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CROWS IN THE WIND

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I’ve been watching some crows trying to fly in winds gusting to almost 60 mph. It’s as funny as watching an old Jerry Lewis movie filled with pratfalls, although I’m sure the crows themselves would not agree. The poor birds are merely trying to get back to their roosts. I can only imagine what it must be like for such a small creature, as difficult as it was to brace myself against the wind without being blown over earlier in the day. Nonetheless, it is amusing to watch.

ASKING & LISTENING

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A big snowfall in a southern state is not something easily forgotten. The winter I was in fourth grade, snow began falling while we were in school. By lunchtime, four inches had accumulated, and school was dismissed early while busses could still run their routes. Forecasters were predicting six inches or more, and I was ecstatic. Following my mother’s instructions, I walked home, popped some corn, and watched the snow fall from inside the house until she got home from work.

Preparedness Tips for Families with Children

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Periodically, I like to perform what I call a "walk around" inventory. In the simplest of terms, what that means is that I walk around my home, garage and yard with an eye peeled to deficiencies that need to be corrected to insure my safety in the event of a natural disaster. Here where we live, that primarily means an earthquake or winter storm but in fact, it could mean anything that disrupts our normal way of life.

For your cozy holiday reading pleasure

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Winter is a wonderful time to curl up with a good book, and the fireplace in our library’s main reading room provides the perfect backdrop for your holiday reading pleasure. Here are a few suggestions for a great seasonal read:

Survival Basics - Hand Sanitation & Good Hygiene

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Periodically, I like to perform what I call a "walk around" inventory. In the simplest of terms, what that means is that I walk around my home, garage and yard with an eye peeled to deficiencies that need to be corrected to insure my safety in the event of a natural disaster. Here where we live, that primarily means an earthquake or winter storm but in fact, it could mean anything that disrupts our normal way of life.

Storing Food For an Emergency

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Periodically, I like to perform what I call a "walk around" inventory. In the simplest of terms, what that means is that I walk around my home, garage and yard with an eye peeled to deficiencies that need to be corrected to insure my safety in the event of a natural disaster. Here where we live, that primarily means an earthquake or winter storm but in fact, it could mean anything that disrupts our normal way of life.

One of the four basics of preparedness: Water

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For many, the most difficult part of being prepared is taking the first step. But what do you do? Where do you start? As I mentioned in my Welcome article, I like to promote the one-month-at-a-time method of prepping which adds new tasks, skills, and food items each month until, at the end of the year, a decent and well-rounded set of preps is good to go. My strategy for this concept was taken from our own San Juan County Department of Emergency Management which publishes a very useful Preparedness Calendar in flyer form.

Today I am sharing my own version of Month 1 and hope that you will follow along by adding to your own supplies and performing a few simple tasks that will set the stage for your preparedness lifestyle.

DVD shelves expanded

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The library has recently expanded its shelving capacity for its popular and growing collection of DVDs.

New wood shelves with a low profile were made locally to match existing wood shelves at the ends of the adult fiction book sections. These new shelves are at the ends of the adult non-fiction sections and are adjustable so that they can be used for displays in the future as needed, but in the meantime will house the non-fiction DVD collection. The non-fiction DVD collection contains documentaries, how to videos, operas, plays (for example, our Shakespeare collection), travel and cooking shows, among a variety of other topics.

Are you ready, there will be a test

Today, San Juan Islander is kicking off a multi-part series about emergency preparedness. We'll cover the types of emergencies likely to affect the islands, the resources available and the areas where we need more resources. The volunteers, organizations, neighborhoods, and individuals who play a part in planning for emergencies will be highlighted in weekly stories.