Archive for May, 2011

#1.  Packing for an emergency and/or emergency evacuation is just like packing and prepared for a camping trip.  The hard part is getting the food and water supplies ready, unless you are using freeze dried foods or food bars and pre-packaged water.  I would add in a few kitchen canned items along with a can opener, knife, fork, and spoon combination and a emergency can opener too.

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#2.  Thereafter, you should have all of your camping gear and supplies in clean and dry bags, buckets, backpacks, etc… ready to go on a moment notice, just like you should do with your emergency preparedness gear and emergency kits.

#3.  Finally, with camping trips you have your travel plans and destination just like you need to do with your emergency evacuation plans.  Only with a emergency evacuation consider out of neighborhood, out of town, and possible out of state.

Basically, thinking ahead is the key to a succesful camping trip and/or emergency preparedness.

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Tools that may be need in an emergency situation.

May 28, 2011 @ 11:41 am posted by

When you think about emergencies, diving into your toolbox for help may not be the first thing that comes to mind. But when it comes to tools that may be needed in an emergency situation, you likely have them sitting in your toolbox in your garage already. Take a look around your home and office. That can opener in your kitchen is essential in the event you find yourself without power and needing to open a can. And that is just one example of tools you probably have laying around your home and office that can be helpful in an emergency situation.

Keeping a wrench in an easily accessible space is a good idea. When a natural disaster such as an earthquake happens, a wrench is needed to turn off the gas to protect yourself and your family against a possible gas leak from damaged gas lines. Wrenches can also be used to turn off water lines in the event of a breakage or other emergency. Tools that may be needed in an emergency situation also include screwdrivers and pry bars. It is not only your own family that may need help, but your neighbors as well. Should disaster befall your neighborhood, your tool kit can be of great use. Make sure it is stocked well. Depending on your unique situation, tools that may be needed in an emergency situation can include traffic cones and flares useful for cordoning off areas where a car accident has happened. In the event of fire or a tree falling or other disaster, you may find a fireman’s ax to be very useful. Likewise, a saw is a necessary tool that can help you out in many emergency situations.

As you can see, there are many tools and utensils commonly found in your home and / or office that can make a world of difference when you find yourself in the unusual circumstances of an emergency situation. As is the case with the rest of your emergency tools and supplies, it is important to have your tools properly stored and marked so that they are easy to find in that moment of need. Tools that may be needed in an emergency situation include adjustable wrenches in several sizes, a pipe wrench, pry bar, bolt cutters, saw, sledge hammer, can opener, pliers, fireman’s ax and screwdrivers; just to name a few.

Search and Rescue Tools

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Search and Rescue Supplies

May 25, 2011 @ 10:15 am posted by

Search and RescueWhen search and rescue is needed it is often the first responders who make the biggest impact. They are the hottest on the trail, so to speak, and having the right search and rescue supplies and tools can make all the difference in their endeavors. Community Emergency Response Team (or CERT) members are often the first people out in the field to begin the search and rescue. These CERT members know the terrain for which they are trained very well and should embark on their search and rescue operation properly supplied.

Reflective vests are a helpful part of the search and rescue supplies and tools. They are easily seen from a distance due to color and the reflective quality of the tape, trim and fabric. Other CERT members can easily locate each other. This vest is so highly visible that it is possible that the person being searched for will see the bright color and realize help is on its way. Other tools and supplies essential to a search and rescue operation include solar radios, flashlights and bullhorns. In fact, a bullhorn or megaphone that includes a siren is a great addition to any search and rescue operation as it enables the user to get a loud sound out and notify other rescuers when help is needed or the object of the search is found.

Search and rescue can make a big difference in whether it is a successful operation or not.supplies and tools  Consider the conditions you are going into and how long the person you are searching for may have been missing and stranded. Rain ponchos for the CERT members and the people or person you are searching for are helpful. Solar blankets and sleeping bags in the event of a temperature drop or overnight stay are a good idea. In the unfortunate event that you find the person you are searching for and they have died, a body bag will aid you in transporting them back to civilization.

You may find that your search and rescue mission goes from day to night. Flashlights are essential to your search and rescue supplies and tools. You can also purchase a high powered rechargeable spotlight which is an amazing source of light for your rescue operation. Don’t forget to take a first aid kit or trauma kit on your search and rescue mission.

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Emergency Water Bags

May 22, 2011 @ 1:09 pm posted by

emergency-water-bag.jpgI would suggest that you keep a few unused collapsible water bags with your emergency supplies.  Collapsible water bags can remain folded up, saving space, and easily filled with water in an emergency or emergency evacuation situation.

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Emergency Water – Freeze your soda bottles

May 18, 2011 @ 3:45 pm posted by

For emergency water I take soda bottles and fill them with water and put them in the freezer.  If you lose power they will keep your freezer cold for days without electricity and you’ll have ice cold water too.   I also use them in my coolers during the summer months.  A combination of frozen and non-frozen water supplies is uour best bet.

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When a natural disaster strikes, chaos naturally follows. We’d all like to think that the good in humans come out then. But altruism does not always rule the day and that is simply human nature. Whether you find yourself facing a hurricane, earthquake, tornado, wildfire, or tsunami, it is essential to take your own personal safety and security in a natural disaster into consideration. The sad fact is that when natural disaster strikes, some people will seek personal gain. You must arm and protect yourself and there are a number of products on the market that can help you stay secure.

First, it is always best to employ common sense as your first line of defense of your personal safety and security in a natural disaster. Stay aware of your situation and surroundings. Stay informed by listening to the news on a battery operated radio or watching it on television if your power is working. Make sure you stay in communication with your family and friends and with emergency service personnel if needed. Products to help you stay informed and in communication are available. You want to think portable supplies and battery operated. If you have no power or need to evacuate, it must be easy to take with you.

Next you’ll want to consider legal ways of arming yourself to ensure your personal safety and security in a natural disaster. Pepper spray is one of the best option you have for arming yourself against any looters, marauders or other potential danger. Pepper spray is a chemical compound that irritates the eyes and causes difficulty in breathing when sprayed directly at the perpetrator’s face. One thing to take into consideration is that you must be fairly close to your target, using small pepper spray cans, in order to effectively dose them with the pepper spray. We recommend that you keep a one pound can available for home defense and crowd control. The lasting effect of pepper spray varies, but typically can be counted on to disable the perpetrator for up to an hour in some manner.

Another way of ensuring your personal safety is through the use of a stun gun. Stun guns deliver an electric shock to the perpetrator and cause them to go into involuntary muscle spasms. This gives you time to put distance between yourself and the person intending to do you harm. Stun guns cause acute pain when administered effectively. Stun guns are used by police departments nationwide. Whatever personal security methods you choose, advance planing and preparedness is always best.  Make personal security a part of your emergency preparedness plan.

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Bucket Emergency Kit

May 7, 2011 @ 3:12 pm posted by

Bucket Emergency KitAn emergency kit in a 5 gallon bucket that can serve as an emergency toilet is a great idea.  We were able to put additional emergency supplies in our bucket and we use a backpack were we could add additional supplies.  The toilet lid keeps everything covered, clean and dry.  The kit is ready to go, portable, and everything is nicely assembled should the need arise to fully evacuate.

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Emergency Preparedness & Evacuation Plans

May 4, 2011 @ 3:34 pm posted by

I live on the Florida West coast and have an area in my home for emergency hurricane supplies.  Most of you the items you mentioned are in my kit with the exception of cash which is an excellant idea and I will now keep $500 in small denominations in my safe labeled “Emergency Cash Only.”  Emergency preparedness planning for your unique situation is like a cheap insurance policy.

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