Idaho PREPAREdness Expo

Emergency situations can strike at unpredicted moments and may leave us stranded, unprepared, and fearful. Preparing ahead of time can give you a leg up when disaster finds you. And because there is no exact formula to follow for emergency preparedness, it can be difficult to know specifically how to prepare. How much food should you have per person? What gear should you stock up? How should you handle pets or other specific needs? Which supplies may not be as helpful as they seem?

Idaho PREPAREdness Expo can answer these questions and give more advice on emergency preparedness. The event is hosted at Rigby High School on September 17th from 10 am to 4 pm. Presenters from all areas of emergency preparedness will be there to show their tips and tricks for surviving extreme situations. These experts have the experience and know-how to help you formulate your survival plans. This event is a tremendous opportunity to gain information in person, rather than finding it online. You will be able to ask questions and see first hand what tools or equipment the pros use. This one afternoon could make the difference between survival and defeat in an emergency, so make Idaho PREPAREdness Expo a priority event to come to.

Check out our website for more information at www.idahoprepare.com

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Are you ready for a power outage?

After the power outage that affected most of Eastern Idaho yesterday it is important to reflect was I prepared?

On the Idaho Preparedness Expo page you will find a post by the Red Cross on what to do in a power outage. In addition you can learn about what to do in other situations this September 17 at the Idaho Preparedness Expo, a free event focused on helping you.

http://www.idahoprepare.com/preparing-for-power-outages/

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Beat the Heat

It’s summer and Idaho is ripe with possibilities for outdoor adventures. As the temperatures rise it is important to remember take caution in order to prevent heat related illnesses. Whether you are working, playing or just lounging around, You need to keep in mind the dangers that exist if you don’t take care in the heat.  Here are some tips from the Center for Disease Control on how you can help your family stay healthy in the heat.

http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/heattips.asp

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Angel Babies

Angel Babies

Madison Memorial Hospital nurses comfort mothers during the loss of a stillborn birthing experience. The team goes so far as to offer services to these families that are above and beyond the duty of an employee or a hospital. With a cemetery plot donated by Sutton Cemetery, a Headstone donated by Idaho Falls Monument, and even caskets prepared by during eagle scout projects here. Madison healthcare team would is grateful to everyone that is involved with making this experience possible!

More info…
http://lilysangelcloset.blogspot.com/

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Hiking Safety

The beauty of the State of Idaho is captivated in the summertime. With the sun out extra long, us Idahoans take every opportunity to get outside. This includes exploring the great outdoors. You can expect a lot of hiking. However, lets paint the picture of precautions we should all make before letting our feet hit the trails.

If you are lost…

STOP. THINK. OBSERVE. PLAN.

  • Take a moment to think and relax so you don’t become overwhelmed with the situation. Eat a snack, or drink some water that you have packed, and prepare with more sunscreen or a flashlight in hand if it is dark.
  • Look at your map, and try to remember landmarks you have passed. Do your best to mentally retrace your footsteps. Don’t worry about being in a hurry.
  • Look around to make sure you and others in your group are not injured in any way. Take care of things one-step at a time, important to least important.
  • Put together your plan and then put it into action.

Dehydration: If you are thirsty, dehydration has already started to set in! You should be drinking plenty of water and other fluids. If you or anyone in your group begin to feel thirst, headaches, dizziness, nausea, cramps, or extreme fatigue, you need to find shade! In the shade, sip small amounts of water and allow rest to help the dehydrated body before moving forward. In extreme cases, you or your group should discontinue the hike and seek medical attention.

Heat exhaustion: The beginning of exhaustion can be similar to dehydration. Pale and clammy skin, heavy sweating, nausea, tired or dizziness, headaches, and muscle cramps. Remain in the shade with plenty of water. Try putting a cold, wet piece of fabric on the forehead of the exhausted person. In extreme cases, heat stroke can arise when the body reaches over 105 degrees Fahrenheit. This can cause increased heart rate, hot red skin, and confusion. You should seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Elevation change: With higher elevation comes less oxygen and added physical exertion. This can accelerate dehydration and heat exhaustion. Take plenty of breaks, drink plenty of water, and maintain a good speed for YOU!

Lack of Phone Reception: In many areas to explore there is a beautiful, yet scary thing that happens… lack of cell phone reception! Yes, you’ll have to post on Facebook or Instagram after your hike. Plan ahead. Don’t count on your phone if there is an emergency. Instead let others know your location and an estimated finishing time before your set out on the trails.

Have a safe and well-hydrated summer! Stay on those trails!

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