Summer Weather Readiness Plan

Released in 1939, The Wizard of Oz takes place in a sepia-toned, tornado-ridden Kansas in the early 1900s. Kansas is very prone to tornadoes and 11 years before the movie was released, a tornado in that state plucked the feathers right off some chickens. For those who have never experienced a tornado firsthand, the media may be your only reference point. This can run the gamut from fictionalized movies like The Wizard of Oz and Twister—to news accounts that […]

Winter Weather Readiness Plan

Taking preventive steps is the best defense when dealing with extreme cold-weather conditions. You need to prepare before, during, and after a storm. It is important to understand that prolonged exposure to extremely cold temperatures can result in hypothermia, frostbite, and tragically, even death. Keep in mind that older people are more susceptible to health problems caused by exposure to cold weather. When winter weather makes it dangerous to go out, stocking up on staples such as food, water, […]

Emergency Preparedness Plan for Seniors

Although it is wise for people of all ages to have emergency preparation plans in place, many seniors have additional needs and are especially vulnerable to natural disasters. This is true whether someone lives at home or in a nursing home. A case in point is Hurricane Sandy, in which half of the victims were over the age of 65; and Hurricane Katrina, where the number of victims in this age demographic exceeded 70 percent. The many sad stories […]

Emergency Preparedness Plan for Infants and Young Children

Early childhood experts have long touted the benefit of breastfeeding, but there is an added bonus. During disasters, breast milk can make the difference between life and death for infants. In emergency situations, there may be no access to clean drinking water and therefore no way to properly sterilize baby bottles, formula, and feeding utensils. The cleanest, safest food for an infant in disasters or emergencies is human breast milk. It is nutritionally perfect; readily available without dependence on […]

How to Create an Effective Family Emergency Plan

When you think of family, this could mean immediate family that lives with you such as your spouse and children under the age of 18, or elderly parents and adult children living away from home. Whether you are the parents of young children, empty nesters with grown children and grandchildren, or a person who has never married or had children, creating a family emergency plan can help prevent tragedies.If a family member lives in a nursing home or assisted […]

El Nino Increases Likelihood of Unseasonable Weather Such as Tornadoes in Winter Months

Perhaps you remember the 2010 Vancouver Olympics in which they had to truck in natural snow from a park close to the Canadian Rockies. The snow machines could not meet the demand of replacing melting snow on lower mountain slopes. The 2009-2010 El Niño began in the summer of 2009 and its effects reached a peak just in time for the February Olympics. While that was an inconvenience, during the 1997-1998 El Niño event, 35 counties in California were […]

Severe Winter Storm Preparation: Are You Ready?

During Christmas week 2015, tornadoes, severe storms, and flooding impacted the holidays for millions of people in states including Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas. People were reminded of the powerful toll severe weather can wreak, with nature causing loss of life in multiple states. Depending on the region of the country where you live, winter can bring severe blizzards, ice storms, sleet and freezing rain, rainstorms, flash floods, thunderstorms, and even tornadoes.
Experts say that community […]

Preserving herbs

Herbs, aside from being delicious, are rich with health-boosting compounds and nutrients, and can sometimes be used as basic medicines. That’s why it’s often a great idea for those who are interested in emergency preparedness to start their own herb gardens. Since herbs usually have a short shelf life, many people choose to dry their herbs after picking in order to preserve them. Unfortunately, drying an herb will not only change its basic flavor characteristics, but it may also […]

How to Determine if your Soil is Healthy

Looking to grow stellar, incredible veggies and fruits? Well, then you’re going to need some high-quality, healthy soil. But how do you know if the soil in your yard is truly healthy? Actually, by using the ten-step Willamette Valley Soil Quality Guide, you can determine the overall health of your soil. Bear in mind that the test isn’t foolproof, and in order to get the best results, consider the overall results from the entire test—not just from one or […]

Make a DIY Compost Bin

Composting is an excellent way to lower your landfill impact, recycle your organic waste and also save money on fertilizer too. Composting basically involves taking organic matter and recycling it—allowing it to, over time, decompose. Brown matter—like wood chips or paper—can be mixed with green matter—organic material with moisture, like food scraps, coffee grounds or grass clippings—to create “compost,” which is a rich, highly prized soil amendment that’s similar to store-bought fertilizer. You can buy a compost bin, or […]