Category Archives: Survival Preps

Prepping During Cold Weather

The winter months can require an adjustment in the way we approach our daily activities. Snow on the ground means the lawn doesn’t need to be mowed, but it also means that it is cold enough outside that the average person does not feel like spending much time outside. Colder temperatures could be an excuse to take time off from prepping all together because you “can’t work in the garden or spend any time at the range” but it can also be the catalyst to get some of the less exciting tasks completed at the same time.

Some of the prepping tasks that are ideally suited for cold weather months include:

  1. Rotate Food Storage – The food you put up for the future or for tough times should always be rotated and maintained. If it is consumed, it should be replaced. If it has an expiration date, eat it before it goes bad and then replace it! Even though some long-term storage food is good for 10 or even 25 years, it can still go bad far sooner if it is not properly kept. As a result of this fact, the winter months can serve as the perfect time to check over food stores and ensure that cans aren’t swollen, boxes aren’t stained or soaked with moisture, or that there are not “things” living in your food.
  2. Update Emergency Information – Curl up in the easy chair with your computer in front of the fire and make sure that the administrative side of emergency preparedness is together and organized. Things that can be updated include the evacuation routes that would be taken from home, work, etc., who to call if there were a tree that fell across your driveway, and ensure the accuracy of insurance information/coverage amounts.
  3. Plan Next Year’s Activities – What do you want to accomplish next year? Is the garden going to be bigger? Will you grow a different variety of a certain plant? This is also the perfect time to determine what your financial goals will be and how your projected income will fit into your prepping efforts.
  4. Learn New Skills or Brush Up On Old Skills – Some new skills can be acquired through reading, taking a class, or watching a video. If you are staying inside anyway, learn one of those new skills that you have been thinking about picking up! YouTube is a great resource for many survival, homesteading, emergency preparedness, etc. related videos and allow anyone with a computer and internet access to learn something new or brush up on a skill that lacks confidence. The local library usually offers a wide variety of books that can be useful in this same area. Many skills such as cooking or home brewing can have some level of mastery achieved in the course of one cold weather season.
  5. Perform Maintenance/Upgrades – Equipment needs to be maintained and upgraded. Maintenance and equipment upgrades can sometimes be put off and the downtime that winter affords can be the ideal time to perform some much-needed work. Firearms can be cleaned and oiled, knives can be sharpened, first aid kits can be upgraded, and the car can be taken to the shop to have the oil changed and the tires rotated.

Winter does not have to be down time for preppers. There is always something that can be done regardless of the weather. These are some of the ways that I could think of to stay prepping during the cold weather, how do you plan to stay with it this winter?

Friday Survival Scoop

It’s Friday again and here is another batch of some of the tasty tidbits of survival and preparedness that the web had to offer this week. Check out these articles on the state of global food reserves, the pros and cons of popular water storage containers, knife care and maintenance, and signaling considerations for your vehicle emergency kit.

Global Food Reserves Have Reached Their Lowest Level In Almost 40 Years by Michael Snyder on Alt-Market

This article expounds upon the increasing global food crisis and highlights the fact that food consumption throughout the world for six out of the last eleven years has exceeded production. The end state has been the lowest level of global food reserves in almost four decades. Forecasters are also saying that if the trend continues, the world’s food supply is only one event away from global disaster and chaos. There is also a great quote included from the world bank that is eye-opening.

Pros and Cons of Popular Water Storage Containers on Food Storage and Survival

After surveying readers on what storage containers they use for water, Food Storage and Survival compiled the results and now are discussing some of the pros and cons of the different containers. The water storage containers discussed include gallon jugs, water bottles, refilled PETE bottles like 2 liter soda bottles, 5 gallon hard plastic jugs, 30-55 gallon drum, waterbrick, water bladder, and even cover emergency water boxes and pouches. The author also mentions the fact that they live in a “super small” house and lists the combination of water storage containers that they use.

Knife Care and Maintenance by FerFAL on The Modern Survivalist

This is half article and half YouTube video from one of the best known proponents of modern survivalism, Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre. The title says it all though, knife care and maintenance. A knife is a tool. It is a tool that could save your life some day though so make sure to maintain your knife/knives. For those who are not familiar with FerFAL, he is a native Argentinian and lived through the economic collapse that occurred in 2001 in his home country. This makes him and all of his writings, interviews, videos, and other resources that he had created incredibly valuable because his is a voice of experience.

Signaling Considerations for Your Vehicle Emergency Kit by Bryan Black on ITS Tactical

This is a great piece on some of the different possibilities that are available for signaling in the event of a vehicle emergency. Bryan Black from ITS not only covers some of the options that you may want to keep in your vehicle emergency kit but also recounts some of the requirements that every driver should look at when considering these options. On a side note, if you are not familiar with the work of Bryan Black or ITS Tactical, take a few minutes to look around the site. I am sure that you will find at least a few more interesting and useful tidbits. One of my favorites is Skilcraft – Pen of the U.S. Government.

Did you spot another great preparedness related article this week on the web? Post a link in the comments section and share it with everyone else!

 

Got Ammo?

I just want to start today by saying that I wish I would have thought of some of these ideas first but unfortunately I did not. I am cheating a little bit today by using a few YouTube videos to get my point across but I am not sure that I could do a better job. It is important to highlight the importance of properly storing ammunition as well as stocking up on enough ammo for the firearms that you own. Check out these videos for some great ideas on ammo storage and stockpiling:

An awesome idea to discreetly store ammunition –

Here is a great idea to store ammunition for longer periods of time –

Here are a few thoughts on the philosophy of stockpiling ammunition –

Prepper Gems From The Web

It’s Friday again and that means another dose of the best preparedness, survival, and liberty-minded stories that the internet has to offer. This week brings stories of tragedy, precious metals as currency, stylish concealed carry, alternatives to a bugout location, and some of the oft-forgotten survival preps.

4 Lessons From Our Personal SHTF Event by Todd Walker from Survival Sherpa

In this article Todd takes us through a very difficult time in his life and shares how his own personal disaster has taught him four lessons that can help the prepper deal with life’s curveballs. On a personal note, I would like to thank Todd for putting his story out there so that other’s may benefit from the difficulties he has been forced to endure. You are respected for your intestinal fortitude, sir.

13 States Now Considering Gold and Silver as Money by Simple Man from Backwoods Survival Blog

This post is an interesting tidbit on thirteen different states within the Union that have either passed legislation, are in the process of, or are considering legislation that makes gold and silver bullion legal tender.

The Stylish Man’s Guide to Concealed Carry by Antonio from The Art of Manliness

ZZ Top would love this article. This is the how-to guide for the sharp dressed man that will assist him in concealing his firearm while out on the town. The approach in this article is methodical and covers choosing a firearm, selecting a method of carry, assembling your wardrobe, and enlisting the assistance of a tailor to accomplish this mission.

Alternatives to a Bugout Location – What You Should Consider by Holly Deyo from SHTF Plan

This is a great article about facing the realities of having a bugout location. A hard look is taken at some of the threats that Americans face during our current economic and political climate as well as what some of the realistic options are for bugging out or getting away from these tough situations. One of the greatest offerings in this article is alternatives available to those who don’t have the financial resources to purchase a bugout location.

The Most Often Forgotten Survival Preparations by Brandon Smith from Alt-Market

Brandon Smith from Alt-Market takes a look at some of the overlooked considerations, skills, and preparations that are commonly missed by the modern-day prepper. Some of these things may seem obvious to some and others may seem obscure but it never hurts to be reminded of what we could do better or what we might need to tighten up.

Hope you all had a great week and have great plans for the weekend. Stay safe as the cold weather approaches!

Long-Term Food Storage Resources

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There are some great tools out there on the internet and some of those tools include food storage calculators. I think the most important thing to mention up front is the fact that these calculators are a guideline and are only a starting point of what a family might plan on obtaining if they were going to purchase an entire year’s worth of food. Each family is different and some of these foods will not be eaten by everyone. I can tell you for one that I do not, nor will I ever, have lentils in my food storage. Ain’t gonna happen! With that being said, a food storage calculator can give you an idea of how many pounds of legumes that you should have for your family of four and this will let you know what you should shoot for. You can just get something else instead of lentils. I know I will!

The following websites all have food storage calculators or other information that I found interesting and extremely educational:

Ready NutritionSurvive & Thrive Food Storage Calculator

  • The Survive & Thrive Food Storage Calculator allows the user to calculate custom food storage for individuals and families for adults and children ages eight and older and children ages seven and younger. The time period of food storage can be calculated starting at one month all the way up to five years. Categories of food storage include legumes, grains, sugars, fats/oils, kitchen essentials, and dairy.

There is also a great list on the Ready Nutrition website that I absolutely love. It is by the site owner, Tess Pennington and is as follows,

“First Time Shopping List for an Emergency Food Supply:

1.  10 lbs. of white or wheat flour (both would be better.  Remember the Prepper Golden Rule: 1 is none and 2 is 1).  Those of you who have wheat allergies, click here for alternatives.

2. 10 lbs. of corn meal

3. 5 lbs. of oats

4. 20 lbs of rice (white rice stores better than brown rice)

5. 12 lbs of pasta

6.  20 lbs of beans (pinto beans are usually packed in heavier quantities)

7. 5 lbs of mixed beans (lentils, mixed bean soup, black beans, etc)

8. 5 lbs of sugar

9. 2 lbs of salt

10. 1 gallon of cooking oil

11. 2 large containers of peanut butter

12. 5 lbs of powdered milk

13. 1 lb of baking soda

14. 1 lb of baking powder

15. .5 lbs of yeast

16. 1 gallon of vinegar

17. 1 gallon of drinking water per day  (*I would round-up here.  You can never have too much water.)

18. 1 gallon of bleach for sanitation and treating water”

The Food Guys – Food Storage Calculator

  • From thefoodguys.com, “The following calculator will help you figure the minimum food storage amounts needed for your family. These amounts are based on the recommendations listed in the LDS Church’s Home Production and Storage manual. These figures are recommendations, and are basic year supply minimums only. You will need to choose the best options and foods you should store for your family.” This calculator will allow you to calculate your families basic food storage needs for a year based on adults and children aged seven and older and children aged zero to six in the categories of Grains, Legumes, Fats/Oils, Military/Dairy, Sugars, Cooking Essentials, Fruits, Vegetables, and Water.

Provident Living – Food Storage Calculator

  • Calculate food storage needs in the groups of Grains, Legumes, Dairy Products, Sugars, Leavening Agents, Salt, Fats, and Water for the number of weeks that you want for the number of adults and children over 12 and the number of children under 12.

