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You may be installing the best security and burglar alarm system in your house. Additionally, you may have a large storage house of canned goods in case of outage or crisis, and you may have the most complete emergency kit in the house, but if you have don’t have an effective emergency plan, it will all go to waste. It actually takes less than an hour for you to formulate an emergency plan, have it printed and given to each member of the family.  Families need to be prepared for the worst and hope for the best.

Is your family prepared for the worst days? You don’t have to wait for the nightmare to come true for you to learn how to prepare for emergencies. Right now, you can actually grab a pen and paper, sit with the family and start discussing your emergency preparedness program. It may sound difficult at first to create an emergency preparedness program especially if you have not been through a crisis or natural disaster before. But to help you with this, it only takes a pen, paper and a little imagination or assumption of how an emergency disaster might happen.

What is emergency preparedness planning? Emergency preparedness planning refers to a set of activities and/or a list of reminders that will orient every member of the family on what to do in case of emergencies. A disaster can be of any form; it can be of natural causes like earthquake, tornadoes, hurricanes and tsunamis, which are obviously inevitable. A disaster can be an accident like gas explosion, electricity accident or outage, fire, crime-related like burglary, home invasion or it can even be financial or economical disasters, such as money crisis, power outage and so on.

Even when you are at home, when you expect safety, disaster can still strike at a moments notice. When you leave your loved ones at home, how will you contact them in the case of emergencies, where will you meet, who will they call? These are just some of the questions that can be answered when you do an emergency preparedness program with your family.

First, make sure that every member of the family is present. Then identify the fire exit routes for your house. Note that a fire exit is not only intended during a fire accident, it is also applicable for other disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, typhoons, and flooding; even crime-related home invasions is on the list.  Exit doors are usually found in the kitchen, but what if the emergency took place in the kitchen, will the main door be a good option for exit. How about in rooms, do the kids have assigned routes to emergency exits?

The second thing you need to consider in your emergency preparedness program is a meeting place for your family. There might be case-to-case basis here. For example during a fire accident, determine which house or place your family members will be staying temporarily. If there is an incoming hurricane, orient the family to evacuate to a relative on a nearby city or state. It could be your favorite restaurant or a relative living nearby or the curb across the street from your house.

The third element in your emergency preparedness program is the list of contacts. Who, what, and where (Friends, Relatives) are living outside/inside your city or State? In the case of regional disasters such as hurricane or earthquake, it might be difficult to stay connected using local lines. Make it a point that every one in the family shares the same list of contacts. Your pets should also be a part of your emergency preparedness program. Unfortunately, however, pets are not allowed in evacuation and resettlement areas. You may leave your pets in a veterinary clinic or with a relative.

Assign a person who will pick up your kids when you cannot make it. Have a list of contact numbers of your neighbors. Keep a list of health conditions of your family. And inform everyone in the house about the location of floor drains, gas valves, water pipes, electrical boxes and fire extinguishers. Always check, keep, maintain and change your supplies in your emergency kits. You could be storing expired foods in your kits so make sure they are constantly checked for expiration. To avoid unnecessary spoilage of food in your emergency kits, make a schedule or calendar of maintenance or better yet eat the canned foods in your emergency kits.

As a final thought on emergency preparedness planning, teach your family on how to be responsive and manage stress during critical moments. Kids are typically afraid of scenes of injured people and are afraid of being alone. Keep your children calm and give assurance that everything will be all right. These emergency preparedness program tips are not enough for family.  Each family requires different things and the things discussed in this article are just the beginning.   Remember, being prepared eliminates many of the risks and ill effects of disasters are reduced.

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By Rodney Butler

Pre-Made Emergency Survival Kits Are they worth it?

Emergency Survival Kits

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You may not give it much thought but preparing your family for emergencies should be your top priority.  Relying on the government is no longer an option it could be weeks or months before relief arrives.  One only needs to look at the fiascoes with hurricane Sandy & Katrina.  FEMA is more concerned about maintaining the Government then they are about helping people.  The FEMA camps are constructed more like concentration camps then they are about providing a clean & safe environment for normal people to recover.

