Monthly Archives: July 2013

  • Alternative Transportation: Bug Out Vehicle

    Looking for a great Bug out Vehicle idea?

    To go along with our post on last mile transportation vehicles, we wanted to share a DIY Bug out vehicle that our customer Kevin White created. If you are interested in using alternative transportation in case of an emergency, you might want to check out what he did.

    Using his 2006 Police Electra-Glide motorcycle, Kevin and his wife, Debbie, attached a trailer hitch for a 42”x 48” trailer that held all of their camping gear “to cover heat, light, shelter, food, water, cooking, sleeping, and clothing for a period of at least four days for two people.”

    In order to lighten the load and remove the need for refrigeration, Kevin and Debbie brought along freeze dried foods purchased at Emergency Essentials® and reviewed a couple of our products while they were at it. Kevin’s take on motorcycles as bug out vehicles is that “they are great if there is not mud or icy conditions” (weather is something to keep in mind if you’re considering pulling a trailer with your motorcycle).

    Here are all the items that Kevin and Debbie brought along on their trip using their trailer.

    kevin white vehicle

    And here is a list of everything they brought along with them:

    battery operated fan
    1 13'x9' tent
    1 Queen-size double-chamber air bed
    1 battery/12 volt rechargeable air pump
    2 sleeping bags
    2 pillows
    2 single burner propane stoves
    1 bottle (1 pound size) propane
    1 set of cookware( pot and frying pan)
    1 10 cup percolator
    1 full set cooking utensils
    2 lanterns (battery operated, one with hand crank)
    2 flashlights
    1 can of insect repellent
    1 camera
    1 set extra batteries for all equipment
    Food for 2 for 4 days ( spaghetti, sauce, taco seasoning,FD sausage crumbles, whole egg powder, ground beef, salsa, tortilla shells, coffee, sugar, creamer, cranberry juice, pop, water, cheese, salt, pepper, lettuce, tomatoes and prob some stuff I have forgotten
    1 ice chest
    1 mallet
    Silicone waterproofing spray
    150' rope
    Bungee cords
    2 camp chairs
    1 extended length lighter to light stoves
    3 plastic containers with lids for rehydrating foods
    3 coffee cups
    1 multi-port cell phone charger that plugs into charge port on bike
    Dish soap, dish rag, paper towels, styrofoam plates, plasticware, febreeze spray
    Extra clothing: jeans, socks, shirts etc.

    What do you think? Do you have a motorcycle? Would you ever consider one as a viable option in an emergency? Chime in via the comments.


    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: transportation, alternative transportation, Customer Reviews, Emergency plan

  • The Wisdom of Food Storage

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    America is the land of plenty; a place of security and shelter for its citizens. Would we ever really need to use food storage here? This is a thought-provoking question. Research has shown that the average American household has less than a week’s supply of food on hand. This is also the case with the average American supermarket. Without being paranoid or panicked, there are many valid reasons to put extra food away. We are all somewhat vulnerable to events beyond our control. But most situations are probably closer to home: loss of power, unexpected or unplanned interruptions of life such as unemployment, loss of income due to illness or injury, or high medical bills due to an accident. Food storage is a form of insurance protecting your family from the unexpected.

    A Wise Investment

    Food storage becomes a wise investment in future stability and an even wiser investment if you practice storing what you use and using what you store. Making food storage a life-style rather than a make-do will help you maintain your investment. Food storage that matches your family’s lifestyle is food that more likely will be used. Using and rotating your Freeze Dried Foods and Dehydrated Foods on a regular basis maintains the original investment and prevents it from being wasted.

    The Basics

    It is recommended to always start your food storage program by storing the basics. Grains, legumes, dry milk, sugar, salt, oil, and garden seeds have come to be known as the "basics." Do not underestimate the power these foods have, as they have been shown throughout history to sustain life. It is important to know how to prepare and use the basics, especially ways that your family will enjoy. If you are familiar with the food you have stored, you will be better prepared to use it during times of emergency.