Food Storage Made Easy – This resource is not a food storage calculator but does have a plethora of information on food storage and how to make it easy. I think that is where the name comes from? There is also an email list that you can sign up for that will get you periodic emails that include baby steps checklists that break down the process of long-term food storage into easy to swallow pieces. [Insert snare drum and cymbal sound bite here for comedic effect.] There is a food storage calculator on this website that is a little more inclusive than some of the others but it is in an Excel spreadsheet format which I find to be less user-friendly than some of the others at the same time.

I hope that some of these tools are useful and provide you and your families and loved ones the resources needed to survive the tough times that may be ahead.

If you know of any additional resources that can assist the preparedness community in storing food in being ready for difficult times please share them in the comments section below.

Are You Prepared To Help Others?

I am a fan of M.D. Creekmore and receive his regular updates from The Survivalist Blog via email. One of the emails that I look forward to getting from him the most is his, ‘What did you do to prep this week?‘ blog post. This past week I was especially intrigued by one of the things that M.D. said was a part of his weekly prep activities. Mr. Creekmore said that he put together five care packages for the unprepared that consisted of some canned food, a small bag of rice, a small bag of pinto beans, and a wool blanket. I thought this was an incredible idea. It addresses the fact that there is always people in need following disasters whether they be from a natural cause or man-made.

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There is a contingent of people who believe when those in need show up at their gate or on their door step that they will just shoot them instead of help them. These are many of the same people who think community building is not necessary and that they will face societal collapse and widespread disaster by themselves. Let’s just say for a moment that there is a person that could look their neighbor of many years straight in the eye while their children look on and shoot them square in the chest. I am sure there are people out there like this but my hope is that they are few and far between. Even if these folks exist, where are they going to stack up all the bodies? The bottom line is…and the whole point of this blabbing on and on is that the average person is not capable of killing another human in cold blood.

The reality is that the few cannot prepare for the masses, but there are a few preparations that can be made such as those that M.D. Creekmore have been making that will make a difficult situation easier.

An example of the contents of a community assistance kit might include:

  • One half-dozen cups of ramen noodles ($2 at any supermarket)
  • A water bottle (this can be obtained for free from many conferences, fairs, and community events)
  • Sewing kit (this is another item that can be obtained for free, often times from a hotel stay)
  • Hygiene kit consisting of hotel shampoo, conditioner, and lotion as well as a dollar store tooth-brush and a trial size toothpaste and trial size deodorant (estimated cost of $3 or less if frugal shopping practices are put to use)
  • Roll of toilet paper (snag the extra roll the next time you stay at a hotel or use one out of the super-duper jumbo pack that you bought at the membership outlet store)
  • Selection of Band-Aids, Alcohol Pads, and Sterile Gauze (something that can also be obtained at the local dollar store and should cost about $1 for each kit if putting together multiple kits)
  • Instead of donating all of your old clothes to the thrift store, sweat pants, t-shirts, sweatshirts, and ski caps are some great items that could be held on to and placed in these assistance kits to offer those in need a change of clothes or additional warmth.
  • All of these items should fit nicely in one of those reusable shopping bags. (this is another item that is commonly obtained for free at community events and conferences)

This is a very basic kit but still comes in with a price tag of about $6 when a little planning is used. Now I am sure there are at least some readers that are thinking…what is this dude’s obsession with hotel stuff? Well, I spend my fair share of time staying in hotels for business purposes which gives me the chance to notice all of the items that are available at hotels. These items are free for the taking and are built-in to the cost of the rooms so you might as well take advantage of this opportunity to add to your preps or create these community assistance kits. Another great resource that could be utilized for stocking these kits is the free section on the local Craigslist website.

Please add your ideas on how to make the best community assistance kits possible for the lowest expose possible in the comments section. Thanks for checking out The Prepared Ninja!

Make Your Own Survival Food!

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There are many websites that are dedicated to dehydrated and backpacking style foods. The design of these foods is have food items that will last for long periods of time and most of the time be able to be stored without refrigeration. As a result of these features, backpacking foods also double as ideal survival foods. Many of the previously mentioned websites will provide expertise and recipes that will allow you to make your own survival foods. But wait, there is more! If you read this article right now, I will provide a few links to valuable resources that will allow you to create your own survival foods should you choose to. OK, so it is obvious that you will not be required to read everything now to take advantage of the links provided but it did add a little infomercial excitement!

One of the primary needs to complete many of these creations is a dehydrator or means of dehydration. This can be achieved through purchasing a dehydrator at one of your local big box stores, buying a higher end dehydrator, or even through solar dehydration. The local chain retailer will likely offer you an affordable dehydrator that will work fairly well and can be acquired for around $50 in most cases. There are also many high end dehydrators that are designed to withstand heavy use for longer periods of time. Which option is better for you is really what it comes down to.

Solar dehydrating is a popular choice as a method for food preservation in underprivileged countries and as a result of this fact, there are several well researched articles that come from humanitarian and charitable organizations around the world. Many of these article go into great detail on the specifics of how to properly dehydrate foods using the sun. For those that are interested in dehydrating foods but might be interested in building their own, plans can be found online for this route as well. The advantage of making your own dehydrator is that you are able to make it almost any size that you want. When I was a kid, my family used to dehydrate fruit by what seemed to be the wheelbarrow full in the dehydrator that my dad built.

If a dehydrator is not part of your present equipment inventory and will not be a part of your life in the near future, do not be discouraged! There are still plenty of survival foods that can be made without the ability to dehydrate. The following are some great resources that I have found for creating your own survival foods at a fraction of the retail cost:

Quiet Journey – A website dedicated to camping and paddlesports, there is also a large collection of recipes that would make ideal foods for survival as well as your outdoor adventures. Some of the more interesting recipes that I saw were big boy burritos, cinnamon buns, and best camp spaghetti.

Dehydrate 2 Store – This is a literal wealth of dehydrating knowledge. Not only does this site include many recipes that can be used to create your survival rations, there are also many tips to help you. Make sure you check out their videos! Some of the recipes that intrigued me included the baked potato, pork fried rice, and instant oatmeal packets.

Backpacking Chef – Some of you may remember an earlier post about the ‘Practically Free Survival Stove‘ which came from the BackpackingChef. Well not only is this a great resource on how to make a survival stove, but also an invaluable place to find information on dehydrated foods, how to make backpacking meals, food packaging, and even how to plan your meals for your time on the trail. Make sure to use Chef Glenn’s recipes to create your own survival foods. Don’t leave without checking out how to make “bark” which can be used for stand alone foods as well as for soup, stew, and sauce bases. There are definitely some foods here that could be used to create some gourmet inspired survival foods.

These are some of my favorite sites for information on making your own survival foods and dehydrated food in general. Do you know of any websites that should be added to this list? Please leave a comment and let me know what I missed.

509 Pages of Pure Preparedness (Free!!!)

Well…I am a little wiped out tonight after a long day at work and helping watch the kids all afternoon so today will not be a post that is chock full o’ endless wisdom. With that being said, I did not want to let the day go by without posting anything at all. I was contacted last night by Christopher Parrett, the owner of the website Another Voice Of Warning offering a great free resource for the Prepared Ninja readers. Another Voice Of Warning is hosting the new 2012 15th Anniversary Edition of the LDS Preparedness Manual. This new update almost doubled the size of the LDS manual! This is a great resource for preppers and is available as a free download here. The price is right. The information is great. There is nothing to lose. Go download the Preparedness Manual now!

I would like to thank Mr. Christopher Parrett and Another Voice Of Warning for not only making this great resource available for free to the prepper community but also for going out of his way to let us know about it here at the Prepared Ninja.

A Blackout Kit For The Common Man

Photo Credit: Popular Mechanics

Yesterday’s post was about a recent power outage that my family and I went through. Part of what got us through our lack of electricity was our blackout kit. A blackout kit defined is simply the basic supplies that an individual or group of people need to get through a period of blackout (failure of the electrical power supply). Sounds simple, right? That’s because it is! There are no parabolic quadratic equations that are mandated here. Because your blackout kit is yours, you can put whatever you think you need in it. So without further ado, I will outline the most comprehensive list of items for a blackout kit that my mind is capable of compiling.

Light

Flashlights w/ Batteries (Include Extras)

Chemical-Illuminescent Lightsticks (Glowsticks)

Candles w/ Matches

Oil Lantern w/ Oil & Matches

Communications

Whistles

Battery Operated AM/FM/Weather Radio w/ Batteries (Include Extras)

Battery Operated Shortwave Radio Receiver W/ Batteries (Include Extras)

Battery Operated CB Radio w/ Batteries (Include Extras)

Old Style Telephone That Draws Power From Phone Line (Found @ Second-Hand/Thrift Stores)

Back-Up Cell Phone (TracFone) – Ideally A Carrier Different Than Your Usual Cell Carrier (Include Car Charger)

Food

Canned Goods

Granola/Energy-Type Bars

Beef Jerky

Hard Candy

Dried Fruits & Nuts

Peanut Butter

Foods That Only Require The Addition of Hot Water

Metal Cup For Heating Water

Manual Can Opener

First Aid

First Aid Kit

First Aid Manual

Emergency Medications

Extra Prescription Glasses

Water

Bottled Water

Water Containers

Water Purification Tablets

Water Purification Device

Drink Mixes

Heat

Indoor Safe Propane Heater w/ Propane

Sterno Fuel w/ Matches

Hand Warmers

Foot Warmers

Tools

Gas Wrench

Wrench For Water Main

Basic Mechanic’s Tool Kit

Multi-tool

Work Gloves

Assorted Fasteners (Nails, Screws, Nuts, Bolts, Hose Clamps, Zip Ties, Etc.)

Security

Firearm w/ Ammunition

Taser

Baseball Bat

Golf Club

Expandable Baton

Knife

Shelter

Mylar Survival Blankets

Sleeping Bags

Blankets

Rain Gear/Emergency Ponchos

Plastic Sheeting w/ Duct Tape

Tarps w/ Twine or Cord

Entertainment

Deck of Cards

Board Games

Battery Operated Hand-Held Games w/ Batteries

Books

Battery Operated MP3 Player w/ Batteries

Documentation

List of Emergency Contacts

Family Contact Roster

Evacuation Plan (Minimum of Two Routed In Each Direction If Possible)

Cash (To Conduct Transactions During Blackout Period)

A blackout kit should remain fairly small and basic if possible. My goal is to make my blackout kit into a plastic tote container or a 5 gallon bucket. This makes the kit easy to store around the house but also easy to load into the car in the event that it needs to be taken with you in a bug out situation.

