WIN Minutes 2-19-134

Nenana Wellness Coalition


February 19, 2013

The Nenana Wellness Coalition is an alliance of representatives from various organizations, government agencies, community groups and individuals that meets weekly to discuss, evaluate, coordinate, consolidate, celebrate, and help implement plans for improving the wellness and quality of life in Nenana Alaska.

There were 10 in attendance today, including: Kat McElroy, David Poppe, Jessica Durtsche, Bonnie Reed, Evelyn, Sam, Jonathon and Ephraim Verhagan,  Virginia Young and Tim Horn. We enjoyed lamb stew, beans, rice, fresh bread, Pita bread and Ritz crackers with sliced cheese and raisins and pecans for lunch.

WELCOME followed by the READING OF MISSION STATEMENT, by this week’s chair-person: Tim Horn.

PRAYER was led by Sam Verhagan, followed by the PLEDGE OF ALLEGIENCE

PRESENTATION OF AGENDA AND CALL FOR MODIFICATIONS: There were no additions to the agenda as presented.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Minutes were posted at the WIN link at and submitted electronically to the WIN e-list.

INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS:  No new guests today.





Emergency Preparation and Long-term Food Storage: Evelyn Verhagan said that she has been learning about and teaching about emergency preparedness since she was six years old, initially with the Brownies and 4-H. Why do we need to think about such things? It is important, she feels, to plan ahead in case of natural disasters (fire, flood, earthquake) . Having family food storage can also be handy in case of sudden loss of income. She provided hand-outs regarding long-term storage of food and water. Kat will email copies to the WIN list as soon as Evelyn provides electronic copy to her.

Evelyn suggested that anyone who does not already have emergency food set aside in their homes, begin by creating a three month supply. This can be started easily by buying a little extra every time you go to the grocery store. Gradually over time, families can work up to having a year’s supply of food and water set aside. If properly packed, many foods can have an extended shelf life of up to 30 years.

Some of the foods that can be packed to stay edible for decades are: sugar or honey, powdered dry milk, salt, baking soda, wheat, corn beans, and oatmeal. Dried fruit can store for 30 years if it is completely dehydrated, as can be dried vegetables (but only if they are dried brittle hard dry). Foods that cannot be stored that long include dried eggs, canned foods, ramen, boxed milk, brown rice, pearled barley, flour, nuts, oils and condiments. These should be replaced annually by rotating them out and using them up and replacing them in the larder.

Evelyn explained that for long-term storage foods have to have less than 10% moisture. She demonstrated how to use plastic bottles and jars to store beans, white rice, noodles, etc., by using small absorber packets in each container. These are relatively inexpensive. She suggested people might like to explore the web site at where they can find the absorber packets for sale as well as many foods including organic that are available for purchase with free shipping.

She explained how to store water. For long-term storage, you need to add eight droops of chlorine bleach per gallon. Water also needs to be rotated out annually. People need about one gallon per day per person to stay hydrated and attend to minimum hygiene needs. She suggested that families ought to have at least a seven day supply of water stored.



Nenana Health Fair: Our health fair is scheduled to occur on Wednesday, March 27 at Nenana City Public School with a focus on youth issues.


WELLNESS THOUGHT:  Here comes the sun. Common Sense


Virginia: Really enjoyed the Peony Growers School and Winter Conference in Fairbanks last week; they hired an administrator for 60 hours per month.


David: The Emergency Services radio system keeps crashing so they are current;y running 911 calls via their cell phones.

Kat:  Basketball game today at NCPS, JV start at 4:30 pm.

Eric Morrison from the state Suicide Prevention Council will be conducting two “Listening Sessions” in Nenana February 25th.  WIN members will prepare/provide finger foods. Key community people will be invited. Has Kat generated flyers for PR for the event and did reserve the use of the tribal hall for the evening event. The best date for this event would be Monday, 2-25-13, 7 PM.


Bonnie: Senior Bus went up today.

Rebecca Troxel had her baby, William Earnest.

Tim: The next Health Fair planning meeting will be Thursday morning, 10AM< at Jeannie Bennet’s house.

Thursday night, 5:30 PM, the Ice Classic will have their next board meeting. WIN Has requested money of them for the  Health Fair so interested parties ought to show up to support this request.

Basketball team will be traveling this weekend to Tok; next weekend they travel to Glenallen

March 1st and 2nd is Tripod Days!


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