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  • TB

    TB or not TB - great strides are being made against Tuberculosis.

    Get Safety Training Materials on Tuberculosis Get Safety Training Materials on Tuberculosis

    Globally, two billion people are infected with tuberculosis (TB), the world’s leading infectious disease killer.

    TB is deadly and it can also be resistant to antibiotics. Each year, half a million cases across the globe are drug-resistant, meaning the drugs used to treat TB will not kill the bacteria.

    Extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) is the deadliest and most dangerous type. It is resistant to at least four of the best anti-TB drugs and has spread worldwide. Now in more than 105 countries worldwide, XDR-TB is at least 20 times costlier to treat and takes more than two years to cure. In most places, less than half of all patients treated are cured, with death rates as high as 80 percent.

    TB continues to spread. - World TB Day: End Tuberculosis - TB may resist, but it can be beaten - TB Threatens to Kill 75 Million People - TB: Know about Tuberculosis - Tuberculosis – TB Safety and Information

    World Tuberculosis Day

    March 24th marks the day in 1882 when German microbiologist Robert Koch announced he had discovered Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacterium that causes this ancient scourge. Today, in recognition of World TB Day, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), reasserts its commitment to improving our understanding of TB and how to prevent, diagnose and treat it. Around the globe, researchers and the public health community are united in working toward these goals.  TB-Unite to End

  • James Madison

    GeorgieDo you recognize this portrait of George Washington? Thank James Madison.

    During the War of 1812, James Madison rescued this portrait from a burning White House before leaving.

    James Madison was born on this day in 1751. He is often referred to as the "Father of the Constitution" and was also the fourth president of the United States.

    Other than rescuing this portrait and adorning the US $5,000 bill, James Madison is best remembered for presenting the Virginia Plan and for overseeing the final drafting of the Constitution. US-5000

  • Free Spring & Summer Preparedness Resources


    Spring and Summer are certainly two joyous seasons. From the perfume of fresh flowers blooming & the symphony of birds chirping, to the scent of sunblock & sand between your toes... Although, most do not consider that natural catastrophes such as severe weather, floods, extreme heat, and wildfires are very likely during Spring and Summer! Resolve to be ready by taking a moment to read the tips below. Share this and encourage your family and friends to prepare throughout the year for all weather hazards during spring and summer 2017.


    Make a family emergency communication plan and include pets. Identify an out of town emergency contact to coordinate information with family/friends. Check on neighbors. Keep an emergency kit wherever you spend time: home, car, work, etc. Download the FEMA App and set up local alerts. Listen to local officials by radio, TV, or social media and take action. Practice your preparedness plans with a drill or exercise. Take a first aid class so you can help until first responders arrive. Learn more! Read our Disaster & Survival Forum and remember power outages are the most common emergency (Why? Because almost all other emergencies cause power outages).


    Severe Weather

    If ordered to evacuate, take action immediately. Know the route and plan where to go.
    Identify a safe location, in case of tornado. Stock emergency shelter and sleeping supplies, from blankets and tarps to ponchos and body warmers.


    Never drive or walk through flooded streets; Turn Around, Don’t Drown. Check your flood insurance policies to ensure you have enough coverage. Keep an automotive emergency kit in your vehicle so that one is available when disaster strikes

    Rain Ponchos

    Keep dry during rainfall or a storm to prevent sickness. Our adult and child rain ponchos are about wallet-size when folded, yet when opened, are large enough to adequately cover the body to protect against the elements.


    Extreme Heat

    Extreme heat can be deadly. Stay inside where it is cool. Wear cool clothes and change activities to stay safe. Never leave children or pets in a car. Stock a Mylar solar sleeping bag / blanket, which can be used as a heat shield.

    Wildfire Safety

    Report a wildfire if you see one; you may be the first to see it.
    Wildfires can kill. If ordered to evacuate, know the route and plan where to go. Stock up evacuation & fire supplies at home.

