October 4, 2016
Meeting was called to order at 7:30am. Guest speaker, Jim Buck, led the flag salute.
Guests: Jim Buck, Hugh and Diane Hafner, Blaine Zechenelly, Al Reeves, Debra Pitt, Jim Haguewood, Harry Mitchell and Tony Cook.
- Edna Petersen invited all to attend “Why Winners Win”, a motivational presentation by Trevor Moawad, on October 18 from 7:00 – 8:30pm at the Red Lion Inn.
- John Halberg is selling raffle tickets – one week in Hawaii – to benefit the Olympic Peninsula Rowing Association.
- George B., Edna P., and Jim H. reported on the NOLA (North Olympic Legislative Alliance) meeting at Peninsula College. The Alliance will work to bring groups together to discuss and reach agreements on issues and then go to Olympia to influence legislators.
- John Brewer mentioned the League of Women Voters candidate forum, tonight at 6:30pm in the Courthouse, will feature the Commissioner and Superior Court races.
- Fire Chief Sam Phillips talked about the last push this year to get volunteers for training that starts in January.
Jack Glaubert moved and Jim McEntire seconded acceptance of PABA minutes for Sept. 27. Motion carried.
Jim Buck reviewed some of the effects of a 9.2 earthquake in this area and how long it would take to get any help. He said if your house is safe it is better to stay there than seek shelter elsewhere.
“Camping in Your Home”
- Assess shelter.
- Repair shelter if you can by bracing it to withstand aftershocks.
- Handy tools such as tarps, tapes, plastic, sheet rock, duck tape, wire, et. will help.
- Clean shelter of any broken glass.
- Erect or build a tent in your house. This will act as a roof, keep you dry and act as a windbreak. Dig out all of your linens, blankets, towels, cooking supplies and first aid equipment. Your neighborhood is safer if you stay in your home.
- Warm bed: hot water bottles, bed warmers and “3 dog nights”.
- Water purification: You will need more than a Brita! 1.1 gallons per person, per day, does not include water for washing and bathing. Water treatment systems will need to be run manually.
- Food supplies include dehydrated food such as what Cindy and Dan Gase sell. (Kaj added later that Mormon Church can suggest supplies.) Instant soups, noodles, popcorn, chocolate and liquor will make survival easier. (Remember family allergies.
- Cooking-use grates and pots. No charcoal inside.
- Bathroom and Sanitation. Mr. Buck handed out instructions on the twin-bucket emergency toilet. Have TP, handy wipes and disposable towels.
- Waste Disposal. Black plastic bags, woodchips, sawdust or peat moss to mix in bags until can be tossed.
- Light, heat and fuel. Candles – after chances of aftershocks are gone, kerosene heater and lanterns can be safely used inside.
- Fire starting and protection – lighters, matches and fire extinguishers.
Mr. Buck recommended the “Minute Man Anchor” to strap down tanks.
Q & A Period
- Earthquake insurance is available locally but usually with a high deductibility.
- Solar lighting can help.
- Plan to be on your own for 30 days. There might be 8.2 million people vying for help.
- Police are trained to look for vigilantes.
- First responders might have food for themselves, but not for others.
- Mobile ATM machine might provide cash.
Mr. Buck suggested that PABA plan on ways for businesses to get back to work.
Meeting adjourned at 8:30am.
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