It’s finally here! The 4th Annual MS Gulf Coast Emergency Preparedness Fair & Expo. Come out and learn how to be prepared for nearly anything. Saturday, May 14th, 2016 at the Lyman Community Center in Gulfport, MS. Admission is absolutely free and there will be free food and refreshments. This year’s exhibits include; Home Canning, Gardening and Seeds, Water Storage, Alternative Cooking Sources, Fire Safety, CPR Training, and many, many more. If there is one event you go to this year, make it this one!
When: Saturday, May 31, 2014, 9am-3pm
Where: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Stake Center 11148 Klein Rd., Gulfport, MS 39503
Come join the community at the 2nd annual Gulf Coast Emergency Preparedness Fair and Expo sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and learn the skills necessary to prepare for any type of emergency. See first-hand how to create a 72-hour kit; design and implement a long-term food storage plan; cook with alternative heating sources and more. There will be fun for the kids as well with the Mississippi Power “power city”, face painting, balloons and more. Don’t miss this opportunity to ensure that your family is prepared.
Other booths and topics under consideration:
- 72 hour kit
- Home canning
- Cooking with food storage
- Creating a family emergency plan
- Emergency Communications (HAM)
- Water Purification
- Water storage
- First Aid
- Fire safety
- Emergency lighting
- Heat, light, fuel
- Food Storage
- Pet Care Preparedness
- Dehydrating/preserving Food
- Soap making
- Boy Scouts
- Debris Removal
- Red Cross Blood Drive
Door prizes to be awarded!
Many of us are caught in the precarious position of being intellectually aware that we are heading into a worsening economy with signs of a looming global food crisis, and feel as though we must simplify or streamline our lifestyle to prepare for possible disruptions in our standard of living. In a world where consumption has become a sport, you may actually find it more satisfying to shed some material weight. Even if your financial situation is not too dire, it is still a sensible idea to keep preparedness in mind.
An increasing segment of the population is already feeling the pinch from losing a job, while the cost of living continues to increase. This group has no choice but to get creative in the way they manage their limited resources for optimal survival. The key to becoming a content minimalist/survivalist is to develop the most efficient ways to provide for basic necessities. The goal is simple: reduce your daily, weekly, and monthly expenses without giving up items that keep you sane.
We can look at the extreme examples like The Moneyless Man, Mark Boyle, for inspiration. His book is an essential guide into the techniques, as well as the lifestyle that has enabled him to live completely and happily off the grid, without money, for more than 2 years. His radical path is not one that many people would choose, however he proves that you can survive with very little money if that is your goal.Outlined below are some relatively painless and often rewarding tips to survive hard times on a shoestring, or to free up additional funds for discretionary spending.
Turn Off the TV: Why does anyone with an Internet connection still pay for TV service? You can get your news and sports fix, and find all of your favorite movies and shows online. The rest is just expensive noise. Join the growing trend and cut out your paid TV service. You’ll find the financial savings is just a minor part of the benefits to unplugging. If you absolutely need to watch your favorite team’s important games, you may have to get to know your neighbors or socialize at a friend’s house.
Make Your Own: With the TV now turned off, we’ll have plenty of time to produce things we would normally purchase. Our modern world of conveniences has stripped much of our knowledge of how to support ourselves. One of the costliest and least healthy areas of our daily lives are cleaning and personal care products. Using very basic ingredients you can minimize most toxic chemicals in your household, as well as save money for items that help optimize your simplicity. Personal care products such as soap, shampoo, and deodorant are simple and cheap to make at home. Three ingredients to keep on hand; baking soda, distilled vinegar, and Dr. Bronners.
Minimize Transportation: Cars are one the most expensive items we think we need to be functional or happy. They’ve also become one of those staple luxury items that shows your status in society. Let this illusion go; it’s far more important to have your simplicity and the extra savings. Understandably, personal vehicles are necessary in many areas that have inadequate or no public transportation, and cars also represent a tool of trade, as well as personal freedom. But if your family has multiple cars, consider if it is feasible to eliminate one of them. If not, budget and plan wisely for limiting all costs related to the car; fuel, insurance, maintenance, etc.
