Preparing for the Unexpected: Emergency Food Checklist

No one expects a disaster to hit them. But it’s not unheard of. Everyone seems to assume that they have all the time left in the world until that natural disaster or financial hardship hits. In these times, it’s more important than ever to be prepared.

According to Honeyville, emergency supplies can have a long shelf life. It never hurts to keep extra food on hand, either for that potential disaster or an unexpected necessary ingredient. When you do start emergency planning, take in to consideration the food people like, avoiding allergens, and ensuring that all types of food are covered. Keeping meats, vegetables, fats, and carbohydrates are important to ensuring that nutritionally everyone is covered.

It helps to calculate the calories of everyone in your home. You can use this information to project how many calories they need for a week or few months. Then you can store a proper amount of food for each person. Don’t forget the necessities like medication.

Canned foods work very well for emergencies. As do dried vegetables, meats, and carbohydrates. Cereal and granola bars have a long shelf life, especially when individually packaged. Keeping bricks of water and canned or powdered juices and milk is also a great idea.

There’s equipment to think about too. See in the infographic below.


Protect Your Home This Holiday Season

According to Choose Home Security, one out of five homes will encounter a violent home intrusion and 2,000,000 home burglaries are reported each year. This translates to a burglary every 14.6 seconds and about 66% of all burglaries are targeted at residences.

Additionally, homes without a security system are three times more likely to be burglarized than a home with a comprehensive security system. Nearly $15.2 billion is lost in property theft each year, so don’t forget to bump up your insurance policy as well.

Burglars love cash first and foremost. Jewelry, laptops, guns, digital cameras, and small electronics are also favorites. To protect your valuables, it is recommended to keep your valuables and Christmas presents out of sight. Secondly, don’t advertise any travel plans over social media. This only alerts people to your absence and gives them a time window for when they can make their move. Keeping your windows and doors locked, while not impossible to break open, is just another deterrent and place they can be caught prior to the robbery.

See more in the infographic below.


Document Restoration 101

According to the Polygon Group, 25% of business fail after a natural disaster and document losses are extremely detrimental. Fortunately, document restoration is possible with time and money.

Since 1953, there are 10 states that have had the most document losses in natural disasters: New York, Florida, Oklahoma, California, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Alabama, Missouri and Kentucky.

There are a few natural disasters that hit businesses the most. In 2011, Tropical Storm Irene damaged 500 boxes of the Department of Environment Conservation paper records. To restore these documents, they were vacuum freeze-dried and digitally scanned. In 2012, the University of Wisconsin-Superior library flooded, damaging 200,000 books and 45,000 of these were beyond repair. More than 100,000 books were freeze-dried to restore them. In 1995, a fire damaged 10% of the legal court records of the Contra Costa Courthouse. These documents were freeze-dried and then cleaned to restore them.

Prevention against disasters like this is simple: digital scanning and storage. To see more, see the infographic below.


Roadkill. The Flat Out Truth.

Chances are, if you’ve been on the road you’ve seen roadkill. According to Trade Trucks, flattened roadside animals aren’t the same around the world. If you are visiting another country, it’s important to know what you can encounter. For your safety and for those in harms way.

The first person to notice the new phenomenon was Joseph Grinnell in 1920. He described it as a “relatively new source of fatality; and if one were to estimate the entire mileage of such roads in the state of California, the mortality must mount into the hundreds, and perhaps thousands every 24 hours.”

Worldwide, roadkill looks different. In Canada, there are over 700 moose collisions each year and in 2004, 60,000 people reported hitting deer which was double the number from 10 years ago. In the UK, roadkill is the greatest contributor to European badger deaths with 50,000 killed each year. In the US, more than 1 million animals are killed each day. And in Michigan, car brings down a single deer every eight minutes. In Australia, 2,200 kangaroos are killed each year in Canberra and 5.5 million reptiles become flattened.

Ninety percent of moose collisions result in injury or death to the driver. If you are driving in Canada, watch out. No one wants to lose when facing a moose. Don’t drive between dusk and dawn. Spend the night and reduce your chances of adding to the roadkill mess. Additionally, slowing your speed can greatly reduce chances of coming in contact with an animal. For more information, read on in the infographic below.


How Dangerous are Motorcycles

We’ve all heard that motorcycles are dangerous, often from our moms, but really, how dangerous are motorcycles? Are they really more dangerous than cars? This infographic from Sutliff & Stout looks at just that in order to help us breakdown just how dangerous are motorcycles. Looking at the raw numbers, it doesn’t appear motorcycles are more dangerous. In 2010 there were 4,309 motorcycles involved in fatal crashes and 22,263 cars involved in fatal accidents. But, if we look at the crash rate for each vehicle type based on miles traveled we start to see a different story – for every 100 million miles, there were 35 motorcycle crashes but only 1.7 car crashes. Looking into the data further, motorcycles tended to have speeding as a cause of accidents more frequently than cars, as well as accidents caused by alcohol. And here is where all the different stats in the infographic boil down to: when we look at the percentage of crashes resulting in injury or death, we see that motorcycles are at 80% while cars are only at 20%. Further, we we look at the percentage of occupant fatalities in car accidents involving a motorcycle and a car, we see that motorcycles are at 98% and cars are only at 2%. While it does appear that motorcycles are more likely to be involved in accidents, we’ll let you decide if motorcycles are more dangerous than cars.

How Dangerous are Motorcycles - Are Motorcycles More Dangerous Than Cars


How to Prevent Motorcycle Accidents

Today we have an infographic from LA Motorcycle Lawyers – it is on how to prevent motorcycle accidents and what causes them. Did you know that the most common causes of motorcycle accidents are: cars making left turns, lane splitting, excessive speeding, poor weather conditions, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, inexperience, and sudden stop collisions. According to this infographic, 42% of motorcycle accidents involved a motorcycle and a car. Further, 25% of motorcycle accidents are a result of a car coming to a sudden stop and the motorcycle not being able to stop in time.

How To Prevent Motorcycle Accidents