Wednesday, May 13, 2015

How to Choose the Perfect Emergency Radio

Including an emergency radio in your disaster survival kit is a common piece of advice. However, not many people know how to pick out a reliable emergency radio that’s actually going to help them get through a crisis. Not all radios are made equally, and when you’re in the midst of an emergency without power – whether you’re at home or traveling – your survival may depend on the gear you’ve stocked up on. We’ve come up with some radio tips to help you choose the perfect emergency radio for you.

What Type of Radio Should You Get?

When it comes to emergency radios, you first and foremost need a self-powered radio that will deliver NOAA alerts. The primary use of your emergency radio will most likely be to stay informed about the outside world. A standalone AM/FM receiver allows you to tune into any local FM stations that are still broadcasting and keep up with NOAA alerts, relief instructions and more information that is sent via AM radio. During severe emergencies, FM stations are not likely to be available, so having a radio that broadcasts AM is extremely important. If you want to be able to communicate with others via your radio, you’ll need a two-way radio; however, most people do fine with a standalone receiver.

Battery-operated radios are often the go-to option for new radio buyers; however, it’s ideal that you find a radio that is supported by multiple power sources. An AC adapter is perfect when you have power. Solar and hand-crank radios are a better option for traveling or as a backup for when the power goes out. Remember: if your radio has extra features, the power will drain faster.

What Size Radio Should You Get?

For your at-home emergency stock, it’s a good idea to purchase a large radio with special features of your choice (see below) and one small radio in case you need to relocate. For your car, office, boat or cabin, it’s recommended you keep a smaller radio on hand that you can continue to travel with when necessary.

What Makes an Emergency Radio the Best?

As discussed, the best emergency radios broadcast both FM and AM and can run without electricity. Solar and hand-crank radios are always a great option. Battery-powered radios also make great emergency devices, as long as you remember to stock up on extra batteries. However, what makes some radios stand out more than others is the additional features they come with. Some of our favorite options include:

Finally, you should consider searching for radios that offer SAME – Specific Alert Message Encoding. SAME allows you to receive warnings for specific areas, so you can be notified when there is a hurricane, tornado or another natural disaster headed your way.

For a wide variety of the best emergency weather radios, search no further than SOS Survival Products. If you’re still wondering which radio is right for you, give the experts at SOS a call! We’d be happy to help you find the best emergency radio for you.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Things You Should Have in Your Car for Emergencies

Your engine won’t start, your spare tire blows out, you run out of gas, you get stuck in the mud… car trouble tends to be one of those things where people think, ‘that won’t happen to me’… - until it does. Unfortunately, vehicle breakdowns happen often. Sometimes you may be at home or around people who can help; other times you may not. When disaster does strike, having a roadside emergency car kit can help you get back on the road faster, or at least stay comfortable while you wait.

Car Repair Essentials

With the right equipment and know-how, certain car troubles can be fixed on the spot. Some of the most important repair and maintenance items for you to keep in your emergency car kit include:
  • Reflective Warning Triangles – When you’re trying to change a flat on the freeway or jump a car in the middle of a lane, it can be a dangerous process. Bright, reflective warning triangles can be placed behind your car to warn oncoming traffic of the hazard ahead.
  • Spare Tire – You should regularly check to make sure your spare is in good condition and also carry a tire jack and tire iron so you can change the tire without assistance.
  • Jumper Cables – Familiarize yourself with your engine so you know how to jump your car before the battery dies. You can also keep an emergency battery booster in your car so you can jump the car without waiting for someone to stop and help.
  • Duct Tape – Because duct tape can almost always help!

Safety & Survival Essentials

Sometimes there’s just no fixing your car where it’s at. When that happens, you want to be as prepared as possible in case you are far from help or inclement weather prevents help from reaching you. Creating your own car survival kit allows you to ensure your safety supplies include the necessities, such as:
  • A First Aid Kit – Whether you’re traveling across the country or just to work, there’s no telling when an accident will occur. Keeping a first aid kit in your car allows you to help treat both yourself and others while assistance is still on the way.
  • A Flashlight – Handy for both car trouble and medical emergencies, flashlights (and extra batteries) are essential for any emergency car kit.
  • A Multipurpose Tool – Small, portable multi-tools can be useful in a myriad of situations.
  • Water Bottles & Food – Drinking water is one of the most important items you should stock up on. Nonperishable food is also essential to keep in your kit – energy bars, protein bars and MREs are ideal for situations where you may be stuck for an extended period of time.
  • A Seat Belt Cutter & Window Breaker – Keep it in your glove compartment - not the trunk. This tool can mean the difference between life and death when you or loved ones are trapped in a car after an accident.
  • A Battery Operated Radio
  • An Ice Scraper

