How Do I Get Ready In Case Of A Disaster?

A disaster could happen at any moment that would take away the normal conveniences of your life: the heat, power, lights or your ability to run to the store.

Before that happens you need to know:

  1. What can I do to be ready in case of a disaster?
  2. How do I deal with darkness?
  3. What kinds of food should I have in my house for an emergency?

So what can I do to be ready in case of a disaster?

Disasters happen. It’s just a fact of life. There is an ever-increasing need for the common sense, knowledge, and skills of personal preparedness that will enable you to cope with, and confidently live through Mother Nature’s temper tantrums and man-made technological disruptions. These types of events take away the normal ingredients of our lives: power, heat, light, the ability to run to the store for supplies and so on.

(more…)

What Food Should I Have In My House For An Emergency?

Food will usually comprise the bulk of your preparedness program. Balanced meals and planned menus are not necessarily the main concern as you prepare to deal with an emergency situation. Maintaining your health through sensible nutrition is!

Besides providing nourishment, the “eating of meals” during an emergency has a positive psychological effect. It helps us feel as if we have some control in an otherwise out-of-control situation. Being prepared assures existing as close to the security of normalcy as possible. That’s why it is essential that you use care in planning which foods will suit your needs and how much is enough.

Just like in the other sections of personal preparedness, the food you choose to store will be based on individual factors that make your selections appropriate for your own situation, and different from what your neighbors would select. There is no one type of food or food program that is “best” or better than all of the others for everyone. The best food choices for you are the ones that suit your needs.

(more…)

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.

(more…)

How To Start If You 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.

(more…)

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:

  • shelter workers
  • emergency managers
  • families
  • organizations providing care for children

Which tools for emergency planning are available for organizations and managers that are providing the needed care for these children and their families?

What should these parents be doing to get prepared for, respond to, and how to recover when they are struck by a wildfire, hurricane, or some other disaster?

(more…)

Set Up Your Own Emergency Preparedness Plan

It could be wise to create your own emergency preparedness plan.  It is not hard.  Everyone drives around with a spare tire because flat tires do happen.  It is so much easier to deal with a flat tire when you have a spare with you in the car.

Your preparedness plan is your spare tire.
Emergencies do happen.  Earthquakes, floods, fires, hurricanes, power outages, swine flu pandemics, war, terrorism, economic hard times.  With foresight, a major disaster doesn’t have to be the end of the world.

Gather up what you will need in an emergency, ahead of time while the supplies are readily available.  Think now, before the emergency, “what will I need to take care of myself in the event an emergency occurs. Gather up these items and you will be assured of surviving any emergency in greater comfort than if you are caught unprepared

(more…)

Mid-Atlantic Regional Emergency Transitions Initiative

The Family Support 360 Special Initiative: Emergency Transitions for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities and Their Families.

The Inclusive Preparedness Center (IPC) has received federal funding from the Administration on Developmental Disabilities for the Family Support 360 Special Initiative: Emergency Transitions for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities and their families.

IPC joined with Delaware and the District of Columbia to propose in-state and regional planning to develop an Emergency Transitions plan to be funded for actual implementation in subsequent years.

The regional planning effort of the special initiative has been joined by programs serving people with developmental disabilities in seven states and the District of Columbia.

(more…)

How Digital rights management (DRM) software works

The first response of the movie and music industries to peer-to-peer piracy was to go to court. To make a technology phenomenon into an issue for the lawyers. Round two is shaping up to be exactly the opposite: a legal issue is becoming an issue for the technologists. How so? Digital rights management (DRM) software puts a virtual lawyer into every song, book, and movie. The software also helped protect the content rights of any online platform.

Content owners are betting that a new technology will make it possible to distribute their titles over the Internet without risking widespread piracy. DRM software allows publishers to embed rules in files that precisely define how those files can be used. If a consumer fails to obtain a license for a DRM-protected movie, the movie won’t play. If a consumer attempts to watch a movie more than the agreed-upon number of times or for longer than they paid for, the DRM virtual lawyer will put a stop to the show.

If a consumer attempts to watch a movie more than the agreed-upon number of times or for longer than they paid for, the DRM virtual lawyer will put a stop to the show.

(more…)

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 beginnings are hard”, and “making a commitment to stick to it”.

Josh Kaufman has written two worldwide bestsellers, “The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business”, and “The First Twenty Hours: How to Learn Anything… Fast!”

(more…)

Geothermal Growth Is Surging!

With more and more people wanting to find and use eco-friendly sources of energy that cost less and protect the environment, geothermal power is rapidly gaining in popularity.  Using the consistent temperatures of the earth to heat and cool a home is a cost-effective and green way to stay comfortable no matter the outside temperatures.

Geothermal has become so popular that noted research firms are now taking note.  Frost & Sullivan, a leader in market research, has released a report that reveals that geothermal power will grow from a $1.16 billion dollar market to a $6.89 billion dollar market by 2020.

Why the surge in geothermal popularity? There are a variety of reasons. With the unpredictable nature of energy costs, more individuals and businesses are looking for a heating and cooling alternative – one they know will be reliable, cost-effective and environmentally conscious. Additionally, geothermal options have become more visible with rebates that have been offered by the government.

(more…)