Unprocessed October Day 28 with Emergency Preparedness tips was mostly a leftovers day, and possibly not all that balanced and complete. But, we did go to an Emergency Preparedness meeting and learned some wonderful tips.
Some of the items in my Emergency Preparedness kit. The LifeStraw will filter water to make sure its clean. Flashlight (make sure you have good batteries!), canned and other non-perishable foods, canned foods for your pets too, and a firestarter.
Menu for Unprocessed October Day 28…
breakfast: coffee; plain yogurt drizzled with maple syrup and topped with pumpkin granola
lunch: yummy spinach salad with blue cheese, boiled egg, grapes, red peppers, strawberries, and sweet and soy dressing
dinner: um, not really a good dinner… two pieces of whole wheat bread with natural peanut butter and a stick of pepper jack cheese. I have an excuse, er, I mean reason, for the lackluster dinner.
We went to a emergency preparedness meeting. Here are some of the highlights of the talk…
- After an emergency, cell phones probably won’t work. Land lines may be down. How do you get in touch with loved ones? The speaker, Chris, is a Ham radio operator. Kind of an interesting idea. I’m going to look into doing this. And, I know from personal experience that texting will often go through when a phone call won’t. It’s because the text takes up so little room in the wires (this is totally my non-technical explanation for it. Please don’t bite my head off for the layman’s terms!).
- Ladies, if you’re in your car and there’s an emergency and you’re wearing heels, how far can you walk? Chris always has a pair of tennis shoes in the car for his wife in case they need to walk somewhere.
- How much food do you have? Chris recommends MREs (Meals Ready to Eat) in addition to canned foods. Keep a well stocked cupboard – I totally agree with this!
- How much water do you have? Don’t forget that your water heater is a valuable source of water. Just turn off the water to the house after an emergency because it may become contaminated or it may siphon out. Also, you may wish to invest in some water filters or a LifeStraw Personal Water Filter.
- Also, Chris recommends getting CERT training (Community Emergency Response Teams).
It was a really interesting meeting and Chris was a great speaker. It’s always a good reminder to stay on top of emergency preparedness. You never know when you’ll need it.
Canning your own jams, jellies, and preserves is a great way to start emergency preparedness
Update as of July 2014…
Michelle of Educator Labs sent me some information to share. She states, “Below is a short list of my favorite home safety and emergency preparedness resources (so far!).”
Jasmine from Educator Labs sent me some flood preparation information. Though we don’t have to worry about flooding here in my neck-of-the-woods (especially with this drought!), I think it’s good to be prepared for anything.
She states, “With the sudden downpours to which we’re prone at this time of year, and in preparation for storms in the next few months, this is a great time to get educated and prepare for if a flood disaster should strike.”
FloodSmart Community Resources
Sara from Educator Labs provided this info:
Did you know that 22 million people worldwide were displaced by natural disasters in 2013 alone? Although rescue groups make every effort to protect the wellbeing of people enduring these hardships, I recently learned there is so much we can do ourselves ahead of time to prepare for the worst.
With this in mind, I felt compelled to build a list of resources that will educate the public on the many ways we can protect ourselves should disaster ever strike.
Getting Your Family Prepared for a Disaster
It’s crucial for your entire household to know your family’s plan of action should you be caught in inclement weather, and this resource provides helpful information on how to involve and care for your children in this situation.
4 Ways to Keep Your Dog Safe When Disaster Strikes
Our animal companions are important family members, and special care should be taken to keep them safe in an emergency.
A Caregiver’s Natural Disaster Prep List
Many of us are now caring for our senior relatives, whether they live nearby or share our homes. This article from AARP offers insight on how to help ensure their safety.
Homeowner’s Guide to Lightning Safety
Unfortunately, lightning is a force of nature that’s always in season. This guide will thoroughly educate you on how to protect your home and family members from the dangers of lightning.
The strong winds and torrential rain that are characteristic of hurricanes can have major impact when they make landfall. This preparedness plan will help you feel ready before, during and after the storm.
While we can’t prevent disastrous weather from occurring, we can certainly take action in protecting ourselves and our loved ones should the worst ever happen. Thank you so much for helping us share this vital information!
Jessica at Business World Weekly shares with us the following:
“As a Mother of two safety is very important to me. I thought this covers some important ground. There’s also new laws on put on place on dangerous chemical symbols which can be found on common house hold products, which is important.
Also a water safety infographic, and an outdoor safety guide which I liked
Resource 1: Outdoor Safety for Kids
Resource 2: product chemical hazard labels explained
Resource 3: Water Safety for Children“
What are some of your tips for Emergency Preparedness?
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