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Chance favors the prepared. There are certain things everyone should have available for emergencies. Here are tips to being ready for the worst.
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Emergency Preparedness Kits
Emergency preparedness kits are all the rage. Do you have an emergency preparedness kit? What do you keep in your emergency preparedness kit?

Emergency Kits

We don't need too many things to survive (my kids would be fine with an iPod and a can of Rockstar). For a few dollars, you can have what you need sitting on your shelf or in the trunk of your car, ready to deploy at any minute. These emergency kits provide you peace of mind.

If you live in hurricane, tornado, flood or earthquake country you should have an emergency kit to get you thro…

Disaster Preparedness Tips - Readers Share Disaster Tips
Getting ready for when disaster strikes means different things to everyone. See how others prepare and leave tips of your own.

Why must I provide a list of my medications each time I call 911?
Ambulances often respond to the same people over and over again. I'll often hear the patient or family protesting that the hospital already has their medications on file, why do they have to take the list again?

Why is my smoke alarm or carbon monoxide alarm chirping?
The fire department comes along and installs a new smoke alarm in the hallway -- or maybe it's a carbon monoxide alarm. Either way, the thing starts chirping a few months later. What's up?

What essential information do emergency medical providers need to know?
Many of our patients come with very little information. We'd like it better if they could give us something.

How much water is enough during a disaster?
Keep a 3 day supply of water at home to be prepared for a possible disaster. How long a 3 day supply will last depends on how thirsty you are.

Shelter in Place During Chemical Emergencies
Chemical accidents or attacks may result in the need to "shelter-in-place."

What information should be on my medical jewelry?
Many people wear medical jewelry to help healthcare providers treat them in an emergency. But, what information is truly useful for paramedics and others?

Emergency Radios
These radios give you one of the most important commodities you can have in a disaster -- information. Best of all, they do without needing batteries. That's important when we're talking about disaster kits, because you never know when you're going to need them and you don't want to have to remember to stock up on fresh batteries. As a bonus,...

Treat Water with Chlorine
Boiling is the best method to remove organisms. Well water can become contaminated with organisms during a flood.

Disinfect Water by Boiling
Boiling is the best method to remove organisms. Well water can become contaminated with organisms during a flood.

Disaster Supplies
Stockpiling emergency supplies requires knowing how you plan to use them. Will you take them with you or stock the house?

Packing a Disaster Evacuation Kit
Packing for an evacuation during a disaster can seem overwhelming. The trick is to break the task into smaller bites ahead of time.

Disaster Supplies
No power? No water? Do you have the disaster supplies you need to go three days without internet OR beer (not to mention having to cook for yourself).

Survive Disasters without Preparation
Caught unprepared in a disaster can be overwhelming. The trick is to be calm and think clearly.

Disaster Planning Tips for People with Cystic Fibrosis
Don't get caught in a storm unprepared. Here are ten things that people with cystic fibrosis must do to stay safe in times of disaster. This information works for anyone with a chronic illness, not just cystic fibrosis.

Emergency Water Supplies
Quick tips for surviving in a disaster without running water.

Wildfire Evacuations
Getting out of an area threatened by wildfires safely requires staying calm and using all your resources.

Home Fires: Are You Prepared?
Practice fire safety in the home. Use these tips to make your home and family safer from fire.

Surviving Power Failures
The safety of our food and water depends on a stable energy supply. Knowing how to stay safe during a power failure is essential in our modern world.

First Aid First Steps
The best first aid tricks aren't really tricks at all, but just solid first aid advice.

Where should I leave medical information?
Do paramedics and EMTs look in the refrigerator or the cell phone to find medical information for patients who are unable to speak?

Recognize a Medical Emergency
Figuring out if medical symptoms warrant a call to 911 or a trip to the emergency department can be hard. Having a list of when to call 911 is good, but it's better to know how to recognize an emergency.

Tour of a First Aid Kit
The descriptions of first aid kits all list the same items, but what do you do with those items? Here is a description of everything in a first aid kit and when it should be used.

Tips for Everyday Emergencies
These tips will help you be prepared for any emergency, large or small.

Disaster Communication Plan
Getting separated in a disaster could be, well, disastrous. Make sure your family has a plan for communicating during a catastrophe.

Video - Create a Family Disaster Plan
Everyone hopes a real emergency will never happen. Get tips on developing a disaster plan for your family and find out how you can be prepared..

Preparing for Emergencies
These tools from About First Aid will help you prepare yourself or your home or office for emergencies and disasters.

First Aid Tools: Training and Kits
About First Aid provides the tools you need to find first aid and CPR training, first aid kits, and contact emergency medical services.

First Voice Self-contained Emergency Treatment System
The First Voice first aid kit system provides a unique way to help non-trained rescuers respond to emergencies. Unfortunately, I think the value of the First Voice system falls short of its price.

