Category Archives: Be Prepared

I didn’t feel that earthquake…?

While researching for this blog, I came across this website.  By going to this website you can click on the different dots on the map and see where the most recent earthquakes (in the past 7 days) have been.  There have been many earthquakes of small magnitude that have occured in Utah lately that no one has really/luckily felt!  I had no idea.  Thankfully they haven’t really been big earthquakes.

This was somewhat of a wake-up call to me because it made me realize that we shouldn’t just be anticipating one huge earthquake in the near future…we may experience anything from a minor to moderate earthquake before we ever experience a big one.  Check it out!

(Here is an even more in-depth look at the most recent earthquakes.)



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The Dreaded 72 Hour Kit…You really can do it!

Now for perhaps the most important part of disaster preparedness–72 hour kits.  They are a pain to assemble, but will be extremely useful and needed in the event of an emergency.  The following list is provided by Ready America to help individuals and families assemble their own 72 hour kits.

Note to students: To avoid becoming overwhelmed, focus on gathering only the items in the first list. They are the most important.  The items in the second list can be gathered over time.

Recommended Items To Include In A Basic Emergency Supply Kit:

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First Aid Kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust Mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger

Additional Items To Consider Adding To An Emergency Supply Kit:

  • Prescription medications and glasses
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container
  • Cash or traveler’s checks and change
  • Emergency reference material such as a first aid book or information from
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. Consider additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate.
  • Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper – When diluted nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

If you would prefer to actually buy a 72 hour kit instead of assembling one on your own, visit sites such as Ready Solutions and the Red Cross.

Be sure to place these emergency kits in a location where they will be easily accessible in case of an emergency (i.e. in a closet by the front door).

**There are other items that can be added to this list, but the lists here are according to Ready America.


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Preparedness Tip for the Day

  • Under your bed store an old pair of tennis shoes in case of some sort of natural disaster.  This way they will be readily available.  In one of the shoes place a flashlight, in the other shoe place a whistle.  The flashlight is for obvious reasons, and the whistle is so that in case you are trapped or need help, you can blow your whistle so that someone can hopefully hear you.

  • Some people suggest placing these items in a bag and securing them to your bed somehow–this way these items will almost always be readily available in case of an emergency.  This Survival Mom also has many helpful suggestions on how to prepare for an earthquake.


Filed under Be Prepared, Earthquake, Flashlight, Tip, Whistle

Candles = Old School

I grew up in Texas, so I’ve experienced my fair share of power outages due to tornadoes.  I always thought power outages were sort of exciting, although scary.  Naturally, my parents would bring out candles and light them throughout our house.  Somehow they were always able to find them in the dark though–they got kind of lucky.  What if there was an earthquake, followed by and immediate power outage, and you weren’t able to find your candles and matches?  Luckily, technology has improved greatly and there are many new resources out there.

A little while ago my dad discovered some flashlights called Energizer Weather Ready Rechargeable LED Flashlights.  These rechargeable flashlights are made to stay plugged into electric wall outlets (in each room, preferably) and in the event of a power outage, the flashlight will immediately come on (if you have it on the right setting).  This way you won’t have to search for your candles/matches/lighters/flashlights/batteries that never seem to be in the right place, etc, in the complete dark.  You should all go out and purchase one today!

In addition to the above hyperlink, these flashlights can also be purchased at Amazon and Walmart.

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Scavenger Hunt!

Oops, not that kind of hunt…don’t you miss childhood sometimes? 🙂  I do.

This is an activity my family did for FHE one time.  We were put in pairs and had to answer each of these questions with our partner by running all around the house.  This post will mostly pertain to those of you who may be going home for the summer or have a family of your own.  Perhaps you can share this idea with your parents/family so that they can think about the different parts of these questions and see if they too are prepared.  If you live in an apartment with roommates, maybe you can practice evacuating your apartment and establishing a meeting place outside.  🙂  Or perhaps more of these questions than you think can somewhat apply to your living condition and you can review them.

