Preparing for a Hurricane

by Shelfreliance Staff Nov 13 2009

Personal Preparation: 

• Make sure you have enough emergency supplies for your entire family
• Gather non-perishable food and extra water for your family members
• Battery powered radios are a must have. If your power goes out, you’ll want to know what’s going on
• Prepare multiple alternative light sources in case a power outage occurs
• Keep a supply of extra batteries
• Plan in-home activities that may help distract you and your family from the unease of the storm
• Don’t Panic!



Preparing for a Tsunami

by Shelfreliance Staff Nov 13 2009

Tsunamis are a series of enormous waves created by an underwater disturbance such as an earthquake, landslide, volcanic eruption, or meteorite. A tsunami can move hundreds of miles per hour in the open ocean and smash into land with waves as high as 100 feet or more.

From the area where the tsunami originates, waves travel outward in all directions. Once the wave approaches the shore, it builds in height. There may be more than one wave and the succeeding one may be larger than the one before. That is why a small tsunami at one beach can be a giant wave a few miles away.


Creating an Emergency Evacuation Plan

by Shelfreliance Staff Nov 13 2009

Creating an evacuation plan is an important step your family should take toward emergency preparedness. If a disaster requiring evacuation strikes your household, you and your family members will need to know where to safely meet.  It’s also a good idea to decide on a safe meeting place inside your home should a disaster not requiring evacuation strike.  Once your plan is constructed, practice it at least four times a year. Make sure you frequently remind family members, especially small children, of your emergency evacuation plan.


Be Prepared

by Shelfreliance Staff Nov 13 2009

In the information age we live in, we can never seem to get anything fast enough. We demand instant satisfaction and answers to our questions. And things like air conditioning and automatic washers that were once extravagant luxuries are now taken for granted. Even the food we prepare is usually out of a box (or a drive through window). We can never seem to get too much convenience and most of our needs are virtually at our fingertips (when is the last time you actually stood up to turn on the TV?).


Preparing Your Pets for an Emergency

by Shelfreliance Staff Nov 13 2009

Although family members should be your top concern when preparing for emergencies, family pets should not be overlooked. Once you have developed a thorough emergency preparedness plan for your family, it’s a good idea to incorporate any pets you may have into your plan.

Much like children, the behavior of animals changes when their surrounding environment becomes unstable. Many times they become confused and disoriented. In some cases, aggression may come out as a mode of defense. Make sure you prepare a plan that will help your pet stay calm in an emergency.

Below you will find useful tips for keeping your animal prepared for an emergency:

• Keep all pet vaccinations up to date.

•Take pictures of your pet(s) and write their information on the back. Store these photos in a safe place.


Choosing the Right Foods for Your Emergency Kits

by Shelfreliance Staff Nov 13 2009

Emergencies are stressful for everyone—that’s no secret. However, there are several ways you can prepare to make them more comfortable for you and your family. One of the best options for keeping things calmer is to choose the right “emergency” foods. Here are some suggestions:

Store high calorie comfort foods in your emergency kits. Foods high in sugar and calories may not be the healthiest option for your family, but they have unique calming qualities. Chocolate is an especially good option. Fruit bars, granola bars, energy bars, cereal, and other foods high in calories are also good options.


Emergency Preparedness Lesson Guide

by Shelfreliance Staff Nov 13 2009

Emergency Preparedness Lesson Guide

Please click the following link for our emergency preparedness lesson guide. This 12-page lesson guide provides important checklists, resources, and a helpful form to use for your family emergency plan.

Lesson Guide


Don't Leave Your Child Stranded

by Shelfreliance Staff Nov 13 2009


Take a minute and ask yourself whether or not you feel completely comfortable dropping your child off at school, or a friend's house, or the mall.

Children spend approximately 25% of their time away from home. This percentage grows as they get older and become more interested in their friends. Would your child know what to do if an emergency struck away from home?

Starting an emergency plan is important for all families and age groups. The younger a child is when he/she is taught about emergency planning, the better things will go in the event of a disaster. Please keep in mind that emergency planning is not exclusive to giant attacking monsters or the earth freezing over. Make sure you include minor calamities in your emergency plan such as cuts, power outages, bug bites, CPR, etc.


Emergency Preparedness and Financial Stability

by Shelfreliance Staff Nov 13 2009

Many Americans live paycheck to paycheck, and those of us who save money continually are dwindling in number. With the cost of daily life increasingly on the rise, it is often difficult to keep up with even the most essential expenses. However, keeping yourself financially safe is one of the best and most important aspects of emergency preparedness.

From small emergencies like a flat tire to large disasters such as a house fire, keeping yourself financially stable is essential for peace of mind and emergency recovery. If you find yourself to be in insurmountable debt, work out a plan to free yourself as soon as possible.


Emergency Kit Essentials

by Shelfreliance Staff Nov 13 2009

Emergency kits are vital to any emergency preparedness plan. Everyday comforts such as running water and telephone services may be unavailable in the aftermath of a disaster. Experts strongly recommend that every person be prepared to be self-sufficient for the first 72 hours after a crisis to allow time for relief workers to reach the area and get organized. Read the list below to see the most important items every emergency kit should contain.