Monday, October 23, 2017

What’s in your go-bag?

October 14, 2017 by  
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Joan and I are safely across the river from the awful fires in Northern California. They have been a reminder to us of the need to be better prepared. So, we are taking pro-active steps to prepare for this type of emergency.
 
We are stocking our “Go-bags” with all we need for three days; food and water, plus others supplies, important papers and documents, clothing, bedding, medications, and pet supplies. And, from the advice of others who have lost their homes to disasters. we’ve included precious pictures and mementos. 
 
We want to be sure to also include who to notify and where to go, if we should get the knock on our door to evacuate.
 
It has helped to calm our nerves a bit to take these safety steps. Maybe you too can calm your nerves by taking some of these same steps and ask — How else can I be better prepared for this type of disaster?
 
Be safe — My heart goes out to all those suffering through this disaster. I know, once the fires are contained and people return to their homes, it will take a long time to heal and rebuild their lives.

Are you prepared?

September 28, 2017 by  
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Recently we celebrated Joan’s 65th birthday, for three days, at the Russian River. We stayed in Monte Rio in the rustic, renovated Highland Dell Lodge, originally built in 1906. We visited the ocean at the Sonoma coast (Jenner by the Sea, Bodega Bay, Fort Ross) and drove through the whole of the Russian River valley. The views were spectacular, the food great — a truly peaceful get-away.
The Russian River area does often flood during the rainy season. We saw many homes raised on stilts, well above the first story. There were many berms, small hills, placed to keep the river within its banks. In harmony with all the beauty and lushness, there were obvious plans to blend with the seasons of the river — To protect and safe-guard homes and businesses.
 
I did wonder — Do you have plans for the different seasons in your life or natural disasters that may occur in your homeland?
 
Do you have a backup contact out of the area to say we are safe? What safe place would you meet your family, if need be? What supplies and needs to you have at the ready? Food, water, generators, flashlights, etc.?
 
Can we be of help with your preparation?
 
With this in mind, we wish to offer you our special report on earthquake preparedness.
 
“In a Quake, How Will You Shake ~ 
When the Big ONE Hits, Will You Thrive Or Merely Survive?” 
 
 
The preparation recommended may be used in any disaster and can be downloaded on the right side of this page.  
 
How well are you prepared for a catastrophic or natural disaster? Maybe The Fix-It Professionals could be of help. 

Are you prepared for a natural or catastrophic disaster?

September 13, 2017 by  
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As a Handyman and Electrician, I spend many hours in my truck listening to KQED radio, a non-profit public broadcasting station. I am lucky to have such fact based, quality radio. My favorite shows are Car Talk, Fresh Air and TED talk.

Just last week, I signed up again as a sustaining member. For my membership gift, I chose the Earthquake Emergency supply kit for two. The kit has all the supplies we need to survive a catastrophic event, for one week — so timely….a reminder to insure my preparedness, as others were experiencing some of the most horrific disasters.

My heart goes out to all those affected by Harvey, Irma and the other destructive disasters. I pray for their greatest good. I honor the first-responders that run into these tragic events as others are running out. I am in awe of their heroic actions. These heroes showed me that I, too, must take steps to be prepared for such an event.

I was deeply touched and impressed with how well Florida was prepared for their latest disaster, Hurricane Irma. Not only were the cities prepared with evacuation notices, routes and shelters (having prepared for many years for such an emergency) but the Floridians themselves did much to insure their own safety or to take heed and evacuate their homes. This, too, was truly heroic.

I am taking a page from their disaster book and gathering my resources. I know I must do my part to insure my own safety and welfare, for myself and my family.

With this in mind, we wish to offer you our special report on earthquake preparedness.

“In a Quake, How Will You Shake ~ 

When the Big ONE Hits, Will You Thrive Or Merely Survive?” 

 

The preparation recommended may be used in any disaster and can be downloaded on the right side of this page.  

How well are you prepared for a catastrophic or natural disaster? Maybe The Fix-It Professionals could be of help

Two hours a week works wonders

August 24, 2017 by  
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Even a Handyman needs to do routine maintenance around the house. I must admit it’s not always on the top of my list after helping clients all day with their projects. However, I do know I want a happy wife and a happy life!

 
So, Joan and I set an “appointment” together for two hours of routine maintenance at our home each weekend. We chose the weekend, even though it is our time to relax, so that after working all day Monday-Friday with clients, I don’t have to return home to fix a leaky faucet or install shelving. And, the best part, two hours of personal work on the weekend still leaves plenty of time for us rest.
 
After all, living here 16 years, we both feel our home needs refreshing.

What has been on our weekend agenda as of late are bathrooms. We have three of them, and two need some updates and minor upgrades. We began last week by removing the second bathroom toilet, baseboards, and the old vinyl flooring. Next week we will be installing new vinyl flooring, cleaned up baseboards, and a low flow, water efficient toilet.

 
This past week, while we located the inventory for that bathroom, we replaced the shower heads, with filters, in both bathrooms. We know the value of showering in filtered water and noticed both showers were in desperate need of upgrades. 
It has been especially helpful to sit down and decide what to do next. We get a great feeling of accomplishment when we check off the ongoing projects on our list.

Maybe you don’t wish to do some of the regular maintenance on your home? Why not let us, The Fix-It Professionals help you with your list?