• 3 Steps to Prepare for Hurricanes

    As we progress into the Hurricane Season, each of us need to take inventory of our supplies, assess our readiness, and plan for safety in a storm.

    According to FEMA director, Craig Fugate, his should begin with three basic steps:

    1. Know your evacuation zone.  Evacuation zones are areas that may be impacted by hurricane flooding. Many communities have designated evacuation zones and routes to get citizens to safety. This information can often be found on the websites of your state, county, or town emergency management offices. If a hurricane threatens your community and local officials say it's time to evacuate, don't wait.
    2. Disaster-Survival-First-Aid-Mart Disaster Kits Food & Water Shelter & Sleeping CERT Gear & Supplies Red Cross Supplies Roadside+Auto Emergency

      Download the FEMA app. With the FEMA smartphone app you’ll have all the information you need to know what to do before, during, and after a hurricane.  You can also receive weather alerts in your area from NOAA’s National Weather Service, find lifesaving safety tips, and have access to disaster resources should you need them. You can download the app from the Apple App store or the Google Play store. The FEMA app is also available in Spanish.

    3. Make a plan and build a kit. When a hurricane hits, communications systems can go out, transportation can be limited, and it could be days before emergency responders are able to reach your community if you need help. Making a plan - and practicing that plan - helps to ensure you and your family are safe and ready for these challenges.  Your plan should include:
    • Family communication plan: Talk with your family members about how you will contact one another in an emergency. Know how you will check in with family members in different locations, how you will care for children or members with access and functional needs, and how your family will get in touch if cell phone, internet, or landlines don’t work.
    • Emergency Supply KitA ‘go kit’ is a bag that contains basic items you and your family may need, during an emergency. Kits should contain non-perishable food, water, and other supplies, such as flashlights, local maps, and a battery-powered radio, to last you and your family for at least 72 hours.
    • Pets: Many local shelters do not permit pets, but laws require them to accept service animals. Know what you will do with your pet if you need to evacuate.

    Hurricane Season just began June 1st and runs through November 30th - Prepare Now!


  • National PrepareAthon

    Do your #weekend plans include making an #emergency kit? This Saturday is the Spring National PrepareAthon. Get Ready - we have everything you need for Emergency Disaster Survival Preparedness!


  • FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Awards

    Apply for FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Awards...

    That's right - awards from FEMA for doing what your should already be doing!


    Individual and Community Preparedness Awards highlight innovative local practices and achievements by individuals and organizations that made outstanding contributions toward making their communities safer, better prepared, and more resilient.

    To be considered for this year’s awards, all submissions must be received by March 28, 2016, at 11:59 p.m. EDT, and they must feature program activities between January 1, 2015, and March 28, 2016. Submit applications to citizencorps@fema.dhs.gov.

    Gear up and be Prepared! Gear up and be Prepared!

    Award categories include:
    • Outstanding Citizen Corps Council
    • Community Preparedness Champions
    • Awareness to Action
    • Technological Innovation
    • Outstanding Achievement in Youth Preparedness
    • Preparing the Whole Community
    • Outstanding Inclusive Initiatives in Emergency Management (new category)
    • Outstanding Private Sector Initiatives (new category)
    • Outstanding Community Emergency Response Team Initiatives
    • Outstanding Citizen Corps Partner Program
    • America’s PrepareAthon! in Action (new category)

    Go here to download the application, and to read the application guidance.  

    Visit Ready.Gov for more information

  • Spring Weather Risks to Watch and Prepare For

    Businesses have special preparedness needs. Not only do business owners and managers needs to be concerned with their own safety and well-being, they must also consider safe preparations for their employees and visitors/guests, and must further consider plans for rapid return to "business as usual" after a calamity - or face business failure.

    We have shared some help in these areas in our articles: Is your Business Prepared?Tools for a Disaster Prepared Business, and Get Your Business Ready For Any Kind of Disaster with Free National Preparedness Month Webinar Series now you can join a webinar for new information from the Small Business Administration:

    Get business continuity tips at a free webinar

    WHAT:          “Preparing for Severe Spring Weather”

    WHEN:          Tuesday, March 15, 2016 from 2-3 p.m. EDT

    HOW:            Space is limited. Register now at http://agil.me/springwxprep

    Hosted by SBA & Agility

    Severe storms, often the form of deadly tornadoes or massive rainfall which leads to flooding, typically causes millions of dollars in property losses across the U.S. each spring.

