7 2015 Oct

Hurricane watch has been issued. What’s next: Hurricane Disaster Kit?

Hurricane Disaster KitAre you ready?  You and the family have been advised that with in 36 hours there is a good possibility that a hurricane is coming your way. Is your Hurricane Disaster Kit stocked? Are you ready?

Making a family plan for before, during and after the storm occurs is the first step for preparing for the ‘storm”. Make sure you complete the list of tasks you need to do to batten down the hatches, before the hurricane watch is issued.  For example,  reinforce doors, including the garage, windows, storm shutters and the roof, clean the gutters, even perhaps construct a safe room. Do the generator and car have fuel? Is everything in the yard secured or stored?  Do you have enough food and water for every member of the family, including the pets for at least a week. Are there Hurricane Lamps when the electricity has been interrupted? Did you include batteries and an emergency radio to keep abreast of the weather and storm conditions?  Are there games, toys, and reading  materials ?  Do you have your important documents( insurance, contacts, bank information, ID, Social Security, names of household members, including pets, medical information. etc.). So by the time you receive the hurricane warning (24 hours), your family, and pets are prepared to evacuate or stay in place.

The best time to prepare is before a disaster or emergency takes place.

6 2015 Oct

Tropical Cyclones, Hurricanes and Typhoons

The news has been full of tropical cyclone alerts, watches and warnings especially for the Caribbean Sea, the North Atlantic Ocean and the Southern Pacific Ocean.  Still wondering? The most common name is hurricane. The West Coast of the US may experience residual rain fall from the hurricanes in the Pacific, moving up from the coast of Mexico. But nothing like the damage and destruction that can result from hurricanes in the Caribbean and Atlantic.  Tropical cyclones in the northwest Pacific, South East Asia and the China Sea that reach (exceed) 74 mph are called typhoons. Both hurricane and typhoon season start around June and continue through November, usually intensifying between August and October. High winds(74mph + ), floods, torrential rain,  thunder, lightning, storm surges and tornados are common weather conditions of both. Typhoons are more frequent, 25-30 a season, but cause less damage due to their paths. While typically 10-15 hurricanes happen a year, they are often much more destructive especially when they hit land.  Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina are reminders that people who live in areas affected by tropical cyclones should start preparing for the season well ahead of its arrival.

The best time to prepare for an emergency or disaster is before it happens.

30 2015 Sep

A Bug Out Bag? What is it?

What is a Bug Out Bag? or Bail Out Bag(BOB), Get Out Of Dodge Bag(GOOD), 72 Hour Bag, Grab Bag, Battle Box, Personal Relocation Kits(PERK) Survival Kits, and quite a few other names? It has been suggested that the possible origins of many of  these names is the military.

A Bug Out Bag has nowadays become synonymous with Survival Kit. It is a backpack or ruck sack or something you could carry that will hold essentials for you to survive, if evacuation from your home or  community is necessary when the proverbial SHTF (you know what hits the fan).

Some say that a Bug Out Bag is for short term survival during an evacuation from one’s home due to some sort of disaster, natural or man made. Sheltering in place or evacuating for 1 day, 3 days, one week versus long term survival( Survival Kit). Yet both Bug Out Bags and Survival Kits appear to be the same thing.

Have you started putting yours together, just in case?

 

13 2015 Sep

First Aid Kit: The Basics

Do you have a first aid kit? Are you prepared for any mishap at home, on the go or in the great outdoors?  Make sure you have these first aid kit items handy. Most are all readily available in pharmacies, grocery stores, outdoor gear and camping stores and many other retailers. Remember, if there is a serious medical problem, call 911. If you don’t have the time to put a first aid kit together, then consider purchasing one.

Medical ID information card: Besides your name and medical number, doctor, this card should include emergency contact, blood type, medications and allergies(one for each family member). If you are unresponsive, this information, could save your life. Make sure this is in your first aid kit and a copy on the refrigerator or your family message board.

Hand sanitizer: Have clean hands ready to treat any injury.

Antiseptic wipes: Great for cleaning scrapes when there is no soap and water.

Sterile eyewash: Don’t rub those eyes that have sand or dust or other irritants, flush them out with this!

Tweezers: Good for removing splinters, glass and ticks

Antihistamine tablets: You might need these even if you thought you had no allergies, and lo and behold you start sneezing, coughing and all the other signs of an allergy to something outdoors.

Adhesive bandages: Good protection for a paper cut or a puncture wound.

Moleskin: Stronger and better for staying on blisters while you are hiking.

Nonstick 3-by-3 inch and or 4-by-4 inch gauze pads, scissors and adhesive tape for larger wounds.

5-by 9-inch absorbent compress dressings: These help stop bleeding.

Elastic wrap bandage: It sticks to itself and provides a joint with stable pressure.

