Include These Important Emergency Kit Items For Good Home Security

When putting together an emergency kit for your family, everybody knows to include the standard battery operated radio, flashlight, and extra batteries. Things like nonperishable foods and bottled water are no brainers. Throwing in a rain jacket or waterproof sleeping bag for good measure might seem like overkill, but most people do it just in case. The truth is, that to maintain good home security during a disaster, it takes more than throwing some items together in a bin in the garage and installing a home security system. Being truly prepared for a disaster means having the resources put together to fend for your family’s life for a period of 3 days to a week. Even if you believe you live in an urban area that could never be that far away from help, Mother Nature has quite an imagination. Instead of waiting to find out first hand a situation in which you might need it, put together an emergency survival kit today.

Of course it’s important to include the staples too, but don’t forget some of these often left out but extremely necessary items.

Medications. Many people take a prescription medication every day that they need to stay physically or mentally healthy. This applies especially to older adults. Whether your child needs an inhaler for his or her asthma, or your elderly relative needs a high blood pressure medication, consider that in a disaster situation tensions will be at their highest, an physical strain at its worst. This means that the consequences of going without such prescriptions can be damaging, if not fatal. Don’t assume you will be able to access medications around the house. Leave enough for several days in your home security disaster kit.

Baby Supplies. If you have an infant don’t forget to include items like diapers, powdered milk or formula, medications, and bottles in with the disaster kit. Include special blankets and clothing for baby and some kind of carrier. The family may be required to move from the area on foot, and having a clean carrier easily accessible can make all the difference when escaping a disaster area.

Glasses or Contact Lenses. People that have a lot of trouble seeing without the assistance of glasses or contact lenses should always store extras with the emergency kit. During an emergency you may be the person everyone looks to, to maintain home security. If you are incapacitated due to your poor vision, you may be risking the safety of everyone around you.

Entertainment. While you may think the last thing anyone wants to do in a disaster situation is play a game or read a book, many disaster victims cite the worst part of the disaster as waiting to be rescued. The wait can be excruciating, especially for children, if there is nothing to do. This can lead to panic, and poorly thought out and potentially life threatening escape attempts. Instead, pack a few board games, books, magazines, and a deck of cards.

Pet Supplies. Not having anything to feed Fido after a few days can start to put everyone in the family on edge, as well as cause your pet to suffer. Keep some pet food and supplies like a leash handy with the disaster kit.

Investing in Home Safety and Home Security During Difficult Economic Times

It may be hard to justify spending money right now. Like many others, you may be struggling to make it through this recession or you may just be hesitant to spend, not knowing what the future will bring financially. Watching the news each day will only make you more uncertain, since experts can’t even agree on when this recession may pass; however, you probably realize that crime rates are also on the rise and the longer times are hard financially, the higher that crime rate is likely to become. This makes it even more essential that you protect what you have and what you’ve worked so very hard to achieve.

Investing in your home security system makes good financial sense at any time, especially during times of difficult economic times when crime rates are high and may well rise even further in the future. There are multiple reasons to invest in home security, including the idea that your investment may actually save you money in the long run.

Home security can save you money not just by protecting you from loss due to theft, fire or other types of losses. Installing a good home security system can win you better home insurance rates as well. Installation of a good security system increases the value of your property and can win you a higher selling price if you do chose to sell your home.

You have worked hard for what you have and you have to be concerned with protecting yourself, your loved ones, your personal belongings as well as your structural home. With all of these different concerns in mind, you should consider multiple levels of home protection and security.

Locks are still the backbone of any good security system. Good quality locks, stable and strong entry doors and the placement of locks are all important. You should have multiple locks on your entry doors, including both a door handle lock and a deadbolt lock. Deadbolt locks should be installed higher on the door to prevent your lock from easily breaking away if the door is kicked. Locks that are difficult to pick and those that are “lock bumping” resistant are available on the market and should be your first line of defense against unwanted entry into your home.

Unfortunately, you can’t just think having locks on your doors is enough these days. You should look into a home security package that includes other security options as well, including audio and video intercom systems that allow you to speak with and see visitors before allowing them in your home. You can install additional systems that will sound alarms if windows and doors are opened without your authorization. Gate security can be an option as well, if you want to prevent anyone from accessing not just your home but your property without your permission.

Biometric Home Security System For The Lay Man

Not even a week back global media – including leading publications and news websites – carried the news that of humans becoming ‘god-like’ cyborgs within the next 200 years to come. While we may not be in the cyborg era yet, scientists have already found evidence of liquid water on Mars. The first human embryo has been cloned. Oh, and, biometric technology is being implemented by organizations across the world! Now that is stuff right out of sci-fi movies!

Here’s a little detail: the term biometrics has been derived from the words bio and metricos, which mean ‘life’ and ‘measure’ respectively. Simply saying, biometry is used for authenticating the identity of an individual. It does so by checking the measurable physical features of the person. These features include, but are not limited to the loops and whorls in fingerprints, the patterns in irides and voice tones. An example of use of such characteristics is fingerprint recognition in biometric attendance systems, installed in offices. Though can these technologies be used at home? Let’s discuss!

I am reminded of an incident which took place the last year. I was invited along with my family for a get together. Since I had to go elsewhere, I knew I wouldn’t be able to make it. I also knew that I would reach back home before my parents, and that the party would only get over by late night. Inconvenience ensued. We had only one set of keys, and if I were to leave before my parents, how would I enter the house upon reaching back? The keys would be with them! Only if my house had an access control system!

The fact of the matter is that home security involves door keys, key cards and passwords, all of which cause hassle. Door keys can be lost, or worse, stolen, jeopardizing safety and security. Passwords can be forgotten. On the other hand, access control systems are convenient. A touch of finger is all it takes. Most can store several approved fingerprints, allowing all family members to be able to unlock the main door, without having a door key each.

Like all modern day technologies, biometrics has its share of disadvantages. Studying the surface of a finger is difficult if it’s wet – a possibility if you are soaked in rain. The common joint disorder, arthritis poses the same challenge. Also, remember, irrespective of how safe your main door is, if the windows of your house can be easily opened by an outsider, your home security is still vulnerable. Don’t forget, we are not in the age of cyborgs yet!