Disaster preparation: Checklist for self-reliance (Photos)

Food When stocking up on food consider foods that don’t need to be cooked. Include baking goods in preparation for long-term survival. Many non-perishable foods provide double duty survival use. Peanut butter, instant dried milk, palatable protein bars, dry whole grains cereals, powered eggs, dry beans, rice, biscuit mix, yeast, sugar, flour, baking powder, cornstarch, baking soda, iodinated salt, canned vegetables, canned fruits, dried fruits, and vegetable oil. If needed, baby food and formula. Canned vegetables and fruits contain additional liquid.
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Disaster preparation

Occasionally a disaster will strike when a family is not at home. Reuniting would be difficult if the home were demolished and phone service down. In these instances families and individuals should plan to meet at a designated place. The plan should be well known and rehearsed. Medical supplies, water and food are also things to consider. In a disaster, some of the most frustrating items to lose are important documents.
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Decentralized Power and Disaster Preparation

The economic efficiency achieved by creating all of an areas energy in one place and then distributing it across a wide range of consumers multiplies the risk of disruption. In theory alone, a big system inherently has more points of possible failure. In reality, the types of forces involved in a natural disaster (high winds, flood waters, shaking ground) focus enormous pressure on the most vulnerable part of the power system: distribution. When one felled tree can deprive whole metropolitan areas of power, its hard to make a claim that the system is prepared for disaster. Decentralized energy eliminates this threat by creating redundancies in the power system. A microgrid , powered by a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) unit , can disconnect from a grid experiencing an outage and run disruption free until the main grid is back online. From the perspective of the energy consumer (whether its a business park, a hospital, or a small town), this removes the choke point on which their power used to depend.
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ONC disaster-prep partnership a no-brainer

While hospitals individually are primarily responsible for their own disaster preparedness, it makes sense to take a preemptive approach to ensuring care delivery on a larger scale. Having the right infrastructure in place ahead of time will save lives and money. The ability to share patient records across care settings has already been shown to be effective on a local disaster level. During Hurricane Sandy last fall , hospitals that were part of the State Health Information Exchange of New York (SHIN-NY) that admitted patients evacuated from other hospitals in the network were able to provide seamless care for those patients. Similarly, in the aftermath of the tornado that devastated Moore, Okla., in May, the use of electronic health records helped patients evacuated from Moore Medical Center–which was destroyed in the storm–to receive continuous care. “The system never missed a beat,” John Meharg, director of health information technology at Normal Regional Health System, told Kaiser Health News. “It would really have been a mess if we weren’t electronic.” As I have mentioned previously, disaster planning needs to be about helping patients to maintain a state of normalcy when all around them is anything but.
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