Food Shed Program off Grandly with MKWD!

Awhile back I promised you more information on the Mid Klamath Watershed Meeting that was held at the Grange. I’d shared their camp and Teen Stewardship Intern Programs and how Will Harding had shared about their fisheries work. The third part of the presentation was about the Foodshed Program.
Ramona Taylor had discussed the Mid Klamath Watershed Council Community Foodshed Program. She explained that in your pantry today you mights find a variety of foods from around the world, but the Foodshed is based on increasing the economic prosperity of our community as well as stability and vitality as well as help a lot of people who have food insecurity now—they don’t know if they will have adequate food for their family tomorrow.

They offer a variety of free seasonal workshops on various topics to help with this, sustainable agriculture, harvest and food preservation, fruit tree pruning and grafting, butchering livestock for food, and fruit and fish canning to name a few.They emphasize buying fresh, and buying local for shared benefits all around.

They collaborate with others to help them to make a difference in these food areas and while they can’t lobby senators or politicians as a non-profit organization they can help those in our community with these concerns to be informed.

They offer stipends to those who present workshops on these types of topics and usually find knowledgeable presenters locally. They also have used an apple press with school children to help them see that applesauce doesn’t only come from a can on the grocery store shelf. There is an Orleans Farmer’s Market and Exchange which they are involved with. They did obtain an instructor from the coast for the mushroom workshop as identifying edible varieties is so critical. They also had a spring seed exchanger with Sandy Bar Ranch.

It has been a dream of many in our community to have a legal kitchen for use of the bakers and food preparers of our community so perhaps this is a possibility of how we can accomplish this with the help of the Foodshed Program. They have a five year grant that has just begun so we expect to see them accomplish great things in our communities in the coming years.

For further information e-mail or go to the website phone is 627-3202 and address is P. O. Box 409 in Orleans, CA 95556.

Happy Camp Snowstorm Loses Electricity a week!

Thanks Debbie Hixon family of Klamath River who helped so greatly, food and wood and other ways to help and support out community during the recent snow deluge and electrical outages for over a week in some places.

Winter weather always has the potential to knock out power. If an outage occurs, Pacific Powers crews are ready to go to work to get the lights on –Recent events brought a new level of awareness to many — that being prepared is not so much a crazy survivalist notion as a common-sense necessity.

Have an emergency kit on hand, and build lists or social networks to communicate with family and important contacts. Start by discussing together what could happen and what you should do at home, at school or at work if an emergency happens. To be prepared, make a list of what needs to be done ahead of time. Store important family documents, such as birth certificates, passports, wills, financial documents, insurance policies, etc. in waterproof container(s). Identify an appropriate out-of-town contact that can act as a central point of contact in an emergency Write down and exercise your plan with the entire family at least once a year. Make sure everybody has a copy and keeps it close at hand.

If your power goes out, check your circuit breakers or fuse box first to make sure the problem is not inside your home. If not, then call Pacufuc Power at 1-877-508-5088 – the automated system will give you the cause of the outage if it’s known, and an estimated time when power will be restored.

You may have some of the items already, for an emergency kit on hand, such as a flashlight, battery-operated radio, food, and water. The key is to make sure they are organized and easy to find. Would you be able to find your flashlight in the dark? Make sure your kit is easy to carry. Keep it in a backpack, duffel bag or suitcase with wheels, in an easy-to-reach, accessible place, such as your front hall closet. Make sure everyone in the household knows where the emergency kit is.

Don’t forget to have water on hand – at least two liters of water per person per day. Include small bottles that can be carried easily in case of an evacuation order Have on hand food that won’t spoil, such as canned food, energy bars and dried foods (remember to replace the food and water once a year) If the food is canned don’t forget a manual can opener You’ll also need a wind-up or battery-powered flashlight and wind-up or battery-powered radio with extra batteries for each. First aid kit is always good to have on hand, and especially valuable in an emergency. Some Special items such as prescription medications, infant formula and equipment for people with disabilities will be needed depending on the needs of your family. Extra keys to your car and house as well as cash in smaller bills, such as $10 bills (travellers cheques are also useful) and change for payphones may be needed. A copy of your emergency plan and contact information should be on hand. You may want to ensure you have a land-line and corded phone in your home, as most cordless phones will not work during a power outage.

