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Help!  I’m hurt! 

Injuries can happen in a split second. Do you have a first aid kit handy?  Everyone should have one at home and in the car, at least, and also at work, school, church or wherever you or your kids spend time.  Be responsible. Make sure you have well-stocked first aid kits in easy-to-locate places. 

There are several types of first aid kits, designed and pre-packed to contain everything you’ll need to handle certain types of emergencies in different areas such as home, business office or vehicle.   

Types of First Aid Kits

HOME FIRST AID KITS

Invacare Basic First Aid Kit Basic First Aid Kit for Home – This super organized, inexpensive 67-piece first aid kit contains medical supplies used for common injuries such as cuts, sprains, minor burns, insect bites or splinters.  It even has a first aid instruction card.  Keep this case in an easy-to-find location out of reach of small children.  Let older children know what it is, where it is and how it is used.  Buy as many as you need to cover your bases.

CAR and TRAVEL FIRST AID KITS

Emergency First Aid Auto Kit Emergency First Aid Auto Kit – This first aid kit contains  emergency aid for your car and emergency aid for minor injuries – all in one.  It comes in a durable case and contains bandages, non-stick pads, first aid cream, wipes, alka selzer, pain relievers, tape, tire puncture sealer and a flare.  See also the Car First Aid Kit in a Black Nylon Bag

Compact First Aid Kit for Travel Compact First Aid Kit for Travel – Small and durable, this compact first aid kit is perfect for your boat, backpack, camping gear, vehicle or office.  It contains adhesive bandages, tape, various wipes, gauze pads, burn cream and aspirin.  Take it with you!

 

OFFICE FIRST AID KITS

25 Person First Aid Kit 25 Person First Aid Kits – Every office should have at least one first aid kit to cover occasional cuts and abrasions, or for emergencies affecting more individuals at once.  Choose from a plastic case or steel case.  Kits contain bandages, first aid cream, cold pack, tape, plastic forceps, gloves, pads, gauze, ammonia and more.

50 Person First Aid Kit 50 Person First Aid Kits – First Aid coverage for a mid-sized office.  Choose from plastic case or steel case.  Each kit varies slightly but basically contain a variety of bandages, pads, gauze, various wipes, ammonia, cold packs, eye wash, plastic forceps, gloves, scissors, tape and first aid guidelines.

100 - 150 Person First Aid Kit 100-150 Person First Aid Kit – First Aid coverage for a larger area or emergency preparedness.  Durable steel case is portable or can be mounted on the wall.  Contains adhesive strips, stretch bandages, gauze pads, wound dressing, adhesive tape, site bandages, iodine, cold packs, ammonia, eye pads, antiseptic, first aid creams, cotton, alcohol, peroxide, aspirin, burn spray, antacids, scissors, tweezers, gloves, tongue depressors, antibiotic, eye wash, sting relief and poison ivy relief.

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Do you know what to do if someone cuts themselves?  Read First Aid for Cuts and be ready to do the right thing!

Medical supplies are desperately needed in Haiti.  Individuals, offices and medical facilities are being asked to donate medical supplies to their state and local churches and relief organizations for delivery to earthquake victims in Port au Prince and outlying areas.  Allegro is supporting this effort by offering discounted medical supplies and medical equipment to the public, nationwide.  

People are asking, “How can I help the earthquake victims?” Medical supply and medical equipment donations are your way of ensuring that these critical products reach those in need of medical help.  You are essentially helping to save lives.  To find donation sites in your area, google “medical supplies donation sites (your city or state)”. 

Sources from state and local organizations nationwide are asking for the following medical supplies:

 

Exam Gloves – Save 40% on a box of 100 Invacare Powder-Free Vinyl Exam Gloves.  Only $5.95.  Save even more on boxes of 1000.  Save 27% on Sterile Surgical Gloves.

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Wound Care Supplies  – Save 25% or more on Bandages, Wound Care Dressings, Gauze, and Tape.

 

Syringes & Needles – Save 40% or more on Needle/Syringe Combos, Hypodermic Needles, Sharps Disposal and Syringes.

 

Alcohol Wipes & Prep Solutions – Save 51% on alcohol prep pads.

 

Elastic Bandages, Splinting & Casting Supplies – All shapes and sizes of orthotic and orthopedic supplies are needed. 

 

Hand Sanitizers, Antiseptics and Disinfectants – Save on all sanitizing medical supplies.