Comfort Items

In addition to emergency essentials, it’s a good idea to also keep some items on hand that will keep you comfortable if and when you get stranded:
  • Tissues & Paper Towels
  • A Warm Blanket and/or Emergency Blankets
  • Car Phone Charger
  • Change of Clothes
  • Rain Poncho

Remember, the best way to survive emergency situations is to be prepared before disaster strikes. When you’re starting your own emergency car kit or need refill supplies for your kit, look no further than SOS Survival Products. If you have questions about what else you need to complete your car survival kit, feel free to reach out to the experts! We’re always happy to help.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Pet Emergency Preparedness Steps

If you’re like our family, your pets are as much a part of the family as anyone else. You would do anything for them. We often hear stories on the news about cats or dogs being rescued from a disaster and it touches our hearts. If you’re like us and your pets mean the world to you, it’s important to have their needs taken care of in the event of an emergency. Before disaster strikes, take the time to make a plan that will ensure your pet’s safety.

1. First Thing to Do

No matter the emergency situation, SOS Products believes it’s key to have the necessary supplies, and this includes supplies for your pets. A pet emergency kit has everything your cat, dog or other animal will need. Kits should include:
  • Water
  • Pet bowl
  • Waste bags
  • Blanket
  • Can opener
  • First aid supplies

In addition, we also recommend having a pet emergency guide on hand. The guide will provide you with temporary urgent care tips that you can use in case you can’t make it to a veterinarian.

2. Evacuation Plan

In event of a disaster, remember if it’s not safe for you to stay in your home then it’s not safe for your pets either. Take your pets with you when you evacuate so they will not be exposed to injury or harm.

3. After a Disaster

If you’ve been forced to evacuate, keep your pets on leashes or in a crate. Because they’re in an unfamiliar place, they’re a little more on edge and may flee if allowed to roam free.

Further, if you’re allowed to return home, inspect the area for other animals since wild animals can be a hazard for your pets. Also, you may have to keep them in the crate until you’re able to secure the house as floods, fire or other disasters may have caused damage to the home.

4. Unable to Come Home

Unfortunately, disasters can strike at any time and as such, there are times when you can’t make it back to your home to retrieve your pets. In these instances, it’s important to have a backup plan in place. Seek out a neighbor who you trust to care for your pets. Provide the neighbor with a key to your home and let him or her know where the pet food is. It’s also a good idea to go over the pets’ habits so that he or she can make things as comfortable for your pets as possible until you return home.

Taking the time to make an emergency plan for your family, including your pets, goes a long way in ensuring the safety of everyone if a disaster were to strike. Keep these tips in mind as you create your plan and be sure to stock up on disaster supplies. If you have any questions about what you need for your pets or for yourself, reach out to the experts at SOS Survival Products. We’re here to help!

Monday, April 6, 2015

What to Do In the Event of a Flood

As spring and the rainy season approach, floods become more and more of a concern. Any place on Earth where it rains is vulnerable to floods. While most floods develop over time and allow people time to prepare, not all do. Flash floods can be extremely dangerous and kill about 140 people every year in the United States alone. While floods can be treacherous and need to be taken seriously, there are steps you can follow before, after and during floods to help ensure you and your family remain safe.

How Do Floods Happen?

Floods are among the most frequently occurring natural disasters. Flooding occurs when natural and artificial watercourses exceed capacity, typically during periods of long or heavy rainfall. On the coast, flooding can be triggered by other natural events such as tropical cyclones or tsunamis. Flooding occurs most heavily in low-lying areas; however, flash floods can occur almost anywhere.

Flood Disaster Preparedness

Whether you live in an area that frequently sees flash floods or not, it’s a good idea to educate yourself ahead of time about flooding and to stock up on flood disaster supplies. Some of the most important items to ensure you have easy access to during an emergency include:

  • Drinking water
  • Food that does not require refrigeration or cooking
  • First aid supplies
  • Battery-powered radio
  • Flashlights
  • Extra batteries
  • Waterproof pouches to hold personal items and keep them dry

Make a plan with your family and for your pets about where you’ll go during a flood. Map out routes that are not prone to flooding in case you must evacuate.

What to Do During a Flood

When you first become aware of a flash flood watch (meaning flooding is possible in your area) or a flash flood warning (flooding is already occurring in your area or will soon), monitor your surroundings carefully and get to a safe area as soon as possible. If you are driving, fill up on gas but do not attempt to drive through flooded roadways or rushing water, even if it looks shallow. Flash floods are powerful and can sweep your car off the road as easily as they can knock you off your feet.

