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Emergency Kits – Specialty Types

February 6, 2016 @ 8:15 pm posted by

We are often meet with such emergency situations which are beyond our control. While some of these are natural disasters others are man-inflicted. We can’t always control the occurrence of such disasters but can surely control the severity of the disaster. This obviously depends on how well prepared we are in handling a crisis situation. That is why it is always a wise to keep your emergency survival kit close. It depends on your unique needs to select the proper emergency kits and supplies. Once a disaster has already occurred you won’t have the time or the be calm to think out your plan and get emergency supplies. Hence being proactive and prepared is always the first step.

By being well prepared you can not only save your skin but also provide a helping hand to others when the help of local officials or rescue operators is yet to arrive. Most emergency survival kits are designed to contain the most vital of emergency supplies such as food, water, shelter, lighting, sanitation and other survival equipment. There are specialty emergency kits especially designed to meet disastrous situations like earthquakes, hurricane, and a pandemic or flu.

Some of the specialty emergency kits are listed below:

Child Care Safety Kit: This is an accessory kit with supplementary emergency supplies. These kits are specifically designed for the safety of young children. These tailor made disaster kits are designed to protect children from common dangers. The pack’s contents may contain Child ID & Records Kit (help in identifying the missing or lost). Child sized water, food, child games, and a light stick. Also, I have seem some kits contain safety corner bumpers (helps in preventing most common household accidents), Child safety cabinet latches (ideal to be used in kitchens and bathrooms), a all purpose safety strap (keeps kids away from dangerous areas), automatic night light (provides light during a power shortage).

Earthquake Kit: Special survival pack with supplementary emergency supplies designed to lessen the severity of the disaster caused by earthquake. This custom kit is especially helpful in protecting you and your home against any kind of damage or injury caused by earthquake. No doubt the supplies in the pack are especially designed to provide immunity from earthquakes. The kit could include comprises a package of picture hooks (prevents the damage of picture frames), Jar of Museum/Quake Wax (a non toxic formula), Furniture Fastening Straps (the furniture can easily shift or block the exit), Power Failure Lights (automatic lights used in power cut), Set of Safety Adhesive Fasteners and Survival Guide (an easy and comprehensive guide with tips on surviving an earthquake). Also, tools like a crow bar, shovel, and gloves.

Hurricane Kit: Specifically designed kit with additional emergency supplies. All the supplies in the pack are specifically designed to protect the occupants from a hurricane and its aftermath. The pack includes a large duct tape, polythene tarp (can be used as a quick spot shelter), survival candle (usable during power cut), waterproof matches (burns even if completely drenched in water, also non toxic), axe (with a flattened head), safety goggles (protects eyes from harmful dust and debris), a folding shovel and a survival guide. It is not possible to keep all the emergency supplies therefore go for only those specialty kits that cater to your regional demands or your unique situation.

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Ice storms and emergency preparedness.

January 28, 2016 @ 2:18 am posted by Sam

After nearly 5 days without power due to the devastating ice storm last winter a simple emergency kit would have make things easier.  Simple things like a flashlight and an emergency crank radio.  I did not have a portable radio but it sure would really have helped us understand what was going on.  You always want to have some drinking water and some food and some simple things that make sense like a first aid kit.  Don’t learn the hard way get some emergency supplies today.

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Pre-planning for emergency situations.

@ 1:37 am posted by admin

A little pre-planning doesn’t make you a dooms-day-ist.  Being prepared could alleviate a whole lot of stress and agravation.  It could even save your life and/or a family members.  If you find you never have to use your emergency supplies its even better yet.  Its kind of like the seat belts in your car.  You put them on just in case, as putting them on after an accident is too late.

The basic survival kit should be designed to get you through a 72 hour or 3 day period.  This is what the Red Cross and most others suggest.  I believe if you give people the information and knowledge you can put together a nice kit that is unique for each member of your family.

Every time there is a disaster, people are unprepared and they cannot believe what is happening to them.  They then have to wait for State and/or Federal government help or charitable organizations to bring them emergency supplies.

Condider your own unique situation and take the time to get informed, get a plan, and gather your emergency supplies in advance.

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Bull horn

A disaster situation can be a true test of leadership. People can panic and forget their common sense. They need someone to guide them on the next practical steps to take.

But in a panic situation, the leader should be heard above the crowd.  A bull horn is a practical gadget that should be included on the list of items in a community-disaster-management plan. This will help the designated official to be heard when he gives out his instructions.

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Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms

August 13, 2015 @ 12:40 pm posted by

Every year, many people lose their lives unnecessarily because of a smoke alarm or lack thereof.  They either have a smoke alarm that doesn’t work because of one of three reasons:  a)  the batteries don’t work  b) there are no batteries in the smoke detector or c) there is no smoke alarm in the house.

