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Get Out Of the Traffic FlowIf your vehicle begins to die or you get a flat tire while on a major highway, try to make it to an the next exit; if you are on a smaller road, try to work your way to the breakdown lane or the right shoulder of the road. If you are unable to get off the roadway, do not leave your vehicle.
Stay VisibleTurn on your emergency flashers as soon as possible. To increase your visibility after dark, turn on your interior lights, too. If you have a white piece of cloth or a piece of white paper, roll down the driver's side window and hang it out, rolling the window up to keep it secured in place.
Call For AssistanceIf you have a usable signal, use your cell phone to call for help. A towing service like Mike's Auto Towing should be able to respond to your call in a matter of minutes. If you need to use a roadside call box and there is one nearby, use extreme caution when walking along the road and never cross a multi-lane highway at night.
Remain Well Clear of the HighwayIf you need to change a tire, for instance, make certain there is no chance of being hit by a passing vehicle while you are working on it.
Personal Safety Comes FirstIf someone stops and offers assistance, roll down your window only a small amount and ask them to contact the nearest authorities, whether it's local police, county sheriff, or the highway patrol.
Having your vehicle break down at night can be unnerving, but most roads of any size are patrolled regularly by law enforcement personnel, so just be patient. Help will come.
Karleia is a freelance blogger. Away from the office she enjoys scrapbooking and enjoying time with friends and family.
Drinking WaterIf a disaster were to knock out or pollute our running water, people with their own drinking water would have the best chance of surviving.
According to the CDC, sealed water bottles are the safest and most reliable way to store water for an emergency. You can also store water in barrels or water storage containers, both of which can be found at either camping stores or emergency preparedness outlets. Make sure the storage container is sterilized before filling it with water. Also be sure that the water you put in the container is clean.
In addition to storing drinking water, also consider water filtration options. Camping stores are a great resource to help you find hand pumps or purification tablets.
A 72-hour KitAn emergency kit will mean everything to you during a disaster. It will keep you healthy, safe, and fed until more help can get to you. Here are the items to put in your kit:
Food and Water
- protein and/or granola bars
- trail mix and/or dried fruit
- crackers and/or cereal
- canned foods such as tuna, beans, turkey, beef, etc.
- candy and gum
- juice boxes/canned juice
- one change of clothing
- a jacket
- a poncho
- emergency blanket
- can opener
- dishes and utensils (compact camping kits work well)
- water-proof matches
- pen and paper
- pocket knife
- duct tape
- small hand shovel
- first aid kit
- hand sanitizer/soap and shampoo
- medication (prescription and non-prescription)
- birth certificate
- marriage certificate
- other legal documents
- important contact numbers
- vaccination and immunization papers
- insurance policies
- credit cards
A Fire ExtinguisherA fire extinguisher is good to have in a disaster in case the power lines get damaged and pose electrical hazards. They are also important to have in the home to keep an emergency like a kitchen fire from turning into a disaster.
Small CashHaving cash in an emergency can help you obtain help or supplies that you or your family members may need. You don’t want to have your cash tied up in large bills, however, or people will be able to take advantage of your desperation.
For example, if you need alcohol or disinfectant to clean a wound, but you only have a $50 bill, an individual with the disinfectant may see your desperation and charge you all $50 for it. If you have $1 bills to offer, you can avoid being taken advantage of.
A Meeting PlaceMaking a plan ahead of time will help you and your family members stay calm in a disaster and know exactly what to do.
Designate a place your family members will congregate to after a fire, earthquake, or any other event. Phone lines will likely be tied up in the panic of a disaster, so having a meeting spot will help you keep track of all your family members and make sure everyone is OK.
Hold a family meeting to go through different disaster scenarios and decide what to do. Type up your disaster preparedness plans and distribute them to each family member. Go through the plans regularly so even the youngest child will know exactly how to handle any emergency situation.
Food StorageIt’s wise to have at least 3 months-worth of food storage. You don’t have to go out and buy 3 months of non-perishable groceries right now. Instead, slowly build up your supply over time. One way to manage a food storage is to stock up on foods you regularly eat—cans of beans, fruit, and soup; noodles; sugar, flour, and rice; and so on.
Then constantly rotate the food out of storage as you eat through it. When you go to the store, put the new food in storage and eat the food it is replacing. That way the food will always be fresh and ready for a disaster situation.
Keep your food storage safe from pests with pest control products like Solutions Self Chem as well as with air-tight containers.
Meghan is a freelance writer from Oklahoma. She enjoys being in the outdoors and exploring new opportunities whenever they arise as well as researching new topics to expand her horizons.
WaterIt's critical to have water for drinking, cooking, and sanitation. For a 72 hour period, 3 gallons per person is an acceptable supply to have on hand. Purification tablets may also be used to treat questionable water sources in the event your secure supply runs out.
FireWhether it's for cooking or keeping warm, a reliable source of fire is a fundamental necessity during any disaster. Waterproof matches will work even in wet conditions, and disposable lighters are always a good backup.
FoodA 3-day supply of non-perishable foods should be available, or should be a part of your 72 hour survival kit. Since power could be an issue, it's important to stock foods that don't require refrigeration. Canned foods, peanut butter, energy bars, and dried fruits are good examples of what to have on hand in the event of an emergency. Make certain to consider your family's dietary needs, and whether or not you need to feed infants or small children. While this might seem obvious, don't forget a manual can opener and eating utensils.
First Aid SuppliesHomeowners should always have a first aid kit on hand. If you're unsure of what to purchase, most kits are rated for the number of people that may require emergency care. Keep your emergency kit sealed. Purchase a second first aid kit to avoid using your emergency supplies.
Flashlights and BatteriesKeep a fresh supply of batteries and flashlights in your emergency kit. Do not put the batteries in the flashlights until it becomes necessary, as this will ensure a longer battery life.
CommunicationHaving a battery operated radio will help to keep you informed of the conditions as they relate to your emergency. Don't rely on cell phones. You may not be able to keep them charged, and there may be no signal during the emergency.
Most Underwriters Insurance Brokers (BC) Ltd will have a comprehensive list of supplies families should keep on hand in the event of an emergency. Don't forget to mention this list when you're discussing your Vancouver home insurance policy.
Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and recent graduate of the University of New Mexico. She writes for many online publications and blogs about home improvements, family, and health. She is an avid hiker, biker and runner. Contact her via twitter @BrookeChaplan.
DIY RemodelingDo-it-yourself projects always seem manageable on paper. Seemingly, they require moderate labor and even less cost, when compared to hiring a professional contractor. Unfortunately, even for those ambitious enough to complete a project, they often result in less-than-professional results that can lead to other property damage down the line. The damage could go beyond the property too, and cause injury to those who live in the home. When it comes to remodeling, get the help of professionals to protect your home and your family.
PetsPets are adorable, but no matter how well they are taken care of, they can quickly cause property damage under a variety of circumstances. Some pets will feel the need to mark their territory all of over your home, causing dangerous odors and bacteria to thrive. Others will scratch the walls and floor, leaving more areas for pests to hide. If you have a pet in the home, take measures to make sure they don't damage the house.
