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Earthquake Retrofitting Your Home

http://www.covingtoncountyema.com/uploads/Disaster202.jpgA properly retrofitted house will remain habitable for you and your family. All the food and water you have in your home at the time of the earthquake will still be available to you afterwards.

You will be protecting your largest single investment.

Personal injuries to you and your family should be minimal if your home does not fall off its foundation.  .

Retrofitting is far cheaper and offers much more protection than earthquake insurance.  Earthquake insurance usually has a 20% deductible, which can only be collected in the event of catastrophic damage.  Avoiding the disaster makes much more sense than cleaning up the disaster with insurance.

You will be able to protect your home from looting. It is expected that a great deal of looting will occur after the earthquake and you will be able to remain in your home to protect it.

You will be able to provide your neighbors a place to stay, possibly out of the rain and cold. Your home can also become an operational base for your neighborhood disaster group.

Protect your family

When this fault ruptures, government emergency services will be overwhelmed due to the enormous property damage and injuries. The fire department, police department, California Earthquake Authority, earthquake insurance and the Association of Bay Area Governments will not be able to help you. You and your neighborhood should not expect any help for many weeks and your earth quake survival depends on you earthquake preparedness. This is why it is recommended that you join or form a neighborhood earthquake disaster and survival group.

This should include a personal earthquake preparedness kit for you and your family as well as a much larger earthquake preparedness kit for your neighborhood. This larger disaster kit could contain such things as an emergency generator. Contact your local office of emergency services to find out about its neighborhood earthquake survival groups.The reason seismic safety is such a great concern is that 350,000 people will be made homeless when the Hayward Fault ruptures and structural damage to homes and other buildings will exceed 165 billion dollars.

Five Tips in Choosing Kids’ Survival Kit

In today’s world, threats related to war, terrorist attacks, and natural disasters are common occurrences. Because of this, people are now consulting survival experts and are trying to create a survivalist apartment.

Any kind of disaster – whether natural or man-made – can happen at anytime, anywhere. So it’s very crucial to prepare and be well equipped to cope with such emergencies. Moreover, kids should be trained so that they have a strong chance of surviving such life threatening circumstances

Choosing the right place to store your kids’ survival kit is very important. It is advisable to keep the kids’ survival kit in a place that’s easily accessible so that it is within your reach in the event of an emergency.

Keeping it near the front door of your survivalist apartment or in the car where it is readily available would be a good idea. It should be kept in a place that even kids can find it when the situation calls for it. There are several things that you’ll need aside from your kids’ survival kit.

First of all, you’ll need a light backpack in which you can keep all the necessary items for your kids. The backpack that you select should be sturdy, waterproof, and strong as well as durable enough to hold all items required for your kid’s survival. If you’ll note, backpacks can be easily carried by small kids.

In the kids’ survival pack, you should pack food items and enough water that can last for at least a week. You should also keep dried, canned or preserved foodstuff that can last for a long period of time under extreme weather conditions and still remain edible and be able to retain its nutritional content.

Examples of these foodstuffs include honey, pickled food, nuts, granola energy bars, dried fruits, and pre-cooked food. These food products have a rather long shelf life and are the ideal food stuff to store in your kids’ survival pack. When it comes to communication and navigation, pack a compass, a small radio transmitter, and a whistle on your backpack.

You should also include a knife or a multi-purpose tool that can be easily used by a kid. Also keep a small torchlight and lighter. Also pack prescription medicines and a first aid kit in your urban survival pack. Bear in mind that during a disaster it is almost impossible to get any kind of medicines.

Don’t forget to keep medicines for high blood pressure, diabetes, allergies or asthma. Medical emergency items such as scissors, tape, gauze, and bandages must be packed in a zip pouch so that they remain in place. Keep tissues and toilet paper as well. Most importantly, keep a map of the city in which you reside so that your loved ones can locate places easily.

In a crisis situation, being prepared and well equipped gives you and your family a strong chance of survival. If you need more information on how to prepare for emergency situations, you can click on the link below.