    Gear up and be Prepared! Gear up and be Prepared!

    There are many inexpensive, efficient steps you can take now to make sure your company, clients and employees are safe in the months to come. Join the U.S. Small Business Administration and Agility Recovery on Tuesday, March 15 at 2 p.m. EDT for a free webinar on best practices for reducing spring weather threats.

    These preparedness tips are based on real-life recovery experiences from business owners. A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

    The SBA has partnered with Agility to offer business continuity strategies through its “PrepareMyBusiness” website. Visit www.preparemybusiness.org to access previous webinars and for additional preparedness tips.

    The SBA provides disaster recovery assistance in the form of low-interest loans to homeowners, renters, private nonprofits and businesses of all sizes. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov/disaster.

    Another great resource is Ready.gov/business

    & read:


  • It Ain't over Yet Folks - be sure you are prepared for Severe Winter Weather

    While it may be in the 80's in Southern California - Winter isn't over yet. It's been below freezing in the East and Midwest, and even Sunny SoCal and Blazing Arizona can expect more cold.

    Our Friends at JK Mechanical created an infographic to help equip people for emergency storm situations. Sever Weather is still likely to occur this Season, so as Weather Ready Nation Ambassadors, we thought this was something our readers may find valuable.

    Extreme Weather Guideline It seems that with each season, there is always some type of weather related emergency happening around the nation and even the world. Whether it’s ice, sleet and snow in the winter, heat waves or wild fires in the summer, flooding in the spring, or hurricanes and tornados in the fall, extreme weather can find us. In each of these situations, it’s important to be prepared for anything. By planning ahead, you can ensure the safety of your friends and family. Extreme Weather Guideline
    It seems that with each season, there is always some type of weather related emergency happening around the nation and even the world. Whether it’s ice, sleet and snow in the winter, heat waves or wild fires in the summer, flooding in the spring, or hurricanes and tornados in the fall, extreme weather can find us. In each of these situations, it’s important to be prepared for anything. By planning ahead, you can ensure the safety of your friends and family.

    While this guide can help you in almost any emergency weather situation, you can see their more detailed Winter Weather Emergency Essentials infographic here. Click the button below to check out our printable checklist for things you need before weather emergencies strike!

  • Wherever you live, you'll dig this.

    See the wide variety of folding and emergency shovels available! See the wide variety of folding and emergency shovels available!

    It doesn't matter where you live, Winter is upon us, and with it comes the risk of getting stuck on the road during inclement weather.

    We, of course, recommend that you keep your car stocked with emergency supplies and spare clothing, but what about getting your car unstuck, or digging down to your tires if you get a flat tire in the ice, snow, or mud?

    Dig this - emergency shovels are small, lightweight, sturdy, and inexpensive... get one for your vehicle today!


  • AAA says GET READY

    Having long offered AAA Emergency Kits and Tools, First Aid Mart is pleased to share some great preparedness tips from AAA.

    Are You Prepared for a Natural Disaster?

    Are you, your family, and your home prepared in the event that a natural disaster strikes? Visit our online Disaster Preparedness Center for safety information, tips on how to help protect your home, and more.


    Natural disasters affect thousands of people every year. It is not enough to simply be aware of what natural disasters are common to your region; you should also be prepared for them to occur. Recognizing potential hazards is key to taking effective steps to preparing to protect yourself and your family.


    Numerous organizations, both public and private, provide additional information and resources to help individuals and families prepare for and recover after a disaster occurs. These are just a few:


    When it comes to your health and safety, you can never be too prepared. Below are additional tools and resources collected to help assist you in times of need.

    AAA Mobile App

    AAA Mobile App

    Get member discounts, maps, gas prices, driving directions, and more on the road.

  • Emergency First Aid & Treatment Guide - Smartphone App

    Emergency First Aid Treatment & Guide - App for Phone or Android! Emergency First Aid Treatment & Guide - App for Phone or Android!

    The Emergency First Aid and Treatment Guide features include: international emergency numbers, current CPR guidelines and steps on what to do. It covers emergencies ranging from choking, to burns and heat exhaustion. This app is .99 cents and available for both Android and Apple devices.