Reduce Household Energy Use: Conserving energy is one of the most obvious ways to reduce monthly bills. The topic has been written about and promoted for years. You already know the easy stuff like turning off lights, turning the hot-water heater down or off when not in use. But now it’s finally time to get conscious of your precise energy use and begin to turn the meter back using all tactics. Look into supplementing with solar power or other alternative sources to become as self-sufficient as possible.
Produce Your Own Food: The most important step that anyone can take, immediately, is to design a simple garden. With 15% to 20% of the average household budget spent on food, and prices skyrocketing everyday, discovering ways to prepare for food inflation is vital to survival. A low-cost way of producing food off-the-grid is always a great investment no matter the economic conditions. Nearly everyone can engage in some level of food production to save money and increase independence.
Boycott Big Box Stores: There’s a belief that big box stores like Wal-Mart provide the only option available to those on a tight budget who need to get cheap items. Although Wal-Mart does indeed sell many items at low prices, a recent study shows that Wal-Mart stores have repeatedly destabilized the economy of local communities where they are located. Therefore, we should consider the larger picture and support small, local businesses in our quest for simplicity. We also should do our best to avoid frivolous boredom shopping altogether, which big box stores encourage, and resist our culture’s tendency to to make unnecessary impulse purchases based solely on an item’s “special” price.
Buy Local: If we hope to restore prosperity to our communities, and ourselves, we can start by supporting truly local producers instead of mega-corporations. In many cases you’ll find that essential items like food, used tools, and other items can be found far cheaper than at big box stores — if not free. You can begin giving true support to your local community, while obtaining healthier food, by searching for farmers markets and family farms close to where you live. Local Harvest has a database that can be searched by zip code. By connecting with a local farmer, you can obtain healthier produce, often at a much lower cost, while strengthening your local economy.
Foraging: We should re-learn the ability to forage. There is no shame in foraging and many items can be found in our throw-away culture. Even if you can afford to buy something new, discovering a vintage used item for less, or perhaps free, is something to be extremely proud of. This isn’t middle school anymore where you must have shiny new brand name items to be accepted. Your current friends won’t disown you for being more frugal. In fact, when they see your pride of accomplishment on an amazing deal or find, they will likely be envious. As they say, one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. Happy hunting!
Freecycle Bartering: Beyond the “green” trappings of the Freecycle Movement lies the heart of the best survival technique of all: cooperation. According to Recycling Group Finder, there are nearly 5,000 groups with over 8 million members in 85 countries looking to trade or give away items that are otherwise may be destined for the landfill. On Mark Boyle’s website, Just For The Love of It, he has a wealth of resources to live within what he has termed the Freeconomy. Here you can meet people, learn skills, trade tools and survival items, and even write about your own experiences to help educate others.
Do it Yourself: If you absolutely must have your nails manicured or get frequent haircuts, why not do them yourself? Is it that important to have a “professionally” groomed hairdo? Determine what services that you pay for that can be done yourself. Mow your own lawn, wash your own car and change your own oil; hand wash your dishes instead of piling them into the dishwasher; and learn other new skills for increased self-sufficiency
Originally posted on http://www.activistpost.com/2011/02/10-tips-to-simplify-or-survive-during.html
According to The American Red Cross, the internet – including online news sites and social media platforms – is the third most popular way for Americans to gather emergency information and let their loved ones know they are safe.
Through the use of everyday technology, individuals, families, responders and organizations can successfully prepare for, adapt to and recover from disruptions brought on by emergencies and/or disasters. With effective planning, it is possible to take advantage of technology before, during and after a crisis to communicate with loved ones and manage your financial affairs.
FEMA Text Messages
Use your cell phone’s text messaging capability to receive text message updates from FEMA (standard message and data rates apply).
Here are basic commands to get started:
- To signup to receive monthly preparedness tips: text PREPARE to 43362 (4FEMA)
- To unsubscribe (at any time): text STOP to 43362 (4FEMA)
Keep your contacts updated across all of your channels, including phone, email and social media. This will make it easy to reach out to the right people quickly to get information and supply updates. Consider creating a group list serve of your top contacts.
