Bicycles

Have you considered integrating your bicycles into your Emergency Plan?

Bicycles are a great source of transportation in an emergency.  They do not require fuel.  They can cover distances fairly easily, and in a short period of time.  With a few accessories they can carry a fair amount of supplies. They are also easy to maintain and fix.

Take a look in your garage and see how to integrate your bicycles into you plan. Make sure that you have supplies to repair flats, and to maintain them in working order.  Better yet take them out for a spin.

Summer Time

As spring fades quickly away, we have now entered the hot part of the year.  Temperatures are on the rise.  A real possibility of heat related illnesses are now with us.  Today we will cover a few of the heat illnesses that can be seen.

Heat-related illnesses include:

  • Heatstroke – a life-threatening illness in which body temperature may rise above 106° F in minutes; symptoms include dry skin, rapid, strong pulse and dizziness
  • Heat exhaustion – an illness that can precede heatstroke; symptoms include heavy sweating, rapid breathing and a fast, weak pulse
  • Heat cramps – muscle pains or spasms that happen during heavy exercise
  • Heat rash – skin irritation from excessive sweating

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The best, fastest, and easiest treatment for these illnesses is to  removing the person from the heat source.

Use a combination of the following measures depending on the circumstances and means available:

  • Have the person rest, legs slightly elevated, in a shaded area or cool or air-conditioned building, room, or car.
  • Remove or loosen the person’s clothes.
  • Give the person an electrolyte drink, such as Gatorade® or Pedialyte®, or water if not available. Note: You can make a salted drink by adding 1 teaspoon of salt to one quart of water. Do not give beverages that contain caffeine or alcohol.
  • Wrap the person in wet cloth, and position a fan toward him/her. Evaporation of water on the skin aids in cooling.
  • Apply cold compresses (eg, to neck, armpits, groin).

http://www.skinsight.com/firstaid/firstAidHeatstroke.htm

HEATSTROKE is a true medical emergency and should be treated in an Emergency Room.

Summertime.

Many people have a love for gardening.  I am not one of those people.  However, summer time is the the best time to get fresh fruits and vegetables.

Preserving these is a great way for preparing for an emergency.  It is also a great food when it is time to rotate stock.  The Ready Store has a great book that will help you if you are new to this.  Here is a link to the book:

http://www.thereadystore.com/dehydrating-food-a-beginners-guide

Here is to some great eating also.

A little at a time.

I was watching TV last night and saw a show on a family that had purchased a large amount of supplies based on someone else’s prophecy of an earthquake.  Trying to get prepared at the last moment is not the best idea.

I suggest using an approach that is well thought out and do it over time.  Get a little bit here and a bit there and build your supplies up gradually – not as a reaction.  This approach will also help when it comes to rotating stock with expiration dates.

Now I need to go check on some expiration dates.

Spare necessities

Today was eye glasses appointments.

I realized I do not have a spare set of glasses. Do you have a spare set? Do you have spares of other necessary medical equipment that you need?

Plan

Where is your plan? Is it current?

Your Mental Attitude

There are a number of new stories going around about the events occurring in Baltimore.  I am not in favor of the riots or the effects they are having on the city.  I am also no very impressed with the city management.  But if we look at some root causes attitudes are pretty high on the list.

Attitude can make you or break you.  There are numerous quotes from very famous people from many different eras that define how attitudes can affect your life.  That being said attitude must be important.

Attitudes during emergency events can have a big effect on how things are handled.  I suggest developing an attitude of “I will survive”.  By having this type of attitude you will mentally be ready to take actions that will help you make it.

Marital Law

In recent news there is a lot of talk about a current operation the US military is holding.  Operation Jade Helm 15 is causing a stir – no mater which side of the issue you are on.

I suggest you take a good look at your emergency operation plan.  Decide if your plan covers the issues that may arise under martial law.  My own belief is that food, weapons and bullets, and health care could be compromised under martial law.

I am going to make sure my extra boxes of supplies are still in place.  Enjoy your weekend.

Look at three sides

In the fire service officers like to see three sides of a building when they pull up on scene.  By seeing three sides of a building hey get a better picture (or understanding) of the situation.

Lets grab our emergency plans and look at what I believe are the three biggest factors of the plan.  And lets see if our plans have addressed them.  The first factor is that of who are you going to call.  We are social people and like to have regular contact with people – especially those that we hold dear.  Having a list with important and up to date contact information is an essential element of a plan.

The second is what is called a Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP).  This is the plan for leaving your normal living conditions and going some place.  This plan should cover your ability to carry on with “normal” activities.  The closer to normal activities this plan covers, the better it will be.

The third factor is the special needs we all have.  There are a number of special needs we can have.  Some of them are; child, elderly adults, pets, medical needs, etc.  By address these needs in the planning process they can be better manged during an event.

So today we saw three sides to our plan.  If you have addressed these issues – great your in a good position to handle the situation that may occur.

Spring is in the air.

Across the US the last of winter storms are giving us a little more moisture.  In many areas this years water numbers do not look all that fantastic.  Many of us are hoping for a wet spring.

This leads me to a planning issue.  What kind of water issues have you addressed in your plan?  Learning how to store water is a fine art.  You can not just dump it in a bucket and call it good.  The Ready Store has some great supplies for storing water.

Now where did I put that bucket?

When the moment of truth arrives, the time for prior planning has passed. Is there a plan?