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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.

Emergency Disaster Preparedness, Preparing – Who and What [Part 6 of 9]

Chapter 2 Preparing for an Emergency or Disaster 

Chapter 2.1 and 2.2 Preparing– lists, gathering supplies

1. Who do you prepare for?
2. What do you need?

 PREPARING FOR AN EMERGENCY OR A DISASTER

Preparing – lists, gathering supplies

Once you have defined the Planning part of your emergency disaster preparedness plan, you can start to prepare. With a Plan in place (discussed under No Simple Answers – Planning, with multiple parts), starting the preparing stage of gathering information and emergency essentials also begins with lists of Who, What, How and Why

Who do you prepare for?

Prepare for the number of people in your family, group or organization and add a cushion of emergency preparedness supplies. This seems like a simple answer, however,  disasters affect more than those in the immediate group. Others from outside the group will also need supplies. If you planned adequately, you should have more than just enough for you and your group.

Make lists; or have copies of these documents, include phone numbers, addresses, email and social media contacts. In times of extreme stress, memories can be inaccurate or even become forgetful, and it is impossible to remember everybody’s email address from doctors, financial institutions and businesses that you use. Put this secure information in a watertight container with your survival kit, so if you have to evacuate, you will have the information with you.

  • Contacts of relatives, close friends and people you can trust
  • Doctors, attorneys, investment brokers and co-workers
  • Financial Institutions and account numbers – banks and investments
  • Important documents – vehicle registrations, deeds, titles, marriage and birth certificates insurance policies
  • Medications – if you have to leave the area having the correct name and dosage will be helpful, include the prescribing doctor’s name and the pharmacy information
  • Insurance Companies and policy numbers
  • Place(s) to meet – if communications are lost or a member is separated from your party, you will have a predetermined meeting location
  • Supplies, food and water; these may need to be rationed
  • Maps; GPS systems may not be functioning

What do you need?

The most important survival categories are food and water, shelter and warmth and protection for medical reasons and from assailants. There are several more categories, including equipment, tools and essential supplies that require attention as priorities.

What you need is dependent on two things, the “who” (or how many people), and the type of emergency or disaster that you are preparing for. Emergencies and disasters, like footwear, come in an abundance of varieties, types and dreads. You probably will not wear slippers or high heels to a rodeo; likewise, you probably would not have a basic bug out bag for one person, while getting a family of four ready for evacuation when a hurricane or flood is inevitable.

You may not know the type of emergency you probably will encounter, but to your advantage, you do have knowledge in your favor. You know the number of people that you are preparing for. Additionally, you can take an educated guess as to the types of disasters that occur in your area, and you can acquire your emergency supplies based on your budget, knowledge and experience.

The following is a Basic Disaster Supplies Kit as recommended by FEMA source: (http://www.ready.gov/kit)

A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

  • Additional Emergency Supplies, [batteries, fuel, tools, cooking supplies]
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Blankets
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
  • Warm clothing
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • First Aid Kit
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food [per person]
  • Local maps 
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Supplies for Unique Needs, [medications, crutches, wheelchair]
  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities

Once you have gathered the supplies for a basic emergency kit, consider adding the following items:

  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children
  • Cash or traveler’s checks and change
  • Complete changes of clothing including a long-sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. Consider additional warm clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.
  • Emergency reference material such as a first aid book
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper – When diluted, nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container. You can use the Emergency Financial First Aid Kit – EFFAK (PDF – 977Kb) developed by Operation Hope, FEMA and Citizen Corps to help you organize your information.
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Paper and pencil
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Prescription medications and glasses
  • Shoes or sturdy comfortable footwear
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Tarp, Rope

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A word about survival kits

 You may not have the desire or the time to build your own emergency disaster preparedness kit. There are many different styles of emergency kits, from a basic, single person survival kit to deluxe and élite kits and specialty survival kits for campers and outdoor activities. There are also Emergency Kits made for hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and wildfires along with those for auto, children, pets and lockdown situations. In addition to the survival and emergency disaster preparedness kits, Emergency Survival Preparedness Packages that contain multiple survival and emergency kits are also available.

