Preparedness Tip Wednesday: How to Create a Shelter

How to Create a Shelter Where you Are:

Whether you are at home, work or elsewhere, there may be situations when it's simply best to stay where you are and avoid any uncertainty outside.
There may be circumstances when staying put and creating a barrier between yourself and potentially contaminated air outside, a process known as "sealing the room," is a matter of survival.
Use common sense and available information to assess the situation and determine if there is immediate danger. If you see large amounts of debris in the air, or if local authorities say the air is badly contaminated, you may want to take this kind of action.
The process used to seal the room is considered a temporary protective measure to create a barrier between you and potentially contaminated air outside. It is a type of sheltering in place that requires preplanning.
  • Bring your family and pets inside.
  • Lock doors, close windows, air vents and fireplace dampers.
  • Turn off fans, air conditioning and forced air heating systems.
  • Take your emergency supply kit unless you have reason to believe it has been contaminated.
  • Go into an interior room with few windows, if possible.
  • Seal all windows, doors and air vents with 2-4 mil. thick plastic sheeting and duct tape. Consider measuring and cutting the sheeting in advance to save time.
  • Cut the plastic sheeting several inches wider than the openings and label each sheet.
  • Duct tape plastic at corners first and then tape down all edges.
  • Be prepared to improvise and use what you have on hand to seal gaps so that you create a barrier between yourself and any contamination.
  • Local authorities may not immediately be able to provide information on what is happening and what you should do. However, you should watch TV, listen to the radio or check the Internet often for official news and instructions as they become available.


Preparedness Tip Wednesday: CERT Certified

Are you CERT certified?

"The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community."

You can find a certification location closest to you at this link
There is also Teen CERT training that can be found at this link

Q: How does CERT benefit the community?

A: People who go through CERT training have a better understanding of the potential threats to their home, workplace and community and can take the right steps to lessen the effects of these hazards on themselves, their homes or workplace. If a disaster happens that overwhelms local response capability, CERT members can apply the training learned in the classroom and during exercises to give critical support to their family, loved ones, neighbors or associates in their immediate area until help arrives. When help does arrive, CERTs provide useful information to responders and support their efforts, as directed, at the disaster site. CERT members can also assist with non-emergency projects that improve the safety of the community. CERTs have been used to distribute and/or install smoke alarms, replace smoke alarm batteries in the home of elderly, distribute disaster education material, provide services at special events, such as parades, sporting events, concerts and more.

Q: Why take the CERT training?

A: Local government prepares for everyday emergencies. However, there can be an emergency or disaster that can overwhelm the community's immediate response capability. While adjacent jurisdictions, State and Federal resources can activate to help, there may be a delay for them getting to those who need them. The primary reason for CERT training is to give people the decision-making, organizational, and practical skills to offer immediate assistance to family members, neighbors, and associates while waiting for help. While people will respond to others in need without the training, the goal of the CERT program is to help people do so effectively and efficiently without placing themselves in unnecessary danger.
A success story about CERTs comes from events during the wildfires in Florida. The Edgewater CERT helped emergency management and the fire department personnel by assisting with evacuation; handling donations; preparing food for firefighters; and answering the phone while the professionals were fighting the fire. This is a great example of CERT members and response personnel working together for the benefit of the community.
For more FAQ go to this LINK


Preparedness Tip Wednesday: How to Open a Can with your Hands

I saw this post on The Blaze and thought it was worth sharing with our readers.

"There are still tin cans out there that don’t have the handy pop-top tab for you to pull, and thus, require a can opener.
But what if you don’t have access to the specialized, can-opening kitchen tool? What then?
Enter a Russian outdoorsman to teach you how to open that can using only your bare hands. Now, unless you speak Russian, you’re not likely to understand what he’s saying, but we don’t think the language barrier is too much of a roadblock in his lesson."
There is a video for regular cans as well as smaller tuna fish size cans.
Here is the link to see the videos and to get step by step translated instructions over at The Blaze. Enjoy!
Image source: YouTube


Preparedness Tip Wednesday: Free Help during an Emergency

Free Help in the Event of an Emergency:
Do you or anyone you know need some assistance during times of an emergency event? The state of Texas presents the STEAR program. The STEAR program is a free registry that provides local emergency planners and emergency responders with additional information on the needs in their community. Texas communities use the registry information in different ways. Registering yourself in the STEAR registry DOES NOT guarantee that you will receive a specific service during an emergency. Available services will vary by community. For more information on how your community will use information in the STEAR registry, contact your local emergency management office.

Who Should Register?
  • People with Disabilities
  • People with access and functional needs such as:
    •   People who have limited mobility
    •   People who have communication barriers
    •   People who require additional medical assistance during an       emergency event
    •   People who require transportation assistance
    •   People who require personal care assistance

For more information and to register go here:


Preparedness Tip Wednesday: Prepping on a Budget

Happy New Year!
We hope you have made being more prepared part of your list of Resolutions for this year! We hope through our weekly Preparedness Tips we can help you accomplish that and help you save money in the process. The Ready Center has been putting together this amazing list of how you can get all the things you need by only spending $20 a paycheck! If you haven't been over there and seen it you need to! You assemble the kit over the course of one year and it will get you pointed in the right direction when it comes to the safety of your family.  If you want to spend more or have to spend less, that’s okay.  Prepare at the pace your budget allows and modify recommendations to the uniqueness of your family.  The point of this is to show how painless and easy it is to begin your emergency preparations.  And at only $20 a paycheck, this can fit anyones budget.  So now is the time for you to start.  I personally dare you to step up and take this challenge seriously.  Make it a New Year Resolution if you have to.  You’re worth the challenge, and so are you loved ones.

Here is what they have so far! Click the links for more detail on each of the items. I can't wait to see the rest of the list and put my kit together this year!

Paycheck 1:  Purchase water
Paycheck 2. Fixed blade knife
Paycheck 3. Heavy duty flash light
Paycheck 4. A backpack that can store all of your gear
Paycheck 5. Food
Paycheck 6. Propane fueled camp stoves
Paycheck 7. First Aid
Paycheck 8. Emergency Radio
Paycheck 9. $20 prepaid phone card
Paycheck 10. Quarters and $1
Paycheck 11. Wool Blanket
Paycheck 12. Buy a multi-head screwdriver, an adjustable wrench, a mini pry bar, a mini hack saw and a spring loaded center punch
Paycheck 13. Trade your $20 in for 4/$5
Paycheck 14. An oil lamp, a jug of lamp oil, an extra wick, 1 pack of tea light candles, and a 2 pack of Bic lighters.
Paycheck 15 & 16. We combined these so you can afford a well build multi-tool which average at about $40
Paycheck 17. Trade in your $20 for two $10 bills
Paycheck 18. Cooking supplies
Paycheck 19. Water Filter

Thanks The Ready Center!

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