Weather has been so crazy lately that it is a good idea to be ready for anything. Cold snaps have caused millions to go without power in a usually hot climate like Texas, for example. Add the higher frequency of hurricanes to the East Coast and almost yearly wildfires to the West Coast and it becomes clear that preparedness right now is essential.
There are a lot of obvious ways to be ready such as having a generator like Bluetti’s new EP500 to keep the lights on. Those are great to have but there are a lot of other things that should be in place to help you get through a prolonged power outage.
In this article, I will go over a few things that you should be doing when there appears to be strange weather coming to your area soon.
1 – Emergency preparedness kit
Well before a disaster strikes you should have an emergency preparedness kit set up and ready to go. It should be in an easy to reach place and be completely self contained so you can grab it and get at a moment’s notice.
It’s one thing for the lights to go out and be without power for an extended period of time. It is quite another when disaster strikes in the form of flood or wildfire where seconds count.
In a big duffel bag, put together some essentials like warm clothes, bandages, a knife, scissors, and flashlights with batteries. These are things that you may need if you get caught out of the house but can also help if you are stuck inside. A separate first aid kit is also a good idea.
2 – Have a weather radio
Don’t rely on your smartphone if there is a weather disaster as you may not get any signal. This could leave you unprepared and without a plan because you don’t know what is happening around you.
Instead, have a weather radio that will work in almost any extreme condition. Check it occasionally to make sure that it’s working.
3 – Have plenty of gas in the car
If there is time to head out to the gas station if you see that a major storm is incoming then do so and fill your car with gas. You should also bring a can to fill up in case your car gets stuck somewhere when you are trying to get away.
Often in a blizzard, cars get stuck on the highway because they run out of gas. Having some extra will help you avoid that situation.
4 – Stock up on non perishables
Having canned and dried food is going to help you get through some tough times. If you are stuck in the house with no way to get fresh food then these goods will tide you over in the meantime.
You could even have some MRE (meals ready to eat) just in case as they provide you with a balanced meal and plenty of nutrients.
At least eleven people are dead after a building collapse in Surfside, FL. Rescue operations continue.
A condominium partially collapsed in South Florida on June 24, at 1:20 AM. At least half of the 135 units in the 13-story building have collapsed, according to the Miami-Dade mayor Danielle Levine Cava. The Champlain Towers South building was originally shaped like an “L,” but the lower half of that shape was completely sheared off, including the building’s pool and garage.
The Miami-Dade Fire Rescue is leading the rescue efforts along with multiple other agencies. The White House and FEMA are also monitoring the situation and will provide assistance to the local officials if needed.
A woman who resides on the ninth floor recalled her experience to Local 10, “The whole building shook like an earthquake. I opened my sliding glass and I saw a plume of dust and then I opened the door and I saw that the building had pancaked in the back.”
Another resident commented that he and his wife fled to the garage, only to find that the pipes had burst and it was flooded.
Rescue teams are recovering victims from the rubble, while all tenants in unaffected apartments are being evacuated. Firefighters continue to sift through the wreckage for victims, which includes using dogs and microphones.
“Debris is falling on them as they do their work. We have structural engineers on site to ensure that they will not be injured, but they are proceeding because they are so motivated and they are taking extraordinary risk on the site every day,” says Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, describing the “extreme risk” of the firefighters dangerous duty.
Over 400 workers are involved in the rescue effort, with up to 200 rescuers searching through debris at all times, according to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Chief Alan Cominsky.
Surfside Mayor Charles W. Burkett cannot think of a reason for this collapse to have happened, other than an unexpected sinkhole or human interference. While he confirmed that roof work was being done on this building, this is a regular occurrence that he doesn’t believe could have caused the collapse. However, former Surfside Vice Mayor Barry Cohen, a resident of the collapsed building, believes that the roof work actually may have compromised the integrity of the building.
Unfortunately, a thunderstorm has paused all rescue efforts for the time being, according to Commissioner Sally Heyman.
The Champlain Towers South condominium community have continued to mourn the victims of the tragedy in the days following the harrowing accident.
