Category: emergency preparedness

Food Preservation: Home Canning Safety

Many people discovered new hobbies during the pandemic. Some learned to bake bread. Others took up knitting and crocheting. Still others found self-care in gardening and preserving the literal fruits—and vegetables—of their labors. Food preservation is an excellent way to extend the shelf life of produce, meats, and seafood, and add to your emergency food Read More >

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Farm Animal Emergency Preparedness

June is National Pet Preparedness Month. Raising farm animals can bring lots of joy and is a great learning opportunity for families. However, they can have special needs when it comes to preparing for emergencies. Their owners should make sure they have a plan before a disaster happens. Plan ahead to keep animals safe Plan Read More >

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Must-Haves for Your First-Aid Kit

First-aid kits are nothing new. They go back over 100 years to when, as the story goes, Robert Wood Johnson debuted the first-aid cabinet in 1888.(1) First-aid kits have changed over the years, but they are as useful as ever. They make it possible for ordinary people to be the help until professional help arrives. Read More >

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Emergency Preparedness Tips for Parents of Children with Special Healthcare Needs

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April is National Autism Awareness Month. It is also a time of year when people must prepare for severe weather. April, May, and June are peak months for tornadoes in many states. The Atlantic hurricane season officially starts on June 1. Emergencies come in all sizes and affect people in different ways. All emergencies require Read More >

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Stay Informed: How Scales Help Us Describe Disasters

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Last year’s Atlantic hurricane season was record-breaking. There were 30 named storms during the 2020 season. Thirteen of those became hurricanes (top winds of 74 mph or greater). Six of those reached Category 3 or higher.(1) Hurricanes are categorized using the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Other scales are used by experts to explain and describe Read More >

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When Evacuation is a Must – Protect Yourself from Norovirus

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Natural disasters are unpredictable. Often, we don’t know when or where they will happen or if we will have to leave our homes because of them. Evacuations for hurricanes and wildfires can force people into emergency shelters, where close quarters, shared spaces, and high-touch surfaces can make it easy for norovirus to spread. Norovirus outbreaks Read More >

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