Don’t keep your family in the dark about your plans! #NatlPrep 

Help your family prepare well before an emergency like simple tools like flashlights.

Don’t leave your family in the dark! #PlanAhead by purchasing flashlights early. Last minute run to the store will yield nothing. #NatlPrep

Make sure your family has all the tools they need to weather the storm or emergency (<–see what I did there?)

Be the beacon of light in your family on preparedness.

@rusnivek

A great additional flashlight for disasters #NatlPrep #PlanAhead

Flashlights (not just flashlight) are key components of your preparedness kit. But there are soooooo many kinds of flashlights to choose from. Keep in mind that handheld ones are important, but headlamps are AWESOME!

Headlamps are GREAT flashlights too bec they allow hands-free operation when gathering things to safely evacuate #NatlPrep

Planning with items like this is a great way to bring light to a dark situation. Yes, pun intended. Hands free makes life easier…esp in a disaster.

When writing up your families’ preparedness plan, don’t forget to include flashlights and a rugged headlamp!

@rusnivek

 

Few pet preparedness tips for 2017 severe weather preparedness week

It’s still 2017 Severe Weather Preparedness Week – today’s topic: pets!

Cold weather affects humans. But think about having to put more than just your two shoes into the snow…think about 4 paws.


I know your pet loves being outside in the snow, soooooooooo:

  • Keep their time outside to a minimum.
  • Consider brushing off their paws before coming into the house.
  • Examine the de-icing salt used for your driveway as some may contain harmful chemicals.
  • Harmful edibles or poisonous mushrooms are often buried under fallen snow.
  • Due to large snow embankments, cars on the road may not see you/your pet on a walk.
  • Flashlights or reflective gear at night will increase your chances of being identified by passing motorists.

Rain or shine, keep your pets warm and well dressed for the weather outside.


For more trusted information on your local weather, check out www.weather.gov for official weather predictions.

@rusnivek

Love me aisles preparedness stuff!

This store’s preparedness section is on fleek!

I love how they have things sectioned into different sections (kinda like by function).

Evacuation supplies seperated from foods.

And of course helmets and flashlights.

Flashlights a plenty!

I wish every store had sections like this dedicated to emergency preparedness / readiness.

@rusnivek

5 easy tips for a safe 2016 Halloween night #TrickOrTreat #boo

Happy Halloween everyone!!!!

Here are a few tips to make sure your little trick-or-treaters are out safe:

1. Make sure everyone can easily see out of their costumes.

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Costume safety!

Cuts and bruises are quick ways to ruin a fun Halloween night.

2. Consult your local jurisdictions (AHJ) on approved times for trick-or-treating.

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Trick-or-Treat!

Never want to show up at someone’s house unexpectedly.

3. Make sure everyone has a flashlight or glow sticks. 

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See and be seen

While driving, it’s hard to see people at night so the more visible you can make everyone, the better.

4. There are chemicals inside those glow sticks – DO NOT let the kiddos chew on them.

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Pop – ewwwwwww!

Whoa.

5. Most of all, have fun!

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Elsa and Anna with Arendelle’s Royal Chefs

It’s great time to be out with your kids.

Have a safe trick-or-treating night!

@rusnivek

 

 

Darkness? My flashlights I carry every day #NatlPrep #power

When the power goes out, your flashlights should be ready to go.

Me? Here are just a few of the flashlights I carry with me every day.

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Yes, I actually carry 3 different flashlights all the time.

  • Get reliable rugged flashlights that you can use in any situation.
  • Double check all flashlights weekly and make sure they are working.
  • Make sure your flashlights have some texture to the handle as rain can cause you to lose grip.

So if you’ve been to a preparedness class with me, you’ve seen my gear.

What kind of flashlights do you carry?

Don’t wait. Communicate. Make your emergency plan today.

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Knowledge is power…so share your power safety tips with everyone.

Don’t get lost in the dark – Be Ready by starting here!

@rusnivek

 

Stop driving through flooded roadways! #TADD #OHFlood #OHWx #Prepared

Every time. Every. Single. Time.

I don’t get it. We preach the #TADD safety message so many times. But yet, it always happens every time we have a heavy rain.

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No kidding Sherlock.

C’mon! What else do we have to say to get people to listen!?!?!?!

Remember: It is NEVER safe to drive or walk into flood waters. #TADD

Kudos to WEWS News Channel-5 in highlighting the dangers of flooded roadways.

Just say it with me, “Turn Around, Don’t Drown! #TADD”

Again.

“Turn Around, Don’t Drown! #TADD”

Again.

“Turn Around, Don’t Drown! #TADD”

More tips on flooding can be found here at Ready.gov

@rusnivek

Important parts of my emergency preparedness kit #NatlPrep #Prepared2014

Starting out the third week in the 2014 National Preparedness Month.

“Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare”

Monday morning with the most important stuff!

This week’s theme is consistent with FEMA’s National Preparedness Campaign: Build an Emergency Kit

#15: Your essential emergency preparedness kit should include flashlights & a cell phone charger #NatlPrep #Prepared2014

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Today’s tip is an easy one – flashlights and phone charger. It takes 10 seconds to include them in your emergency preparedness kit. Do it now.

Also-it seems like we lose power so frequently…so don’t be left in the dark (see what I did there?).

Candles are dumb because you stand the possibility of burning your house down and killing your family. During an emergency, gas leaks are common. Obviously. Candles and a gas leak is a recipe for explosion. #Kaboom Soooooooooo DO NOT USE CANDLES.

Maslow’s hierarchy of needs have grown and now the base layer includes WiFi and phone power. Consider having a charging cable that has the ability to plug into a wall receptacle/plug or a USB charging point.

@rusnivek

Aloha – Need some Hurricane Iselle shelter options?

Aloha – Need some Hurricane Iselle shelter options?

Here is a free easy read shelter map for Oahu.

http://cchnl.maps.arcgis.com/apps/OnePane/basicviewer/index.html?appid=d06eeca5c9a84d1c95944ea8a92f9b7b

1. Find the shelter location nearest to you.

2. Have a plan and several routes planned out on how to get there during heavy traffic.

3. Ready your emergency preparedness kit w/ medications, flashlights, Family Communications plan, and supplies.

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Be akamai peeps.

@rusnivek

Free tips: When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors #NWS #Lightning #safety

This week is National Lightning Safety Week.

It is everyone’s responsibility to be safe especially during thunder and lightning

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Here’s a few free tips you can use to prepare for severe weather like lightning:

  • At any hint of thunder and/or lightning, move quickly to a safe shelter area. Remember the phrase: When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!
  • Immediately postpone all outdoor activities for everyone…including adults!
  • Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage.
  • Break out your emergency preparedness kit and see if all flashlights are working. If not, get them in working order.
  • Charge all of your mobile devices including your cell phone now before the power goes out.

To get up to the minute updates during the Thunderstorm:

  • Use your battery operated NOAA Weather Radio for updates from the National Weather Service.

And after the storm passes, take these precautions as you survey the damage around your house:

  • Do NOT touch downed power lines. Assume all lines are charged and dangerous. Call your emergency services to handle safe removal of lines.
  • Power out? Check the power company’s website from your mobile smart phone to see who else doesn’t have power here.

Feel free to share these tips with your neighbors throughout the year.

@rusnivek