Month: February 2016

Emergency Preparedness

Disaster Preparedness Plan For Family Part 2

Emergency Preparedness Plan For Family

How can you create a worthy disaster kit for your family?

In our previous discussion, we talked about the two essential parts of a disaster kit: food and water.




We learned that stocked food for disasters and other emergency situations should be nutritious, high in calories (for obvious reasons) and can easily be
stored with minimal chance of spoilage.

In today’s blog post, we’re going to continue our exploration of the modern disaster kit by outlining some essential guidelines for storing food and
producing drinkable water during emergencies. (Emergency Preparedness Plan For Family)

How can you keep emergency food fresh and safe?

Sadly, good food was meant by Mother Nature to “go bad” fairly quickly. Luckily, we have more than one option for survival food.

Fresh food will obviously be of limited use during the prolonged aftermath of a disaster, so we’re essentially limited to dried/preserved food and sealed
commercial food products.

Here are some expert tips to keep your food stash edible, clean and most importantly, safe:

1. Emergency food doesn’t have to be placed in a plastic box along with other disaster supplies. You can put them in an elevated shelf where the food will be
relatively cool and far from direct sunlight.

2. Food should never be stored in open containers, plates or bowls. All emergency food should be stored in closed containers such as zip-lock bags and
plastic canisters with tight covers. You can also use glass jars with screwed-on covers (e.g. mason jars of different sizes).

3. Containers such as boxes, foil packs and jars should be opened as neatly and carefully as possible so you can re-close them easily. During a disaster,
exposed food can be a hotbed of bacteria and disease. Keep your food safe! (Disaster Preparedness)

4. Left-over food can be kept safe from contamination by wrapping them tightly in clear plastic. Place these wrapped parcels in plastic containers with lids
or covers.

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3 months supply Freeze Dried Survival Food Kit for Emergency Preparedness

5. Dry food and ingredients such table sugar, salt, nuts and grains should be removed from their foil or plastic packets and transferred to larger and more
durable containers with covers. In the event that you don’t have larger containers, refer to guideline # 3.

6. Basic inspection should be carried out before consuming food from an emergency stash. Use your sight and smell to determine the freshness of food if no
expiration date is indicated.

7. Food in disaster kits should be replaced periodically, preferably every half year. This will ensure that 100% of the food in your disaster kit will be
usable when an actual emergency occurs.




8. Add one bottle of multivitamins to your food stash to ensure that your family will have adequate trace nutrients during a prolonged evacuation or
separation from your home.

9. Rationing food is necessary to prolong scarce food supplies. To prevent fatigue and sickness, each member should have at least one full meal with plenty
of calories every day. Smaller meals may be rationed as activity winds down toward the evening. (Emergency Preparedness Plan For Family)

How can you produce clean, drinking water during an emergency?

During disasters, people use up more energy due to the extra physical activities that need to be carried out (e.g. evacuation, setting up temporary shelters,
etc.) Regular hydration will become an immediate concern as we cannot survive for long without clean, drinkable water.

Below are some basic reminders when attempting to produce clean water:

1. During times of disaster, no single emergency procedure can produce completely clean water.

Keep that in mind when you drink water that’s been disinfected or purified – there’s going to be some bacteria and maybe sediments left in your water. This
is not something to be afraid of but rather, it’s a reality that we should all be prepared to face.

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Water Purifier (3-Litre)

2. If you have access to running water but are unsure if any of existing plumbing has been damaged, you may try boiling water to kill most of the bacteria
that can cause diarrhea and other water-borne illnesses.

Bacteria does not remove solid sediments such as soil from water so if there are visible contaminants, be sure to filter the water with several layers of
cloth before boiling.

3. Another method of purifying water is through distillation. Pour water into a pot and place the cover upside down, with a cup hanging from the handle of
the pot. Evaporated water will eventually distill and drop back into the cup. Larger contaminants will not be able to evaporate along with the water.

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Nano filtration Water Purifier

4. Unscented bleach may also be used to disinfect water if no other purifying method is available. Instructions for water purification using bleach tend to
vary from manual to manual.

The average quantity of bleach needed is about 15 drops for every 1 gallon of water.