Other things to have for emergency use are candles and matches or lighter (Do not leave candles unattended. Place candles in sturdy containers and put them out before going to sleep) A change of clothing and footwear for each household member as well as a sleeping bag or warm blanket for each household member. A whistle would be handy in case you need to attract attention. Garbage bags for personal sanitation toilet paper and other personal care supplies. Basic tools (hammer, pliers, wrench, screwdrivers, fasteners, safety gloves should be easily accessible. A small fuel-driven stove and fuel which you should know how to use and store properly.

If the emergency goes longer, you may need two extra liters of water per person per day for cooking and cleaning. A whistle to signal for help. If you’re in the dark for long and have to keep the kids from fighting, this could also serve as your referee whistle. Plastic sheeting along with duct tape and a dust mask may be handy.. Personal sanitation items like wet wipes or moist toilette’s, garbage bags, plastic ties, and toilet paper. A wrench or pliers for turning off utilities. Maps of your city or local area. Don’t forget to think about your pets (more water as well as food for them), people with special dietary needs and anyone requiring medication such as insulin. Make sure you have supplies handy.

Of course you may have items particular to your own situation. During the recent snowstorm when electricity was out, some people who get water from pumps had no water. Fortunately there was plenty of good clean snow to melt if they had a way to heat if up. Others didn’t have to rely on snow as the water system kept them in water, but if the water heater was electric, a shower was a mighty chilly experience!

Communication is vital in an emergency. In the recent snowstorm, some people were within a block of the warming station set up at the Karuk Council Building, but they couldn’t get the car out of the drive, let alone off the Hillside Road that hadn’t been plowed and had no idea that they were so close to help. They called CalTrans, but Hillside is under County Jurisdiction so they got no help that way. Who to call, what agendcy might be setting up emergency shelter, meals and housing? Messages left at the Family Resource Center were answered later and they kept the warning station open. Do you need a way to charge your cell phone? Perhaps a car charger? Do you want or need computer backup so you can communicate with e-mails or get updates on weather or warnings? What else would you personally find helpful to have in an emergency or for keeping your family comfortable for the duration of an electrical outage?

The key to surviving any crisis is planning and your emergency plan is important for his reason. It is said that 9 out of ten times when an emergency occurs, the majority of people either freeze (as in take no action as they are in shock) or panic and neither is a good response to an emergency. Those that have an emergency plan are well on their way to surviving in an emergency situation, as they don’t have to waste time trying to figure out where everything is that they will need to keep their family taken care of during the incident.

Deputy Melum Gives Tobacco Talk to Teens

Dennis mellum, former DARE officer, speaks at HCHS

Dennis Mellum, better known in these parts for his previous duties as Deputy DARE, was back in school Monday. His talk to the Happy Camp High School Students wasn’t about drugs or alcohol. He shared the results of tobacco use. Dennis has successfully recovered from a battle with mouth and neck cancer. He underwent horrendous radiation and chemo experience and is now able to talk on these matters to young people.

It brought back memories of our months at UCDavis when my husband underwent similar treatments. The experience of hearing the doctors tell you that he isn’t going to be around long (and the threat that it’s an awful way to die) are bad news. The happy news, in both cases, Dan and Dennis, is that they have survived the cancer!

Dennis closed with a quote of Will Rogers, who s said, “If I’d known I was going to live so long, I’d have taken better care of my body!” Hopefully those who use tobacco will decide it isn’t worth the risks.

Quick Tips For The Heat Wave in Siskiyou County

Yreka – Siskiyou County has been hot for many days now. Extended days of extreme heat have caused heat related illness to many frail, elderly, and homebound in the State of California. Dr. David Herfindahl is following the Governor’s directive to inform residents of risk of extreme heat exposure. This notice is to help you recognize if you or somebody you see is becoming too hot and becoming ill. The following ideas may help you cool down.

  • Use your air conditioner if you are too hot, or spend time in an air-conditioned location such as a store or library.
  • Run portable electric fans in your room to move the air if the room temperature is under 90 degrees.
  • Take a cool bath or shower and then stand in the breeze from your fan.
  • Stay out of the sun.
  • Drink plenty of water or other non-alcoholic drinks.
  • Eat light, cool, easy to digest foods such as fruit or salads.
  • Wear loose fitting, light colored clothes. Wear a hat with a brim to shade your face if you must be in the sun.
  • Check on your friend to make sure they are OK.
  • If somebody becomes confused, stops sweating or seems ill call 911.
  • Don’t drink alcohol.
  • Walk slowly and take rest break in the shade if you must go outside. Carry some water to drink with you.