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Emergency Medical Supplies – Save 60% and more on Disaster Relief and Disaster Prep medical supplies including First Aid Kits, Hygiene Supplies, and Emergency Water and Water Purification Equipment

 

Condition related medical supplies are also needed including Catheters, Incontinence, Ostomy Supplies and Diabetic Supplies.  Nothing is too specific.

The list of medical products needed does not end with just medical supplies.  Durable medical equipment  is also in short supply in Haiti.  For larger donations see Walkers, Canes, Crutches, WheelchairsRamps, Heart Defibrillators and Bathroom Assists.

How can you help?  Join the thousands of people supporting the humanitarian efforts in Haiti by donating medical supplies to your local donation sites.  Your donation will not be in vain and no donation is too small.  Every bit will help. 

Thank you for being an Allegro customer.

Back-to-School is stressful for parents and kids alike. If you can identify with any of the 6 situations below, I guarantee you that these solutions will reduce your stress and make your kids’ lives a little easier too.

 

Don’t Jack the Back, Mac

What kid wants to be walking around with a messed up spine when they’re ten? As a parent, you’ll have one less thing to worry about if you get them an Airpack Ergonomic Back-Saving Backpack.  These things are amazing. They’re cool, trendy, ergonomic AND healthy. Plus they have compartments, zippers, hidey holes, bells and whistles galore.

Airpacks backpacks patented design redistributes weight from the shoulders to the hips and lower back, thereby lightening the effective weight of the pack by 50%. Stress on the body is reduced by a whopping 80% because the design promotes a more upright standing position. Airpacks come in small, medium, large and mesh and are sized to fit by height (or torso length). Great for students of all ages and yes, that means adult students too.

Even if you’ve already invested in a backpack, you may consider swapping it out for one with back saving technology. Did I mention that it makes you stand up straight? The bonuses never end.

 

Stop Missin’ the Bus, Gus

(school morning dialog without the Sonic Bomb Alarm Clock):
Time to wake up! Sweetie, get up… Get up, please. C’mon now, up, up, up. You’re going to be late for school…. (5 minutes later) Don’t make me come in there. Get…up…NOW.

(school morning dialog WITH the Sonic Bomb Alarm Clock):
Well, aren’t you on the ball today! Holy moley, you’re dressed already. What a great kid. (smiles, whistling, high fives ensue)

Having a hard time waking them up? Fear not. Blast ‘em out of bed with a Sonic Bomb alarm clock. There’s even a Sonic Boom Sweetheart Alarm Clock to wake your sleeping beauty.

Really, they’re not as scary as they sound and we sell a ton of them so they must work. Allegro Medical product manager Mike Benge wakes up to the Sonic Bomb every morning.  He says, “It’s like a freight train coming at me. Lights are flashing, the bed is shaking, and the sound is like nothing you’ve ever heard.”

You can set these clocks to do all kinds of things – loud or not so much. I have the Portable Vibrating Travel Alarm that gently vibrates my pillow so I don’t wake up all freaked out. Ahhhhh. No noise – but I could add noise if I wanted.  And for all you do, Soccer Mom, you deserve a nice gradual awakening with the Sunrise Alarm Clock.  

Hate running to catch the bus?  How about chasing your alarm clock instead?  This one jumps from the nightstand and runs away.  Seriously!  It’s called the Chrome Clocky Mobile Alarm Clock.  Makes a great gift.

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Quit Wettin’ the Bed, Fred

The start of a new school year is stressful for everyone, but even more so for families with bed wetters. Besides the lack of sleep and overall frustration you’re ALL feeling, your child is also likely dealing with significant emotional and social issues associated with bed wetting.

If you are tired of the stress (and mess), you should try the Nite Train’r Bedwetting Alarm as a training tool.

The Nite Train’r is a device that sets off an alarm to awaken the child when just a drop or two of urine hits the sensor pad, worn in the child’s undergarments. There’s a Nite Train’r for Males and a Nite Train’r for Females.

Crissy, an Allegro customer from Fullerton, CA says, “Our six year old son never had dry nights, even as a preschooler. He is a very sound sleeper, but after two nights he began waking up to the alarm…he has had three dry nights during the third week of use.”

Don’t wait until you’re at the end of your rope. Hopefully the Nite Train’r is the answer you’ve been looking for, and you can remove bedwetting from the list of stressors in the morning rush to school.

