FEMA Announces Federal and State Aid for Flood victims

FEMA Announces Federal and State Aid for Flood victims

FEMA opens State Disaster Recovery Center in Lenoir County, NC

In order to assist the victims of hurricane Matthew and the subsequent flooding in North Carolina, we are providing emergency informational links by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) and the SBA (Small Business Administration).kinston-flood-10-30-2016-7-copy

The management of Just Us EnterprisesEmergency Disaster Preparedness observed the extensive damage to homes, businesses, farms and workplaces. Tons of sloppy wet carpets, insulation, wallboard, lumber, furniture and personal belongings, recently removed from buildings in Kinston, NC revealed the extent of the destruction. Farms inundated with flood water are destroyed. Businesses and workplaces are uninhabitable. Just because you do not hear about it in the news does not mean that the problem is resolved. Heaps and piles of debris strewn kinston-flood-10-30-2016-15-copyacross roads, lawns, parking lots and sidewalks remain scattered where the flood or the clean-up crew left them. The floods destroyed entire blocks of businesses of which many are still closed and cannot reopen. Some are able to rebuild but many  more were not covered by insurance.

Hundreds, if not thousands of people lost everything. Some structures had flood water above the door-frames and up to the roofs of homes. These people, through no fault of their own, are suffering due to the flood that not okinston-flood-10-30-2016-1nly took their homes and work places, but their jobs and income as well. Many, about two hundred or more in North Carolina alone, still cannot return to their flood ravaged homes. Some streets, for example Queen Street and other roads are still not accessible because the roads are washed out or still under water.For some, there is some assistance through the state and federal government.

Help is available

FEMA/State Disaster Recovery Center opened in Lenoir County, NC on October 24, 2016. North Carolina residents, who suffered losses and damage as a result of Hurricane Matthew, can get information about state and federal assistance at:

  • Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Lenoir County opening Monday, Oct. 24.
  • Location: NOVA Building
  • 105 W. Caswell St.
  • Kinston, NC 28501

Regular hours: Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.                Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Additionally, The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA information can also be accessed by following the link below.

For more information and assistance, follow this link direct to the FEMA website:

https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2016/10/23/fema/state-disaster-recovery-center-opens-lenoir-county

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Hurricane Names 2016, Emergency Supplies, Disaster Preparedness

Hurricane Names 2016, Emergency Supplies, Disaster Preparedness

It is hurricane season, so it is prudent to have a disaster plan, disaster preparations, emergency supplies that are ready to grab and go, and a prearranged inland location to meet family and group members if an evacuation become inevitable.

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Skiff washed ashore during hurricane.

Disaster PlanDecide where to meet, include written contacts, phone numbers, and other information in your ready to go kit. This information must in writing, because the hurricane’s damage, combined with the personal shock of the disaster, could cause a temporary memory loss. Cell phones may be lost, stolen, damaged, or unable to acquire a signal. There is much to consider when making a disaster plan. You can get more information at FEMA.gov Family Emergency Communication Plan

Disaster Preparations – Have an emergency survival kit that includes food, water and emergency supplies pre-packed and ready to go at short notice. Pack what is necessary to sustain each person for a minimum of three days and up to two weeks. Each member of your family also should have their own emergency survival kit. Keep the emergency kits or grab and go bags manageable in weight. For more information click on Planning, Preparing, Procurement and Providing. When there, scroll down to the Table of Contents for more specific topics.

How Hurricanes are Named

The National Hurricane Center, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration use a rotating list of 21 names per year, for six years, to identify hurricanes. Each year has its own set of names and is reused again in six years. The only time that there is a change in the list is if a storm is so deadly or costly that the future use of its name on a different storm would be inappropriate for reasons of sensitivity (Tropical Cyclone Names, National Hurricane Center). For example, Hurricane Sandy’s name is retired.