Emergency Preparedness Scavenger Hunt

  1. Where are the 72 hour kits located?  How many do we have?  Where is dad and mom’s 72 hour kit?
  2. Where is each individual toilet water shut off?  Where is the main water shut off for the house?  When would we use it?
  3. What is the name of our alarm company?  What is its phone number?  What is our code for a false alarm?
  4. Where are our water storage barrels and how many do we have?
  5. Where is the main gas line shut off into our house?  How do we turn off the main gas line?  Why would we turn off the main gas line?
  6. List 5 items we have in our food storage room (from the white buckets).  Where are our extra bread making supplies located?
  7. What is the name of Dad’s work company?  What is its main phone number?
  8. Where is our wheat grinder located?  Whose bread recipe does Mom use and where can you find it?
  9. Where are the fire extinguishers located in our home?  How many do we have?
  10. Where are our fire alarms located?  How many do we have?
  11. How many emergency flashlights do we have plugged into walls?
  12. Where is our meeting place (outside our home) in case of an emergency?


Filed under Be Prepared, Scavenger Hunt


In the event of an emergency/natural disaster, it will be important to not only be personally prepared, but to be prepared to help others.  Being certified in both First Aid and CPR will be extremely useful.  I know I never quite enjoyed taking these classes because they weren’t too exciting, but when the baby you’re babysitting starts choking or you find your mom unconscious, the things you learn in these classes will come in VERY handy.  Don’t believe me?  Read this:

CPR Success Story:

Like most of the students in his class, fourteen-year-old Jeff Bernahl probably never thought he’d use the first aid and CPR training he had learned in school. Two months later, though, the lessons he’d learned helped save his father’s life.

Robert Bernahl, Jeff’s father, had walked into the living room of their home and asked Jeff and his sisters if they wanted to play cards. Then he walked back toward the kitchen, only to collapse.

“I thought Dad was kidding,” Jeff said. He soon realized, however, that something was very wrong, and that his father was not breathing.

Jeff’s father’s heart had stopped beating. Jeff’s mother, a registered nurse, began mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, while Jeff began compressing his father’s chest.

“At first I wasn’t sure if I remembered how to do it, but it just came back to me as soon as I started. You have to find the landmark toward the end of the ribs.”

Paramedics who arrived on the scene said that Mr. Bernahl is probably alive today because of the quick actions of his son and wife -and that Jeff had obviously learned his CPR training very well.

When you ask Jeff if he considers himself a hero, he just grins and shrugs his shoulders. But for his courageous actions, Jeff Bernahl has been named to receive the Red Cross Certificate of Merit – the highest award given by the American Red Cross.

The following places offer both First Aid and CPR courses.

Provo Fire and Rescue

Red Cross (online)

*(if this link doesn’t work, go to and click on “course schedule” on the left)

United Way of Utah County

These courses are quick, efficient, and will definitely be worth your time!  Prepare yourself–I promise you that these skills will come in handy sometime soon!


Filed under Be Prepared, CPR, First Aid

“Not a matter of if, but when”

There have been many sobering natural disasters as of late.  In 2004 there was the horrendous tsunami off the coast of Indonesia, killing thousands and more recently was the devastating earthquake in Haiti in January of this year.  It was unreal and extremely humbling to watch footage from these two events.  This just goes to show how unpredictable these events really are, and that we need to take action now to do all we can to be prepared.

For many years researchers have been predicting an earthquake in Utah, and the video also mentioned another predicted earthquake in California “any day now.”  Luckily, new homes are being built more earthquake proof, and even large buildings, such as this, are being renovated to prevent any major damage in the event of an earthquake.  These examples emphasize the importance of ready-ing ourselves, and our families, in case of a disaster.

For more information on how Utah leaders are preparing for the future, click here.


Filed under Be Prepared, California, Earthquake, Haiti, Indonesia, Utah