    Children & Youth + Back to School

    Ensure children are included in preparedness conversations.
    Know the emergency plan for your child’s school, college and child care facility.
    Practice evacuation plans and other emergency procedures with children on a regular basis.
    Make sure children have emergency contacts memorized or written down in a secure place. Purchase your child a kids first aid and child id kit.

    Image of an emergency survival kit in a port a potty bucket with food, water and supplies

    Disaster Kits

    Survival Kits For Emergency Disaster Preparedness

    Image of long lasting emergency food rations

    Food & Water

    Emergency Food Rations & Water Supply

    Image of a two person emergency sleeping bag and a Mylar Solar Emergency Space Blanket

    Shelter & Sleeping

    Emergency Blankets, Tents, Canopies, Tarps & More

    Image of whistles and short-range radio walkie talkies

    Signal & Messaging

    Devices for Signaling & Communicating in Emergencies

    Image of a Swiss Army style knife showing the concept of a multi-function tool

    Survival Tools

    Fire Starters, Survival Knives, SOL, Leatherman & much more

    Graphical portrayal through photos of a flashlight and waterproof matches showing the need for light and warmth in an emergency

    Emergency Heat & Light

    Warmers, Heating, Candles-Flashlights-Lanterns-GlowSticks

    Image of the CERT (Community Emergecy Response Team) Logo in an ebroidered PAtch (to siginify that First Aid Mart Carries a full line of C.E.R.T.Gear)

    CERT Gear & Supplies

    CERT Kits & vests, caps, shirts, logo patches, fieldbooks +

    Image of an American Red Cross Emergency Disaster Supplies kit with contents spread out to show all thetypes of food, water, emergency shelter and signaling required in an earthquake or other disaster.

    Red Cross Supplies

    American Red Cross Emergency Kits: Be Red Cross Ready

    Image of the four stages of Triage: Minor delayed care / can delay up to three hours - Delayed urgent care / can delay up to one hour - Immediate immediate care / life-threatening - Deceased (Morgue) victim is dead or mortally wounded / no care

    Triage & Incident Command

    S.T.A.R.T. Triage Tags, Tape, Kits + ICS Gear and Supplies

    Image of Toilet Paper and Hand Sanitizer - to show the importance of considering sanitation needs in gering up for emergencies and disaster survival

    Sanitation & Hygiene

    Personal Hygiene Kits, Toilets & Chemicals + Sanitary Items

    AAA Emergency Roadside Kit image to depict the need to prepare personal and company vehicles for emergency situations - emergencies occur while away from home adnd work as well.

    Roadside+Auto Emergency

    Auto Emergency Survival Kits, Roadside Tools & Survival Items

    Imageof two empty backas - building an emergency disasster preparedness and survival kit starts with considering what to pack all your gear in!

    Empty Bags & Containers

    Backpacks, Duffels, Buckets and Rolling kits to build your own

    Photo of a Search and Rescue kit showing the typical SAR Gear needs such as; helmet, ropes, etc.

    SAR Gear: Rescue Stuff

    Search & Rescue Kits and Essential SAR Provisions

    Cute picture of a dog wearing a stethoscope.

    Disaster Supplies for Pets

    Disaster Emergency Kits for Dogs and Cats + Survival Food

    Image of a FIre Extinguisher and a Fireman's Axe to signify preparedness for fires and evacuation

    Fire Safety & Evacuation

    Caution Tapes, Escape Masks & Ladders + Fire Safety Gear

    Image of survival guides and DVDs - learn about preparedness, sheltering in place, and survival

    Survival Guides & Videos

    Disaster Planning Books, Checklists & Videos for Survival

    Image showing a bright and highlt visible safety vest with reflective strips

    Hi-Vis Safety Vests

    CERT Vests & Bright Reflective Safety Vests for Visibility

    Image of a EMT/Paramedic style Trauma REsponse go Bag with the typical emergency medical equipment required for field traums rescue.