A third lawsuit has now been filed against the Champlain Towers South Condominium Association on behalf of ninth floor resident, Raysa Rodriguez. Rodriguez is seeking unspecified monetary damages and a jury trial. The compliant alleges: ““Despite the obvious duties required by Florida law, and this admitted duty of care by the Association’s Declaration and other governing documents, Defendant, through their own reckless and negligent conduct, caused a catastrophic deadly collapse of Champlain Towers South in Surfside.”
Rodriguez additionally alleged that in 2018, “major structural damages” were outlined in a structural field survey report submitted to the defendant by Morabito Consultants. The compliant is seeking a class action status lawsuit to represent all of the condominium’s victims of the tragic accident.
Rodriguez’ attorney, Adam Schwartzbaum, argued that the building has been aware of these “critical” structural issues for some time, and that warning signs of collapse have been apparent for the last decade. Schwartzbaum says, “Certainly for at least three years, there was a major red flag…sirens flashing, alerting the condo association of this of this danger.” He elaborated in another comment that, “based on our investigation there were many warnings signs more than 10 years ago, maybe even longer. These are not things that were just a few years ago.”
A letter sent from the building’s condo association president reveals that damage to the basement garage of the building had become “significantly worse” since its prior inspection, three years ago. The letter also reveals that the estimated repair costs had risen from $9 million to $15 million, reveals USA Today.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki has said that President Joe Biden thinks an investigation into the Champlain Towers South collapse should be set in motion.
The harrowing search-and-rescue operation is still currently underway, stretching into day six of the rescue effort.
A family reunification center has been set up for anyone looking for unaccounted or missing relatives at a community center at 9301 Collins Ave. Those searching for their loved ones or to report that they have been located are asked to call 305-614-1819. An emergency information hotline has also been created at 305-993-1071.
The CES Innovation Awards program, owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)®, is an annual competition honoring outstanding design and engineering in consumer technology products across 28 product categories. An elite panel of industry expert judges, including members of the media, designers, engineers and more, reviewed submissions based on innovation, engineering and functionality, aesthetic and design.
“BodyGuardz was previously named a CES Innovation Award Honoree when we launched the market’s first tempered glass screen protector back in 2013, as well as our curved glass screen protector in 2018. We’re proud to be receiving that same recognition for a third time now as we venture into new ways of providing the best protection for a life worth living,” said Kirk Feller, CEO of BodyGuardz.
The 5-in-1 is BodyGuardz’s all-in-one smart emergency preparedness hub and weather alert system. It provides power, light, and notifications of potential events in a user’s area based on user-specified zip code in the free BodyGuardz mobile app. The product’s key features include:
Emergency Alerts – By connecting to local NOAA and other national weather alert services, users can receive critical warnings of localized environmental threats to the area both at home and on the road, even if power and cell towers are out.
Power Bank – Charges devices with a backup battery for emergency situations.
Panic Button – Sounds a 90-decibel siren and alerts loved ones that users are in an emergency situation.
Flashlight– Functions as an always-charged flashlight with three high-powered light beams to illuminate your path during power outages and other emergencies.
Nightlight – Provides ambient lighting for the key area where the device is plugged in that automatically illuminates when power is cut off.
In September 2019, BodyGuardz announced its new smart home product line consisting of three portable smart home products, including the Portable 5-in-1 Emergency Hub. The products were developed to fill a specific gap in the smart home security market for renters and others who prefer portable, convenient peace of mind both at home and while on the go.
The CES 2021 Innovation Awards Honorees, including product descriptions and photos, can be found at CES.tech/innovation.
For more information on BodyGuardz, its new 5-in-1 Emergency Hub, or to purchase, visit www.bodyguardz.com.
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About Parent Company BGZ Brands
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A family of artists from theMountain Home Music Companyhave come together to record and release a special album that sends a message of hope and help. COME SEE ABOUT ME: A Benefit For The IBMA Trust Fundreleases Sept. 28th from the award-winning label. The 11-track concept offering, created to generate income for and awareness of the Fund, featuresDoyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Donna Ulisse, Darin & Brooke Aldridge, The Grascals, Sideline, Lonesome River Band, Balsam Range, Chris Jones & The Night Drivers, Love Canonand other special guests. The collection is available forpre-order now, and fans can catch a three-minute teaser in thisYouTube video.Radio programmers can download the first single release, “Come See About Me,” fromAirPlay Directand fans can stream itHEREnow. To make direct donations to the Fund, clickHERE. When Doyle Lawson had the idea to develop this project for the Trust Fund,Mickey Gamble, Mountain Home president, didn’t hesitate to say yes. “The effort and resources needed weren’t really a consideration,” Gamble recalls. “We are a purpose-driven organization.”
