Stock Up on Family Supplies for Disaster Preparedness

Often when we think of stocking up on supplies it’s food that comes to mind. There are many other things that may be needed to make uncertain times much more comfortable. These items can increase comfort, which can boost spirits more than you can imagine during stressful times.

Vitamins are something to always have on hand. Extra boosts of immunity and staying healthy may call for increased supplementation. It’s an inexpensive price to pay when they’re available, but they may not be in a crisis situation.

Hygiene supplies make a world of difference. Toothpaste, toothbrushes, mouthwash and floss, nail clippers, soap and other basic supplies are often overlooked but add up. Men’s and women’s hygiene supplies are another basic comforts – skin creams, razors, aftershave, shaving cream, talc, antibacterial and waterless soaps, baby wipes and ointments are all important.

Remember there may not be items available in stores, and it may be days before someone can get to you. A county in Tennessee was cut off from communication for days, with no awareness of the devastating floods elsewhere. Travel to get to you may be interrupted, so be sure to have enough on hand.

Baby supplies if needed are often overlooked – diapers and formula are essential. Aspirin and other mild health care items can make a difference and allow prioritizing for those seriously injured when help does arrive.

Don’t forget clothes. Thermal underwear, both shirts and pants, and woolen clothing can be a lifesaver if blizzards take out electricity or other issues expose you to cold weather. Don’t forget scarves, ear muffs, hats, cotton neckerchiefs, gloves and mittens for all members of the family. Clean socks, underwear and shirts that allows for extras can mean a much more comfortable time.

Ideally, these items will be easy to transport and safely stored. Remember this is for survival. Blankets, sleeping bags and other items should be easy to grab. Also, keep on hand cots or inflatable mattress with a way to inflate it.

These are all items we often don’t think of when minutes count. All can easily be stored in “go bags” for fast evacuations. When minutes count and your life is on the line you’ll be happy to be alive, but you’ll be much more comfortable with items that ensure being able to complete basic tasks.

Several years ago in California a mudslide across the highway meant I couldn’t get home. I had a cot and sleeping bag with me, crates in the back of the truck for the dogs and basic supplies. The shelter didn’t have any more room or cots available but because I had my own I was able to be warm and dry, as were my dogs. They couldn’t come into the shelter but were much more comfortable in familiar crates in the vehicle than with strangers or abandoned. Ideal circumstances usually aren’t fitting for such situations, but the best available choices are increased if you have basics for yourself. Work towards this goal every week!

Hope you don’t ever need it, but if you do you’ll be glad to have it!

National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month. Is your family ready? Do you have a plan? There are some simple steps to follow to be prepared if a natural or manmade disaster strikes your community.

The first thing you need to do is to put together a phone list of important numbers, like 911, the local Fire Rescue Department, Police Department, Emergency Medical Services (ambulance), and your family doctors office numbers for all family members in your household. Post this in a common area, like on the refrigerator or by the telephone.

The next thing is to put together an emergency plan for your family. This should include the phone number of a local person that everyone in the family can call if they get separated and cannot reach each other by phone. It should also include the phone number of a person that lives out of town, so if there is an emergency in the local area that affects communication services, everyone can check in with someone from out of the area, preferably out of state. This person can then relay messages.

The third step is to have a reunification point. If you cannot access your home or neighborhood, have a designated place where your family can meet. It is also a good idea to have a secondary location identified as well. These locations may be homes of friends and relatives, or shelter locations.

The fourth step is to put together a Go Bag for each member of the family, including the family pet(s). The Go Bag should include a copy of all important documents such as identification, insurance information, copies of prescriptions for medications, and any other legal documents that you may need to gain entry back into your neighborhood once the emergency has ended, such as rental agreements or deeds. It is a good idea to put these documents in a Ziploc to protect them from potential water damage. In addition it is recommended to have bottled water, healthy snacks like granola bars and nuts, some MREs such as one from XMRE, a battery-powered radio, flashlight, extra batteries, medications, toiletry and personal hygiene items, ATM, credit card, and also cash, first aid kit, extra set of house and car keys, and small games such as cards.

