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Premium 3-Day Emergency Kit: Exceeds FEMA recommended standards. Including actual food (MREs), the proper amount of recommended water per person, hand cranked/solar radio/cell phone charger/flashlight, large fleece blanket, and many other high quality items that other standard bags do not offer.
Classic 3-Day Emergency Kit: Exceeds FEMA recommended standards. Includes water, food, warmth, tools and standard survival necessities.
How many times do people take their eyes off the road because the phone is ringing, or become distracted by the sound of an incoming text? In a world of constant communication, sometimes it’s hard not to respond – but now it’s easy, without putting oneself or anyone else in danger.
Luckily, mother of two, Marla Ghiringhelli of California came up with a solution to this problem. Marla created an App called Safe Text Sender.
Safe Text Sender is an app for the Android market that eliminates the distraction and temptation from replying to incoming text messages and phone calls while driving. This lifesaving app simply silences mobile phones (without interrupting GPS navigation or interfering with emergency situations) and automatically replies to incoming texts and calls, indicating the user is “driving” and using the Safe Text Sender app to respond. Once the driver reaches their destination, users can safely read and reply messages Safe Text Sender has conveniently filed for quick access.
Safe Text Sender’s benefits go beyond driver safety. Whether someone is playing golf, at the movies, out to dinner or in a meeting, Safe Text Sender simply deploys customized automatic away messages pertaining to any current activity.
Unfortunately, texting and driving is all too common – but it’s deadly. A texting driver is 23 times more likely to get into a car crash than a non-texting driver and 80% of car accidents are attributed to distracted drivers. In just a blink of an eye, drivers replying to incoming text messages and calls can change their lives and the lives of others forever, instantly.
By activating Safe Text Sender, drivers are making the simple choice to protect oneself and others on the road. Be smart and choose Safe Text Sender and remember, it’s automatic in the automobile.
For more information about Safe Text Sender visit their website at http://www.safetextsender.com/
Marla is a mom of two boys, one who drives and the other who is about to get behind the wheel. For a long time, Marla had the idea of creating this App and with the growing concern about texting and driving, she couldn’t let the idea fade away. Marla finally decided to take huge leap of faith and had her app developed. Marla’s priority is to keep the roads safe, helping reduce the amount of texting and phone usage that happens while behind the wheel.
How to Prepare for a Wildfire
Wildfires are like any other natural disaster; they can be spontaneous and devastating. Mother Nature doesn’t let up for anyone, leaving us left with only one choice; prepare for the worst and hope for the best.
Depending on the scenario and environmental conditions, wildfires can lead to a significant amount of fire damage, houses destroyed and lives lost, leaving behind it only destruction and ashes. The only thing left for us to do is to fight through it, overcome it and prepare for damage the next wildfire brings.
Pay Attention to Weather Conditions
A wildfire only needs three elements to start:
- High Winds (Optional)
- A Bizarre Occurrence: Something that ignites the fire, such as lightning.
The best way to foresee a wildfire is to follow weather patterns and conditions. Pay close attention to trends or unusual patterns in dryness or high winds. A wildfire’s main source of power is dry weather conditions. High winds will only fuel the flames causing rapid growth, which results in greater damage and higher risk of danger for people.
Check Smoke & Fire Detectors
Never be caught off guard. A wildfire can strike at any time. Check and double check the functionality of all smoke and fire detectors. Remember to change the batteries every six months.
Have a Plan
Understand the layout of the city. People that don’t know the city in depth will stick to main roads, which means traffic congestion. Avoid high traffic areas if possible and be able to reroute yourself without getting lost. There are many guides out there geared to help you make a plan for an emergency situation, here is an example of one, Emergency Preparedness Guide.
Have a Contingency Plan
Nothing says preparedness more than a contingency plan.
Fill Up the Gas Tank
The worst possible case of unpreparedness is an empty gas tank during an emergency situation. When it comes to fleeing a wildfire, the last thing you need is to have to fill up your gas tank. And guess what? Several others will need to do the same thing, which means more congestion. Avoid congestion at all times if possible. Sometimes it only takes being prepared.
Always Have an Emergency Kit on Hand
It is important to always be prepared for any disaster, the best way to do this is to purchase or build an emergency kit consisting of enough food, water, sanitary and other supplies to help you survive for at least 3 days. There are many emergency kits out there but you want to make sure you are getting the right kit, with the best supplies for your money. Here is an example of a Premium Emergency Kit that you should have in your home or keep in your car.
Keep Extra Water & Food Handy
Store extra water and food close by. Make sure the food is light and already prepared, such as granola bars, and the water in plastic containers. Ideally, keep the food and water in a cooler or a single container so it’s easier to carry. It is encouraged to have emergency food and water always on hand, a few examples are water pouches which have a 5 Year Shelf Life, MRE’s and food bars.
Store Additional Apparel Nearby
You’ll need to be on the road quickly and won’t have time to pack. Keep an extra back pack full of clothes and hygiene products nearby for emergency traveling situations. Whether it’s either on foot or by car, a back pack full of necessities will be handy.
Carry a Fire Blanket
In the most dangerous and damaging instances during a wildfire, a fire blanket is a must and can draw the line between surviving or not. These can be somewhat pricey, but if you live in an area that regularly has wildfire damage, then it might be a good investment. It’s not every day an investment will save your life.
To be unprepared for a wildfire can result in a life of peril for not only those affected, but those who willingly give their time and maybe even their own lives in order to help others get theirs back on track. Although the devastation and damage a wildfire leaves behind can be life altering, it does, however, give those affected one final choice; find hope in working together and continue to prepare for the worst and hope for the best. Even when all hope seems to be lost from the result of wildfire damage, teamwork has the gift to restore anyone’s faith and continue to prepare for Mother Nature’s unexpected and devastating wrath.
About the author
Sam Ott writes on behalf of Paul Davis Restoration of Kansas City, experts in fire damage restoration. Find out other tips on fire prevention.
Earthquakes strike suddenly, violently and without warning. Identifying potential hazards ahead of time and advance planning can reduce the dangers of serious injury or loss of life from an earthquake. Repairing deep plaster cracks in ceilings and foundations, anchoring overhead lighting fixtures to the ceiling, and following local seismic building standards, will help reduce the impact of earthquakes.
Ways to Plan Ahead
Check for Hazards in the Home
- Fasten shelves securely to walls.
- Place large or heavy objects on lower shelves.
- Store breakable items such as bottled foods, glass, and china in low, closed cabinets with latches.
- Hang heavy items such as pictures and mirrors away from beds, couches, and anywhere people sit.
- Brace overhead light fixtures.
- Repair defective electrical wiring and leaky gas connections. These are potential fire risks.
- Secure a water heater by strapping it to the wall studs and bolting it to the floor.
- Repair any deep cracks in ceilings or foundations. Get expert advice if there are signs of structural defects.
- Store weed killers, pesticides, and flammable products securely in closed cabinets with latches and on bottom shelves.
For more information go tohttp://www.fema.gov/hazard/earthquake/eq_before.shtm
There is no time like NOW when it comes to sitting down with your family and preparing for the day when you may be forced to evacuate your home.
In the event of a sudden emergency or disaster, you may have just minutes to gather your family and important papers and get out of your house, possibly for good. With preparation and practice, you stand the best chance of getting out with what you and your family need and ending up in a safe place.
Here are five steps to help you and your family on the road to safety:
1. Arrange Your Evacuation Ahead of Time
- Identify where you can go in the event of an evacuation. Try to have more than one option: the home of a friend or family member in another town, a hotel or a shelter. Keep the phone numbers and addresses of these locations handy.
- Map out your primary route and a backup route in case roads are blocked or impassable. Make sure you have a map of the area available.
- In case your family members are separated before or during the evacuation, identify a specific place to meet and ask an out-of-town friend or family member to act as a contact person.
- Listen to NOAA Weather Radio or local radio or TV stations for evacuation instructions. If advised to evacuate, do so immediately.
2. Create a Home Inventory
Create a complete home inventory of your personal property. A home inventory will help you ensure that you have purchased enough insurance to replace your possessions. It will also speed the claims process and substantiate losses for income tax purposes.
To make creating a home inventory easier, the I.I.I. provides free, downloadable software located at KnowYourStuff.org . The Know Your Stuff software allows you to add digital photographs of your valuables and save scanned receipts. It can help you organize and list your possessions on your computer, after which you can burn the finished inventory onto a CD-ROM or use the optional secure online storage service, Vault24, accessible from the software itself. Print out and store a hard copy of your home inventory, making sure to keep a copy with your important documents and a second copy in a safe place outside your home (in a safe-deposit box, with an online storage service or with an out-of-town friend or family member).
3. Plan What to Take
- Emergency Kit, which includes food, water, light, radio, sanitary and warms items, ect.
- Bottled water
- Clothing and bedding (sleeping bags, pillows)
- Flashlight, battery-powered radio and extra batteries
- Special items for infants or elderly or disabled family members
- Cash, Glasses, Contact info
- Medicines, prescriptions and first aid kit
- Pet food and other items for pets (litter boxes, leashes)
4. Gather Important Documents
Keep important documents in a safe place that you can access easily.
5. Take the Ten-Minute Challenge
To find out if you are ready, do a real-time test. Give yourself just 10 minutes to get your family and belongings into the car and on the road to safety. By planning ahead and practicing, you should be able to gather your family members and pets, along with the most important items they will need, calmly and efficiently, with a minimum of stress and confusion. If you would like some help with any of these things, check out our Emergency Preparedness Guide.
Michael Skyler is the Owner and Founder of the Disaster Supply Center
The most important place to keep your emergency kit is in your car! The reason being that during an earthquake or other emergency, you may be across a bridge, stuck in a traffic blockage or too far away to be able to get home. The only supplies you will have available are the survival supplies with you in your car.
You cannot count on government agencies to help you for at least the first three days and as we know from the fires in California as well as the FEMA response, or lack of it, to “Katrina” it could take 7 days or longer for help to arrive.
Fortunately in Marin county people are able to take advantage of the GET READY MARIN training, provided by the local Fire Departments and volunteer Disaster Councils that help people understand what to do and how to prepare for earthquakes and other emergencies/disasters.
Supplies should be arranged, stored and located where personnel will be able to access the materials quickly and easily after a disaster strikes. Supplies should be stored in backpacks, duffel bags and other containers with a high degree of mobility in case you have to move to another location.
The Disaster Supply Center offers a large selection of emergency kits for your car, home and they even have a kit for your pet. Their Premium Car Emergency Kit includes a hand crank radio which is also a flashlight and cell phone charger, jumper cables, ponchos, water pouches, food and much more to help in any situation. These premium emergency kits make wonderful gifts as do all the kits offered by the Disaster Supply Center.
They also have individual supplies available to augment and upgrade your current preparedness cache of supplies including many items that also make excellent gifts. These include portable radios and flashlights that contain solar panels and dynamo hand cranks where no batteries are needed. Also sold are water filters, purifiers and storage containers to enable people to store 1 gallon of water per day for each person which is now the recommended amount of water to have available. Food rations and water supplies all have a minimum 5 year shelf life. The Disaster Supply Center employees are knowledgeable and able to advise you on a wide variety of subjects and preparedness needs.
Michael Skyler is the Owner and Found of the Disaster Supply Center