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There’s no excuse for not being prepared for disaster. You can debate the likelihood of world ending devastation, but you cannot question the occurrence of natural disasters. They happen, they take place frequently, and they often bring about disruption of utilities and food resources for days or weeks. Exactly how long can you and your family live without water and food? How will you stay safe and warm? How would you provide emergency care in the event of a trauma? These are all things you have to be concerned about and preparing for.
Establishing A Food Supply When Planning for Disaster
It doesn’t require a lot of extra cash to establish a stockpile of food designed to carry you through a natural disaster. You aren’t aiming to gather enough to live on for several years, just a few days while the immediate danger exists. The right foods to purchase in readiness for disaster are the ones that survive for months in dry storage. Avoid any foods that require refrigeration either for storage or after opening. Don’t forget to rotate your stockpile often to utilize the products that are nearing their expiration dates and replace them with fresh products.
How To Keep Water In Planning For Disaster
Water is the primary part of a survival kit. You can’t live without it. You can do without fizzy drinks, coffee, tea or juice, however you won’t endure without fresh, clean water. Don’t depend on plain tap water being obtainable when preparing for disaster. Even though you may live in a town where clean drinking water is piped through your home, a natural disaster might disrupt service or even worse, pollute the water supply. If you live in a rural area where a well is your source of household water and you have no manually operated pump outside, a power failure will terminate your pump and cut off your supply.
You can only live for Three days without water, and after 1 day severe dehydration sets in and causes extreme harm to your organs. It is necessary to have sufficient drinking water to look after yourself and your family in the event of even minor disasters. Always have at the very least one gallon of water per day for each member of your family on hand. It is a good idea to plan for enough food and water for a full week. Electrical outages resulting from tropical storms usually last for 3 to 7 days and it’s advisable to begin getting ready for disaster before it hits. Don’t ever hold off until the event occurs. Shops will sell out of the most basic items in hours, sometimes even minutes and there will be no water, food or other survival items available.
Some other items to include in your kit while preparing for disaster are quilts as well as a first aid kit to attend to any injuries from rubble or tumbles. Always keep plenty of batteries and flashlights in your kit and don’t forget to include a non-electric can opener. An additional item that is beneficial is a basic whistle. It will let you signal for help. Include garbage bags and moist towelettes in your disaster kit while preparing for disaster so that you can remain clean as well as keep the area sanitary.
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A body armor is a very important piece of clothing for all those people who work in defense or security work fields. This kind of clothing protects you from the penetrating attacks of rifles or knives. There are various types of body armors that are easily available in the market. You can find both soft as well as hard body armors. Depending on the situations, wearer decides to choose one. Soft body armor is used in regular bullet and stab proof vests, and hard armor is used in high risk situations by police tactical units and combat soldiers.
Body armor was traditionally used to protect military personnel and soldiers; however, last two and half decades have seen an increase in the use of body armor to provide protection for police officers, door supervisors, security guards, ship crew and many others. The increasing crime around the world means the use of body armor is now essential in various industries, and rapid developments in body armor means, it can now provide a high level of protection against a broad range of day to day threats.
American body armor is one of the best body armor available with unmatched durability and comfort. These are most preferred bullet proof vests for SWAT professionals, Quick Reaction Teams, Active Shooters, Preppers, and Combat. They provide excellent protection that stops AK-47s, AR-15s, and the like. These are well-known for their unique combination of comfort and protection, improving upon the military standard while maintaining optimum vital organ protection. This Level III armor is designed with premium quality bulletproof plates, mil-spec hardened AR-500 steel, treated to withstand NIJ ballistic threats and also mitigate rust, spall, and shrapnel. You can also have Kevlar Hybrid level IIIa and Multi-hit Composite Ceramic Level IV ESAPI plates, which are better than the older Interceptor Body Armor.
So while buying these of body vests, always make sure that you know, not only the functions of the armor but also the necessity to wear one. Keep in mind that if a garment offers a stab defense, it doesn’t necessarily supply defense against a ballistic attack. If you’re going to need this kind of protection then you can also request to get a garment which is specially created to provide support for both sorts of defense. In addition, some body armor garments are fitted with ceramic attachments, which will even shield against a machine gun.
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With so many things going bad all around the world, it’s no wonder that many people have developed an interest for prepping and the survivalist lifestyle. If you come to think about it, it’s a natural reaction, I mean, who could blame them?
