Temporary Reprieve from Winter

 

We’ve taken a few weeks off to enjoy the holidays with friends and family.  Most of you have done the same to one extent or another.   While holiday celebrations varied depending on one’s background, religious beliefs and customs, the mild and relative calm of the weather has been a common denominator across most of the US.

As of yesterday only about 11% of the Lower 48 States had snow cover.  There are a few storms today that will drop snow in West Texas and rain most everywhere else in the South where it is sorely needed.  That same system will move up the East Coast this week depositing snow in higher elevations of the Appalachians and upstate New York and New England, with rain in the lower elevations and in Southern New York and New England.

This mild weather is good news for homeowners, state and municipal governments and travelers.  A lot of money normally spent on heat and snow removal has been saved, and only the ski resort operators and their customers are unhappy.  While no extreme cold or winter weather is on radar this week, the situation can turn on a dime.

Colder weather with snow and ice can make roads change from wide open to treacherous or impassible in a very short time.  You might leave home on a brisk sunny morning only to find yourself struggling to return home in the evening commute through ice, snow and wind.  The rapid change in weather can snarl traffic and cause accidents.  Even if not involved in one directly, you could find yourself unable to proceed for some time.

In situations where your vehicle or another is affected by these conditions, it’s helpful, almost essential to have a roadside emergency kit on board.  These kits have many useful supplies such as jumper cables, first aid kit, emergency blanket, poncho, matches, tow rope, work light, gloves and other items to help you or someone nearby to get on the road again and stay more comfortable until that can happen.

These kits are called by other names, including Automobile Kits, Car Emergency Kits, Roadside and Car Emergency Kits to name a few.  Click here to see a well-equipped roadside emergency kit.

 

 

 

 

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Emergency Backpack

 

Many emergency kits, or emergency go kits as they are sometimes called are packaged for easy hands-free carrying in a backpack.  Hence, the name emergency backpack is often applied to them regardless of their specific contents and intended use.

Some contain earthquake emergency supplies, others are severe weather kits, others are survivor emergency kits, or carry other names like emergency response kits.  Each kit has been carefully designed to optimize the contents to be better suited for the specified emergency than for others, even though may of the contents across the various kits might be similar or identical.

The common item in many of them is the backpack.  This the term emergency back pack is very broad and all encompassing.

Here is an example of an emergency backpack designed as a survivor emergency kit.

1 Person Survivor Emergency Kit & Supplies:
Organization Backpack 1
3-in-1 Emergency Light 1
8 Hour Light stick 1
Folding Stove (with 8 Fuel Tablets) 1
Waterproof/Windproof Matches (box of 24) 1
Weather Protection
           Emergency Sleeping Bag 1
           Emergency  Poncho 1
           Body Warmers 1
           Tube Tent 1
           Emergency Candles 5
Food and Water
          3600 Calorie Food Bar 1
          Water Pouches 6
          Water Purification Tablets 50
          Lexan Bottle (1L) 1
Multi-tool Knife 1
5-in-1 Survival Whistle 1
50 ft Rope 1
Work Gloves (pair) 1
N95 Mask 1
Deluxe First Aid Kit 1
Hygiene Kit
          Toothbrush 1
          Toothpaste 1
          Comb 1
          Washcloth 1
          Tissue (10 pack) 1
          Wet naps 6
          Shampoo 1
Toilet Paper (roll) 1
Note Pad 1
Pencil 1
Sewing kit 1
Emergency Preparedness Guide 1

It contains food, water, shelter, outdoor cooking and other supplies needed to survive outdoors in an emergency.

It’s one, but only one, of the many configurations that can be created in backpack form.

 

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Necessities Kit

 

Maybe you have your own place at home or in your vehicle to store emergency supplies.  If so, then a necessities kit may be just what you need.

A necessities kit contains everything you need to add to your emergency supplies for provide the basics in a disaster or emergency.  Instead of being a self-contained backpack, this kit is the contents for you to add to your own emergency box or supply kit.

The kit contains:

  • Flashlight
  • AA batteries
  • AM/FM Radio
  • AAA batteries
  • Waterproof Matches-Box of 50
  • Emergency Blanket
  • Emergency Poncho
  • 2400 Calorie Food Bar
  • Water Pouches
  • 53 Pc First Aid Kit
  • Tissue (10 pack)
  • Wet naps

It comes with all of these items packed in a single box:

 

 

 

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We’re Home, So We’re Safe, Right??

Not necessarily!

We all feel safe at home, and most of the time we are.  But there are natural disasters such as floods and earthquakes, and weather events like fires, floods tornadoes, hurricanes and blizzards which can threaten our safety.

When one of these happens, could we:

  • lose power for one or more days?
  • be without fresh water?
  • be unable to leave our home to shop?
  • have no heat?
  • find it necessary to evacuate to places unknown on short notice?
  • evacuate to a safer place only to find we can’t get there at all, or not as quickly as hoped?

For all of these possible reasons and more, we need to be prepared at home for any emergency or disaster that could disrupt utilities and essential services or damage our home.

A disaster kit for home will help us prepare so we can stay safe at home while the services are restored, or be ready to leave at a moment’s notice with essentials for safety and survival.  This type of kit is also called a survival kit, and provides not only food, water, first aid, weather protection, but also shelter in the form of a tent and emergency blanket and sleeping bag, and means to cut wood and build a fire.

