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Day: November 28, 2011

Ammunition explodes as firefighters attack blaze

Photo submitted by Keizer Fire District

Keizer Fire District firefighters braved exploding ammunition to extinguish an early-morning blaze that displaced a family of eight Monday, Nov. 28.

Keizer Fire District crews responded to a report of a fire at 951 Sagrada Circle N. at 12:12 a.m. The family safely evacuated the home after an unknown odor grew to the point that smoke drove them from the residence. A officer from the Keizer Police Department arrived on the scene to find a fully involved garage fire. When crews from the Keizer Fire District arrived on the scene they began attacking the blaze, which had spread into the house and burned to the second floor attic.

KFD officials immediately went to a second alarm which brought units from Salem Fire Department and Marion County Fire District #1 in to assist.  Firefighters were able to stop the fire at the point of origin and stop the progression of fire through the attic to the rest of the home, said  Keizer Fire Chief Jeff Cowan.

Firefighters ended up working under fire as ammunition in the garage was consumed and some explosions were caused by the heat.

The homeowners reported smelling something prior to the discovery of smoke and were attempting to find the origin when the fire was discovered and became immediately too intense to remain in the home. The mother, father and six children, ages seven months to 18 years all got out safely.

Smoke detectors in the home activated as the family decided to leave.

The cause of the fire has not been immediately determined, but an area of origin has been identified and it is not suspicious in nature.

“Are You Ready? How to Prepare for an Earthquake” by Maggie Mooney

“Are You Ready? How to Prepare for an Earthquake” by Maggie Mooney

c.2011, Greystone Books
$15.95 / $17.95 Canada
160 pages



The footage of that day was beyond scary.

It looked like those first few steps when someone gets off a carnival ride, those dizzy, leg-shaking seconds of no equilibrium. Like walking on a waterbed. Or like waltzing on a sea of jelly as the world breaks apart.

Whatever it was like, you vowed that you’d never go through an earthquake without a little preparation. But then life stepped in and, well, The Big One might never arrive anyhow, right?

Maybe, but why take chances?  With the new book “Are You Ready? How to Prepare for an Earthquake” by Maggie Mooney, you’ll be well-armed.

So you saw the news from Japan last spring. Maybe you even experienced an earthquake yourself and you never want to go there again – and for good reason. Maggie Mooney says that over 3 million people died in earthquakes in the twentieth century alone.

In order to be completely safe from a quake, you need to understand psychology, she says. Humans tend to naturally “under-perceive” risk. We “assess risk based on our likes and dislikes rather than by… true advantages and disadvantages.”

To counter that, we must prepare, push aside denial, and foster resilience.

Because our brains usually take over during times of crisis, Mooney says that our bodies must be conditioned to respond faster. Practice by dropping to your knees, crawling under a desk or table (to attain the “Triangle of Life”) and hanging on to the closest, most secure object. Running outside or standing in a doorway, she says, are no longer recommended.

Develop a communication plan and make a home emergency kit. Assign each member of your family a special bag to hold ID, medical information, and other documents. Make preparation a game for the kids, and don’t forget to include your pets in the plan. Know the hazards in your home, where to turn off gas and electricity, and (gulp!) what to do if you’re trapped.

Whistling in the dark won’t work. Wishing is useless. You already know that you can’t continue to pretend you won’t be affected by an earthquake; what happened in Japan, Haiti, and Washington DC has proved otherwise. But with “Are You Ready? How to Prepare for an Earthquake,” you’ll at least be equipped for the worst.

With a little geology, a little human behavior, and a lot of common (and not-so-common) sense, author Maggie Mooney – herself a resident of a quake-prone area – presents a step-by-step method to ensure that your entire family is ready for tremblers of any size. She wisely and repeatedly cautions against panic but imparts a sense of urgency and helpfully offers a checklist as well as resources for more information. I liked those extras, and I liked that they’re easy to read and useable.

“Are You Ready? How to Prepare for an Earthquake” is one of those books you hope you’ll never need but if you do, you’ll be glad you read it. Without this book, in fact, if an earthquake happens, you could be on shaky ground.

Terri Schlichenmeyer is based in Wisconsin.

Salem Rehab makes local presence felt

The staff of Salem Rehabilitation Associates is all smiles at their new facility in Keizer. (KEIZERTIMES/Jason Cox)

Of the Keizertimes

Salem Rehabilitation Associates recently moved its 20-strong staff to new offices in Keizer.

The medical group specializes in rehabilitating those who suffered injuries or have a chronic condition affecting mobility and quality of life.

“Our focus is on function,” said Dr. Raymond Brumbaugh, a physician and partner. “We try to help people who had illness or injury resume normal function as much as possible. We deal with things like traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury (and) a lot of non-operative musculoskeletal injuries.”

Patients are generally referred to the clinic, he said. The move to Keizer resulted from  a chance to  own their property.

“We had been renting for that time and it seemed like a good time to get our own place and to get more exposure,” Brumbaugh said. “We were not real visible to the community from our other location.”

Founded in 1988, the practice was formerly in a Salem Hospital-owned building on Center Street. The Keizer location also provided easier access from Woodburn and points northward, he said.

The 7,300 square foot building was “gutted and remodeled,” he said, adding an elevator for disabled access.

Brumbaugh said their specialty came into its own after World War II “when people were coming back from war with amputations, brain and spinal cord injuries … it fills that gap in their medical care.”

The clinic can conduct electrodiagnostic studies to determine nerve function, and recently started offering ultrasound-guided injections.

“If people need an injection in the shoulder or even small tendons in the hand or wrist, they can use ultrasound to make sure the injection is going in the right place,” Brumbaugh said.