Preparing for Disaster or Emergency

Destroyed by burning forest by Toa55Disasters are a very real occurrence that can happen anywhere in the world at anytime.

Experiencing a disaster is traumatic enough, having the extra disadvantage of being unprepared for such an event will ultimately result in more unnecessary stress in an already stressful situation. Continue reading Preparing for Disaster or Emergency

130 Mile Journey in Mobile Home During Tornado

Wichita| A family from Tulsa, Oklahoma, underwent the scariest experience of their life yesterday, when their mobile home was carried over 130 miles by a tornado, landing in a rural Kansas area. Five members of the same family were inside the building during its “flight”, and all of them have miraculously survived without injuries.

Severe Winter Weather Warnings

Severe Winter WeatherSevere Winter Weather

I live in Prince Edward Island, Canada’s smallest province, on the East Coast. Our upcoming severe winter weather is a taste of what we experience and why we need to be prepared. Invariably, when the wind comes up, we lose our electricity (wires are still all on poles).

Strong Winds – Snow Squalls – Severe Cold

Alerts for: Queens County P.E.I.

Warnings

10:01 PM AST Wednesday 14 December 2016

Wind warning in effect for:

Queens County P.E.I.

Strong winds that may cause damage are expected or occurring.

Northwest winds will gust to 90 km/h overnight Thursday night and Friday. These winds will be accompanied by very cold temperatures, flurries and blowing snow over exposed areas. There is also the possibility of snow squalls giving near zero visibilities in blowing snow.

Damage to buildings, such as to roof shingles and windows, may occur. High winds may toss loose objects or cause tree branches to break.

Wind warnings are issued when there is a significant risk of damaging winds.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ec.weatheraspc.ec@canada.ca or tweet reports to #PEStorm.

Watches

10:04 PM AST Wednesday 14 December 2016

Snow squall watch in effect for:

Queens County P.E.I.

Snow squalls are expected to develop. Under the snow squall bands, visibilities will be significantly reduced due to the heavy snow combined with blowing snow, and snow will quickly accumulate.

Very strong northwest winds coming across the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Northumberland Strait will give flurries at times heavy and reduced visibilities in blowing snow. There is also the potential for the development of snow squalls occasionally giving near zero visibilities in blowing snow and significant accumulation of snow.

Visibility may be significantly and suddenly reduced to near zero.

Public Safety Canada encourages everyone to make an emergency plan and get an emergency kit with drinking water, food, medicine, a first-aid kit and a flashlight.*

Snow squall watches are issued when conditions are favorable for the formation of bands of snow that could produce intense accumulating snow or near zero visibilities.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ec.weatheraspc.ec@canada.ca or tweet reports to #PEStorm.

Statements

10:02 PM AST Wednesday 14 December 2016

Special weather statement in effect for:

Queens County P.E.I.

Very cold air and strong northwesterly winds overnight Thursday night and Friday morning will cause temperatures to drop to minus 15 to minus 20. Wind chill values Friday morning will be near minus 30 giving significant risk of frostbite.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ec.weatheraspc.ec@canada.ca or tweet reports to #PEStorm.

*Emergency Kits

In an emergency (severe winter weather), you will need some basic supplies. You may need to get by without power or tap water. Be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours.

You may have some of the items already, such as food, water and a battery-operated or wind-up flashlight (and/or radio). The key is to make sure they are organized and easy to find. Would you be able to find your flashlight in the dark? Make sure your kit is easy to carry and everyone in the household knows where it is. Keep it in a backpack, duffle bag or suitcase with wheels, in an easy-to-reach, accessible place, such as your front-hall closet. If you have many people in your household, your emergency kit could get heavy.

It’s a good idea to separate some of these supplies in backpacks. That way, your kit will be more portable and each person can personalize his or her own grab-and-go emergency kit.

More information

Get an emergency kit!

Emergency car kit

Where to buy an emergency kit

Preparing a Family Emergency Kit

It’s your responsibility to start gathering supplies and start thinking about what your family will need for at least 72 hours in an emergency.

