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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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Reflections – Just Us Enterprises

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Windswept Snow – Just Us Enterprises

During this holiday season, we reflect on the events of the year as we prepare for the season of giving. Our thoughts try to drum out the avalanche of bad news as we gather for the feasts of family and friends. We cannot help but ponder how terrible the events of the world are affecting us. You might be thinking of Paris or San Bernardino, or a loved one who has befallen hard times or became ill with a dreaded illness. Those of us, who moved beyond the immediate reach of a couple of hours ride, wonder how those that we left behind are doing.

Yes, we have Facebook and Skype, Twitter and the old-fashioned voice by phone, but the personal eye-to-eye contact, the almost imperceptible nuances of body language, and the inflections of each individual’s character is lost in this greatly changing world of the internet.  We have become glued to a machine, some of us now talk to our phones and computers, and sadly, the machine takes up most of our time. You can see your grandson or child, but you cannot put your arms around them, nor can you stop them from injury, but you can watch as they hug the puppy or drop the glass of milk and step barefoot on the shattered glass on the floor. The point is, the personal touch is missing and that personal touch is the feeling you have when you hold someone’s hand or give a hug. When was the last time you hugged your computer? You may have given the image of a person a smooch, but not directly to the person to whom it was intended. The computer could care less.

Images of people we associate with are not the only ones on the internet. We also have muggers, rapists, thieves and of course, terrorists. The computer is full of politicians, uncouth scoundrels and enough porn and solicitations to corrupt (possibly) the Pope himself. Our financial system relies almost entirely on the internet. We are shocked at the number and frequency of fraud, credit card thieves and stolen identities, but we continue to do business as usual. Hoping that we are not the next victims. My Father once told me “No matter how much you have, someone will always have more. Be satisfied with what you have, but always strive to be better, because good comes to good.” With that statement he added, “I worked hard all my life, I may not have much but I have what I need. I have the love of my family.”

Life’s lessons taught us the value of my Dad’s words. I too, have what I need. The love of the woman who sits beside me gives me the strength to get up every morning with a smile. Our children have blessed our lives with children of their own. Our thoughts are with our family, our friends old and new, and to those we do not even know, but try to help them to the best of our ability. When we were younger, we did not prepare ourselves for the events of our lives that shaped our fate. We did not expect illness, financial woes or disaster to affect our future, but it did. We were not prepared for the unexpected but it happened.

Unprepared. We learned, the hard way. We have endured our emergencies and disasters so we decided to help others be prepared for disasters, emergencies and crises. That is how our business, Just Us Enterprises got its name. Just Us, resonates our response to the wickedness and disasters that are occurring more and more frequently. People, make up the only species that we know of, which uses intelligence for the betterment or the detriment of themselves, that group of people is us. Just us!

Just Us Enterprises started out as a family business, and now we are including all Americans in our name – Just Us Enterprises. Just Us also is similar to “Justice,” also in our motto -” Justice in Quality, Fairness in Price.” This is who we are, a family business built on integrity, with moral values that loves and cares for others. We want to help people prepare for the unpredictable future because being prepared could save a life, maybe your own. Your own emergency disaster preparedness is the key to survival, and your survival depends on how well prepared you are. The government recommends what people should have in preparation for a disaster and we provide those essentials. We offer over 250 emergency and disaster products, supplies and provisions in addition to survival kits, food and water purification systems, therefore we add Emergency Disaster Preparedness to our name.

We are grateful to all of those who have helped us in the past, we are thankful to our valued customers throughout the country from Oregon to Florida, Ohio to Texas and everyone in between. We wish, hope and pray that all Americans will have a safe, healthy and prosperous New Year.

Sincerely,

Just Us Enterprises – Emergency Disaster Preparedness

Emergency Disaster Preparedness, Preparing – How much and Why [Part 7 of 9]

Chapter 2 Preparing for an Emergency or Disaster

Chapter 2.3 and 2.4 Preparing– lists, gathering supplies

3. How much do you need?
4. Why prepare, is this just a waste of time and money?

 PREPARING FOR AN EMERGENCY OR A DISASTER

Preparing – lists, gathering supplies

How much do you need?

