FEMA opens State Disaster Recovery Center in Lenoir County, NC
In order to assist the victims of hurricane Matthew and the subsequent flooding in North Carolina, we are providing emergency informational links by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) and the SBA (Small Business Administration).
The management of Just Us Enterprises – Emergency Disaster Preparednessobserved the extensive damage to homes, businesses, farms and workplaces. Tons of sloppy wet carpets, insulation, wallboard, lumber, furniture and personal belongings, recently removed from buildings in Kinston, NC revealed the extent of the destruction. Farms inundated with flood water are destroyed. Businesses and workplaces are uninhabitable. Just because you do not hear about it in the news does not mean that the problem is resolved. Heaps and piles of debris strewn across roads, lawns, parking lots and sidewalks remain scattered where the flood or the clean-up crew left them. The floods destroyed entire blocks of businesses of which many are still closed and cannot reopen. Some are able to rebuild but many more were not covered by insurance.
Hundreds, if not thousands of people lost everything. Some structures had flood water above the door-frames and up to the roofs of homes. These people, through no fault of their own, are suffering due to the flood that not only took their homes and work places, but their jobs and income as well. Many, about two hundred or more in North Carolina alone, still cannot return to their flood ravaged homes. Some streets, for example Queen Street and other roads are still not accessible because the roads are washed out or still under water.For some, there is some assistance through the state and federal government.
Help is available
A FEMA/State Disaster Recovery Center opened in Lenoir County, NC on October 24, 2016. North Carolina residents, who suffered losses and damage as a result of Hurricane Matthew, can get information about state and federal assistance at:
Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Lenoir County opening Monday, Oct. 24.
Location: NOVA Building
105 W. Caswell St.
Kinston, NC 28501
Regular hours: Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
Additionally, The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA information can also be accessed by following the link below.
For more information and assistance, follow this link direct to the FEMA website:
Chapter 3:Purchasing for an Emergency or a Disaster
1. Who do you buy from?
2. Where do you obtain the emergency supplies?
3. What needs consideration when purchasing disaster supplies?
Purchasing for an Emergency or a Disaster
Who do you buy from?
Purchase your emergency and disaster supplies from an established business. With so many people selling online, you cannot trust everybody. Go with a company that has a good reputation, not all good companies always have good reviews, but many unscrupulous entities might write a number of great reviews for themselves. Your best bet, check out the online store before you buy.
Go to the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and check out the business. Individuals, generally, will not be on the BBB website, and their products might be dated or still worse, you might receive damaged merchandise. This is similar to purchasing an item from a yard sale (where all sales are final) or purchasing from a store where you can either return or replace the damaged or defective merchandise. Do not be afraid to ask how long the food was sitting on the company’s or the individual’s shelf. Ask about their return policy and fees for returned merchandise. A reputable company will have this information available on their website.
Be vigilant of whom you purchase from and what you buy because the cost of emergency food, packaged water, tools, equipment, shelter and supplies can be pricey, especially when purchased separately. Keep in mind the duration that you are planning for, this will affect the quality of the merchandise required and in turn, the price. However, a quality product will last longer. Remember the old adage, “You get what you pay for.”
Where do you obtain the emergency supplies?
Emergency supplies can be purchased from almost anybody and almost anywhere. It helps to know about the company from where you are purchasing your emergency disaster preparedness supplies. For example, some stores or individuals may sell you long-term food that may have a five to twenty-five year shelf life. If you do not know the reputation of the business or individual, you may be purchasing a food item that may have sat on the store shelf (or garage floor) for two or three years, reducing the span of time it will last on your shelf. Buy from a company that does business transactions directly with the food wholesaler and ships direct from the factory. This ensures that you are purchasing long-term food and water that has the longest shelf life on your shelf, not on a store shelf or in someone’s basement. Check out the company on the BBB (Better Business Bureau) website.
Purchase your emergency survival kits from a trustworthy supplier. A reputable dealer will assist you with any potential problems once you receive your kit. Go through the kit and make sure everything advertised to come with the kit is there, and if you are missing anything, you have the opportunity to rectify the omission, hopefully before you need it. In addition to checking out the contents of the survival kits, you have assured the kit is complete and are familiar with the contents.
Consider purchasing a survival kit, emergency kit or a preparedness package with an additional long-term food bucket and adding your personal effects to the contents of a preassembled survival/emergency kit. A food bucket is dehydrated or freeze dried food in Mylar pouches with 2 to 4 servings per pouch. The Mylar pouches are stored in a sealed bucket until ready for use. The shelf life can last up to 25 years under proper storage conditions.
What needs consideration when purchasing disaster supplies?
Think long term when purchasing your supplies. Remember that once the useful life of the item is over, you may not be able to replace it. When the knife or axe becomes dull, have a sharpening stone, a file or a replacement knife or axe. Have materials to mend clothing, such as patches for jeans and needles and thread to repair tears. The needle and thread could also stitch a deep cut and help prevent blood loss and infection. A shattered magnifying glass will not concentrate the sun’s rays to make a fire, and a lost flint is useless, matches only work once and lighters run out of fluid, but here are four different ways to start a fire.
This is not to suggest that you double or triple your preparedness equipment, but I am suggesting that you find multiple uses for the same item. For instance, a clear plastic bottle, made of the correct type of plastic, with the appropriate amount of sunshine will kill multiple types of bacteria due to the ultraviolet rays of the sun (determined by the turbidity of the water, type of plastic, size and other factors). This same bottle can be used as a bobber for fishing or a weight for a trap (when filled with a liquid) to catch a fresh meal. Cut off the bottom and you have a funnel. Have the mindset, when purchasing your gear, that the emergency kit supplies should have multi-purpose uses, and redundant applications.
Ideally, have a backpack, survival kit or preparedness package prepared to go with multi-purpose gear and quality supplies that will last for the duration and aftermath of a disaster for the number of people in your group. Gather your lists, food, water purification system, clothing, and the rest of your gear and supplies and locate that gear in an area that is convenient to get to for a potential grab n go situation. For example, make use of a portion of a closet next to the front or back door for a quick retrieval. Alternatively, have another location where you can have access to your supplies, such as a bug out location. There is much to consider when purchasing your emergency disaster equipment, but one must also take into consideration where to store (conveniently) these supplies.
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.
Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
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]
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
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
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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