Ruins in the Jungle

Home Emergency Kit

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Old bag on a tree limb

Disaster Supply Kit

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Old Suitcase and Lamp in the Jungle - Photo by Nathan Wright on Unsplash

Work Emergency Kit

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Old truck with supplies in the back in the jungle

Car Emergency Kit

     “I’ve volunteered to go with some of the villagers to the next town over and see if we can barter for fuel for the generators,” Gage says, placing some supplies in the back of the jeep. “We should be back by tonight,” he assures his sister, closing the hatch and coming around to the driver’s side door.

     One of the villagers walks up to Gage and says something you don’t quiet catch. Gage responds briefly and the villager nods before walking toward another vehicle.

     “What’s wrong?” Jackson asks as Gage opens the back of the jeep again.

     “Seems like their vehicle won’t start. Sounds like an issue with the battery,” Gage replies.

     “You have a pair of jumper cables back there,” Ava teases, smiling as she pokes Gage with a stick.

     “Ava, please, do you doubt me?” Gage responds with mock hurt as he pulls out the cables. Teasing back, he shakes his head and wags a finger at her but walks away with a smile.

     “He is always on my case about keeping emergency supplies in my vehicle, including jumper cables,” Ava explains as she laughs.

Learn more about maintaining a car emergency kit below. 

 

 

 

Green Snake on a Tree Branch - Green Snake on a Tree Branch - Photo by Tyler B on Unsplash

First Aid Kit

     “Jackson! Are you ok?!” You hear Ava exclaim in alarm. You spin around to see Jackson slumped against the side of one of the buildings.

     “I’ll be fine. I just don’t feel very well,” Jackson says breathing heavily. He was sweating profusely and was very flushed.

     “Here, sit down,” Ava pulls him into the shade. She turns to you, “Grab the first aid kit and two bottles of water, please”. As you are leaving Ava helps Jackson remove his overshirt. You return moments later with the items. She opens the first aid kit and pulls out a small square packet. You watch as she opens the packet and pours the powdered contents into one of the water bottles. She back on the lid and gives it a light shake.

     “Sip this, slowly,” Ava advises Jackson handing over the water bottle. She opens the second water bottle and grabs a small washcloth from the first aid kit. Soaking the cloth with water she then places it on the back of his neck. You help her fan him.

     After about 20 minutes Jackson was back on his feet. “You were experiencing heat exhaustion. You need to be more careful in this jungle heat and drink plenty of water,” Ava told him.

     “What was that powder you gave him?” you ask her.

     Ava holds up another packet. “Oral Rehydration Salts. I always keep a few in my first aid kit.”

Learn more about maintaining a first aid kit in the event of a disaster below. 

 
 

 

Monkey eating banana in jungle

Pet Emergency Kit

     You and Ava help Jackson to back to the emergency shelter. Villagers mill around inside the shelter. With no power to run fans the temperature inside the shelter is little better than outside, but a nice cross breeze comes through the open windows and at least there is protection from the penetrating sunlight. Jackson sits on his cot and Ava adds more water to the washcloth before handing it back to him.

     Out one of the windows you can see Skye working in one of the tents in the village square. You haven’t seen her since this morning and wonder what she has been working on. As you approach her you can see the tent is filled with cages. Dogs, cats, and other animals fill most of them. Skye is sponge washing a dog whose fur is caked in mud as it eats eagerly from a broken bowl.

     “Many people didn’t know what to do with their pets during the evacuation, so they just left them. Rescuers have been bringing in animals who were trapped by the flood waters since dawn,” Skye said, her voice cracking a little. Behind her a little girl squeals in excitement. You watch as a villager hands the girl a small black kitten which she hugs in delight.

     “We are hoping to find their owners, but only a few have been claimed so far and many of these animals do not have any sort of identification,” Skye continues with a sigh.

Learn more about taking care of pets in the event of a disaster below.