Let the bleach perform its work for one hour before inspecting the water. If the water doesn’t smell slightly of bleach, you may have to disinfect again with
half as much bleach for another half hour before you can safely consume the water. (Emergency Preparedness Plan For Family)

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How can you begin preparing your family for different disasters?

 




All types of disasters share the following key characteristics: (1) they can cause mass panic and chaos in affected communities, (2) some disasters can
affect the availability of clean water, gas supply lines and electricity and (3) many disasters are unpredictable and extremely difficult to control,
especially if the disaster is caused by Mother Nature herself. (Disaster Preparedness Plan For Family)

 

With these three undeniable facts in mind, it’s obvious that the most essential step in survival training, if you already have a family, is to prepare each
family member for the onset of different disaster as soon as possible.

In order to be fully prepared, you should consider natural and man made disasters as potential dangers at any point during the year.

Why should you be vigilant about disasters?

The fact of the matter is that disasters tend to strike quickly and without warning; this applies to both natural and man

made disasters. Natural disasters
such as earthquakes and flooding can wipe out whole sections of mega cities easily – that’s how powerful nature is.

To ensure your family’s survival they need to be conditioned to adapt the survival mindset so they will be calm and confident during an actual disaster.

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What is your first line of defense during a disaster?

Your first line of defense during a disaster is your knowledge of disaster preparedness and the emergency supplies, tools and equipment that you’ve prepared
in advance. Disaster supply kits are invaluable during an actual disaster, most especially if you have to evacuate your family to a safer location. (Disaster Preparedness Plan For Family)

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What is a disaster supply kit?

A disaster supply kit isn’t just a box filled with food and water.

It should be a complete survival system that also contains medicine and various survival tools and emergency supplies.

There should ideally be two disaster supply kits: a large, comprehensive one that is closest to your family (at home) and an emergency disaster kit that
should have a permanent place in your family vehicle.(Disaster Preparedness  Plan For Family)

The kit/s at home should contain the most valuable supplies, tools and equipment. You can revise and modify your disaster kit/s whenever you wish.

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contingency kit

The one in the car is a contingency kit that you can use in the event that you are unable to utilize the one at home (e.g. you have no more time to gather
the kit before evacuating). It should also be equipped with essential items such as canned & dried food, water purifying tablets, etc.  (Disaster Preparedness Plan For Family)

What are the most essential items in a disaster kit?

 

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The most important supplies in a disaster kit are food and water.

When you’re stockpiling food for a disaster kit, make sure that the food is familiar, easy to open and consume and sealed. There is no need to buy unfamiliar
food such as military-style rations. (Disaster Preparedness Plan For Family)

The psychological impact of any disaster can be severe so it would help greatly if your family can reach for food they’re familiar with. Just having
something that is familiar can help a distraught family member mentally recover from the trauma of being in the middle of a disaster.

While many people stock canned or boxed food for disasters, you can also explore canning and preserving food for later use. Knowing how to preserve food is
an excellent way to be self-sufficient. Plus, homemade preserved food is more natural and healthier than processed food items!

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What type of food should be kept in a disaster kit?

The type of food store in a disaster kit should be: nutritious, high in calories, easy to consume and can be readily stored again. It can be difficult to
find a variety of food items that have these exact characteristics so just try your best to find food that will sustain your family for at least 10 days.

I’ve met some survivalists who store at least six months worth of food items in their own survival stashes.

Six months worth of food may sound excessive but the key point here is that you’re preparing for uncertain conditions after a disaster. You never know the
conditions of your community after a disaster so having plenty of stored food is a logical choice if you’re preparing for an emergency.

If you are unsure as to how you can go about preparing for a disaster, I highly recommend speaking to your family about it so that you can plan and implement
as a unit. (Disaster Preparedness Plan For Family)

During a disaster, you have to learn to trust and depend on each other so that everyone can stay safe.

