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Review of Health Preparedness Kit by 3 M

By on July 5, 2017

I recently purchased a great first aid kit type of item made by the well known Nexcare / 3 M company. For around eight dollars at Wal-Mart you can get a Health Preparedness go pack. This handy little kit contains very useful items in times of illness, such as ear loop masks, hand sanitizing gel, single use thermometers and hand sanitizing wipes.

I am very glad I purchased this health preparedness kit, it has been a very handy set of products to have on hand in case of a health issue or emergency. The ear loop masks are very effective for preventing the spread of germs in cases of contagious illnesses. The single use thermometers are perfect and an ideal choice for people who are clumsy or don’t like the idea of using a standard thermometer. I prefer the single use thermometer to a mercury based thermometer any day!

Of course, this health preparedness kit also had rubber gloves which are sturdy and great items to have on hand, as you never know what little emergencies life will send your way. The hand sanitizing wipes are a generous size and smell pleasant, they are also a very effective way to clean your hands when you can’t wash your hands or you need to clean your hands immediately. The hand sanitizing gel is a generous sized bottle that smells good, is effective and won’t over dry your hands.

I think that every household could benefit from purchasing the Nexcare/3M Health Preparedness Kit go pack. This health preparedness kit contains useful items that can make all of the difference in the world in the event of an emergency or an unexpected illness. It pays to be safe rather than sorry and this health preparedness kit contains items that many people might not think about having inside their first aid kit.

In addition to this kit containing useful items, I feel that it is a valuable first aid item and available at a really great price considering how much the kit contains. I also enjoyed the pamphlet included by the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention with tips and facts about healthy habits and illness and diseases. I will certainly purchase this kit again and I would recommend that everyone else purchase one also, you never know when you will have an emergency to deal with and being prepared is very important to how you will effectively deal with the situation.

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Emergency Preparedness Without Breaking the Bank

By on June 29, 2017

First thing you will want to do is to visit a couple of websites to gather your lists. Redcross.org and Ready.gov are both good sites, you can also search for similar sites that have more detailed and lifestyle specific lists. Now you have your lists you need to start gathering these items and you can’t spend a ton of money doing it. Don’t worry you have options, you are not limited to expensive camping/survival catalogs, websites or major department stores.

The most important items on your lists are food and water. You can easily and cheaply stock up your cupboards. When you are making your grocery list for the week add a couple of items to it. Make sure to check the expiration dates; most canned goods are good for two years. When you get home put those extra items in your designated storage area and do not forget to rotate. Do this every week or every time you go to the grocery store and in no time you will have a supply of food built up.

Gardening will also provide you with food cheaply; you don’t have to have a huge piece of land or yard to grow your own garden. You can start a container garden on your patio or balcony. Surf the web and you will find plenty of cheap container gardening ideas with all the how tos. Once you have your garden growing you will want to do research on canning those vegetables. Yes canning, the same thing our grandmothers and mothers use to do. It isn’t that complex and relatively inexpensive. Canning supplies as everything else can be gathered from friends and cheaply purchased. Again, check out the internet on canning how tos.

The next thing you will want to do is go through your home and look for items on your list. You may already have many items and just don’t realize it; go through your drawers, cabinets, garages, and basements you will be surprised at what you already have. What you don’t find at home you can ask friends and neighbors for. It may surprise you on how willing they are to part with duplicate items. Now, go back through your list and see what is left. Everything else you will have to purchase. Again, do not panic; you can purchase the rest of your needed items cheaper than you think. Take your lists and head to your local dollar store, thrift store and yard sales.

In our area Dollar General is now carrying outside oil lamps (metal lamps can be used indoors) for five dollars and the oil itself is five dollars for fifty-eight ounces. Not bad considering local department stores are charging upwards of twenty dollars for the same lamp and upwards of ten dollars for the same oil. If you go to the automotive or home improvement section you can find duct tape, bungee cords, rope, flashlights, ice scrapers, tarps, plastic sheeting, gas cans, gloves, dust masks, etc. all of which are below the normal department store cost. No, it’s not going to be name brand but it will do the job.

In the first aid aisle you will find most of what you need to make your first-aid kits for your home, car and bug out bags for again half the cost. Personal hygiene, toiletries and disposable paper items are also cheaper and usually sold in bigger quantities for example: twenty-four rolls of two-ply toilet tissue for six bucks or if you purchase four six packs of toilet tissue for a buck ten each you save even more.

In the home and garden section, you can find small tabletop grills for three to five dollars. These can be used in a pinch to cook outside whether at home or during an evacuation. You can also find coolers (large and small), thermos bottles, metal kabob skewers and depending on what your local store carries you may even find a Coleman propane type stove.

Thrift stores and yard sales are great places to find items as well. You can find things such as extra blankets, boots, clothing, cookware, food storage containers, utensils, thermos bottles, portable potties, tents, camping gear and anything else you could not find at the dollar stores. Again, you do not have to run out and buy everything at once. Make a weekly or bi-weekly trip and pick up a couple of things; continue this until you have your supply cabinet stocked. Now relax and pat yourself on the back; you and your family are prepared for an emergency and you did it without breaking the bank.

