Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Store Non-food Items in Winter Months

Good sales on a variety of storable foods are more difficult to find in winter. The winter months are a good time to focus on essential non-food items. While a list of non-food items can be dauntingly vast, start with a simple list of the most important ones to avoid feeling overwhelmed.

Click the link below to read more from this article posted in the Deseret News by Leslie Probert.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Your Family's Escape Plan

Every family should have a home escape plan and should practice it frequently.  Practicing a fire escape plan and fire safe behaviors can mean the difference between life and death.  Here are tips on creating and practicing your family's plan:

  • Involve the whole family in planning.
  • Draw a diagram of your home marking the locations of all windows and doors.
  • plan two escape routes out of every room in your home.
  • Designate an adult to help young children and others who might have a difficulty escaping.
  • Every member of the family and frequent visitors to the home should know and practice the escape route.
  • Teach children to stay close to the ground when leaving the home.
  • Teach children to touch doors with the back of the hand to see if they are hot.  If they are, use a secondary escape rout.  If not, open doors slowly.
  • Set up a specific meeting place outside the home for everyone to go to following an escape and teach children to never re-enter a home for any reason.
  • Practice the escape plan at least once a month.  Try practicing a night to see if children wake to the smoke alarm.
  • Smoke and fire can hinder sight so try practicing your escape route with your eyes closed or in the dark by feeling your way around your home.
  • When in full gear, a firefighter may appear frightening to a child so teach them not to hide from them.  Try taking them on a tour of your local fire station.
Article posted from www.utahsafetycouncil.org

Friday, January 25, 2013

South Jordan Emergency Preparedness Fair

Tomorrow there is a Community Emergency Preparedness Fair in South Jordan, UT.  There will be a lot of vendors, classes, and opportunities to learn about food storage and emergency preparedness.  There will be products demonstrations and items available to order at show discounts, so hopefully you can make it.  Here are the details about the event:

South Jordan Community Emergency Preparedness Fair
January 26th, 2013
Early Light Academy - 10am-2pm
11709 S. Vadania Drive, South Jordan, Utah 84095

The community preparedness fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26 at Early Light Academy (11709 Vadania Drive) and will feature a variety of speakers, classes and activities to help everyone learn more about how to be ready for the worst-case scenario.

Scheduled speakers include Tony Wilde from Be Ready Utah, representatives from Utah Disaster Kleenup, volunteers from the American Red Cross and spokespeople from Questar.

In addition, public emergency first-responders from the South Jordan police and fire departments will be available to answer questions and provide information.

Classes will include first aid practices, how to filter water, proper sanitation practices, financial planning for an emergency, how to create a family emergency and evacuation plan and maintaining emotional wellbeing during a crisis. There will also be food storage meal cooking demonstrations.

Many of the classes will be given more than once during the event, so those interested are invited to attend and participate at any time their schedules permit.

Vendors will also be there with booths and demonstrations of products that can be purchased to prepare for an emergency.

Local businesses, such as Jenkins Soffe Mortuary, will also make presentations on topics such as how to plan for the death of family members.

Scouts are invited to participate during the fair in an emergency preparedness merit badge class and earn up to four hours toward a project.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

AquaPodKit for Temporary Emergency Water

A simple, safe solution when emergencies strike, the AquaPodKit allows you to store up to 65 gallons of fresh water using an ordinary household bathtub. AquaPodKit is the easy way to store temporary water when the need arises. As everyone learned in recent hurricane disasters, municipal fresh water service is not absolutely assured. Don't be without it. Next time, don't rush to the store in hopes of buying bottled water. Buy an AquaPodKit now—and relax knowing that you're prepared for the next time.

See more videos and information at www.AquaPodKit.com.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Buried Hydrant Delays Firefighter Response

Please remember if you live near where a fire hydrant is located, always keep the surrounding area clear of vehicles, downed tree limbs, snow, and what ever else might slow down firefighters from reacting to an emergency.

Click on the link below to read the KSL.com article by Wendy Leonard: