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May 28, 2010

powerinverter.jpgI think a great tool to have around is a auto power inverter that plugs into your car’s cigarette adapter.  You can run a couple of  lights or a refrigerator.  I use mine when I travel to charge my laptop computer and other accessories.  Also, the power inverter works to power simple electrical hand tools.   You’ll get lots of use out of this tool.

emergency generatorI agree.  All good stuff.  Many people do not realize or consider the importance of emergency preparaedness or food storage to be a part of their financial plan, but it is.  Being prepared to financially handle whatever life throws at you makes emergency preparedness and aquiring emergency tools a good investment, like life insurance.  I could probable keep my family of 5 fed for about 6 months. I still need to get a emergency backup generator since we live in the country and are on a well, so no power, no water.  I was also glad to see the discussion on keeping some extra cash at home. Imagine a day if there was no natural disaster to be found, but your credit cards don’t work.  That’s why I would say keep a $1,000 of cash on hand just for emergencies.  Finally your emergency plan will be ever evolving as member of your family mature and health conditions change.

Emergency backpack kitMany people choose to use backpacks for each family member to carry.  In addition to each person’s personal items, other family items, and things for baby or small child are dispersed amongst each person’s load. Other options might include suitcases, plastic storage boxes, or my favorite 5 gallon plastic buckets with a lid.   Backpacks are easy to grab and go in a hurry and can be hung in a closet near the front door or closet.  Five gallon bucket are fairly easy to move and if they have a lid are water tight.  Some people like to store their emergency kits in their car, which has an advantage if you cannot get to your home or have to evacuate in a house fire, but the emergency supplies are often subject to tempurature extremes, which can damage your supplies.  There are many different things that can be stored in a emergency kit and your kit can range anywhere from backpack sized to much, much larger.  How extensive do you want your kit to be? Would you like to include items for camping out, like a tent, bucket toilet, and sleeping bags, or do you want few items that you can carry on your back in case of an emergency?   You should come up with a list of what you ultimately want in your emergency kits. Then you can buy a standard emergency kit as most kits are about the same and add the items you need for your personal situation.  Thereafter, update your checklist and supplies every six months.  You will soon have a emergency kit for your unique personal needs that will also be great for traveling.

Marine Safety Gear

Author: PaulM
May 15, 2010

First aid or primary protection is directly related with being protected against social, physical, financial, emotional, occupational, psychological or other consequences that can bring a major physical injury. This is also related to the way of being protected against any grave situation or something that causes an emotional loss. Emergency may arise anywhere or at anytime out of nowhere and when you least expect it. There are different kinds of safety; home safety may be defined by the ability to protect the residents against external harm. Another major form of safety can be defined asy marine safety.

Special preventive measures are required to be followed when you are on a marine trip. Marine safety is related to using or following complete life-saving systems for all levels of marine activity; beginning from offshore platforms and passenger ships to cargo ships, sea expeditions, commercial fishing and boating. The negligence in such activities may lead to disastrous problems, including a threat to life.

There are different types of marine safety products available some are discussed as below:

Bunker Gear: these are fire protection clothing. Though it is mainly used by the fire fighters when fighting against odds at sea, it can also be used by an individual at sea. The light weight fabric is easy to store and comfortable to wear. The protective sleeves of the bunker gear ensure high flexibility at gravest of situations. Also the pre-bent knees protect the fire fighters from getting scraped or burnt.

Immersion Suit: the immersion suits are the best to be used to prevent getting drowned. It can be worn by both – those working in or near water bodies as well as by those who are on sea trips. It is best to be used where there is a danger of accidental drowning. The immersion suit removes the risk of ‘cold shock’ or hypothermia.

Inflatable Rescue Boats: the inflatable rescue boats are especially designed to be used in case of an emergency. It can be used for all forms of surfing rescues, retrieval and service. These boats are generally made of rubber with 4 inflatable tubes, 2 side tubes along with a bow tube and keelson tube. The flexibility of the inflatable boats makes it a necessary sea disaster supplies item.

Life Raft: often a life raft acts as hope for last chance of survival. It makes for another important emergency supplies item to included in marine safety kit. At the time of rough seas, the elasticity and the flexibility of the life raft makes it usable against immersion threats while still at sea.

Soft body armor: maritime crime and piracy is rapidly increasing causing threat to even the innocent tourists at sea. In the last decade itself, around 4 million people have been killed by lightweight weapons. As a prevention against such threats, soft body armor makes an important equipment to be kept in the sea disaster kits.

Since marine safety is in your hands, keeping a few marine safety supplies on your boat is important during maritime activities to stay safe and secure.

May 13, 2010

Outdoor First Aid KitMy husband and boys are very active outdoorsmens.  They do a lot of fishing and hunting and have minor injuries from time to time.  Nevertheless, I found this great little roll up outdoor first aid kit that, is perfect for what they do. The kit can go in the truck glove box and/or the fishing boat glove box.   I actually bought 3 of them, one for my husband and one for each son, since they were only $30.00 each.  One ended up in the truck glove box and the boys put their’s in their fishing tackel box.   They liked the kits because they were not big and bulky.  I feel better about the situation and they really appreciated the gift.   

Saving Your Furry Friends

Author: lenkalove
May 7, 2010
Saving Your Furry Friends

Dogs and cats are gifted with heightened powers of perception – they can often sense an approaching natural disaster by gauging changes in air pressure. This can be useful up until it comes time to evacuate a dangerous area. At that point, however, most people are focused on the wellbeing of children and elderly people. Dogs and cats become lost in the shuffle. Pet safety products help alleviate this problem.

A pet safety vest wraps securely around a cat or dog’s body, marking the animal in an easily identifiable bright orange. Homeowners can keep one eye on the pet’s movements and another on the secure transfer of valuables out of the house. These vests are especially handy when there’s no leash readily available.

May 4, 2010

First Aid and CPR BookFirst Aid Kit in a Plastic BoxI believe every parent should have a well stocked first aid kit and a good CPR book.  You never know when you’ll need it, but if you do you’ll be ready.  I personally like to use a mid size plastic container with latches and a carry handle.  You want your box to be roomy enough to store all of your supplies, a solar blanket, and your CPR book.  It’s a good idea to tape your list of emergency contact numbers to the top of your box.  I buy an average sized first aid kit and then I add the items below if they are not included.

  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Neosporin
  • Alcohol Wipes
  • Tweezer
  • Fingernail Clipper
  • Safety Pins
  • Sterile Gauze
  • Adhesive Tape & Gauze Rolls
  • Bandages in Multiple Sizes
  • Self Sticking Elastic Bandages
  • Tylenol – Child & Adult
  • Thermometer
  • Latex Gloves
  • Flashlight & Batteries
  • Solar and/or Fleece Blanket
  • Your Emergency Numbers

May 1, 2010

emergency kitsIf you were forced to rough it in an emergency situation or evacuate from your home how portable are your emergency supplies?   If the emergency shelters are full, you will quickly discover that you will need to provide a shelter for your family.  You can pack a tent or pack several tarps and a rope to rig up a temporary shelter.  Your shelter should be able to withstand the wind and rain.   Also, make sure that you have portable cooking equipment and a good lighter or matches. 

You should store your emergency gear and supplies in buckets, sealed bags and/or backpacks.  For many families this would mean hiking backpacks are best.  If you are evacuating by car you will want to be sure your emergency gear and your families emergency kits fit nicely in your car and don’t forget to consider the special needs of your family members.   Pre-planning is the key to your emergency plan and gear.

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