2016 Storm Names

Alex Fiona Karl Paula
Bonnie Gaston Lisa Richard
Colin Hermine Matthew Shary
Danielle Ian Nicole Tobias
Earl Julia Otto Virginie             Walter

When there are more than 21 named storms, the Greek alphabet is used.

Storm News

Fiona and Gaston are currently making their way across the Atlantic. This makes seven named storms this year. Hurricanes have strong winds, storm surges, hail, torrential rains, and lightning. They can produce tornados, flooding and wide spread damage. They create dangerous conditions after they pass too, such as injuries, spreading of diseases, mold, destruction of personal and Stormy Seashorebusiness property, and the contamination of drinking water and food supplies.

Shock, confusion and chaos are common after a major catastrophic event such as a hurricane or a tornado. Becoming separated people worry anxiously about their absent loved ones. FEMA, the Red Cross, the CDC and the Emergency Disaster Preparedness industry all recommend having an emergency preparedness plan and supplies and provisions of food and water.

Before a Storm Approaches

PLAN ahead have a written list of phone numbers so you can communicate with your family. Put this list in a waterproof container and put it in your survival kits. Remember to text instead of talk. The reason is that talking takes up more phone time and jams the systems. Have a pre-arranged meeting place. If you or a family member become separated and or lose phone service, your loved ones can meet you at this location. (Family Emergency Communication Plan)

PREPARE an emergency kit or survival kit for each family member. The essential contents of the emergency kit will contain many items; it could be beneficial if there is duplication of some items. For a list of recommended contents click here.

Provide enough food, water and supplies for a disaster for at least three days and up to two weeks. It is highly recommended to have a week or two weeks’ worth of long-term food and water. Once the power goes out, food will spoil rapidly.

Contaminated water will ruin your boxes of food. Having canned goods will be too heavy to take with you if you must evacuate. A family of four requires 84 meals per week (3 meals per day x 4 people x 7 days).

Water weighs about eight pounds per gallon and takes up a lot of space. For example, a family of four using one gallon of water per person, per day, will consume 28 gallons of water per week.

One practical solution is to have lightweight, dehydrated or freeze-dried USDA quality food, which is contained in Mylar pouches and further protected by food grade plastic buckets. Long-term food can have a shelf life from five to 25 years. A variety of foods exists from breakfasts, lunches and dinners to desserts and drinks. Some varieties can be cooked in the pouch with serving sizes as small as two servings per pouch.

Water, is a necessity for life, and while lugging 28 gallons of water from place to place may not be practical, carrying a few bottles of water and having a lightweight portable water filtration or water purification system with you is. Have water bottles or lightweight water packets with your supplies. Flooding and power outages may make water unsuitable to drink. Municipal water sources may be contaminated. Therefor it is in your best interests to have your own supply of water and a backup water filtration or a water purification system.

Visit Just Us Enterprises for all your emergency, disaster, preparedness and outdoor supplies. We provide links to reputable disaster agencies and closely follow or exceed their recommendations.

Lightning Hits the Home of Emergency and Disaster Preparedness

The backyard Fourth of July barbeque (July 4, 2016), will be a day, that will be remembered for a long time by the six witnesses on the back porch, the four to six people on the front porch and the six or eight other family members that were inside the home of Just Us Enterprises, the Emergency Disaster Preparedness supplier.

The Cookout

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It started out as a beautiful day to have friends and family together for the traditional Fourth of July barbeque. The sun was shining with some clouds and a gentle breeze. Guests were scattered inside and outside the home, socializing and catching up. Bits of potato chips on the floor overlooked, as something that a guest is holding seems more appealing to the family dog. Lively chatter from the back porch indicates a friendly conversation with dabs of laughter. Some were cute as they sat next to their young loves in the living room (trying to avoid the adults). The adventurous mingled out to the front porch where there was a bit of a breeze on this hot July afternoon.

