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August 31, 2010

Family Hygiene KitEmergency hygiene and sanitation kits may not appear to be important to a lot of people. In a time of crisis, there are more important things to worry about, like where you are going to get your supply of clean food and water or shelter. So spending time to think about where you are going to find things to clean yourself with or where to properly dispose your wastes seem too trivial. But if you are one of the people who think this way, you can never be more wrong. During emergencies, your survival does not only depend on food and water, but also in keeping yourself clean and sanitary. Remember that many people get sick and even die in evacuation camps that do not have proper waste disposal systems. Keeping yourself clean and making sure that your wastes, such as stool and urine, are properly disposed of can prevent the spread of diseases and infections.

 

Aside from keeping an emergency hygiene and sanitation kit inside your home in preparation for hurricanes, earthquakes or other unwanted incidents, you also need to keep such kit inside your car, van or RV. This is particularly important if you are planning to take your family on a road or nature trip. If you are traveling with your kids, you also need to be prepared for any eventuality. You know that children cannot properly hold their urge to vomit or use the bathroom so you need to be ready or else you have to get used to having funny smell inside your car throughout the duration of the trip.

 

Now that you know the importance of emergency hygiene and sanitation equipment, the next step is to determine what your kit should contain. First, you ought to make sure that you all have the necessary tools to keep you and your family clean. A personal hygiene kit that contains toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, soap and other cleansing products is necessary for every member of your family. Next, you also need to pay attention to your sanitation needs; you can bring an emergency toilet (especially if you are going camping), self-heating washcloths or hot water on demand, and toilet bags.

 

You can make your own emergency hygiene and sanitation kit, but a kit that has already been prepared usally saves you time and money. Surely, you will find one that would fit your needs and/or that of your family.

 

 

Pet Emergency Kits

Author: Jane
August 27, 2010

pet-emergency-kit.jpgPet emergency kits are an essential part of the survival of pets during emergencies.  The importance of preparing for calamities, not only for yourself and family, but also for your pets has been underscored after a lot of dead pets were found in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, which hit several areas in the southern parts of the United States.  A lot of dogs, cats and even other exotic animals were left in the streets on their own as humans evacuated because of the said hurricane.  It was a sad story but truly, you and your animal will have a better chance of surviving big disasters and emergencies only if you plan ahead. 

Assembling a pet emergency kit is one of the first things you should do to help ensure the survival and happiness of your pet during emergency situations.  Remember that pets are more sensitive than humans when it comes to feeling catastrophes or natural disasters, so there is a big possibility that they will react violently or restlessly before, during and even after the calamity.  Because of this, you need to include pet safety products such as lighted collars, motion activated dog tags and even pet carriers.  Of course, you also need to provide emergency survival pet food and water for your precious pooches, cats, or birds.  It is important that you check the food and water supply of your pets regularly to ensure that they are good when disaster strikes. 

Apart from food and water, your pet emergency kit should also contain pet first aid products, blankets, chew sticks, and even playthings to help them cope during emergency situations.  If you will be staying in evacuation centers, it is a good idea to bring along poop bags to maintain the sanitation of the place.  In case your evacuation place does not allow animals inside for sanitary reasons, you need to make a back-up plan about where your animal can stay. An alternative shelter for your pet is essential for its survival, so do not forget about it.  For your canine friend, there are especially made emergency dog tents available online and in pet stores. Indeed, pet emergency kits are really important if you treat your pet as a member of your family.  When making emergency plans, you have to make sure that you include pet safety products on your list.  Don’t do things the hard way consider your pets needs and get the materials you need for your pets safety.

August 22, 2010

office-emergency-kit.jpgEmergency supplies are something you should always keep on hand. It is always better to be prepared beforehand for any potential emergency. Keeping supplies on hand at all times will ensure that you are ready should a natural disaster such as a hurricane, earthquake, or tornado strike. In some cases, you may have some warning, such as with a hurricane. Others, such as earthquakes and tornadoes usually do not allow you time to prepare an emergency kit ahead of time. It is very important to always be prepared.

 

Your list of emergency supplies should include things to meet the body’s basic needs, such as water and food. There should be enough water to provide each person with one gallon per day to meet drinking and sanitation needs. Foods should be non-perishable items such as canned goods, dried fruit, dehydrated foods, high-energy foods such as peanut butter, jelly, crackers, granola bars, trail mix, and cookies. The foods should be easy to prepare and should be foods that do not require a lot of water to prepare. Hard candies are a good idea because they help quench thirst and will help save drinking water. An important thing to keep in mind is being sure the food supplies are fresh – always check expiration dates and change the food in your kit as needed. Canned goods should be replaced once a year.

 

Emergency supplies should include a first-aid kit that includes bandages, antibiotic cream, antibiotic towelettes for cleansing wounds, eye wash solution, and a thermometer. A first-aid kit should also include several days supply of any prescription medicines and medical supplies such as equipment for monitoring blood sugar and blood pressure if appropriate. Non-prescription medications should include pain reliever, antacid, laxatives, and anti-diarrhea medicines. If someone’s age or physical condition puts them at risk for a heart attack, aspirin should be added to the kit.

