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Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Some things are more important in your emergency preparedness program than others.  Think about what the immediate needs of those who witnessed the tidal wave that hit the Fukujima, Japan nuclear power plant and its’ environs.  FIVE MINUTES AFTER THE DISASTER, WHAT DO YOU THINK THE SURVIVORS THOUGHTS WERE ABOUT THEIR IMMEDIATE NEEDS? Consider:  “Where can I get a clean glass of water,” and shortly thereafter, “Where can I find a restroom that is still working?”

Remember the rule of 3’s: you can live 3 minutes without air, 3 days without water, and 3 weeks without food. If scared enough from the disaster, you may last 3 seconds, or 3 hours before needing toilet facilities, depending on how well you handle stress.  If a scarey movie makes you wet your pants, think what an 8.5 recter scale earthquake might do, and the first thing you’ll be looking for is your waterless Sanitation Kit, and the privacy of a springbar “Poopy Port” tent,  .  .  . you and all your neighbors when they see that you are prepared.

See the need and then proceed to get prepared. You’ll feel much better about yourself if the liquids of your life have been adaquately cared for, both in and out.

For further information contact: (your area Emergency Preparedness Specialist)

Emergency Preparedness – Clean Mind, Clean Body . . . Take Your Pick

Friday, March 30th, 2007

“Don’t be so heavenly minded that you are of no earthly use,” said President Kimball to a young missionary. I have always pondered if heavenly and earthly things are mutually exclusive.

“Cleanliness is next to godliness.” In heaven I’m sure this is true. But here?

Actually, cleanliness is next to impossible when public services break down after a disaster. Billions of people today are living in horribly unsanitary conditions because their public services are a disaster. This simple fact greets first time foreign travelers and quickly takes some of the excitement out of their adventure. Some never regain interest in travel unless they discover modern products to keep clean.

Waterless sanitizing hand gel is one such product. Concentrates for clothes washing may need Clorox to sanitize the water. You may want bottled water to use with soaps and shampoos. These clean the outside.

What about the inside? What you eat and drink may really mess you up – unless you know the travelers secret. “Listerine kills millions of germs on contact.” Two swallows will clean you out quickly. Don’t leave home without it. Get some of these items in your home and think through how you’ll keep clean.


Imagine Life Without a Toothbrush

Saturday, May 13th, 2006

Emergency Preparedness – Imagine Life Without a Toothbrush

   At the beginning of the 20th Century two things were certain:  the average American family of four had one toothbrush per household, and that family was lucky to have two full sets of teeth between them.
   The greatest advances in oral hygiene have been made in just the last 70 years.  Exported Chinese hog bristles made it possible for toothbrushes to be cheap.  Tooth powder (a big step up from baking soda) was replaced by toothpaste when someone realized paste could be dispensed from a squeeze tube used for artist paints.   Now we have arrived at $80-120 rechargeable oral hygiene systems that include spinning brushes, gum stimulators, water flushers and sprayers.  Wow, your mouth can now feel as good as your feet after a run in Dr. Scholl’s gel inserts or Michael Jordan $120 signature model athletic shoes.
   You can imagine what life would be like without a toothbrush.  Halitosis is better than no breathe at all, but not much.  Good toothbrushes cost about $1.  Pick up some extras this week for your inventory, along with some extra toothpaste.   Remember, if you are true to your teeth, they will never be false to you.
   For more information contact (your emergency preparedness specialist).

Toiletology 101

Saturday, May 13th, 2006

Emergency Preparedness – Toiletology 101


   There is disagreement over who was the inventor of the modern flush toilet – Thomas Crapper (1837-1910), an English sanitary engineer, or Sir John Harrington, another Englishman of the 16th Century.

   At the end of World War I fewer than 30% of U.S. homes had bathrooms and returning G.I.s began to bring plumbing indoors, privy to the influences of Mr. Crapper and Mr. John encountered in Europe.

This invention, largely ignored, has done more to revolutionize the world’s health than has any vaccine.

QUESTION:  What back up sanitation system do you have in your preparedness program if your current porcelain appliance fails?  Earthquakes reshuffle resources, and if water systems are compromised, sewer systems generally are too.  Would an earthquake send you outside again, or have you already flushed out an alternative solution.  Waterless, sanitized, containerized systems are available.  You can find help with this head teaser from (your emergency preparedness specialist).