The hot dogs replaced cheeseburgers on the grill, salads, condiments, lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles, chips, paper plates and everything else was ready in anticipation of an enjoyable cookout. The frankfurters, however, seemed reluctant to cook, as dark skies were suddenly fast approaching. I remember thinking, “I should have enough time to cook these and be inside the (covered, screened in) porch before it starts to rain.” Nope, the rain had a different idea. Just as I started taking the wieners from the grill the sky dumped out. All at once! Before all of the hot dogs were taken off the grill, the incredible amount of rain that fell started to steam clean the grill. This storm was moving in fast from the southwest going northeast and right toward us.

There was some thunder, and an occasional lightning flash. Nothing significant enough to worry about, at least that is what we thought. We finished eating and returned to all the various places that the groups congregated in and continued our festivities. The quick moving storm caused the rain to change direction and decided to come from the northeast. Then, while we were shifting about to avoid the deluge, lightning hit really, really, close. Unconcerned, we went back, to adjusting our chairs and conversing when shortly after, there was this flash/boom.

FLASH/BOOM

There were six family members on the  screened in back porch when the lightning struck. The front porch had about four to six people who also witnessed the unexpected lightning strike. The flash made all of us look at the neighbor’s house; the boom seemed to go unnoticed because both the strike and the boom happened at the same time. Those inside heard an electrical buzz as the TVs and electronics were categorically fried. We surmised, later on, the main lightning bolt hit the home of Just Us Enterprises first and then the bolt split in two. The other arm of the split lightning bolt is what we watched hit the neighbor’s house after it struck ours.

The branch of the bolt that split off from the main bolt is what we watched hit the house next door, which was vacant at the time. We watched this thin electric finger appear from invisibility and touch near the peak of the house. The houses in the area generally have vinyl siding and aluminum trim. When lightning struck the house next door, the trim appeared to visibly pop out and away from it. Actually, the trim did separate from the house as evidenced by the nails that hold the aluminum fascia on. The nails were almost completely removed out of the wood they were nailed into. The heads of the nails and fasteners were charred and burnt and the aluminum trim bent.

We were all so mesmerized by watching the lightning show; nobody even thought that we were hit! I watched the area where the first two nails blast out of the fascia board with about the flash intensity of a cherry bomb (or something slightly larger) and a shower of sparks in the torrential rain. Then the bolt quickly disappeared and reappeared about 8 feet further down where, again another blast of light and again nails popped out and another shower of sparks, but the third time was a little different.

Ball Lightning

Some of the bolt traveled down to the downspout and the rest created a fireball. The fireball escaped from behind the aluminum covering and fell to the ground after it split a second time. It was about the size of a partially deflated beach ball. The center bottom was a brilliant white and from that came uneven concentric layers (mostly on the top and sides of the white center) with colorful reds, oranges and yellows. What a beautiful display. The rain was pouring so intensely and created such a deluge that there was already a couple of inches of water on the ground. As soon as the ball of light and flames hit the flooded ground, the fire display was over too. Naturally, we scrambled into the main part of the house for the duration of the thunderstorm.

One Lightning Bolt, Two Houses Struck

Lightning Strike, notice the shingle is vertical and the tiny splinters of roofing and fascia.
Lightning Strike, notice the shingle is vertical and the tiny splinters of roofing and fascia.

We waited for the storm to pass, which it did as abruptly as it arrived, about a half hour later. My brother-in-law and I went to check on any damage on the house next door. We thought it was minor until we spotted the hole in our roof. Directly above where we were sitting when it hit us. The hole was big enough to put your hand thru and left debris strewn about the attic. The shingles were scorched and melted; the underlayment had softball and larger fragments blown clean away and the siding was in hundreds of tiny bits and pieces. The fire department believed the torrential rain that was occurring during the strike must have put out the flames and kept the melting, smoldering shingles and roof from burning. The lightning strike stopped almost directly (about six feet) above my head from where I was standing up at the time. We were never aware of what was happening, literally, right over our heads until we walked back from next door.

