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Paul Faust

See us on the Today Show

Kelly Wallace of iVillage.com visits the Today Show on NBC and explains how you can be prepared in 2013 with preparedness kits from 1800Prepare.com

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Living in Earthquake Country – Why We All Need to be Better Prepared

By Keith Erwood January 3, 2013 Six and a half years ago I moved to California from New York City. Since that time I have experienced several earthquakes. Let me...

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Support your Local C.E.R.T.

Does your town have a C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Response Team)? These are your friends and neighbors who have volunteered to help your community in the event of an emergency or...

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Fire Safety and using a Fire Extinguisher

As a volunteer firefighter, fire safety is very important to me. I also think that while all preparedness is important…it is much more likely that you will face one or...

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Keeping Food Safe During a Power Outage

If you know there is going to be a blackout and you are going to lose power or if it just happens suddenly there are some things you can do to try to keep the food in your refrigerator and freezer from spoiling. Below is a quick lists of tips. If you know of any others, please share them. *Keep refrigerator and freezer door closed to maintain temperature. The cold should last about 4 hours if unopened *A full freezer will keep the temperature for approximately 48 hours if the door remains closed. *Use dry ice if you can get it to keep temperature as cold as possible for as long as possible *Fill plastic bottles or baggies with water and place in freezer ahead of power outage. These will freeze and will help keep freezer colder for longer. You can also move some to the refrigerator to keep it cold. Not only does this make ice….but it also fills empty space. As the ice melts you can just use the water *If it is the winter, consider packing the food in coolers or garbage bags and burying in the snow. Secure and bury deep enough to keep animals away *When power restores, if any food smells bad..don’t take chances and throw away   Please add your tips to this post. You should also consider stocking up on some long term food storage items in case the power is out for an extended period of time.

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Conventions, Seminars, Meetings and Preparedness

Major disasters or minor emergencies.  When they hit you, it doesn’t matter for the moment which is which.  If you’re caught up in protecting you and those around you, your responsibilities, actions, and follow-up will be the same whether the whole community is involved, or it’s just you. Let’s look at a key point in the above statement; “When they hit.”  For most of us, the better part of our day and week is spent at work.  The details surrounding protection in the workplace takes up volumes.  For our focus today though, let’s look at one aspect of business life: the meeting. What do you do if an emergency strikes in the middle of a business meeting? The answer is as simple as “1, 2, 3.” You have 1 main responsibility. You have 2 types of immediate reactions. And you have at least 3 sources of assets and solutions. Your Main Responsibility: Your one and only responsibility is the safety and well being of people in your building, at your meeting, or attending your event.  This goes for the one-time guest as much as for the full time employee.  Though we say this is your “one” responsibility, it’s a huge one and it should be the cornerstone of all the contingency planning and emergency preparedness efforts you put in place before any meeting or event is ever put on the calendar. Your Two Immediate Reactions: Emergencies are divided into two types:  The evacuation emergencies, like fire, and the shelter-in-place emergencies...

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Do you need to be a “Doomsday Prepper” to be prepared?

In recent years we have seen an explosion of TV shows about preparedness hit the airways. Survivorman with Les Stroud, Man vs. Wild with Bear Grylls, Dual Survival with Cody Lundin and Dave Canterbury, Man Woman Wild with Mykel Hawke and his wife Ruth England that teach us how to be prepared for situations that mainly happen “in the wild”. [...]

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15 Minutes to Evacuate

Imagine a typical evening at home.  You’re sitting in the living room, watching television.  Your spouse is in the kitchen cooking dinner.  Your daughter is in her room, surfing the internet.  Your son is down the block at a friend’s house.  The dog is in the backyard.  Everything is as peaceful as it can be. BAM! BAM! There’s a knock [...]

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Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts

On Monday when the Hurricane hit in my community I was at my fire department ready to run calls. It got very busy very fast. We ran calls for wires down and burning, transformer explosions, trees down , etc. This continued for almost two days. Once thi...

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Hurricane Sandy – Using my own Supplies

Things are just starting to return to normal here after a couple pretty hectic weeks. The destruction cause by Hurricane Sandy affected many communities. As a volunteer fire fighter in Westchester County…we were inundated with calls starting about midday Monday, through Tuesday and even into Wednesday. In other posts I will share some stories of the relief efforts we have [...]

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