The week of May 24-30 is Hurricane Preparedness Week. This is the perfect time to check your preparedness supplies in case of hurricane or tropical storm weather. A good start is to visit http://www.ready.gov/hurricanes. Another great resource is CMC Government Supply.
CMC Government Supply has an extensive supply of hurricane preparedness products. In emergencies such as hurricanes, tropical storms or typhoons, help may not arrive for hours to days. A comprehensive disaster kit can make dealing with emergencies such as hurricanes, much safer.
One of the most important things to do is prevent fires from ruptured gas lines. CMC Government Supply offers the On Duty 4 in 1 Emergency Tool that can shut off gas lines, water meters, as well as an integrated pry bar and rubbish claw. This lightweight all in one tool is rust and spark proof, and at 11 inches high by 5 ½ inches deep, small enough to fit in an emergency pack or trunk of a vehicle. Used by firefighters and response teams throughout the U.S., it features an innovative design for maximum leverage on gas shut off valves and water meters. The built in pry bar makes getting into damaged areas faster and the rubbish claw clears away debris when other tools may not be available. The 4 in 1 Emergency Tool is available on GSA Advantage, GSA Coop and BuyBoard contract buyers. It is available to individual purchasers as well to supplement their emergency preparedness supplies.
During a hurricane, electrical power is usually interrupted. Important items to have on hand are Cyalume Emergency SnapLights, available through CMC Government Supply using GSA Advantage, BuyBoard or online. These 6 inch light sources are safe to store and easy to use. They provide 360 degrees of bright light and last for up to 12 hours. They produce no heat or flame, and are available in a variety of colors. Made in the USA, they are sealed in a moisture resistant package, so they can be easily stored in case of emergency.
Another lighting option is the Streamlight The Seige Lantern. This rugged, cordless, battery operated lantern provides 360 degrees of soft lighting that covers a large area. They can stand upright, or be hung in the air using the integrated D ring. They incorporate a battery level indicator that changes from green to yellow to red to indicate battery life. Available with two color settings, the white setting uses 4 LED’s to provide 33 to 340 lumens and a battery life of 30 to 295 hours, depending on brightness setting. Switch to the red setting to preserve night vision or for emergency signaling. This setting provides 10 lumens of light and lasts between 235 to 430 hours.
In hurricane prone areas, having an emergency bag or “go bag” can be a lifesaver. CMC has a wide selection of bags and duffles that can be used to make a disaster kit. The Emergency Red Duffle Bag is perfect for building your emergency kit or “bug out” bag. It’s made with 600 denier polyester, has a large zippered top and two end compartments. It measures 17” wide by 10” high by 9” deep and comes in solid red with a shoulder strap.
Things to consider putting in an emergency bag include:
- First Aid Kits from SAS Safety come in both 81 piece and 242 piece sizes, and are small enough to be kept in the vehicle, home or office.
- Emergency Survival Blankets are useful for retaining heat in emergency situations.
- SAS Safety N95 Premium Particulate Respirator Face Masks are an excellent choice for respiratory protection during rescue operations. They are NIOSH approved and provide a 95% filter efficiency protection against solid and non-oil particulates.
- Emergency whistles or signaling devices are invaluable. CMC recommends the Chums Safety Orange Rescue Whistle that features a two chamber, pea-less design that is lightweight and built to last. They work either wet or dry, and come with a split ring for attaching to a key ring.
In hurricane danger zones, it’s also a good idea to have a supply of food and water in case conditions prevent travel and normal supply routes are interrupted. HeaterMeals 3 Self Heating Meals have a 3 year shelf life. The ¾ pound entree with snacks and beverage mix is packaged for easy storage and are great for disaster supplies or food reserves. The self-heating technology uses no flames, is biodegradable, and non-toxic. Made in the USA, these ready-to-eat meals are 50% larger than military MRE’s. For situations requiring longer storage, the HeaterMeals EX Entrees have the same features, but a longer shelf life, up to 5 years, non-refrigerated.
“CMC Government Supply has an extensive selection of supplies for hurricanes and severe weather events,” states Debby Parker, Vice President of CMC Government Supply. “Even inland areas can be affected by hurricanes, so having a ready to go kit of emergency supplies is essential. Hurricane Preparedness Week is the perfect time to review your emergency supplies.”
For more information, visit http://www.cmcgov.com/store/pc/c438.htm.