Emergancy Readiness, The Kit

Winter is no longer approaching, it’s defiantly here and if your like most of us, odds are you haven’t a clue about how you and your family would react in a crises under normal circumstances let alone when isn’t below freezing. Having a plan of action could be the very thing that keeps your family safe in the event of a catastrophe no matter what the weather is doing outside.

The United States endures hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, fires, earthquakes, riots, terrorist attacks, and many other emergencies. There isn’t any one place that’s completely protected from an act of God, adversity, affliction, or just plain bad luck. If experience has taught us anything over the last one hundred years, it’s that life as we know it can permanently change in a split second without so much as a moments notice.

Being ready for a disaster does take time, but once you have a plan of action it’ll all be worth the effort. Just thinking about putting together an emergency kit can make one feel as if spinning in cyclone. Your mind will play tricks trying to confuse what’s important and what isn’t necessary. But don’t put off this most important task. Start with the bare necessities.

The CDC encourages everyone to take a moment and join their effort to educate, organize, and put into action some standard of preparedness.



Humans and animals cannot live without water. Store enough for each person in the family for at least three days. One gallon per person per day. And don’t forget your pets. Keep water and other fluids in a cool dark area for storage and replace every six months. If you’re unsure about if water is safe to drink, boil it.

Dehydration can cause short-term memory issues, lack of focus, and  exhaustion. Being dehydrated also causes joint pain when the fluid is no longer cushioning and lubricating. Fluids also flush out toxins  that can lead to other health complications in your major organs.

Hydration  regulates body temperature and aids in the digestive process to properly distribute vital nutrients. There are benefits to drinking fluids of any kind once your thirsty, with the exception of alcohol.

WebMD suggest, if your dehydrated stay away from alcoholic beverages as this triggers the kidney’s to flush the good and the bad out of your body.  In an emergency, you’re going to need to stay as healthy and mentally sharp as possible.



We can live longer without food, but let’s not push it. It’s best to have non-perishable items like canned and dehydrated food. These have a shelf life of about two years. Store food in a dark cool area to prevent spoilage and don’t forget the manual can opener. Be sure to date the food with a sharpie and remember to replace items that are getting old.

Use the fluid in canned foods for flavor and hydration as most are packed with vitamins and  nutrients. Use it to mix foods such as potato flakes and oatmeal or to boil noodles.


This is more difficult if a loved one takes prescription meds. However, some prescribe medications have mild over the counter brands. Medicine such as Zantac and Clariton are good examples. For more serious health conditions, seek the advice of your physician.


Hand sanitizer, isopropyl alcohol, gauze, tape, bandages, surgical gloves, tweezers, CPR mouth barrier, antibiotic ointment, Benadryl, pain reliever, scissors, and paper towels. The American Red Cross website many first aid kits available for sale.


You never know if shelter will be available, or what season it’ll be when a disaster happens. Sleeping bags are very handy and they are heavy and durable. Appropriate clothing and blankets should be stored in a tote or a box clearly labeled. Include coats, hats, and gloves for winter and shorts, t-shirts, and swimwear for summertime.


Add plenty of candles and firewood and/or propane for cooking, heat, and visibly. NOTE: Never use propane devices inside!


If possible, be informed. Search local channels for updates on what’s happening. Listen for where the medical facilities are located, times and places where food and water will be delivered, and rescue crews whereabouts.


Plan for the power to be out for at last three days. Use batteries sparingly. Once gone, there gone.


Soap, hand lotion/vaseline, hair brush, hair ties and barrett’s, toothbrush, toothpaste, toilet paper, wipes, wash cloths, and towels. Can you survive without these items? Well yes. But why would you want to? After all, this is about being ready.

For some, this kit will be more like a storage unit. Others, just a corner in the basement or garage. It all depends on the level of preparedness and the amount of people you’ll need to be ready for.

It’s Not You, It’s Him.

Español: Violencia de género (Violencia doméstica)

In a recent conversation, I was told that woman have ways to make their partners violent towards them. This person actually said to me that men are pushed into hitting women, “I know exactly what they do.”

I cannot stress enough to those who are victims of domestic violence; THERE IS NOTHING YOU CAN DO TO MAKE SOMEONE VIOLENT AND VICTIMS DO NOT DESERVES TO GET THE HELL BEAT OUT OF THEM!

