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  • When Typhoon Haiyan first set down in the Philippines last November, Emergency Essentials worked with disaster relief organization CharityVision to provide relief to those affected by the severe natural disaster. We sent supplies donated through your purchases and by our generous vendors, and we were able to outfit a great team. CharityVision recently sent us an update on the progress of their relief efforts, along with a few photos that illustrate how your donations have helped those in need.

    Those affected by Typhoon Haiyan continue to face the aftermath of the destructive storm

    A volunteer and children from the Philippines using the Wavelength Emergency Radio

    CharityVision has quite a few projects underway to help the long-term recovery and reconstruction of the area. They’re working to build a larger reserve of medical supplies and to set up a modular hospital facility. They also plan to provide shelter and power to families, hold gardening classes to teach self-reliance, and offer additional services to help  those in need. Each of these projects is possible because of the generous donations CharityVision has received from communities and companies around the world.

    As CharityVision works to "Build Back Better", those affected by Typhoon Haiyan strive to get their lives back.

    Although injured, refugees from Typhoon Haiyan smile as they plan to restart their lives

    One of CharityVision’s major goals is creating projects that will better the living conditions in the affected areas for those who saw their lives turned upside down by the typhoon. All of these projects are to help restore jobs and offer employee growth to those working in those jobs. CharityVision seeks to “Build Back Better”.

     “We view the reconstruction as an opportunity to build back better,” CharityVision posted on their new Facebook page Action Humanitarian which focuses on their efforts in rebuilding the Philippines. “Our current plans include structures that will withstand future storms to avoid the repetitious cycle of rebuilding following destruction.” They go on to say that their building plans will provide added protective elements over previous building styles without adding extra cost or skilled labor.

    Amongst the chaos and ruin that Haiyan caused, an additional issue has appeared: how does the country keep certain areas of the country occupied when so much of it is desolate and destroyed? Despite the international relief efforts aimed at the Philippines, the quality of life is dwindling in areas where lack of power caused by the typhoon creates a lack of commerce leading to a lack of jobs. Talented workers and students are leaving certain areas and moving to other locations for work. Learn more about the quality of life in the Philippines from the New York Times article “Months After Typhoon, Philippine City Suffers From an Exodus of Jobs

    Refugees from Typhoon Haiyan still feel the affects of the destructive storm

    Princeton Tec headlamps prep victims of Typhoon Haiyan for night with white ultrabright light

    As you can see, natural disasters can still have effects long after the storm has passed through making it even more important to prepare yourself. In the Philippines, Typhoon Haiyan cased months of difficult—and it isn’t over yet. Get started today on your own preparedness plans so you can be as resilient as possible if a disaster strikes.

    Check out the following articles to help you develop a valuable skill set that will help you survive in the aftermath of a natural disaster.

    Preparing by Developing your Skills

    How to Build a Fire

    First Aid for Wounds

    Emergency Shelter

     

    Sources:

    https://www.facebook.com/ActionHumanitarian

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: preparedness, Survival, emergency preparedness, natural disaster, survival gear, philippines, Typhoon Haiyan

  • Just in time for the holidays, new products and combos are here! New flavorful meals, tangy drinks, cutting-edge survival tools, and more can help you (and Santa) check off your holiday shopping lists this year.

    Peaches and Cream Flavored Oatmeal--$20.95

    Eating a hearty breakfast doesn’t have to taste bland and boring. Just try the Peaches and Cream Flavored Oatmeal. The sweet blend of flavors gives you a delicious, filling breakfast to give you energy throughout the day.

    New Products: Peaches and Cream Oatmeal

    Grape Fortified Drink Mix #10 & MyChoice -- $16.95/$5.95

    This new thirst quencher gives you a flavorful, refreshing drink . . . and we LOVE it around here. With this tangy drink, you get more than just a flavored, sugar-based beverage. This grape drink mix is fortified with vitamins and minerals to help you stay hydrated. Great for kids!

    New Products: Fortified Grape Drink MixNew Products: Fortified Grape Drink Mix

     Breakfast Variety Combos

    These Breakfast Variety Combos are probably my favorite food storage products. We have three unique combos that include a variety of our best breakfast options so you can enjoy them every day or in an emergency. The best thing is that these three combos are on sale throughout December!

    Breakfast Variety Combo A--$109.99 (Regularly $141.28)

    Enjoy the mouthwatering flavors of the Breakfast Variety Combo A: Savory Scrambled Eggs with Ham; sweet Strawberry Slices; a full-on Breakfast Skillet with hash browns, eggs, sausage, onions, and peppers; Cinnamon Almond Granola; Instant Milk; and hearty Peaches and Cream Oatmeal (win, win, the oatmeal is a new product!).

