Monday, January 31, 2011
Friday, January 28, 2011
Now that you have a means of cooking your food quickly, you are going to need to stock up on non-perishable food items like this "tactical" canned bacon. It lasts for 10 years in the can and holds up to 18 servings. Let's face it, if most of us were given a choice to bring just one type of food along into the post-apocalyptic living hell that will be Earth, bacon would probably be it. $15.99 — ThinkGeek via Nerd Approved
Thursday, January 27, 2011
In the world of emergency management, we often encourage folks to store food for disasters, but rarely do we see information for specific food allergies.
This past summer, the Gluten-Free Insider wrote an excellent blog post on preparing for emergencies from a gluten-free perspective.
In their article, it is recommended to consider:
•Dehydrating food as this allows you to control the content and ensure it is gluten-free.
•Canned meats, fish & beans.
•Avoiding prepared, canned meals as they are often mostly water and less nutrient-dense.
•Boil in bag meals and meal replacement beverages can also be an option if they are available.
•Dried meats and fruit (like low-sodium jerky or fruit leather) You could make your own beef jerky and fruit leathers to save money and ensure they are gluten free. Here are some Jerky Tips & Recipes.
•Gluten free energy/protein bars are quite widely available.
•Rice is often suggested as a good staple for a gluten free emergency kit. Quinoa is better from a nutrient standpoint, it cooks quickly and can be made in a variety of ways (with cinnamon & sugar or cayenne, garlic & beef jerky). Boil in bag rice is very convenient. Brown rice is better nutritionally, but takes a lot of time and fuel to cook.
•Celiac.com suggests packing a small 3 cup rice cooker but you may be without power so you may want to consider a small single burner camp stove or sterno stove with extra fuel. You can even make your own sterno stove. Make sure you have adequate ventilation when cooking with any kind of combustible fuel.
•Dry soup or bouillon cubes can be a good way to add flavor to your emergency meals.
•Pepper, salt, sugar, other spices such as garlic, cayenne, chili, cinnamon. While you don’t need these, they can help make your rations taste a whole lot better.
•Coffee, tea, chocolate mix, powdered milk.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is expected to announce tomorrow that the color-coded threat advisory system, launched after the 9/11 attacks but now more or less discarded, will be formally scrapped this spring.
DHS has for the past several months moved away from the threat system. The threat level was not changed, for example, after the underwear bombing attempt on Christmas Day 2009, after the car bomb attempt last year in Times Square, or when package bombs were detected on cargo flights last fall.
Instead, DHS has more directly communicated intelligence directly to those considered most likely to need it and has made information public without resorting to changing the threat level.
The system was frequently used after its inception, with the threat level changed 16 times after it was introducted in 2002.
But no changes have been made to the threat level in any sector since August 2006.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Monday, January 17, 2011
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Flood watch is cancelled for NW Oregon and SW Washington at 4:01 PM on January 16th:
Rainfall rates are diminishing this afternoon as the frontal system responsible for the heavy rains slowly tracks to the southwest. Therefore the flood watch for NW Oregon and SW Washington has been cancelled. A number of rivers remain, or are forecast, to go above flood stage (including the Cowlitz – see below). Please see the latest flood warning statements for specific information on these rivers.
Flood warning issued for Cowlitz River at 12:05 PM on January 16th still in effect:
* Flood warning for the Cowlitz River at Kelso from this evening to late Monday night or until the warning is cancelled.
* At 12 PM Sunday the river stage was at 20.4 feet.
* Flood state is 21.5 feet.
* Minor flooding is forecast.
* Forecast: This river is forecast to rise above flood stage around 7 PM Sunday and is expected to crest near 22.0 feet Monday morning.
* Impact: Above 21.5 feet flood of several low lying and secondary roads beings including the Cowlitz Gardens neighborhood along with flood of pasture and lowlands upstream of Kelso.
For additional weather and river information visit the NWS website at: WWW.WEATHER.GOV/PORTLAND
The Cowlitz River at Castle Rock is still expected to crest under flood stage this afternoon.
The Cowlitz River at Kelso is still expected to crest a bit above flood stage this afternoon.
Pacificorps is releasing water into Lewis River, the amount of water is taken into consideration when generating a forecast and is still at this time anticipated to crest below flood stage.
The Coweeman River, while still under flood stage, seems to be causing some problems near Brookhollow RV Park and Allen Street in Kelso.
We don't have a lot of information on the Kalama River at this time, but will share information as we get it.
Pacificorps has released water twice into the Lewis River and the affected lowland homeowners have been notified. The Cowlitz River at Castle Rock is now anticipated to crest below flood stage this evening. The Cowlitz River at Kelso is still anticipated to crest a little above flood stage.
Sandbags and sand are also available at the Cowlitz County Public Works shop on Talley Way. Bring your own shovel.
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Friday, January 14, 2011
A Flood Watch (possible flooding) has been issued for most of the surrounding areas, including Cowlitz County, although no rivers are currently forecasted to be above flood stage in Cowlitz County.
Heavy Rains are expected here in the interior valleys, could be as high as 1.5 - 3 inches possible. The heaviest rains are forecasted for Sunday when a cold front moves in, although significant rain is expected for the whole period of Saturday – Monday. Freezing levels will rise to at least 7,000-9,000 feet, melting off any remaining lower elevation snow.
There is always potential for damages due to heavy rains with rising rivers and creek levels, including landslides and debris flow. In addition, heavy rains can make driving more treacherous.
