5 Safety Skills You Should Know

Do you know what to do to stay safe during an disaster?  How will you reconnect with your family following a major disaster or emergency? Each year, more and more people are gaining the skills necessary to prepare for and respond to disasters or emergencies through various training programs, classes or modules. Get engaged, Get prepared and Be ready today for what may happen tomorrow. Only by making certain we as individuals are prepared for a disaster, will we be able to ensure the safety of our families and assist our communities.  Continue reading

Six things to know before a disaster strikes.

In the past 10 years, The United States has officially declared over 1,000 of them. And over the last century, more than 25 million Americans have been affected. And that’s not including disasters declared at the state and local level. And, in the Fall of 2017, alone, three major hurricanes – Harvey, Irma and Maria – were estimated to have impacted 25.8 million Americans. Chances are, one day you’ll be affected. Planning now means you’ll have better control of the situation.

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Message from Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen on National Preparedness Month

“Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.” That is the theme this September for National Preparedness Month, an opportunity for us to remind our families, friends, and communities to get ready for disasters and emergencies before they strike. Thinking ahead can save lives. So we are working to create a “culture of preparedness” nationwide, which requires all Americans to prioritize preparedness efforts in their daily lives. I urge all of you to take the time to evaluate your preparedness and learn how to protect your family so that if disaster strikes, you are ready.

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How to Use a Compass and Map

Google Maps and GPS are amazing. But do you know how to use a map and compass to navigate if you suddenly couldn’t use (or trust) any electronics? Even with modern technology, people get lost and die all the time — rescue workers even have a name for it: death by GPS.

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Have You Considered Your SHTF Communications Plan?

For most preppers quantifying is a problem. We buy stuff and we store stuff, but do we have a true definition of what “prepared” is? The truth about being prepared is that we cannot quantify what we will need.I will let you in on a little secret. Worry more about what you don’t have in comparison to what you do. Instead of concerning yourself with quantity, think more about categories.

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Lost in the woods? S.T.O.P! -Survival Lessons

Lost in the woods? Remember the survival acronym S.T.O.P.! This 4 letter word will help keep you from panicking, reorientate yourself and develop a plan of action to survive and find your way out of the woods. This survival tip also helps in any emergency or disaster situation where you need to keep from panicking and focus on your current situation.

Survival Lesson: S.T.O.P
S: Stop (Stop walking and stand or sit still
T: Think (Think about your situation and how you got there)
O: Observe (Observe your surroundings for hazards and resources)
P : Plan (Plan what direction you will walk in and when to set up camp)

5 Reasons to Become a Trained Weather Spotter

I’m a weather addict. My husband makes fun of my fascination with hurricanes, news of tornado outbreaks, floods, heat waves — he just doesn’t understand my fascination! However, if you look at the top stories of any given year, at least a few will be weather-related, so I know I’m not the only one who is obsessed!

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5 Prepper Apps Your Smartphone Needs Now!

I will be updating our “Apps to help you survive a storm page” after reading this article. The article mentions Game and Fish, which for Michigan is the MiPage app (Android)(iOS). If you have a favorite app which could help during a storm or disaster, please mention in the comments below.

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Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) to hold three days of training in October

Wayne County residents are invited to register for the free CERT Disaster Preparedness Course. Students enrolled in this course learn disaster preparedness, fire safety, light search and rescue, disaster psychology, terrorism, and more. The three-day course is designed to provide the basic skills needed in major disaster, which increases the ability people to survive until first responders or other assistance arrives.

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5 Things You Never Thought You Needed In Your Prepper Gear

Preparing for the worst is often looked down upon by those who don’t think there’s any reason to prepare for even a natural disaster by storing a bit of extra food. But when you live in an area where even major blizzards are possible in winter, thoughts often go to the most obscure items and their potential use.

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August 1, 2018 Taylor Tornado and Heavy Rain

At 12:44 AM a confirmed EF-0 tornado touched down in Taylor. The tornado was on the ground for two minutes, and lifted back up at 12:46 AM. This brief tornado caused damage to three buildings and several small trees near Southland Center on Eureka Rd and Pardee Rd. Tornado damage was consistent with winds of approximately 80 MPH.

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