    New Products: Breakfast Variety Combo A

    Breakfast Variety Combo B--$119.99 (Regularly $163.78)

    If the flavors of the Breakfast Variety Combo A aren’t quite your style, Combo B might be more your cup of . . . well, breakfast favorites. This combo gives you scrambled eggs with bacon and scrambled eggs with sausage. Love granola for breakfast, camping, or on the go? With this combo you get granola with freeze-dried blueberries AND granola with freeze-dried cinnamon apples. But don’t worry, we haven’t left out the always-needed hash brown potatoes (which, let’s face it, make every breakfast complete) and sweet banana slices (great to mix in with the granola).

    New Products: Breakfast Variety Combo B

    Ultimate Breakfast Variety Combo--$199.99 (Regularly $305.06)

    For the true breakfast lovers, or those who just can’t decide which breakfast items they love more, the Ultimate Breakfast Variety Combo gives you everything. You heard right—you get the granola (cinnamon almond, cinnamon apple, AND blueberry), you get the eggs (with bacon, sausage, AND ham), you get the Hash browns, the Breakfast Skillet, the strawberries and bananas, the Peaches and Cream Oatmeal, and milk! Mix and match the different breakfast items in this combo to get the exact meal you want.

    New Products: Ultimate Breakfast Combo

    Ultimate Emergency Power Combo--$2099.99 (Regularly $2679.90)

    Don’t ever be left without power again. With the Ultimate Emergency Power Combo, you get a Yeti 1250 with Roll Cart to power your home, your camp, or your recreation silently and emission-free during an emergency. The combo also includes a Solar Tripod that fits the included four Boulder 30M Solar Panels. The tripod helps position each panel to sit at an angle to absorb maximum light. To top it all off, four Light-A-Life’s are included to help you distribute the stored power as light when you need it most.

    New Products: Ultimate Emergency Power Combo

    Jetscream Whistle--$3.99 (Regularly $6.95)

    The Jetscream is unlike any whistle you’ve heard before. Its pitch reaches 122 decibels. Let’s look at it this way: if speaking is around 60 decibels, rock concerts are usually 105, chainsaws reach 110, and jackhammers are 120, a 122-decibel whistle, like the Jetscream, is pretty loud. It’s a great addition to your emergency supplies; it will help others locate you among the noise of emergency vehicles, aftershocks, or frantic crowds during an emergency.

    New Products: The Jetscream Whistle

    Sparkie Fire Starter--$5.99 (Regularly $10.99)

    The Sparkie Fire Starter is a one-handed fire starter that allows you to aim the sparks to hit your tinder every time. The Sparkie is easy to use and safer than matches or flint and steel. It has a retractable flint-based bar and built-in carbide striker. When the two are pressed together, a spark is generated and voilà— you’ll have a toasty fire in minutes.

    New Products: Sparkie Fire Starter

    These new products are great ideas for holiday gifts or stocking stuffers this year—or to add to your own [emergency kit]. Many of them are already on sale, too, which makes last-minute shopping easy and painless.

     Happy shopping, happy prepping, and Happy Holidays!

    --Kim

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  • Make your own emergency kit

    Emergency kits come in all shapes and sizes, filled with all types of food, water supplies, shelters, and tools. But what is the right type of emergency kit for you? Building your own emergency kit is as simple as one, two, and three. For $10 or less apiece, you can arm yourself with the right products to help you meet your most basic needs in an emergency.

    1. Food & Water

    • Survival food packages like the Mainstay 3600 calorie bars work well because they are lightweight, compact, and delicious—they taste like cookie dough. Unlike traditional energy bars, these are formulated to withstand extreme temperatures and still last for 5 years. Keep them in your car, boat, RV, or inside your emergency kit at home. For only $7.50, these bars give one person enough calories for 3 days, or three people for a single day. 


    • Purified water in compact sizes can also be a good fit for adding to a backpack. Bottled water is a popular option, bottled water packages are prone to leaking and require frequent rotation. The 8 oz. Aqua Blox comes in sturdy packaging that is designed to keep your water safe for 5 years with the convenience of a juice-box-style package and straw. The water also comes purified, not just filtered, so it is contaminant free. Six of these blox would be sufficient drinking water for one person over 3 days for about $5. 


    • Filter Straws can treat natural water sources that you come across to allow you to find and treat water rather than carrying it. Simply suck water through the filter straw to remove common germs. If the source is frequented by humans or livestock, however, this filter would likely not provide the required protection. Cost is about $10.

