Monthly Archives: December 2013

  • A Year of Disasters...

    Wow what a year... plagued by weather and calamities - we hope you weren't affected by these horrible situations, and that you were safe and prepared if you are in one of the affected zones. Let's all make it our New Year Resolution to be ready for anything in 2014!

    Disaster, Survival, Preparation

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    Disaster, Survival, & Preparation!
    Think about preparedness; at home, at work, at school, even in your car.
    What should you do? Check your Emergency Plan and Evacuation Routes everywhere you normally spend time. Make sure you have an out of State contact for you, your friends and your family (long distance phone service is usually restored before local - and mobile services and internet will likely not work in a major disaster.)
    Of course, you should Check your Emergency Supplies, too:

    • Count your stock... is it enough?
    • Check your expiration dates (food, water, batteries)
    • Keep cash on hand
    • Don't let your gas tank get below half-full
    • Think-Plan-Prepare-Survive!
    The year in review  Major Disaster Declarations
    (and of course, these only run though October!): Continue reading
  • First aid kit is a great gift for any farm

    Safety is a 24/7 challenge for farmers, ranchers and farm families. On the farm, you must be prepared to handle an injury until emergency help arrives.

    First Aid Kits Keep a fully stocked First Aid Kit nearby

    First aid kits are our business. Since 1993 we've been focused on providing "quality, comprehensive first aid kits at a fair price"

    As experts we thought we'd pass along a few tips we've learned along the way on what you should look for when buying a first aid kit regardless of brand.

    Look for variety of components
    Many first aid kits attempt to sell a kit comprised of a box of adhesive bandages and a few tablets. How many different type of injuries will this kit treat? Not very many! Don't be fooled by quantity of components, look for variety of components! The idea is to include components for real life emergencies, not what might let the kit sell for a few dollars less.

    Make sure all basic categories are covered
    Any first aid kit should contain at least something from the following groups: Antiseptics (something to kill germs to prevent infection), Injury treatment (items to deal with injuries such as butterlfy closures and cold compresses), Bandages (a variety of bandages to dress and cover a variety of wounds), Instruments (tweezers, barrier gloves), and Medicines (analgesics at a minimum).

    Kit organization
    First aid kits are only used in a time of need. If you, or someone you are near, are injured and need assistance a first aid kit won't do any good if you can't find what you need. Look for a kit that has its contents nicely organized so you can locate supplies readily.

    Quality components
    Adhesive bandages that don't stick, poorly shaped bandages, component packaging that falls apart, a case that doesn't stand up... a poor quality kit is the last thing you need in dealing with an emergency.

    Information
    A first aid kit does no good if you don't know what to do with it. Frankly, most first aid kits include some kind of guide, but their usefulness can vary widely. Make sure the first aid guide in your kit is from a credible source, contains the latest medical advice, and make sure it its laid out in a way that can be understood when under stress.

    We encourage you to make sure that your family is fully prepared for emergencies. Evaluate your household, keep a first aid kit everywhere there is likely to be an emergency... around the house, in each car, in backpacks, and in your RV or boat. We have developed the broadest array of First Aid kits available to help you be prepared — something for every application or use, and all developed for real life emergencies.

  • Pocket Survival Pak PLUS

    Pocket Survival Pak PLUS3SOL took the acclaimed Pocket Survival Pak™, added key survival items and created the Pocket Survival Pak™ PLUS. Designed by Doug Ritter, this kit includes everything in the best-selling Pocket Survival Pak… PLUS a CRKT RSK-MK5 knife, an SOL LED micro-light, Katadyn Micropur MP1 water purification tablets, and a 1-liter collapsible water bag - all packed in a waterproof welded-fabric pouch that fits in your pocket. This collection of survival tools is for when you find yourself abandoned, stranded, or lost in the outdoors. Keep it in your pocket and on your person because, "If it isn't with you, it can't save you." The Pocket Survival Pak™ PLUS is for backpackers, hunters, pilots, snowmobilers, hikers, or anyone who enjoys the great outdoors! Designed by Doug Ritter, Executive Director of the Equipped to Survive Foundation.

    Pocket Survival Pak PLUSKIT DETAILS

    • Size: 5" x 5" x 4.5"
    • Weight: 6.2 oz.

