Office Survival: Do You Have What it Takes?

by Shelfreliance Staff Nov 13 2009

The average American adult spends over 30% of his or her time at work. Whether you are a full-time hero or a part-time student, emergencies have a good chance of striking while you are away from your primary emergency supply.

An emergency kit is not just about giant monsters wreaking havoc through the city or floods reaching your 4th story window; they are about everyday incidents ranging from minor scrapes and bruises to a lightning storm that knocks out the power for 45 minutes. Make sure you don't end up being the only one without a poncho in that torrential downpour or finding your way through the pitch dark halls of your building without a flashlight by taking the following steps toward emergency preparedness:


Emergency Preparedness Checklist

by Shelfreliance Staff Nov 13 2009

How Prepared Am I?
Unexpected events arise in everyone's life. From small surprises to huge problems, the best way to handle any situation is preparedness. This checklist will tell you just how prepared you really are. Answer Yes or No to the following questions:

I have established an emergency plan that my whole family knows about.

My family has an evacuation meeting place in the neighborhood.

My family has an evacuation meeting place outside the neighborhood.

I know my community's evacuation plan.

I know where to go if my city sirens go off.

Emergency numbers are posted by my phone.

I know how to turn off my electricity, gas, and water.


Holiday Safety

by Shelfreliance Staff Nov 13 2009

Keeping the Holidays Safe is a gift you can give to your entire family. Each year we hear about holiday disasters that emerge as a result of not being properly prepared and making sure our families and homes are safe during the holidays is our responsibility. Keep your belongings and loved ones protected by following a few easy steps!

Christmas Tree Safety
Every year we hear about fire hazards and other injuries stemming from Christmas trees. Make sure this doesn’t happen to you! The following tips will reduce the risk of Christmas tree danger:


Keeping Your Emergency Kits up to Date

by Shelfreliance Staff Nov 13 2009

Although you may have carefully planned out an emergency plan for your family, you may not be fully prepared when an emergency actually befalls you. The main cause for this is that we often forget to replenish our emergency kits on a regular basis. For example, you may have bought an emergency kit for every member in your family five years ago, before you had another child. If every member of your family has a kit, it may be 10 years old and in need of a serious overhaul.


Safeguarding Your Identity in an Emergency

by Shelfreliance Staff Nov 13 2009

When planning for an emergency situation, there are four vital areas that must be taken into account. These include identification items, financial information, material possessions located in your home, and family mementos that are irreplaceable.

Identification documents should be stored in a fire-proof safe. These include social security cards, birth certificates, military papers, financial institution information, visas, school transcripts, passports, and other personal documents. Although your driver’s license can’t be stored in your fire-proof safe, you should make sure you know its location. Should you need to travel with these documents, protecting them in waterproof pouches is a good idea. 


Emergency Phone Numbers

by Shelfreliance Staff Nov 13 2009

Every year as the children go back to school, parents fill out a new emergency contact sheet for them to take back to their teacher. Generally, this includes their insurance information as well as the names and numbers of trusted family or friends who could help your children in an emergency.

No matter how many times this information has been given in the past, it is wise to update it every year. Most schools know the value of being prepared for the unexpected. Having important names and phone numbers on hand may save valuable time and energy during a disaster, especially in a stressful situation when it is difficult to think clearly.


Taking Baby Steps in Preparedness

by Shelfreliance Staff Nov 13 2009

 In breaking down your preparedness goals, the first step is to determine exactly what you want to accomplish. If you plan to set aside a little money each week or month to go towards your family's preparedness, you will be surprised what you can afford. Now is the time; make the goal to be prepared.


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For most people, planning for emergencies is similar to planning for a camping trip or any other outdoor adventure. The biggest difference is determining whether to plan for camping away from home or in your own residence – or perhaps both. The equipment to include in your emergency kit or camping supplies list will be very comparable. Differences and variations will generally depend upon the severity of the emergency and the length of time you anticipate for your emergency scenario. Long term emergencies and explorations will require more extensive planning and provisioning.

Important questions to answer as you do your planning: