Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Don't stop being ready...

Disasters can come at any time. If you stay prepared, you don't have to get prepared. It's simple, but not easy. This past weekend we moved our clocks back an hour... Did you change the battery in your smoke detector? Did you cycle your food items and water in your disaster kits? If you think about these two extra actions on the days we move our clocks back/forward, you are taking steps to keep your family safe and prepared. It's only twice a year... Is your family worth being thought about twice a year? I hope so. Be safe...Be well...Be prepared.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Los Angeles & American Red Cross join together

In time of need, Los Angeles Fire, Police & Sheriffs Department stand ready to respond. Here we see a firefighter with her rescue dog and a LA County Sheriff as they take questions from students of the Los Angeles Unified School District Preparedness Fair held at The Nokia Center inside LA Live, across from Staple Center.

Today, the city of Los Angeles along with The American Red Cross signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) memorializing an ongoing agreement of mutual aid. By having this MOU in place, it helps Los Angeles continue to blaze an impressive trail in the
preparedness community.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Dates set for free training in Pasadena & Los Angeles

I am honored to be a part of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Health Fair being held in Pasadena CA. on September 25, 2010. I have been asked to present a brief disaster preparedness micro DAC (Disaster Awareness Course).
Location: Jackie Robinson Community Center/1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave. Pasadena, CA.
Time: 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM
I will also be presenting a 2 hour full DAC at Holman United Methodist Church in Los Angeles on October 9, 2010, starting at 9:30 AM. Hope to see you at either session.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Back to school! A great place to start!

It's back to school time and if you are like me, it's time to buy new back packs for the little ones. Here's a great idea for your church, schools and after school programs...

Instead of throwing away the old backpacks from last year, go green! Yes, recycle those old backpacks into "Go" bags for your children and/or the children in your neighborhood. By including kids in projects like this, you empower them with the skills of disaster preparedness as well as teach them to be good stewards of the earth by recycling. It's a win, win for everybody!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

New York is a reminder

The events of the past 48 hours in New York is a reminder to the potential for disaster terrorist can inflict at any time. If you would like to know more about how to be prepared, come to a free disaster preparedness seminar in Altadena CA. on May 22, 2010. For more information, email me at

Monday, January 18, 2010

The earth is speaking...are you listening?

The recent disaster in Haiti was not the only earthquake activity in the past few weeks. The earth is a living, breathing life that works in cycles. We are familiar with the four seasons...(winter, spring, summer and fall), but science has shown us that earthquakes can also be tracked in cycles.
The last major earthquake to hit Southern California was in 1856. Science tells us that major earthquakes come about every 150 years. If you add 150 to 1856, you get is now 2010. We are over due for a earthquake larger and possibly more destructive then Haiti...are you prepared? The earth is speaking, are you listening?

U.S. cellphone users donate $22 million to Haiti earthquake relief via text

The American Red Cross has received more then 22 million dollars via text message donations since the earthquake in Haiti this past week. Through a nonprofit mobile phone giving foundation established by the big four cell companies AT &T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon and an aggressive campaign supported by the National Football League, cell phone users can text the word "Haiti" to the number 90999 and a $10.00 donation will be a added to the users bill and sent to earthquake relief.

In an act of good faith, Verizon has not waited for the cell users to pay to forward 3 million dollars to get money in the hands of the people who need it most.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Haiti knocked to it's knees by 7.0 earthquake

Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive told CNN Wednesday the death toll from the earthquake that rocked his country could be "well over 100,000."
The 7.0-magnitude quake struck Tuesday afternoon, and has left Port-au-Prince, the capital city, in ruins.
No official casualty numbers have been released yet.
Haitian President René Préval told the Miami Herald Wednesday he has been stepping over dead bodies and estimated thousands of people were killed.
He said Bellerive's projection may be high because it was based on the extent of the destruction rather than firm counts of the dead.
"We have to do an evaluation," Préval said, describing the scene as "unimaginable."
"All of the hospitals are packed with people. It is a catastrophe,'' he said.
"Parliament has collapsed. The tax office has collapsed. Schools have collapsed. Hospitals have collapsed,'' he told the paper. "There are a lot of schools that have a lot of dead people in them."
This is a re post of CBC News...all writing credits and photo credits belong to CBC News. Thank you for the courtesy of allowing the re post of this vital information.

Monday, January 11, 2010

6.5 Earthquake Shakes No.California

A 6.5 magnatude earthquake shook the northern portion of California.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Ring of Fire

The USGS reports several earthquakes in the last few hours in the Solomon Islands located in the South Pacific. The largest being 7.2 in magnitude and causing tsunami waves. The Solomon Islands are a part of the "Ring of Fire" which is located in the same subduction zone as the west coast of the United States. The term "none of us are an island" is true and understanding that keeping watch with happens to other parts of our world, helps us be better prepared in our corner of our planet.

Remember Newton's third law of motion: "To every action there is an equal and opposite reaction". Are you prepared?

Sunday, January 3, 2010

2010 starts off with some shake'n bake

While out tourist friends and snowbirds from the mid-west and back east enjoy our beautiful Southern California weather, the earth does not disappoint with some shake to go with our 70 degree bake weather. A 2.4 earthquake was registered just short of an hour ago near Twentynine Palms California. While 2.4 may not concern most, it a continued and constant reminder that a 7.5 earthquake has been predicted to hit Southern California and that everybody needs to be prepared.