Keep Your Family Safe – Prepare Ahead of Time

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Not many people are really prepared for a disaster, especially in areas where they aren’t common. Maybe folks in areas where there are regular hurricanes, tornadoes or winter storms that shut everything down have a good handle on being prepared or people like the Preppers, but the rest of us find it easy to slack on preparedness and then find ourselves scrambling when a real disaster strikes.

It’s easy to make a case for being prepared. Look around at all of the unexpected emergencies like the recent flooding in Louisiana and tornadoes in the Midwest. Emergencies don’t have to be only weather and naturally caused. In California, recent fires that destroyed entire communities have been attributed to arson. With record breaking temperatures across the US and people using electricity like crazy or an even more sinister possibility – an energy grid hack, our next disaster might be extended blackouts or there is the very real possibility of terrorism that continues to plague the entire world.

Here’s a few questions to ask yourself to see how you fare on the preparedness scale:

  • What essential supplies do I need?
    If you are missing some, it might be time to re-think priorities since stores often sell out, are out of service, or have no way to process payments (even cash).
  • Do I have a written list of important phone numbers?
    If you answered no, then you have some work to do. An electronic list on your cell phone isn’t going to do you much good once the phone dies and the power is out.
  • Do you have any cash or would you need to go to the ATM?
    If you answered no to the cash and yes to the ATM then you need to stash some cash. ATMs go down and require power and banks are so automated now and reliant on computers, they often can’t even provide cash from the tellers if there isn’t any power.
  • Do you have copies of important documents stored safely somewhere else?
    As cumbersome as this sounds, having copies of things (think insurance policies, passports, deeds, titles, etc.) stored in a safe deposit box or at a relatives’ home will really reduce the headache and time spent in the event you lose your home to a disaster. It can help even if it’s just a time where you’re out of town and you end up with a water leak that damages your ceiling.
  • Do you have a good emergency radio and flashlight? How about spare batteries?
    No? Well this is the one we can actually help you with! Call us or visit the links above and order online. We’ll get you set up right away.

We’ve written several articles on how to be prepared and what that might look like. REI has a great article on basic concepts with some important additions that people often forget like medications, infant formula and diapers, and pet food.

If nothing else, at least create a basic plan, get a radio and flashlight, write down the list of phone numbers and read about Bob’s potable water trick with your water heater.

Tell us about your emergency plans in the comments below and be entered to win a CC Solar Observer October 11th– the best all-around emergency radio. It covers AM, FM and Weather and has a built in flashlight. You can even use it without batteries and if it came down to it, it even will charge most cell phones.

The Importance of Radio When the Weather Turns

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Fortuna Blvd. Flooding February 6th 2015

As we were all sitting around at lunch chatting, listening to the scanners go off and occasionally tuning into the weather channel on a radio, we realized again how important radio is. Facebook is great for seeing the pictures, but the scanner told us ahead of time which roads to avoid today because they were closed due to flooding, accidents, downed power lines and more. The local radio has been great about keeping people updated as well. And when push comes to shove, it’s consistently local radio that is there to help organize relief efforts. There is no question that the internet can be a powerful vehicle for community support, action and fundraising but when everything is down the one thing that continues to work is radio. We’d love to sell you a radio, especially one with the weather band, but even if you don’t buy one from us, make sure you have a radio and batteries. If you have an emergency radio, especially one with rechargeable batteries, make sure you charge it up at least every 6 months to keep everything in proper working order. If you have one that only works with alkaline batteries, be sure to change those batteries at least once per year. Also necessary are LED flashlights. We’ve written quite a few blog posts about preparedness but with all the recent storms, snow, flooding and don’t forget fires and earthquakes – we’re continually reminded to make this a priority.

Here’s our lovely town today

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Nearby in Ferndale where some of our employees live

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