Showing posts with label Emergency management. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Emergency management. Show all posts

Jan 1, 2014

Emergency Car Kit Essentials

How to make an emergency 72-hour car kit

If you’ve ever taken a winter road trip, you know how quickly the road 
conditions can change. 
The winds can kick up, and suddenly the snow is blowing across the pavement, 
making the lanes difficult to see, and the potential for black ice to increase. 
The key to driving in the winter is to be prepared, and the best way to do that 
is by creating an emergency kit for your car. Here are some things to include:

1. Shovel

 A shovel comes in handy if your vehicle becomes stuck.

Credit: Tim Lenz

2. Spare tire, lug wrench and jack, 

The last thing you want to deal with when you’re stranded in your vehicle is a flat tire, 
and the jack or lug wrench is nowhere to be found. Make sure the tire is full and in 
good condition, and the jack is well lubed.

3. Rope, bungee cords and tie downs

 Make sure there are no knots, and the cords are in good condition.

Credit: turbo.beagle

4. Portable radio

 A portable radio comes in handy when severe weather strikes. 

Find one that is battery operated or uses a crank.


5. Flashlight

 Spend a few extra bucks to get a decent flashlight that can illuminate 

a good distance.


6. Extra batteries

 Have an assortment of extra batteries on hand, including AAA, AA and 9v.

Credit: Sh4rp_i

7. Road flares

 You can buy road flares at any auto parts store or department store.

Credit: Dvortygirl

8. Ice scraper     

An ice scraper with a brush on the end can help you clear snow from 

your car during a blizzard.                      

  Credit: Highways Agency 

9. Jumper cables

 You never know when you’ll need jumper cables, or when you drive 

by someone else who does!


10. Portable power source

You can find a portable power supply like this one on Amazon.

11. Orange/Yellow safety vest

 When whiteout conditions exist, you need to make every effort to be seen.


12. Notebook and pen

 If you need to leave your car during a storm, you can write down 

your personal information.


13. Cash

 If severe weather strikes and phone or internet lines go down, paying cash 

for gasoline might be your only option.


14. Lighter or matches

 Pair these with an emergency candle.


15. Microfiber towels

Microfiber is super absorbent, and can handle spills (or wet hands) 

before they turn to ice.


16. First aid kit

 A well-stocked first aid kit is a must for any winter driving.



17. Toilet paper or tissues

 If you have kids, you’ll be glad you included these.

18. Emergency contact information

 If you get stranded in a snowstorm, write your family and friends’ 

contact information down for first responders.


19. Warm clothing

 Include fleece jackets, outer shells, thermal underwear, wool socks 

and extra gloves.


20. Thermal blanket

 You can pick up a reflective blanket at any department or outdoor 

equipment store.


21. Water bottle

 A good, sturdy water bottle like a Nalgene container will store water 

without leaking.


22. Water purifier

 If you need to fill your water bottle from a nearby river or lake, 

a water purifier or filtration system should remove a majority of the contaminates.


23. Snacks

 Include granola bars and other non-perishable items for food.

Credit: SweetOnVeg

24. Small fire extinguisher

 A small fire extinguisher can help you avoid an even bigger disaster, 

if your engine overheats.

Credit: miningold

25. Extra medication

 Along with your regular prescriptions, include medicine for headaches 

and other minor ailments.


Featured image credit: akzidenzsetzer

Oct 28, 2013

Best Emergency Preparedness Books

Are you busy prepping lately or are you striving to be more self sufficient  If you've ever looked any resources up you know there are so many books out there on prepping it can be overwhelming! Here are my recommendations for the best emergency preparedness books that you can have in your library. Each of these has it's own special qualities and are useful for different areas of being self sufficient. Do you own any of these yet?
encyclopediaofcountrylving
This book doesn't have much on kitchen info or recipes but if you have animals you will want to get this one! It has large and detailed chapters on raising and taking care of all different kinds of animals.
backtobasics
Another great resource. This book goes in depth about "old fashioned" living. Everything from building various cold storage in your backyard to planting a good garden. This book is less "prepping" and more self sufficiency.
justincase
This is a good and simple resource. It covers in detail what to do for all different kinds of natural disasters and how to prepare for them. If you are new to prepping or really want to work on being ready for natural disasters this is a good, basic, easy read.
drprepper
This book is another HUGE one with all kinds of info. This book covers food storage in detail, medical prepping, making prepping part of your normal routine, and much more. This is a very comprehensive book.
mennonitecookbook
Now this might seem like an odd book on this list but the idea is to have a GOOD basic cookbook. Every kitchen that wants to be self sufficient must have one! The Mennonite Cookbook I mentioned above was actually my first cookbook as a young girl and I still have it and use it regularly, it's excellent! (And huge!)

