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Emergency Preparedness; Evacuation Plans

January 28, 2016 @ 12:34 pm posted by

I live on the Florida West coast and have an area in my home for emergency hurricane supplies.  Most of you the items you mentioned are in my kit with the exception of cash which is an excellant idea and I will now keep $500 in small denominations in my safe labeled “Emergency Cash Only.”  Emergency preparedness planning for your unique situation is like a cheap insurance policy.

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How to protect your data before an emergency.

January 18, 2016 @ 3:18 pm posted by

Its smart to find ways to protect your data before an emergency.  Its a good idea to have a copy of your important emergency contact information in your emergency kit.

Also, your important pictures , financial information, etc… should be secured as well and be portable and/or secured in a second location.

Below are a few of the most common ways to back up and store your data.

Use a USB flash drive to store your important data.

Put your important dats and pictures on a CD/DVD

Buy an external hard drive and put your data on there.

Use an online backup service.

Update your hand written lists, forms, etc…

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Hurricane Preparedness and Kits

December 27, 2015 @ 12:17 pm posted by

 Hurricane preparedness and kits are a necessity for people who live in areas that are prone to hurricanes, especially now that category four and five hurricanes are becoming more prevalent due to global warming. In fact, households in areas where hurricane rarely pass should also prepare somehow because of the erratic behavior of hurricanes in recent years. According to government officials, hurricane emergency kits and the people’s preparedness are the keys to surviving the hurricane season.

 The huge loss of properties and lives from hurricanes Katrina and Rita have made a lot of people realize that planning is as important as having hurricane preparedness and kits. Even before the hurricane season starts, everyone who lives in places that are usually hit by storms should already do house repairs if necessary. Roofs, windows, ceilings, basements or cellars should be checked for leaks, cracks and anything that could make your home more vulnerable to strong winds and rain brought by hurricanes. It is also necessary that every home should have some kind of action plan for when the hurricane hits. Special plans should also be in place for members of your family who are old, very young, or disabled.

 Hurricane emergency kits should contain basic necessities, such as several gallons of clean drinking water and non-perishable food. However, you must regularly check the food and change the water in your hurricane emergency kits every six months. Your kits would not be of any help if they contain food and water supply that is stale or expired. Since there will definitely be power outage or unavailability of gas, you should also include candles, flashlights, transistor radio and waterproof matches in your kits. It would be better if the flashlight and the transistor radio that you use are hand-cranked so you do not have to think about buying batteries.

 There is a big chance that your home will not survive the hurricane, so you should not forget to include important documents as part of your emergency kits. Just make sure that you put important papers inside waterproof document storage bags. You should also add into your hurricane emergency kits tools like shovels, axes and machetes to help you gather wood for cooking or help your family get out in case you are trapped inside your home. If you have no idea what other items to include in your hurricane preparedness and kits, you can click on these kits on our home page. Lastly, pack some clothes, blankets, personal hygiene and sanitation implements, medicine and other basic items that your family needs. If you have pets, small children or elderly folks living with you, include items that they will need as well.

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Triage Kits and their use.

November 1, 2015 @ 12:28 pm posted by

triage kitsTriage is defined as the act of prioritizing patient according to the severity of their injuries. The idea behind a triage system is that it allows the medical personnel to treat as many patients as possible in situations where treating them is difficult due to situation, terrain, or shortage of medical personnel. Triage kits and their use are an essential part of the success of any triage operation.  You will want to obtain a basic triage kit to set up your operation.

 



A triage kit contains a number of items essential to any rescue and medical situation. Safety vests and colored tape to designate the different levels of severity of injury are just scratching the surface of triage kits and the use. The levels of a triage unit are generally minor, delayed, immediate and morgue/deceased. Those defined as having minor injuries obviously don’t need urgent help. Patients who are diagnosed as delayed can wait for transport to a hospital. Those diagnosed as immediate are taken to hospitals right away. For those morgue patients, body bags will be needed. Also included in a triage kit are a book on setting up your triage unit and how to perform common operations.

You will also want to obtain the tools necessary for quick and efficient CPR as well as a portable stretcher or two or three for easy and quick evacuation of the most seriously injured patients.   

Triage kits and their use are something most of us hope never to need. But imagine the moment arises that your community needs to set up an emergency triage unit and you’re able to help. Nothing will feel more fulfilling in that situation. Being able to contribute supplies such as your trauma kit or solar blankets to keep the patients warm in the field operation will be invaluable to your community in its time of need. 

In most cases of natural disaster situations such as earthquakes, non medical personal will find themselves involved in a type of triage known as S.T.A.R.T. which stands for simple triage and rapid treatment. This is simply designed to identify the injuries quickly and get the most seriously injured to hospitals for full care as soon as possible. That’s why it is important for volunteers to know the ins and outs using a triage kit.

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How to Set Up a Hurricane Survival Kit

September 8, 2015 @ 11:59 am posted by

Emergency KitsWith the devastating damage that Hurricane Katrina left in its wake 4 years ago, the common citizen is yet to wake up and take charge. Hurricanes can be massive in their effect, with damages in both life and property loss amounting to thousands and millions. Hurricane Katrina itself cost about 2000 lives and over $100 million in property damages. Hence, it is crucial to know exactly how to be prepared to survive a hurricane, as well as get through the aftermath of the same. A good Emergency Kit is the first things to get have while preparing to withstand the force of a hurricane. Disaster medical kits and trauma kits can also come in handy, especially, if you have kids and aged persons to take care of. These kits and emergency preparedness supplies do not cost a fortune (usually $50-$150), but can certainly save you your life, which is priceless, isn’t it?   

 

  • Pack emergency supplies such as emergency food kits, water, first aid supplies, emergency radio, emergency lights, pet safety products and similar items into a waterproof and easily portable plastic container or bag. 

 

  •  Place one in the car and one in your personal backpack. Keep the extra kit with your spouse or someone reliable. If none is available, make sure you keep the third kit in a position where it can be easily accessed in case the first kit becomes out of bounds.

 

  • Make sure that you have stored sufficient amount of water (one gallon per person) and emergency food supplies to last at least a fortnight.

 

  • Pack some of the vital documents, including identification information, a substantial amount of cash money, telephone numbers, credit card numbers, etc. in a clear, waterproof and tough bag (preferably plastic).  

 

  • Pack spare clothing and footwear into the survival kit as well. Warm clothes and windcheaters can come in handy. Check whether the sole of the footwear is sturdy, as you might have to walk or run through water or over debris. Flimsy footwear can be useless as well as dangerous.

 

  • Also include some basic tools into the survival kit, such as a hammer, nails, screwdriver and flashlights.

 

With such a kit at hand, you will be better prepared to face a natural disaster like a hurricane. And even if you are forced into a situation that requires evacuation or emergency supplies, you have your back covered.

 

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Emergency Gas and Water Shut Off Tool

August 21, 2015 @ 9:20 am posted by admin

Every home and building owner should have a gas and water shut off tool and know how to use it.  Also, others in your home should be trained on how to shut off the gas and water.  In an emergency, like an earthquake, fire, flood, or evacuation, you’ll need to shut off your gas and water service to your building.  I work in a real estate office and these emergency gas and water shut off tools make great gifts for our new home owners.

Emergency Tools

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