The covered screened in porch seemed like a safe place out of the rain. Safe, that is, until you realize how quickly everything happened. The deluge of rain came in horizontally and flooded the concrete floor. The screened in area is aluminum clad and I was at the entrance to the dining room when the lightning struck. If the lightning came just a little closer or a little lower, we all would have been like bugs in a bug zapper.

Maybe we did get a little jolt or maybe we didn’t. The main thing is that we all survived without any major physical injuries. Everything else that we lost is replaceable, inconvenient, but replaceable. It is worth mentioning, not all of those in attendance for the cook-out went to see the man-made local fireworks display later that evening.

The point of this is that we never know when a disaster, an emergency, or a lightning strike will occur. Some things, such as an act of violence or hurricane can be prepared for. Other things happen so lightning fast (pun intended) that you cannot prepare for it. However, having preparedness supplies on hand and ready to go can possibly save a life or at least make the crisis more comfortable.

Check out our website. Just Us Enterprises is the Emergency and Disaster Preparedness company that provides products at reasonable prices for your readiness, in the probable event of a catastrophic occurrence. We ship anywhere in the United States, Hawaii and Alaska may incur additional shipping charges.

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Rescuers cannot help you if they cannot get to you.

Rescuers cannot help you if they cannot get to you.

Hurricane season is upon us.

In recent years, a multitude of government agencies, such as fire departments, local, state and federal agencies and the preparedness industry are asserting the requirement for emergency and disaster preparedness. No matter whom you are, rich or poor, a storm such as a hurricane can and does affect thousands of people. Storms are not particular, the violent wind and rain combined with flood waters not only wreak havoc with you, your family and your possessions; they equally adversely hinder and involve the lives of rescue and relief organizations.

The media stresses how important it is to be prepared for an emergency or a disaster. Rescue and relief personnel providing assistance face the same circumstances that you are in. They are not playing a video game waiting to be notified that they have a call. They are preparing and readying themselves, their gear and their equipment to come to someone’s rescue. These courageous men and women will voluntarily risk their lives to save the lives of unknown people. They leave their own families in the face of danger in order to accomplish their duty.

Help is on the Way

Help and rescue must overcome many obstacles; it still takes time to come to someone’s rescue. Emergency and Disaster Preparedness organizations, including preparedness supply companies such as Just Us Enterprises – Emergency Disaster Preparedness, are at the ready to help. However, as in most situations, they must take care of themselves, their equipment and take stock of the (remaining) supplies before they can come to a rescue. Once the storm passes, then they must logistically organize the relief effort. Because hurricanes meander, while doing their destruction, areas hardest hit becomes a focus in order to save lives. Herein lies the problem: the storm throws and scatters debris from homes, businesses, sheds, garages, trees and anything else it can pick up. These obstructions block roads, destroy bridges and hinder rescue and relief efforts.

The Storm Victim

Time, is not on the side of the victims in a disaster area. This critical period, from the time it is safe enough for rescue organizations to begin the effort to the time help arrives in the devastated region can take up to a week or more. The most life-threatening period, that of during and immediately after the storm’s impact, is the most important time to be prepared. Being prepared does not have to mean preparing for an Apocalypse or even an alien invasion, but being prepared for two weeks to a month is beneficial.

Look at a brief timeline of what happens:

Alert Day                             Hurricane watches and alerts with possible landfall predictions

Warning Day                      Hurricane warnings state a coastline landfall is imminent.

Preparing Day                    A wide area is targeted – people race to pick clean the store shelves of water, food, batteries and other necessary items. There may be nothing left by the time you get to the store.

Storm Day                           Hurricane force winds hit the area, storm surges pound the coastline, torrential rains flood inland regions, razed buildings and downed trees block roads electrical power is out due to downed power lines, and the municipal water supply is contaminated by the floods that include a multitude of harmful bacteria and pollutants.

Storm Day 2                        The Hurricane continues to batter the coastline and the inland; its size only adds to its destructive forces.

