Be Prepared and Stay Prepared

By: collinsfarm , 7:59 PM GMT on February 06, 2007

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It may be a hurricane, tornado, volcano, earthquake, building fire or blizzard. And heaven forbid, a terror related event. Any of these events may require you to flee your home or business at a moment's notice.
What would you bring if you only had minutes to get out? Much is written on the subject of having a Bug-out-bag or 72-hour kit already prepared and ready to grab as you head out the door.

The essential items to be included are:
1. Water
2. Food
3. Shelter
4. Fire starters
5. Warmth
6. Identification
7. Cash
8. Communications
9. First-aid and medicines

We'll delve into each of these categories over the next few weeks to "build" a good kit. Your comments and suggestions are welcome.

For more ideas on preparations, check the links listed in the "My Links" section of this blog. Start today so you will be prepared tomorrow.

Thanks to everyone that visits here and leaves comments. The visit bumps are important to keep the information out there for those that may need it. In an effort to make the blog flow a little easier for those who may wish to print out its contents, I am going to start deleting comments after a day or two that do not pertain to the subject at hand. Please keep visiting, posting and offering your tips and ideas.

Thanks again to everyone that visits and comments. And now prep tip of the week: "THINK TWO". When preparing your supplies, think in terms of "two". By that I mean, two radios, two ways to cook, two ways to have light, two ways to get water, etc. Redundancy is a good thing for preparations.

For Florida residents, the tax holiday for purchasing certain hurricane preparedness items begins Friday June 1st. Check this
Link for items that can be purchased tax-free.

If you live in an area that could be threatened by a hurricane, now is the time to assemble your emergency kit and make your plan if you have not already done so. Please do not wait until the last minute.

On this day we pay tribute to the precious lives lost six years ago. And to those that stand in harms way here and abroad to give us the freedom to live our lives, thank you.

Last night around 11:00 pm a strong line of thunderstorms spawned a tornado that destroyed at least 50 homes in my town. Worst damage is about a mile from where I live. Our weather alert radio worked!!

Our community continues to clean up after the EF-1 tornado touchdown last Thursday night. I have been impressed with local response and emergency crews. If you don't already have one, please invest in a good weather alert radio.

Thankfully, we have had a quiet hurricane season this year for the continental United States. If you have prepared well, good for you. Your preparations are valuable for much more than hurricanes. Severe weather, tornado, power disruptions even a terror related incident. So, check your supplies regularly, rotate the stored foods into your regular meals and replace out of date or used items.

Happy Thanksgiving to all. Take time to really think about the things we can be thankful for. My whole family is pretty beat up with the flu bug right now. Instead of the customary mega-gathering of family, relatives and friends, we'll be doing a simple quiet celebration this year. Thank you to everyone that has visited this blog and left kind greetings. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving Holiday.

Merry Christmas to eveyone here at WU. May you each have a wonderful, safe holiday filled with love, joy, peace and friendship.

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264. collinsfarm
8:56 AM EDT on June 12, 2007
The following is a Basic Preparedness List:
1. Store a one-week minimum supply of non-perishable food.
2. Store water. One gallon per person per day.
3. Be sure to allow for special dietary needs.
4. Infant foods, diapers, wipes.
5. Extra supply of prescription drugs, eyeglasses, contacts.
6. Cash (in small bills), roll of quarters, travelers checks.
7. Keep important papers in one place in a waterproof container.
8. Flashlight, batteries, spare bulbs (one for each family member).
9. Battery, solar or hand crank powered radio. Extra batteries.
10. Emergency cooking facilities (Grill, camp stove, sterno cooker).
11. Manual can opener.
12. Paper plates, paper towels, plastic utensils, trash bags.
13. Blankets or sleeping bags.
14. Plastic tarp or roll of plastic.
15. Ice cooler and extra water container.
16. Water filter device or water purification tablets.
17. Household bleach for sanitizing, cleaning.
18. Extra clothes, especially socks and underwear.
19. Toiletries: deodorant, toothpaste/toothbrush, toilet paper, etc.
20. First-Aid kit. (Know how to use it!)
21. Pet food and supplies.
22. Up to date road map of area.
23. Games, books, comfort items.
24. 5-gallon bucket(s). Can be used for hauling water, temporary toilet
(insert trash bag); also for use in storing supplies.

This is a basic list of supplies to keep on hand if you plan on staying at home or evacuating. Next time, we'll look at a list of things to help prepare your home as well as some basic tools to keep on hand.
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258. ScarlettOHara
8:40 AM EDT on June 09, 2007
Collins, can you have the R&D guys figure out a way for me to be in two places at one time? That would be much appreciated !! LOL

hope all is well!
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254. sandcrab39565
6:44 AM CDT on June 08, 2007
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250. hurricanecrab
1:17 PM GMT on June 05, 2007
Morning Collins! Really good suggestion Wabit had methinks. Care for an entirely too happy morning cartoon?
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248. collinsfarm
6:05 PM GMT on June 04, 2007
Hi everyone,
Barry's gone..thanks for the rain! Tax-free purchases for hurricane supplies is in progress now thru June 12 for Florida residents. Take this opportunity to stock up or replace some items.

