Friday, March 26, 2010

Be Vigilant...Be Aware

This email was forwarded to us from the 5th Ward, and I felt like it was important enough that we should pass it along right away.  Not to scare you, but just to make us all more aware.

Dear 5th Ward Families:

We had two home invasions yesterday.  One at Loyal and Jennifer Hulme's (Lone Peak Meadows II) and the Warner's (Bellevue).  Please alert everyone you know via email in your respective neighborhoods.  Don't leave your garage doors open and lock your doors during the day.  Both of these invasions happened in the morning and afternoon.  The one person was a male between 20-30 years old wearing jeans and a black coat.  One of them tried the front door and also jumped over the fence gate and went to the glass sliding door and tried to enter.  The other one went into the garage (door up) and took credit cards from the homeowners purse that was in her car and has charged thousands of dollars in just one day.  DON'T LEAVE PURSES OR WALLETS IN YOUR CAR.  I left a voice mail message for the Draper City Police to patrol our neighborhoods more frequently over the next week. 

Be safe!

Mike Brinton
Be alert and lock everything even if you are just going to be gone a few  minutes.  Thieves wait and watch and know when you leave.  Be careful when you go to Church to lock your home and set your home security alarm, if you have one.  We don't want this to happen to you!!

Here's the details from the two homeowners in Lone Peak Meadows II and Bellevue who experienced the home invasions:
My car was broken into and my purse was stolen today.  Thousands of dollars have been spent on my cards.  My garage door was open for about an hour today.  I talked to some people where my card was used at Buckle and they said it was 2 middle age women.  One was heavier set with brown hair and the other had short red hair.  She said she had an 11 year old daughter.  They also purchased stuff for her boyfriend.  I can't believe that someone would do such a thing.  Please pass this on to everyone you can.
Jami Warner

Hi Neighbors,

This email is to make you aware of a near break in this morning (3/25) at around 8:00 am.  I was taking children to school, and left my 9 year old daughter at home alone.  I was only gone for ten minutes, but during that time a man tried to break into our home.  My daughter saw him through the front window approach our house.  He then tried to open our locked front door, and shook it several times.  He then jumped our locked fence, and proceeded to try and open our sliding back door.  The door was secured with a stick in its track, and he was only able to slide it two inches open.  He tried several times and then ran away from our house, heading south.  The man was white, between 20 - 30 years of age, had dark hair, a black coat, and was wearing jeans.  The police found nothing when they arrived, but advised that we all need to be cautious of our surroundings.  Most importantly, do not leave garage doors open.  There are many thefts due to easy access to your belongings.  Also, keep your gates locked.  Although this man jumped our fence, usually a locked gate will deter the intruder.  Also, for those of you who have an alarm system, if an intruder enters a home and hears the alarm beeping, they usually flee immediately.  Loyal and I have become lax with ours, and only set it at night, but after this morning that will change. 
We live in a great neighborhood, with wonderful neighbors.  We just wanted you to be aware, so you can all be a little more diligent in noticing our surroundings, suspicious behavior, and take the steps necessary to keep your family safe.

Jen Hulme

Scouting for Food!

Saturday, 4/27
Don't Forget!!

The Scouts will be coming around bright & EARLY tomorrow morning to collect your bag of food donations for Scouting for Food.  PLEASE have your items ready so that they can finish their job quickly and join everyone at the ward party (which starts at 9am, and WILL BE in the pavilion, so Dress Warm!)  - - - 
Don't Forget!!

Thanks :)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Be Involved...

Tonight the people of our ward (precinct 4827) should attend a meeting at Crescent View Middle School (for Republicans) and SLCC Miller Campus, 9750 S. 300 W, (for Democrats) that begins at 7:00 for a general meeting and then breaks into precincts for election of delegates to the state and county conventions.  Our Church leadership has encouraged us to be involved.

(thanks, Jane, for the reminder!)

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Preparedness Email (week of 3/17)

More great info - remember, scroll down for the weekly sale prices!

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and MORE Earthquake Info :)

Ok, so apparently there is some level of controversy regarding this - so I'm just going to give you all the info, and you can make your own educated decision :)

American Red Cross response to "Triangle of Life" by Doug Copp

Sent from
Rocky Lopes, PhD Manager, Community Disaster Education American Red Cross National Headquarters
Recently it has been brought to my attention that an email from Doug Copp, titled "Triangle of Life," is making its rounds again on the Internet. "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" is CORRECT, accurate, and APPROPRIATE for use in the United States for Earthquake safety. Mr. Copp's assertions in his message that everyone is always crushed if they get under something is incorrect.