- Learn how to send updates via text and internet from your mobile phone to your contacts and social channels in case voice communications are not available. Text messages and the internet often have the ability to work in the event of a phone service disruption.
- Keep extra batteries for your phone in a safe place or purchase a solar-powered or hand crank charger. These chargers are good emergency tools to keep your laptop and other small electronics working in the event of a power outage. If you own a car, purchase a car phone charger because you can charge your phone if you lose power at your home.
- Program “In Case of Emergency” (ICE) contacts into your cell phone so emergency personnel can contact those people for you if you are unable to use your phone. Let your ICE contacts know that they are programmed into your phone and inform them of any medical issues or other special needs you may have.
- If you have a traditional landline (non-broadband or VOIP) phone, keep at least one non-cordless reciever in your home because it will work even if you lose power.
- If you are evacuated and have call-forwarding on your home phone, forward your home phone number to your cell phone number.
- If you do not have a cell phone, keep a prepaid phone card to use if needed during or after a disaster.
- Prepare a family contact sheet. This should include at least one out-of-town contact that may be better able to reach family members in an emergency.
- Have a battery-powered or hand-cranked radio or television available (with spare batteries).
The following are additional tips when making phone calls and using your smartphone during or after a disaster:
- Keep all phone calls brief. If you need to use a phone, try to convey only vital information to emergency personnel and/or family.
- If you are unsuccessful in completing a call using your cell phone, wait ten seconds before redialing to help reduce network congestion.
- Conserve your cell phone battery by reducing the brightness of your screen, placing your phone in airplane mode, and closing apps you are not using that draw power, unless you need to use the phone.
- If you lose power, you can charge your cell phone in your car. Just be sure your car is in a well-ventilated place (remove it from the garage) and do not go to your car until any danger has passed. You can also listen to your car radio for important news alerts.
- If you do not have a hands-free device in your car, stop driving or pull over to the side of the road before making a call. Do not text on a cell phone, talk, or “tweet” without a hands free device while driving.
- Immediately following a disaster, resist using your mobile device to watch streaming videos, download music or videos, or play video games, all of which can add to network congestion. Limiting use of these services can help potentially life-saving emergency calls get through to 9-1-1.
- For non-emergency communications, use text messaging, e-mail, or social media instead of making voice calls on your cell phone to avoid tying up voice networks. Data-based services like texts and emails are less likely to experience network congestion. You can also use social media to post your status to let family and friends know you are okay. In addition to Facebook and Twitter, you can use resources such as the American Red Cross’s Safe and Well program.
Two hands. One life saved. Learn how.
It’s called compression-only CPR, and it’s easy to learn and has been found to be very effective in saving lives. And all it takes is two hands and about two minutes to learn how.
On Wednesday, May 22, 2013, join American Medical Response in the AMR World CPR Challenge: a day of free CPR training in an attempt to teach as many people as possible how to save the life of a spouse, a child or neighbor using compression-only CPR.
This new lifesaving method is easier to perform in an emergency and can double* the chances of someone surviving a cardiac event until first responders arrive.
The more people we teach CPR, the more lives that can be saved. Will you be part of the challenge?
It seems that only five states met eight of 10 measures to detect public health preparedness.
The nation’s ability to respond to a wide range of deadly emergencies, from salmonella-tainted melons to weather events like Superstorm Sandy to bioterrorism, is losing ground after years of progress, says a report out Wednesday. Of the top five states, Mississippi is the only Gulf Coast state to receive the coveted 8 out of 10 score. Read the full story here…http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2012/12/19/public-health-emergency-preparedness/1778439/.
If you are like millions of animal owners nationwide, your pet is an important member of your household. Unfortunately, animals are also affected by disaster.