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Building an Emergency Preparedness Kit After the California Wildfires

By on June 26, 2017

The first time I gave serious thought to building an emergency kit was on Monday, when my house was put under a voluntary evacuation order. I know, there is no excuse for it. Any Internet search engine will find a multitude of Web sites giving you clear information on how to prepare for an emergency and build your emergency kit. Government and other agencies have been urging all of us to do it for a long time. We just did not get around to it. Perhaps it is like making a will, it’s just something you don’t want to think about until it is too late. Except, luckily for us and our emergency kit, it isn’t too late. Our house is safe, and we are safe. We were very fortunate and had a comfortable evacuation in the home of friends. We are home now, and this is what I have learned.

I would have built my emergency kit with dedicated supplies, such as food, water, first aid and kept it in an easily accessible place. Our evacuation efforts were not helped by having to move boxes of Christmas decorations and old schoolwork to get to the camping equipment tub to dig out the battery operated radio, only to discover that it needs new batteries and guess what we are out of AA batteries so we’ll have to raid the toys for them, if only we can find them, and all the while California is burning.

Amazingly we did have a flashlight in a designated place. This was only because a few years ago, my husband had to make a transatlantic phone call in the middle of the night to his vacationing wife and children to ask where was the flashlight as he battled a flooding basement in a power outage. Well, as any eight years old can tell you, the flashlight was under the bed in the spare room – imagine not checking there first! Needless to say, since then the flashlight has remained in its own place, from which we dare not move it and that is where the emergency kit is going. We did have all our important document together in a fire proof box and that helped enormously.

I would also have given more thought to which items we would want to save in an emergency.¬†Obviously, in some situations, immediate evacuation is required and no item is worth risking your life for, but in some cases you have a little time and preparation helps you use that time to enable your family to cope with the emergency and its aftermath better. Evacuation concentrates the mind wonderfully, but I’m sure most families would benefit from discussing in a relaxed environment which items are most dear to them. I find it heartwarming that most people take their photographs with them. With digital photographs a little planning is required unless you take your computer as we had to. I wish that I had backed them (and indeed other important digital documents) up onto more easily portable media or uploaded them onto an internet hosting service. Imagine how it would feel to lose them all.

The other thing I learned was that children have very clear ideas on what is precious and irreplaceable to them. I gave each of my children a small bag to load with their most precious possessions. There were some items I could have easily guessed like their favorite soft toy, but much anguish is spared if you also allow, where practical, the chipped china dog or the plastic trinket which they have carefully saved for half their life; even if you can’t remember why it is so meaningful or irreplaceable, your child can. Discuss what items they would want to take so that in a real emergency, where this is safely possible, items can be collected quickly and your child will cope with any loss better.

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How to Prepare Your Family’s Emergency Survival Kit

By on June 19, 2017

Each of us knows that natural disasters and emergencies can happen at any time. We also know we should be prepared and most of us think we are, having some extra water in the house, or some extra cans of tuna around. But it’s not enough. Regardless of where you live, and whether you live alone, with roommates or families, we all need to make sure we have taken the steps to make sure our family will have the supplies we need should anything happen. Here are the basic things you will need to set up an emergency supply kit which should get you prepared sufficiently in case of an emergency.

Things you will need: Each step will map out the items you will need for your kit.

Water: Experts recommend setting aside one gallon of water per person per day for drinking and sanitation. Have enough water on hand for 4-7 days. You may want to adjust this number up if you have children, nursing mothers, or anyone chronically ill as they may need more water. In addition, if you live in a warmer climate, you may want more water on hand.

Food: You will want at least three to seven days of food on hand. Collect non-perishable, easy to prepare food that can be eaten warm or cold as you may not be able to cook. Don’t just assume you can eat what’s left in your cabinets as what’s usually left are things you don’t like. An emergency is a stressful time. Pack food that is healthy, comforting, and liked. Canned meats, fruits and veggies are a great start. Snack bars, granola, peanut butter and nuts, canned juices and milk are all great. Comfort foods like chocolate and cookies can be a good extra. MRE meals have everything you may need, check them out. If you have a baby or someone with special dietary needs, don’t forget to pack for them. Also include cups, plates and plastic utensils for eating. And of course, pack your manual can opener!

Battery-powered radio with extra batteries

Flashlight and extra batteries

First Aid Kit: Every household has some sort of first aid kit. Create one for your emergency kit and keep this up to date. Go through your first aid kit monthly to replace items you have used or that have expired. The basics you should have are: A first aid manual, a few pairs of sterile gloves, gauze pads, soap and antibiotic spray or ointment, burn ointment, bandages, eye wash, aspirin or other pain reliever, anti-diarrhea medicine, laxatives, and scissors. Also, include a small supply of the prescription medication and medical supplies you and/or your household members take everyday along with an extra copy of the prescription. Make sure to also include personal hygiene products such as women’s sanitary napkins or tampons.

