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November 22, 2008

Emergency KitA disaster can strike at any time and without warning and that is why you should carry a portable emergency kit with you, have one in your home, workplace,  school, etc…   Make a plan in advance for your unique situation and the individual supplies that you will need.  Its time well spent; it will give you a comfort feeling; and you’ll be prepared should the need arise. 

 Sometime there is no water and foods or electricity for days and weeks.  Local help usally is not there immediately and your emergency kit will get you through the worst part of the disaster.  I recommend a bucket emergency kit as its a great way to make your emegency kit portable if you need to take your kit with you.   You can also haul water and/or use the bucket as an emergency bathroom.

November 15, 2008

First aid kits should be an essential item found in every household and vehicle. Accidents happen when we least expect them – sometimes, being prepared can mean the difference between life and death. The most common types of accidents include cuts, burns, and insect bites.  Every first aid kit should include the following basic items: an assortment of bandages, gauze, adhesive tape, antibiotic ointment, cotton swabs, eye drops, latex gloves, bottled water for cleaning wounds, and a first aid handbook. A large percentage of accidents happen in and around the home.  A first aid kit should be readily available both inside the home and when the family is outdoors.  It is important that each member of the family be familiar with the contents of the first aid kit and knows how to use them.

It is essential that first aid kits contain the proper supplies to meet each individual families needs.  All first aid kits should include prescription medications as well as non-prescription medications such as syrup of ipecac (used to induce vomiting if instructed by a poison control center), pain medications, antihistamines for itching and allergic reactions, and medicines for treating bee stings.  When putting together a first aid kit, you should consider the needs of each individual family member. It is very important to change the medications in the first aid kit periodically.  Most medications have an expiration date, which can be written down on a piece of paper and kept inside the first aid kit.

It is important to keep your basic first aid kit in your home, in your garage for outside emergencies, and in your vehicle for emergencies that may occur when you are traveling.  A first aid kit should also be a part of disaster preparedness.  When preparing for a natural disaster, it is a good idea to include at least a three-day supply of any prescription medications.  This should also include items such as glucose monitors and blood pressure monitors for family members that have diabetes and high blood pressure.

If you had an emergency in your home or vehicle today, would you be prepared? Most people don’t like to think about emergencies – and this often results in not being prepared for household accidents.  First aid kits are a must in households that have children.  Children can be very accident-prone and it is better to be prepared than caught unaware.  Don’t leave your family’s safety to chance – be sure your home and vehicle are equipped with a first aid kit today!

Emergency Food and Water

Author: Sarah1
November 15, 2008
Emergency food and water are important components of any emergency preparedness plan and survival kit.  In times of disasters, you may not be able to have any access to water or food supplies, even if you have a lot of money to spend.  The best way to ensure that you and members of your family, including your pets, can live through emergency situations or calamities like floods, hurricanes, power outages, earthquakes and fires is to prepare in advance emergency food supplies and water storage units that could last from 72 hours and are portable too.  Even if emergency rescue units and paramedics do not reach your home or area immediately, you can be assured that every member of your household will not get sick, or even die, of starvation or dehydration.In preparing for emergency food and water, one should first think of the needs of each member of the family.  If you have an infant or a senior in your home, you have to take into consideration their special needs while preparing your emergency food.  Next, you need to prepare an emergency water storage plan that will not only provide clean water for drinking but also, if applicable, for hygienic and sanitation purposes.  Lastly, it is vital that you carefully choose the type of food that you will store in your survival kits.  Aside from preparing the usual foods eaten by your family, you also need to choose ones that have longer shelf life.In order to make the job of organizing or planning emergency food and water kits easy for the whole family, it may be a wise idea to invest in food ration bars or ready-to-eat meals.  These do not only have longer shelf life, but also are also easier to store and carry in case you need to evacuate or leave your home.  Since it would be impossible to have a six-month supply of clean water, your emergency food supplies kit should also contain portable water filtration system so you can safely use other sources, such as rainwater and even water stored in your hot-water tank or pool.Other important tools that you need to add in your emergency food and water supplies are utensils, mechanical can opener, and even cooking units and supplies.  Since power and gas may not be available after a disaster strikes, you need to make sure that you have equipment that can help you boil water or cook food properly to ensure your families health.

November 9, 2008

Earthquake Preparedness and Kits

 

Earthquake preparedness and kits can save your life when you least expect it. Since there is no way of predicting when an earthquake will strike, having earthquake emergency kits handy can spell the difference between life and death. Remember that in times of calamities and disasters, paramedics, cops and even firefighters cannot always arrive when you needed them so you have to be responsible for the safety and survival of yourself and your family until help arrives.

 

The staples of every earthquake emergency kit are first aid supplies, medicines, and several gallons of drinking water and enough food for your whole family that will last for at least three days. You should also include gadgets and tools such as battery operated lights and lamps, transistor radio, and mobile phone or other types of communication device that will help you survive even when there is no electricity and gas. Some people even recommend buying furniture-fastening straps, safety adhesive fasteners, and other implements that can keep your furniture, drawers, cupboards and other fixtures from falling off. Cutting tools and fire extinguishers must also be within easy reach so that you can cut off water and gas pipes and extinguish fire when it happens after the earthquake.