No one wants to leave home in a disaster unless absolutely necessary.  A disaster kit for home like the one shown below can help a family of four stay at home if conditions permit, and also keep them safe if they must leave.

DisasterKit for Home - 4 Person

 

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Deluxe Emergency Kit – A Rose by Any Other Name

 

Really, marketing people can make life complicated by creatively naming the same products in different ways.

A deluxe emergency kit is an emergency kit by another name.  Earlier, we reviewed the 2 – person and 4 – person emergency kits and what they typically provide.

A well-deigned emergency kit has everything needed for safety and relative comfort packaged in one bag or backpack.

A deluxe emergency kit has everything needed to sustain the number of persons it is designed to support for three days, or 72 hours.  That’s why these kits are sometimes referred to as 72 hour kits.

Shelter  and retaining body heat are  most important.  The kits will contain rain gear, a tent and blankets.  Usually there will be some prepackaged heat source and matches, as well as an emergency preparedness guide, basic tools, work gloves, and mask.

Food for emergency and water are provided sufficient to sustain life for 72 hours.  Typical food is concentrated high energy bars to be parsed out in three meals per day per person.  This helps maintain consistent energy levels.  Food is paired with water in pouches, one for each meal.  Food & water packs typically have a 5 year shelf life.

Water purification tablets are often included, enabling use of water from the environment with protection from pathogens.

Light and communication are essentials.  A flashlight and batteries, plus light sticks and a radio and batteries are provided.  A first aid kit is included.

A deluxe emergency kit is great insurance against emergency and disaster events.

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School Time

 

School is an extension of our children’s home environment.

We expect it to be safe, but natural disasters and weather events can reach our kids even when they are at school.  An earthquake, tornado or other event can make it difficult for the teacher to care for them until help arrives.

A classroom emergency kit can be a big help in such times of need.

The better kits will contain not only first aid items, but also means of purifying and storing water, work gloves, a pry bar for unsticking stuck doors & windows, a light source, radio, and of course: toilet paper.

Hopefully your child will never experience an emergency situation at school, but if one happens, the teacher will be better prepared to deal with it if one of these classroom emergency kits is handy.

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Children’s Survival Kit

 

Our kids have the same needs during an emergency or survival situation as we do. But in addition, they are more scared and bewildered because their world has come apart.

A child emergency kit or children’s survival kit can keep your child save and provide a measure of comfort and well-being during difficult times.

In addition to the food, water, shelter, warmth that all of us need, a child needs some additional help in restoring a sense of well-being.  This can be provided by something as simple as a stuffed animal and some toys.

The better kits are designed with your children’s total needs in mind.  All they’ll need is provided in their own back pack.

 

 

 

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Get a Horse?

 

When your car breaks down, do you wish for a New York minute you had a horse?  I have, but then quickly realized horses are high-maintenance, too.

A breakdown is not fun, but a car emergency kit can make the experience a lot less painful because everything you need to summon help and get by until help arrives is contained in one well-organized pack.

Here are the contents of one of the better kits:

  • 1 large nylon pack
  • 8 hour light stick
  • emergency blanket
  • emergency poncho
  • 5 emergency candles
  • box of 50 waterproof matches
  • multi-tool knife
  • 5 in 1 survival whistle
  • 1 pair of work gloves
  • First Aid Kit
  • 10 tissues
  • Jumper cables
  • Emergency Triangle
  • Ice Scraper
  • Tow rope
  • 12 V work light

A car emergency kit won’t make you stop wishing for a horse, but it will make life easier until you get one!

 

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4 Person Emergency Kit

 

Yesterday we looked in detail at a 2 person emergency kit, what it contained and why.  Today we extend the discussion to a 4 person emergency kit.

A 4 person emergency kit has everything needed to sustain four people for three days, or 72 hours.

Shelter, food, water, fire, light, communications, first aid are still the force behind the design and sizing; it’s just that the package is for twice as many persons.

Check out a 4 person emergency kit.

Great for a family of four, two couples or four hunting & fishing buddies.

 

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2 Person Emergency Kit

 

A well-deigned emergency kit has everything needed for safety and relative comfort packaged in one bag or backpack.

A 2 person emergency kit has everything needed to sustain two people for three days, or 72 hours.  That’s why these kits are sometimes referred to as 72 hour kits.

Shelter from the elements and retaining body heat are the most important considerations.  The kits will contain rain gear, a tent and blankets.  Usually there will be some prepackaged heat source and matches, as well as an emergency preparedness guide, basic tools, work gloves, and mask.

Food for emergency and water are provided in packs sufficient to sustain 2  persons for 72 hours.  Typical food is concentrated high energy bars to be parsed out in three meals per day per person.  This helps maintain consistent energy levels.  Food is paired with water in pouches, one for each meal.  Food & water packs typically have a 5 year shelf life.

Water purification tablets are often included, enabling use of water from the environment with protection from pathogens.

Light and communication are essentials.  A flashlight and batteries, plus light sticks and a radio and batteries are provided.

A first aid kit is sized to meet the needs of 2 person.

A 2 person emergency kit is great insurance against emergency and disaster events.

You never know when mayhem will strike and you need to be ready!

 

 

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