First, a record-breaking earthquake rocked the East Coast earlier this week — it was felt as far south as Alabama and as far north as Ontario. Now, the entire Eastern seaboard is preparing to get pummeled by a fierce hurricane. As if mom doesn't have enough to worry about, these unpredictable natural occurrences have many parents running around trying to prepare for the worst-case scenario. Batteries, first aid kits, and canned foods are flying off the shelves, and we want to know, are you prepared for a natural disaster?
My office sent my colleagues and me to an earthquake training 101 class yesterday — it was very interesting and a little bit terrifying. For one, the presenter showed us a simulation of what the Bay Bridge in San Francisco will look like if there was an earthquake that rated a 7 on the Richter scale rippling through the city. Suffice to say, the image of the bridge bending like playdough seriously scared me. I'm going to start being more prepared for natural disasters, and you should do the same with these tips:
- Sensible Footwear: If you're a heel-loving gal, make sure you at least keep a pair of sensible shoes with thick soles at the office. This is so when you walk home, your feet will be protected from the rubble and glass bits.
- Masks: If parts of buildings have collapsed or fallen, the air is bound to be dusty. Get a mask that will filter the dust out so you can walk home.
- Food and Water: Make sure your office has a storage of water and food to sustain you for 72 hours (it's the most critical time for an earthquake).
- Duck, Cover, and Hold: The most dangerous thing that can happen indoors is falling objects, so make sure you get under your desk when the ground shakes and hold onto it.
- Wait For It: Check with your building if this applies to you, but they should have earthquake announcements that will inform people when it's safe to leave by the stairs. Although your immediate impulse will be to go home and get away from your office building, wait for the building to announce if it's safe to leave. Sometimes the stairs might not be reliable, and your building will let you know if there are any problems with it.
I received my free pet safety pack from the ASPCA yesterday. It took a while (oh about two months) but better late than never, right? I first learned about this pack in one of Pet Sugar's posts. It's from last year, but thank goodness I chanced upon it. Whenever I watch the news and see a home that caught on fire, or an area affected by an earthquake or like lately, the gas leak explosion in San Bruno, I also wonder if they had pets in those homes. What about them? =(
Being a stay-at-home mom, I'm almost always home. But there are still some days when I would be out doing some errands or spending some quality time with the family. So should something happen while we're not at home, though there are no guarantees, it's good to have this sticker/decal on my balcony sliding door or window as a precaution in case of an emergency (earthquake, fire, etc). It contains info like what kind of pets you have at home and contact number. I also plan to make one so I can stick it on my front door.
Just for picture purposes. Filled it out after.
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Dogs often aid humans in disaster situations since the four-legged pooches can wriggle into spaces that people cannot easily approach. However, this new uniform would help canines work all on their own — find out just what it does by starting this slideshow.
Doctor's offices and hospital emergency rooms are always flooded over the holidays. Fevers flare up, and ear infections appear out of nowhere. When mom and dad are worried about their wee ones and it's past office hours, they often head to the nearest ER. Instead of sitting in a waiting room surrounded by other infected visitors, try visiting a 24-hour emergency clinic.
Fast becoming popular, many 24-hour clinics are often much faster, cleaner, more convenient and overall easier to deal with than a large hospital. In most cases, they accept insurance and charge the same co-pay as any emergency room visit and parents won't have to fret and entertain their ill child as they will most often see a physician quickly upon arrival.
Have you been to one of these types of emergency clinics?
Sound the alarms! Lil Bobby fell out of a tree and broke his collarbone! Or maybe little Susi swallowed a hair clip. Sooner or later, most every parent will have to take his or her tot to the emergency room for immediate attention. It's only natural that babes suffering broken bones, high fevers and stove burns will be frightened to visit the hospital, but moms and dads can make the experience a bit easier with a few words and tricks from home. On the way there, take a breath from the chaos and explain the process and if you have time so your child knows what to expect. If you have the chance to grab goodies from home bring some snacks and something comforting (think teddy bear, video game, blanket) so your child feels comfortable.
Has your wee one made a trip to the ER yet?
A recent earthquake in San Francisco and all of the hurricanes out East have me thinking about our family emergency plan. Prepared for future trembles, I have flashlights under our beds, land-line phones stored close to our phone jacks, bottled water and canned food in the pantry, and a list of phone numbers on our refrigerator.
While I can't plan for the unexpected, I can try to have an emergency plan in place for my family. Do you have one?