Medical_Info_Sheet.pdf (application/pdf Object)
Fill out this form with medical information and keep it available in the home or on your person. This information is vital to hospital or ambulance personnel.

Fire_Escape_Plan.pdf (application/pdf Object)
Use this form to make a fire escape plan for your home or office. Follow the directions on the page and use the grid to draw a floor plan of your home.

Moms Wake Kids Better Than Fire Alarms
Fire alarms work much better when mom's voice is used instead of a tone.

Fire Safety Items for the Home
Fire safety begins with preparation. Make sure your home has all the necessary fire safety items to respond to an emergency.

Fire Extinguishers
Fire extinguishers are rated for specific types of fires. Make sure you purchase the right type of fire extinguisher for the area where you plan to use it.

Fire Escape Ladders
Fire escape ladders provide a second way out for those not on the ground floor. Make sure your multi-story home has fire escape ladders.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Carbon monoxide detectors are important tools for keeping families safe. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, nearly odorless gas that can be deadly. Find the right carbon monoxide detector for your home.

Fire Alarms
Fire alarms detect smoke particles in the air. There are two types of fire alarms available, and each home should have both.

Fire Safety Evacuation Plan
Make a plan for evacuation in the event of a fire. Fire safety depends on preparation.

Wintertime Safety
Extreme cold weather can lead to hypothermia. Be prepared for extreme cold weather this winter.

Items Every First Aid Kit Should Have
Every first aid kit evolves as items are added or subtracted. No matter how each one turns out, there are certain items that every first aid kit should have.

Survive Flash Floods in Your Car
Almost half of all flash flood deaths happen in vehicles. Know what to do when driving in a flooded area. Don't be a victim of flash flooding in your car.

Wildnerness First Aid
Wilderness first aid covers a different type of first aid than what a typical suburban parent would need. Know whether you need wilderness first aid or another type of course.

Have a Fun and Safe Halloween
Follow these Halloween safety tips to keep adults and kids safe during your trick or treat night.

Get Caught in a Hurricane
Surviving a hurricane requires preparation. If you live near the coast and are in danger of being caught in a hurricane, here are some suggestions to help you survive a hurricane.

Preparing for Flu Season
Since many parents have had trouble getting their kids their flu vaccine the last few years, now can be a good time to start preparing for this year's flu season and figure out where you are going to get their flu shot. Also, learn about the new recommendations for this year's flu season and when your child should get their flu vaccine.

Your Medical Records - Your Rights To Your Medical Records Under HIPAA
Our medical records are the method by which our current doctors follow our health and our health care. They're also important to provide background if you need to see a specialist and to bring new doctors up-to-speed. Our medical records are the records of the people with whom we literally entrust our lives. Let's explore some of the issues regarding medical records.

Summertime Safety Tips
Summer is a great time to play outdoors. Getting out and getting active means more potential to get hurt. Here are some tips and tools to help you stay safe in the summertime.

Important Personal Medical Information
Ambulance crews will need certain information when treating victims of emergencies.

Video - How to Choose Pain Medication
Not every pain killer is created equal. Find out the differences between common over-the-counter medications and discover what's really in your medicine cabinet.

Millennium Ark: Emergency Preparedness - Welcome!
Website discussing disaster preparedness with resources and links.

Emergency Myths: Common Misconceptions About Ambulances and ERs
Here are some common mistaken assumptions about the use of ambulances and emergency rooms.

Ways to Organize Personal Medical Information
Here are five ways to organize and store personal medical records. It's important to have your personal information easily accessible in case of an emergency.

Hurricane Safety Tips
Ten hurricane safety tips for your yard. These hurricane safety tips can minimize costly damage to yards.

What to Keep in Your First Aid Kit
It's a good idea to have a first aid kit handy. Here are the items you should keep in it.

First Aid Melbourne - First Aid Courses and Kits Australia
First Aid Melbourne - first aid courses and kits in Australia

First Aid Checklist for Campers
A list of items for those camping emergencies. From your About Guide to Camping.

FEMA: Are You Ready? An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness
Federal Emergency Management Agency - Are You Ready? An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness

CDC Emergency Preparedness & Response Site
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Emergency Preparedness & Response

Reader Disaster Stories - Readers Share Reader Disaster Stories
Reader Disaster Stories - Readers Share Reader Disaster Stories

ReadyBox
Despite not wanting to like it, the ReadyBox grew on me. It does what it claims, comes packed with supplies and sells for a fairly reasonable price.

Personal Security and Emergency Preparedness
The dangers of panic and looting are more myth than truth and having a gun might not be the way to be safe.

Teaching Your Child How to Use 911
Kids need to know how to call 911 in an emergency. Teach your children as soon as they can understand it. The life you save may be your own.

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