I’m originally from another town, in another province, and we had severe winters there as well. I can remember traveling with my Mom, losing control of the car, and ending up in a snow bank and not able to get out of the car. That was pretty scary.

With age, I’ve begun to dislike winter. If we could just get a bit of white fluffy stuff and people could stay safe and not have car accidents or lose their power or have their houses burn down because they’re trying to keep warm with wood heat. Severe winter weather is something I have to deal with because this is where I live, but I make sure I have plenty of water on hand and food that doesn’t need cooking, oh and plenty of blankets too. I also don’t venture from home. I don’t need to add to the risk factors on the road.

 

Outdoor Survival Equipment

Outdoor Survival EquipmentSurviving the Outdoors Using Outdoor Survival Equipment

Various hazards can present themselves in an outdoor environment. Individuals engaging in outdoor adventures and activities should bring with them the necessary outdoor survival equipment to enjoy their experience and to be able to stay safe. Outdoor survival equipment can also be used to help survivalists and soldiers in surviving the various dangers that could be experienced in the wild. Recreational campers can also make use of outdoor survival equipment.

Outdoor Survival Equipment:

  • Blankets, paracord, rope, bedding, cots, tents and tarps are things that can be carried for outdoor activities and camping. This equipment can be used for shelter, comfort, and safety.
  • Materials to make fire are very important. Waterproof matches, magnesium flint, lighters and tinderbox can help bring warmth particularly when spending nights in the wilderness or when staying outdoors.
  • Food utensils and portable burners are only two of the survival equipment items that should be brought with you when camping. Moreover, you should have a portable water purification system with your survival kit. To survive outdoors, staying warm, dry, sheltered from the elements, fed and hydrated should be your top priorities to enjoy your excursion and stay safe. With the help of outdoor survival equipment you can enjoy the outdoors with the security of knowing you’ll be OK should something happen.
  • Multipurpose tools are important outdoor equipment that can be used in survival training and camping. They can be used as weapons and as tools for cutting or grinding food, cutting ropes and for other purposes. A small axe will help with cutting boughs or branches and firewood.
  • Communication and navigational devices should be something you consider bringing with you as well. Communication devices such as walkie talkies and public alert radios can help keep you informed of upcoming inclement weather systems and enable you to stay in touch with others on your excursion with, or even rangers, should you happen to get into trouble. Navigational devices such as compasses, GPS and maps can help campers and hikers figure out their destinations and current locations.
  • Signaling devices are also good tools to have on hand, and even the most ‘normal’ things that you own can be used while camping or for any outdoor activities…

Having multiple effective ways to signal for help can make all the difference in a survival situation where outside help is warranted. Distress signals can take many forms, from high-tech modern electronics to the primitive techniques and materials that our ancestors would have used. Signaling is one of the most under-practiced and under-emphasized skill sets in our survival arsenal, and it’s about time we took it more seriously. Follow my lead and learn how to assist in your own rescue with our roundup of signaling methods and essential gear.
11 Ways to Signal for Help By Tim MacWelch September 25, 2014

Hypothermia Education and Survival

Hypothermia EducationHypothermia Education: Survival in an Extremely Cold Environment

Heat causes hyperthermia*, but today I’m going to share some facts about hypothermia, caused by the cold.

Symptoms of Hypothermia

Hypothermia can be distinguished into three stages – mild, moderate or severe. The signs and symptoms can be approximately grouped with the temperature ranges of the different stages:

For mild hypothermia (35-32 oC), signs and symptoms include:

  • pale and cool to touch as blood vessels constrict in the skin
  • numbness in the extremities
  • sluggish responses, drowsiness or lethargic
  • shivering
  • increased heart rate and breathing.

For moderate hypothermia (32-28 oC), signs and symptoms include:

  • decreasing conscious state
  • may have been incontinent of urine as a result of an increased workload on the kidneys related to blood being shunted to the major organs
  • no longer shivering
  • slowed heart rate, breathing rate and low blood pressure.

