational presentations, suitable for the entire family, will be available.

Come see and visit the following booths:
• St. Mark’s Hospital HazMat and Decontamination Presentation
• UFA Fire Protection
• ARES Communication Trailer
• CERT Instruction Teams
• Earthquake Preparedness Training
• UHP Seat Belt Crash Test Demo
• Salt Lake Red Cross Disaster Training
• Prescription Drug Drop
• And MORE exciting activities!

Millcreek Township, an unincorporated township in Salt Lake County is a vibrant and growing community of more than 65,000 residents on the east side of Salt Lake County. More information on our residents and township may be found at:

The 5th Annual Emergency Prepare Fair 2012
Millcreek Home Depot

3398 South Highland Drive
Saturday, September 8th, 10am – 2pm

Emergency Essentials Preparedness Month Activities

Following is an email advertisement from Emergency Essentials about some great activities they are sponsoring during National Preparedness Month.

National Preparedness Month Activities
Brought to you by
Emergency Essentials

The following is a list of events happening at our stores during the month of September to celebrate National Preparedness Month.

Readiness Relay – Sept 1st through 30th
Come test your speed in building a small emergency kit, packing food storage boxes, and suiting up in some emergency gear. The overall best time will win a $50 gift card. So stop in any of our four store locations to participate any time in September.

Sample Saturdays – Every Saturday in September
You’ve wondered how food storage items and emergency foods taste, so come try a free sample. We’re confident you’ll be amazed at how familiar tasting shelf-stable foods can be.

September 3rd (Labor Day) – Scratch and Dent Sale 10 am - Noon
Some of our best values are found in our scratched and dented inventory items. We hold these items for special sales such as this and mark them down 50%. These items go fast, so don’t miss out!

September 8th – Murray Fire Department 1 pm – 3pm – Murray store only
The Murray Fire Department will be on site to talk with you one on one about fire safety.

September 11th – Patriot Day Observance
Get 10% off when you show military ID. Exclusions are year supplies and combos, products from Bosch, Nutrimill, Wondermill, L'Equip, water storage containers, and Mountain House cans.

September 12th Food Storage Class at 2pm and 7pm
Topics covered- types and varieties of food storage, their shelf life, and tips for smart food storage shopping. Attendees who register are entered into a drawing. Register at

September 19th Water Class at 2pm and 7pm
Topics covered- water storage, water rotation, impurities to guard against, popular treatment methods. Attendees who register are entered into a drawing. Register at

September 22nd – Bountiful Fire Department 1 pm – 3pm – Bountiful store only
The Bountiful Fire Department will be on site to talk with you one on one about fire safety.

September 26th – Emergency Kit Class at 2pm and 7pm
Topics covered- defining disasters and their terms, ways we are reliant, and suggested components you’ll want to consider in order to be self-reliant. Register at

Store hours – Mondays 10 am to 6 pm, Tuesdays – Saturdays 10 am to 9 pm, closed Sundays.

Orem Store
– 216 E University Parkway
– (801) 222-9667

South Jordan Store
– 968 W South Jordan Parkway Suite A
– (801) 254-6510

Murray Store
– 6356 S State Street
– (801) 268-2226

Bountiful Store
– 70 S 500 West
– (801) 298-5487

Prices and promotions are good through September 30, 2012 and while supplies last
Prices and availability are subject to change without notice