    Click here to get app

  • Ready for Disaster? - Don't forget Fido.

    Include your pets in your family’s preparedness plans

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    Making evacuation plans that include your pet will leave you better prepared to cope with disasters of all kinds.

    Tornadoes, hurricanes, fires, floods and earthquakes — there are few places on Earth that are not vulnerable to one or more natural disasters.

    We’ve learned from countless disasters that people often will put their own lives at risk — and the lives of first responders as well — if there are no options for relocating with their animal companions. Public planning now includes pets, and your own planning should, too. Here are the basics you need to know:

    • Have a plan. Prepare for all possibilities, and make sure everyone in your family knows what to do. Try to figure out now what’s most likely for you and your community, and how you will respond. Where will you go? What will you take? You need to get these answers in advance. Get to know your neighbors, and put a plan in place to help each other out. Find out from local shelters and veterinary organizations — and your family’s own veterinarian — what emergency response plans are in place and how you fit into them in case of a disaster.

    • ID your pets. Many, if not most, animals will survive a disaster. But too many will never see their families again if there’s no way to determine which pet belongs to which family. That’s why pets should always wear a collar and identification tags with your cellphone number and the numbers of a couple of out-of-area contacts. Better still is the additional permanent identification that can’t slip off, such as a tattoo or an embedded microchip.

    • Practice preventive care. Disease follows disaster, which is why keeping a pet as healthy as possible with up-to-date vaccinations is essential. Prepare a file with up-to-date medical records, your pets’ microchip or tattoo numbers, your veterinarian’s phone number and address, feeding and medication instructions, and recent pictures of your animals. Trade copies of emergency files with another pet-loving friend or family member. It’s a good idea for someone else to know about your pet, should anything happen to you.

    • Have restraints ready. Even normally calm pets can freak out under the stress of an emergency, especially if injured. You should be prepared to restrain your pet — for his safety and the safety of others.

    Keep leashes, muzzles and carriers ready for emergencies. The means to transport your pet shouldn’t be something you have to find and pull from the rafters of your garage. Harnesses work better than collars at keeping panicky pets safe. Shipping crates are probably the least-thought-of pieces of emergency equipment for pet owners, but are among the most important. Sturdy crates keep pets safe and give you more options for housing your pets if you have to leave your home.

    PetFirstAidKits• Keep supplies on hand. Keep several days’ worth of pet food and safe drinking water ready to go in the event of a disaster, as well as any necessary medicines. Canned food is better in an emergency, so lay in a couple of cases, and don’t forget to pack a can opener with your emergency supplies. For cats, keep an extra bag of litter on hand. And pack lots of plastic bags for dealing with waste.

    • Learn first aid. Pet-supply stores sell ready-made first-aid kits, or you can put your own together fairly easily with the help of any pet-related first-aid book or website. Keep a first-aid book with your supplies. If you check around in your community, you should be able to find a pet first-aid class to take that will give you the basic knowledge you need.

    • Be prepared to help. You may be lucky enough to survive a disaster nearly untouched, but others in your community won’t be so fortunate. Check out groups that train volunteers for disaster response, and consider going through the training. Disaster-relief workers do everything from distributing food to stranded animals to helping reunite pets with their families, and helping find new homes for those animals who need them. Volunteering in a pinch is not only a good thing to do, it’s also the right thing for anyone who cares about animals and people.
  • Emergency Preparedness and You

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    The possibility of public health emergencies arising in the United States concerns many people in the wake of recent hurricanes, tsunamis, acts of terrorism, and the threat of pandemic influenza. Though some people feel it is impossible to be prepared for unexpected events, the truth is that taking preparedness actions helps people deal with disasters of all sorts much more effectively when they do occur.

    To help, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Red Cross have teamed up to answer common questions and provide step by step guidance you can take now to protect you and your loved ones.

    Step 1Get a Kit

    Step 2Make a Plan

    Step 3Be Informed




    • Healthy State of MindMaintain a Healthy State of Mind
      Tools for coping with disaster for adults, parents, children, students, and seniors.

      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
      Survival Gear: Disaster, Emergency Preparedness, Camping & Survival Supply
      72 Hour Emergency Preparedness Supplies for Earthquake, Hurricane, Tornado, Twister, Nuclear Disasters, Wilderness Survival & More… C.E.R.T. & F.E.M.A.

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