General Preparedness

Getting Your Family Ready

Teaching Your Children: It’s important your children know how to call 911 during an emergency, no matter their age. Asking them to memorize a family members number is a great idea, too.Giving your children a short quiz about what to do during an emergency is imperative for not only emergency safety, but daily life. 

Include All of The Family In Planning and Drills: Including everyone, even your pets, in emergency planning is the best way to ensure a positive result if a unforeseen event ever arises.

3 Day Emergency Supply Kit
When an emergency is in full swing, finding food and water is often difficult. For people who are just beginning to learn about preparedness, a 3-day Supply Kit is a good way to start. Home and business owners tell us the same thing when they prepare either their family, or office for an emergency. It puts their mind at ease. Being responsible for the lives of many people is a challenge, but a simple 3-Day Emergency Prep Kit can take a stressful time into a something fun.

The three main categories for preparation; Food – Water – Warmth
Food – Three Meals Per Person, Each Day
Water – One Gallon Per Person, Per Day
(Add additional water for bathing if desired)
Warmth – Solutions to Stay Warm Inside or Out if Electrical Grid Goes Down

Other Essentials for 3-Day Kit
Health Supplies – Hyenine Needs, First-Aid Supplies, Medicine

Hygiene Needs: Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Baby Wipes, Contacts/Glasses
First Aid: Blankets, Tools (Knife, Can Opener, Fire Starter)
Medicine: Essential Medicines for Those with Pre-Existing Conditions
Electronic Needs: Flashlights, Radios, Cell-Phone’s with Chargers
Other Emergency Essentials to Have Handy: Cash, Road Maps and Maps of Your Area, An Extra Set of House and Car Keys

Child Needs: Necessary Medicines, Games to Stay Relaxed

Pet Needs: Food & Water, Hygiene/Cleaning Supplies. Transportation Devices (Leash, Cage), Toys and Comfort Items (Bed, Blanket), Paperwork (Vaccine Forms, Medicines, Etc.)

Personalize Your Emergency Kit: There are definitely emergency needs for your unique family that VIP Solutions didn’t mention. Remember to update you 3-Day Kit as your family grows!

Update Your Kit:Keeping your kit up to date is imperative. With life always changing, adjustments will likely need to be made to your kit. Check it out every once in a while, with your family and see what else you can add, and check if everything is fresh and ready to use.

Get the Kids Involved: Emergencies are usually less stressful when children are involved in the planning process. Communicating with your children about what would make them feel comfortable to have in an emergency kit is part of being prepared, too.

Mark your Calendar: Mark your calendar with your children and get everyone involved when you check over your emergency supplies to make sure everything’s fresh.

Prepare for Anywhere: An emergency can happen at work, school, or at home. Make sure your family is prepared no matter where they are.

Knowing Your Home:Knowing where gas, electric, and water-shut-off valves are in your house is imperative for emergency readiness. Make sure anyone who is staying at the home alone knows how to turn these valves on an off.

Emergency Family Communication Plan
If an emergency strikes and your family isn’t together, a communication plan is essential. VIP Solutions recommends creating an emergency contact card for everyone to keep in their purse or wallet at all times. If you have children at school, make sure they have an emergency phone with them, and make they know how to text.

Be Informed: Knowing How to get Local Emergency Alerts
Aside from having the necessary food, water, and heat to be prepared for an emergency, families must be informed about if and when an emergency is taking place. When times get chaotic, every minute counts. Knowingly exactly how your local authorities disseminate emergency information can be the difference between life or death.

There are several avenues in which the authorities share warnings, safety protocol, and updates. Increasingly, law enforcement agencies have taken to social media to better update their respective communities. Finding out how your community communicates and responds to an emergency is an essential part of being prepared.

Knowing Weather Warning Terms
After you find out the best ways to be updated about local emergencies, it’s important to understand weather alert terms.
Weather Watch – A major possibility that a weather emergency will occur
Weather Warning – A weather emergency has already started, or will begin soon.