If you’re stuck at home and there’s a possibility water may get high enough to seep inside, you should board up your doors and windows as fast as possible. Cut off your utilities – turn off gas, electricity and water – and head upstairs with important items like legal paperwork and expensive electronics. If you have hazardous materials in a shed or your garage, such as oil, pesticides or even cleaning supplies, move them to higher locations so they don’t create even more hazardous water conditions.

Use your battery-powered radio to monitor the latest information and find out when it’s safe to leave again. If you are stranded and are in immediate danger from rising water, contact emergency services immediately.

How to Stay Safe After a Flood

If you’ve come in contact with flood water, be sure wash your hands with clean water and soap ASAP. Stay away from down power lines, watch out for washed out roads and stop kids from playing in areas that are still flooded.

If your home was flooded, check for damage that could affect your gas lines or electrical system. If there is damage, have a professional come check everything out before you turn utilities back on. Finally, take pictures of everything damaged for insurance purposes, throw away medicine, food and drinks that had any contact with flood water, and disinfect everything that got wet. If your home is in need of major repairs, check out the American Red Cross guide Repairing Your Flooded Home for help getting started.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Why You Need a Survival Medicine Kit & What Should Be in It

Whether you purchase a stocked survival kit for sale, or you choose to create a survival first aid kit with your own custom supplies, it’s important you have access to first aid supplies at home, work, and in your car. When an emergency occurs, be it a natural disaster or minor accident, you’ll want to be able to reach first aid supplies instantly. It’s vital that you keep your first aid kits as well-stocked as possible so you’re as prepared as possible.

While first aid kits are widely available, some people prefer to create their own kits and customize the first aid supplies they keep stocked.

Necessary First Aid Supplies

If you choose to create a survival medical kit on your own, there are certain standard supplies every kit needs in order to be effective.

Bandages: Bandages & dressings can be used to stop bleeding and help protect wounds from infections:
  • Adhesive Bandages, assorted sizes
  • Adhesive Tape
  • Gauze Pads, assorted sizes
  • Gauze Rolls
  • Roll of Cotton or Cotton Balls
  • Duct Tape (can be used in an extreme emergency to safely close an open wound)

Medication: For cuts, pain & allergies, your survival first aid kit should also be stocked with medication:
  • Ibuprofen, or another pain reliever
  • Antihistamine (i.e. Benadryl)
  • Antiseptic Solution (i.e. Hydrogen Peroxide)
  • Antibiotic Ointment (i.e. Neosporin)
  • Eye drops or Eyewashv
  • Hydrocortisone Cream
  • Anti-diarrhea, Anti-nausea & Antacids
  • Backup Supply of Prescription Medications

Equipment & Other Supplies: Your survival medical kit should also include versatile and useful items such as:
  • Thermometers
  • Disposable Gloves
  • An Emergency Blanket
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • A Flashlight, and extra batteries
  • Basic First Aid Instructions
  • List of Emergency Numbers

When putting together your first survival medical kit or searching for survival kits for sale, remember there is no one right kit for everyone. Prepackaged survival first aid kits are easy to buy, but may not be complete. Many people choose to purchase stocked survival kits simply to use as a foundation for creating their own complete, customized kit.

Once you have a survival first aid kit put together, remember that it’s only going to be useful if you know how to use it. First aid courses are a great way to learn CPR and other survival basics, and first aid manuals or instructions can be useful reminders during an emergency. You should store your kit in a place that is easily accessible (for adults) and occasionally re-check to make sure it’s still stocked, that medications haven’t expired and that your batteries still work.

Whether you’re searching for a first aid kit to get started or you’re in need of additional first aid supplies, SOS Survival Products is proud to provide both survival kits and survival supplies for sale. Have a question? Give us a call! We’re happy to answer questions about any and all of our survival products.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

How to Cook in an Emergency

When a hurricane hits, when a blizzard moves in or when you just lose power for an extended period of time, staying healthy and cooking real meals can become a challenge. However, those who prepare for emergencies and keep survival food and equipment stored away can continue to cook during and after disasters, and without electricity.

The Best Food for Survival Cooking

The key to building up your survival food storage is to ensure you’re stocking up on the right type of food. The best survival foods are non-perishable items that have high calorie counts and good nutritional value. Ideally, your pantry should be stocked with a variety of food that can be used for survival cooking for two weeks. Some of the best foods for survival cooking include rice, beans, salt, canned food (meat, fruit, vegetables), pasta and peanut butter.

