Black Friday


Well, you survived Thanksgiving.  So far so good.

However, today marks the start of the marathon portion of the holiday shopping season.  Because so many retailers traditionally have their earnings go from loss to positive [in the black]  on this first shopping day after Thanksgiving, it has earned the name “Black Friday”.

It should be called Black Friday for another reason.  The crowds start assembling the evening before in front of stores, and some stay all night just to be among the first to lunge through the doors when they open, hoping they will be the lucky ones to grab the few really good sale items before supplies run out.

Is it any wonder people get hurt?  You don’t want to be one of them, but if you are and if you get a minor cut or scrape, be sure to have it taken care of by the store or mall’s security or management.  If they don’t offer such services, it’s good to have your own medical emergency kit.

Shop safe!





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Happy Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving is tomorrow.

Many will travel and severe weather is not in the forecast in most parts of the country.  With thoughts of family and friends foremost in our minds, we should remember that emergencies can still happen.

Our vehicle can have problems, as we see when we’re on the Interstate.  There is hardly a holiday when we don’t see an auto emergency on the side of the road, waiting for the highway patrol and service vehicle.

Take the time to have the basics checked before you leave home.  Make certain your tires are OK and have the proper pressure, the battery has been checked, oil changed on time, air filter clean, wipers working, all lights working, gas tank full.  It’s amazing how many people simply run out of gas!

Get plenty of rest tonight, and stop every couple of hours to stretch your legs. Circulation is important, not only to keep you awake, but to reduce the risk of blood clots, especially in the legs.

Drive at a reasonable speed and let the other guy win the race to the next speed trap.  If you do, you’re more likely to arrive relaxed and ready to share in family fellowship and food.

We won’t be posting tomorrow, so from all of us at EmergencyHomeKitsBlog, have a Happy Thanksgiving.

And, if you get bored with the game, you may want to check out some of our emergency kits.   All of them make useful gifts for the Holidays, whether it’s an automobile emergency kit, survivor kit, or a stocking stuffer like our NOAA Weather Radio or Dynamo Flashlight Radio.

Come back and see us after the holiday.  Stay safe with us!


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But, I’m Not Into Backpacks!


OK, not everyone is able or wants to carry a backpack full of survival stuff.  And frankly, some of us would rather have one of our friends or family do that for us, or we have our hands full of other things, especially when it’s time to “Get out of Dodge”.

Just because we aren’t all Eagle Scouts who just came of a 50 mile endurance hike doesn’t mean we don’t jog or walk or care about surviving hard times.  We still need to provide for our protection and safety and can do it “hands free”.

A fanny pack– style emergency kit is just the thing we need.

Even if we have to exit stage left on foot and running, we can still take with us what we need to:

  • Protect ourselves from rain with a poncho
  • Stay tuned to the AM / FM emergency updates
  • Light our way without worrying the batteries will run down [as long as we keep cranking]
  • Take care of cuts & scrapes with a 53 piece first aid kit
  • Wrap a blanket around us
  • Fix & cut stuff with a combination knife / tool.
  • Start a fire with waterproof matches [50 chances to get it right!]
  • Summon help with a whistle
  • Have something to eat for a day or two [how long can you survive on 2,400 calories?]
  • Have a drink of safe, packaged water [4 times]

Maybe we’re not Scouts, but who could say we’re NOT prepared?


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Mayhem is NOT My Friend!


OK, if I weren’t the worrying kind, I would more likely have started a blog about how to have fun no matter what’s happening around me.  Instead, I’m more focused on keeping safe at home and in my “extended” home, which includes my chariots [pickup truck & hybrid car] and at work.

An insurance company is now running ads that star a sleazy character who goes by the name “Mayhem”.  He skulks around a victim and makes sure something breaks & then says he hopes the guy didn’t by cheapo insurance from some other company.  This dude freaks me out, because he puts a face to some of my nagging fears.

That’s why I’m thinking about how to protect my little world and my family from “Mayhem”.  This is a mental “horror movie” where I try to out-think Mayhem and he tries to counter my moves.

In Scene 1 Mayhem has me in a spot where my cellphone battery is run down, no one is in sight, I can’t find my vehicle and it’s dark!  Don’t ask me how I got there, because it’s a bad dream that could happen in real life hundreds of ways.   Mayhem has me in a bad place, but I counter by pulling out my dynamo flashlight radio.

Scene 2 has me turning a little crank for a minute to charge the thing, and then listening to the radio on AM & FM, shining my light to find my way to a better place, charging my cellphone and powering a siren to attract attention.  I’m no longer panicked and am on my way out of this mess.

Mayhem is NOT my friend, and not your friend, either.  I hope you’re ready when he throws multiple threats your way.

Please share your ideas and experiences fighting Mayhem!



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I Need Three Hands!


Really, there are times when I’ve felt like two hands just wasn’t enough.

This happened recently when it was dark and I was holding a flashlight in one hand at night checking under the hood of my truck (as if I actually knew how to do anything more complicated than add windshield washer juice).

