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The day the power got cut off!

Posted on March 23, 2014 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (0)

A couple of weeks ago I got behind on paying the powerbill.  After making a payment arrangement, I was one day late paying the bill and my power and water for that matter was shut off.  Nothing, zero, zilch, not a drop of water nor electricity.  Do you know how hard it is to be a homeschooler, run a business, promote a ministry, eat, take a bath, brush your teeth, flush the toilet without any water or electricity?  Well, let me tell you.  It’s HARD, but not impossible. 

The power and water being out was actually a blessing in disguise.  The kiddos and my wife ended up outside to do some nature study and other things that could be done outside.  No electricity means no internet so no battery operated computer does any good unless of course you are writing a blog;).  We have an emergency kit with water, flashlights, food, and many other items that could be used if needed.  My family managed while I was busy at work doing an inventory for a client and explaining to them the importance of being prepared.  I made it to the power company and managed to convince them that one day late should not have been reason to turn off my utilities.  Nonetheless, they said they would turn it back on. 

The answer…

…Have a back-up plan, be spontaneous and creative.  We dropped off one child at church for class and the rest of us went to the park until it turned dark. Upon returning back home and still no power or water we decided to go get pizza and ate it in the parking lot. Then we picked up our oldest daughter from church and headed home thinking the power would be on, but NO it wasn’t.  Time for another lesson about being prepared with a lantern at the ready and no television(which we rarely watch, no cable by choice) or lights, so the kids learned about the days of old when the sun goes down so do the people.  Then up again the next morning with the chickens.

BE PREPARED FOR THE UNEXPECTED, BEFORE THE UNEXPECTED HAPPENS!

 

Time Change & Smoke Alarms

Posted on March 7, 2014 at 9:00 PM Comments comments (0)

It's that time again. Daylight savings time change, which means to move your clocks ahead by one hour.  Of course you know that, but do you do the other things that are important? Like, change the batteries in your smoke detectors and revisit your 72hour emergency bag to update it.  Speaking of smoke detectors, I saw this box and thought about a few things.

1.  Battery operated = Change every time daylight savings changes.

2.  Test Button = Test monthly or at least quarterly.

3.  Low Battery Indicator = Pay close attention to life saving equipment, keep it in good working order.

4.  Easy installation = If you can't do it, find someone who can.  Placement of smoke detectors is important.

5.  3 year limited warranty = Smoke Detectors should be replaced every ten years or service.



 

National Preparedness Community Featured Member

Posted on March 1, 2014 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Steve's 8.5 Step Process of Taking Inventory of Your Personal Belongings

Thomas Francisco - This week's featured member Steve Rogers, has certainly committed himself to the cause of increasing awareness and preparedness as a whole in his community. As a CERT member, chairman of the Cumberland Disaster Recovery Coalition and a business owner, Steve has devoted a lot of his time to helping other prepare for and recover from an emergency. Through his own business and his work with the CDRC, Steve works to share just how easy it is to prepare and why you should, with everyone in his community in North Carolina and beyond. 

As shared in the newsletter, Steve works with businesses, individuals and families to help document their possessions in a detailed manner to ensure a detailed catalog of all personal possessions should a disaster occur. From theft to fires and other natural disasters, having an idea of what your personal belonging are, is important when considering recovery from such an event. This week we invited Steve to share a comprehensive method for documenting and cataloging your possessions. 

Steve Rogers - Home Safe Home Inventory, LLC - Prepare for emergencies/disasters by documenting personal property and/or business assets. If your items are documented, there is no time wasted and will help get you back to normal faster. Keep in mind that every item in your home/business has worth, so take pictures and record everything.

The Inventory Process in 8.5 Easy Steps

1. What you need:

•          Pen

•          Paper

•          Notebook

•          Digital Camera

•          Video Recorder (optional)

•          Blank DVD/USB Thumbdrive

•          Computer

•          Tape Measurer

•          A helper (optional)

2. On your paper list every room in your home or business on separate sheets of paper. Examples: kitchen, living room, office, master bedroom, etc.

3. Begin in the kitchen and take pictures of every item. Start with large appliances first and move down to the silverware taking snapshots and recording serial and model numbers as you go. It’s easier if you have help. Open cabinet doors and take a picture of the entire cabinet. Do the same with the drawers. Note: List all items inside and record serial/model numbers if available.

4. Record cost/value of each item. If you have receipts for bigger items, make a copy or scan if possible. Put that information in the notebook and digital file.

5. Move on to other rooms following the same process, keeping in mind to take many pictures. Take a picture(s) of the entire room simply by standing in one corner and snapping a picture then moving to the opposing corner and snap another picture. This shows ownership of items. Optional: Utilize video to show all items in each room.

