Are Your Kids Prepared For Emergencies?

Emergency Preparedness For All Kids and Teens.
How should an emergency manager or any other emergency planner make sure that all children, also those with functional or access needs, temporary illnesses, or chronic conditions, are included in all aspects of emergency planning?

Emergency preparedness is included in a school curriculum, kids and teens are taught skills such as problem-solving, teamwork, creativity, leadership, and communication and even social studies practice tests include questions and solutions for real-world problems in regards to disaster preparedness. It allows generating awareness of emergency and feeling prepared.

Also, there is a toolkit “Emergency Preparedness For All Children” available at schools. This toolkit is providing child-focused emergency planning and offers useful response tools to be used by: …

Be prepared in the New Year

This year, as you make your New Year’s resolutions, the Federal Emergency Management Agency urges you to have a disaster plan and integrate smartphones into it.

Here are some preparedness tips:

  • Know the hazards and risks in your area.
  • Create an emergency information document by going to  and downloading FEMA’s Family Emergency Plan.
  • Know how to communicate with and find your loved ones when a disaster strikes.
  • Discuss the types of disasters that are most likely to happen and pick a meeting place in case you can’t return home.

Where do I start if I don’t know anything about being prepared?

Being prepared covers a wide array of diverse situations, ranging from the life and death struggle of a worst-case scenario to the day to day effort to weather a serious financial setback. Each situation has distinct, defining parameters, yet certain elements have an effect on all situations. Here are a few of these essential elements.

Your first step is to spend a few minutes thinking about what area of preparedness you are most concerned about. Are you concerned about the possibility of a natural disaster leaving you stranded with no food or water or utilities?

Are you uneasy about the possibility that you’ll be evacuated from your home with only the clothes on your back? Do you worry about the economy and how to be sure you will always have food on your table? Have you considered the possibility that severe weather conditions or global disasters could result in severe food shortages?

Ponder your possibilities and try to gain as much insight and information as you can about what your options are and how you’d like to tackle them. (Check out the other pages on this website for valuable information.) Ideally, you’ll want to work towards being ready for any crisis. But don’t wait till you have the time and money to purchase every emergency preparedness product known to man before you start.

Stocking Up Your Antibiotics Supply

Before modern medicine, one of the number one causes of death was infection. We now have antibiotics. When stocking up on antibiotics, it is important to choose the right one. Many studies have shown Amoxicillin to be more effective than Penicillin. Amoxicillin also does not need to be taken as long as Penicillin making it a much better candidate for stockpiling since a stockpile will last longer.

The problem is that if you go to your local healthcare practitioner and tell him to give you a lifetime supply of Amoxicillin because you are prepping for the apocalypse, he/she will likely not only turn you down but may declare you mentally unstable. Even if you find a doctor that understands prepping, you will still have to deal with the outlandish cost of buying pharmaceuticals in bulk. When you need a solution for this, look to the fish. Fish antibiotics are available to anyone online for cheap. The neat thing is that they are identical to the human medication counterpart, and available in human doses.

Don’t Forget About Home Security

With the world’s focus trained on virtual threats like online cyber attacks, identity theft, etc., it’s important to remember that crime in the physical world hasn’t gone away. There are still well over 3 million burglaries per year in the U.S., and, according to the F.B.I., as of 2016, victims of burglaries suffered $6.6 billion dollars in lost property. Brooklyn itself accounts for 48,574 property crimes annually.

Home Security Within Reach

Home security is something to take very seriously to avoid becoming part of these statistics.  And the truth is, adding security features to your home isn’t as expensive as it used to be. With the proliferation of home security brands, home security specialists, and the resulting competition, home security systems have come way down in price in recent years. A solid security system isn’t just for those living in mansions anymore. These days, there is little reason to leave your valuables, not to mention your family, unprotected. Just about anybody can add some level of security to a home, condo, or apartment.

My Personal First Aid Kit

My former Army roommate recommended the Israeli Bandage to me when he was visiting me last week. He’s in Afghanistan at least twice a year for several months at a time teaching US troops various things that keep them alive. He says that the Israeli Bandage is a great piece of gear and is worth having in your IFAK (Individual First Aid Kit). He has seen them used on wounded soldiers first hand and he carries at least two of them on his person when he goes out on patrol.

I trust my friend and value his opinion. Aside from his recommendation I also looked into what other people had to say about the bandage and the reviews are pretty good. Like anything that I do to prepare I hope to never have to use this bandage but it will be good to have just in case something goes wrong. I paid under $10 for one of these. I bought several of them for the GO bags, in addition to my Celox Gauze, Celox Clotting granules, and SOFTT-W Tourniquet. I’m hoping this will do the trick if I happen to bust my ass in the middle of nowhere and I need to prevent myself from bleeding out.

Survival Packages

What exactly is a survival pack?  The two survival packs that we carry are designed to expedite your emergency preparations and get you on the road to your goal quickly.

The 72 –hr pack is designed to ensure that you are self-sufficient for at least three days, either in your home or, in case of the need for evacuation, on the go.  With the basic needs of clean water, food, light, and radio communication met, you rest assured that you will have these items available on a moments notice if you need them.

The one-month survival pack is designed to ensure that you are able to take care of your basic needs for one month, in case of a prolonged power outage or another event, that disrupts the normal flow of supplies into your area.  With a water filter, one month of Alpine Aire survival food, wind-up flashlight and radio and a basic guide to emergency preparedness including checklists, you are well on your way to preparing to survive the emergencies of our times more comfortably.

Fuel Stabilizers

The quality of our fuel is something that most people take for granted. In the past, fuel would last as much as a year without any ill effects. This meant that the consumer could count on the fuel maintaining its quality at least until it was purchased at the pumps.

Today, however, this is not the case. One oil company survey reports that more than half of all gasoline sold today is substandard. Check out also this useful video about fuel stabilizers

Not only does fuel quality affect our cars, it affects any other engine we use. If you have a backup generator to ensure you will always have electricity, you need to be able to count on it starting consistently.

Water Filters

The number one factor in successfully surviving a disaster – PURE WATER

There is nothing more important to good health and successfully surviving a natural or man-made disaster than good, safe drinking water. That is why we recommend everyone have a quality, gravity feed water filter in case of an emergency. The AquaRain water filter is the brand that we carry at Yellowstone Trading. It is by far our most popular water filter. Check out also this video on other water filtration systems:

The AquaRain Natural Water Filter will provide your family and loved ones with laboratory proven safe drinking water without electricity, without plumbing, and without pressure or chemical pretreatments.

When the electricity goes out, most other water filters will not work. The AquaRain water filter works on gravity. The AquaRain is simple to use, (even your children can filter water and they will enjoy doing so) as well as very effective in producing large quantities of pure water.

How to learn anything in 20 hours

Josh Kaufman is the author of the new book The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything . . . Fast!

He says everybody is able to learn new skills in just 20 hours, we only need to know how.

Learning new thing is challenging and it’s super intimidating,” says Josh. “You know, as a general rule, adult learners hate feeling stupid.” And “the biggest barrier to learning something new is overcoming that initial intimidation,” he says. What you need to do is set small goals for yourself. For example, if you are learning for an exam, set as your first goal learning just one chapter, don’t freak out thinking about the whole book, or the 4-part exam.

The other things he mentions are: “accepting that beginning are hard”, and “making a commitment to stick to it”.