    Trauma & Field Medicine

    1st Aid, Trauma, Responder, Field Medical & Mass Casualty

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  • Snozberries

    When is a Berry not a Berry? When is a Nut not a Nut?

    Strawberries are not actually berries! A berry is defined as "a fleshy fruit formed from the
    ovary of a single flower with a seed, or seeds, embedded on the inside of the fruit." Since strawberries have their seeds outside the fruit, they technically are not berries. Interesting
    enough, bananas, avocados, pumpkins, tomatoes, watermelons and kiwi actually are berries.


    Ever wonder where cashews come from? You might think they grow inside a shell like any other nut, but their true origins are far more bizarre.

    First of all, cashews are not actually nuts, but rather fruits from the cashew tree, a large evergreen tree that thrives in tropical climates. The tree produces red flowers, which in turn produce yellow and red oval structures resembling apples. These so-called cashew apples are very juicy and pulpy, and their juice is often added to tropical fruit drinks.

    The cashew apple and fruit.

    However, cashew apples are not actually fruits in a scientific sense; the real fruit of the cashew tree is the kidney-shaped formation growing at the end.

    These fruits, also called drupes, are harvested and become what we know as a cashew nut. In their raw form, the outer layer of the fruit contains multiple toxins including anacardic acid, a powerful skin irritant similar to the toxin found in poison ivy that must be removed prior to eating.

    Roasting the cashews destroys the toxins, but roasting must be performed carefully outdoors because the smoke can irritate the lungs, sometimes to a life-threatening degree. When they are roasted, cashews change from their natural greenish-gray color to the light brown nut sold in stores.

    Next time you crack open a tin of cashews, take a moment to appreciate the long journey those little c-shaped nuts took from the tree to your table!

    MORE: Food for ThoughtFood SafetyKiller FoodFood for your Emergency KitFood Manufacturing Safety

  • Help Your Community When the Next Storm Hits

    CERT-gearMany communities remain unprepared, as only 30% of those who live in winter storm hazard areas have participated in a disaster exercise in the past year.

    Even a small amount of snow can impact your community, making it critical to have a plan in place for winter weather. Be there for your neighbors when the next storm hits by finding a local CERT program near you and joining.

    Learn more: CERT in Action - FEMA 101: Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) - Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Programs - CERT – Community Emergency Response Team

    CERT educates individuals about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT volunteers can assist others in their community following a disaster when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT volunteers are also encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking an active role in emergency preparedness projects.


  • The Shadow Knows... Groundhog sees Shadow!

    Well – the verdict is in – the Groundhog saw his shadow and says we’re going to have a long, cold winter. With all the recent Winter Storms battering the country, we believe it, so we’ve extended our Groundhog Day / Winter Safety Sale for 24 hours! You can still save on Winter Safety & Warmth needs!

    To help you be Winter Ready, we are offering you an additional 10% off all these great Winter Items you need now through Groundhog Day extended through Midnight Tomorrow!. Enter Code “GROUNDHOG” in your shopping cart and take an extra 10% off our already deep-discounted prices on these Winter Essentials.

  • Groundhog Day Sale!

    Image of punxsutawney phil and big title reading: Long cold winter. Groundhog day saleThat’s rightGroundhog Day is a week away, and until it happens, we know not when Winter 2017 will end.
    It is already bitter cold in many areas, wet and flooding in others, and who-knows-what still lies in store for Americans this cold and blustery season?

    To help you be Winter Ready, we are offering you an additional 10% off all these great Winter Items you need now through Groundhog Day! Enter Code “GROUNDHOG” in your shopping cart and take an extra 10% off our already deep-discounted prices on these Winter Essentials.

    Image of diphen for allergies, cough drops and cold relief tablets.

