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  • Severe Spring Weather Safety

    BE PREPARED FOR SPRING & SUMMER NATURAL CATASTROPHES

    Spring and Summer are certainly two joyous seasons. From the perfume of fresh flowers blooming & the symphony of birds chirping, to the scent of sunblock & sand between your toes... Although, most do not consider that natural catastrophes such as severe weather, floods, extreme heat, and wildfires are very likely during Spring and Summer! Resolve to be ready by taking a moment to read the tips below. Share this and encourage your family and friends to prepare throughout the year for all weather hazards during spring and summer 2018.

    GENERAL SEASONAL PREPAREDNES TIPS

    Make a family emergency communication plan and include pets. Identify an out of town emergency contact to coordinate information with family/friends. Check on neighbors. Keep an emergency kit wherever you spend time: home, car, work, etc. Download the FEMA App and set up local alerts. Listen to local officials by radio, TV, or social media and take action. Practice your preparedness plans with a drill or exercise. Take a first aid class so you can help until first responders arrive. Learn more! Read our Disaster & Survival Forum and remember power outages are the most common emergency. (Why? Because almost all other emergencies cause power outages).

    SPRING PREPAREDNESS TIPS

    Severe Weather

    Severe weather has the potential to cause damage, social disruption, and even loss of life. Severe weather during spring includes flooding, tornadoes, tropical cyclones, severe & supercell thunderstorms, hail, and even hurricanes! Plan ahead of seasonal severe weather phenomena by identifying a safe emergency shelter location. Stock emergency shelter and sleeping supplies, from blankets and tarps to ponchos and body warmers. If ordered to evacuate, take action immediately. Know the route and plan where to go.

    Flood

    Never drive or walk through flooded streets; Turn Around, Don’t Drown. Check your flood insurance policies to ensure you have enough coverage. Keep an automotive emergency kit in your vehicle so that one is available when disaster strikes.

    Rain Ponchos

    Keep dry during rainfall or a storm to prevent sickness. Our adult and child rain ponchos are about wallet-size when folded, yet when opened, are large enough to adequately cover the body to protect against the elements.

    SUMMER PREPAREDNESS TIPS

    Extreme Heat

    Extreme heat can be deadly. Stay inside where it is cool. Wear cool clothes and change activities to stay safe. Never leave children or pets in a car. Stock a Mylar solar sleeping bag / blanket, which can be used as a heat shield. Practice heat safety wherever you are. Stay hydrated and take breaks if you are at a job site. Check up on the elderly, sick, and those without AC. Never leave kids or pets unattended in a vehicle. Limit strenuous outdoor activities.

    Wildfire Safety

    Report a wildfire if you see one; you may be the first to see it.
    Wildfires can kill. If ordered to evacuate, know the route and plan where to go. Stock up evacuation & fire supplies at home.

    Children & Youth + Back to School

    Ensure children are included in preparedness conversations.
    Know the emergency plan for your child’s school, college, or child care facility.
    Practice evacuation plans and other emergency procedures with children on a regular basis.
    Make sure children have emergency contacts memorized or written down in a secure place. Purchase your child a kids first aid kit.


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    Food & Water

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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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    Disaster Supplies for Pets

    Disaster Emergency Kits for Dogs and Cats + Survival Food

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  • Snow?

    weather conditionsWhile most of the country is out camping, hiking, at the beach, or playing Spring Sports, it is still winter-like weather in parts of the country.

    According to Colorado Public Radio and the Weather Service, Colorado height received 4 Feet of snow In some places and have issued Avalanche Warnings For Mountains this past weekend.

    Be Weather Ready, Spring can be Surprising!

    Be sure you have your poncho ready, keep that winter preparedness gear in your car if you are anywhere above sea level, and throw in the sunblock as well!

    Spring hazards include:

    • Severe Weather/Tornadoes
    • Floods
    • Lightning
    • Tsunamis
    • Rip Currents/Beach Hazards
    • Heat
  • Chill Out for Spring Sports

    Spring-Sports-5Today is the first day of Spring, and many are heading our for sports and other outdoor activities.

    Whether your thing is team sports, individual exercise or simple aerobic activity like hiking or walking - get out there and be healthy thing Spring.

    Remember, though to have your first aid supplies handy. From simple cuts, scrapes and bruises, to sunburn and insect bites to sprains, strains and fractures - Spring sports and activities mean colliding with the earth and it is bigger than any of us, so minor injuries will occur.

