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STORM PREP :: What Does It Take To Survive the Storm?


Emergencies, catastrophes and disasters are part of the repertoire of experiencing life on Earth.

Whether we want to believe or accept it, life marches forward and hands us both our due or undue with sometimes, devastating consequences.

Nonetheless, we have power. We have the power to be intrepid souls that carry on irregardless of what’s thrown at us.

How do we do that? We do that by being prepared, being aware, having knowledge, having faith and believing in the possibility of positive outcomes.

But, most importantly, above all else, we should understand that family, friends, neighbors and cohorts have infinitely greater value above all else, than any material possessions. The ultimate power lies with the community.

Why Do Some People Survive and Why Some People Do Not?


What is inside some people who survive, while people in similar circumstances fail?

People who survive the best have certain traits that differ from their less successful counterparts. Survivors get information where they’re going. They like to be prepared. They’re persistent in what they do and are organized.

Survivors are able to calm themselves in a difficult situation and organize things quickly. They also have social connections back to the “real world,” which helps sustain them and provides focus, a reaspon to push on and determination. Laurence’s book details how to hone your survival skills.

Survival Kit Video

Dave Canterbury’s Original 5 C’s Video


5 “C’s” of survival as propounded by Dave Canterbury:

Cutting tool
Covering device
Combustion device
Container made of metal
and Cordage

The reason he chose these 5 is because they are the hardest to reproduce out in the wilderness.

Dave Canterbury’s 10 Piece Survival Kit

Cutting Tool :: not too big, not too small, 5 inch full tang.
Combustion Device :: Straight Ferrell Rods – get wet and dry
Covering :: Emergency Space Blanket and 55 gallon drum – light, convenient. Also liner hammock, tarp, wool blanket, etc.
Container, metal :: boiling water purification so can be put in a fire to boil water
Cordage :: 50 foot 550 parachute or bank line , cord that can be broken down to fibers
Compass :: help navigation – silver ranger and signal mirror
Cotton Bandana :: 3 ft for first aid, carry things, etc.
Candling Device :: Lamp or Light – headlamp with both hands free
Cloth Sail Needle :: tapered that can punch through leather, tarp, etc. Magnetize ahead a time. Can also work as a compass
Cargo or Cloth Tape Duct tape, 1 in or 2 in at least 20 feet.

Use an 11th item :: Sealine Dry Bag

10 C’s Youtube Link:

A 5 C’s Revision

Included Below:
Survival Information
Survival Gear
Emergency Prep Kits
Valuable Videos


Preparing for the Storm

Preparing for the Storm

Via Kathleen Koch

It is interesting to know
what those who went through the Katrina Hurricane have to share with people undergoing similar disaster siutations.

Kathleen Koch asked her Katrina friends what recommendations they had that were above and beyond the ordinary information on survival.

Below is a condensed, yet complete list of what she discovered.

» Have on hand thick tarps and roofing tacks in case shingles are blown off.
» Bring Solar Lights from outdoors to light the inside.
» Take videos of your things with drawers and closets open, revealing contents.
» Keep a tire plug repair kit and pliers available to move nails and fix flat tires. Everything will be closed.
» Text instead of calling on cellphone to save battery. Turn of Internet, Wifi, Bluetooth and GPS. Close apps.
» Know that bank safes and deposit boxes are not waterproof, may get wet or flooded and may not be accessed for weeks.
» Remember that your life and life of the family is more important than any material possessions.
» Keep the faith.
» Keep a positive attitude.
» Help your neighbor!
» Have patience with family, friends, neighbors.
» Work together and share resources.
» Communicate, share stories. Lifetime friends can develop.
» Read books.
» Keep a hurricane preparation checklist.

Adapted from CNN

Here are recommendations on what to do before a storm approaches:

» Download an application to your smartphone that can notify people where you are, and if you need help or are safe. The Red Cross has a Hurricane App available in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. A First Aid app is also available.
» Use hurricane shutters or board up windows and doors with 5/8 inch plywood.
» Bring outside items in if they could be picked up by the wind.
» Clear gutters of debris.
» Reinforce the garage door.
» Turn the refrigerator to its coldest setting in case power goes off. Use a cooler to keep from opening the doors on the freezer or refrigerator.
» Fill a bathtub with water.
» Get full tank of gas in one car.
» Go over the evacuation plan with the family, and learn alternate routes to safety.
» Learn the location of the nearest shelter or nearest pet-friendly shelter.
» Put an ax in your attic in case of severe flooding.
» Evacuate if ordered and stick to marked evacuation routes, if possible.
» Store important documents » passports, Social Security cards, birth certificates, deeds » in a watertight container.
» Have a current inventory of household property.
» Leave a note to say where you are going.
» Unplug small appliances and electronics before you leave.
» If possible, turn off the electricity, gas and water for residence.

Here is a list of supplies:

» A three-day supply of water, one gallon per person per day.
» Three days of food, with suggested items including: canned meats, canned or dried fruits, canned vegetables, canned juice, peanut butter, jelly, salt-free crackers, energy/protein bars, trail mix/nuts, dry cereal, cookies or other comfort food.
» A can opener.
» Flashlight(s).
» A battery-powered radio, preferably a weather radio.
» Extra batteries.
» A first aid kit, including latex gloves; sterile dressings; soap/cleaning agent; antibiotic ointment; burn ointment; adhesive bandages in small, medium and large sizes; eye wash; a thermometer; aspirin/pain reliever; anti-diarrhea tablets; antacids; laxatives; small scissors; tweezers; petroleum jelly.
» A small fire extinguisher.
» Whistles for each person.
» A seven-day supply of medications.
» Vitamins.
» A multipurpose tool, with pliers and a screwdriver.
» Cell phones and chargers.
» Contact information for the family.
» A sleeping bag for each person.
» Extra cash.
» A silver foil emergency blanket.
» A map of the area.
» Baby supplies.
» Pet supplies.
» Wet wipes.
» A camera (to document storm damage).
» Insect repellent.
» Rain gear.
» Tools and supplies for securing your home.
» Plastic sheeting.
» Duct tape.
» Dust masks.
» An extra set of house keys.
» An extra set of car keys.
» An emergency ladder to evacuate the second floor.
» Household bleach.
» Paper cups, plates and paper towels.
» Activities for children.
» Charcoal and matches, if you have a portable grill. But only use it outside.