 

Other emergency supplies that should always be kept on hand include battery-powered or hand-cranked flashlights and radio. You should also have waterproof matches, or matches stored in a waterproof container, a fire extinguisher, disposable eating utensils and age-appropriate items such as diapers, feminine supplies, and other personal hygiene products. Emergencies are often something that cannot be predicted. The best way to survive an emergency situation is to be prepared! Are you prepared for an emergency? We can help you ensure that you have what you need on hand for any type of emergency. You family is depending on you!

August 18, 2010
Being prepared when it comes to any emergency situation, being prepared in advance is always something we wish we could do retrospectively.  Although you cannot prepare for every kind of accident and emergency as fully as you would like to, one thing you can do is ensure you have first aid supplies. 
Having a first aid kit is one way that you can be sure that you are able to have what you need in the instance of first aid emergencies.  Getting basic first aid kits is one thing; however having them handy when you need them is another.  With that in mind, it is important to consider whether or not you will always remember to take your first aid bag out to the car and if not, it is essential that you buy an additional kit.  The same applies for where you go during the day.  Does your children’s school, and your workplace have all they need to ensure that you and your children can stand the best chance of being treated effectively in the case of emergencies?
As more people start to understand the consequences of not being prepared for emergencies, more innovation for meeting people’s first aid needs are available. 
Informed and aware buyers are now able to pick up camping first aid kits or automobile kits that containing first aid items.  It would be wise to be prepared at the office or some workplaces with first aid supplies as well. 

Another great example of this innovation can be found with new products such as pet first aid kits, which can help you to handle pet owners to assist their pets in the best way possible during emergencies.  This innovation is ultimately making it easier for people, and their pets, to be safer and to be more likely to be prepared the instance they have to be.

Take, for example, the first aid fanny pack – this is something someone is far more likely to carry around, and hence they are far more likely to be able to act in the case of an emergency.

Consider your unique needs and get a good first aid kit.  We think a safe plan is a a portable first aid kit for your car and one for your home.

CAMP STOVES:  A camp stove with fuel can be a source of warmth as well as a cooking aid, butmust be used in a vented area.  Most cook stoves are lightweight and easy to use.  You may want to purchase a cookstove that uses dual fuel or multiple fuel like unleaded gas, alcohol, and/or camp stove fuel.  Also. propane fuel stoves are very popular and my personal preference.  I would not be without my camping stove and suggest everyone have one for ourdoor use and emergency cooking and heating.  Visit http://www.greatoutdoorproductstore.com/ to see a large selection of camping stoves and additional emergency preparedness gear.

August 6, 2010

Emergency Solar blanket 

 #1.  An emergency blanket or solar blanket, along with a flashlight, in your emergency kit and car is vital.

#2.  A rain poncho, a lightweight tarp, and a tube tent.

#3.  Emergency blankets, rope, duct tape, and a few plastic bags.

#4.  Emergency toilet, pop up canopy, shower/toilet/changing room, folding beds, sleeping bags, etc…

August 2, 2010

When a crisis occurs the basic survival elements that are required by the victim include supportive medication or treatment, water, food, shelter and clothing. It is not only in the case of a natural disaster, but also at the time of any kind of crisis that has victimized innocent people all of a sudden. It is always best to keep a first aid kit and some emergency supplies with you no matter whether you are going out or are sitting secured inside your home. You never know when a normal day turns into the nightmare of your life. Emergency shelter and sleeping bags are required if such a crisis has made victims of you and your family. In responding to such situations, keeping solar bags, solar blankets, air mattresses, pop up canopies, flashlights and blankets ready. Suppose you are stranded in your car on a hot day, you can always use the solar blanket on the windows to deflect the sun and to keep your car cooler. When it is extremely cold a solar blanket works wonders to keep you warm. Some important shelter and sleeping items to have with your emergency kit are listed below:

Air Mattress: An air mattress can be used as an ultimate travel bed. Use it in your tent or van or use it as an extra bed air mattress is perfect for all times and situations. Generally the air mattresses are made of some heavy duty PVC materials which are both durable, comfortable, and fold nicely.

Folding Pillow: A Folding pillow can be used while traveling, camping and even during emergencies. These durable and handy pillows are great for sleeping and/or making the injured comfortable.

Canopy: Generally these canopies are made waterproof, with UV ray-blocking and fire repulsive material. These canopies are easily folded and can be carried anywhere, tied downs may be needed in windy weather.  Great for setting sleeping and shelter, outdoor work station, and processing injured people.

Canopy shower rooms: During a crisis even the thought of bathing oneself appears as an odd concept.  A quick solution to this problem is canopy shower rooms available in the market that can be used with the desired effect during any crisis.  

Most of the emergency preparedness supplies available for sleeping and shelter can easily be folded, deflated and stored even in any small or restricted space.  While preparing your emergency gear make sure to provide all the necessary stuff which you may need to take shelter. You never know when you will need emergency sleeping and shelter gear. Often solar blankets, flashlights and rain gear will form the basic supplies of your emergency shelter and sleeping gear. Adding advanced products like pop-up canopies, folding pillows, air mattresses and others have also become popular.  In addition, rain gear like ponchos, rain suites, and even umbrellas will help.  You can never predict a natural disaster and being prepared in advance in always the best and safest thing to do.

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