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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.

    I compete in adventure races all around Texas, from Grapevine to Bandera. I have been running for 25 years, since cross country in Junior High.

    I injured my ankle in Bandera, Texas during a trail race. I was halfway through the race and it had been raining so I had a thick coat of mud on my running shoes. All of the sudden I rolled my ankle and heard a loud “POP”. Some guys running in front of me stopped and turned around and looked at me. I asked them what that sound was and they said it was me, and then I felt the pain! They wanted to help me to the aid station which was a mile and half away but I told them to go on and that I was fine. I tried running on it and that didn’t work because it kept rolling outward.

    So I hopped all the way to the aid station and they suggested that I drop out of the race. I suggested that they duct tape it and let me finish, but they disagreed with me. By the time I made it back home and went to my sports medicine doctor, I had a grade 3 sprain and completely tore my ATF and calcaneal ligaments in my ankle and damaged my posterior ligament.

    I purchased the Malleoloc Ankle Brace from AllegroMedical.com on the recommendation of my physical therapist. I wear it when I compete in trail races to prevent my ankle from rolling and possibly injuring it again. It works.

    I also purchased the GenuTrain Knee Brace for my patellar tendonitis because an ER doctor told me I would never run again.

    With the use of these braces I can compete in races with no problems.

    This is the 2008 race calendar for Terra Firma Promotions Adventure Race Co. I’m on the cover, right side, on the mountain bike.

    Michelle on a mountain bike


    A big thanks to Michelle for sharing her story. We wish you luck in your future races!

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