The bottom line, you really need to be prepared and have enough emergency supplies to last everyone in your family for at least 90 days.  However, for most people they cannot afford to spend their life prepping for the next big disaster.  Prepping can consume most of your time and money if you are not careful.  Luckily, there are many options available when it comes to pre-made Emergency Survival Kits.

There are two types of emergency kits available.  There are custom built and retail kits available on the market.  For quality, I would go with a custom built kit.  However, for inexpensive options the retail kits are the way to go.  Keep in mind, most retail kits are 72 hour kits (3 Day supply of food & water) normally used for bug out purposes.  If your emergency plan involves bugging out to a friend or relatives – 72 hour kits are perfect.

Emergency Food SuppliesFor those serious about prepping for disasters –  I highly recommend custom kits such as kits from My Patriot Supply.  They provide customizable food packages where you can pick and choose the contents provided.  In other words, if you don’t like Oatmeal then don’t choose it.  Other survival food services simply provide you with “their” predetermined selection of foods.  Let me tell you, they are not always the ones you like.  Check out my article on customizable food kits for more info.

 

Other items to consider:

 

Recommended 72 hours kits

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Prepare the entire family, you and your pets, with this combo package for a four person household and the family dog. This Combo package the deluxe 4 Person Emergency Kit AND the Pet Survival Kit for Dogs. The deluxe emergency “Honey Bucket” kit has everything you need for 72 hour emergency relief and comes in this convenient bucket that is easy to store. Kit is equipped for 4 people. Includes: 1-Honey Bucket w/Lid, 4-2400 Calorie Food Bar, 4-Solar Blanket, 24-Pouches of Water, 4-Dust mask, 4- Ponchos, 12- Liners &Chemicals, 6- Wet Naps, 1 – 12 hour light stick, 1-54 Piece First Aid Kit, 1 – radio/flashlight/siren, 1- Gas & Water Shut Off Tool, 1 – Pair Leather Palm Gloves, 1- T-5 Chemical Disinfectant, 50 – Water Purification Tablets, 50 – Waterproof matches, 1-Utility Knife, 1- 5 N 1 Whistle, 1- Roll Duct Tape, 1-15″ Pry Bar

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By Rodney Butler

Reality: More People Requested Emergency Food Assistance Than Found Jobs

Whether you believe the 7.8% unemployment statistic released by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics two days after the Presidential debate last week are legitimate or not, there are several key data points that suggest our economic situation is continuing to deteriorate.

Putting the jobs report conspiracy aside for a moment,  here’s one particular achievement you can be assured President Obama will not mention in his next debate or campaign commercial:

That data point of course was foodstamps (or the government’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, aka SNAP), and we are confident that no readers will be surprised to learn that foodstamp usage for both persons and households, has jumped to a new all time record.

At 46,681,833 million the persons hooked on SNAP, the July number crossed the previous record posted a short month before, as the foodstamp curve continues ‘plumbing’ newer and greater heights each month.

More disturbing is that in the same month, the number of US households reliant on foodstamps rose by a whopping 99,493 to 22,541,744. Assuming a modest 2 persons per household, the increase means that more people went on Foodstamps in the month of July than found jobs (181,000 according to the latest revised NFP data). Furthermore, it appears that buying votes has become a tad more expensive in the past month. After the benefit per household dipped to a record low in April at just $ 275.81, this has since retraced some of its losses and is now at an inflationary $ 277.92. Oh well: inflation.

Adding the number of disability recipients in the month of July, which in that month rose by 20,474, and one can see why the government is quite happy with dumping this particular release long after everyone was on their way back home for the weekend.

Finally, and putting it all into perspective, since December 2007, or the start of the Great Depression ver 2.0, the number of jobs lost is 4.5 million, while those added to foodstamps and disability rolls, has increased by a unprecedented 21 million. 

Oh and about $ 7 or $ 8 trillion in debt. Who’s counting really?

Source: Zero Hedge

We can pretend that more jobs are being created in this country even though tens of thousands of people each month are no longer counted because they’ve either given up looking for work or their unemployment insurance benefits have expired, but the reality of the situation is that over 99,000 households requested emergency food assistance during the same time period cited by the BLS in its latest report.

Americans are being hit from all sides and it is now having a significant impact on our ability to access the most basic necessities for life – food, energy, and medical care.

What we are witnessing is an irreversible deterioration of our country’s economy in real-time.


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