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first-aid-kit.jpgIf you are looking for a creative gift for a young babysitter, consider giving a first aid kit and include a nice portable first aid book with the kit.  Its a great gift that shows you care and will most likely will come in handy.  I would also suggest these two items as great gifts for teenagers as well.  

 First Aid Book

Fire Evacuation

Author: Jermcromync
September 25, 2010

People that live in wooded areas should be prepared for a evacuation due to forest fires.  Most people don’t expect to experience this or anything like this.  In a forest fire most houses burn down from the roof, due to flying sparks hitting the asphalt shingled roof.  I have to ask, how many people are prepared for an emergency evacuation and have their emergency kits packed and ready to go and also know where all their important documents are?  I would start be getting all of your importand document into a document fire bag or fire box.

Document Fire Bag

Then each member of your family should have there own basic 3 day personalized emergency kit , fire document system, and clothing bag.  You will feel so much better, especially if you never need to evacuate your home due to a fire and/or any other emergency.

emergency kit

Emergency Candles

Author: Dan
September 20, 2010

Emergency CandlesCandles were essential years ago in America.  Emergency candles like the ones pictures above last for 120 hours.  Candles can be used for lighting, cooking, and a little heat, in an emergency situation.

September 17, 2010

Everyone’s situation is different.  Different medical, physical, pet, and family needs, besides the basic emergency kit, with some extra food and water.  Our family has a meeting place where family members can gather in case of an emergency. Then we have another meeting place outside of town.  You maybe could use a relative’s house in another state in case of a statewide emergency plan like a dirty bomb or hurricane.  Your own emergency plan, is the key and once you have the plan built adding your supplies and updating your supplies and plan every yeear is easy.

September 12, 2010

You really need to think beyond just your employer’s emergency preparedness plan.  You should determine which types of emergencies are most likely to effect you and your family.  Consider medical emergencies, utility disruptions, terrorism, building lock downs, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, ice storms, etc…

You really need to make a plan for each emergency and then review your communication scenarios.  Being prepared depends on what your family needs in order to be comfortable and secure in the middle of an emergency situation.

Once you have made your ititial plan and gathered your emergency gear; do your rehearsal; and then review your plan and supplies every six months.  As you keep bringing up your plan, in six months, you’ll be amazed at the improvement you’ll be able to make in your plan.  Emergency forms, list, and resources.  

September 9, 2010

You put lots of time and effort in acquiring your emergency supplies and preparing for a disaster of evacuation.  However, all planning would hardly matter if you are not organized enough. If on a cold winter night you cannot finding your emergency solar blanket and the sleeping bag then all the planning has failed miserably. Hence you always need to be organized while executing the storage of items concerning your emergency supplies before a disaster strikes. Storing all the emergency supplies in a marked bag makes the users aware of their presence and also helps in finding the specific ones easily at the time of a crisis. It is always wise to make all the supplies portable so that they can easily be carried as per your requirements.

Having a basic emergency kit will help to put your mind at ease, as well as having all the equipments ready for an unexpected emergency. However knowing how to use the tools is also equally important. Below are some simple tips and tricks to follow while organizing your emergency storage items:

- To begin with, consider your trauma kits or the first aid kits as the primary item for your emergency storage. Make sure that when you purchase those they come with a container or backpack to hold all the necessary emergency supplies like bandages, creams, splints and other things together.

- If you purchase separate medical supplies make sure that the container is large enough to hold all the supplies and can easily be kept in an easy-to-find location.

- Backpacks and plastic cases are the best to be used for your first aid kit or trauma kit.

- Label all the supplies with their names so that there is no confusion while finding the same. – Using a large and heavy duty rubber 55 gallon tote on wheels to store and move a large supply of emergency gear or to store all the backpacks in one place is another great idea.

- Equipments like first aid supplies, emergency shelter rations, sleeping linens should all be kept separately marked. – Organize yourself for an emergency disaster drill and practice locating the equipments kept in storage.

What are the basic items to store? Some essential items to consider while preparing for a disaster seems always apparent these are the things which we use in our day to practice. So what are the items to compile as emergency supplies in your disaster management kit? These include the following:

- Water forms the basic element of life. Make sure that you have enough storage space to store water for you and your family. A 50 gallon drum is a preferred choice. A small amount of bleach like 1 tablespoon per gallon of water can be added as a precaution to fight water borne diseases or better yet get a good water treatment kit.  Also, you can use the water in your hot water heater provided you filter the before using it and/or buying prepackaged water is always a good idea.   – Keep ready a supply of non-perishable food that could last for at least of 3 – 5 years is essential. These include food ration bars and food products that can be consumed for a longer period of time.

- Another important item that is a must have in a basic emergency kit and first aid kit. Keep all necessary medication ready in the first aid kit as well and check the expiration dates of all the medicines from time to time.

Remember emergency occurs without any prior notice and it can happen to anyone anywhere hence being ready and having organized supplies to tackle all types of crisis is always a wise decision.

camping suppliesI am an avid outdoorsmans and our family does a lot of camping.  Nevertheless, with respect to emergency supplies, I bet I have over 1/2 of my emergency supplies in my garage.   I would imagine a lot of other outdoor people do as well.  We made a list of all our camping supplies that we could use in the case of an emergency. 

We have a outdoor camp stove with pots, pans, etc…,  a lanter, shake flashlights, various hand tools, knives, axes, saws,  a 1, 2, and 5 gallon water containers, an outdoor toilet and supplies, sleeping bags and blankets, a tent, a portable canopy, gloves, hats, outdoor clothing, water bottles, water purifiers, and lots of duffle bags and 5 gallon buckets. 

We think we are prepared, but we do need to add some emergency food bars and water. 

September 3, 2010

If you have an emergency kit in a 5 gallon bucket you can turn that bucket into an emergency Port-A-Pottie and/or you can use the bucket to carry water or other things.  

Port-A-Pottie in a Bucket

If your going to use your bucket as a toilet we suggest adding a simple waste bag called a WAG bag.  The bag contain a bioactive non-toxic gelling power called Pooh-Power. The powder gels the waste, neutralizes odors, initiates the decay process and accelerates decomposition and WAG bags degrade within 6 to 8 months when deposited in landfills.
Wag Bag

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