For severe hypothermia (below 28 oC), signs and symptoms include:

  • unconscious and no longer responding
  • the heart beats more slowly and may become irregular before ultimately stopping if the person gets too cold
  • no response to light in the pupil of the eye
  • rigid muscles – the person might feel like they are in rigor mortis
  • pulses and respiratory effort may be present but hard to detect.

Treating hypothermic patients can be done by providing shelter and applying gradual heat. Close body contact with a companion and sipping warm sweet liquids can help the patient get re-warmed. Hospitalization may be needed for moderate to extreme conditions. Medication should only be administered by qualified medical personnel.

As is the norm with any type of situation, prevention is key:

Hypothermia Prevention – Mayo Clinic:

  1. Cover. Wear a hat or other protective covering to prevent body heat from escaping from your head, face and neck. …
  2. Overexertion. Avoid activities that would cause you to sweat a lot. …
  3. Layers. Wear loose fitting, layered, lightweight clothing. …
  4. Dry. Stay as dry as possible.

Wearing dry suits when engaging in water activities – particularly scuba diving, snorkeling and kayaking – can bring warmth in cold water environment.

Education is needed, particularly for individuals engaging in outdoor activities. This could help individuals survive an extremely cold environment, especially at night, in the wild.

Managing the risks that can come with outdoor activities can be a part of the education and survival training. Individuals should realize that aside from fearsome creatures and hostile environment, harsh and cold weather conditions can also be an adversary in the wild.

Hypothermia education includes information about the condition, causes, signs and symptoms, risk factors, complications, treatment, and prevention. It will also teach you when medical intervention is needed. You can ask a specialist or can consult a website for hypothermia education.

*Hyperthermia is elevated body temperature due to failed thermoregulation** that occurs when a body produces or absorbs more heat than it dissipates. Extreme temperature elevation then becomes a medical emergency requiring immediate treatment to prevent disability or death.

**Thermoregulation is a process that allows your body to maintain its core internal temperature. All thermoregulation mechanisms are designed to return your body to homeostasis.

Survival Knowledge-Be Prepared

The information in this post comes from Canadian sources, but it holds true regardless of your location.  The bottom line is… whether you’re in Canada, the U.S., Australia or Europe, you can never have too much survival knowledge.  This post is also quite long, so it may need to be absorbed in ‘chunks’.

Survival KnowledgeSurvival Knowledge

This page is not meant to be a definitive source on survival technology. Its purpose is to provide you with essential survival knowledge, and you are encouraged to seek out further information from your local public library, or within your local scouting community and its publications.

Search and Rescue in Canada

In Canada, responsibility for search and rescue is shared between the federal government and the provinces and territories. The federal government is responsible for air and sea search and rescue, while the provinces and territories are responsible for land and inland water search and rescue.

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Psychology of Survival

Survival begins with the will to live. Many recorded rescues have shown that strength, survival knowledge or equipment were not always the deciding factor in a survival situation. Instead a strong will to live and a good mental attitude made the difference between life and death.

“Be Prepared”

The motto of scouts is the basic rule for survival. But it does not just mean carrying a survival kit; it also refers to having a “prepared attitude.”

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Pain and Injury

Pain, your body’s response to injury, can be very disabling. Despite this, when threatened with danger your body can at times momentarily mask pain. For example, while gingerly limping along on your sprained ankle, you meet a skunk and it rears its tail at you. No doubt you will find yourself running as though your ankle was never hurt. This is not to say that you should ignore the cause of your pain, but that by keeping yourself busy you may be able to use this masking ability to help manage it and keep it from weakening your will to go on. Any injuries, even minor cuts, sprains, or bruising can drain you physically as well as emotionally and should be dealt with immediately. With that in mind it is recommended that you take first-aid training offered by St. John ambulance or the Red Cross as part of your survival knowledge.

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Cold Injuries

With an average body temperature of 37°C (98.6°F), cooler temperatures found in the outdoors can expose you to cold injuries, make pain, thirst and hunger seem worse and sap your ability to think and your will to go on. Factors contributing to such cold injuries as exposure and frostbite are:

  • Dampness and temperature of your environment.
  • Wind velocity.
  • Age, size and physical condition.
  • Degree of protection your outer clothing and a shelter can provide.

