National Severe Weather Preparedness Week

The government encourages everyone to prepare and practice for severe weather dangers. National Severe Weather Preparedness Week is April 22 through April 28. Citizens should take this time to share preparedness knowledge and strategies with each other. The goal is for everyone to have a survival strategy and supplies in place to contend with violent weather in the future.



Despite advanced weather forecasting technologies, violent weather often catches people off guard. When forecasts predict upcoming severe weather, it’s often too late to develop an emergency plan and shop around for emergency supplies. Often times, you will find depleted store shelves due to the rush to prepare for predicted storms.

The best way to avoid last minute preparation failures is to actually plan a preparedness strategy in advance. Devise a survival plan for your family and stock up on supplies to help you outlast severe weather. Maintain survival kits at home, in transit, in the office, or at school. Practice survival drills like the fire drills we all remember from school days. These are essential strategies to emergency preparedness and can keep you safe and relatively comfortable in times of violent weather.

FEMA suggestions for emergency preparedness are available as part of National Severe Weather Preparedness Week. These informative online guides cover tornadoes, floods, fires, and more. The government is encouraging citizens to raise awareness and share strategies for survival via social media outlets.

This week, please take a moment to evaluate and improve your personal preparedness for violent weather. While you’re at it, you might take a picture and post it to Facebook to raise awareness and possibly motivate others to prepare a survival strategy. You may also consider emailing your contacts, blogging, or other communications to share the message of National Severe Weather Preparedness Week.

Pet Emergency Kits for Our Four-Legged Friends

Pet SafetyPreparing for emergency situations is a practical way to improve survival and comfort through difficult times. Survival kits for emergency preparedness should include emergency food and water for each member of a household as well as sanitation considerations, first aid supplies, and medications. Family animals should be added to the tally of household members.

Pets can be a source of tremendous comfort and joy in even the toughest circumstances. Survival is the number one goal, but in surviving many must face loss. Many emergency situations involve tremendous loss including property damage and unfortunately life. Pet emergency kits can help prevent the loss of beloved animals in a crisis.

Pet versions of all the requisite survival supplies are contained in ready made pet emergency kits. These kits feature long shelve lives and are great options to keep animals nourished, healthy, and secure through a crisis. These survival kits can be purchased for either a cat or dog and contain supplies to face short-term emergencies. For longer survival durations, the emergency kits should be supplemented with additional food, water, and supplies.

Just as you would for a human member of your household with special needs, include any necessary medications or items your pets need on a regular basis with a pet emergency kit. A great preparedness item is an illuminated pet leash which reflects brightly and lights up when activated. This leash can help secure your pet or find your pet should it run off. Embedded microchip identification may also help find lost pets in the aftermath of a disaster, but for optimum safety, keep your animals close and well cared for.

Maintain a pet emergency kit for your animals to safeguard their well-being in times of crisis. Your family will be comforted by their presence and relieved to find all the supplies necessary to keep beloved pets comfortable and safe throughout trying times. If you haven’t prepared a survival strategy for your family, take this opportunity to do so and remember your four-legged friends as part of this important process.

Surviving the Zombie Hordes

Zombie Road RaceJust south of Manila, in Laguna Province, in the Philippines, about five thousand runners recently tested their mettle against a zombie horde on an obstacle course race. This survival-themed competition challenged participants to complete a three mile run without being consumed by almost two hundred zombies throughout the course. This fun zombie race was designed to promote fitness. In addition to bringing attention to a serious subject such as physical fitness, this event highlights a need for survival planning as well.

The Outbreak Manila race challenged runners to test their chances at survival against a zombie apocalypse inspired by popular zombie literature, music, movies, and television. Zombies would symbolically eat competitors’ brains by capturing flags hanging from the runners’ waists. Once three flags were stolen, the runner would become dead or undead as the case may be, with challenging options available to regain flags.

Zombies would jump out unexpectedly and drop from trees as part of the attack. The race forced runners to maintain focus and many in attendance realized the importance of fitness and strategic thinking for surviving an actual disaster situation. The objective to winning the race became completely overshadowed by avoiding the zombies, because to cross the finish line alive, survival is paramount.

Consider adding a fitness routine to your own emergency preparedness strategies. According to the participants in the zombie road race, endurance and strength are critical to reacting to obstacles and outrunning dangers. The symbolism of the zombies is appropriate when simulating physical attacks as well as medical contagion crises, when supplies are scarce and disease is a risk. To prepare for the potential of actual disaster or medical emergency, maintain survival kits including first aid supplies, emergency water, and emergency food stock. Being prepared for the unexpected can improve reaction times and increase chances of survival.

Convenient Hygiene Solutions for Camping and Emergency Situations

Camp ShowerCamping trips can be a lot of fun, but don’t always include convenient shower facilities. Personal hygiene is a factor in your comfort and health while camping. Health and comfort are similarly dependent upon personal hygiene in emergency situations like the aftermath of violent weather. The minimalist experience of camping shares practical similarities with emergency situations where personal hygiene is a consideration for which you should plan.

If you’re an avid camper, you may have found yourself in a situation without bathroom or shower facilities. You may have romantic notions of bathing in a pond or creek formed from images from the silver screen. A shower in a bag is a useful option for such intrepid travelers.

While bathing in a stream or other natural water source may be an option that hardy adventurers are comfortable with, some people aren’t quite as adventurous. Brushing your teeth with bottled water is one thing, but rustic bathing facilities to this degree may be very off putting for many. Many people that are not frequent campers might be very uncomfortable without a more familiar way to shower.

One useful option to maintain personal hygiene while camping or while facing an emergency situation will be satisfactory for most people. A camp shower is a wonderful option to provide a fairly normal shower experience. These structures also double as privacy shelters enabling people to change their clothes while maintaining a degree of dignity that can sometimes be jeopardized in the face of emergencies.

Following violent weather, power outages often keep showers in short supply. Depending on the severity of storm damage, residents of an area faced with disaster levels of destruction may experience shortages of clean water and be exposed to illness. Maintaining personal hygiene in these circumstances is important to stay healthy. Emergency water supplies and water filtration capabilities will always improve such scenarios and are vital components of any emergency preparedness plan.