Recently, the American Red Cross became aware of a challenge to the earthquake safety advice "Drop, Cover, and Hold On." This is according to information from Mr. Doug Copp, the Rescue Chief and Disaster Manager of American Rescue Team International (a private company not affiliated with the U.S. Government or other agency.) He says that going underneath objects during an earthquake [as in children being told to get under their desks at school] is very dangerous, and fatal should the building collapse in a strong earthquake. He also states that "everyone who gets under a doorway when a building collapses is killed." He further states that "if you are in bed when an earthquake happens, to roll out of bed next to it," and he also says that "If an earthquake happens while you are watching television and you cannot easily escape by getting out the door or window, then lie down and curl up in the fetal position next to a sofa, or large chair." These recommendations are inaccurate for application in the United States and inconsistent with information developed through earthquake research. Mr. Copp based his statements on observations of damage to buildings after an earthquake in Turkey. It is like "apples and oranges" to compare building construction standards, techniques, engineering principles, and construction materials between Turkey and the United States.
We at the American Red Cross have studied the research on the topic of earthquake safety for many years. We have benefited from extensive research done by the California Office of Emergency Services, California Seismic Safety Commission, professional and academic research organizations, and emergency management agencies, who have also studied the recommendation to "drop, cover, and hold on!" during the shaking of an earthquake. Personally, I have also benefited from those who preceded me in doing earthquake education in California since the Field Act was passed in 1933.
What the claims made by Mr. Copp of ARTI, Inc., does not seem to distinguish is that the recommendation to "drop, cover, and hold on!" is a U.S.-based recommendation based on U.S. Building Codes and construction standards. Much research in the United States has confirmed that "Drop, Cover, and Hold On!" has saved lives in the United States. Engineering researchers have demonstrated that very few buildings collapse or "pancake" in the U.S. as they might do in other countries. Using a web site to show one picture of one U.S. building that had a partial collapse after a major quake in an area with thousands of buildings that did not collapse during the same quake is inappropriate and misleading.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which collects data on injuries and deaths from all reportable causes in the U.S., as well as data from three University-based studies performed after the Loma Prieta (September, 1989) and Northridge (January, 1994) earthquakes in California, the following data are indicated: Loma Prieta: 63 deaths, approximately 3,700 people were injured. Most injuries happened as a result of the collapse of the Cypress Street section of I-880 in Oakland. Northridge: 57 deaths, 1,500 serious injuries. Most injuries were from falls caused by people trying to get out of their homes, or serious cuts and broken bones when people ran, barefooted, over broken glass (the earthquake happened in the early morning on a federal holiday when many people were still in bed.) There were millions of people in each of these earthquake-affected areas, and of those millions, many of them reported to have "dropped, covered, and held on" during the shaking of the earthquake.
We contend that "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" indeed SAVED lives, not killed people. Because the research continues to demonstrate that, in the U.S., "Drop, Cover, and Hold On!" works, the American Red Cross remains behind that recommendation. It is the simplest, reliable, and easiest method to teach people, including children.
The American Red Cross has not recommended use of a doorway for earthquake protection for more than a decade. The problem is that many doorways are not built into the structural integrity of a building, and may not offer protection. Also, simply put, doorways are not suitable for more than one person at a time.
The Red Cross, remaining consistent with the information published in "Talking About Disaster: Guide for Standard Messages," (visit ) states that if you are in bed when an earthquake happens, remain there. Rolling out of bed may lead to being injured by debris on the floor next to the bed. If you have done a good job of earthquake mitigation (that is, removing pictures or mirrors that could fall on a bed; anchoring tall bedroom furniture to wall studs, and the like), then you are safer to stay in bed rather than roll out of it during the shaking of an earthquake.
Also, the Red Cross strongly advises not try to move (that is, escape) during the shaking of an earthquake. The more and the longer distance that someone tries to move, the more likely they are to become injured by falling or flying debris, or by tripping, falling, or getting cut by damaged floors, walls, and items in the path of escape. Identifying potential "void areas" and planning on using them for earthquake protection is more difficult to teach, and hard to remember for people who are not educated in earthquake engineering principles. The Red Cross is not saying that identifying potential voids is wrong or inappropriate. What we are saying is that "Drop, Cover, and Hold On!" is NOT wrong -- in the United States. The American Red Cross, being a U.S.-based organization, does not extend its recommendations to apply in other countries. What works here may not work elsewhere, so there is no dispute that the "void identification method" or the "Triangle of Life" may indeed be the best thing to teach in other countries where the risk of building collapse, even in moderate earthquakes, is great.

