October 2002. Hurricane Sandy (later downgraded to Superstorm Sandy) slammed most of the East Coast, traveling across the Atlantic to the Caribbean and north, up the Eastern Seaboard to Canada. Sandy killed several people and left $65 billion in damages in the United States alone. Shortly afterward, an email came my way of one man’s experience with Sandy. Following are highlights of his observations:
The excitement, novelty and “coolness” wears off after day three.
You are never really prepared to go weeks without electricity, water or heat. Never!
Just because your generator is running like a top does not mean it is producing electricity.
If you do not have water stored up, you are in trouble! A couple of cases of bottled water is not water storage.
Even the smallest little thing you get from the store should be stocked up. Things like an extra spark plug for the generator, barbecue lighter, batteries or matches.
It is surprising how quickly normal social behavior goes out the window. Three people were killed at gas stations within 50 miles of here. I didn’t say three fights broke out, three people were killed!
Cash is king. All the money in your savings account does you absolutely no good.
You eat a lot more food when you are cold. You also need more food than you think when your kids are out of school for two weeks.
The electrical grid is way more fragile than I thought.
You quickly become the guy in the neighborhood who knows how to wire a generator to an electrical panel or you the guy whose Masters degree in accounting suddenly means nothing.
A woman who can cook a fine meal by candlelight over the barbecue or an open fire is worth her weight in gold.
All the stored food in the world is useless if your kids won’t eat it.
You might be prepared to take care of your children and their needs, but what about when the neighborhood children start showing up at your door?
You really do not want to be the “unprepared parents,” the kids turn on you pretty quick.
There was a strange peace knowing all I had to do each day was keep my family safe, warm and fed, but my peace was someone else’s panic.
Some people totally shut down in an emergency, there’s nothing you can do about that.
Your town, no matter how small, is entirely dependent on outside sources of everything. If supply trucks stop rolling due to road damage, fuel shortages or for any reason, you could be without for a very long time.
Food for thought. Your questions and comments are always welcome at email@example.com
For previous columns check out my blog at www.disasterprepdave.blogspot.com. Dave Robinson is an author, pastor and freelance writer. His book, “Disaster Prep For The Rest Of Us,” is available on Amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com and other online booksellers.
The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service will offer pesticide applicator certifiation training Jan. 29-31 in several Alaska communities.
The training will take place by videoconference in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Delta Junction, Palmer, Soldotna and other communities as requested. Classes will meet from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with an exam scheduled after the training. The training will take place at the Delta Career Advancement Center in Delta Junction.
The state of Alaska requires certification for anyone who purchases, uses or sells restricted pesticides. Certification is also required for anyone who acts as a pesticide consultant, engages in the commercial or contract use of pesticides or supervises their use at a public location.
A $75 fee for the training includes study materials. The workshop will be repeated April 9-11 in the same communities and other requested locations. Registration for both trainings is available at http://bit.ly/PestInvasive.
Participants are encouraged to become familiar with the materials and required math beforehand. For more information and to request another training location, contact Phil Kaspari at 907-895-4215 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Glenn Mollette
A few years ago I visited South Africa where the average house was surrounded by a concrete wall. South Africa has many villages and rural communities of impoverished people where the main goal each day is to find a clean drink of water. However, people throughout many of the towns and cities lived behind walls.
Brazil is another country I’ve visited a couple of times where steel bars in windows and walls around houses are prevalent. Thieves and robbers are common in Brazil and South Africa and it is understandable why they want walls around their houses to protect their valuables and families.
Gated communities, security fences and security guards have been on the rise in America. We have security in our banks, schools, neighborhoods and churches. Any reasonable thinking business, factory, government building, apartment complex and family must have security and a defense in place. We used to go to bed at night when I was a kid and never thought about locking the door but I remember my mother making a change one night. She said, “We’re going to start locking our door.” There were reports of prowlers in the community where we lived and she wanted to protect us.
Today we have prowlers roaming the communities of America. There are estimates of anywhere from eleven to 27 million illegal immigrants. The Department of Homeland Security has estimated approximately 12 million illegal immigrants are in our country. The Pew Research Center has estimated just over 11 million illegal immigrants are in America. Three Yale School of Management Professors published a paper in 2018 estimating the illegal population is somewhere between 16 and 29 million people. These are people who have said, “To heck with our laws and rules we are coming to do whatever we please in America.” These people are robbers and thieves. They have no regard for what is expected in America. Their goal is to get into our country first and then gain the sympathy of America to allow them to stay here. We know many good hard workers come from Mexico. The “good” hard workers come legally.
Most Americans are sympathetic people. We give large amounts of money to charities, churches, food pantries and pay large amounts of money back into our federal government which in turn utilizes our money to help millions of Americans, refugees and immigrants. Research how much money is paid out to refugees. The Cash and Medical Assistance Program reimburses states for 100 percent of services provided to refugees and other eligible programs, as well as associated Administrative costs. Some Refugees and other noncitizens can get SSI, Supplemental Security Income for up to Seven Years. The cost is billions of dollars. I’m not opposed to helping true refugees but the overall financial load is not light – 8.8 billion over the next five years or $80,000 per refugee.
