Emergency Preparedness Tips

Identification of Individuals

There are special concerns with small children as well as people suffering from dementia and their potential to become separated from their families or care givers during disasters.  It even helps with others who may become injured and not able to communicate.  Keep a Sharpie marker in your emergency kit.  If something should happen, write their name, contact information, and other pertinent information on the person's back (on their skin).  The marker will last long enough to be an effective means of identification and will not become lost as would other forms of identification might.

(Submitted by Kimberly Embry - original source unknown)

Here's an idea so you're not in the dark.

Last week, a thunderstorm rolled through our neighborhood and a huge Oak tree came down on some power lines, creating a power outage for a large area around us. We lost power for about 5 hours. We were scrambling around in the darkness, looking for matches, candles, flashlights, etc. We looked outside, and noticed our solar lights shining brightly all around our patio, stairs, dock, etc. They were beautiful. Pat walked outside and brought several of the solar lights inside. We stuck the solar light pipes into plastic drink bottles containers and they made the nicest, brightest, safest, lighting you could ever imagine. We put one in the bathroom, the kitchen, the living room, etc. There was plenty of light.

There are all types of solar lights available. Solar lights can be bought for very few dollars. The lights we have fit into the small (20 oz) water bottles and they also fit into most of the larger liter bottles. If you need a weight in the plastic bottle to keep them from tipping over, you can put a few of the pretty colorful "flat marbles" that they put in aquariums, and vases. (you can also use sand, aquarium gravel, etc., whatever you have available). They burn all night long ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
The next day, you just take your solar lights back outside and they will recharge and be ready for you to use again any time you need them. Perfect for power outages, hurricanes, etc.

(Submitted by Marc Linder - original source unknown)

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  Revised 8/12/2013