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Unique Ways to Use Tarp

Jun 25, 2008
Tarp is a material that average individuals associate with repairs and home maintenance projects. It is affordable and durable making it a useful item to have on hand whenever tackling a do it yourself construction or remodeling project. What many people do not realize is that tarp is a material that can help ensure the health and safety of your family during many major emergency situations.

The average emergency preparedness kit designed by homeowners and other cautious individuals will include food, bottled water, blankets, and first aid kits. While these supplies will take care of the human necessity of food and water along with providing for basic medical care they do nothing to prepare for the loss of shelter. Fire, flood, tornado, and many other natural disasters deprive victims of not just food and electricity but shelter as well.

Even though many cities have emergency shelters prepared to assist those who suddenly find themselves homeless there are times when individuals are unable to reach these shelters or the shelters themselves are compromised during the disaster. In this situation a person or family must be able to create their own temporary shelter to protect them until help arrives.

The same affordable tarp that is used to shelter and insulate areas of a home during construction can actually be used to build an entire temporary shelter for an individual or small group. This durable material will provide protection from wind and rain until a more permanent shelter can be found or created.

If only a room or window of a home is damaged during a disaster tarp can be used to cover the affected area until proper repairs can be made. While tarp over a patio door or window can be unsightly, it will help keep a home warm in the winter and cool in the summer until a replacement can be found. Even if shelter is not needed tarp can still be extremely useful in many emergency situations

Tarp can also be used to cover and conceal wood used for heat during major power outages or to protect food stored in cellars from insects and rodents. Some food growers even use tarp to protect their crops at night from insects and even frost. Lastly, tarp can be used to make a tourniquet when proper medical equipment cannot be found.

Investing in tarp will help the average family successfully, and even easily, survive a wide variety of natural disasters and emergencies. Whenever possible include tarp in any survival or kit created and stored for use during any major emergency.
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Ron Subs works with http://www.tarps-togo.com as a public relations consultant, more information about Tarps can be found at http://www.tarps-togo.com
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