Emergency Disaster Kits and Emergency Survival Preparedness Packages like the Emergency Preparedness Package – 4 Person w/ Food Storage has survival supplies that your family of four will need for a week. Containing food, water, first aid kits, space blankets and much more than can be listed here, this Emergency Preparedness Package includes a basic Auto Kit, a Mini Survival Kit, a 56 Serving Grab n Go Food Bucket and a 4 Person Bucket Survival Kit. This package is compact, has what is needed, and it is portable. This is a quality preparedness package, designed by professionals and provides emergency essentials for the family in a time of crisis. A great value and it will last for many years even if not used immediately, because the food is long-term.

Take this scenario. A plumber has a family of four, lives in Ohio, has limited resources and it is late spring. He knows that the river floods every spring due to the melting snow, warmer temperatures and spring rains. He also knows that tornado season is soon to follow. The storm shelter will protect his family from the storm.

This is what we know. There are four people and two common types of potential disasters in his area (flooding and tornadoes). He needs to prepare in advance for the probability of either the flood or a tornado (or both), which are common events in his area, to affect his family. He also must provide them with enough emergency essentials until help arrives, and take into consideration the possibility of providing for other victims. 

Basic emergency calculations

The basics of preparing for an emergency are food, water (and/or a water filtration and purification system), shelter and protection. In addition, we recommend a first aid kit, cooking utensils, warmth, clothing, tools, medications, a means to make a fire and your lists (as previously noted). These essentials multiplied by the number of people will give you an approximate total of what you will need per person per day.

Food: To figure out the number of meals you will need, take the total number of people, multiply it by the number of meals per day, and multiply that times the number of days you want to be prepared for. For example, assuming a family of four eats three meals per day and you want to have enough food for a week, the formula to use is

4 (people) x 3 (meals) x 7 (days) = 84.

Simply put, multiply the (number of people) in the group times (number of meals each person eats per day) times (number of days) equals the number of meals needed.

Water: Another example, using a family of four and FEMA’s recommendation of 1 gallon of water per day per person is calculated as:

1 (gallon/day) x 4 (people) x 7 (days) = 28 gallons

Or for a year’s supply of water

1 (gallon/day) x 4 (people) x 365 (days) = 1460 gallons

Many people have stated that they do not drink a gallon of water per day. Remember you will also need clean water for brushing your teeth, washing, cleaning dishes, cuts, scrapes and injuries and cooking. Water, left in the open, becomes contaminated with bacteria, viruses, cysts, microorganisms, dirt, bugs and other pollutants. You should have a water filtration and purification system that does not require electricity. To purify water, use household bleach only as previously recommended, do not use unscented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.

The minimum amount of water for this family of four for a year is 1 x 4 x 365 or 1,460 gallons of water. By comparison, the Water Filtration and Purification systems available from Just Us Enterprises will produce 1,200 to 1,800 gallons of water. These systems eliminate over 99.99% of contaminants, is portable and lightweight and comes in different sizes. An optional Nano Filter is also available to filter out smaller particulates.

Food and water are major considerations when preparing for a disaster. Survival kits and bug out bags will supply emergency essentials for a short-term, about 3 days. Larger emergency kits, Preparedness Packages and long-term foods are now available for more people and for longer durations. Make your own emergency kit with personal effects made from scratch or purchase an emergency kit and customize it with your own belongings. Even though emergency disaster preparedness planning and supplies may not be at the top of the “Most Wanted” list, it should be. 

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SOMETHING ABOUT THE FALL; HIKING, LEAF PEEPING | JUST US ENTERPRISES

SOMETHING ABOUT THE FALL; HIKING, LEAF PEEPING | JUST US ENTERPRISES

 This colorful season warns us to be prepared.

LeavesFall is upon us. The crisp chill of the morning air, the dew on the grass and the colorful changing of leaves are all signs of change. Like spring, autumn is a transition month. Spring shakes off the cold and displays the wonders of life. September and October splashes us with warm days of the summer past and warns us of the impending cold winter days ahead.

Hiking thru the woods, truly tests your ability for observation and survival. Autumn, with warm days and cool nights, is an ideal time for a woodsy trek or for braving the concrete jungle (especially when waiting in line for that newest must have technology). The sky usually has less humidity creating a clearer view of the night sky. An early morning hike can become a hiker’s epiphany as the sun breaks thru the tall magnificent trees, dazzling the observer with colors beyond compare. Oak Leaves & AcornsBeyond the trees, the sun  exposes the mountains behind them in a greyish-blue fog that only distance can create. A hiker can smell the freshly fallen foliage and hear the subtle sounds of the forest. Peaceful. Listen intently to the birds, the scurrying of the woodland critters and the rustle of branches, it appears the forest is alive. But, you cannot see it. Nature is preparing for winter right in front of the spectator. Anyone can hear the forest’s noises, taste the berries, touch the foliage, smell the forest smell but only glimpse the activity. A deer, turkey, fox or other animal are only seen briefly before they dart off. A chipmunk zips across your path with a mouth full of acorns, but nature is already hard at work preparing for winter. The absolute wonder of nature is unseen, even before the hiker’s eyes.

