Homeowners should use March 8, the day they turn the clocks ahead for Daylight Saving Time, as a reminder to prepare an emergency kit for power outages based on advice from the International Association of Fire Chefs. The association and Energizer recommend that people put a kit in a location that is easily accessible to every family member in an emergency. Weather radio: To get the updates you need when your technology devices lose power, purchase a battery-powered or hand crank weather radio for your emergency electricity kit.
Every Herdon, VA homeowner should prepare and emergency electricity kit to prepare in case of an outage. I’m talking about a “Bug-Out Bag,” a ready-to-grab-at-anytime kit that gets you out the door and long gone, quickly and safely, when things go south. Even though you probably aren’t going to have a foreign hit squad on your trail, or Federal agents ready to kick in your door, there are still a number of situations where the Average Joe needs to have a bug-out bag — or a “Get Home Bag” (see below) — packed and ready to go. So I spoke with Creek Stewart, survival skills trainer, owner of Willow Haven Outdoor, and author of the upcoming book, Build the Perfect Bug-Out Bag: Your 72 Hour Disaster Survival Kit (May 12, Betterway Books), to find out what those situations are, and what we city-dwellers need to have to create an Urban Survival Bug-Out bag that’ll keep us from resorting to “Lord of the Flies”… for 3 or 4 days at least. If you’re forced out of your home and need to survive on your own for at least 72 hours, Stewart says to remember the Core 4 Basic Human Survival Needs: Shelter, Water, Fire and Food – and to make sure your bag covers them all. Stewart says to keep in mind the first bug-out bag you grab may actually be a “Get Home Bag” — providing you the essentials you need to get out of a stricken city and home to your family.


Mass chaos and exodus would make getting from work to home very complicated, and a disaster-stricken city is a very dangerous place. So, just as military pilots have a “get-home survival kit” packed in their cock-pit, Stewart recommends having a “Get Home Bag” ready to go at your office or in your car.
A Get Home Bag is simply a down-sized version of the Bug-Out Bag designed to do just that – get you home safely. It will be smaller and have fewer supplies — just the necessities to get you through and out of ground zero.
Stewart told me having Bug-Out bags at the ready isn’t about becoming a crazy survivalist in the woods or having a bunker mentality.
Consider well ahead of time what you'd take if you had a day's notice, a couple of hours' notice to pack the car, or five minutes' notice to 'get out now' (the go bag). You can go crazy adding stuff to this bag depending on the potential for emergencies and the environment you live in, you should edit the bag. While you should not feel pressured to get all the supplies at once, it is important for you to put together the bag as soon as realistically feasible. If you have to take medications, make sure you keep them all in one place, and can sweep them into the go bag without any searching.
If you are preparing more than one bag for specific situations, be sure they are clearly identified on the outside with a highly visible marking such as colored straps or luggage tags. A "shelter-in-place" kit and a "to-go" bag can share items as long as they can be moved from one pace to the other quickly.


Homeowners should use March 8, the day they turn the clocks ahead for Daylight Saving Time, as a reminder to prepare an emergency kit for power outages based on advice from the International Association of Fire Chefs. Having emergency electricity supplies ready can keep your family more comfortable and safe when your power goes out. A bag put together by a person living in Montana worrying about wildfire would be more likely to have warm clothing than someone in Florida who worries about hurricanes. Flashlights: Make sure your emergency electricity kit contains at least one quality flashlight to provide light during an outage. For more tips on how to prepare for a power outage or put together an emergency electricity kit, call AAA HVAC Services. Since the events of September 11, 2001, the Department of Homeland Security has provided guidelines for citizens on how to put together their own To-Go Bag. Ultimately, you want a bag that is large enough to carry the necessary items but not be filled.




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