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  • What is an Eco-Spray can?

    INatrapel-Continuouss it a bird? is it a plane? Is it an aerosol?

    Eco-Spray cans, such as the Ben's® 30 Tick & Insect Repellent package and Natrapel® Continuous Spray, provide a continuous spray for application. The eco-friendly delivery system uses compressed air instead of chemical propellants.

  • USA

    BruceOn this day in 1949, Bruce Springsteen was Born in the U.S.A.
    (We love "Made in USA" - like our awesome Urgent First Aid Kits and Cabinets.)

    Arguably New Jersey's most famous native son, Springsteen's oeuvre is heavily influenced by small towns and working class families he encountered growing up. He broke out nationally with 1975's Born To Run, and became best known for his aforementioned album Born in the U.S.A, which sold 30 million copies worldwide and featured seven Top 10 singles. Springsteen has developed a rabid fan base not only for his expansive discography, but more notably for his marathon made_in_usa_Flag1Gconcerts that continue to this day; he set a new record for longest U.S. show (four hours and three minutes!) earlier this month. Happy Birthday, Boss!

  • Suturing in First Aid

    While typical bystander First Aid doesn't includes anything invasive (intubation, suturing, etc.) many of our hard-core adventurists, outdoor enthusiasts, and survivalists want the equipment they need to self-care for more extreme injuries when far from help.

    0130-0468That is why we offer the Suture Syringe Medical Kit.  Designed to fit inside the World and Smart Travel kits, but a perfect additional for any first aid kit or first responder bag -  the Suture/Syringe Medic is a necessity for any trips to locations where sterile supplies may not be available. Contents are sealed and should not be opened except by a local caregiver for use on a single patient. Packed in a durable, reusable, and lightweight pouch.

    Kit contains enough first aid and medical gear for 1 person for single use.

    Features:

    - Contains declaratory statements in 8 common languages to ease passage through customs checkpoints.
    - Fits in the mesh front pocket of Smart and World Travel Kits.

    NOTE THAT SOME STATES PROHIBIT SALE OF THIS ITEM WITHOUT PRESCIPTION OR LICENSING

    Which states prohibit the sale of certain medical kits containing syringes?
    The following states prohibit the sale of the Suture Syringe Medic: Alabama, California, Washington DC, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Nevada, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Virginia.

  • September is a time to remember and a time to prepare.

    Get a Kit ✔

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    Be Informed ✔

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    Make a Plan ✔

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    FirstAidMart.com, Fema.gov, Ready.gov, and Listo.gov encourage all businesses, organizations, and individuals to join this national effort. 2016 is the 15th Anniversary of the 9/11 events. This is a time to remember those lost, and to prepare so you, your loved ones, and your community are prepared for any emergency situation.

    Being a part of the preparedness effort is easy and there are many ways to get involved and make a difference. From participating in an event already planned and scheduled in your community, to including preparedness messaging in existing communications, to working with your local fire community, or even creating an emergency preparedness event or practice drill... No effort is too small or too large!

    Here are some great Preparedness Ideas (Be sure to "Like" us on Facebook or Follow us on Twitter for more National Preparedness Month Tips all Month in September):

    Government Information:

    Ready.gov & Listo.gov
    Ready is a national public service advertising (PSA) campaign designed to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural and man-made disasters. The goal of the campaign is to get the public involved and increase the level of preparedness across the nation.

    Ready and its Spanish language version Listo ask individuals to do three key things: (1) get an emergency supply kit, (2) make a family emergency plan, and (3) be informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur and their appropriate responses.

    Preparedneses Month Tips:

    Tip #1: Prepare your Car before your Home. Why? 90% of Americans own a car and travel in it regularly... far more than any other nation. Your vehicle is almost always with you... whether at home or away. Keep your Emergency Preparedness Supplies in your vehicle and odds are you will have them handy when you need them.

