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  • Stuff This! Fun, useful, and inexpensive stocking stuffers!

    What's in your sock?

    Ours is full of fun, useful & inexpensive preparedness!

    From under $1 to about $15 you can build a mini-survival kit out of these great safety items everyone needs!

    Quick links to the featured items… (in stock!)

    … consider adding either the Light Stick - High Intensity (L88A) or make it fun with Theme Bandages or Emergency Underpants
    BAM! You’ve got a 5 to 10 item emergency kit for around $10! Check out all the great UNDER $5 Stocking Stuffer Ideas!


    See our other “On SALE” ideas, too - or check out these great emergency & preparedness items:

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    Disaster Kits

    Survival Kits For Emergency Disaster Preparedness

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    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

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    Survival Tools

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

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    Emergency Heat & Light

    Warmers, Heating, Candles-Flashlights-Lanterns-GlowSticks

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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

    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.

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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

  • Simple Winter and Holiday advice from the Department of Homeland Security

    According to the US flag signifying that this is a United States Federal Government website Official website of the Department of Homeland Security, you should:

    • Stay off the road during and after a winter storm.
    • Keep candles away from flammable materials.
    • Keep an eye on food when cooking.
    • Turn off holiday lights at night.
    • Keep your tree watered, don’t let your holiday tree dry out.
    • Shop securely online over the holidays.

    Other Holiday Safety input:

    Holidays and Drunk DriversPreparing for a Winter Storm and the Holidays WebinarTravelling Safely during the HolidaysHoliday Health and Safety TipsHoliday Travels: Is Your Home Safe While you are Away?

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  • Holiday Candles - Warm Glow or Blazing Inferno?

    Candles... December is the peak time of year for home candle fires. One-third of all candle fires start in the bedroom.  Keep Candles 12 inches away from anything flammable, and consider using flameless candles instead.

     

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  • Safety for the Christmas Parties

    partyHaving a Party?
    Here are some smart TIPS:

    If you plan on hosting a party this holiday season, please read the list of tips provided below for Adults and Drinking at parties.

    1. Limit guests to those you know
    2. Provide food and non-alcoholic beverages for guests
    3. Do not serve Alcohol to Minors (nor allow them to serve alcohol) even if their parents say it is "OK" - it's not.
    4. Arrange transportation or overnight accommodations for guests
    5. Review your insurance policy before the event to ensure proper liability coverage
    6. Stay alert. Always remember your responsibilities as host
    7. Arrange activities that don’t require alcohol
    8. Do not encouraging excessive drinking by guests
    9. Stop serving guests who are visibly intoxicated
    10. Only time will sober guests so either keep them around, or provide them a sober ride - Coffee won't help, it will just give a nice wide-awake drunk.
    11. Read Holidays and Drunk Drivers

    Parents -

    Pediatrician Benjamin D. Hoffman, MD, FAAP, shares AAP child safety tips for holiday gatherings. Whether your family is traveling across the country or opening your home to visitors, the advice in this video will help keep a visit to a children’s hospital off the schedule during holiday festivities this year:

    As the source for American Red Cross First Aid Kits, and Red Cross Gift Ideas, we share a lot of ARC information and tips:

    Here's a timely post from the Red Cross of Eastern Pennsylvania for the Holidays:

    How to Reduce Holiday Stress

    1. Remember to eat healthy. Try to keep a balanced diet and drink lots of water.

    2. Get plenty of rest. With so much to do, it may be difficult to have enough time to rest or get adequate sleep. Giving your body and mind a break can boost your ability to cope with the stress you may be experiencing.

    3. Set priorities. Tackle that to-do list in small steps.

    4. Be patient with yourself and those around you.

    5. Stay connected with family and friends. Everyone is in it together, so ask for help if you need it and help them if you can.

  • Helping Hands First Aid

    Teen-GivingThis awesome holiday story tells the tale of an altruistic teenager and her efforts in the snowy city of Denver.

    Teen delivers first-aid kits to homeless: Jamie Henry decided to make a difference.

    A student from Heritage High School in Littleton, Colorado  spent some time Friday afternoon spreading holiday cheer. After realizing how many less-fortunate people were in need of basic first-aid items.