Mice And Other PestsWhile there are many pests that can invade your home, one of the most common is mice. They can create a dangerous living situation if not taken care of, so call the experts to be sure they are gone for good. Pests like termites cause structural damage and can go unnoticed without having a property inspected routinely. Some areas have problems with scorpions and spiders. Whatever environment you live in, pest control should be take care of immediately to prevent damage to your home.
Plumbing and Sewer ProblemsSome of the most expensive damage to a property can result from plumbing or sewer problems such as blocked toilets, a faulty water heater, under-the-sink pipes and clogged drains. Fortunately, well-maintained systems can help homeowners identify problems early on so that necessary repairs can be initiated and plumbing problems can be remedied before they turn into major structural damage.
MoldFinding mold in a home is troublesome. Exposure to certain types of mold can cause adverse health affects and getting rid of it can prove difficult. If mold is present in significant quantity, a professional service will be needed to get rid of it.
WeatherLike mold, weather can also quickly cause damage to property by the sheer force of it. Rapidly spreading wild-fire, floods, hail and lightening, as well as major storms like tornadoes, hurricanes and earthquakes require a disaster-plan in place to help homeowners recover from large levels of residential damage.
Even though there are many things that can quickly damage a property, anticipating them will help individuals and families respond appropriately so that they don't loose their home.
Informational credit to ICE Pest Control and Wildlife Removal.
Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She enjoys writing about home, family, business and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys spending time with her family and reading a good book when she isn't writing.
In the first place, I would like to share with you some recipes for universal cleaners that can be used in practically every room. I guarantee that they are all easy to prepare and are extremely powerful. They will make your home spotlessly clean again, eliminating all traces of destruction and anything that might remind you of the unpleasant accident.
Firstly, you will need equal parts of white vinegar and water. Mix them in a sprayer bottle and your cleaner is ready. It is really suitable for cleaning countertops, floors, exterior surfaces of the toilet, tiles, windows, and many more. If the stains are harder to remove, you can heat the solution in the microwave until it is almost hot. This solution is used a lot from companies who offers deep cleaning solutions.
The next universal cleaner I would like to dwell upon contains the good old baking soda. Mix one cup of it with ¼ cup of Borax. Now you have a creamy non-abrasive product that is strong enough to clean all kinds of dirt.
If you want a special solution for your tiles and grout, you can try this one. You will need ½ cup of baking soda, 1/3 cup of household ammonia, ¼ cup of white vinegar, 7 cups of warm water. Mix in a container of your choice. I highly recommend to put the water first. Another thing that you need to take into consideration is that the solution should not be placed near anything that contains bleach.
In case you want something even more powerful for your windows, you might want to try the following mixture. You will need 1 cup of water, 2 tablespoons of white distilled vinegar, 2 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol, and 1 ½ tablespoons of cornstarch. Mix the ingredients in a spray bottle and your cleaner is ready. Mind you, shake it well every time you use it, for the cornstarch tends to settle on the bottom.
My next suggestion is for your wood laminate. You will need 1 part water, 1 part white vinegar, 1 part 70% rubbing (Isopropyl) alchohol, and a few drops of liquid dishwashing product. Mix the ingredients together and pour in a spray bottle. That is, you will not need a bucket. I guarantee that this product is extremely effective and dries quickly. Moreover, it is generally safe for pets.
And finally, I would like to offer you a solution for dried blood. I really hope that less people would need to clean this particular type of stain, but, unfortunately, those are very likely to occur during a disaster or an emrgency. So if you have dried blood on your upholstery, you might treat it with a mixture of 1 tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent and 2 cups of water.
These are several cleaners that will certainly help you clean all the mess after all kinds of disasters and other emrgencies. They are all made of ingredients that are surely present in every home, which makes them cheaper than those from the stores. But I promise they are equally effective. And remember, what is most important in cases of natural disasters or other types of accidents is not to panic. Only this way you will be able to find the right solution to cope with the problems that follow them.
Written by a writer who wished to remain anonymous.
Install a Sump PumpA plumbing disaster could occur in the basement. Water from an upper floor could rush through your home and enter you basement. You should install a sump pump if you want to be prepared for a plumbing disaster. This pump will activate automatically if water from a leaking pipe or main starts to fill up your basement.
Elevate Appliances and Electrical SystemsA plumbing disaster could send a few inches of water into a room. This is enough water to damage appliances or electrical lines on the ground. You should elevate your appliances and electrical systems in order to prevent this from happening. Raising appliances just a few inches can prevent damage from rushing water.
Keep Buckets and Cleaning Supplies in an Accessible LocationYou want to be able to mitigate potential damage when a plumbing disaster occurs. This is why you should keep buckets, rags, mops and other supplies in an accessible and central location. Keeping these items together will let you get to them fast so that you can start catching water or cleaning up puddles that could damage your floors.
Have the Number for an Emergency Plumber ReadyThe single most important way to prepare is to have the name and number of a reliable plumber ready. Get the number for a business like Shorty's Plumbing & Heating Inc with emergency service available. Put the number on the front of a refrigerator or program the number into a cell phone. This will let you call the plumber fast if a plumbing disaster strikes unexpectedly.
Stock Fresh WaterA plumbing disaster could affect the water in your home. There could be wastewater streaming through your pipes and fixtures. You want to stock fresh water just in case this happens. The fresh water will allow everyone to stay hydrated until the problem is fixed. A gallon of water for each person in the home is usually enough.
Preparing for a plumbing disaster means looking at your home and assessing where water could cause damage. You want to take as few risks as possible when preparing. You also want to make sure that you can contact a professional plumber the second you realize a disaster has started.
Karleia is a freelance blogger. Away from the office she enjoys scrapbooking and enjoying time with friends and family.
Germs that are found in food include E. coli, salmonella, yeast, listeria, and mould. That's why it is important to disinfect all the food before use. Proper handling of produce can make all bacteria disappear. If you don't know how to disinfect food, check this article. Below QualityCleaning Walworth give a few tips to keeping your food clean and healthy.
How to Disinfect Food
What you need:
- Cutting board
- Soap or dish detergent
- Clean cloth/paper towel
- Produce brush
Before you handle produce, make sure you wash your hands under warm running water for about 20 seconds. Use dish detergent or soap. Then rinse with cold water all the fresh produce and remove any damages or bruised areas. Use a cutting board and knife to cut any rotten areas.
Even if you intend to peel your produce, don't forget to wash it. Produce with a rough or thick shell should be scrubbed with a produce brush. For example, melons and cucumbers.
Rinse well with cold water. Make sure you remove all dirt and debris, then use a paper towel to dry the fresh food.
When you are ready with this step, wash all utensils, adding a dab of detergent. Scrub well and rinse.
Warnings and Tips:
- Meat and fish products are disinfected during the cooking process. They need to be processed at a very high temperature.
- When you are processing food such as raw meat, cooked food and fresh produce on a cutting board, be sure to use separate boards to avoid cross contamination.
- Store produce and meat separately to avoid cross contamination.
- Make sure you keep your cutting boards, food storage places and kitchen counters clean and sanitised.
Meat and Eggs
It is a well-known fact that salmonella is found in meat and eggs. This type of bacterium can reside both the inside and outside of eggs. The problem is, it's not visible and eggs seem to be normal. If they are digested lightly cooked or even raw, chances are you spend the next couple of weeks in hospital and under quarantine. That's why it's important to cook eggs well and at the right temperature. Salmonella can be killed at 160 degrees F.
Poultry must be cooked until a temperature of 165 degrees F is reached.
- It is a wise idea to keep eggs in cool places. The best temperature for them is ≤40° F (≤4° C).
- Do not keep eggs at room temperature.
- Always make sure you eat eggs right after cooking.
- People with weakened immune systems, children and elderly people should not consume raw, lightly cooked eggs or undercooked meat.
- Symptoms of salmonella include: chills, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, headache, abdominal cramps, blood in the stools. If you notice anything like that, immediately contact your health care provider.
How to Wash your Utensils and Tools
Blender gasket should be hand-washed or, if possible, placed in the dishwasher. Wooden spatula can be either placed in the dishwasher or hand-washed. Use hot water and a dab of detergent, Rub well, rinse and dry. Can opener can be washed in hot soapy water. Remove all the debris carefully, then rinse well with water. You can put it in the dishwasher as well. Before you do, scrub lightly.
Written by a writer who wished to remain anonymous.
Sig Sauer P226This is a choice for many military and police forces personnel, a very popular handgun around the world as we all know. Its 9mm clip holds 15 rounds, weighing a comfortable 34 ounces when full. You can also find it in .357 and .40 calibers. Retail prices range around $800 to $900, though its quality is something worth paying for.
Glock 17One of the most popular handguns in the world, larger than the Glock 36, but the most common choice for most law enforcement officers. Weighing 32 ounces and sporting a nice 9x19mm, 17-round clip, it offers reduced recoil and control, becoming a great gun to train beginners. You can find it on the retail market for around $440. You can be sure this gun will be reliable and instantly recognizable to anyone who's ever held a firearm.
Springfield XD Service ModelThis service model includes a trigger safety much like the ones in the Glock handguns, offering a familiar feeling when you hold it. It has a beveled magazine well, helping with reload speed of its 16-round magazine. Although it may not be a great precision weapon, it still has mechanical durability and you can still score some tight grouping with the right ammo. Average prices are somewhere around $470 on the retail market.
Smith & Wesson .40 M&PA polymer-framed .40 caliber light pistol, this gun has a nice and comfortable grip with an equally comfortable grip tang for hand protection. It has a surprisingly low recoil for its caliber and it holds a 15-round clip which offers plenty of ammo. Retail prices are somewhere around $600 for those inclined to buy it.
Ruger RedHawkA classic, almost Wild West-looking piece with a double-action construction. Made of stainless steel and capable of handling the Magnum load it uses as well as the dangers of the elements. The RedHawk is great for self defense and serving as a back-up weapon. It holds 6 rounds in the .44 Magnum caliber and it weighs around 46 to 54 ounces. Its price varies somewhere around $990 to about $1050.
Written on behalf of: Pimlico home and office removalsHeather Roberts is a freelance guest blogger from London, UK. She has got many published articles on various topics such as cleaning, organizing, home and garden etc. She loves to spend her time with family and friends and she also tries to live an eco-friendly life.
How many times have you left the house to go out where there is not a place to plug in your cell phone or tablet hoping that you had just enough battery life to get by only to find that your device is drained long before you had thought it would be. What's worse, you have to check your email since you are expecting something important. As a blogger, it happens to me far to often. This is why when Sunjack Solar sent me the Sunjack Portable Solar Charger, I was very excited! Never would I be without a charged mobile device again!
After using this product for a few weeks, I have found that this product is even better than I hoped it would be. What makes this awesome is the solar charger and the battery combination. This means that I can charge from the charged battery at night, or the solar panel when the sun is out.
Solar ChargerIt has four large solar panels (14W monocrystalline solar) that are each about 6-inches by 9.5-inches and folds neatly into a tablet sized case that you can easily stow away in your glove box or survival bag. It is also a nice light weight.
- The solar charger has four large solar panels that are around the size of a large tablet.
- There are two USB outputs on the solar charger assembly so you can charge two devices at the same time.
- You can charge the battery and charge the device from it or you can charge your device directly.
- Folds to 6.25-inches by 9.75-inches by 1.75-inches thick.
- Weighs 2 pounds
BatteryThis battery is powerful enough to charge any device that can be charged with a USB cable. It had no problem charging my ridiculously huge smartphone. I have a Galaxy Note 3 which is pretty much the biggest smartphone out at the time of this writing. In fact, it can charge my phone several times with one battery charge.
- Fully charged in about 5-hours with the solar panels in direct sunlight.
- Can be charged if plugged into a wall outlet.
- (1) 2 Amp Micro USB input
- 2 Amps to charge the two USB outputs.
- The 8,000mAh lithium-polymer battery which can be charged in just a few hours of direct sunlight.
- This should be good for 1000 charge cycles
- There are LED power level indicators and an LED light.
Imagine a worst scenario where you are stuck without power for hours. Frustrating isnt it? Now imagine if you power is out for several days. This isnt as uncommon as you think. I have been in several situations like this in my life and read about them almost every week. If you need your phone to reach loved ones or emergency services, you cannot be without your cell phone. Especially in a world where land lines are becoming a thing of the past.
Maybe your car breaks down in the middle of nowhere and your battery is dead from trying to restart it or maybe you are lost in the woods. What do you do then?
With the Sunjack Portable Solar Charger, it will be very difficult to run out of battery power in your mobile devices. I recommend this product to ensure that you are always charged.
Sunjack Solar was initially funded through Kickstarter, which I find cool and has donated many Solar Chargers for humanitarian efforts. They also offer a 20W Solar Charger kit with 2 batteries, and a USB powered Camplight 8 LED bulb which is quite bright (340 lumnens). Be sure to check them out.
Water CollectionYou need water to survive and going off the grid means you lose an entire infrastructure designed to provide clean water to your home with the twist of a faucet. One of the most popular answers to this is drilling a well or pulling from a local lake or stream. On top of that, you’ll need to implement a holding system for water you need immediately as well as a pump and filtration system. Rainier climates also employ rain barrels.
Waste DisposalWhat comes in must go out, and you definitely do not want the waste accumulating anywhere near your home due to sanitary issues. No matter where you build your home, there will be sewage regulations to comply with that were set in place to protect the environment. The best way is simply a septic tank and drainage field. Kamloops Septic Service does excavating and septic service up in Canada. They would be the first to tell you that a well maintained septic tank means you have a reliable waste disposal system when the worst happens. Also, a new addition is the composting toilet.
PowerYou can live without electricity entirely, but many off grid still enjoy the modern day comforts of electronic appliances. Take your electric bills and determine just how much energy you consume in a year. This will kick start exactly how you approach designing the generation. It can be solar, wind fueled or even geothermal. On top of that, you will need a way to store the electricity and have a backup generator in case of failure. Whichever you choose, the best plan is to always go with a variety of sources just in case the sun is covered for a week.
DesignFinally, you want the house to be as energy efficient as possible, and this goes as far as the direction in which you build the house in order to maximize on natural light and heat. Solar orientation and siting of the home are the base of the design. From there, architects then figure out the building envelope and, finally, the systems that need to be put in place to power the home. Before ever sitting down with an architect, really determine the purpose of building such a home to make sure it is tailored to you.
Chaleigh is a writer and photographer that is from NYC. She spends most of her days in front of the computer. When she isn't tapping away on the keyboard, you can find Chaleigh exploring the big city or traveling around the country.
It will call for a lot of improvisation, creative thinking and flexibility.
So, why not start developing that mindset right now. What you can to do make that one first step is shift the way of thinking from predicting different scenarios and adding stuff to his BOB to thinking about flexible items that can cover scenarios we can never think of.
Enter multi tool.
Now, I am not here to discover warm water and tell you that a multi tool is one of your BOB essentials. I am here to offer some guidance on how to choose wisely and get the biggest bang for your buck:
Here's what you can expect from this short guide:
- what's really a multi tool and what you can expect from it
- what it isn't
- what to look for in one to get value for your money and get a piece that's just right for preppers
- just to be specific - I'll share what I have in my 72-hour BOB
So, let's dive right in.
What is it?
A multi tool is an essential prepper sidekick. In a survival situation, it can become your best friend.
Because it is so versatile and offers so much chance for improvisation. Anything from simple stuff like opening cans and bottles to more advanced jobs, like fashioning wire snares and traps.
If you've ever been hunting or hiking with a backpack full of blades and tools, you probably know what I'm talking about.
I know that after my first hike with a bunch of metal/tools in my backpack and after that hike ended up with me using my trusted Gerber for 70-80% of the tasks, I was able to shed some serious weight from that backpack for the next hike.
Now, I know that a hike in the Rockies is not doomsday, I am just mentioning this to get my point over.
What is it not?
A multi tool is not a piece that will ever be good enough for you to lose all the tools and blades from your BOB.
Remember, they make these things to fit 10 or 20 pieces in one tool that's usually the size of pliers. So they make compromises.
I know this very well, because the "they" in the previous sentence used to be "us". Yes, I worked in a multitool factory for almost a decade, and I know the industry inside out.
So, it will not replace a good long knife, solid set of scissors (there's a catch here, I'll share it when I get to the part where I tell you about what's in my BOB).
Let us get to the gist - what to look for when choosing a survival multitool
Let me ask you this: "Do you see yourself picking your teeth with a toothpick from your multitool when everybody is running for their lives?" I am guessing NO.
My point here is that a lot of what goes into a majority of multitools out there is glitter and stars that's there just to sell the product. For a survival situation we are looking for a heavy duty multi tool that will be free of all that fluff and will only include what we really need:
- sturdy pliers and a wire cutter
- two well-made blades, regular and serrated
- a saw
- regular and phillips in a couple of sizes
- bottle and can opener
Quality of the materials
We want something that we can depend on. A piece that will not break or start rusting in a few days.
Let me be specific - my ideal multitool would be a combination of 420 stainless steel, 154cm stainless steel and titanium.
- 420 stainless steel is stronger "by size" that titanium and has very little chromium (12%) that's just right for most tools except the blades
- 154cm steel for the blades because this holds edge 3 times as long as regular steel
- titanium for the rest of the tool because it's corrosion resistant
If you don't know your stuff, the weak sides of the tool can be right there, in front of your nose, presented as a good thing that sounds expensive.
- Stay away from "dye coat stainless steel" - this is regular steel dyed to look like stainless steel but will rust before you can cay say: "Oh, look darling, a zombie..."
- Look for "titanium coated" - this looks oh so nice and shiny, but it's just money from your pocket if you go with it. It will peel under mechanical influence, and you'll be left with whatever is beneath that glitter...
- This last one is just my two cents, but I stay away from anything that's not made in the USA
This one is really simple - just look for something that will be convenient to carry on your belt and that will deploy easily using one hand.
Design and safety
When I say design here I don't mean something that will match your eyes or look good on your camos.
I am talking about 2 things:
- easy to use and deploy (this one ties into the previous entry on the list, one hand deployment of crucial pieces without cutting yourself)
- safety locks
What I have in my BOB
You remember I mentioned that there's a catch about the scissors.
Well, here it is - since I'm always looking for ways to shed weight and increase the flexibility of everything I have in there, my BOB includes Raptor medical tool. It's probably the only tool out there that features scissors that are as good (if not better) than most standalones.
And my main multi tool is Charge TTi. It doesn't meet all the criteria I listed in "my ideal multi tool" , but it's as close I could get with the pieces on the market today.
I am not saying that these are the best multi tools, they just tie really well into how I planned my BOB.
I am here as your industry insider to point out what to look for and what to avoid. But what will find it's way into your pocket or BOB is all you. By all means, do your research, read multi tool reviews and choose the best multi tool that suit your specific needs.
If anything of what I said here sticks, neither my time writing this or your time reading it is wasted.
Stay safe and make wise choices
Morry Banes is an avid blogger in the field of multi tools and preparedness.
He is an ex multi tool factory worker and today he is a husband and a father, owns a hardware store in Tigard and he's an editor of bestmultitoolkit.com where he writes and reviews best multi tools.
Y-Shot Slingshot. At first glance, it looks pretty ordinary, but the more I look at it the more I like it.
This slingshot is capable of firing up to half inch steel balls up to 150 feet per second. It is made with a half inch water jet cut aluminum frame and is wrapped with 550 paracord. It uses a TheraBand Gold band with 16 pounds pull weight. It is also the perfect size and shape to cram into your already packed bug-out bag. Let me tell you about more of its features.
HandleThe most important part of a slingshot in my mind it the handle. The handle of the Y-Shot is wrapped with 550 paracord. I can't tell you how much, since I figured that I would never rewrap it as nicely as they did. The paracord wrapping makes this slingshot very easy to handle (no pun intended). Montie Gear also has a wrist rest accessory that you can get with some slingshot kits or as an optional accessory. I didn't get a chance to try this out but I will try to get one in the future for mine.
AccessoriesSeriously...these people have everything a slingshot could ever need! They have iron and fiber optic sites, arrow kits, replacement bands, double bands (increases pull weight to 35 pounds), slingshot holsters, magnetic ammo holsters, thumbscrews (if you like to take it apart without tools), and various sizes and types of slingshot ammo.
OptionsIf you like your slingshot a certain way, they can deliver. Here are some of the ways you can get yours:
- Frame Colors: There are three at the time of this review. Black Powder (what I got), Clear Annodize (metalic), and Pink if you prefer a pretty one (pink costs a bit more though).
