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Learn Your Kit: 4 Person Ultimate Deluxe Backpack Survival Kit

 

While it’s easy to purchase a pre-made survival kit and feel like you are prepared, your kit may not be very helpful if you don’t understand what’s in it.

When you get your kit, it is important to dive in an explore what’s inside. Go through it often to familiarize yourself with the valuable tools inside.

I like to recommend the 4 Person Ultimate Deluxe Backpack Survival Kit because it had what you need to survive as well as enough for others. This is useful if you have a family to care for, but may also be important if you are with friends or co-workers when a disaster strikes.

Food Bars: This kit has enough food bars to provide 4 people with the calories and nutrients they need to survive for 3 days. I recommend trying them before you need them, just to familiarize yourself with what they are like. You can easily order replacement food bars to keep in your kit. Food bars are good for 5 years.

Out of State Contact Cards: Contact cards need to be taken out of your kit and filled out. They do no good sitting in your pack in an emergency. If you haven’t learned your kit, you won’t even know they are in there. Be prepared and fill them out.

Solar/Hand Crank Powered Radio: You should also try out your weather radio so you know how it works. Put it in the sun and give it time to charge so it is ready when you need it. It will need to be recharged every few months, so don’t just throw it in your pack and forget about it.

Medium Sized First Aid Kit: Take the plastic off that first aid kit and get familiar with its contents. Fill out the emergency numbers on the first aid guide so you have them when you need them. Read through the basic first aid treatment for the various situations listed in the guide. Knowing what to do and how to do it will ensure that you can act quickly in an emergency.

These are just a few of the items in your 4 Person Ultimate Deluxe Backpack Survival Kit. Make sure  you go through it periodically to refresh your memory as well as to make a list of what needs replacing so it is always ready to go at a moment’s notice.

Keep this kit in your car or in your office. Also, have one at home that is ready to grab if evacuation is necessary.

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Driving and Flood Waters

flood fatalities

As National Flood Safety Awareness Week continues, I thought it was interesting that, according to NOAA, 39% of people killed in flash floods in 2012 were killed while driving.

A driver approaches a section of road with water across it. The water doesn’t look deep, so the driver assumes it is safe to cross. Only he assumes wrong as the car gets carried away to deeper water before the driver can even think about escape.

Did you know that it only takes 18 inches of water to lift your vehicle and carry it away? That isn’t much water, so even if it looks like there isn’t a lot of water covering the road, that doesn’t mean it is safe to cross.

Once the vehicle is floating, it often rolls over, trapping anyone inside. Make sure you have an emergency auto hammer in an easy to access location, just in case you find yourself in a vehicle in the water.

The best course of action when you encounter flooded roads is to turn around. Don’t risk your life to get where you are going.

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National Flood Safety Awareness Week

Next week, March 17 – 23, is National Flood Safety Awareness Week. You may not give flooding a lot of though, but if you get rain, you can get floods. That means you must be prepared for them.

FEMA will be offering lots of tips all week to help you get ready for the possibility of floods. I thought we’d kick things off early by showing you how devastating floods can really be.

Never drive on flooded roads. The water may not look deep, but that may be deceptive. And even just a few inches of water and carry your car into much deeper water.

And make sure you have an emergency kit for yourself and your pets.

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Know Your Kit: Ultimate Deluxe Roadside and Severe Weather Kit

ultimate deluxe roadside and severe weather kit

I was watching Dual Survival last night and as the guys cannibalized a disabled vehicle to survive, I started thinking about what should have been in that truck. Of course, that got me thinking about my Ultimate Deluxe Roadside and Severe Weather Kit. Do you have one yet?

The first thing you need to know when you get your kit is what not to do. Do not just get your kit and throw it into the back of your vehicle. If you do this, when the time comes when you need to use it, you will have no idea what to do with it. And that is not a good thing.

Open your kit, and learn what’s it it and how to use it. Only then will you be truly prepared for an emergency.

Warning Reflective Triangle: This is in a red rectangular plastic case. It needs to be assembled in order to use it, so practice this a few times. If you’re in an accident, you may be too flustered to figure it out, even though it is simple to put together.

Auto Emergency Safety Hammer: This handy tool also has a light, you take it out of the box and put the batteries into it. It should also be mounted someplace where the driver of the vehicle has easy access to it in an emergency. In an emergency, you can use this hammer to cut your seatbelt and break the windows, if necessary, to escape the vehicle. Leaving it in the bag in your trunk will make it impossible to use.

Collapsible Safety Hazard Cone: This also needs the batteries put into the light in order for it to work when needed. Get it out, pop up the cone, and put the batteries in the light to try it out. When not in use, I prefer to keep the light in the little box it comes it, just to keep it protected in the bag.

Folding Shovel: This is easy to use, but it is a good idea to practice unfolding it and tightening it up, just so you’re comfortable with it.

Jumper Cables: Do you know how to use jumper cables if you need them? Here is a quick tutorial to show you how to do it:

These are just a few of the items in your Ultimate Deluxe Roadside and Severe Weather Kit. Make sure you are familiar with everything so you can get the best use out of it when you need it.

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How Strong Is a Tornado?

Joplin tornado

After reading an article about the likelihood of a tornado taking Dorothy’s house to Oz, I started wondering how strong the average tornado really is.

The article concluded that, in order to move Dorothy’s house, the tornado would need to produce winds at least 334 miles per hour. A tornado like this would top the Enhanced Fujita Scale used to measure wind speeds of tornadoes.

The Enhanced Fujita Scale is as follows:

  • EF0 65-85 mph
  • EF1 86-110
  • EF2 111-135
  • EF3 136-165
  • EF4 166-200
  • EF5 more than 200 mph

According to an article in USA Today, the fastest wind speed ever recorded was 318 mph, from a tornado that hit Oklahoma City in 1999. The tornado that carried Dorothy away would have had to be inconceivably intense. After seeing how tornadoes of that strength devastated Joplin, Missouri in 2011, the idea of a house landing safely in one piece is far fetched to be sure. Still, it makes for a great story.

In an article on USTornadoes.com, it is stated that 20 states have experienced tornadoes in the EF5 category. They have a chart of strongest tornadoes by state from 1950 to 2011. Kansas, where Dorothy is from, has had 8 EF5 tornadoes in that time-frame.

The US sees around 1300 tornadoes a year, but the majority of them seem to be EF0 – EF2. And that is relatively good news, but still a concern. Tornadoes do a great deal of damage, even when they are “weak.”

Are tornadoes a big concern where you live? Even if an EF5 isn’t likely, 96% of the US has experienced strong tornadoes that are EF2 or higher, so it makes sense to be prepared for them. If you don’t have a suitable room in your home, or if you don’t have a basement, have you considered building a storm shelter?

Make sure you have an emergency survival bag and first aid kit close by so you are as prepared as possible for a tornado, no matter how strong it is. A search and rescue kit may be wise to have on hand as well. People are likely to need help after the dust settles.

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