Exposure

Exposure, the common term for hypothermia, is the lowering of your body’s temperature due to cold external temperatures or wind-chill, which is the combination of air temperature and wind velocity. The effects of either can be dramatically increased if you become wet. Hypothermia is a year-round threat, as the forest is always cooler than your body and the slightest breeze will cool your skin and remove much needed moisture. That is just how a fan cools you in the summer.

more about Exposure …

Frostbite

Any conditions that promote hypothermia can lead to frostbite. Frostbite is the formation of ice crystals within skin tissues, causing them to freeze. it is usually limited to the regions furthest from your body’s core; hands, feet, face, ears, bottom of your chin or the tip of your nose. Frostbite occurs when blood flow to these regions is reduced as a result of hypothermia or from constricting garments.

more about Frostbite …

Heat Stresses and Windburn

Overheating your body by overexposure to the sun’s heat or through overexertion will result in the excessive loss of valuable body fluids and salts through heavy sweating, causing a chemical imbalance called “heat cramps”. Your stomach will feel upset and you will begin to experience muscle cramps in your extremities and abdomen. Immediately rest in the shade, loosen your clothes and drink water to replace your body’s losses.

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Dehydration

Every day your body uses 2 – 3 liters of water: humidifying your skin and the air you breathe, sweating to cool itself, digesting food and removing body wastes. As a result, you can only survive for about three days without this precious fluid. As your water losses exceed your intake you will begin to show signs of dehydration; thirst, dry tongue, tiredness, nausea, sleepiness and infrequent, dark yellow urination. In addition you will increase your susceptibility to fatigue, hypothermia, and in the winter, frostbite. Therefore, rationing water losses, rather than rationing water intake is essential in a survival situation.  It’s essential to sharpen your survival knowledge.

more about Dehydration …

Hunger and Hypoglycemia

Like thirst, hunger can affect your judgment and undermine your will to survive. During the first 24 to 48 hour period your stomach will experience strong hunger pangs as the body begins to use its carbohydrate and fat reserves. Despite this, if you are healthy, uninjured, and limit your physical activity, your body can function without food for up to 30 days. Physical exertion and the surrounding temperature affect your feelings of hunger. Extreme heat, which decreases the quantity of fuel needed to keep the body going, discourages hunger. Cold on the other hand, stimulates it, because the body needs more fuel to offset heat loss in a cold environment. Generally the body registers hunger when there is a physical need for food. Most people are conditioned to eat at certain times of the day, and their bodies produce the appropriate feelings on schedule. The best ways to defeat hunger pangs are to keep your mind busy on the task at hand, sleep or drink water. However, you must be cautious not to drink large quantities of water, as it will dilute the salt reserves in your body, resulting in stomach cramps or inducing vomiting, which will only increase your risk of dehydration.

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Fatigue, Loneliness & Boredom

When both physically and psychologically exhausted you will begin to act carelessly and experience feelings of hopelessness, frustration and boredom to the point where your only desire is to lie down and die to escape from a situation you feel is too difficult to face. You are experiencing fatigue and your mental ability to cope with the stresses of survival can be reduced as a result of it.

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Shelter

With heat loss being your greatest threat, finding or constructing a shelter to keep you dry and out of the wind the first day is critical to your survival. Man-made shelters such as the tepee, the lean-to, the tripod, the snow trench, the quinsy, to name a few, all provide the best overall chance for prolonged survival, but may require some advanced survival knowledge training and practice to perfect.

more about Shelter …

Fire

Only after you have slowed your heat loss should you concern yourselves with heat gain. While psychologically a fire can mean security, peace of mind and safety, all while keeping you warm, drying clothes, boiling water, or signaling for help; it can also burn you, your clothing, your shelter or the forest, so treat it with the respect it deserves. Check your local library for books on wilderness survival knowledge or the “Field Book for Canadian scouting” to become familiar with the methods used to start and use different types of fires.