Informational Lectures on Emergency/Disaster Planning and Response

Disaster Classification



Universities in the Eastern Africa Region have come together to implement an initiative Health Emergency Management Program (HEMP) that will build the capacity of local governments in the region to manage and plan for response to major disasters of public health importance. The Eastern African Region is prone to many natural and technological disasters of different kinds. There is not one nation in the region that is not vulnerable to the devastating effects of these disasters. Many of these disasters have a public health significance either directly in the case of epidemics of infectious diseases, or indirectly as a result of the breakdown of infrastructure associated with these disasters. The purpose of this initiative therefore is to increase the capacity of districts to plan for response, mitigation and preparedness for disasters, so as to reduce human suffering, morbidity and mortality that often arise from such incidents.
The success and implementation of this program in the region has been made possible by the funding from USAID



Continuation of previous video.


Continuation of first two videos.

Universities in the Eastern Africa Region have come together to implement an initiative Health Emergency Management Program (HEMP) that will build the capacity of local governments in the region to manage and plan for response to major disasters of public health importance. The Eastern African Region is prone to many natural and technological disasters of different kinds. There is not one nation in the region that is not vulnerable to the devastating effects of these disasters. Many of these disasters have a public health significance either directly in the case of epidemics of infectious diseases, or indirectly as a result of the breakdown of infrastructure associated with these disasters. The purpose of this initiative therefore is to increase the capacity of districts to plan for response, mitigation and preparedness for disasters, so as to reduce human suffering, morbidity and mortality that often arise from such incidents.
The success and implementation of this program in the region has been made possible by the funding from USAID



Public lecture video (2.17.2012): Planning and Preparing for the Local

 

When disaster strikes, the first responders are local...local officials, local police & fire departments, local doctors and nurses, local businesses, local volunteers. How can these people prepare for the disaster that might someday strike their community? Based on his 28 years of experience working on Crisis Management for FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), where he helped to plan for and respond to disasters such as earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, and terrorist incidents, Leo Bosner will offer a lecture on how local communities can strengthen their ability to respond quickly and effectively to the large disaster. Topics covered will include:
• Why local planning is important.
• The essential concept of the All-Hazards Disaster Response Plan.
• A typical format for a disaster response plan.
• How to create the disaster response plan.
• The disaster response exercise.


2011 Smithtown Emergency Preparedness Seminar @ Nesconset FD

 

 


Disaster Preparedness: Influenza and Emerging Infections

You can't watch TV these days without hearing about the threat of diseases like swine flu, bird flu or other emerging infections. With so much conflicting information in the media, it's hard to discern the facts about these pandemics and how we can best protect ourselves. Join Dr. John Blossom and infectious disease specialist Dr. Christian Sandrock as they talk with disaster response experts about how to recognize, report and respond to these pandemics, and lessons learned from previous experiences.


I do NOT own or have a copyright on these videos and they belong to the respective parties that made them. Taken from www.youtube.com

Disaster Preparedness Planning for Your Business


Businesses can do much to prepare for the impact of the many hazards they face in today’s world including natural hazards like floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and widespread serious illness such as the H1N1 flu virus pandemic. Human-caused hazards include accidents, acts of violence by people and acts of terrorism. Examples of technology-related hazards are the failure or malfunction of systems, equipment or software.
Ready Business will assist businesses in developing a preparedness program by providing tools to create a plan that addresses the impact of many hazards. This website and its tools utilize an “all hazards approach” and follows the program elements within National Fire Protection Association 1600, Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs. NFPA 1600 is an American National Standard and has been adopted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The five steps in developing a preparedness program are:
  • Program Management
    • Organize, develop and administer your preparedness program
    • Identify regulations that establish minimum requirements for your program
  • Planning
    • Gather information about hazards and assess risks 
    • Conduct a business impact analysis (BIA)
    • Examine ways to prevent hazards and reduce risks
  • Implementation
    Write a preparedness plan addressing:
    • Resource management
    • Emergency response
    • Crisis communications
    • Business continuity
    • Information technology
    • Employee assistance
    • Incident management
    • Training
  • Testing and Exercises
    • Test and evaluate your plan
    • Define different types of exercises
    • Learn how to conduct exercises
    • Use exercise results to evaluate the effectiveness of the plan
  • Program Improvement
    • Identify when the preparedness program needs to be reviewed
    • Discover methods to evaluate the preparedness program
    • Utilize the review to make necessary changes and plan improvements
This article was taken from Ready/FEMA and further information can be found at http://www.ready.gov/business.

Sep 11, 2013

The Red Cross



The Red Cross offers plenty of information on every type of disaster. It is worth viewing their site because it has the different techniques for each scenario and they have the items for each situation for sale, all in one place. The first link is the information for each disaster, and the second is to where the items can be purchased.
                     




http://www.redcrossstore.org/shopper/category.aspx?LocationId=1
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