Naturally, our primary focus is home security, but we also like to remind you that criminals are not the only threat to your family’s safety. This is why we offer you information and products to help promote child safety and to increase your protection from things like fire, flooding or damage to your home caused by freezing temperatures. From time to time we also like to remind you to think about large-scale natural disasters and the ways in which you can work to prepare yourself to survive if you should ever be forced to do so. For the next several minutes, let’s think about a few scenarios and please be honest with yourself in brainstorming how you would survive each of these.
At the time of this post, Hurricane Sandy was the last hurricane to cause significant damage in the U.S. and the Caribbean. For many of us, this particular hurricane was a wake-up call of sorts as it hit America’s eastern coast, which was largely unprepared for such an event. Many residents were forced out of their homes completely, while others were several days and even weeks without utilities like water and electricity.
If you were fortunate enough to avoid Sandy’s wrath, it would be foolish to heave a sigh of relief and believe that such a thing could never happen to you. Instead, think for a moment how you and your family would fare if a hurricane hit your city tomorrow? Would you have enough clean drinking water on hand? How would you eat if the food in your refrigerator were to spoil and all of your neighborhood grocers were closed for business for several weeks? Would you even be able to tend to a loved one’s wounds to help stop bleeding, pain or infection without having access to a doctor or a hospital?
Unfortunately, residential fires happen every day throughout the world. The cause of these events may range from arson to accidental fires caused by faulty wiring, damaged appliances, cooking mishaps or pure negligence (as in with candles or cigarettes). While no one likes to think of the chances of this happening to them, we have to be realistic in that fires are common.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, between 2008 and 2010 ninety-two percent of all deaths resulting from fires at a home were the result of burns or smoke inhalation. Fires tend to happen most frequently at night while people are sleeping and a large percentage of people who die in fires were trying to escape when they drew their last breath. As unfortunate as these deaths are, we can all hope to avoid a similar fate by facing the facts head-on and doing our best to be prepared for the possibility of a fire. Preparation includes assuring that smoke detectors are in working order with fully charged batteries, keeping a fire extinguisher on hand, keeping emergency ladders near windows that aren’t on ground floors, creating escape plans with family members and holding regular fire drills for practice.
We Are Here to Help
In addition to offering a good selection of emergency items in our main store, we also offer informational products such as the Mayday Pocket Guides for first aid and outdoor survival. We strongly suggest making a list of all of the things that you need to survive a catastrophe which may cause you to be without food, water, first aid and shelter for at least a week. Remember, that in cases of large scale disaster (such as hurricanes, earthquakes, etc.) police, fire and rescue crews will have their hands full, so it is up to you to keep your family healthy and alive on your own.
Do You Own a Survival Kit?
We’ve taken notes from news reports, survival experts and homeowners who’ve lived to tell about their experience with disastrous events. In doing so, we’ve also taken the time to hand-select certain products that we believe everyone should have on hand just in case. If you don’t have a survival kit, we highly recommend a Guardian 1 Person Deluxe Hunter’s Survival Kit for every member of your family. Don’t let the name fool you, either. While this kit is perfect for hunters and campers, it also provides all of the necessities needed to survive a natural disaster, such as food, water (including water purification tablets), a body warmer, sleeping bag and much more.
If you own a survival kit or are building one on your own, check out our standalone supplies where you’ll find everything from flashlights to blankets to emergency chargers and a host of other gadgets that can help you when you need them most.
Have you been faced with a disaster that caused you to be without resources for a period of time? What did you learn in the midst of this event that you can share with our readers? Even if you’ve never been faced with a disaster, how prepared do you feel to deal with one? Share your thoughts, experiences and advice in the space below so that we might all work toward being prepared in case disaster strikes.