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Animal Threats

in Canada, contrary to popular belief, most animals will not harm humans unless they are provoked, feel they are threatened or are protecting their young. Despite this fact, it is advisable to avoid a wild animal, especially if it looks ferocious when it would usually show fear, or behaves abnormally friendly. Lack of fear for humans should be considered a bad sign. The animal may be old and suffering from starvation, or if it appears to be sickly or is frothing at the mouth it may have rabies. Nearly all warm blooded animals can get rabies, but it is most often found in raccoons, mice, chipmunks, foxes, skunks, bats and ground hogs.

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Signaling

A pattern of three signals (e.g. three gunshots, three blasts on a whistle, three shouts or three fires) is universally recognized as a distress call. Blowing a whistle is very easy and its sound can travel further than your voice, so always pin one to your shirt or hang one around your neck before going into the wilderness. Choose a plastic whistle that has no pea inside it as the moisture from your breath can freeze the pea, thus disabling the whistle. Also, a plastic whistle will not stick to your lips in the winter.

more about Signaling …

Clothing

Too many people found in the wilderness have suffered needlessly because they were not appropriately dressed for their environment. The wilderness is not a place for a fashion statement. Taking the time to determine what sort of clothing and footwear is required for the terrain and weather conditions you may encounter while on your hike, picnic or camp, can make the difference between an enjoyable adventure or a life-threatening experience.

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I hope you take the time to explore some of these links and others that aren’t in this post.  It’s my responsibility to ensure that I have the appropriate survival knowledge, just as it is yours.  Don’t leave your life in another’s hands.

Prepare For An Emergency On The Road

Emergency on the RoadPrepare For An Emergency On The Road

Emergencies on the road are inevitable. If you drive at all, at some point in time you will be faced with a roadside emergency. A flat tire, a broken fan belt, a leaking radiator, or a dead battery are just a few of the common occurrences we can expect when we travel. No one can predict when they’ll have an emergency on the road. The best we can do is to be prepared at all times.

Having a minor emergency, such as a flat tire in the middle of the day when you have a cell phone handy and a friendly neighborhood mechanic on the way, is one thing. Having a major emergency, such as the same flat tire in the middle of the night in a blizzard with no cell phone service, well, that’s the sort of emergency on the road for which we want to be prepared. Even if you’re not a mechanic, there are certain things that you can use to help yourself during a roadside emergency.

When preparing for an emergency on the road, you want to think of two emergency kits – a car kit and a personal kit.

Your Car Kit should include:

Your Personal Kit should include:

  • Walking shoes
  • Warm boots during winter months
  • A pair of socks
  • Drinking water
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Non-perishable foods such as granola, snack bars, nuts, etc.
  • Blanket
  • Warm gloves
  • Coat
  • Hat
  • Rain Boots during warmer months
  • Rain poncho
  • Hand warmers

First aid kit

Pack a personal kit for other family members, as well. If you’re traveling with children you will want to pack the items they may need if you are stranded for a period of time. Remember items such as:

  • Formula
  • Baby food
  • Snacks
  • Water
  • Extra clothes
  • Diapers
  • Blankets
  • Warm shoes and boots
  • Hats
  • Mittens
  • Stroller or other carrier
  • Games

When preparing your kits, try to imagine if you were stranded and couldn’t get home for hours. Remember, you will be without heat, electricity, or other comforts of home. What would you want in your car if that were the case? Even a minor emergency on the road can be difficult. And, even a short trip across town could leave you stranded if something happened to your car. Prepare the best you can for these situations so you can return home safe and sound.

Prep for Disaster on a Budget

Prep for Disaster on a BudgetPrep for Disaster on a Budget

We all hope we’ll never have to face a disaster which forces us to either stay indoors for a while or leave our homes completely for a prolonged amount of time – however preparation is the key to survival in a disaster, but how do we prep for Disaster on a Budget?

Firstly you need to actually plan, because going out and buying lots of food and practical tools for survival can be expensive if you do it all at once.

