I recently put together a quick video demonstrating the contents of my go bag. Each member of our family has one and we keep them our in our vehicles. It’s my call to action for you. Put together both a go bag and a plan. Are you ready to evacuate quickly? And where exactly do you plan to go?
Oregon Coast residents are now painfully aware of the potential for wildfire. In September of 2020 we lost 300 residences to the Echo Mountain Fire Complex. Additionally, we are located near the Cascadia Subduction Zone and live with the anticipation of “when – not – if” for earthquake and tsunami hazards.
Several weeks ago, Reed and I learned how to forage for seafood during Newport Parks and Recreation’s “Low Tide Learning; Survival Foods”. Since then we have made a couple of trips on our own and seemed to have remembered enough to gather more goodies.
This field trip is one example of the many engaging opportunities offered by Parks and Rec. Check out the City’s online catalogue for their upcoming programs. https://www.newportoregon.gov/dept/par/
How many of us make radio part of our media diet? Local radio is alive and well and always has been. When was the last time you tuned in? Do you have a radio included in your emergency resource cache?
Lincoln County is home to several locally owned and operated stations. Fitting into the community mosaic like other organizations our stations have diverse formats, technical attributes and personalities.
Our stations have historically been and continue to be our community’s important emergency communication resource. AM and FM frequencies are easily found with a battery-operated transistor radio, by using the receiver in your four wheeler or streamed live on the internet.
Our digital age swiftly brought us the smart phone. Chances are yours is not far from arms reach. It’s possible that you and I have become so fond of our pocket computers that we’ve become less inclined to include local radio as a part of date night. It’s also possible then that your emergency go bag is missing this important resource. If you are lacking a battery powered or hand cranked radio. Get one. Please.
The lexicon of disaster preparedness and response often includes “Whole Community Approach”. By definition we get this word salad, “A Whole Community approach attempts to engage the full capacity of the private and nonprofit sectors, including businesses, faith-based and disability organizations, and the general public, in conjunction with the participation of local, tribal, state, territorial, and Federal governmental partners.” = #inthistogether
Our successes and shortcomings in both response and recovery to emergencies are whole community. The Echo Mountain Wildfire event has demonstrated just how multidimensional emergencies and “life” are. In one way or another the fires touch us all. Events everywhere – touch us all. Butterfly effect.
Enter a new term: “Whole Media Approach”. To ensure redundancy in our ability to communicate during an emergency let us embrace word of mouth, radio, text, internet, tv, print, HAM radio, Morse code, etc. We could even consider bringing back the carrier pigeon, couldn’t we? In its place, perhaps, we might try embracing the oral traditions. Talking to our families, our friends, neighbors. Are we vulnerable – do they feel vulnerable? Are we prepared as we should be?
Unlock the secret FM tuner in your Android phone? Worth a try. Your phone has been holding out on you. Believe it or not, your model might have a built-in FM radio receiver. And you don’t need to do any jailbreaking or violate any terms of service to use it. You just need the right app. (Link: CNET)