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N.B.: Man-made disasters/emergencies such as theft, home invasions, and the like should also be part of our emergency preparedness planning. Though there’s no absolute ways to defend ourselves against hostile forces (unless you’re filthy rich and can afford to hire goons or private guards), equipping ourselves with the basic knowledge on how to defend our homes from criminals and other bad elements is a must. Below is a guest post on the basic precautions on how you can defend yourself and your family against intruders. – EOD
Crimes involving intruders can happen anywhere and these don’t even have to occur exclusively in high-crime areas. Keep your home and family safe with the following basic emergency preparedness precautions against intruders.
Choose a Safe Room
A safe room is any room or area in the house where you and your family can escape to in case an intruder enters your home. This room should be secure, accessible, easy to find and have enough space to accommodate members of the family (including pets). Store emergency provisions inside the room, and include foldable mats for sleeping, flashlights, fresh batteries, food heaters or warmers, water and food. Consider long term food storage to keep the stocks edible during an emergency.
You might also want to consider stocking items that can be used as weapons inside the safe room. Sticks, knives, even guns should be available should you need to use them. If not, learn how to improvise. For example, peppers mixed with water can be used as a defensive spray, a frozen water bottle may be hard enough to hit someone with or a bottle of spray perfume/alcohol with a lighter may be used as a flammable spray. Research the uses of common items and how they would react when combined with other items.
Also, keep a phone in this room so you can contact the police. Although your home phone will work for this purpose, it’s best to use a mobile phone in this situation in case the phone line is cut or rendered unusable. Post emergency numbers on the wall of the safe room where they can be seen easily.
Be Ready to Defend Yourself
Although a gun will help you defend yourself, not every member of your family may have access to it. Instead, keep other weapons such as sticks, batons, knives, stun guns, pepper sprays, kubotans, shurikens and the like in areas where you can find them quickly. Make sure that while these weapons are hidden from plain sight that you can find them and grab them when and if you need to. Use camouflage if necessary. Keep in mind that although you can use these weapons to defend yourself, an intruder can also take them and use them against you. As a precaution, you and your family should be the only people who know where these weapons are and how to use them.
Learn how to Use Everyday Weapons
Virtually any item in the house can be used as a weapon but it is only effective if you know how to use them. Things such as a fireplace poker, lamps, books, vases, statues, curtains, flour, salt, pepper, cooking oil, boxes—anything that can be thrown at, hit, beat or used against an intruder to incapacitate him or her. If an intruder catches you by surprise, you know that there are things in your house you can use to defend yourself and protect your family.
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Operating a business is tough on its own. Small establishments struggle every day to stay in business. It becomes especially difficult when a disaster hits and many don’t have the resources to sustain from closing their operation. About one in four businesses close their doors for good after a disaster. Here are some tips to keep your establishment afloat before, during and after a disaster or calamity.
- Turn off propane tanks, and gas / electrical utilities at the main switches or valves, if instructed to do so by local authorities, or if your place of business is threatened by rapidly rising flood water – this will prevent equipment / appliances from being damaged or destroyed when power is restored.
- Make sure you have copies of important documents handy and in several safe places – this includes tax documents, insurance, payroll information and any other info pertinent to the business. Take into account that you or your partners may not have access to these in the short term, and potentially the long term.
- Invest in preparing – this, sometimes does cost an ample amount of money, but a back up plan is something we always need to deal with to limit the damages after being hit by a disaster.
- If you or your business is in danger zone – listen to the authorities and leave. Your business is important but your life is MORE important.
- Try to stay calm – but be aware of the situation. Trying to go against nature (if its a natural disaster) or going into a danger zone could potential hurt you and may not even be beneficial. If you know your business is in physical trouble, call 911. Also, if you experience a fire, or other power failures make sure the authorities know and take precautions.
- Make sure you are safe, as well as your employees.
- If you have insurance that will cover your damages, contact your agent immediately.
- Survey any damages; enter a severely damaged building ONLY after local authorities have deemed it safe to do so and do NOT turn the power on yourself.
- Photograph any damages inside your facility and save receipts for replacement items or repair work.
- Look for safety hazards such as live wires, leaking gas or flammable liquids, poisonous gases, and damage to foundations or underground piping and notify the appropriate utility companies or emergency responders.
