Archive for February, 2011

Having a portable emergency kit is important.

February 26, 2011 @ 4:59 pm posted by

Emergency KitA disaster can strike at any time and without warning and that is why you should carry a portable emergency kit with you, have one in your home, workplace,  school, etc…   Make a plan in advance for your unique situation and the individual supplies that you will need.  Its time well spent; it will give you a comfort feeling; and you’ll be prepared should the need arise. 

 Sometime there is no water and foods or electricity for days and weeks.  Local help usally is not there immediately and your emergency kit will get you through the worst part of the disaster.  I recommend a bucket emergency kit as its a great way to make your emegency kit portable if you need to take your kit with you.   You can also haul water and/or use the bucket as an emergency bathroom.

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Emergency Food and Water

February 19, 2011 @ 11:06 am posted by
Emergency food and water are important components of any emergency preparedness plan and survival kit.  In times of disasters, you may not be able to have any access to water or food supplies, even if you have a lot of money to spend.  The best way to ensure that you and members of your family, including your pets, can live through emergency situations or calamities like floods, hurricanes, power outages, earthquakes and fires is to prepare in advance emergency food supplies and water storage units that could last from 72 hours and are portable too.  Even if emergency rescue units and paramedics do not reach your home or area immediately, you can be assured that every member of your household will not get sick, or even die, of starvation or dehydration.
 
In preparing for emergency food and water, one should first think of the needs of each member of the family.  If you have an infant or a senior in your home, you have to take into consideration their special needs while preparing your emergency food.  Next, you need to prepare an emergency water storage plan that will not only provide clean water for drinking but also, if applicable, for hygienic and sanitation purposes.  Lastly, it is vital that you carefully choose the type of food that you will store in your survival kits.  Aside from preparing the usual foods eaten by your family, you also need to choose ones that have longer shelf life.
 
In order to make the job of organizing or planning emergency food and water kits easy for the whole family, it may be a wise idea to invest in food ration bars or ready-to-eat meals.  These do not only have longer shelf life, but also are also easier to store and carry in case you need to evacuate or leave your home. 
 
Since it would be impossible to have a six-month supply of clean water, your emergency food supplies kit should also contain portable water filtration system so you can safely use other sources, such as rainwater and even water stored in your hot-water tank or pool.Other important tools that you need to add in your emergency food and water supplies are utensils, mechanical can opener, and even cooking units and supplies.  Also, electric power and gas may not be available after a disaster strikes, you need to make sure that you have equipment that can help you boil water or cook food properly to ensure your families health.
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Earthquake Preparedness and Kits

February 16, 2011 @ 1:06 pm posted by

 

Earthquake preparedness and kits can save your life when you least expect it. Since there is no way of predicting when an earthquake will strike, having earthquake emergency kits handy can spell the difference between life and death. Remember that in times of calamities and disasters, paramedics, cops and even firefighters cannot always arrive when you needed them so you have to be responsible for the safety and survival of yourself and your family until help arrives.

  The staples of every earthquake emergency kit are first aid supplies, medicines, and several gallons of drinking water and enough food for your whole family that will last for at least three days. You should also include gadgets and tools such as battery operated lights and lamps, transistor radio, and mobile phone or other types of communication device that will help you survive even when there is no electricity and gas. Some people even recommend buying furniture-fastening straps, safety adhesive fasteners, and other implements that can keep your furniture, drawers, cupboards and other fixtures from falling off. Cutting tools and fire extinguishers must also be within easy reach so that you can cut off water and gas pipes and extinguish fire when it happens after the earthquake.

 In order to increase survival rate, each member of your family should know where to get your earthquake preparedness and kits and what to do when earthquake strikes and since nobody can be sure what time an earthquake will hit, it is also advisable to designate a meeting place for your family in case it is no longer safe to stay in your home.  Even if you have dozens of earthquake emergency kits scattered in your house, you need to know how protect yourself from falling objects and other things that can harm you during and a earthquake.  Disastrous seismic activities are quite rare, but your earthquake preparedness supplies and kits can also be used during other emergency situations.  Just make sure that you immediately replenish your supplies and update your gear.   