    Beside the Year Supply of Basics, we offer various year supply units. These year supply units vary from just over 1100 calories per day to 1800 calories per day. If a person has a year supply of wheat on hand it would be an additional 1374 calories per day. If a person had a complete year supply of basics it would add 2000 calories a day more. It is easy to see the value of storing basics and the variety of fruits, vegetables, and mixes as found in our prepackaged year supply units.

    Confidence and Security

    Having your food storage can help you have a greater degree of confidence and security. It is important to do your best to prepare your family to be able to eat no matter what happens to the national economy or your job in particular. This confidence in times of crisis can be a most precious commodity. An adequate food supply for your family is a major part of economic security, and possibly the key to survival.

    Self-Reliance and Interdependence

    Food storage helps you become self-reliant as in the case of the first three days of an emergency or providing for your family when you lose your employment. It also helps you to be interdependent with others as you share during a crisis. Communities weather storms best when they share and work together. With food storage you are better prepared to endure times of adversity without becoming dependent upon the government. Your family’s way of life may be preserved with proper preparation. Self-reliance is often contingent upon a willingness to work. Work can become a source of happiness, and self-esteem, as well as prosperity. Storing, using and knowing how to produce and prepare food and other items that are essential for life create security and stability for you and your family. If a disaster does occur, and you were forced to temporarily change your normal life style, you could do so with minimum discomfort.

    Relief Organizations

    Some people are apathetic about preparedness, often because they aren’t sure what to do or where to begin. They may become overwhelmed at the prospect of a crisis and the responsibility of self-reliance and become discouraged before they begin. Others are frustrated by contradictory advice, not sure whose ideas to follow. Still others do nothing, figuring that if trouble comes, an emergency disaster organization will rush to their rescue. A common misconception that can be refuted is that the government will immediately come to the rescue. Federal and state organizations perform marvelous service, but when a large population is relying solely upon them, it is virtually impossible to provide for specific or individual needs of everyone. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) advises, "If a disaster threatens your community, local government and disaster-relief organizations will try to help you. But you need to be prepared as well. Local officials may be overwhelmed after a major disaster, and emergency response personnel may not be able to reach you right away. What you do to prepare can make a difference."

    Most local relief organizations will take approximately three days (72 hours) to get back on their feet to be able to help you. An emergency kit is a big step in the right direction. Doing your part by having food, water, and supplies for three days will help alleviate the pressure on relief agencies as well as minimize your own discomfort.

    Preparedness is everyone's job. Not just government agencies, but all sectors of society--service providers, businesses, civic and volunteer groups, industry associations and neighborhood associations, as well as every individual citizen--should plan ahead for disasters.

    Being prepared for the unexpected is wise. It provides confidence knowing your family is better prepared to be safe and secure. Families who are prepared can reduce fear, inconvenience, and losses that surround a family crisis or a natural disaster.

    Posted In: Food Storage, Insight

  • Alternative Transportation: Last Mile Transport Vehicles


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    Getting stuck in traffic during an emergency evacuation can potentially become a life or death situation (if anyone has seen the movie, Deep Impact, visualize that congested highway scene at the very end . . .). So, when you plan your emergency evacuation plan, you may want to consider a couple modes of alternate transportation in case the roadways are blocked.

    The guys at Gizmag suggest that research on current road infrastructures indicates that our roads cannot accommodate everyone driving full-sized cars. This is because as populations increase, and developing nations grow, more people are able to purchase full-sized cars. More people with full-sized cars=more traffic on the road.

    Since expanding roadways costs a lot of money and a lot of time, some companies are turning to alternative brands of transportation—referred to as last mile transport vehicles—to decrease congestion on the roads. Major car companies are also creating concept cars with additional space to include a last mile transport vehicle inside. So, if you are in traffic you can just pop out your last mile transport vehicle from your trunk and weave through the cars to get to work.

    But what are these last mile transport vehicles like?

