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Feb 25, 2012 8:10PM

Not that hard to create a "kit", just think what if - the lights don't turn on, the water and heat doesn't turn on and the toilet doesn't flush.  Then plan for what you need for for your family and animals for 4 days.  Keep the supplies - TP, water purifyer, camp stove and fuel, sleeping bags and beans and rice and medical kit in closet.  It doubles as your camping gear in the summer, so you can use it up and re-stock evey year.

If you live north in blizzeds country you should carry the winter version in your vehicle as well.

Feb 25, 2012 4:47PM
Since the link in the article doesn't work (SMH, that's a file extension, not a link) here's a link for the tornado shelter DIY retrofit on FEMA's website. If this doesn't work just got to FEMA's website and type FEMA 320 in the search bar.


Feb 25, 2012 10:49AM
Perhaps the one thing that would help more than anything else that would take just a modest amount of effort to do is a simple 72 hour kit.   It is amazing how many of the headline disasters  in recent years would have been better handled on an individual basis if each residence had just had that on hand.  The first place for preparation is in your own home, not some regional, state or federal agency, and certainly not in Washington DC.
Feb 25, 2012 8:28AM

I think that the leaders of this country are not doing enough! They don't seem to be worried and I wonder why. The leaders need to focus on empowering communities to be more self sustainable. I think if communities understand sustainability then disasters would not have such a negative impact.


Unfortunatly, I am not sure what exactly to prepare for because there are too many things to worry about, and this is why I think it is our leaders that need to make these decisions. How can the average person even begin to understand. I don't think it is healthy for people to be thinking about all of this. Thats what leaders are for. We need better leaders that don't leave us in the dark and it is difficult to know who to trust, but I don't have to tell you that.


I am more concearned about what everyone is thinking. This country is beauty obsesed! We have lost touch with basic living and it is causing the people to become dependant and out of touch! How are you going to color your hair or shave if there is no shower? I always think about people with special needs and how they would survive in a bad situation. I lived in an apartment complex that had faulty fire alarms and people would have to run outside unexpectedly all the time. I saw people with robes that had looked like they were showering and people in wheel chairs and it made me think.



Feb 25, 2012 7:51AM
americans will never be prepared for any disaster we have all gotten to soft, or to stupid wichever,as stated in the article 3800 communities located in flood planes, thats a great way to start preparing. a hurricane is headed for the east coast , these things start off the coast of africa the weathermen track them for a week or more telling us here it comes its going to hit here in four days, three days, two days be prepared, then it hits, the next day people are standing in line for bottles of water. we now classify snowstorms as disasters i remember as a child we got to stay home from school and go sledding. grow up america!
Feb 25, 2012 7:12AM

The number one major disaster to prepare for wasn't listed - the collapse of the economy.

Feb 25, 2012 4:20AM
You can never prepare for when the death star will arrive and let your planet have it!!!
 May the Emperor have mercy on your souls!!!!!!!

Jun 3, 2011 4:28PM
Know what your living in, vinyl sided house to a brick home, protect yourself by any means or the Wolf will get you. Please don't think a fiberglass tub in your bathroom is going to protect you from a f-5 tornado dig a hole instead or end up in one.
May 13, 2011 11:03AM

The Video" How to keep warm during a power outage" has NOTHING to do with how! A video about how Texas had an outage in their power grid is not the same thing!


Who labels these things?

May 13, 2011 1:17AM
How about a DIY on "The Kit" news stations tell us we should have for various weather situations. What is in "the Kit" and where should we keep it? Is there more than one "Kit"-like Hurricaine vs tornado or Ice Storm Kits?
Mar 9, 2011 6:44PM
Get in touch with your local CERT ( Community Emergency Response Team ) that provides free training in disaster preparedness through grants from FEMA and teaches you how to prepare yourself to take care of your family first and then be ready to help out your neighbors and community when the power goes out and you're it when Emergency Services are buried with things to do and you can't even call them anyway. Best training I've ever taken.
Mar 9, 2011 6:12AM

Having a plan in any kind of crisis situation should be par for the course.  One thing I have always taught my children is plan your work and work your plan.  Plan for every possible contingency (you can do it, its not rocket science), and act on it.  Do not plan on government to help you but do know what you can take advantage of from your local emergency preparedness agency.  There are several websites that can help and if that does not satisfy you try contacting your local church as that is  place to start (churches frequently have contingency plans to  help large numbers of people who need help in time of need).  Keep cash and food, water and basics handy.  And remember murphys law and plan for it.

Mar 9, 2011 5:46AM

In the event of any major catastrophe have a migration plan ready, due to the current national economic situation; your chance for a speedy recovery may take a long time.  By having a plan to include; a business plan and outside of the region(s) contact you can relocate and establish a trade function to sustain.  Or choose to wait it out as the masses will do and find you with them confined within a camp, indefinitely.  

Mar 9, 2011 2:31AM
I'm prepared for most emergencies, both natural and man-made. Beans and bullets, beans and bullets.
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