Keep a Weather Radio handy
Sign up to receive Emergency Texts
Find a Reliable Source for Federal Emergency Updates
Make an Emergency Family Communication Plan 

Emergency Communication TIPS
Memorize an Emergency Phone Number: Pick a good friend or relative who you would contact during an emergency, and memorize their phone number. Being able to recall someone’s contact information when times get chaotic can save the day.

Make a Disaster Plan: The first step in creating a disaster plan is knowing what disasters can happen in your area. If tornadoes are common where you live, understanding weather warning signs, being ready for updates, and knowing where to take shelter are important. 

Finding the Safe Spots: A lower room without windows is perfect for tornado safety. If you live in an earthquake climate, make sure to seek out cover, and get something to hold on to. 

Meeting Place and Escape Routes: Choose multiple meeting places for your family in case disaster strikes. Both a meeting place in your neighborhood and out of town are necessary. Having a mapped-out escape route, both out of the house, and out of your city in a vehicle are important.

Remember Your Pets: Keeping a small emergency amount of food and water for your beloved animals can help keep spirits alive during unfortunate times.

Finding Security during Traumatic Times
Emergencies can often be traumatic. At VIP Solutions, we want to ensure that you and your family can sleep easy knowing that during any emergency you will be fed and warm. Being prepared isn’t just a sensible thing to do just in case, it can help you rest easily knowing your family will not starve or freeze.

Many companies that work in the same industries as we do promote a “prepper” lifestyle and sometimes get a bit extreme. VIP Solutions caters to those people who want to continue enjoying their abundant life, but also want to invest in producing energy and growing food.

We have even heard stories of people who lived off their emergency food supply when they were laid off. Since jobs are scarce, having some extra food stored away when the pay checks are short is a huge help. Us Michiganders know how quickly the grocery store can empty out after a big snow storm. Since stores only carry a certain amount of food so it doesn’t go bad, if semi-trucks can’t travel through the snow, we don’t get fresh produce. Not only are aquaponics fun to grow inside, but they become a true life saver when forces beyond your control go awry.

Taking Care of Waste During an Emergency
Taking care of waste during an emergency is something that needs to be added to any family’s preparedness plan. While we understand dealing with waste isn’t as fun as prepping your bug-out bags, in order to stay healthy during an emergency, it is essential to take care of waste properly. While shifting back to the “olden days” its important to remember a few key elements of emergency waste management:

The average American home creates over 4 pounds of garbage per day; a preliminary plan for what to do with your garbage accumulation is a great way to ensure health in chaotic times.

The number one cause of death during a disaster is disease. If fesses is improperly dealt with during an emergency, it is likely the death toll with increase.

Water infected by fesses is the number one cause of death in the world. According to the World Health Organization, over 4 Million people die each year from contaminated water.

A composting toilet is a great thing to have for off-grid families or families who are all-in when it comes to preparedness. Some homes have a large enough septic tank to handle waste during emergencies, but make sure to not use too much toilet paper, and clogging happens easily. Some people even go to the length of not using toilet paper at all and simply washing with water after using the bathroom.

More about Septic

In the case the grid does shut down and your septic tanks still works, you will need to pour water into your toilet bowl before flushing. In the even that your septic tank backs up, burying your waste in the best solution. Using gray water to do this (water used for bathing or washing dishes) is a great way to conserve pure water for drinking and bathing.

A slop jar is another tool that can be used when sewage is no longer active. It is basically a better-built chamber pot with a lid and handles.

During an emergency or chaotic situation, it is likely that your neighbors won’t take the necessary precautions to be prepared that you will. Because of this, be aware of what your neighbors are doing with their waste if septic shuts off. If you are siphoning water from a creek or stream that runs throughout multiple properties, fecal contamination is something to be aware of. Over 1 billion people drink water contaminated by fesses every day.

Garbage Management
For mitigating garbage, you create during a chaotic time, VIP Solutions recommends using the three R’s – Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.

If you are unable to reuse or recycle your waste, often times you will be able to burn it. Acquiring or building a pit to burn waste in a great way to dispose of waste safely. If you chose to burn any of your waste, closely monitor your fire, and keep it away from over-hanging trees.