As always, please make this list the best that it can be by making a comment and pointing out additional items that I may have not thought of or unintentionally omitted from the list.

I’m Back! Prep On $5/Week

Well, it has been quite a while since I have made any posts. I am not dead. I am not even ill. Life has been happening a little and that has kept me busy and part of what has kept me away is a general loss of motivation. Hopefully, I have regained some of my motivation and can get back into the groove of blogging again. Today’s post is a great list of items that can be purchased to start, or add to, your preps for $5.00 a week or less.

The content from today’s post was written by Pete Smith on the blog, Patriots Against the NWO and is titled, Prep Items You Can Buy For $5.00 A Week……….

“The goal of this post is to demonstrate that prepping can be done on the cheap for about $ 5.00 per week. I do not think that I know anyone who could not spare five bucks per week to invest in the ability to feed yourself and your family in the event of being affected by some form of disaster. And if you can do $10.00 a week and add items even faster!

For just $ 5.00 +/- you can buy the following storable things:

FOOD ITEMS

  • Five packages of Idahoan instant potatoes (flavored)
  • A case of ramen noodles (20 pkgs)
  • Five cans of sardines
  • Five gallons of purified water
  • Two cases of bottled water
  • Four cans of peaches, pears or fruit cocktail
  • Two jars of mandarin oranges
  • Five pounds of rice
  • Three to four pounds of spaghetti
  • Three to Four cans of spaghetti sauce
  • Three bags of egg noodles
  • Eight to Ten packages of gravy mix
  • Four cans of whole or sliced new potatoes
  • Four to Five cans of green beans or at least three to four cans of carrots, greens, peas or mixed veggies
  • Two cans of Yams
  • Six to Ten cans of pork and beans
  • One 40 ounce can of Beef Stew
  • Two 12 ounce cans of chicken, tuna or roast beef
  • One 1lb canned ham
  • Three to four cans of refried beans
  • Three to five 12 oz cans of raviolis or spaghetti O’s.
  • Two 12.5 ounce cans of Salmon
  • Five pounds of Oatmeal
  • Three to Four packages Dinty Moore heat and eat meals
  • Five packages of corn bread mix
  • Five pounds of Sugar
  • Five pound of Flour
  • 1.5 quarts of cooking oil
  • Three to Four one pound bags of dry beans
  • Two cans of apple juice
  • One to Two jars of peanut butter
  • Two boxes of yeast
  • Two bags of generic breakfast cereal
  • 10 (8 oz) cans of tomato paste/tomato sauce
  • Four to Five cans of soup
  • Four to Five cans of Chunky soup
  • 8-10 pounds of Iodized salt
  • Two bottles of garlic powder or other spices
  • Two boxes with sugar or 35 packs without sugar of Kool-Aid
  • A can of coffee
  • 2 bottles of powdered coffee creamer
Non-Food Items
  • One manual can opener
  • Two bottles of camp stove fuel
  • 100 rounds of .22lr ammo
  • 25 rounds of 12 ga birdshot or small game loads
  • 20 rounds of .223 ammo
  • One spool of 12lb test monofilament fishing line
  • 2 to 5 packages of hooks and some sinkers or corks.
  • One or Two artificial lures
  • Two packages of soft plastic worms
  • Three Bic Lighters or Three to Four big boxes of matches
  • A Big package of tea lights
  • 50 ft of para cord
  • One roll of duct tape
  • One box of nails or other fasteners
  • One small flashlight
  • 2-4 D-batteries, 4-8 AA or AAA batteries or 2-3 9v batteries
  • One toothbrush and tooth paste
  • One bag of disposable razors
  • Eight bars of ivory soap
  • One box or tampons or bag of pads for the ladies
  • Two gallons of bleach
  • Needles and thread
  • Two Bottles of Lamp Oil
OTC Medications
  • One bottle 500 mg generic Tylenol (acetometaphin)
  • One bottle 200 mg generic advil (ibuprofen)
  • 2 boxes 24 count 25 mg generic Benadryl (diphenhydramine HCI)
  • Two bottles 500 count 325 mg aspirin
  • 2 boxes of generic sudafed
  • 4-5 bottles of alcohol
  • One box of bandages (4×4)
  • One to two boxes of band-aids (generic)
  • 4 bottles of hydrogen peroxide
  • One bottle of multivitamin
  • Two bottles of Generic Pepto-Bismol
Use your brain and look for needed items under $5.00 and make a list and start adding the items every week in no time you will have a stock of needed items!”
While this list is not the end all and be all of emergency preparedness it is a great start and a good way to prep on a budget. Please feel free to chime in and comment on additional items for the list or other recommendations that you may have.

If A Fist Flies At Your Face, Would You Duck?

If there was a tornado headed straight for your house would you take shelter? Tornado or twister, it doesn’t matter which way you word it, you will still get your roof peeled back if one strikes your house. This year has gotten some attention for the number of tornados that have occurred across the nation and for how early in the year they have occurred. There have been all the usual suspects in tornado alley as well as strikes in areas like Michigan. While the occurrence of natural disasters like tornados seem to be routine, this makes it all the more important to ensure that you are prepared for such a disaster if one was to strike your area.

An associated press article that was published yesterday outlines how many families in the Southern United States are installing storm shelters in their homes. One of the things that I found particularly interesting about this article was the fact that the author mentions installing a storm shelter in tornado country as being an “unusual extra step to be ready next time.” It is always perplexing to me that taking measures such as putting a storm shelter into your home in an area of the country where there are tornados every year would be taken as unusual. Especially after the last few years where there have been so many deadly tornados.

One of the things that also struck me about this article is the way that some states have chosen to use the federal funding they have received for safe rooms. Some states have elected to pass this money directly on to their citizens in the form of tax credits or rebates for those that choose to install shelters in their homes or on their properties. Other states have elected to use this money for community shelters that are centrally located shelters that hold larger numbers of citizens. The individual shelter rebates make sense to me. What I can’t wrap my head around is the community shelters. It is not that it doesn’t make sense to have such shelters, but there isn’t much information on where these shelters are being built. If they are in urban areas or even near trailer parks, these are places where it might make sense. Otherwise, what good is a community shelter if you have to drive through a tornado to get to it?

I say that if you know there is a good chance that you will experience a tornado or other significant natural disaster, then having a storm shelter is the only logical decision. This is especially true when there are many shelter options that are available for less than $5,000. Why would anyone choose any different? It would also be wise to have an emergency preparedness kit that includes the items to meet your basic survival needs stored in your storm shelter.

Storm Shelter Resources:

Build Your Own Storm Shelter

List of Tested Storm Shelters (Includes the Manufacturers)

From the Tornado Project – Things to consider when looking at commercially manufactured storm shelters:

  • What kind of material is used in its manufacture? Shelters may be made of concrete, steel, fiberglass, or other materials. Each one has its advantages and disadvantages, for both installation and long-term use.
  • What style would best suit our needs and situation? There are storm shelters that are meant to be built into a new home, there are storm shelters that are meant to be installed in an existing home, there are storm shelters that are meant to be installed in the ground adjacent to a home. Some manufacturers are marketing “double duty” shelters, that can be used for valuables or extra storage area.
  • If you live in an area where you are affected by hurricanes, you will want to use the shelter for protection from them as well. So you will need to consider the possibility of storm surge in determining whether or not you want an underground or partially underground shelter.
  • How thick is the fiberglass/steel/concrete? Thick enough to withstand the stresses that will undoubtedly be put on it whether there is a tornado or not?
  • Were engineers involved with the design or is this an offshoot of another business that makes a different product that is not subject to the kind of stresses a storm shelter has?
  • What sizes are available?
  • How many people can fit comfortably into the shelter?
  • What provision is made for seating?
  • What provision is made for lighting?
  • What provision is made for ventilation, especially if the door is blocked for several hours?
  • Is there storage space for emergency supplies like water, a first aid kit, etc?
  • Does the entry to the shelter open outward, inward, or slide sideways?
  • Is there provision for getting out if the door is blocked or a tree falls on it?
  • How high is the water table in your area, and what provision is there to keep the shelter in position? If you have a high water table, you don’t want water leaking into the shelter, nor do you want it bobbying up out of the ground.
  • If I live on a flood plain that sees frequent high water, what provision has been made to keep flood water from entering the shelter?
  • Is the shelter seamless, or are there seams that might allow water or soil in?
  • How deeply does the soil freeze? If you live in a northern climate, you don’t want the frost in the ground buckling or cracking the sides or forcing the shelter out of the ground little by little.
  • How far down is the bedrock in your area? Shallow soils above bedrock may add considerably to the installation cost, although it doesn’t prevent you from installing an underground shelter.
  • Shelters may be partially sunk into the ground, then banked with soil. What is the cost of drawing in additional dirt to bank a storm cellar that is only half underground?
  • What is the basic cost of the shelter?
  • Can I have it shipped here and install it myself with local help?
  • What “accessories” are available and what is the cost of each?
  • What is the cost of installation if we have to drill through rock to put it underground?
  • What is the cost to ship it to my location? The proximity to a dealer is often THE determining factor in choosing a shelter! Fortunately, there are a number of manufacturers with dealers in many states, so the choices now are better than they were a few years ago.
  • What is the installation cost if there is no bedrock?
  • How long a warranty is provided, and what does it cover?
  • What circumstances might negate that warranty?
  • What if I have a problem with it a few years from now–what kind of support do the company offer?
  • Are there additional costs I haven’t asked about, and if so, what are they?
  • What is the amount of time it will take to complete the installation process?
  • Will unwelcome guests like rodents, snakes, scorpions, etc, be able to get into the shelter and either live or even worse, die there?
  • What kind of monthly/yearly maintainance is required or suggested?
  • How long has the company been in business? The longer the company has been in business, the more likely it is that they have created a good product and stand behind it. And the more likely they are still going to be around if you do have problems.
  • Ask for the names of previous customers that have shelters and speak to them about the performace of the product.

Also ask yourself:

  • Are there underground pipes, conduits, gas lines, sewer lines, or cables that will have to be considered in or near the location you want to put your shelter?
  • Will their location have a part in determining which shelter is possible?
  • Do I want to consider investing in a larger shelter, and purchasing it jointly with a neighbor(s)? Is the neighbor going to be there permanently–is it another family member–might be factors here.

