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Disaster Kits

Author: PaulM
December 30, 2010
Disaster kits

A disaster can strikes when we least expect it. It can be a natural calamity such as an earthquake or a typhoon. It can also be man-made such as a terrorist attack. Whatever the cause, we must not be caught off-guard.

Offices and homes should have disaster kits for emergency situations. These kits may contain vital materials that can save a life. There are various ready-made kits available in the market. However, it is also possible to customize your own kit by choosing its contents. More importantly, these contents must always be updated and replenished.

Auto Air Compressor

Author: Lester
December 25, 2010

Emergency Air CompressorA small inexpensive auto air compressor is one of the best gifts I have given to my daughter.  This small air compressor has already pumped up a couple of flat tires in the middle of the night, on a cold winter night, on my dayghters car.  You can also add air to inflatable toys as well.  I would highly recommend that all drivers add a mini air compressor to their auto emergency kits and supplies. 

Emergency Kit Checklist

Author: Curt W
December 21, 2010

BELOW ARE SOME EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS CONSIDERATIONS.  Get an emergency kit, develop your unique emergency plan, and update all every 6 months.

Water – prepacked water pouches, water jugs, some kind of water purifier, five gallon water box, water storage barrels.

Food – food bars, ready to eat meals (MRE’s), freeze dried backpacking meals, candy, granola bars, trail mix, soup mixes, fruit leather, energy bars, just add water meals, instant breakfasts, etc…

Shelter and Sleeping – tent, ground tarps, solar blankets, tarps.

Clothing Checklist – parka, ponchos, rain gear, cold weather boots, cold weather clothing, woolen socks, hats, gloves, hand and feet hot packs, solar blankets, solar sleeping bag, gas or electric heater, fire starter.

Cooking and Fuel – a smallstove with fuel, a stove that uses Sterno, fire starters, waterproof matches, portable cooking and utensil set, waterless clean up packs.

Lighting – shack flashlights, solar lights, lanterns, candles, LED flashlights, light sticks, extra batteries.

Communications - light sticks, strob light, signal mirror, cell phone, walkie-talkies, ham or CB radio, notebook and pens, road flares, whistle, weather radio, AM/FM radio, solar radio.

Sanitation - antibacterial soap, toothbrush, floss, toothpast, portable toilet, toilet paper, privacy shelter, shovel, towel, washcloth, sanitary wipes, laundry soap and a bucket, hygiene kit for male and female.

Tools and Gear – fishing and hunting gear, ax, hatchet, hammer, prybar, crowbar, shovel, screwdriver set, pliers, crescent wrench, garbage bags, pocketknife, rope, gas shut off wrench, compass, duct tape, wire, leather gloves.

First Aid Kit – bandages, dressing, pain medication, special needs items, burn relief gel, scissors, tweezer, forceps, clamps, antibiotic cream, insect repellent, sun screen, antiseptic wipes, snakebite kit, latex gloves, CPR schield, instant ice packs, heat packs, thermometer, splint, ace bandage, triangular bandage, bee sting medication, a plastic carry box or identifiable carry bag.

Personal Security – stun gun, pepper spray, tazer, gun, personal alarm, home alarm.

Protection Checklist – know how to shut off gas and electricity, fire escape ladder or rope, duct tape and plastic sheathing, smoke and carbon monoxide alarm, fire extinquisher, smoke and gas masks.

Children Needs – diapers, wipes, formula, cereal, pain reliver, bedding, solar blankets, candy.

Money - $100 – $400 in cash, credit cards, calculator, pen, paper, spare house keys and car keys.

Important Documents – family photos, passport, insurance papers, financial portfolio, deeds, titles, wills, account numbers, credit card information, immunization records, fire box, document bag.

December 16, 2010

People may be suprised to know that the most common disaster in the USA are house fires, as of today. 

This is one of the reasons why a fire escape plan, a fire extinguisher, a smoke and carbon dixoide detector, an emergency evacuation plan, and secure fire document storage on and/or off site is important for every home.   

With respect to weather related disasters, floods and flash floods are the number one disaster related killer of people, as of today, in the USA. 

Emergency Tools

Author: Davidfg
December 12, 2010

Emergency preparedness is something that is required at every stage of living. No matter where you are, being prepared to face emergencies is always necessary. Emergency alertness is something that is ignored often and not taken seriously. We all live under the impression that our surroundings are so equipped that we can access anything irrespective of the time or place. We forget that staying alert to emergencies is our duty. Now the question arises how we can remain alert and prepared.  A good medium to start with is buying an emergency kit and a few extra emergency tools. Having just food and water ready to meet emergencies is not always sufficient. There are other important things too that are to be considered. Tools and generators ready for emergencies are not to be overlooked.