    She created a non-profit organization called "Helping Hands First Aid." It became an official non-profit in September.

    Jamie handed out 150 first-aid kits to Denver's homeless population on Friday.

    Each kit has chapstick, some hand warmers, some Band Aids, medical tape and a candy cane for the holidays.

    "It fills my heart with happiness just to be able to do this for people," Jamie said.

    Read more @ NBC and If you're interested in donating or volunteering for this non-profit - go to http://helpinghandsfirstaid.org/.

    What can YOU do to make a difference? What can YOU do to make a difference?
  • Pet Safety & Holiday Happiness

    Holidays can be traumatic for furry family members. Travel, guests, schedule disruptions, unusual foods (Stop Uncle Harry! Fluffy doesn't get table scraps!)

    Here are some great ideas for keeps the holidays safe and fund for the four legged family:

    image of pet emergency kit and contents Pet Emergency Kits include special needs for Furry Friends in a Disaster.

    You can help keep pets safe during the holiday season by following the tips below. For other important, timely tips for cold weather protection, traveling with pets and safety issues, as well as behavior guidance, go to www.paw-rescue.org and click the Dog Tips link.

    * Many holiday plants can lead to health problems in dogs and cats. Among the plants to keep out of reach are holly, mistletoe, poinsettias and lilies.

    * Snow globes often contain antifreeze, which is poisonous to pets.

    * Pine needles, when ingested, can puncture holes in a pet's intestine. So keep pet areas clear of pine needles.

    * The extra cords and plugs of holiday lights and other fixtures can look like chew toys to pets. Tape down or cover cords to help avoid shocks, burns or other serious injuries. Unplug lights when you are not home.

    * Anchor Christmas trees to the ceiling with a string to keep it from falling on pets.

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    * Do not let pets drink the holiday tree water. Some may contain fertilizers, and stagnant tree water can harbor bacteria. Check labels for tree water preservatives and artificial snow, and buy only those that are nontoxic. Some folks use screens around trees to block access to electrical cords and gifts.

    Very important: do not put aspirin in the water (some folks do this thinking it will keep the tree or plant more vigorous). If a pet ingests the aspirin-laced water, his health or even life can be at risk.

    * Pets, particularly cats, can be tempted to eat tinsel, which can block the intestines. Hang tinsel high and securely to keep it out of reach of pets.

    * Keep other ornaments out of reach of pets. Ingestion of any ornament, which might look like toys to pets, can result in life-threatening emergencies. Even ornaments made from dried food can lead to ailments. And remember, shards from broken glass ornaments can injure paws, mouths and other parts of the body.

    Pets-t* Put away toys after children open their gifts. Small plastic pieces and rubber balls are common causes of choking and intestinal blockage in dogs. Ingested plastic or cloth toys must often be removed surgically.

    * Avoid toxic decorations. Bubbling lights contain fluid that can be inhaled or ingested, snow sprays and snow flock can cause reactions when inhaled, styrofoam poses a choking hazard, tinsel can cause choking and intestinal obstruction, and water in snow scenes may contain toxic organisms such as Salmonella.

    * Keep candles on high shelves. Use fireplace screens to avoid burns.

    * Hi-tech shooing: A timely product Im not sure Id recommend, but if you have any experience with it, let me know. The StayAway canister from Contech Electronics uses a motion-detection device to sense when a pet approaches some off-limits area (countertop, table-top, candles, fireplace mantel, holiday tree), then activates a burst of compressed air and a one-second warning screech.

    Other low-tech methods: place sticky mats, crunchy aluminum foil or bubblewrap on or around the area ... tie balloons around the area ... put some pennies in empty plastic drink bottles and balance the bottles on the bottom branches of the holiday tree or plant so that theyll noisily tip over if a cat or other pet jumps at or on the tree.

    * Holiday guests and other activity can be very stressful and even frightening to pets. It can also trigger illness and intestinal upset. Make sure pets have a safe place to retreat in your house. And make sure they are wearing current I.D. in case they escape out a door when guests come and go.

