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Using the Natural Chemistry of Helichrysum Oil For Pain Relief

Helichrysum is a favorite essential oil of knowledgeable aromatherapists, as it has such immediate, profound pain relieving and healing effects. The particular species of Helichrysum “italicum”, also known as Everlasting or Immortelle, is the most broadly therapeutic of the 500 Helichrysum species. The reason has to do with the chemistry of the oil. Here we’ll have a look at the oil’s special natural chemistry, and how it might help you relieve pain and heal faster.

Healing The Body’s Structure

Helichrysum’s most revered effects have to do with the healing of the musculoskeletal system — it happens to have several natural chemical constituents that synergize to produce quick, profound results. Pure essential oils are often made up of many, sometimes hundreds of individual molecules. The “chemistry profile” of Helichrysum essential oil is very special, containing a spectrum of healing compounds produced by a single plant. Many essential oils have proven medical effects (search Pub Med for “essential oil” to see thousands of results), including antibacterial, antiviral, and anticancer activity. Helichrysum’s primary applications are on the healing of the muscles, joints, skin and connective tissues — though there are more diverse uses, these are the easiest for most users to experience.

Cooling Inflammation

Helichrysum has the properties of being anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic and regenerative all in the same oil. The anti-inflammatory effects can be attributed to the “curcumenes” present in the oil. “Curcumenes” have recently been very prominent in the field of natural nutrition, as the extract of the spice turmeric, called “curcumin” has become popular as an anti-inflammatory supplement. The supplement is considered helpful not only for joint inflammation and pain, but as an all-around anti-aging supplement as well. Helichrysum contains a significant quantity of “gamma curcumene”, providing an excellent anti-inflammatory effect.

Muscle Relaxant

Where Helichrysum distilled from plants grown in coastal regions of the Mediterranean really stand out is in its ability to release muscle tension. In particular, a sub-species known as “serotinum” has the highest levels of neryl acetate. This is of a group of compounds known as “esters” which are particularly good anti-spasmodics. Just like the word says, these compounds relieve muscle spasms — a condition that is often found in our necks and backs where the musculature has locked up in a stiff and painful condition. This can be the result of old injuries (where the body is trying to protect itself by holding together weak joints), from stress, or simple poor posture or ergonomics (like hunching over a computer all day). By relieving these spasms, circulation in the area is increased, and the healing process is dramatically accelerated.

Cellular Regeneration

Several essential oils contain various levels of molecules called “ketones”. These molecules are known to stimulate cellular regeneration (it’s why Sage oil is used to stimulate hair growth, for example). Yet these molecules can be dangerous, depending on their specific make-up. Those found in Helichrysum however, are considered completely safe. This is why the essential oil is found in nearly every formula for wound healing and scar reduction, and why the oil is indicated for healing all sorts of other types of injuries as well. You can see that this action synergizes with the others: once inflammation is reduced, and circulation to an injured area restored, healing will begin naturally — and in this case, it gets a little further encouragement from these special active ingredients.

Anti-Hematoma, Bruise Preventative

Until now we’ve talked about how the essential oil can help heal virtually any injury that has already occurred, or chronic injuries that seem to never heal. An additional unique feature of Helichrysum is its ability to prevent the formation of bruises (which are really just blood clots visible through the skin) when an in injury has JUST happened. Say you’ve just twisted an ankle or banged your knee. On a cellular level, there’s the bursting of blood capillaries and cell walls. Fluid accumulates and stagnates in the area, slowing the healing process. Applying a few drops of oil right away can effectively prevent this bruising, and dramatically speed healing of the injury.

User Experiences Encourage Experimentation

Personal and anecdotal experience with Helichrysum essential oil confirms its purported healing actions. A user with chronic neck pain from a sever auto accident found relief within minutes of massaging the essential oil at 100% into the stiff and painful vertebrae. Other users find their sports-related injuries to heal more quickly, and are less likely to become chronic overuse conditions. Application after simple burns in the kitchen leads to quick pain relief and fast healing. While the scientific evaluation of Helichrysum’s effects are yet to be performed, this is no reason to avoid trying this essential oil for yourself — the conventional thinkers firmly believed the Earth was flat for a very long time!