Determining how much you will need is measured by the number of people in your group, how long you want to be prepared for and of course the unknown variable of the disaster itself. To explain this further, if someone, alone, is going to work and has a breakdown, an Auto Emergency Kit should provide for their needs until help arrives. However, if a hurricane like Katrina or Sandy hits, it could be weeks before you have a resolution to the crisis. Finally, if you believe that a crisis of major magnitude will happen, such as a war, financial collapse, a solar disruption of the electrical grid, or Armageddon itself, than you would want a much longer-term supply of food, water and emergency supplies.

For the two examples used previously for a family of four you will need 4,380 meals per year and a minimum of 1,460 gallons of water. Minimum because no one will ever spill or waste any food or water, that is, in a perfect world.

Therefore, the answer to “How much do you need?” is in the following three questions.

  1. Do you want to prepare for a few days, weeks, months or years?
  2. How many people and pets are you preparing for?
  3. How long do you want to survive after a disaster or TEOTWAWKI (The End Of The World As We Know It)?

Remember, you are the only person that you can rely on to prepare for your probable crisis.

Why prepare, is this just a waste of time and money?

When confronted with this question, the best response is to point out the fact, that every day you are preparing for something. Here are a few examples; you take a shower to keep your body clean. Why, because you are preparing for work, the doctor, or a night out, but the most important reason is to prevent germs from attacking you. Animals will prepare by storing food in the fall for a long and unknown winter season, because they, like us, have a basic instinct, which is to survive; some animals, like humans, seem to over-do-it, others under-prepare. The ones that under-prepare may suffer from starvation, malnutrition, diseases and possibly death.

The military will train their men and women to prepare them for the rigors of combat even during a time of peace. This is a case of readiness. You will generally check the fluids, windshield wipers and emergency auto kit in your car when you are going on a long road trip because you do not want to have problems. Even the Boy Scout’s motto is “Be Prepared.” Preparing is a natural instinct. Therefore, it is natural to prepare for the unknown and unpredictable future. No, it is not a waste of time or money, preparing can save your life.

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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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Had Enough Snow? | Emergency Disaster Preparedness

Prepare for what is to come this Spring 2015

It is only the middle of February, but Boston, Massachusetts and the Northeast are making a run for the coldest and snowiest winter on record. They have received over 90 inches of snow (about 7.5 feet), so far, and temperatures are approximately 11 degrees below average. The main transit system, the MBTA, crippled by the unprecedented snowfall and extreme cold are leaving thousands without a way to go to work. Businesses are feeling the effects of the lack of income because customers cannot venture out due to the weather and road conditions.

Snow banks at intersections create dangerous driving conditions.
Snow banks at intersections create dangerous driving conditions.

Customers can hardly make it to the stores, travel by car or by foot is treacherous, and potentially deadly, as evidenced by more than one person struck by a snowplow. Parking is another problem because monumental snow piles not only reduce parking spaces, but also obstruct visibility.

Businesses and homeowners alike have so much snow buildup that roofs are collapsing and local government authorities warned owners to remove the snow. Schools throughout the region have consumed all of their snow days and other schools in the Northeast have closed due to concerns that the weight of snow and ice might cause roofs to cave in, burying students and faculty. The National Guard, called in to assist in snow removal and equipment from neighboring states are helping to alleviate the wintery situation, but Old Man Winter seems to have another agenda with unrelenting forecasts of more snow and extremely cold temperatures. Many buildings, experiencing frozen pipes, already have water damage and will not be repaired until heat is reestablished or access to the damaged area is facilitated, or both. Adding to the winter woes, ice dams are wreaking havoc with roofs, walls, ceilings and floors. Sidewalks are impassable and snowbanks are too high to throw the additional accumulating snow on top. Snow banks on the roadsides, snow mounds in shopping plazas and snow farms are overflowing. All of this accumulated snow creates another problem; such as where do you put all the snow?

blizzard of 2005 018 (2) (2)Dumping the snow into lakes, ponds and the ocean is unacceptable because the rock salt and road chemicals are environmentally hazardous. In response to this unacceptable practice, the authorities in many towns and cities along the Atlantic coastline have decided to use large powerful snow-melters and have the melted runoff go directly into storm drains that flow through underground pipes, primarily to lakes, ponds and the ocean. Unless the runoff is properly filtered, of the automobile fluids (such as antifreeze, brake fluids, fuel i.e. gasoline and diesel, oil, transmission fluid, hydraulic fluids), and other contaminants in addition to the rock salt and road chemicals, the environment will still be affected. So, instead of just dumping the snow into the Atlantic directly, it is melted and sent through a conduit to the ocean bypassing any filtering. This apparent oversight of the law appears to be undertaken to save money, not necessarily to deliberately hide the facts from the public. Transparency anyone?