    The Yikebike –this 25.4 pound miniature electric bike can travel 9.3 miles at 15 mph per charge.  Simply fold it up and store it in your trunk or carry it with you as you evacuate. Check out this video to see the Yike Bike in action:

    The Zeit Eco Electric Scooter—traveling at 15 mph, this scooter has an aluminum frame with a side pocket for storage. According to its creators, “the 250 - 350 W brushless geared hub motor gets its power from a 350 Wh LiFePO4 battery.” The battery can be charged from a home outlet!

    Gizmag also highlights some futuristic evacuation vehicles that scientists and automobile companies are currently developing. Check out these articles on Electro Hydrodynamic Thrusts that could one day become a silent airplane. Also take a look at the completely impractical (but kind of awesome) Off Road Limo and Diablo jeep.

    To see more developing last mile transport vehicles check out this article:

    And before you get your last mile transport vehicle, learn how to make an emergency car kit to keep yourself safe and prepared while on the road.


    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: emergency evacuation, transportation, alternative transportation, Emergency plan

  • Delicious and Easy Camping Meals

    If you're planning a weekend campout or a large family reunion, how about pulling out some of your food storage and giving your camp meals a delicious new twist? Food storage may not currently be on your list of things to bring to the great outdoors, but it should be a part of every camp cook's list—if not for its convenience, for two other reasons: learning to use your food storage, and rotating it.


    Better camp meals isn't the only benefit from using food storage on camping trips. Your food storage should be rotated on a regular basis to maintain freshness and to familiarize your family with the foods you store. It is often difficult to wait until an emergency or a time when your family must eat food storage, to introduce them to it.

    Some of the common hassles of camp cooking include lack of refrigeration, excessive weight (in packing the food), and the lack of a full functioning kitchen for cooking multiple foods at a time and having measuring equipment handy. Most of these inconveniences can be lessened or solved all together by using some of the dehydrated foods frequently found in food storage.

    Here are four ways food storage makes camp cooking more convenient:

    No refrigeration required.
    If you're tired of constantly worrying about coolers having enough ice in them and keeping your food at safe temperatures, you'll love using dehydrated foods. Dehydrated foods—even things like butter, shortening, vegetables, meats, fruits, and even textured vegetable protein (TVP)—do not require refrigeration before reconstitution. Camp meals can be delicious—and you can leave your cooler at home.

    Make-ahead/ just-add-water mixes.
    Imagine not having to worry about chopping vegetables, measuring spices or leaving a main ingredient 50 miles away at home. Dehydrated foods allow you to assemble meals at home so all you have to do in the great outdoors is add water. One pot, one measuring cup, and your camp meal is ready to go. For some delicious recipes that use common food storage foods, check out the recipe section of

    If your camping plans include going to more remote areas and carrying all your food in your pack, you know that every ounce counts. And when you compare the weight of regular canned goods to just-add-water mixes stored in plastic bags, it only makes sense to use your food storage as part of your daily camping menu. Measure out food into resealable plastic bags to avoid bringing more than you need, or bring single-serving Mountain House pouches along with you.

    Makes large camp meals a snap.
    If you have a large crew--say for family reunions--cooking in the outdoors is that much more of a hassle and inconvenience. But again, dehydrated foods can become a part of your plan. Most dehydrated foods come in #10 cans (approximately one gallon), and were originally designed to feed large groups of people. They are now used in an efficient manner for food storage.


    Outdoor Cooking
    Cooking in the open is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and prepare for cooking without electricity during emergencies. There are a variety of ways you can make meals outdoors. Choose the method that will work best for your family. Ask friends and neighbors what they use and make an informed decision. There are many types of camp stoves (propane, butane, kerosene), Dutch ovens, and grills available. If you are planning on cooking over an open fire, find out current fire regulations in the area you will be traveling. Certain areas may not allow you to collect firewood, create a fire pit, or have open fires.


    Some dehydrated foods that rotate well into camping meals:


    Assorted Hot Chocolates, such as: Creamy Hot Chocolate, Gourmet Mint Truffle Hot Chocolate.

    Provident Pantry Fruit Drink Mixes, such as: Apple, Orange, and Peach

    Provident Pantry Instant Fat-Free Milk

    Provident Pantry Freeze-Dried Sharp Cheddar Cheese

    Provident Pantry Scrambled Egg Mix

    Provident Pantry Freeze-Dried Ham and Sausage

    Provident Pantry Textured Vegetable Protein, such as: Sausage, Ham, and Bacon Bits flavor

    Provident Pantry Potato Chunks

    Provident Pantry 9-Grain Cereal, Instant Oatmeal (Quick Oats), Cracked Wheat Cereal, and Creamy Wheat Cereal

    Provident Pantry Blueberry, 6-Grain, and Buttermilk Pancake Mix

    Provident Pantry Low-Fat Granola

    Provident Pantry Freeze-Dried or Dehydrated Fruits, such as: Apples, Bananas, Strawberries, and Blueberries

    Lunches and Dinners

    Provident Pantry freeze-dried Ground Beef, Roast Beef Shreds and Pieces, White Chicken, and White Turkey

    Provident Pantry Textured Vegetable Protein including: Taco and Imitation Beef, Chicken, Ham, Sausage, and Bacon Bits

    Provident Pantry Freeze-Dried or Dehydrated Vegetables, such as: Mushrooms, Onions, Peppers, Tomatoes, Green Beans, Broccoli, Carrots, Corn, Potatoes, and Peas

    Provident Pantry Mixed Vegetable Stew and ABC Soup Mix

    Provident Pantry Creamy Soup Base and Mixed Vegetables for Stew

    Provident Pantry Chicken or Beef Broth

    Provident Pantry Freeze-Dried or Dehydrated Potatoes, such as: Diced, Sliced, and Mashed Potatoes

    EvriDay Potatoes

    Provident Pantry Refried Beans

    Provident Pantry White Rice

    Provident Pantry Peanut Butter Powder


    Provident Pantry Instant Pudding Mixes, such as: chocolate, vanilla, and banana pudding.

    Provident Pantry Chocolate Fudge Brownie Mix


    For recipes that use these products, check out the Recipe Section of, or use your favorite recipes and substitute food storage items whenever possible.

    Eat what you store and store what you eat! Outdoor cooking and food storage really can go together.

    Happy cooking!

    Posted In: Emergency Cooking, Insight

  • New Product! Sunburn Rescue by BurnFree

    Have no fear! Sunburn Rescue is here!

    The amazing, quick-action relief of BurnFree is coming to a sunburn near (or on) you. For nearly 20 years, BurnFree has been a leading first-aid burn care product used by militaries, EMTs, and medical professionals across the globe.

    Urban Girl vouches for BurnFree. “It’s better than anything else I’ve ever used, hands down.” Read the rest of Sarah’s story here. (It’ll make you want to run out and get BurnFree now.)

    Bottle of Sunburn Rescue gel by BurnFree

    Burnfree’s Sunburn Rescue has tea tree oil to help cool and soothe topical burns. It’s formulated to stop the progression of burns, not just alleviate pain. The hydrogel stops burns by pulling the heat out of burn; the heat in the gel causes evaporation so the heat moves into the air, and away from the burn.

    You shouldn’t use Sunburn Rescue on any part of a burn that has broken the skin (it will sting like the Dickens), but for all your sunburns this summer, BurnFree Sunburn Rescue is the product you want. Be generous in applying it to your burnt skin, and apply as frequently as you like. You’ll see the result and feel things cool down quickly.

    Enjoy the summer sun! (But safely, of course. Don’t forget your sunscreen!)

    Emergency Essentials is BurnFree’s exclusive vendor for Sunburn Rescue. You won’t find it anywhere else. Click here to order or to learn more about Sunburn Rescue and other BurnFree products.

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: new product, BurnFree, Sunburn, burn care

  • All Mountain House Cans on Sale - 25% off!

    Emergency Essentials Mountain House sale - all #10 cans 25% off!