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Getting Your Family Ready

Teaching Your Children: It’s important your children know how to call 911 during an emergency, no matter their age. Asking them to memorize a family members number is a great idea, too.Giving your children a short quiz about what to do during an emergency is imperative for not only emergency safety, but daily life. 

Include All of The Family In Planning and Drills: Including everyone, even your pets, in emergency planning is the best way to ensure a positive result if a unforeseen event ever arises.

3 Day Emergency Supply Kit
When an emergency is in full swing, finding food and water is often difficult. For people who are just beginning to learn about preparedness, a 3-day Supply Kit is a good way to start. Home and business owners tell us the same thing when they prepare either their family, or office for an emergency. It puts their mind at ease. Being responsible for the lives of many people is a challenge, but a simple 3-Day Emergency Prep Kit can take a stressful time into a something fun.

The three main categories for preparation; Food – Water – Warmth
Food – Three Meals Per Person, Each Day
Water – One Gallon Per Person, Per Day
(Add additional water for bathing if desired)
Warmth – Solutions to Stay Warm Inside or Out if Electrical Grid Goes Down

Other Essentials for 3-Day Kit
Health Supplies – Hyenine Needs, First-Aid Supplies, Medicine

Hygiene Needs: Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Baby Wipes, Contacts/Glasses
First Aid: Blankets, Tools (Knife, Can Opener, Fire Starter)
Medicine: Essential Medicines for Those with Pre-Existing Conditions
Electronic Needs: Flashlights, Radios, Cell-Phone’s with Chargers
Other Emergency Essentials to Have Handy: Cash, Road Maps and Maps of Your Area, An Extra Set of House and Car Keys

Child Needs: Necessary Medicines, Games to Stay Relaxed

Pet Needs: Food & Water, Hygiene/Cleaning Supplies. Transportation Devices (Leash, Cage), Toys and Comfort Items (Bed, Blanket), Paperwork (Vaccine Forms, Medicines, Etc.)

Personalize Your Emergency Kit: There are definitely emergency needs for your unique family that VIP Solutions didn’t mention. Remember to update you 3-Day Kit as your family grows!

Update Your Kit:Keeping your kit up to date is imperative. With life always changing, adjustments will likely need to be made to your kit. Check it out every once in a while, with your family and see what else you can add, and check if everything is fresh and ready to use.

Get the Kids Involved: Emergencies are usually less stressful when children are involved in the planning process. Communicating with your children about what would make them feel comfortable to have in an emergency kit is part of being prepared, too.

Mark your Calendar: Mark your calendar with your children and get everyone involved when you check over your emergency supplies to make sure everything’s fresh.

Prepare for Anywhere: An emergency can happen at work, school, or at home. Make sure your family is prepared no matter where they are.

Knowing Your Home:Knowing where gas, electric, and water-shut-off valves are in your house is imperative for emergency readiness. Make sure anyone who is staying at the home alone knows how to turn these valves on an off.

Emergency Family Communication Plan
If an emergency strikes and your family isn’t together, a communication plan is essential. VIP Solutions recommends creating an emergency contact card for everyone to keep in their purse or wallet at all times. If you have children at school, make sure they have an emergency phone with them, and make they know how to text.

Be Informed: Knowing How to get Local Emergency Alerts
Aside from having the necessary food, water, and heat to be prepared for an emergency, families must be informed about if and when an emergency is taking place. When times get chaotic, every minute counts. Knowingly exactly how your local authorities disseminate emergency information can be the difference between life or death.

There are several avenues in which the authorities share warnings, safety protocol, and updates. Increasingly, law enforcement agencies have taken to social media to better update their respective communities. Finding out how your community communicates and responds to an emergency is an essential part of being prepared.

Knowing Weather Warning Terms
After you find out the best ways to be updated about local emergencies, it’s important to understand weather alert terms.
Weather Watch – A major possibility that a weather emergency will occur
Weather Warning – A weather emergency has already started, or will begin soon.

