September is National Emergency Preparedness Month, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), within the Department of Homeland Security (www.ready.gov). Americans are encouraged to take the necessary steps to prepare for any emergencies in their homes, businesses, schools, churches, neighborhoods and communities. Even simple steps can help protect loved ones and neighbors when faced with storms, fires, floods, and other natural and man-made disasters. In this post we’ll talk about some preparedness basics, and I’m teaming up with my blogging friends to give away a Sun Oven solar cooker.
“TOLEDO, Ohio –- It’s too soon to tell if the water is safe in Toledo, Gov. John Kasich said Sunday.
The toxin microcystin, found in Lake Erie, polluted the water supply early Saturday morning. Residents have been without running water for more than 24 hours.” (source)
Would you be ready if your water suddenly got shut off or was unsafe to drink? We should all have some water storage on hand, and a way to filter any available water. The WaterBrick is an easy to use, portable water storage option.
How much water do you need for emergencies?
- 1/2 Gallon (2 Liters) per day, per person for drinking and cooking
- 1/2 Gallon (2 Liters) per day per person for hygiene (washing, teeth cleaning, dishes, etc)
Minimum water storage = 1 gallon per person per day = 14 gallons per person for 2 weeks = 56 gallons per a family of four for 2 weeks
Under “normal” conditions, the average person in the US uses over 16 gallons per day, so you could blow through two weeks of water storage in a day if you are careless. [Read more...]
As part of our effort to be prepared for everyday emergencies like power outages and needing to find stuff in the back of the van at night when the rear light has burnt out, we went on a hunt for the best cheap flashlight.
There are a TON of flashlights available, and many of them are crazy expensive. Many of them also require specialty batteries, which bumps up the cost even more. (And if your special batteries go dead, the light is useless.) It just didn’t seem practical to spend big bucks on flashlights that were likely to spend most of their time in nightstands, emergency bags and glove compartments. My husband, August, made it his personal mission to check out an assortment of flashlights over the last several months, and this is his recommendation for the best small, durable, inexpensive, multipurpose flashlight. [Read more...]
You have that nagging feeling you aren’t prepared – but you don’t know what to do, where to start, or maybe even what to prepare for. Take a deep breath and think what caused you to start thinking about getting prepared. Worrying can wear you out and freeze you into inaction. The best remedy is to take action.
Think through what the real risks are for you. Start with the most likely event first, and prepare for that. In this post we’ll discuss the preparedness basics that everyone should cover. [Read more...]
“Living Ready Pocket Manual – First Aid Fundamentals for Survival” is a new book by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H., aka The Survival Doctor. You may remember my reviews of the Survival Doctor e-books, “The Survival Doctor’s Guide to Wounds” and “The Survival Doctor’s Guide to Burns”. Now Dr. Hubbard has come out with a brand new, extremely practical addition to every home library and preparedness kit.