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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.

July 23, 2009

Below, is my well stocked first aid kit list and a copy of my first aid book.  You should choose a large plastic bin or a large fishing box works great too.  Please note that you should keep a list of emergency contacts in your first aid kit.  Also, check any medications and smoke detectors for expiration dates.  

Neosporin , Hydrogen Peroxide, Antiseptic Wipes, Alcohol Wipes, Soap, Tweezers, Fingernail Clipper, Small Scissors, Safety Pins, Sterile Gauze, Adhesive Tape, Bandages in several sizes, Ibuprofen, Motrin or Advil for Children, Benadryl, Instant Cold Packs, Thermometer, Plastic non-latex Cloves, Flashlight, Solar and a Fleece Blanket, and of course a First Aid Manual.

July 15, 2009

It is important to remember to rotate the following items in your emergency kit.

#1.  Check your food and water to see if it has expired.  If your food and water is going to expire within 6 months just use it up and replace it.  Be sure to check your iodine tablets or other methods of water purification to make sure thy have not expired as well.

#3.  Check any medications that you keep in stock.

#4.  Check your batteries and make sure all the things that use batteries are in working order, like flashlights and radios.

#5.  Also, check your activities bag and the activities bag of your children to make sure thy are up to date.

#6.  Make sure you check your emergency contact list and also revise your emergency plans if need be.

#7. Finally, go through all items in your emergency kit adding additional items like solar blankets, etc… as you become better prepared.

July 9, 2009

If you have a baby or very young children in your family you will need to make sure you include your childs special needs items in your emergency kits.  Food for children may be difficult to find in stores or shelters, so you will want to make sure that you have plenty of these supplies available to you.  If you need bottles and nipples the ones with the liner are especially nice to use.  If your baby has just started on baby food you will want to include a variety of foods and snacks too. 

Also, you will need to include a good supply of diapers and some garbage bags.  You should also consider using a Wag Bag to help decompose these waste products.  Don’t forget to include any medications that your baby might need.  These include infant Tylenol, etc… that have not expired.  If you have properly prepared for your baby it will make the emergency that much easier to deal with.  It should be fairly simple to gather these supplies and a few toys as well and put them in a seperate bag.  If you kids are older consider getting them their own childrens emergency kit that they can customize.

children emergency kit

When you have toddlers and young children and they are in the walking stage, it can be very easy for them to get into things that they should not be getting into.  However, in spite of that, there are ways that parents can prevent their children from getting in harm’s way.

Toddlers and young children are naturally curious.  Something would be wrong with them if they weren’t.  One thing that they like to do is open cabinet doors and look inside.  They will go so far as to take things out, not knowing the dangers that await them.

Since they are only of a certain size, they will try to open the cabinets that are closest to the floor.  For this reason, child safety cabinet latches are needed to keep them out of harm’s way.

Since children like to get to things that are within their height and reach, another thing that should be covered up are electrical outlets.  It’s easy for them to stick their tiny fingers in the holes and possibly get injured or even worse, electrocuted.

The wires and other items inside those outlets are live and if they are tampered with, it can cause some serious consequences.  Using outlet safety plugs can help keep your child’s sticky and curious fingers away from danger.

Since a child’s body is still delicate, when they bump into things, such as sharp corners, it can hurt them.  Just think about how much pain adults feel when they bump into a sharp corner.  For toddlers and small children, it can be twice as painful.  Using safety corner bumpers can help them not to feel that excruciating pain as they cut around the corner and hit that pointed area.

Using doorknob grips can prevent your toddler or young child from going into rooms that they should not be in.  Rooms such as entry to a basement or a bedroom should be off limits.  Those are rooms that should be kept under lock and key.

Using doorknob grips can help to keep them from entering.  This will prevent them from going into dangerous territory or experiencing serious injury.

It’s important that you child-proof your home as much as possible.  The more you set up barriers and precautions, the better chance you have of your child being safe.  You  won’t have to concern yourself about your child getting hurt or seriously injured.  You will have made your home a safe haven for them.  Also, with a child safety kit, you will be the better parent.

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