Ways Through Which You Can Protect Yourself And Your Family In Case Of Floods

Floods are known to cause extensive damage and as such, there are protective measures that one should take in order to protect oneself against floods. Such measures are divided into before and during the flood.

Herein are some of the safety measures that are supposed to be taken into consideration before floods:

flooded road· Educate every member of your family about the emergency procedures in case of a flood.

It is important to ensure that all your family members including the children know where the natural gas main, electric fuse box and the water service mains are and how they are turned off.

· Always plan an escape route in case a flood hits.

Get to know which roads around you are likely to drown easily and those that are not, what is the best place to go to in case a flood struck and above all plan ahead for a safety shelter; this could be a friend’s, or another person’s home.

· If you have pets, plan for their safety.

In most cases, pets are not allowed to stay in shelters due to health reasons and, therefore, it is advisable to have a pre-plan of where to keep them.

· Write up an accurate and complete list of all that you possess in your home.

The sole purpose of this in having a home inventory helps you lay an insurance claim for anything that may get destroyed by the floods.

· There is always an out of state family member or friend that can help.

Therefore, have them listed as an emergency contact in case your family got separated during the flood evacuation. Ensure that each and everyone has a copy of the number or alternatively, has the number memorized to avoid missing persons. It also makes reuniting easier.

During the flood, the safety precautions are:

· Always be prepared for an evacuation as soon as it is announced.

· Remove all harmful materials to higher locations. Such materials include oil, cleaning supplies, and pesticides.

· Close all the valves and utilities, should the flood cleanup services provider advise you to turn off all utilities such as gas valves it is wise to follow the directions for one’s own safety.

· Move all that you possess to a much higher ground. This ensures that all your valuables shall be protected and won’t get damaged.

· Make sure that you confirm your family’s emergency kit. Ensure that it is fully stocked with all the supplies that are going to be needed. Items such as flashlights, batteries, canned food are some of the things that should be present in the emergency kit.

· Do not attempt to swim or walk through water that is moving. Crossing through a flood makes you vulnerable, and you may be carried by the moving water. The best thing would be to go back and look for ground that is a bit higher than the one you are treading on.

· If you are in a vehicle, and it suddenly gets surrounded by water, the best thing is to leave immediately and seek higher ground as soon as possible. Remaining in the vehicle makes you prone to drowning or being washed away.

Train Your Brain… Forget Resolutions

Tips To Train Your Brain To Get What You Want In The New Year

What are your New Year Resolutions? Do you want to quit smoking or drinking? Do you want to spend more time at the gym and lose weight? Do you want to repair or the broken relationships and make new friends? Are you looking for ways to advance in your career? Well, you can achieve all that with the right mindset. It doesn’t matter if you have failed to achieve any of the resolutions you made in the past. This is the year to get everything right and here are tips to help you get there.

Avoid Brain Fatigue

You need to keep your mind fresh and rejuvenated. If you’re tired, you might not regulate your emotions accordingly. Eventually, you will start getting down on yourself. Therefore, it’s tough to maintain willpower or a positive outlook, especially when tempted by external pressure. If you get enough sleep every night, you can make executive decisions that allow you to meet your goals.

Create A New Morning Routine

Are you always waking up in a bad mood? Do you need to feel better and rejuvenated in the morning? Well, you need a new morning routine. Rather than waking up and going directly to work, you can always do something different. Try waking up a little earlier than usual and go to the gym. Even better, you should consider doing a few exercises in your house before going anywhere. That way, you can get the energy you need to have a good morning afterward.

Organize Your Home And Office

Change is always good for a reason. It might become monotonous always looking at the same thing over and over again. Make a few changes in your home such as rearranging the furniture or putting up some new pieces of art. Even better, you can add a few decorations such as lamps to make the place look brand new. The same goes for your office. You can reorganize it, shift your desk or get a new computer. If something is different, you can always count on a new and changed experience.

Find New People

The reason why you might not have achieved what you set out to do last year is because you’re hanging out with the wrong group of people. Therefore, try to make new friends whichever way possible. That way, new people can encourage you to meet your goals effortlessly this new year.

Also, David DiSalvo has written an excellent article in Lifehacker and don’t miss to read it.


Easing Your College Student’s Transition Back Home

Tips For Parents To Help College Students Transition Back Home.

Is your child coming back home from college? Are you worried about how to deal with him/her, especially since the last time you had some high school restrictions? Have you been enjoying the freedom without any child in the house and are worried about how to act with your child there? Well, you’re not alone. Every parent who has experienced the empty nest syndrome always has a problem adjusting when one of the children comes back from college. Here’s what you need to do.

