Favorite Be Prepared: Emergency Preparedness

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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How to be Prepared

By Rodney Butler

Basic Emergency Preparedness

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security suggests three things that you should do to keep yourselves and your family prepared:

• Get one or more emergency preparedness kits
• Make a family emergency plan
• Be informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur in your area and their appropriate responses.

Everyone should have some basic preparedness supplies on hand in order to survive three days or more if an emergency occurs. The following is a list of some basic items that every emergency preparedness kit should include. However, it is important that you review this list and consider where you live and the unique needs of your family in order to create an emergency preparedness kit that will meet your needs. You should also consider having two or more emergency preparedness kits, one full kit at home and smaller portable kits in your workplace, vehicle and/or other places you spend time.

Recommended Items to Include in your Basic Emergency Preparedness Kit:

• Water: one gallon of water or more per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
• Food: at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
• Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
• Flashlight and extra batteries
• First aid kit
• Whistle to signal for help
• Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air
• Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
• Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
• Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
• Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
• Local maps: at least city and state

Additional Items to Consider Adding to your Emergency Preparedness Kit:

• Prescription medications and glasses
• Infant formula and diapers
• Pet food and extra water for your pet
• Important family documents: copies of identification, insurance policies, and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container:
• Cash and change equaling around $ 100
• Emergency reference material: a first aid book or survival information such as The SAS Urban Survival Handbook
• Sleeping bag or warm blanket per person: Consider additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate
• Complete change of clothing: long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes per person: Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate
• Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper: Dilute nine parts water to one part bleach to be used as a disinfectant.

In an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners
• Fire Extinguisher
• Matches in a waterproof container
• Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
• Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels
• Paper and pencil
• Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

You can find basic kits, expanded kits, family kits and other items at my “Survival Gear Central” website.

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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.


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How to be Prepared


By Rodney Butler

Emergency Preparedness Products

Emergency preparedness products can protect you and your family in case something goes wrong. In some cases, they can even save your life. There are many different reasons to create a survival kit, and there are many different preparedness supplies to choose from. Many people put off making an emergency kit because they don’t feel an immediate threat. This is one of the biggest mistakes you can make. The problem with not preparing ahead of time is that when disaster strikes, it will be too late. The world is an uncertain and at times a dangerous place, so it’s important to be prepared in case of an emergency. Making a survival kit doesn’t mean that something terrible will happen, but just in case it does, you’ll be prepared.


There are countless reasons to buy emergency preparedness products. The most common reason why people choose to make a survival kit is natural disasters. In recent years, there have been a number of devastating natural disasters. Unfortunately, they can’t be prevented and a number of them happen every year. Having preparedness supplies on hand if a natural disaster strikes in your area means that you’ll have all the essentials you and your family need while you wait for help to arrive. You can’t always rely on emergency services in such situations. Due to debris and a large number of people who need help, it can take a while for them to reach you. In case that happens, you will need the basics such as food, water, clothes, and blankets.


Natural disasters are not the only reason why you should invest in emergency preparedness products.

Hard economic times have forced many people to stockpile food and other items for the future. The recent recession has had a big impact on today’s society. If your finances are currently stable, you might want to get a few things for the future in case things take a downturn. Should you lose your job or face other financial hardships, you’ll have the security of knowing that you don’t have to worry about buying essential supplies such as food for your family.


Although not as serious as a natural disaster or financial trouble, power outages can also cause severe problems. Sometimes storms can leave you without power for days. Power outages happen to most people at one point or another. When they do, you need to have candles and nonperishable food. These supplies are very affordable and will make your life a lot easier when you experience a power outage.


Emergency preparedness products are affordable and easy to store. More importantly, they can save you and your family if anything goes wrong. The truth is that life is unpredictable, and you never know when you might have to face an emergency. Being prepared for everything from natural disasters to power outages will allow you to feel more secure about the future.

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