Monday, January 10, 2011
- Mid-afternoon on Tuesday expect snow to start with accumulations of up to one inch
- Snow will change to freezing rain Tuesday evening – expect .30 inches of ice to accumulate.
- Temperatures will rise with freezing rain switching over to rain after midnight
- The snow and ice should be gone by Wednesday morning.
If you are commuting to other areas:
• High Avalanche Danger in Cascades (starting Tues night)
• Expect Winter driving conditions Tues afternoon / night
Below is the latest forecast for Kelso for the next couple of days from the National Weather Service (NWS). The NWS has issued a winter storm watch for snow and freezing rain from Tuesday afternoon through early Wednesday morning.
The NWS is hosting a weather briefing early this afternoon to discuss the storm. DEM will distribute more information after the briefing before 3:00.
Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 37. East wind around 6 mph.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 24. East wind between 7 and 10 mph.
Tuesday: Snow likely, mainly after 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 35. East southeast wind between 10 and 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Tuesday Night: Snow before 1am, then rain. Snow level rising to 5500 feet after midnight. Low around 29. Southeast wind between 14 and 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Wednesday: Rain. High near 39. Southeast wind between 14 and 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
Wednesday Night: Rain. Low around 35. Chance of precipitation is 90%.
Thursday: Rain. High near 40. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
For more information go to the NWS website at: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/pqr/
Saturday, January 8, 2011
... A significant snowfall likely next week in southwest Washington and northwest Oregon...
Colder air will filter in over the Pacific northwest Sunday and Monday... setting the stage for the possibility of a winter storm over northwest Oregon and southwest Washington Tuesday night through Wednesday.
- At this time it appears likely that snow will develop over much of northwest Oregon and southwest Washington Tuesday night. As is often the case for winter storms in the region... there is a considerable amount of uncertainty regarding how long the snow will last before potentially changing over to freezing rain and rain.
- The best guess is for precipitation to intensify on Wednesday... but for the rain snow line to lift north to near the Portland Metro area by Wednesday afternoon.
- In The Gorge and Hood River Valley precipitation is likely to remain snow or freezing rain through Wednesday night.
Friday, January 7, 2011
• Cold air will be taking over during the weekend.
• Potential for some low elevation snow (below 1,000’) Sat night/Sun morning. Very little accumulation expected.
• Significant moisture coming in Tuesday/Wednesday.
• Models are showing many different scenarios. Depending on where the temperatures collide with the moisture, it could create rain, snow, or freezing rain for Tuesday/Wednesday. It is looking fairly certain that there will be significant precipitation but the uncertainly is what kind of precipitation.
1. Make a Family Emergency Plan
2. Get an Emergency Supply Kit
3. Be informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur in your area.
There is a fantastic template for making a simple family emergency plan at www.ready.gov. Click here for the template. Take a few minutes to fill out and print this plan. You'll be amazed how good you feel! Not quite as good as going on a Sour Patch kid bender, but close.
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Tonight: A slight chance of rain, snow, and freezing rain before 10pm, then rain likely, possibly mixed with freezing rain. Cloudy, with a steady temperature around 34. South wind between 9 and 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Little or no ice accumulation expected. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
Wednesday: Rain. High near 42. South wind between 15 and 17 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.
Monday, January 3, 2011
5:30-9:00 p.m. January 12th; receive hands-on skills training and learn how to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies in adults. The class is $40, or you can sign up for the First Aid class at the same time and pay $60 for both.
Adult CPR Review
6:00-8:30 p.m. January 20th; receive hands-on skills training. This class reviews and prepares students to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies. This is an annual recertification class. You must have current Adult CPR certification. The class is $35, plus $3 for course book, if needed.
First Aid Basics
6:00-10:00 p.m. January 18th; learn the skills needed to prevent, recognize and provide basic care for injuries and sudden illnesses until advanced medical personnel arrive. This course covers first aid in an approach that complements adult learning styles, featuring hands-on practice and real-life scenarios. The class is $35 or you can sign up for CPR at the same time and pay $60 for both classes.
Adult, Child and Infant CPR
5:30-10:00 p.m. January 12th; designed for childcare providers, teachers, parents and others who care for children. Learn how to recognize and care for breathing and cardiac emergencies in infants and children up to 12 years old. This class is $50.
Adult, Child and Infant CPR Review
6:00-9:00 p.m. January 20th; this class is a review designed for day care providers as an annual recertification. Students must have valid Adult, Child and Infant CPR certification. Course is $45, plus $3 for course book, if needed.
Adult, Child and Infant CPR with First Aid
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. January 15th; this class combines CPR with First Aid training. Students will learn how to recognize and care for breathing and cardiac emergencies in infants, children and adults; excellent class for childcare providers. $65.
Bloodborne Pathogens Awareness
5:00-7:00 p.m. January 17th; for individuals who may be exposed to blood; covers bloodborne pathogens only and meets OSHA guidelines, $30.
7:00-9:00 p.m. January 17th; designed for individuals who may be exposed to blood and other bodily fluids; covers HIV only; meets OSHA guidelines; $30.
Bloodborne Pathogen and HIV Awareness Modules
5:00-9:00 p.m. January 17th; for individuals who may be exposed to blood or other bodily fluids; covers bloodborne pathogens and HIV; meets the Washington state license requirements and OSHA guidelines; $40.
To register for these classes, please call Longview Parks and Recreation Dept. at (360) 442-5400. Online training CPR/AED, First Aid and health care providers classes are available at http://www.swwashington.redcross.org/.