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Monthly Archives: September 2016

  • National Prep for your Pet!

    Halfway through National Preparedness Month, we'd like to ask you "If a natural disaster strikes, what will happen to your pet?"

    Be prepared: make a plan and prepare a disaster kit for your pet.

    Pet Emergency & Disaster

    Image of Pet Guardian Cat Survival Kit

    Disaster Preparedness & Emergency Supplies For Dogs, Cats and Horses

    Forgetting the furry family members when making your evacuation plans can put pets, pet owners, and first responders in danger.

    Learn more:

    ?     Preparing Your Pet for Evacuation
    ?     Pet First Aid
    ?     Pet First Aid Awareness
    ?     Pet Thoughts

    Even if you try to create a safe place for them, pets left behind during a disaster are likely to be injured, lost, or worse. It is your responsibility as a pet owner to find out what type of shelters and assistance are available in your area to accommodate pets and to include pets in your disaster plan to keep them safe during an emergency.

  • Emergency Questions...

    WA44SPHow long does Emergency Drinking Water last?

    Our emergency drinking water has a 5 year shelf life from the date of manufacture.

    These emergency drinking water pouches are the best foil water pouches we have found for long term survival and preparedness needs. It is critical to have safe drinking water available in a crisis, and these pouches are easily transportable if you have to evacuate or relocate to safer ground.

    This purified water is ready for for immediate use. It is packaged using materials for optimum durability under State of California bottle license #45770. Lightweight and extremely compact, this product boasts USCG (United States Coast Guard) approval under certificate 160.026/70/0.

    • Emergency Water Pouch - 4.225 Ounce Each
    • Essential Emergency Preparedness Item
    • United States Coast Guard Approved
    • 5 Year Shelf Life*
    • Packaged in USA


    Each pouch contains 4.225 oz. (125 ml) of refreshing and vitally important drinking water. You can drink right from the easy-to-open pouch, and will also find we offer this emergency water packet in a 6 pack (with easy-pour spout bag) as well as in a case of 100 water pouches perfect for stacking in your long term emergency survival supply storage. Ideal for emergency kits and can also double as an ice pack for first aid.

    These water pouches serve as pre-rationed packets that are perfect completing 72-hour kits, auto emergency kits, bug out bags or just keeping around the house in case of water loss which can occur from contamination, power outage (the most common type of emergency) or just about any man-made or natural disaster. Great for camping, too!

    *Each pouch of water is stamped with an expiration date of 5 years from packaging - obviously, these need to be produced in advance, and cannot magically transport to your door the day of production, but we endeavor to rotate stock and ship regularly, so while the pouches won't have an exact 5 year shelf life when they arrive to you, they will be as close as possible, and always 4 years or longer. While best used by the expiration date, they may be viable thereafter.

    URG-0101_011916What are your emergency blankets made of and how warm will they keep me?

    • Waterproof & Reusable
    • Use to offset hypothermic reaction
    • Reflective surface provides high visibility
    • Space-age design retains up to 90% of body heat
    • For emergencies, camping, sporting survival & more


    They're made of aluminized non-stretch polyester, which is a lightweight reflective material that maintains up to 90% of your radiant body heat to help preserve crucial warmth. The blanket is large enough to cover most people from head to toe (84" x 52"), small enough to fit in a pocket, and is water-resistant.

    Developed for use by our astronauts. The Mylar solar sleeping bags and blankets retain 90% of our body heat and can be used as ground cover or a shield from the elements. (URG-0101)

    ANSI/ISEA Z308.1-2015 First Aid Standards recommend a Foil blanket to treat shock and/or cold-stress related injuries.

    Space Blanket ?• Mylar Blanket ?• Solar Blanket ?• Thermal Blanket ?• ?Rescue Blanket • Survival Blanket ?• Emergency Blanket

  • Location, Location, Location

    In real estate, the three rules are "Location, Location, Location"... while these may not be the only three rules in Disaster, Survival, and Preparedness, and maybe not even amongst the top  three, nevertheless, assuring that your property is as ready as you are for an emergency is critical.

    When discussing businesses, preparing a location in advance for quick response and recovery to a calamity is part of what is called mitigation. The same principles should be applied to your home and neighborhood.

    Some simple actions you can take include:

    ?     Check your roof... Don't take your roof for granted. It needs to be checked, fixed and, if necessary, replaced over a number of years.  A chain is only as strong as its weakest link, and your shelter from the storm is only as strong as the flimsiest portion - your roof will keep in heat, keep rain, snow, and debris out, and protect you from the elements - make sure it is strong enough to withstand any storm and well insulated.
    ?     Fix those Windows.. You may not be in an area that required storm windows, but your windows should be storm-ready anyway. Make sure they are well sealed, functioning, and secure... loose windows will not only let in dust and moisture  - the can rattle and break causing dangerous shards in a storm or earthquake.
    ?     Clean your yard... Your yard is integral to your home safety - make sure dead or dying plants are cleared to avoid fire hazards, trim any tree limbs or other planting that could fall and damage your home or roots that could encroach on your foundation - and clear all storm drains at and downstream from your home to avoid any backup and flooding risks.
    ?     Cycle through your batteries, food, water, and be sure to check your flashlights, radios, and emergency supplies every time you change your clocks.
    ?     Have the utility company out for a free electrical safety checks - gas and water utilities will usually do the same.
    ?     Home, Safe, Home - make sure yours is.

    NPM-PropertyMake property improvements to reduce potential injury and property damage (mitigation).