For Lawson, who served as an Executive Producer with Gamble, knowing the end goal kept him focused on the project. While each artist produced their own songs, Lawson says, “We are all in this together, but we all bring something unique to the gathering and that’s important to remember.”
Gamble reflects, “So many folks came together in this effort to make it a reality. They gave of their time and talent freely and without question. These artists proved that the shared value ofhelpis alive and well in our part of the world, and I will be forever grateful for that reminder.”
Artists, Songs & Track List
1 Sideline – Their Hands Made The Music (M. Brinkman)
2 Donna Ulisse – A Little Trust (D. Ulisse, R. Stanley)
3 Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver – All The Good Things We Could Do (D. Ulisse, R. Long)
4 Lonesome River Band – If I Needed You (T. Van Zandt)
5 Balsam Range – We’re All In This Together (B. Husband, M. Miller)
6 Love Canon – You’ve Got A Friend In Me (R. Newman)
7 Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver – We’ll Never Walk Alone (R. Swift)
8 Darin & Brooke Aldridge – Those Tears (D. Duff, L. Shaffer)
9 Chris Jones & The Night Drivers – Glimpse Of The Kingdom (C. Jones, J. Weisberger)
10 The Grascals– Help! (J. Lennon, P. McCartney)
11 The Mountain Home Family – Come See About Me (Harold L. Jenkins)
Each song was carefully selected to cement the central themes of hope, trust and faith. Firmly grounded in Bluegrass, the album is enhanced with Country, Gospel, Rock and Pop influences that provide for the unexpected. The project kicks off with “Their Hands Made The Music,” an apt scene-setter performed by Sideline. Donna Ulisse proves the power of love in the lilting “A Little Trust,” while Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver and vocalist Dustin Pyrtle remind us of “All The Good Things We Could Do” if we lend a hand to friends in need. Lonesome River Band (with guest vocalist Brooke Aldridge) slows things down with a breathtaking version of Townes Van Zandt’s “If I Needed You,” which leads to the up-tempo Balsam Range counterpoint-laden “We’re All In This Together.” “You’ve Got A Friend In Me” is an impeccable cover of Randy Newman’s classic ode to friendship performed by Love Canon, and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver return with a Gospel roots song, “We’ll Never Walk Alone.” Darin & Brooke Aldridge shine on the vignette of broken hearts and pain that is “Those Tears,” and Chris Jones & The Night Drivers’ “Glimpse Of The Kingdom” carves out a positive message from a song in a minor key. The Grascals, as ever irrepressible, triumph with their interpretation of The Beatles’ “Help!” and the title track (and current single), “Come See About Me,” closes the collection with an inspired ensemble cry forthe weary, the frightened, the discouraged and the lost.
From stellar vocal performances to applauded musicianship, the album offers a master class in Bluegrass and the credits (which should be read carefully) are a “Who’s Who” of the genre’s best.
The Mountain Home Family will be performing a set called “The TRUST” at the Red Hat Amphitheater Stage Friday, September 28 at 4 p.m. during the IBMA2018 World of Bluegrass in Raleigh to celebrate the release of this album and support the cause of the IBMA Trust Fund. Artists performing songs from the album include: Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Balsam Range, Lonesome River Band, Chris Jones & The Night Drivers, Donna Ulisse, Sideline and Love Canon.
ABOUT MOUNTAIN HOME MUSIC COMPANY
Mountain Home Music Company,a division of Crossroads Label Group is a premier Bluegrass label with global distribution, representing such elite artists as Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Balsam Range, The Grascals, Lonesome River Band, Darin & Brooke Aldridge, Chris Jones & The Night Drivers, NewTown, Donna Ulisse, Gina Clowes, Kristin Scott Benson, The Cleverlys, Danny Roberts, Lawson and Williams, Sideline, The Snyder Family Band, and Unspoken Tradition. Established in 1993, Crossroads Label Group is a market leader in the Bluegrass, Americana, and Christian Music fields.