Abusers are sick and disturbed people who are very good at manipulation and imposing fear. They are so good at it, one could call it a gift. They don’t just physically abuse their partner and sometimes children, they psychologically damage them. And it can happen to anyone.

A little girl does not make use of her time daydreaming about spending her life with a monster that mirrors the man her mother married. She doesn’t want to be tortured by the one person who has sworn to love her more than anyone else. Children who grow up in violent homes, daydream about escaping and living a beautiful, self-sustaining life. Unfortunately, without “normal” life skills, those girls often end-up in what appears to be the same hopeless situation as their mother.

At first life is fun and exciting with him. He puts her on a pedestal praising her above all others. He’s cool and likable by all who meet him and he’s chosen her to spend his life with. With lifelong self-esteem issues, she takes his praise and runs away with him honestly believing he’s her knight in shinning armor.

Life is good for a while, one can almost call it fairy-tale like. But as we all know, a fairy-tale is not real. It’s make-believe and these horrors are anything but made up. When life situations interrupt their imaginary happiness, chaos turns paradise into a living hell.

The first time it happens he’s convinced her that it will never happen again. She tries over and over to figure out what happened. He hugs her tight to his chest whispering through tears about how sorry he is and swears on the moon and stars that it will never happen again. Playing on her insecurities, he reminds her that there is no one else who cares about her. Even uses, “Your parents don’t even want you, but I do. I love you.”

Convinced this is his one and only episode that will never happen again, she stays. After assessing the damage, she believes that the bruises and sore spots on her arms and back are no big deal. After all, it’s not like he punch her in the face. He just grabbed her arms and threw her around a bit than pushed her through a door.

Cycle of Abuse WheelAs time goes on, the violence gets worse. She’s strong-armed, has things thrown at her, spit on, jerked around by her hair, body slammed, doused with water, and raped. She wears clothing that covers the bruising. Consistently she calls in sick for work and impedes all communication with friends and family because every-time she leaves the house she’s accused of having sexual affairs with other men.

He tells her to just stop making him so mad. Other people wouldn’t dare treat him the way she does and he wouldn’t act like that if she’d only stop forcing him to do so. One minute she’s told  that he should take everything and abandon her, then the next he threatens that if she tries to leave he will hunt her down. Alone and scared, she tries her damnedest to behave but eventually he beats her so badly she ends up in the hospital, forced to file a police report.

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and many other studies world-wide, boys who witness men beating their mother are twice as likely to abuse woman they are intimate with and up to sixty percent of those abusing their partner will also abuse the children. Girls raised in this environment statistically end up with the same living conditions as their mother.

As mention above, children raised with violence in the home, understand very little about healthy relationships. As adults, we know behavior such as domestic abuse is wrong. However, once you’re in a committed relationship, it seems nearly impossible to escape.

Below are some startling facts about domestic abuse:

  • According to the CDC, one scientific study from 1991 through 1999 deemed homicide by domestic partner as the leading cause of injury deaths for pregnant and postpartum women.
  • Abusers use violence as means of domination and control. They don’t play fair and will do anything to make you submit. Abusive partners will intimidate you, hurt you, and hurt those you care about including animals and children.
  • 1.3 million women are reported to fall victim to domestic violence every year and are more likely to be murdered by their husband than a stranger.
  • Less than one-fifth report being abused. Domestic violence is one of the most unreported crimes.

Domestic violence is a serious crime not only against the victim, but everyone involved. There are many case studies, statistics, and stories made available to the public. If you or someone you know is in danger, please get help. It could be a matter of life or death.

Need crisis services for yourself or others?

(Organización Línea Nacional de Información sobre Violencia Doméstica)

Phone Number 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

1-800-787-3224 TTY for the

Deaf, Deaf-Blind and Hard of Hearing

Assistance through e-mail at ndvh@ndvh.org

Crisis intervention and referrals to the Deaf through the TTY line and e-mail at deafhelp@ndvh.org)

Volunteers and Advocates for this hotline have access to over 139 languages.

  • Organizations offering services for clinicians and others involved in preventing violence against women of reproductive age:
  1. Physician’s for a Violence-Free Society
  2. Family Violence Prevention Council (use google search with your state of residency)
  3. American Nurses Association
  4. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  5. American College of Nurse Midwives
  • Other resources beneficial to women:
  1. Family and Intimate Violence Prevention
  2. National Women’s Health Information Center
  3. HelpGuide.org