The Day After                    The storm passes and leaves unbelievable ruin in its wake. The time for emergency, rescue and relief efforts commences. Once they determine what is needed, they have to figure out how to get to your location from their location. Remember they are as boxed in as you might be. A victim of the storm may only be a few miles from help, but like a needle in a haystack, they cannot help you if they cannot get to you.

Devastation and destruction, no lights, no phone, no internet, damage as far as the eye can see and further. Floodwater engulfs entire neighborhoods. Food and water are hard to come by, but you managed to salvage a few items from the destruction.

Day 2                                     A helicopter flies over and you assume they are looking for victims, how Help Flagdo you hail them to let them know you are there, a speck among tons and tons of strewn debris? What of the injured, what becomes of them? The helicopter was only surveying the extent of the damage, not necessarily there to help the thousands of injured sufferers who are mostly in a state of shock.

Day 3                                     You share what you and others either found or were fortunate enough to acquire.

Day 4                                     In the distance, a rumble of thunder, a low flying plane drops some supplies to far away to get to because of the rubble. The supplies you gathered are running out, the injured may have perished or infection is starting to set in. Water surrounds you, but it is contaminated.

Days 5 & 6                           Food runs out, drinkable water is scarce if any is available, still no power, and anarchy starts to set in.

Day 7                                     The sounds of chainsaws and trucks are only a couple of miles away, but the devastation prohibits moving the injured. What supplies there were are gone.

Day 8                                     Hunger, thirst, illness, infection and weather conditions afflict the helpless storm victims.

Day 9                                     Rescue arrives, but at what cost? How many lives could have been saved if the victims had their own emergency disaster preparedness kit or a survival kit?

As previously stated, time is not on the side of the victims. Time is also not on the side of the first responders and emergency personnel. The victims of the hurricane must provide for themselves with enough food, water, water filtration, first aid kit, and much more. Click here for a complete list with link to ready.gov.

Start getting prepared for the well-being of you and your loved ones. Have the supplies you need on hand with enough provisions for two to four weeks, to prepare for just such a scenario. With over 250 emergency and disaster preparedness supplies and outdoor products, contact Just Us Enterprises – Emergency Disaster Preparedness. A BBB Accredited (A+) business.

The Emergency and Disaster Preparedness Difference

Emergency and Disaster Supplier is asked what’s the difference between preparedness companies.


The end of the world?

A well-educated man asked a question today about emergency preparedness to which the answer seemed to surprise the inquirer. The gentleman asked if Just Us Enterprises Emergency Disaster Preparedness was a “survivalist” company. He suggested that many survivalist internet companies are preparing for an end of the world scenario and he does not believe that will occur. He was not sarcastic or demeaning in any way, just interested in the type of company we are. He wanted to compare our company to the many survivalist and apocalyptic preparedness companies on the internet. He stated that they seem to base their businesses on fear, such as a nuclear attack or the Apocalypse itself. He asked, politely but inquisitively, what makes our company so much better since they all seem to be the pretty much the same.

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Mohawk Mushroom

His question made me realize many people think all emergency and disaster preparedness companies are the same. There is an obvious, although apparently not well known difference between Just Us Enterprises and other “survivalist” companies. I must admit when viewed from the gentleman’s perspective, most prepper websites appear to give the impression that TEOTWAWKI (the end of the world as we know it) is going to happen soon and you must be prepared for it. Therefore, they instill fear, show cataclysmic events, and speak of doomsday. They sell merchandise not always designed or manufactured with quality and durability in mind, despite the chaos that they predict. They might sell weapons so you can defend your stash of survival supplies. Chaos and anarchy seem to be predominant themes.

I am not suggesting that all prepper websites and survivalist sites are this way, but many are or appear to be fear-mongering entities. They emphasize buying this product or that item for use after the (name the country of your choice) drops the bomb on us. You need to buy this product so when the financial collapse happens you can survive Armageddon. You must have these supplies for whatever hysterical or mysterious purpose suits the seller’s sales pitch.

