Monday, January 26, 2015

Surviving a Winter Storm Without Power

One of the toughest and most difficult experiences you can face is a power outage during a winter storm. We often don’t realize just how much we depend on electricity until it is suddenly cut out of our lives. However, if you are prepared and have the right emergency supplies at hand, you will be able to stay in your home relatively comfortably, and you might even make a good time out of it.

Preparing for a Winter Power Interruption

The best protection against having no power during a blizzard or ice storm is to be prepared. This means you must have all of the essentials for survival, including the following:

  • Food and water: If you think you may be trapped in your home or unable to drive, you should have at least a five-day supply of water and food. Plan to have at least one gallon of water per person per day, and the food should require only minimal preparation.

  • Light: Darkness can totally incapacitate you, so it is essential to have at least three reliable light sources. This includes battery-operated lanterns, headlamps and flashlights.

  • AM/FM/weather radio: In inclement weather, a battery-powered or crank-powered emergency radio will keep you up-to-date with the latest weather and safety reports, and it can help keep boredom at bay.

  • Two-way radio: If the phones are down and cell phones are not working, a two-way CB radio may provide the best chance of contact with the outside world in emergency situations.

What to Do When the Power Goes Out

Even if you have made all the proper preparations for a winter power outage, you still have to take several steps to ensure the safety and comfort of you and your family:

  • Operate your generator safely. A generator can provide all the electricity you need as long it is operated sparingly and safely. Always keep gas- or propane-operated generators outside or in a well-ventilated area. Other options include Goal Zero generators, which can be used safely and silently indoors.

  • Protect your plumbing. Let each faucet run slightly to help prevent freezing.

  • Keep perishable food cold. If possible, put food that may spoil into a separate cooler with plenty of ice. However, you can also place your food outside in a sturdy container out of the sun. SOS Survival Products also offers a wide range of freeze-dried foods and food bars for emergencies, with 5- to 25-year shelf life.

  • Use your fireplace. If you have a fireplace or wood-burning stove, start a fire to keep warm.

Power outages during winter storms are not only inconvenient and uncomfortable but also dangerous and life threatening. However, if you have the right emergency equipment and supplies and are prepared for this situation, you will experience few problems until electricity can be restored.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Best Foods to Stockpile for an Emergency

It’s always best to be prepared in case of the worst. A variety of emergency scenarios – natural disasters, viral outbreaks, or large-scale accidents – can lead to unstable fallout. Should you be forced to deal with the worst case outcome in a situation like this – with no access to groceries, drinks or any other kind of supplies – you need to prepare the food stocks you need in advance. Picture a tornado or storm disrupting city infrastructure and your life for several weeks – how well could you deal with a devastating disaster right now?

Being prepared for an emergency requires smart planning and action well ahead of time. If you were trapped in your location for several days, would you have adequate food supplies ready to go? Would that food be healthy and appropriately energizing to keep you awake and alert? Most emergency situations lead to an increase in energy consumed by the body, as opposed to the typical sedentary lifestyle people experience daily. As a result, you’ll need high-quality, high protein foods to keep you going.

Below are high-quality food options that you can count on in case of emergency.

Emergency Food Bars / SOS Food Bars

While canned goods are always popular emergency rations, nothing beats energy bars in terms of calories and shelf life. These are light to carry and able to satisfy people for both short and long term conditions. SOS Survival Products has a variety of fruit-flavored energy bars, designed for both quick meals and several days of sustenance. All of our emergency food bars have a five-year shelf life, exceeding the longevity of most canned foods.

Mountain House Products

Mountain House carries high-quality freeze-dried food pouches that are easy to prepare and last a long time. Delicious and quick to turn into a meal, these make excellent additions to food stocks. Each freeze-dried food pouch is lightweight and comes with a 7 year shelf life. All you need to do is add water to prepare and you’re set!

And don’t forget about Mountain House’s #10 Cans, which come with an impressive 25 year shelf life and a higher quantity of food. After cans have been opened, remaining food can last for up to two weeks. All cans contain food made with quality ingredients for simple and fast preparation.

