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Do you have a fire extinguisher in your home?  Do you know how to use it?  If you’ll learn about fire extinguishers, buy one (or more), try using a fire extinguisher, and then maintain your fire extinguisher, you will be able to put out small fires if you need to.


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Food storage tends to get a bad rap as it is only associated with disasters or emergencies. But did you know that “food storage” items can be easily incorporated to your everyday meals? Food storage is nothing more than saying you keep a supply of non- or less-perishable food so you don’t have to go… Read more »


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Here are some ways to help kids become involved in emergency preparedness: Have kids draw an exit plan for their room and put it on their wall (like at a hotel). Talk about where to go at different times (Tommy, you’re in the kitchen and a spark catches the towel on fire!  What do you… Read more »


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During a crisis, you’ll be glad to have an extra supply of food. The problem is that most people don’t prepare ahead of time and wait until there is a potential crisis. The benefits of a 3-month supply are many—and 3 months is just a starting point.


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Drugs! Depending on what type of emergency you find yourself in, medication can be extremely useful. Make a note of medications you buy on a routine basis for you and your family, and that is what you will base your emergency kit meds on.


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What kind of emergencies are you preparing for?  Do you know? When my husband and I were buying our home, they had to determine whether we would need flood insurance or not.  It turned out we are pretty close to a floodplain for a nearby dam.  I never would have guessed, because we’re not right… Read more »


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In my last post, I shared my list of ways anyone can start preparing for an emergency without spending much money.  Although these steps are important, of course, not all preparation is going to be free.  (After all, the reason we’re preparing to begin with is so that we can take care of ourselves, and… Read more »


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Many people are realizing the value of preparation because our tough economic times make the future seem so uncertain.  What if things get worse (maybe much worse) before they get better? Unemployment is high, home values are low, and many people simply can’t afford to prepare in the ways that they would like to. We… Read more »


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When I first started collecting my important documents, I wasn’t totally sure what I needed, or what I should do with the papers after they were collected.  I figured it out, though, and now I feel pretty confident that I will have what I need when I need it.