The Difference

The gentleman’s question, though poignant, was an example of how misunderstood emergency preparedness actually is. Therefore, I explained the difference between us and the other types of survival preparedness establishments that are out there. We consider ourselves practical and conservative, and we tend to advise people to prepare for a major event according to their own budget and peace of mind. We know from experience that real emergency relief can take from a few days up to several weeks before the aftermath of a catastrophe is under control.

There are alternative websites, albeit not apparently very many, real legitimate businesses that do not prey on fear, destruction, and mayhem. Just Us Enterprises is an emergency disaster preparedness and outdoor supplier with a reputable character with the Better Business Bureau (A+ accreditation), member of the New Bern Chamber of Commerce, named a top disaster preparedness supplier and a member of FEMA’s Preparedness Community. We follow government guidelines for people to be prepared for an emergency or a disaster. We offer over 250 quality preparedness products, food, water and water filtration, first aid kits and many outdoor supplies. We do not base our business on fear, but we do believe in helping people be prepared in case of an emergency or a disaster. For that matter for outdoor activities too, such as camping, boating and hiking.

Just Us Enterprises sells only quality products primarily for both the short term, (and to those who want to prepare for the alien invasion) and for camping, RVing and outdoors. We disassociate ourselves from the scare tactics that some use and concentrate on a more reasonable, sensible and practical application of what emergency and disaster preparedness means. We enjoy helping others to be prepared for an event because we experienced a time when we were unprepared and needed emergency supplies. blizzard of 2005 018 (2) (2)Unfortunately, we waited until the last minute and found empty store shelves. Our emergency only lasted a few days because the blizzard closed roads and stores, but it would have been nice to have the supplies we needed to sustain our family for that short span of time. We had no electricity, no heat and very little food.

We learned our lesson and that is how we look at emergency and disaster preparedness. When a severe storm hits, such as a hurricane or the severe blizzard that we endured, it may take several days to a week or two for relief efforts to get to you. Just like those who lived through hurricanes Sandy and Katrina, and had to wait for roads and bridges to open, electricity to be turned back on and to have clean water running through the pipes, you too, also need to have provisions and supplies.

Providing supplies, food and water, and emergency essentials from when the disaster strikes until the time disaster relief arrives is our business. Having quality adequate supplies on hand and prior to a crisis to last until assistance arrives to your location is your business. Everyone needs to be prepared for an emergency or a disaster at least for a short duration, a few days to a few weeks. Anything more than that is optional to the individual’s desires.

Briefly, I explained to the gentleman, you do not need to go overboard with supplies or prepare for a long-term catastrophe, unless you want to, but you do need food, water, a first aid kit and emergency supplies for you and your family if the need arises for short-term preparedness. A pre-made survival kit, emergency kit or preparedness package such as those that we provide, are compact and easily portable.

We invite you to take a look at our website Just Us Enterprises – Emergency Disaster Preparedness, you might be pleasantly surprised at the quality products that we offer.

Remember: Your own emergency disaster preparedness plan is the key to survival, and your survival depends on how well prepared you are.

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Planning for the Unexpected

Emergency and Disaster Preparedness Education

Emergencies occur unexpectedly and disasters create destruction but preparedness requires education. Education as in the planning for the unexpected, preparing in advance of a calamity and procuring enough provisions and supplies to sustain your family, group or organization; at least until relief efforts can replenish and restore the affected area to some semblance of pre-catastrophe. The goal in emergency disaster preparedness education is to teach people that their first line of defense is themselves.

Red Cross Disaster Relief

We are inundated every day with news reports of horrific natural and man-made tragedies. Tornados destroy homes, businesses and places of worship, floods swamped entire regions in Texas and the South. Brussels, Paris, San Bernardino, the Boston Marathon and Sandy Hook Elementary School, to name a few, are terrorist activities intent on disrupting our way of life. One of the worst things is the self-inflicted failure of proper safety implementation standards by those we put into office to protect us. The following examples highlight the reason why we must be our own guardians and prepare ourselves for what appears to be a breakdown in advancement.