- Dry all areas and items quickly and thoroughly to prevent mold growth; food establishments especially should examine all surfaces, including sheet rock, for evidence of mold and take appropriate action immediately.
- Begin salvage as soon as possible to prevent further damage; cover broken windows and torn roof coverings immediately to protect merchandise / business from further damage.
- Separate damaged goods from undamaged goods, but beware of accumulating too much combustible debris inside of a building.
- Call in key business personnel and notify contractors to start repairs – after ensuring that safety systems are fully implemented before any work is allowed to begin.
About the Guest Author
This is a guest post written by David of www.DavidSurvival.com. David Survival is a source for survival tips and information about gears for urban environment. It features prepping information which includes tips on how to survive a black-out, to building your own emergency go bag.
According to a study published in the Proceedings of the Natural Academy of Sciences, the number of earthquakes with a magnitude of 8.0 or higher has been increasing since 2004. Therefore, if you live in an earthquake prone area, it would be wise to have an emergency earthquake kit ready. If you have never prepared such a kit before, here are some of the vital necessities that you should include in the kit.
Food and Water
The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) set of guidelines says that your earthquake preparedness kit should contain enough food and water to last for at least 72 hours. Of course, you should choose dehydrated foods that are easy to prepare. Some of the best foods to store include protein bars, powdered milk, dried rice, peanut butter, dried oatmeal, powdered eggs, dehydrated soups, beef cubes, powdered beans, and chicken bouillon cubes. Besides stocking bottled water, you should have enough supplies of water purification tablets or filters. Since you are likely to require plates and cutlery, you may want to include plastic plates, spoons, and forks in there.
In the event of an earthquake, individuals may get hurt. Injuries may range from open wounds to serious injuries, such as broken bones. As such, you should adequate medicine and first aid supplies such as sterile gauze, tweezers, aspirin, ibuprofen, bandages, iodine cleanser/betadine, and antidiarrheals. If you have medical conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure, make sure you include the appropriate medications in your earthquake kit.
An earthquake can happen at any time of the year. If it happens during rainy season (in tropical countries) or the cold months of winter, you need to have heating equipment. These will provide warmth as well as help you cook food. Purchase portable stoves and waterproof matches. In addition, purchase a pot for boiling water and ample supplies of stove fuel.
Besides staying warm, you need to have a few communication gadgets including a mobile phone, spare batteries for your phone, and two-way radios. A solar charger for your phone is a good gadget to have, too.
Since earthquakes are usually unpredictable, it is wise to have a well-prepared earthquake kit ready at all times. Some of the items that you must have in your kit include medical supplies, cooking supplies, and communication gear. Make sure you have enough supplies to see you through the first 72 hours after an earthquake. For more information about preparing an earthquake emergency kit, click here.
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N.B.: Prepping should always be a part of our daily chores. I’m not obsessed with what they called TEOTWAWKI or “ISHTF”. This blog is more on practical prepping to be ready to life’s emergencies such as job loss and natural disasters. Here in the Philippines the very basic thing most people should be prepared of is to fight hunger. The very reason my country is still part of the world’s developing nations is the fact that until now we haven’t solved the problem of hunger and poverty yet. You can only make people do lots of great things if their stomachs are full. The guest article below is for my fellow countrymen.
Trying to start your own food storage? Or maybe you’re quite experienced in that area, but you need a little boost to keep going? In all reality, building and rotating your food storage is a bit of a task, but it is well worth it to be prepared and have peace of mind. However, just because it is a big job doesn’t mean food storage can’t be fun. So what are some ways to make food storage more like a hobby and less like a chore? Here are just a few tips to make it a more enjoyable and rewarding experience for you and your family.
Make a Week of It
Often, many of us get a pretty good food storage going and then leave it to rot. Many times, we end up throwing away our food before we use it. One way to avoid this, and even more importantly, learn how to use the food we have obtained is to live off of it for a week. Make it a challenge. You could even have a competition with other families if you want. See if you can live off of only the items in your food storage for an entire week. This will help you find recipes to try, so you can see what works and what doesn’t. What’s more is the fact that you’ll actually learn how to use items like rice; whereas, right now you might only know it’s something on the food storage list of “must-haves” but have no idea what to do with it. So get creative and challenge yourself!
