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The Emergency and Disaster Preparedness Difference

Emergency and Disaster Supplier is asked what’s the difference between preparedness companies.


The end of the world?

A well-educated man asked a question today about emergency preparedness to which the answer seemed to surprise the inquirer. The gentleman asked if Just Us Enterprises Emergency Disaster Preparedness was a “survivalist” company. He suggested that many survivalist internet companies are preparing for an end of the world scenario and he does not believe that will occur. He was not sarcastic or demeaning in any way, just interested in the type of company we are. He wanted to compare our company to the many survivalist and apocalyptic preparedness companies on the internet. He stated that they seem to base their businesses on fear, such as a nuclear attack or the Apocalypse itself. He asked, politely but inquisitively, what makes our company so much better since they all seem to be the pretty much the same.

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His question made me realize many people think all emergency and disaster preparedness companies are the same. There is an obvious, although apparently not well known difference between Just Us Enterprises and other “survivalist” companies. I must admit when viewed from the gentleman’s perspective, most prepper websites appear to give the impression that TEOTWAWKI (the end of the world as we know it) is going to happen soon and you must be prepared for it. Therefore, they instill fear, show cataclysmic events, and speak of doomsday. They sell merchandise not always designed or manufactured with quality and durability in mind, despite the chaos that they predict. They might sell weapons so you can defend your stash of survival supplies. Chaos and anarchy seem to be predominant themes.

I am not suggesting that all prepper websites and survivalist sites are this way, but many are or appear to be fear-mongering entities. They emphasize buying this product or that item for use after the (name the country of your choice) drops the bomb on us. You need to buy this product so when the financial collapse happens you can survive Armageddon. You must have these supplies for whatever hysterical or mysterious purpose suits the seller’s sales pitch.

The Difference

The gentleman’s question, though poignant, was an example of how misunderstood emergency preparedness actually is. Therefore, I explained the difference between us and the other types of survival preparedness establishments that are out there. We consider ourselves practical and conservative, and we tend to advise people to prepare for a major event according to their own budget and peace of mind. We know from experience that real emergency relief can take from a few days up to several weeks before the aftermath of a catastrophe is under control.

There are alternative websites, albeit not apparently very many, real legitimate businesses that do not prey on fear, destruction, and mayhem. Just Us Enterprises is an emergency disaster preparedness and outdoor supplier with a reputable character with the Better Business Bureau (A+ accreditation), member of the New Bern Chamber of Commerce, named a top disaster preparedness supplier and a member of FEMA’s Preparedness Community. We follow government guidelines for people to be prepared for an emergency or a disaster. We offer over 250 quality preparedness products, food, water and water filtration, first aid kits and many outdoor supplies. We do not base our business on fear, but we do believe in helping people be prepared in case of an emergency or a disaster. For that matter for outdoor activities too, such as camping, boating and hiking.

Just Us Enterprises sells only quality products primarily for both the short term, (and to those who want to prepare for the alien invasion) and for camping, RVing and outdoors. We disassociate ourselves from the scare tactics that some use and concentrate on a more reasonable, sensible and practical application of what emergency and disaster preparedness means. We enjoy helping others to be prepared for an event because we experienced a time when we were unprepared and needed emergency supplies. blizzard of 2005 018 (2) (2)Unfortunately, we waited until the last minute and found empty store shelves. Our emergency only lasted a few days because the blizzard closed roads and stores, but it would have been nice to have the supplies we needed to sustain our family for that short span of time. We had no electricity, no heat and very little food.

We learned our lesson and that is how we look at emergency and disaster preparedness. When a severe storm hits, such as a hurricane or the severe blizzard that we endured, it may take several days to a week or two for relief efforts to get to you. Just like those who lived through hurricanes Sandy and Katrina, and had to wait for roads and bridges to open, electricity to be turned back on and to have clean water running through the pipes, you too, also need to have provisions and supplies.

Providing supplies, food and water, and emergency essentials from when the disaster strikes until the time disaster relief arrives is our business. Having quality adequate supplies on hand and prior to a crisis to last until assistance arrives to your location is your business. Everyone needs to be prepared for an emergency or a disaster at least for a short duration, a few days to a few weeks. Anything more than that is optional to the individual’s desires.

Briefly, I explained to the gentleman, you do not need to go overboard with supplies or prepare for a long-term catastrophe, unless you want to, but you do need food, water, a first aid kit and emergency supplies for you and your family if the need arises for short-term preparedness. A pre-made survival kit, emergency kit or preparedness package such as those that we provide, are compact and easily portable.

We invite you to take a look at our website Just Us Enterprises – Emergency Disaster Preparedness, you might be pleasantly surprised at the quality products that we offer.

Remember: Your own emergency disaster preparedness plan is the key to survival, and your survival depends on how well prepared you are.

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Emergency Disaster Preparedness, Procurement [Part 8 of 9]

Procurement  – before you buy

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.

