Monday, May 18, 2009

Emergency Essentials #1

I am beginning a new segment on Emergency Essentials. So in this very first one, I want to talk about being prepared. To make sure that your family is protected, no matter what happens, you need to start by having a 72 hour kit for each member of the family. You can purchase these ready made or you can customize one to fit the needs of each family member.

To create your own 72 Hour Emergency Kit follow the list below:

Immediately Available

  • Battery powered radio
  • Flashlight and extra batteries

Emergency Needs

  • Instruction manuals on emergency preparedness
  • Water storage (There are custom water bottles you can buy that are like sports bottles, but they filter the water for you as you need it.)
  • Sleeping bags & blankets

Sanitation Kit

  • Plastic bucket with tightly fitted lid
  • Plastic bags and ties
  • Toilet paper
  • Disinfectant
  • Improvised toilet seat
  • Feminine hygiene needs
  • Paper towels
  • Soap
  • Paper cups
  • Paper plates
  • Plastic utensils
  • Can opener
  • Utility knife
  • Stress Factors
  • Children
    • Coloring book
    • Crayons
  • Adults
    • Books
    • Needlework

A Class ABC fire extinguisher is recommended for each home.

Some families may need a large container (32 gallon garbage can) to hold all the items. Other families may be able to use the plastic bucket from the sanitation kit for this storage. You may choose to use backpacks. They make it easier to take the items with you.

This 72 hour kit should meet the needs of your family. Pack hobby and entertainment items that appeal to your family. Use foods that your family will eat. Include any special medications that is required by family members.


  • Meats: tuna, sardines, spam, vienna sausages
  • Fruit cocktail
  • Peanut butter
  • Powdered milk
  • Infant care: canned milk & bottles
  • Canned juices
  • Dried fruit (caution: drink plenty of water): raisins, prunes, fruit leather
  • Crackers (drink plenty of water)

Stress Foods

  • Sugar cookies
  • Sweetened cereals
  • Hard candy

Standard First Aid Kit

  • First aid manual
  • Aromatic spirits of ammonia
  • Water purification tablets
  • Table salt
  • Baking soda
  • Eye drops
  • Safety pins
  • Matches
  • Adhesive or paper tape
  • Bandages
    • Telfa pads 4" x 4"
    • Triangle bandage
    • Telfa pads 37" x 37" x 52"
    • Roll of gauze
    • Coban elastic bandage
  • Splints
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Shingles or thin board
  • 40 page newspaper
  • Heavy string
  • Individual's medication


  • Standard First Aid Kit
  • Blanket
  • Flashlight and Batteries
  • Reflectors
  • Change of clothes
  • Extra shoes
  • Food
  • Water (There are custom water bottles you can buy that are like sports bottles, but they filter the water for you as you need it.)
This information is provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the American Red Cross

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Natural Acne Treatment

I've always heard that a simple egg white mask can do wonders for your face, skin and complexion however, I had never heard that it could work as an acne treatment until just recently when I went in search of natural alternatives to beauty products. Simply wash and dry your face. Separate one egg white from the yolk (save the yolk and add it to 1/2 avocado, 1 tsp olive oil and beat in a blender. Then add 1 tbls. sugar and massage into your scalp. Pin up your hair and allow it to rest while your egg white face mask dries. Wash it off in the shower with Shampoo and Conditioner when you are ready to wash off your face mask.) Add 2 tsp honey and mix. Apply to your face and allow to dry. Wash off with warm water.

This will provide a wonderful "toning feel" which will last only a few hours, but it will clear your skin of bacteria that cause acne as well as make your skin soft and smooth. This has to be the top acne treatment of the homemade remedies.