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#1 MaraM

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Posted 15 September 2006 - 10:01 AM

Actually, it was anonymous8! who made me think that since so many of us feel 'basic survival/life skills' are no longer being taught in schools, we could perhaps be our own teachers - right here on our Bleepingcomputer site.

There are so many things I don't know and learning from each other would be wonderful!

For myself, one of the most vital purchases we may ever make is an easily handled 'fire ladder' for making a quick and safe exit from every bedroom on the 2nd floor or above. (Children often think it's great fun during fire drills at home - with mom or dad at the bottom of the ladder, of course - but in a real emergency, children can do it on their own without the terror and panic that often causes these precious little ones to loose their lives).
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Posted 15 September 2006 - 07:11 PM

That is a good tip, MaraM. I would add about fire safety of having a handy fire extinguisher around. Also, if ever one is caught by fire, it would be best to roll over and not panic. I hope I have contributed useful tips :thumbsup:

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Posted 15 September 2006 - 07:51 PM

Actually, the list for education is almost endless. One doesn't have to do it alone.

Pick up a local phone book. Look at Red Cross, Boy/Girl Scouts of America, YMCA/YWCA, ROTC or any other fraternal organization.
Most if not all offer education and training in "survival" skills.

All should have first aid, CPR, life saving, and basic survial skills training.
children as young as 4 years old or before will benefit from Red Cross swimming classes, etc.
Teach all your children to dial 911.
Two year olds can do it! Write 911 on a 3x5 card and paste it below or to the phones.

This list grows as one seeks to accept other challenges.

BC is not really the forum for such education, though it's great you brought this subject up here.
It serves to remind us all again to get the education and help others to do so also.
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Posted 15 September 2006 - 08:11 PM

That is a good tip, MaraM. I would add about fire safety of having a handy fire extinguisher around. Also, if ever one is caught by fire, it would be best to roll over and not panic. I hope I have contributed useful tips :thumbsup:


You have, and thank you! In fact, after reading your words, I toodled off to look at fire extinguisher - and discovered it's been 11 years since it was last inspected! Eek!
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Posted 15 September 2006 - 08:13 PM

Actually, the list for education is almost endless. One doesn't have to do it alone.

Pick up a local phone book. Look at Red Cross, Boy/Girl Scouts of America, YMCA/YWCA, ROTC or any other fraternal organization.
Most if not all offer education and training in "survival" skills.

All should have first aid, CPR, life saving, and basic survial skills training.
children as young as 4 years old or before will benefit from Red Cross swimming classes, etc.
Teach all your children to dial 911.
Two year olds can do it! Write 911 on a 3x5 card and paste it below or to the phones.

This list grows as one seeks to accept other challenges.

BC is not really the forum for such education, though it's great you brought this subject up here.
It serves to remind us all again to get the education and help others to do so also.



Oops! Honestly didn't realize that "BC is not really the forum for such education" - and I apologise!

Thanks for your tips, though - do appreciate it.

Kind thoughts,
Mara
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Posted 15 September 2006 - 08:24 PM

This is an important and very large issue. I learned an awful lot in the Scouts as a youngun
But if you have kids: Teach them to be aware
Teach them 911...Have a home fire drill once a year. Teach them to find the emergency kits in the dark. Have planned meeting places in case of separation.

There is a whole lot here
FEMA
http://www.fema.gov/index.shtm

and here Ready
http://www.Ready.com/

FEMA Disaster Survival Tips
http://www.theonion.com/content/node/40987

Disaster Survival Recipes
http://homecooking.about.com/library/archive/blmisc67.htm
Survive Outdoors
http://www.surviveoutdoors.com/
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Posted 16 September 2006 - 06:38 AM

Teaching ourself basic survival... If at first we don't succeed, maybe survival isn't for us. Sorry, couldn't resist. :thumbsup:

Lovely FEMA Disaster Survival Tips you have there boopme.

In a time of crisis brought on by a natural disaster, remember to focus on the task at hand—survival—and don't waste mental energy thinking about who did or didn't cut this or that funding for levee repairs.

In the event of a disaster of "biblical proportions," FEMA may not be your best option. You may wish to consult your Bible instead.

In any disaster, bodies will usually be stacked like cordwood before FEMA can respond, so remember that a "cord" of wood is 8 feet high by 12 feet long by 4 feet wide, and stack accordingly.


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Posted 16 September 2006 - 08:22 AM

They are useful tips, Mr Alpha. Yes, you are right, if it is our time then no survival tip can spare our lives. But it is good to think that we did our part, at least if ever the time has come, we died trying :thumbsup:

For places where 911 cannot be reached, it is best to list down numbers of fire stations, police, hospitals and other important services and post them by the phone.

If I may, I would like to add tips on earthquakes. If ever an earthquake will occur, the "run, cover, duck" (I am not sure what it is called :flowers:) routine would be advisable. Though it is a common tip, I might as well include about finding a sturdy table for you to be covered if ever escape is difficult. If there are no tables visible, then I would suggest to find a door frame and position yourself as if you are blocking the door. We were told that the door frame is one of the strongest parts of the house and is most likely the last to fall down :trumpet:




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