Monday, February 28, 2011

Tuesday Train

I'm co-hosting the Tuesday Train @ My Mad Mind, so today the train is departing from a different depot! Be sure to follow My Mad MindMe and the other co-hosts: The House on the Corner, and With "Faith, Family, and Friends!"(we're in the first four spots)
While you're at it, be sure to swing over and see Boobies and the Follow Me Back Tuesday hop.



Register Your VOIP and Cell for Reverse 911

Does anyone even have a landline anymore?

Most everyone I know uses cell phones for everything. After three years, I barely went back to a "real" landline. 

In the event of an emergency, city/government officials activate the Reverse 911 system which, in theory, would call all the residents within a disaster zone on their landlines if they needed to be evacuated. In reality, most small sized cities/towns don't have the resources for their own Reverse 911 system, and outsource it to other cities, which means when the Reverse 911 call comes, it's not a local number.

A friend of mine recently answered an out of state number to find out a SWAT team was down the street and he needed to stay in his house. After calling 911 to verify the call was legit, he was glad he'd answered.

Do you answer your phone if it's an unfamiliar out-of-state number?

If you have a VOIP or cell phone, you can register it HERE, www.vecc9-1-1.com, to be certain you'll be notified if the Reverse 911 call is activated for your area.

Friday, February 25, 2011

CERT: Disaster Drill

This is a Test. In the Event of A Real Emergency...

CERT conducts disaster drills in your area on a regular basis. Here, we have them every March, and every September.

Play along, you just might learn something. (or allow someone to learn something that might save your life in the event of a real disaster)

Thursday, February 24, 2011

CERT: Find One

CERT: Certified Emergency Response Team

In Utah: Utah CERT

National: Search by Zip Code


Find yours. Plug in.

If your schedule is cram packed, you don't have to be CERT licensed (but it would drastically help with childhood bang-ups), you don't have to volunteer, but know who is directing your information during critical moments in your neighborhood in the event of a disaster.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Area CERT Leaders

Disaster strikes one hour from now.

What do you do?

Who do you call?

Who is your Block Leader? Area Leader?

CERT came about in the 70s after massive wildfires ravaged most of California. When leaders looked back to figure out what they could have done differently, they learned the information never got from the Officials leading the operation to the homeowners.

CERT is about organizing information.

A Block Leader checks on the houses in their assigned territory (usually their side of the street), reports to an Team Leader, who reports to an Area Leader, who reports to the "City" officals handling the emergency. And communications flows back down the same way.

Reach out. Find out who is directing your communication in the event of an emergency.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Hey! You can't go that way!

When The Best Evacuation Route Is A Detour

I attended a debrief for all the CERT Area Leaders last week, and the Chief of Police talked about evacuation routes and how sometimes the City Leaders will make changes to traffic patterns to aid in their process to get people to safety. Those decisions may hamper your original evacuation route to get out of the danger zone.

Do you have an evacuation route planned?

Do you have an alternate route?

Do you have an alternate to your alternate?

How much gas will it take to get to your bug-out location?

Does your car ALWAYS have that much gas in the tank?




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Now, for the Tuesday Train!!
I'm co-hosting the Tuesday Train @ My Mad Mind, so today the train is departing from a different depot! Be sure to follow My Mad MindMe and the other co-hosts: The House on the Corner, and With "Faith, Family, and Friends!"
While you're at it, be sure to swing over and see Boobies and the Follow Me Back Tuesday hop.

Emergency Communication

Emergency Communication

How would you communicate with your city during a disaster?

Is your community CERT team on Facebook?

Any City Officals on Twitter?

Follow your community and leaders on facebook and twitter. 

IF THEY'RE NOT ON THERE - TELL THEM TO GET WITH THE PROGRAM!!!

When the cell lines were jammed around here during the fire, Twitter was THE BEST SOURCE OF INFORMATION. Instant. Up to date. Ever changing.

Even though the news was covering the fire as often as they could, without boring the crap out of the rest of their viewers, there were about 1000% more updates between TV spots on Twitter. We knew what areas were being evacuated, where the evacuation locations were, where the fire was, and what was going on....instantly.

Find them.

