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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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“It’s For Both of Us” | Just Us Enterprises – Emergency Disaster Preparedness

The Emergency Preparedness/Fire Prevention Fair held at the Gus Canty Center in Falmouth, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014 was a great success. Representatives from many first responder and emergency preparedness organizations were on hand. However, bringing emergency disaster preparedness to the forefront of everyone’s mind is a daunting task. Everyone apparently agrees emergency disaster preparedness is not only a good idea, but could also be the sole means of survival during a catastrophic event.

The Emergency Preparedness/Fire Prevention Fair brought in young and old alike. Among our many visitors at our booth, a Boy Scout inquired about our survival food, and a kind, well-spoken, elderly woman (she obviously was in her eighties), showed genuine interest in our best selling, complete 2 Person Elite Survival Kit.

Just Us Enterprises 2 Person Elite Survival Kit
Just Us Enterprises
2 Person Elite Survival Kit

When it was explained these kits come in different styles and for a single person to groups she eloquently replied, “Oh no, sir, this kit appears to have everything in it that I’ll need, it is for both of us.” Apparently, even at her age, she understands the importance of emergency disaster preparedness.


Emergency Disaster Preparedness requires:

Planning

  • Plan ahead for a shelter in place order or for a hasty evacuation.
  • Have a contact list (printed) in every emergency kit, wallet, purse or portable personal bag.
  • Include names, addresses and phone numbers.
  • Include the location(s) where you will meet.
  • Remember to text, not phone as the phone lines may be jammed or down.
  • Have an updated list of prescriptions, and the doctor’s information to make it easier to refill the prescriptions from a distant location, if necessary.
  • Have a primary location as a meeting place and a secondary location for your loved ones to gather, preferably at distant location. For example, if a hurricane strikes, your neighbor’s house is probably not a good idea, however, a friend’s house located 50 miles or more inland would be a safer bet.
  • Include infant formula, baby needs, handicap needs and special needs items.
  • Teach those who do not know how to text, the proper procedure about how to text. Many elderly, handicapped and technologically challenged may not know how.
  • Be ready for a speedy evacuation and practice the evacuation plan.
  • Have copies of important documents, cash and account numbers and passwords stored in a safe accessible place for retrieval from a remote location.
  • Have emergency survival kit(s) packed and ready to go, emergencies, disasters and calamities do not wait until you are ready.
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Wireless Emergency Alert Fact Sheet – FEMA
  • Have a Wireless-Emergency-Alert system activated on your wireless device by a local carrier so that authorized government agencies can alert you of danger. FEMA, the CDC and JUST US ENTERPRISES – Emergency Disaster Preparedness recommend the Wireless Emergency Alert System from the FEMA website. This is a free service and does not charge for texts.
    For a carrier in your area, go to: fema.gov/state-offices-and-agencies-emergency-management

Preparing

  • Yourself, your family, and if possible, contribute to your community with essential food, water, shelter and supplies. The CDC acknowledges that after a disaster strikes, “you might not have access to food, water, or electricity for some time. Take steps now to put together an emergency supply kit.” From the CDC website: (http://emergency.cdc.gov/preparedness/kit/disasters/index.asp).
  • If you cannot assemble an emergency kit, you can purchase a preassembled survival kit from Just Us Enterprises – Emergency Disaster Preparedness. Our preassembled emergency survival kits come in several styles from a basic single person to our large Preparedness Packages. We also carry emergency preparedness packages for work and school, also known as lockdown kits.

Provided is a list of basic survival kit contents:

  • Be prepared with prepackaged food in air and watertight containers to prevent spoilage and contamination. Have at least 72 hours of non-perishable food ready to go, but it is also recommended to have up to two weeks’ worth of food available.
  • Have bottled water or a water filtration system to remove contaminants from unclean water. Recommended is one gallon per day per person. A quality water filtration and purification system such as the Outback Water Filtration and Purification System manufactured for EmergencyDisasterPreparedness.com and used by government organizations will provide up to 1,800 gallons of water that removes over 99.9% of bacteria, viruses and contaminants.
  • Plain Household bleach can be used to disinfect water. Sixteen drops of bleach is enough to purify a gallon of water. Do not use scented bleach, color safe or bleach with added cleaners (Source FEMA Checklist). Bring an eyedropper or medicine dropper if you are going to use this method.
  • Have a portable shelter such as a tent or tarp, tent stakes and rope.
  • Make sure you have a first aid kit; small cuts could cause major infections in a disaster area. Also, have a First Aid Guide if not already in your first aid kit.
  • Have emergency tools and supplies already packed so that you can grab and go.
  • Have basic tools such as a multi-purpose shovel, swiss style knife and a wrench or pliers.
  • Have extra fuel for heating and cooking.
  • Have a change of clothing and footwear and always have warm comfortable clothes ready to go.
  • Have a way to keep warm such as extra blanket(s) in the car or with the survival kit.
  • Have a hand crank or battery powered radio (include plenty of extra batteries) to receive weather and information. We provide a hand crank flashlight radio that includes a USB cable for recharging your cell phone.
  • Have flatware, plastic plates or a mess kit, pot for heating food, fire starter, waterproof matches or matches in a waterproof container and a hand operated can opener.
  • Bring toilet paper, paper towels and plastic bags for waste and wet clothes.
  • Emergency cash, you will not be able to make electronic transactions when the power is out, and any supplies will be costly.
  • A source of lighting such as a 30 hour candle, flashlight or light sticks.
  • Bring a hygiene kit with soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, razor and feminine products; sanitary pads can also double as a bandage for large wounds.

Readiness

  • Gather everything that we listed or purchase a readymade quality survival kit designed using government and preparedness recommendations such as those that we provide, do not forget to add your personal items such as the contact lists, medications, cash and clothing.
  • Put the completed kit in or near a closet near a door leading to the outside.
  • Practice an emergency situation with your family.
  • Remember to keep your survival kit as light as possible, freeze-dried food for example is lightweight, easy to prepare and space saving.

    Help FlagFor more information on how to prepare for an emergency or for emergency products and supplies, contact Just Us Enterprises – Emergency Disaster Preparedness. We strictly follow guidelines from FEMA, the CDC, the American Red Cross and the Emergency Preparedness industry. Just Us Enterprises is a BBB Accredited business located in FEMA Region 1 and providing services across the U.S.A.