Sunday, September 13, 2015

Are you prepared for Emergencies? #DLproducts


There are countless types of emergency situations that could happen and lately I've been concerned that maybe I'm not prepared for even the most common type of emergency. A power outage can occur at any time of the year and although most of the time, power to your home is restored fairly quickly, there are those times that your power is out for an extended period of time. Do you have what you need to get through this frustrating and troublesome time? After a bit of research I've put together a list of items that should always be on-hand in every home in case of a power outage or black-out.



First Aid Kit
In addition to keeping all prescription medications on-hand at all times, the First Aid Kit should include various size bandages, gauze, tape, scissors, antiseptic solution (hydrogen peroxide) and an antibiotic cream. Kits are available already put together but you can also customize your own kit without spending a lot.

Flashlights

Flashlights and other lighting solutions will be necessary during this situation. Keep several flashlights, lanterns, glow sticks and candles in your home and ready to go if needed. My emergency stash has all of those things in addition to a couple of LED Headlamps. I've found that they are just as effective as a flashlight but also allow you to be hands-free if needed. Those that I prefer are also designed with water safety in mind. If for some reason the headlamp is submerged in water for longer than 5 minutes, it will begin an SOS strobe pattern until it is dried out completely. Better to be safe than sorry!

Batteries
Make a note of the various size batteries that all of your electronics and devices use and start building your battery inventory so that you have a sufficient amount in case of a lengthy power outage.

Battery Powered/Hand-Crank Radio
This item will be useful for keeping up on what's going on in your area. Chances are that this will be the only way to get information and updates about the outage. I found one that is not only a hand-crank radio but also is able to use solar power in addition to an AC adapter.

Water
The suggestion is one gallon per person, per day (3 day supply for evacuation and 2 week supply for home.)

Food
As you do your regular grocery shopping, add a couple of extra items to your list to stock up. Non-perishable, easy to prepare items are best.

Multi-purpose tool
Again, it's better to be prepared rather than find out you needed this tool for something.There are countless options out there and some are even as small as a credit card.

Other things you can do to prepare for this type of emergency is to have a few ice chests on hand to try and preserve the food in your refrigerator or freezer for as long as you can. Have family and emergency contact information available in an address book or something other than your computer. Know where your personal documents are and have them all in one safe place (birth certificates, insurance policies, etc...). Keep gas in your car just in case of evacuation. Over all, be prepared to keep you family safe and secure no matter what the emergency entails. 

If you have any other tips or suggestions, please leave them below in the comments!

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