Personal Hygiene and Family/Community Health

  A message from one of our 36READY team doctors: During an emergency situation a few very simple precautions may keep you and your family healthy. This is critically important.  Remaining in good health will not only help you cope, it is essential for peak performance during high-stress or dangerous situations.  It’s a simple truth […]

Evacuation: Pre-planning is Essential

1. Get out early. Don’t delay. 2. Pre-plan your evacuation. Do it now, before it’s too late. Routing, navigation, timing of departure, and predetermined locations to meet-up with family and/or friends, are all critically important elements of every personal emergency plan. Unfortunately, evacuation routes are often thought to be obvious, and yet the obvious routes […]

Emergency Radios: “All-Hazards” Notification and News Updates During an Emergency

For those who live in the United States, the U.S. Government maintains a nationwide network of 1,000 emergency radio stations (NWR).  These continuously broadcast region-specific weather information, and now other emergency information, too. Therefore, all emergency kits assembled for use in the U.S. should include a radio which is capable of receiving these “All-Hazards” radio broadcasts. […]

Pepper Spray Considerations

Pepper spray is not legal in all areas, but if it is in your locale, we recommend keeping a canister in your GO-Bag, pocket, purse, home and other areas where you might need it.  We regard it as the best non-lethal weapon for self-defense.  This article is included to help you understand aspects of pepper […]

Gun Selection for Survival Kits

There are many opinions as to what gun is best for inclusion in a survival kit, and there is certainly no consensus, even among the experts.  But if you are not planning for a specific type of emergency, and self-defense is NOT your primary concern, then a .22 caliber rifle is generally considered to be […]

Preparing for a Dental Emergency

Disasters can become an even greater disaster if you are coping with the pain of a broken tooth, particularly if it is severe pain such as is caused by a broken tooth with an exposed root.  Since a trip to the dentist may not be feasible in an emergency situation, it’s a good idea to […]

High Demand for Potassium Iodine

When this current flap dies down, consider buying potassium iodine as a just-in-case drug for your emergency medical kit. The current rush to purchase (by civilians) is likely due to Japanese nuclear debris which is now washing up on the beaches of the west coast of the United States.   This development, combined with the U.S. government’s […]

Viability of EMP Threat

Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis, report:  “Countering the EMP Threat: The Role of Missile Defense.” Excerpt from Report: Among the threats facing the United States are short-range ballistic missiles launched from vessels such as freighters, tankers, or contain­er ships off our shores to detonate a warhead that could have cata­strophic Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) consequences for […]

Are we facing a major national disaster?

Situation:  In the United States we are influenced by a “normalcy bias,” and this hampers our recognition of the ‘red flags’ which warn us of disaster.  These warning signs of the times are usually present before major disasters and emergencies strike, so we need to look for them.  Plus, we need to properly evaluate what […]

No Power. No Heat. No Problem.

Hurricane Sandy left 4.5 million people without power.  How would you survive the cold for a protracted power outage?  What would you do if you were stranded for days in your home or office, and it started to get cold? Even houses equipped with generators rarely have sufficient fuel to maintain a household for more […]

Generators for Emergency Power

Having the power needed to produce light and prepare food, maintain refrigeration, and to provide for heating/cooling of your home may not be essential for life, but it is nevertheless important in any emergency situation. Though the loss of grid electrical power is not part of every emergency, many incidents do include at least a […]