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Too much water and then not enough water!

Still talking about kits and bags this week for #2021 #National #Preparedness Month!

If you happen to see these types of bags…

Yep, flooding is the most common type of natural hazard that can impact any community across our great nation. Do NOT go running out to buy 100s of sand bags. But do know they are difficult to fill and move. Backbreaking work. But if you live in a #flood prone area, you likely know where to get them in short order. (If you don’t, here’s your hint)

Additionally, a common sign that we see post area wide flooding is the “No Running Water” sign likely caused by flood waters breeching the underground water #supply line. This is why you should have at least one #gallon of #water per person in your #disaster preparedness kit.

We hope all these small tips on kit enhancements help your family be better prepared.

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Kits all week!

Kits all week! – Wait, how is your preparedness kit?

This week, we are providing easy tips to help enhance your #preparedness #kits – all part of #2021 #National Preparedness Month!

Since you follow us, It is very likely that you already have a great preparedness kit. One thing we share is that your preparedness kit should be a #backpack. By having a backpack style preparedness kit, it allows you to have both hands free to do other things like read important text messages, holding your flashlight for safe travels, or just earning your Wilderness Explorer Tribe 54, SweatLodge 12 badge.

Thanks for the support Russell – well done!

@rusnivek

Mutts about today’s tips!

We’re #mutts about today’s post sharing the good words in the 2021 #National #Preparedness #Month!

This week, we continue to focus in on kits. And today, we want to enhance your #pet #preparedness #kits as our pets are an important part of our family. So here are some paws-ible options you could add to your pet preparedness kit.

*#Food – portioned and separated into individual bags so that it makes feeding and approximating how much food your pet needs
*#Water – Everyone is thirsty in a disaster
*#Medication – #flea #Tick #heartworm meds are important
*#vet medical card – in case you have to evacuate, your can easily document your pets’ medical conditions/issues to others providing veterinary care.
*#Pictures – in case you get separated, this will help identify you and your pet
We also included @FEMA’s list to help augment your pre-existing pet preparedness kit.

Just a few ideas to make you more furmiliar with your pet preparedness kit.

@rusnivek

Kit…Kitt…KITT!!!

Kit…..kitt…..KITT!!!!! No, not that kind of kitt!

This week, we are focusing in on #preparedness #kits. But today we wanted to give you a few ideas for your #vehicle #preparedness kit.

*#JumperCables: Never know when your battery could go out.
*#TireGauge: After a disaster, debris litters the roadway. Good tire pressure is a good thing.
*#Blankets: Nice #picnic blanket OR keep you and the family warm this winter #szn.
*#FirstAid kit: Because we all have that one klutz in the #family.
*#WetWipes/#Diaper #wipes: When traveling, things just get dirty!
*AM/FM #radio: local #news #broadcast and emergency #phone #charger.
*A document folder: Nice to have a folder with critical documents for reference. #Insurance information, printed maps, important phone numbers from local resources, and of course the important family communications plan too! Just remember to regularly change it out to include the most up to date info.

Just a few more ways you can better prep yourself for any #emergency or #disaster.
All part of #2021 #National Preparedness Month

I bet KITT didn’t have a 3-ring binder in the front seat…

@rusnivek

Lost? Why are things lost during September?!?

This week, we focus in on your kit. But if you wait till the last minute, it’ll be tough for you to have a complete #preparedness #kit. We encourage you to plan accordingly and ahead of time so that you are ready to handle any emergency.

Order your #supplies and readily check the #expiration #dates on specific items. Consider a regular rotation of items before they expire.

Bec late ain’t great. But on time is divine!

More preparedness tips all month long all to match #2021 National Preparedness Month!

@rusnivek

Plans should be flexible!

As we close out the first week of planning in 2021 #National #Preparedness Month, we want to remind you that your plans should be flexible and be able to adapt to new #situations. In your preparedness efforts, consider including a #notebook or a #notepad that you can keep free form #notes from various sources.

New information is always being shared from #trusted sources so you should be able to take that info down quickly. Phone numbers, websites, social media accounts, passwords, hours of disaster #recovery #centers, open/closed #roadway, #shelter hours, etc…..basically all the important stuff you’ll need to reference on the regular. Look, the easiest way is to write it out! From maps, notes, drawings, phone numbers….everything can be done manually.

Your snazzy phone? Remember that your phone, esp in an emergency or #disaster, should be used for #communications – not mundane note taking or scribble notes.

Consider having various notebooks in different colors for each person in your preparedness kit.
Also, don’t forget the favorite writing utensils too. I said writing utensils, not just one.

Pictured above are a few of the notebooks I carry on every disaster deployment.
I usually carried in my right cargo pocket.

Hope you are as #prepared for #disasters.
Next week, we talk more about your #kit!

@rusnivek

Evacuation planning? WAT?!!??!?

Plans for #evacuation is critically important. That’s why we want you to have multiple options for leaving #danger areas quickly.

Be mindful that during an #emergency, it is likely that many other #evacuees might be traveling the same route as you AND in their personal vehicles, so consider alternate forms of #transportation (like #train, #bus, #bicycle, etc…).

Consider plotting alternate routes or double check your preexisting #plans for new road/#building #construction.

#prepared #ready #disaster #NPM

More to come tomorrow!

@rusnivek

Click here to demobilize

After 12 long months of being deployed to FEMA Region-1 and covering the COVID ordeal including PPE, testing, vaccinations, and funeral assistance…I am demobilizing.

Phew.

During my deployment, I covered six (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, and VT) states and 10-tribal nations. Whoa, that’s a lot.

Time to take a break!

@rusnivek