    * Reduce stress by keeping feeding and exercise on a regular schedule.

    * Always make time to care for your pets. Some folks get lax about walking their dogs, and a few resort to letting pets out on their own. This puts the animal in danger, while also leading to nuisance complaints and dog bite incidents. Remind pet owners not to take a holiday from responsibly caring for their pets.

    * When pets are stressed by holiday activity or during travel, they may require more water. Dogs typically pant more when they feel stressed. Keep fresh water available for them to drink.

    * Rescue Remedy, a Bach flower essence available in most health food stores, is a natural stress reliever that many folks keep on hand at home and in travel kits. It can often help both people and animals recover from injury, fright, illness, travel fatigue, chocolate ingestion and irritation. Put a few drops in the dog’s water bowl or portable water container. For stressed or injured animals, rub a drop on their ear or put a drop on the towel in their crate or carrier. Flower essences are free of harmful effects and can be used along with conventional medicines. Another safe, nontoxic Rescue Remedy-like product is Animal Emergency Trauma Solution, available from www.greenhopeessences.com, where you can also get Flee Free to combat fleas nontoxically. Other flower essence sources include anaflora.com and perelandra-ltd.com.

    * Do not let guests feed your pets human food. There are many holiday foods, including fatty meats, gravies, poultry skin, bones, chocolate and alcohol, that can cause illnesses from vomiting and diarrhea to highly serious pancreatitis and other toxic reactions. In addition, candy wrappers, aluminum foil pieces and ribbons can choke pets.

    * Keep pets away from gift packages as well as your gift wrapping area. Ingested string, plastic, cloth and even wrapping paper can lead to intestinal blockage and require surgical removal. And pets have been severely injured by scissors and other items left on floors and tables.

    * Keep pets away from the garbage. Use pet-proof containers.

    * If you suspect that your pet has eaten something toxic, call your veterinarian and/or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center's 24-hour emergency hotline at 1-888-4-ANI-HELP.

    * If your pet ingests glass, broken plastic, staples orother small, sharp objects, call your veterinarian.
    In the meantime, you can give your dog supplemental fiber in the form of whole wheat or other high-fiber bread, canned pumpkin or Metamucil, any of which can help bulk up the stools the help the foreigh material pass through the dogs digestive system. Dosages depend on the size of the dog. For Metamusil, try a teaspoon for a small dog, a tablespoon for a big dog. For pumpkin, feed one-quarter to two-thirds of a cup. Some folks recommend feeding the dog cotton balls to help pass the foreign objects, but others in the veterinary field caution against this since cotton balls can compound the problem.

    * By the way, now is a good time to double-check smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and other safety devices and replace batteries. Safety, of course, is the key reason -- but here's another good reason. When batteries run low, the devices often emit alert or alarm sounds at frequencies that can be painful and frightening to many pets. If you're not home when the alert/alarm sounds, your animals will have to endure that sound until you return, which can be traumatic. So always keep fresh batteries in those devices.

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    Related Articles:

    Holiday Stress Reducers (including Greeting Guests, Stress-Busting Strategies, and Travel Stress Savers)
    http://www.paw-rescue.org/PAW/PETTIPS/DogTip_HolidayStress.php

    Safety
    http://www.paw-rescue.org/PAW/PETTIPS/DogTip_HouseholdSafety.php
    http://www.paw-rescue.org/PAW/PETTIPS/DogTip_FoodAndKitchenSafety.php
    http://www.aspca.org/site/FrameSet?style=User&url=http://www.aspca.org/toxicplants/M01947.htm

    Helping Dogs Cope with Visitors to Your Home
    http://www.paw-rescue.org/PAW/PETTIPS/DogTip_copewithvisitors.php

    Preventing Escapes
    http://www.paw-rescue.org/PAW/PETTIPS/DogTip_HowtoPreventEscapes.php
    http://www.paw-rescue.org/PAW/PETTIPS/DogTip_EscapeArtist.php

    Car and Travel Tips
    http://www.paw-rescue.org/PAW/PETTIPS/DogTip_CarSafety.php
    http://www.paw-rescue.org/PAW/PETTIPS/DogTip_Travel.php

