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Summer Camp!

March 21, 2016 Leave a comment

Hey folks,  Summer Convention and Camping Season is almost here!  If you run such a place then the season is essentially HERE!  In many cases it can be year round.

If you run a “summer” camp and don’t (yet) have a universally understood and easily recognizable symbol denoting Emergency Response Program elements ,then you might seriously consider using ICE.

In short,  ICE (in Case of Emergency) is a preparedness & safety process which utilizes an easily recognizable and specially designed non-language dependent symbol that serves to denotes the location of emergency information. This symbol can be incorporated into identification, signage, training memos, medical emergency documents, vehicles, equipment caches and whatever else your specific needs or imagination can come up with.  The system of having emergency info on hand in redundant mechanisms helps reduce confusion, improves timely (and informed) emergency communication. ICE can be used as a standalone concept or to enhance legacy systems already in place – quickly.

Let’s explore some benefits of adopting this simple yet effective process at your facility:

  • During pre-registration your customers can learn about the safety process and complete an emergency medical form (with your logo embedded if you like) that they can carry even after they complete their visit.
  • Emergency Medical/Contact information can be completed on tear proof, waterproof paper and duplicated without regard to HIPPA concerns.
  • Users control the content of any emergency information themselves!
  • No third-party service need be contacted for medical info which may be impossible in remote locations – it can be on hand.
  • On arrival,  campers will immediately recognize the ICE safety/preparedness symbol through use of  use of reflective placards, stickers, posters, vinyl banners, hand out contact and medical cards to name just a few.
  • ICE is transportable and can be used on multiple site locations without problem.
  • ICE is non language dependent.
  • The ICE image can be used by your organization in publications, newsletters, posters, handouts without concern. The only limitation is use of the symbol to create direct income or profit as the symbols are trademarked.
  • There is a widely acclaimed ICE App – rated as one of the Top 5 Apps all parents should have!
  • The ICE App can be adapted to your company logo for a fraction of the cost of creating your own.
  • The ICE symbol itself is customizable and in most cases will easily incorporate your organization’s name as well as a logo.
  • ICE Contact Cards can be adapted to reflect the name or logo from your organization and which would typically be carried by participants well after their visit.
  • Cell phones can be simply programmed using the international E.123 Standard promoted by the UN and ICE4SAFETY since 2009.  The ICE logo can be used as a screen background along with an ICE sticker on phones to increase visibility!
  • The ICE program can be easily introduced to your local first responders – Police, Fire, EMS who would then recognize the location of emergency contact and / or medical information.
  • EMS/Fire/Police can also benefit from using ICE to fund raise during yearly benefit drives and by showing support using 8×8″ ICE placards on emergency vehicles.
  • Multiple redundant copies of information can be maintained by contacts and on the person of the participant.
  • ICE is 24/7/365 and can be in use wherever you go and for the least cost of any emergency notification system.
  • Carry ICE Cards in/on multiple locations – Wallet, Vehicle, Bicycle, ATV, Kayak, Segway’s, Canoe, Motorboats, Backpack, Laptops, I-Pads, I-Phones, Androids, Radios as well as helmets of all types.
  • Affix small, large and huge stickers to emergency equipment, first aid and other supplies, firefighting equipment storage, life buoys…..
  • Hang a 3′ x 3′ Banner to alert “newbies” about the use of ICE on site and at any safety rallies as a visual enhancement to efforts to increase safety and preparedness at your facilities and event locations.
  • It has been said that ICE can make the process of learning about safety that much easier and intuitive.

In essence, ICE is something that is unlimited in potential as an emergency symbol and is easy to incorporate in a cost-effective upgrade to existing efforts or if you have no such system in place.

In this day and age being prepared for emergencies is a must.

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Winter Safety Gear – Vehicle 2013

January 18, 2013 Leave a comment

Reposted 2-5-15:

Past Time for that yearly reminder about taking essential survival gear and food along for that winter ride.  Remember that in a storm situation you might find yourself considerably off course or off the roadway out of sight for a very long time. 

No need for those often simplistic, less than detailed suggestions that you get from the usual government entities that are meant for the masses and may insult your intelligence.  Here are some pics and some basic tips – we added on to a list on the UL website.

G2 Nitrolon Polymer Lithium Flashlight

Basic Fire Starting Kit

Battery Powered Emergency Flasher

“Boat Rations” Require Less Water

Aurora Fire Starter

Example of Kit Contents

Gear in Fishing Sled

Road Flares Clearly Marked

Portable Wood Furnace – Titanium

U Could Get Stuck Anywhere

Mobile Phone Charger – make sure it is for the phone YOU are using and  Label it as such. All current model  phones if not activated – can be used for  911-ONLY Calls Keep old phone programmed with Emergency Numbers and  Charged/Spare Charger – Label With an ICE Sticker & 911-ONLY. Store in Sealed Clear  Container

Blankets – Synthetic or Wool  – NEVER COTTON.  Mylar Rescue Blankets Reflect Heat and Take Up Far Less  Space Best Bet – If You Can Afford Them  – Sleeping Bag – Synthetic Fill or Down (Lighter-Smaller)

Flashlights – LED Headlamp  would be a smarter choice – one that is powered by LITHIUM Batteries – CR123 Cells  Get High Quality Polymer  Flashlight (Laser products) that operates  on CR123 Cells – they function at lower temperature. 

