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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.

Outdoor First Aid Kits

Author: Jayne
September 20, 2009

Everybody’s outdoorsman needs a good first aid kit.  The outdoor first aid kit below is perfect for the sportsmen in our family. 


Knowing that the guys have this kit and a couple of extra solar blankets helps me feel more comfortable about them going out hunting, as I know they have some emergency supplies and a few first aid supplies. 

September 18, 2009

Emergency BlanketOne of the most important things to add to or have in your auto emergency kit is a thermal blanket or solar sleeping bag.   These item are small and fit easily in your glove box.  Great for auto emergencies and outdoor survival.

 Solar Sleeping Bag

These blankets generally retain 90% of your body heat, can be used as a ground cover, and will protect you from the elements.

September 14, 2009
first aid kit

I can’t believe how many houses I have been to that do not have a first aid kit.  It happens all the time, and I always urge each of my friends to keep one inside of their homes just in case anything happens.  Nobody ever expects a disaster, but that is really the crux of the issue isn’t it?  Disaster always strikes at the worst possible time and the only thing that we can do is to prepare ourselves as best as possible.

A first aid kit is a simple, inexpensive way for us to have something available at the drop of a hat.  Although when we are at home, emergency services are available for us to utilize, having full reliance on these services might not be the wisest thing.  Being prepared in advance at home and out on the road is.

September 8, 2009

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.


September 3, 2009

Here is a nice list of additional items to add into your auto emergency kit if they are not included.

A tire pump or an aerosol tire inflator

A car battery charger that can jump start your car through the car’s cigarette lighter. Amazing devise if its fully charged.

Duct tape and wire to fix a window, a dropped tail pipe, etc…

A fire extinquisher

A first aid kit

A plug in spot light and/or a shake flashlight

A tow rope

For winter gear, a shovel, a scraper, and some traction panels to put under your tires to get unstuck. 

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