    Petsitters and Boarding Kennels
    http://www.paw-rescue.org/PAW/PETTIPS/DogTip_Petsitter.php

    First Aid Kit and Guidance
    http://www.paw-rescue.org/PAW/PETTIPS/DogTip_FirstAid.php

    Cotton Ball Remedy for Ingested Glass
    http://www.paw-rescue.org/PAW/PETTIPS/DogTip_CottonBallRemedy.html

    CPR and Mouth-to-Snout Resuscitation
    http://members.aol.com/henryhbk/acpr.html
    http://www.rescuecritters.com/cpr.html

    Animal Hospital Locator
    http://www.healthypet.com/hospital_search.aspx

    Information courtesy of

    Partnership for Animal Welfare, Inc.
    P.O. Box 1074, Greenbelt, MD 20768

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    Robin Tierney
    Volunteer
    Partnership for Animal Welfare
    www.paw-rescue.org

  • Holiday Shopping Safety: Plan for safe shopping before Black Friday Madness

    The Holidays are creeping up fast, retailers have their decorations out, people are planning holiday menus, guest lists, travel plans and more... Black Friday is coming and what used to be a day to get out with friends and family (and avoid the ball games) has become a commercial frenzy with mass retailers vying for attention and working the shopping masses into a frenzy.

    Shopping on a day like Black Friday can be dangerous. From crowds and crushing, to pickpockets and theft. Lost children, and injuries... does this stop people from lining up and waiting to be first into the stores for the "Black Friday Deals"? Nope.

    While we (of course) recommend you start shopping for the even better deals available online now. undoubtedly many of our readers will be venturing forth on Black Friday, through the weekend, and maybe hitting the online stores on Cyber Monday. If you are dead-set on exposing yourself to the dangers of Black Friday Shopping, at least plan and do it safely. Here's a nice video on shopping safety we though we would share:

    Holiday Gift Packs... Great ideas for Home, Family, Sports, Drivers, Winter and more! Safe and caring gifts - Isn't it nice to give a practical present rather than some nonsense that will just get stuck in the closet?

    Stocking Stuffers... Need that $5 gift for the company gift exchange or secret santa? How about some fun gifts for kids or "never grow up" adults? Check out our Fun Bandages.

  • Holiday Travel Checklist

    Planning for a trip - on your own, with a group, or with you Family is a lot like playing Santa - you need to make a list, and check it twice (at least!)

    Clearly, you need to plan toiletries, clothing, and all that jazz. If you are visiting friends and family, you have to pack those gifts (small, we hope!) But what about the things one needs to assure comfort, safety, and security while travelling?

    “Prepare for takeoff” is more than a phrase. It’s a call for action for everyone to contribute to travel safety. Whether local or abroad, traveling can be an exciting experience but do you know how to prepare for unexpected difficulties while away from home?

    Travel Emergency Kits - Is Yours Packed? Travel Emergency Kits - Is Yours Packed?

    Safety begins before you go! The U.S. Department of State offers important tips to help you get ready for takeoff:

    • Learn as much as you can about the local laws, customs and risks of the area you plan to visit. Know the emergency plans of the hotel or community where you will be staying;
    • Bring travelers checks and no more than two credit cards instead of cash;
    • Put your name, address and telephone numbers inside and outside of each piece of luggage. Use covered luggage tags to avoid causal observation of your identity.  If possible, lock your luggage; and
    • Pack an extra set of passport photos along with a photocopy of your passport’s information page to make replacement of your passport easier if it’s lost or stolen. If you are travelling with others, put copies of one another's ID, credit cards, and other important documents (front and back) in each others suitcases. Why? If one of you has your luggage lost, the other will have copies of your vital info.
    • Other suggested reading: Health Information for International Travel, Road Trip in Winter - Travel Safety
  • Sending Holiday Cards? Business Mail? Know what's going on with the US Post this Holiday...

