Having a survival kit and emergency plan isn’t that difficult, and we should all have them. But, there are some even easier things you can do along with your regular disaster preps.
Easy is good, especially in a disaster when you may not be thinking straight. What could be easier than an app to send your location to emergency responders if you need help? Or an app that will give you up to the minute weather warnings?
As it turns out, there are lots of great apps that can do these things and more. All you need to do is download them to your smartphone.
How easy is that? Read more in this article from Mint.com.
The Disaster Readiness app includes access to more than 175,000 reference guides that can be downloaded and stored offline. Whether you’re battling flash floods or a wildfire, this is the ultimate disaster preparedness app.
Every person should have an emergency preparedness plan. If you have a family, you should make a point of going over your plan on a regular basis so everyone understands it. It may seem inconvenient at first, but you’ll be thankful if there is a disaster.
Each person in the family should have a basic survival kit as well as a few personal items like clothing, medications and important papers. But, the worst thing you can do is get everyone a kit and forget about it. A big part of your emergency preparedness plan should be to learn your kit.
Make sure you read the survival guide. This is information you need to know before a disaster strikes. Don’t wait until there is an emergency and then try to look up the information you need, because that will waste valuable time.
Go through the items in your first aid kit and make sure you understand how to use them. A first aid kit is useless if you can’t use the items in it. Also, read the first aid guide for valuable information that could help you in an emergency.
You should also take some time to unfold an emergency blanket and the emergency tent. Try the food bars and see how easy it is to use the emergency water. Don’t worry; these items can be replaced. Right now, when there is no disaster to worry about, is the time to get familiar with everything in your survival kit.
If knowledge is power, learning about everything in your kit will empower you and your family to survive an emergency.
Is a dog part of your preparedness plan? There are many breeds that are loyal family pets that will also protect you if the need arises.
In a disaster situation where you may need to be concerned with the personal safety of your family as well as yourself, this may be just what you need.
First, you’ll need to decide if you want a guard dog or just a watch dog. Some dogs are great about announcing intruders but may not have the strength to do much in the line of protection. Terriers, Poodles, Chihuahuas and other smaller breeds are excellent watch dogs. If someone is on your property or in your home, you will know it right away when you hear your dog bark.
Guard dogs may or may not be barkers, but they will often have a natural tendency to protect their families. This protection instinct is so ingrained that they may not need anything more than basic obedience training. If they perceive a threat to their family, they will immediately try to keep their family safe.
Keep in mind, if you have a dog trained for protection purposes, you may see your home owners insurance go up or even get canceled. Carefully assess your needs and your dog’s natural tendencies before you opt for this type of training. Make sure you choose a qualified trainer if you want to teach your dog to be a protection dog.
Some of the top breeds for protection include Bullmastiffs, Doberman Pinschers, Rottweilers, German Shepherds and other large breed dogs. These breeds are known not only for their strength and courage, but also for their loyalty and good temperament.
This video is great because it shows how a well trained dog can behave as a protected and a loving family companion. Please note, this video does not mean we endorse this particular trainer. It is just a nice example of guard dogs for your family.
When you select a dog, make sure you talk to the breeder to learn more about the breed and its individual needs. A dog is a big responsibility, but few regret it once they bring home that new puppy to become part of the family.
Don’t forget, this new family member relies on you to take care of him. That means regular grooming, exercise and veterinary care. It also means having an emergency plan to take care of your dog during a disaster. Have a first aid kit and survival kit for your dog, and make sure you have plans to evacuate your dog with the rest of your family if needed.