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Have you ever wondered which first aid steps you will need to conduct if you walk up on a casualty, or one of your family or group members is injured? Or, what about the order of first aid tasks; which tasks have higher priority over others? Instead of recreating the wheel, we have put together a flowchart based on the U.S. Army's Evaluate the Casualty procedure (FM 4-25.11, First Aid), also known as Tactical Casualty Combat Care (TC3). Please download our guide, and put inside your Individual First Aid Kit (IFAK).
Handout: First Aid Evaluation Flowchart
For most preparedness individuals, water filtration is the preferred method to purify water. However, what if you run out of filters, or your filter becomes damaged, or you lose your water filtration device? In the preparedness community, there is a saying; two is one, one is none. The moral here is to have a secondary plan for everything, and have multiple ways to accomplish any given task. On the survival pyramid, water is second only to shelter. What if you need to sanitize a large amount of water? Your water filter would take hours, if not days to process several hundred gallons of water. Luckily, there are several different ways to purify water, some even capable of doing it in bulk.
Download our Water Filtration and Purification Methods Handout.
This article presents information regarding the legal, ethical, and moral issues after the use of lethal force, in both the pre-SHTF and post-SHTF scenarios. Because of the assumed distinct differences between the two situational periods, this information will be divided to address both in a more logical order.
We should all prepare for a future cataclysmic event, right? At least, this is the current trend in the entertainment industry, and what the big business profiteers would have you believe. Even, the current political cycle has most on the edge; we can’t afford “Obama Care” or these guys are pushing us over the "Fiscal Cliff”. If you take a step back, and look at preparedness as a whole, you would realize that your initial preparedness goals should not be tailored to current economic trends, who is in office, or even a doomsday scenario. Instead, preparedness is a lifestyle, one that is always changing, improves you as a person, and provides security for your family. (Prepper Link's Contribution to The Preparedness Review Fall 2012).
What if the prepper’s worse nightmare has come true? The country has descended into total anarchy. All government infrastructures have collapsed, leaving the populace without police protection. Groups of bandits roam at will and are openly committing every heinous act imaginable. You are armed and out in the open, when two bad guys jump out from behind cover and aim their weapons in your direction. What should you expect to happen when the shooting begins and, what can you do now to prepare for it?
Even if you are not a prepper, have thought about prepping, or think prepper’s are crazy, please read our initial assessment concerning Hurricane Sandy, specifically the fatalities located in the New York area. What you will not find in this assessment is any propaganda faulting the Obama Administration, the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), or putting blame on local governments and emergency response personnel. This article will not discuss long gas station lines, fuel rations, power outages, or looters. Why? These responses and oversight issues are based on secondary effects. Instead, this assessment will focus on the loss of life, and make recommendations to implement in your family’s general preparedness and storm preparedness plans.
A disaster has struck. Your reliable public water supply is no longer working; there is a power outage. You have procrastinated, or thought “a long period without power would never happen to me”, and have not stored any water. Or, you did not know that most public and private water supplies require power to make your home’s faucets work. There is a small pond in your area, but the flood waters have brought debris, and sewage is running through the streets. To add to your troubles, your neighborhood is in total chaos from the disaster, and looters are going from house to house. Does this sound familiar? Is this the start of another survival novel? No, it is what is going on right now in the Northeast following Hurricane Sandy.
What is it that makes a person rush into a burning building while everyone else is rushing to get out? Or, will make a person throw themselves on top of a hand grenade, with full understanding of certain death, in order to save the lives of others. It’s more than just bravery. It is a spirit that lives within each one of us and that can provide us with a logical decision process, regardless of any sacrifice, to live or risk life so as to preserve life. What would be more fitting than to call this, “A Warrior’s Spirit?”
Fire prevention is an often overlooked and underestimated preparedness issue. Let’s face it; fire safety is near the bottom of our preparedness concerns. But, what if you have a year’s worth of food, 6 months of water stored, all of the ammunition to protect your family for multiple generations, and you neglect fire safety? What if your home burns down, or your survival gear is destroyed because your tent is too close to the camp fire? Whether your plan is to Bug In or it involves a tent colony on some remote land, ensuring you have a strong fire prevention strategy will protect your belongings and maybe even save your life if that fire were to strike.
Download our Fire Prevention Guide
Airway management can be any number of procedures intended to assist a casualty victim in maintaining a patent (open) airway so that the victim can either breathe on their own or, receive ventilation through mechanical means. Maintaining a victim’s airway can be a very simple, or an extremely complicated procedure, dependent upon any number of factors. As your group’s emergency medical caregiver, you will have to understand these factors in order to assess the victim’s airway condition and then make the most appropriate determination as to how the airway should be best managed. If a victim cannot breathe, irreversible brain damage will result within four to six minutes. Death will not be far behind.
Download the Attachment - Airway Management.
Preppers come from many different walks of life. Some are ex-military or law enforcement, medical professions, elementary school teachers, stay at home parents, or retirees. Some may live in high-rises, a single family home in suburbia, or on a farm along a winding country road. Some Preppers spend weeks each year braving the wild, some are unwilling to leave their porcelain throne to enjoy the outdoors, and a few currently live a self-sufficiency lifestyle. While you may not have the experience of another person, or you are way ahead in the “Prepping game,” our common bond is our desire for preparedness. For most, there will come a time when you realize in order to survive a chaotic world, we must band together. Whether you decide to establish a formalized survival group, or you decide to network with close family and friends, there are several considerations that you will face.
As Preppers, how many times have we heard our most basic of needs referred to as “beans, bullets and bandages?” It’s a fairly generic means of describing the need to stock up on food, personal protection equipment, and health care supplies. Of course we aren’t stocking up on just beans alone, nor are we storing just bullets. And, it would be foolish to think we could get by with nothing more than bandages in our medical emergency kits. In the event of a major catastrophe where professional medical services may become nonexistent, we will be pushed into the position where we must rely on ourselves and the medical supplies we have stockpiles to see us through. Quite possibly for many years.