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WHY YOU NEED AN EMERGENCY "GO BAG" ASAP!

Gina Giordan

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“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” ― Benjamin Franklin

“I will prepare and some day my chance will come.” ― Abraham Lincoln

"Expect the best, plan for the worst!"  That's my motto to live by.  In today's world, with exploding deadly lava,  wildfires, catastrophic hurricanes, earthquakes, terrorist attacks (the list goes on)  it's a good idea to prepare you and your loved ones for any emergency situation.  

Friday, June 1st, is the official mark of the 2018 Hurricane season.  What if during an emergency you are separated from a loved one?  Do you have a plan?  Does your child know what to do if they are separated from you during a natural disaster?  It's no surprise during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, there were more than 5000 cases of missing children after the storm.  Hurricane Katrina survivor, Marceline, shared her harrowing story with "Save the Children."  She was separated from her 2-year-old daughter for a week.  Would your child have the necessary skills to find their way back to you? 

These days, relying on our cell phones for everything means most of us would have trouble remembering actual contact numbers or addresses without using their cell phone.  Do you know all your loved ones direct contact numbers off the top of your head?  What about the actual address of an emergency evacuation route or bus stop?  Sometimes a nasty Nor'easter doesn't come with a timely warning and can leave you without power and water for days. No power means your local stores and gas stations are closed.  Are you prepared if a violent storm hit tonight leaving you without power for weeks?  Preparing yourself and your loved ones ahead of time, for any emergency is key. 

For starters, make sure you actually have a list of cell phone numbers and addresses of the important people in your life.  That means in addition to loved ones you have contact numbers for care takers, doctors, emergency care, hospitals etc.  We suggest you actually hand write this contact list and make photo copies to keep handy and distribute to the other people on your list.  A written contact list would be crucial in the event both the internet and cell phone service are down.  In addition to having emergency contact information on hand, it is important that you and your family create an emergency location to meet up in case all other communication are cut off.

One of the best ways to prepare you and your family in case of any emergency is, a GO BAG!  A decade ago, the suggestion of a GO BAG may have seemed extreme but, these days being prepared could save you from some serious aggravation or possibly save a life.  Whether you live in a high-rise in the city or a home in the suburbs, you can customize a GO BAG for each person in your household. A suggested list of GO BAG items are posted at this link:   Westchestergov.com and detailed below.  Don't forget to include a copy of emergency contact information in each GO BAG!  

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You can also create an emergency GO BAG specifically for kids!  The options of what to include in your GO BAG are endless.  THE WANNA suggests you include an "In Case of Emergency" or ICE card in your child's GO BAG.  Amazon sells a version for around $10 bucks here.  Ultimately, customizing a bag to fit your specific needs are obviously the best way to go.  But, If you are way too busy to customize a GO BAG, you can buy a pre-packaged "survival" bag or "family emergency"  kit.  This website, Stealthangelsurvival.com has a slew of options to choose from. 

Make a bag. Buy a bag... Whatever you choose, just do it!  It's better to be SAFE than SORRY!

Have a fun, memorable and SAFE summer season 2018!  

xo, THE WANNA

 

*****WHAT TO PACK IN YOUR GO BAG?  Westchestergov.com ******

In the event of an emergency that requires you to evacuate, everyone in your household should have a Go Bag packed and ready to go. Your Go Bag should be a sturdy and easy to carry backpack or duffle bag containing things you would want to have with you if you have to leave in a hurry. Items to consider for your Go Bag include:

  • Bottled water and nonperishable food, such a s granola bars
  • Personal hygiene items (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, wet wipes, etc)
  • Flashlight, hand-rank or battery-operated AM/FM radio, and extra batteries
  • Portable cell phone charger
  • Notepad, pen/pencil, and marker
  • Local street maps (paper version)
  • Spare home/vehicle keys
  • Whistle or bell
  • First aid kit
  • Dust mask to reduce inhalation of dust and other debris
  • Work gloves
  • A change of clothing (long sleeve shirt/pants, rain gear, sturdy footwear, etc.)
  • Copies of important documents (insurance/medical cards, contact lists, identification, marriage and birth certificates, etc.) in a portable, waterproof container or plastic bag
  • Back-up medical/assistive equipment and supplies
  • A list of the medications you take, why you take them, and the dosages
  • Cash, in small bills
  • Supplies for your service animal or pet

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends assembling a kit of basic supplies to last three days (72 hours), in the event of a disaster. The kit should be checked at least twice per year to ensure that components have not expired. Identify an easily accessible storage location for the kit, and ensure that all family members are aware of this location. This kit should include the following:

