Portable Weather Alert Radio


We’ve covered this before, but just to be clear, a portable weather alert radio is able to receive weather an all hazard alerts from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

To learn more, see our post from November 18, 2011 on the NOAA Weather Alert Radio, or click on the link above to see the actual radio.

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Snowbound in Seattle?


Seattle, Washington normally has rain, but not a lot of snow.  This week is different because the moisture track referred to as the “Pineapple Express” that starts in Asia and passes Hawaii is dumping unusually heavy snow on Seattle.  After the snow stops, rain is expected which will cause very slippery conditions and now doubt add to the accidents drivers have already experienced.

In this unstable situation, it is possible for drivers to become stranded in their vehicles, or at least be stuck and require assistance.  An emergency kit for cars, or an automobile emergency kit, as it is also called, is a very important “passenger” to have along.

A typical emergency kit for cars should include:

  • 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

Everything shown above is useful to deal with one or more conditions you could face if you were stuck in your vehicle. Hopefully, you won’t get snowbound in Seattle or anywhere else, for that matter. But if you do, a kit with these contents would be very good to have along.


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Safe at the Office?


Our work location is an important part of our lives.  Many of us spend eight or more hours a day, five or more days a week in the office.  Given the amount of time spent there, it should not be surprising that the office is a location where we may find ourselves in an emergency situation.

Fires, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes or civil unrest may make it advisable or necessary for us to stay in our office for a while.  Even minor damage can cause doors to jam and elevators to fail.  If we find ourselves in such a situation, an office emergency kit is a good thing to have handy.

There may be damage, such as broken glass or parts of the ceiling or furniture that need to be moved.  Work gloves are essential to minimize danger of injury.  If power fails, a crank-powered flashlight / radio and matches & candles keep us from being totally in the dark.  Duct tape is always useful but may not be found in the office, except in the kit.

Water may be available, for a while, so the water storage bottle in the kit can be filled.  If there are questions about the water’s safety,  water purification tablets can be added to the storage bottle to provide another layer of safety from water borne pathogens.

A first-aid kit is essential for dealing with minor injuries that often occur in situations that cause us to be stuck at the office.

Something as simple as a jammed door or window may be all that stands between us and exiting the premises safely.  If so, the multi-tool knife and pry bar in the kit may be just enough to free them and allow us to pass through.

Of course, having our own roll of toilet paper is always a good idea, and one is included in the kit.

We might think its our company’s job to keep us safe, and to a great extent, it is.  However, we ought to take the view that our own safety and comfort is our personal responsibility, whether at home, in our vehicle, or in the office.

Don’t leave personal safety at the office to chance or to someone else.


Office Kit

Office Safety in One Compact Package



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School is Back in Session


The kids are back in school after a long weekend that celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday.  The cold snap in New England has broken and all is well, for now.

Any disruption to power or other infrastructure can occur at any time.  Our kids may be in school when a disruption occurs.  That’s why their teacher needs a school emergency kit.

We blogged about this back on December 12, 2011 under the name “classroom emergency kit”.  Please visit that post to see a picture of a typical kit or click on the link above to view the image on line along with a detailed list of its contents.

The kit 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 school  emergency kits is handy.

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Hypothermia – A Real and Present Danger


Winter weather has finally settled over most of the Lower 48 states.  New England is now under a deep, albeit temporary blanket of arctic air.  Many locations were at or near or below zero this morning and many struggled to get above single digits today.

No one should doubt the danger this cold weather poses in an emergency situation.  The greatest danger is hypothermia.  This condition results when the human body temperature drops below normal due to loss of body heat to the environment more rapidly than metabolic process can replenish it.  Without proper clothing, insulation or external heat source, it can lead to death.

A good emergency or survivor kit has some form of blanket included in its contents.  A typical blanket is made of highly reflective material on a thin but resilient plastic substrate, and its often referred to as a solar blanket because of its’ highly reflective coating.

The emergency blanket listed among the contents of this representative emergency kit is a typical emergency blanket, although it is referred to here by its’ other common name, the solar blanket.