We don’t have to use one hand to hold a light source because some clever person invented a small LED headlamp that straps onto your head and shines wherever you’re trying to look.

The thing is so small that you forget you’re wearing it, and you find yourself walking around believing you can actually see in the dark.  It’s a great addition to your tool box, vehicle’s console or glove box, or an emergency kit.

Once you’ve used one, you’ll wonder why you never got one before

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What’s The Weather?


We take weather forecasts and information for granted.

Why shouldn’t we?  After all, we have local weather, national weather, world weather on cable and broadcast TV channels, AM, FM, Satellite radio, the Internet and Smart Phones.  Whether at home or in our vehicle, we are accustomed to having ready access to weather information.

What happens when our infrastructure fails us during an emergency situation?

  • If our power is out at home.
  • If we are in our vehicle and the radios don’t work because of a dead battery or other malfunction.
  • If our smart phone’s battery is discharged.
  • If the only cell tower in the area fails.

You could be struck with more “ifs” that would keep you from knowing what severe weather or other hazards could affect you now or in the near future.

That’s why you need a compact emergency weather radio.

Small enough to fit in handbag, briefcase, vehicle glove box or emergency kit, this type of radio receives continuous broadcasts from National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on seven VHF channels.

NOAA’s network of transmitters covers almost every square mile of the US, Puerto Rico and other US Territories around the globe.  Broadcasts of weather and “All Hazards” alerts are customized for each area covered.

You shouldn’t leave home without one of these weather radios.

In, fact, you shouldn’t even stay home without one!

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What’s Playing on the Radio?


Normally we have access to more media than we can handle at one time.

At home we’re bombarded by TV, radio, Internet music & video, smart phones, etc.

When traveling we have AM, FM , music on compact discs, satellite radio, and  whatever comes in on our cell phones.

We have all this until disaster strikes.  Sometimes our car breaks down and even the battery is useless in keeping our communications links open.  Our cell phones may work for a while if there is a tower nearby, but eventually their batteries run down.  This happens more quickly with the smart phones because of all the communications they handle.

We can find ourselves stuck somewhere with no means of finding out what’s happening outside of our immediate surroundings.  That’s why it’s a good idea to keep a small portable AM / FM radio with us.

This radio will keep us connected and therefore more able to take action to protect ourselves and get us help.

Keep a radio like this with you at all times and be more safe and secure no matter what Mother Nature sends your way!

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Severe Weather Can Rock Your World


Hurricane Irene was just a tropical storm when it reached New England and Upstate New York back in August.  Yet, it delivered a powerful blow to the region due to heavy rains.

Many roads were washed out in Vermont and Western Massachusetts.  The Mohawk Trail [Route 2] in Western Massachusetts is still closed  between Savoy and North Adams, and is not expected to be reopened before December 15, 2011, in spite of 24 X 7 repair efforts.

Water can rise quickly, and small rivers become torrents or flood large areas in a matter of hours.  This river rose about 6 feet overnight after Irene, and over 200 acres were inundated.  Fortunately, this area dodged the bullet because the flood waters stayed just below the nearby road and bridge.  A mile upstream, however, a tributary brook washed out a road and littered an entire neighborhood with rocks, boulders and debris, isolating several homes.

Hundreds of Acres Flooded, Road Narrowly Escaped Inundation

Severe weather can strike any time, and you could find yourself stranded at home or in your vehicle.  When this happens you can be safe if you have a severe weather kit.  Severe weather kits provide essentials for weather protection, food and water, light, communications, tools and food.

Make sure you have one handy before the next sever weather event comes to your neighborhood.

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My Car Broke Down and No One’s Around!

We drive down the freeway an often don’t even think about our vehicle having problems, until we see someone in the breakdown lane with the flashers on.  What do we do then?

Do we:

  • Call 911 or the emergency number posted on the road?
  • Drive by without doing anything?
  • Stop to help?

On most freeways on Interstate Highways, stopping to help is not recommended and is sometimes prohibited.  Also, it may not be safe to stop, so if we are motivated to do anything, it’s usually to call the emergency number and report the location and type of emergency or breakdown.

What if we are not on a freeway or Interstate and WE have a vehicle problem?  What if it’s in a rural or remote area with no cell coverage and no signs of civilization?  What if we get stuck in snow, or the road ahead is closed due to washouts or landslides?  We sit and wait.

Rural New England

Don't expect help any time soon!

Since we may be there for a while, it’s essential to have an auto emergency kit in our vehicle.  This will provide us with the tools needed to show that we need assistance, such as an emergency triangle to put near the vehicle, as well as basic tools like a tow rope, jumper cables, ice scrapers, work gloves and a multi-tool knife.  Since we don’t know when help will come, we also have an emergency blanket, poncho, first aid kit, and even water proof matches in case we need to leave the vehicle and build a fire.

Auto emergency kits are essential for our safety and comfort for those times we hope will never happen, when our vehicle breaks down.

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