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Prepare Your Family

This is the most important and first step for any type of emergency prep. Remember those safety checks we hear every time we board a plane? "In the event of an emergency, put the oxygen mask on your face first then help your family, friend, or neighbor.

Help Your Community

Your community is your second life line. Its human-nature to help each other out. We prefer to focus on the best-side of people, vs the worst. If you are prepared, you can be the Block Captain helping those in need, and who doesn't want to be a Hero?

Relief Drives

We hear this often enough. Whether its Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Superstorm Sandy in the NE, Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. What can we do to help out? Sending money doesn't alwasy feel as personal as delivering goods and supplies to your local Red Cross or Shelter.

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Dog lost after Superstorm Sandy, found year and a half later at SPCA

Posted by on May 7, 2014 in Good News Recovery stories |

We right and talk alot about how to be prepared for all types of storms, but our blog has missed out on a lot of the Good News stories highlighting how survivors have overcome horrible  looses and bounced back. While your odds of survival when properly prepared are much higher, many times survival happens by chance which is why one of favorite quotes is “Chance Favours the Prepared Mind”.

Here’s a great story about a partial recovery a year and a half after loosing their home to Superstorm Sandy. This family had almost given up hope that they’d ever find their dog Reckless. If you’re a dog or pet lover, this story from the Asbury Park Press is for and video from the Good News Network, is the right story for you…

 

EATONTOWN — Chuck and Elicia James were all smiles Friday afternoon as they walked their dog on a leash, preparing for a warm weekend of camping.

That’s because walking their dog was something they haven’t done for over a year and a half, ever since they thought they lost Reckless, their friendly brown and white terrier-pit bull mix, who was missing since superstorm Sandy.

But on Thursday, they received an unexpected surprise when they went to the Monmouth County SPCA to adopt a new dog; they found their old friend.

“Literally when we opened the double doors, the first cage we walk up to I thought ‘that looks like Reckless,’ ” Chuck James said. “He was a little heavier and it’s been a little while, but then my wife saw the scar on his head and immediately we start tearing up and we found our dog.”

The James family — Chuck and Elicia and their children, Alexandra, Kelsey and Liam — were living in Keansburg when superstorm Sandy damaged their home during the night of Oct. 29-30, 2012. Chuck James said the fence in the yard was mangled during the storm and the dog got out.

“We had a collar on the dog, but it got caught on the fence and came off before he got out,” James said.

The family searched for months for Reckless, but eventually gave up when no sign of Reckless was found.

“We chalked it up to that someone probably found it, or it was dead,” Chuck James said. “You keep searching, but eventually you have to move on.”

Seeking a new dog
A couple of weeks ago, Alexandra James turned 10, and the family decided it was time to get a new dog. On Thursday, they headed to the Monmouth Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals shelter in Eatontown and met with an adoption specialist to look at different dogs.

Once they were inside, they recognized Reckless and showed the adoption specialist pictures of the family with the dog to prove it really was their dog. In the end, they were able to take Reckless back home.

We were all ecstatic, and he made it clear that he was home and we were home,” Chuck James said.

“I’m just glad that he’s home,” Elicia James said. “The kids are happy, and this whole thing has been an amazing experience.”

The family ended up paying a $180 adoption fee, which Chuck James had no problem paying.

“They took care of the dog, microchipped him, he saw a vet regularly, and (they) sheltered him,” James said. “It was like bailing my dog out of jail.”

Since this winter, the family has been staying at the Staybridge Suites in Eatontown, as their rented Keansburg home is going to get some repairs from Sandy damage. But the hotel will allow them to keep Reckless.

Liz Wise, development and marketing director at the Monmouth County SPCA, said something like this happening is very rare.

“It’s not very often we’re able to reunite them with their owners in the way that this happened. It does happened sometimes, but this was a very rare story,” Wise said. “It also shows the importance of microchipping your pets because had he been microchipped, we would’ve been able to reunite him with his family sooner.”

Wise said the dog was found as a stray in October 2013 by the Monmouth County SPCA. She said they assumed someone had taken him in for a period of time before he got loose again.

“It’s a wonderful story and a very happy ending for the family,” Wise said. “It’s something that really warmed our hearts and when we put it on Facebook for our followers, and we had no idea so many people would feel the same way.”

Earth Day 2014

Posted by on Apr 22, 2014 in Ecology |

What did you do today for Earth Day 2014?

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There are so many ways we can be good stewards of Mother Earth that’s its hard to say we’ve only done one today. How to stop Trashing our Oceans - Huffington Post

 

Recycling for us has been a way of life for years. The most common items we recycle are  batteries, glass, aluminum cans (the only item that’s  100% fully recyclable), plastic bottles, tubs, and trays, and certain food scraps for our compost pile.

 

Mulching and Composting another way to celebrate Earth Day more than once a year. We’ve been using a Sears  chipper/mulcher for 20+ years to shred all types of yard waste and setting it into a compost pile. Okay, have to admit we have gotten a lot more selective about what we mulch and compost.

One year the compost pile hadn’t reached the right temp ( I think its 160 degrees) and all these seeds from a grapevine I mulched sprouted the following Spring. We had vines all over the place, and it took a few years to pull them all out.

 

Minimize use of Fertilizers and Pesticides,  yep I have to admit this one can be a tough sell for any avid gardener. I rarely use fertilizer for the lawn anymore but still use those fruit tree fertilizer spikes and Miracle Grow for some of our veges and the seedlings in our basement mini greenhouse. We’ve been using this for two years and love getting a head start on our plants especially after a hard Winter!

 

Litter Patrol, yet another weekly activity we do. We will routinely walk the dog around the neighborhood and clean up any litter we find along our path. I can’t tell you how many plastic bags we clean-up and recycle. Whenever I hear of a municipality that has banned them  I feel the need for a little celebration.

What does Litter Patrol accomplish? It beautifies our neighborhood, we get to meet our neighbors and see them also appreciating everything Mother Earth has to offer.

It also has what I call the Mayor Rudy Giuliani effect. When people see a of of litter, graffiti, and general disorder it makes them feel no one cares and it’s okay to just drop their garbage wherever. It leads to a domino effect that can spiral out of control until someone takes stand against it.

Cleaning up your neighborhood every week is probably the single best way to start celebrating Earth Day. Its fast, local, and everyone notices!

Here’s an infographic I found from Huffington Post that talks about how this litter works its way through the streets, creeks, streams, and rivers, then ends up in our Oceans were it contaminates wildlife, including some of the fish we eat.