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Advice from those who've gone through disasters

This list is based on interviews with people who'd gone through an array of natural and man-made disasters, including extended power outages. Some items are common sense, but look around and see if you have them. Other items are things we take for granted until we don't have them.

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Advice from those who've gone through disasters

  3. 3. Minimum: 2 cases of water per person= $9 A basic first aid kit= $17 A survival radio= $18 A survival manual= $10 Total cost= $54 What Must You Have Now? THE GREEN BERET PREPARATION AND SURVIVAL GUIDE
  4. 4. Two Cases of water per person Why? We can last only three days without water. 2 cases is enough for a person for a six day supply (8 bottles per day). It is the #1 priority being brought in after a disaster; have it on hand beforehand. WATER— the #1 Priority Prices vary but should cost roughly $4.50. Two cases= $9 THE GREEN BERET PREPARATION AND SURVIVAL GUIDE
  5. 5. There are plenty of prepared ones you can buy. Below is a very basic one. Click on image for link. First Aid Kit $16.95 THE GREEN BERET PREPARATION AND SURVIVAL GUIDE
  6. 6. Power outages often accompany emergencies and disasters. Cell phone service and cable TV can be disrupted. Even if you have cell phone coverage, you might not be able to charge your phone. The device below includes a cell phone/USB charger and flashlight. Crank and solar charge. . Click on image for link. Portable battery/solar/crank survival radio. $17.99
  7. 7. Do you know what to do in an emergency? Basic first aid? How to improvise and get drinkable water? A manual gives you knowledge and that can save your life. Below if a pocket-sized one to keep in your home, your car, your work— wherever you might need it. . Click on image for link. Survival Manual $9.99
  8. 8. The following are things that I recommend. Remember, though, to tailor your preparation to your specific situation and possible threats. I have a slideshow on the Area Study that covers that. Beyond The Basics
  9. 9. In many disasters, we lose power. Outside of a home generator, there are some things we can do. I have been learning about solar panel and currently have my office running off of solar and also have a panel on top of my Jeep, but that’s an entirely separate issue I will tackle in another slideshow. There is also another slideshow on how to prepare for and deal with power outages. Power
  10. 10. I used to focus on using batteries for power, because rechargeable requires, well, charging. However, I’ve become a fan of solar, which allows a renewable power source from nature. The small solar power bank on the left is light and in my bag. The more powerful one on the right is heavier. It’s attacked by velcro to my Jeep dashboard facing the windshield. Power
  11. 11. Fire is your friend in a survival situation. I know we’d all like to use that bow and stick, but for emergencies, a lighter is much easier. The plasma lighter on the left is also a flashlight and rechargeable. I pack several lighters. Windproof. Stormproof matches in a waterproof container. Click on images below. Lighters and Matches
  12. 12. Being able to see in the dark is key. Batteries tend to be heavy and get used up but AA/AAA are light and small. Also, with solar, you can use rechargeable lights. Consider the following array: Handcrank light (the one below also has window breaker, seatbelt cutter, USB cell phone charger); a headlamp for moving and doing things in camp; and a single AAA light I keep in a sheath with my Leatherman Click on images. Light
  13. 13. Power will be out. ATMs won’t work Store computer systems will have crashed. It will be a cash environment for a while. How much? Enough for: plane, bus ticket to evac site; cost of hotel room for at least 3 nights; cost of 3 tank full of gas; food for family for two weeks; misc. expenses. CASH
  14. 14. You can’t count on the GPS on your phone. Have a physical road map of at least your state in your car. Download the contour map for your area for free, then print it out, or order the map sheets. Click here for USGS free downloadable topo maps. You can also order topo maps off Amazon in state sets. Map
  15. 15. Non-perishables for three days minimum. Food that doesn’t require refrigeration. Don’t have food that will make you thirsty. Plan for infants and special dietary requirements. Note expiration dates. Click on image for a good, 25 year expiration, supply from the company that made our Long Range Patrol meals in Special Forces. It’s what we have on hand and in our grab-n-go bags. Also good for camping. Food
  16. 16. I have a variety of ration bars (click on each for link): ER Bar Grizzly Bear Emergency Food Rations DaTrex 3600 Below are some before going into a ziplock bag and into my Jeep. FOOD
  17. 17. Survivors of extended power outages say a pre-paid calling card is a good idea to have on hand. Extra batteries. Ziploc bags. Trash bags. There are things around your house that can be used in different ways—for example, solar powered walkway lights can be used as flashlights at night. More?
