Preparing for Earthquakes

Earthquakes are sudden, rapid shaking of the earth, caused by the breaking and shifting of underground rock. Unfortunately, Los Angeles just experienced two very large earthquakes (fortunately no fatalities). It’s important to prepare for these natural disasters as they can do a lot of destruction in a short amount of time. Earthquakes can cause an immense amount of damage to people, animals, land, and buildings. Sometimes, we are unable to always predict when an earthquakes are coming, which is why it is so important to know what you need in case it happens where you are at. It’s best to stay prepared and ready, take a look at the list we have provided to you by Ready Gov.

 

Earthquakes

An earthquake is the sudden, rapid shaking of the earth, caused by the breaking and shifting of underground rock. Earthquakes can cause buildings to collapse and cause heavy items to fall, resulting in injuries and property damage. Earthquakes can:

  • Happen anywhere – though higher risk areas include California, Alaska, and the Mississippi Valley;
  • Happen without warning;
  • Cause fires and damage roads; and
  • Cause tsunamis, landslides, and avalanches.

If an earthquake happens, protect yourself right away. Drop, Cover, then Hold On!

  • If in a vehicle, pull over and stop.
  • If in bed, stay there.
  • If outdoors, stay outdoors.
  • Do not get in a doorway.
  • Do not run outside.

HOW TO STAY SAFE WHEN AN EARTHQUAKE THREATENS

Prepare NOW

  • Secure items, such as televisions, and objects that hang on walls. Store heavy and breakable objects on low shelves.
  • Practice Drop, Cover, then Hold On with family and coworkers. Drop to your hands and knees. Cover your head and neck with your arms. Crawl only as far as needed to reach cover from falling materials. Hold on to any sturdy furniture until the shaking stops.
  • Create a family emergency communications plan that has an out-of-state contact. Plan where to meet if you get separated.
  • Make a supply kit that includes enough food and water for at least three days, a flashlight, a fire extinguisher, and a whistle. Consider each person’s specific needs, including medication. Do not forget the needs of pets. Have extra batteries and charging devices for phones and other critical equipment.
  • Consider obtaining an earthquake insurance policy. Standard homeowner’s insurance does not cover earthquake damage.
  • Consider a retrofit of your building to correct structural issues that make it vulnerable to collapse during an earthquake.

Survive DURING

  • Drop, Cover, then Hold On like you practiced. Drop to your hands and knees. Cover your head and neck with your arms. Hold on to any sturdy furniture until the shaking stops. Crawl only if you can reach better cover without going through an area with more debris.
  • If in bed, stay there and cover your head and neck with a pillow.
  • If inside, stay there until the shaking stops. DO NOT run outside.
  • If in a vehicle, stop in a clear area that is away from buildings, trees, overpasses, underpasses, or utility wires.
  • If you are in a high-rise building, expect fire alarms and sprinklers to go off. Do not use elevators.
  • If near slopes, cliffs, or mountains, be alert for falling rocks and landslides.

Be Safe AFTER

  • Expect aftershocks to follow the largest shock of an earthquake.
  • Check yourself for injury and provide assistance to others if you have training.
  • If in a damaged building, go outside and quickly move away from the building.
  • Do not enter damaged buildings.
  • If you are trapped, cover your mouth. Send a text, bang on a pipe or wall, or use a whistle instead of shouting so that rescuers can locate you.
  • If you are in an area that may experience tsunamis, go inland or to higher ground immediately after the shaking stops.
  • Save phone calls for emergencies.
  • Once safe, monitor local news reports via battery operated radio, TV, social media, and cell phone text alerts for emergency information and instructions.
  • Use extreme caution during post-disaster clean-up of buildings and around debris. Do not attempt to remove heavy debris by yourself. Wear protective clothing, including a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, work gloves, and sturdy, thick-soled shoes during clean-up.

When looking for the right skin regime, I can’t help but be interested in holistic healing products. I’m not interested in putting more chemicals or toxins into my skin to absorb and leave me with no or worse results. Facial crystal rollers are coming back from ancient times to bless us all with beautiful skin. Does it really work?

For me, it does! It’s important to do extensive research as you would with any other product on the market. The amazing thing about trying these rollers is that you don’t have to worry about the same risks you would with non-holistic products. The crystal roller has been used for improving elasticity, acne, and wrinkles throughout history. It was said that Cleopatra herself (WOW) bathed in rose quartz crystals and that pharaohs wore it around their necks for balanced energy. These rollers have also been used in Chinese culture since the 7th century for their ability to promote youthful skin and living.