Effective Food Heating in a Survival Situation

There are many potential issues that can arise during a survival situation. There are also many issues that will come about whether or not you find yourself in a survival situation. One of the absolute needs that everyone must address regardless of the situation in which you find yourself is fuel for the body, most commonly known as food. What complicates food preperation in an emergency or survival situation is a lack of cooking methods that are readily available. If the power is out then there is no electricity to use an electric stove, oven, toaster, microwave, etc. Even if a gas stove is available it may not be a viable option due to the dangers of doing so after a natural disaster. This leaves the option of an independent system such as a camp stove, backpacking stove, BBQ grill, or similar type of system. Any of these are likely to be good options for a home or base camp but because of their bulk, they are not good options for a bug out bag or vehicle kit.

So what is the answer to this quandry? My preferred solution is chafing fuel that is designed for foodservice use. This is also referred to as canned heat or Sterno and it is what you would see under a chafing dish at a catered event. What I think makes this an ideal solution for emergency kits including is the fact that there is no liquid or gas cooking fuel. Canned heat, being a foodservice product, is designed to be used indoors which is another significant advantage over other emergency cooking options which usually require significant ventilation.

The advantages that are offered by canned heat compared to other options are:

1. Compact Size

2. Light Weight

3. Low Cost

4. Long Cooking Time

5. Ideal Ratio of Size/Weight to Cooking Time

The disadvantages that must be overcome by using canned heat are:

1. Inability to boil water.

2. The need to purchase or create a stand that will hold a pot or pan over the can.

3. Flame is small and can be extinguished by stiff winds.

Canned heat is not the end all/be all of survival solutions. But for about $5 you can buy yourself about 12 hours of emergency cooking power that can be taken anywhere and used for a myriad of purposes.

Emergency Contact Information…Never Be Without It!

There is some information, usually referred to as Emergency Contact Information (ECI) or In Case of Emergency (ICE) information, that can be key to resolving an emergency situation quickly. This information can vary from situation to situation depending on the circumstances but for the most part there are a few key pieces that you should have on you at all times. This should not really be for you but for emergency responders or anyone else such as a co-worker or good Samaritan that might be assisting you in the event of an emergency or disaster. My recommendation would be to place this information on a business card size piece of heavy paper or card stock.

Information that should be located on an emergency contact information card includes:

Your Name, Date of Birth, Address and Phone Number

Local Point of Contact #1 – Name, Relationship, Primary Phone Number and Secondary Phone Number + Text Number (If Separate)

Local Point of Contact #2 – Name, Relationship, Primary Phone Number and Secondary Phone Number + Text Number (If Separate)

Local Point of Contact #3 – Name, Relationship, Primary Phone Number and Secondary Phone Number + Text Number (If Separate)

Out-Of-Town Point of Contact – Name, Relationship and Phone Number + Text Number (If Separate)

Name and Phone Number of Physician(s)

Health Insurance Company, Policy Number and Phone Number

List of Health Conditions, Blood Type, Current Medications and Any Allergies

Other Pertinent or Important Information

The best way to keep this information on your person is on a laminated card in your wallet right behind your driver’s license. This way when the fire fighter, EMT, good Samaritan, police officer, etc. pulls out your driver’s license to see who you are, they will also see that you have additional pertinent information that can assist them in helping you. The purpose for having name, address, and phone number on the card as well is because you may not always have your driver’s license with you. If you are a runner, walker, biker, etc. it would be beneficial to keep this emergency contact card on your person in the event that there was an accident. It is unfortunate to think about but people out exercising get hit by cars, become incoherent as a result of heat exhaustion, or even suffer from other environmental injuries. Something as simple as an emergency information card can make a bad situation a little bit better by getting medical professionals the most accurate information about you and your loved ones by your side faster.

In addition to using the emergency contact card for yourself, it is a great idea to put a card with your childs information in their school bag. Also attach a card to your childs car seat in the event you were knocked unconscious in a vehicle wreck so that emergency responders would still be able to get your childs information as quickly as possible.

NOTE: If you are an international traveller this information is especially important to keep with you. In addition to the information that is already listed, international travellers should add the local address where you are staying as well as the country code for the phone numbers where their points of contact can be reached.

US Air Force Pararescue Trauma Ruck/Vest

This is the second installment on the Pararescue Med Kits for the Air Force. In addition to the primary medical kit that was already covered, PJ’s or Pararescue Jumpers also have Trauma Rucks and Trauma Vests at their disposal. The wide variety of options is no doubt geared to accomodate the many tasks that a PJ could be called to undertake at any time. It seems to me that the trauma vest would obviously be worn while based on the contents of the trauma ruck it seems like something that would be located in a vehicle or aircraft.

DISCLAIMER: This kit contains items that require a prescription to legally obtain and items that require special training to safely and properly use. This information is provided for educational purposes only and should not be interpreted as any encouragement to obtain any certain piece of equipment for personal or professional use or to attempt any medical protocols or procedures that you are not properly trained and licensed to perform.

USAF SOF Trauma Ruck Pack List

2 EA – Carabiner

1 PG – Battery Non-Rechargeable AAA

1 PG – Battery Non-Rechargeable AA

1 PG – Lamp Incandescent 2.5 v

1 EA – Lamp Incandescent .280 Amps

1 BX – Light, Chemilluminescent, Red

1 BX – Light, Chemilluminescent, Blue

1 BX – Light, Chemilluminescent, Green

2 EA – Shield Light, Chemillumenescent

1 BX – Light, Chemilluminescent, IR

10 EA – Naloxone HCL Inj.

144 EA – Lubricant Surgical 5gm

10 EA – Epinephrine Inj. 1ml

1 PG – Diphenhydramine HCL

1 BX – Lidocaine 1% 50 ml

25 EA – Cefazolin Sodium f/Inj. 1gm

12 EA – Sodium Chloride Inj. 1000ml

10 EA – Ketorolac Tromethamine

2 EA – Dressing First Aid

12 EA – Bandage 37x37x52 in

2 EA – Dressing Field 11-3/4 in

4 EA – Dressing First Aid 7.75in

1 PG – Sponge Surgical 4x4in

1 PG – Bandage Gauze 6x180in

1 PG – Pad Isopropyl Alcohol

12 EA – Adhesive Tape Surgical White 1in

4 EA – Adhesive Tape Surgical 3”

12 EA – Bandage Elastic 4.5yds x 6in

1 PG – Applicator Povidone-Iodine

12 EA – Gauze Petrolatum 3x36in

2 EA – Sheet Burn-Trauma 66×99

1 PG – Dressing Occlusive Adhesive

10 EA – Tube Tracheal Disposable 28cm

10 EA – Tube Tracheal 7mm Id

10 EA – Tube Tracheal 32cm Lg

1 PG – IV Injector 78in Long

1 PG – Tube Stomach Surgical 16FR

1 EA – Stylet Cath-Tu Copper

1 EA – Forceps Tracheal Tube Adult

2 EA – Forceps Hemo 8.75-9.25 in

1 EA – Saw Finger Ring 6”Lg

2 EA – Tourniquet Non-Pneumatic 41.5IN

12 EA – Suture Non-Absorbable Surgical Size0

2 EA –  Infusor Blood Col-Dispn

1 PG – Needle Hypodermic 25ga

1 BX – Airway Pharyngeal 100mm

36 EA – Suture Non-Absorbable 4-0

1 PG – Needle Hypodermic 18ga

1 PG – Needle Hypodermic 21ga

10 EA – Tube Drain 36FR

1 EA – Blade Laryngoscope 158mm

10 EA – Valve Surgical Drain 4.5in

1 EA – Stethoscope Combination Adult Size

2 PG – Scissors Bandage7.25”

1 EA – Blade Laryngoscope 130mm

36 EA – Suture Non-Absorbable 3-0

1 EA – Sphygmomanometer

36 EA – Suture Non-Absorbable 5-0

20 EA – Syringe Hypodermic 60cc

12 EA – Airway Nasopharyngeal 28 FR

1 EA – Blade Laryngoscope Adult Size

10 EA – Airway Nasopharyngeal 32FR

1 PG – Catheter Introducer

2 EA – Tourniquet Adult 14×1”

1 PG – Knife General Size 10

1 PG – Gloves Surgical Size 7-1/2

1 PG – Airway Nasopharyngeal 30 FR

1 EA – Handle Laryngoscope

1 EA – Resuscitator Hand-Powered

12 EA – Splint Universal 36×4.5″

12 EA – Airway Nasopharyngeal 26FR

1 PG – Mask/Rebreather Bag Disposable

1 PG – Catheter/Needle 16ga

1 PG – Catheter/Needle 18ga

1 PG – Catheter & Needle 14ga

1 EA – Injector Tube Plastic Reusable

1 EA – Traction Apparatus

1 PG – Syringe Hypodermic 10ml Luer Lock

1 EA – Suction Unit Airway

6 EA – Detector End-Tidal

1 PG  -Tube Drainage

1 EA – Cricothyroidotomy Kit

2 EA – Support Cervical

1 EA – Oximeter Pulse 110/220

1 PG – Container Disposal

1 EA – Litter Poleless Nylon

1 PG – Bag Sterilization

1 EA – Pack Medical Trauma

1 EA – Bag Oxygen Management

1 PG – Goggles Protective

1 SE – Surgical Instrument Set Minor Surgical

2 EA – Snake Bite Kit

1 EA – Test Kit Occult Blood

1 PG – Glove Laboratory

1 EA – Regulator Oxygen Pressure

4 EA – Blanket Casualty OD/Silver

1 BX – Hook Shower Curtain Suspension

1 RO – Tape Pressure Sensitive

1 BX – Bag Plastic Flat 12in

1 EA – Cylinder Oxygen Compressed

USAF SOF Trauma Vest Pack List

1 EA – Black Butt Pack

12 EA – Battery Non-Rechargeable 1.5v

1 EA – Flashlight 3v DC Black

1 BX – Light, Chemilluminescent, Red

1 BX – Light, Chemilluminescent, Blue

1 BX – Light, Chemilluminescent, Green

6 EA – Dressing First Aid

4 EA – Bandage 37x37x52 in

1 EA – Dressing Field 11-3/4 in

4 EA – Dressing First Aid 7.75iN

1 PG – Sponge Surgical 4x4in

1 PG – Bandage Gauze 6x180in

12 RO – Adhesive Tape Surgical White 1in

4 RO – Adhesive Tape Surgical 3”

10 EA – Bandage Elastic 4in x 4.5yd

12 EA – Gauze Petrolatum 3x36in

2 EA – Tourniquet Non-Pneumatic 41.5IN

1 BX – Airway Oropharyngeal 100mm

1 PG – Scissors Bandage7.25”

12 EA – Airway Nasopharyngeal 28FR

10 EA – Airway Nasopharyngeal 32FR

1 BX – Catheter-Needle 14ga

1 PG – Glove Laboratory

1 EA – Blanket Casualty OD/Silver

1 PG – Clips All Purpose

1 EA – Vest Medical Trauma

1 EA – Belt Individual Equipment

THE NEXT AND LAST INSTALLMENT OF SPECIAL OPERATIONS MEDICAL KITS WILL COME FROM THE US ARMY RANGERS AND SHOULD BE POSTED ON MONDAY IF ALL GOES AS PLANNED. THANKS FOR EXPLORING THE WORLD OF MILITARY OPERATIONAL MEDICINE KITS WITH ME!

