Untitled Document Home
Chef & Hotel Profile
Publisher's Page
Gift Guide
Travel Adventures
Epicurean Events
Health Minded
Spa Baby Secrets
Sips
Book Bites
Culinary Coup
Sense of Style
Kids Kaleidoscope
Tinsletown Tidbits
Wheels
Radio Show & Links
Contact Us


HEALTH MINDED   .   .   .

Creating your Own Ready To Go Disaster Bag during the Pademic


 Be Prepared

Recent earthquake activity and a heightened awareness of natural disasters has led to better disaster preparedness planning and creating a ‘To Go’ bag with all the right stuff is paramount, especially during the panic an unexpected disaster. Below are some ideas on what should go in your bag. Start working on it today.

The right items for a to go bag are essential for safe disaster preparedness and should include:

The bag 

Your carryall must be large and sturdy enough to hold the essentials and small enough to grab on the go. An old backpack or piece of carry on luggage is a great option or a bag with wheels is recommended for the elderly or those unable to carry a packed bag.

Food & beverage

Add lightweight, nutrient-dense foods, such as protein bars, instant oatmeal, nuts and seeds, canned tuna with crackers, and at least one gallon of water per person, per day. Don't forget a manual can opener and utility knife. A go bag should have enough food and water for at least three days and include your pet needs.

Personal essentials 

Purchase travel-sized toiletries and a first aid kit. Pack a change of clothing, including a warm, waterproof layer, as well as an extra pair of eyeglasses or contact lenses (and solution). Other items that should be in your go bag are an emergency blanket, scissors, duct tape, work gloves, towels and matches, according to the American Red Cross.

COVID-19 needs

The pandemic makes masks an essential go-bag item, and they can also be used to filter out ash from fires. Remember only N95 masks will filter out fire particules that could trigger asthma or allergic responses. Don’t forget Hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol, soap, antibacterial wipes and a thermometer.  

Medications

In the event of an evacuation warning call your pharmacy and request an extra medication refill. Pack a list of your medications and phone numbers for your pharmacy and physicians. Check into portable versions of specialized medical equipment like syringes, CPAP machines and oxygen tanks.

NOTE: If you have to evacuate without notice go to the RX Website, in partnership with the National Council for Prescription Drug Programs, who provide the list of pharmacies that are open in disaster-stricken areas.

Electronics

Take extra phone chargers, a flashlight and batteries. Hand-crank portable radios are always best for when all lines of communication go down during a disaster, AM/FM radios have proven to be one of the most reliable sources o communication, and you don't need to worry about having fresh batteries."

Paperwork – Important Documents

Make photocopies of essential documents, including passports; birth certificates; driver's licenses; Social Security and Medicare cards; marriage, adoption and naturalization certificates; title or lease documents; insurance paperwork; and credit and debit card information. Make sure to store these in a waterproof, zip-top bag.

Cash

If natural disasters cause power outages, you may not be able to use your debit or credit cards to make purchases, so add cash to your go bag. Put a few hundred dollars (in small bills and quarters for f&b machines) in an envelope in zip-top bag with important documents to cover gas, food and other last-minute essentials.

Keep your go bag in an accessible location, a hall closet or garage, where it's easy to grab on your way out the door. Also, keep comfortable shoes next to the bag. Creating the disaster bag will take a little time and money but will pay off when you need it in an emergency.

 

___________________________________________________________________

Masks in Public a Must

MORE STATES MAKE IT MANDATORY

woman in face mask

Many states have mandated the use of masks and face coverings in public to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Cities in Florida and Arizona joined California and Michigan this week in introducing new requirements.

In April, the CDC issued guidelines that everyone wear a face mask in public. Now 15 states and the District of Columbia have mandatory face mask orders, according to a CNN map.

Major cities have instituted face covering orders as well, including Florida cities such as Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Tampa, St. Petersburg and the Florida Keys, according to News4Jax. Jacksonville doesn’t have a requirement, but Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry urged people to wear them in public.

“As we are seeing right now, without these precautions, the community spread is real,” he said in a statement on Friday. “For example, there are people in crowded bars and walking on crowded streets who are not wearing masks and ignoring social distancing.”

On Saturday, Florida health officials reported another single-day high record of 4,049 new COVID-19 cases. It was the fourth one-day record this week.

Starting on Monday, businesses in Houston will require face coverings for employees and customers, according to an order signed by Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo on Friday.