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No more Starvin’, Marvin

It’s no secret that kids don’t always eat right. At least when they are home, you can do a better job of monitoring it. Once they’re off to school it’s anyone’s bet. If you know, or suspect, or have been told that little Suzy is not getting enough calories, there is a simple answer. Supplement their meals with balanced shakes, juice drinks or puddings. We have a complete selection of Child Nutrition products – our most popular being Pediasure, Nutren Junior, Resource Just for Kids and Boost Pudding.

These products cover picky eaters, skinny kids, special needs, gluten intolerance, lactose intolerance, reduced appetite, super-active, low-weight, chronic illnesses, short-term illnesses, mal-nutrition – pretty much everything. There’s no reason for you to worry every day about Junior getting enough to eat. Kids love this stuff.

 

 Be Ready, Mama Betty

School time means toting kids around. Sometimes toting other people’s kids around. Even if you’re not driving with kids, we all need to pay attention to this. Are you prepared for an emergency? Here is a checklist of things you need in your car in case you’re stranded or in an accident:

  • Emergency First Aid Auto Kit
  • Handybar 3 in 1 Car Aid
  • Jensen Emergency Kit
  • Emergency Rescue Blanket
  • Jug of water
  • A list of emergency phone numbers
  • Ensure
  • Power Bars
  • Cold Weather Mask
  • Don’t dilly dally. Order now. It’s easy.  I hope you never, ever have to use this emergency stuff, but it pays to be ready. And believe me, when you need a rescue blanket or a side window breaker, you’re not only glad you have it, but it could save your life.

     

    Don’t Sneeze Up the Goo, Drew

    Preparing for the H1N1 Swine Flu Virus – or just flu season in general?  Check our Swine Flu Category for available products (several are still back-ordered from the last break-out).  Meantime, make sure you have plenty of hand sanitizers to squirt on those little germy fingers, and surface disinfectants for your counters, bannisters, keyboards, etc.

    Have a nice day. Be safe. Eat your greens. And thanks for being an Allegro Medical customer. We appreciate your business.

    Mesa, Ariz., April 28, 2009 (PRWeb) – As swine flu threats and messages of prevention and protection swept the nation yesterday, tens of thousands of consumers and businesses flocked to 11-yr old medical supply superstore http://www.AllegroMedical.com seeking anti-viral personal protection products.  The most popular products were the N95 Respirator Masks, which are reported to prevent the transmission of flu viruses.  By day’s end, mask revenue alone was $40,000 and company reporting dashboards were lit up with record breaking web sales revenues, phone sales, number of orders, site conversions and unique site visitors.   

     

    “We started noticing orders for the N95 respirator masks late on Sunday,” said Allegro CEO Craig Hood, “and by Monday morning mask revenue alone had reached $20k. That’s when we knew it was going to be a big day.  We responded with site-wide banners, optimization, blogs, sales promotions and a special “Swine Flu” category for customers to quickly find masks, gloves, hand sanitizers and anti-viral disinfectants.” 

     

    The Company reported that the massive number of visitors on the website essentially overloaded it to the point of shutting down for a few minutes around 4pm Pacific time. 

     

    Why the high volume?  “People are trying to do the right thing by preparing for whatever may happen,” said company spokesperson and co-owner Valerie Paxton. “We’re hopeful that Allegro’s products can provide some protection, prevention and peace of mind to those who can benefit most from these anti-viral products.”  

     

    Today, AllegroMedical.com’s brisk sales continued despite the “temporarily out of stock” condition of some of the N95 Respirator Masks.  Paxton says, “Yesterday’s run on masks revealed a major shortage of product from our suppliers, but we have more stock on its way so we’re confident that we can cover the demand.”  The Company suggests that people hold onto their place in line rather than cancel their orders, as the shortage is widespread. 

     

    About Allegro Medical

    Allegro Medical is a division of Allegro Enterprises, Inc., a privately-owned company based in Mesa, Arizona. Founded in 1996, and serving more than 1 million consumer and business customers, the Company is one of the largest and most technologically advanced independently owned suppliers of life enhancing products in the U.S. www.allegromedical.com are offered a broad selection of thousands of brand name products searchable by Keyword, Category, Brand and Medical Condition.

    Since launching the first ecommerce site in the medical equipment and home health care supplies industry in 1998, Allegro has expanded into Health & Fitness, Nutritional Dietary Supplements, Sexual Well-Being, Pain Relief, Emergency Preparation and Maternity/Baby. Visitors to www.allegromedical.com are offered a broad selection of thousands of brand name products searchable by Keyword, Category, Brand and Medical Condition.