Eventually, hidden problems will reveal themselves as the snow melts. Warmer temperatures, rain and the sun will eventually melt the snow back to water. As the heavy, wet, water-laden snow melts, it compacts and compresses the snow beneath it closer to the ground. The air temperature, will increase or decrease the melting period, or even cause it to stop melting, refreeze and turn it back into ice. This ice, under the compressed and melting snow, cannot leach into the ground as it melts because the ground itself is frozen. The melting ice has no place to go and as it continues to melt, it builds up as packed ice starting from the frozen ground working its way up towards the surface of the snow. Once the ice, becomes close enough to the surface, it depends on the sun and temperature to begin its final transition into water.

This is where a problem lies. Melting snow and the frozen ice below it combined with warming temperatures may not be a problem in many areas during a normal winter. However, this years’ combination of the recent dumping of the enormous quantity of snow, the ice under the snow and the impenetrable frozen ground will create significant flooding. We hope that the warm-up will be gradual and the melt-water will find a safe place to run off. Otherwise, as spring approaches and the sun raises higher in the sky, if the temperature increases quickly, or a significant rain occurs, then the snow meltwater will have no place to go because, as mentioned earlier, the ground under the snowpack will still be frozen and the flooding will commence. 

Prepare yourself for the spring thaw, because spring, according to the calendar is only a month away. Warmer temperatures rising too quickly will cause rivers, streams, and creeks to rise. Ponds and lakes will accept the runoff water until they overflow. The meltwater overflow will enter basements, buildings built in low-lying areas, city and municipal underground utilities and of course subways.

Prepare yourselves for the flooding that is imminent after the winter of 2015 ends. Roads will be similar to driving on rugged terrain due to the frost eaves that created the potholes. Water entering manholes will cause electrical shorts creating power outages. Torrents of water may wash out roads or produce sinkholes. The heavy snowpack, slush, ice, debris and clogged storm drains will only exacerbate the problem. Supplies of food, water, first aid and sanitation may be restricted or non-existent for several days to flooded areas. Help may be delayed until the flood waters recede.

Be wary of a quick warm up this spring, it just might wash you away. Be prepared with a survival kit or a preparedness package that contains food, water, a first aid kit, shelter and warmth and sanitation. For complete emergency disaster preparedness supplies, please visit our web site.

Auto Emergency Preparedness for Winter | Just Us Enterprises

Auto Emergency Preparedness for Winter | Just Us Enterprises

Auto Preparedness for Winter

Having an emergency kit for your car is as important for you and your passengers as air is for the vehicle’s tires. Ready.gov suggests including the items listed below in your vehicle emergency kit. We have also included some ideas and recommendations that you can incorporate into your auto roadside kit by the emergency disaster preparedness industry.

In our research, we have found that no matter how complete your Auto Emergency Kit is, no kit has every item on these recommended lists. Therefore, whether you build your own auto kit, or purchase a pre-assembled kit, you may want to compare these lists and incorporate them with the contents of your kit.

The original content of the following list is from Ready.gov. Some modifications are made for clarity and indicated by […].

Make an Emergency Kit for Your Car by Ready.gov

In case you are stranded, keep a kit of emergency supplies in your car including:

  • Basic toolkit: pliers[water pump style], wrench [crescent or set of standard and metric], screwdriver(s) [4 way, flat head, Philips, torx or star]
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Cat litter or sand: for better tire traction
  • Charged Cell Phone: and car charger
  • Clothes: warm clothes, gloves, hat, sturdy boots, jacket and an extra change of clothes for the cold
  • [Diaper bag] including baby formula, diapers, [toys] and medication if you have a small child
  • First Aid Kit: remember any necessary medications,
  • Flashlights: with extra batteries, [or a hand crank style]
  • Food: non-perishable food such as canned food, and protein rich foods like nuts and energy bars
  • Ice scraper
  • Jumper cables: might want to include flares or reflective triangle
  • Manual can opener
  • Pet supplies: food and water[leash, harness and pet coat]
  • Radio: battery or hand cranked
  • Shovel [or Compact MultiFunction Shovel]
  • Water: at least 1 gallon of water per person a day for at least 3 days

