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Websites that I recommend you check out before and during your kit making and planning process.

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The below site link is really very important. It shows just how bad the situation can get. Just when you think help has arrived, often times you get worse treatment from them than you did your unprepared neighbors. Remember we now live in an instantaneous society with a huge "ME" ego. When you excerise old forms of common sense and wisdom you are looked down upon because you actually take the time to plan ahead. You are, as they mentioned, perceived as one who has an unjust advantage. The only advantage you have is being smarter than the rest. You become the target of their frustrations.
Read it through carefully, maybe even several times to absorb all it says. Once the initial danger has passed there is the danger during recovery and it comes from all angles even those sent to help recover. Never under estimate the depth to which humans can stoop nor the height to which they can rise, just be wary of the difference.

Thoughts On Disaster Survival -very good advice from a been there done that person.

  • So you are interested in planning for an emergency. Seems like a big task! Well here is some help. It takes you through a step-by-step way to make your plans. Any large task is best tackled by breaking it down into smaller task that can be managed.


  • A very good board with a several forums on preparation: 

and specific disaster preparation info here: 


and here:

These page are open to general observation but you have to become a board member to see other forums and to post any information.


                        HOW TO PLAN FOR AN EMERGENCY
                                         by Lisa Thiesse


  • Say what you will about FEMA's function ability but they do have a wealth of information.
  • Ok, we are now into hurricane season. Here is the link to the hurricane preparations site from NOAA. It has the base key points you need to know, Kit, plan, evacuation spots, home security for leaving or staying, and pet plan. All of you who live in the eastern and southern coastal areas take careful note. This is your time to get ready. Most major storms come late in August and early September but can come earlier so now is the time to get on the ball and make ready. Buy you plywood now while it is cheap and available. With drought conditions in the southeast get as much water as you can now while it is still available. Get what ever type of purification system you prefer or make you own as shown here in this site now while supplies are easy to find. Fortunately you get some warning but storms have been known to turn at the last minute so you could be caught unready if you don't plan ahead. Katrina made a last minute move that devistated parts of Mississippin and Alabama that probably would have been ok if not for the last minute change. Last minute preparations get very costly so do what you need to when things are easy to get.  Just remember it wasn't raining when Noah started building the ark. You should be building your ark(kit and plan) now before the season gets into full swing.

  • 3 Days  3 Ways Are you ready?


  • Terror Survival Guide - from FOX's news website with preparation and precaution advice

  • Hurricane specific preparation from NOAA and FEMA
  • Additional sites that are linked up through the NOAA Web site. I add these because of the recent severe earthquake in the western Pacific and the resultant tsunamis that reached California and did some damage as well as the coming winter and the headaches that winter storms bring.





  • The Home Safety Counsel provides more than just Disaster Readiness. They are full of good tips for safety at home at anytime.
  • This is a Federal Government site and I know a lot of people are leery of the Feds but, if you ignore their incompetence and pay attention to what they have provided you can learn a thing or two.
  • This is a nice collaboration between NOAA, FEMA, and the Red Cross. It deals primarily with weather problems of the Midwest, severe thunder storms and tornadoes. With the changing weather it may no longer be the Midwest that has to deal with this type of weather. The deep south and eastern seaboard  has always had the same problem but not as often nor as severe. Now it seems every place is starting to experience such weather extremes. As with the other sites listed the best part is "how to plan for an emergency," "which types of emergency to plan for," and lastly how to get a kit or emergency set up together when the severe weather hits.

  • What I like about the Red Cross is that they help you plan ahead and are there when you need them. Just remember, they too can be swamped with cries for assistance. Like the government they are not the first answer to your problems in times of crisis, YOU ARE.
  • This site from New Port Beach is one of my favorites. It starts out by providing information on the various types of natural and manmade disasters and what you can expect to happen. It also has useful links to NOAA, the USGS earthquake site to name a few. Then it gives a pretty comprehensive list of items by category for your Emergency Kits.
  • This Polk County Florida site is one of the better ones for folks living on the eastern seaboard coast as well as the Gulf Coast. It focuses on severe weather and its related hazards.
  • Now from my neck of the woods. The Seattle Times has done a wonderful job to include pictures of earthquake retrofitting, utility shut off, and since it is in a PDF format, you can print the list pages and use them as a check off list.
  • This is an ideal site because it is the state's own public booklet on emergency readiness. Again it is in PDF format so you can print it all out or just the pages you need.
  • Here are a couple of good sites with valuable info. The first is a wilderness survival site. Now before you freak out consider the fact that a flood, earthquake or storm could render your house uninhabitable. You may have to move to your yard or hit the road. Depending on the area of devastation you might have to set up a camp for the night before moving on. So wilderness survival skills are good things to have at the ready. The second one is an offshoot of the first in that it provides good info and pictures on how to make a homemade alcohol stove if you don't already have a camp stove or burner of some type.
  • Granted you may not agree with the philosophy of some of the sites but, remember this is not about your sensibilities. It is about you and your family making it through some very difficult times. During those times you will just have to throw your political correctness to the curb and prepare to live in what ever way the circumstances dictate. When it is a competition between you and Mother Nature she will not care how politically correct you are. She will only care if you have the skills, determination, and common sense to deal with her.


  • Doug Ritter's Disaster Preparedness and Urban survival pages

  • Below is a list of State, regional, and local Emergency Management with local area specific data and info for individual Emergency preparation.














                        (this is a link to more links in Florida)

On these two pages you will find tips for cleaning and sanitation. These tips and cleaning recipes are meant for the here and now but with a little thought you will realize how important they will be when you are in disaster mode. One of the worst problems in disaster mode is SANITATION. It is the biggest cause of diseases that affects all areas that have been hit by a major disaster. Now understand this deals on a small scale of individual sanitation. Larger problems of downed trees, collapsed building, etc are not covered here. What this will provide is how to stay clean and healthy in your sheltered living till you are back on your feet.




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