Reading. It’s still an awesome activity. I mean books. Doesn’t matter if it’s the hold in your hand kind or on a “devise”. Another source of entertainment is home movies. But I have some things specific in mind for this Memorial Day. I never was much interested in history. That has always been Husband’s thing. That is until my Mother-in-law sent us the PBS, DVD series The War by Ken Burns. Husband was on the 3rd disk when I passed through the room with a load of clothes to put away when something on the TV caught my attention and sat down to watch. NeedlessRead More →

Throughout my many past vocational endeavors, I have been to many expos, conferences and seminars. These have been in the educational industry, coffee industry, ones for tea room owners, health care for the elderly, as well as the EMS industry. Every industry seems to have their own, providing a wealth of information on new trends and developments. So when I started to search for local emergency preparedness expo’s, I was surprised to find zilch. It seemed most of them were in the Midwest or southern states. When I found the NW Preparedness Expo in Prosser Washington, I was ecstatic. Since it was only 300 milesRead More →

The emergency preparation team at our church put our heads together, to figure out how to develop awareness among our own congregation. We came up with the idea of a huge display table. One that not only displayed stuff, but was a source of information as well. Possibly including a “call to action”. We wanted the table display up for at least 2 Sundays. Once we ran the idea by our pastor, then the church board, we made up our lists and the following is what we ended up displaying. Water       We brought out all sizes of storage containers; 5 gallons, 2 gallons, one gallonRead More →

CERT stands for Community Emergency Response Team. I vaguely remember when son Giver Man went through the CERT program 2 years ago. I heard about it again when I went to a seminar my church denomination put on. CERT training is a 20 hour course that was initially put together in 1985 by the Los Angeles Fire Department. It’s purpose was to train civilians to respond in emergencies when our established EMS system would be overloaded. Good thing too, as 2 years latter in 1987, the Whittier Narrows earthquake hit Southern California, confirming the need for civilians to be trained in emergency response. In 1993,Read More →

  I have worked in a lot of different ministries over the years but have never started one. Initially, I did not know where to begin, which is odd since I have worked as a organizational coach in the not too distant past. Since I have helped many clients get “unstuck”, I just started to use the process on myself. First thing I needed to do was put a team together. Bill and Mary (hows that for generic names!) from our small group were willing volunteers and we became the Emergency Preparedness Team. We were to add more volunteers as time went on. Since IRead More →