    It’s time for a Mountain House #10 can sale! Every Mountain House can is 25% off in July. So if you've never tried Mountain House freeze-dried entrees, sides, fruits, or veggies, now is a great time. If you’re already a fan, now is a great time to stock up on your favorites.

    Here are a few varieties I especially recommend:

    Pilot crackers: You might think this is a strange pick, but I love these crackers. They’re similar to Saltines, but they’re not salted, and they’re a little thicker and more substantial. They’re great for anything from making mini pizzas, to bruschetta, to dipping in soup, or making quick home-made “croutons” in a pinch. They’re also divine with cottage cheese and peaches on top (I like a tiny pinch of cayenne, too).

    Long Grain and Wild Rice Pilaf: all I can say is YUM. This pilaf features mushrooms, broccoli, green beans, sweet red peppers, and parmesan cheese. Tons of flavor, great texture, and pretty, too! That’s what I call a food storage “triple threat.”

    I mentioned cottage cheese above as a topping for my Pilot Crackers. This is one of the best ingredients we carry, as far as I’m concerned. It’s delicious alone, with fruit or herbs (and sometimes both!), and in salads. But it’s also delightful reconstituted, drained, squeezed out and treated as ricotta cheese for recipes like stuffed shells, lasagna, pizza, dips, etc. Try it—you will love it. One of my favorite things about Mountain House Cottage Cheese is the fact that use as much or as little as I want, then seal the rest back up in a bag and stick it back in the can. That way I don’t worry about half the container going bad before I’m ready to use it again. Cottage cheese is also a great source of protein for those who don't eat meat, but still eat dairy.

    Beef Stroganoff: I tend to eat more seafood and chicken than beef, but when I do eat beef, stroganoff is one of my absolute favorites. Mushrooms + pasta + creamy sauce + beef? It simply doesn't get better than that.


    25% off all #10 cans of Mountain House at Emergency Essentials - July 2013


    Not a fan of my picks? I've listed a few customer favorites below, along with actual reviews submitted to our website.

    Mountain House Beef Stew

    Yummy! (5 Stars)
    My husband and I were surprised at how yummy this is! It tastes just as good as many of the homemade stews I've eaten over the years. Of course, the beef bits are smaller than what you might have in homemade, but the flavor is very good. I would definitely recommend this one be in your pantry.
    Posted on 11/19/10 by Tiffany

    Makes great leftovers (5 Stars)
    This stew makes great leftovers. It tastes homemade. We ladled this over egg noodles and feasted for days.

    Posted on 8/7/08 by Richard

    Mountain House Beef Stew - 25% off at Emergency Essentials July 2013


    Granola with Milk and Blueberries

    Healthy and a Treat! (5 stars)
    Not a big cereal or granola fan, but bought the packet first intending to use for camping. It is great and I have moved to the #10 cans. Easy to fix, add water, great flavor and crunch. Highly recommend as you don't even need hot water for this. Have put some in snack bags and leave at work for those hurried mornings when I run out the door without eating.
    Posted on 9/23/11 by Jacqui

    A must if you buy any long term foods (5 Stars)
    MH Granola with Blueberries and Milk is incredibly tasty. It has the perfect amount of "crunch" and flavour. This stuff is also very dense calorie-wise and only requires cold water to eat if you prefer. I highly recommend this as one of the top foods to buy because it is morale-lifting and tasty, easy to prepare and has good nutrient content. The trifecta of emergency foods!
    Posted on 5/9/11 by Mark

    Buy it! Trust me... (5 Stars)
    This isn't just good, it's GREAT. We eat this instead of regular cereal now as a treat. My 2 year old loves it as does my wife. The speed and convenience is awesome, but the best part is the flavor. It is genuinely delicious and it is packed with tons of blueberries. There were so many when I first opened the can that I thought it needed to be mixed, only to find out that it was like that throughout the #10 can. The shelf life is 25 years, so you can keep this in reserve for a LONG time.
    Posted on 4/4/10 by Carlos

    Mountain House Granola with Milk and Blueberries from Emergency Essentials. 25% off July 2013


