Special Topic – Home Generators
Extended power outages, like the ones after the recent snowstorm in Chicago, make a lot of people wonder about home generators. Let’s talk about the options.
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Women’s Disaster Topics
During a natural or man-made disaster, women can face some unique challenges. In this blog series we will discuss some important topics and provide links to additional resources.
Topic: Pregnancy During a Disaster
Disasters are certainly stressful enough on their own. But what if you’re pregnant during a time of disaster, with no way to know how long you might be displaced or unable to receive emergency care?
You probably have a “go bag” for the hospital when you go into labor. Be sure to also make a bag in the event you have to evacuate your home due to a disaster of some sort during your pregnancy. Emergency food and water, medications including your prenatal vitamins, birthing supplies, basic baby care items such as food and a portable crib, emergency phone numbers, and more.
The Path to Preparedness
What does Emergency Preparedness mean to you? Does it mean being responsibly armed? Knowing how to change a flat? Having a first aid kit in your car? Or full-on stockpiling of ammo, food, and water? It can be overwhelming to think of all the things you might need to be prepared for in your life, so in this blog series we will break it down into manageable steps. Set yourself on the path to gain the confidence and tools to handle anything that comes your way.
Topic: Basic Life Skills Checklist
My first and most important step on my personal journey to preparedness was acknowledging that bad things happen to anyone, anywhere, anytime, for no reason. I can remain blind to that, be caught completely off guard, and then hope someone else will help me. Or I can take accountability for myself and my family and gain the skills I need to deal with whatever life might throw our way.
There are some core skills everyone should learn. Here’s a checklist to help you get started.Read more ...