The President has asked for five billion dollars to build a wall on our Southern border. He is trying to protect us. It’s not a silver bullet that will solve all of our problems but it’s adding a layer of security.
If we don’t build a wall along the Southern border we will soon become like many other third world countries with walls around our houses and subdivisions. Trump’s five-billion-dollar wall will look like a pocket full of change in comparison to a nation of gates and walls trying to protect ourselves from millions and millions of illegal prowlers.
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“Rock Ptarmigan” A hardy grouse of barren ground in the high Arctic, well adapted to harsh surroundings. Well camouflaged by white winter plumage and mottled brown summer plumage; male molts later in spring than female, so early in the breeding season he remains conspicuously white while she becomes almost invisible against the tundra. Excerpt from the Audubon Field Guide
Photo Courtesy Dwight Phillips
The Fairbanks Alternative Improvisational Music Festival
Thursday, February 21 – Venues throughout Fairbanks , 7:00, 8:00 and 9:00PM
Friday, February 22 – Locations throughout Pioneer Park 7:00PM
Saturday, February 23, Davis Concert Hall at 7:30PM
Sunday, February 24 at Unitarians Fellowship Hall at 3:00PM
This is how it starts:
To a great extent, Hering’s size dictates what we do. For 10 years we’ve contemplated doing more in smaller venues… we’ve often experimented, but rarely more than once/season and rarely exclusive of a larger performance.
Why not present in more intimate spaces? Smaller venues create a more visceral experience. Chamber music in chamber settings. It’s more dynamic, more exciting. Why not program a series? Then it hit us: Why not do it all at once?
Program the cerebral, passionate, exquisite, profound Sirius Quartet. Virtuoso artists combining progressive classical music with components of jazz and improvisation.
Make improv the focus of their residency.
Then get Seven)Suns who share violinist Fung Chern Hwei with Sirius and who’s work focuses on blending metal and classical and Tracy Silverman and Roy “Futureman” Wooten ( Futureman/Silverman ). A founding member of Turtle Island, Tracy frequently performs with Sirius and of course Roy “Futureman” Wooten is a founding member of the Flecktones. These guys are no strangers to improv in a classical context or each other.
What they bring to live performance, to improvising with each other, will be electrifying!
Create a round robin of performances in intimate spaces. Sharing intensive community outreach and education for 4 days of dazzling workshops and performances culminating in one fabulous, combined festival performance.
February. Why? Because in a community survey you told us that outreach to students was a priority for you and that’s the best time to work with the youth orchestra, timed to support MIOS (Music In Our Schools).
But also when the light is returning to Fairbanks and our brains start to move again after months of dullness in the dark. This is brain food!
Welcome back the light. Let’s get those brains moving again.
Callisthenics. for your brain. Fun. (because you have to get your brain ready for summer when it’s light all the time and your neurons are firing, firing, firing…)
What will they think of next?
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When the topic of disaster comes up, we tend to think in terms of earthquakes, hurricanes, and blizzards as those are the events that get all the attention However, in reality residential fires are the most common disaster nationwide. Every year more than 2500 people die (that’s seven people per day) and nearly 13,000 are injured in home fires across the nation.
Deaths and injuries can be minimized when families establish and practice a home fire escape plan. The American Red Cross says on average you have only two minutes to escape a structure fire. F.E.M.A. recommends practicing your home fire escape plan twice a year.
Here are some tips:
Find two ways to get out of each room.
If a primary exit is blocked, you will need an alternate escape route. A second story room might mean using a ladder to get to safety.
Make sure windows aren’t stuck and screens can be easily removed. If security bars are in place, make sure they can be properly opened.
Practice feeling your way out of the house in the dark or with your eyes closed.
Place smoke alarms on every floor of your home. The Red Cross recommends placing one in each bedroom.
Replace your batteries every year, and replace your smoke alarms every 10 years.
Fewer and fewer households in our region are burning wood for heat anymore, but if you still enjoy the comforting warmth of a wood fire, make sure your chimney is cleaned and inspected each year. Various kinds of wood burn in various ways. Some burn slowly and some burn faster. Different kinds of wood and different conditions leave various levels of creosote inside the chimney. Every chimney should be inspected annually for safety and cleaned, if necessary.
Successfully preparing for the disaster of a home fire is no accident! It just may save your life and the lives of your loved ones.
Disaster preparedness isn’t rocket science! Simply consider a game of “what if” and then make plans for what can go wrong. Lay in supplies, keep your gas tank on the upper half and always have a back-up plan. Many years ago when I was a student pilot, my flight instructor told me that a pilot always keeps an emergency landing area in mind, just in case. This is no small feat in Western Oregon where there isn’t an abundance of flat, level farmland on which to park an airplane. The point being, you’ve always got to have a plan in mind in the event the whole system collapses. It helps to plan ahead.
This is never about causing fear, this is about stimulating some thought and preparing for the “just in case” events that may or may not come your way.
As always, send your comments and questions to email@example.com. Dave Robinson is an author, pastor, and freelance writer. He is the author of “Disaster Prep For The Rest Of Us,” available on Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, and other online bookstores.