How to Make DIY Emergency Candle Kits

Power outages are a common occurrence, whether they are caused by severe weather, utility companies cutting lines during construction, or heat-related power glitches. Candles are one of the basic items you should have in an emergency kit. Purchasing large, long-lasting candles can be quite an expensive undertaking. But with a few simple ingredients and resourcefulness, you can make your own candles for a fraction of the cost. Some of these don’t even require burning anything at all.
Five Simple Methods […]

Emergency Preparation Tips for Pet Owners

Your English Bulldog Rocky and Persian cat Chloe are adored and treated like members of your household. But have you considered how you would protect them if disaster struck, such as a fire, flooding, earthquake, or hurricane? So how can you prepare for worst-case scenarios and protect your beloved pets? It is important to put together a preparedness plan for your pets at the same time that you create one for your family.
Many experts suggest that cats or dogs […]

Being Prepared: From the Essential to the Miscellaneous

You should never assume that somebody else is going to step in and rescue you during an emergency. Being prepared for a disaster involves spending time well in advance on the obvious, but also giving consideration to tasks and items you might file under miscellaneous.
Essentials
Store Adequate Food and Water: If you lose power for more than two hours, food inside your refrigerator will start to spoil. You should store an adequate amount of nonperishable food to last three days, […]

Summer Weather Readiness Plan

Released in 1939, The Wizard of Oz takes place in a sepia-toned, tornado-ridden Kansas in the early 1900s. Kansas is very prone to tornadoes and 11 years before the movie was released, a tornado in that state plucked the feathers right off some chickens. For those who have never experienced a tornado firsthand, the media may be your only reference point. This can run the gamut from fictionalized movies like The Wizard of Oz and Twister—to news accounts that […]

Winter Weather Readiness Plan

Taking preventive steps is the best defense when dealing with extreme cold-weather conditions. You need to prepare before, during, and after a storm. It is important to understand that prolonged exposure to extremely cold temperatures can result in hypothermia, frostbite, and tragically, even death. Keep in mind that older people are more susceptible to health problems caused by exposure to cold weather. When winter weather makes it dangerous to go out, stocking up on staples such as food, water, […]

Emergency Preparedness Plan for Seniors

Although it is wise for people of all ages to have emergency preparation plans in place, many seniors have additional needs and are especially vulnerable to natural disasters. This is true whether someone lives at home or in a nursing home. A case in point is Hurricane Sandy, in which half of the victims were over the age of 65; and Hurricane Katrina, where the number of victims in this age demographic exceeded 70 percent. The many sad stories […]

Emergency Preparedness Plan for Infants and Young Children

Early childhood experts have long touted the benefit of breastfeeding, but there is an added bonus. During disasters, breast milk can make the difference between life and death for infants. In emergency situations, there may be no access to clean drinking water and therefore no way to properly sterilize baby bottles, formula, and feeding utensils. The cleanest, safest food for an infant in disasters or emergencies is human breast milk. It is nutritionally perfect; readily available without dependence on […]

How to Create an Effective Family Emergency Plan

When you think of family, this could mean immediate family that lives with you such as your spouse and children under the age of 18, or elderly parents and adult children living away from home. Whether you are the parents of young children, empty nesters with grown children and grandchildren, or a person who has never married or had children, creating a family emergency plan can help prevent tragedies.If a family member lives in a nursing home or assisted […]

El Nino Increases Likelihood of Unseasonable Weather Such as Tornadoes in Winter Months

Perhaps you remember the 2010 Vancouver Olympics in which they had to truck in natural snow from a park close to the Canadian Rockies. The snow machines could not meet the demand of replacing melting snow on lower mountain slopes. The 2009-2010 El Niño began in the summer of 2009 and its effects reached a peak just in time for the February Olympics. While that was an inconvenience, during the 1997-1998 El Niño event, 35 counties in California were […]

Severe Winter Storm Preparation: Are You Ready?

During Christmas week 2015, tornadoes, severe storms, and flooding impacted the holidays for millions of people in states including Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas. People were reminded of the powerful toll severe weather can wreak, with nature causing loss of life in multiple states. Depending on the region of the country where you live, winter can bring severe blizzards, ice storms, sleet and freezing rain, rainstorms, flash floods, thunderstorms, and even tornadoes.
Experts say that community […]