Remember, Information is Power :)

Monday, March 15, 2010

New (at least to some of us!) Earthquake Info

Vickie Jensen sent me this email info after reading one of our preparedness emails - and it has some great info that rings true - so I'm passing it along to y'all :)

worth reading!.....

(forwarded to Vickie J. from a co-worker)


My name is Doug Copp. I am the Rescue Chief and Disaster Manager of the American Rescue Team International (ARTI),  the world's most  experienced rescue team. The information in this article will save  lives in an earthquake.
I have crawled inside 875 collapsed buildings, worked with  rescue teams from 60 countries, founded   rescue teams in several countries, and I am a member of many  rescue teams from many countries.
I was the United Nations' expert in Disaster Mitigation  for two years. I have worked at every major disaster in the world since 1985, except for simultaneous disasters.
The first building I ever crawled  inside of was a school in Mexico City during the 1985 earthquake.  Every child was under its desk. Every child was crushed to the thickness of their bones. They could have survived by lying down next to their desks in the aisles. It was obscene, unnecessary and I wondered why the children were not in the aisles.
I didn't at the time know that the children were told to hide under something.  I am amazed that even today schools are still using the "Duck and Cover" instructions-telling the children to squat under their  desks with their heads bowed and covered with their hands. This was the technique used in the Mexico City school.
Simply stated, when buildings collapse, the weight of the ceilings  falling upon the objects or furniture inside crushes these objects, leaving a space or void next to them. This space is what  I call the 'triangle of life'. The larger the object, the stronger, the less it will compact.
The less the object compacts,  the larger the void, the greater the probability that the person who is using this void for safety will not be injured. The next time you watch collapsed buildings, on television, count the 'triangles' you see formed. They are everywhere. It is the most common shape, you will see, in a collapsed building.
  1) Almost everyone who simply 'ducks and covers' when buildings collapse ARE CRUSHED TO DEATH. People who get under objects, like desks or cars, are crushed.
  2)  Cats, dogs and babies often naturally curl up in the fetal position. You should too in an earthquake. It is a natural safety/survival instinct. That position helps you survive in a smaller void. Get next to an object, next to a sofa, next to a large bulky object that will compress slightly but leave a void next to it.
  3) Wooden buildings are the safest type of construction to be in during an earthquake. Wood is flexible and moves with the force of the earthquake. If the wooden building does collapse, large survival voids are created. Also, the wooden building has less concentrated, crushing weight. Brick buildings  will break into individual bricks. Bricks will cause many injuries but less squashed bodies than concrete slabs. Concrete slab buildings are the most dangerous during an earthquake.
  4)  If you are in bed during the night and an earthquake occurs,  simply roll off the bed. A safe void will exist around the bed.  Hotels can achieve a much greater survival rate in earthquakes, simply by posting a sign on the back of the door of every room telling occupants to lie down on the floor, next to the bottom of the bed during an earthquake.
  5) If an earthquake happens  and you cannot easily escape by getting out the door or window,  then lie down and curl up in the fetal position next to a sofa, or large chair.
  6) Almost everyone who gets under a doorway when buildings collapse is killed. How? If you stand under a  doorway and the doorjamb falls forward or backward you will be crushed by the ceiling above. If the door jam falls sideways you will be cut in half by the doorway. In either case, you will be  killed!
  7) Never go to the stairs. The stairs have a different 'moment of frequency (they swing separately from the  main part of the building). The stairs and remainder of the  building continuously bump into each other until structural  failure of the stairs takes place.
The people who get on stairs  before they fall are chopped up by the stair treads and are
horribly mutilated. Even if the building doesn't collapse, stay away from  the stairs. The
stairs are a likely part of the building to be damaged... Even if the stairs are not collapsed by the earthquake,  they may collapse later when overloaded by fleeing people. They should always be checked for safety, even when the rest of the  building is not damaged.
  8) Get Near the Outer Walls Of Buildings Or Outside Of Them If Possible - It is much better to be near the outside of the building rather than the interior. The  farther inside you are from the outside perimeter of the building  the greater the probability that your escape route will be  blocked.
  9) People inside of their vehicles are crushed  when the road above falls in an earthquake and crushes their vehicles; which is exactly what happened with the slabs between  the decks of the Nimitz Freeway.. The victims of the San Francisco earthquake all stayed inside of  their vehicles. They were all killed. They could have easily survived by getting out and lying in the fetal position  next to their vehicles.. Everyone killed would have survived if they had been able to get out of their cars  and sit or lie next to them. All the crushed cars had voids 3 feet  high next to them, except for the cars that had columns fall directly across them.
  10) I discovered, while crawling  inside of collapsed newspaper offices and other offices with a  lot of paper, that paper does not compact. Large voids are found surrounding stacks of paper.
 In 1996 we made a film, which  proved my survival methodology to be correct. The Turkish Federal Government, City of Istanbul , University of Istanbul Case  Productions and ARTI cooperated to film this practical, scientific  test. We collapsed a school and a home with 20 mannequins inside.  Ten mannequins did 'duck and cover,' and ten mannequins I used in my 'triangle of life' survival method. After the simulated earthquake collapse we crawled through the rubble and entered the building to film and document the results.
The film, in which I  practiced my survival techniques under directly observable,  scientific conditions, relevant to building collapse, showed there  would have been zero percent survival for those doing duck and  cover.
There would likely have been 100 percent  survivability for people using my method of the 'triangle of  life.'
This film has been seen by millions of viewers on  television in  Turkey  and the rest of Europe, and it was seen in the USA , Canada and Latin America on the TV program Real TV.
Spread the word and save  someone's  life...
The entire world is experiencing natural  calamities so be prepared!  