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C.E.R.T. (Certified Emergency Response Teams)

February 13, 2011 @ 11:12 am posted by

 C.E.R.T (Certified Emergency Response Teams) Training Program is aimed at providing community volunteers with educational materials, lectures and hands-on training in fundamental disaster response skills that will be helpful during calamities and other emergency situations. In cases where the magnitude of the problem is enormous, you should know that police or fire officers and paramedics may not always be immediately available when you need instant attention. But if there are CERT-trained volunteers in your area, you can be assured that these individuals will be able to assist you and your family until help arrives in situations that require urgent attention, such as fires, earthquakes, and even medical emergencies. In fact, government agencies are encouraging CERT members to play a more active role in helping their communities in emergency situations like evacuation procedures, disaster safety campaigns, and preparation for hurricanes and other calamities.

 C.E.R.T (Certified Emergency Response Teams) Training is actually available to anyone who is at least eighteen years old. Individuals who are less than 18 years old need approval from their parents before they can participate in this program. The basic skills that you will learn from CERT include search and rescue, fire safety, organization of teams, first aid, threat assessment and disaster preparedness in your home, community and even in your office. More often than not, CERT volunteers are first to respond to disasters, especially in areas that are not very accessible to other rescue units.

 Aside from emergency-related activities, volunteers of C.E.R.T (Certified Emergency Response Teams) are also encouraged to help disseminate information about disaster safety and preparedness, to assist elderly with their preparation for emergency situations (such as changing the battery of smoke alarms), and even participate in special local or national events that deal with rescue and safety.

 As a C.E.R.T (Certified Emergency Response Teams) volunteer, you also need to make sure that you have CERT kits that contain tools and equipment to make you prepared for hazards and calamities. Every action response group should have CERT kits that contain first aid supplies, light sticks, vented chemical goggles, work gloves, hard hat, water pouches, and other things that can assist them in protecting themselves and helping other people survive during emergencies. Flashlights, bullhorns and whistles are also important gadgets that are needed by volunteers during rescue operations or organizing teams. Lastly, in order to help distinguish certified volunteers from other people, CERT vests, caps, and patches may also be necessary. See our “CERT Products” category on our web site to learn more.

  

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Outdoor First Aid Kits

February 10, 2011 @ 11:13 pm posted by

 Outdoor first aid kits are essential for families that love the great outdoors. Whether your family enjoys a day at the lake, hiking through the woods, or participating in sports, a first aid kit should be a part of the preparations. Outdoor activities can provide hours of fun for your family, but it is always best to keep in mind that no matter where you are, accidents can happen. An outdoor first aid kit should include a basic first aid kit that includes assorted bandages, gauze, adhesive tape, scissors, antibiotic ointment, and over-the-counter pain reliever. However, outdoor first aid kits should also include special items that may not be needed in the home.

 Outdoor first aid kits should also include insect sting pads, an instant cold pack and heat compress, sunscreen, emergency thermal blanket, ace bandages, athletic tape, aloe vera gel, calamine lotion, and hydrocortisone cream. For hiking or camping, it is essential to have a three-day supply of water and food. Food should be non-perishable and easy to prepare. It should also be easy to carry in a backpack. The following foods are great for outdoors: peanut butter, crackers, energy bars and granola bars, and trail mix. Another essential item is hard candies. Hard candies quench thirst and can help to save your water supply.

 Families that spend a lot of time in the outdoors should be prepared for lots of fun. It is also important to be prepared for accidents. Common accidents that happen outdoors include cuts, falls, insect bites, and getting lost. It is always best to be prepared for emergencies whether you are in the home, in the vehicle, or enjoying the great outdoors. Before you leave, you should ensure that each member of the family is familiar with the contents of the outdoor first aid kits and understands how to use each item.

 Does your family enjoy spending time in the great outdoors? Whether you camp, hike, or play sports, outdoor first aid kits should be an essential part of your preparations. Accidents happen when you least expect them – whether you are playing a simple game of volleyball, hiking through the mountains, or hunting for big game. The most intelligent and responsible thing you can do for your family is to go prepared – and this includes an outdoor first aid kit that contains the essential items to meet any emergency situation. Be prepared, not scared!

