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Emergency Lighting

Author: Jermcromync
June 29, 2009

Emergency lighting is as important as food and sanitation in times of disaster and other unpredictable circumstances. Just imagine how hard it is to locate mountain climbers who fall through traps or slip down deep ravines if they do not have a shake flashlight or emergency light wand. Do you think people who live in high-rise apartments will be able to properly evacuate in case of fire or disaster if their building’s stairwells do not have emergency light? Indeed, people take the importance of light or electricity for granted. They only realize its significance when they are in a tight and dark situation.


Emergency lighting devices are useless if they are just kept in places where they are inaccessible. Even if you do have a lot of flashlights lying around in your home, but you placed them inside storage boxes in the attic or, worse, you do not know where they are, then these things would not be of any help to you under urgent situations. So, aside from making sure that everyone in your family has their own handy flashlight, you also need to make sure that these lighting gadgets are located or kept in places that are accessible to every member of your household, including your five-year-old kid. Moreover, your housekeeper or babysitter should also know where emergency supplies, including flashlights, lanterns and rechargeable lamps, can be found even if you are just going away for a few hours.


Another important thing to remember is to provide extra batteries for your emergency lighting system. There is no use having a lamp or heavy-duty flashlight if they do not have power. Thus, you need to regularly check these gadgets and make sure that they are charged or they have batteries. It may also be a good idea to keep a shake flashlight or emergency light wand in your car, RV, and even in the office.


See our “Lighting and Heating” category on our web site and you will learn that emergency lighting is also an important travel device. If you love to go camping, fishing, spelunking and even when you sleep in a hotel or rent a cabin, you need to prepare yourself and your family for any eventuality. It is wise to invest in fuel tablets, solar blankets, dynamo flashlights and radio whenever you are visiting a place or area that is new to you or is located in far flung areas. While traveling overseas, bringing a small or handy flashlight or mag light is also a very good idea.


Pet emergencies

Author: Rachel
June 21, 2009

pet emergency kitI suggest you take your pet with you and I would buy a pet emergency kit and supplement the kit with items particular to your pet.

Make sure your pet’s vacinations are current and you have a copy of their records.  You will need them especially if you do decide to use a boarding facility. 

Also, make sure that your pet’s collar has your cell phone number listed on it.  This will prove especially important in rescuing your pet quickly should you become seperated during your emergency evacuation trip. 

June 19, 2009

With respect to emergeny evacuations for pets you will need to have a place to stay that will welcome you and your pet too.  Your relatives or friends may be able to help you.  I would suggest that you check out dogfriendly.com as they recommend places that have pet friendly accomodations and bring your prepacked pet emergency kit.

June 14, 2009

I live way up north in Minnesota.  It makes sense to me to keep some Canadian bills in my emergency cash, along with my passport.  If I had to move fast changing currency is only going to slow you down.  Really there are not too many scenarios that would require you to leave the county, but why close that option.  Having the extra cash is the important thing for most people to remember in their emergency plans.

Multi ToolAs you plan and review your emergency supplies, take a look around your home for a few tools that you can include.  If your only going to add one tool to your emergency kit add a multi-tool.  Leatherman makes great multitools.  You can find these at most good camping supply stores on the web.  It is important to have a basic tool kit at home and in the trunk of your car so you can make basic repairs. A few good screwdrivers like a flat head and philips in different sizes, a hammer, a sharp knife, a hatchet, and some basic tools to shut off the water and gas.  It is important that you have the tools and knowledge to protect your family.

Emergency water bagI would recommend at a minimum you have one gallon of water for each person included in your emergency kit.  I saw a FEMA web site that recommended two.  I think one is more than enough for clean up and drinking.  Its the most important thing you can do.  You can use one gallon containers or small pouches or bottles.

 After the water then you need three days of emergency food for each person in your party.  One great option is to use food bars or military MRE’s (Meals ready to eat).


After you have the food and water covered, I would just buy a good emergency kit and supplement the kit with the following items, if they are not in your emergency kit.  You may need a mess kit or disposable bowels and silverware; a good flashlight; hand sanitizers; garbage bags; emergency blankets; a hygiene kit; supplies for baby or kids; and some extra cash.

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