There are so many scary developments out there, ranging from natural disasters to manmade ones, like wars and failing industrial equipment (think about Fukushima folks!).
In this day and age, it’s pretty hard to make your family feel safe anymore. The society became so alienated, that sometimes you can’t even trust your next door neighbor.
Prepping is the new parlance of our times. Getting ready for all sort of things, including an economic collapse or a natural disaster became almost a natural, autoimmune reaction to our profoundly sick society.
If you wrap your mind around it, if you want to be 100% protected against almost all types of disasters, including natural (floods, tornadoes) and manmade ones (EMP/Chemical/Nuclear attacks/fallout) , an underground bunker is the obvious answer. Yes, you got that right, the underground bunker is becoming increasingly popular among doomsday preppers and survivalists. And for a good reason folks!
Basically, building your own underground bunker (or shelter if you prefer) is not very complicated and it doesn’t require a huge investment. Actually, an underground shelter can be built at a very reasonable price, especially if you’re ready (and you have the skills) to put some of your own labor into it. If you’re not the handy type of person, you can use some professional services, but the basic construction materials are quite cheap. There are lots of cost-effective methods for building yourself an underground bunker, all you need to do is some research and have the determination to get the job done.
The next step is to stockpile imperishable foods and water inside your bunker. Again, most of these items are relatively inexpensive, especially canned meat, fruits and veggies; another must-have foods (also very cheap and nutritive) you’ll need to stockpile are bulk items, like beans, rice and seeds. Keep in mind that you’ll need plenty of water, to last you and your family for a long period of time. You must consider investing in water filters and chemical means for purifying contaminated water, like iodine tablets (there are lots of methods for doing that, you should do your homework online).
Air purification is crucial in a survival situation, especially inside of an underground shelter. Chemical weapons and nuclear fallout have long lasting effects over the atmosphere, hence the air quality inside of your bunker must be your top concern. Don’t hesitate to invest in a top-notch air purifier and also provide your bunker with proper ventilation.
Another essential item for an underground bunker is a power generator. Batteries are viable solutions for small appliances like radios and flashlights, but when it comes to heating/cooking/other vital equipment, a portable generator is the answer.
Last but not least, you must realize a simple fact : you can’t predict everything, so you should expect the unexpected, your scenario is as good as mine and anything can happen : an economic collapse, an EMP attack, nuclear fallout, a terrorist attack that disrupts the infrastructure, our government gone rogue against its citizens, all these things are capable of destroying the fabric of our society. Don’t take the risks lightly, just look around at all the madness in the world and start preparing now, until it’s too late!
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You have completed the steps to ready your family during a disaster, but have you actually completed the important measures to tend to your animal in a disaster? One of the most tragic photographs after a tragedy are of the dogs and cats which are abandoned. By just beginning this disaster preparation today, you could potentially make certain your canine or feline member of the family is just as protected as the remainder of your family members.
There are a number of reasonable tips which can be done to get ready for a disaster such as building a crisis kit and also making your personal disaster plan with your dog and cat in mind. Although you may decide not to evacuate during a disaster, you should prep in advance regarding the care and well-being of your pets. Sometimes the optimal choice for you is invariably not the ideal option for your pets.
For lots of people, the idea of leaving behind their domestic animals is an unbearable option however that is just what a number of citizens are constrained to do shortly after an emergency. It is undoubtedly not wise to leave your cats and dogs at home if you find you must retreat. Dogs and cats could be disoriented as a result of an emergency and often will respond unnaturally. Pets are predisposed to be disoriented, nervous and/or irritated which is why one must possess a mobile pet carrier to haul your pets. Always take precautions to put even the best trained domestic animals on a leash subsequently after a crisis.
A person’s disaster strategy needs to entail a neighbor or nearby buddy that can rescue your cat or dog if not able of reaching your animals soon after an emergency suddenly strikes. You should acquaint your neighbor or buddy with your domestic animals right now and reveal to them where exactly your animals’ favorite hiding places are. Should you be located in an apartment, it is a wise idea to let the office know of your cats and dogs. Be sure to keep your cats and dogs’ identification tags current as well as easily available along with their collars and leashes. In addition, it is well-advised to post a note hung in a pronounced location that will advise any rescuers regarding the spot of your animal disaster kit.
Hopefully this article will serve as a catalyst for you to obtain the items that you could very well need in the event that you and your pet are caught up in a disaster. Simply by prepping now when you are composed and not stressed, you are likely to ensure the security and wellbeing of your animal in a serious event.
