Be Prepared When Doing Holiday Traveling

This past Thanksgiving, it was estimated that 43.6 million Americans traveled during the holiday weekend, with the average miles traveled being 588. Of those traveling, 87 percent of them were traveling by car. With the Christmas season coming fast, those traveling numbers will probably increase. When traveling long distances, especially with harsh winter conditions, it is important to be prepared to ensure your family’s safety.

Traveling in the extreme cold or snow is very dangerous, and if you are not prepared for the worst, it could be detrimental to you or your family. Icy or snow covered roads, limited visibility, and low temperatures make traveling long distances a hard task. If your car breaks down in a remote area in the extreme cold with snow on the ground, it will be more difficult for emergency personnel to get to your aid quickly. Even short term exposure to the low temperatures can have long lasting effects. Due to these factors, you should always be prepared in the event of an accident.

The first thing you should do is purchase a winter car emergency kit. This kit could be a life saver and will have many useful items in case your vehicle breaks down. One of these kits can contain items like tow rope, collapsible shovel, ice scraper, tire inflator, flashlight, signal cone, blanket, gloves, and hand warmers. It is important that you familiarize yourself with the contents and how to use each item. Keep this kit in your vehicle at all times in a place that it can be easily retrieved.

Winter Car Emergency Kit

Never leave your vehicle in the event you break down. Your vehicle will provide you protection from the cold, and it is much easier to spot a stranded vehicle than a person walking through the snow.

Find something to keep you warm. Grab the blanket from your winter car emergency kit or grab warm clothing from your suitcase if you are traveling. Bundle up and stay inside of your vehicle.

Run the vehicle periodically for a short amount of time for heat. However, crack the window slightly to provide circulation of fresh air into the vehicle to avoid dangerous fumes from being locked into the car.

Keep moving! There may not be much room in your vehicle, but you need to do whatever you can to keep the blood flowing in your body. Clap your hands, stomp your feet, and move around as much as you can.

Make your vehicle as visible as you can. If your kit has road flares or reflective triangles put them out as a distress signal. If it is not snowing, you can put your hood up, as it is the universal distress signal.

If you are planning on traveling this coming holiday season, be sure to keep these tips in mind. If you do not already have a winter car emergency kit, make sure you get one because it could save your life!

Broken Down Car

AEDs: Unsung Hero


When people think of heroes, they think Batman, Superman, police officers, and firemen. It is not often that someone tells a story about how an AED, or automatic external defibrillator, saved someone life. You may not know it, but they can be found around your town, in you schools, and even at your work. You have seen defibrillators on TV and in movies with someone always yelling “Clear!” before shocking someone with the two handles causing the victims body to pulsate. While this is a very exaggerated depiction of what a defibrillator does, AEDs save more lives than you think.

School AED

In the past, it seemed like defibrillators were for hospitals only and not for the average citizen. However, these days, accidents can happen anywhere, and the need for AEDs in emergency situations has increased. They can now be found in public places in case of an emergency. The automatic external defibrillator is made so that anyone can use it with ease. When people take CPR classes, they are now also trained in how to use an AED. Normally, an AED will come with instructions and pictures, so it can be used in case of an emergency. It is better if someone trained operates it, but if there is no one present, just follow the directions posted on the box. In the event of an emergency, first have someone contact 911 and then find the closest AED. Most AEDs will have a picture to show you where to place each pad on the victim’s body and will charge up and let you know when it is ready to operate. With the press of a button the AED will operate and can help save someone’s life while you wait for emergency personnel. Just in Greensburg, PA, 10 people’s lives have been saved because of AEDs in the past three years.

Many people do not know what an AED is or how to use it. That is why it is important to spread awareness and get the proper training. CPR/AED training is only around four hours, is often free, and is good for two years. Be prepared, because an emergency can happen to anyone, anytime, and anywhere.


Car Emergency Kits: A Much Overlooked Necessity

Almost everyone has an emergency first aid kit in their house, but many people overlook the advantages of having a car emergency kit. These days, people spend more time traveling and driving their vehicles. A car emergency kit could be the difference between life or death in an extenuating circumstance.

Car Emergency KitCar Emergency Kit

It is just as important to have an emergency kit in your car as having a first aid kit in your home. In the event of an accident, a car emergency kit will have items that can be useful until help arrives. An emergency car kit will have useful items such as an air compressor, first aid kit, tire sealant, flashlight, jumper cables, and road flares. The kit can help if you have a flat tire or if you get into an accident.

Winter Car Emergency KitWinter Car Kit

One of the most dangerous times to drive your car is in the winter. There are car emergency kits that are specific to this season and are great for people who live in colder areas. What makes winter so dangerous is that if your car breaks down in a remote area and temperature levels are low, hypothermia and even freezing to death are realistic outcomes if you are not properly prepared. If your car breaks down or you get stuck in the snow, the cold can be very detrimental. A winter emergency car kit will also include an ice scraper, tow rope, a collapsible shovel, knit gloves, hand warmers, and a blanket. Staying warm  is the most important thing if you break down somewhere that help is not readily available. With bad storm conditions, it may take even longer for help to arrive

Some of the possibilities may seem a little extreme and chances are it will not happen to you, but it is better to be safe than sorry. Being prepared is the best way to protect yourself from an unlikely situation. A car emergency kit is not expensive, and in the end, you cannot put a price tag on life.


