Prepared for Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Part of the big weather news this fall was the onset of Hurricane Matthew. There'd been flood activity too. Just a few weeks back, we'd been alerted of potentially strong, Spring-like storms in my area on the prairie. We were alerted by a new device we'd added to our foul weather preparedness kit.

In states like Missouri and Kansas, the conventional wisdom is "if you don't like the weather, just stand still. It'll change soon." While thunderstorms had been forecast, there'd been no indication of dangerous weather. Well, it came.

The first indication we had was the siren and flashing light. My bride was not pleasantly surprised. I pressed the "WX Alert" button and WXK91 – NOAA weather radio station – recited the watch and warning areas.
Gerber announces the introduction of the multi-tool that will redefine the category – the Center-Drive. Innovative Center Axis Tech aligns the full-size driver in the center of the tool to yield maximum torque and rotation. No productivity is sacrificed with the addition of a 30% larger outboard blade and one-thumb opening sliding jaws.
The KeyBiner is an everyday carry multi-tool and key-holding carabiner. This tactical hybrid features a unique key retention system that neatly and quietly organizes up to 14 standard-size keys, virtually eliminating jangling, bulky keychains. It's also equipped with a dozen tools including a built-in bottle opener, 1/4" screw bit driver, flathead screwdriver and more.
GRIME BOSS Realtree Wipes are a must-have cleaning tool for preppers and outdoors enthusiasts. These pre-moistened wipes clean your hands, face, gear and equipment of the toughest messes found in the field, whether its mud, dirt gun oil or blood.
In order to prepare for emergencies of any kind, it's critical to be able to sustain health – this includes having adequate prescription and OTC meds, but it requires more planning for best results. This piece is from and it's worth reading.

Even if you do not use a computer, put important information onto a flash drive or mobile device for easy transport in the event of an evacuation. Have your medical professionals update it every time they make changes in your treatment or care.

  • Maintain a list of phone numbers for your doctors, pharmacy, service providers and medical facilities.
  • Ask your local pharmacy or doctor to provide a list of your prescription medicine and medically prescribed devices.
  • Make hard copies and maintain electronic versions, including a portable thumb drive containing:
    • Medical prescriptions
    • Doctors' orders for Durable Medical Equipment, Consumable Medical Supplies and assistive devices that you use. Include the style and serial numbers of the support devices you use and where you purchased them.
    • Medical insurance cards, Medicare or Medicaid card, a list of your allergies, and your health history.
    • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services online tool helps people locate and access their electronic health records from a variety of sources:

  • If you own a medical alert tag or bracelet, wear it. Keep medical alert tags or bracelets or written descriptions of your disability and support needs, in case you are unable to describe the situation in an emergency.
  • If possible, stock extra over the counter and prescription medicine, oxygen, insulin, catheters, feeding tubes, cannulas, tubing, trach tubes, wipes, pads, undergarments, ostomy supplies, leg bags, adhesive and other medical supplies you use.
  • If you have allergies or chemical or environmental sensitivities, be sure to include cleaning, filtering and personal items that you may be able to use to decrease the impact of irritants as much as possible.
  • If you work with a medical provider or organization to receive life sustaining medical treatment such as dialysis, oxygen, or cancer treatment, work with the provider in advance of an emergency to identify alternative locations where you could continue to receive treatment if you are unable to go to your regular medical provider.
  • If you receive in-home assistance or personal assistance services and meals on wheels, work with your provider agency in advance of an emergency and develop a backup plan for continued care.
  • Ask how you can continue to receive services from providers such as disability, mental and behavioral health and social service providers, or medical and life alert services.

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