Reduce Exposure to Areas with Smoke

July 28, 2006 – Yreka – Siskiyou County Public Health Officer, David J. Herfindahl, M.D. advises residents throughout Siskiyou County to be aware that air quality may be extremely poor in many areas due to severe smoke. In areas with visibility less than 2 miles, residents are advised to remain indoors and refrain from physical exertion. Residents with lung or heart disease, and the elderly are advised to leave areas where levels of particulate matter are high. The attached index will assist in assessing the air quality based on the visibility in your area.

To assess visibility:

Face away from the sun.

Determine visibility range by looking for targets that are at known distances (miles).

The visible range is the point where even high-contrast objects disappear.

After determining visibility in miles use the Wildfire Smoke Visibility Index (linked below) to assess air quality.

Wildfire Smoke Visibility Index

‘Therapy Dogs’ Help Relieve Stress for Families

By Rudi Williams
American Forces Press Service

ARLINGTON, Va., Oct. 11, 2001 — “Wow”! “Look at the dogs!” Melvina Brown, 5, exclaimed as she rushed to pet a “therapy dog” at DoD’s Family (Casualty) Assistance Center here. Her little brother, Robert Russell III, 2, eagerly followed.

Later, Kelli Lynch, 2, stunned her father by petting the dogs.

“I didn’t realize what they were here for until my daughter started playing with them,” said Paul Lynch of Waldorf, Md. “She doesn’t have a dog. She’s actually terrified of them, so it’s surprising that she’s playing with these dogs.” Tears started streaming down his cheeks.

“My father has two dogs at the house, and anytime either one of them makes a move toward her, she turns around and runs and screams and cries. But she’s petting these dogs right now,” Lynch said.

His father, James Lynch, was a civilian employee in the Navy Command Center at the Pentagon. His office was in the direct path of the hijacked airliner that crashed into the building on Sept. 11.

The therapy dogs, a variety of breeds, gave tail-wagging greetings to anyone who entered their space. The four- footed therapists are part of Therapy Dogs International Inc., a volunteer organization that provides qualified handlers and their dogs for visits to hospitals, nursing homes and other places where the dogs might help make residents and patients smile.

Group officials pointed out researchers have clinically proven that petting, touching and talking to the animals lowers patients’ blood pressure, relieves stress and eases depression.

“We’re here at the family assistance center for the families, volunteers, staff, military, security — everybody,” said Sue Peetoom of Fredericksburg, Va., chairwoman of the group’s local chapter, Spirit keepers. “We have our dogs available at any time to be petted and hugged for comfort for the families to remember the pets they’ve left at home while they’re here.”

“The dogs are like a magnet, people are just drawn to them,” said Peetoom’s husband, Lee. “A lot of families, counselors, clergy and other members of support groups stopped by to pet the dogs. We also took them to the kids rooms where children were kept while the parents were taking care of business.”

“We were asked to come here because we have a chapter in Oklahoma City that helped people dealing with the disaster there,” Sue Peetoom said.

Certified therapy dogs must be trained, tested and evaluated before they’re allowed into action, she noted.

“They must be ‘bombproof,'” she said. “That is, they can’t react adversely to any situation. They have to be able to be pulled, prodded, hugged, in large crowds, loud noises. They have to be able to deal with anything that happens to them. We have dogs of all shapes, sizes, breeds — and mixed breeds. The only requirement is that they have to be a year old and have excellent temperaments, love people and get along with other dogs, because we’re always in groups.”

They’re all family pets of the people on the other end of the leash, she noted.

A steady stream of people visit the dogs every day, Peetoom said. “We have dogs in the lobby, upstairs, in the children’s room. The dogs are not only for the families, though. Everybody working here is stressed as well, and they’re coming by just for a minute or to smile, touch the dogs, decompress and go back to work.”

Doggie Therapy
Robert Russell III and Melvina Brown had a ball playing with the therapy dogs at DoD’s Family (Casualty) Assistance Center in Arlington, Virginia.
Photo by Rudi Williams.