Look for Good Deals
Another good way to make food storage a bit more fun is to challenge yourself (and perhaps make it a competition once again with good friends who are doing the same thing) to find one food storage item a week (or month, depending on what you can do.) Make the challenge be to find the best deal you can, which would mean shopping around and comparing prices. By doing this, you can keep a bit more in the bank and make the food shopping a competition, even though in the end, it really is a team effort because everyone wins.
Creatively Store Your Food Storage
If you’re like many people, you simply don’t have enough space for all your food storage items. They definitely take up a lot of room quickly. A fun way to make food storage more enjoyable is to find creative places to put that food storage. Make it a family event! Many recommend putting cans underneath beds, behind couches, or even making a secret compartment on closet floors to create a sort of faux floor. Some even make coffee tables or end tables out of food storage and put a tasteful tablecloth over it. Nobody even knows the difference.
These are just a few ways to make your food storage experience a bit more enjoyable. Most importantly, choose to make it fun by getting the whole family, and perhaps a few friends, involved. As you do, you will also enjoy the fact that you are all a bit more prepared and self-reliant, and you are enjoying yourselves in the process.
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Note: This is a follow-up article to our previous post “Emergency Preparedness Tip: How to Create Your Own Emergency Kit“.
In the event that there is a natural disaster in your area, or some other form of emergency, it is crucial that you and your family be prepared for anything. You never know how long you will be without electricity, if the water lines will be damaged or disrupted, or if you will either be unable to leave your home or have to evacuate immediately. There are several items that are important for you to have in an emergency kit.
You may already be aware of many or all of these supplies that you should have on hand, but it is always good to have a list readily available, so that you do not forget anything. In general, a decent supply of water, foods that will not go bad, and first aid items are good to have. It would be helpful to have one or more kits ready-made, depending on the size of your family.
Why You Should Have an Emergency Kit Prepared
When it comes to your emergency supply kit, you will find that it is incredibly useful for having everything in one place. Stash it somewhere that is easily accessible, so that you can handle emergency situations quickly and without complications. The top supplies to have in your kit are the following: water; food; a few types of tools, such as a crowbar, bungee cords, hammer and nails, adjustable wrench, and staple gun; copy of your important documents and phone numbers; sleeping bag or a blanket; change of clothes and sturdy shoes for each family member; heavy work gloves; plates and other feeding accessories; special needs items, especially for children and seniors; prescription medications and the prescriptions; and a first aid kit with instructions, among several other items.
A “go kit” will vary slightly from the emergency kit, but many of these basic items should be included in it. Place this in your vehicle, if you have one, in the form of a backpack, duffel bag, or another type of easy to carry case. Put some type of I.D. on it, such as name and phone number and/or address, in case of it becoming lost in the midst of getting to a safe location.
Remember, the key to putting together an emergency supply kit is that the safety of you and your family should be above everything else. Leave unnecessary items out, so that you have all you need without an especially heavy load to carry. When you have prepared and made up a plan with your family, anxiety should be lessened when an emergency strikes.
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Note: Here’s another guest post that will equip you with basic knowledge on how to prepare for emergencies. As we are living in an uncertain world, it is a must to be prepared all the time. – AFCB
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While you can purchase ready-made emergency kits, it is often more cost effective to build your own. You will not only save money, but the kit will be tailored to your specific needs, as well.
At its most basic, an emergency kit needs to keep you alive for 72 hours. A week, however, is a far better time frame and ensures that you have time to move out of the area if need be, or hole up to wait for help. Either way, building your own emergency kit is simple.
Every household should keep fresh water on hand. You’ll need one gallon for each person per day. If you’re planning for 3 days, then that’s 3 gallons per person. Don’t forget pets and include a little extra if you have an infant who will need formula.
While people cannot survive without water, food is not as necessary. You can live for weeks without it, but if you want to keep up your strength, it’s a good idea to have a good sized food supply.
Look for food that will not spoil quickly and which is easy to prepare without electricity or water. Canned foods are a common choice, but you can also opt for soups that do not require additional water. For the emergency foods, keep in mind that it may not be possible to get more water easily.
If you are adding food for more than a week, you can include items that require water, since it is likely that you will have to find a water source by then anyway. Freeze dried foods are easy to prepare and tend to be light, in case you need to leave and carry food with you.