  18. 18. Medical Apps Red Cross First Aid (Apple) (Android) Accidents happen. The official American Red Cross First Aid app puts expert advice for everyday emergencies in your hand. With videos, interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice it’s never been easier to know first aid. Features: • Simple step-by-step instructions guide you through everyday first aid scenarios. • Fully integrated with 9-1-1 so you can call EMS from the app at any time. • Videos and animations make learning first aid fun and easy. • Safety tips for everything, from severe winter weather to hurricanes, earthquakes and tornadoes help you prepare for emergencies. • Easy to use Spanish language toggle.
  19. 19. Medical Apps CPR and Choking (Apple) (Android) The CPR & Choking application provides instant information on how to perform CPR and how to aid a choking victim. These are short video demonstrations and are compatible with the latest recommendations from the major international resuscitation organizations including the American Heart Association and the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR).
  20. 20. Location Apps Family Locator-GPS Tracker for Android. GPS Tracker for Android. Family Locator simplifies life in the digital world by making it easy to stay connected to the people who matter most. With Life360 you can: • Create your own groups, called “Circles,” of loved ones, friends, teammates -- whoever matters most and chat with them in Family Locator for FREE. • View the real-time location of Circle Members on a private family map that’s only visible on Family Locator • Receive real-time alerts when Circle Members arrive at or leave destinations (Eliminate disruptive “Where are you?” texts) • Track stolen phones or lost phones
  21. 21. Location Apps Emergency Alert System for Apple. Alert, track and notify loved ones as well as 911 in an emergency situation. Silent Beacon provides you with the peace of mind that comes from knowing that you and your loved ones are able to instantly connect. The emergency alert system for the digital age.
  22. 22. Location Apps Road ID eCrumbs App (Apple and Android) for Apple and Android. This is one I use when off by myself running, biking or hiking. It’s a way of alerting people by email and text if something happens to me and I stop moving for a certain period of time (mine is set for 5 minutes), or past a set overall time limit. The all new Road ID App is a great tool for runners, cyclists, hikers, and walkers. With features like eCrumb Tracking, a Stationary Alert, and a custom Lock Screen, the Road ID App is your perfect training partner. With the ability to track your workouts in real time, your friends and family can stay better connected whenever you head outdoors.
  23. 23. Location Apps Google Earth (Apple) (Android)
  24. 24. Disaster Apps Red Cross Hurricane App (Apple) (Android) Be ready for severe weather with Hurricane by American Red Cross. Monitor conditions in your area or throughout the storm track, prepare your family and home, find help and let others know you are safe – a must have for anyone who lives in an area where a hurricane may strike or has loved ones who do.
  25. 25. Some more things you might want to upgrade to. Upgrading
  26. 26. Using my Green Beret Preparation and Survival Guide you can do an Area Study and tailor your GnG bags to your specific situation and environment. However, to be prepared a basic, well-stocked, pre-made one is a good idea. I recently purchased this for my son to have, just in case as I feel it’s a solid buy with the right equipment. A Grab-n-Go Bag
  27. 27. I recommend adding a trauma pack with quick-clot bandages to your first aid kit along with a splint, an Israeli combat bandage, chest seal, medical scissors— all in one convenient packet. I can verify the Quik-Clot works. I carry a Quik Clot bandage on my bike and in our cars and day pack. QuikClot Bandages/Trauma
  28. 28. Just preparing to the base level puts you ahead of 60% of American households. Don’t be those people desperately searching empty shelves when it’s too late! Links on the next slide can give you more information. In Summation
  29. 29. More Free Information I constantly update free, downloadable slideshows like this on my web site for preparation and survival.
  30. 30. Print Book Free downloadable Powerpoint slideshows on survival, history writing, and interesting information are available HERE Also, Bob conducts Area Study workshops for those interested in properly preparing for their specific circumstances. THE GREEN BERET PREPARATION AND SURVIVAL GUIDE
  31. 31. The guide on the left is a complete preparation and survival guide. The one on the right is a pocket-size manual focusing on survival essentials including first aid. Useful in your Grab-n-Go bag, car and kitchen drawer. SURVIVAL GUIDES
  32. 32. New York Times bestselling author, graduate of West Point and former Green Beret. He’s had over 80 books published, including the #1 bestselling series Green Berets, Shadow Warriors, Time Patrol, Area 51, and Atlantis. Born in the Bronx and having traveled the world he now lives peacefully with his wife and dogs. For free eBooks, audio, slideshows and more go to: