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Be prepared for an emergency - no joke by canaveralgumby on 31 August 2005 3:31am
May I give advice to everyone, no matter where you live in the world? Be ready to evacuate. You just never know.

Organize your important papers and irreplacables (photos & negs/the piggy bank Great Grampa gave you). Back up your computer data on disks / CDs fairly frequently - you should do that anyway! MAKE AN INVENTORY OF IT ALL, including WHERE you've put everything, so you won't have to think about it when an emergency arises, you can just grab what you need and go.

Store things in Rubbermaids/water-proof storage/fire-proof storage when possible. Fire-proof is usually heavy. But it's good to put your main papers in something small & fire-proof, i.e. orig. birth cert., orig. marriage doc., diplomas if they're not displayed, titles/deeds. Or put such documents in a safe deposit box at your bank.

Always have a week's worth of emergrency supplies for babies/pets (have an adequate pet crate, even if you don't use it at home). Never let your medications run too low - you should try to have no less than a week's supply of your meds at all times. Make sure anyone else you take care of has a back-up supply of their meds/medical supplies.

Always have bandages and hydrogen peroxide.

And no matter where you are, you ought to have a supply of bottled water put away. If you don't need it for an emergency by its expiration date, then just use it as usual, and then replace your emg. supply with fresh.

And that's probably good universal basics.

THEN you've got to know what to do in YOUR specific environs - don't freeze, don't over-heat, etc.

-- Cori

Re: Be prepared for an emergency - no joke by bruey on 31 August 2005 2:09pm
Thanks Cori, will do that or will start to.
Re: Be prepared for an emergency - no joke by KevM on 31 August 2005 10:55pm
or...sit down and have a nice cup of tea.
Re: Be prepared for an emergency - no joke by pandab on 1 September 2005 3:26am
Good advice, Canaveral.

From personal experience ... When push comes the shove, DON'T PANIC. Move quickly but with a purpose. Keep your voice firm and even, especially if dealing with children.

You don't need to be paranoid about it, but you should rehearse what you'll do and where you will go. Find out where the normal shelters are in your area.

Most important ... Obey police and rescue personnel, and when they say go, GET OUT! No object--absolutely nothing--in your house is worth dying for.
Re: Be prepared for an emergency - no joke by tucsonmike on 1 September 2005 6:39pm
Thank you for the advice Cori. Living in the desert prepares you for lots of things. A coworker came in limping. She was bitten by a Brown Recluse Spider. Not fatal for someone who is healthy, but rather unpleasant. So we are accustomed to being careful and having some of the things Cori mentioned.

BBC once did a series called Castaway. One of the people helping the participants was a retired SAS Commando named Lofty Wiseman. He wrote a book about survival. Not a bad thing to have as a reference.

See Katrina as to why?
Re: Be prepared for an emergency - no joke by tucsonmike on 1 September 2005 6:40pm
Then on the humorous side, to quote Bill Cosby; "if you get into trouble and have to be rescued make sure you have on clean underwear!"

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