As a member of the emergency disaster preparedness industry, we also recommend adding these items to your kit:

  • Body and/or Hand Warmers
  • Bungee Cords or tie down straps
  • Duct Tape
  • Fuel (gasoline or diesel)
  • Help Flag – to indicate that you need assistance (especially nice to have when there is no signal for the cell phone or when you do not have a phone charger
  • Leather Palm Work Gloves
  • Oil Funnel and oil
  • Reflective Safety Vest
  • Seatbelt cutter
  • Tire Pressure Gauge
  • Tire Puncture Seal
  • Tow Rope about 10 ft.
  • Window punch
  • Zip ties

Due to the fact that there is a lot of gear, you may want to consider putting everything in a backpack with multiple pockets or a travel/duffle bag. Naturally, you may want to modify the contents as the seasons change, such as changing a winter coat for a three-season coat or the kitty litter (or sand) for a camp stove with fuel.

Being prepared for a road emergency with sufficient supplies not only will make an incident less dramatic, it could save a life. We have come a long way since the pictured 1915 Ford Model T, (courtesy of http://media.photobucket.com/) but storms, accidents, road conditions, breakdowns and other drivers influence our safety.

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

For information on how to prepare an emergency plan or to purchase emergency disaster preparedness supplies, contact Just Us Enterprises, a BBB accredited business.

School Violence, Threats, Shootings, Lockdowns and Preparedness | Just Us Enterprises – Emergency Disaster Preparedness

School Violence, Threats, Shootings, Lockdowns and Preparedness | Just Us Enterprises – Emergency Disaster Preparedness

Classrooms, Schools, Institutes, Colleges and Universities are increasingly being accosted with lockdowns and shelter in place orders because of shootings, threats and violence. These blindsided attacks on our students and faculty require us, as a civilization, to act appropriately and responsibly for the benefit of our children, students and loved ones.

In addition to police, fire and medical first responders, we require the besieged students to shelter in place (also know as a lockdown). The alternative action, of allowing students to flee, may cause them to run into the perpetrator’s carnage, which in turn may cause more injuries or fatalities.

Teachers, professors, coaches and staff must have a way to cope with the issue of a shelter in place order that includes sanitary necessities for the confined individuals. Extreme situations, such as a shooting in a school, cause stress. The additional stress can cause people to have the need to use the bathroom. Lockdowns in our educational facilities, as elsewhere, can take several hours or more to resolve. The need for people to use a bathroom increases as both time and stress progresses. Many people that are terrified and under a shelter in place order, may not have used the facilities prior to arriving in the classroom, will have the need to go. There is no sanitary place to urinate or defecate in a classroom.

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This Basic Classroom Lockdown Kit includes 2 waste bags, privacy tarp and a first aid kit.

Just Us Enterprises the Emergency Disaster Preparedness company provides just such a solution with an easily stored Classroom Lockdown Kit  that will accommodate the needs of 30 people. Our Classroom Lockdown kit includes a 5-gallon bucket with a covered toilet seat. Inside the bucket are 2 bags with toilet chemicals, toilet paper, hand wipes, hand sanitizer and more. A tarp and duct tape are also included for privacy, and has a 37-piece first aid kit.

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The Deluxe Classroom Lockdown Kit includes food, water, whistle and rechargeable radio with cell phone charger.

For a more comprehensive survival kit, we also carry a Deluxe Classroom Lockdown Kit that contains the contents of the Classroom Lockdown Kit and additionally includes 30 long-term food bars and 30 long-term packets of water, a hand crack combination radio, (flashlight, siren, and phone charger) and more.

Prepare your school, institute, college, university or workplace with a facility that provides a sanitary means of containing human waste, during a time of crisis, while simultaneously giving some privacy. Please pass this along to your instructors, school officials and your city or town’s budget meetings, and your boss.

Let us plan for a lockdown or a shelter in place order, by preparing our schools and workplaces with a viable alternative, as opposed to using the corner of a room as a bathroom.

Just Us Enterprises the Emergency Disaster Preparedness company provides products and supplies for emergency preparedness, camping, and outdoor activities. Our products include first aid kits, long-term food, survival kits, preparedness packages, water filtration and purification, and supplies, in addition to classroom lockdown kits. Just Us Enterprises offers quantity discounts and our products are designed following guidelines from government agencies and the emergency preparedness industry.

Classroom Lockdown Kits are located under Survival Kits on our website.