Saturday, August 29, 2009

Great OC Register Articles on the Storehouse

The OC Register posted an article about the Bishop's Storehouse in Ft. Valley. It's nice to see. You can read it HERE.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Swine Flu Alert Level Raised to Phase 6

Swine flu has been in and out of the media as of late. The WHO raised the alert level yesterday to a Phase 6. HERE is an article about he swine flu being raised to a Phase 6. HERE is a wonderful link for that talks about preparing for a pandemic flu. I have also added some additional links to the right. And finally, below is information about each phase of a pandemic.

In nature, influenza viruses circulate continuously among animals, especially birds. Even though such viruses might theoretically develop into pandemic viruses, in Phase 1 no viruses circulating among animals have been reported to cause infections in humans.

In Phase 2 an animal influenza virus circulating among domesticated or wild animals is known to have caused infection in humans, and is therefore considered a potential pandemic threat.

In Phase 3, an animal or human-animal influenza reassortant virus has caused sporadic cases or small clusters of disease in people, but has not resulted in human-to-human transmission sufficient to sustain community-level outbreaks. Limited human-to-human transmission may occur under some circumstances, for example, when there is close contact between an infected person and an unprotected caregiver. However, limited transmission under such restricted circumstances does not indicate that the virus has gained the level of transmissibility among humans necessary to cause a pandemic.

Phase 4 is characterized by verified human-to-human transmission of an animal or human-animal influenza reassortant virus able to cause “community-level outbreaks.” The ability to cause sustained disease outbreaks in a community marks a significant upwards shift in the risk for a pandemic. Any country that suspects or has verified such an event should urgently consult with WHO so that the situation can be jointly assessed and a decision made by the affected country if implementation of a rapid pandemic containment operation is warranted. Phase 4 indicates a significant increase in risk of a pandemic but does not necessarily mean that a pandemic is a forgone conclusion.

Phase 5 is characterized by human-to-human spread of the virus into at least two countries in one WHO region. While most countries will not be affected at this stage, the declaration of Phase 5 is a strong signal that a pandemic is imminent and that the time to finalize the organization, communication, and implementation of the planned mitigation measures is short.

Phase 6, the pandemic phase, is characterized by community level outbreaks in at least one other country in a different WHO region in addition to the criteria defined in Phase 5. Designation of this phase will indicate that a global pandemic is under way.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Inglewood Earthquake - A Reminder to Shake Out

In light of the recent small earthquake in Inglewood, this is really good information.

A Reminder to Get Ready...

The magnitude 4.7 Inglewood earthquake on May 17th is another small reminder that California is earthquake country. While many people felt it, there was very little damage. This is expected for a small earthquake. But we will have much larger earthquakes, including one on the San Andreas fault as described in the ShakeOut scenario.

How much larger? With each number increase on the Richter scale, the amplitude of motion goes up by 10, but the total energy of the shaking goes up by 32. Going up 2 points means an increase in energy of 32 times 32. So the magnitude 6.7 Northridge earthquake in 1994 was 1,000 times larger than the Inglewood earthquake, and a 7.8 ShakeOut earthquake will be over 40,000 times larger and shake a much larger area! See the "ShakeMaps" below.

The Inglewood earthquake is a reminder to get prepared, and also to register to participate in this year's statewide ShakeOut Drill on October 15th. You can register yourself or your family, and also your organization, business, or school!

Inglewood Quake 4.7

Shakeout Scenario 7.8

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Month by Month Preparedness

As I have stated before, my goal this year to have everyone in the ward prepared with a 3-month supply of usable food. I have added a new category over to the right called Month by Month Preparedness. Each month I will add the list of things your family needs to be collecting to achieve this goal by the end of December. These downloads are the same as the attachments I'll send via email. This is just in case you need another copy or misplace the email.

Monday, April 20, 2009

The Breathing Mobile Washer

My mom emailed me about this product, and it's so cool. I'm definitely going to add this to my Emergency Preapredness "arsonal!!" It's called the Breathing Mobile Washer. It's a tool for washing clothes that doesn't require any electricity and seems to need very little water as well. Click HERE to check it out. I think you're going to love it!!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

I Can't Believe It's Food Storage

Crystal at Everday Food Storage has published her first book. The book includes:

1. A step by step training program for using your food storage every day in your own recipes. Think of me as your food storage personal trainer.
2. Over 100 kitchen tested (and very delicious) recipes, including some not yet featured on my blog!
3. Family Home Evening lessons to help get your entire family involved in planning your 3-month supply and helping you in the kitchen.
4. Information on the what, where, and why’s of common food storage items.
5. Practical tips for getting dinner on the table, picky eaters, grocery shopping, and more!

This could be a great resource for you and your family! You can purchase it on or

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

The Best Ever (I Swear It's Life Changing) Whole Wheat Bread

If you're making bread mixing half wheat and half white flour, (you know who you are), there are no more excuses. Not with this bread recipe. This is the best bread you will EVER eat, not to mention it is all whole wheat and so good for you. Give it a try.

To those of you still buying bread. I was one of you just 3 months ago. Since trying to make bread in January (and miraculously being successful I might add), I haven't gone back. If you're interested in learning how to make bread, give me a call and I'd be more than happy to give you a lesson.

Whole Wheat Bread

4 - 41/2 cups water Heat in glass container in microwave to 115 degrees - I find this is about 1min 30 sec ... if the water is too hot it will kill the yeast and bread won't rise.
4 T instant yeast
1/3 - 1/2 c honey ( I do 1/3) if using white sugar it would be 1/2 c
1-2 T salt ( I use 1 T)
2 T dough enhancer
3/4 c gluten
1/2 c oil

Mix together

Begin to add fresh ground whole wheat flour .... with mixer on. Continue to add until the dough cleans the bowl. After about the first 7 cups of flour add the flour more slowly allowing it to mix so you can see when it cleans the bowl. The stickier the dough the better so stop adding flour as soon as it cleans the bowl. Continue to "knead" in the mixer for 8 minutes ... a low speed will work for this.
Spray counter top with vegetable spray and dump the dough out on counter. Divide into four portions and shape into loaves. Allow to rise is well greased or sprayed bread pans.

Bake 350 about 25 minutes. Internal temperature should be 200 degrees.
Dump loaves out immediately (Bread swells in the pans and could be hard to get out if you wait).