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How to Grow Strawberry Plants For the Best Strawberry Fruit Production

To plant and grow strawberry plants is a wonderful way to garden and quite easy when following just a few simple steps.

Here are a few gardening tips that will get your strawberry plants off to the best possible start. Soon you will be enjoying the strawberry fruits of your labor.

Strawberry plants grow best in well-drained soil that has been amended with lots of organic matter. Do not plant strawberry plants in or near soil where eggplants, peppers, potatoes, raspberries, or tomatoes have grown over the past 3 to 5 years, because strawberry plants are susceptible to verticillium wilt. It is also advisable to move strawberry beds whenever verticillium wilt appears. Soils with high lime content may also be unsuitable for this plant. Protect strawberry plants from freezing during the winter months. In addition to mulching, planting your strawberry plants at the top of a gentle slope helps minimize winterkill and frost damage to blossoms.

Always plant strawberry plants in rows or hills in areas that receive at least 6 hours of sunlight per day. Place the plants 15 to 18 inches apart in rows spaced about 2 feet apart. When planting bare root strawberries, be sure to trim the roots to six inches long. Dig holes deep enough to accommodate the roots. Inside the hole, mound enough dirt to be able to have the plant sit on the mound with the roots spread evenly around. The base of the crown should sit at the soil level. If the crown is set too high above the ground, the plant will dry out. Smooth and water to settle the soil. If your plants experience a drought immediately after planting, it may stunt the growth of the plants. Inspect after frost to see if any plants were lifted out of the soil. If they were, gently push them back into the soil and cover.

Once strawberry plants have begun to leaf out, fertilize can be applied. A balanced 10-10-10 blend can be added according to directions on the label. When the plant begins to form blooms until harvest is complete, is the time period that the plants will need the most water. One to two inches of supplemental watering a week may be necessary to keep the plants hydrated. Check the soil for dampness if in doubt.

The first growing year in the ground, pinch off any strawberry blooms. This will force more growth into the plants size, creating larger plants with the potential for more blooms producing more fruit the next growing season.

A member of the rose family, it is documented that strawberries have been enjoyed as a domesticated fruit as early as the 1400’s. Now, we know the nutritional value of strawberries. They contain amino acids and beta-carotene as well as A, C, E, K, B-complex vitamins. An excellent source of calcium, iron, potassium, manganese, copper and zinc, strawberries are high in sugar so should be eaten in moderation.

Some of my favorite ways to enjoy the fruits of strawberry plants are serving on waffles (Yummy!), in a spinach salad with walnuts, in a cucumber & strawberry salad, or served with only a splash of balsamic vinegar. Harvest strawberries in early summer and freeze to preserve them for future use.

Tips for strawberries:
Do not wash berries until ready to eat
Remove caps after washing
Store in colander (or vented container) in refrigerator for air circulation
Remove from refrigerator 1 hour before serving
To whiten teeth – mash one strawberry and mix with baking soda, brush on teeth and leave on for 5 minutes then rinse

Whether you plant your strawberry plants in a home orchard, vegetable garden or as a ground cover, you’re sure to enjoy the many benefits of the strawberry fruits.

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Must See Places in New York

New York is one of the top tourist destinations for people in the United States and abroad. It’s dense population and numerous attractions make it the city of wonders. When visiting New York there are several stops along the way that no New York visitor can leave the city without having under their virtual belt.

The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
The Statue of Liberty is a representation of freedom and democracy. One of the most well-known and worldly statues, the statue was originally given to the United States and traveled over vast amounts of water in order to be placed on Ellis island where it sits today. Depending on the present condition of the Statue of Liberty, tourists may be able to travel all the way to the shining light at the top statues hand. From time to time, due to cleaning and renovations, the Statue of Liberty tourist areas may be closed aside from the base floor.

