How To Start an Emergency Supplies Business

As emergency situations and natural disasters start to affect more people in more places, entrepreneurs and stepping into the gap to help families and individuals be better prepared. This includes things like fortified shelters, hardened communications equipment and even food and clothing. When you want to get started making and selling these items it is a good idea to research what supplies and equipment you will need, find mentors and competitors in the market and sell your brand and items smarter.

Research the Supplies and Equipment

Not only will you want to research which supplies and equipment people and businesses need in an emergency, you will want to study the ones you will need to start your company. For instance, if you want to sell drums of heating oil, purified water or other fluids, then you will probably need an automatic drum filling machine.

Find Mentors and Competitors

By looking around at companies already selling these types of products and services, you can get a good idea of what they are doing right and what you can do better. You can even ask successful business owners in related areas for some tips and tricks to get started. This research can benefit you in a couple of different ways because you will not only have the benefit of expert advice, you can also see where the gaps are in the market for you to fill.

Sell and Market Smarter

Selling and marketing your items is a matter of working smarter and not harder. Look at which items are only sold in kits and offer them to customers on their own as well. This lets each customer build their own survival supplies and replace items as needed. It is also a good idea to market this service by putting informational blogs and supplies lists on your website or share them to social media.

Starting an emergency supplies business can be easier than you think. A little research into the market and competitors can help you see where your ideas can fit into the bigger picture and make you the most profits.

What Does a Doula Do?

Expectant mothers have dozens of choices to make throughout their pregnancy and birthing process. The job of a doula Tampa is to use their expertise and experience to guide you through many of those choices in advance, and help you when it comes time to have your baby. Here are some of the benefits doulas can provide.

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One-on-One Service

Many mothers-to-be hire midwives to assist with their birthing plans. They provide great care, but a midwife typically handles many women at once. With a doula Tampa, you will be working one-on one with a dedicated person throughout your pregnancy.

Birth Preparation

Doulas also work with moms-to-be on their birth plans. This can start at the very beginning, and gradually develop as the months go on. They will work with you to advise and decide on a variety of topics, such as whether you plan on having an epidural to ease pain during delivery and your feelings on caesarian section surgery if necessary. If you have a special preference such as an at-home delivery, they can use their experience to talk you through its pros and cons and lay out how it will work if you decide to go that route.

Advocacy

Perhaps the most important job of a doula Tampa is to be your advocate in the delivery room. With every delivery, complications and choices, both big and small can occur. Through their months with you, your doula will know your preferences and wishes well enough to speak on your behalf and communicate with doctors and delivery staff. In the heat of the moment, you have enough to worry about without having to articulate your wishes while in labor. The doula can do this for you.

The expertise and experience of a doula can allow you to focus on the joy of bringing a baby into the world without getting caught up in the medical process more than necessary.

Protecting Your Family From Outdoor Insects

The start of warmer weather brings many opportunities to spend more time outdoors. While you may be wary of ticks and mosquitoes when hiking or camping, you may often forget to keep an eye out for them in your own backyard. Even though the best way to get rid of mosquitoes and control ticks safely is through regular preventative pest control, it’s important to learn about these insects in order to protect your family from irritation and illness.

Making Your Yard Less Attractive to Pesky Insects

Mosquitoes and many other insects are attracted to standing water for breeding and laying their eggs. Be sure to dump out any buckets or planters that collect rainwater before allowing them to sit for too long. Wash out bird baths and pet bowls every morning and evening. Anything that collects water in your yard can become a potential breeding ground for mosquitoes. Ticks tend to become more prevalent in areas with tall grass and natural debris. Keep your grass cut short on a regular basis and clear your yard of sticks and leaves. Don’t pile wood or mulch in your yard or near your home if you’re concerned about ticks, as these will make it easier for them to thrive.

Handling Tick and Mosquito Bites Properly

While most tick and mosquito bites are harmless, it’s important to treat every insect bite with care and to watch it carefully. If you find a tick on your body, try to remove it as quickly as possible with tweezers. While some people suggest trying to suffocate it first by covering it with petroleum jelly or nail polish, this is not always effective and could give the tick more time to burrow deeper. Clean the bite with rubbing alcohol or soap and water. Mosquito bites should also be cleaned thoroughly and may be treated with a topical hydrocortisone cream to prevent itching and swelling.

While diseases and complications from insect bites are relatively rare in cities and suburbs, they can still occur. Prevention and proper treatment can help keep your family safer.