Spare Batteries – Yes –  spare Phone Battery as well Place Purchase Date and Self Imposed refresh date on container.

Candle – Carry a 120 Hour 3 Wick  Candle as Well for Heat/Cooking and Light  Waterproof Matches Sealed in a  Container With Strikers or even Better a Survival Butane Lighter – Windproof  Model for Fire Starting

Tools: Good Survival Knife from  Gerber, Buck, Leatherman Tool – Standard Tool Kit –  once again,  no junk as it will fail.  Duct tape, paracord, screwdrivers/torx/allen/wrench/multisocket tools/fuses/plastic sheeting or tarp to name a few.  A rescue strap versus a tow strap would be an excellent tool on board ($29).

Signalling:  30 Minute Fusees, LED Flashers or Marine Strobe Lights – Especially Useful if on the move or you need to start a fire in wet weather.  A Survival Mirror wold be helpful but you can use the vanity mirror on your visor.

First Aid Kit – Make it Yourself –  the store bought Ones are usually insufficient except for scratches – likely you  are off the road and injured.  Adventure Medical Kits are available in sporting  stores and online – start there.  If you take meds you better take a supply with  you before you trek off through the mountains like some diabetics did last  year….foolish.

Food – Solas Rations (Boat  Rations) should be stored on board – they  take up less room and are made specifically for this reason and spoil on you.  U can get 3 days worth about the  size of a laptop. If you are going for a ride of  course take some food to eat along the way and to have for an emergency as well.  you could store MRE’s in the winter months if you have the  room.

Food Prep: Get a small  mess kit from Gander or Boy Scout Store or an old military surplus canteen and  cup to cook anything else you might happen to acquire and be able to melt snow.   You might be stuck longer than you think.

Water:  Without Water You Die –  Simple. store Treated Water on Board Have a Way of Purifying water you secure  from melted snow or streams. Learn how to use it beforehand.

Clothing – Synthetics are Best – Thermal Underwear/Socks/Liners/Wool WatchCap/Sythetic Full  Hood-Mask/ Mittens-Liners/Spare  Underwear / Down Jacket – NO COTTON.   Package in Stuff Sack or Backpack – Always carry a pair of season appropriate  shoes/boots in a bag with socks inside already.

Sand/Litter – You call on that –  consider rock salt mixed with the sand – carry in a durable container – you will  get friction if you use it….best of both.

Jumper  Cables – When you are rescued you likely will need a jump start –  select the largest gauge cables you can find if you have a large battery (6  GA)

ICE  Scraper – We would hope you had one of these already either part of the  extendable snow brush or along with your snow shovel.

Snow  Shovel – Don’t rely on junk – it will break – instead get a short wood  or plastic handled flat steel shovel (aka “banjo”) for about the same  price

Fire  Starting Kit – Windproof Butane Lighter, Boat Matches, Striker Kit,  Solid Fuel Bars, Magnesium Striker, Waterproof Case (like Military Decon Kit or  Snap Lid Box)

Compass/Map:  Sure your phone had those features but it is broken…and maybe you subscribe to a vehicle safety system…or maybe not. Last resort….map and compass.

Sanitation:  You will begin to stink in a few days and you will have to relieve yourself…go outside or stay inside – make preparations for that…Wag Bags, Old Drink Containers and of course – toilet paper.

You can certainly add more gear as you see fit but this is a minimum kit. 

Of course make sure your vehicle is up to the task and you have it properly serviced and all your spare tires and parts are functioning or on board.  Having AAA Membership or similar might be useful when it finally comes to a tow being needed.

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Normalcy Bias – Overcome This!

March 24, 2011 Leave a comment

ICE4SAFETY liked this explanation of the mental state many people suffer from and find it helpful to understand how this can cripple your efforts at being prepared or motivating others to be prepared.  It may account for the fact why only 7% of the US population is considered “prepared” (Red Cross) for disasters and emergencies.

Homer in Denial

The normalcy bias refers to a mental state people enter when facing a disaster. It causes people to underestimate both the possibility of a disaster occurring and its possible effects. This often results in situations where people fail to adequately prepare for a disaster, and on a larger scale, the failure of the government to include the populace in its disaster preparations.

The assumption that is made in the case of the normalcy bias is that since a disaster never has occurred that it never will occur. It also results in the inability of people to cope with a disaster once it occurs. People with a normalcy bias have difficulties reacting to something they have not experienced before. People also tend to interpret warnings in the most optimistic way possible, seizing on any ambiguities to infer a less serious situation.

Source:  Wikipedia

Poster – Normalcy Bias Explained

Critical Info Form – DIY

March 22, 2011 Leave a comment

ICE4SAFETY has had this Excel based spreadsheet tool online for several years now and it is still a relevent document in light of all the potential for catastrophe to occur resulting from one source or another….you will find it here on the DIY Forms Page   

It is meant to be used by one or more family members.

