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What if Your School Goes into a Lockdown?

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A school lockdown happens when officials at a school perceive a threat to students and staff. Students and teachers are instructed to stay in their classrooms with doors and windows closed and locked to protect them from anyone trying to enter. Students are instructed to stay quiet and move to the safest part of the room, and parents are instructed to stay away from the school until everything is safe.

A lockdown is scary for children and adults alike. However, teachers must keep calm and keep their students calm. This may be hard when children are told to hide under their desk in the dark and not make a sound. That’s why lockdown drills are useful. They help children understand what will happen in the case of a lockdown and allow them to practice. Just like tornado and fire drills, these drills should be conducted several times a year. Ask about your school’s lockdown drill policy.

While you discuss what your school will do during a lockdown, find out what type of classroom supplies are available for times of lockdown or other emergencies. Every classroom should have a safety lockdown container survival kit with enough supplies for each students. If your school doesn’t have emergency kits, consider donating one to your child’s classroom, or talk to school administrators about setting up a Save-a-Life school fundraiser to get emergency kits for the school.

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Flooding Dangers Affect All

You may think you don’t have to worry about flooding, but did you know that 20% of National Flood Insurance Program claims are filed by people who do not live in high risk areas? That means, no matter where you live, you may have to deal with flooding at one time or another.

Flood insurance is a wise investment. The average claim is over $35,000 but the average policy is less than $700 a year. Your policy could be more or less depending on where you live, but people who live in low-risk areas have the lowest rates – as low as $129 a year.

There is little you can do to protect your property from a serious flood. Since flood do not give advanced warning, you may not have time to do much before your home is ruined. The best preparation is to be sure you are covered, just in case.

Do you have flood insurance?

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Lockdown

After the events of the last week or so, I started to think about the residents of Boston being asked to stay indoors during the manhunt. It didn’t last long, but what if it had? What if, instead of a request to stay indoors, the city was locked down for days or weeks?

In a case like this, having emergency supplies can really reduce the stress of the situation. First aid supplies, emergency food and water can all make you feel better about having to shelter in place for a prolonged period of time.

This could happen if there is a disease outbreak or a terrorist attack. Really, even severe weather could result in you being “stranded” at home, so the idea isn’t as far fetched as you may think.

Have you thought about what you’d need if you had to shelter in place for a period of time?

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Keep Calm and Carry On Preparing

 

There certainly is a lot going on in the news lately. Shootings, bombings, severe weather, earthquakes. Someone even sent a letter laced with the poison ricin to the President, apparently in an attempt to assassinate him. Then there is the threat of nuclear missiles from North Korea.

Seems like the world has gone crazy.

Events like these can cause a great deal of anxiety, especially when so much misinformation is spread along with legitimate news. This is one reason why preparedness is so important. When you are prepared, it alleviates stress and anxiety over “what if” because you know you can take care of your family if there is an emergency or disaster.

No matter what the emergency, staying calm is essential. If you have the supplies you need for survival and you have practiced a disaster plan with your family, you can respond appropriately without over reacting. Reactions based on logic, and not fear, will keep a bad situation from getting worse.

What types of events are you concerned about? How are you preparing for them?

Whatever your worst case scenario, keep calm and continue preparing so you are ready to handle the situation safely.

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5 Tips for Handling Disaster Related Injuries

After the carnage that resulted in the bombing at the Boston Marathon yesterday, I started thinking about what I would have done if I were there. There were some truly horrific injuries that went beyond just basic first aid.

How would you react if you saw people with shrapnel injuries or amputation injuries? Here are a few tips to keep in mind, just in case you are in this type of situation one day.

1. Check to see if the person is breathing. When there is a serious injury, it is easy to focus on the blood. But if the person isn’t breathing, that needs to be handled first. Then you can tend to the injury.

2. Immobilize the injury. Don’t try to set a broken bone; just keep it from moving any more than it already has. Unless you are a medical expert, you could make an injury worse by trying to fix it. By immobilizing it, you can keep it from getting worse until medical help can take over.

3. Apply gentle pressure to the wound. A serious wound can result in the person bleeding to death unless you can slow or stop the bleeding. In some cases, you may need to use a tourniquet, but it is important that it be done correctly.

To learn how to apply a tourniquet correctly, watch this video from The Survival Doctor, Dr. Hubbard.

4. Treat the person for shock. Have the person lay down and elevate the legs if they are not injured. Many of the injuries at the Boston Marathon were leg injuries, so this may not have been an option. Make sure you keep the person warm.

5. Get medical help ASAP. Even very severely injured people can survive if the injury is treated quickly, ideally within an hour of the injury. Beyond that time, a person’s chance of survival decreases.

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