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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.

Emergency Disaster Preparedness, Preparing – How much and Why [Part 7 of 9]

Chapter 2 Preparing for an Emergency or Disaster

Chapter 2.3 and 2.4 Preparing– lists, gathering supplies

3. How much do you need?
4. Why prepare, is this just a waste of time and money?

 PREPARING FOR AN EMERGENCY OR A DISASTER

Preparing – lists, gathering supplies

How much do you need?

Determining how much you will need is measured by the number of people in your group, how long you want to be prepared for and of course the unknown variable of the disaster itself. To explain this further, if someone, alone, is going to work and has a breakdown, an Auto Emergency Kit should provide for their needs until help arrives. However, if a hurricane like Katrina or Sandy hits, it could be weeks before you have a resolution to the crisis. Finally, if you believe that a crisis of major magnitude will happen, such as a war, financial collapse, a solar disruption of the electrical grid, or Armageddon itself, than you would want a much longer-term supply of food, water and emergency supplies.

For the two examples used previously for a family of four you will need 4,380 meals per year and a minimum of 1,460 gallons of water. Minimum because no one will ever spill or waste any food or water, that is, in a perfect world.

Therefore, the answer to “How much do you need?” is in the following three questions.

  1. Do you want to prepare for a few days, weeks, months or years?
  2. How many people and pets are you preparing for?
  3. How long do you want to survive after a disaster or TEOTWAWKI (The End Of The World As We Know It)?

Remember, you are the only person that you can rely on to prepare for your probable crisis.

Why prepare, is this just a waste of time and money?

When confronted with this question, the best response is to point out the fact, that every day you are preparing for something. Here are a few examples; you take a shower to keep your body clean. Why, because you are preparing for work, the doctor, or a night out, but the most important reason is to prevent germs from attacking you. Animals will prepare by storing food in the fall for a long and unknown winter season, because they, like us, have a basic instinct, which is to survive; some animals, like humans, seem to over-do-it, others under-prepare. The ones that under-prepare may suffer from starvation, malnutrition, diseases and possibly death.

The military will train their men and women to prepare them for the rigors of combat even during a time of peace. This is a case of readiness. You will generally check the fluids, windshield wipers and emergency auto kit in your car when you are going on a long road trip because you do not want to have problems. Even the Boy Scout’s motto is “Be Prepared.” Preparing is a natural instinct. Therefore, it is natural to prepare for the unknown and unpredictable future. No, it is not a waste of time or money, preparing can save your life.

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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 – How much and where do you go [Part 4 of 9]

Emergency Disaster Planning

Chapter 1.4 & 1.5 Planning – the compiling of lists

4. How much preparation is necessary?
5. Where do you go in a disaster?

 Planning for an Emergency or a Disaster

How much preparation is necessary?

There are no simple answers to this question, because the unexpected happens daily to everyone, everywhere, around the world. A better question would be; how much preparation, given a set of circumstances, should you prepare for, and for how many people? Again, determine “what” you are preparing for – storm, earthquake, terrorist attack etc. Make ready for the most likely catastrophic event in your region, and then prepare everybody in your group, for that event. Remember to take into consideration the “who,” and the “what” discussed later under Preparing.

Here is an example, let us say you live on the West Coast, you are more likely to prepare for a wildfire or an earthquake as opposed to living in the Midwest, who would prepare for tornadoes or flooding, while the East coast would prepare for hurricanes and blizzards. Unfortunately, terrorism is striking us from all angles. Violent attackers are killing children in our schools; therefore, Classroom Lockdown Kits are essential for lockdown situations across the country.

Guardian Deluxe Classroom Lockdown Kit (web)A lockdown kit includes hygiene and sanitary facilities designed for schools and workplaces; they are an excellent waste containment system for emergency bivouac and camping situations. ISIS and similar extremists are causing global disruptions of civilization as we know it, and even the sun is throwing solar flares at us, threatening our electrical power grid. The answer to how much preparation is necessary depends on how comfortable you are with your preparedness or the lack of preparedness knowing that a disaster is probable.

You cannot prepare for everything, but you can limit how long that you feel it is necessary to survive after a disaster strikes. If your area is devastated by a hurricane or earthquake, it could take weeks or months to regain power to your home, it may take a week or longer for rescue teams to assist you. The current government recommendation is to be prepared with a survival kit with enough provisions for 3 days (72 hours).

Unfortunately, the East coast’s winter weather caused many areas to have blackouts that left people without power for a week or more during brutally cold temperatures. In our opinion, we recommend a minimum 5-day survival kit per person; but two weeks to three months would be optimal. Longer preparation for the more serious prepper or survivalist will include longer-term food, water, first aid kits and emergency essentials.

Survival kits, known as bug-out-bags, 72-hour kits, emergency kits and other names are kits containing emergency supplies that will provide life sustaining provisions and comfort items. You can build one yourself, but it could actually cost more and possibly be less complete than a prepackaged survival kit. We discuss the contents in the section entitled Preparing – “How much do you need.”