The likelihood that you and your animals will survive an emergency such as a fire or flood, tornado or terrorist attack depends largely on emergency planning done today. Some of the things you can do to prepare for the unexpected, such as assembling an animal emergency supply kit and developing a pet care buddy system, are the same for any emergency. Whether you decide to stay put in an emergency or evacuate to a safer location, you will need to make plans in advance for your pets. Keep in mind that what’s best for you is typically what’s best for your animals.
If you evacuate your home, DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PETS BEHIND! Pets most likely cannot survive on their own and if by some remote chance they do, you may not be able to find them when you return.
If you are going to a public shelter, it is important to understand that animals may not be allowed inside. Plan in advance for shelter alternatives that will work for both you and your pets; consider loved ones or friends outside of your immediate area who would be willing to host you and your pets in an emergency.
Make a back-up emergency plan in case you can’t care for your animals yourself. Develop a buddy system with neighbors, friends and relatives to make sure that someone is available to care for or evacuate your pets if you are unable to do so. Be prepared to improvise and use what you have on hand to make it on your own for at least three days, maybe longer.
Plan for pet needs during a disaster by:
- Identifying shelter. For public health reasons, many emergency shelters cannot accept pets. Find out which motels and hotels in the area you plan to evacuate to allow pets well in advance of needing them. There are also a number of guides that list hotels/motels that permit pets and could serve as a starting point. Include your local animal shelter’s number in your list of emergency numbers. They might be able to provide information concerning pets during a disaster.
- Take pet food, bottled water, medications, veterinary records, cat litter/pan, manual can opener, food dishes, first aid kit and other supplies with you in case they’re not available later. Before you find yourself in an emergency situation, consider packing a “pet survival” kit which could be easily deployed if disaster hits.
- Make sure identification tags are up-to-date and securely fastened to your pet’s collar. If possible, attach the address and/or phone number of your evacuation site. If your pet gets lost, his tag is his ticket home.
- Make sure you have a current photo of your pet for identification purposes.
- Make sure you have a secure pet carrier, leash or harness for your pet so that if he panics, he can’t escape.
Take the following steps to prepare to shelter your pet:
- Call your local emergency management office, animal shelter or animal control office to get advice and information.
- If you are unable to return to your home right away, you may need to board your pet. Find out where pet boarding facilities are located. Be sure to research some outside your local area in case local facilities close.
- Most boarding kennels, veterinarians and animal shelters will need your pet’s medical records to make sure all vaccinations are current. Include copies in your “pet survival” kit along with a photo of your pet.
- Some animal shelters will provide temporary foster care for owned pets in times of disaster but this should be considered only as a last resort.
- If you have no alternative but to leave your pet at home, there are some precautions you must take, but remember that leaving your pet at home alone can place your animal in great danger! Confine your pet to a safe area inside – NEVER leave your pet chained outside! Leave them loose inside your home with food and plenty of water. Remove the toilet tank lid, raise the seat and brace the bathroom door open so they can drink. Place a notice outside in a visible area, advising what pets are in the house and where they are located. Provide a phone number where you or a contact can be reached as well as the name and number of your vet.
- Bring your pets inside immediately.
- Have newspapers on hand for sanitary purposes. Feed the animals moist or canned food so they will need less water to drink.
- Animals have instincts about severe weather changes and will often isolate themselves if they are afraid. Bringing them inside early can stop them from running away. Never leave a pet outside or tied up during a storm.
- Separate dogs and cats. Even if your dogs and cats normally get along, the anxiety of an emergency situation can cause pets to act irrationally. Keep small pets away from cats and dogs.
- In an emergency, you may have to take your birds with you. Talk with your veterinarian or local pet store about special food dispensers that regulate the amount of food a bird is given. Make sure that the bird is caged and the cage is covered by a thin cloth or sheet to provide security and filtered light.
- If after a disaster you have to leave town, take your pets with you. Pets are unlikely to survive on their own.
- In the first few days after the disaster, leash your pets when they go outside. Always maintain close contact. Familiar scents and landmarks may be altered and your pet may become confused and lost. Also, snakes and other dangerous animals may be brought into the area with flood areas. Downed power lines are a hazard.