Times Square
Times Square in New York is more than a square. It is one of the most well-known spots on earth. When stopping in at Times Square be ready to see plenty of crowds and plenty of fun and entertaining. There are music events, festival events, theater and opera events and quite a few celebrity sightings from time to time.

The Brooklyn Bridge
The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the oldest suspension bridges currently standing in the United States. Today the bridge as part of the New York skyline is one the most recognizable features of New York City. Visitors to New York can walk across the pedestrian crossing of the Brooklyn Bridge and see the boats passing and the beautiful, towering buildings of the city center.

World Trade Center Ground Zero
One of the saddest and most unfortunate spots in New York City is ground zero of the World Trade Center. Many people visiting New York decide to visit ground zero to pay respect to those who lost their lives.

Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art covers more than 5000 years of artistic invention. For visitors to New York this is a must see attraction but be sure to include more than one day to see the entire museum and take in some of the most beautiful works of art ever created by man.

Grand Central Station
When a visitor to New York City really wants feel the hustle and bustle, a small amount of time spent in Grand Central Station will do the trick. This spot is perfect for those who love to ‘people watch’ as thousands of people travel to Grand Central Station every day.

The Theater District and Broadway
Without a doubt probably the top spot that you must see when in New York is the theater district. Many people travel to New York City in order to start their theater career and Broadway is the ultimate end goal to that beginning. Broadway shows are available every night of the week and a traveler to New York can sometimes find special deals here for last minute shows if not sold out.

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Why Make Bath and Body Products Instead of Buying Them?

The minute you walk into a bath and body store (such as Bath and Body Works, The Body Shop, or Origins), you are being mind controlled. If you set foot in these territories, you will walk out with way more products than you intended to buy in the first place… and way less money.

Does this sound overly dramatic? It’s nothing more than the truth. In fact, large companies are so intent on making you buy that they have special classes for it. They run their employees through these workshops and basically teach them how to trick you into buying more.

There is the fine art of making displays which encourage you to pick items up and not put them down. There is also the sales script that every employee knows when you’re about to check out. With this script, sales people can rush you into making extra last-minute purchases at the register, sometimes doubling your total order! And then there is the opening line, “Here, have a basket.” Ever heard that? This ‘basket trap’ is a proven technique that makes people buy more, according to “Why We Buy” by Paco Underhill.

“Why did I spend so much?”

There is nothing wrong with a company wanting more sales, but often these stores’ tactics result in buyer’s regret. After the fog clears and you’re heading down to your car, you start kicking yourself for spending so much of your hard-earned money. What made you buy so much, when you didn’t need it, or even want it? Was it worth it? You feel uneasy because your natural sense of economy told you that you made a mistake.

Natural ingredients only available in high-end products are yours for just a few dollars.

But learn to make your own bath and body products and escape that corporate mind control. Instead of feeling guilty, you’ll feel great about using natural ingredients and fine fragrances to create the highest quality bath and body products. Use exciting and exotic ingredients such as shea butter, mango butter, and botanical extracts, and use more of them in your own products. When companies claim that their lotion contains shea butter, it’s often just a tiny percentage.

You’ll be able to experiment with ingredients such as cucumber, horse chestnut, green tea and sea kelp extracts. These are ingredients that hike the price of commercial products sky-high, but you can get the same things for only a few dollars. Some of these ingredients are only available in extremely expensive, high-end spa lines, but you can use them at home.

Any fragrance you want.

And you’re no longer dependent on the fragrances of the month; you can make your toiletries in any scent you want. Just like how an artist’s palette has unlimited colors, you have an infinite selection of scents to use. Want aromatherapy products with essential oils? They are simple to make! Do you have a fragrance that you can’t find anywhere but keep wishing companies would make? Now you can make all the products you want in that fragrance. And if you’re absolutely addicted to scents such as Moonlight Path, Cherry Blossom, and Warm Vanilla Sugar, you can also make your lotions, shower gels, and bath salts smell like those fragrances.

