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February 14, 2013

A Cabin in the Woods

While this cabin does have electricity
and charm, it doesn't have running water.

As my first official post, I am going to invite you to join me as I travel to the Sunshine Guard Station, a rustic cabin originally built as part of the Blue Mountain Work Center in 1935. The cabin is located approximately 43 miles from the town of John Day, Oregon, at 3,700 feet in elevation.  A beautiful setting, but a terrible location for a person without a preparedness kit.

As a Red Cross employee, I’m embarrassed to admit that I am not as prepared as I should be. What’s worse is that I have access to Red Cross information, and therefore have no good excuse. So first thing's first, put together a preparedness kit:

Walking into a store and getting
very basic items took 20 minutes.
Not exactly sure why it's taken me
months to take this very simple step.
  • Water—one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
  • Food—non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash
  • Emergency blanket
  • Map(s) of the area

      According to the experts here, I still have a long way to go. Tomorrow's goal will be to better understand my disaster risks, and prepare my car and dog for the long journey. Stay tuned! 


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