    Pocket Survival Pak PLUS2IDEAL USES

    • Hiking / Backpacking
    • Alpine / Rock Climbing
    • Hunting / Fishing
    • Off Roading
    • Emergency Prep

    Pocket Survival Pak PLUS4FEATURES AND BENEFITS

    • Slice, Shave, and Whittle
      CRKT RSK MK-5 fixed-blade knife is up to any survival task.
    • Stay Hydrated
      Katadyn Micropur MP1 water purification tablets and folding 1-liter water bag make it easy to purify and store water.
    • Be Seen And Heard
      Broadcast your location up to 10 miles away with the Mini Rescue Flash™ Signal Mirror and up to one mile away with the 100dB Slim Rescue Howler™ pea-less whistle.
    • Keep Your Essentials Safe and Dry
      Spark-Lite striker is tested to produce over 5,000 sparks; Tinder Quik™ burns up to two minutes, even when wet.
    • Illuminate Your Work
      The Survive Outdoors Longer LED micro-light provides 10 lumens of light in a rugged aluminum housing.
    • Knowledge is Survival
      Waterproof survival instructions by Doug Ritter™ - hundreds of tips and techniques specific to the kit's contents.
    • Start Campfires and Camp Stoves
      Spark Lite striker is tested to produce over 5,000 sparks; Tinder Quik™ burns up to two minutes, even when wet.

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        Adventure Medical Kits's Product Manager explains what's in the Pocket Survival Pak PLUS - Adventure Medical Kits's much anticipated follow-up to the award winning Pocket Survival Pak, designed by Doug Ritter.

    Designed by Doug Ritter, this kit includes everything in the best-selling Pocket Survival Pak… PLUS a CRKT RSK-MK5 knife, an E-Gea....
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  • Finding safe and reliable babysitters

    Parents in need of reliable child care have a new online resource in the Omaha metro and Lincoln areas. Annette Shukry launched the local chapter of "Seeking Sitters" after months of struggling to find a qualified person to watch her two children.

    "We connect member families with professional, certified sitters that have been thoroughly background checked by private investigators," Shukry says, describing her new business. "All our sitters are 18 years old. They have reliable transportation. They have CPR and first aid training."

    Shukry says parents could go through the process of checking their sitter's history and background, but by paying to be a member of the site, the legwork is already done for you. "It's such a peace of mind," Shukry says, knowing her children are in safe hands.

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    The family became familiar with the site seven years ago when they joined the chapter in Oklahoma. "I knew I would put a request in, and this wonderful, happy, bubbly girl would show up at my house. My kids were always happy. They'd run the gamut of board games, coloring, baking, whatever the kids wanted to do the sitters were always happy to do, and the kids were always happy when we were gone. That's the most important thing."

    See our Child Safety Products! See our Child Safety Products!

    Within the first weeks of launching, Shukry says the Omaha/Lincoln area chapter has six sitters approved to work through the site. They cater to parents in need of occasional sitters, not daily child care. On top of a membership fee, hourly rates are set based on the number of children and the time of year

  • Caring for Wounded Warriors: An All-Hands-On-Deck Enterprise


    “As Commander-in-Chief, I’ll keep doing everything in my power to make sure we serve you as well as you’ve served us. And that means making sure you get the care and the benefits you need. It means making sure you don’t have to fight for a job when you get home. It means recognizing our military families and giving them the support that they deserve.” – President Obama at an event honoring wounded warriors

    The president’s remarks from earlier this year echoed in my head during the recent 2013 Warrior Family Symposium, an event co-sponsored by the Military Officers Association of America and the National Defense Industrial Association. And something that really struck me during the symposium was that caring for our wounded warriors, making sure they have the kind of support the president promised, is an all-hands-on-deck enterprise.

    The federal government has funded many initiatives designed to help our wounded warriors either to rejoin their branch of military service or reintegrate into their local community if they separate from military service. For example, the Army and Marine Corps have created Soldier for Life and Marine for Life programs for this purpose. Our sister agency, the Department of Veterans Affairs, delivers the health and other benefits to which our veterans are entitled.

    Another takeaway from the symposium was how critical employment is to the recovery and well-being of our wounded warriors. Having a satisfying job with a degree of responsibility is good for both physical and mental health. And that’s where the Labor Department plays an important role ? particularly the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service, the federal government’s lead agency in helping veterans find good jobs in the civilian economy. Here are a few examples of our work:

    • Our wounded warriors get priority of service at more than 2,600 American Job Centers across the country. A majority of the centers have an employee dedicated solely to helping them known as a Disabled Veteran Outreach Program specialist.
    • Together with our colleagues in the Employment and Training Administration, we created an online tool, My Next Move for Veterans, where veterans can enter their military occupation codes and discover civilian occupations for which they are qualified.
    • Working with the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, we completely overhauled the Transition Assistance Program (known as TAP), which helps exiting service members prepare for civilian life, including job searching.
    • This year, we launched an initiative to address the unique challenges facing women veterans. To aid service providers who work with women veterans experiencing homelessness, the department’s Women’s Bureau has developed a guide on trauma-informed care.
    • Resources to help employers and workforce development specialists address the employment challenges of veterans living with a traumatic brain injury and/or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder are available through the department’s America’s Heroes at Work website.
    • The department also announced a new regulation this year requiring companies that do business with the federal government to take affirmative action to recruit, hire, promote and retain veterans.

