Archive for August, 2012
Before going out camping with the family we usually make a list of items that we should pack with us to take. There is something even more important that should be done prior to the list. The most import thing a parent or anyone can have for a camping trip is to prepare a survival kit for your kids and your family as well as have a survival plan. After packing these items, parents should go over survival tips with their children and prepare them for the worst. This way if the kids happen to get lost in the woods, they can stay safe before help arrives.
An easy to remember tip you can teach your children is to follow SWLV, which stand for Still, Warm, Loud and Noisy. Make sure that they understand that it is important to stay where they are and not wonder even further. Once they have done that they should settle and try to stay warm. After getting comfortable they can become loud and noisy in order to alert people in the surrounding area. Finally, becoming visible will help search and rescue and people nearby to spot them more quickly.
Give your kids a survival kit of their own to carry with them. Of course it will not be as heavy duty as your real bug out bags but it will help them get through the situation until help arrives. Start with a water bottle full of water. To help them get warm and visible, use a bright emergency poncho. To help them get loud, include a whistle. A sturdy rope can be used to create a tent with the poncho as well. Finally, a food bar will keep them full for a longer period of time. Survivalkit.com has a ready made kit for children 11 years and younger with all of the items mentioned above and more for your convenience and peace of mind. Most importantly, show them how to use the items before you head out. If you follow these steps, you will feel even better going on your trip because you will know that you have helped your child become prepared for the unexpected. Stay safe and have a great trip.
In the event of an earthquake, will you know what to do, do you at least have an earthquake survival kit? I remember everyone telling me that the best thing to do is to either sit under a table or stand in a doorway. Well, that very popular myth is incorrect. In fact, it does more harm than good.
According to Doug Copp, Rescue Chief and Disaster Manager of the American Rescue Team International (ARTI), the best thing to do during an earthquake is what is known as “The Triangle of Life“.
According to Copp, ” When buildings collapse, the weight of the ceilings falling upon the objects or furniture inside crushes these objects, leaving a space or void next to them – NOT under them. This space is what I call the ‘triangle of life’. The larger the object, the stronger, the less it will compact. The less the object compacts, the larger the void, the greater the probability that the person who is using this void for safety will not be injured. The next time you watch collapsed buildings, on television, count the ‘triangles’ you see formed. They are everywhere. It is the most common shape, you will see, in a collapsed building”.
Copp’s tips for earthquake safety:
1) Do not go under objects, like desks or cars, when buildings collapse because most of them will get crushed.
2) You should curl up in the fetal position during an earthquake. This is a natural survival instinct. You should go next to an object, such as a sofa or a bed because that large object will compress slightly but leave a void next to it.
3) If an earthquake happens while you are in your bed, simply roll off the bed because a safe void will exist around your bed.
4) You should never go to the stairs during an earthquake because they have a different “moment of frequency’ (they swing separately from the main part of the building). The stairs and remainder of the building continuously bump into each other until structural failure of the stairs takes place”. Even if the building doesn’t collapse, stay away from the stairs.
5) You should get close to the outer walls of buildings, or even outside of them. “It is much better to be near the outside of the building rather than the interior. The farther inside you are from the outside perimeter of the building the greater the probability that your escape route will be blocked”.
6) If an earthquake happens while you are in your vehicle, do not stay inside. Instead, get out of your car and sit or lay next to your car.
As you can see from the devastating pictures below, having the knowledge and being prepared for a disaster is extremely important. Every individual needs to have an earthquake survival kit in their home, in their car and their workplace because we truly never know when a disaster can strike.