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A Letter from the Editor

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October 27  |  climate change, Editorial, Emergency Preparedness  |   Webmaster

The summer of 2013 will certainly go into the record books as one of the wettest and most costly summers in decades. This freakish weather was at the complete opposite end of the spectrum from the summer of 2012; remember the devastating droughts only a year ago?

As Mother Nature rampaged across North America with heavy rains, which combined with the snow-pack run-off, the flash floods resulted in billions of dollars of damage and thousands and thousands of people left homeless or without power. In fact, the amount that insurers pay out in damage claims due to severe weather has DOUBLED every 5 to 10 years since 1980.

As we head into fall and winter, there is nothing more certain than the uncertainty of the weather and what may lie in store for us. With businesses, farms, municipalities, and families increasing reliant on dependable power, even a short term outage can mean a significant loss in productivity, availability of safe, clean drinking water, and safe, effective waste-water treatment.

As survival expert, Pat Cascio, says, “In a disaster, most people die from dehydration or water-borne illnesses”. It is becoming increasingly apparent that preparation for any weather extremes or emergency situations has to become second-nature to us. Could you and your family survive for a week without electricity, fresh water, food, or the ability to get out of your home?

One of our products, the SolarBag, is ideal for this kind of situation and should be an important component of any emergency kit. Other important items include flashlights, canned food, propane cooker, candles, and of course charged cell phones.

Let’s all learn from our experiences and life’s repeated lessons. Let’s make 2013 the year that we took emergency preparedness seriously, for us, our families, our neighbors, and our communities.

 

 

 

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Drought Lingers on as Crops Wither

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August 30  |  crops, Farm, Latest News  |   Webmaster

Following is an interesting graphic from the NY Times, showing the latest info on the drought and resulting crop production.

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/08/24/us/drought-crops.html?smid=tw-share

 

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Drought in U.S.

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June 30  |  crops, Farm, Latest News, Livestock, Research  |   Webmaster

Extreme temperatures and lack of adequate rainfall are causing the drought situation to worsen throughout the the western states. 

Here is an overview of the past 6 weeks:

U.S. Drought Monitor

http://www.oxyblast.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Drough-monitor-6_week.gif

You can also read more about this here:   http://www.agweb.com/article/14_states_that_need_a_drink/

 

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