- The behavior of your pets may change after an emergency. Normally quiet and friendly pets may become aggressive or defensive. Watch animals closely. Leash dogs and place them in a fenced yard with access to shelter and water.
There are many advantages of food storage in one’s home, especially long-term food storage pantries created for possible emergency situations. To be effective, food storage items should be used, rotated and replaced on a regular basis so that the family is accustomed to preparing and eating the foods stored.
- Food storage is a hedge against unemployment or income loss in which buying food would be a strain on the budget or nearly impossible given the lack of available funds.
- Survival food in bulk would be essential after a natural disaster that wipes out roads, communication, and makes buying food locally impractical or not possible if grocery stores have been ransacked or are closed and locked.
- Emergency food stores will keep a family fed in case of local or national civil unrest, a devastating terrorist attack, or famine.
- Peace of mind is a huge benefit to a sizable store of long-lasting food.
There are many benefits and advantages to food storage. You can begin today by buying food in bulk and storing extra dry good in a cool, dry place in your home. You can also purchase a year’s supply of food for you family from freeze-dried-food sources.
Your family may not be together when a disaster strikes so it is important to plan in advance: how you will get to a safe place; how you will contact one another; how you will get back together; and what you will do in different situations. Read more about Family Communication during an emergency.
Ready.gov has made it simple for you to make a family emergency plan. Download the Family Emergency Plan (FEP) (PDF – 750 Kb) and fill out the sections before printing it or emailing it to your family and friends.
You should also inquire about emergency plans at places where your family spends time: work, daycare and school, faith organizations, sports events and commuting. If no plans exist, consider volunteering to help create one. Talk to community leaders, your colleagues, neighbors and members of faith or civic organizations about how you can work together in the event of an emergency. You will be better prepared to safely reunite your family and loved ones during an emergency if you think ahead and communicate with others in advance. Read more about school and workplace plans.
“One of the lessons of modern history—lost on most Americans, unfortunately—is that our circumstances can change literally overnight.” A High Mobility 72 Hour Kit, Ward Dorrity
“Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head. He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul. But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take [any] person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand.” Ezekiel 33:4
The Lord Holds Us Accountable
Prophets and Church leaders have been admonishing us for years to be prepared. We’ve been instructed to pay off debt and live within our means, gather a food storage, and be physically and spiritually prepared for any eventuality. If you haven’t already begun, now—more than ever—is the time to start. One of the easiest, and probably most important, ways to begin preparing is to create and maintain a 72 hour kit for each and every member of your family. These kits, also known as Bug Out Bags (BOB) or Get Out of Dodge Bags (GOOD) are absolutely essential to ensure that you and your family have all items which are key to your survival for the first three days of a disaster.
The objective of the 72 hour kit is to have, previously assembled and placed in one location, all of those essential items you will need during a 72 hour time period following an emergency. When an emergency occurs you will probably not have the luxury of going around the house gathering up needed items, especially if you have to evacuate your home on short notice.
Take time now to gather whatever you need to survive for three days (72 hours) based on the assumption that those items are the only possessions you will have. Store these kits in a closet near the front door or some other easily accessible place where they can be quickly and easily grabbed on the way out the door.
Many people have difficulty creating a 72 hour kit because they feel overwhelmed by the prospect or feel they simply can’t afford to purchase items that will be packed away and unused for months at a time. You must realize that your 72 hour kit is like an insurance policy for your life. When disaster strikes, it strikes quickly and elicits fear throughout the community. Fear may well be responsible for more deaths than exposure, hunger and injury combined. Fear is usually based on lack of self-confidence and lack of adequate preparation and experience. The comfort you will feel of knowing that you have a 72 hour kit ready and available will allow you to keep overpowering fear at bay and make rational decisions for you and your family.
This article offers essential advice for creating a 72 hour kit and many recommendations on what to include. Although this list is by no means exhaustive, it includes most of the necessary items essential to survival. When creating your kit you should personalize it to you and your family’s own needs. No two kits should be the same. One approach is to create a basic kit for each member of your family that includes only the BASIC components, and then individualize each one from there that is suitable for each member of your family.
