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How to Handle a Blackout

When there is severe weather, blackouts can occur at any time so it’s a good idea to know how to handle them.

First, be sure you have an emergency kit as well as several forms of alternative lighting. One must-have for every home is a power failure emergency light that gives you backup lighting for up to two hours. You should also have a variety of candles or lightsticks, flashlights and an emergency radio.

If you know a blackout is possible, fill plastic jugs with water and put them in the freezer. These can serve as extra ice to keep your frozen and refrigerated foods cold until the power comes back on. You should keep your refrigerator and freezer closed as much as possible to keep them cold.

Refrigerated food will stay good for several hours and things in the freezer should be good for about a day. Most food that has been kept at over 40 degrees for two hours should be considered unsafe and be thrown away. For more guidelines on this, visit the University of Illinois Extension page on power outages.

Electronic equipment and appliances should be unplugged in a blackout, because possible power surges could damage the equipment. Leave one light turned on so you know when the power is back.

If you plan to use a generator, make sure it is UL listed and only kept outdoors. Do not run a generator in the house. Discuss a generator with a licensed electrician who will know about any permit requirements in your area.

People lived without electricity for centuries and we can do it today, too. Just take a few precautions and be prepared.

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Ready-Made Kits vs. Home-Made Kits

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I recently saw a preparedness presentation that said it was better to build your own emergency kit than to buy a ready-made kit.

The negatives of pre-made kits are, according to the presentation, that it isn’t customized to your individual needs and they may not have enough food and water.

It did say that ready-made emergency kits can be good starter kits. That is absolutely true. When you purchase a ready-made emergency kit, you are getting the basics. This means there is less for you to think about, especially if you are overwhelmed by the idea of getting prepared.

Once you have your basic kit, you can customize it yourself by adding clothing, your emergency plan, and other personal items.

A well designed kit that is ready-made, like the 4-person Deluxe Survival Kit, will have what you need for a family of 4 to survive for 3 days. Even a basic 1-person kit has all your needs covered. All you need to do is personalize it a bit.

If your pre-made kit does not have enough food and water for 3 days, you have the wrong kit. Any kit can have things added as well, so if you really need a chocolate bar in your emergency kit, you can add one!

Don’t hesitate to have an emergency kit just because you don’t want to put all that time into gathering supplies. Start with a ready made kit and add to it as your needs dictate. An emergency kit is too important of an item to put off.

An emergency kit could save your life, but it can’t help you if you don’t have one.

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2nd Annual Tornado Summit in Oklahoma

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If you want to learn more about tornado prediction and how you are affected, you won’t want to miss the 2nd Annual Tornado Summit in Oklahoma City, March 10-12.

This year’s summit is free and open to the public, so if you want to help your family learn more about severe weather and how it can affect you, you’ll want to attend.

Events will include the National Severe Weather Workshop, as well as sessions on crisis communication, emergency response analysis, the impact of social media on weather watches and warnings and the significant weather events from 2012.

You will have the opportunity to experience a tornado simulator, learn about storm chasers, canine search and rescue, weather experiments and much more.

This is a perfect opportunity for the whole family to learn about preparedness. For more information, visit TornadoSummit.org.

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2013 Central U.S. ShakeOut!

On February 7, 2013 you can participate in the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut! So far there will be 1.2 million participants. Will you be one of them?

The central states participating this year include Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama and Mississippi. To take part, you must first fill out the registration form. Then get ready to Drop, Cover and Hold On where ever you happen to be at 10:15 am on February 7th.

You can take part in this drill individually, as an organization or as a business. Spread the word, because the more people who know what to do in an earthquake, the better prepared we can all be to get through it safely.

This is also a great opportunity to teach your family what to do in the case of an earthquake.

To prepare, make sure to review the Earthquake Safety PDF so everyone understands what to do.You can also download a PDF for Earthquake Preparedness for People with Disabilities.You should discuss preparedness to be sure everyone has their minimum of three-days supply of food and water. Discuss other ways of being prepared as well, such as having an earthquake kit and first aid kit.

You can find plenty of additional educational resources by visiting ShakeOut.org.

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It Can Happen to You

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According to FEMA, only 17% of Americans say they are prepared for an emergency. This is a surprise since 60% say that preparedness is important.

Could it be that the idea of preparedness seems like a good one, but people put it off because they feel no sense of urgency? After all, how many natural disasters or other serious emergencies does the average person face on a regular basis?

Some people have lived a long time and not seen any type of serious disasters. They don’t bother gathering hurricane or tornado supplies. They don’t know how to prepare for an earthquake. They may not even have a simple emergency kit at home or in their car.

Most think it can’t happen to them. But they are wrong.


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