Making bath and body products is easier than you think.

But can you do it? Absolutely, you can! Even if you’re not a typical crafter or “do it yourselfer,” you can get started easily. You don’t have to make everything “from scratch” if that sounds like too much work; there are other methods that don’t need chemistry knowledge, just some basic kitchen skills.

There are many resources dedicated to helping the beginner get started – websites, books, ebooks, and even the public library. Many people have learned to do this, and you can too!

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How to Cook Pasta Right?

When one thinks of Italian cuisine, Pasta is what comes to mind first. Pasta cooked perfectly and with the right combination of ingredients can be an absolutely mouth watering dish- a real treat for your taste buds. It is light on the stomach and healthy too. It is a wonderful combination of flavors all packed into one. You would discover the authentic Italian taste one at a time as you relish spoon after spoon of this treat. A heavenly dish that is both quick to make and a real delight, this is a great way to treat your family and friends to an authentic Italian fare.

If you are however not sure of how to cook pasta you can actually be left with a clump of pasta all sticking closely to one another like a pack of great friends. Whether you decide to have your pasta in red sauce, white sauce, a salad or like it baked; first and foremost you need to master the technique of cooking pasta. It is really simple once you know just how.

If you have searched online for pasta recipes then you would observe that most of them start with “cook your pasta” or “now that you have your pasta cooked and ready to begin”. The recipes do not really teach you how to cook the pasta which is the very first and most important step to a lip smacking delight.

When pasta is cooked in water it actually releases the starch that is present in it thus, making it bigger in size. The water gets sticky with all the starch and the pasta also has a starch coating that gives it a slimy feel. Just how to have the pasta of the right texture and cooked just right is all very simple provided you know the secrets to cooking it perfectly.

For cooking pasta first and foremost, it is important to bring water to a boil, this would help soak the pasta and cook it well. The hot water would help to get rid of the starch on the pasta real quick. At this point when the starch is released, the pasta with a sticky surface tends to stick together. Stir to prevent your pasta from sticking together. Add salt to the water so that your pasta has the right seasoning, this would make a big difference to the taste.

Some might even suggest that it would be best to add oil to the water while cooking pasta to prevent it from sticking together. However, this is best avoided. It would definitely prevent your pasta from sticking together but this gives the pasta an oily coating. This oily coating would not let the sauce stay on the pasta and thus, would adversely affect the taste of your dish to a great extent.

See that the pasta is not over-cooked and cook it to just the right consistency. Drain the pasta and add it to the prepared sauce and let it coat well (do not rinse in cold water) with the delicious sauce of your choice.

You could use a tomato based red sauce or your favorite white sauce. Combine with a good helping of vegetables like broccoli and peppers to enhance the nutritious value and taste of your pasta. Stir well. Give it a few minutes to soak in the flavors of the sauce, and serve hot. Bring home the flavors of your favorite Italian restaurant now right to your table.

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Emergency Survival Supplies

Having the right kind of supplies and equipment at home in times of disasters can mean life and death for you and for the rest of your family. Even though you are not a professional medical or disaster expert, having a few emergency survival supplies at hand can help see you through disasters and calamities safely. So if you want to learn how you can be best prepared for situations like these, here are a few basic information that you need to know about emergency survival kits today.

Basic first aid procedures, such as performing CPR and attending to fractures and injuries, are very important things that you need to learn by heart. This can really take you a long way in cases of emergencies and accidents. Your instincts may not be sufficient enough to save a life or attend to medical situations in times like these.

Learn how to use the survival supplies found in your first aid kits. You can easily get basic information like these from the World Wide Web. However, make sure that you get them from reputable and well-trusted sources. If you want to be sure, you can also opt to buy a book on basic first aid procedures and stash them together with your emergency survival supplies.