You could complete the form as is or modify to your specific needs as directed in the “Read Me” comments inserted into the document.  Once completed you can upload into a USB Drive/DVD and secure with your as you evacuate or secure underground or in a safe or with trusted relatives or maybe a copy in a bank vault…..all the time remembering that the information would be a gold mine for identity thieves. 

No subscriptions required – no fees to pay – no membership to enroll in  -no third-party to call – you control it. This is strictly a DIY tool.  

Here are some pics:

User ID Page

Medical Info Page


Important Info Page


Financial Info Page


Personal/Business Contacts

In the event of an emergency requiring your immediate relocation you could access this info and take it with you if it were on a USB or portable secure drive.  You could also place this information on an online file sharing database or backed up on a paid service that does this.  If the internet is down or access is not available you could still have this information with you to help begin the timely and more orderly reconstruction of your life if your worldly possessions were destroyed. (it is also a great way to get organized – especially if you are sick.)

Emergency Operations Manual

March 18, 2011 Leave a comment
Sample Emergency Operations Manual

Critical information for the operation of  emergency equipment for industry is usually located in well defined, easily recognized and often mandated binders, manuals or laminated placards in close proximity to the equipment.

Many workers in construction industries often don’t read the instruction manual for the tools they use – often leading to serious injury or death.  We know this for a fact. You should read all your manuals after installation or storage and it is a good idea for everyone who may be required to use the gear to also become familiar with the manuals as well as have hands on experience that you can “exercise” in one of your preparedness drills

The average homeowner may have operation manuals for equipment located in a variety of places throughout the house or outbuildings or if organized it might find a notable place in a file drawer.  
We recommend a simple color coded file system to help identify various info in paper file form.   Under stress and when your home is in shambles, locating operating and troubleshooting instructions for such equipment as back up power systems, generators, custom electrical installations (wind/solar/turbine etc) needs to be expedient. 

Emergency Manual Cover Form

Download This Easy to Use Document. 

People afflicted with “normalcy bias” or  “it won’t happen to me” syndrome may assume others already know what they know. When disaster strikes and they are not available to figure everything out, the operation/repair of the equipment may be relegated to a spouse, child, relative or neighbor who may not be as knowledgeable or skilled.  In some instances your family’s safety and continued comfort might rely on a total stranger or “new friend” with skills.

Communications may be down (you can safely assume THAT) so having essential info in a conveniently located and easily recognizable binder will help make sure locating it is easy.  A secure but acknowledged family location for emergency gear and info can also help.

We suggest service company contact info (business cards), typed out procedural lists, inspection checklists, safety warnings and other reference / service manuals (example above).    This manual can/should be in addition to important info laminated or bound and already stored with the equipment.  

Always try and remember – Redundancy.

One surefire way to instantly recognize your binder as pertaining to emergencies is to have the ICE Logo on it…..that is what it was designed for.  Training is a snap…..everything identified with the ICE Logo pertains to emergeny use.  Simple.
Fancy artwork or cute graphics symbols usually add to the confusion.  Industry standard MSDS binders are simple too.   

You can certainly create a binder like this for home.  We have added a cover page (see above) you can download and print to use that incorporates the ICE Logo already – it’s ok to use in color, b/w or grayscale. 

One line is for your home address/name and you can define the other system or equipment you wish to include here….you may want to identify emergency and non-emergency info using color coded systems. 

Some typical suggestions:
Back Up Generators
Solar Chargers
Sump Pump Systems
Septic Systems
Water Systems
Inverter Circuits,
Chain Saws
Flood Water Pumps
Storm Shelter Operation
Phone and Radio Systems
Plumbing/Water Filtration Manuals
Emergency Respirators
Vehicle Operations (ATV, Boat, Tractor, Truck)

Download cover document.    Check out the other useful info on site there as well.

Radiation Exposure – Potassium Iodate Tablets

March 12, 2011 Leave a comment
IOSAT Anti-Radition Medication

Nuclear Radiation incidents in Japan as a result of the massive earthquake there have prompted people here and around the world to review their planning for such an event. 

Japanese authorities are distributing Potassium Iodate tablets to citizens in the country where it is most likely radiation exposure would occur. 

We have had them in our Evac Bags as SOP for 12 years (these are “expired”).  The IOSAT Brand has been around for a long time and you can usually acquire them at pharmacies – we had to wait.   You can buy a variety of anti-radiation pills online that block absorption of Radioactive Iodine into your thyroid.

Read the FDA Guidelines on these products here: 

More Info: 

CampingSurvival.Com has these available along with some other anti-radiation products, detectors as well as a very detailed explanation on how radiation affects your system and how this product works.

We might suggest that if you are conducting a “drill” today you consider your actions in such an emergency and how you have prepared to evacuate or shelter in place. Many of us are living close to such reactors.

Pray for those people in Japan who have died as a result of the earthquake and tsunami and for those working in grave danger to restore the damaged reactors to a safe condition.