Follow them.

Tell your neighbors.





Disney on Ice - Giveaway!

Giveaway #4


CONGRATULATIONS!!!
AND THE FINAL WINNER IS: (by random.org :)


Amy Juhasz said...

I want to win so bad! I've tried just about every contest (this time and last fall when Disney on Ice was in SLC), hoping this is the lucky one!

I'm your newest follower!

amy_juhasz{at!}hotmail{dot}com

Email me at thesurvivalmama@gmail.com within 24 hours to claim your tickets!

Leave a comment below for your chance to win a Family Four Pack of tickets to see Disney on Ice presents Let's Celebrate when it comes to Salt Lake City in March.

Mandatory entry: Follow Me on Google Friend Connect

Additional entry: Follow Me on Twitter
Additional entry: Like Me on Facebook
Additional entry: Post this contest on your Facebook or Twitter

Leave a comment for each entry (or let me know you already follow me)

THE WINNER FOR THIS CONTEST WILL BE ANNOUNCED FEBRUARY 28TH, 7 PM

Disney on Ice presents Let's Celebrate will have the following performances:
Wednesday March 9 @ 7 PM
Thursday, March 10 @ 7 PM
Friday, March 11 @ 4 PM and  @ 7:30 PM
Saturday, March 12 @ 11 AM and 2:30 PM and 6:30 PM
Sunday, March 13 @ 11 AM and 2:30 PM and 6:30 PM

Good Luck!!

Ducks v. Chickens (ducks win)


Welcoming the awesome Revellie back today with some more love and learning about ducks. (I also have to say, after tricking Rockstar into eating them, he really liked the duck eggs)
After the long chicken blog, the duck blog is going to be quite short…


Let me just start by saying ducks are awesome!


Josh first took ducks seriously as part of our homestead last summer. He had seen some Runner ducks at a friend’s and had heard they were easy to take care of.  Josh picked up 2 Khaki Campbell’s because they are the most consistent egg layers in the duck world. To be honest with you, I had no clue about duck eggs and was a bit nervous about even trying them. I even made eggs separately the first few times we cooked with them and then slowly started using them more and more. But to my surprise, you can’t really tell the difference.
Khaki Campbell
Ducks are pretty cool. The Khaki Campbell’s (Lois and Lily) are very quiet. It was really neat to sit our back and read as they would waddle around our middle yard foraging for bugs. Then when we got baby turkeys, it was funny to watch the turkeys follow the ducks around like they were the mothers. Once, I accidently trapped one of the ducks behind a wheelbarrow during a turkey fiasco. It was so sad to watch the other one mope around the yard that I almost went out and got another duck (which is saying a lot because I have a strict no animal rule for my car). Luckily, I found the duck, patiently and very quietly waiting for me to release her from her prison.
Muskovy Duck
Interesting enough, ducks don’t need a pond. They just need fresh water. Our Muskovy ducks are good examples of this, however Lois and Lily (the Khaki Campells) love pools of water of any sort (lid, puddle, bucket, wading pool). Our plan is to build a pond this year for the ducks. I am so excited because I really wanted a pond and I get to have one because Josh got ducks. So…don’t tell your husband’s that ducks don’t need a pond.


Here are a few short points about owning ducks:
1.       More neighbor friendly than other homestead type animals (no one is going to think you are homesteading if you have some ducks in a pond).
2.       You only have to feed them in the winter. During the summer they will just forage through your back yard.
3.       You won’t have to mow as much. Our ducks kept our middle yard trimmed (because of foraging) so well, we mowed maybe 3 times last summer.
4.       They are not as personable but I hear if you hand raise them from ducklings they are very sweet and loving.
5.       Lay eggs consistently for up to 7 years (chickens only lay for 2 years). So, a duck can actually become a family pet.
6.       Egg shells are harder than chicken eggs. They don’t crack as easily. This is better for storage and allows for the little ones to help gather and wash eggs as well.
7.       Ducks are hardier than chickens. They are less prone to avian ailments.
8.       Not all ducks fly.

