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Emergency Preparedness Can Be the ONE thing that Saves Your Life

I know for a fact that if my truck got hit my lightning it would take about a nanosecond for me to crap my pants.  True story.

A couple from Tofield, Alberta got the shock of their life while out on a drive on June 5th.  As they were driving down a rural highway their truck was struck by lightning.

It’s not something you’d ever expect to happen, and as smoke quickly filled the cab of the truck Al Perry recalled thinking that they weren’t going to get out alive.  Parts of the truck had been melted and the doors seemed to be locked, leaving the couple inside to try and break the windows to escape.  Luckily an RCMP officer was nearby and saw the couple in trouble and was able to get them out to safety, saving their lives.

Click here to see the news story and some amazing footage of the actual strike as the truck is engulfed in a fireball.

I can’t help but replay the image of that couple trying to escape their truck in my mind.  If you read the article from the ctv website you will see that Al tried desperately to kick the window out with his feet and how he thought that they were going to die in that truck.  He believed it was going to be their coffin.  I can’t help but imagine the fear that they experienced in those harrowing few moments before they were rescued.

Who would ever in their wildest dreams expect this to happen?  As soon as I read the article it made me think of  window breaking tools.  They are mainly intended for times if your vehicle gets submerged under water, but in this case–could have saved Al and his wife if that RCMP officer hadn’t come to the rescue.  It’s truly a miracle that the RCMP officer just happened to be nearby.  Just a few minutes could have passed and the story would have been quite different.

So this brings me to the topic of emergency preparedness.  How prepared are you in the event of an emergency?  Is your car and home packed with safety gear to save the day if something happens, or are you a “it won’t happen to me” kind of person.  Do you have great plans to pick up those types of tools but never get around to it?  As they say, the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

And when it comes to emergency preparedness, we often think of the main tools — you know, a shovel in the winter, but that’s about it.

Also in the age of technology it can also be very easy to simply rely on our cell phones to save our butts. That can be a very dangerous tactic, however.  In Al’s case–there is no way he would have had time to find his phone, dial a number and then wait for help to arrive before he was cooked like a Thanksgiving turkey.  As well, if our phones are in a purse or glove compartment they may be drastically out of reach if we do have an accident.

So, to make emergency preparedness your friend, what are some “MUST HAVE’s” in your car and home?

Emergency Preparedness Car Kit

  • Window Breaking Tool
  • Shovel, scraper and snow brush
  • Food that won’t spoil–like good quality energy bars (Hit a GNC or Popeyes to get good quality ones with protein in them)
  • Water in plastic bottles that won’t break if it freezes.  Replace these every 6 months
  • Blanket
  • Extra clothing and good quality snow boots
  • Candle in a deep can and matches.  Store the matches in a prescription pill bottle so they stay dry
  • Wind up flashlight
  • Whistle to attract attention
  • Roadmap
  • Copy of emergency plan and important contact information
  • bSafe smartphone app to alert your friends and families to the fact that you’re in trouble and aid in helping them find you

Also if you need a great little stove or candle it is very easy to make your own, and the homemade stoves in the video below don’t drip wax.  All you need is a tuna or salmon metal tin, some corrugated cardboard, and wax.  Make a few of these to put in your car for your emergency preparedness kit.  Click here for a link to a page that explains how to make these neat little cardboard stoves.

Here is also a video that shows how a cardboard stove works.

 

We never plan for emergencies to happen, so the best thing that you can do is to make emergency preparedness your best friend.  Get in the habit of ensuring that you have all of your safety gear lined up before you leave the house.  You never know when one little tool or emergency preparedness habit will save your life.

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