Solaris Rose Quartz Facial Roller

I have been using Solaris products for about 6 months now and have reviewed their products before. I absolutely love everything they stand for and I genuinely trust this company because they actually care! They sunbathe, cleanse, smudge, and energize their crystals to receive optimal healing abilities in a holistic and loving way. I have not yet heard of another company doing this with their products. With Solaris, you have the option of selecting a Jade or Rose Quartz crystal roller; I personally went with Rose Quartz since it’s one of my absolute favorites. I use the rose quartz roller with rose oil, vitamin E, and hyaluronic acid on my face down to my décolleté. So far, I have noticed an improvement in my skin texture as well firmness. I have been using my roller to roll out facial muscles every morning and night and have even been using it before applying makeup!

Why Rose Quartz?

“Why not choose something for your skin that has stood the test of time. Rose quartz has been used since ancient times across many civilizations for its anti-aging and healing properties. Our hand carved rose quartz facial roller can treat your skin inside & out by the soothing quartz vibrations in combination with the rolling action in strategic directions on the face. Rose Quartz rejuvenates your skin on a cellular level from the gentle potent aura it exerts, helps release stress, anxiety, and balances all matters of the heart.  Its calming energy can bring deep inner healing and self-love and is excellent for those who want to surround themselves with giving and receiving love. On a physical level due to its anti-inflammatory properties from the minerals in rose quartz such as aluminum, iron, titanium, manganese it can help calm redness from acne or other minor skin issues”. -www.solarislab.ny.com

Directions 

1. Liberally apply a serum, face oil, mask or moisturizer.

2. Starting at the forehead roll up and outward.

3. Roll over cheeks and jawline, through to neck moving outwards towards the ears, finishing on décolletage.

4. After 1-3 minutes of facial massage, clean face.

5. Apply moisturizer and resume beauty regimen.

 

Rose Quartz Roller can improve:

· Reduce the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles

· Increase lymphatic drainage

· Reduce puffiness

· Detox the skin

· Tone the skin

· Improve elasticity of the skin

· Soothe irritated, sensitive skin

· Exercise facial muscles

· Encourage product to be received deeply into skin

Drake cancels show to see 11-year-old girl awaiting heart surgery

Drake has had a very busy Summer with his freshly released album, Scorpion. In the midst of touring his shows and staying out of the drama, Drake suddenly cancels his show for a much more meaningful exchange.

All 11-year-old Sofia Sanchez wanted for her birthday was to meet Drake. The adorable young girl has been confined to Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, as she recovers from one heart surgery while waiting for a new heart altogether. Sanchez made an In My Feelings Challenge video, where she does the viral dance after hopping out of her wheelchair instead of out of a car, and it certainly got Drake’s attention. After seeing the video, and Sanchez’s request that he come to visit her for her birthday, Drake showed up and surprised her!

In excitement and shock, Sanchez screams “I am so happy you came”! We are too. An absolutely incredible, kind, loving act from one of the biggest musical artist of our time

LeBron James Foundation opens school for at-risk kids in Akron

Lebron’s legacy goes beyond basketball and beautiful rings. Lebron is known for his very generous donations to young at-risk children but it doesn’t stop there. With his hard work, focus, dedication, and loving heart- Lebron opened a school up for the at-risk youth and children in his hometown, Akron Ohio.

Even after all his major sports accomplishments, James is most proud of what happened on July 30, 2018; when his I Promise School officially opened its doors in Akron.

“I do mean it,” James told ESPN’s Rachel Nichols in a sit-down interview Monday afternoon. “I can sit here and be at a loss for words, which I am now. This is my first time here, walking these hallways and seeing, when I was driving here, just the streets that I walked, some of the stores are still up when I was growing up. It’s a moment I’ll never forget and hopefully, the kids, starting with the 240 kids that we have going in here right now starting today, will never forget it either.”

Wow. Lebron is showing us how he returns the love for his community and inspires us all to do the same. His mission is beautiful, he wants to help all of his students succeed in ways they never dreamt was possible before. He vowed he would take care of his community, and this gesture is a huge step into the right direction!

“For these kids, for the whole city of Akron, this is a huge moment for all of us,” James said. “I remember walking these same streets and riding my bike throughout the rest of the city. When people ask me why a school that’s part of the reason why. Because I know exactly what these 240 kids are going through. I know the streets they walk. I know the trials and tribulations they go through. I know the ups and the downs and everything that they dream about. I know all the nightmares they have because I’ve been there. I know exactly what they are going through. They are the reason why this school is here today.” – Lebron James.

