As we watched the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster unfold last year, most of us had the same reaction – we couldn’t believe what we were seeing. Emergency system after emergency system failed, and failed so quickly that there was no time for science or technology to catch up and prevent total disaster – a level 7 (the maximum) on the International Nuclear Event Scale. It was almost like watching a sci-fi movie, except, unfortunately, it wasn’t a movie. It […]
In the kind of emergency where you need to grab-and-go, it’s critical that important legal documents and records are at hand and ready to go with you. Hopefully, you won’t need any of them and you’ll be back at home in no time. However, we’ve all learned lessons from Katrina – and having documents that prove you are who you say you are and you own what you say you own can mean the difference between getting the government […]
In 2009 the CDC confirmed an outbreak of human cases of H1N1 (swine) flu in North America and the outbreak quickly spread around the world. Two months later the World Health Organization raised its flu alert level to Phase 6 – the highest level – indicating that a global pandemic was underway. Then Hollywood made a bunch of zombie movies that played on our reactions and fear of pandemics, and, well, the facts have gotten a little…muddy.
Pandemics are fascinating […]
Statistically speaking, there are going to be 182,000 weddings in June this year. Chances are, you’ve been invited to one of them. Money is the most popular gift, followed by something off the couple’s wedding registry. Do you ever wonder how many china plates and bookends wind up at the Goodwill or how soon that $30 bath sheet will be lining a puppy crate? Not that we’re cynical here, in fact we love weddings. But, we’re practical – thus […]
In our last post we recommended you keep a couple packs of regular playing cards on hand and learn the rules to some basic games in advance. We’ve found that a diversion helps pass time and soothe kids (even adults!) in an emergency, even if it’s just a power outage.
There is sound reasoning behind this plan; part of preparing for an emergency isn’t just making sure you have food, water and shelter. If you’ve got a family, preparing for […]
Kids can easily be frightened by power outages, storms and “emergency” situations that interrupt their daily routines. Once you know your family is safe and has provisions, sometimes there’s nothing to do but pass the time. Card games are a classic way to pass time by candlelight. Games let your children know that everything is okay while providing a diversion until bedtime or until things return to normal.
It helps to know the rules of some easy-to-learn basic card games […]
If you live with furry friends it’s important to plan for their well being and safety in an emergency, too. Few of us will forget the images of pets struggling for survival in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The lesson was learned hard and fast, and animal welfare in an emergency took a quantum leap forward via legislation, public awareness, emergency services and owner preparedness.
Take some time to prepare for emergency scenarios befitting your geography. Every pet owner should […]
Whether its emergency food to sustain you and your family during a disaster, or freeze-dried food to lighten the load while backpacking, it’s critical to know how many calories you need under various conditions. Fortunately, with the right information, it’s easy to figure out how much you need.
Begin by calculating your “BMR” or Basal Metabolic Rate:
For Women: BMR = 655 + (4.35 x weight in pounds) + (4.7 x height in inches) – (4.7 x age in years)
For Men: […]
If you are putting together an emergency-preparedness kit, it is important to remember that you need to have more than just freeze-dried food and other food items packed away in storage. After all, the food won’t do you much good if you have no way to prepare it and you won’t survive for long if you do not have water available.
Therefore, it is essential to include water as well as some sort of heating source in your kit. Still, […]