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Nov 29
2015
Steve Marr

Is Preparedness A Lack Of Faith?

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I was talking with “Molly” about the wisdom of being prepared for possible future disasters.  During our conversation I stressed the importance of being ready spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically. Part of the being physically ready is having a full pantry of supplies, not just for your family but also surplus to share with others in the event of an emergency. 

Molly preceded to read me the riot act on how I was not trusting God to take care of me, my family and other Christians. I was chastised for not believing God would provide.

After listening for a while I asked, “Do you recall when Jesus said, ‘Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?’” (Matthew 6:26) “Of course”, she replied, a bit annoyed, “this is exactly my point. God will take care of us. You have just proved my point.” I asked if she ever watched birds - how they fly scooping up bugs, looking for seeds and other crawling stuff to eat. Eagles and hawks look for fish, small animals and birds to eat.  When they spot something they chase hard after the meal. I believe part of the illustration for us is birds don’t just sit on a branch waiting for food to be presented to them. They are active all the time. Yes, the Lord takes care of them, but only after “hard work”.

Aug 27
2015
Steve Marr

Wildfire Smoke and Your Health

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As hundreds of wildfires burn throughout California, Oregon, Washington and Idaho smoke is creating poor health conditions for many.  We can take a few steps to minimize our health risk.

Smoke from the Chiwaukum Creek Fire hangs over the town of Leavenworth ...

Folks with with asthma, respiratory infection, diabetes, heart and lung disease or with a history of stroke should especially stay indoors. Pregnant women, infants and children should also stay indoors. If you start struggling to breath, get medical assistance immediately.

Aug 22
2015
Steve Marr

Volunteering Before A Crisis

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Most people focus on personal, or family preparation to be ready in the event of an emergency.  The Christian Emergency Network encourages advance preparation not just for yourself, but to help others.  One step you should consider is volunteering in advance of an emergency to build a good networking group and learn key skills.

For example, if you volunteer as a firefighter you will learn how to keep firers under control, learn basic first aid and build relationships with others committed to helping others.

Aug 21
2015
Steve Marr

Grill As Backup Cooking

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When the power goes out, many will loose the ability to cook, many have electric ovens, even if they have a gas cook top.  A barbecue grill can help get you through a power outage, besides, if your refrigerator and freezer go out, might as well cook up your meat.

Summer Grilling Recipes you have to try

If you use propane, keep two extra canisters available. In normal cooking, if you only have one canister, the gas has a way of going out half way through a meal.  When you have several full canisters you will have fuel for a few days of cooking.

Aug 21
2015
Steve Marr

Store Some Instant Milk

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An emergency can catch you flatfooted. Having a full pantry with extra supplies is wise. This gives you food to use for your family, and hopefully share with others during an emergency.

One key item to store is a few boxes of instant dry milk. The product has improved greatly since I use some during my camping trips in the past.

The dry milk can be easily mixed providing additional protein as a snack or part of a meal. A few boxes are not very expensive, and you can use in your cooking recopies to keep your stock rotated. One trick, if you add a dash of vanilla extract the flavor will improve.

Jun 25
2015
Steve Marr

When The Dog Bites

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The famous song “My Favorite Things” from the Sound of Music contained the phrase “When the Dog Bites”. Unlike the words of the song, a dog bit can create a mini emergency for you.

The owner us responsible for any bits caused by their dog, so we have a responsibility to keep our pets under control.

Any dog bite can easily become infected. Wash out thoroughly and if possible have treated by a doctor. An infection can turn nasty, even from a small bite.