Freeze Dried Pouches

In addition to Mountain House Products, SOS Survival Products also carries other freeze dried pouch foods. With impressive shelf life spans and convenient jumbo quantities of food, these pouches make excellent additions to your emergency storage. Preparation doesn’t involve much else than adding some hot or cold water, and the resulting amounts should provide more than enough food for the family.

All in all, it’s important to plan ahead and ensure your family’s safety with a comprehensive plan for gathering emergency food supplies. You never know what situations, or disruptions from everyday life, you might be thrust into. SOS Survival Products have a variety of quick-preparation, long-lasting food supplies to store away in case of the worst-case scenario.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Great Gifts for the Holidays from SOS Survival Products

The SOS Survival Products team loves the holiday season. The extra time with family, the holiday lights – it all makes for a joyous time of year. One aspect that can sometimes be stressful for people is finding great gifts for everyone. Luckily, the SOS team has identified some great gifts in our store that is sure to put a smile on anyone’s face. From campers to pets to families, there’s something for everyone.

Goal Zero Nomad 7M Solar Panel

This solar panel charger is perfect for friends or family who love to go camping or be in the outdoors. Capable of charging cell phones, iPads and other small electronics, it’s a great way to stay connected while out in the wilderness or on the go. Goal Zero products are also a must-have for emergency preparedness.

All-Purpose First Aid Kit

Make sure every member of your family is safe in 2015 with an all-purpose first aid kit. Stocked with over 200 pieces of supplies, this kit has everything you need in case of a medical emergency.

2-Person Survival Kit

If someone you know is recently married or bought a house, get them this 2-person survival kit so that they’re prepared for any disaster. It’s equipped with food bars, a flashlight, first aid supplies, a radio and more. The kit will last two people up to three days.

Pet Emergency Kit

Pets need to be taken care of during emergencies, too so get the pet lover in your life a pet emergency kit! Stocked with waste bags, a blanket, water boxes and more for pet emergency needs.

Midland Weather Alert Radio

This Midland radio is equipped with all the latest bells and whistles. It has an LED flashlight, AM/FM radio, USB charger and an NOAA weather radio alert. Even better, it has multiple power sources: hand crank, solar panel and rechargeable Ion battery.

Streamlight Siege Lantern

Get the camping enthusiast the best LED lantern on the market, the Siege from Streamlight. The Siege has a run time up to 23 hours, features four C4 LEDs, and has three adjustable light settings. Also works great as an emergency lighting source when the power goes out!

Let us know if you have any questions about these products or any others in our store. We hope you have a great holiday and happy New Year with your family and friends!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

How to Plan for Holiday Safety

During the winter holidays, the last thing anyone wants to worry about is staying safe and being overly cautious. However, between the influx of people traveling, the cold weather making us want to light the logs in the fireplace, and the extra guests and visitors running around the house to share the celebrations, there are an increased number of potential holiday dangers. To help you prepare for this festive season, we rounded up some holiday safety tips to keep your family safe.

Keep an emergency kit in your car.

Traveling during the holidays is almost always stressful, especially when you throw wintery weather conditions into the mix. Always be prepared to face bumps in the road by keeping an emergency travel kit in your car at all times. You’ll want your kit to contain contact information for road side assistance, a flashlight and extra batteries, a cell phone charger, a first aid kit, a few bottles of water and some type of sustenance like power bars or cereal bars.

Restock supplies before you travel.

Check your car’s emergency kit before every road trip to make sure it’s fully stocked. You’ll never know that your kids found the secret granola bar stash or realize you used up all the bandages at Little League games until you check! Granola bars or power bars are long-lasting and don’t spoil, so they’re a great option to keep stashed for a couple years. But check the best by labels before each road trip just to be sure.

Check smoke detectors and fire extinguishers.

Unfortunately, hundreds of families every holiday season come home from vacation to learn that a fire has damaged or destroyed their home. Fires can spring up at the most unsuspecting times, which is why it is extremely important to check your smoke detectors before leaving for holiday vacations. You should also routinely check the fire extinguishers in your home to make sure they are still functional and stowed in a safe place.

Buy safe toys for kids.

