Posted by Nicci | Posted in News, Personal Care, Tools | Posted on 25-05-2011
Harold Camping had his followers all set for the end of the world on May 21, 2011. The world didn’t end, but subsequent storms in Oklahoma, Missouri, and elsewhere around the nation had many people feeling like the end was, in fact, at hand. Severe weather, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, and more seem to be devastating areas around the globe. During tornado season, massive storms have caused record fatalities in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and Joplin, Missouri. Towns in Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Minnesota have seen great destruction from these storms.
The reason I’m writing about severe weather on an As Seen On TV blog is because two nights ago, this was the hail that fell on my home:
This photo was taken from the west side of the storm. We were on the east side of it, so that tornado you see is directly between the camera man and my house–and moving toward us. As I took my family into the storm shelter, I was convinced that my house would be rubble when we climbed out again.
Fortunately for us, the storm turned and we were spared. Others were not so lucky:
As my family and I huddled in our storm shelter, I wondered if our home would collapse on top of the shelter. I wondered if we’d be able to climb out from under the debris ourselves, or if we’d have to wait for rescuers to free us. Suddenly, the sippy cup of milk and baggie of snacks I’d brought down for our young son seemed grossly insufficient.
We are grateful that it was a non-issue for our family, but it did get me thinking a lot about emergency preparedness. There are actually several As Seen On TV products that can help you and your family stay safe in an emergency.
Most notable is the 72 Hour Emergency Kit. The 72 Hour Kit is designed to keep you fed, hydrated, and warm in the first 72 hours following an emergency. Each kit contains enough food and water to sustain one person for 72 hours or until emergency personnel arrive:
- 6 (4.2 oz) Mylar water pouches
- 2400 calorie food bar
- 36-piece first aid kit
- Emergency blanket
- 5-in-1 survival aid tool
- Signal whistle
- Signal mirror
- Waterproof match box
- Flint firestart
- Waterproof matches
- Light stick
Another thing I was wishing for in our dark shelter was light. We had a small battery powered lantern and a couple of flashlights, but it was still fairly dark. Of course, when we emerged, our power was out, and we could have used some light then, too. While not specifically designed for emergency use, the Hug Light, Widget Light, and Hex Light are all created for hands-free use, which could come in handy in a difficult situation.
Seeing a massive storm coming your way gives a feeling of incredible hopelessness. Take every precaution available to protect yourself and your family.
To the victims of this spring’s devastating storms, our hearts are with you.