First, start by writing down everything that you assume might become an issue when your child comes back. For instance, buying extra groceries, reconverting the bedroom back from a workshop or art room and also doing extra chores than you were used to because there is someone else living in the house. No matter how small the issue might be, you need to write it down. That way, you can find a good way of dealing with it before your child settles back home from college.

Secondly, you need to treat your child like an adult, whether he/she is just home for summer break or has actually finished college and hopes to stay with you until a good job comes along. If you were always cleaning up after your child, you need to share the chores to make sure that he/she is doing their share to keep the house looking tidy. Yes, your child might want to be treated the same way you did previously, but you need to remind him/her that it’s time to grow up.

Third, if your child plans to stay home for a while after a college, you need to advise them to find a way to contribute money to the house. For instance, before the dream job comes along, he/she can work at a local coffee shop and contribute to the groceries and other little expense in the house. On the other hand, he/she can put their skills to use and find a creative way to make money from home and pay some of the expenses. Basically, your child needs to know that you can’t cater to each of their expenses because they are essentially grownups now.

Finally, find a way to step out of the role of being a parent and become a friend to your child. You can always advise your child on various issues he/she might go through before the next journey in their life begins.

Don’t Let Your Children Make These Dating Mistakes?

Tell your son or daughter to read this article when they get some free time. It will definitely help them!

Millions of couples meet every year, and they date with each other for finding their perfect match. Too often it occurs that he or she commits some dating mistakes and after that he or she loses a chance of getting married to the perfect match. Do you also think that you are committing some dating mistakes because of which you are facing problems in maintaining a perfect relationship with someone? If yes, then you must check below mentioned common dating mistakes. Probably, you will find that what you are doing wrong with your dates. This article will also help you in improving some inner qualities.

Talking about the ex:

Finding a perfect partner is not a very tough task. You can get in touch with many people with whom you can start dating. You can try online dating also and if you are going that route check the reviews on Lovenet-jp.com. First of all, you would like to know about them and check that person is perfect for you or not. People find their perfect match and then lose him or her just because of talking too much about their ex. If you have done the same thing, it would have worked as a poison for your dating. So avoid talking about your ex-boyfriends and girlfriends and focus on the future happiness of your life.


It is not only about sex, but also about other things. If you want to be an ideal date for your partner, then have some patience. It can result in making your relationship stronger than ever before. Probably you would have dated the same person from a long time, but let him or her initiate first. It will represent you as the best life partner. If you show too much impulsiveness in meeting, talking or in sex, your date may not consider you as a right choice for the life.

Not checking complete details:

An impatience person doesn’t check all necessary details about the person he or she is going to date. Don’t be impatience because you can play detective with him or her. Nowadays we all have a powerful way of knowing everything about a person, whom we are going to date. That way is social media, and you should use it to check the background of your date. You can use Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or any other social media site to know more about your date. If you don’t do that and start dating with that person, later you may reveal something which will pull you back.

Daydreaming about the future:

Have you done this with your ex? If yes, you have made a big mistake. When people start dating, they try to understand the nature and choices of next person. No one thinks about the future because still there is a long way to cover. You should first understand; the person you are dating is completely interested in this relationship or not. If that person is giving you enough time, taking care of your choices, then you can purpose him or her and then plan for the future.

If you want to do successful dating with your perfect date, you should avoid above mentioned mistakes. If you can not avoid all the 4 mistakes then at least try to avoid first 3 mistakes!

9 Survival Tips for Parents of College Students

Our trip to the airport on Saturday to send our eldest son back to college for his second year was so much easier than last year.  Just  12 short months ago, our firstborn was departing for his first year of college (see Sending a Son to College – I Didn’t Know It Would Be Painful!).

There was so much uncertainty when he started his Freshman year at an Eastern university:

  • Did he have everything he needed in the way of clothing and stuff for his room?
  • How much money does a college student need during the school year?
  • Did our son really need the meningitis vaccine?
  • Would he adapt to a different cultural environment and the change in weather?
  • Did he choose the right college?

Waiting in line at San Jose airport to check his luggage, I had a chance to watch the college freshmen and their families repeat the teary-eyed departure that we lived just one year ago. How I empathized with them!

One young woman was frantically trying to shift enough clothing from her checked bag to her carry on. The checked bag weighed 57 pounds. She had to get the overweight bag to 50 pounds to meet the airline’s requirements. Her flight was set to depart in 45 minutes. And, there was still the long walk through the security line before she could get to her plane.

Watching the activity all around me, I realized that we have learned a number of lessons after surviving the first year of college:

College Survival Lesson 1: Ship as much of your student’s belongings to the college ahead of time. I got this tip at a party from a father of a second year student who paid exorbitant fees on overweight luggage her first year.  FedEx Ground is actually slightly cheaper than UPS from California to Rhode Island. What used to be Kinko’s is now FedEx Office. They can help you get your boxes of stuff where they need to go. And, there are open late.  Remember to allow enough advance time to ship. It takes about 4-7 days to get packages from here to there.