So, if chickens seem too far out there to own, ducks may be a better option. Again you can listen to a podcast about ducks at www.thegoatcast.blogspot.com


Revellie


If you can't wait a month to hear from Revellie, go visit her at http://healingmom.org and http://thegoatcast.blogspot.com/

Friday, February 18, 2011

The Next Arthur C. Clarke?


I write like
Arthur Clarke
I Write Like by Mémoires, journal software. Analyze your writing!

According to this site, my writing style is like Arthur C Clarke.


I can live with that.
Who do you write like?


Thursday, February 17, 2011

UTAH HAS A CO-OP!!!!!!!

Not sure how this has gone under my radar, but facebook was kind enough to recommend Utah Co-op as a friend.

Utah CoOp's Website

Like Utah CoOp's Facebook Page

They're open every Thursday, 11-2
Friday, 11-6
Saturday, 11-6

So far, a constant sale seems to be cheese for nearly free ($1-$4), bread for nearly free, CLOTHES for nearly free.

A Co-Op is a community owned grocery store. The employees are volunteers and the objective is to create opportunities for healthy eating for a lower price. Since the food is local, it also supports local growers and businesses. Overhead in a Co-Op is low and consists of rent since the workers volunteer.

Healthy eating is expensive! But critical to maintaining overall health and wellness. A CoOp brings the prices down so it's affordable to eat healthy.

I probably won't make it down there this weekend (DANGIT), but I'd love to know if anyone's been yet. I'm SO excited we finally have a CoOp. My little brother (The Chef) took me to one when he lived in fancy-pants Vermont and it was the coolest thing I'd ever seen.

For those of you not in Utah, do you have a CoOp where you live?

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

A Good Weatherman is Only Right 50% of The Time

Weathermen Only Have to Be 50% Right

Photo: Tom Skilling


It seems like a great job: Sometime, over the next day, it's going to snow.


I realize guessing when Mother Nature is going to blow her top is a tricky business, but geez I could use a tighter window.


During our last blizzard, I thought I had plenty of time to get where I needed to go. One quick errand, and then home. (As usual) I'd been pushing my limits with the gas tank, thinking I'd stop and get gas on the way home.


The storm hit early, and I was caught during rush hour, in 8 inches of snow, trying to navigate through snowy streets and scared drivers. What should have taken 10 minutes turned into a 2 hour project. My gas gauge continued to dip, and I barely made it to the gas station.


Major lesson for me. 


I lucked out, and stayed on the roads, even though I was traveling at under 2 miles an hour. If I would have slid off the road and needed to keep the car running to stay warm until help arrived, I'd have been in an escalated situation.


Since blizzards tend to strike before they're scheduled... plan ahead... way ahead.

Monday, February 14, 2011

DISney on Ice - Giveaway!

Winner!


Jennica and Preston said...

I follow you on Twitter! (Jenka1986)
pjnpatterson(at)yahoo(dot)com

CONGRATS!
....and THANKS to everyone who entered, and entered, and tweeted, and tweeted. You guys rock!!

Giveaway #3

Leave a comment below for your chance to win a Family Four Pack of tickets to see Disney on Ice presents Let's Celebrate when it comes to Salt Lake City in March.

Mandatory entry: Follow Me on Google Friend Connect

Additional entry: Follow Me on Twitter
Additional entry: Like Me on Facebook
Additional entry: Post this contest on your Facebook or Twitter

Leave a comment for each entry(or let my know you already follow me) - and check back often - There are MORE giveaways on February 28th.

THE WINNER FOR THIS CONTEST WILL BE ANNOUNCED FEBRUARY 21ST, 7 PM

Disney on Ice presents Let's Celebrate will have the following performances:
Wednesday March 9 @ 7 PM
Thursday, March 10 @ 7 PM
Friday, March 11 @ 4 PM and  @ 7:30 PM
Saturday, March 12 @ 11 AM and 2:30 PM and 6:30 PM
Sunday, March 13 @ 11 AM and 2:30 PM and 6:30 PM

Good Luck!!

Friday, February 11, 2011

My New Look

Whaddaya Think??

I finally had a professional design this blog!!