    Cold & Cough Winter Remedies

    "That blizzard thing" giving you the sniffles? We hope not. These will help. Cough drops too!
    Image displaying three body warmer packs

    Cold Weather Body Warmers

    "Okay campers, rise and shine, and don't forget your booties cause its cold out there..."

    Image of winter electrical black out kit, lanter, flashlight, mini flashlight and first aid kit

    Winter Electrical Black Out Kits

    “When Chekhov saw the long winter, he saw a winter bleak and dark and bereft of hope”

    Image of roadside emergency kit, flares, utility gloves, and jumper cables

    Winter Ready Automotive Kits

    "Don't drive angry! Don't drive angry!" ..."Expect hazardous travel later with that blizzard thing."

    Image of seasonal pandemic flu pack, face mask, hand sanitizer and exam gloves

    Cold Weather Contagion Prevention

    "It's just still once a year, isn't it?" Either way, you can stop contamination.

    Image of mini stove, candles, matches, glow sticks and flashlights

    Emergency Lighting & Heating Gear

    “They sing songs 'till they get too cold and then they go sit by the fire and they get warm”
    Image of emergency water bag, emergency food ration and mini water packs

    Emergency Survival Food and Water

    “So what are you doing for dinner? Umm... something else. Too early for flapjacks?"

    Image of SOL Bivvy sleeping back and an emergency blanket.

    Severe Weather Shelter & Sleeping

    “It's gonna be cold, it's gonna be grey, and it's gonna last…” Hypothermia can set in at 55° F

    "Winter, slumbering in the open air, wears on its smiling face a dream... of spring." While Groundhog Day is a lighthearted movie about a fun winter rite, the reality is that - just as in days gone by - Winter is still Deadly and Dangerous Today.

    Groundhog Day is February 2 and has been celebrated since 1887. On Groundhog Day, crowds gather in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, to see if groundhog Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow after emerging from his burrow, thus predicting six more weeks of winter weather. Originally, in many locations where this was observed with less famous groundhogs than Phil, the way it worked was that if the day was cloudy when a groundhog emerged from its burrow on this day, then it would indicate an early Spring; if it was sunny, the groundhog would supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its burrow, and the winter weather would then persist for six more weeks. Some say that the tradition has its origins in ancient European weather lore, wherein a badger or sacred bear was the prognosticator, as opposed to a groundhog. The custom also has strong similarities to the Pagan festival of Imbolc (the seasonal turning point of the Celtic calendar, which is celebrated on February 2 and also involves weather prognostication).

    Get ready for a long Winter with all the great Winter Safety Needs above and learn more by reading our Winter Safety Articles.

    If you don't "get" the quotes above… you really need to watch the movie Groundhog Day with Bill Murray – always good for a chuckle.

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    Clever Itty Bitty Teeny Tiny Fine Print...

    Available Online or Toll Free – This sale ends at Midnight on Groundhog Day! (2/2/17) While this is a Winter Sale, and applies to all the recommended Winter Items above, there are oh-so-many other items we offer that apply to Winter Readiness (for instance, you can’t be ready for Winter Exigencies without a First Aid Kit…) so we are making this discount available site-wide on all our products, except Laerdal, Simulaids, and Oxygen Items!
    Offer cannot be combined with any other offers or incentives. Offer cannot be applied to completed orders. While supplies last, offer subject to substitution or change without notice, call with questions or for further details.

  • Rapping, Rapping

    POEOn this day in 1809, poet, author and literary critic Edgar Allan Poe is born in Boston, Massachusetts.

    Dark, handsome and brooding, Poe was known for his direct and incisive criticism and dark horror stories. His best and well-known works are "The Fall of the House of Usher", "The Tell-Tale Heart" and "The Raven".

    Throughout his life he struggled with depression, drugs and alcoholism and it led to his early demise. He died at the young age of 40 in October 7, 1849.

  • iPhone Anniversary

    On this day 10 years ago, the iPhone was introduced to the world.

  • New Year

    Make it AWESOME!


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