Choosing toys to give your kids over the holidays should be given some cautious thought in order to avoid any hazards or injuries. Buy age-appropriate toys and always looks for safety labels. Additionally, you should always pick up safety gear like helmets or elbow pads to accompany sports-related toys like skateboards or bicycles.

Eliminate potential fire hazards.

Survey your home and see if you spot any potential fire hazards near candles, fireplaces, trees, and electrical connections. If you notice any frayed wiring or old tree hanging awfully close to electrical connections, call your electrician to have these taken care of ASAP—especially if you’re about to take a trip. Additionally, you should try to use only nonflammable holiday decorations and make sure to regularly water your Christmas tree.

Switch to LED holiday lighting.

Consider switching to LED lighting to decorate your home during the season, and you’ll not only save hundreds of dollars on electricity costs, but you’ll also reduce the risk of fires. LED lights use less energy than incandescent light bulbs, which makes them cooler and less likely to spark fires in and around your home.

Keep candles, matches, and lighters away from children.

It is important to make sure that lit candles, matches, lighters or any other fire related objects are out of reach from children. Especially during the holidays when extended family and friends visit with young children, you’ll need to exercise control over these potential fire hazards to avoid any harm and injury to your guests and their families as well as your own.

We hope these fire safety tips for the holidays as well as our other holiday safety preparedness tips will help you better plan for a safe winter this year. Everyone at SOS Survival Products wishes you a happy and safe Holiday Season!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Is It Time to Refill Your Emergency Kit?

Do you have an emergency kit in your workplace, home or car? If so, how long ago did you buy it and when was the last time you checked it? While your kit may contain non-perishable items like a blanket, scissors, tape and bandages, a number of items do need to be replenished. Here’s a rundown of common items found in emergency kits that need to be replaced every once in a while.

Food Rations & Bars: Emergency food rations and bars have a shelf life of five years. If yours have expired, go ahead and throw them out.

Drinking Water Packs: Like food rations, these too have a 5 year shelf life.

Light sticks: These light source sticks have a 3 year shelf life.

Flashlight & Batteries: Place the batteries in the flashlight and ensure it turns on. Batteries last up to 10 years now, but it’s always a good idea to test them. Another idea is to purchase a battery tester to check your batteries periodically.

Water in 55 Gallon Barrels: Water placed in a 55 gallon barrel can be preserve for up to five years with the use of water preserver concentrate. However, once five years has passed, it’s best to replace the water.

First Aid Supplies: It is recommended to periodically check expiration dates of first aid items such as over-the-counter medicines, antiseptic wipes, alcohol wipes, wet wipe towelettes, antibiotic ointment, and instant ice packs. Dispose of expired first aid items and replenish as needed.

In addition to these perishable items, you may need to refill items that have been used over the years. Fortunately, SOS Survival Products carries a number of emergency refill packs. Each comes with new food rations, water packs, wipes, batteries and more. You can order various sizes from 1-person kits to 100-person kits. Also, feel free to shop for individual items in our store. So if it’s been a while since you last inspected your survival first aid kit, take the time to see if items need to be replaced. You never know when you may need them.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Four Power Generators to Meet Your Emergency Needs

Portable power generators are the best way to supply electricity to your home during a power outage, and they’re also great for times when you are away from other sources of electricity, such as during camping trips. However, choosing the generator that is right for you can take some research. Among the many factors you must consider are the type of fuel the generator uses and its maximum output. Here are three generators that have what it takes when you need electricity in an emergency.

Pulsar Dual-Fuel Peak 4500 Watt Generator

This Pulsar generator provides a winning combination of convenience, portability and power, and it will satisfy your needs at home or for outdoor projects off the grid. The generator runs on either gasoline or liquid propane, which allows you to purchase whichever is less expensive or easiest to obtain.

The Pulsar Dual-Fuel Peak 4500W includes several advanced features, such as a tubular steel frame for durability and solid tires that will never go flat. In addition, it will produce 120 volts to 240 volts of electricity for 15 hours on four gallons of gasoline or 20 pounds of liquid propane.

Gentron Powermate PMC105007 5000 Watt Gas Generator

The Gentron PMC105007 is a portable propane-powered generator that can produce 5,000 watts of electricity at peak capacity. This is one of the most efficient generators in its class, and it’s officially classified as a green generator because of its mild emissions. It’s rated to run at half capacity for 10 hours on 20 pounds of fuel, and it includes several safety features to protect you and the environment.

