All posts tagged Natural Disaster

Thanking Rapid Fire Bunker Customers!

Rapid Fire Bunker has celebrated its first year in business and wants to thank all of our loyal customers!

We continue to grow and our departments continue to expand.  Emergency Preparedness is on everyone’s lips.  Protecting our families…protecting our communities. In 2012, our nation weathered drought, Hurricane Sandy, and many other natural disaster situations.  The one thing that Americans have to rely on is their resilience.  We stand tall and help our fellow Americans when they need it the most.

Each week, Rapid Fire Bunker continues to spread education and information on Emergency Preparedness and the word is out.  People from all over Colorado and the Country visit the store to catch an inside peek of ideas for building a store of their own.  Unfortunately, 95% of them miss the purpose of an Emergency Preparedness store like Rapid Fire Bunker.  It is not about making money or benefiting from individuals misfortune…IT IS about helping our fellow community feel safe and secure.  The love for our fellow Americans is what continues to draw people into Rapid Fire Bunker.  The knowledge and care for our fellow Americans is what keeps them coming back. 

Valued Customers, we love you!  We open the store every day because of you.  We are quickly and methodically expanding because of you!

Keep Calm and Carry On  –  Steve and Dawn (Rapid Fire Bunker Founders)

Learn From Hurricane Sandy – Food Safety

Looking back the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, anyone with a Television, Radio or Internet understands the importance of preparing for Natural Disasters.   What food products are safe after an natural disaster renders electricity moot?  Lets dive into this question by looking at the items run by readily available electricity in our homes.  Electricity runs our heating and air conditioning, our lighting throughout our home and most important…electricity runs our refrigerators. 

What happens when the electricity goes out and our fridges begin to warm?  What foods are safe, and when should we begin to take concern.  Here are a couple of Food Safety tips for power outages and electrical failures:

Nonperishable & Healthy Foods that withstand electrical failures:

1)  Dried Fruits, Jerky, canned tuna & other assorted canned meats, Canned soups, canned veggies, canned beans, crackers, whole grain cereals, Dehydrated Foods- Look for them at any Emergency Preparedness Store, Powdered milk, powdered cheese etc. 

2) Drinks that will survive lack-of-fridge include soda, water, beer (my favorite)- Beer will last 5-7 months without a cooling element; however the flavor will be influenced and may not taste as “fresh”. 

3) After 2 hours, food safety will begin to decline.   Foods such as eggs, fish, fresh meat, dairy products, and any leftovers will need a cooling alternative such as packing in snow (if you are lucky enough to be experiencing electrical failure during the snowy winter), or Packing in ice (although this is a temporary solution due to melting points).

4)  Because stoves will likely be incapacitated as well during an electrical failure, it is important to consider storing food items that can be cooked without a stove.  Mountain House, Wise Food, Backpackers Pantry are among many Freeze Dried products that will allow you to add water and reconstitute food without directly cooking.

Keep Calm and Carry On!

Test Your Survival Equipment!

Congratulations, you have accumulated your Emergency Preparedness gear.  Generators, Solar Gear, Water, Water Filters, Bulk Food, Aqua Pails, Forward Hydration Bags, First Aid Kits, everything is accounted for.   NOW…

Don’t get caught in an emergency situation without knowing how your equipment and gear works.  

Watching the mass preparation going on for Hurricane Sandy on the East Coast, you can’t help but wonder why Americans continue to think their safe with a packaged Generator still in the box.   A man and his 7 year old daughter were being interviewed by a reporter doing a cover story on the Massive Hurricane Sandy, set to make landfall within 72 hours.  When asked what the man was doing to prepare for the Natural Disaster, he replied ” we just invested over $800 in a new generator, but it’s still in the box in case we don’t need it.” 

Are you serious!  The man purchased the generator; however, he neglected to buy gasoline and oil to RUN the generator.  So, if he needed the item to run his electricity during a power outage, it would be useless to him and his family.  Another costly mistake made by a well intentioned individual. 

Let’s run down a short list of prep steps you must take in order to familiarize yourself with your Survival Gear and Emergency items:

1) Generators:  Take the Survival Equipment out of the packaging and be sure to read up on any additional accessories needed to provide functionality of the device.  Generators need oil and Gasoline to run.  Without these items stored, you might as well have save yourself a grand.  Test your Generator-  Run your generator to be certain that it functions properly.  The last thing you need to do is test your equipment during the emotionally charged Emergency situation when our acuity is less than perfect.  Test your Generators and Solar Gear.

2)  Water Filters and Aqua Pails:  All Filter systems, from Aqua Pails, Katadyn, Aquamira,- need to be flushed before first use.  The Sediment inside all water filters must be plushed 2-3 times before the residue is flushed out and clean water runs thru the filter.  Test your Water Filter / Aqua Pail- Be certain you know how your filter is put together and make sure you have accessories to accomodate function.  Aqua Pails will require a container /bucket for the clean water to flow into (maybe a couple of painter stir-sticks to balance the pail), and don’t forget a container to pour contaminated or non-filtered water into the Aqua Pail.  Without these accessories, your filter will not functional.  Test your Water Filters.

3)  Bulk Food / Dehydrated Food:  Having at least a 1-3 month supply of stored food is rule for Emergency situations and Natural Disaster preparation.  Most people that accumulate food preparations neglect to test out their food.  Test out your food- Dehydrated food may have preservatives or ingredients that upset the digestive tract, causing gas and bloating.  For 95 percent of the people out there there is no concern; however, for those 5percent sensitive to certain preservatives, supplementing dehydrated and freeze-dried foods for canned foods such as canned meats, canned fruits and veggies. Being caught in an emergency situation or natural disaster with food that causes discomfort will add to the emotionally charged situation.  Test your Food.

Keep Calm and Carry on my prepared friends.

Drugs & Survival Do Not Mix!

According to the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, on half of all Americans are dependant on a prescription medicine.  One in every six Americans is taking three or more medications daily to sustain health.

What happens if due to a natural disaster, your distribution channels for buying prescription drugs is shut down.  How long would it take before society began experiencing adverse effects from individuals (100 million individuals) crashing from drug withdrawal.

As with many Americans, we all know someone taking something… Antidepressents, Mood Enhancers, Restless Leg, Cholesteral, Heart Disease, Diabetes, the list is endless.  What to do?

As a rule of thumb, in a pre-packed first aid bag, it is essential for anyone taking Pharmaceuticals for daily function, to have at least one months worth of Prescription Drug and a paper prescription from your physician.  In any emergency situation, Evacuation, Flood, Fire – having these items pre-packed in a First Aid Bug Out Bag could be the difference between life and death.

Prepare now…Protect Later