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!

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!