US Navy Special Warfare Medical Kit

Today is part three of the military elite medical kit series where I will cover the combat trauma kit that is used by the Navy SEALs. The Navy SEALs are like all of America’s military elite, an outstanding group of warriors. Some of the most heroic accounts that I have read about the war in Afghanistan have revolved around the action of the Navy SEALs. Last year, in cooperation with the best rotary wing pilots in the world, the 160th SOAR (Special Operations Aviation Regiment), and other special operations forces, the Navy SEALs of SEAL Team Six KILLED Osama bin Laden. There is no doubt that some of the SEALs that were on the mission that night were trained in the most advanced operational medicine skills available today and were likely carrying a medical bag that contained some of the items contained in the Naval Special Warfare Combat Trauma Med Kit.

DISCLAIMER: This kit contains items that require a prescription to legally obtain and items that require special training to safely and properly use. This information is provided for educational purposes only and should not be interpreted as any encouragement to obtain any certain piece of equipment for personal or professional use or to attempt any medical protocols or procedures that you are not properly trained and licensed to perform.

Naval Special Warfare

Combat Trauma Authorized Medical Allowance List

CASE

1 EA – LBT 1468A-Advanced Life Support Combat Medical Bag

PATIENT EXAM/TREATMENT

2 EA – Sets of Exam Gloves

1 EA – Stethoscope

1 EA – Skin Marker

1 EA – Exam Penlight

3 EA – Syringe, Sterile 10cc

2 EA – Syringe, Sterile 5cc

3 EA – Needle, Sterile Disposable 18g

3 EA – Needle, Sterile Disposable 21g

3 EA – Safety Pins, Large

PHARMACEUTICAL

2 EA – Betadine Solution, .5oz Bottle

2 EA – Morphine 10mg/ml, 60mg Injectable

1 EA – Tubex Injector Tube

4 EA – Nalbuphine (Nubain) 20mg/ml, 2ml Injectable

5 EA – Epinephrine 1mg/ml (1:1,000) 1ml

2 EA – Diphenhydramine 50mg/ml, 1ml

5 EA – Water for Injection, 5ml

2 EA – Ceftriaxone (Rocephine) 1g Vial

2 EA – Clindamycin 150mg/ml, 6ml Vial

2 EA – Cefoxitin (Mefoxin) 1g Vial

2 EA – Saline/Heparin Lock Flush Sets*

6 EA – Naloxone (Narcan) .4mg/ml, 1ml

1 EA – Promethazine Injection 25mg/ml, 10ml Vial

INTRAVENOUS AND DRUG THERAPY

1 EA – Hetastarch (Hespan) 500ml

1 EA – Lactated Ringers 500ml (1000ml LR Optional)

2 EA – Macro Drip IV Administration Sets

4 EA – IV Catheter 18g 1 1/4”

2 EA – IV Catheter 16g 1 1/4”

1 EA – IV Catheter 14g 1 1/4”

1 EA – Blood Collection Tourniquet or Penrose Drain

1 EA – Pressure Infuser IV Disposable

2 EA – Luer Lock

2 EA – IV Vein-A-Guard Tape/Opsite

1 EA – IV Stopcock, 3 Way

1 EA – Velcro IV Tourniquet*

AIRWAY

1 EA – Oral Pharyngeal Airway #4

1 EA – Oral Pharyngeal Airway #5

1 EA – Oral Pharyngeal Airway #6

1 EA – Nasopharyngeal Airway # 32 Adult

2 EA – Xylocaine 2% Jelly, 5ml Tube

1 EA – Laryngoscope Handle

1 EA – Laryngoscope Blade Macintosh #3

1 EA – Laryngoscope Blade Macintosh #4

1 EA – Laryngoscope Blade Miller #3

1 EA – Intubation Stylet (14f)*

2 EA – Endotracheal Tube 7.5mm

1 EA – Endotracheal Tube 6.0mm (Cricothyrotomy)*

2 EA – Tongue Blades

TRAUMA

4 EA – Vaseline Gauze 4 x 4”

2 EA – Asherman Chest Dressing

2 EA – Bandage, Cotton, Elastic, Wrap/Ace

4 EA – Bandage 6 Ply x 3 Yds. Kerlix

2 EA – Dressing Field 4” x 7”

1 EA – Dressing Field 7 1/2” x 8”

3 EA – Bandage 37” x 37” x 52” (Cravat)

2 EA – Surgical Blade #10

1 EA – Surgical Blade #11*

2 EA – Gauze Sponges 2” x 2”

4 EA – Gauze Sponges 4” x 4”

1 EA – Adhesive Tape 1”

1 EA – Adhesive Tape 2”

3 EA – Suture 2-0 Nylon Armed With Cutting Needle

8 EA – Alcohol Pads

2 EA – Hemostats, Curved Kelly*

1 EA – 30cc Syringe

1 EA – Trauma Scissors

WATERPROOF BAG

1 EA – LBT1468B-WATERPROOF BAG

COMBAT/JUNGLE LITTER

1 EA – LBT 1681 COMBAT/JUNGLE LITTER 1

(*) Indicates a recommended, but not required to carry item. Note: This is the min. Combat and or Combat training loadout requirements.

CHECK BACK TOMORROW FOR EXPANDED COVERAGE OF THE AIR FORCE PARARESCUE MEDICAL KITS.

US Army Special Forces Medical Kit

In a continuation from yesterday’s post I am posting the packing list for the United States Army Special Operations Forces General Purpose Medical Kit. The US Army Special Forces, AKA “Green Berets” are probably the most talked about special operators in the States. I think this is because they are the most well known special forces in the military. Most of them, from my experience, I would say live up to their reputation of quiet professionals and excel in every aspect of ground combat, rebuilding operations, and a plethora of other incredibly useful skills. The Army Special Forces Med Kit is designed to be packed into an M5 aid bag (see picture) which is a great bag. This happens to be a medical platform that has been in use by US ground forces in various capacities since World War II. I happen to own the M5 bag that is manufatured by Tactical Tailor and I think it is the best aid bag that I have owned.

One caveat that I would like to mention is that as a result of the Global War on Terror, some of the items here have been replaced with new technologies that have come out and other items have been added to the medical inventory of USASOC that would likely be found in a Special Forces Medic’s Aid Bag if you were to look today. Some of the new items that you would likely find are:

Emergency Trauma Dressing (Israeli Battle Dressing)

Celox or QuikClot

HyFin Chest Seal

SOF-T Tourniquet (Special Operations Forces-Tactical)

DISCLAIMER: This kit contains items that require a prescription to legally obtain and items that require special training to safely and properly use. This information is provided for educational purposes only and should not be interpreted as any encouragement to obtain any certain piece of equipment for personal or professional use or to attempt any medical protocols or procedures that you are not properly trained and licensed to perform.

