Structure Fire

Structure Fire
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Structure fires are devastating, they kill and destroy all that you hold dear.  Today’s post shows some simple tips to learn and do to help prevent and react to fires.

Know: where to find, and how to activate, the fire alarm; at least two routes out of every room; where to find, and how to use, a fire extinguisher; where you will meet and count heads after you get out; where the nearest phone (other than your own) is.

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The Emergency Kit

Incremental Disaster Kit
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Like having a disaster plan, having an emergency kit is as crucial as it is a function of common sense. How long does it take to throw together a couple of dozen items – versus grabbing a bag from a planned spot?

  • Basic staple #1, food:  at least a three-day supply of water (i.e., a gallon per person per day) and of non-perishable food that does not require cooking.

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Earthquake

Earthquake
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As an emergency manger for a New Madrid Seismic Zone State, as well as someone that grew up near the fault line, I take the threat of earthquake pretty seriously.

What bothers me most about earthquakes is the lack of warning coupled with the possible distruction.  Short of moving, there really isn’t anything you can do to reduce your risk of earthquakes, but you can follow the tips below to mitigate the damage from an earthquake:

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Nuclear Power Plant Safety

Nuclear Power Plant Safety
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I have to say, as someone that spent 4 years working as a emergency management planner assigned to our Nuclear Power Plant Safety program, and dedicated to training first responders in how to remain safe during a power plant response, I have little tolerance for the fear-mongering and nonsense that some people in the preparedness community spout about nuclear power.

Radiation is a well understood scientific principle, and it is pretty easy to find, shield, and stay away from acute levels of radioactivity.

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