- Wrap Colors: You can always rewrap with any color or style paracord you like, but the colors of the 550 paracord you can order it with are Digital Desert Camo, Digital Woodland Camo, Black, Pink, Safety Orange, and Zombie Green.
- The tactical version comes with their fiber optic site, a wrist brace, and a picatinny rail.
- The Zombie Apocalypse version comes standard with a zombie green handle, extra ammo, extra bands, and targets so you will always be ready.
- The D.I.Y. verson is the one you need if you want to save a few bucks, would like to put it together yourself, or need to paint yours or whatever. It has all the parts and instructions you need to put it together yourself.
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- Picking the right location is the first thing you have to consider, since it will largely dictate what you can do with the rations. You must pick a dark and cool place for this purpose, such as your cellar or basement, as it will get the job done well. You must make sure you have secure shelving units and pallets to get it done. Additional cupboards will also be needed if you have the space as well. Do remember that you really don't have to put all your eggs in one basket, since some items will have a longer expiration date and sturdiness than others.
- Pick a good, balanced diet for your supplies, since the human body will need different sustenance to survive extended periods of time. A balanced and diverse diet is necessary for survival, since not sticking to one can lead to health issues or even scurvy. Eyesight issues, skin diseases, infections, heart and organ failure can all happen due to vitamin and mineral deficiency, so our bodies must receive those through our food supply. You need balanced rations containing grains, cooking oil, legumes, honey, spices, salt and maybe even powdered milk and sugar.
- Water storage is another thing you have to pay attention to, since the need for uncontaminated drinking water during an emergency will be high. Human beings may be able to survive for weeks without food if need be, but without water you only have a couple of short days before your body starts shutting down. Never underestimate your supply and keep it fresh, looking for long-term storage solution and replacement no matter how calm things look at this moment in time.
- Military rations are an excellent solution to your long-term storage issues. They are meant to survive the apocalypse in most cases, so they will last a long time. Although you won't really enjoy their taste that much, they will save you when it counts so this makes them a prime choice for such a food cache. The greatest thing about them is that they are compact and lightweight enough to be carried around during reconnaissance. US-made MRE packs have been around for a long while now, so if you live in the US or have access to surplus MRE packs, then you might want to go for it. The greatest thing about them is that you may also have a much easier time moving if the need arises, as they can be packed with ease in compact bundles or boxes.
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During and after an economic meltdown, survival will be the challenge. The basics of food, shelter and clothing are obvious. Other skills will be extremely useful to travel, commerce, and aggressive defense.
First Aid, CPR and Herbal RemediesWith the possibility of illness and injury, knowledge of first aid, C.P.R. and using proven natural, home remedies will be necessary. Medical commodities will be extremely in demand in a national melt down situation. The more you are able to treat on your own, the better.
Keep in mind, if you can go to the doctor or hospital, and use conventional medication- DO IT. You may want to have friends who know how to run a medical clinic.
Water TreatmentWithout water, humans cannot survive. The estimated survival period for humans without water is three weeks. Knowing how to store and purify water will be essential. If you can store large amounts of water, not only will you be a good provider for your family, but for friends and local communities as well. Boiling water is one sure way to remove contaminates.
WeldingThe ability to build strong structures is relevant across so many different categories. Welders from Advantage Manufacturing Ltd work on everything from auto transport, to home equipment, to other specialized tasks regularly. If you can work metal, you are an asset to transportation, construction, and community defense.
Food PreservationNot being able to jump in the car and go to the store, fast food restaurant, or coffee shop will be an adjustment for most of us. Knowing how to produce and preserve your own food will be an essential skill. Those who can make this adjustment will likely be the ones who will survive.
Being at the mercy of what the land can yield will be something new to us. Vegetables only grow in seasons, unless you have a greenhouse (recommended).
Canning, jarring, making jams, jellies, and jerky will keep food in the house when food prices drastically increase, and when you lose the fridge and freezer.
Caring for ClothesKeeping clothes is decent shape is something to consider. Inability to replace a wardrobe because simple items like t-shirts, socks and undergarments could cost a fortune that cannot be afforded could be problematic. Learn how to sew with a single needle and thread, instead of a machine, same with the laundry, washing by hand. Weaving and quilting could also be helpful skills.
Climate SurvivalWith the climate being as it is, heating, cooling, drought, flooding, and other extreme weather disasters are something to be prepared for. Dressing for the elements using common sense will help. The simple act of knowing how to start a fire, without matches or a lighter will come in handy. Try a magnifying glass or prescription glasses and the sun, if rubbing sticks does not work.
Communication CompensationIt’s widely accepted that the fall back form of communication will be HAM radio in the event of a widespread disaster. Operating one of these puppies is no small task. Special training and hands on experience are required to properly use them. However, the ability to communicate on a massive scale will be extremely valuable.
Most of the information currently available on the Internet will only exist in books. Best recommendation, do the research now and keep reading.
Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer from Sacramento, California. A mother of two, Hannah enjoys writing on blogs of all niches.
Burglars don't just take your belongings and walk away quietly, leaving you and your family unscathed. In many cases, a burglary often leads to other more dangerous crimes that can physically hurt you and your kids. That is why it is very important to make sure that you protect your family from any potential break-in.
No matter where you live, the safety of your family must be of utmost priority. The best way to ensure family safety is to apply effective security methods that can prevent a potential break-in. You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars to burglar-proof your home. Making simple adjustments in your lifestyle, rearranging certain things in your house, and investing in affordable yet efficient alarm systems are a few simple techniques you can use to guarantee the safety of your family.
Read on below for some tips on how you can keep burglars away.
Make your house a chore to break into.
Photo courtesy of Standard Break from Life via Flickr Burglars go for houses with easy access. That is why it is very important that you make your house so hard to break into, that burglars simply won’t even dare to come close to it. Here are a few ways you can make your home unappealing to burglars:
- Use heavy-duty locks for all your doors. Consider using deadbolt locks with long horizontal bolts—these are the hardest locks to open. Remember, relying on doorknob locks are usually not enough, since burglars are experts in opening locked doorknobs with improvised keys.
- Make sure to lock your windows before going to bed, or whenever you go out. Even small windows, if left open, can allow a burglar to access some items within reach, or even allow them to open a locked door from inside.
- Never leave ladders outside the house that can help a burglar climb your roof or access a second story window.
Invest in multiple types of alarm systems.If there is one thing burglars hate the most, it’s an alarm going off during a planned break-in. Take advantage of the different kinds of alarm systems available in the market that can easily scare burglars away, or even get you catch them in the act. Here are some ways to incorporate security devices in your home:
- Place a hidden security camera in any part of your home that is most likely to serve as an entry point for burglars, to help you ensure added safety for your family. This way, you can monitor these parts of your home even from a remote area, and detect any suspicious activity right away.
- Install alarm systems on all your windows and doors. This will allow you to catch any unwanted entrance to your home right before a burglar even gets inside.
- Another thing that rarely fails to ward off burglars: dogs. If you have a pet, make his home or “territory” near your gate or front door.
