Are You Prepared?

fireI was in my kitchen yesterday and smelled smoke, but I wasn’t cooking. From the window I could see black clouds billowing down our street. I rushed outside to find the house several doors down engulfed in flames!

Fortunately, the family was out at the time so no one was injured. But it started me thinking…we take all sorts of precautions to prevent these kinds of disasters, but we aren’t in control.

The last thing we want to think about is a losing all that we own, but it happens. Are you prepared? Read more

Top 10 Tips For Emergency Preparedness on a Budget

Scouts-emergency-badgeAs some of you already know, September is emergency preparedness month. As I was doing some research on the topic, I came across a great website with some fantastic info on this very subject: Here is a portion of one of their emergency preparedness posts:

Top 10 Tips For Emergency Preparedness on a Budget:

This list was put out by but we have included our own links and comments in italics along with it.

1 – Plan for specific disasters: Read more

Foreclosure Crisis: Affecting More Than People

pup-and-kittenWith a home foreclosure crisis sweeping the nation, The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is disturbed by reports that some residents forced out of their homes are simply leaving their pets behind. The HSUS urges all pet owners faced with foreclosure to take their pets with them when they relocate.
“Abandoning pets, for any reason, is not only irresponsible – it is illegal,” said Stephanie Shain, director of outreach for companion animals at The HSUS. “Pet owners may feel financially unable to care for their pets or are overwhelmed by a sudden move, but there are many alternatives to leaving pets behind. For those in need of help, we offer tips on easing the financial burden of pet ownership and finding pet-friendly housing.” Read more

A Prescription for Disaster

pill-sortersA disaster doesn’t have to have a long duration to create dire needs in a family. There are those among us who can do without food for a day, but can’t get along without medication on a regular schedule. In some cases, the consequences could be quite serious, as pharmacies can’t open if there is no power.

Medicine should always be a part of a disaster supply kit. If it is critical enough, you may want to consider keeping a second stash of doses in your secondary kit, like in your car. But those pill bottles can be fairly bulky and you don’t have unlimited space for storage in a kit… Read more

New Credit Card Scam & How It Works

credit-cardsI received this email in my box a couple of days ago and figured I’d treat it as a public service announcement and pass it on to all our faithful readers…

This one is pretty slick since they provide YOU with all the information, except the one piece they want. Note: the callers do not ask for your card number; they already have it. This information is worth reading. By understanding how the VISA & MasterCard Telephone Credit Card Scam works, you’ll be better prepared to protect yourself. Read more

Stay Connected

One of the biggest frustrations many people had in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina was the loss of communications. In many instances, victims were scattered among several states and it took weeks to reunite families.

Now the American Red Cross has teamed up with several other agencies to create the Safe and Well website, providing a central database for disaster victims to register and their loved ones to search. However, not every disaster rises to that level, and there are steps you can take in advance to organize your communication. Read more

Stock Your Disaster Supply Kit

Red Cross Disaster Supply KitBeing prepared for a disaster is just as much mental work as it is physical. A mindset of preparedness is one that is less likely to panic, because obstacles have already been anticipated. However, it’s not enough to “think” your way to being Red Cross Ready – there are some significant actions you can take right now to “organize your disaster” and have that peace of mind.

The first big piece of “preparedness” is “Make a Kit.” Every family has its own unique needs in a time of crisis, but there are some constants that are recommended for every household. Your Kit should be stored someplace secure and accessible, and should provide for your household for a minimum of three days. You can buy a kit to get started, or just use this as a shopping list, adding any additional items that might pertain to you: Read more