Information Net for September 30

Got Water?


Has the water run dry in your emergency supply kit? If so, it’s time to fill ‘er up! One of the most essential components of a disaster-ready kit is water. A well maintained kit prepares you before disaster strikes.

After an emergency, clean drinking water may not be available if your usual water source is cut off or contaminated. When replenishing your supply remember that individual needs may vary depending on health, age, diet and climate. As a general rule, store one gallon of water per person per day to last for at least three days.

Read by: ED KE4JWS

There are several options for building your water supply. The safest and most reliable choice is to buy commercially bottled water and open it only when you need to use it. Store the containers in a cool, dark place and note the expiration date.

If you choose to prepare your own containers of water, purchase food grade water storage containers from a surplus or camping supply store or two-liter plastic soda bottles – not bottles that contained milk or fruit juice. Keep in mind these containers must first be properly cleaned!

Information about water treatment is also available at — FEMA

Maintaining Your Kit


Just as important as putting your supplies together is maintaining them so they are safe to use when needed. Here are some tips to keep your supplies ready and in good condition:

  • Keep canned food in a cool, dry place.
  • Store boxed food in tightly closed plastic or metal containers to protect from pests and to extend its shelf life.
  • Throw out any canned good that becomes swollen, dented or corroded.
  • Use foods before they go bad and replace them with fresh supplies.
  • Place new items at the back of the storage area and older ones in the front.
  • Change stored food and water supplies every six months. Be sure to write the date you store it on all containers.
  • Re-think your needs every year and update your kit as your family’s needs change.
  • Keep items in airtight plastic bags and put your entire disaster supplies kit in one or two easy-to-carry containers, such as an unused trashcan, camping backpack or duffel bag.

Hello trained spotters!


We’ve developed an online spotter training class and are looking for some folks who are willing to help us test out the process before we go live. If you are interested please listen to the rest of the information.

Our online class is designed for either new spotters who are unable to attend one of our in-person classes, or for existing spotters who want to renew their certification. New spotters will have to successfully complete a web based course from MetEd before being granted access to our online course. For a sneak peek at the details go to:
Our Beta session will be at 7 pm on October 15th. The class is taught via GoToMeeting and if you register you will receive a registration link via email a few days before the class. The class will last around 1 hour. To sign up go to the Nashville Weather Service web page or call Tom Johnstone.
After the course you’ll receive a link to update your spotter information and provide feedback.

Tom Johnstone



Read this report on the dangers.
A friend shared this with me and wanted to pass it on.


I have a picture of a CFL light bulb from my bathroom if you want to see it send me an e-mail. be sure to put light bulb in the subject line. I turned it on the other day and then smelled smoke after a few minutes. Four inch flames were spewing out of the side of the ballast like a blow torch! I immediately turned off the lights. But I’m sure it would have caused a fire if I was not right there. Imagine if the kids had left the lights on as usual when they were not in the room.
I took the bulb to the Fire Department to report the incident. The Fireman wasn’t at all surprised and said that it was not an uncommon occurrence. Apparently, sometimes when the bulb burns out there is a chance that the ballast can start a fire. He told me that the Fire Marshall had issued reports about the dangers of these bulbs.

Upon doing some Internet research, it seems that bulbs made by “Globe” in China seem to have the lion’s share of problems. Lots of fires have been blamed on misuse of CFL bulbs, like using them in recessed lighting, pot lights, dimmers or in track lighting. Mine was installed in a normal light socket.
I bought these at Wal-Mart. I will be removing all the Globe bulbs from my house. CFL bulbs are a great energy saver but make sure you buy a name brand like Sylvania, Phillips or GE and not the ones from China .


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