Emma over at Indichick Designs was fantastic to work with, and came up with this snappy blog design. Since my talents are somewhere to the left of blog designing, I basically emailed over some pictures, picked out a design, and Emma sprinkled magic all over it (she's from Ireland after all, home of magic) and came up with what you see now. If you've been thinking about having your blog redesigned, do it now (while she's offering a discount!!)

Here's a little about her and Indichick:
At Indiechick Designs we offer blog design services tailored to your needs. Our blog design services range from the creation of simple buttons and Etsy headers, to full scale blog makeovers. We can cater to both professional and personal blogs. Our blog designs are one of a kind and our prices are very reasonable.
Feel free to take a look at some of the recent designs in our portfolio and if you have any questions please do not hesitate to email me at indiechickdesigns1@gmail.com.


She has 3 price points to choose from, so this will fit in any budget:
Basic ($50) Deluxe ($60) Supreme ($70) and Ultimate (details are on her site http://indiechickblogdesign.com)

AND...
My followers get 30% off all blog designs! To receive the discount, tell her I sent you when you're filling out the blog design order form.  

This will be valid until Monday 14th 2011 :)

Go purty yourself up...

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Laugh Until You Drool


Laugh until you drool.
Its a family motto around here.

About a year ago on one of the mountain man discussion boards, someone had the gall to ask what what everyone else had prepared in the way of entertainment for TEOWAWKI.

The fallout was nuclear.

The asker was ridiculed for wasting precious water and food space with playing cards and books!!!

I think its a pertinent question. Laughter is essential. Especially in the face of adversity, struggle, and a future that looks nothing like yesterday. I cannot imagine an existence without the stress relief of games or books.

Maybe there is an apocalypse coming on Dec 21, 2012.

Maybe its a new beginning.

Neither is survivable without laughter, games, and stories.

Laugh until you drool.


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Oldie but a goodie

While randomly searching the internet looking for the end, I found this great checklist over at Popular Mechanics.



107 Pieces of Survival Gear for Your Car, Home and To-Go Bag


It comes with PDFs you can print and use. Great checklists!!


Monday, February 7, 2011

Disney on Ice - Giveaway!

Giveaway #2
THE WINNER IS:


Tara Oliver said...

I follow you with Twitter! th7272
tara.the.equestrian at gmail dot com


CONGRATS!!
EMAIL ME AT thesurvivalmama@gmail.com within 48 hours to claim your tickets!!

If you didn't win, keep entering at Giveaway #3!

Leave a comment below for your chance to win a Family Four Pack of tickets to see Disney on Ice presents Let's Celebrate when it comes to Salt Lake City in March.

Mandatory entry: Follow Me on Google Friend Connect

Additional entry: Follow Me on Twitter
Additional entry: Like Me on Facebook
Additional entry: Post this contest on your Facebook or Twitter

Leave a comment for each entry (or let me know you already follow me) - and check back often - There are MORE giveaways on February 21st and a final giveaway on February 28th.

THE WINNER FOR THIS CONTEST WILL BE ANNOUNCED FEBRUARY 14TH, 7 PM

Disney on Ice presents Let's Celebrate will have the following performances:
Wednesday March 9 @ 7 PM
Thursday, March 10 @ 7 PM
Friday, March 11 @ 4 PM and  @ 7:30 PM
Saturday, March 12 @ 11 AM and 2:30 PM and 6:30 PM
Sunday, March 13 @ 11 AM and 2:30 PM and 6:30 PM

Good Luck!!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

I take it back...

If you tuned in for yesterday's post about walkability, the concept sounded very cool:

Rate your town's walkability score.

After a few followers commented about their low scores, I started looking at what goes into a walkability score, and stumbled across the highest rated towns in my state: DANGERTOWN USA.

Now, we don't exactly have gangs and ghettos around here, but there are a few places that I wouldn't love to be after dark. Guess which ones have the highest walkability score?? Yep, the not-so-safe-after-dark ones.

WTH walkscore.com??  Fail.

A town should loose a few points for the crime ratio. If I NEED car door locks....that's NOT a plus for walkability.

I made a few comments on the blog portion of their site....and will stay tuned to see when I can suggest this as a REAL option in the future.

Walkable I want:

Walkable I don't:

Thanks for playing along....

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