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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Pictures from volcano in Iceland

Pin It Here are some amazing pictures of the volcano in Iceland.

These images are found at the link below.  They are very large pictures, so it will take a while for the entire page to open up.  Just be patient and you will see some incredible pictures.

Many were stranded in the airport due to planes being grounded.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Financial Preparation

Pin It In a natural disaster, many of the things we are used to having may not be so readily available. Take electricity for example. We are so used to buying things using credit cards. When the power goes out, how can the stores scan the cards? If you prepared well and there is no need for purchasing items, then this may not be too big of a concern. But chances are, we will all need to acquire additional resources. It is, therefore, a good idea to include cash in your emergency preparedness kit. Be sure to include change.

So, what happens if you don't have cash, but you still need to buy things? That is when you go back to the good old bartering. Bartering is giving something you own in exchange for the item you need. The items to be traded don't always have to be tangible objects. If someone needs a ride and you have access to a car you can certainly trade your service for something they own. Along with having cash, it is also good to keep things that could help you in situations where you might have to barter.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Preparing Your Children for Emergencies/Disasters

Pin It Disasters and emergencies can be very stressful for both the parents and the children, which can leave a lasting impact on a person's life. Surviving an emergency or a natural disaster sometimes has more to do with meeting your emotional and psychological needs than just meeting your physical needs. How do you prepare to meet your needs in emergency situations? Having something that will help you take your mind off of the surrounding circumstances. A deck of cards can be a compact and simple way to help you prepare for difficult situations, but what about little children? What can you have in your emergency kit that will help the little ones stay busy and entertained? Emergency Zone's Children's Emergency Kit comes with an activity pack for kids. It contains items like coloring books, crayons, teddy bear, note pad and a pencil. Remember, surviving an emergency is not just meeting your physical needs, but also your emotional and psychological needs. When putting your 72 hour kits together, keep in mind your children and what you can do to help them make it through difficult times.
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