Much to the chagrin of would-be zombie hunters everywhere, the Mayan calendar did not cause the world as we know it to come to a screeching, apocalyptic halt. Now those of you who have your coat closets lined with non-perishables, cross-bows and desalinization kits can breathe a little easier. For the rest of us, potential threats to us and our family’s daily life are slightly less dramatic…although just as important as ever, especially in the wake of recent national disasters like Hurricane Sandy.
Although there’s no reason to panic every time the door creaks or the wind blows, there are certainly some unexpected and awful things that can and have happened to anyone. Keeping you and your family safe and prepared should be a given for parents (and responsible adults) everywhere. No one wants to get caught in a proverbial storm without a raincoat!
Medical Cards: Handier Than You Think
According to LawCore.com, every 14 seconds someone in America is injured in a car accident, and every 12 minutes, someone dies. Car accidents number in the millions each year, and that’s not even counting other freak accidents, like say a piano falling on your head from a second story window (OK, that’s doubtful, but there are a lot of cautionary tales of freak accidents floating around).
Although it’s impossible to prevent every accident from happening, you can be cautious and prepared. It’s important to carry the standard Red Cross Blood Type, allergy bracelets, epi pens and other medical -related helpful-measures with you. If you want to take the next step in family protection (medically speaking), Fortune High-Tech Marketing offers MyLife ID, which is essentially a credit card sized digital storage device with your entire medical history on it. If you are in a worst-case-scenario situation and you’re unable to communicate with medical personnel, devices like this could change your life.
There are those who spend their lives making hats out of tinfoil to “block” government mind-reading devices, and those who stand in their penthouses laughing while a twister is headed right for them…there’s no need to spend your life worrying, but there are some simple steps you can take just in case the worst case scenario comes to call.
Disaster Supplies Kit
It’s easy to raise an eyebrow at all those “Doomsday Preppers” who obsess over storing supplies like it’s the end of the world, but there can be a happy medium. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, Hurricane Sandy left over 1.3 million people without power. There have been a reported 796 tornadoes in 42 states alone in 2012, according to EveryTornado.net.
Statistics alone should be enough to motivate everyone to make a little preparation kit; you can buy pre-made by typing “disaster supplies kit” in any search engine, or put one together yourself using FHTM products and the supplies listed below (courtesy of Ready.gov):
- Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Water, one gallon per day per person, for at least three days
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter seams
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to turn off power, water, other utilities
- Manual can opener for food
- Local paper maps
- Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
A big thanks to our guest blogger, Melody Schwartz, for this article!