Make your house look occupied all the time.Even when you’re out, don’t make it appear like nobody’s home. Here are some simple tricks you can use to make burglars think that someone is home even if nobody really is:
- Invest in automatic light timers that turn your lights on and off in normal patterns—the way they normally would if someone was in the house. This will create an illusion that someone is moving inside the house.
- Always close the garage door so that burglars have no way of knowing if your car is parked or not.
- If you’ll be out for a relatively long period of time—2 days or more—ask a trusted neighbor to get your mail or pick up deliveries to your house. You can also ask them to use your trash bin from time to time. This gives burglars the idea that someone is watching over the house.
- Have your calls forwarded to your mobile phone so that you can answer them even when you’re away. Some burglars call to see if anyone’s home before breaking in.
- Never leave a note indicating that you’re not home. This is tantamount to sending an invitation to a potential burglar.
Maintain the privacy of your home.
Oftentimes, burglars are tricky, they check the interiors of your house from afar. This way, they will know where certain items are placed; making it faster and easier for them to access these things once they successfully break into your home. Follow these tips to ensure the privacy and security of your home.
- Use shades, drapes, and other means of covering the larger windows of your house. This will prevent any “window shopping” tactics of most burglars.
- Strategically place eye-catching or expensive furniture, gadgets, or equipment away from windows, or glass walls (if any). Make sure that there are certain things blocking the view of any expensive property you must have inside your house.
- • Rooms should have extra cover, as this is where most important belongings are kept. Make sure your room curtains are thick and cover your windows from end to end.
These are a just a few tips you can use to keep your home safe from burglars. You can research more about this so that you can be more creative in making up your own techniques.
Being vigilant of your surroundings and applying the necessary methods to ensure family safety are the two most important things you need in order to lead a peaceful life. During these times, when there is danger on every corner and in every street, it is always better to be safe than sorry.
Christopher Britton is an Interior Architect by day and a Freelance Writer by night. He writes for PlanItDIY.com. Circle him on Google+
BurnsIf someone has gotten a burn, you should immediately remove any clothing from the affected area because some materials will melt into the burn. If clothing has already melted into the skin cut the loose clothing from around the burn to prevent further melting or pulling. Once the clothing is removed, you should soak the area in room temperature water. Some people think it should be cold water, but this can damage the tissue. If blisters appear, do not attempt to pop them.
Breaks and SprainsIf you suspect someone has broken a bone or sprained an ankle or wrist, you should immediately get that person off their feet. You will want to apply ice, if you believe it is a sprain. Removing restrictive clothing will cause the area to swell. If swelling is hampered, it might cause further tissue damage around the tendons and muscles.
Cuts, Scrapes and BleedingIf someone has a serious injury with bleeding involved, you should take immediate action while waiting for help. You will need to clean the wound out with cool water and scrub it as best you can with soap to get any debris or dirt out of the wound. You can apply hydrogen peroxide or any other antibacterial cream you have on hand. Depending on the size and location of the wound, you will need to slow or stop the bleeding. You might be able to do that by bandaging the wound or by applying pressure to it.
Animal Bites and StingsIf you or someone else has been bitten or stung by an animal, you should immediately clean out the wound with soap, warm water and antibacterial soap. If it was an animal bite, try to contain the animal if possible. You do not want to take the chance of anyone else getting bit, so use extreme caution. If it was an insect sting, you can give the person an allergy medication like Benadryl to slow an allergic reaction.
When an injury happens, everything becomes chaotic while waiting for help. You can keep a cool head and use these tips to bring the person some relief and possible avoid further injuries.
Savannah Coulsen is a freelance writer. She lives in Raleigh. Savannah loves to read and write and she hopes to write a novel someday. Savannah also loves learning and is a self-proclaimed health guru.
Tornados, earthquakes, and hurricanes often leap to mind at the mention of natural disasters. While such cataclysmic forces of nature pose the obvious risk of total destruction to your home, other less obvious dangers can be just as risky; some have a far greater likelihood of happening. Here are five natural disasters that every home is vulnerable to:
FireVulnerable Areas: Northern and Southern California, Oregon, Washington, Western Montana, Northern Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas.
Lightning striking a home without a lightning rod, or any trees that happen to abut against a house can result in a fire. Failing to perform routine cleanings of gutters, or areas around a home that build up with leaf litter can make for a veritable tinder box. These conditions are equally dangerous for fires not started by natural causes.
High WindsVulnerable Areas: Tornado Alley, Gulf Coast and Atlantic Coast states, New England, the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, Pacific Northwest Coast states, Eastern California, Eastern Idaho, Central Arizona, Southern Great Lakes States, and Central New Mexico.
Wind isn’t something you’d typically consider to be extremely dangerous. But just a swift gust can cause significant damage in an area. Edmonton roofing professionals from A. Clark Roofing & Siding Ltd say that high winds are probably the most common cause of home damage that they see. In addition to roofs, traffic, windows, and other objects are compromised in high wind areas.
Tree CollapseVulnerable Areas: Pacific Northwest, West Coast California, Western Montana, Colorado Rocky Mountain Area, Mississippi River States, Appalachian Mountain States, Atlantic Coast of Georgia, and New England.
While large, old trees add beauty and benefit to a home, they can be destructive and even deadly in the event of a collapse. Diseased trees can pose a major threat as they die. Similarly pine trees with the lowers boughs removed are not as secure due to their shallow root system. A strong wind can blow trees over or break branches without warning.
FloodingVulnerable Areas: Washington, Southern Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, Nebraska, North and South Dakota, Ohio, and Missouri.
Water damage is among the worst type a home can suffer. Substantial flooding often requires gutting a home before repairs can be made. Water damage can compromise the structural integrity, even of the foundation, and lead to future dangers like mold. Even homes that do not sit in a flood plain can suffer flooding in the wrong circumstances.
HailVulnerable Areas: Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Northern Texas, Nebraska, and Missouri.
A hailstorm does not have to be of the freakish, grapefruit sized variety to damage a home. Siding and even some windows can sustain heavy damage. Hail damage can appear simply cosmetic, it can be a serious issue. Homes pitted by hail can suffer compromised insulation and further water damage.
Extreme Heat or ColdVulnerable Areas – Heat: Western California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, and Southern Florida.
Vulnerable Areas – Cold: Rocky Mountains in Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconson, Northern Michigan, Northern New York, and Northern New England.
It might sound laughable at first, but extreme temperatures on either end of the spectrum can be a tremendous problem, especially because they happen with regular occurrence. Temperature extremes wear on the systems that keep a home functioning. Damage can be subtle enough that it remains undetected until a serious problem rears its ugly head. This tends to create future problems that are more obvious and costly to repair.
Some forces of nature are simply beyond being totally preparedness; however, most disasters threatening your home can be fought. Be aware of the types of problems that could occur and decide how to best protect your home.
Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer from Sacramento, California. A mother of two, Hannah enjoys writing on blogs of all niches.
