Thursday, October 8, 2015

National Fire Prevention Week is October 4 - 10

National Fire Prevention Week is October 4 - 10

Did you know that in a home fire, you have just two minutes to get out safely? That’s why preventive measures like checking your smoke alarms and emergency plans are so critical to keeping you and your family safe.

In just one year, 26 people are alive today thanks to a nationwide campaign spearheaded by the American Red Cross to save lives and reduce injuries from home fire. Join in and learn more about how to be fire safe today by reviewing our simple safety tips and share them with your family and friends. You can also help save even more lives by supporting Red Cross Disaster Relief.

Check out our fire safety tips today and help spread the word >> 

Gail McGovern,
American Red Cross

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Prepare Early...If Not For Yourself, Then For Those Less Fortunate

Erin McBride, a friend of Emergency Essentials, was asked to share her experiences with preparedness while in the very midst of a major tropical storm. As a person dedicated to the health and welfare of those less fortunate, her perspective is turned outward, focusing less upon her own well-being, and more upon the interests of those she serves.

elderly man at empty shelves in  shop scratches in  nape"It was a very humbling moment for me. Families were giving up precious healthcare to get milk and bread. The poorest of families couldn’t get to the store yesterday when the shelves were full. They had to wait for their food stamps. Meanwhile, individuals like me, that didn’t need to wait for the first of the month, and could have better prepared in advance, were keeping these families from getting what they needed." 

Read the entire post at Emergency Essential website following the link below:

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Barocook Flameless Cooking

Check out this alternative to cook your freeze dried prep meals with:

Introducing Barocook Flameless Cookware:

Barocook is the latest innovation in emergency cooking. With a little water or snow, you can activate the heat packs and your meal will be hot and ready to eat within minutes. Because it is flameless and produces no carbon monoxide, the Barocook can safely be used indoors or in other confined spaces.

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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.

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

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 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 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,

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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Tuesday, April 7, 2015


Date:                 April 24 and 25, 2015
Time:                9:00 am - 8:00pm

Location:          Utah's South Towne Expo Center 
                          9575 South State Street, Sandy, UT 84070

We're excited to announce our 2015 Schedule kickoff starting in Utah!  We'll be coming to Salt Lake City's South Towne Expo Center April 24-25th from 9AM-8PM on both days.  This will be a two-day event combining entertainment with the world of Prepping, Survival, and Outdoor Enthusiasts.  We're your one stop shop for all things Prepping & Survival.

PrepperCon will showcase training, education, fundamentals, self-defense, survival, food storage, first aid, gadgets, gear, and networking alongside the most entertaining atmosphere you could imagine in the Prepping industry.  With all of the excitement and energy of a Comic Con, we have hands-on classes, celebrity speakers, panels, disaster simulations, fashion shows, and contests.  This is the PREMIER prepper convention in Utah.  The event is geared to be informative, motivational, entertaining, and include celebrities, a chef’s food storage cook-off, bug-out gear fashion show, and a zombie apocalypse costume contest and tons of door prizes!

Follow the link below to get discount tickets now!  Discount prices disappear April 22nd! 
Kids 12 and under are free with a paid adult.

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Health, Safety, and Preparedness Expo and Fun Run

Health, Safety, and Preparedness Expo and Fun Run

Date:               April 25, 2015
Time:              10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location:         Hawthorn Academy
                         9062 South 2200 West
                        West Jordan, Utah 84088

This FREE community preparedness fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 25th, 2015 at Hawthorn Academy in West Jordan. It will feature a variety of speakers, classes and activities to help everyone learn more about how to be ready for the worst-case scenario.

Scheduled speakers include Maralin Hoff from Be Ready Utah, representatives from Utah Disaster Kleenup, volunteers from the American Red Cross and spokespeople from Questar.

Classes will include first aid practices, how to filter water, proper sanitation practices, financial planning for an emergency, how to create a family emergency and evacuation plan and maintaining emotional well-being during a crisis, powerless cooking, E-Prep scouting merit badge, first aid, water storage, food storage on a budget, and powerless cooking. There will also be food storage meal cooking demonstrations.