For securing your home, pack plastic tarps and duct tape, dust masks, a wrench and pliers for turning off utilities. (As a note, some utility companies recommend pre-setting your wrench or pliers to the bolt sizes and hanging them near the utilities you will need to shut off so there is no confusion.) You should also have in your home a fire extinguisher, waterproof matches, a set of basic tools, and a whistle to signal for help. Household chlorine bleach to be used as a disinfectant if needed (9 parts water to one part bleach).

To keep clean and for use in personal sanitation, some moist towelettes, plastic bags, and tires or rubberbands should be kept on hand.

Clothing and bedding: At the very least, keep one complete change of clothing AND sturdy shoes for every person in the household. A coat, long pants/jeans, a long sleeve shirt, hat, and gloves are the absolute basics. Add sleeping bags or blankets as available.

If you live somewhere colder, add additional clothing items just to be safe.

Money: Have some cash in small bills, and ATM or credit cards available. Banks and electronics may be unavailable for a few days so have cash on hand to get you through.

Important Information: Have a copy of all important family documents such as ID’s, insurance policies, bank account information stored in a waterproof, portable container. You can drop a set of spare keys in the same container.

Don’t forget your pets! Make sure to have their ID’s, records, medications, leash and carrier, and sufficient food and water for them too!

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Single Woman’s Guide to Emergency Preparedness

By on June 15, 2017

When it comes to emergency preparedness, the single woman is often at a distinct disadvantage. All too often, women are not taught the same emergency and survival skills that men learn by helping their fathers as little boys. Due to the traditional division of gender roles, boys are more likely than girls to learn things like how to change a flat tire, where the fuse box in the house is located, and how to start a campfire. Many adult women find they are lacking some of this basic emergency survival knowledge, leaving them unprepared for situations that can become very serious, and even deadly.

The time to take charge is today! If you haven’t learned emergency survival skills as a child or on your own, don’t wait for an emergency to strike before you prepare. Even if you have roommates or close neighbors, you should be able to independently navigate an emergency. As a single woman, especially if you live alone, you may not be able to depend on family, friends, or even the local or federal government being there when a disaster strikes.

The first step to surviving an emergency, whether large or small, is having the knowledge to make good decisions based on what is happening. Start to build your knowledge base now. Think about what emergencies you might face in your local geographic area. For example, think about weather patterns such as streets that commonly flood during heavy rain, roads that are especially icy after storms or trees that loose branches in heavy winds.

Think about typical emergency situations like frozen pipes in the home, a citywide blackout, or a dead car battery, and begin to build your knowledge base now. Start with the people you know. If you’re currently living with roommates who take charge of these things, get involved the next time there is an emergency. Even if it is just a simple fuse being blown or problem with the plumbing, ask them about what they are doing, how you can help, and why they do what they do. Offer to assist them and learn what you can.

In addition to learning from friends or relatives, picking up a book or reading websites about emergencies can be very helpful in bringing you up to speed. Some books that cover a wide variety of common emergency situations are National Geographic Complete Survival Manual and the American Red Cross First Aid and Safety Handbook. Two websites that are must reads are the American Red Cross website, redcross.org, and the federal government’s preparedness website, Ready.gov.

After you have begun to build your knowledge base, the next step is putting together an emergency kit. When you look at lists from the American Red Cross or FEMA about what to include in your emergency kit, it can seem daunting at first, so start small, with the things that seem most important to your situation and fit your budget. A flashlight with some extra batteries and a small battery-operated AM/FM radio are the most important things to get first. Light will help you find your way to or from your home, and information from the radio will allow you to make informed decisions. After those two items, water and food are probably the next most important things to have. Don’t worry about having to stock up three days worth of food right away, just pick up an extra large bottle of water and a granola bar or two the next time you go to the grocery store and keep them in your cabinet. As you begin to build your emergency kit, you may realize that a lot of what you need you already have in your home – first aid kit, extra warm clothes, list of important contact numbers. Consolidating these things into one area will allow you to get to them quickly in an emergency situation.

After you have some basic emergency knowledge and you have started an emergency kit, you should next think about what your emergency plan will be. Think about the most likely emergency scenarios for your home, office and travel route, and make a plan for how you will deal with them. Think about the things you learned as a child – how to get out of your bedroom if there is a house fire, for example – and apply that kind of thinking to other emergency situations you might encounter. Some starting questions you might ask yourself are how to escape from a fire, where you will go if there is a tornado warning, what public transportation is available if your car dies while at work, and how you will contact your family or friends after a disaster to let them know you are okay. You should think about this for your home, workplace, school, or other places where you spend a lot of time (for example, your gym or where you volunteer). Finally, think about what special needs you might have – for example, special medications, a pet to care for, or other family members who may need your assistance.

Preparing for emergencies does not need to be a daunting task, nor does it have to take a lot of time or money, but it is something that every adult should devote a few minutes of their time to doing every year. While it is unlikely that you will ever be in a life or death emergency survival situation, nearly everyone will have the occasional power outage or weather situation at some point in their lives. Empower yourself now!

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