Reasons to Prepare For Your Family

The first example is the well-publicized water crisis in Flint, Michigan. The authorities in charge of providing clean, filtered and purified water to the residents of Flint instead provided brownish colored, improperly filtered, toxic water containing lead and other impurities to its citizens. Initially both the local government and the EPA assured the residents that the water was fit to drink. Months went by before the powers that be relented and admitted the truth. The water, currently contaminated with lead, toxins, pollutants and bacteria, is a serious health hazard. All of this is documented fact. It is scary how many children, young adults, the sick and elderly, will have to endure the health effects of lead poisoning and other unknown possible effects of additional pollutants in the water because the officials blatantly lied to the people.

Some assert that the water crisis in Flint was an oversight, then a news report stated similar lead contamination in the water reports in Cleveland, and in New Jersey and before long many large cities, concerned about the crisis reviewed their lead levels. Remarkably, just like the initial reports in Flint, the authorities state the water is good enough and is not a risk for consumption. One of these agencies involved included the EPA! The same EPA that said Flint’s water was not harmful until it rescinded their first claim. One wonders, who is overseeing the overseers.

Case two, involves the FDA (The Food and Drug Administration), another government overseer from Washington. This instance is a small article in The Sun Journal dated April 2, 2016, pg B5 titled “FDA proposes limit for arsenic in baby rice cereal.”

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Skull & Crossbones Poison Image

As defined by the Encarta Dictionary (North America):

  • Arsenic is a “poisonous element – a steel-gray poisonous solid element that is a brittle crystalline metalloid. Use: in glass manufacture to remove impurities of color, in alloys to harden lead.”
  • Arsenic trioxide is a white poisonous solid that contains arsenic. Use: insecticide, rodenticide, herbicide, manufacture of glass and pigments. Formula: As2O3

The FDA, according to the article, “urged the food industry to reduce…the amount of arsenic found in baby rice cereals.” It goes on to say, “But the FDA says the guidance is a precaution as rice cereal is a leading source of arsenic exposure in infants.” As an alternative of suggesting a reduction limitation, why not enforce a limitation, or better yet, why not remove or eliminate the arsenic in the food we give our infants in its entirety.

The federal government agencies, such as the FDA, apparently believe poisoning infants with arsenic, in small quantities, is acceptable, just as the EPA believes lead in drinking water in Flint was acceptable for months. So, the question is, do you want to watch your infant die from slow poisoning or just to be brain damaged because the officials say it is okay.

Finally, in the investigation of water filtration and purification, we initiated an inquiry regarding the drinking water quality that our city provided. Reputable people informed us how healthy and clean and pure our water was. The salespeople from a whole house water filtration system company came by at our request and gave about an hour and a half or so presentation. After many different water quality “tests” they stated that we “needed to remove the bacteria (three times the normal amount) and chlorine (five times the normal amount).  It would have cost just under ten thousand dollars for the system. Knowing chlorine kills bacteria, I found it difficult to believe that we were drinking “water that has a higher chlorine level than a shocked swimming pool” and still contained a significant amount of bacteria. I know our water is a type of hard water, but it does not reek of chlorine. The salespeople were cordially escorted to the door.

Start Planning and Preparing Today

Flint residents were told their leaded drinking water was fine. Infants around the country are eating arsenic laden rice cereal and misleading salespeople are willing to take money out of your pocket. The point is, be it the leaders we put in office, or the salespeople that come to our home, sometimes, we run into deceivers that will say or do, what they think, we want to hear. We must educate ourselves and prepare our families with fact-based information.