An Emergency Blanket is a must for every emergency kit.  Measuring 52” x 84”, this solar blanket retains 80% of radiant body heat.  It is made of a very thin lightweight material and folded up can even fit comfortably in a pocket.  Retaining this much body heat significantly increases your odds of avoiding hypothermia.

You don’t need to buy the whole kit just to get the protection of the blanket, but the kit or one like it is a great investment in tipping the odds of surviving an emergency in your favor.

Is your life worth more than dinner for two at a moderately priced restaurant?  If you were to die just once, it would ruin your whole day for a long time.

Think about it.  Do what you must to stay safe and warm.


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Survival Kit Supplies


Something new?  Not exactly.

On December 16, 2011 we blogged about the supplies needed for an emergency kit or survival kit should you choose to build your own or add to one you already have.

Whether its called survival kit supplies or a necessities kit, as we called it back in December, it 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.

These supplies include essential food, water, shelter from cold & rain, first aid, communications, light, fire, personal care for your own emergency disaster survival kit or supply box.

Call them by any name you will,  emergency or survival kit supplies will give you a great start in building your own stash of emergency / survival essentials.


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Snowfall “Slightly” Underestimated


If you live in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts you know that the weather forecasts are notoriously inaccurate.  Today’s was not exception.

The forecast was for rain changing to snow.  So far so good.  Unfortunately, the forecast snow accumulation was only 2-4 inches.  As of 3:00 PM local time, more than 5-6 inches of the white stuff had already fallen, and with nightfall approaching and the winds picking up, the snow was still falling.

The not-so-smart locals skidded on the ice that formed when the snow met the wet pavement and turned to ice.  These were the souls that figured they could make it through the winter without snow tires.  The smarter locals had snow tires, and the smarter-smarter locals had studded snow tires and / or 4 wheel drive.

Today in the Berkshires was a day when a roadside emergency kit belonged in every car on the road.  We blogged about this on November 15, 2011 and referred to it as an auto emergency kit.

Same thing, and a must-have in bad weather and a should-have all year round.

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NOAA Weather Radio


Back on November 17, 2010 we reviewed in detail the way a radio works that is capable of receiving weather alert and all hazards broadcasts from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Now that winter is finally beginning to be felt across the US, it would be a good time to review that post.

If you’re in a hurry, check out the NOAA Weather Radio on this link, and review the November 17th post when you have more time.

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Aren’t You Annoyed by All These Google Ad Words That Mean Almost the Same Thing?


If you’re not, I AM!!!!

Emergency Kit, Emergency Go Kit.  Why no “Emergency Stay in One Place Kit”?


There are only a few things we need to do in any emergency

  • Stay safe at home, school or office, if we can
  • Stay safe in our vehicle, if we can
  • Stay safe somewhere else, if we must when the first two alternative won’t work

Any “kit” that can be strapped on one’s back, or carried over the shoulder is an emergency go kit, when we really must get up and GO.  The advantage of having everything needed to improve survival chances or just make one less uncomfortable in one package cannot be overemphasized.

We may have only minutes to evacuate in a dire emergency and that won’t provide us enough time to ransack our homes in a panic mode to get what we will need when we have to “bug out”.

An emergency go kit by any other name is an emergency kit or an emergency survivor kit, depending on the extent to which the kit must make up the the difference between shelter, water, food, medical supplies and tools are available from our environment or need to be supplied by us.

To learn more about emergency go kits for varying degrees of emergency situations, click the link and look at the options we have because others have thought through the “what ifs” for us.


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Emergency Kit for Home / Home Emergency Kit – Something New or Different?


Again, semantics.  The marketeers strike again!

Confusion reigns so long as we think things are different because they have a different name.  An emergency kit for home is really the same as a disaster kit for home, we we spoke of a couple of days ago.

Don’ be confused by the name change, the kit still provides what you need to have at home in any disaster or emergency.  The only difference may be the number of persons the kit will serve.

This link is to an emergency kit for home sized for one person.

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