New England Fall
New England Fall

The entrance to the woods has an opening that shows the majestic trees displaying, in elegant grandeur, their rainbow of colors. A deer off to the left darts into the forest. Entering the woods, deer paths are many and confusing, a compass and a map is a must have because they do not require batteries, and they are lighter than a cell phone. Dress appropriately, wear long pants, and comfortable hiking boots. Ticks and poison ivy are not enjoyable. Some types of wasps nest underground so, if you are allergic to wasps, bring your allergy medicine and remember to bring any other medications. Put the appropriate doses of all medications with your first aid kit.

 

A word of advice, when you plan, prepare, pack and proceed, take along a survival kit (View the Hunter’s Survival Kit) that is properly equipped for the number of days and meals you expect to be hiking for. Carry additional food and water or a water filtration and purification system, just in case an injury or other event prolongs your stay on the mountainside or urban setting. The planning for a successful hike includes packing a well-made quality hiker’s backpack. The backpack takes the abuse of the trail, well, your body does too, but the backpack needs to protect your survival gear. In addition to the aggressive tree limbs trying to tear it off your back, the backpack is repeatedly dropped, thrown on the ground, kicked, and used as a pillow. It holds your entire survival collection and the backpack is the key to survival if it is properly equipped.

Survival kits vary in contents, durability and quality. Our best-selling Elite Survival Kit is similar to the Hunter’s (camo) Survival Kit, with a notable exception, the Elite multi-pocket backpack is red and grey with black trim, and some of the contents may differ View Elite Survival Kits. All of our survival kits were designed using advice from experts in the emergency preparedness industry. They follow guidelines given by government agencies and non-profit preparedness organizations.

Ideally, the first aid kit must be lightweight, contain at least basic medical supplies and contain enoughOak Leaves and Acorns (2) bandages to redress a wound. A first aid kit should include bandages for cuts and scrapes; gauze pads, for larger wounds; adhesive tape; alcohol pads; and an elastic bandage for sprains. The longer the hike, the more comprehensive the first aid kit should be, within reason of course.

The colored leaves that filter the sun will soon fall, and the acorns will pummel around the hiker, but sitting on a log, and observing nature as it prepares for winter should remind us that we too, need to prepare for the coming winter. Even if you are not a hiker or a hunter, you are, by nature a survivalist. Therefore, you need to prepare yourself for an emergency or a disaster.

FEMA, the American Red Cross and Just Us Enterprises all recommend, at minimum, a 72-hour survival kit. However, a two-week supply of food, water, first aid and supplies is strongly suggested. Ice storms and other disasters have shut down power for days to weeks at a time. A home survival kit will keep the essential emergency items accessible, together and ready to go. Like the squirrels gathering their acorns, survival kits and Preparedness Packages will help ensure that emergency supplies are gathered together for future use, but unlike the squirrel’s acorns, these supplies come in backpacks and bags for the ease of transportation.

Leaf peeping season is a reminder to prepare for the cold weather and winter storms. Just as hikers prepare their backpacks to enjoy nature’s beauty, we all must prepare for an emergency or disaster. Just Us Enterprises – Emergency Disaster Preparedness provides quality products for hikers, first responders, OEM, homeowners, contractors, and schools with survival kits, preparedness packages, auto emergency kits and more.

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Emergency Disaster Preparedness Planning – Just Us Enterprises

Emergency Disaster Preparedness Planning – Just Us Enterprises

Preparing for a hurricane, tornado or disaster involves emergency Planning, Preparing, Procurement and Providing of emergency disaster preparedness supplies. Just Us Enterprises, the Emergency Disaster Preparedness company, offers assistance in these areas. The facts gathered forthwith, were obtained from reliable sources such as FEMA, Ready.gov, the American Red Cross, the CDC and others. Links provided are for your benefit to prepare for an emergency or a disaster. Each of the four P’s (Planning, Preparing, Procurement and Providing) will provide you with information that could be vital to saving a life.