    Contact:

    Valerie Paxton

    vpaxton (at) AllegroMedical (dot) com

    480-990-8881, Ext. 110

     

    There are a lot of reasons you could become stranded on the road – running out of gas, a dead battery, a flat tire, getting stuck in the mud or snow, bad weather, losing your keys or mechanical failures to name a few.

    If you do get stranded remember to stay calm, use your head and you’ll be fine. Rule of thumb – stay in your car and call for help.

    Here are some tips on what to do in different circumstances:

    If You’re Standed on an Interstate or Highway:

     

    • Try to pull off to the shoulder or completely off the road.
    • Use your cell phone to call the police or your vehicle’s roadside assistance and tell them you’re stranded.
    • If it is nice out and traffic is light enough that you can safely exit the vehicle, get out and raise your hood and tie your emergency flag to a radio antenna or door handle (or hang it out the window). Put on your flashers and wait until help arrives. Some say you should wait outside and away from the car in case another vehicle strikes your car. I’m not so sure about that rule but I guess it depends on the situation.
    • If you can’t get cell coverage, or you have no phone, assess whether to walk for help. There might be an emergency phone down the road or a gas station within walking distance but use extreme caution if walking near a busy roadway. Don’t attempt to cross a busy, multi-lane highway. If help is far away or the road is too busy, you should stay near your car.
    • Don’t risk your life to change your tire on a busy road. You’re better off ruining your tire and rim driving to a nearby gas station.

     

    If You’re Stranded in a Blizzard

     

    • Stay inside your car so you don’t get lost or frostbitten.
    • Put on your emergency hazard lights, call for help and wait until it arrives. If you can’t get cell service, you’ll most likely get help from a police officer patrolling the area.
    • Put your emergency flag out on the antenna or window, or a bright colored piece of cloth.
    • Run your heater for about 10 minutes per hour or every half hour if it is really, really cold.
    • Remove the snow from your tailpipe occasionaly to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning and crack a window if you have an old rusty car with a leaky exhaust system. It’s a good idea to keep one window cracked open anyway, so the freezing wind and wet snow don’t seal the vehicle.
    • Clear heater vents – the grill under the windshield.
    • Try not to sleep if the engine is running and you are alone.
    • Move around every once in a while to keep the circulation going.
    • To avoid frostbite, keep your skin covered when you get out of the car to clear the tailpipe and vents.
    • When the storm passes, write “HELP” in large letters in the snow outside your car.

     

    Hedge your bet against mechanical failures by Winterizing Your Car.

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    If You’re Stranded in a Flood:

     

    • Stay in your car (unless it is sinking) and wait for help.
    • Open your car windows in case you need to climb out.
    • Use your cell phone to call for help, turn on your hazard lights and hang a cloth or emergency flag out the window.
    • If you have to get out of your car because it is sinking and the area is flooded, swim to a tree or something sturdy that you can hold onto.

    -v

    Once you’ve taken the Steps to Winterize your Car, it is unlikely that you’ll experience a breakdown due to mechanical failure, but you never know what else might leave you stuck in your car. Millions of motorists are stranded each year because of bad weather, accidents, flat tires, getting stuck in the mud or snow, losing their keys and other unfortunate situations.

    With a few basic items, though, you can not only survive, but be safe and comfortable while you wait to be rescued.

    Basic Emergency Items

    • Cell phone
    • Triple A (AAA) or other roadside assistance subscription & card
    • Snowbrush and Ice Scraper
    • Bag of Sand or kitty litter to help with traction on snow and ice
    • Shovel for scraping snow away from the tires
    • Windshield Washer Fluid
    • Winter clothes including a complete change of clothes, a scarf, hat, extra gloves and boots
    • Duct Tape to fix a broken windshield, hold things together, pick up glass shards, mend hoses, serve as a gas cap, and a million other things
    • Emergency Sign or brightly colored cloth to signal for help
    • Booster Cables
    • Extra Fuses
    • Bottled water to drink (or to use in cars that overheat or need battery water)
    • And last but not least, a good book :)

    Don’t go out in bad weather unless absolutely necessary and please know the weather report before you go out! A Winter Storm Watch means that winter storms are in your area. A Winter Storm Warnings means that storms are heading your way. A Blizzard Warning means all hell is about to break loose… er, i mean, strong winds and dangerous wind chills are expected.

