Be Prepared for an Emergency

  • 4 Steps to take before Disaster Strikes

    We share a lot of our own suggestions and advice culled from decades of experience in lifesaving and disaster preparation for our clients. Today we'd like to share a post from another author.

    There are four steps you should take before a disaster:

    1. Find out what could happen to you.
    2. Create a disaster plan
    3. Complete the checklist
    4. Practice and maintain your plan.
    Prepare and Endure! 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, too, you should Check your Emergency Supplies:
    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
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    Disasters occur in the United States with regularity. What will you do before, during, and after a disaster? Before a disaster, you should know how to respond, plan your escape, locate supplies, develop an emergency communications plan, and set up an emergency pen for pets. During a disaster, you should listen to a battery-powered radio or TV or instructions. After the disaster, you should turn off all utilities if there is time. If you need to evacuate leave as soon as possible, but leave a note saying where you are going. You should notify emergency responders for injured or trapped people. Finally, you should return home only after authorities advise it is safe to do so. Read more on Family Disaster Planning by Fred Fanning

  • Family discovers fully-stocked Fallout Shelter in Back Yard

    With National Preparedness Month 2014 less than 2 weeks away, this gives us a fun historical perspective on preparedness:


    Family discovers fully-stocked Fallout Shelter in their back yard 50 years after it was installed at the height of the Cold War.

    The stocked shelter is just one example of the fears that many Americans felt during the Cold War, when the threat of nuclear warfare was all too real.

    The family cleared away the bushes that had grown over the cover of the shelter.7

    Not only is it fascinating to see the well-preserved time capsule, but it's also interesting to see what the 1960s family deemed necessary for 2 weeks underground in a 8' x 10' bunker.

    When the Zwicks' unlocked the heavy, metal hatch, they found watertight Army surplus boxes floating in 5 feet of water that had seeped into the shelter. The boxes' contents were in pristine condition. After pumping out the water, they brought up the crates and were astounded at what they found.

    Hidden Treasure:

    Preserved: The previous owner of the shelter packed away Candies, raisins, Hershey's syrup and other sweets - likely as treats to get through the long days underground. (ALSO, items like toilet paper, paper towels, candles, clothing, Bedding, medical supplies, tools, flashlights, batteries. Foodstuffs that -- like many processed foods available today -- could withstand a bomb or two: Tang, Corn Flakes and Butterscotch Bits.

    It's unknown why the past owner decided he needed to store a Phone Book ...???

    The family donated all of the items to the Neenah Historical Society, which has curated an exhibit about the Cold War and the fear of the Soviets using 'The Bomb.'

    6Shelters were supposed to keep inhabitants safe for 2 weeks from radiation fallout.

    Down, down, down: The muddy ladder. The rusted military supply boxes preserved the contents remarkably well Even these paper towels were freshly sealed after 50 years 'It's interesting that you can open up something and find 1960 inside of it.'

    It's unknown what fallout the late Dr. Pansch was expecting in Neenah. The small Wisconsin city is 100 miles from Milwaukee and nearly 200 Miles from Chicago - the population centers that might have been targeted by the Soviets.

    Supplies: Candles, garden hose, transistor radio, alarm clock, Geiger counter to determine radiation levels, an axe, a funnel were dozens of items stashed.

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    Disaster Supplies, Survival Gear, Preparation Materials


  • Keeping Food Safe - During a power outage, keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed.

    What You Need to Know When the Power Goes Out Unexpectedly


    • To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, use generators, pressure washers, grills, and similar items outdoors only.
    • If the power is out longer than two hours, throw away food that has a temperature higher than 40°F.
    • Check with local authorities to be sure your water is safe.
    • In hot weather, stay cool and drink plenty of fluids to prevent heat-related illness.
    • In cold weather, wear layers of clothing, which help to keep in body heat.
    • Avoid power lines and use electric tools and appliances safely to prevent electrical shock.
    • Food Safety
    • Safe Drinking Water
    • Extreme Heat and Cold
    • First Aid for Electrical Shock
    • Power Line Hazards & Cars
    • Avoid Carbon Monoxide
    • Dangers of Gasoline Siphoning
    • Safety at Work During Power Recovery
    • Be Prepared for an Emergency
    • Impact of Power Outage on Vaccine Storage

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