    Lasagna with Meat Sauce

    Must buy more! (5 stars)
    I thought this dish was quite good, was definitely surprised at how melty the cheese was! I threw in some of the dehydrated chopped spinach for color. Wasn't too salty and didn't leave that fake, chemically after taste that some of the frozen meals have. I love how quick and easy these meals are. The leftovers stood up well for lunch the next day, an added plus.
    Posted on 7/15/11 by Ashly

    Home Made Taste (5 stars)
    The aroma when opening the pkg is like taking a fresh home made lasagna out of the oven. Some of us have been taste-testing for lunch at work, and this is the unanimous favorite for flavor. Use a little less boiling water than instructed, then add a little more at the end if you need it. Don't make it too loose.
    Posted on 6/3/12 by Dave T

    Mountain House Lasagna 25% off in July 2013 - Emergency Essentials


    Have you tried Mountain House foods before? If not, what do you want to try? If so, what are your favorites? Let us know in the comments.


    --Urban Girl

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: vegetarian option, Side Dish, Main Dish, freeze dried food, freeze-dried foods, monthly sales, mountain house

  • Video Games + Cockroaches = Disaster Rescue?

    Researchers hope remote controlled cockroaches can help find disaster victims.

    Hi, friends.

    Remember this story about remote-controlled cockroaches? Well, the research team who made that story possible has kept at it, and they've improved the process so the roaches are a bit easier to keep on track if sent on a “rescue mission.”

    Using video game technology, researchers have figured out how to put the roaches on autopilot, directing them along a pre-designed path. They hope that one day, the technology could be used to send the bugs into areas that are unsafe for humans to enter, such as collapsed buildings or other disaster areas.

    And by fitting the roaches with microphones and speakers, rescuers could detect the voices of individuals trapped in buildings, researchers said.
    "We may even be able to attach small speakers, which would allow rescuers to communicate with anyone who is trapped," said co-author Alper Bozkurt…
    Read the full story: Researchers Use Video Game Software to Steer Cockroaches

    What do you think? Does it give you the heebie-jeebies? Or do you think it’s cool? I’m intrigued, especially with their idea of attaching tiny microphones and speakers so rescuers could communicate with trapped victims. Although, it might be a good idea for the first thing to come out of the speakers to be, “Please don’t smash the cockroach, it’s going to help us rescue you…”

    Just in case.

    --Urban Girl

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: cool research, Disaster Rescue, animals, Urban Girl

  • Could a Tsunami Hit the Pacific Northwest?

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    Tsunami Evacuation Route Sign - Could a Tsunami happen in the Pacific Northwest?

    If you enjoy vacationing at the Beaches on the Pacific Northwest coast, be aware of the potential warning signs for a Tsunami. As we learned in the post, Tsunami-Like waves Hit New Jersey, three people were swept into the ocean. Also, the devastating Tsunami that hit Thailand, Indonesia, and Sri Lanka in 2004 took the lives of many.

    From these events we learn, if ever a tide drops, get to high ground immediately because it will roar back with a vengeance and you can’t outrun it. But how do these events relate to vacationing in the Pacific Northwest?

    Researchers at National Geographic believe that the rupture of the Cascadia Fault line in the Pacific Northwest in 1700 may have created a massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan that same year. According to the New York Daily News, reports from seismologists suggest that geologically, “Oregon and Japan are mirror images.”

    The similarity of these two regions has caused the Oregon legislature concern after the devastating effects of the 2011 Tsunami in Japan. Since history has indicated that the fault lines of Japan and the Pacific Northwest are linked, the Oregon legislature believes that a large magnitude earthquake in Japan could potentially create an earthquake in the Pacific Northwest. For centuries, Native American tribes located along the coast have passed down oral histories illustrating the impact of the 8.5 magnitude earthquake and tsunami that devastated regions of Oregon, Washington, California, and British Columbia in 1700.