Triangle bandage: Use it to wrap a head wound or as a sling.

Instant cold compress: Not near a freezer? This will help to reduce swelling and numb an injury.

Non latex gloves: Best to avoid contact w/bodily fluids and for those who have latex allergies.

Antibiotic ointment: If you’re not near soap and water, this will help protect the cut or sores from germs.

Aloe vera gel: Welcome sunburn relief, if the label indicates 100% aloe vera.

Hydrocortisone cream: This is good for swelling and itching skin relief.

Ibuprofen: Use a safe dose to alleviate pain, swelling and fever for someone injured.

Aspirin: If someone is showing signs of a heart attack, a call to 911 and a 325-milligram tablet can be lifesavers.

Thermometer: The most practical to have on hand is the oral digital type.

 

The best time to prepare for an emergency or disaster is before it happens.

 

 

 

 

 

13 2015 Sep

WWildfires, unpredictable and deadly.Where’s the Wildfire Emergency Kit?

Is there a season for wildfires? Not any more. The drought in the western states has exacerbated our tinderbox conditions. New fires erupt everyday. Residents of affected areas are on notice to evacuate at a moment’s notice. One evacuee said the traffic leaving the town was like rush hour traffic. She couldn’t even get gas. How long will she or anyone else be away from their homes? And when they return, will there be a house left? Do they have a wildfire emergency kit?

Watching the early morning news, many northern California towns are watching the fire jump erratically pushed by winds that create havoc. Emergency centers are being set up. My cousins from their back porch can see the smoke moving closer. They have chickens, dogs and a cat. Luckily, they purchased an RV last year. They also are experienced campers. The RV is ready, with gas, food, water, tents, survival kits, pet carriers and a cage for the chickens. Their important papers, pictures are packed in water/fire proof containers. Their house insurance is up to date. Will they have trouble evacuating with all the roads packed with people ‘getting out of town’? My thoughts and prayers are with them.
And the question is, are you ready for any kind of emergency or disaster?

The best time to prepare is before disaster strikes.

19 2015 Jun

FEMA-Federal Emergency Management Agency

While most people think of FEMA as the agency that only coordinates disaster relief efforts, it also provides services and information related to disaster preparedness. The Ready.gov site has a plethora of information, Ready, prepare, plan and stay informed to assist individuals, families and communities for disaster preparedness. Check out FEMA’s publication, or follow its advice and become informed, make a plan, build a kit, and get involved in preparing you and your family for before during and after an emergency. The life you save may be your own or your family members.

18 2015 Jun

Be Ready, the 72 hour Emergency Supply List

Here’s the list, get these things together and you will be ready.

+3-day supply of non perishable food(dried fruit/nuts, canned tuna, peanut butter, etc.)

+Can opener

+First aid kit

+Sleeping bags or warm blankets

+Change of clothes to last 3 days

+Matches in a water proof container

+Toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap

+Paper plates, cups, and utensils

+Water- one to two gallons per person/pet per day

+Battery powered or hand cranked radio

+Flashlights with extra batteries

+Cell phone with charger

+Whistle to signal for help

+Local maps

+Pet supplies

+Baby supplies

+Books, deck of cards, games or puzzles

+A favorite stuffed animal or  blanket

+ Copies of all your important documents in a water proof container

Make sure these items are in one place, so you don’t waste precious time looking for them.

 

11 2015 Jun

On the road when disaster strikes.

What if an emergency or disaster strikes while you are away from home? Do you have an auto emergency kit in your trunk? Your car can provide you with some shelter, but what about food, water, blankets or bedding, mini first aid bag, an emergency radio, flashlight, change of clothes, personal hygiene and sanitation items,  things that will get you through the emergency safely and comfortably while waiting for help to arrive. Make your own auto emergency kit or check out ours.

11 2015 Jun

Important documents for an emergency or disaster

Besides having your basic needs of food, water, shelter, personal hygiene, sanitation and clothing met, what about those important household and personal papers or documents? Whether you shelter in place or have to evacuate, do you have those important documents in one place? If you have only 30 minutes to leave, can you put your hands on them in a minute? What important documents?: your insurance(life, car house,health), mortgage, title to your house, rental agreement, car papers, will, trust, emergency contact information, bank cards/documents, relatives’ names and addresses, medical/dental information, lawyer, doctor(s), pets and family members names, ages who live at your residence, place of employment, passport, driver’s license, credit cards and contact phone numbers, and important family photos? If you had to leave everything behind, and were still alive, wouldn’t it be some consolation, that you had those important documents and pictures with you. Start gathering those important documents and put them in one place today. If not now, when?

11 2015 Jun

3 Day Emergency Survival Kits

Coming soon more about 3 Day Emergency Survival Kits!