Keep a Weather Radio handy
Sign up to receive Emergency Texts
Find a Reliable Source for Federal Emergency Updates
Make an Emergency Family Communication Plan 

Emergency Communication TIPS
Memorize an Emergency Phone Number: Pick a good friend or relative who you would contact during an emergency, and memorize their phone number. Being able to recall someone’s contact information when times get chaotic can save the day.

Make a Disaster Plan: The first step in creating a disaster plan is knowing what disasters can happen in your area. If tornadoes are common where you live, understanding weather warning signs, being ready for updates, and knowing where to take shelter are important. 

Finding the Safe Spots: A lower room without windows is perfect for tornado safety. If you live in an earthquake climate, make sure to seek out cover, and get something to hold on to. 

Meeting Place and Escape Routes: Choose multiple meeting places for your family in case disaster strikes. Both a meeting place in your neighborhood and out of town are necessary. Having a mapped-out escape route, both out of the house, and out of your city in a vehicle are important.

Remember Your Pets: Keeping a small emergency amount of food and water for your beloved animals can help keep spirits alive during unfortunate times.

Finding Security during Traumatic Times
Emergencies can often be traumatic. At VIP Solutions, we want to ensure that you and your family can sleep easy knowing that during any emergency you will be fed and warm. Being prepared isn’t just a sensible thing to do just in case, it can help you rest easily knowing your family will not starve or freeze.

Many companies that work in the same industries as we do promote a “prepper” lifestyle and sometimes get a bit extreme. VIP Solutions caters to those people who want to continue enjoying their abundant life, but also want to invest in producing energy and growing food.

We have even heard stories of people who lived off their emergency food supply when they were laid off. Since jobs are scarce, having some extra food stored away when the pay checks are short is a huge help. Us Michiganders know how quickly the grocery store can empty out after a big snow storm. Since stores only carry a certain amount of food so it doesn’t go bad, if semi-trucks can’t travel through the snow, we don’t get fresh produce. Not only are aquaponics fun to grow inside, but they become a true life saver when forces beyond your control go awry.

Taking Care of Waste During an Emergency
Taking care of waste during an emergency is something that needs to be added to any family’s preparedness plan. While we understand dealing with waste isn’t as fun as prepping your bug-out bags, in order to stay healthy during an emergency, it is essential to take care of waste properly. While shifting back to the “olden days” its important to remember a few key elements of emergency waste management:

The average American home creates over 4 pounds of garbage per day; a preliminary plan for what to do with your garbage accumulation is a great way to ensure health in chaotic times.

The number one cause of death during a disaster is disease. If fesses is improperly dealt with during an emergency, it is likely the death toll with increase.

Water infected by fesses is the number one cause of death in the world. According to the World Health Organization, over 4 Million people die each year from contaminated water.

A composting toilet is a great thing to have for off-grid families or families who are all-in when it comes to preparedness. Some homes have a large enough septic tank to handle waste during emergencies, but make sure to not use too much toilet paper, and clogging happens easily. Some people even go to the length of not using toilet paper at all and simply washing with water after using the bathroom.

More about Septic

In the case the grid does shut down and your septic tanks still works, you will need to pour water into your toilet bowl before flushing. In the even that your septic tank backs up, burying your waste in the best solution. Using gray water to do this (water used for bathing or washing dishes) is a great way to conserve pure water for drinking and bathing.

A slop jar is another tool that can be used when sewage is no longer active. It is basically a better-built chamber pot with a lid and handles.

During an emergency or chaotic situation, it is likely that your neighbors won’t take the necessary precautions to be prepared that you will. Because of this, be aware of what your neighbors are doing with their waste if septic shuts off. If you are siphoning water from a creek or stream that runs throughout multiple properties, fecal contamination is something to be aware of. Over 1 billion people drink water contaminated by fesses every day.

Garbage Management
For mitigating garbage, you create during a chaotic time, VIP Solutions recommends using the three R’s – Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.

If you are unable to reuse or recycle your waste, often times you will be able to burn it. Acquiring or building a pit to burn waste in a great way to dispose of waste safely. If you chose to burn any of your waste, closely monitor your fire, and keep it away from over-hanging trees.