    Currently, the Oregon legislature is trying to get Oregon residents to prepare for a potential natural disaster. Many seismologists believe that an earthquake and tsunami of the same magnitude as the 1700 quake is long overdue and will affect the Pacific Northwest again. However, the legislature realizes that they have a long way to go to adequately prepare its citizens for a potential earthquake of this magnitude.

    Many areas in the Pacific Northwest are working on getting their buildings up to code. However, Maree Wacker, chief executive officer of the American Red Cross of Oregon, believes that while the state is making great preparations for its citizens, “Oregonians as individuals are underprepared.”

    Although the potential date of the rupture of the Cascadia Fault line is uncertain, now is the time to prepare for the potential dangers associated with a major earthquake and tsunami. Create emergency plans and have emergency supplies on hand (such as emergency kits and food storage). Remain informed on updates and news related to these potential natural disasters.

    For more information on Tsunami and Earthquake preparedness:

    To read more about amazing the history of the Cascadia Fault Line check out these links:






    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: beach safety, Tsunami, Earthquake, natural disaster, emergency preparedness

  • Preparing the Family Pet for an Emergency


    Getting your family prepared for emergencies should be your first preparedness concern, but what about the family pet? Once you are sure that your family is prepared for any disaster that may occur in your area, turn to the task of preparing your family pet to survive a disaster. Believe or not, preparing your pet is similar to preparing your child.

    As with children, the behavior of your family pet may change dramatically after a disaster or during an emergency situation. Pets can become confused and scared or aggressive and defensive because their lives have been turned upside down. Staying calm will help your pets and children stay calm. Don't panic and speak firmly but calmly.

    Before a Disaster Strikes

    • Keep your pet's vaccinations current.
    • Take photos of each animal, include any distinguishing marks. Store the photos along with medical records in re-sealable plastic bags along with other important papers.
    • Keep a properly fitted collar, current license, and rabies and identification tags on each pet, even cats that never go outside. Birds should be leg-banded.
    • Determine the best place to leave your pet in case of a disaster. Identify a place in your home to leave your pet as well as an off-site location in case of evacuation.
    • Have an emergency 72 hour kit(see contents below) for each pet. Familiarize your pet with the kit's carrier or cage before an emergency.           

    During a Disaster

    • Evacuate your pet early, if possible, to a pre-selected site outside of the emergency area, possibly a relative’s home or even a pet friendly hotel. Take your pet's vaccination and medical records as well as identification photographs with you.
    • In case of an evacuation, bring your pet indoors. Disaster assistance groups such as the American Red Cross and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are not equipped to handle, rescue or care for displaced pets during large-scale emergencies. Emergency and human disaster shelters cannot accept animals (except service animals) for safety and sanitation reasons. Do NOT leave pets chained outdoors.
    • If you must leave your pet behind, prepare an emergency pen for pets in your home that includes at least a three-day supply of dry food and a large, spill proof container of water. If possible, open a faucet to let water drip into a large container or partially fill a bathtub. Do not leave vitamin treats out for your pet; they could be fatal, if overeaten. Position cages off the floor, away from windows, and on a sturdy surface to prevent tipping over. Preselecting a site in your home will make emergency preparations for you pet easier than waiting until the emergency occurs.
    • Keep cats and dogs separate, even if they normally get along (stress in emergencies can upset the balance of friendship). Keep bird cages covered with a protective sheet, away from windows and other pets.
    • If you cannot locate your animals and have to evacuate, leave as much water and food, inside or outside, for them as possible. (It is a good idea to have an automatic feeder and water container on hand that will last for several days or more).          

    After a Disaster

    • If you notice that your pet's behavior has changed, monitor your pet closely. Stay away from stray pets that are acting aggressive after an emergency. Keep your pets on a leash and maintain close contact. Familiar scents and landmarks may be altered, causing confusion and abnormal behavior.
    • If your pet was lost, contact boarding kennels, humane shelters and veterinary hospitals. Also place signs or pet emergency stickers on your door, to notify emergency crews that you have pets that need to be found or that are inside your house and need to be rescued. These stickers and signs are available at many pet stores or for FREE from the ASPCA (click here to fill out the form!). Include an address and phone number on them of a close relative or friend that isn’t from your area.
    • If you find a pet, call animal control or alternate emergency phone numbers set up during the disaster. The best defense against lost animals is to have them wear a collar with identification tag.