It,s not just natural disasters we need to prepare for one of the most dangers threats to society, and life itself, is our fellow humans when you watch the news each day.You see riots, violent, senseless murders, and acts of terrorism, over the past few years, these crimes have become part. Of everyday life, and the only question is….. how long will it take before the riots become too much for the police or army to handle..? A crumbling economy is putting more and more people out of work, which means more and more kids of the “lost generation” are growing up in poverty and when oil prices are hiked up by outside forces,we can no longer afford to travel, work, or even feed ourselves… which creates pure SURVIVAL mode in every single family across America and beyond. Lack of jobs prospects,no education and no food or water sends vigilantes onto the streets….. and from there, you’re on your own, but riots aren’t always triggered by

economic reasons, in recent years, we’ve seen hugely destructive riots in England, US, Argentina, France and many other countries, triggered by racial tensions too. What starts out as a peaceful protest, quickly escalates to full blown street warfare… with thousands of angry kids smashing,looting; stabbing, stealing and terrorizing their fellow neighbors and citizens. As racial tensions continue to rise thanks to the provocative global media,along with socio-economic strain, it’s only a matter of time before we see chaos on our streets and doorsteps once again. And when hundreds of rioters turns to thousands of angry kids on the streets, smashing and grabbing for their own survival, smashing your windows and kicking down your door, and there’s not enough police to come to your rescue, what will you do?. Many people think they’re prepared for the worst, but in this short video, an US Army officer reveals how 7 out of 8 home defense strategies will get KILLED….and  the one strategy you MUST deploy to keep your family alive when angry mobs come  after your possessions, your food, or your loved ones. (Disaster Preparedness Plan For Family)

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Best Survival Backpack Guide Bug out Bag list

Best Survival Backpack Guide Bug out Bag list

THE SURVIVAL SCENARIO

(Best Bug out Bag backpack Guide Bug out Bag list) Almost everyone has an emergency story. It may be a weather-related event, police action, military action, or some type of mechanical failure such as a car breaking down. Joel’s story happened on September 11, 2001, and he recounts it here: At the time I was living in Arlington, Virginia, just a few miles from the Pentagon. The day started out like most other days. I was working in Ashburn, Virginia, which was a 45-minute drive away from the house I shared with three roommates in Arlington. After the Pentagon was attacked, most people in my office decided it was best to head for the door and make their way home. I was no different and made my way back home by about noon. (www.original hunters.com)



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September 11

The few hours after the second tower fell are blurry to me. One of my roommates got home at some point and said that he had heard car bombs were going off in Washington, D.C., and a lot of people were dead. The fog of war had settled in my mind. I can’t remember if we ever made contact with my other roommates because cell service was spotty. At some point my roommate who was home, Mark, and I decided the best move would be to bug out to West Virginia where his parents owned a home. My roommate was shocked when I came downstairs in my full Marine Corps camouflage uniform with what I thought at the time was an ultimate bug out bag, which was really just a mismatch of old military gear. I remember my roommate looking at me and saying, “What are you doing?” I told him that I had put the uniform on in case we hit roadblocks; I might be able to get us through with the uniform on. I know it was a stretch but we didn’t have accurate information on what was going on in the country and anything seemed possible. So with bag in hand, what little food we could grab, and a 9 mm pistol, we headed to West Virginia.(Survival gear Best Bug out Bag list)

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• Pack
• Shelf-stable water
• Water filtering system, purification tables
• Water bladder or plastic or aluminum bottles
• Freeze-dried food or MREs
• Edible plant guide
• Shelf-stable energy bars
• Stormproof matches, ferrocerium rod, cigarette lighter, and/or magnifying glass
• WetFire Tinder Cubes or steel wool
• Stove or camping grill
• Pots and silverware
• Slingshot
• Snares
• Packable fishing pole, lures, and fishing line
• .22 rifle or pellet gun with ammunition
• Multitool
• 550 paracord
• Bivy sack or tarp
• Three- or four-season tent
• Sleeping bag
• Sleeping pad
• Additional clothing
• Bear spray
• Night vision goggles
• Scoped rifle
• Flashlight
• Radio
• Compass
• GPS
• Personal Hygiene and First Aid Kits
• Dental
• Toilet paper or bathing wipes
• Basic first aid kit with some advance capability
• Local currency (small bills)
• Gold and silver coins
• Cigarettes and alcohol
• Bug Out Vehicle

THE ANALYSIS

The point of this story is that Joel was totally unprepared for the situation. Yes, he had a backpack with some MREs and limited gear. Yes, he had a 9mm pistol with maybe two boxes of ammo (one hundred rounds) and whatever food was in the refrigerator. Beyond that, he had nothing. If it would have been a real situation, he would have been a victim of the situation, not a survivor.
After that experience, we immediately started brainstorming on what anyone would need in an emergency bag. How long would it sustain a person? Would it provide food? Would it allow someone to get more food? How would you purify water? What would be the perfect shelter? ( Best Bug out Bag list)

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september 11 survivors

Joel’s emergency situation was due to an attack on the United States but no matter where you live, you must be prepared. The coastlines are vulnerable to hurricanes and typhoons. Inland locations are prone to severe weather and earthquakes. Countries around the world, including the United States, are susceptible to currency devaluation, riots, and civil unrest. The unprepared will grow desperate in these situations and you must be prepared to move out of the affected area or live off the land.

