Archive for December, 2015

Hurricane Preparedness and Kits

December 27, 2015 @ 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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A emergency road kit that can save you money.

December 23, 2015 @ 3:05 pm posted by Sam

Whenever you’re planning a road trip somewhere, and even when you’re just going to work, it’s always good to have an auto emergency kit in your vehicle. You never know when you may need it or when you may be of assistance to someone else.  Having this kit can save you time and money for things that you would already have stored in your trunk or in your back compartment if you have an SUV.

There are some essentials that you would need in order to make any progress: A flashlight is very important to have because you will need to see. This is especially crucial if it is nightfall and you need plenty of light to see. You will need light to see what is wrong with your vehicle.

Another thing that you would need is some gloves, preferably leather ones. If it’s cold out, they can keep your hands warm. They can also protect your hands from getting acquiring dirt or getting injured as you are working on the vehicle. If it’s raining, it’s good to have a waterproof poncho so that you can stay as dry as possible.

In the event you become dehydrated, you will need drinking water to keep you going. Not having anything such as food or water is a dangerous mix. You should always have some type of food and water available in order to keep you going in the event you have to wait for assistance.

Keep in mind, assistance may not always come right away. It may take several minutes to a half hour for someone to come to your rescue. It all depends on where you are on the road. If you’re in a rural area, it may take longer. This is because the assistance may have to come from afar. Until the assistance comes, you will need food and water to tie you down.

In the event of an emergency, it’s a good idea to try and park in a lit area, if possible. If not, at least you will have your flashlight and light stick available to get some type of illumination. Make sure that the batteries in the flashlight are good and will work for at least a few hours. It’s even a good idea to carry an extra pack of batteries with you in the event the others stop operating. Some people may think that it’s not necessary to have this, but that is far from the truth. It’s always a good idea to be prepared, whether the trip is long or lengthy.

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Emergency Water

December 20, 2015 @ 7:08 pm posted by

One usefull thing that I learned, that I can contribute, is instead of storing bottled water, I purchased some collapsible folding water containers at a camping store.  I think they are 3 gallons.  We have filtered water in our house, so we do not buy bottled water, we use our own water bottles.  I hope I never have to fill the collapsible water container, but I could in an emergency and we would be good to go or stay.

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Emergency water heater filter

December 17, 2015 @ 10:24 am posted by

If you need water in an emergency, you probable have 40-50 gallons of water in your homes hot water heater.  Basically, all you need to do is filter this water a little bit and you can use that water, if your water supply is cut off.  Enclosed is a simple little emergency water filter that you can just screw onto your water heater.

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Heating in an Emergency Situation

December 13, 2015 @ 4:14 pm posted by

Solar BlanketHand WarmersThere are many scenarios in which you may find yourself in need of heating in an emergency situation.  From your house’s heating going out on cold winter’s night to your car breaking down in winter and leaving you stranded for hours, the need to create heat to ward off frostbite and hypothermia is of paramount importance. When you find yourself in need of emergency heat you will need to come to a decision about what to do. Keep safety in mind. If your home heating goes out and is not likely to be repaired within a few hours, you will want to take into consideration not only the ambient temperature but the age and health of your family members. Perhaps it would be wisest to seek shelter elsewhere.    One of the most efficient ways of heating in an emergency situation is through the use of solar blankets and/or solar sleeping bags. Solar blankets are aluminized and are handy in many situations. Not only can a solar blanket keep you warm in a pinch, but if you are stranded in your car on a hot day you can use the solar blanket to deflect the sun and keep your car cooler by putting it in the windows that the sun is directly hitting. In cases of extreme cold, a solar blanket can keep you warm by storing your own body temperature. Just wrap yourself up in the silver blanket and let it’s nearly magical properties keep you warm and toasty. Also available for your heating in an emergency situation needs is a portable water heater. Portable water heaters connect to your garden hose and heat the water in a matter of seconds using propane. This can be useful for many reasons, but think of the hot cocoa producing capabilities on a cold night without heat. The pump runs on a rechargeable battery, so make sure you have the ability to recharge.  If your lighting is also compromised at the same time as your heat, you will want to make sure you have several high powered flashlights and lanterns on hand. Candles are good, but can be dangerous. Instead, stock up on battery powered lighting for your emergency lighting needs. Further products available for your heating in an emergency situation needs include hand warmers. These handy little gadgets work much like the ice packs you find in first aid kits. Emergency heating products definatly need to be included in your emergency preparedness plan.  

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Emergency hygiene and sanitation

December 7, 2015 @ 2:59 pm posted by

Emergency sanitation and hygiene kits may not appear to be important to a lot of people. In a time of crisis, there are more important things to worry about, like where you are going to get your supply of clean food and water or shelter. So spending time to think about where you are going to find things to clean yourself with or where to properly dispose your wastes seem too trivial. But if you are one of the people who think this way, you can never be more wrong. During emergencies, your survival does not only depend on food and water, but also in keeping yourself clean and sanitary. Remember that many people get sick and even die in evacuation camps that do not have proper waste disposal systems. Keeping yourself clean and making sure that your wastes, such as stool and urine, are properly disposed of can prevent the spread of diseases and infections.

Aside from keeping an emergency hygiene and sanitation kit inside your home in preparation for hurricanes, earthquakes or other unwanted incidents, you also need to keep such kit inside your car, van or RV. This is particularly important if you are planning to take your family on a road or nature trip. If you are traveling with your kids, you also need to be prepared for any eventuality. You know that children cannot properly hold their urge to vomit or use the bathroom so you need to be ready or else you have to get used to having funny smell inside your car throughout the duration of the trip.

Now that you know the importance of emergency hygiene and sanitation equipment, the next step is to determine what your kit should contain. First, you ought to make sure that you all have the necessary tools to keep you and your family clean. A personal hygiene kit that contains toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, soap and other cleansing products is necessary for every member of your family. Next, you also need to pay attention to your sanitation needs; you can bring an emergency toilet (especially if you are going camping), self-heating washcloths or hot water on demand, and toilet bags.

Although you can make your own emergency hygiene and sanitation kit, you really do not have to. There are a lot of kits available in the market. We can help see our “Hygiene and Sanitation” category on our web site and click on these kits on our home page. Surely, you will find one that would fit your needs and that of your family.

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