You need to be fully aware of two types of disaster prep – one is “bugging in” which means you have to stay in or close to your home in a disaster and the other is called “bugging out”, and this means you leave your home to seek refuge in a safer location.

I see this question all the time. “If SHTF are you gonna bug in or bug out?” Some people say they’re gonna hunker down no matter what. Some people say they’re bugging out no matter what.

Well, it’s not all that simple

                                       

It’s not really fun to even think of these things but as you’ll know by watching the news, disaster can strike when you least expect it.

The first thing you need when you plan is a list of both things you’ll need in a bug in situation and a bug out situation. Often times you’ll see that you’ll need the same things for both, such as water, food and ways to make heat.

There are various places on the internet that you can find lists of things, and depending on whether you have children or not you’ll need to think of extra things like extra diapers, formula, milk or games.

Much of what you need can easily be found cheaply online or in thrift stores. eBay and Amazon are excellent places to go to get really good discounts on this that would otherwise be expensive in bricks and mortar store.

That said you can also get some crazy discounts in your local grocery stores and you want to be looking for things that buy-one-get-one-free or similar.

You can never have enough food and drinkable liquids for home storage, so look for deals on noodles, pasta, rice and energy bars.

In any type of disaster situation you’re going to need meds and first aid items. You can buy pre-made first aid packs as well as buy vitamins in bulk on special offer days at your local drugstore or health food shop. You will most definitely need multi-vitamins if you’re eating a lot of canned goods.

When it comes to more expensive items like crank radios and camping gear you should definitely try eBay. It’s important you read up on the sellers and their reviews. If you have favorite sellers you can save them to your account files for future reference.

If you’re thinking of asking people to buy some of your much needed survival goods you can set up a wish list on Amazon. Don’t be shy to do this because honestly, if something on their can make your life easier in a disaster then it’s not stupid to ask for it. Come birthday and Christmas time you could well get many of the items just from that wish list, and if anyone asks why you’d want them you can start the process of explaining why and hopefully they’ll understand how to prep too.

It’s easier to plan than impulse-buy when you Prep for Disaster on a Budget. You may never need everything you buy, but it’s better to plan than be caught without things in a disaster situation.

It’s Official: Injection of Fracking Wastewater Caused Kansas’ Biggest Earthquake – Link Love

As members of the supposedly superior race, what have we done to our planet and essentially ourselves?

We’ve been raping our planet to meet our needs and in the last hundreds of years, seem to think that our rights and privileges far outweigh the health of our planet.

I came across the titled post and was once again horrified by what we do to Mother Earth

Here is an excerpt of the post, and I highly recommend that you read the rest of it:

“The largest earthquake ever recorded in Kansas—a 4.9 magnitude temblor that struck northeast of Milan on Nov. 12, 2014—has been officially linked to wastewater injection into deep underground wells, according to new research from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

The epicenter of that extremely rare earthquake struck near a known fracking operation.”

You can find the rest of the post by clicking here:  It’s Official: Injection of Fracking Wastewater Caused Kansas’ Biggest Earthquake

For the love of all that’s good, we need to smarten the hell up and take heed!

How to Prepare your Children for an Evacuation

Prepare your Children for an EvacuationPrepare your Children for an Evacuation

People don’t realize just how adaptable children can be when they’re thrown into an emergency situation like an evacuation. That being said, it’s always best to prepare your children for an evacuation as much as you can beforehand.

Here are some great ways to prepare your children for an evacuation without worrying them unduly.

When you’re a child, life is an adventure, and that’s pretty much how you need to prepare them for an evacuation. It’s imperative you don’t let your fear and anxiety show because children pick up on that very easily.

– Start by organizing some impromptu camping trips.

This is when you don’t tell your children in advance that you’re going. If they’re asleep then wake them up earlier than you normally would and tell them you’re going camping. They may moan and groan a little about being woken up but try your best to be excited and positive.

– Get your kids used to understanding what essentials you’re taking with you on the trip.

You could even make it into a game by pointing out individual items and asking them what they are and what they’re for. Give them points for guessing them correctly and reward them with a pack of cards, coloring book and the like.