In addition to the basics of food and water, every emergency kit should include a few basic items to help you in a disaster situation. These include:
• Flashlight and batteries
• Radio, preferably hand crank
• Space blankets
• Fire starting supplies
• Hygiene supplies (e.g. toilet paper, plastic bags, soap, toothbrushes, etc.)
• Work gloves, shovel, wrenches, etc. to remove debris and turn off gas, etc.
• Pet food, collars, and leashes
• Diapers and formula if needed
You will know best what is necessary in your family. If you have special dietary or health needs, then these should be addressed in the emergency kit, as well.
I intend to post this progress on Monday but because of the super typhoon Pablo, this has been delayed. Good thing Pablo has changed its track earlier last night. Senior Santo Niño and Saint Pedro Calungsod are safeguarding Cebu from any kinds of natural calamities. Thank you so much God!
As I mentioned in my 1-Month Basic Food Storage plan, my food storage stock for week 1 is consist of a 5-kilo rice and 4 canned goods. I bought all these during Metro Gaisano’s 1-Day Crazy Sale but these items were not on sale. I forgot to recheck their prices but I approximately bought them all for Php402 or $10.05.
I am currently contemplating if I’ll ask a carpenter to build me a food storage stand or if I’ll just buy a big plastic food storage container from the mall. If I’ll buy a plastic container, I won’t have any problems when moving time will come. So, I think the latter is a better choice.
Food Storage Plan Week 2
I’m not sure if I can keep up with my list for week 2 as I will start buying stuff this weekend for our Christmas dinner. I already have a dinner menu but I will modify it to make it more frugal as possible.
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I’m still figuring out where to put my category link in my header file as the current theme doesn’t support my page mash plugin. I’m also planning to put an advertisement and product review page. There are lots of things to do that in worst case scenario can put this blog in a shutdown mode.
Note: As of this writing, super typhoon Pablo is currently spotted at 50 km Eastern Coast of Davao Oriental. Check hourly updates here.
Another super typhoon is now rummaging the Philippine shores, and it is expected to hit Cebu this evening. Other provinces in Mindanao and Visayas were already reported having storm alert signals of 2 and 3. Cebu is currently under signal number 1. But, despite this warning, there are very little signs that can be seen that a super typhoon is coming. As much as I can remember, this will be my second experience of enduring a super typhoon after Ruping in 1990 (I was still a preschooler at that time).
I went to the city yesterday along with my boyfriend (as he was scheduled to undergo a minor surgery but the surgeon whom his boss referred to him was not around). So we just went to the mall and bought a few emergency supplies. People at the hardware store inside SM City were busy buying emergency lights and other necessary tools like ropes, flashlights, boots, and the like. Though this is the atmosphere inside the Hardware store, people outside were actually not that worried as the weather is so fine – clear skies and the sun was shining intensely.
When we arrived at our apartment early this evening, I checked the skies and I can clearly see the stars. It’s really weird as Cebu is already under storm signal number 1. There’s no rain shower or dark clouds. This makes me worried a bit as this is my first time preparing for an impending calamity without my parents.
How to Prepare for a Super Typhoon
Here are some good online resources you can read on how to prepare before a super typhoon strikes.
How to Prepare a Typhoon Survival Kit – http://www.pinoy-everything.com/weather-news/how-to-prepare-a-typhoon-survival-kit
How to Prepare for a Typhoon (intended for Western readers but can also be applied for Philippine residents) – http://www.ehow.com/how_2190448_prepare-typhoon.html
How To Prepare For A Super Typhoon – http://www.cosmo.ph/better-you/you-only-better/how-to-prepare-for-a-super-typhoon/
Prepare yourself for a typhoon – http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/lifestyle/06/08/10/19-typhoon-preparedness-tips
Emergency Preparation Tips for Typhoons – http://www.preparenow.info/emergency-preparation-tips-for-typhoons-a1.html
Hope these links are of help to everyone. I’m still praying that the eye of the storm will just “TIPAS” and will go directly to the ocean and will disappear.
Keep on checking the PAGASA website to have an updated report about the typhoon.