Approved by the EPA and the California Air Resources Board (CARB), this Gentron generator operates quietly, weighs 103 pounds and measures 23 inches by 23 inches by 32 inches, so it can be easily transported and stored.

LIFAN Energy Storm 2600iER

LIFAN Power USA is known across the country for manufacturing some of the most advanced generators in history. The Energy Storm 2600iER is sleek, efficient and highly portable. It’s one of the quietest generators on the market today, and the electricity it produces is so clean and even that it can be used to power highly sensitive electronic equipment, including computers, cameras, smartphones and LCD TVs.

This unit has a built-in handle so that it can be lifted off the ground, but it also includes wheels and a collapsible handle just like a modern suitcase. It features an electric ignition and can produce 2600 watts steadily for seven hours on 1.58 gallons of fuel.

Goal Zero Yeti 1250 Solar Generator Kit

This super heavy-duty solar generator stores 1,250 watt hours of power and is an excellent backup power source for offices, schools, and the home. It is easy to use safely and silently indoors with no worries. With the 1,000 watt inverter it is capable of running mid-sized appliances, power tools, emergency lighting, laptops, and smaller hand held devices. It features several charger ports for charging many devices simultaneously: 3-USB ports, 3-12V DC ports, and 3-AC ports. 2 Boulder 30 watt solar panels are included.

Buying an emergency power generator doesn’t have to be fraught with guesswork. The four generators above are all highly rated and will provide you with power when you need it most. All you have to do now is decide which size and style is best suited to you and your requirements.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

What to Do When a Tornado Hits

If you live in the central part of the US, you know that a tornado could happen any day and that these powerful cyclones destroy almost anything in their path. What may be less obvious to you is what you should do when a tornado does form in your area. In order to be fully prepared for this situation, we’ve outlined the proper safety guidelines for you and your family to follow when disaster does strike.

Where to go in the home?

When a tornado is approaching, the best form of protection in your home is any room underground, whether it’s a basement or storm shelter. Unfortunately, many homes located in tornado alley, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, do not have the proper soil conditions to be able to support a basement. If your home is without an underground shelter, find a bathroom and sit in the bathtub. Ideally, you would want this room to be one of the inner rooms of the house. Bathrooms are best because their walls are taller than they are wide, which decreases the chances of the walls severely hurting you if they were to fall during the tornado.

If you do have an underground shelter, take cover in this room as quickly as possible. Make sure the room is stocked with adequate emergency supplies. It’s very easy to purchase family survival kits online that include food, water, first aid kits and more.

Is your home the safest place?

Some will argue if you receive enough advanced warning, it’s beneficial to drive away from your home and the tornado path. For example, Terimy Miller of Moore, Oklahoma left her home with her three sons when she heard the tornado was approaching her home. The move ended up saving their lives since the tornado completely wiped out the family’s home. If you feel as though you have enough warning to drive to safety, experts recommend you drive at a 90 degree angle away from the predicted path of the tornado.

What if it’s closing in on your car?

If you’re on the road and a tornado is headed directly for you, the best thing to do is to exit the car and find a ditch on the side of the road to take cover in. This will protect you from flying debris. If there’s not a ditch around you, try and find a heavy object like a tractor or large tree and hide behind it in order to protect you from debris.

What about your kids in school?

Newer schools located in tornado alley are being constructed with underground tornado shelters. These rooms are equipped with heavy-duty concrete walls and offer plenty of protection. If the school does not have an underground shelter, students should hide under their desk or should line up in a hallway without windows with their heads down and hands covering their necks. We suggest parents ask their children’s school about the tornado procedures in place and go over them with their kids to make sure they’re prepared.

If you’re concerned about tornadoes, walk through your house and determine the best shelter place. Go over the emergency plan with your family at least once a year to ensure everyone is on the same page. Also, consider purchasing tornado survival kits from the leaders in emergency supplies, SOS Survival Products. Taking the time to know these proper tornado safety tips will go a long way in saving your life and your family’s lives.