Where do you go in a disaster?

This part of the planning stage assumes you have a predetermined place to go, also known as a BOL (bug-out-location). A means of transportation to travel there and that there is not a travel ban induced by the government, pirates or electromagnetic forces that shut down vehicle computers, or any number of other deterrents that may prevent access to a safer place. If the area is closed to vehicles for whatever reason, including impassable roads, then traveling to your bug out cave in the mountains, which may be several hours away, and access to your supplies, is all for naught. A small group of individuals may not be able to arrive at the “safe” destination safely.

Ice Storm - MA Boy Scouts, MoheganAlternatively, you may have a plan to go to a relative’s or friend’s home or to a shelter. If this is the case, make sure everyone on your “who” list has the “where” (where all of you will meet) list. Include with the “where” list contact names, addresses, phone numbers and written directions. Have a prearranged meeting place on the “where” list because GPS and cell phone service may not be functional. If someone in your family or group becomes separated, you will have a start location for the search effort. FEMA and other government agencies recommend texting instead of calling your contacts because calling ties up the signals for longer periods. Some emergencies and disasters require sheltering in place some do not. Have a Plan “B” and supplies in two or more accessible locations if possible

It may be better to have supplies in two or more locations because if your primary BOL (bug out location) is unreachable or breached, you will have supplies in a second location. Remember to write the locations on your “where” lists. However, you may want to limit the supply location(s) on the “where” list in case the list is misappropriated or lost. Someone may find the list and beat you to your supplies. Once the initial catastrophe phase ends, you might be able to relocate to the primary BOL if necessary.

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Had Enough Snow? | Emergency Disaster Preparedness

Prepare for what is to come this Spring 2015

It is only the middle of February, but Boston, Massachusetts and the Northeast are making a run for the coldest and snowiest winter on record. They have received over 90 inches of snow (about 7.5 feet), so far, and temperatures are approximately 11 degrees below average. The main transit system, the MBTA, crippled by the unprecedented snowfall and extreme cold are leaving thousands without a way to go to work. Businesses are feeling the effects of the lack of income because customers cannot venture out due to the weather and road conditions.

Snow banks at intersections create dangerous driving conditions.
Snow banks at intersections create dangerous driving conditions.

Customers can hardly make it to the stores, travel by car or by foot is treacherous, and potentially deadly, as evidenced by more than one person struck by a snowplow. Parking is another problem because monumental snow piles not only reduce parking spaces, but also obstruct visibility.

Businesses and homeowners alike have so much snow buildup that roofs are collapsing and local government authorities warned owners to remove the snow. Schools throughout the region have consumed all of their snow days and other schools in the Northeast have closed due to concerns that the weight of snow and ice might cause roofs to cave in, burying students and faculty. The National Guard, called in to assist in snow removal and equipment from neighboring states are helping to alleviate the wintery situation, but Old Man Winter seems to have another agenda with unrelenting forecasts of more snow and extremely cold temperatures. Many buildings, experiencing frozen pipes, already have water damage and will not be repaired until heat is reestablished or access to the damaged area is facilitated, or both. Adding to the winter woes, ice dams are wreaking havoc with roofs, walls, ceilings and floors. Sidewalks are impassable and snowbanks are too high to throw the additional accumulating snow on top. Snow banks on the roadsides, snow mounds in shopping plazas and snow farms are overflowing. All of this accumulated snow creates another problem; such as where do you put all the snow?

blizzard of 2005 018 (2) (2)Dumping the snow into lakes, ponds and the ocean is unacceptable because the rock salt and road chemicals are environmentally hazardous. In response to this unacceptable practice, the authorities in many towns and cities along the Atlantic coastline have decided to use large powerful snow-melters and have the melted runoff go directly into storm drains that flow through underground pipes, primarily to lakes, ponds and the ocean. Unless the runoff is properly filtered, of the automobile fluids (such as antifreeze, brake fluids, fuel i.e. gasoline and diesel, oil, transmission fluid, hydraulic fluids), and other contaminants in addition to the rock salt and road chemicals, the environment will still be affected. So, instead of just dumping the snow into the Atlantic directly, it is melted and sent through a conduit to the ocean bypassing any filtering. This apparent oversight of the law appears to be undertaken to save money, not necessarily to deliberately hide the facts from the public. Transparency anyone?

Eventually, hidden problems will reveal themselves as the snow melts. Warmer temperatures, rain and the sun will eventually melt the snow back to water. As the heavy, wet, water-laden snow melts, it compacts and compresses the snow beneath it closer to the ground. The air temperature, will increase or decrease the melting period, or even cause it to stop melting, refreeze and turn it back into ice. This ice, under the compressed and melting snow, cannot leach into the ground as it melts because the ground itself is frozen. The melting ice has no place to go and as it continues to melt, it builds up as packed ice starting from the frozen ground working its way up towards the surface of the snow. Once the ice, becomes close enough to the surface, it depends on the sun and temperature to begin its final transition into water.

This is where a problem lies. Melting snow and the frozen ice below it combined with warming temperatures may not be a problem in many areas during a normal winter. However, this years’ combination of the recent dumping of the enormous quantity of snow, the ice under the snow and the impenetrable frozen ground will create significant flooding. We hope that the warm-up will be gradual and the melt-water will find a safe place to run off. Otherwise, as spring approaches and the sun raises higher in the sky, if the temperature increases quickly, or a significant rain occurs, then the snow meltwater will have no place to go because, as mentioned earlier, the ground under the snowpack will still be frozen and the flooding will commence. 

Prepare yourself for the spring thaw, because spring, according to the calendar is only a month away. Warmer temperatures rising too quickly will cause rivers, streams, and creeks to rise. Ponds and lakes will accept the runoff water until they overflow. The meltwater overflow will enter basements, buildings built in low-lying areas, city and municipal underground utilities and of course subways.

Prepare yourselves for the flooding that is imminent after the winter of 2015 ends. Roads will be similar to driving on rugged terrain due to the frost eaves that created the potholes. Water entering manholes will cause electrical shorts creating power outages. Torrents of water may wash out roads or produce sinkholes. The heavy snowpack, slush, ice, debris and clogged storm drains will only exacerbate the problem. Supplies of food, water, first aid and sanitation may be restricted or non-existent for several days to flooded areas. Help may be delayed until the flood waters recede.

Be wary of a quick warm up this spring, it just might wash you away. Be prepared with a survival kit or a preparedness package that contains food, water, a first aid kit, shelter and warmth and sanitation. For complete emergency disaster preparedness supplies, please visit our web site.

Remembering 2014 – Prepare for the New Year 2015

Remembering 2014 – Prepare for the New Year 2015

It ends. The year I mean.

We try to reminisce about the events of the year. Major events like back surgeries, lung surgeries, newborns and deaths may have affected us in our individual lives. Sometimes you may be fortunate and have the time to prepare yourself for an event, like getting diapers and bottles for a newborn. Other times you are not so fortunate to prepare for a catastrophic 2015 Calendaroccurrence, such as the unexpected lung cancer. We think about, better yet, call it summarize, the major events and file them away in our brains. We try to remember all the events that touched our lives, sometimes we feel as though we relive those moments.

There were the happy times of a child’s birthday by the poolside, or laying on the sand, on a beach, with your best someone. There were proud moments of accomplishments and not so proud moments like when the dog left a present for the cable guy. Many solders, Marines and a whole host of our military were discharged due to medical issues, some never came home, and we honor them. Accidents may have happened, sometimes very interestingly so; such as the time when a pickup truck drove through connecting fences, then thru a shed and only came to a stop after it moved the rear deck that was connected to the house. We remember, and worry, about the times with the children and grandchildren.

The hugs and the falls, the laughter and the curiosity of their world, astounds us. The children, however, attending our schools are under attack. Violence, created a need to protect the children while attending school. Shelter-in-place orders are the latest news headlines. Schools and educational facilities should have a classroom lockdown kit for sanitary reasons.

As the year passes thru your mind, you may have some regrets, but time does not care. Time keeps moving, as we must. So, think about the $10.00 bill you found, or the dog playing at the beach, or just holding hands. However, start preparing for the unexpected. The, ”It won’t happen to me,” scenario eventually catches up with you (or is it waiting for you?). Large or small, something will happen; “The lawnmower won’t start,” until the “did you check the gas” reminder was exclaimed and clearly heard. Oh yes, it will happen, prepare for it.

It” is described as Chaos, and Chaos sometimes exhibits itself as time, but time is multi-dimensional. Chaos is the combination and culmination of events both controlled and uncontrolled that create or cause an event, or a series of events, to occur. For example, we can create a miniature tornado but we cannot recreate a hurricane. Then, what happens Bubble_bathwhen the controlled tornado, becomes uncontrolled? The total sum of it is damage strewn every which way. Chaos is not necessarily always bad, either; bubble baths are bubbles that we control, thereby being fun and chaotic simultaneously. Chaos in our dimension is a way of life.

We are intelligent enough to know we cannot control events, so our best defense is a great offense. One of our great gifts as people is that we have the ability to learn from the past, interpret and apply that knowledge into something else. The defense against the rising chaos is to prepare ourselves for unforeseen events because we acknowledge what can happen. Have an emergency preparedness plan, preparedness supplies, food, water and first aid.

Have a safe, healthy and prepared New Year.

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

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

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

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

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


Emergency Disaster Preparedness requires:

Planning

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

Preparing

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

Provided is a list of basic survival kit contents:

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

Readiness

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

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