    Tip #2: Eat the food in your Freezer after the Food in your Refrigerator. Why? Even though prepared Americans typically will have a well stocked supply of Emergency Preparedness Food and Water, it is advisable to eat and drink what you have in your home BEFORE you break into these supplies. Eat and drink what is available in your home first in case you need to take the Emergency supplies with you - You may be evacuated or find a need to move. Save the more portable Emergency rations for that purpose. Eat and drink what you have in your home sensibly. Do not even open your freezer to take stock of what is inside, in fact, if the power goes out - tape your freezer shut to hold the cold inside. Eat the food in your Refrigerator First, as it will spoil while the freezer food is slowly thawing in the sealed freezer compartment. This can buy you an extra 24 hours in a well stocked, well sealed freezer. After depleting the perishables in your fridge, then move on to the freezer items, but do it quickly - If you have items still frozen in there (towards the middle of the freezer) If so, pull the thawed items to your refrigerator for another cold storage location, work through that, and allow the still-frozen food to remain in the freezer until it thaws... repeat until all perishable food is consumed, and only then move on to your canned and dry goods. This will help you stretch your food supplies for days.

    Tip #3: Do Not Flush Your Toilets (Yet) Why? The water in your toilet tank is potable water... same as your tap water. Save it for Drinking water... If you flush your toilets, your are using gallons of safe, drinkable water that could help sustain your family. Remember, too, that if you have a tank water heater, this may also have many, many gallons of safe water for your consumption so use it for drinking.

    Tip #4: Change your flashlight and Emergency Radio batteries every time you adjust your clocks (daylight savings and standard time) Why? This is an easy way to remember to keep your emergency supplies ready to use. Each time you adjust your clocks forward or back, change the batteries in your Emergency supplies and while you are at it, check the condition and expiration dates of everything in our supply packs... it may be time for replacements or to augment what you have gathered with additional supplies.

    Preparedneses Month Tips:

    ✓ Become a National Preparedness Month Coalition Member (http://community.fema.gov/connect.ti/READYNPM)
    ✓ Update and Distribute Emergency Contact Information to your Employees. Additionally, you can create and distribute a list of important emergency numbers in the areas you do business.
    ✓ Host a Business Preparedness Review. Organize an emergency preparedness procedures review with employees to review your companys emergency plans and practice emergency drills. For more information about business preparedness, go to Ready.gov and click on "Ready Business." There are many resources and tools that you can order or download.
    ✓ Host a Brown Bag Lunch or Preparedness Meeting or Day.
    ✓ Put Emergency Items on Display. Showcase an Emergency Supply Kit in your break room or other high-traffic locations and encourage employees to get their own Emergency Supply Kits for their homes.
    ✓ Make Employees Aware. Put a bottle of water on each employees desk along with a note that says "If there is an emergency, do you have enough water to last you and your family for three days?" and a printout of the emergency supply checklist.
    ✓ Showcase Instructional Videos and PSAs. Play them in lobbies, waiting rooms, break rooms, and/or at events. Various instructional videos are available at Ready.gov/videos.
    ✓ Host a Business Preparedness Workshop. Contact a local business or commerce organization and work together to host workshops for business leaders about the importance of business preparedness. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Better Business Bureau have worked with the Ready Campaign and their local organizations may be interested in serving as a resource for you.
    ✓ Conduct Office Evacuation/Shelter-in-Place Exercises and Drills. During the month of September, schedule emergency exercises and drills. Once completed, evaluate how well they worked and if additional training or exercises are needed. For information on addressing the needs of employees with disabilities, visithttp://www.dol.gov/odep/pubs/fact/effective.htm.
    ✓ Distribute Emergency Preparedness Messages. Include emergency preparedness messages in communication touch points such as e-mails, newsletter articles, bill stuffers, receipts, and Social Media.

    FirstAidMart.com Recommendations for National preparedness Month:

    PREPARE NOW! September is National Preparedness Month!
    "National Preparedness Month is an important reminder about each American's civic responsibility to prepare for emergencies," said Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. "Those with the capacity and wherewithal to help themselves must do so in advance, so that in the event of an emergency, responders can first assist those who are unable to tend to themselves. From wildfires and earthquakes in California, to hurricanes and tropical storms along the Gulf Coast, to flooding in the Midwest, recent events remind us more than ever that we must prepare ourselves and our families for a disaster. This is the time, each year, when every American should ask the question, 'Am I ready?'"

