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  • Planning for an Emergency

    A well-thought-out emergency plan can help your family face a crisis with confidence. Because a disaster can devastate most, if not all, aspects of a person’s life, it’s important to prepare for the worst (while hoping for the best, of course). Disasters can occur on a small scale, such as a house fire or downed power line, or on a regional scale as with a hurricane or an earthquake. Whatever the disaster may be, a thorough emergency plan will cover all your bases. (...)

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  • Unfortunately, there are times when an emergency evacuation from your home is absolutely necessary. When the time to evacuate comes, make sure you’re prepared with the information and emergency supplies you need. Here are some questions and information regarding emergency evacuation.

    Question #1: Where should I go when I evacuate?

    It’s wise to make a plan with your family to meet at a designated location or locations during an evacuation. (...)

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  • Even though we can’t prevent earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, or other disruptive events, learning what communication options are available during and after a disaster will help you better protect yourself and your loved ones. Establishing a meeting place where family members will gather in an emergency is vital. You may want to select a local school or church. You should also have a communication plan in case you can’t meet. An out-of-state contact can be key to sending and receiving messages during an emergency. (...)

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  • Use the variety of resources available to you to increase your preparedness skills

    By learning some basic and needful skills, you can become your own best resource in an emergency situation. Keep in mind that not all emergencies are major natural disasters. (...)

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  • First Aid for Wounds

    For most people, the sight of blood coming from a wound, whether it is yours or someone else's, can be very upsetting.  To prepare for this possibility, it’s wise to study first aid in advance, so you can stay as calm as possible and take proper action if the need arises.  It’s also wise to keep your first aid kit well stocked at all times.  The following are some basic guidelines for different types of wounds.

    For more information on first aid for wounds, see the book First Aid: First on the Scene by St. (...)

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  • Along with water and food, shelter and temperature control are two of the most important elements of human survival. Even if you’re hydrated and have a full belly, you won’t survive long if your core body temperature rises or falls very far outside 98.6˚ F. Shelter and temperature control are all about protection from the elements. (...)

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  • Emergency Shelter

    Since 2007, more than 14 million people worldwide have reportedly lost their homes in natural disasters. Floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, wildfires, winter storms—these types of disasters are a possibility no matter where in the world you live. It’s important for all of us to be prepared for anything from a temporary power outage to a catastrophe. Fortunately, none of us are completely alone when it comes to disaster preparedness. (...)

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    Posted In: Insight, Shelter and Temperature Control

  • In a major disaster, the modern conveniences we take advantage of every day might not be available. Having the right emergency equipment and tools can help you maintain some degree of normalcy in basic day-to-day tasks. Imagine being able to cook, wash clothes, take a hot shower, light and heat your home, listen to the news, charge your cell phone and other electronic devices, or run large appliances even if the power and water are shut off. (...)

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  • Light sources are important for any emergency preparedness plan. Children and individuals with special needs especially need light not just to see, but also to feel safe. Preparedness experts recommend having several emergency light sources available.

    When emergency light sources are mentioned, most people think of flashlights. Flashlights are great because they are small, portable and easy to use. Flashlights are good for directional light, but are not as effective for lighting a whole room. (...)

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  • Preserving Basics

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    While there are many commercially available foods for long term storage, preserving your own food is another a great way to prepare for an emergency. Preserving your own food for storage can be a lot of work, but it also brings many rewards. For example, canning and dehydrating homegrown produce not only helps you save money, it can give you and your family feelings of self-sufficiency and confidence. (...)

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