Disaster Kits and Other Basic Steps

The most visible messaging encourages the public to take 3 steps: (1) to be informed about hazards in their region, (2) to make an emergency plan and (3) to have a disaster supply kit. However, research has shown that many individuals and families have not taken these basic steps. We’d like to hear your thoughts on whether you think the 3 steps are an effective way to talk about preparedness, what is missing from preparedness communications, and if you have a different way of talking about preparedness with your friends and family.

Disaster Kits and Other Basic Steps

Be Ready In A Flash - Create a Survival Flash Drive

http://www.slovick.com/BeReadyInAFlash.pdf If there were a fire, flood, or other disaster that destroyed your home, where would your important documents such as birth certificate, passport, deed, licenses, permits, etc be? Protect yourself by scanning all your important documents and storing them on a Survival Flash Drive. The Internet, Fire-Proof Safe, Safe-Deposit, your PC may not be available after a disaster. You ...more »

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Help Us Change Lives 1 Disaster at a Time..."The Beluga Bag"

Is there anybody out there listening? This product will save local, state and governmental agencies millions; it will save families the heartache of having to start over during the aftermath of a horrific storm. The Beluga Bag™ was inspired by Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita; it was created to Protect, Preserve and Save all of those items (e.i. automobiles, furniture, clothing and important documents just to name ...more »

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A lifestyle of preparedness

We need more than a simple supply kit. We need to adopt a lifestyle of preparedness. I think working an angle of fun, trust, pride and ego would be a better approach. We need people talking to people at block parties, church gatherings, neighborhood park lectures, conference halls even preparedness parades. We need community leaders to step up and let people know there is nothing to fear because FEMA and other agencies ...more »

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GET REAL WITH SUGGESTIONS

Have you ever tried to collect and package all the items that one is recommended to have to sustain themselves for 72 hours. 3 gallons of water (24 pounds) food for 3 days, extra clothing, bedding, etc etc etc. You need a small pickup truck just to transport all the recommended supplies that everyone is suggesting people need to have available. You just cannot expect people to gather and store all this material and ...more »

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Disaster Resilience through Food Shelves

During National Preparedness Month each year, what if Food Shelves gave out disaster kit supplies along with food? Or make it a year round campaign with special items requested along with food donations each month: Flashlights, batteries, radios, a few extra canned goods, emergency contact list template, etc. Those supporting food shelves can maintain the freshness of their extra stock of canned goods by donating to ...more »

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Hand out solar yard lights

Red Cross and FEMA could hand out solar yard lights ($1 or less each - see item in link) to people without power. http://www.dollartree.com/Plastic-Solar-Garden-Lights-with-Stakes-14-188-/p308983/index.pro Charge them up during the day and safer and longer lasting than candles at night. Plus it gives people an initial experience with solar! Maybe when they try this and see the emergency solar generators at work - ...more »

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Pre-stocked Portable Disaster Centers

Suggestion is for pre-stocked portable containers (similar to the moving containers that are dropped off at people's home). Can be dropped off via trucks or air-lifted into a disaster area. Would also recommend training volunteers in advance to man the emergency stations. Would have enough emergency supplies for first 3 days until more advanced supplies/personnel can get to area. For example, Staten Island could ...more »

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Barrier System's SandMaster

With the SandMaster’s unique ability to fill, transport, securely close and place multiple sandbags, the protection of shoreline properties and communities from flooding and storm surges can be accomplished quickly without a whole lot of manpower. There is minimal time to create protective barriers prior to these storm events so creating large quantities of sandbags quickly and getting them in place can be the difference ...more »

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Emergency Back-Up Power for First Responders and Families

Keep lights on and communications devices charged so you can stay connected and informed when power lines are down. Until now, traditional back-up or off-grid power solutions for emergency response, tactical military operations, or power outages included rechargeable batteries or diesel generators. These solutions are expensive, heavy, toxic, combustible, and require constant recharging with electricity or liquid fuel. ...more »

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