Water and food are also very essential items that you should keep as part of your emergency survival supplies. Make sure that you have enough food and plenty of water to go around for everyone. Pick non-perishable food items such as canned and dried foods which can be stored for relatively long amounts of time without going stale. Make sure that you also take in consideration any special dietary requirements required by any family member. Measure at least a gallon of water for every person in the house per day. Make sure that your water stays fresh by replacing them at least once in every six months. Store your water in air tight and clean containers to prevent bacterial growth.

Communication with the outside world and with proper authorities is also very important in times of calamities and disasters. A portable emergency radio can be the most reliable form of communication system to get. These emergency survival supplies allow you to stay updated for any weather warnings or evacuation announcements before, during or after a calamity or disaster.

Cash is also a very important thing to have during calamities. After a disaster, bank establishments and ATM machines may not be available to dispense money. Hence, keep a stash of cash among your emergency survival supplies so you can buy additional food, water, medicine, fuel or batteries in times of or after a disaster.

Most importantly, you should always be prepared mentally for situations like these. Make sure that you know exactly what to do when emergencies come. Brief each and every family member about standard emergency procedures as well. Do not panic and keep your focus. Calamities, disasters and emergencies can strike when we least expect them to. So make sure that you are always prepared for these events at any occasion by having these basic survival supplies around

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Running Tips – Road Racing in Hot Weather

Running a road race is great for runners. They test a runner’s ability and how well you’ve trained for the event. And, you want to run your best as you compete against yourself as well as others. However, if you find that race day the weather is unseasonably warm, there are precautions that you need to take. Here are some tips for running a race in hot weather.

As with all road races, make sure that you are aware of what the weather is going to be on race day. On the days prior to a race, you want to make sure that you are drinking enough water. However, if you know that the weather is going to be warmer than usual that day, staying hydrated is even more important. The urine test is the best way to make sure. If your urine is clear or pale yellow, you are adequately hydrated.

If you know that race day is going to be hot, be sure to increase your salt intake before the race. You should be eating some salty foods and even taking salt straight up with water – a packet that you get in a restaurant is the perfect size. Some races will even give you one in your race packet to have during the race. If you are doing a half-marathon or marathon, you should get some salt during the race, also.

Don’t push yourself too hard if the weather is hot. – readjust your race goals. Trying to overdo it on a hot day can lead to heat-related illnesses, such as heatstroke. It’s perfectly alright to run a little slower and make sure that you finish the race. You can try again for the Personal Record in your next race.

A great way to cool down if you feel overheated is to splash some water on you at the water stops. Many races will also give you a sponge at the water stops to wet and then carry with you to keep yourself cool. (It may also be a good idea to get one to have with you if you are prone to overheating if you know that race day is going to be super hot.). Two words of caution with this, though. First of all, if you do get a sponge at a water stop, don’t suck on it to get water. They may have soap or other things in them.

Also, if you splash water on yourself – try to keep your shoes dry. If you get too much water on your shoes and socks, it can lead to blisters. Not to mention, your shoes and socks will feel heavier if they are full of water.

If you do start to feel lightheaded, nauseous or have chills – stop at the next medical stop or find a race official. Be checked out to be sure you are alright.

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Steps to Winterize Your Home

Every single year you should take the necessary steps to winterize your home. This is important because you can actually save money when your home is ready for the winter. How is this possible? Well, you might be surprised because 40% of your energy bill is consumed simply by the heating and the cooling of your home. In this case, it is being consumed by whatever method you use to heat your home. If you winterize, you’re going to be able to reduce that percentage in ways you never thought were possible.

So how can you winterize your home and save some serious cash?

1. Make sure you don’t wait until cold weather has already set in. You want to winterize while the weather is still warm. When you do these tasks in warm weather, you are more motivated to get things done. You’ll also find that the steps you take to winterize your home can also be beneficial all year round. You can look at this as a home improvement project because, let’s face it, you are actually improving your home in a lot of ways.

2. Make sure you get the outside work done first just in case you can’t finish winterizing until cold weather comes. Go ahead and clean your gutters. This will keep melting snow from getting up under your shingles. This can make your roof last longer.