– Whilst you’re out camping it’s important you involve them with survival skills.

Depending on their age you’ll want to show them things like: how to pitch a tent, how to make fire and also how to fish. These are all essential survival skills that will make the trip interesting for them.

– If your kids are used to being taken from A to B in a car you’ll want to get them used to moving quickly whilst carrying a back pack.

Obviously you don’t want to load them down with anything too heavy, but they should be able to walk around the block a few times with a small backpack. Take your children out regularly to do this. Once again, you want to make this an interesting walk – ask them what they can see; use a map and compass to add more education to your outing. This will get them used to navigation.

The most important tactic to implement when trying to prepare your children for an evacuation is to actually explain what evacuations are and how they can keep people safe. You may want to use a few scenarios and if they go to school they will probably be well aware of emergency practice fire alarms.

Above all else, let them know that emergency times are not a time to be difficult and sulky. They need to get used to the fact that instructions are given for a reason, to ultimately keep them safe and away from danger. The efforts to prepare your children for an evacuation will serve you well when and if an emergency should arise.

What Every Survival Kit Should Contain

Survival KitWhat Every Survival Kit Should Contain

Every home and car should contain at least a basic survival kit in the event of a disaster. Even if you believe that nothing will ever happen to necessitate using such a kit, it is always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to the lives and safety of yourself and your loved ones. You just never know what the future could bring, and a survival kit for emergency preparation is essential to any home.

The Very Basics

At the very least, every home should have a few basics for their survival kit. These items will be especially helpful in the event of a power outage of any sort, especially if you are unable to leave your home due to weather or safety reasons.

  • Bottled water (at least one gallon per person per day)
  • Non-perishable food items
  • Extra clothing, blankets, etc.
  • LED flashlights
  • Plenty of batteries
  • Waterproof matches or lighter
  • Health and sanitation supplies (toilet paper, soap, personal hygiene products)
  • Documentation (identification, medical history and medication lists, emergency contacts)
  • First aid kit

Ready for Anything

A disaster in your own home opens you up to a lot of possibilities for survival. There are always tools, supplies, and items that can be used for a multitude of tasks. If a disaster strikes and for whatever reason you need to leave your home, you want to be ready for that too. These items should be ready to pick up and go at a moment’s notice, and note that these items are in addition to the basic items already covered.

  • A multi-use tool (such as a Leatherman or Swiss army knife)
  • A compass
  • Weather protection: sunscreen, hats, rain jackets/snow parkas, sunglasses, rain and/or snow boots, mitts or gloves, etc.
  • Communication items (such as a portable radio)
  • Map
  • A plan

Planning Ahead

Having a plan is one of the strongest tools in your arsenal. Knowing where to go or what to do in an emergency situation is perhaps more useful than almost any item in your survival kit. Planning ahead includes having your survival kit at the ready, having a primary and secondary plan for where to go if you have to leave your home, knowing basic first aid and how to read a map or use a shortwave radio, and other general basic knowledge. A plan exponentially increases the odds that you could survive just about anything that comes along.

The Importance of First Aid

Having a survival first aid kit is another super important key factor that absolutely should not be overlooked. The American Red Cross has a detailed list of items that every first aid kit should include. You should add items according to the personal needs of yourself and your family, such as EpiPens, pain relievers, and extra medications.

Other Survival Kit Options

There are online forums and websites that specialize in emergency preparedness and disaster readiness. Some of these sites even sell survival kits, but they are often quite expensive. To save money and be able to cater the kit to the personal needs of you and your family, take a little time and put together your own survival kit, starting with the minimum necessary items.

Why Plan for Something That May Never Happen?

Preparing for a disaster is a necessary part of living a responsible life. You want to hope that such an event never occurs, but be prepared for anything to keep your family safe. If you don’t have one already, start building your disaster survival kit today.

And never forget, your pets and/or service animal needs a survival kit too!!

See this attachment for a list of supplies for your animals:  pet-service-animal-emergency-kit