6. Inventory the attic, basement, garage and outbuildings.

7. Take pictures of the exterior of your home on all sides and landscaping.

8. Make copies or scan all important papers, credit cards, driver’s license, etc. Put these in the notebook and digital file. For a complete list of what to copy or scan go to the following link, www.homesafehomeinventory.com/importantpapers.htm

8.5 Now that you have taken the time to inventory your home, store the information somewhere in a safe place. Make duplicate copies and give one to a trusted friend/family member or place in a safe deposit box at a bank.

 

There are professionals that do this line of work or you can find an app or online site that will work as well. If you choose one of the apps or online options be sure to have a hard copy back-up, just in case.


Heres a link to the article.  http://community.fema.gov/connect.ti/readynpm/view?objectid=142603

 

Guns, Guns, & Guns

Posted on February 20, 2014 at 9:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Guns, Guns, & Guns

The Second Amendment was adopted on December 15, 1791, as part of the first ten amendments comprising the Bill of Rights.  “…to keep and bear arms.” Let us make sure we do our part and put safety first by way of instruction in class and on the range.  Let us obey the laws.  Let us teach young children about guns. Gun safety is very important and not a game. Proper instruction is a must for young minds and it also keeps their curiosities to a minimum. As long as we do these things, there should be no talk about doing away with the 2nd Amendment. 

However, there are politicians that only see the bad that guns do. Guns don’t do bad, people do bad things with guns.  It takes a criminal or irresponsible person to do damage with the firearm. The politicians are sure that if they do away with the guns then the criminals will not be able to obtain them. I disagree.

What are guns for? My opinion, four reasons. 

1.  Hunting - I used to hunt anything that walked on four legs or flew with wings. I remember my dad took me hunting, his dad hunted, and his grandpa hunted. In other words it’s a heritage.  It is a skill and I can eat what I harvest and survive if needed. I will take my boy (and girls if they desire) hunting.

2.  Selfdefense/protection - I have a gun for protection. Protection from would be criminals threatening my life or the life of a family member, not possessions,items can be replaced. If you own a firearm, be sure to keep it locked up. You might say “it does me no good to have it locked away; it would take me too long to get it if I needed it.” Well, if you grab your gun when you are not fully awake or aware you could do more harm than anticipated. Let me tell you a story about when I was younger, still living with my mother.  She was away for the weekend, or so I thought.  She ended up coming home early.She tried coming in quietly; however, it was about one o’clock in the morning and she startled me. I jumped up out of bed and grabbed my gun. She was nearly shot because I didn’t have time to adjust to what was happening.

3.  Sport - I have been sport shooting before many times.  Sportshooting could be an educational class to get a concealed weapons permit or a turkey shoot or other instructional class to gain confidence and accuracy.

4.  War - I appreciate the men and women that defend our freedom. Enough said.

So if you own a firearm, please be responsible and keep them locked up.  Put them in a safe.  Keep the ammunition in a different location.  Document them by taking pictures and recording model and serial numbers. Report any stolen firearm immediately to local law enforcement. 


 

Halloween Safety Tips

Posted on October 30, 2013 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Halloween is a great time of year. The weather is cool; we let our children dress up and go running door to door saying “trick-or-treat”. The scary part is not all the ghost and goblins, but the unfortunate things that could happen if you are not prepared. Be prepared and to practice what you know. Use the following tips to keep them fresh in your mind.

Going Trick or Treating:

{The Cumberland County NC Sheriff's Department suggests trick or treating between the hours of 6pm-8pm}

1. Walk on the left side of the road (facing oncoming traffic). Walk up one side of the road then turn around and come down the other side. In other words do not go from house to house running across the street.
2. Go with a group, never alone.
3. Wear a reflective belt and/or reflective material and carry a flashlight.
4. Make sure to take your cell phone.
5. Let someone know where you are going and what time you anticipate on returning.
6. Trick-or-treat only in trusted neighborhoods (or better yet, find a carnival or fall festival to participate in).
7. Do not let your kids go out alone (no matter what their age) take this time to go with them and connect with them.
8. Costumes should be comfortable and functional.
9. Always check candy before it is consumed.
10. Have fun and stay safe.

Staying home to give out candy:

1. Turn on your porch light.
2. Sit on the door steps or porch with candy in hand ready to give out.
3. Turn on a few extra lights and the television or radio while you are outside on the porch.
4. Children over the age of twelve should not be out going door to door, be cautious as they could be up to no good.
5. Never open the door unless you know who is on the other side (hence sitting on the porch).
6. If you are home alone, consider inviting a friend or family member to keep you company.
7. If you see something suspicious call 911.

Not to many years ago my Mother was at her home, by herself and opening the door to trick-or-treaters and some older kids just came into her house. Not a very pleasant feeling. Fortunately she was not harmed and nothing happened. Just that thought was enough to make me say “Mom, come with me and my family to the trunk-or-treat at church” and she did. Always remember, your safety first. Have a safe and fun Halloween!

With your safety in mind,

Steve Rogers

Home Safe Home Inventory, LLC

910-884-7021


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