Posts Tagged ‘earthquake kit’

Different Earthquake, Same Question: Are You Ready?

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

Chile earthquakeWhen the Haiti earthquake struck in January, the incident was a wake-up call to the rest of the world, and we encouraged readers to prepare an earthquake emergency kit. Last week, a devastatingly large earthquake hit Chile — an 8.8 magnitude that has left near 1,000 dead. Today, we’re asking you the same question we did less than two months ago:

Are you ready yet?

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Haiti’s Earthquake: Would You Have Been Prepared?

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Earthquake KitIn yesterday’s post,  I touched on the tragedy in Haiti last week. I mentioned that despite the immense devastation, I was encouraged by the world’s response of generous giving. And while that was true, I also found myself wondering about the seeming unpreparedness that some organizations have displayed in sending aid to the hurting nation. This, of course, led me to the question, “Why weren’t more people prepared for this?” Earthquakes, floods, hurricanes — these things happen. Just because we don’t know exactly when they’re coming doesn’t exclude the fact that we know they are coming. And then I probed a little deeper, asking myself a similar question: Would I have been prepared for a disaster like this were it to strike my own home?

Quite honestly, I had to say no. Unfortunately, I imagine many others would respond similarly given the same question. So, in light of my personal negligence and disregard for safety, I’ve compiled a number of references below on earthquake kits and earthquake safety.

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Helping Haiti Recover from Disaster

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Peacekeeping - MINUSTAHIt seemed like the world was in a fog following the disastrous events in Haiti last week. I know I was…

The Caribbean nation experienced a massive 7.0 earthquake on Tuesday that left the country in ruins, and over 100,000 people are estimated dead. While learning about such a tragedy was heart-wrenching, I was encouraged to see immediate efforts to collect resources and send aid to the hurting nation. Countless relief organizations began allocating funds, governments mobilized aide workers, and many people began generously giving — even in the midst of a financial crisis. This outpouring of money and resources has overwhelmingly shown us that love for your fellow man is more important than personal wealth and prosperity.

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APHA Launches Get Ready: Set Your Clocks, Check Your Stocks Campaign

Friday, February 29th, 2008

The American Public Health Association is launching a campaign to help Americans remember to check and restock their emergency preparedness kits.  The “Get Ready: Set Your Clocks, Check Your Stocks” campaign is aimed at getting households to gather and refresh their emergency supplies before a potential disaster occurs on every daylight savings time adjustment. The next daylights savings change occurs on March 9th, when we will spring forward one hour. 

“Since we already use daylight saving as an opportunity to ensure that our families are prepared for an emergency, it’s a great time for us also to make sure that we have a fully stocked emergency kit and that none of the perishable items have expired,” said Georges C. Benjamin, APHA’s executive director. “When we spring forward this year, we want every American to make sure their family has a preparedness kit to fall back on in the event of an emergency.” 

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Uses of LED Lanterns in Emergency Situations

Saturday, February 16th, 2008

Whether it’s at a car accident at night or during a power outage at home, having light available when you need it is important.  While there are countless flashlights and other light sources on the market for you to choose from, one of your best options in emergency situations can be a basic LED lantern.  These lanterns can be extremely versatile and capable of adapting to different needs, and because they use LED’s instead of standard flashlight bulbs they require less energy to use while producing ample light with very little heat.

LED lanterns can be a great addition to your emergency roadside kit, since they can be used both in flashlight form as well as in a standard lantern configuration to illuminate the entire area.  As an added bonus, many LED lanterns feature settings where they can be used as emergency blinkers in place of road flares as well.  If you have an earthquake kit or other emergency kit at your home, an LED lantern will take much longer to drain its batteries than a standard flashlight so it can stay in storage for longer and still provide you with light when you need it.  In addition to a longer shelf life, this reduced energy requirement also means that your LED lantern will operate off of standard batteries instead of requiring bulky and expensive lantern batteries like standard lantern flashlights often do.

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