    Pet 72-Hour Kit

    You may want to have the following items in your pet’s 72-hour kit (items may vary depending on the pets needs):

    • 3-day supply of pet food, treats, and water
    • Appropriate food and water dishes
    • Can opener and disposable utensils
    • Blankets or towels
    • Pet hygiene items (brush, shampoo)
    • Pet carrier(s) with ID tag (Include emergency contact numbers)
    • Collar/ID/leash
    • Sanitation items: litter box, litter, pooper scooper
    • Toys
    • Pet first aid kit (see contents below)

    This will take care of your pet for the first 72 hours, but you can see, just as with your own family preparations, how much more comfortable your pet will be with the extras that they are used to. In a 72 hour kit, two week, or one year supply, store the dry and canned foods your pet is accustomed to eating. Just as with your own human family, familiar foods are less likely to cause digestive problems and can give your pets a feeling of security in time of stress.

    Pet First Aid Kit

    A first aid kit for your pet should contain the following items:

    • Three-day supply of any medications or vitamins your pet normally takes
    • Pet first aid manual
    • Names, addresses, telephone numbers of local vet offices, including 24-hour clinics
    • Tape
    • Scissors
    • Antibacterial soap
    • Cotton balls/gauze
    • Hydrogen Peroxide 

    Making sure your family is prepared should be the number one priority in a disaster situation. It is also your responsibility to make sure your pets are prepared and well taken care of. Imagine having hungry, anxious animals running loose to compound the problems of an emergency. Love your family and your pets!

    Posted In: Insight, Planning

  • Tsunami-like waves Hit New Jersey

    Tsunami warning sign

    In mid-June, tsunami-like waves hit the New Jersey shore, sweeping at least three people into the ocean.

    The event occurred in close conjunction with a weather system labeled by the National Weather Service as a low-end derecho which propagated from west to east over the New Jersey shore just before the tsunami. It is also possible that the slumping at the continental shelf east of New Jersey played a role. The tsunami was observed at over 30 tide gauges and one DART buoy throughout the Northwestern Atlantic Ocean.

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    Tsunamis can come unexpectedly and very quickly, and the first wave is not always the largest in a possible series of several waves. Tsunami waves can travel as fast as 500 miles per hour and can raise water levels as much as 100 feet. If you live or vacation on an island or in a coastal location:

    • learn what the tsunami warning alarms sound like (it will likely be similar to one of these)
    • know what the signs of a tsunami are
    • sign up for earthquake and tsunami alerts on your cell phone
    • have a plan for evacuating to high ground in case of a tsunami warning
    • follow suit if the locals start running for the hills


    In a nutshell: If the tide ever drops suddenly, get to high ground immediately, because it will roar back with a vengeance and you cannot outrun it.


    The most damaging tsunami is history was the 2004 tsunami that affected Thailand, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and other countries. Over 200,000 people died and many more were injured in that tsunami alone. Footage from the 2004 tsunami was caught on camera by several individuals and compiled into a documentary for BBC Channel 4 (Directed by Janice Sutherland). Links to the film are below.

    Please note: Much of this footage contains graphic and disturbing material, and there is profanity throughout. Please use caution when viewing, especially with children nearby.

    Tsunami Caught on Camera - Part One

    Tsunami Caught on Camera – Part Two

    Tsunami Caught on Camera – Part Three

    Tsunami Caught on Camera – Part Four

    Tsunami Caught on Camera – Part Five

    Tsunami Caught on Camera – Part Six

    Tsunami Caught on Camera – Part Seven

    Tsunami Caught on Camera – Part Eight


    Learn more about tsunamis at the NOAA Tsunami page.

    Also download and review this helpful Tsunami brochure produced by UNESCO.

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: beach safety, water safety, Tsunami, natural disaster, flood preparedness, Emergency plan

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