Infectious Diseases

Saturday, May 13th, 2006

Emergency Preparedness – Infectious Diseases

    The biggest threats of infectious disease after disasters don’t come from dead or decaying bodies, or even spoiled food.  They result from failure of basic public-health services:  sewage disposal and water purification.  That means disaster victims are at risk for enteric disease – intestinal illness.  The culprits:
E. coli:  common cause of diarrhea, cramping, diminished fluids and malnutrition.
Vibrio cholera:  mostly eradicated in the U.S., but acquired from poorly cooked shellfish in the South.
Salmonella caused dysentery, more harsh than E coli, brings fever, and bloody and mucousy discharges.
Typhoid fever:  Salmonella in the bowel causes high fever and dehydration to damage other organs.
    Modern medicine deals pretty well with all of these problems by prescribing antibiotics and antidiarrheals and by aggressively replacing lost body fluids and salts intravenously to those unable to drink.  The more distant or limited the medical care, the more personal hygiene knowledge, stored resources and vigilance against exposure are essential for survival.
    So much of medical practice depends on electrical power.  No air conditioning,  no refrigeration, limited transportation and degraded hospitals could easily return medical care to the 19th century.  To have clean water to drink and to wash your hands with sanitizing soap could be most important until the doctor comes.
   For more information contact (your emergency preparedness specialist).

Infants Farewell

Saturday, May 13th, 2006

Emergency Preparedness – Infants Farewell

   The following is text from a SITREP from William Griffith, 315th Wing Deployment Officer and Shelter Commander of 731 people, Keesler AFB, Miss., DAY THREE (30 Aug 05) of Hurricane Katrina:
“. . . SUPPLIES RUNNING OUT.  Most critical shortfalls:  food, diapers, baby food, and feminine hygiene products.  Issue MREs for adults.  Assign “Baby POC” (Person Of Command) to track baby supplies.  Develop new metric for morning/evening briefings – diaper burn rate.  17 infants in shelter x 5 diapers/day & 4 jars of baby food/day.  Have one day supply of diapers, two days of baby food, but at least three more days in the shelter.  Luckily, Sanitation Kits (l961 era Civil Defense barrels) include 44-year old feminine products. . .authorize Chaplain to take a small raiding party to Chapel next door to get rocking chairs for parents with small children.”  DOES THIS SAY IT ALL ABOUT IMPORTANT RESOURCES?
   Special needs folks and infants don’t fare well in emergencies.  Preparation keeps them out of the news.
   For more information contact (your emergency preparedness specialist).

72 Hour Emergency Kit — #5 Sanitation.

Friday, May 5th, 2006

72 Hour Emergency Kit — #5  Sanitation

     After the basic essentials of  water, food, clothing and shelter comes the all important safety awareness centered on sanitation.  THINK CLEAN.   Recognize that microorganisms bring their own set of hazards into our environment, as do rodent and other critter carriers that emerge after disasters.  Cleanliness is next to godliness, and next to impossible if normal electrical, water and sewer services are breached.  Lack of refrigeration accelerates spoilage, to include worst-case problems dealing with fatalities.   Sterilization techniques and materials are a must to support litter control and first aid efforts. 
     Staying clean, dry and comfortable is enhanced with the following equipment basics:
·         Cover-alls, poncho, latex gloves, waterless hand cleaner, wipes, disinfectants, and other disposables
·         Waterless emergency toilet, female hygiene essentials, trash bags, toilet paper and paper towels
·         Disposable plates, utensils, napkins, and meal preparation procedures that eliminate washing needs
·         Rugged, durable clothing that won’t readily show the dust and dirt of clean up efforts.
·         Shampoo.  Somehow just being able to wash your hair makes you feel clean all over.                                    
What can’t be buried or burned has to be stored in a secured fashion for later disposal.
For more ideas contact (your emergency preparedness specialist).

Potty Talk

Tuesday, April 18th, 2006

    Ten times more people die or are incapacitated after disasters from poor sanitation conditions than are injured in the disaster itself.  After the earthquakes in January, l994, in North Ridge, California, not only was the water system breached, but the sewer system was also.  Nothing flushed.  This caused the #1 and #2 problems, if you catch my drift, and the entire town stunk.  Trucked in from as far away as Las Vegas, Nevada, water was only used for drinking.

     Waterless sewage disposal procedures are of greatest importance in an emergency.  The best system I have ever seen is a 25 gallon barrel unit prepared for the old Civil Defense shelter program of the 1950’s.  For $15 this surplus unit satisfies the needs of 50 people for 30 days, if you can just find one.  Smith and Edwards (the North Ogden Mall) has them.  Otherwise, get your shovel and a Boy Scout who can quickly teach you the PPP no-trace camping principles of backyard slit trench technology that is best used only on dark nights when it is warm outside.  A little preparation can save a lot of grief and embarrassment.

     For more information contact (your emergency preparedness specialist).