Sunday, February 21, 2010

Show Notes 02/21/2010

On a fantastic episode we spoke first with WSET-TV’s Chief Meteorologist Sean Sublette, who gave us an insight on this crazy winter weather. He explained that it is a combination of the el Nino Season and the North Atlantic Oscillation. He also explained that although the system is winding down, we may still be dealing with the effects of the two systems perhaps through mid-March.

Then we welcomed back to the program, Matthew Stein, author of the book When Technology Fails: A Manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability and Surviving the Long Emergency. Last month, Matthew helped us get focused on preparing a 72 Hour “Grab-and-Run” Survival Kits. This time around, we continued where we left off including topics like food, food rotation, water treatment, first aid and firearms.

In the case of emergency heat, it is suggested that you try and have a small generator on hand and do the following:

  • Disconnect your panel from the grid by shutting off the main.
  • Turn off any two-tied breakers as that represents heavier appliances that a small generator will not run.
  • Build a heavy duty 110 Volt Male to Male cord to connect the generator to one outlet in your home

This will be enough to power lights, refrigerator, computers, TV, gas furnace, etc. If not you may blow the circuit breaker on the generator, but you can turn off a few unnecessary things and fire it up again. If you are desperate for heat, you can use kerosene heaters, charcoal grills or propane heaters BUT open windows for cross ventilation to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. In fact, every home should be equip with a carbon monoxide detector(s).

Considerations for an Emergency Preparedness Checklist:

  • 72 Hour “Grab-and-Run” Survival Kit
  • Plan on a central meeting place
  • Be sure all family members know where to cut power, gas and water to the house
  • Spare keys for vehicle on vehicle and in a remote location
  • Month or more of food and water (or water purification)
  • Survival Manual
  • First Aid Kit
  • First Aid Manual
  • Knowledge of First Aid & CPR
  • Out of state emergency contact information
  • Emergency paperwork

You can purchase a copy of the book by clicking the Amazon Link below. You can also win a signed copy from the author by answering our trivia question this week:

Q: The flu virus can live on this for up to 17 days. What is it?

Email your answer to for your chance to win this invaluable resource. All correct entries will be printed and drawn from a hat. Contest ends 11:59 PM Eastern on Sunday February 28, 2010 and the winner will be announced on Sunday March 7, 2010 on the air.

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