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Friday, November 27, 2015

Winter Care for Older Adults

Older adultWinter is an important time to check on older adult family members, friends, and neighbors to ensure they stay safe throughout the season. In addition to colder temperatures and snow, winter weather can bring an increased risk of health problems and injuries to older adults.
·        Falls are a concern for everyone, especially for older adults. Putting road salt, cat litter, or sand on sidewalks, steps, and driveways will make these areas as slip-free as possible. Non-slip shoes are also a great way to help older adults navigate slippery conditions.
·        Cold temperatures make older adults susceptible to hypothermia, a dangerous drop in body temperature. Learn the warning signs of this weather related illness and how to prevent it.
·        Shoveling can put too much strain on the heart. Older adults, especially those with heart disease or high blood pressure, should leave snow shoveling to others.
If you do not live near your older adult family members, it may be helpful to create a plan about how you’ll connect with them during an emergency. Download and complete the Family Emergency Communication Plan from America’s PrepareAthon! and share it with your family today.


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Four Ways to Keep Finances Intact in a Natural Disaster

To prevent a natural disaster from becoming a financial catastrophe, take the following steps:

1.  Stockpile savings.  An emergency fund with three to six months' worth of savings is a key part of any household financial plan.  But it's also important in an emergency.  Funds that you can draw on quickly and easily can be a lifesaver in the wake of a natural disaster.

2.  Protect your credit.  Part of protecting your finances involves protecting your credit.  Include the contact information for your creditors--such as your mortgage lender, credit card companies and utilities--in your financial preparedness kit.  If you have to evacuate, reach out to your creditors as soon as possible to request a temporary reprieve from payments.

3.  Review your insurance.  Your insurance policies can help you recover financially from a disaster, provided you have the right coverage.  Review your property, flood, life, and disability insurance policies once a year when you receive the new documents from your insurer. 

4.  Put together an emergency kit with important documents.  Some people rent bank safe deposit boxes for important papers.  It's also recommended to scan important documents and save them electronically, whether by emailing important documents to yourself, saving documents to a thumb drive or storing important information to the "cloud."  In addition, it's a good idea to prepare an emergency kit to store at home, containing photocopies of those you're likely to need after a disaster.  Your financial emergency kit should be in a fireproof, waterproof, lock box in a place that's easily accessible.  Once assembled, mark your calendar with a reminder to go through it in a year to make sure the contents remain current.  Some items to consider including in your financial emergency kit:
  • A small amount of cash
  • Birth, death and marriage certificates
  • Negatives of irreplaceable family photos stored in plastic sleeves
  • Social security cards
  • Mortgage/property deeds
  • Car titles
  • Insurance policies
  • Recent tax returns
  • Thumb drive of important documents

Cold Weather Shelter

With the temperatures dropping into the 20’s during this Thanksgiving holiday week, Love Overwhelming is thankful to announce that they will be supporting Shekinah Christian Center to offer a cold weather shelter.
Beginning Wednesday, 11.25.2015, Shekinah Christian Center (1015 3rd Ave. Longview, WA) will open their doors and provide a cold weather shelter from 8pm – 8am on nights when it is predicted to be 33*F or colder. Anyone interested in volunteering at the cold weather shelter or donating blankets, food, coffee, cold weather items, etc… can make arrangements by contacting the cold weather shelter coordinator, Caleb Luther, at:
360.749.8056 ext. 101
Chuck Hendrickson
Executive Director
Love Overwhelming
360.749.8056 ext. 110

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Free Smoke Alarm Installation

The American Red Cross has launched a national campaign to reduce the number of fire deaths and injuries by 25% over the next five years.
  • Fire related deaths and injuries are highest in homes without smoke alarms.
  • Last year the Red Cross responded to nearly two home fires each day in the Cascades Region.
  • More than 60% of fire deaths occur in homes without a working smoke alarm.
  • Fire experts agree that people may have as little as 2 minutes to escape a burning home before it's too late to get out.
You can get a FREE smoke alarm installed by a trained Red Cross volunteer, by calling:  (503) 528-5783 or by sending an email to

For more information about the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign or to volunteer for this important outreach effort, visit:

Monday, November 23, 2015

Cold Weather Coming!

From the National Weather Service: Coldest weather so far this season will be arriving Tuesday and continue into the weekend.

Snow levels will start off between 4000 and 5000 feet ahead of the cold front this evening and will then plummet to around 1500 to 2000 feet as showers continue in the cold air behind the front tonight and Tuesday.

Shower will taper off Tuesday night as cold high pressure builds into the Pacific Northwest. Temperatures are expected to fall quickly on Tuesday night, possibly causing icy conditions for all elevations across our area.

Cold and blustery weather is expected to follow, continuing well into the Thanksgiving weekend.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Are you ready for Winter Driving?


With the holidays and winter fast approaching, we want to remind drivers to be prepared for snow and ice before the first storm hits. Even mild winters can have sudden, severe storms so it’s always better to be plan ahead and “know before you go.”

We have several tools to help with winter conditions and to allow you to make safe travel choices: 

We expect heavier than normal traffic starting Wednesday afternoon and early Thursday for the Thanksgiving weekend, as well as Friday and Sunday afternoon and evening, so leave extra, drive safely and keep warm. 

For more information about winter driving and holiday traffic, visit our blog.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Cold Nights are Coming!

Heating Your Home Safely

Heat safety As winter weather moves in, many people use fireplaces, space heaters, and other fuel-fired equipment to warm their homes. While alternative heating sources can make your home cozy, using them increases your risk of a home fire.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), heating is the second leading cause of home fires following cooking.
Taking simple steps can prevent a fire from happening in your home. The National Fire Protection Association and USFA offer these heating safety tips, including: 
·        Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from a fireplace, wood stove, or space heater; 
·        Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room;  
·        Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel-burning space heaters; and 
·        Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
For more ways to have a fire-safe home when the mercury dips, check out this USFA resource guide to share with family and friends.