College Survival Lesson 2: Residence Hall Linens turned out to be a time saver. I ignored the first flyer because I didn’t know who they were. When the second one came in from my son’s college, I read through it more carefully. We ordered a smaller package of sheets and towels shipped to our home so that I could launder them before the start of school. I was pleasantly surprised at the quality. And they are guaranteed to last all four years! They still look good after the first year.

College Survival Lesson 3: Unless you live within a couple hours driving distance of the college, buy or rent your mini-fridge and other big items there. But, remember that any bulky item you buy will have to be stored over the summer. Buy only absolute essentials. Coordinate with roommates about furnishings. Most dorm rooms are very small.

College Survival Lesson 4: Will the budget amount for personal expenses estimated by the college financial aid office last both semesters?  Maybe. As our son’s plane took off last year, I worried that the budget of $3600 might be wrong. How expensive would books be? Did we forget to anticipate anything? How would our son manage his money?

It turns out that our son did an great job of holding down expenses. He spent $3300 on books and personal expenses (not counting room and board). The biggest difference from the college prepared budget was travel costs. Driving 3000 miles for holidays was not really an option. Plane flights, including an extra trip at Thanksgiving, cost $1200. The school budgeted $800 for travel.  Our son managed to save money on text books by sharing a few with another friend in the same classes and buying used books ($850 actual vs $1230 estimated). His personal expenses totaled $1350 actual vs. $1590 estimated. He resisted the temptation to eat out rather than at the college cafeteria. We were relieved to know that our son is quite good at conserving his cash.

College Survival Lesson 5: If your daughter or son has not lived away from home before, expect some homesickness the first semester. I visited our son during Parents’ Weekend in October because he seemed so lonely those first weeks. He paid the plane fare to come for Thanksgiving because he didn’t want to be alone in the dorm (most students live within driving distance) on the holiday. In addition to communicating by phone, Facebook and cards, consider sending care packages.  You can order a package from any of the floral websites and from specialty companies. Search “College Student Care Packages” to find a long list of companies that will ship your student’s favorite munchies. Because our eldest has food allergies, I packed my own with non-perishable items like food bars, chai tea, almonds, pistachios, dried cherries and cranberries. I shipped vitamins periodically, too.

College Survival Lesson 6: Bottled water is costly for a college student. Tap water often tastes bad, not to mention the latest reports showing all sorts of drugs coming out of the tap. But, everyone needs to drink water. The simple solutions is to buy a water purifying pitcher. All your son or daughter needs to do is soak and rinse the filter, put it in the pitcher, pour in cold tap water and wait for the better tasting filtered water to trickle through to the bottom.  I tested several brands and settled on a PUR pitcher and filter.

College Survival Lesson 7: I have very mixed feelings about all of the immunizations that are required for children and young adults. Was the expensive meningitis vaccine really necessary? Yes. My research indicated that college freshmen are at a much higher risk of getting meningitis. Some strains are contagious — spread through sneezing, coughing, kissing, or sharing drinking glasses.  Antibiotics work on this disease IF it is diagnosed early and treatment is begun very rapidly.  The reality of college freshman life is that most students stay up very late, eat at odd times, are stressed to the max adjusting to the new environment and may not recognize that they are much sicker than just having the flu. And, sadly, delays in treating meningitis can be deadly. This is one immunization that your son or daughter should not miss.

College Survival Lesson 8: I grew up in the East but my son is all Californian. My pleas to shop for winter clothes were ignored. My son was convinced that he would be warm enough by layering the clothes he already owned.  The protective mother in me wanted to scold him into submission. I resisted the urge, allowing him to have his own way. The late October rain in New England was cold, cold, cold. The long walks from his dorm at the far end of campus to class convinced him that I was right about buying winter clothing. Fortunately, we were able to buy boots, lined raincoat, long underwear and windproof fleece online and have it arrive pronto.So, be prepared for unexpected needs but let your college student lead. Because of this episode, my advice carries much more weight these days.

College Survival Lesson 9: Wait until January to get a realistic appraisal about the student’s choice of school. The first semester was rough for our son and many of his friends.  Roommate problems topped the list of super stress inducers. Resist the urge to intervene unless the situation is potentially dangerous. Give your student space to deal with the issue. A five star book with great tips for dealing with the roommate from hell is “My Roommate Is Driving Me Crazy”

This year our son is rooming with several of his friends who share is interests and values so he shouldn’t experience the issues he had with last year’s roommate. I think he’s going to have a great school year. We are looking forward to hearing about it when he is home after the semester ends.