While unfortunate, a natural disaster has the potential to cause catastrophic damage to a business. Even in areas where natural damage is rare, it is still something that needs to be accounted for. Most of today's leading businesses have developed disaster recovery plans that incorporate the potential for a natural disaster. To prepare for the worst, below are five different ways that you can protect your business from a disaster.
Formal PlanThe most important action that businesses need to take to prepare for a natural disaster is to develop a formal plan. This plan can be shared with all individuals at a company to ensure that everyone knows what they need to do in the event of a disaster. By doing this, businesses will also protect themselves from potential civil and criminal liabilities. A formal plan can also work to help employees feel more secure at their workplace.
Add a FenceIn the event of rioting or other civil unrest, having a fence surrounding the business will be able to protect it from harm. In some cases, a quality fence, such as the ones offered by City Fence, may have already been placed around the facility, but adding a second fence can be advantageous. By making the business more difficult to loot than neighboring properties, a second fence can act as a deterrent.
Coordinate With City GovernmentMost local governments are willing to work with businesses to ensure that their natural disaster recovery plans are optimized. When these plans are shared with a local government, it will be easier for first responders to coordinate with employees and the business itself. During a difficult time, this has the potential to save lives and even financial costs.
InsuranceInsurance provides businesses with a way to financially recover in the event of a natural disaster. Problems like flooding, fire, war, and other issues can all be insured. In most cases, even abstract losses related to lost time working and future profit losses can be covered under these insurance plans.
Backup PowerEven if a natural disaster is not devastating, it is possible that a business may want to stay open. By adding an additional power source, businesses will be able to continue operating even if the power goes out. This can be especially helpful for businesses that deal in information technology were computers are necessary to maintain operations.
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In a recent report released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 2012, it was revealed that the number of U.S. violent crimes known to public authorities jumped to approximately 0.11% in 2011.
Given these figures, many Americans have made home security one of their primary priorities in life now more than ever. You can never be too sure about the security of your well-being, everywhere you go. You may find yourself pondering on ideas about how to achieve home protection easily, struggling to make efforts to protect yourself from impending dangers in your own home.
Worry no more as you can always find ways to secure your home’s safety all day and night. A little bit more experience and exposure sure does maximize your knowledge on how to keep your home safe.
Keep the Police UpdatedIf you’re going to be away on vacation longer than a week, advice the police that you’ll be gone for a while. The police may just drive by your home on patrol and watch out for any intruders.
Install security systems, and entrust your house key and code with a neighbor. Give the entrusted neighbor’s name and phone number to the police and the alarm manufacturing store. Get involved in a local neighborhood watch area project, if available. Encourage other members of your household to take part in projects that endorse neighborhood crime awareness. You may just get some additional insights from your family you may not otherwise tap into on your own.
Keep up to date with how things are going while you’re away. Call your entrusted neighbor once in a while to remain in the know about any changes that may take place around your home surroundings.
Assign a Safe RoomReserve a safe room in your home. Inform other members of your household to hide in this room in case burglars or other intruders break in.
Secure your home and hard-earned property in this room, away from intruders’ sight. This room should have a landline phone and flashlight for easy access to help needed. Propel doors on hinges that swing in an outer fashion. These doors are harder to break into, as compared to doors that swing inside the room.
Keep the existence of your safe room a secret to other people, even to your entrusted neighbors. Keep the safe room’s door locked and put the key in a secure place. It’s better to take additional safety precaution and think one step ahead of intruders.
Smartphone as a Security CameraYou may install alarm systems on your smartphone security camera to easily avoid crimes before they occur. The alarm systems call your attention when an intruder is suspected to have been lurking around in your home.
A smartphone security camera lets you observe the surroundings of your home, on the go. You may easily spot possible crimes from your bedroom, or even when you’re out of the house! The smartphone doubles as a device you can easily use to make calls to authorities, once you detect a suspicious activity in your home’s surroundings.
Don’t forget to leave your smartphone’s number to loved ones and friends, too. Doing so will allow these people to easily reach you if they suspect an intrusion in your home that you may not be aware of.
Secrecy and Hidden Cameras for a Good PurposeAvoid talking about a planned vacation in advance with other people. You just never know when word about your vacation will spread to possible intruders’ knowledge. Avoid talking about your vacation plans when eavesdropping is highly possible. Safeguarding hidden home security to ensure family's safety maximizes home security without any extra inconveniences.
Hidden home surveillance cameras help you outsmart intruders when they attempt a break-in, even while you’re not at home. Not knowing you have cameras in your home disarms intruders from smartly navigating your home for intrusion. Think the way they think, and craft your own strategies to combat their presence.
Emergency Supply Kit SurvivalMaintain home security against an earthquake by keeping an emergency supply kit. The kit should have 1.9 liters of drinking water, and other water supplies for hygiene and miscellaneous uses.
Always be prepared in case an earthquake destroys your home. The emergency supply kit tools should give you all the things you need to survive if you lose your home. Prepare the emergency supply kit in advance to have it ready before earthquakes even occur.
Keep a Fire Extinguisher within Easy ReachPlace your fire extinguisher, preferably within easy reach. You never know when a fire will strike. Better keep the essentials within easy reach to avoid panicking when it a fire does strike.
Don’t forget to familiarize yourself with how to use a fire extinguisher in advance to prep yourself in case disaster strikes.
Halt Mail Delivery
Look at all angles when implementing awareness on how to keep home safe from intruders.
Enhance home privacy and security by halting your mail delivery while you’re away on vacation. Cripple the intruders of possibly finding ways to pretend to be a mailman to break into your home.
Ask your entrusted neighbor to immediately report to authorities any suspicious mail delivery activities detected while you’re away.
You may want to consider having your mail delivered to a neighbor’s home while you’re on vacation. Make sure to inform all your mail contacts about the temporary address you’d like your mail to be delivered to, if you decide to push through doing this.
Ensure home security by being courageous enough to learn the ropes of combating disaster-causing events. Your efforts can go a long way in securing your entire household’s well-being on a long term basis. Do what you need to do before it’s too late. Remember, one careless move may instantly cause a lot of severe damages more than you can handle.
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- Consult with an electrician. An electrician can help you elevate your furnace, equipment and water to a safe level that is well above the natural water levels in your area should a flood occur. Electrical components like switches, sockets and wiring can all be increased to at least a foot.
- If there is a basement in the area, one should hire a plumber. A licensed, experienced plumber can be consulted with to install an exterior or interior backflow valve. The backflow valve can ultimately prevent sewage from entering the basement if significant flood occurs.
- It is important to prepare an evacuation kit. This kit should include a wealth of documentation. Items to be included are insurance documentation, copies of prescription and other information that you’ll need when you are far from home.
- The sump pumps in the home should all be inspected to make sure that they are prepared to handle sudden flooding. The sump pumps and drains should ideally have a battery backup. There should be extra batteries on hand.
- The fuel tanks around the home should be anchored. The unanchored fuel tank can contaminate the home with oil if it drifts. It could also float downstream and cause damage to nearby homes in an area.
- All appliances located in an area should be elevated. This can be done with masonry or cylinder blocks. Appliances like washers and dryers should be at least one foot above the level of water anticipated should a flood occur.