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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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Emergency Disaster Preparedness, Planning – Why Prepare [Part 3 of 9]

Emergency Disaster Planning

Chapter 1.3 Planning – the compiling of lists

3. Why are you preparing for an emergency or a disaster? 

 Planning for an Emergency or a Disaster

Why are you preparing for an emergency or a disaster?

Once you determine who and what the primary emergency or disaster focus is (road trip, storm, natural disaster, war, climate change, financial collapse etc.), then you can appreciate why we prepare for the unexpected. We prepare because we are survivalist, but we require things to keep us alive. We need comfort items such as clothing, shoes, coats, a blanket and a form of communication. We need protection from infections and injuries such as a first aid kit. We will require a weapon to protect members of the group and ourselves and a shelter to protect us from the elements. We need tools and equipment, knives, can-openers, hand tools, tarps, ropes and generators to run power tools. Supplies like pencils, paper, cooking utensils, lighting and a means to start a fire. We will also need fuel to run the generators and vehicles. As further comfort, we need hygiene and sanitation. Most of all, we need sustenance,OB22  Woods 0514 food and water (or a water filtration and purification system), and in copious amounts. Researchers have determined that water is more important than food for survival. A water filtration and purification system is almost mandatory for any major catastrophe because storing water in the recommended quantities per person could be a major space and weight problem. Delivering water over a stricken area is a logistical nightmare.

You do not need a year’s supply of food and water for an auto emergency kit, but if the area has a flood, you may need several days or weeks’ worth of provisions before rescue and help arrives. Whereas if a regional catastrophic event occurs, such as the earthquakes that hit Haiti, Chili, Japan or Nepal, or the Typhoon that recently devastated Micronesia, then a more comprehensive disaster preparedness strategy should be implemented.

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Emergency Disaster Preparedness, Foreword and Contents [Part 1 of 9]

Who, What, Why, How, Where and When are questions asked regarding emergency disaster preparedness and survival.

Planning, Preparing, Procurement and Providing your own emergency disaster preparedness is the key to survival, and your survival depends on how well prepared you are. J Janerico

Foreword

This discussion, the first of a multi-part article, addresses some of the issues many people associate with emergency disaster preparedness. The consolidated information that follows is collated from reliable sources such as FEMA, the CDC, the American Red Cross, NOAA, the preparedness industry and media sources like CNN, Fox News and others. To achieve emergency and disaster preparedness, several aspects will be covered, however ultimately, you must take responsibility for your own preparedness, because when (not if) a major catastrophic event occurs, it may take several days to several weeks for the government to assemble and coordinate appropriate and adequate supplies for a disaster. Preparing for a disaster could be the difference between your life and death.

Time

Apparently, there is some debate going on in the emergency preparedness industry in regards to the subject of prepared long-term food, home processed foods (canning) and MREs (meals ready to eat). Some of the topics focused on are, the amount of salt used in the preparation of food, the total carbohydrates and the nutritional value derived from these types of prepared food. Another issue is what the effects long-term food may or may not have, and how it might affect the human body if consumed daily for long periods. However, freeze-dried, dehydrated or salt cured foods, designed for long-term storage, are a proven beneficial food supply – it keeps you alive. The subject of long-term food brings up the point of this discussion. What are you preparing for, in terms of time, in the preparedness area of your emergency disaster planning? Are you preparing for a road trip, a few days, a couple of weeks, a month or three, or for a full-fledged apocalypse?

Let us face some facts, preparing for a disaster or an emergency can be a daunting task, Planning, Preparing, Procurement and Providing requires thoughtful implementation. The multiple parts that follow are some helpful solutions to the questions of Who, What, Why, How, Where, and When of the preparedness stages of planning. The Table of Contents provides a list of blogs and anticipated date of publishing.

TABLE of CONTENTSJust Us Enterprises

Part 1

Planningthe compiling of many lists

  1. Who are you planning for?                        5/19/2015
  2. What are you preparing for?                      5/19/2015
  3. Why are you preparing for an emergency or a disaster?     05/26/2015
  4. How much preparation is necessary?       05/26/2015
  5. Where do you go in a disaster?                06/02/2015
  6. Where do you store your emergency disaster preparedness supplies?      06/02/2015
  7. When is emergency disaster preparedness necessary?      06/09/2015

 

Part 2

Preparing lists, gathering supplies

  1. Who do you prepare for?                            06/16/2015
  2. What do you need?                                     06/23/2015
  3. How much do you need?                             06/16/2015
  4. Why prepare, is this just a waste of time and money?     06/30/2015

Part 3

Procurementbefore you buy

  1. Who do you buy from?                                07/07/2015
  2. Where do you obtain the emergency supplies?     07/07/2015
  3. What needs to be considered when purchasing disaster supplies?     07/07/2015

Part 4

Providing – how many, how long

  1. How long will you need to provide for a disaster?     07/14/2015
  2. Everything in Moderation     07/14/2015

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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.

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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

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