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Thank you for reading Equipped. This is the monthly voice of the Cities of Refuge Network (C.O.R.N). I would like to officially welcome you to C.O.R.N. March 2012 EDITION 


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Preparing Your Family

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Special Help for Seniors

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Winter Storms and Extreme Cold

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Drinking Water

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Disaster Ready Baby Carriage

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In Dog We Trust

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The Red Cross

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Does your plan include your pets?

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------------------------------------------------------EQUIPPED IS THE MONTHLY VOICE OF C.O.R.N. – CITIES OF REFUGE NETWORK. C.O.R.N. is dedicated to the preservation and equipping of families. This includes disaster preparation through planning, equipping, training and implementation.

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What you will read in this newsletter is information provided to members of our network on a monthly basis to help them be prepared when facing life’s challenges. If you are not a member, then you should join hands and hearts with us today. The other founders of C.O.R.N and I want you to know that Christian principles guide our company. While there are a plethora of organizations that are interested in or dedicated to disaster preparedness, C.O.R.N. stands alone. Rather than the traditional non-profit that just collects your generous donation and then is standing by for those in crisis, we have created the opportunity to be part of a network of like minded people who are active every day – disaster or not. The money you pay to C.O.R.N. in membership fees and other purchases will directly benefit you, your family, and friends. We are people just like you. We have families and friends that we are concerned about. This network grew out of our desire not to be caught unprepared. Our commitment to you is to work closely with you and your loved ones to make sure that you are as ready as possible when a disaster strikes.

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Welcome to C.O.R.N., We’re Equipped!”

William A. Steele William A. Steele Jr. President/C.E.O P. O. Box 72 Sulphur, KY 40070


Cities of Refuge Network is bringing people together to help each other be prepared, maintain preparedness and network when life’s uncertainties happen.

We’re Equipped C.O.R.N. members are part of a growing movement in the US to do more than talk about disaster preparation. Experts say that less than half of Americans are prepared should a disaster strike them or their area. By joining C.O.R.N. you have already become part of the proactive group that is preparing themselves for whatever challenges they may face.

DPC C.O.R.N. members who want to be involved in enrolling others can become trained Disaster Preparedness Consultants (DPC). As a DPC you will work with C.O.R.N. national leaders to bring awareness about disaster preparation to people in your sphere of influence. For more information contact Will Steele C.O.R.N. President.

Talk with your family about potential disasters and why it's necessary to prepare. Involve each member of your family in the planning process. Show them simple steps that can increase their safety. This will reduce their (and your) anxiety about emergencies. Make sure everyone knows where to find your disaster supply kit and G.O.D.S. bag. If you don’t have G.O.D.S. bags you should have one for each adult member of your family. You should have these in your house, your car and at your workplace. You never know when an emergency will strike or where you will be. GET EQUIPPED! BE PREPARED! Cities of Refuge Network will help you get prepared. Contact the C.O.R.N Disaster Preparation Consultant (DPC). Things that you can do to ensure your plan:  Have a flashlight and a pair of shoes under everyone’s bed in case there is an earthquake or other emergency during the night.  Use a plastic bag tied to the leg of the bed to keep these items from moving during an earthquake.  Plan where to meet after a disaster if your home becomes unsafe. Choose two places, one just outside your home and one outside your neighborhood in case you are told to evacuate.  Be sure your gas tank is always at least half full.  Determine the best escape routes from your home. Try to identify two escape routes.  Make sure each member knows who your family’s out-ofstate contact is and instruct them to call this person and tell him/her where they are.  Locate the gas main and other utilities and make sure family members know when and how to turn them off.  Practice your evacuation routes, Drop, Cover & Hold and Stop, Drop & Roll drills.  Teach each member of your family how to use a fire extinguisher.  Create emergency response cards for each of your family members.  Take into account the special needs of children, seniors or people with disabilities, family members that don’t speak English and pets.


your care providers. If you use a motorized wheelchair, have a manual wheelchair as a backup. For Persons who are Blind or Visually Impaired: Keep an extra cane by your bed. Attach a whistle; in case you need to attract attention. Exercise caution when moving, paths may have become obstructed. For Persons who are Hearing Impaired: Keep extra batteries for your hearing aids with emergency supplies. Consider storing your hearing aids in a container attached to your nightstand or bedpost, so you can locate them quickly after a disaster. For persons with Communication Disabilities: Store paper, writing materials, copies of a word or letter board and preprinted key phrases in your emergency kit, your wallet, purse, etc.

Set up a Personal Support Network: Designate someone to check on you in an emergency and to help with evacuation or sheltering-in-place. Prepare and carry with you an emergency health information card: This will help you to communicate if you are found unconscious or incoherent. Include information about your medications, adaptive equipment, blood type, allergies and sensitivities, insurance numbers, immunization dates, communication difficulties and preferred treatment, as well as contact information for your health providers, personal support network and emergency contacts. Personal Care Assistance: If you receive assistance from a home healthcare agency or inhome support provider, find out how the provider will respond in an emergency. Designate backup or alternative providers that you can contact in an emergency. For Persons Using a Wheelchair: Plan for how you will evacuate in an emergency and discuss it with 4

Facing some tough economic times? Would you like to help others who prepare their family for disasters? Could you use some extra income? If you answered Yes to any of these questions you should consider becoming a C.O.R.N. Disaster Preparation Consultant (DPC). A DPC is:  Is a passionate and caring person with the vision, mission and values of C.O.R.N.  Has a burning desire to reach out and assist families to be prepared for any emergency situation.  Exemplifies eagerness, and inspires to expand all families' knowledge of disaster preparedness, providing peace of mind in the midst of calamity.  Has a great conviction for promoting the C. O. R. N. philosophy and message through helping others. Thus, DPC’s have the opportunity to create additional income for themselves and security for their families.

While the danger from winter weather varies across the country, nearly all Americans, regardless of where they live, are likely to face some type of severe winter weather at some point in their lives. Winter storms can range from a moderate snow over a few hours to a blizzard with blinding, wind-driven snow that lasts for several days. Many winter storms are accompanied by dangerously low temperatures and sometimes by strong winds, icing, sleet and freezing rain.

To become a DPC visit the Cities of Refuge Network (C.O.R.N) website:

One of the primary concerns is the winter weather's ability to knock out heat, power and communications services to your home or office, sometimes for days at a time. Heavy snowfall and extreme cold can immobilize an entire region. Or email Will Steele at:

The National Weather Service refers to winter storms as the “Deceptive Killers” because most deaths are indirectly related to the storm. Instead, people die in traffic accidents on icy roads and of hypothermia from prolonged exposure to cold. It is important to be prepared for winter weather before it strikes.


are not recommended because their lids do not seal well and bottles may develop leaks. Label and store in a cool, dark place. Replace water at least once every six months.

If you buy commercially bottled “spring” or “drinking” water: Keep water in its original container, and don’t re-store a bottle once it’s been opened. Store in a cool, dark place. If bottles are not marked with the manufacturer’s expiration date, label with the date and replace bottles at least once per year. Treating Water after Disaster: If you run out of stored drinking water, strain and treat water from your water heater or the toilet reservoir tank (except if you use toilet tank cleaners). Swimming pool or spa water should not be consumed but you can use it for flushing toilets or washing. Treatment Process:

In a disaster, water supplies may be cut off or contaminated. Store enough water for everyone in your family to last for at least 3 days.

Strain any large particles of dirt by pouring the water through layers of paper towels or clean cloth. Next, purify the water one of two ways:

Store one gallon of water per person, per day. Three gallons per person per day will give you enough to drink and for limited cooking and personal hygiene. Remember to plan for pets.

Boil – bring to a rolling boil and maintain for 3-5 minutes. After the water cools, pour it back and forth between two clean containers to add oxygen back; this will improve its taste.

If you store tap water:

Disinfect – If the water is clear, add 8 drops (1/8 teaspoon) of bleach per gallon of water. If it is cloudy, add 16 drops (1/4 teaspoon) per gallon. Make sure you are using regular bleach— 5.25% percent sodium hypochlorite— rather than the “ultra” or “color safe” bleaches. Shake or stir, then let stand 30 minutes. A slight chlorine taste and smell is normal.

Tap water from a municipal water system can be safely stored without additional treatment. Store water in food grade plastic containers, such as clean 2-liter soft drink bottles. Heavy duty, reusable plastic water containers are also available at sporting goods stores. Empty milk bottles 6

Also, this hard case is equipped with removable

It looks like something out of the future, but it seems that the future is now. Earlier this year Samsonite invited designers to develop products that would make it easier for people to travel with their babies. door; it is usable without any door like other normal baby carriages. Using the door is just recommended in disaster conditions or air pollution or chemical pollution or some other bad condition for the baby’s health.

