30 2015 Sep

A Bug Out Bag? What is it?

What is a Bug Out Bag? or Bail Out Bag(BOB), Get Out Of Dodge Bag(GOOD), 72 Hour Bag, Grab Bag, Battle Box, Personal Relocation Kits(PERK) Survival Kits, and quite a few other names? It has been suggested that the possible origins of many of  these names is the military.

A Bug Out Bag has nowadays become synonymous with Survival Kit. It is a backpack or ruck sack or something you could carry that will hold essentials for you to survive, if evacuation from your home or  community is necessary when the proverbial SHTF (you know what hits the fan).

Some say that a Bug Out Bag is for short term survival during an evacuation from one’s home due to some sort of disaster, natural or man made. Sheltering in place or evacuating for 1 day, 3 days, one week versus long term survival( Survival Kit). Yet both Bug Out Bags and Survival Kits appear to be the same thing.

Have you started putting yours together, just in case?

 

13 2015 Sep

First Aid Kit: The Basics

Do you have a first aid kit? Are you prepared for any mishap at home, on the go or in the great outdoors?  Make sure you have these first aid kit items handy. Most are all readily available in pharmacies, grocery stores, outdoor gear and camping stores and many other retailers. Remember, if there is a serious medical problem, call 911. If you don’t have the time to put a first aid kit together, then consider purchasing one.

Medical ID information card: Besides your name and medical number, doctor, this card should include emergency contact, blood type, medications and allergies(one for each family member). If you are unresponsive, this information, could save your life. Make sure this is in your first aid kit and a copy on the refrigerator or your family message board.

Hand sanitizer: Have clean hands ready to treat any injury.

Antiseptic wipes: Great for cleaning scrapes when there is no soap and water.

Sterile eyewash: Don’t rub those eyes that have sand or dust or other irritants, flush them out with this!

Tweezers: Good for removing splinters, glass and ticks

Antihistamine tablets: You might need these even if you thought you had no allergies, and lo and behold you start sneezing, coughing and all the other signs of an allergy to something outdoors.

Adhesive bandages: Good protection for a paper cut or a puncture wound.

Moleskin: Stronger and better for staying on blisters while you are hiking.

Nonstick 3-by-3 inch and or 4-by-4 inch gauze pads, scissors and adhesive tape for larger wounds.

5-by 9-inch absorbent compress dressings: These help stop bleeding.

Elastic wrap bandage: It sticks to itself and provides a joint with stable pressure.

Triangle bandage: Use it to wrap a head wound or as a sling.

Instant cold compress: Not near a freezer? This will help to reduce swelling and numb an injury.

Non latex gloves: Best to avoid contact w/bodily fluids and for those who have latex allergies.

Antibiotic ointment: If you’re not near soap and water, this will help protect the cut or sores from germs.

Aloe vera gel: Welcome sunburn relief, if the label indicates 100% aloe vera.

Hydrocortisone cream: This is good for swelling and itching skin relief.

Ibuprofen: Use a safe dose to alleviate pain, swelling and fever for someone injured.

Aspirin: If someone is showing signs of a heart attack, a call to 911 and a 325-milligram tablet can be lifesavers.

Thermometer: The most practical to have on hand is the oral digital type.

 

The best time to prepare for an emergency or disaster is before it happens.

 

 

 

 

 

13 2015 Sep

WWildfires, unpredictable and deadly.Where’s the Wildfire Emergency Kit?

Is there a season for wildfires? Not any more. The drought in the western states has exacerbated our tinderbox conditions. New fires erupt everyday. Residents of affected areas are on notice to evacuate at a moment’s notice. One evacuee said the traffic leaving the town was like rush hour traffic. She couldn’t even get gas. How long will she or anyone else be away from their homes? And when they return, will there be a house left? Do they have a wildfire emergency kit?

Watching the early morning news, many northern California towns are watching the fire jump erratically pushed by winds that create havoc. Emergency centers are being set up. My cousins from their back porch can see the smoke moving closer. They have chickens, dogs and a cat. Luckily, they purchased an RV last year. They also are experienced campers. The RV is ready, with gas, food, water, tents, survival kits, pet carriers and a cage for the chickens. Their important papers, pictures are packed in water/fire proof containers. Their house insurance is up to date. Will they have trouble evacuating with all the roads packed with people ‘getting out of town’? My thoughts and prayers are with them.
And the question is, are you ready for any kind of emergency or disaster?

The best time to prepare is before disaster strikes.