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What's Your Plan?

Shelf Reliance Mom: What's Your Plan?

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

What's Your Plan?

With all of the different types of disasters that can occur, its difficult to make a plan for every type of situation.  However, for each situation you plan, its one less unknown that you will have to worry about in the future, right?

2 person survival pack
In this emergency preparedness checklist produced by FEMA, it already had a few things I hadn't necessarily thought of doing before:
     -For example, I wear contacts, but I never thought about having a pair of glasses for when
       I'd have to flee.
     -Know what emergencies are most likely to occur in your area, but also learn your
       community's evacuation routes and how you would be warned in an emergency.

I met someone who said that before 9/11 they didn't have TV, but after having that horrific event happen and not even having a clue about it for quite some time, they felt like that was their way to stay connected in case there were ever an extreme emergency. 

      -Have a "contact person" in your city and out-of-state.  You never know if your
        emergency is going to be local or or nationwide.
      -Be prepared to have a list of phone numbers in each person's emergency kit so
        even if you were all separated, you'd all have people that you know you should call as a
        center contact.
      -Have a few different reunion locations for the same reason as having multiple contacts.  If
        you were having a neighborhood emergency, your kids should all know to go to this
        certain friends house down the street or if it is a city disaster, everyone should head over
        to Grandma's house.  If you are someone who is out and about a lot, don't forget to plan for
        a place with reasonable walking distance

     -Always keep your gas tank at least half full  and 3/4 full if possible.  You never
        know when that might have been your last chance to fill up before fleeing. 
      -Do you have a good pair of walking shoes in your car in case you happened to be wearing
        sandals or high heels while you were out and about?
      -Do you have Benedryl in case your children were to have a bad reaction to something
        near you but you can't get to medical help?  
      -Maxi pads to soak up blood wounds?  
Solar Raidio

Radio that works by hand crank or solar powered so you don't have to worry about dud batteries?

-What if you are at home and you were not able to leave?  
-Would everyone old enough know how to turn off the water, gas and electricity?  Is there an extra set of car/house keys?
-Does everyone know what important documents would need to be grabbed?
-Are they laminated to keep safe in case you were leaving in a storm?

Obviously all of the possibilities are overwhelming, but it is easy to make small changes today.  

If you make copies of all the important documents you'd ever need and a list of phone numbers for doctors and family members, you've prepared a HUGE part of your plan.  

Vow today to take at least 1 important step in preparing for a disaster today.

 Now I just have to say.....

I am excited that I got my 2 Person Survival Pack in this week.  They had been on back order because they are such an incredible price.  While they retail for $160, consultants are able to sell them for the incredible price of $79.10, a 51% savings!  Consultants will always be able to sell at the lowest price, guarenteed.  I would HIGHLY recommend that you get one while they are still priced so low, because I am not sure when this deal will end.  I know that we are supposed to be getting a new price list soon so we'll see what the price will be in a week.  These are so affordable that I bought one for my house, car and I am buying one for my husband's office.  I just keep thinking about how I never know where I might be when a disaster were to hit and I don't want to be caught unaware.  I dare anyone to try to get such a complete kit for a better price.  The backpacks alone are a fantastic deal as they are a heavy duty sturdy material.  Anyone gone backpack shopping lately?

Here's a breakdown of what the kit includes:

  • 1 Heavy Duty Backpack (1 main compartment, 2 small top compartments, 1 medium compartment, and 2 zipping side pockets).
  • 1 Multi-function Knife (includes scissors, screwdriver, and nail file)
  • 2 (two) 3M®, N95 Deluxe Dust Masks
  • 1 Pair of Industrial Leather Work Gloves
  • 2 (two) 10-hour, Disposable Heat Packs
  • 10 Yards of 2” Duct Tape
  • 2 Bright Sticks (provides up to 24 hours of light, 12 hours each)
  • 2 name brand OB Tampons
  • 1 (one) 50-foot Rope
Shelter and Bedding
  • 1 Tube Tent with Rope
  • 2 Emergency Sleeping Bags – 84”x36” (windproof and waterproof)
  • 2 Ponchos with Attached Hood (one size fits all)
  • 2 Whistles
  • 1 Hand Crank Flashlight/Radio/Siren (no battery or electricity needed)
  • Universal DC Adapter for Portable Electronics (will charge cell phones, portable DVD Players, and any electronics with a DC plug in! Simply plug your DC device into the adapter, and plug the adapter into your hand crank flashlight. No batteries or electricity needed).
  • 1 Notepad and Pencil
First Aid
  • 1 First Aid Booklet
  • 1 Deluxe First Aid Kit Including:
    • 1 Pair of Scissors
    • 1 Ace Bandage
    • 1 Small Roll of Athletic Tape
    • 2 Iodine Pads
    • 2 Large Band-aids (4” x1.75”)
    • 20 Standard Size Band-aids
    • 4 Extra Strength Tylenol Caplets
    • 4 Pepto-Bismol Caplets
    • 2 Blistex Chapstick Pouches (.5g each)
    • 2 Antibiotic Ointment Pouches (.5g each)
    • 2 Sterile Alcohol Prep Pads
    • 1 Ammonia Inhalant Respiratory Stimulant
    • 2 (two) 3” x 2.25” Gauze Pads (2 ply)
    • 2 (two) 2”x2” Gauze Pads (12 ply)
    • 2 (two) 4”x4” Gauze Pads (12 ply)
    • 1 Pair of Tweezers (plastic)
    • 1 Pair of Disposable Vinyl Gloves
Food and Water
  • 12 - 8.45 fl. oz. Coast Guard Approved Emergency Water Servings
  • 2 Coast Guard Approved 3600 Calorie Food Bars
  • 1 Plastic, 8 Liter Emergency Water Bag (not pre-filled)
  • 8 Water Purification Tablets (1 liter per tablet)

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