SRC September Meeting: Cascadia Rising — The Big One!

The Graham Self-Reliant Community will be taking a deeper look at regional and local earthquake preparation at its monthly meeting on Wednesday, September 7, 2016. The meeting will be held at the Fire Station in Graham at 23014 70th Ave E,  just south of 224th St. The meeting is free and begins at 6:30 pm.

In particular, area representatives will be discussing exactly what occurred during the Cascadia Rising Exercise in June, how local fire departments and county agencies participated, and what was learned.

The Cascadia Rising Exercise was the federal-state-local training project to prepare the Puget Sound Region to survive a 9.0 earthquake.

Assistant Graham Fire Chief Tony Judd will be attending the Self-Reliant Meeting, and Assistant Chief Guy Overby from the Central Pierce Fire and Rescue Department has been invited. Also invited is Sarah Foster, the Public Information Officer of the Pierce County Department of Emergency Management.

These individuals will join with members of the SRC in a panel discussion of how a 9.0 earthquake will manifest in our area. Simply, our primary warning will be a ground trembling of at least four minutes – that would be an 8.0.

If the shaking goes for six minutes then we have a full-release subduction quake that will be at least a 9.0, and render nearly full destruction of roadways and bridges, water and sewage lines, and fuel lines. FEMA estimates that this kind of earthquake will require everyone to survive in place for at least a week, and that little infrastructure repair could begin for at least a month, requiring large-scale evacuations for the injured and sick. The Cascadia Rising Exercise projected over 20,000 dead in the first few hours and at least a million residents immediately without effective shelter.

Since a Cascadian Subduction Zone quake will occur just off the Pacific coast of Washington and Oregon, FEMA officials have said that “everything west of I-5 will be toast.”

However, state building codes were strengthened in the 1990s so that all recent construction – certainly all public buildings – must be “resistant” to a 9.0 earthquake. Nevertheless, FEMA expects that a Big One will knock out half of all hospitals, schools, fire and police stations, and other municipal structures.

Geologists from the University of Washington told Cascadia Rising officials that the Pacific Northwest has experienced over forty 9.0 earthquakes in the past 10,000 years. That’s an average of one every 250 years, and the last known Cascadian Subduction Zone release was 360 years ago.

August 3, 2016 Meeting

Solar Photovoltaic “PV” 100

This month’s meeting will be a presentation and discussion on how solar power can be an important piece of your self-reliance.  Since the dawn of time people have been reliant on the sun, using this resource for all sorts of things: keeping time, cultivating crops, heating water and space, and as of 1960’s – generating power!  Come hear a brief history on how solar has progressed over the last sixty years, what its applications are today and how you can incorporate it into your sustainable living.  The main focus of the presentation will be on grid-tied solar pv systems, off-grid pv systems, hybrid solar power pv systems, and how each of them can provide energy independence to a self-reliant home for decades to come.Solar

See you 6:30-8:30 on Wednesday August 3, 2016

at the Graham Fire Hall 23014 70th Ave E.

Meeting Updates

July Cancelled: Our meeting scheduled for July 13th on the Big Earthquake has been cancelled. We will reschedule this topic for September. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Stay tuned for August’s meeting on the topic of solar energy.

July 13th Meeting (2nd Wed)

June 6-10, local, state and federal officials conducted a massive earthquake drill called Cascadia Rising. Over 1,600 first responders, military personnel, and emergency management crews simulated what life will be like throughout the Puget Sound region in the event of The Big One, a 9.0 quake.

Many of us have been anticipating such a disaster for years. Others, perhaps not as much. But let us gather now to understand more fully what is at stake – what resources will be available to us now that officialdom is beginning to awaken to this threat, and what is the true nature of our preparation? Is a ten-year old bag of rice still edible? Can we truly survive on our own for months? How long will it take to rebuild? Join the Graham Self-Reliant Community’s July meeting to discuss this possibility and hear from a panel of local firefighters, preppers, and experts.

See you 6:30-8:30 on Wednesday July 13, 2016 at the Graham Fire Hall 23014 70th Ave E.

Help us have an increase in membership this month.

June Meeting

 

Dear Neighbors and followers,

I am sad to say that the Graham Self-Reliant Community is dying. Membership has been down consecutively all year. Ray and I are struggling to find topics and speakers. We need YOUR help. If you want to keep the self-reliant group going we need you to attend meetings and help us find speakers. If we do not have an increase in attendees or support in the next few months, we will have no option but to end this community group.  So….

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Image result for water saving images…as we head into the summer months the June meeting topic of discussion is Water Self-reliance.

What can YOU do to have enough water in your home and garden? 25+ tips and tricks that may save you money and resources.

Join us at the Graham Fire Hall  – 23014 70th Ave E.

6:30-8:30 on Wednesday June 1, 2016

April 6th Meeting

April 6                    Hands-on Home repairs

A self-reliant person needs to be able to make small home repairs. This is becoming a lost art in our society. At the April meeting we will demonstrate a few common household repairs that you can easily do yourself. For example, are you ready to repair a toilet, fix a faucet, replace an outlet, fix a hole in the wall, weatherproof, fix a gutter, rewire an appliance, etc. Bring questions about something that you need to be fixed or knowledge on how you fixed something that adds to self-reliance.

 

See you 6:30-8:30 on Wednesday April 6, 2016 at the Graham Fire Hall 23014 70th Ave E.

 

March Meeting

Bees and Herbs

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Healthy gardening requires good pollinators.This open forum discussion will incorporate information about…

  • How do we attract the pollinators to the garden?
  • How do we keep them alive and healthy?

After our discussion we will make some great herbal treats for you to take home with you.

See you 6:30-8:30 on Wednesday March 2, 2016 at the Graham Fire Hall 23014 70th Ave E.