THE TAKEAWAY

The best bug out bag provides the type of insurance money can’t buy. When things go bad and your credit cards and cash will not work, our society, which relies on the 24-hour availability of food, will get ugly fast. There is a saying among survivalists that America is eight meals away from anarchy. Meaning that if people miss more than eight meals in a row (2½ days) things will go south in a hurry and desperate people will do things that no one thought was possible. People will steal and kill for food and clean water. And those who are not able to kill or unwilling to kill will be subject to those who are.

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It’s worth repeating that what is in your head is the most important survival gear you can carry. When thinking about the gear to go into your ultimate bug out bag, make sure you select items you are comfortable using. Build your bag with gear that will work for you and gear that you know how to use. You don’t want the first time you use the gear in your bug out bag to be during a true survival situation.

Your survival bug out bag  pack should be sturdy and durable such as a tactical pack, camping pack, or surplus military pack. For tactical packs, Granite Gear, Mystery Ranch, and Eberle stock are reputable brands. For camping packs, consider REI, The North Face, MSR, Lowepro, Kelty, or Arc’teryx; however, most of the brands you’ll find at quality camping stores will be made to high standards and be suitable for your ultimate bug out bag. Avoid buying packs at a discount chain store unless you cannot afford anything else. If that is the case, closely examine the stitching and material of the pack. Look for double- or triple-stitching in critical stress areas like the shoulder. best bug out bag

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The Ultimate Paracord Survival Kit

As you fill your pack, remember that ounces equal pounds and pounds equal pain. The more you put in the pack, the more you will have to carry. Create a “drop list” of items that are luxuries (i.e., extra shoes, winter coat, snow pants, and miscellaneous gear such as shovels) that you can drop along the way if needed. You should never drop the basics of survival: shelter, fire, water containers and water purification, and food or food-procuring items.
You should design your pack for not only the area you live in but also the area you might have to move to in a survival situation. If you plan to head to a colder, less populated location, your bag should reflect that with cold-weather clothes and survival items for cooler weather. The same is true if you plan to head to a warm climate. Your pack should contain clothes that can deal with the worst weather Mother Nature can throw at you. If you live in south Florida, that might be extensive rain gear. Imagine being outside for 24 hours in the worst weather for your climate. That should be how you plan for the clothes that go into your ultimate bug out bag. (Best Bug out Bag list)



Water
Plan to purify and store water. Water weighs a lot so it might not be practical to store water in your bag prior to an emergency. If you really want to pack some extra water, consider shelf-stable water made by Survivor Industries, but also include water purification methods such as a filter system, purification tablets, or the means to boil water. You will also need bottles and bladders to store water. Much consideration should be given to water because you won’t last long without it, and drinking bad water can be a fatal mistake that might impair you during a critical time.

Food and Fire
People think they will be able to hunt for food in an emergency. The truth is most people are not good hunters or fishermen, and the amount of calories you get from the food you hunt won’t sustain you for long. If you have to err on the side of having too much of one thing, make it food. Food is the Achilles heel of most bug out bags. Pack long-lasting, shelf-stable food such as freeze-dried foods or Meals Ready to Eat (MRE). The downside of freeze-dried food is that you usually have to cook or prepare it with water. The upside of freeze-dried food is that it has a long shelf life (up to twenty years in some cases) and it is light to carry around. The downside to MREs is they only last for three to four years, but the upside is they are ready to eat with little preparation. Either choice will have a much longer shelf life than anything you would find at the grocery store. Also, it’s best plan a three- to four-year rotation system for your food so you don’t get caught with spoiled food when you need it. You will also need some type of pot or pan that you can use with an open flame but that is still light enough to pack and carry. (best bug out bag list)

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