Planning

Planning for an emergency or a disaster depends on whether you are planning for a family, a group, a school or a workplace. Even though there are many similarities of these emergency disaster plans, each plan has its own unique procedures that incorporate specific disaster preparedness. The ultimate objective of emergency disaster preparedness is to provide the greatest chance of survival, for the greatest number of people, in the event of a catastrophic event.

Family Planning

Families are usually in different locations at any given moment and due to this fact, Ready.gov recommends having a contact card for each member of the family. These contact cards should contain information so that family members may contact another individual in another state or location. Communications may be down, or over-burdened, therefore it would be wise to carry coins and money or a calling card. “Text messages can often get around network disruptions when a phone call might not be able to get through.” (Ready.gov, 2014)  A contact card like the this one from FEMA, Family Emergency Plan Contact Card should be placed with the emergency survival kit, and other accessible means for example an email, which you can send or receive from multiple locations.

School Planning

Schools and workplaces are varied both by size and by location. Size can further be broken down to the square footage of the building and the number of students or employees.

Schools

  • Students must have a contact person and number.
  • Students should have a means of communication.
  • The school or educational facility should be prepared to “shelter in place.”
  • Schools, colleges, universities and other institutions need an evacuation plan.
  • The school should have adequate food, water and basic supplies. A Classroom Lockdown Kit for each classroom is strongly suggested for students and faculty.
  • For more information on developing emergency preparedness plans for schools, please visit the U.S. Department of Education. (Ready.gov, 2013)

Workplace Planning

  • Have an evacuation plan.
  • Have food, water and basic supplies on hand. A workplace Lockdown Kit resolves these basic needs and minimizes waste and storage space.
  • Implement an emergency disaster preparedness plan. Visit: Ready.gov Business

Preparing

Planning is the first step in any worthwhile thing that we do. Preparing is gathering all the necessary information and supplies, and then putting that information where it is accessible in a moment’s notice; along with the food, water and basic survival supplies you will need during a disaster.

Have a survival kit, or an emergency disaster preparedness kit for your family or facility. Keep the survival supplies current. Foods for long-term storage and water or a water filtration and purification system are recommended. Contents of a survival kit, also known as a bug out bag, should include a contact card, food, water, basic first aid kit and hygiene. Many government agencies recommend a minimum of 72 hours of food and water in the survival kit, per person. However, some disasters can take several days, sometimes weeks or longer, before help arrives; therefore, most disaster preparedness organizations recommend up to two weeks or more worth of survival food, water and supplies.

Procurement

Guardian Survival KitSurvival kits, are also known as “Bug Out Bags” “72-Hour Kits” “Grab and Go Bags” and other names. There are many different styles and designs, so be cautious in purchasing and prudent in the quality of the survival kit. A survival kit is designed to maintain a person’s survival; therefore, the quality is important. Shown is the basic Single Person Survival Kit.

 

Hurricane Emergency Kit (web)

Emergency Kits are bigger and contain supplies and equipment, geared more to the type of disaster, than basic survival kits. Two examples are the Wildfire Emergency Kit and the Hurricane Emergency Kit (pictured).

 

 

Family Preparedness Package w Food StoragePreparedness Packages incorporate different kinds of emergency and survival kits. They are varied as to their contents and amount of people it is intended for such as the Single Person Preparedness Package that includes an Auto Emergency Kit and a Deluxe Survival Kit and a Mini Survival Kit. Another example, the Emergency Preparedness Package – 4 Person w/ Food Storage (pictured) includes sufficient survival gear to accommodate 4 people for a week, or one person for 4 weeks!

 

Guardian Deluxe Classroom Lockdown Kit (web)Lockdown kits, for work or school, are beneficial preparedness supplies, and should be considered in emergency disaster preparedness. Classroom Lockdown Kits were designed for a classroom of 30 students and workplace (office) Lockdown Kits will accommodate from two to 10 people for three days.

 

First aid kits, food, tools and equipment are also necessary components of a survival plan, these items and more can be purchased separately for either short-term, such as camping, or long-term preparation.

Provider

Just Us Enterprises, the Emergency Disaster Preparedness company, provides quality survival kits, water filtration, long-term food, first aid kits, hygiene and more, to provide for your emergency disaster preparedness needs.

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