The Importance of a Good Survival List

How would you react if you were lost in a forest? Finding yourself in this scenario is at once very unlikely and remarkably easy to do. Stories from rescued hikers and even ordinary nature enthusiasts who endured a wilderness survival scenario often begin in a similar way, “I’m not sure how I left the path.” It can take only a few steps, practically seconds to end up being wholly lost in the wilderness.

So what steps do you take if you end up confronted with the prospect of surviving in the wilderness? The first step is to stop. Stop hiking, stop trying to locate that trail – because, I’m sorry to say, it is not just around the next bend. The desire to persist in walking, searching, will be overwhelming. Almost as though you’re attempting to flee from the possibility of actually being lost. But most likely, the further you proceed, the farther you will get from the comfort and security of the trail you used to be on. And the farther away you are from the trail, the more difficult it’s going to be for search parties to locate you. So just stop. Seriously. Stop.

Now what you need to do is assess your situation. Have a look around at your surroundings and mentally note what’s around you. Are you in marshy wet lands? Is there break in the terrain close by, a field? Are you in the vicinity of water? And so forth.

Now, make a mental list of all objects you have with you. Wallet, keys, glasses? Every detail is important. Taking inventory will be useful for you to put together a plan for fire and shelter, because these are your first priorities (even more than hydration and nourishment). Shelter and fire provide warmth (fire also creates signal, in the form of smoke, to rescuers). Because there are only a small number of places that don’t come with the possibility of getting fatally cold during the night, even during summer, warmth is of extreme importance. You can focus your attention on water and food later.

As soon as you’ve taken note of your items it’s time to start constructing your campfire, which shouldn’t be much trouble using the waterproof flint and tinder you have located in your rucksack next to several other methods of fire-making. You are carrying a backpack packed with standard survival tools, right? Right?

At this point, it’s probably abundantly clear why a survival list makes all the difference in the world in a wilderness survival predicament. Imagine, for a moment, trying to start a fire manually by, say, rubbing sticks against each other. Do you have the first idea how to accomplish this? Do you know anyone who does? Yeah, I don’t either.

Although you could strategize and pack endlessly for every possible contingency, a survival list that is adequate in most situations need cover only a few of the most primary requirements. Those are:

Fire - You ought to have various waterproof methods of ignition, such as lighters, waterproof matches, a flint, or fire piston. A few fire starting sticks or pre-bundled tinder are also a good idea.

Shelter - You can spend a very long time creating a fragile, porous shelter out of sticks stacked against one another, and if that is your only alternative, by all means, do it. But you could just as easily have an ultralight tent which is waterproof, windproof and almost guarantees sufficient warmth to survive a cold night. Even better to include an ultralight sleeping bag to boot.

Water - If you have really gotten yourself into a jam, you might need to spend a number of days and nights lost in the wilderness. In this scenario, you’re not going to survive for long without water. Make sure you have several means of disinfecting water, such as a compact ceramic water filter and/or iodine-based water disinfection pills. Also pack a way to transport and store it, such as a canteen. Do not wait until your water supply has run out to find more. Even if it means relocating your camp.

Food - Food can be dealt with in several ways. The most basic of which is to pack a number of nutrition, fat, and carbohydrate rich energy bars (Clif bars or similar), these alone will provide enough nutrition to last a number of days if properly rationed. Other options include hunting, fishing, and trapping animals as well as searching for edible vegetation and berries. Having said that, to adequately make use of the latter choices, previous experience will be requisite. Hunting is a learned ability, as is edible plant identification. You shouldn’t ever ingest any vegetation unless you’re absolutely sure what it is.

Tools - Lastly, whatever tools you have with you are going to make wilderness survival far less challenging, most notably, a high quality multi-tool; followers of Les Stroud’s Survivorman TV series know this well already. Other items to think about packing might include rope, a machete, or dedicated knife and sharpener.

Almost all of these objects can be readily purchased and packed in a relatively small, lightweight backpack that is easy to bring with you in most any scenario. In fact, your survival pack should be brought along with you in nearly every situation where you are not able to see concrete or some different, observable sign of humankind. From the shortest trail hikes to full day hiking expeditions, a single wrong step, and your survival list might just save your life.