Everyone over age 10 must wear a face covering over their nose and mouth in commercial buildings and stay six feet away from others. People don’t need to wear masks when exercising outdoors, driving alone or with others of the same household, pumping gas or eating, according to the order.

Although Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed an executive order at the beginning of June that banned local governments from imposing fines on people for not wearing masks, several cities began requiring businesses to mandate masks for employees and customers. If businesses don’t develop health and safety policies that require masks, they could be fined $1,000 for each violation, according to the Houston Business Journal.

Cities in Arizona are issuing face mask requirements as well. On Thursday, Scottsdale Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane issued an emergency proclamation that requires people to cover their nose and mouth in public. The requirement started Friday evening.

“We cannot afford another shutdown of businesses or restaurants,” he said in a news release. “So we need each individual to make responsible decisions for the sake of our entire community — wear your mask when out in public.”

__________________________________________________________________

KoreTrak - $49 Smartwatch Tracks Your Health & Fitness

Smartwatches tend to be bulky and extremely expensive. What if there was something with the exact same features for just a fraction of the price? Koretrak is the first flagship health tracker of the new era that is ten times cheaper than smartwatches with similar features. It is packed with advanced health functions and at the same time affordable for everyone.

The team of engineers behind Koretrak set out to design a non-bulky smartwatch with all the health tracking features you can think of.

Koretrak can monitor your heart rate and blood pressure, your steps, your sleep, your calories and much more.

_____________________________________________________________________

The Finest in Independent Living

Without the hassles of mundane chores, you’re free to enjoy the things you really want to do. At Vista del Monte, you’ll have time to engage in what’s most meaningful to you: pick up a new skill or hobby, travel, discover an interesting sport, or make more time to socialize. Whatever it is, we can help. With our Independent Living services, we take care of all the practical tasks, including transportation, housekeeping, and maintenance. Our culinary staff prepares delicious meals, handles all the day-to-day chores, and your wellbeing needs are attended to—all in one place. For information visit: www.vistadelmonte.org. Vista Del Monte – Santa Barbara, California – 805-687-0793

- - -


2008
March 08 | April 08 | May 08 | June 08 | July 08 | July 080 | September 08 | October 08 | November 08 | December 08 | January 09 | February 09 | March 09 | April 09 | May 09 | June 09 | July 09 | August 09 | September 09 | October 09 | November 09 | December 09 | January 10 | February 10 | March 10 | April 10 | May 10 | June 10 | July 10 | August 10 | September 10 | October 10 | November 10 | December 10 | January 11 | February 11 | March 11 | April 11 | May 11 | June 11 | July 11 | August 11 | September 11 | October 11 | November 11 | December 11 | January 12 | February 12 | March 12 | April 12 | May 12 | June 12 | June | July 12 | August 12 | September 12 | October 12 | November 12 | December 12 | January 13 | February 13 | March 13 | April 13 | May 13 | June 13 | July 13 | August 13 | September 13 | October 13 | November 13 | December 13 | December | January 14 | February 14 | March 14 | April 14 | May 14 | June 14 | July 14 | August 14 | September 14 | October 14 | December 14 | November 14 | January 15 | February 15 | March 15 | April 15 | May 15 | July 15 | June 15 | August 15 | September 15 | October 15 | November 15 | December 15 | January 16 | February 16 | March 16 | April 16 | May 16 | August 16 | September 16 | June 16 | July 16 | October 16 | November 16 | December 16 | January 17 | February 17 | March 17 | April 17 | May 17 | June 17 | July 17 | August 17 | September 17 | January 18 | October 17 | November 17 | December 17 | February 18 | March 18 | April 18 | May 18 | June 18 | July 18 | August 18 | September 18 | October 18 | November 18 | December 18 | January 19 | February 19 | March 19 | April 19 | May 19 | June 19 | July 19 | August 19 | September 19 | October 19 | November 19 | December 19 | January 20 | February 20 | March 20 | April 20 | May 20 | June 20 | July 20 | August 20 | September 20 | October 20 | February 08 | January 08

2007
December 07
| November 07 | October 07 | September 07 | August 07 | July 07 | June 07 | May 07
April 07 | March 07 | February 07 | January 07

2006
December 06
| November 06 | October 06 | September 06 | August 06 | July 06 | June 06 | May 06
April 06 | March 06 | February 06 | January 06

2005
December 05
| November 05 | October 05 | September 05 | August 05 | July 05 | June 05 | May 05
April 05
| March 05 | February 05 | January 05

© 2008 Bonnie Carroll, All Rights Reserved