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Hurricane Names 2016, Emergency Supplies, Disaster Preparedness

Hurricane Names 2016, Emergency Supplies, Disaster Preparedness

It is hurricane season, so it is prudent to have a disaster plan, disaster preparations, emergency supplies that are ready to grab and go, and a prearranged inland location to meet family and group members if an evacuation become inevitable.

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Skiff washed ashore during hurricane.

Disaster PlanDecide where to meet, include written contacts, phone numbers, and other information in your ready to go kit. This information must in writing, because the hurricane’s damage, combined with the personal shock of the disaster, could cause a temporary memory loss. Cell phones may be lost, stolen, damaged, or unable to acquire a signal. There is much to consider when making a disaster plan. You can get more information at FEMA.gov Family Emergency Communication Plan

Disaster Preparations – Have an emergency survival kit that includes food, water and emergency supplies pre-packed and ready to go at short notice. Pack what is necessary to sustain each person for a minimum of three days and up to two weeks. Each member of your family also should have their own emergency survival kit. Keep the emergency kits or grab and go bags manageable in weight. For more information click on Planning, Preparing, Procurement and Providing. When there, scroll down to the Table of Contents for more specific topics.

How Hurricanes are Named

The National Hurricane Center, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration use a rotating list of 21 names per year, for six years, to identify hurricanes. Each year has its own set of names and is reused again in six years. The only time that there is a change in the list is if a storm is so deadly or costly that the future use of its name on a different storm would be inappropriate for reasons of sensitivity (Tropical Cyclone Names, National Hurricane Center). For example, Hurricane Sandy’s name is retired.

2016 Storm Names

Alex Fiona Karl Paula
Bonnie Gaston Lisa Richard
Colin Hermine Matthew Shary
Danielle Ian Nicole Tobias
Earl Julia Otto Virginie             Walter

When there are more than 21 named storms, the Greek alphabet is used.

Storm News

Fiona and Gaston are currently making their way across the Atlantic. This makes seven named storms this year. Hurricanes have strong winds, storm surges, hail, torrential rains, and lightning. They can produce tornados, flooding and wide spread damage. They create dangerous conditions after they pass too, such as injuries, spreading of diseases, mold, destruction of personal and Stormy Seashorebusiness property, and the contamination of drinking water and food supplies.

Shock, confusion and chaos are common after a major catastrophic event such as a hurricane or a tornado. Becoming separated people worry anxiously about their absent loved ones. FEMA, the Red Cross, the CDC and the Emergency Disaster Preparedness industry all recommend having an emergency preparedness plan and supplies and provisions of food and water.

Before a Storm Approaches

PLAN ahead have a written list of phone numbers so you can communicate with your family. Put this list in a waterproof container and put it in your survival kits. Remember to text instead of talk. The reason is that talking takes up more phone time and jams the systems. Have a pre-arranged meeting place. If you or a family member become separated and or lose phone service, your loved ones can meet you at this location. (Family Emergency Communication Plan)

PREPARE an emergency kit or survival kit for each family member. The essential contents of the emergency kit will contain many items; it could be beneficial if there is duplication of some items. For a list of recommended contents click here.

Provide enough food, water and supplies for a disaster for at least three days and up to two weeks. It is highly recommended to have a week or two weeks’ worth of long-term food and water. Once the power goes out, food will spoil rapidly.

Contaminated water will ruin your boxes of food. Having canned goods will be too heavy to take with you if you must evacuate. A family of four requires 84 meals per week (3 meals per day x 4 people x 7 days).

Water weighs about eight pounds per gallon and takes up a lot of space. For example, a family of four using one gallon of water per person, per day, will consume 28 gallons of water per week.

One practical solution is to have lightweight, dehydrated or freeze-dried USDA quality food, which is contained in Mylar pouches and further protected by food grade plastic buckets. Long-term food can have a shelf life from five to 25 years. A variety of foods exists from breakfasts, lunches and dinners to desserts and drinks. Some varieties can be cooked in the pouch with serving sizes as small as two servings per pouch.

Water, is a necessity for life, and while lugging 28 gallons of water from place to place may not be practical, carrying a few bottles of water and having a lightweight portable water filtration or water purification system with you is. Have water bottles or lightweight water packets with your supplies. Flooding and power outages may make water unsuitable to drink. Municipal water sources may be contaminated. Therefor it is in your best interests to have your own supply of water and a backup water filtration or a water purification system.

Visit Just Us Enterprises for all your emergency, disaster, preparedness and outdoor supplies. We provide links to reputable disaster agencies and closely follow or exceed their recommendations.

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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“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.