General Purpose, US Army, Special Operations Forces

Suggested M5 Packing List

Airway/Breathing Management

1 EA – Airway, Nasopharyngeal

1 EA – Airway, Oropharyngeal, Lg.

1 EA – Airway, Oropharyngeal, Med.

1 EA – Ambu-Bag

2 EA – Asherman Device

1 EA – Endotracheal Tube, 7 Fr.

1 EA – Endotracheal Tube, 8 Fr.

4 EA – Gauze, Vaseline

1 EA – Heimlich Valve

1 EA – Laryngoscope Blade, Macintosh, #4

1 EA – Laryngoscope Blade, Miller, #3

1 EA – Laryngoscope Handle, Pediatric

1 EA – Pocket Mask

1 EA – Stethoscope

2 EA – Stopcock, 3 Way

1 EA – Syringe, 50-60cc

2 EA – Thoracotomy Tube, 32 Fr.

1 EA – Tracheostomy Tube, Cuffless

Circulation Management

1 EA – Bandage, Dyna-Flex, Cohesive Compression 2” x 5 Yd.

4 EA – Bandage, Kerlex Gauze, 4” Roll

8 EA – Bandage, Muslin

4 EA – Blade, Surgical, #10

2 EA – Blade, Surgical, #11

1 EA – Case Medical Inst & Supply Set, Complete w/Instruments

2 EA – Catheter, 14 Ga.

4 EA – Catheter, 16 Ga.

6 EA – Catheter, 18 Ga.

Circulation Management

3 EA – Drain, Penrose, 1”, Sterile

2 EA – Dressing, Field 11 3/4” x 11 3/4”

8 EA – Dressing, Field 4” x 7”

2 EA – Dressing, Field 7 1/2” x 8”

4 EA – Infusion Set, IV 10 gtts/ml

2 EA – Normal Saline, 1L

5 EA – Pads, Nonadherent, 4” x 4”

1 EA – Tape, Microfoam, 3”

2 EA – Tape, Nylon, 1”

Disability/Exposure/Vitals Asses/Mgt

1 EA – Otoscope/Ophthalmoscope Set, Heine-Mini

1 PR – Scissors, Bandage

1 EA – Sphygmomanometer

1 EA – Thermometer, Oral

1 EA – Thermometer, Rectal

Surgery

10 EA – Gauze Sponge, 2” x 2”

10 EA – Gauze Sponge, 4” x 4”

2 PR – Gloves, Sterile

1 VL – Marcaine, 0.5%, 50ml

1 BT – Betadine, 2 oz.

3 PK – Betadine Swab Sticks, 3/pk

1 EA – Sponge w/Brush, Surgical, Betadine

2 PK – Steri-Strips, 1/2”

2 PK – Suture Nylon, 3-0 w/ Needle

2 PK – Suture Nylon, 4-0 w/ Needle

2 PK – Suture Silk, Size 0 w/o Needle

2 PK – Suture Vicryl, 3-0 w/ Needle

2 PK – Suture Vicryl, 4-0 w/ Needle

2 PK – Suture Silk, 0-0, w/ Needle

Emergency Medications

2 EA – Benadryl, 50mg/ml, 1ml Vial

1 EA – Epinephrine, 1:1000, 10ml Vial

1 BT – Morphine Sulfate, 15mg/ml, 30ml

60 EA – Naproxen, 500 mg Tablets

4 EA – Narcan, 0.4mg/ml, 1ml Vial

4 EA – Needle, 18 Ga., 1.5”

4 EA – Needle, 25 Ga., 1.5”

6 EA – Phenergan, 25mg/ml Vial

4 EA – Syringe, 10cc

20 EA – Pads, Alcohol

20 EA – Pads, Betadine

Antibiotics/Antifungals

20 EA – Augmentin 875mg Tablets

1 BT – Nitroglycerin Tablets, 0.4mg, 25/bt

40 EA – Erythromycin 500mg Tablets

12 EA – Fluconazole, 150 mg Tablets

20 EA – Levaquin, 500mg Tablets

40 EA – Metronidazole 500mg Tablets

1 EA – Unasyn, 3 gm, Powder Pack

General Medications

12 EA – Bags, Drug Dispensing

24 EA – Imodium, 2mg Capsules

1 EA – Mupirocin Ointment, 15gm Tube

24 EA – Phenergan, 25 mg Tablets

50 EA – Psuedo-Gest, 60mg Tablets

1 EA – Triamcinolone Cream, 15 gm Tube

20 EA – Valium, Tablets

20 EA – Vicodin, Tablets

50 EA – Zantac, 150mg Tablets

50 EA – Zyrtec, 10mg Tablets

Miscellaneous Items

6 EA – Batteries, AA

5 EA – Blade, Tongue

1 EA – Eye Patch Kit

1 EA – Field Medical Cards Book

1 EA – Flashlight, Mini-Mag

6 PR – Gloves, Exam

1 EA – Jackstrap, Mini-Mag Head Strap

1 EA – Moleskin, 20” Square

2 EA – Splint, Flexible, “SAM”

1 EA – Snake Bite Kit, Sawyer, “Extractor”

4 EA – Surgilube, 5 gm Packet

4 PK – Swab, Benzoin Tincture

2 EA – Bandage Elastic, 4” x 4.5 Yds.

10 EA – Bandaids 3/4” x 3”

MAKE SURE TO COME BACK TOMORROW FOR THE NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE MEDICAL KIT PACKING LIST.

U.S. Air Force Pararescue Medical Kit

Photo Credit: airforce.com
Photo Credit: airforce.com

I think that one of the best ways to come up with an effective and comprehensive medical kit is to look to professionals that render medical care in the most austere environments in the world. Often this care is given under circumstances that will never even be mentioned to the public because of the sensitive nature of the mission. If a medical kit is good enough to rescue America’s heroes from the toughest situations imaginable then it is likely a good model to develop a medical kit for use in a survival or disaster/emergency preparedness situation. I believe the United States Air Force Pararescuemen are some of the most professional and impressive emergency medical care providers in existence and I choose to use their medical kit as a guide when putting my kits together. Use it if you think it would be beneficial, but I would recommend at least taking a look.

DISCLAIMER: This kit contains items that require a prescription to legally obtain and items that require special training to safely and properly use. This information is provided for educational purposes only and should not be interpreted as any encouragement to obtain any certain piece of equipment for personal or professional use or to attempt any medical protocols or procedures that you are not properly trained and licensed to perform.

So…without further ado, here is the packing list for the U.S. Air Force Pararescue Medical Kit:

U.S. Air Force Pararescue

Primary Medical Kit Packing List

FIELD PACK W/FRAME, ALCE, LARGE                                      

(All quantities are minimums./Suitable substitutes may be used upon request.)

UPPER LEFT SMALL PKT

Packing Note: Scissors stored loose in pocket.

1 PG – Band-Aid

1 PG – First Aid Kit, Eye Dressing

2 EA – 4×4 Post Op Sponge

2 EA – Chapstick

1 TU – Bactrocan

2 PR – Ear Plugs

1 EA – Bandage Scissors, Large

UPPER CENTER SMALL PKT

Packing Note: Steri-Strips will need to be added to surgical kit (not a component of kit).

2 EA – Space Blanket

1 EA – Tape, Surgical, 1” Waterproof

1 EA – Surgical Kit:(Following are the components)

1 EA – Case, Minor Surgery, Surgical Instrument Set

2 PG – Blade, Surgial Knife, Detachable, CS no. 10, 6S

2 PG – Blade, Surgial Knife, Detachable, CS no. 11, 6S

1 EA – Holder, Suture, Needle, Hegar-Mayo, 6 inch

1 EA – Forceps, Dressing, Straight, 5 1⁄2 inch

2 EA – Forceps, Hemostatic, Straight, Kelly 5 1/3 inch

1 EA – Handle, Surgical Knife, Detachable Blade

1 PG – Needle, Suture, Surg, Reg, Size 12 3/8 Circle 6S

1 PG – Needle, Suture, Surg, Reg, Size 16 3/8 Circle 6S

1 EA – Probe, General Operating, Straight, 5inch

12 PG – Suture, Nonab, Surg, Silk, Braided, Size 0 12S 6

12 PG – Suture, Nonab, Surg, Silk, Braided, Size 00 12S 6

1 EA – Scissors, Straight 5-1/2 inch

2 EA – Steri-Strip 1/8 inch

LOWER CENTER LRG PKT (BANDAGE POCKET)

Packing Note: Bandage scissors stored loose in pocket.

1 EA – Bandage Scissors, Large

6 EA – Povidine/Iodine 4” Applicator

1 EA – 11” Battle Dressing

4 EA – Battle Packs: (consisting of)

1 EA – Tourniquet

1 EA – Battle Dressing Small

1 EA – Ace Wrap

2 EA – Petrolatum Gauze And/Or Sodium Chloride Gauze

1 EA – Muslin Bandage

1 EA – Kerlix (In Mfg Wrapper)

1 EA – 4×4 Gauze Sponges

1 EA – 8×8 Ziplock Bag

1 PR – Gloves, High Risk Large

LOWER LEFT LRG PKT (AIRWAY POCKET)

Packing Note: Either type laryngoscope blade may be used.

1 EA – Handle, Laryngoscope

1 EA – Blade, Laryngoscope Miller #2

1 EA – Blade, Laryngoscope, Macintosh #3

1 RO – Tape, Surgical, 1” Waterproof

3 EA – Endotracheal Tube 7.5

3 EA – Stylet, ET

3 EA – Berman Airway Adult

1 EA – 18 Ga. Cath

2 PG – Alcohol Pads

1 EA – Kelly Hemo 5 1⁄2 Inch

1 EA – Heimlich Valve

2 EA – Nasopharyngeal Airway (Trumpet)

2 EA – Surgilube Packets

1 EA – Knife, Gen. Surg #10

4 EA – Finger Cot

1 EA – Pocket Mask

1 EA – Syringe Hypo 10cc

1 EA – 12×12 Ziplock Bag

LOWER RIGHT LRG PKT (FLUID POCKET)

Packing Note: 1. Fluid bag will be unwrapped and stored in the infusor cuff.  2. Remaining IV items will be packed in an appropriate sized ziplock bag and stored between the fluid bag and the infusor cuff or taped directly to IV/infusor cuff.

1 EA – IV Infusor Kit(consisting of)

1 EA – Sodium Chloride 1000ML

1 EA – Infusor Cuff

1 EA – IV Admin Set

3 EA – Alcohol Pad

1 EA – 80lb Test Line, 36”

1 EA – Penrose Drain

1 EA – 18 Ga Cath

1 EA – 20 Ga Cath

1 EA – 14 Ga Cath

1 EA – 8×8 Ziplock Bag

BOTTOM ACCESSORY POUCH

1 EA – Poleless Litter

1 EA – Cervical Collar, Reg.

RADIO PKT INSIDE PACK (FLUID/DIAGNOSTIC POCKET)

Packing Note: Battle packs are packed in individual bags.

2 EA – IV Infusor Kit

2 EA – Battle Packs

2 EA – Needle, 21 Ga

1 EA – Normal Saline

1 EA – Diagnostic Kit (consisting of)

1 EA – BP cuff

1 EA – Stethoscope

2 EA – Penlight

1 EA – Subnormal Thermometer

1 EA – Foley Catheter

3 EA – Surgilube Packets

1 EA – Rectal Thermometer

1 EA – 12×12 Ziplock Bag

INSIDE MAIN POCKET

NOTE: 1. Battle packs will be in individual bags. 2. Splints may be wire ladder, SAM, or both. 3. Kerlex and 4×4 sponges may be packed together in one bag or as separate bags.

3 EA – Battle Packs

2 EA – Ice Pack, (As Required)

2 EA – Heat Pack, (As Required)

2 EA – Flexible Splint, Padded or Wire Ladder Splint or SAM Splint

6 EA – Kerlex

6 EA – 4×4 Sponges, Post Op

1 EA – Kendrick Traction Device (KTD)

1 EA – 12×12 Ziplock Bag

1 EA – V-Vac Suction

UPPER FLAP POCKET

A/R – Non-Medical Items

A/R – Batteries, AAA

A/R – Batteries, AA

1 EA – Medication & Procedure Handbook

3 EA – Patient Treatment Cards

4 EA – High Risk Gloves, Med. Or High Risk Gloves, Large

Is Prepping “Out There”?

I love how the media and mainstream thought process puts the idea of preparedness as being so far out there. How is living to see tomorrow such a crazy idea? If that is indeed a wild idea then why doesn’t everyone that thinks that way just do themselves in? It just blows my mind.

Not everyone obviously feels that buying food when the prices are low and establishing backup systems of support is a bad idea. One of the people who has been proclaiming the need to be prepared is Glenn Beck. While not everyone may agree with him politically (I happen to like the guy), I think as a preparedness community we must admire Glenn for using his platform to spread the message of preparedness and the need to make the changes that we want to see in the country. Mr. Beck not only spreads the word about preparedness but he gives his viewers and/or listeners tools that can be used to help better prepare themselves for the tough times that we may be in for as a country. The bottom line is that whether the country crumbles into tiny pieces like a school lunch cookie or no catastrophic apocalypse happens at all, there is a need to be prepared. Everyone at some point in their life will suffer a personal disaster whether it is a tornado, loss of a job, a home invasion, or the loss of a loved one. This is the reality of disaster preparedness. Local and personal disasters that affect small groups of people in comparison to the nation as a whole are far more likely to happen.

See what Glenn Beck recommends for your 72 Hour Kit and Go Bag as well as what you can do to prepare for the tough times ahead.

 

Less Than 10 Months Until The Mayan Apocalypse!