While emergency food bars and SOS Food bars from SOS Survival Products are a perfect options both for building up your survival food storage and taking with you on outdoor adventures, during extended emergencies you won’t want to rely on food bars alone. We also recommend freeze dried food such as Mountain House, which can be stored unopened for 7 to 25 years.

Emergency Cooking Equipment

In order to cook without power, you’ll need an emergency cooking stove that uses cooking fuel from a portable source. Cooking fuel options include (but are not limited to):

  • Butane – This is fuel that is useful both as cooking fuel for butane stoves and as lighter fuel for outdoor excursions. Butane stoves are lightweight and easy to use; however, butane does not vaporize well in cold temperatures.
  • Propane - This versatile cooking fuel can be used to power multiple devices during an emergency, such as a propane cooking range stove or a propane generator. Propane is inexpensive and widely available; however, propane produces carbon monoxide and should never be used indoors.
  • Canned Heat Cooking Fuel – These are cans that burn for hours at a time and provide enough heat to cook on folding stoves. This cooking fuel can be used inside; however, heat output is limited so folding stoves are best served when warming or reheating food, rather than cooking a meal from scratch.

Remember, your emergency cooking stove should be one you are familiar with (before an emergency occurs) and one you are comfortable using. If you don’t test and figure out how to use your survival stove and other equipment before an emergency situation begins, your equipment could end up being useless.

Today, preparing for emergency situations is easier than ever. From emergency food bars to emergency cooking stoves that can be used for both indoor and outdoor survival cooking, emergency equipment and supplies are widely available. SOS Survival Products is happy to provide you with quality emergency supplies at great prices. Have questions about survival cooking or storing the best survival food? Let us know! We’re happy to provide support and answers about any products in our store.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

10 of Our Favorite Survival Products

Want to make sure your home or office is stocked with essential emergency products? At SOS Survival Products, we proudly provide our customers with the best and most necessary items to help you stay safe in the event of a disaster. In our store and online, we carry thousands of products from first aid kits to blankets to food rations. For those interested in the hot items right now and what we particularly deem essential, here is a list of our favorite survival products.

Classroom Teacher Emergency Kit:

This kit fits nicely into an easy-to-carry backpack and is stocked with a first aid kit, flashlight, water pouches, whistle and more. It’s the perfect thing to have in every classroom at your school.

Water Preserver Concentrate:

Want to store enough water for your family to survive on for a few days? If so, you’re going to want this water preserver concentrate. Treats up to 30 gallons of water and keeps it fresh and drinkable for up to five years.

5 Person Deluxe Emergency Kit:

Perfect for families, this kit can sustain five people for up to five days and comes in a convenient duffle bag. The kit includes food ration bars, first aid kit, radio, emergency stove and more.

GMRS 36 Radios:

Produced by Midland, this walkie talkie radio set is useful for emergency teams, families and work crews who need long distance communication out in the field. The radios have 36 channels, a range of 26 miles, and come with batteries and a convenient charging unit.

Emergency Management Command Board:

Are you the leader of your local emergency response team? If so, this emergency management command board is a great way to stay organized when disaster strikes. The package includes dry erase boards, incident command documents and more. Every IC team should have this in their supplies.

Privacy Shelter:

This privacy shelter takes shape in less than one minute and is easily stored away in a round carrying bag. It’s a great item to have for camping or at a temporary emergency site.

Roadside Emergency Kit:

Don’t get caught stranded on the side of the road without this roadside survival kit. The booster cables and Fix-A-Flat can help you get back on the road while the other items included will help you stay safe should you find yourself stranded for a few hours.

ResQMe Window Breaker & Seatbelt Cutter:

The ResQMe, a handy keychain tool, can save your life if you find yourself trapped in your car and need to escape immediately. With the ResQMe, you can easily cut your seatbelt and then break your car window with a push of a button.

Mesh Responder Vest:

We love this responder vest because of the ability to store so many things in it including a radio, numerous medical supplies and more. It’s also adjustable for all sizes.

Streamlight Portable Scene Light:

If you need light for a larger area or building, the Streamlight LED scene light is your solution. Equipped with three brightness levels and two beam widths, it’s the perfect emergency light for hospitals, rescue crews, offices and more. The battery can last from 5 to 18 hours depending on the brightness setting.

This list of 10 items we love is meant as a helpful starting place for your emergency needs. To make sure you’re fully prepared for an emergency, shop around our store and read our other blog posts. Also, contact us if you have any questions. We love helping our customers!