Skull & Crossbones Poison Image

Prior planning prevents poor procedure! Do not take the risk and wait until you have an emergency or a disaster to start preparing for it. Make a preparedness plan, or read our  blogs Emergency Disaster Preparedness, Planning – How much and where do you go [Part 4 of 9] In addition to your plan, check your supplies with our recommendations (part of the same series). Have your own quality water purification system and long-term food by the nation’s leader in emergency and outdoor food. As you make your plans and buy your emergency provisions, buy them from a company you can trust. Do you need help making a plan or obtaining supplies? Visit our website; we have over 275 products for emergencies, disasters and the outdoors.

Just Us Enterprises – Emergency Disaster Preparedness is a BBB Accredited company.

SEVENTEEN MILLION, TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND AND WE’VE ONLY JUST BEGUN

“Water, water everywhere but not a drop to drink”

The water crisis in Flint, MI, Cleveland, OH, New Jersey and rumors of many other places has prompted Just Us Enterprises – Emergency Disaster Preparedness to provide cost effective countertop water filtration and purification systems for everyone.

The Water Problem

Water you can see, hear, smell, and touch but too toxic to drink.
Water you can see, hear, smell, and touch but too toxic to drink.

People everywhere, especially those in older cities and towns with deteriorating water supply systems, are concerned about lead and other harmful contaminants leaching into the water that we drink, cook and wash with.

Authorities are trucking in millions of plastic bottles of water to those areas affected by the water crises. The result will be millions if not billions of plastic bottles in landfills because of the fact some areas do not require or do not enforce recycling. This much plastic will additionally add to the toxic waste due to its manufacturing process and add to the already overburdened landfills. The cost of recycling by waste removal services and the limited recycling facilities will only incur more expense.

The ultimate burden, caused by the inept authorities in charge of protecting the people, will be passed on to those who can least afford the bill. The result will be in the form of higher water bills, higher landfill charges and higher taxes.

The Burden

If you have an average family of four, and each person uses only one gallon of water to drink, brush their teeth, rinse their vegetables and wash dishes that results in 28 one-gallon plastic bottles per week. Obviously, that is not nearly enough to bathe, water plants and put down for pets. At the time of this writing, the water crisis in Flint, MI has continued for 172 days (about 24.6 weeks). Therefore, for this family of four using the recommended minimum amount of water (1 gallon per day per person) times four members’ times 24.6 weeks (28x1x24.6), they will have contributed 688 one-gallon plastic jugs to the waste problem. Now to go a step further, take the estimated number of people in Flint, MI, approximately 100,000 people, and multiply  100,000 x 1 (gal per day) x 172 days. The result is 17,200,000 single usage one-gallon plastic bottles. Surely, if someone cooks a box of pasta, that will skew the entire math in an exponential way.

The Solution

We have contacted our water filtration and purification manufacturer to assist in helping those who need more water and who want to reduce the amount of needless plastic waste. Both our Water Filtration System and the Water Purification Systems reduce the amount of lead by greater than 90% and removes at least 160 other contaminants. These temporary systems are a countertop unit with two dedicated filters having a total of eight filtration/purification stages.

Each system will filter or purify up to 1,710 gallons of water, a little more than thirty-one 55-

Counter Top Water Filter
Counter Top Water Filter

gallon drums. This equates to the elimination of 1,710 plastic one gallon jugs or 12,951 average size plastic drinking bottles (128 ounces in a gallon/16.9 ounces in an average size water bottle = 7.57 plastic bottles per gallon [1,710 gal x 7.57 bottles=12,951]). That is only one water filtration system! Imagine the benefits of many systems. The impact on the environment would be lessened, the strain on landfills and recycling centers will be less costly, and the economic impact to homeowners will be eased.

Order your Water Filtration System or Water Purification System while the cost is still competitive and before everyone that puts a coffee filter in a bottle claims to have a better system. Unlike the water authorities in Flint and other cities, NASA, the Red Cross, the Peace Corps and U.S. Embassies worldwide rely on our systems because of this advanced water purification technology.

Remember, your own Emergency Disaster Preparedness Plan is your key to survival, and your survival depends on how well prepared you are.