Monday, November 29, 2010

Family Emergency Plan

Your families survival in an emergency involves not only preparedness but also PLANNING!!

Plan ahead and Practice, Practice, Practice!

When creating your Family Emergency Plan:

-Write your plan down & post were everyone has easy access.
-Include content list and locations of emergency kits, house floor plans, important family medical information & emergency telephone numbers: police, fire, hospital, family physician, local and out of state contacts, nearest relative & work numbers.
-Educate your family and yourself on possible emergencies i.e. earthquake, flood, fire, civil unrest....etc., for your geographic location. Kits and plans should be tailored to meet your needs for the most likely potential disaster.
-Keep your plan simple, you will have enough stress and worry as distraction.
-Involve every family member in the creation and implementation of ALL preparedness planning.
-Establish primary and secondary "meeting" places i.e. local church, fire or police station etc.
-Include "communication contact": identify a family member or friend outside of your area who can be contacted to relay locations and messages.
-Always address "5 W's: Who, What, Where, When & Why".

Stay healthy, mind-body-spirit! -Z

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Emergency Prep Tip #3

After drinking untreated questionable water, crush (cold) charcoal from your campfire or woodburning fire place/stove (black bits, avoid white ash) into a powder, the finer the better. Man-made briquettes should be avoided, these often contain petroleum accelerants. Mix your ground powder with water creating a "charcoal tea". A bandanna or piece of clothing can be used to strain larger chunks and drink.

Charcoal has been used for millennia to calm upset stomachs and absorb ingested toxins. Having a bottle (purchased from your local health food store) on hand, is an inexpensive, safe, non-perishable method to combat stomach aches and pains.

*None of the foregoing is a substitute for professional medical advice, examination, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or medications. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately.

Stay healthy, mind-body-spirit! -Z

Friday, November 5, 2010

One EMP burst and the world goes dark....

Interesting article from USA Today 10/27/10....

The sky erupts. Cities darken, food spoils and homes fall silent. Civilization collapses.

End-of-the-world novel? A video game? Or could such a scenario loom in America's future?

There is talk of catastrophe ahead, depending on whom you believe, because of the threat of an electromagnetic pulse triggered by either a supersized solar storm or terrorist A-bomb, both capable of disabling the electric grid that powers modern life.


Stay healthy, mind-body-spirit! -Z