    Check out holiday mailing options from the U.S. Postal Service, including information on:

  • Holiday Weekend Safety

    Holiday Weekends are notoriously more Dangerous on the Road. More drivers have been drinking during the day before driving, people are distracted, texting, looking for unfamiliar meeting points, you name it - Holidays and Driving means higher risk of accident, injury and even death,

    USPSThe thousands of Postal Service employees who have individually driven more than a million, accident-free miles are delivering safety tips to Americans hitting the road this Memorial Day weekend.

    • Drive defensively — expect the unexpected.
    • Maintain a safe distance of one car length for every 10 mph between you and the car in front of you.
    • Be courteous, use turn signals and obey all laws.
    • Keep your options open — have a “what to do if I’m cut off” strategy.
    • Turn off mobile devices when driving — no cell phones or texting.

    How do they do it?

    “Safe driving is no accident,” said U.S. Postal Service Safety and Health Director Linda DeCarlo. “The safety of our employees is our top priority, and we are proud our comprehensive safe driver training program is second to none.”

    According to the National Safety Council, more than 9,300 Postal Service employees have achieved a distinction most people never approach in their lifetimes — driving more than a million, accident-free miles. No other business comes close.

    The nation’s 31,000 plus Post Offices are linked by nearly 214,000 vehicles — the world’s largest civilian fleet. More than 300,000 letter carriers and truck drivers log more than 1.2 billion miles annually when delivering to America’s 151.5 million addresses.

    Since 2005, 9,385 Postal Service professionals have each driven more than a million miles without a single accident. Reaching this pinnacle requires a safe attitude that entails driving 1 million miles or 30 years without a preventable incident.

    Tips from a few Million Milers

    • For Orchard Park, NY, City Carrier Nancy Pillard, with almost 34 years on the job, safety starts before she even takes to the streets. “I make sure my vehicle is in complete operative condition every day,” she said. “I identify and report repair work for lights, tires, wipers and mirrors, and I then make sure that the repairs are done ASAP.”
    • Akron, OH, Five Points Station Letter Carrier Pat Betts has driven nearly 35 years without a motor vehicle accident. “I’ve learned to slow down with my driving as I have senior citizens on my route and businesses that generate a lot of traffic,” said Betts. “I use my turn signals — even in parking lots which are inherently unsafe.”
    • Orchard Park, NY Letter Carrier Ron Reukauf started his postal career in 1978, but also has a few years of personal driving under his seat belt. More than 40 years of driving experience has provided him with some sound practices and wisdom. “I’ve found myself adopting three theories on safety which have helped me so far,” said Reukauf. “They are: ‘Expect the unexpected;’ ‘Any distraction can put you in traction;’ and ‘Safety first, never last. Have a future, not a past.”
    • Norway, SC, Rural Carrier, Dwain Fogle has driven 33 years with a perfect driving safety record — just like his father. Bryan Fogle, Dwain’s dad, delivered mail in Neeses and Orangeburg, SC, during his 41-year career. He earned the award before retiring in 1998. Dwain delivers to 452 mail boxes along 92.5 miles of highway and 35 miles of dirt roads in his right-hand drive jeep. Dwain credits his dad with teaching him to be respectful of others. “I was taught as a child to be courteous. I think being courteous to each other is the main thing when you’re on the road,” he said.

    Postal Service Million Mile drivers can be found in virtually every state. Media interested in conducting interviews should contact Postal Service media representatives at this link.  

    Safe Driving Habits Start With Good Training
    Driving for the Postal Service is a privilege. All drivers must demonstrate safe-driving practices throughout their careers. Behind-the-wheel job candidates undergo a rigorous screening, training and certification process to earn credentials to operate a right-hand drive postal vehicle.

    After a review of state driving records, candidates undergo a thorough medical examination and an extensive interview process. They then take a web-based 4-hour defensive driving training course, followed by a 1-hour defensive driving debrief conducted by driver safety instructors who reinforce key safe-driving topics covered in the web-based course.

    Candidates then become familiar with the vehicle through behind-the-wheel training on a mock driving course. The skills course acclimates candidates to driving postal vehicles under various conditions on an ‘off-road’ course that simulates street conditions. Their performance is evaluated on a final drive prior to becoming certified to operate Postal Service vehicles.

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