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Primary Easter Activity Reminder!

Don't Forget - THIS week!!

Primary Easter Activity
Friday, March 19 3pm-4pm

Your kids won't want to miss this :)

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Going to the Temple............ :)

Hi Girls!
Yes, it's that time - Temple Time!!
Come and join us TONIGHT for Girl STUFF Night

Draper Temple
7pm (call if you want to carpool!)
doing initiatory work
going out for snack/chat after :)

We'd love to see you there!!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Preparedness Email (week of 3/10)

Great comparison info in here on powdered milk choices - Read Up :)

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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Girl S.T.U.F.F. - Temple Night

This month we're taking on the "T" (temple) in Girl STUFF.....
so come and join us!

Thursday, 3/11
we'll be doing initiatory work at the Draper Temple

meet us there, or call Jeanette (801.619.7099) or Adele (801.576.1089) for a ride!!

(afterwards we'll all go somewhere for a little treat and chat time - come along!)

Monday, March 8, 2010

March Service Project

We have the opportunity this month to deliver meals to the elderly on TUESDAY, MARCH 16, for the UTAH FOOD BANK. The signup has gone around the last couple Sundays, but if you haven't seen it and would like to participate, please call Jolynn Skousen or Joy Jones by this Thursday, March 11. We will meet at the church parking lot at either 10:00 am or 6:00 pm (whichever time works best for you), buddy up, and head to the Food Bank (3150 S. 900 W.). You can either drive or be a buddy to someone else who will drive. You can even bring little ones along for the ride! Each car will deliver 3 meals (approx. 20 minutes per meal). The Utah Food Bank provides 2000 meals per month to the elderly. You will receive a reminder phone call or email with final details before next Tuesday. Thanks in advance for your service to our community!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Preparedness Email (week of 3/4)

You asked for it - You got it!  All the preparedness info you can handle for the week!

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as always - remember to scroll allllllll the way down for the grocery deals!!
(how lucky are we to have someone do this much work for us?!  Ann Rocks!!)

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Primary Easter Activity Update

The Primary is still looking for egg cartons - they could use EITHER styrofoam OR cardboard 12count egg cartons.  They are doing a 12 days of Easter activity, and could also use any solid colored plastic eggs that you may have lying around and are no longer using.  (They do have them at the Dollar Store, but they need 720, so any donations would be great!).

The activity is on Friday, March 19 from 3-4 in the multi-purpose room.