    The Ready Campaign and Citizen Corps (www.citizencorps.gov) are encouraging individuals across the nation to take important preparedness steps that will greatly improve their ability to survive and recover from all types of emergencies, whether natural or man-made. These steps include getting an emergency supply kit, making a family emergency plan, becoming informed about the different emergencies that may affect them, and getting involved in community preparedness and response efforts. PREPARE NOW...

    Ways & Places for you to Prepare Now! - Click on a link below to see more...

    Shop Our Recommended Disaster & Survival Products

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    Disaster Kits

    Survival Kits For Emergency Disaster Preparedness

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    Food & Water

    Emergency Food Rations & Water Supply

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    Shelter & Sleeping

    Emergency Blankets, Tents, Canopies, Tarps & More

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    Signal & Messaging

    Devices for Signaling & Communicating in Emergencies

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    Survival Tools

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

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    Emergency Heat & Light

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    CERT Gear & Supplies

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

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    Red Cross Supplies

    American Red Cross Emergency Kits: Be Red Cross Ready

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    Triage & Incident Command

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

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    Sanitation & Hygiene

    Personal Hygiene Kits, Toilets & Chemicals + Sanitary Items

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    Auto Emergency Survival Kits, Roadside Tools & Survival Items

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    Empty Bags & Containers

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

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    SAR Gear: Rescue Stuff

    Search & Rescue Kits and Essential SAR Provisions

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    Disaster Supplies for Pets

    Disaster Emergency Kits for Dogs and Cats + Survival Food

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    Fire Safety & Evacuation

    Caution Tapes, Escape Masks & Ladders + Fire Safety Gear

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    Survival Guides & Videos

    Disaster Planning Books, Checklists & Videos for Survival

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    Hi-Vis Safety Vests

    CERT Vests & Bright Reflective Safety Vests for Visibility

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    Trauma & Field Medicine

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

  • Wheel of Fortune

    I'd like to buy a vowel!

    Wheel-of-Fortune-2Did you know that on this day the syndicated edition of Wheel of Fortune premiered? The show originally started as a (now-defunct) daytime network program in January 1975, but gained its syndicated sister show in 1983 - and that's the version that still leaves viewers shouting random letters at their televisions today.

    The show's current hosts Pat Sajak and Vanna White started their careers on the daytime network version, but joined the syndicated edition at its premiere and have co-hosted the show ever since. Wheel of Fortune is the longest-running syndicated game show in the United States. Makes you wonder how many checks, cars and Hawaiian vacations have been awarded during that time!Wheel-of-Fortune

  • Coming Soon: National PrepareAthon! Day is September 30

    National Preparedness Month culminates with the September 30 National PrepareAthon! Day.

    Twice a year, on September 30 and April 30, America’s PrepareAthon! promotes National PrepareAthon! Days to bring attention to our progress toward creating a more resilient Nation.  America’s PrepareAthon! is a national, year-round, grassroots campaign for action to increase community preparedness and resilience through hazard-specific drills, group discussions, and exercises.

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    America’s PrepareAthon! prepares people for earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, winter storms, and active shooter.

    The 10 Ways to Participate in America’s PrepareAthon! infographic highlights activities you can do in support of the campaign. You can also find out where preparedness events are happening in your community and join in. NPM-10-ways

    Individuals, families, communities, faith-based organizations, schools, and businesses are all encouraged to participate and prepare for the hazards that are common to their areas. Find How to Prepare guides, playbooks, and other valuable resources to get started. These tools are also available in Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Tagalog, and French.

    Get ready for National PrepareAthon! Day.  Be Smart. Take Part. Prepare.

  • Is an N95 mask better than a face mask?

    N95Not necessarily.

    An N95 mask offers more comprehensive protection that a dust mask or other facemasks – whether the situation requires it or not.

    An N95 mask filters out at least 95% of all airborne particulates that are .03 microns or larger. (This is were the "95" comes from!) Meaning, it protects against harmful dust, fog, smoke, mist, gases, vapors, sprays, and pathogens such as flu viruses.