Ok, just to be clear I do not really buy into the Mayan apocalypse thing but there is no shortage of reasons to be prepared for a disaster lately. From the terrible damage that was done by the tornadoes Tuesday night in Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Tennessee, and Kentucky all the way to the ever rising prices of gas, every day seems to bring at least one more reason to have a plan in place and supplies stored. The other thing that has become abundantly clear to me is that the government is not really gearing up to take of the people. Every time I drive anywhere I see a FEMA billboard that basically states to prepare myself because no one is coming to help me out if anything happens. This all serves as a great reminder that there is no time like the present to get your disaster preparedness supplies together and plans in place.

Basic preparedness guidelines dictate that you should at a minimum having the following 12 provisions in place:

1. DOCUMENTATION – Have a plan of what to do if there is an emergency and you have to stay where you are, are forced to go to a location of your choosing, or are forced to go to a shelter. It is also important to plan how you would get where you are going if you must leave your home (three routes to each location is the basic rule). As part of your plan you should also keep all of your points of contact for insurance, medical care, family, utilities, etc. All of this should be printed or written out and collected in one location like a three ring binder.

2. WATER – Water is essential to survival. The basic guideline is one gallon of water per person a day to cover consumption and personal hygiene. A simple formula is # of People X 7 Days = # of Gallons of Water to Store

3. FOOD – Food is also essential to survival. You should plan on having at least 2,000 calories of food per person a day. The simple formula here is # of People X 7 Days = # of Calories of Food to Store

4. SHELTER – Don’t get caught out in the weather. Make sure that you always have a plan of where you would go. If you do get stranded outside for some reason a simple shelter can be made out of a tarp or square of painter’s plastic, both items can be purchased at any hardware or general merchandise store. This square of plastic can simply be draped over a low hanging tree limb with the closed sides being secured to the ground using stones or logs. Obviously this is an item that is only needed as something that would be kept in the trunk of the car. If you were at home you would already have a more substantial shelter. While not exactly “shelter” items, a disposable poncho and emergency blanket from the sporting goods section of your local store will also come in handy when trying to stay warm and out of the weather. 

5. SECURITY – Times of disaster and emergency will bring out the best in people but it will also bring out the very worst making security a priority. Items for security could include firearms, knives, batons, pepper spray, or even a whistle to alert everyone in the local area that there is a problem. The point being that you should have some means of defending yourself. Whatever it is that you decide to have as your means of security make sure that it is legal in your area, that you are properly trained to use it, and you know the laws. It is also a good idea to have more than one means of security. Ideally you do not want to shoot someone if you can get by with just using pepper spray.

6. FIRST AID – There is no telling when an injury may occur. With an overloaded medical system or the potential for delayed access to medical care it is a must to have a basic emergency medical kit.

7. RADIO – A radio will facilitate staying current with events as they happen. Ideally the radio to have for emergency preparedness is an AM/FM radio with weather bands and a shortwave receiver. This covers regular radio plus you can receive weather information and what is being relayed by HAM operators in the area. As an added note, most city, county, state, and federal agencies have contingency plans that utilize HAM radios to communicate so having a shortwave radio receiver is a good idea.

8. LIGHT – In a disaster it is very common to lose access to electricity. This makes having a light source important. Some lights are better options than others for various reasons. Flashlights are probably the first and best choice but they are heavier and require batteries that have a limited useable life. Chemical lightsticks are lightweight and provide good light for about a 12 hour period but once that time is up so is your light. Candles can last for quite some time but they are not really portable when lit and will not stand up to weather. Pick the type of light that will work best for you but also consider the possibility of having more than once source of light in case one goes out.

9. HEAT – It’s important to maintain your body temperature. It’s as simple as that. Make sure that you have a plan to keep your shelter heated whether this is to keep a stock of wood for the fireplace or to use a kerosene heater. The key is to have a source for producing heat and plenty of fuel to run this source for a period of about a week. Ensure that you also have a few different means of igniting your heat source. Heat is also good for morale in a disaster situation.

10. TOOLS – Basic tools like a good multi-tool or basic home tool kit will go a long way in making sure that maintenance can be performed as well as simple tasks during a time when other help may not be readily available.

11. PERSONAL MAINTENANCE – What I mean by personal maintenance is not just the usual items that are needed for personal hygiene but also any prescription eyewear as well as prescription medication.

12. CASH – Cash is king! When the electricity is out or credit and debit cards are not being accepted for some reason then you will need cash if you wish to make any sort of transaction. Keep in mind that small bills will probably be the way to go because you may not be able to get any change back because of a lack of change available. The amount of cash that you keep on hand will be up to you obviously but try to think through what you might need in terms of food, fuel, lodging, etc. if you had to get out of dodge.

The government recommends having a three day supply of emergency items on hand but I think the minimum to shoot for is seven days. You should certainly do what you can afford to do but at the end of the day something is better than nothing. I think it is important to mention that this is not designed to be a comprehensive list but nearly a reminder of the need to have at least bare minumum supplies and a plan in place in the event of a disaster whether it is on a personal level or a global thermonuclear war.

Please feel free to comment and add your ideas on what some of the bare minimum preps should be for every house and family!

 

 

How To Save 50% On Grocery Expenses

The opportunity to save literally hundreds if not thousands of dollars every year on your grocery costs can be accomplished through the power of community. The amount that you can save is only limited to the strategic relationships that you can develop and maintain. So what is the secret handshake that you have to know in order to take advantage of these great savings? Well the first step is just a simple handshake that transitions to…ok so I am just kidding about the handshake.

The key to saving this magical 50% figure on your grocery bill is to talk to your family, friends, neighbors, and community members. Sharing resources such as warehouse store memberships or access to a restaurant supply store will allow those in your inner circle to maximize the amount that can be saved without incurring the exorbitant cost of spending the money to gain access to all of these different stores. I will say that while I can think of hundreds of times that I have saved tons of money at these stores, if you don’t know what the local prices are in your area you can greatly overpay as well. Many of the box stores will sell items at a loss to earn your business on other items where most of the discount stores operate on set margins and will not always have the best price on certain items. The following four options offer the greatest opportunity for savings.

Warehouse Stores – Sam’s Club and Costco can be a great resource for food as well as many other items. Not only is there an opportunity to pick up items at a reduced cost but these are places that you can get items in large quantities as well. To get into warehouse stores there is an annual membership fee that must be paid. Some individuals have these memberships but some also have these memberships for their businesses which not only allows for the savings but the membership cost can be covered as a business expense. In addition to food items, I like to pick up clothing and other seasonal type items at these type of stores because towards the end of the season you can save a ton of money. Right now there are coats that sell for $100 new that are on clearance for $10 at our Sam’s Club. It is still snowing outside! Take advantage of the savings people and shop at the end of the season for next year.

Restaurant Supply Stores – There are some restaurant supply stores that are open to the public but it seems that the true stores that supply restaurants are not open to the public and knowing someone in the food industry can help you gain access to these stores. This does not mean that you have to be best friends with the owner of the local buffet. If you know someone who has a coffee shop that could be your way in. You can always check with the store and see what their policies are as well. Some may let you in if you are shopping for the high school concession stand or for your organizations fundraiser. It never hurts to ask. Of course there is always the option of starting up a hotdog cart so that you can take advantage of this opportunity!

Military Commissaries – If you live in a community that has a military installation, there is a good chance that there is a commissary there. For those that may not be familiar with military jargon, a commissary is a grocery store. You will find just about everything there that you can find at your local Kroger, Albertson’s, Safeway, or other local grocery store. Now military commissaries are not open to the public so unless you are a member of a military family you will have to know someone who is. This is where the community connections come in. So what if you do not live in a military community? Well, military retirees are entitled to commissary privileges and many will travel to the nearest military base at periodic intervals to stock up on items. If you know a retiree then you may be able to tag along and take advantage of some of the savings that are available at the military commissaries!

LDS Canneries – I am not a subject matter expert on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints faith or the services that are offered through the LDS canneries but I do know that there are many bulk foods that are offered for sale. From what I have seen on the internet it seems as though the restrictions on who can use the cannery depends on the local rules. If you know a member of the LDS church this is probably the best way to obtain access to your local cannery. The bulk foods available through the LDS cannery are prepackaged as well as cannable by the consumer and fall into the short and long-term storage food categories.

Anyone know how to increase these savings even more? You guessed it…coupons! Obviously coupons cannot be used in every situation but if the chance to use them is there then by all means take advantage of it. I have saved most of my money shopping at the military commissary where I can say that I have saved a ton of money. With coupons that amount has increased even more. One example that I can think of is a coupon that came out in the Sunday paper and was for $1.00 off of an Oral-B dental floss. The commissary has the dental floss for $0.95 and after taking the $1.00 off for the coupon I had a credit of $0.05 plus a roll of free dental floss! Not a bad deal at all.

The bottom line is that through family and community relationships you have the opportunity to greatly stretch your grocery dollars. There is nothing to lose other than your hard-earned money.

If you can think of any other great ways to save on the grocery budget, chime in and share them with the other Ninja’s in the community!

The Possibles Pouch

So today’s post is about the possibles pouch which is a concept I read about in an article written by Patrick Smith at Kifaru.  Esstentially the possibles pouch gives you a highly organized means of carrying your every day carry (EDC) gear.  The possibles pouch is kind of an emergency kit for every day carry but as explained in Mr. Smith’s article he also relies on it heavily as a wilderness survival kit when he is out camping, hunting, traveling, working, or whatever.  This is truly a great concept because it offers a ton of flexibility.  It can be used as part of a bigger kit or simply used as a standalone kit.  Either way it offers one more take on the possibilities that are out there on the various ways to configure your emergency preparedness gear.  The list of contents in the possibles pouch as described by the author along with some occasional discussion as to what the thought process is behind the particular items is as follows:

1. The Pouch Itself

2. Firestarter Kit

3. Water-Making

4. Let There Be Light

5. First Aid Kit

6. Toiletries

7. GPS and/or Compass

8. Cheap Drugstore Eyeglasses

9. Meat Baggie

10. Moss Tent Repair Kit

11. Two, Gallon-Size Ziploc Baggies

12. Space Blanket

13. Manzella Gloves and Turtle Fur Hat

14. Cordage

15. Ancient Megamid Stuff Sack

16. Accusite

17. Signal Mirror

18. Power Bar

19. Fog Cloth

20. Biodegradeable Soap

21. Duct Tape

22. Rubber Bands

23. Orange Flagging Tape

24. Foam Earplugs

25. Sewing Kit

26. Safety Pins and Paper Clips

27. Pocket Crock Stick Knife Sharpener

28. Super Glue

29. Heat Pack

30. Wire Saw

In addition to the items above in the possibles pouch, Smith also covers the list of items that he would have in his pockets as well as additional items that would be in his day pack.  Now most of you can look at this list and see that it may be tailored to a hunter but by all means if it does not apply then leave it out.  Not everyone is going to have the exact same gear.  Individualize your equipment to fit you for what is best for your individual situation as well as the circumstances that you might find yourself in.

