Archive for February, 2013

Having a portable emergency kit is important.

February 26, 2013 @ 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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Earthquake Preparedness and Kits

February 15, 2013 @ 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 10, 2013 @ 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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Emergency Food

February 8, 2013 @ 3:41 pm posted by

With respect to emergency food the first place to start is in your own kitchen and/or pantry.  Start a list of emergency food products that you already have.  Add items to your emergency food list like beens, nuts, energy bars, crackers, etc…  When you have account for what you already have in stock, I would just go and buy some emergency water packs and a few emergency food bars and your basically done.  Finally, I would put the emergency food and water list in a plastic bag and keep the list in your emergency kit for further revision and emergency use.

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