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Another lucky individual survived being lost and snow bound.  I am sure she was one of those people who never gave the storm a second thought and it almost cost her her life.  The “It only happens to the other person, not me” is still prevalent and costs people their health and sometimes there lives.

PHOENIX(12-2011) (AP) — An Arizona State University student packed a water bottle with snow and let it melt under the sun for drinking water while she was stranded for more than a week, authorities said Wednesday after the 23-year-old was discovered in a remote area of east-centralArizona.

Lauren Weinberg was last seen leaving her mother’s home in southPhoenixon Dec. 11 and told authorities she became stuck in the snow a day later,CoconinoCountysheriff’s spokesman Gerry Blair. Two U.S. Forest Service employees on snowmobiles found her Wednesday about 45 miles southeast of Winslow while they were checking if gates on forest roads were closed.

“I am so thankful to be alive and warm,” Weinberg said through a spokeswoman at theFlagstaffMedicalCenter, where she was taken. “Thank you everyone for your thoughts and prayers, because they worked. There were times I was afraid but mostly I had faith I would be found.”

Other than being cold, hungry and thirsty, Weinberg was in good condition, lucid and speaking coherently, Blair said.

This young lady was extremely lucky she survived her ordeal and is just another reminder that having an emergency kit in the back of your car can be the difference between life and death.  The pack itself is inexpensive when compared to you or your family’s life.  For under $100.00, you can put together an emergency bag and do so very easily.  It is just a matter of collecting some items, putting them into a container, whether it is a backpack, plastic tub or cardboard box.  And, there are items you own already that could be utilized, saving you a few dollars.

For a free list of items to store away for that unexpected emergency, click here.

Throw a couple of these into your glove box, click here

 

It can happen to you...THINK about it...

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With major storm systems racing through the country, we find that people are not prepared and that some of these people died.  Since the storm that dumped the paralyzing snow in New York City, we have heard people tell about being “trapped” in their homes, while some more hardy souls tell of surviving for hours, being stuck in their vehicles.  An NFL game was canceled due to the storm, and air travel shut down for days.  Now, this was only a snow storm.  What would it be like if it was something serious?

The bottom line here is; survival during an emergency.  Problem is, very few people are prepared for any emergency, and when given the opportunity to learn, disregard the lessons as a waste of time.  The mentality of “It always happens to the other guy.” dominates the human’s thought process, but the problem here is that you are the “other guy” from their point of view.  This may be a good thing for those of us who know how to survive emergencies and are prepared for them.  Less people surviving means more resources for those of us who have the strength and wisdom to continue on.

It is thought that 80% of the US population is not prepared for an emergency and if the circumstances were of cataclysmic proportions, most of these 80% would die.  That is 8 people out of 10.   These are pretty bad odds to bet against and not to sound self-righteous, in most emergencies, I will be one of the two who make it.   I will make it because I am prepared and have the basic skills/equipment needed.  I have put together numerous free resources so you can be the other one of the two people who will survive.

http://www.survivalquarterly.com/techniques.php

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Winter is here and you need to be prepared for any emergency.  The recent blizzard that hit the Midwest shut down roads, collapsed buildings, stranded motorists for over 24 hours and killed 14 people.  Being prepared at home is one thing, but being caught outdoors is a totally different scenario.  Putting together an emergency bag and keeping it in your vehicle is essential if you are to survive a cold weather emergency.

Here is a list of items that you can put together your own emergency kit.

Typical Bug out Bag

  • Enough food and water to last for seventy two hours. This includes:
    • 4 litres (1 gallon) of water per person per day, for drinking and cooking.
    • Non-perishable food.
    • water purification supplies.
    • Cooking supplies.
    • Cutlery and cups/dishes.
  • A first aid kit.
  • Fire starting tool
  • A disaster plan including location of emergency centers, rallying points, possible evacuation routes etc.
  • Professional emergency literature explaining what to do in various types of disaster, studied and understood before the actual disaster but kept for reference.
  • Maps and travel information.
  • Standard camping equipment, including sanitation supplies.
  • Weather appropriate clothing (poncho, headwear, gloves, etc.)
  • Bedding items such as sleeping bags & blankets.
  • Enough medicine to last an extended evacuation period.
  • Pet, child and elderly care needs.
  • Battery or crank operated Radio.
  • Lighting (battery or crank operated flashlight, glow sticks)
  • Firearm(s) and appropriate ammunition, depending on local laws.
  • Crowbar (weapon, building and vehicle entry, etc.)
  • Cash and change, as electronic banking transactions may not be available during the initial period following an emergency or evacuation.
  • Fixed-blade or folding knife.

What would you do?

More reading on surviving emergencies.

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