Are you prepared for an Emergency?

As I am sitting here on a day where all of the public schools and some of the businesses have shut down due to a winter storm.  They were expecting 1 inch of ice but we only ended up with 1/4 inch.  The nearby cities all shut down their businesses.  Since it ended up being very mild we are all able to go back to schedule.  However, one day it could very well be the worst winter storm ever seen and we could end up stuck in our homes.  What if the skies decide to drop 6 feet of snow on the midwest.  So that I am prepared, I am putting together an emergency kit.

Before doing research for my kit I was only able to list 3 items that would be needed.  They were food, water and a flashlight and/or backup generator.  Im guessing that I am not the only one that really doesn’t have many ideas on what we would need in case of an emergency.  Here is a more detailed list that I found looking online.

  • Water: one gallon per person, per day
  • Food: non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (Peanut butter, dried foods, canned foods with can opener, powder milk, nuts and cereals).You can purchase a 3 month supply food supply kit  My Patriot Supply
  • Flashlight(s)
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible) [Available on the Red Cross Store]
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit [Available on the Red Cross Store]
  • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items)
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash
  • Emergency blanket Map(s) of the area

These are just the bare minimum for if you were to be trapped in your house.  You should also have a 3 day supply of all of these things ready to quickly grab if you have to evacuate your home.

You should also think of including these in your kit:

Change of clothes

feminine hygiene items

paper utensils

cleaning items

household bleach ( Can be used to clean water or disinfect surfaces)

puzzles,games, cards etc

fire extinguisher

 

You should have an emergency kit in your car as well.  My grandmother always told me to keep a blanket as well as other first aid items in your car just in case you are stranded without heat in cold weather.

You can purchase a 3 month supply food supply kit Here My Patriot Supply

Not only do they provide emergency kits but they also provide water filtration systems for hurricane relieve.  Check out the following article:  My Patriot Supply

I will be putting together an emergency kit for my own household very soon.  What are some of the things you include in your emergency kit?

My favorite Black Friday/Cyber Monday Item 2017

So, we are in such an age where it almost feels like the Jetsons are my next door neighbors.  We can now talk into our phones and it will call someone, it will navigate us to a location, and do so many cool things that before now we couldn’t do so easily.  Well, now our tv does the same.  My 4 year old still likes to use his dvd’s but they get scratched and broken so easily that they are no longer cost efficient.  We live in a new time where we don’t have to go to the Blockbuster to rent the latest movie.  It is now at our fingertips with smart phones, smart tv’s and streaming devices like the Amazon FireStick with Alexa Remote and the Echo dot.  It’s on sale the Black Friday for $24.99 alone or you can get the Amazon Firestick with Echo Combo for $54.98.  That is cheaper than a month of cable and the options for expansion are huge!

I must say that at first I was leery of these type of devices.  Our world is becoming more and more easy.  We have surpassed the microwave era and moved right into instant cook era.  I had to re-evaluate my mindset because Redbox was taking all of my money.  When I had to go turn the dvd’s in they were almost always late and I paid more than it would cost to just rent it on my smart device.

This item won me over for sure.  Look at some of it’s features.

  • Tens of thousands of app choices.
  • Portable-You can just plug and play on most tv’s
  • Alexa Voice Remote allows you to control your remote using your own voice.  I love this option because some of the typing in the search function can be so annoying.  I sound so spoiled because this is so much easier than the old way where you had to type 3 times to get to the letter C!
  • And other cool features that are too much to list on this post.

I can see where this can really help those with disabilities to be able to do more.  Who thought the day would come where many of us would own several little computers.  We have a handheld computer that we can also make phone calls on and now we have handheld computers that we can control the tv with.  This Firestick with the Alexa Remote is definitely top of my wishlist this year.  What are some of the items that you are excited about buying this Black Friday/Cyber Monday.

If you are afraid that machines are taking over the workplace check out this article  Andrew Charlton.

I really think that technology is here to help us to become more efficient.  The best thing right now is to hop on the technology bandwagon and become a creator yourself for job security.

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