 

In order to increase survival rate, each member of your family should know where to get your earthquake preparedness and kits and what to do when earthquake strikes and since nobody can be sure what time an earthquake will hit, it is also advisable to designate a meeting place for your family in case it is no longer safe to stay in your home.  Even if you have dozens of earthquake emergency kits scattered in your house, you need to know how protect yourself from falling objects and other things that can harm you during and a earthquake.  Disastrous seismic activities are quite rare, but your earthquake preparedness supplies and kits can also be used during other emergency situations.  Just make sure that you immediately replenish your supplies and update your gear.   

November 3, 2008

C.E.R.T (Certified Emergency Response Teams)

 

C.E.R.T (Certified Emergency Response Teams) Training Program is aimed at providing community volunteers with educational materials, lectures and hands-on training in fundamental disaster response skills that will be helpful during calamities and other emergency situations. In cases where the magnitude of the problem is enormous, you should know that police or fire officers and paramedics may not always be immediately available when you need instant attention. But if there are CERT-trained volunteers in your area, you can be assured that these individuals will be able to assist you and your family until help arrives in situations that require urgent attention, such as fires, earthquakes, and even medical emergencies. In fact, government agencies are encouraging CERT members to play a more active role in helping their communities in emergency situations like evacuation procedures, disaster safety campaigns, and preparation for hurricanes and other calamities.

 

C.E.R.T (Certified Emergency Response Teams) Training is actually available to anyone who is at least eighteen years old. Individuals who are less than 18 years old need approval from their parents before they can participate in this program. The basic skills that you will learn from CERT include search and rescue, fire safety, organization of teams, first aid, threat assessment and disaster preparedness in your home, community and even in your office. More often than not, CERT volunteers are first to respond to disasters, especially in areas that are not very accessible to other rescue units.

 

Aside from emergency-related activities, volunteers of C.E.R.T (Certified Emergency Response Teams) are also encouraged to help disseminate information about disaster safety and preparedness, to assist elderly with their preparation for emergency situations (such as changing the battery of smoke alarms), and even participate in special local or national events that deal with rescue and safety.

 

As a C.E.R.T (Certified Emergency Response Teams) volunteer, you also need to make sure that you have CERT kits that contain tools and equipment to make you prepared for hazards and calamities. Every action response group should have CERT kits that contain first aid supplies, light sticks, vented chemical goggles, work gloves, hard hat, water pouches, and other things that can assist them in protecting themselves and helping other people survive during emergencies. Flashlights, bullhorns and whistles are also important gadgets that are needed by volunteers during rescue operations or organizing teams. Lastly, in order to help distinguish certified volunteers from other people, CERT vests, caps, and patches may also be necessary. See our “CERT Products” category on our web site to learn more.

  

Outdoor First Aid Kits

Author: samuelnikelson
November 2, 2008

Outdoor First Aid Kits

 

Outdoor first aid kits are essential for families that love the great outdoors. Whether your family enjoys a day at the lake, hiking through the woods, or participating in sports, a first aid kit should be a part of the preparations. Outdoor activities can provide hours of fun for your family, but it is always best to keep in mind that no matter where you are, accidents can happen. An outdoor first aid kit should include a basic first aid kit that includes assorted bandages, gauze, adhesive tape, scissors, antibiotic ointment, and over-the-counter pain reliever. However, outdoor first aid kits should also include special items that may not be needed in the home.

 

Outdoor first aid kits should also include insect sting pads, an instant cold pack and heat compress, sunscreen, emergency thermal blanket, ace bandages, athletic tape, aloe vera gel, calamine lotion, and hydrocortisone cream. For hiking or camping, it is essential to have a three-day supply of water and food. Food should be non-perishable and easy to prepare. It should also be easy to carry in a backpack. The following foods are great for outdoors: peanut butter, crackers, energy bars and granola bars, and trail mix. Another essential item is hard candies. Hard candies quench thirst and can help to save your water supply.

 

Families that spend a lot of time in the outdoors should be prepared for lots of fun. It is also important to be prepared for accidents. Common accidents that happen outdoors include cuts, falls, insect bites, and getting lost. It is always best to be prepared for emergencies whether you are in the home, in the vehicle, or enjoying the great outdoors. Before you leave, you should ensure that each member of the family is familiar with the contents of the outdoor first aid kits and understands how to use each item.

 

Does your family enjoy spending time in the great outdoors? Whether you camp, hike, or play sports, outdoor first aid kits should be an essential part of your preparations. Accidents happen when you least expect them – whether you are playing a simple game of volleyball, hiking through the mountains, or hunting for big game. The most intelligent and responsible thing you can do for your family is to go prepared – and this includes an outdoor first aid kit that contains the essential items to meet any emergency situation. Be prepared – not scared!

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