BIG BLACKOUTS ARE LIKE EARTHQUAKES
Update September 9, 2011 As I write this wide parts of Southern California including
Orange County and San Diego County and even parts of Mexico are without electric power. What these residents and businesses
are finding out is that big power blackouts are a lot like earthquakes and you need to prepare for them. You need water,
and food that won't spoil, and gas in your car's tank, and flashlights with batteries. And you need cash because ATMs
and credit card machines probably won't be working either. Even telephone service could fail even though land lines
are supposed to have their own power system. Yes, cell phones can fail too so you should have a back-up plan for communicting
with your family or a plan where to meet.
BUY POP-TARTS AND NOT MILK FOR HURRICANE SUPPLIES, EARTHQUAKE
Update August 28, 2011 I couldn't believe what
I was seeing on the news as Hurricane Irene was heading up the East Coast: shoppers in New York City in the local
supermarkets were buying milk for their hurricane supplies as Irene approached. Milk? Nope, that's the wrong thing
for your hurricane or other emergency supplies kits including earthquake supplies, because milk needs refrigeration and in
an emergency such as a hurricane or tornado or earthquake you should anticipate being without power.
And don't buy those dry granola bars either. Instead buy something that doesn't need refrigeration, is pre-packaged
in handy foil so buys can't get at it, is easy to put into a pocket, won't spoil for a long period of time, and has moisture
in it so you don't need to chase it down with water. And what might that perfect food be for hurricanes and earthquakes
too? Of course -- Pop-Tarts.
Pop-Tarts can be eaten without popping them in
the microwave or toaster. They really are ideal-- and they are tasty and they are a convenient sources of calories and
carbohydrates to keep you going when you need energy. And they won't melt in the heat like chocolate bars will.
Pop-Tarts are really an essential miracle food. I know because I went through several earthquakes
here in the Los Angeles area and several hurricanes in Florida and Texas supplied with Pop-Tarts. In hot and humid areas
the plain Pop Tarts without icing will probably be easier to eat, but I do favor the strawberry and cinammon icings.
The other lesson learned from Irene and from previous storms and quakes is that when the power goes
out ATMs don't work, so have some cash ready for emergency shopping after the event and until the power is restored.
EMERGENCY SUPPLIES FOR THE HOME AND BUSINESS
"It is ultimately our own responsibility
to be prepared because no one is going to do it for us," says Cari Butler an emergency preparedness expert, mom and owner
of "Emergency Cafe." Emergency Cafe has a one-stop web site that carries many items that your family might
need in the even of an earthquake or emergency situation.
all have such busy lives, says Cari, a native Californian. “It is hard to find the time to go out and buy everything
that we need for an emergency kit. I started this company to help all of us that have it on our “To Do
List,” but just don’t have the time to actually do it!”
www.EmergencyCafe.com you can find complete kits for home, car, or office, assembled for
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deluxe kit contains enough food, water, first aid, search & rescue, lighting, comfort and sanitation products to sustain
each person for 3 days.
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Prices of kits:
1 Person Deluxe Kit $70
2 Person Deluxe Kit
4 Person Deluxe Kit $175
5 Person Deluxe Kit $235
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