3. Make sure storm windows are installed before the first snowfall. If you can, put them up early. This is better than waiting.

4. Take care of any weather stripping around windows and doors that is cracked or worn. This weather stripping is meant to keep cold air out and warm air in, but that is not going to happen if it isn’t completely intact. Try to find drafts around windows and fill them in. If the drafts are severe, you need to have your windows replaced.

5. Check attic insulation to ensure that the thickness is okay. If you don’t think it is thick enough, add some more. It is better to have too much than not enough.

6. Check furnace filters to make sure they are clean. If they are not clean, install new ones or clean the ones you have. You would be amazed how much money is lost because of furnace filters that are simply not clear of dust and debris.

7. Make sure you have good batteries in your thermostat. Better yet, make sure you are dealing with an efficient thermostat. If you’re not, then you may want to try getting a programmable thermostat that can automatically control temperature. When no one is home, it can automatically lower the temperature to save money.

8. Check the age of your furnace. If it is more than 10 to 15 years old, it is time for a replacement. There are much more energy efficient models out there today. In the long run you will save more money.

9. Make sure you set your thermostat lower. You can save 3% of your energy bill for every degree that you lower your thermostat. Simply layer on clothing to stay warm and that will save quite a bit of money for the year.

10. Try energy efficient blinds. These are special blinds that let in the sun’s warmth during the day and keep the heat in at night when they are closed.

You’ll be quite surprised at how much cash you can actually save by doing these things. If you don’t, then you are spending a lot of money that you shouldn’t have to spend. Sure, it does cost money to winterize your home, but that cost is nothing compared to the cost that you may have to pay to keep yourself warm in the winter.

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Holiday Safety Tips

The holidays are a busy time – shopping, traveling, and spending time with friends and family can leave us with crowded social calendars and frazzled nerves. This holiday season, make sure that you and your family stay safe and secure. Following these holiday safety tips will help you enjoy the season safely.

Deck the halls – safely

The holiday season is a time for your home to shine – literally. Twinkling lights, festive trees decked out with brightly colored ornaments, and the warm glow of candles transform your home into a winter wonderland of color and light. Here are some holiday safety tips to help you celebrate the season with safety in mind:

* Test all indoor and outdoor lights. Before putting strings of lights on a tree, the outside of your home, or anywhere else, make sure that all lights work properly. Check the cords carefully for exposed or frayed wire – if you see any problems, don’t use them! And always use your holiday lighting appropriately: make sure that you only use outdoor lighting that has been approved for outdoor use.

* Choose kid-friendly ornaments. If you have young children at home, make sure that your decorations are safe for children. Avoid ornaments or decorations that resemble candy or other edibles, and don’t use decorations that are breakable, sharp, or have small parts.

* Select a safer Christmas tree. Whether you prefer a real tree or an artificial one, you can make the safest choice. When purchasing a real tree, give it a shake – if the tree drops a lot of needles, it’s probably dried out. Find a fresher tree and keep it watered to reduce the risk of fire. If you prefer an artificial tree, make sure you buy one that is certified as fire resistant.

* Use candles safely. Candles are always a popular holiday decorating choice, but it’s important to remember that they pose a risk if left unattended. According to the National Fire Protection Association, an estimated 17,200 home fires were started by candles in 2004. Always extinguish candles before leaving a room, and keep them out of the reach of kids.

* Be a cautious chef. Nothing smells better than the aroma of your favorite holiday foods cooking in the kitchen. But you should never put safety on the back burner – don’t leave a hot oven or a burning stove unattended, and always remember to keep hot food out of the reach of curious kids and pets.

* Give the gift of safety. Choose age-appropriate gifts for the kids on your holiday shopping list. Read labels and stay within the suggested age ranges for holiday presents. If you have young children, make sure you carefully inspect new toys and always read the instructions before use.