During major emergencies, there may be power outages. Gas pumps at gas stations, ATM machines, and credit card machines may not be operable. If there is advance warning, such as in a hurricane, fill up the car with gas in advance. It is also a good idea to get cash before the storm.

Each person should have a change of clothing, including comfortable, sturdy shoes that are good for walking and can hold up in all-terrain conditions, including water. Raingear and climate appropriate outerwear is also suggested.

Large dogs should be kept on a leash at all times. Small dogs and cats should be put in airline approved carriers for their own safety. The animal Go Bags should contain current vaccination papers, food, water, feeding bowls, litter pans and litter for cats, a current picture of the pet, and contact information for the veterinarian’s office. It is advisable for the pet to wear a collar with an ID tag at all times when outside the home.

Go Bags can be assembled anytime and ready to be used whenever a disaster strikes. It is good practice to always have a Go Bag in a convenient location in your home so it can be accessed if needed. Check your supplies quarterly for expiration dates. Also check the batteries in flashlights and radios. When there is an emergency, you will be ready and can grab your Go Bag and Go!

Fashion- Some Insights


Many city night clubs hold fashion shows, find out what night clubs hold fashion shows and contact them as to how you can be a part of an up and coming show. Locate fashion boutiques that cater to the fashions you design, first make a trip to the stores to look around, if you can see your clothes fitting in well with the store, find out who the owner is and ask if they would be willing to have some of your fashions offered for sale in their store. You will be amazed at how many store owners are willing to work with you. I walked around San Francisco in the Nob Hill district and had my fashions placed after visiting and discussing my product with four boutiques.

In having your fashions displayed you will receive valuable insights as to whether or not your designs are in demand and if you need to change your designs to increase sales. It will also give you free exposure to the public. When your fashions do sell you can present this to investors who are more than willing to invest in your line, when you prove the existence of a strong demand for your fashions. When the first human being, in Eden or on earth, covered his body with leaves, or later with an animal skin, the fashion industry was founded at that time. Though we are not familiar with the style and attire of that time until the ancient civilizations preserved few images in the solidity of rocks, through cave paintings and through rock-cut sculptures.

Terra Cotta figurines of the oldest Harappan Age show interesting headdresses that can be compared with any modern hairstyle with a heavy look. The Dancing Girl of Mohenjo Daro with bangles in her arms is not behind any fashion sculpt of any age.

Fashion Reviews


If you are like me you live and breathe fashion. You are constantly inspired with so many new designs racing through your mind, so many you can’t seem to get them all down quick enough at the pace they arrive. You constantly dream of the day your fashions will be on the fashion runway with the lights beaming brightly overhead, the cameras flashing everywhere and the audience being completely mesmerized by your incredible designs. You can’t stop thinking of the day you will open a magazine or watch the Oscars and see a famous celebrity in one of your breathtaking designs. Your book shelf is stocked with fashion books and magazines, and you absolutely can’t resist visiting textile stores to view all the latest fabrics, decorative beads, rhinestones and trims.

It’s this ever present dream of being a successful fashion designer that has you work day and night on your designs in most cases for many years without pay and working a job to pay the pills which is brutal torture, when all you can think about is living and working in fashion.

Famous fashion designers come from all walks of life there is no one system to follow that will have you become the next famous fashion designer. Some have graduated from elite fashion schools and some have never attended fashion school. Some have undertaken a fashion internship with a fashion house and others have made their own designs in their basement. The only elements all these fashion designers have in common is they had an intense passion for fashion, were able to design fashions highly sought after and connected with someone who gave them the opportunity to break into the fashion industry. It is essential in becoming a successful fashion designer you get you and your designs out there as much as possible, as how will anyone know about your fashions if they can’t see them?