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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.

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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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