    Need Time: Guide to Military Caregiver LeaveAnother key takeaway from the symposium is that, while these programs and resources are critical, wounded warriors rely most on the help of family and friends. Their caregivers have to earn a living, so it’s important that we support, too. This is why Congress amended the Family and Medical Leave Act to provide employment protection for caregivers of service members and veterans, for which the Labor Department recently issued new rules. Thanks to the FMLA, caregivers for wounded warriors face one less potential challenge.

    For our wounded warriors, coming home doesn’t mean that the fight is over. In some ways, it’s just begun. We are proud to work with our colleagues in the Labor Department and throughout the federal government to support them and their families.

    Keith Kelly is the assistant secretary of labor for veterans’ employment and training.

    First Responders rely on Go bags that are ready to grab and respond quickly, with the emergency medical supplies they may need for quick casualty assistance First Responders rely on Go bags that are ready to grab and respond quickly, with the emergency medical supplies they may need for quick casualty assistance
  • #Prepared2014

    Resolve to be #Prepared2014!

    Roughly half of all Americans make New Year’s resolutions. In 2014, FEMA and the Ad Council are encouraging them to Resolve to be Ready for potential emergencies by committing to make preparedness a year-round family activity.

    We’ve enlisted the platform Thunderclap to reach as many people as possible with the #Prepared2014 message. Please help us by adding your support and promoting #Prepared2014 to your social media communities.
    Here’s how:

    • Join our Thunderclap message and share a New Year's resolution of preparedness with your followers. How does Thunderclap work? Once you sign up, Thunderclap will sync your social media accounts to release an automatic Facebook post, Tweet or both on January, 1, 2014 at 12:30 PM reminding your friends and followers to make a family emergency plan.
    • Use #Prepared2014 in your social media messaging throughout 2014 to remind friends and followers to be prepared for emergencies all year long.
    • Share preparedness messaging from the Ready Facebook and Twitter feeds.
    • All the info you need to participate can be found at http://www.ready.gov/prepared2014.
    Are you ready to Bug Out? Are you ready to Bug Out?

     

  • Merry Christmas

    Whether Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Agnostic, Atheist, Non-Denom, or any other belief or non-belief... We hope you have the day off work (as we do!) and we wish you the Safest and Happiest Day off to enjoy however you like to enjoy a day!

    Beautful WInter
    Since we have so many customers worldwide, we would like to attempt to say it to you all in your own language... here are over 100 ways to say merry Christmas: Continue reading
  • 12 Ways of Christmas Health & Safety

    Follow 12 recommended tips for self-care this season. Keep yourself and your loved ones safe and healthy—and ready to enjoy the holidays.

    12 Health Tips to Light Up Your Holidays

    1. Wash hands often to help prevent the possibility of spreading germs and getting sick. Wash your hands with soap and clean running water for at least 20 seconds.
    2. Photo: Group of young boys sleddingBundle up to stay dry and warm. Wear appropriate outdoor clothing: light, warm layers, mittens, hats, scarves, and waterproof boots.
    3. Manage stress. Give yourself a break if you feel stressed out. Find support, connect socially, and get plenty of sleep.
    4. Don't drink and drive or let others drink and drive. Whenever anyone drives drunk, they put everyone on the road in danger.
    5. Be smoke-free. Avoid smoking and secondhand smoke. It's common knowledge that smokers have greater health risks because of their tobacco use, but nonsmokers also are at risk when exposed to tobacco smoke, also referred to as secondhand smoke.
    6. Fasten seat belts while driving or riding in a motor vehicle. Always buckle your children in the car using a child safety seat, booster seat, or seat belt according to their height, weight, and age. Use seat belts on every trip, no matter how short the trip.
    7. Get exams and screenings. Ask your health care provider what exams you need and when to get them. Update your personal and family history.
    8. Get your vaccinations, which help prevent various diseases and save lives. Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine each year. Vaccination is especially important for people who are at high risk for complications from flu, and for people who live with or care for someone who is at high risk.
    9. Monitor the children. Keep potentially dangerous toys, food, drinks, household items, and other objects out of children's reach. Dress your children warmly for outdoor activities. Develop family rules on safe behavior—on using electronic media, for instance.
    10. Photo: Christmas ornamentsPractice fire safety. Most residential fires occur during the winter months, so don't leave fireplaces, space heaters, stoves, or candles unattended. Have an emergency plan and practice it regularly.
    11. Prepare food safely. Remember these simple steps: Wash hands and surfaces often, avoid cross-contamination, and cook foods to proper temperatures and refrigerate them promptly.
    12. Eat healthy, stay active. Eat fruits and vegetables, which pack plenty of nutrients and help lower the risk for certain diseases. Limit your portion sizes and foods high in fat, salt, and sugar. Also, be active for at least 2½ hours a week and help kids and teens be active for at least 1 hour a day.

