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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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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.

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.

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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