One submission came from Iranian designer Pouyan Mokhtarani who suggested a pod that can be used for casual travel or even during disaster scenarios. His proposal would include air purification, automatic sequestration of liquid and solid waste produced by the child, and a high strength safety features to protect the precious cargo within. Here’s a bit more from the designer via Yanko Design: There is a bit of a misunderstanding in that this is not a device for growing children during their whole life, it is just a device which can provide a safe and healthy condition during 2 or 3 hours while you can`t change your baby or staying in some poor facilities or places during a trip or airport. 7

proof vino, but designers Mary Huang, Laura Boffi, and Li Bian have a smarter if non-alcoholic wearable for helper hounds: A “smart” vest that records video messages so your loved ones know you’re alive and well.

Intended as an informal stopgap measure to facilitate communication when phone lines are down, “Messenger Dog” records short missives that are name-logged, time-stamped, and geo-tagged. When the dog returns to command central at the end of its shift, the videos are downloaded by volunteers and made available for viewing. “This way, people can get to know if a family member is fine before formal communication is restored,” according to the designers, who are students at the Copenhagen Institute of Interactive Design. “Messenger Dog” records short missives that are name-logged, time-stamped, and geo-tagged. You don’t have to chase down a dog to submit your message, either. Each dog is trained to sit when it encounters a human, allowing the accelerometer inside the recording device to launch the software interface. Instructions are even in audio. Dug the Talking Dog, is that you? From search-and-rescue K9 units to a keg-toting St. Bernard, man’s best friend tackles crises with the same selfless devotion usually reserved for canonized saints and fictional heartthrob vampires. Anyone caught in the aftermath of a disaster, avalanche or otherwise, could probably use some high8

If a disaster struck, would you be prepared? How should you be prepared? I want to share some info from the Red Cross. There are areas of preparedness that people haven't thought through. For example, the Red Cross suggests you keep copies of the following documents in a safe place outside of your home in the event your home is destroyed:

When a disaster occurs, you might not have access to food, water and electricity for days, or even weeks. Store enough emergency food to provide for your family for at least 3 days.

Store food items that are familiar, rather than buying special emergency food. Consider any dietary restrictions and preferences you may have. Ideal foods are: Shelf-stable (no refrigeration required), low in salt, and do not require cooking (e.g. canned fruit, vegetables, peanut butter, jam, low-salt crackers, cookies, cereals, nuts, dried fruit, canned soup or meats, juices and non-fat dry milk). Mark a rotation date on any food container that does not already have an expiration date on the package. Include baby food and formula or other diet items for infants or seniors. Store the food in airtight, pest-resistant containers in a cool, dark place. Most canned foods can safely be stored for at least 18 months. Low acid foods like meat products, fruits or vegetables will normally last at least 2 years. Use dry products, like boxed cereal, crackers, cookies, dried milk or dried fruit within six months. After a power outage, refrigerated food will stay cold longer if you keep the door closed. Food should generally be consumed within 4 hours. Food in the freezer will normally remain safe for 2 days.

Driver's license number and passport Social Security number Mortgage info Homeowner's insurance policy Car registration Marriage license Tax returns When it comes to that last category, I have a copy of every return and my accountant has a copy. Then we each have them digitally stored on a disc. (Digital storage as a backup for all documents is a great option.)




If you are like millions of animal owners nationwide, your pet is an important member of your household. Unfortunately, animals are also affected by disaster. The likelihood that you and your animals will survive an emergency such as a fire or flood, tornado or terrorist attack depends largely on emergency planning done today. Some of the things you can do to prepare for the unexpected, such as assembling an animal emergency supply kit and developing a pet care buddy system, are the same for any emergency. Whether you decide to stay put in an emergency or evacuate to a safer location, you will need to make plans in advance for your pets. Keep in mind that what's best for you is typically what's best for your animals. If you evacuate your home, DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PETS BEHIND! Pets most likely cannot survive on their own and if by some remote chance they do, you may not be able to find them when you return. Make a back-up emergency plan in case you can't care for your animals yourself. Develop a buddy system with neighbors, friends and relatives to make sure that someone is available to care for or evacuate your pets if you are unable to do so. Be prepared to improvise and use what you have on hand to make it on your own for at least three days, maybe longer.


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