    A face mask (also called a surgical or procedural mask) protects the wearer from airborne bacteria and larger particulate matter such as dust and smoke. It also protects others from "catching" the wearer's oral and nasal bacteria. However face masks do not protect the wearer from airborne pathogens or harmful mist, gases, vapors or sprays.

  • Presidential Proclamation - National Preparedness Month, 2016

    NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH, 2016

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    BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    A PROCLAMATION

    Americans have been tested by trial and tragedy since our earliest days -- but year after year, no matter the hardship, we pull through and forge ahead. Fifteen years after the attacks of September 11, we reflect on our strength as a Nation when anything threatens us. Today, as the residents of Louisiana mourn the loss of loved ones and face tremendous damage caused by historic floods, we are reminded of what Americans do in times like these -- we see the power of love and community among neighbors who step up to help in extraordinarily difficult circumstances. Preparing ourselves to meet the unknown challenges of tomorrow is a duty we all share, and when confronted with crisis or calamity, we need to have done everything possible to prepare. During National Preparedness Month, we emphasize the importance of readying ourselves and our communities to be resilient in the face of any emergency we may encounter.

    Although my Administration continues doing everything we can to keep the American people safe, it is each citizen's responsibility to be as prepared as possible for emergencies. Whether in the form of natural disasters like hurricanes and earthquakes, or unspeakable acts of evil like terrorism, danger can arise at unexpected times and places. Fortunately, there are many things that individuals, families, and communities can do to improve their readiness. I encourage all Americans to take proactive steps to prepare for any situation that may occur including signing up for local alerts, checking insurance coverage, documenting valuables, creating a plan for emergency communication and evacuation, and having a fully stocked disaster supply kit on hand. And I encourage those in the business community to prepare their employees, develop a business continuity plan, and engage in community-level planning to help ensure our communities and private sector remain strong when faced with an emergency. For information on how to better prepare for emergencies that are common in your area, or to learn about resources that may be available for increasing preparedness, visit www.Ready.gov or www.Listo.gov.

    In the face of unpredictable threats and hazards, we are committed to improving access to information and raising awareness of the importance of precautionary measures. Leaders across our country should take the time to review the 2016 National Preparedness Report and find ways to address the vulnerabilities it highlights. All Americans can play a role in fulfilling our National Preparedness Goal by addressing the risks that affect them and participating in preparedness activities across our Nation.

    We continue to collaborate with State, local, and tribal partners, along with those in the public and private sectors, to ensure that communities in crisis do not have to face these dangers alone. In addition to coordinating relief efforts and providing rapid response, we have focused on supporting the needs of survivors, investing in affected neighborhoods, and helping them rebuild their communities to be better, stronger, and more resilient. Federal agencies are also working to share resources with the public, promote the tools and technologies that could help during disasters, and offer preparation strategies. We launched America's PrepareAthon! to bring communities together and help them plan for emergencies, and on September 30, we encourage a national day of action to spur preparedness efforts from coast to coast.

    Disasters have become more frequent and severe as our climate changes; both urban and rural areas are already feeling the devastating consequences, including severe droughts and higher sea levels, intense storms and wildfires, and more powerful hurricanes and heat waves. Climate change poses an imminent and lasting threat to our safety and national security, and it is critical that we invest in our infrastructure and integrate the preparedness efforts of our communities to improve our ability to respond to and recover from the effects of our changing climate and extreme weather events.

    This month, we pay tribute to the courageous individuals who rush to the scene of disaster for their dedication to our safety and security, no matter the price. Let us recognize that each of us can do our part to prepare for emergencies, help those affected by disasters, and ensure all our people have the necessary resources and knowledge to protect themselves. Together, we will remain strong and resilient no matter what befalls us.

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim September 2016 as National Preparedness Month. I encourage all Americans to recognize the importance of preparedness and work together to enhance our resilience and readiness.

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of August, in the year of our Lord two thousand sixteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-first.

    BARACK OBAMA

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  • Happy Labor Day Weekend!

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  • New Information for National Preparedness Month 2016

    New and updated information to help you prepare this year during National Preparedness Month 2016! Check out the updated government resource links, preparedness tips and recommendation to help you plan and prepare for whatever may come your way!

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