Archive for January, 2011

Emergency Information

January 25, 2011 @ 2:11 pm posted by Jane

If you have ever been through a disaster it is important to have copied and kept secure somewhere your important documents, lists, medical information, and contacts.  You need to keep these documents and emergency contact forms in a sealed plastic bag.  This will save you from having to track them down if you lose everything you have and also the time and hassle.

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Get an emergency kit.

January 20, 2011 @ 3:07 pm posted by John
Be Prepared – Get an Emergency and Disaster Kit
 
When a disaster happens, failing to prepare is preparing to fail. Those that
are prepared in advance with the correct supplies and action plan will
inevitably be in a better position than those that do not. You should develop
a unique action plan for each place that you and members of your family visit;
this includes work, school, the gym and the homes of other members of your
family.
In the case of a disaster contacting other members of your family could be
difficult. That is why you need to have a plan which will dictate where your
family will meet in case of emergencies. As well as a place in your home,
there should also be a place in your neighborhood in case there is any damage
to your home or the circumstances mean that it is not possible to meet there.
In an emergency it can be important to turn off your water, electricity and
gas. As such, you should keep all tools such as spanners near there so that
you can turn it off if need be. As well as making plans for members of your
family, you also need to consider your pets too. When emergencies happen your
immediate family members may not be able to help in giving information to
doctors such as your blood type and allergies. As such, you should inform
other people about this and elect them to know everything that is vital. Such
a person should not live on the same street as you for example, as then they
may be subject to the same emergency as you.  Having an emergency action plan
and suitable supplies should be accompanied by an appropriate action plan
that your family knows with enough precision to execute in a fast and
efficient way. Making a plan once and forgetting about it is not enough, the
plan should be remembered and recapped at least annually so that your family
is prepared for the worst case scenario and knows exactly what to do. In the
unfortunate circumstances where the worst case scenario happens, at least you
can be sure that you done everything you could have.
 
 You also need to buy emergency kits in case of disasters. Different types of
disasters need different types of supplies so you should consider what could
occur and buy supplies accordingly. Buying emergency supplies is great; but
not if you cannot find them when you need them the most. That is why you
should keep all your emergency supplies in an accessible place, and also take
your emergency supply kit for vacations and work trips where you will be away
for any length of time. As well as having emergency plans for occasions like
this, you should also be checking with your employers, your child’s school
and other organizations to check if they are doing enough in case of an
accident. If they do not keep emergency supplies and refuse to do so, you
should consider taking your own when you go to these places.  You’ll be glad you
took the time to prepare in advance.
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Emergency Food and Water

January 12, 2011 @ 1:14 pm posted by Cindy

Water and food are the basic essential items that all beings must have access to in order to survive. Having essential food that is safe and has sufficient nutrition along with water that is safe is considered a basic human necessity. But when it is a natural or man-made disaster the scenario is completely changed. Our society has witnessed such adverse times when people crave for a single grain of food and a mouthful of water. The only reason these are emergencies is that either we were not prepared with adequate emergency supplies or enough informed about tackling such situations.

Being entirely prepared to face a crisis is next to impossible as they occur without prior notice. No matter how grave a disaster is damage is bound to happen. Many times those who could have survived did not because adequate emergency supplies were not available.

Emergency food and water are essential to survive. No individual or even animals can survive for long without these two basic needs. Therefore water and food storage make an essential part of all emergency preparedness. With the advent of advance technology there are companies that produce emergency food products that can be stored for a longer duration, most for 5 year.  There are also many ways of preserving household food like frozen food and dried and dehydrated food.

Emergency water can be purchased in sturdy plastic containers, which usually have a 5 year shelf life as well, and a purifier can be kept in your disaster kit to ensure emergency drinking water. If a disaster catches you suddenly and you are without clean water you can use the alternative sources immediately.

- Hot water tank inside your home hot water tank

- Ice cubes

- Drain house pipes and faucets

Now there are alternative sources available outside your home which includes:

 - Rainwater

- Streams, rivers, and other moving bodies of water

- Ponds and lakes

- Natural springs

Generally, a 3 day supply of food and water is recommended to keep on hand for every individual in your family or group.  

- Develop a habit of saving more food as you buy your groceries.

- Try to keep at least a supply for several days for you and your family until proper help reaches you.

- Some people like to have food for 2-3 months stored and use up the old food and restock with fresh supplies.  It’s really an individual choice.  

- Food items like white rice, beans and wheat can be stored for longer period of time. – Mark the food products with specific purchase date. Masking tapes with marker pens can be used for this work.

How much food and water will be sufficient to store for emergencies depends entirely depends on the time and duration for which the food and water will be required.  Most emergency kits use the 3 day supply rule as well.  The main thing is to make sure you sure you are completely prepared to face any emergency.

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Be Prepared for Emergencies

January 6, 2011 @ 10:45 am posted by eric
Be Prepared All The Time

Having emergency kits on stand-by are extremely important in the event of an emergency. They provide you with the essential supplies and tools you need without having to try to find anything in the throws of a major calamity or disaster. With emergency kits, you can just grab the bag and have whatever you need at your fingertips – providing you have those things in your kit.

Below are some of the important items every emergency kit should have, whether it is in your car or your home:

1. First Aid Kit
2. Radio and batteries
3. Flashlight and batteries
4. Candles and waterproof matches
5. Blanket
6. Bottled water
7. Energy bars and other non-perishable foods

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Put everything on wheels that’s my moto.

January 1, 2011 @ 12:00 pm posted by Jayne

Emergency Supplies ToteI like to make just about everthing I own portable.  For example, I have my garage equipment, tools, cabnets, shelves, and work benches on wheels.  Just about anyone can move anything or redesign the shop any time without doing heavy lifting. 

Enclosed is a picture of a ready to roll 55 gallon emergency supply tote with wheels.  This tote is great if you have a larger group of people to protect. You’ll be glad you put wheels under your emergency supplies and made all your gear portable.   Putting all your gear in 5 gallon buckets, backpacks, and/or bags in also a great way to make all your supplies, portable emergency supplies.

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