Doomsday Preppers

If you have not seen the show “Doomsday Preppers” on the National Geographic network, you may not know about this new trend. TheDoomsday Preppersse people are very real and do exist. They believe they must prepare for such disasters as an economic collapse, pandemics, nuclear disaster, and even a zombie apocalypse.

Preparing for the End of the World

The movement of “preppers” has gone nationwide and many people have begun to get their family and homes ready for the possibility of the end of the world. Some of the doomsday preppers believe certain events will be the downfall of mankind, while others prepare for anything. Some prepare their homes with a massive food and water supply, while others try to make their homes self sustaining.

One family in Phoenix, Arizona have converted their pool into a greenhouse that also has chickens, a pond that contains thousands of tilapia fish, and even two goats for milk. There are a wide range of preppers and their level of dedication is different. While some, like the family in Arizona, prepare to be self sufficient, others stock up on food in case it is hard to come by for a few months. Some preppers even have doomsday shelters that they have built underground as a place they can retreat to in the even of a national emergency. MBug our Bagany preppers have a “bug out” bag that has all of their essential needs to survive for 72 hours. You can find emergency preparedness bags similar to this online.

With more and more people wanting to be better prepared for anything the demand for these types of supplies is up. Large distributors who normally sell to big businesses are now opening their doors to preppers who want to purchase foods in bulk that have high shelf lives. It is possible to buy prepackaged meals with hundreds of servings that you can store in the case of an emergency. Solar powered generators, water barrels, water filters, and emergency radios are very popular items that can be found sold online.

There many extremes when it comes to preppers. Some people just want to be cautious and have a food supply, while others stock up on guns to get ready for the zombie apocalypse. If you are a prepper and need supplies, or are thinking of being a prepper, you can find everything you need online. While what preppers do may seem a bit ridiculous, like they always say, it is better to be safe than sorry.

Schools are Getting Better Prepared for Disaster

With Hurricane Sandy devastatingKit Assemblers much of the East Coast, disaster preparation has become a big issue throughout the country. Being ready for the next natural disaster is very important, no matter where you might be when it happens. Thanks to a federal grant, the classrooms in Merced Union High School District schools will soon be fitted with first-aid kits that contain vital materials for use in the event of a large-scale emergency or disaster.

The grant will be able to provide the emergency first aid kits to campuses in Merced, Atwater, and Livingston. About 740 kits in total will be placed through a $165,000 Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Not Your Average Kit

The kits will contain more than just bandages and antiseptics. The kits will include a whistle, flashlight and batteries, a bright yellow reflective vest for the teacher, and a clipboard with the names of all the students. They will also include flip charts that detail how to respond to emergencies, including evacuation procedures. The the grant, 60 district employees have completed incident command systems training. This training included about 30 leadership students and was meant to better prepare staff and students in the event of an emergency. All of the kits were assembled by adult transition students at the district’s warehouse and are to be in every campus mid-November.Kit Contents

Preparing the Faculty and Students

A top priority of the district is keeping the students safe, particularly in emergencies. Each school that will be receiving the kits has participated in safety weeks with local firefighters, police officers, and emergency responders. The American Red Cross has also been involved with emergency preparation drills to better prepare the faculty and students. Kelly Bentz is the district’s program administrator and she believes that the high school district is ahead of the game in comparison to other U.S. districts. She also stated that all school employees become emergency service workers during declared emergencies and are required by law to heed commands from first-responders.

With natural disasters and emergencies becoming more prevalent these days, your best defense is proper preparation. The Merced school district has already made many strides to being as prepared as possible, should an emergency happen in their area.

Surviving Hurricane Sandy

This is the kind of thing we prepare for…

hurricane sandyYou can never be sure if you were prepared until after the fact. Many residents along the East Coast had no idea they’d be facing a powerful hurricane in October, and were not as well-prepared as they could have been.

Hurricane Sandy is an unprecedented storm, and it has ravaged New York, where survival supplies are not usually at the top of everyone’s priority list. This unfortunate event just goes to show that you can prepare for disaster no matter where you live. While many New Yorkers are having a hard time finding food to eat because of the storm, those who stocked up on emergency food and other emergency supplies are in a much better position.

Nobody expected this storm to be such a disaster until it was too late. Hurricane Sandy has devastated the lives of millions of people, most of whom were virtually unprepared for this catastrophic event.

Hurricanes do what they want.

You cannot reason with a hurricane. It will not engage you in a debate on the merits of flooding your town and destroying your home.

You cannot buy your way out of a hurricane. All the money in the world won’t keep you safe from a powerful storm like Hurricane Sandy. Everyone in its path of destruction is at risk.

You cannot hide from a hurricane. With the extensive flooding that has taken place, you’d be foolish to hide below-ground in a cellar or storm-shelter for fear of leaks that would lead to your holding quarters to become flooded, destroying survival supplies you may have stored there. If you keep emergency food in your home, try to keep it in more than one location and keep it as high up as you can so it won’t be lost in flood waters.

Storm safety and the aftermath…

The cleanup effort is enormous.

Many volunteers are coming out to help however they can.

Stay ready with a large emergency preparedness backpack in case of anything.