    Be inspired to stay in the spirit of good health! Listen to The 12 Ways to Health Holiday Song or a holiday health podcast.

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  • My Baby and Me - Food Safety During the Holidays when you are Pregnant

    The holiday season is filled with parties, family gatherings, and lots of food. While everyone wants to keep food-safe, it is especially important for pregnant women to do so. Pregnant women are at increased risk of food poisoning. In fact, pregnant women are about ten times more likely than the general population to get sick from listeriosis, a rare but deadly foodborne infection caused by the bacteria, Listeria. And, one in seven Listeria infections occurs during pregnancy.

    Food Safe and Pregnant: Tips for the Holidays and Beyond

    Why are pregnant women more likely to get food poisoning?

    • You and your growing fetus are more vulnerable to some foodborne illnesses because during pregnancy your immune system is weakened, which makes it harder for your body to fight off harmful foodborne germs.
    • Food Safety Experts Hold Holiday Food Safety Twitter Chat

    • Your unborn baby's immune system is not developed enough to fight off harmful foodborne germs.
    • For both mother and baby, foodborne illness can cause serious health problems—or even death.

    So how can you keep you and your unborn child safe from harmful food germs like Listeria and free of complications during pregnancy and delivery—especially during the holidays?

    Graphic: Don't toss your cookies. Holiday Food Safety Twitter Chat, Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 3-4pm ET

    Here are some quick tips to help you make smarter food--and beverage--decisions 

    1. Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially when
      1. Touching raw meat, raw eggs or unwashed vegetables
      2. Preparing food
      3. Before eating or drinking
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      Don’t share forks, cups, or food with young children. Wash your hands often when around children. Their saliva and urine might contain a virus that could be harmful for you and your unborn baby.

    • Cook your meat and poultry until it’s well-done: Well-cooked is well eaten. Meat and poultry can carry harmful germs like E. coli and Toxoplasma. Always cook hamburger, chicken, and other meat items until they are well-done to ensure bacteria and parasites are killed in the cooking process. And, heat cold cuts until they are steaming to avoid possible contamination.
    • Avoid raw or unpasteurized dairy: Raw or unpasteurized dairy may contain harmful bacteria. Avoid soft cheeses such as queso fresco, Brie, Camembert, feta, goat cheese, or Roquefort if they are raw or unpasteurized. Just say no to other unpasteurized or raw products, like milk or juice as well.
    • Be aware of holiday beverages. Watch out for alcohol-containing holiday punches and eggnogs. Avoid eggnog entirely unless you know it was made with pasteurized eggs and contains no alcohol.
    • Make sure eggs are thoroughly cooked [PDF - 84KB] before eating: Sneaky Salmonella lurks inside eggs. Lots of foods are made with raw or undercooked eggs: Caesar dressing, homemade ice cream, cookie dough, mayonnaise, and eggnog, to name a few. To avoid contamination and possible food poisoning, always use pasteurized eggs and avoid runny yolks by cooking thoroughly.
    • To learn more about food safety and/or infections during pregnancy contact CDC-INFO at cdcinfo@cdc.gov or 1-800-CDC-INFO. Or, you may visit CDC's Pregnancy Information gateway, the FoodSafety.gov portal for pregnant women.

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  • Staying Safe When Outdoors this Winter

    Many of us are entering the coldest time of the year. Cold temperatures make your body lose heat faster than it can be produced. This condition results in abnormally low body temperature, also known as hypothermia.

    Hypothermia affects the brain, leaving the victim unable to think clearly or move well. This inability makes hypothermia particularly dangerous because a person may not know it’s happening. Victims of hypothermia are often:

    • Seniors with inadequate heating, food or clothing;
    • Babies sleeping in cold rooms; and
    • People who remain outdoors for long periods like the homeless, hikers or hunters.

    In extreme cold, make outside trips as brief as possible to protect your health and safety. However, if you must be outside take a few special precautions:

    • Dress warmly and in layers.  A waterproof jacket will help you stay warm and dry if it starts to snow;
    • Have hand and body warmers
    • Work slowly if you have to do heavy outdoor chores; and
    • Notify friends and family where you will be before you go hiking, camping or skiing.

    Do not ignore shivering. It is an important first sign that the body is losing heat. Learn the other signs of hypothermia and how to care for someone who may be suffering from it before your next outdoor winter excursion. freezing_cold_traveling

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