    2. Shelter

    • Emergency ponchos pack up tight and are lightweight, yet provide substantial coverage to keep more of your body dry. Staying dry dramatically increases our comfort, making the emergency poncho an affordable and practical (about $1) addition to any kit. 


    • Portable Tents are another way to provide shelter—or even just to mark an area as your own. Unlike traditional tents, a tube tent is inexpensive, lightweight, and packs incredibly small to fit inside of your kit without forcing you to leave other items out. It is so light because of its simplicity – no poles, no stakes, just a tent wall. The tube tent is an 8 ft. long tube that shelters two people for about $4.

    3. Warmth

    There are two simple ways to stay warm in cold weather: 1) keep more of your own body heat, and 2) generate heat around you (campfires or heaters).

    •  Many of us use blankets and sleeping bags to retain more of our body heat.  Emergency sleeping bags are made of a high-efficiency reflective material that retains up to 90% of your body heat. They can be stored in very small spaces and only cost about $4. I’ve experienced a night in one of these bags and was very grateful I had it. 


    •  Having portable heat sources can keep your body from shutting down from loss of warmth. Disposable body warmers (larger versions of commonly-known hand warmers) provide heat for up to 20 hours and take up very little space. Their small size (and price – about $1 each) allows you to add several to your supplies. 


    •  Even if you aren’t a boy scout, you can start a fire with Emergency Essential’s various offerings of matches and strikers. One of my favorite options is Stormproof matches. Unlike conventional matches, these stay lit much longer to help you start a fire. Even if the matches get wet or the weather is windy, Stormproof matches will get the job done. You can buy a box by itself (about $4), or with a weather proof case for about $6. Check out the video on the link to see how amazing they are.

    See? Easy as 1-2-3. We have even set out to help you get started with the Basics Emergency Kit. This pre-made set includes many of these basic items and costs just about $20. This kit includes food, water, a poncho, 3 body/hand warmers, an emergency sleeping bag, a whistle, a lightstick, and an 18-piece first aid kit.

    With these basics, your emergency kit is off to a great start and can help protect you in a crisis. As your kit continues to grow, you can add more durable items to your supply, expanding it to prepare you for whatever the future may hold.

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: warmth, shelter, preparedness, emergency kit, water, Survival, emergency preparedness, food, Emergency Essentials, survival gear

  • A major disaster can strike at anytime—yet, everyone experiences mini-emergencies as well (usually more often) that require being just as prepared. There are certain items you can carry throughout your daily routine that can serve a useful purpose when you need help.

    Always carrying a full-blown bug-out-bag may be a little too bulky. Even though you should always have an emergency kit in your car and at home, take the following items with you the next time you are out and about (you’ll be glad you have them):

     

    Everyday Carry Suggestion: Gerber Suspension Multi-Plier

    The first item you should carry is the Gerber® Suspension Multi-Plier. With its nylon sheath, it can easily hang from a belt, sit in a backpack, or slip into a pocket in a purse. It has 11 functions ranging from spring-loaded pliers to a locking blade, scissors to screwdrivers, and more. The Suspension weighs less than 10 ounces and is a great price for a Gerber product at only $30.

    [Picture of a Gerber Shard Keychain Tool (CU T125) and 11 Function Survival Tool (CU T120) side by side]

    Everyday Carry Suggestion:Gerber Shard Keychain ToolEveryday Carry Suggestion:11 Function Survival Tool

    The next item you will want to have is either the Gerber® Shard Keychain tool or the 11 Function Survival Tool. Both of these tools are a lot more basic than the Multi-plier, but they are smaller, lightweight, and easy to carry. The Shard is a simple, yet useful tool that fits perfectly on your keychain. It has 7 functions ranging from a mini pry bar (my favorite part) to screwdrivers and even a bottle opener. It weighs less than an ounce and features a Titanium nitride coating for durability.

    The 11 Function Survival Tool is a metal “card” that can slide right in your wallet. It serves as a knife-edge, a 4-position wrench, a saw blade, and more. It comes with a protective sheath and weighs just one ounce.



    Everyday Carry Suggestion: Katadyn Mybottle MicroFilter

    Water is always a primary concern when getting prepared. The Katadyn® Mybottle Microfilter serves as a water bottle that can turn into a MicroFilter (kind of like a water filter superhero). The filter insert can be kept separate in a backpack or purse while the beautifully designed bottle can be filled with clean water for drinking. If the need arises, the filter fits inside the bottle and you can drink from a dirty water source like a river or a stream. The filter will block Giardia, Cryptosporidium, and bacteria like E. coli. It even improves the water’s taste. You’ll probably carry a water bottle with you anyways, why not carry this one?