While planning for your emergency, water and food form the very base. Other necessary items like a basic emergency kit and other self defense tools are equally important while facing an emergency.

Tools that may be required during an emergency:

Often we make a mistake thinking that the supply of tools that we have with us are sufficient to meet a crisis. This is only because our anticipation about a crisis usually appears very small in front of the actual crisis when it actually occurs. Therefore being ready in advance with a few tools is smart.  So what are the tools that one should have to control a crisis?

- Keeping an adjustable and a pipe wrench is always a good idea. When a natural disaster occurs, a wrench can be used in many ways. It can be used to turn off the gas to protect you and your family against possible gas leakage and a resultant fire. You can also use the wrenches to turn off water lines. – Tools like screwdrivers and pry bars can also useful.  At some situations one may also need tools like traffic cones and flares used to clear areas where an accident has happened. – A fireman’s axe and a saw are equally beneficial to possess in the event of a fire, tree falls or other grave disasters.

It is not that only your family members may suffer from a crisis but sometimes your neighbors may also seek your help. Hence make sure that your tool kit is well stocked.

Equally important is a generator to use during crisis. During a power failure a home generator is a great asset.  A home generator can work as an emergency power source, keeping the refrigerated food cold for quite some hours and provide lights. There are different types of emergency generators that can be bought for facing a crisis. It is good to know about their advantages and disadvantages. Some emergency generator types are discussed as below:

Diesel and Gas Generators: Diesel generators are often used to provide power and light for work sites. Due to their high outputs, some diesel generators are designed to provide total home power

Natural Gas Home Generators: Gas generators can support high power supply and can provide power to an entire house. They generally run on natural gas or liquid propane. Select Circuit: Please note select circuit wiring can provide power to some selected home electric devices (like the furnace and refrigerator) instead of trying to power the entire home.

Being alert and prepared in advance for various emergencies and/or disasters should always be your top priority.  Updating and maintaining the right tools for your unique situation is an ongoing task as well.

December 6, 2010

Auto Emergency KitJust think—you’re driving on the highway and all of a sudden you hear a noise.  The next thing you know, your tire goes flat.  This can happen in extremly hot or cold weather and/or from a tire puncture.  That’s not a good situation to be in.  However, you can make that situation a little more pleasant by having materials and tools on hand that you can use to replace the flat.  The first thing you need is a spare tire.  The spare may be a little smaller than the original tires on the vehicle, but it will suffice for the time being.  If you don’t have a spare, you are in trouble temporarily.  That means you will have to go a buy a spare tire from somewhere.  If you are in no-man’s land in a rural area, there’s no telling how far you will have to go.  However, if you do have a spare, then you must use it.  In addition to that, you will need a lug wrench to remove the nuts from the flat tire.  You will also need a light so that you can see, provided it’s already dark outside.  Also sometimes a can of fix-a-flat can get your tire leak fixed temporarily.

If it’s the battery, it’s a good idea to have a pair of booster cables.  You can’t always assume or depend on another person having cables if they stop to assist you.  Once the vehicles are set up where you can get a boost, then the vehicle should charge up again.  However, if it’s not the battery, it may be the spark plugs.  In that case, have a spark plug tester available to see if they are operating properly.

Actually, anything could be wrong with your vehicle.  It doesn’t have to be either of the above.  However, it’s a good idea to have as many different tools and accessories as possible.  So when you find out what the problem is, you will be able to make a connection.  If it’s not severe, you can fix it right where you are.

Having a highway emergency kit is vital to have, no matter whether you are driving your vehicle or a rental vehicle.  It’s important to also have accessories such as screwdrivers, a tire repair kit, wrenches and definitely a first aid kit.  Having these accessories available should be a no-brainer for anyone that drives on a regular basis, especially if they are going long distances.  Having a good auto emergency kit can keep a minor situation from becoming a catastrophe.

Emergency Evacuation

Author: Roger
December 1, 2010

Our building management had another building evacuation drill this year and we all gathered across the street as in the past.  Then when we were allowed to return all employees and our floor captains were shown the emergency tools and supplies that were available in the building maintenance department.  I was amazed to see all of the emergency gear, ropes, flashlights, and search and rescue gear available to our floor captains. 

 Firemans AxeAlso, in the case of a real emergency any locked doors or stairways were people could be traped we were told to break the doors lock using a firemans axe kept on each floor.

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