Note: Have you ever planned for ISHTF (if shit hits the fan)? Do you think you can survive a week of staying inside your house during emergency situations and are secured that you won’t run out of foods to eat? If you haven’t yet, then keep on reading the guest article below from DailyBread.com.
With the “Zombie Apocalypse” (pun intended) quickly approaching, it is important to consider stockpiling food, water, and other necessities. Even those who are not worried about the Zombie Apocalypse in particular (and think preppers are weird and crazy) must have heard the countless news stories about food shortages around the globe.
Many analysts claim that the average person currently spends about a tenth of their income on food, but these analysts anticipate that this number will increase in the future. It may increase to as much as a third. To fight back in times like these, consumers have a few options.
One of the most viable options is to become food sufficient. By growing and storing your own food, you will increase your chances of surviving anything from a food shortage to a Zombie Apocalypse.
Growing your own food is one of the best ways to be self-sufficient. For best results, you should be able to can and store that food so that it lasts well into the winter months. Daily Bread – your source for the best food storage――has a lot of great ideas on how to store your necessities.
Eventually, you will need to eat your stored foods, and you may even have to come up with some innovative ways to prepare those foods. Luckily, there are several foods that are simple to prepare during an emergency.
When menu planning for an emergency, you should try to think of dishes that do not require any electricity to make, and you should focus on cooking methods that do not waste water. Potatoes are an incredible starch, and they can easily be roasted in the ashes of a smoldering fire. To add a little protein to your meal, you should consider beans. Canned or jarred beans are a simple and nutritious meal on their own, and they are doubly good when scooped over a potato. As long as you have a fire, you can get creative with your beans. A can of tomatoes, a bit of beans, and some chili powder will make a great campfire chili.
When stockpiling food for an emergency, you should focus more on your nutritional needs than your taste buds. Whole wheat crackers are easy to store, and they will make a great snack with peanut butter. You may even cover them with a canned meat like tuna. When you sprinkle a little salt on any of these treats, you will have a tasty little meal.
Dessert is important even in emergencies. Unfortunately, you may not be able to have ice cream or cake. However, a simple jar of peaches or applesauce is a great way to end a tasty emergency meal.
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Note: Here’s a guest post from FoodInsurance.com on how to prepare your family in times of emergencies. As I am now featuring topics related to self-reliance and prepping, I believe this guest post will be helpful to me as well as to my new readers.
Experts agree that it is important for people to prepare for an emergency. Whether it is an act of terrorism or a natural disaster, having some basic supplies on hand can make a big difference when it comes to surviving a disaster. However, families, especially those with young children need to take some extra steps to ensure their children are able to cope with the difficulties and stress following any type of emergency situation.
For example, children have their own unique needs and preparing them for a disaster is important. Consider things like how your children will entertain themselves. Whether you need to relocate to a shelter or you plan on sheltering in place, children will need something to occupy their time. You can pack an emergency bag that includes a compact game, a couple of books or even crayons and coloring books. Giving kids an opportunity to relieve stress and engage in typical childhood activities will help them cope with even a difficult situation.
As you are preparing your disaster management plan, be sure to consider the types of foods you will have on hand. There are many types of foods that are easy to store and have a shelf-life that will last for decades. However, children also have some of their favorite foods and ensuring that they have something that they will enjoy can help keep even the pickiest kids comfortable during a disaster. Fortunately, you can find great food storage for a young family by simply adding a few of their favorite foods in a shelf-stable form. Freeze-dried strawberries, peaches and other fruits are often some of the favorites for children.
Part of preparing for a disaster is making an emergency plan. While young children might not be able to contribute much to the actual planning, they should be included in some of the discussions. There is no need to frighten children, but letting them know that you are taking precautions to ensure their safety can actually provide a measure of comfort. Let them help choose a favorite toy to put in their emergency bag. Children can also help decide the types of snacks they would like in their bag. Let them play a role in some of the decisions that go into your emergency preparedness plans.
Choose a child-friendly emergency bag for young kids. This can be a small backpack featuring their favorite cartoon character or it can be a duffel bag in a favorite color. When kids have their own emergency bag, they can take an active role in helping to prepare for an emergency.
When planning your emergency necessities, be sure to include a flashlight and extra batteries for each of your children. Young kids can be frightened of the dark and many times an emergency will mean there is no electricity. Letting each child have their own light source can be very comforting for them.
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