  • Water
    • One gallon per day, per person. This provides for both drinking and sanitary uses.
    • Include additional water for pets, as needed
  • Food
    • Non-perishable items
    • Ready-to-eat canned foods, and a manual can opener
    • Ensure adequate supply for each family member
      • Consider special dietary or other needs
  • Include pet food, if applicable
  • Handheld AM/FM radio and NOAA Weather Tone Alert Radio. Appropriate spare batteries.
  • Cellular phone
  • Chargers for portable electronic devices (phone, laptop, tablet, etc.)
  • Flashlight and appropriate spare batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle or bell
  • Dust mask to reduce inhalation of dust and other debris
    • Adequate supply for family members
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape to seal windows, doors and other openings, if advised to do so.
  • Pre-moistened wipes, plastic garbage bags and zip ties for toileting.
  • Wrench and/or pliers to shut off utilities
  • Local street maps (paper version)
  • Key documents including insurance documents, contact lists, identification, etc. in a portable, waterproof container
  • Medical information (history, allergies, etc.) for each family member.
  • Personal medical/assistive equipment, as appropriate
  • Prescription medications, including a list the medications you take, why you take them and the dosages
  • Prescription glasses, if needed
  • Diapers and formula, if needed
  • Spare home/vehicle keys
  • Cash (small bills), change for telephones, etc.
  • Sleeping bag/blankets
    • Adequate supply for all family members
  • Changes of clothes for each family member
    • Long sleeved shirt
    • Long pants
    • Sturdy shoes
    • Appropriate personal hygiene supplies for each family member
  • Unscented chlorine bleach
    • For disinfecting purposes: dilute nine parts water to one part bleach
    • For water purification: sixteen drops per gallon of water
  • Fire extinguisher (portable size)
  • Matches and weatherproof container
  • Paper plates, cups, eating utensils, paper towels
  • Age-appropriate books, games, etc. for children (if applicable)

Additional Information and Links

 

WHAT TO PACK INSIDE YOUR "GO BAG" FOR KIDS:  

  • A small backpack 
  • Waterproof flashlight or mini - Lantern
  • Extra batteries
  • Shampoo/Body Wash
  • Toothbrush and Toothpaste
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Bandages with Antibiotic Cream
  • Hand wipes
  • Tummy relief (Tummygize Essential Oil)
  • Gauze pads
  • Snacks — granola bars and fruit pouches
  • Bottled water
  • Change of clothes
  • Extra shoes
  • $20 in small bills and change
  • Paper and crayons
  • Activity kits
  • Comfort item — stuffed animal, blanket, etc
  • ICE Contact Card

 

Prince George Wears a Robe to Meet President Obama!

Gina Giordan

BABY MUST HAVES YOU WANNA OWN! 

What made a simple personalized terry robe from an online baby boutique in the UK an international superstar overnight?  

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That would be thanks to world famous almost three year old and a member of the Royal Family of the UK,  Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge who was recently photographed wearing the robe while meeting President Obama.  As soon as the photograph made international headlines, so did the robe!

The personalized robe was a gift from MY1STYEARS.COM!  MFY is a luxury baby clothing boutique, online that specializes in unique and chic personalized baby clothing and home items, co-founded by Daniel Price and Jonny Sitton!  

In an exclusive interview with THE WANNA Price told us MFY gifted the robe to both Prince George and Princess Charlotte but, was shocked when he found out Price George wore the robe and was photographed while meeting President Obama!

Price said, "It was unbelievable!  We couldn't have had anything better happen to us!"

 

Prince George is not the first time MY1STYEARS has created personalized gifts for the rich and famous.   Price and company created a personalized hamper for Sir Elton John and David Furnish's son, which included a blanket embroidered with the slogan: Zachary - how wonderful life is now you're in the world.  

According to Price, Prince George's wardrobe choice instantly made the robe sell out online in 7 minutes!   If you want to treat your Prince or Princess like a Royal, you can logo into MY1STYEARS.COM and pre-order the exact same personalized robe that Prince George wore for 27 pounds or approximately $40 dollars.  Price said, "If you pre-order the robe now, you'll have it in three weeks!"

Be sure to watch THEWANNA'S exclusive interview with MY1STYEARS co-founder, Daniel Price!  

Tune Into MOVIES YOU WANNA WATCH Saturday's on WVVH-TV 11 a.m. and 11 p.m. streaming live on APPLE-TV and on Fio's Ch. 14/Cablevision Ch. 78!

The Best Celebrity Baby Halloween Costumes

Gina Giordan

Halloween is probably the most fun of all holidays.  For kids it means candy and staying up late, and for parents it doesn’t just mean getting to dress up but also getting your kids to dress up!  If you’re looking for some last minute ideas, we’ve made a list of the best celebrity baby costumes so you can be inspired!

Go for an icon like Blue Ivy who dressed to thrill.

Or Disney princesses are always a hit.  North West and her cousin Penelope Disick are both going “Frozen” this year

But if you don’t want to be so mainstream you can go the Neil Patrick Harris route and let the kids dress up as what they want.

Last year North West got some inspiration from nature and went for a skunk costume!

Something JWoww from Jersey Shore also did when she dressed her baby Melainia as a bumblebee

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nd of course superheroes are always in vogue.  They were the choice of Mariah Carey’s kids Moroccan and Monroe Cannon last year.