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In this article we will discuss symptoms of dehydration, how to treat dehydration, ways to gather water, and conserving water. Getting lost or stranded in the woods can happen to anyone and you may find yourself without food or water. The average adult needs between 2 and 3 liters of fluid per day. Based on normal metabolic rate you can survive approximately 3 days without water and 3 weeks without food. Therefore it follows that if you find yourself in dire straits securing a water source that is clean and dependable is imperative.
Your thirst can not solely depended upon to tell you when you need water. If you rely on this as your guide you will drink only two-thirds of your daily water requirement. Here is a general rule to know how much water you need to drink. In temperatures above 38 degrees Celsius (100 degrees Fahrenheit) drink a liter of water every hour, and when below 38 degrees Celsius (100 degrees Fahrenheit) drink half a liter of water every hour.
Symptoms of Dehydration
Discussed below are some of the effects and symptoms of dehydration
Being Dehydrated is defined as the excessive loss of body fluid. Symptoms generally become noticeable after 2% of one’s normal water volume has been lost. The first symptoms of Dehydration are thirst and discomforted, sometimes with dry skin and loss of appetite. The three types of dehydration are lack of electrolytes, lack of water, and lack of water AND electrolytes.
Mild dehydration symptoms include decrease urine volume(and abnormally dark urine), thirst, headache, irritability, tiredness, dry mouth, dizziness when standing and it has been shown to negatively affect people’s moods. Moderate to severe dehydration symptoms could be little to no urine, extreme fatigue/sleepiness, fainting and seizures. With greater water loss the symptoms becomes increasingly more severe. Respiration and heart start to speed up, lack of sweat causes body temperature to rise, unconsciousness and other severely inhibiting symptoms.
How to treat dehydration
For minor dehydration the most effective treatment is more drinking water and stopping fluid loss. Solid foods can cause more harm than good by causing someone to vomit or have diarrhea. In more severe cases you have replenish necessary water and electrolytes. When someone is moderately or severely dehydrated there are two treatments. The much easier, less invasive and less painful one is oral re hydration. This is done by replacing fluid by mouth. Should this be attempted it should be done with clear fluids only and only in small portions. Some clear fluids include: water, clear broth, Jell-O and Popsicles. To replace electrolytes some good choices are Accelerade, Propel Fitness Water, Pedialyte, Gatorade, Powerade and many others. The other treatment is intravenous(IV) fluid and the solution must be isotonic or hypo-tonic. The fever can be controlled with acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Seawater, alcohol and urine in either treatment will worsen the condition.
Snow: Remember to melt snow before you drink it. It can lower your core body temperature and make your situation worse. (explained below)
Water in the wild may contain chemicals, bacteria or parasites. Purify or filter water before drinking it. Use a portable water filter or boil water to remove elements. You can also use iodine or purification tablets.
Ways to gather water
There are a few ways you can attempt to find a source of water. Look for swarming insects, ample plant life and animal tracks to help navigate you to a source of water. Birds will circle over waterholes; in the morning and evening attempt to listen for chirping to find their watering spot. If a water source cannot be found you will have to find some way to collect water.
Dew accumulates on plants in the morning. Although this method will provide very little water it is something to keep in mind. Always have some form of container ready in case of a sudden thunder storm or flash flood. If you have a coat or something similar you can coil it around the top of your container to make a funnel if needed. Melt snow before you drink it. If you eat snow your body can become dehydrated because of the process your body has to go through to melt it. If the snow is not fresh white snow or has been laying on the ground of a considerable amount of time you should purify(boiling/tablets/etc) it to kill the possible bacteria it may have. Salt water is NOT safe to drink in ANY amount. You can use salt water to cool your body down, but never drink salt water.
Remember to boil any water that may have bacteria or any harmful organisms in it (that includes fresh running water).
Remember, you need to drink a liter/half a liter an hour. By taking measures to control your how much you sweat you can dramatically lower how much water you lose.
*Do not smoke or drink alcohol. Smoking and alcohol will hasten and accelerate your dehydration.
*Get out of the sun and stay in the shade.
*Limit your movements and if traveling is required, travel slowly and steadily
*Water is required for food digestion so food will use water that you might need for cooling yourself off.
*When laying down or sitting try to use something to separate you from the hot ground.
*Clothing provides an excellent way to prolong the cooling effects of sweat.
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