Thanks for the visits Southernlady, Rays, Gamma and Gator.

Towlady, you are most welcome. :)'re right about the axe. Definitely a good idea to have one handy. Me, well, I tend to go overboard a bit...4 chainsaws, 2 axes, 1 bushaxe, various handsaws...:0
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245. whitewabit (Mod)
6:51 PM GMT on June 02, 2007
hello Collins...was reading about a poll on hurricane preperations and was interesting that they recommended having an Axe in your supplies...many in Katrina were traped in attics with no way add that to your list too...
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243. towlady
4:15 AM GMT on June 02, 2007
Hi, collins,
Thanks for the link about generators. Just what we needed.
242. charlestonlady
1:43 PM GMT on June 01, 2007
good morning collins! I think you should be at the top of the list.
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241. seflagamma
1:23 PM GMT on June 01, 2007
Good morning Collins,

glad to see your blog staying alive; we need it now! got to get some new batteries this weekend now that the tax free time has come. I buy lots of batteries because we got thru a lot of them with the grandkids toys, remotes, etc. So at least they don't go bad!

you have a great day and "much rain for all of us" !!!
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240. Raysfan70
12:24 PM GMT on June 01, 2007
Collins- LMAO!!

Do you need help?
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238. Gatorxgrrrl
1:34 PM GMT on May 31, 2007
Hello Collins - getting closer to the launch date:) 1 more day!
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235. collinsfarm
12:23 PM GMT on May 30, 2007
Good morning everyone. For Florida residents, tax-free purchases for hurricane supplies begins this weekend.

LOL Rays...because of the slow season last year, the budget is in good shape for the boys in R&D.
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233. Raysfan70
1:12 AM GMT on May 30, 2007

Do you have it in the Budget for the guys in the R&D lab this year?
Hopefully non will be needed.
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232. collinsfarm
6:51 PM GMT on May 24, 2007
Well high there Wabit! You are so right. I have two little ones so their kits include crayons, coloring books, story books, small toys, and some duplicates of some of their favorite small plastic animals.
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231. whitewabit (Mod)
6:09 PM GMT on May 24, 2007
Hello Collins...something to add to the list if you have kids...would be things for them to do...deck of cards, electronic games, ect...
oh and another need will be batteries...lots of them!!!
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229. charlestonlady
4:53 PM GMT on May 24, 2007
hello collins! I have just been checking out some of your links. great info! I am going back to look at more. chat with ya later.
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227. hurricanecrab
1:17 PM GMT on May 23, 2007
p.s. also came across a new (to us) product the other day called Peal & Seal. Expensive, but seems a good thing to have, especially those with metal roofs. Roll of rubber-backed aluminum with a paper-covered sticky-back. hmmm. rap song there? Papercoveredstickyback?

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226. charlestonlady
12:53 PM GMT on May 23, 2007
good morning collins! I was sent here to check out your blog for a bug out kit. I have it on very good authority that I need one.
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225. collinsfarm
12:51 PM GMT on May 23, 2007
Hi everyone,
Thanks for the visits Rays, Gator, Hills, Oakland and SouthernLady.

FLCracker...thanks for the tips, they are good ones.

Crab...I agree, a roll of plastic can come in mighty handy.
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224. hurricanecrab
12:45 PM GMT on May 23, 2007
Morning Collins,

Something we've always had in our hurricane supplies, but just added to our bugout kits is a small roll of Visqueen (the plastic sheeting, not the rock band from Seattle ha).... it's a 2 mil roll, weighs only a couple of pounds and has 200 square feet of sheeting. Several uses, especially if one has to use the bugout kit to evacuate. Have a huge roll in the main kit -- very heavy.
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220. FLCracker
1:14 PM GMT on May 22, 2007
I'm new here - but not new to preparing. Here are some helpful tips I have used in past preparing (Went through, Charley, Frances and Jeanne)
1. Freeze water in gallon size zip lock bags.
Keeps things in the freezer colder longer when you loose power.

2. Buy and use those cheap tap lights you buy in the dollar store (safer than candles) when you loose power.

3. Always have a old style phone that plugs straight into the wall. (Cordless are useless)

4. You can use cheap dollar store shower curtains to cover a broken window along with duck tape. (Short term solution)

5. If on a well don't forget to have enough flushable water on hand.

6. If you have a dog you can do like I did and place one piece of sod on a plastic bag in your garage for you pet to "GO" on. (My dog marks a small flower pot in the yard so I put that on the sod to give him the go ahead)
219. Gatorxgrrrl
12:26 PM GMT on May 22, 2007
Good morning Collins:)
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