American Red Cross tips on what to do after the storm arrives:

» Continue listening to a NOAA Weather Radio or the local news for the latest updates.
» Stay alert for extended rainfall and subsequent flooding even after the hurricane or tropical storm has ended.
» If you evacuated, return home only when officials say it is safe.
» Drive only if necessary and avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges.
» Keep away from loose or dangling power lines and report them immediately to the power company.
» Stay out of any building that has water around it.
» Inspect your home for damage. Take pictures of damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance purposes.
» Use flashlights in the dark. Do NOT use candles.
» Avoid drinking or preparing food with tap water until you are sure it’s not contaminated.
» Check refrigerated food for spoilage. If in doubt, throw it out.
» Wear protective clothing and be cautious when cleaning up to avoid injury.
» Watch animals closely and keep them under your direct control.
» Use the telephone only for emergency calls.

Sources: American Red Cross, Federal Emergency Management Agency, National Hurricane Center

Family Supply List

Ready Kids & The Federal Emergency Management Agency present:
Family Supply List

Emergency Supplies:

Water, food, and clean air are important things to have if an emergency happens. Each family or individual’s kit should be customized to meet specific needs, such as medications and infant formula. It should also be customized to include important family documents.

Recommended Supplies to Include in a Basic Kit:

» Water, one gallon of water per person per day, for drinking and sanitation
» Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
» Battery-powered radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert, and extra batteries for both
» Flashlight and extra batteries
» First Aid kit
» Whistle to signal for help
» Infant formula and diapers, if you have an infant
» Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
» Dust mask or cotton t-shirt, to help filter the air
» Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
» Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
» Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)

Clothing and Bedding:

If you live in a cold weather climate, you must think about warmth. It is possible that the power will be out and you will not have heat. Rethink your clothing and bedding supplies to account for growing children and other family changes. One complete change of warm clothing and shoes per person, including:

» A jacket or coat
» Long pants
» A long sleeve shirt
» Sturdy shoes
» A hat and gloves
» A sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person

Family Supply List (continued)
Below are some other items for your family to consider adding to its supply kit. Some of these items, especially those marked with a * can be dangerous, so please have an adult collect these supplies.

» Emergency reference materials such as a first aid book or a print out of the information on
» Rain gear
» Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils
» Cash or traveler’s checks, change
» Paper towels
» Fire Extinguisher
» Tent
» Compass
» Matches in a waterproof container*
» Signal flare*
» Paper, pencil
» Personal hygiene items including feminine supplies
» Disinfectant*
» Household chlorine bleach* » You can use bleach as a disinfectant (diluted nine parts water to one part bleach), or in an emergency you can also use it to treat water. Use 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
» Medicine dropper
» Important Family Documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container

Hurricane Meal Plan By the Mayo Clinic

3 Days of Creative, Delicious Meals For Your Family

Grocery List for Family of 4 Purchase Before Storm:

1 package whole wheat pitas
1 packages whole wheat flatbreads
2 packages whole wheat tortillas

Canned Goods:

2- 5 oz. cans chunk light tuna
2- 5-6 oz. cans chunk light chicken
4 pouches lemon and dill pink salmon steaks
2- 15-16 oz. jars creamy peanut butter
2- 15 oz. cans black beans
1- 15 oz. can kidney beans
1- 14 oz. bag chopped walnuts
1- 6-8 oz. bag slivered almonds

2- 15 oz. cans yellow/white corn
2- 15 oz. cans diced tomatoes
2- 15 oz. cans sliced carrots
2- 15 oz. cans green peas
1 small/medium size can sliced mushrooms
1- 15 oz. can green beans

1- 15 oz. can pear halves
Fruit Cups:
1 package (4-6 servings) of each:
citrus, pineapple, peach, gel

Boxed/Packaged Goods:
1 box whole grain fruit and nut cereal
1 box crispy brown rice cereal
1 box/bag granola (your choice)
1- 2 pack ready to eat white rice
1 bag pretzels (your choice)
1 bag pea crisps
1 small box raisins
1 bag dried cranberries
1 bag dried apples
1 box taco shells
1 box taco

8-12- 8 oz. ultrapasturized fat free milk
1- 4 pack ready to drink chocolate instant
1 shaker Parmesan cheese
1- 6 pack shelf stable orange juice
1- 4 pack vanilla pudding
1- 4 pack chocolate pudding

1- 15 oz. jar grape jelly
1 small jar apple butter
1- 12 oz. bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
4 peanut butter cups
1- 8-12 oz. jar honey
1 small box sugar
8 individual graham cracker pie crusts
1 jar salsa (your choice)
1 bottle barbeque sauce
1 dozen mayonnaise packets
1 small jar sweet relish
Balsamic vinegar
Red wine vinegar
Olive oil
Lemon juice
Lime juice
Vanilla extract
Seasoned salt
Minced onion flakes
Onion powder
Curry powder
Dried parsley
Dried dill weed
Garlic powder
Dried cilantro
Dried oregano

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