If you have questions or need assistance in creating your 72 hour kit, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Many church members already have 72 hour kits and would be more than willing to show you how to make your own.
72 Hour Kit Essentials
To provide maximum protection in an emergency, a 72-hour kit should be:
Portable-Your kit won’t be of much value in an evacuation if you can’t carry it. Keep it compact and lightweight.
Easily accessible-Keep your kit near an exit door, where you can grab it and go. Don’t bury it under clutter.
Up-to-date-Rotate food and medications at least every six months. Check the clothing annually to make sure it fits. Check expiration dates on batteries.
Complete-Check your kit regularly to make sure you have everything your family needs for three days’ survival.
Waterproof-Put all items inside ziplock bags or tied plastic garbage bags, so they won’t be ruined by rain or flood water.
Usable-Make sure you know how to use everything in your kit, and that the supplies are of good quality. Don’t weigh down your kit with junk.
Divisible-Provide a backpack or portable container for each family member, in case you get separated.
Personalized-No commercial kit or generic supply list will completely provide for the unique needs of your family. You will need to adjust the contents and check them frequently to make sure your current needs such as medications, baby supplies, and so forth, are met.
Versatile-Make sure your kit contains supplies for sheltering at home as well as for evacuation.
72 Hour Kit Components
Recommended Food Items
- Protein/Granola Bars
- Trail Mix/Dried Fruit
- Canned Tuna, Beans, etc.
- Hard candy
- Instant Oatmeal
- Powdered Milk
- Bouillon cubes
- Instant rice/potatoes
- Dried soups
- Instant Pudding
- Powdered drink mixes
- Water (3 quarts minimum)
- Water purification tablets
Miscellaneous Helpful Items
- Backpack/Duffel Bag
- Light stick
- Pocket knife
- Small flashlight
- Extra batteries
- Pocket handwarmer
- Compact fishing kit
- 100 ft. parachute cord/rope
- Plastic poncho
- Garbage bag
- Pen, pencil, paper
- Fine wire
- Extra plastic bags
- Small game, toy, cards
- Spare glasses
- Money (small bills and change)
- Metal mirror
- Pre-moistened wipes
- Toilet paper
- Feminine products
- Lip balm with sunscreen
- Tube soap, bar soap, waterless soap
- Identification/medical permission card
- Can opener
- Portable radio with extra batteries
- Duct tape
- Dust Mask
- Goggles or eye protection
- Communication radios (Walkie Talkies)
- Backpack stove
- Small tent or tarp
- First aid book
- Waterproof container
- Assortment of band-aids
- Gauze pads
- Butterfly bandages
- Cotton balls
- Small roll of gauze
- Adhesive tape
- Cotton swabs (Q-Tips)
- Safety pins
- Pepto-bismol tablets
- Antacid tablets (good for bee sting)
- Cold pack
- Consecrated oil
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Alcohol (disinfectants)
- Smelling salts
- Medicine dropper tweezers
- Alcohol wipes
- Benadryl capsules
- Aspirin (promotes healing of burns)
- Tylenol (chewable for children)
- Collapsible scissors
- Crushable heat pack
- Special prescriptions or equipment
- Small tube or packets antiseptic cream
- Small spool thread/two needles
- Prescription Medication (for 3 days)
- Trauma/EMT shears
- Sturdy boots or shoes
- Long pants (preferably not blue jeans)
- 2 Pairs of socks (preferably not cotton)
- 2 Shirts (1 long sleeve and 1 short sleeve)
- Jacket warm and rain resistant
- Warm long underwear
- Bandana (Multiple Uses)
- Emergency blanket or sleeping roll
Fuel and Light
- Battery Lighting (Flashlights, Lamps)
- Water-Proof Matches
- Flint firestarter
Personal Documents and Money
- Scriptures (miniature ones are lighter)
- Genealogy Records
- Patriarchal Blessing
- Legal Documents (Birth/Marriage Certificates, Wills, Passports, Contracts)
- Immunizations Up-to Date
- Insurance Policies
- Credit Card
- Pre-Paid Phone Cards