* Be a savvy traveler. For many of us, the holiday season means increased traveling. Whether you’re going down the road to a holiday gathering, or across the country to see the grandkids, remember that safety is first. When driving, always wear your seat belt and have a good roadside emergency supply kit with you. If you’re going to be out of town for a while, have a trusted neighbor keep an eye on your home while you’re gone.

* Remember the basics. No matter what time of the year it is, safety should always be on your mind. Take some time out of your busy holiday schedule to test your smoke or carbon monoxide alarms, and review your home safety procedures with your family.

The holiday season should be fun and joyful – and taking some extra holiday safety precautions will ensure that you and your family will be happy and healthy. Happy Holidays!

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When Disaster Strikes and Dealing With Emergencies

Did you know that most injuries during disasters are caused not by the actual event but by lack of planning and lack of appropriate management? This means that in any major event, individuals have a huge impact on whether and how they survive. Because most people will face an emergency situation at some point in their lifetime, learning how to deal with major disasters is an essential skill. Here are a few tips for dealing with natural and manmade disasters alike:

Remain Calm

However difficult this may be, it is most important that you remain calm during a major emergency. When people are panicked, they become irrational, making life-endangering decisions and major mistakes. If you find yourself feeling unstable, take a few deep breaths and try to remove yourself from the situation momentarily until you regain your composure. Always act logically instead of emotionally, and consider the consequences of your actions before taking any major steps.

Provide for Your Immediate Safety

Once you are calm, your next thought should be to provide a safe space for yourself and your loved ones. In some cases this may mean a different room of the house; in other situations, you may have to evacuate. Whatever your situation, you need to secure a safe space before thinking about anything else. If you must leave your home, plan your exit carefully, remembering that larger routes such as freeways may be clogged with other fleeing people. Bring along what pieces of your survival kit you can safely fit in your vehicle, but don’t overload your vehicle at time you most need it.

Notify Authorities

If police, fire, and medical personnel have not been notified, now is the time to inform them. Sometimes this is as easy as calling 9-1-1; at other times, this may involve physically finding emergency personnel. Although you should not endanger yourself pursuing help in a disaster, relief workers and supplies will not be available until the appropriate agencies have been made aware of the situation.

Staying Alive

Once you are physically safe and help is on its way, you should provide for your most basic bodily needs. This includes shelter and warmth, clean food, clean water, and clean air. If you have a survival kit, this will be as easy as locating and opening it. Otherwise, you will have to be more imaginative and use whatever you can find around you. Don’t be embarrassed to ask for help if you are in a public place. The key is maintaining calm and using creativity.

Protecting Property

At this point, you should tend to protect your property as well as you can. Turn off gas and utilities if you fear leaks. Shut off appliances that may malfunction. Keep in mind that common things like electricity can be deadly in a disaster situation. If you must leave home, lock the house securely. Although protecting and caring for property should come only after protecting and caring for people, it is still a wise decision. Remember that you will have a life after the disaster, and adjusting will be that much easier if you have not lost everything.

Communicating with Help

In a major emergency, communicating with help may be as easy as stepping outside your home. Otherwise, a hand-wound or battery-operated radio can help keep you informed. Keep the radio on at all times, as it is important to be aware of any new developments in an emergency. If you need help, a small whistle can attract attention and guide rescuers to your location. If you already have an emergency survival kit, both of these items should be included in it. Often phone lines will be clogged either from damaged systems or overuse, so do not count on having a cell phone or even a traditional phone to communicate.

Contacting Family and Friends

Do you know who to call in case of emergency? It is important before an emergency to establish a procedure for communicating during disasters. One way of dealing with this is to have a message person who will be responsible for keeping track of all family members involved. As soon as possible, contact loved ones to let them know you are okay so they do not endanger themselves looking for you.

The keys to surviving a disaster are remaining calm and being prepared. Maintaining composure will help you make life-saving decisions and find creative solutions to any challenges that arise. If you have already prepared yourself with a well-stocked survival kit, you can wait out the emergency with confidence and emerge physically and emotionally unharmed.