    Get your Emergency Car Kit together now. Be safe!

    Here’s What to Do if You’re Stranded in your Car.

    Cold weather is hard on cars.  It makes things that you thought were just fine stop working, break, snap or  freeze up.  I’m worried that some people haven’t formally gone through the checklist to make sure their vehicle is ready.  

    I went over this checklist with my mom and thank goodness she was already set.  Are you?

    There’s still time to save yourself from a break-down or worse.  Do it today.

    Get your car checked out and tuned up.  Make sure they check your battery, antifreeze (50-50 mix of coolant to water), rear defroster, wipers, washer fluid, leaks, tire pressure… everything.

     

    • Check your tire pressure.  Tire pressure drops by one pound per ten degrees so if you’re driving around in sub-zero weather your tires may be dangerously low.

     

    • Keep a jug of  high quality windshield washer solution in your trunk for refills. 

     

    • Invest in heavy winter wipers that keep ice from forming on the blade.  Remove them in the spring so they don’t stress your wiper motor unecessarily and remember to turn them off before shutting off the engine so they don’t freeze to the windshield.

     

    • Keep your gas tank full.  If you get stuck or stranded you’ll need the heater to keep you warm.  You can run it at idle for as long as it takes.  It won’t hurt anything. 

     

    • If you have to weather the storm inside an old rusty car, crack the window so you don’t fill the car with carbon monoxide.  And if you’re in a blizzard, new car or old, get out every once in a while to clear the snow out of the tailpipe.

     

    • Sandbag.  Put a bag or two of sand or kitty litter behind your rear axle if you have rear-wheel-drive.  It will increase the traction of the rear wheels.  Start with 20lbs and see how it drives. You can add more from there if it still squirly.  Too much weight will lift the front end.  Put it in the middle front of the trunk, not in the passenger compartment. It could become a projectile in a wreck.   Don’t bother if you have front-wheel-drive because the heavy engine is already sitting over the powered wheels.

     

    • To make sure your freezing cold car always starts in the morning (and you have instant heat),  hook your engine to a block heater.  This is an electric heater that keeps your engine warm while it’s parked.  It plugs into a regular AC outlet overnight.  Just remember to unplug it before taking off!  I vividly remember my dad forgetting that…

     

    • Understand your car.  If you have teenagers or other family members driving your car, make sure they know what kind of steering system and tires they are driving on.  Cars handle differently if they have front-wheel-drive, rear-wheel-drive, part-time or full-time 4-wheel drive; antilock brakes, traction control or stability control.  Practice driving on snow in an empty parking lot to see how it handles different situations.

     

    • Buy good snow tires if you must drive in the snow.  Even if you can only afford 2 of them, they are better than nothing to get around before the streets are plowed or even for increased traction when braking or turning on packed snow.  If you are only getting two, mount them on the wheels that are driven by the engine.  For all-wheel drive you really need four snow tires. 

     

    • Consider chains for your tires.  If you’re someplace that permits or requires chains, make sure you’ve practiced putting them on.  Keep them in the trunk.  Instead, there are ladder-like devices (one is called Tiger Paws)  that unfold and allow your tire to grip it if you’re stuck in the snow or ice. 

     

    • Clean your car completely of snow and grime before setting out.  Don’t be like me, as a teenager, just wiping a small peephole in the drivers side windshield and heading off to school.  Yikes.  Visibility is key in nasty weather, especially so you don’t hit another car or pedestrian.  Clean off the whole car including every window, mirror, and headlight.  Besides it is the law in most states.  If I sound like your mother, it is only because I care. :)

    Print this out and check off everything.  Then, at least your car is ready on the outside.  Next, make sure you have your winter emergency car kit put together.   Hopefully you don’t run into any trouble. But just in case, do you know what to do if you are standed in your car?

    Now I remember why I moved to Arizona.

    Do you have a tip or two?  Please share them in the comments area! 

    -v

    September is National Preparedness Month and Allegro has joined the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s coalition to promote their “Ready Campaign”.

    With all of the hurricanes and storms coming, not to mention winter weather, it is more important than ever that you’re prepared for an emergency. Even if you’re not in weather danger, you should be ready to manage sudden emergencies including fires, earthquakes and national threats.

    Get a Kit – Today.