You need to have more than just a smoke alarm where you live.  You need to have a working smoke alarm.  Having a smoke alarm in your place of residence doesn’t do you or your family any just if it falls within one of the first two reasons above.

Having a working smoke detector can save you and your family from further danger if you have one that works.  To ensure that it works, you should test the batteries periodically (every few months).

When you get the smoke alarm, if you are not familiar with how to install it, there are instructions that come with it.  Or you can have someone more experienced to install it for you.  The important thing is to have a smoke alarm that is working properly.

In addition to having a smoke alarm, nowadays, it’s good for people to have a carbon monoxide alarm or a combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarm.  Since carbon monoxide is invisible and odorless, you won’t know something is wrong unless you have one of these alarms.

Some people may not realize how dangerous it is to ingest carbon monoxide.  The bad thing about this is that most of the time, people don’t realize it until it’s too late.

A detector that can spot a flow of carbon monoxide can help to assist those that may be in the midst of it to get out quickly.  Carbon monoxide has proven to be deadly in a lot of instances.  This alarm can help people to realize what’s going on and alert everyone else that is around you.

In fact, both the smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are good to have in your home.  You want to divert a disaster either way.  There are too many people that don’t think that this is important, but it is.

Some people don’t realize how much until it happens to or affects them with their family or someone else that they know.  So it’s important that you and your family are educated about smoke alarms as well as carbon monoxide alarms.  The time is now to get all of the emergency preparedness information you can so that you and your family will be able to save lives.

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First Aid Kits and Medical First Aid Kits

August 11, 2015 @ 3:24 pm posted by

It’s always good to have a first aid kit available when someone needs it.  You never know when you may run upon someone that has scraped some part of their body, or some other minor incident or accident.

There are some people that just seem to be accident prone and can’t help themselves.  Then you have those that in spite of being careful, end up hurting themselves anyway.  Having a small first aid cabinet can help those who need to take care of a minor injury.  When you are getting a first aid kit together, you should consider what you think you will need for your family.

One thing you will probably need is band-aid strips.  Both plastic and woven ones will do the trick.  The difference is the plastic ones are thinner and the woven ones are slightly thicker.  So, it .may depend on the cut as to which ones you should use.

Or if you have someone that has slightly injured or cut their fingertip or knuckle area, you may want to have some fingertip and knuckle woven band-aid strips.  Since the injury will more than likely be minor, then these can be kept on the area for a few days.

Gauze pads can be used for larger wounds that occur on the arm, knee or leg areas.  Depending on the size of the wound or injury will determine what size gauze pads to use.  Of course, before you put on the pad, you will need to put some antibiotic on the affected area.  The antibiotic will help the affected area to heal.

Sometimes, an unknown substance can get into the eye and cause it to burn.  You will need eye wash to flush it out in addition to water.  This may have to be done several times until the person feels that their eye is ok.  Even after that, it is probably advisable that they see a physician to make sure everything is fine with their eye.

You definitely need to have a first aid book so that you can follow the instructions.  There will be different things in the first aid kit that you may not know what to do with them.  So this book will be able to help you use the right thing for the appropriate injury or minor illness.

Having a small first aid cabinet will come in handy for you and the family members that live with you.  If they are old enough, they too, need to know what’s in the first aid cabinet and should know how to utilize it.

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Don’t forget fresh water in your emergency plan.

July 29, 2015 @ 12:58 pm posted by Sam
Don’t Forget Fresh Water

It’s more than simply the intensity of natural disasters that makes them so perilous – they often strike without warning. Even when people hear news of an impending hurricane or other example of nature’s fury, there’s seldom time to adequately prepare before evacuating the area. By planning for an emergency situation well in advance, you can help ensure your family’s ultimate safety.

Although people have been known to live for long stretches of time without food, they perish quickly without water. Water is the building block of life, and it becomes more important than you could ever imagine during times of emergency. Water storage barrels therefore represent one of the most fundamental parts of a disaster survival kit. The number of storage barrels necessary will depend on your discretion – do you want to be prepared for a week, a month or more? In any case, you’ll need plenty of fresh water to survive a disastrous ordeal.  If you have availability to lots of water maybe all you will need will be a water filtering system or a simple water bottle filter and/or just buy some boxed water.

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Put your emergency supplies and lists in plastic bags.

June 22, 2015 @ 10:35 am posted by

I would suggest that you keep your emergency lists, plans, backpacks, emergency supplies, and other gear all together and in plastic bags or have the plastic bags readily available.  The idea is to get everything, and I mean everything, basically water proof.

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