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Floatation DevicesLife jackets for you and every passenger may seem obvious, but many boaters don’t wear life jackets or have one for each passenger. All passengers must have a properly fitted jacket. Arm floats for small children are an extra safety measure. Jackets should be inspected each time you take your boat out and replaced if they’re damaged or show signs of wear. Life preservers and sturdy rope designed for marine use will aid you in rescuing someone who has fallen overboard or gotten into trouble while swimming. Rope can also be used if you need to be towed or to tow another boat.
Emergency KitsYou should have a first aid kit designed for boating. General first aid kits may not be waterproof. Your boating first aid kit should contain:
- Alcohol or hydrogen peroxide wipes
- Waterproof adhesive bandages
- Elastic bandages
- Sunscreen for skin and lips
- Lotion for sunburn
- Insect repellant
- Products for insect bites
- A sterile knife or scalpel
- A sterile needle and thread
- A tourniquet
- Antibiotic cream
- Burn cream
- Sterile gauze pads and rolls
- Cold packs
- A first aid manual
You almost certainly have some tools in your tackle box, but you still need a separate tool kit. A boating tool kit should include:
- Needle-nosed pliers for removing fish hooks objects
- Wire cutters to assist in taking fish hooks out of skin
- Duct tape
- Electrical tape
- An all-in-one screwdriver set
- A ratchet set with sockets in metric and English sizes
- Spark plugs and an extra socket
- The manual for your boat’s engine
EyewearYou should have an extra pair of eyeglasses or contacts for yourself and a couple of extra pairs of sunglasses for yourself or your passengers. It’s a good idea to have safety glasses in case you have to work on some part of your boat. Binoculars can help you spot dangers like sandbars, judge whether distant clouds are storm clouds or see other boaters behaving dangerously.
Fire ExtinguishersNever go out on the water without a fire extinguisher designed for use on boats.
LightingMake sure that your boat has the front and back lights required by your state. Keep a flashlight and extra batteries on board, and flares in case you get into trouble on the water.
Bottled WaterBottled water in a cooler can help prevent dehydration and heatstroke if you’re stuck and waiting to be towed.
A Kill SwitchA lanyard worn around your wrist and attached to a kill switch can stop the boat if you fall overboard.
These items can help save lives or get you back safely to shore if you run into trouble while boating. Always make sure that you have any other items required by your state.
Aubrey Moulton is a writer for strobesusa.com. In her spare time she loves to read and go hiking.
Disasters occur without warning, so it’s important to always have a plan in case catastrophe strikes. Whether it’s a fire, flood, earthquake, tornado or other act of nature, your essential documents and records can be destroyed in an instant. This is why it’s a good idea to store your vital documents in a safe place. Being able to easily access your documents after a disaster will speed up the recovery process and return you to normalcy as fast as possible.
Choosing Which Documents to SafeguardIf you were to permanently lose your most vital documents due to a catastrophe, it could be difficult and time-consuming to make insurance claims. You may also need to jump through hoops just to have new records drawn up. To avoid complications, be sure to safeguard any records which provide identification, including but not limited to birth certificates, Social Security cards, passports and marriage certificates.
It’s equally important to protect financial documents. These include insurance cards and policies, bank account information, mortgages and other loans, credit cards, Social Security data and income tax records. Track down any titles, deeds and registrations for vehicles or properties as well. If you have investments, trust funds or wills, you’ll also need to preserve any documentation of those.
Storing Your Records ProperlyWhen securing valuable documents, keep all original paperwork and irreplaceable items in a safe-deposit box at your financial institution. If you want to store your will this way, place a copy in the box and leave the original with your attorney. Give him or her the key, or leave it with someone else you trust. You can also give that same person printed copies of your essential records.
If you choose to keep your documents at home, an Alberta safe specialist from Dial Locksmith Ltd recommends storing them in a fireproof safe. To do this, place the essential documents in plastic covers for water protection, and leave the safe key with a trusted person or in your safe-deposit box. For added peace of mind, scan important documents and create digital copies. Keep these files on a CD or flash drive, and store them securely. You can also back up files with cloud storage or your own email.
By taking the necessary precautions and preparing for any disastrous scenario, you can make things easier for yourself and your family in the end. The key is to keep your documents accessible while protecting them from damage. Knowing exactly which records are important enough to safeguard and storing the copies in a variety of places is one of the best ways to prepare for a calamity.
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It’s important to get prepared for any oncoming apocalypse – which is why I created this handy guide!
Step One – Initial ThreatThe majority of the western world would treat any serious initial threat with apathy. The constant inertia and bombardment through media has made a lot of people weary over news of potential doom. Any threat would initially be dealt with by scepticism from the masses. People would still post selfies of themselves at this point.
Step Two – News SpreadsDepending on the speed of the threat, a groundswell of real panic and first-hand accounts would have most right-thinking people in a panic. The beginning stages of mass panic would cause flights to be delayed and traffic jams. A scramble for resources at the local supermarkets ensues and large riots would form. Preachers and homeless people would claim that the end is nigh.
Step Three – Media BlackoutThe sight of news reporters hurriedly leaving their desks screaming for their lives would be a common occurrence and news reports would ground to a halt as realisation of the oncoming threat reaches. It’s every man for him-self at this point. Prisons and hospitals become deserted. Social unrest creates chaos in all the major cities. Some people, however, would still take selfies.
Step Four – Global EpidemicWhatever the threat is, this is the point when the mass population dies a slow and painful death.
Step Five – The Scramble for SurvivalThe few survivors are left to pit their wits against each other. A few people band together against the threat of other dangerous folk. Anyone with weapons or transport would mow other humans down in the street.
Step Six – Mass StarvationResources are in short supply. A large proportion of those left behind don’t have the knowledge to survive. Any reserves of food are kept for the super rich who have managed to set up vaults of reserves. They would be the only people eating cereal at this point.
Step Seven – Total ChaosAnimal populations grow out of control. Nature would take back the city streets and the rule of mankind is all but over. Cannibals would begin to prey on their own kind. The fashion-conscious people would wear human bone jewellery and animal skins. To emphasize the chaos Tina Turner and Mel Gibson would inexplicably still be alive.
Step Eight – The Last Pockets of HumanityGroups of humans in the far reaches of the world may continue to grow and survive depending on the nature of the epidemic. Basic societies would begin to form once more. Mankind might just survive...
Step Nine – WeaponsThe difference between a modern humans starting again and our ancient ancestors is the technological advances in warfare. Could the remaining humans cope with weapons of mass destruction before any form of state and law could arise?
Step Ten – Further disastersAny further environmental disasters would leave the few survivors to fend for themselves and ill equipped to do so. Knowledge and civilisation would drift away and become something of a distant memory. The remaining people would need to learn different survival skills other than taking selfies.
Author BioRichard is a writer from Manchester who is working with the experts at snorecentre. If thoughts of the end of the world are getting you down and giving you sleepless nights, a trip to this London sleep clinic could cure you, but not from any upcoming pandemics.
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