    Everyday Carry Suggestion: Paracord BraceletsEveryday Carry Suggestion: Paracord BraceletsEveryday Carry Suggestion: Paracord Bracelets

    Another recommended item, the paracord bracelet, can double as a preparedness item and a fashion statement. This bracelet is made from 7+ feet of woven, military-spec 550 Paracord rope (an easy-to-use rope that is strong and versatile). If you need to, just take the bracelet apart and you’ll have a solid strand of cord to use in a variety of ways.

    Everyday Carry Suggestion: Switch 8 Recharger

    Being able to communicate with loved ones is important while you are out running errands, on a hike, or on the road. The Switch 8 Recharger by Goal Zero® is a great way to have a back-up power source for your cell phone or other small electronics. Without fail, right when you get a flat tire or your car won’t start, you’ll notice you only have 5% battery left on your phone—great. By having your small Switch 8 in your purse or backpack, you can quickly plug in your phone and make the calls you need. It works great with smartphones—even the new iPhone.

    Everyday Carry Suggestions: New Millennium Bars

    What about the possible need for food? Of course you could carry an extra granola bar or bag of chips, but one of the fruit Millennium Calorie Bars would be a better option. With the consistency of a sugar cookie, each bar provides 400 calories of energy. There are nine different fruit flavors and one bar will easily fit in a pocket in a purse. They store for 5 years, even in a car during the summer months—you can’t beat that (especially not with a greasy bag of chips).

    Everyday Carry Suggestion: SHIELD Kit

    Let’s not forget about your kids while they are at school. The Shield School Emergency Kit is a compact group of essentials that fits perfectly in a school backpack as an everyday carry. Each item in this kit can store for several years and provides needed comfort and nourishment during an emergency event. This portable kit isn’t just for your kids. It is small enough to be carried in a backpack or left in a desk drawer at work.

    These are just a few ideas for an everyday carry that can serve as tools, water supply, power, or food when a need arises. Of course, there are several other items that work just as well, including portable survival kits. Take a look at what you carry with you everyday and ask yourself—will this stuff help me in an emergency? If not, it might be time to add a few items to your everyday carry.

    What are some items you carry with you to be ready? If you don’t carry anything yet, what items do you think you’ll start carrying?

    --Rob

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  • Kelly Kettle Combo Giveaway!

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    Hi, friends!

    We're happy to announce a giveaway today! We're giving away six stainless steel Kelly Kettle combos in celebration of Preptember™ ($132 value, now on sale for $109.99)! We think the Kelly Kettle® is a fantastic product for emergency preparedness, camping, hunting, and other outdoor activities. It's an ultra-fast camping kettle that can boil 54 oz. of water in 3-5 minutes while simultaneously functioning as a stove. Made out of durable stainless steel, it works excellent in any weather condition using naturally available materials as fuel. The Kelly Kettle is a safe-to-use, highly efficient way to heat water during an emergency or while camping. No gas or liquid fuel required. Works with any fuel sources such as small sticks, pine cones, tree bark, charcoal, and many other solid fuels.

    Kelly Kettle combo - Stainless Steel

    If you win, you'll be the proud owner of a Kelly Kettle Combo, which includes:

    Contest ends September 30th 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Enter to win by learning about the Kelly Kettle Combo on BePrepared.com and answering the questions below.

    Good luck! (I hope you win.)

    --Sarah

     

     

     

     

     

    Additional Details and Contest Rules:

    Six winners will be selected (two within Utah, and four within the United States but excluding Utah). The winners will be contacted via email. If you are the winner and do not respond to our email within 3 business days, you will forfeit your right to the prize and another winner will be chosen.

    All entries will be verified. Contest is open to all customers with a US shipping address; however, free shipping of the Giveaway is included for the winner to the 48 contiguous United States only. For any locations outside this area, the winner is responsible for arranging and paying their own shipping costs. If you purchase a Weekly Wednesday Giveaway item during the giveaway and win, we will send you an additional item or issue you a refund for the product you purchased—whichever you prefer.

    This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter, Wordpress or Pinterest. Your entries are going to Emergency Essentials and not to Facebook, Twitter, blogger or Pinterest. Facebook, Twitter, Wordpress, or Pinterest is in no way responsible for any part of this giveaway.

    Employees of Emergency Essentials, Inc. and their immediate family members are not eligible for the giveaway.

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