ABOUT IBMA TRUST FUND
The Bluegrass Trust Fund (officially the “IBMA Trust”) was established in 1987 to offer financial aid to Bluegrass music professionals in time of emergency need. Patterned after similar entities in the music world, the Trust is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable institution governed by an autonomous five-person board of trustees appointed by the International Bluegrass Music Association.
BELFOR Property Restoration will be the naming rights partner of the BELFOR Training Center (Red Wings practice facility), which will also be the home to the Little Caesars AAA Hockey club. Established by Mike and Marian Ilitch in 1968, the Little Caesars Amateur Hockey program celebrates its 50th anniversary season in 2017-18 and has provided opportunities for tens of thousands of youngsters to play the great game of hockey over the years. Hundreds have gone on to play in the National Hockey League, universities and top junior leagues throughout North America.
The partnership also includes exterior signage on the entrance to the Training Center and branding throughout the space. In addition, BELFOR Property Restoration will have an in-ice logo at Little Caesars Arena main center ice.
Birmingham-based BELFOR Property Restoration’s global headquarters has been providing clients 24/7 disaster recovery and emergency property restoration services for more than 70 years. The Little Caesars Arena Landmark sponsorship reflects BELFOR Property Restoration’s continuing commitment to the city in which it was founded.
BELFOR Property Restoration works with insurance companies to get customers back up and running as quickly and efficiently as possible when a home or business suffers from manmade or natural disasters caused by elements such as fire, water, mold or storm damage.
“We are delighted to have BELFOR Property Restoration as a long-term partner,” said Tom Wilson, president and CEO of Olympia Entertainment. “It’s a familiar, family-owned and Detroit-based company success story, much like the Ilitch family and Ilitch companies. We’re proud to have a company so committed to the city associated with Little Caesars Arena.”
“We’re proud to build on our existing relationship with the Ilitch family and Olympia Entertainment through our landmark sponsorship,” said Sheldon Yellen, BELFOR Property Restoration CEO. “Little Caesars Arena is going to be one of the finest arenas in the world, right here in our own backyard. This is a great opportunity to connect with the fans, residents and businesses in Detroit to support the Detroit Red Wings, and the unbelievable entertainment that will come as a result of this amazing building.”
Home to the Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Pistons and other sports and entertainment events, concerts, family shows and community functions, the new Little Caesars Arena will feature a dramatic arena bowl, proximity to the action and great sight lines. Rich with the tradition of the Original Six™ Detroit Red Wings, the Detroit Pistons and Detroit’s incredible musical heritage, Little Caesars Arena will also feature state-of-the-art technology and fan amenities.
Mike and Marian Ilitch, the founders of Little Caesars Pizza, began sponsorship of amateur hockey in 1968. The Little Caesars AAA Program celebrates its 50th anniversary this season, honoring 72 State Championships, 14 National titles and more than 100 players who have gone on to play in the NHL, along with hundreds in the NCAA, OHL and top junior leagues throughout North America. The Little Caesars Amateur Hockey League was created in 1978 to increase the level of competitive play and provide more opportunities for metro Detroit youth hockey players. Today, the league consists of more than 600 travel and house teams competing for trophies at a variety of levels.
BELFOR Property Restoration, globally strong yet locally focused, is the premier worldwide disaster restoration company serving 31 countries with more than 300 offices employing 7,400 full-time experienced restoration specialists. Based in Birmingham, MI, BELFOR Property Restoration takes great pride in helping clients return to normal operations after property damage by providing the most extensive network of personnel, equipment, resources and innovative strategies. From water and flood restoration services, fire and smoke recovery, structural damage repair and clean-up to the recovery and restoration of equipment and vital documents, BELFOR Property Restoration has a rapid and proven response in “Restoring More Than Property” for homes, businesses and communities affected by disaster.
For more information, please visit www.belfor.com; “Like” BELFOR Property Restoration on facebook.com/belforgroup; or “follow” @BELFORGroup on Twitter and Instagram. Immediate assistance is available 24/7 on our National Emergency Hotline: 800-800-BELFOR.
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