    If you don’t have an emergency kit put together, don’t wait! You never know when you’ll need it and you don’t want to be caught in an emergency without food, water, tools or the proper medical supplies. Allegro can help you put a kit together. This list is compiled directly from the National Preparedness Month website.

    Start collecting the following items and put them in a safe place, high off the ground. Consider this Rescue Response Bag to hold things in. Think about the basics of survival: fresh water, food, clean air and warmth.

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least 3 days, for drinking and sanitation.
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food such as Ensure Nutritional Supplements, Pediasure for the kids and some MET-Rx Protein Bars.
  • Self-contained Jensen Emergency Kit includes a water resistant flashlight, mini-lantern, public alert receiver with FM auto scan and safety siren (NOAA weather band), whistle with lantern and FDA approved first aid kit. All batteries are included.
  • Extra batteries
  • Dust masks to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place.
  • Moist towelettes, Disposable Washcloths, Portable Folding Commode and Sanitary Commode Liners for personal sanitation. At the very least have garbage bags and plastic twist ties on hand.
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities. Or, get an All-in-One Multi-Purpose Tool that includes needlenose pliers, wire cutters, 4 flat & 1 Phillips screwdrivers, plain edge knife blade, bottle/can opener, corkscrew and lanyard attachment.
  • Additional Items to Consider Adding to Your Emergency Supply Kit:

  • Prescription medications pillbox and glasses.
  • Infant formula and diapers/wipes
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container
  • Cash or traveler’s checks and change
  • Emergency reference material such as a first aid book or information from www.ready.gov
  • Emergency Rescue Blankets or a sleeping bag for each person. Consider additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate.
  • Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.
  • Non-Electric Water Distiller or household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper – When diluted nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children
  • May we also suggest: a Medical Alert 911 System, a 25-Person First Aid Kit, a PathLighter Safety Cane or a HeartStart Home AED Defbrillator. See our Emergency Preparation Category for more.

    For offices, schools or other facilities, cover all your needs with a 50-Person Trauma First Aid Kit or First Responder Kit.

    Visit the National Preparedness Month Home Page for more information and read how to Make a Plan, Be Informed and Get Involved.

    Be safe! We care about you.

    Get a Kit. Make a Plan. Be informed.

    If you or your loved ones live in a part of the country prone to the destructive forces of hurricanes, take special care this hurricane season. The National Weather Service and NOAA predict above normal hurricane and tropical storm warnings due to warmer-than-normal sea surface temperatures in key areas of the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea.

    With as many as 17 named storms expected in the coming months, the shipping department at the Allegro Medical Hurricane Preparedness Center (AMHPC) is now working overtime to ship out emergency preparation kits to homes, schools and government agencies.

    According to the Red Cross, a national survey reports that only seven percent of Americans have taken the three recommended actions to prepare for disaster: 1) Get a kit, 2) Make a plan, and 3) Be informed. That’s why Allegro, along with the Red Cross has joined a nationwide effort during September to promote National Preparedness Month.

    Don’t wait. Order your kits today.

    Basic products needed at a moment’s notice:

    Basic First Aid Kit

    Rescue Blanket

    Waterwise Distiller

    Guardian Medical Alert System

    Handybar 3in 1 Car Aid

    Consider these products. They save lives:

    Rescue Response Bag

    Phillips HeartStart AED Defibrillator

    Fire Blanket

    First Responder Kit

    Make A Plan. Be Informed.

    1) Understand the storm-related hazards that could affect your family. Storm surges, flooding and high wind affect homes differently.
    2) Know the safest locations in your home for each hurricane hazard and remember that the safest location to wait out a storm may not be your home but somewhere else in your community.
    3) Plan escape routs from your house and choose predetermined meeting places. Look for a regrouping point within 10-20 miles from your home.
    4) Choose a friend or family member outside your state as a central point of contact. Use email, blogs, mySpace and voice mail as a way of updating friends and family as storms approach and your safety/evacuation plans.
    5) Decide now how you are going to evacuate pets if the situation worsens.
    6) Post emergency phone numbers for police, fire and paramedics near your telephone. Ensure that children know when to call 911.
    7) Evaluate your home owner’s insurance for flood damage. Most policies do not include flood damage coverage.
    8) Stock non-perishable food, canned goods and store plenty of water.
    9) Learn First Aid and CPR and take disaster preparedness classes.
    10) Keep a NOAA weather radio and emergency preparation products in your home and car.

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