Many of the classes will be given more than once during the event, so those interested are invited to attend and participate at any time their schedules permit. Classes will start at 9:30, will run for 45 minutes and will be repeated every hour on the 1/2 hour (ie -10:30, 11:30)

Vendors will also be there with booths and demonstrations of products that can be purchased to prepare for an emergency.

Local businesses, such as Jenkins Soffe Mortuary, will also make presentations on topics such as how to plan for the death of family members.

For more information click on the link below:

Community Event: Utah Earthquakes and You– It's Personal

Community Event:

Utah Earthquakes and You– It's Personal

Date:              April 17, 2013
Time:             7:30 - 9 pm

Location:        Radisson Hotel Downtown, Wasatch Ballroom
                       215 West South Temple
                       Salt Lake City, UT 84101

The purpose of this Town Hall Meeting is to help you prepare yourself, your family, your friends, and your community to survive the Big One.

Full Description: 
The public is invited to a Town Hall Meeting sponsored by the Seismological Society of America as part of their 2013 Annual Meeting, and held in conjunction with the Great Utah Shakeout. Much has been learned about the earthquake threat and vulnerability in Utah. We know where earthquakes are likely to occur and what they can do. We know how to reduce losses from large earthquakes but we have not done enough to prepare for the next large Utah event. The purpose of this Town Hall Meeting is to help you prepare yourself, your family, your friends, and your community to survive the Big One.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

80 Gallon Corner Water Tank

Emergency reserve 80 gallon corner water tank

Ideal for storing large quantities of water in tight spaces, the Emergency Reserve 80 Gallon Corner Water tank is a vertical corner storage tank. This tank was specifically designed to easily fit inside of most standard closets and other small spaces for storage.

The Emergency Reserve 80 Gallon Corner Water Tank is made of heavy duty FDA approved linear polyethylene.

They have a 30 gallon corner take as well.  For more information, click on the link below to see it at

Sunday, January 25, 2015

When Should You Get a HAM License? NOW!!!

"When talking to preppers and emergency preparedness folks most understand that communication is a must during any emergency.

Despite the fact that they will agree this is a must, very few have a solid communication plan in place beyond having a midland radio that they treat like walkie-talkies and still trusting in their cell phone for primary communication.

Well I know I was guilty of it as well for a long time.  Found every reason never do too much more than talk about how i am “going to” or “fixin to get” that taken care of."

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

2015 Great Utah ShakeOut

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Did you make any New Year's resolutions for 2015?  An easy one to make is to participate in the 2015 Great Utah ShakeOut earthquake drill! 

Remember, ShakeOut is on 

April 16th at 10:15 a.m.

With only a few months away,NOW is the time to register.  By doing so, you could inspire others to get prepared!

Click on the following link for more information and to sign up:

Sunday, January 4, 2015

5 Ways to Heat your MRE

The MRE Side Dish Combo includes a variety of delicious sides to eat on the go.
"On a campout, on-the-go, or in an emergency, Meals Ready to Eat (MRE) are a great way to get the nutrition and energy you need while you’re away from home. MRE’s are great because you can eat them absolutely any way you want.

MREs are pre-cooked meals making them safe to eat straight from the package—warm or cold.

But if you’re just not into eating your food cold (when you’ve got the choice), here are five ways you can heat up your MRE to satisfy your taste buds."

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

20 to Ready

Gary R. Herbert"We all know it’s important to prepare for an emergency, but many of us the find task overwhelming both in terms of the investment of time and money necessary.

KBYU Eleven helps Utah families get prepared by breaking down the goal of preparedness into manageable 20 minute chunks.

Join our preparedness family as they work through activities designed to get them ready for the unexpected. Twenty to Ready is made possible in part by grant from, a Daily Bread company."

Click here to find out more about KBYU's 20 to Ready program and learn of important resources to help you in your emergency planning.