    Read Ten important items for outdoor first-aid kit and:

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  • A "Must-Have" for Spring

    ponchoWhat's the single most important item you can stock for Springtime? A PONCHO – for as low as 74¢, you’ve got an emergency shelter, cover, wrap, all-in-one wet-weather solution!

    Keeping dry during rainfall or a storm is important, not only because wearing wet clothing is irritating, but because it can lead to sickness. Our adult and child rain ponchos are about wallet-size when folded so that they can be easily stored or carried, yet when opened, are large enough to adequately cover the body to protect against the elements.

    Keep them in your desk, car, carry bag, at home, and always leave a few in your suitcases so you don’t forget to pack some for the next trip!

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  • $1.01 Cure for Spring Colds

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    Best Cure for a Spring Cold?

    Don't get one.

    These handy things are so inexpensive and small you can keep one in your desk, one in your briefcase, one in your  backpack, one in your  glove compartment of your car, one in your first aid kit and a half dozen in the kitchen junk drawer! Take along to every outdoor event this Spring, too.

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  • Spring

    An Unpredictable Spring

    Spring came in like a lion and brought with it unpredictable weather. From strong storms to flooding, tornadoes, and wildfires, this spring has packed a punch. Because spring weather can be so unpredictable, it’s a smart idea to be prepared now.

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    “In the spring I have counted one hundred and thirty-six kinds of weather inside of four and twenty hours.” – Mark Twain

    While spring officially sprung in late March, it’s only been in the last few weeks that we’ve seen the characteristically unpredictable weather that ushers in the fun-in-the-sun summer. During spring, temperatures can swing back and forth between balmy (high 80s in Georgia this week) and frigid (in the 40s in Wyoming). Sunny days may be followed by a week of stormy weather; sometimes extreme weather changes can occur even within the same day.

    Below are the most common types of severe spring weather:

    • Be Ready for Tornadoes InfographicThunderstorms cause most of the severe spring weather. They can bring lightning, tornadoes and flooding. Whenever warm, moist air collides with cool, dry air, thunderstorms can occur. For much of the world, this happens in spring and summer.
    • Tornadoes, often called twisters, are rapidly rotating columns of air that are connected to both the ground and the cloud.  Tornado Alley – the Great Plains region of the United States – is most active this time of year.  Already in 2014, there have been more than 30 deaths due to tornadoes.
    • Flooding, which is most common in and near mountainous areas due to snow melt, is another condition of spring.  As are mudslides, like the one in Oso, Washington, in late March.  Mudslides happen when heavy rainfall, snowmelt, or high amounts of ground water cause soil to be uprooted.
    • Wildfires are most common in the Western United States and wildfire season usually starts in May and runs through August.  According to the National Interagency Fire Center, this year’s wildfire season could be dangerous.

    Because spring weather can be so unpredictable, you may be unprepared when severe weather hits—especially if you live in a region that does not often experience these types of events. And when severe weather hits unexpectedly, the risk of injury and death increases. So planning ahead makes sense; prepare for storms, floods, and tornadoes as if you know in advance they are coming, because in the spring, they very likely will.

    Advance planning for thunderstorms, lightning, tornadoes and floods requires specific safety precautions. Still, you can follow many of the same steps for all extreme weather events. You should have on hand:

    • A battery-operated flashlight, a battery-operated NOAA Weather Radio, and extra batteries for both
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    • An emergency evacuation plan, including a map of your home and, for every type of severe weather emergency, routes to safety from each room
    • A list of important personal information, including
      • telephone numbers of neighbors, family and friends
      • insurance and property information
      • telephone numbers of utility companies
      • medical information
    • A first aid kit may include:
      • Camping-First-Aidnon-latex gloves
      • assortment of adhesive bandages
      • antibiotic ointment
      • sterile gauze pads in assorted sizes
      • absorbent compress dressings
      • tweezers
      • scissors
      • adhesive cloth tape
      • aspirin packets (81 mg each)
      • First aid instruction booklet
    • A 3–5 day supply of bottled water and nonperishable food
    • Personal hygiene items
    • Blankets or sleeping bags
    • An emergency kit in your car

    Remember to help prepare your family members and neighbors for the possibility of severe weather too. Tell them where they can find appropriate shelter as soon as they are aware of an approaching storm. Make sure to run through your emergency plans for every type of severe weather. Show family members where emergency supplies are stored, and make sure they know how to turn off the water, gas, and electricity in your home.

    Unfortunately, few of us get much advance notice of a severe weather event. Often times when we become aware of an approaching storm, we have little time to prepare for it.  But, we know what season it is, and even if this spring doesn’t bring any severe weather to your area, being prepared can help you at any time of the year.

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