 

The mission is only beginning..

Now James is trying to provide that structure and support for others. With the help of Michele Campbell, executive director of The LeBron James Family Foundation, The I Promise School’s curriculum is centered around the foundation’s “We Are Family” philosophy, one that pushes for student growth and family development.

The school will operate on a non-traditional schedule, running from July 30 through May 17 followed by seven weeks of camp. That is designed to avoid the “summer slide” months. The school day is longer, starting at 9 a.m. and ending at 5 p.m.
But James’ impact goes far beyond any of that. He will always be defined by more than basketball. He’s solidified himself as one of the most influential athletes ever — just as he pledged. An inspiration to us all!

Providing hope, help, and love on Valentine’s Day.

 

Valentine’s Day is one of the loneliest days in the year. Contrary to those whom are in blooming relationships, have a warm place to call home, and the ability to spend time with your loved ones. Unfortunately, there are some people who struggle every single day who are even more so outcasted on holidays that celebrate…love. To show our love to those whom are less fortunate, we did some research on how to create our very own “Lovely Bags”. Creating a homemade Lovely Bag was actually a very surreal and beautiful experience simply because often, we don’t appreciate the little things we have. When doing my research; I noticed that socks, scarfs, blankets, and water were some of the things homeless people were really needing to survive especially in the harsh winter.

Now, I encourage you to do the same for your community! We went to the dollar store and spent under $50 to help 6 homeless men, women, and their animals. I am going to show you our version of our very own DIY Lovely Bags. You can substitute anything listed; this was just our version

Top Ten Products For Your Lovely DIY:

1.) Water: I couldn’t believe how inexpensive water was at the Dollar Store. I went to the local 99 Cents Only Store and got a deal of three, twenty four packs of water for only eight dollars! That means I had 72 waters to give away, which is AMAZING! 

2.) Soap and Hand Sanitizers: I ended up grabbing a bunch of soap (deals were 3 bars for $1) and hand sanitizers for $1 each.

3.) Shampoo and Conditioner: Shampoo and Conditioners were $1 each and they had Pantene, Garnier and other brands. You can also buy other hair products such as hair gel for men and combs/brushes.

4.) Tooth brush and toothpaste: It’s extremely difficult to stay immediate hygienic when you’re homeless so I suggest purchasing two small toothpastes or one big toothpaste per person. These were also $1 each.

5.) Blankets: The 99 Cent Store was selling blankets for people and animals for $1 each. I grabbed about 12 of these incase we ran into a family or a homeless person with a dog.

6.) Dog Food: I purchased 2 bags of dog food incase I ran into someone who had a dog. If you end up buying this and have no immediate use for it; keep it in your car. You may run into someone with a dog in the near future who could benefit from it.

7.) Bandaids: The 99 Cent Store sold a box of bandaids (contained 25) for $1. I picked up a few boxes so that I could include each bag with a few incase of blisters, cuts, or other wounds.

8.) Food: At the 99 Cent Store I go to, there is a huge section dedicated to drinks and food. I was very careful with picking the right food since some alternatives were not healthy for the consumer. I chose peanut butter and wheat bread to make sandwiches (remember to ask if the person has peanut allergies). I also grabbed handfuls of low sugar/low calorie snacks. I had some cans of soup and beans that I was readily able to give away.

9.) Toilet Paper: I found a deal on toilet paper that was $2.99 for 12 rolls. They had another option of 4 rolls for $1 but I figured the more the merrier!

10.) Clothes: I decided to donate clothing I already had on top of purchasing extra socks, underwear, and gloves. There are shirts, beanies, gloves, underwear, diapers, socks, and scarves at the 99 Cent Stores. If you’re unable to donate because of your finances you can always donate what you have! I had around 30 shirts, 9 beanies, a few pairs of gloves, and other clothing. The less fortunate appreciate what you can give, it’s okay if you can’t buy anything brand new.

11.) EXTRA Tip: You know those books around your house that you and your partner have read 100 times each? Donate it! Books help make the world bright. You can donate little things from your home like books, note pads, markers, matches, and more.

I don’t need to tell you how it feels to help others. It’s beyond satisfying to help others and spread a good deed in and outside of your community. I wanted to show you how you could help multiple people for under $50 but you are encouraged to donate and help as much as you can. It feels amazing to give back and you are genuinely making a difference in someone else’s world. Anything helps, I’m so proud of you. Stay lovely!

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