 

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Hurricane Preparedness and Kits

February 6, 2011 @ 12:17 pm posted by

 Hurricane preparedness and kits are a necessity for people who live in areas that are prone to hurricanes, especially now that category four and five hurricanes are becoming more prevalent due to global warming. In fact, households in areas where hurricane rarely pass should also prepare somehow because of the erratic behavior of hurricanes in recent years. According to government officials, hurricane emergency kits and the people’s preparedness are the keys to surviving the hurricane season.

 The huge loss of properties and lives from hurricanes Katrina and Rita have made a lot of people realize that planning is as important as having hurricane preparedness and kits. Even before the hurricane season starts, everyone who lives in places that are usually hit by storms should already do house repairs if necessary. Roofs, windows, ceilings, basements or cellars should be checked for leaks, cracks and anything that could make your home more vulnerable to strong winds and rain brought by hurricanes. It is also necessary that every home should have some kind of action plan for when the hurricane hits. Special plans should also be in place for members of your family who are old, very young, or disabled.

 Hurricane emergency kits should contain basic necessities, such as several gallons of clean drinking water and non-perishable food. However, you must regularly check the food and change the water in your hurricane emergency kits every six months. Your kits would not be of any help if they contain food and water supply that is stale or expired. Since there will definitely be power outage or unavailability of gas, you should also include candles, flashlights, transistor radio and waterproof matches in your kits. It would be better if the flashlight and the transistor radio that you use are hand-cranked so you do not have to think about buying batteries.

 There is a big chance that your home will not survive the hurricane, so you should not forget to include important documents as part of your emergency kits. Just make sure that you put important papers inside waterproof document storage bags. You should also add into your hurricane emergency kits tools like shovels, axes and machetes to help you gather wood for cooking or help your family get out in case you are trapped inside your home. If you have no idea what other items to include in your hurricane preparedness and kits, you can click on these kits on our home page. Lastly, pack some clothes, blankets, personal hygiene and sanitation implements, medicine and other basic items that your family needs. If you have pets, small children or elderly folks living with you, include items that they will need as well.

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Auto Emergency Kits

February 4, 2011 @ 12:24 pm posted by

  

Auto emergency kits are an essential tool for any vehicle. Emergencies happen when we least expect them – and the best way to avoid being stranded for long periods of time on a deserted road is to be equipped with an auto emergency kit. The kit should include tools for car repairs as well as essentials such as a first aid kit, blanket, water, and food. Granola or energy bars are the perfect food for roadside emergencies. The first aid kit should contain basics such as gauze, bandages, adhesive tape, antibiotic ointment, scissors, instant ice pack, instant heat compress, and aspirin or other pain reliever.

 Auto emergency kits should also include a flashlight with extra batteries, emergency flares, pen and paper, and a help sign to place in the window for passing vehicles to see in case you are stranded inside the vehicle. Flat tires are one of the leading causes for roadside emergencies. Every vehicle should be equipped with tools necessary to change a tire and, every driver should learn how to change a tire before driving. Be sure to have a spare tire, vehicle jack, tire pressure gauge, and lug wrench. Another handy item to have available is a bottled tire inflator. If the tire is not completely flat, you may be able to inflate the tire enough to get to a service station.

Because all roadside emergencies are not caused by tires, auto emergency kits should contain tools that allow basic repairs to be done on the vehicle. These should include flat head and Phillips screwdrivers, vise grips, adjustable wrench, pliers, pocketknife, or a multipurpose tool containing many tools in one. Other items that can come in handy during a roadside emergency include oil, antifreeze, windshield washer fluid, rags or paper towels, duct tape, and an ice scraper.

 Living in a fast-paced world often requires lots of travel. Whether you have a long commute to work or just like to take long trips, it is always best to be prepared ahead of time. Auto emergency kits often mean less time stranded and more time on the road. If you became stranded today, are you prepared? Be sure to equip your vehicle with everything you need to ensure a safe trip – and be sure every driver is familiar with the tools contained in your auto emergency kit and knows how to use them. Safety first – whether in the home or on the road.

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Backpack Emergency Kits

February 1, 2011 @ 12:05 pm posted by

I like the emergency backpack kits the best.  Backpacks make carrying your emergency supplies so easy and it leaves your hands free to do other things. ready to roll emergency kit Like everything else you have to consider your unigue situation and the emergency supplies you need.  A good backpack or emergency bag may work the best for you.

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