Even More Emergency Preparedness

May 15, 2009

Sometimes we live in places where we need to prepare for emergencies beyond a fire drill.  Earthquakes, tornadoes, even the possibility of a terrorist attack.  These are scary situations, for sure, but we still need to prepare for them, especially when little ones are involved.  Recently Savvy Source was given the opportunity to review two such emergency preparedness guides from Informed Guides.  The first one deals with home emergencies -- illnesses, natural disasters, CPR, choking -- things that all parents should be prepared for.  The second one covers pet emergencies.  Not all of us have pets, but if you do, this guide will help you prepare for those times when your pet needs serious medical treatment. And the list of toxic foods for pets is invaluable!  For more information, please see our detailed reviews below.

Originally written by VDog for Being Savvy Oakland

Are you prepared? If the answer is 'mmmm, sorta?' you may want to invest in this handy dandy Home Emergency Pocket Guide by Informed Guides.

It's actually quite nifty and practical, and just larger than an iPhone.

The paper is specially coated to be waterproof and is also alcohol-fast (which I guess means when you spill your boxed wine on it, it doesn't bleed?). Needless to say, this guide is DURABLE. And small enough to fit in your fleece-vest pocket with room to spare.

As you know, we have to deal with earthquakes and potentially terrorist threats here in the Bay Area. The Home Emergency Pocket Guide has you covered for either possibility, plus dozens more.

The index is impressive -- Avian Flu, Bioterrorist Attack, Bombing, Burns, Chemical Attack, Choking, Contacting FEMA, Contamination, CPR, Decontamination, Diabetic Emergencies, Earthquake, Fire, Flood, HazMat, Hostage Situations, Inhalation Anthrax, Radiological Attack, Poisoning, Resources, Ricin Poisoning, & West Nile Virus.

As parents, we are most likely to deal with burns, choking, fires and earthquakes. Each section is well written and succinctly explained. The Informed Guides authors must have known that we would be short on time when we were in the need of their product.

The guide is color coded by section and also uses different colors for emphasis in the text. This is very useful for finding what you need quickly and easily.

There are pages for entering all of your local and out-of-state contact numbers, evacuation plans, and other important information.

Considering the price tag, $16.95 for the edition shown or $9.95 for a downloadable PDF, the Home Emergency Pocket Guide is good investment. As long as you can keep calm to read the guide after an ACTUAL emergency (because, face it, as parents, we're busy enough as it is to really delve into this guide BEFORE we need it), the guide will be well worth your less than twenty dollars!


Originally written by Jennifer Signore for Being Savvy Pittsburgh

I recently had a chance to review the newest release from Informed, a company known for making handy, pocket size field guides.  The Pet Emergency Pocket Guide is just that--handy, portable, and a must-have for pet owners.   I have to admit that I am normally suspect of pocket guides because they are either so sparse on information as to be useless (or potentially dangerous, depending on the topic), or they try to overcompensate for size with lots of jargon and are, therefore, beyond what most users will find useful.

The Informed Pet Emergency Pocket Guide was such a pleasant surprise that I had my husband take a look as well to be sure I wasn't just being kind.  He agreed that this guide provides an appropriate level of information and that most people will find it makes a perfect addition to their pet care supplies.  Between the two of us, we have about 60 years of dog owning experience (that's in people years!) and a bit of basic veterinary training.  So, we are already quite comfortable with basic first aid and medical procedures for dogs.  Even so, we both learned a few new things from reading the Pet Emergency Pocket Guide.  And it covers such a wide range that you may turn to it more often that you might expect.  While it does address emergencies (as you would expect from the name) it also addresses everyday health, foods that can be harmful to your pet (I had no idea that avocados were harmful to dogs), first aid for the mundane and the serious, and special situations like birth and travel.   

Besides containing useful and useable information, the guide itself is designed well.  The compact size makes it easy to throw into a pack for hiking or travel.  Even at home, it won't take up much space.  The pages are waterproof, another essential for hiking and for items that might be near a dog...that slobbers.  The spiral binding is durable, and the tabbed index at the bottom of each page makes navigation simple.

The only negative I found was that the book seemed to be most useful to a dog owner, less so to cat owners, and had very little to offer for owners of other animals.  While the authors state that many first-aid techniques will generalize, they will still apply most readily to the two most common pets in this country, dogs and cats.   But since the majority of households own a dog or cat (or both), then the majority of households should be sure to pick up a copy of the Pet Emergency Pocket Guide.

In the interest of full disclosure, I was provided with a complimentary copy of the Pet Emergency Pocket Guide in exchange for my review.  I plan to keep the guide and use it well.


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