    Each How To Prepare guide provides information on how to reduce property damage and potential injury from each hazard. Visit the “Take Action” section of for more information


  • Drill

    Home Fire Evacuation Ladder Home Fire Evacuation Ladder

    We've discussed evacuation plans for businesses, and Family Emergency Readiness... Many of the same principles applied to workplace emergencies can be applied at home and in a neighborhood.  Considering this year's National Preparedness Month Theme (“Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.”) you should not only plan and practice your emergency communication plans, but also evacuation... try expanding this to a neighborhood-wide event, too with a central gathering point and head count, just as a business would, but instead of checking off by department, count off by household... it's a great way to raise awareness and to build a "team spirit" in the neighborhood which can foster better results later in the event of a genuine calamity.

    We encourage you to participate in this Presidential national declaration to prepare individuals, families, and communities across the nation. During September, and especially on the September 30 National PrepareAthon! Day, cities and counties across the country are planning events to bring together schools, businesses, city governments, houses of worship, hospitals, individuals, and families to participate in drills and activities for hazards in their areas. We encourage you to register your participation on the America’s PrepareAthon! website.

    NPM-DrillConduct a drill to practice emergency response actions for local hazards.

    The “Take Action” section of has How To Prepare guides, maps of historical activity for different hazards, and Prepare Your Organization Playbooks, which give guidance on how to hold drills for evacuating, practicing tornado safety, and staying in place.

    Learn about all ten different actions you can take with your family, organization, and local community to prepare for emergencies and participate and download the 10 Ways to Participate in America’s PrepareAthon! Guide

    Don't forget to do a neighbor check! Always check with each other in case of emergency. September is National Preparedness Month. Learn more at Image sized for Facebook.Don't forget to do a neighbor check! Always check with each other in case of emergency. September is National Preparedness Month. Learn more at Image sized for Facebook.

  • Neighborhood READY

    Is your neighborhood ready? One form of neighborhood readiness is participation in CERT, but along the lines of this year's National Preparedness Month Theme (“Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.”) we'd like to suggest a more simple with of preparing with family and neighbors.

    Don't Wait. Communicate. Make a family emergency plan today. Share the Plan with Neighbors, too! Don't Wait. Communicate. Make a family emergency plan today. Share the Plan with Neighbors, too!

    After you have planned and supplied for your Family Preparedness, share the plans with your neighbors... plan a dinner or cookout to share plans with one another - they may have some great ideas you have missed and vice-versa - moreover, share your communication information... perhaps you can reach one another in an emergency when you can't reach your own family ... this is a great way to get updates on the safety and well being of those you cannot reach. has some great ideas Planning with Neighbors  in their Community Preparedness Toolkit, as well.

    NPM_NeighborsPlan with neighbors to help each other and share resources.

    Almost half of Americans expect to rely a great deal on their neighbors after a disaster. Start the conversation now with these Neighbor Helping Neighbor strategies.

  • 7 Things You Need in Your Emergency Kit

    While the main focus of National Preparedness Month this year is making a plan and communicating that plan  (This year’s theme is “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.”) the plan itself will have many parts, at core of which should be your emergency kit(s).

    emergency-survival-kitsAre you prepared if a storm were to strike your area? For many years, experts said you need enough food, water and supplies to last for at least 72 hours - now trends are leaning toward 5 or more days (Katrina taught us the support and succor are not necessarily ready to respond for al in just 3 days). Do you know what you need in your emergency kit to last three days or more? To help you think about what sort of kit you want to buy or build, here's a short list:

    Water – Water is the most vital element in your emergency kit, but it is also the hardest to store. After a storm blows through, you may only have the water in your emergency kit to drink. Your regular water source could be contaminated and there may not be any electricity to run water. You'll need water to bathe, drink and flush toilets. Store at least one gallon of water per person per day. Bottled water is best for home storage, but emergency water pouches can be packed in your kit and car and are much easier to transport (they last years, too, whereas your bottled water needs to by cycled every few months).

    Food – Canned soup and vegetables, boxed cereal, crackers and other nonperishable food should be included in your okans - be sure the pantry is well stocked.  Store at least three days' worth of food. Don't pack foods with a lot of sodium that will make you thirsty. Emergency food rations are compact and long lasting, which make them best for storing in an emergency kit - easy to grab and go if you must evacuate.

    First Aid Kit – You should have a first aid kit to treat minor injuries. Bandages, ointment, burn ointment and other supplies should be in your first aid kit. You should also keep prescription medication doses in your kit in case you can't access a drug store. Also stock up on over-the-counter pain medications.

    Flashlights – If your power goes out during a storm, you will need to have some form of lighting. Keep flashlights handy in your emergency kit, along with batteries to power them.

    Sleeping Bags/Blankets – Every person in your home should have an emergency blanket, especially if you live in a colder area - they are small, inexpensive, and can be used for a great many things other than just warmth. Keep extra clothing as a part of your emergency kit as well. Store pillows and bedding for extra comfort during and after the storm.

    Cash – After a storm, banks may not be open and ATMs may not work. Keep cash and traveler's checks in your emergency kit. Before a storm hits, be sure to go to the bank or ATM and withdraw money. Some businesses may reopen after a storm even if they don't have power, but without power, your credit cards will be useless to purchase anything.

    Utensils – You don't want to be using your fingers to dig in cans to eat. Make sure you have packed utensils in your emergency kit so that you can eat comfortably after a storm.

    What else would you include in your emergency kit?

  • We're off!

    We are closed for Labor Day Weekend, but will be back Tuesday to serve all your First Aid, CPR, Survival & Safety Needs!
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  • Ready to Get Ready?

    Today begins National Preparedness Month - We'll be sharing ideas on communication and evacuation, preparedness and practicality, as well as specific types of Disasters that may affect you... including:

    Are You READY? Are You READY?


    Stay tuned for dozens of new ideas and some sound reminders... get started on your own plans today, and stock up!

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