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  • FEMA National Youth Preparedness Council

    FEMA is looking for applicants to their National Youth Preparedness Council. If FEMA isn't your thing, consider joining other organizations (like the Red Cross) or even starting your own preparedness coalitionYou’ll get emergency preparedness training and build your leadership skills. 

    To help you with the latter, here's a link to another article on building preparedness teams and a link to our Neighborhood Emergency Plan.

    Here's the announcement from FEMA: 

    Are you a 12- to 17-year old who makes a difference in your community’s disaster preparedness? Do you know someone who fits that description?

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is looking for youth leaders who are dedicated to public service, who are making a difference in their communities, and who want to expand their impact as national advocates for youth disaster preparedness.

    Nominations must be received by April 19, 2013 11:59 p.m. EDT.

    You can apply on your own or you can be nominated by a friend, family member, or someone else who knows about your emergency preparedness activities.

    Click here to read more and to download the application.

  • Lessons Learned, Volume 1: Natalie Survived the Northeast Blackout of 2003

    This post is part of a series showcasing real-life survival stories. 'Lessons Learned' is a way for individuals and families to share what they learned from living through a disaster. To read all Lessons Learned stories, click here. To submit your own story, click here.

    The Northeast Blackout of 2003 affected 45 million people, including my family. The blackout started on August 14. I was 13 at the time, with a 10-year old sister, 3-year old brother, and two older brothers who were 15 and 18. My younger sister had a blast swimming in our neighbor’s pool during this time, but I didn’t dare get in because I didn’t want to be covered in chlorine for days. As a pre-teen girl, the idea of not taking a shower for four days was mortifying. There was one day when it poured rain so hard that I was actually able to get in my bathing suit and take a quick shower in the rain.

    During the day we felt like we were roasting and wished we had something like a solar generator to power a simple fan. The nights were alright because it gave us a chance to cool off, but scary because everything was pitch black. Fortunately, my mother was prepared ahead of time with emergency candles, 72 hour kits, and a supply of food storage and water. The biggest thing we should have done differently is having moist wipes like the Ready Bath Basics, and a portable toilet. Luckily, our neighbors let us use their pool water to flush our toilet. We wished we had more water because we went through it so quickly. Many food storage products require water to prepare them, which is something we did not consider fully when deciding how much water to store.

    Natalie Haight


    Thanks Natalie, for sharing your survival story. You did a great job of pointing out essential items to have in an emergency.

    Luckily Natalie’s family could stay in their home and were able to survive with their emergency kit that included water, food, and lighting. Fellow preppers, storing water should be a priority for you and your family.

    Here are a couple lessons we gleaned from Natalie's story:

    • Store enough to have at least 1 gallon per person per day for 14 days. Store more to make bathing and toilet flushing more than a luxury. Click here to see Emergency Essentials’ water storage options.
    • Consider how you might keep your family cool if you’re struggling to survive hot summer weather. You might open all the doors and windows to create ventilation, but do you have netting to keep out insects? Click here to explore various survival scenarios.
    • Have a swimming pool.*

    What did you learn from Natalie’s survival story?


    *Tee hee hee. Juuust kidding.

  • Introducing "Lessons Learned"

    Hey there, fellow preppers!

    Have you survived a disaster? Were you prepared in advance to face it, or is that disaster what got you thinking about emergency preparedness?

    At Emergency Essentials, we strongly believe in our mission to help others prepare. One of the ways we do that is by providing education through our Preparedness Pantry blog, Be Prepared Forum, Insight Articles, and Emergency Essentials Prep School.

    We can all learn from each other, and we would love for you to join us in educating others about emergency and disaster preparedness. If you have lived through a disaster, whether natural, economic, or man-made, you can click here to submit your story. We might just feature it as part of our new Lessons Learned series!

    The first featured story will be posted later today--so check back soon. And send us your survival story!

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