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Basic Emergency Preparedness Precautions against Intruders

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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Prepping Tip:How to Prepare your Business for Disaster

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.

Before

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

During

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Make sure you are safe, as well as your employees.

After

  1. If you have insurance that will cover your damages, contact your agent immediately.
  2. 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.
  3. Photograph any damages inside your facility and save receipts for replacement items or repair work.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Separate damaged goods from undamaged goods, but beware of accumulating too much combustible debris inside of a building.
  8. 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.

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Basic Preparedness Kit to Survive an Earthquake

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.

Medical Supplies

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.

Cooking Supplies

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.

Communication Gadgets

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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The Importance of Making Your Own Emergency Kit

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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