How To Prepare for an Emergency When You Have Hearing Loss

September is emergency preparedness month making my most recent NYC Chapter HLAA meeting very timely. It was all about emergency preparedness with a special emphasis on tips for people with hearing loss. I thought the information was so useful, I wanted to share it with my readers....more

Emergency Preparedness Essentials…Your Water Supply

Emergency preparedness is a huge subject and there is so much to know.  As I have combed the internet reading about the subject, I realize how woefully unprepared I am.  Not a good feeling!  Everyone has to start somewhere, though…so I am going to start with the basics that everyone needs:  Water and food, in that order.  I am going to focus on water first, because none of us can survive long without it....more

DIY Budget-Friendly Rocket Stove

Before I delve into the topic of how to make a budget-friendly rocket stove and talk about your different fueling options, I want to remind you about fire safety.  These stoves are for emergencies and need to be watched carefully by adults so that they don’t start a housefire.  Remember to use your rocket stove in a safe place, away from things that would ignite, and have proper ventilation.  It is wise to have a charged fire extenguisher around any time that you are working with fire....more

How to Properly Prepare for a Disaster: Are You Ready?

The United States experiences more than 1,200 tornadoes annually—four times the amount seen in Europe. In the last 100 years, we have had about 130 major earthquakes world-wide per year.  It seems like we are also experiencing more earthquakes and that they are increasing in intensity and destruction.   Earthquakes and tornadoes can cause mass destruction, completely destroy houses and businesses, shut down entire cities, leave many residents homeless, and lead to devastating injuries with vast numbers of lives lost.  Do you know exactly what to do if disaster strikes?...more
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Don’t Get Caught With Your Pants Down – Being Ready for an Emergency

Do you know when the best time is to plan for an emergency or a crisis?When you’re not in the middle of one, that’s when. ...more

My Plan for Emergencies and How I'm Prepared with a 72-Hour Kit

We’re not super preppers, we don’t have a massive food supply. We have enough guns for the two of us to carry and use.  However, we do have 72-Hour Kit that would allow our family to bug out or bug in. We could comfortably live for at least 72 hours without electricity or running water. We still need sleeping pads and a bag for extra clothes for the family.  When December 21 rolls around and the apocolypse happens, we”ll have a good start....more

Survival Kits for New Moms, College Students, Fantasy Football Wives, and Your Plain and Simple Apocalypse

I am not an alarmist by nature. I do not fear using public restrooms or flying on an airplane. I’m actually fairly good at responding in a time of crisis. I do not overreact or allow my emotions to control everything. Although I can be emotional, especially when it comes to my children, my husband’s obsession with fantasy football, or certain shows like Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (watching families collapsing in tears at the big reveal gets me every time)....more

Every emergency plan should include ginger ale

My wake up call came at 3:30 this morning. The baby was up, this time with a little drama, which required nursing, rocking, back rubbing. The funny thing is I kept hearing some sort of faint moaning/crying sound. I was thinking ghosts at first. I mean, naturally, right?And then I thought there was something intuitive going on in my brain. There was a child close to me suffering somewhere. Something was up.And then the baby was almost asleep on my shoulder when I heard the cry from the next room. You know the cry.Like a siren in the night....more
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In case of a child emergency, are you prepared?

“Is he breathing?”This is a question I never, ever, want to ask about my child but found myself doing so just recently to my husband.“Check if he’s breathing!” Please say he’s breathing. Please. Please.My husband finally replied that our son was breathing. Thank you Powers-That-Be!...more

Get Organized for Safety! You're Only 15 Minutes from a Completed Emergency Plan

by Sarah Welch and Alicia Rockmore Do the blaring sirens of fire trucks and ambulances give you the willies? If you’re like most people, that answer is a resounding yes. Nobody likes to think of emergencies, but they creep into all of our lives. Just watch the news and you’ll see coverage of homes torn apart by tornadoes, towns destroyed by hurricanes, and trees felled by lightning storms....more