#PlanAhead for better food options in your emergency preparedness kit #NatlPrep

Accounting and preparing your food for three days per person seems easy, but you’ll have to do better nutrition planning than just cans of vienna sausage and cup-o-noodles.

Make sure you PlanAhead for your favorite #MRE in your emergency preparedness kit otherwise you will have an unsavory disaster. #NatlPrep

MREs (Meals Ready to Eat) is a great resource for your kit. Plan accordingly as you should find the right flavor that meets your needs. There are various flavors now including (vegan, gluten free, vegetarian, etc…)

IMHO, hot sauce/sriracha is still critically important.

Choose wisely and improve your chances during a disaster.

For more tips, check out http://www.ready.gov

#PlanAhead for your emergency food supply!

@rusnivek

 

Because the house isn’t on fire #DFT2015

So here’s a recap of my deep fried turkey ordeal in 2015

Oil splashing is VERY real. I measured several times the fill rates with water, and we still have spillage. As you can see, the hazard is real and there is no room for error.


The overfill could have caught fire and ignited a gigantic fire ball.

Luckily, I took all precautions and things turned out great. Turnout gear and fire gloves – MANDATORY!


Birds all vary in size and no matter how many times you’ve done this before, you can never be too safe.

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So what did we learn?

Plan for fire. Wear more than just shorts and flip flops. Boots, nomex everything!

 


Plan to be outdoors the whole time and never do it indoors.  

Hazards are real and you could explode and catch fire.


Use pure peanut oil to allow for the highest smoke point. Do NOT use olive oil.


Peanut oil actually expires so please check your expiration dates on the peanut oil package.


Measure your oil level first with water before you start frying. Use a catch bin like this seafood basket to better handle your bird and increase your chance of NOT dropping bird and splashing molten hot oil on everyone.


Just like El Guapo, make sure you have a plethora of fire extinguishers around.


Do it on concrete.


Have some aerial ops going on to help document your work.


Take photos while frying. (skillz)


Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Glad I’m not dead or caught the house on fire.

Whew.
@rusnivek

Pushing the envelope and advice

Not going to lie…I think I’ve been working too hard. I haven’t been getting enough sleep and I’ve been pushing the envelope a bit much.

Those on the inner circle know.

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Leaders frequently walk alone.

Gah, I wish I had this view again.

On this Aloha Friday, I am reminded by my late Grandparents who frequently said to me, “stop and smell the roses.

I should listen more often.

Enjoy your Aloha Friday everyone.

@rusnivek

National Call to Action Day! Thanks to @PrepareAthon @ReadyGov 

Take a few minutes to commit to being ready for disasters that may threaten your community. The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Region V office in Chicago, Ill., is encouraging everyone to take part in America’s PrepareAthon! National Day of Action on April 30 and consider doing at least one activity to improve your resilience to potential disasters.

“Spring in the Midwest can bring a heightened risk for severe weather, so it’s even more critical for people to get ready now,” said FEMA Region V Administrator Andrew Velasquez III. “Be proactive, and engage your family, friends and neighbors in one of the many simple ways to prepare for emergencies.”

Sign up for local alerts and warnings and check for access to wireless emergency alerts. Visit your city and/or county website to find out if they offer emergency alert notifications through their own systems. You should also ensure your cell phone is enabled to receive Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) to warn you of extreme weather and other emergencies in your area. And always heed the weather warnings from your local National Weather Service Office (NWS).

Download the free FEMA app to get and stay prepared: Access disaster safety tips, an emergency kit list, emergency meeting location information, and a map with open shelters. Text ANDROID or APPLE to 43362 (4FEMA) and receive a link for download.

Follow preparedness agencies on Twitter like @FEMA  @FEMARegion5 @Ohio_EMA @rusnivek @ReadyGov @PrepareAthon @CraigatFEMA for quick information and regularly posted preparedness tips.

Develop and test emergency communications plans. Visit www.Ready.gov/plan-for-your-risks for tips on how to ensure your plan is as comprehensive as possible.

Assemble or update emergency supplies. Include drinking water, a first-aid kit, canned food, a radio, flashlight and blankets. Visit www.Ready.gov/build-a-kit for a disaster supply checklist. Don’t forget to store additional supply kits in your car and at the office too.

Collect and safeguard critical documents. Keep copies in your home and store originals in a secure place outside the home, such as a bank safe deposit box.

These easy preparedness steps takes seconds to complete. 

  

Be a part of the 2015 National Call to Action and be prepared for any disaster or emergency.

@rusnivek


3 days of food per person for your emergency preparedness kit #NatlPrep #Prepared2014

The start of the third week in 2014 National Preparedness Month.

“Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare”

Starting this week out with the good stuff!

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

#14: Shelf stable foods (like MREs) for 3 days/person MUST be in your preparedness kit #NatlPrep #Prepared2014

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MREs or Meals Ready to Eat are really the “gold standard” in preparedness efforts. Now, I know what you’re thinking….gold standard = delicious. However, that is furthest from the truth. They are not as delicious as you think.

It would be worth noting that each of these MREs pack a whopping 2,200 calories. The idea behind the high calorie count is that a person who is working at maximum capacity (at war) does not have time to casually sit and enjoy three different meals a day. In just one meal, the MRE has relatively enough calories to push you through the day with only one “sitting”.

My “favorites” include

  • Chicken and rice
  • Pork with rice in BBQ sauce
  • Spaghetti with Meat & sauce

My MRE I really try to avoid?

  • Chicken Ala King
  • Beef Stew
  • Tuna with noodles

If you have never opened or used an MRE before, it would behoove you to do so before a disaster. For starters, there is a heating pack to warm your main entrée up (aka Flameless ration heater). This does require water for the thermal reaction to take place.

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Also seasonings like tabasco sauce, Xylitol chewing gum, and a moist towelette are considered to be the most sought after pieces of each MRE. Use/trade them sparingly.

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If you decide to go an alternate route and purchase a heater meal type or a bunch of Vienna sausage, make sure you try these products out before you have to use them during an emergency. Know your emergency supplies and rotate them out regularly.

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Gaaahhhhh! So many things to remember, but if you start out simple and check your food for three days per person…you’ll have your kit ready and be better prepared for an emergency.

@rusnivek

Know your current weather by using one of these #NatlPrep #Prepared2014

Midway through the second week in 2014 National Preparedness Month!

“Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare”

It’s Wicked Wednesdays because bad weather is coming!

This week’s theme is consistent with FEMA’s National Preparedness Campaign: Know How To plan for specific needs before a Disaster.

#10: Know the your current weather outlook by using a NOAA NWS Weather Radio #NatlPrep #Prepared2014

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Don’t forget to program your weather radio too! Because weather affects everyone, plan and anticipate adverse weather by having your weather radio ready!

(And if you happen to be in the Cleveland area = 162.550mHz     SAME#039035)

What is a NOAA NWS Weather radio?

My weather radio? Midland WR-300 with a Midland 18-STR visual strobe alert.

Why am I talking about weather radios?

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Be safe…because this is about to hit us here in NE Ohio.

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Woof!

@rusnivek