One of my favorite parts of this article is the fact that everything on this list is something that has been proven over and over again through a period of years.  This is a huge advantage for the beginning prepper or someone that is unsure of what they have assmbled in their kit.  Check out Patrick’s article to read about the possibles pouch in its entirety and see how your kit compares or what you need to do to get your own kit together.  I hope it helps!

Basic Individual Survival Kit

Having a basic individual survival kit can make the difference in a life or death situation.  I am not talking about having 3,000 cubic inch pack with you at all times but a compact kit that can fit in a desk drawer, vehicle glove box, fanny pack, cargo pants pocket, purse, backpack…well you get the idea.

Water is also vital to survival and plans should be made to include water in emergency preps.  There are a number of ways to do this from simple bottled water all the way to carrying a water filtration method with a container to put the water in.  The important thing is to have water.  For minimal space and weight in this kit I would reccomend simple water filtration tablets and a platypus water bladder.

 2 – Large Garbage Bags

10′ X 10′ Sheet of Plastic (Use to create a shelter, solar still, etc.)

50′ – Parachute Cord (Many uses including shelter, snares,

Emergency Space Blanket

Emergency Poncho

Chemical Lightstick

Stocking Cap (Even in the summer it can get cold at night and a stocking cap can make a big difference)

Spare Socks (Also can be used as improvised mittens.)

Knife or Multi-tool

2 – Firestarting Methods (Waterproof Matches, Bic Style Lighter, Zippo, Magnifying Glass, Magnesium Rod, Flint Rod, Etc.)

Emergency Candle (Available at many dollar stores!)

Whistle

Bandanna (Tons of uses, look here.)

Energy Bars (Clif, Lara, Powerbar)

 Mini Medical Kit – 2 Ster-Strips, 6 Asst. Band-Aids, & 6, 200mg Ibuprofen

Not a perfect list and you won’t be able to save the world with this kit but I am confident of one thing…you will be able to help save your life and the life of the people you care about with these few simple items and the proper training on how to use them.

Basic Emergency Medical Kit

Basic disaster preparedness includes being ready to react to a medical emergency.  Every segment of your emergency preps should include a basic medical kit at a minimum.  This includes a kit for the house, cars, work, camping equipment, boat, motorhome, cabin, retreat, etc. as they are applicable.  The point of writing this post is to outline a list of items that should be in a basic medical kit.  I certainly will not be able to think of every possibility but the hope is that the contents of this basic emergency medical kit will assist an injured person until additional help can be received.  Your kit will need to be tailored to your individual needs and the number of people that may need to be taken care of with each kit.  As a result of these variances the home medical kit is usually the largest while your other kits will be smaller in size and possibly contain a few less items than the larger kits.  In addition to the contents of your emergency med kits you should also try to find a good reference book that provides a basic knowledge of first aid and that you can easily understand.  Additionally if you have the opportunity to take a training class such as those offered by the American Red Cross, I would encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities.  There is no replacement for quality training by highly qualified personnel.  The following list that I put together is based on what I thought would be suitable numbers for two people.

BASIC EMERGENCY MEDICAL KIT (BEMK)

Hemorrhage Control

(1) Emergency Trauma Dressing

(4) 4 X 4 Gauze Pads

(8) 2 X 2 Gauze Pads

(1) Eye Pad

(2) Kerlix (Roller Gauze)

(2) Nonadherant Dressing – 3” X 4”

(1) Ace Bandage – 6”

(1) Medical Tape – 1”

(12) Band-Aids – Assorted

Wound Management

(1) Irrigation Syringe – 60cc or <

(3) Steri-Strips – Assorted

(10) Alcohol Pads

(1) Moleskin – 3” X 6”

(10) Antiseptic Towelettes

(5) Nitrile Exam Gloves – Pair

OTC Meds

(12) Acetaminophen (Tylenol) – 325mg

(12) Ibuprofen (Motrin) – 200mg

(12) Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) – 25mg

(1) Lip Balm – Tube

(1) Antibiotic Ointment (Neosporin) – Tube

Miscellaneous

(1) Trauma Shears

(1) Forceps (Removal of Foreign Objects, Splinters, or Ticks)

(1) SAM Splint

(2) Triangular Bandage & Safety Pins

(1) Space Blanket

(1) Case for BEMK

Prescription Meds – 72 Hour Supply

Life Gear Glow Auto Gear Review

This product received a rating of 5 ninja stars by The Prepared Ninja!

The Life Gear Glow Auto is a flashlight specifically designed for use in the car as a convenience item or for a source of light in the event of an emergency.  One of the many great features of the Glow Auto CL is that it is so affordable!  I bought mine at Target for less than $7 and with a price tag like that it is not really out of reach for anyone that would like to own one.  The way I see it is that if you can afford to have a car, you can afford to, and should have this flashlight.  Did I mention that I got mine for less than seven bucks?

Life Gear Glow AutoSo what is so great about it?  I already mentioned that it is super affordable.  It has a 200 hour battery life and is rechargeable using the cigarette lighter/power port in the car.  There are four different operating modes making it extremely versatile.  It can be used as an LED flashlight, with the body of the flashlight in red glow mode and with the LED flashlight on at the same time, with the body of the flashlight in red glow mode only, and with the red flasher mode on where the body of the flashlight flashes on and off in red.  The Life Gear Glow Auto also has the nifty element of automatically turning itself off after being left on for an hour which makes it nice if one of your kids gets a hold of it.  And last but not least, (insert trumpet fanfare here) the Life Gear Glow Auto has a magnetic base so that if you are fortunate enough to own a car that does not have a plastic exterior, then you can use the magnet to affix the flashlight to your car.

This flashlight is super light weight and compact in size which makes it perfect for stashing it in the glovebox orLife Gear Glow Auto in the door.  There is also a clip like you would find on a pen that is not something I have used but at the top of that clip is a hole where you can tie a string or light rope through which is something that I like.  The advantage of having a loop of rope tied through the flashlight would be that you could wear it around your neck if you wanted or needed to.  I always think of one of those least convenient times in the middle of nowhere and there are no lights around anywhere and you have to stop on the side of the road and find a spot to go to the bathroom.  This light could save you on that one and having it around your neck leaves both of your hands free to do what you need to.  This could be especially great when mosquitos are in the area!  Another great use for having this loop of rope through my the Life Gear Glow Auto is if I ever find myself stuck on the side of the road and needing to take a look under the hood.  I could hang the light from the hood latch and the light will be shining straight down on the engine leaving both of my hands free to work while giving me some light to work by.

The PROS = Light Weight, Affordable, A Plethora of Uses, & Easily Stashed

The CONS = Plastic Body Makes Light Vulnerable to Breaking & Power Button Turns on Accidentally, Easily

This is a must have piece of gear.  The Life Gear Glow Auto can be purchased online or at retailers that carry Life Gear products.

Being Prepared Is a Team Sport

FamilyBeing prepared for any level of disaster or emergency is definitely something that should be a family, group,or team effort. This point was driven home to me as I was sick over the Christmas holiday. I had nothing left in me and if something had happened I would have been worthless. It is safe to say that I was actually a liability in my state and would have taken away from any efforts instead of helping. So what does this mean from a preparedness perspective for you?

1. GET YOUR FAMILY, GROUP, OR TEAM ON BOARD

In my family I am the primary prepper and until recently my wife has not really been all that thrilled with much of the ideas and practices of prepping. In fact it would be fair to say that she is not entirely on board. She is more like a person that is being towed in a boat behind mine, but at least she is not frantically rowing in the opposite direction!  So how do you get others on board with preparedness planning?  There is certainly no one answer to this question but from my experience the best approach to take is to be open and honest and help those who are important to you see how preparedness matters so much to you, your family, and inner circle.  If you are truly important to your family, friends, and community members then they will seriously consider what you have to say.

If you are a lone wolf type then seriously consider finding some like-minded people who are in close proximity to you so that if there is an emergency or disaster situation you are not forced to go at it alone.

2. DETERMINE ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Each person in the group should have a primary and secondary responsibility when possible. If your group is two people then the situation may dictate otherwise but in a normal family size unit of 2 adults and 2.5 children this should be feasible and if you are part of a larger group of families then this is definitely doable. In fact in these larger groups, once primary and secondary roles have been mastered then the group should work on cross training in each other’s roles as well as taking on the responsibility of learning new skills.

Examples of potential individual roles/responsibilities include:

-Security
-Power
-Water
-Food
-Medical
-Communications
-Maintenance

This is of course not an all-inclusive list.  It does cover some of the major areas and systems of support that are an area of concern.  What roles need to be assumed will of course depend on the capabilities and systems that are available to your group.

3. DISCUSS WHAT TO DO IF SOMETHING DOES GO WRONG

If my role within the group is to be in charge of the generator and emergency power systems and I am ill then what will the group do? These types of situations need to be discussed and alternate plans need to be made to address such problems. This is where secondary responsibilities and cross training come into play. The subject matter expert in each area will assist the group by taking on an apprentice to teach their craft to.  If the size of your family/group makes taking on every responsibility that may need to be taken on then this is where strategic partnerships and community building comes into play.  No one person can do everything and sometimes it is better to rely on a trustworthy member of your community or inner circle than to try to be the jack of all trades.  A prime example that I can think of is knowing how to cut down a tree with a chainsaw is a valuable skill to have but is not on the same level as trying to remove a tree that has fallen on top of your garage.  Taking on this task without the specialized skill necessary could easily wind up getting someone seriously injured or even killed.

4. DOCUMENT, DOCUMENT, DOCUMENT…

As roles are determined then update the group documentation.  This is a great way to get your survival documentation updated and not put the burden all on one person.  Each person takes a folder, binder, journal, or whatever and compiles all the information that they can about their responsibilities and how it fits into the group.  This binder should include manuals/operator guides for any pertinent equipment, standard operating procedures, decision points for bugging out or other key events, expansion plans and ways to deal with changes in group size or locations, etc. 

There is certainly much more that goes into making sure that your family or group is prepared to appropriately react to an emergency or disaster but hopefully this serves as grease to help get the wheels turning.  The team approach is a must in my opinion and certainly relieves the burden of preparing on the group leader or head of household.