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Vol. 5, No. 12 | December 2013

 

 

 

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In An Emergency, These Supplies are Lifesavers
These Easy Steps Could Save Your Life

US MED Gives BackIn your car and home, you really should have a few standard items that will get you through dangerous weather and power outages.

First thing's first: Water. In your home, keep some plain bleach handy for purifying water. Use about 1/4 cup per gallon. In your car, travel with at least two bottles of water. Water can be handy to clean up messes and give dogs a drink even if there is no emergency. A UV water purifier is useful for any no-power situation. Various types are available, including those that allow you to carry purified water in a bottle. Next, you'll need information in an emergency. A portable radio is essential. Be sure to stock up on batteries to keep it running. A compact portable with an antenna can fit easily in a glove compartment.

Light in the darkness -- you'll soon want that. An LED flashlight can easily be stored in the car. An emergency strobe is useful. One example is the Streamlight PolyStinger DS LED Flashlight. It has three beacons for various brightness levels and a tall signal strobe that runs for up to 5 1/2 hours. The slim unit is water-resistant, shock proof and has one wall-mounted charger and one for the car's cigarette lighter.

A First Aid Kit is basic equipment for emergencies. Best that the kit is waterproof. You may never think you want a generator until you are in an emergency situation. Today there a number of small generators that will power a cellphone. Eton Corporation has a small crank generator that cranks to power a cellphone, and provides an LED light, NOAA radio and a solar panel for outdoor power.



 

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