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June, 2009:

Summer is Here–Beware of Extreme Heat!

Sunrise, A New Beginning

Sunrise, A New Beginning Copyright Elise Hearn 2008

Well if you live in the Northern Hemisphere, it is now officially Summer!  Yeah.  And with summer comes outdoor activities, road trips, Severe Storms, summer camp and dreaming of cooler weather.  Seems we are never satisfied with the weather around here.

As we head through summer, there are several things we can do to make our lives healthier and safer.  Extreme Heat Related Deaths happen each year, and are not confined to outside workers.   According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Heat-related deaths and illness are preventable yet annually many people succumb to extreme heat.  Historically, from 1979-2003, excessive heat exposure caused 8,015 deaths in the United States. During this period more people in this country died from extreme heat than from hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, floods, and earthquakes combined. WOW!

As we head out the door each summer day, it is essential for us to grab our wide brimmed hats. The wide brim provides much needed shade for our sensitive skin and eyes.  Children and adults need to protect our eyes and faces from the bright light of the summer sun.  Add a cool pair of shades for a final touch of style and protection!

Choosing light weight clothing in light colors help keep us cooler.  Cotton fabrics are great since they keep you cooler by wicking away moisture from the body.  Cotton is also a sustainable product that is environmentally friendly.  Good for you and the planet too.  Good combination.

Drink plenty of cool liquids such as water and sports drinks like Performance which will replace which will replace the lost salts and electrolytes along with minerals that are lost when your body sweats.  Talk with your Doctor should you need to control water intake because of medical conditions!  Be Safe.

Use Sunscreen!  After you get about 15 minutes of sun several days a week for vitamins, add sunscreen!  Not only for the possibility of skin cancers, but because Sunburn affects your body’s ability to cool itself and causes a loss of body fluids. It also causes pain and damages the skin.  Apply Sunscreen about 30 minutes prior to your time in the sun and reapply according to the product instructions.

If you must go out on a very hot day, plan your activities very early in the day or late in the day to avoid the hottest part of the day.  Pace yourself and don’t overdo!

Commonsense is your best defense against Extreme Heat!

Hurricance & Severe Storm Preparedness Part III

Finally, we have gotten the items on our lists done and are almost ready for the approaching storm. But there are still a few things that can only be done just before the storm hits. These last minute storm preparedness tips are vitally important since they are the linchpins to your plan!

Now, before the storm hits, clean your bathrooms very well. Scrub your tubs particularly well with Basic H2 and Basic G to get rid of all those germs in a safe manner. You want to get rid of soap scum and any mold or mildew. Find a plastic coffee can top, or a Tupperware Seal that will fit over the drain. Close the drain, and place the seal over the closed drain and fill the tub with cold water.

Then fill any extra buckets and containers you have also. I save my cat litter buckets for this purpose since they are easy to carry and not too big. A gallon of water weighs about 8.34 pounds, so the weight adds up quickly.

This water can be used for flushing toilets should the water supply be shut off in a power outage. In many areas electricity is used to pump water and sewage. Also, you can use this water in a pan on a charcoal stove or gas camp stove to boil and wash dishes or use for bathing water. Do not pour hot water into the plastic buckets!! Use your senses and be safe. Keep that cook stove OUTSIDE!!

If the worse happens and you lose the sewage to your home, you can always use the buckets for human waste with a little water in the bottom and maybe some of that cat litter! You will need a place to properly dispose of the waste, so use this option with care. Check with your local governments for their suggestions and rules on proper disposal.

Use GermOff Disinfecting Wipes- Fragrance Free to keep the yucks at bay, but are not a Baby wipe! Basic G is great to use in a spray bottle to keep the kitchen area clean as well as the bathroom as it tackles over 40 microbes and several animal viruses.get-clean-products-1-5-x3-5-72dpi-copy

Basic H2 can be wiped on the bottom of your cook pans before you put them on a camp stove or charcoal fire for cooking. The Basic H2 helps keep the soot off the pan when you are ready to wash up!

Stress Relief* is a must have before, during and after a severe weather event. To keep your family healthy in the days after a Severe Storm, keep their regular Shaklee Vitamins handy along with some extra Sustained Release Vitamin C and Alfalfa, Cinch Shakes, Protein Shakes, Cinch Meal Bars, Cinch Snack Bars, Performance, Physique and more!

Keeping your family safe during and after a Severe Storm or other natural event, requires planning and preparation. Think from the end, how you will live in the days after a storm, what will you need and what will keep your family healthy while they wait for conditions to return to normal. Remember your Shaklee products and vitamins as you prepare.  Be Safe and Stay Well!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Severe Storm Preparedness Part II

So what did you discover when you looked at your family’s needs?  Think through your plans.  Where is your safe place in your home?  Interior room with no windows is the best.

Talk with your family about what to do and where to go when a storm appears.  Even if the storm is not a hurricane, winds can get very high in severe thunder storms as well as winter storms.  So your safe place will come in handy.  Let the kids get involved so they will know what to do and not feel so frightened.noaa

Emergency kits need to have non-perishable food for 7 days or so, hand operated can opener, water for 7 days which is 1 gallon per person per day, medication needed for several weeks, cash since ATM’s may not work, clothing for several days, toiletries and hygiene items, diapers and such for baby,  crank flashlights, battery powered lights, battery powered radios,  blankets, pillows, first aid materials, important documents in a waterproof container; small hand tools with nails, screws, pliers, rope, tarps, plastic buckets, cell phones with extra charged batteries, regular plug in phone(non electric), camera for documenting damage immediately, games and books to keep everyone engaged and out of harm’s way. Don’t forget your pets, have food and water for them along with carriers, proper ID tags on their collars, and their immunization records.  Make certain your vehicles have full fuel tanks.

Does your home have large windows that are not protected by storm shutters? If so, do they work?   Steel, wood, fiberglass and more can protect your windows from flying debris.  And in high winds anything can fly into your home.  So protect your windows and doors.  So purchase what you need now, practice on the windows then store the shutters away for quick access.  Be safe on the ladders!

Is your home in a flood plain? Do you have flood insurance?  Normal household insurance does not pay for flooding.  Is it possible to have flooding from unexpected areas due to heavy rains?

How much stuff is in the yard or on a porch?  Where are you going to store that stuff during the storm?  Have your trees been trimmed and thinned recently?  Did you know that if two people can pick up something, so can the winds from strong storms!  So look around the yard, porches, patios and the neighbors.  Flying debris does not know that it did not come from your yard!

More to come next post!

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