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Survival Essentials for Under $50


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It's often confusing and overwhelming trying to prepare. Here are the three most important things you need that you can get for just under $50.

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Survival Essentials for Under $50

  2. 2. Trying to prepare for an emergency or disaster can be overwhelming. Both in terms of time and money. I’ve picked the three most critical items you need at a base level. I list those and then add in upgrades with costs, if interested. Additionally, there are FREE things you can get now that are very valuable. Why?
  3. 3. Minimum: 2 cases of water per person= $9 A basic first aid kit= $16 A crank radio= $25 Total cost= $50 What Must You Have?
  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
  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 $15.97
  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. . Click on image for link. Portable battery/hand crank radio. $24.99
  7. 7. That is base level preparation. I have other slideshares that show higher levels, such as the Grab-N-Go bag linked at the end. Next are some free things you can get. Following those are some upgrades for the medical supplies that I suggest along with a couple of other important items, as you expand your survival budget. More?
  8. 8. Information. The eBook below is free on all platforms. Just click on the cover. It is a distilled version of my two longer manuals, one on preparing and the other on survival
  9. 9. Apps are very useful; some can be life-saving. Here are free apps for a variety of situations that are useful and can save your life. Some caveats on relying on Apps: Your phone needs to be charged. Your phone could be damaged in an emergency situation. You need to have your phone with you. Some Apps require you be able to access a network. I have all these apps on my iPhone.
  10. 10. 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. Get the app and be prepared for what life brings. 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. Preloaded content means you have instant access to all safety information at anytime, even without reception or an Internet connection. • Easy to use Spanish language toggle.
  11. 11. CPR and Choking (Apple) (Android) Developed as a public service by leading physicians and educators in emergency care at the University of Washington and King County EMS, the CPR & Choking application provides instant information on how to perform CPR and how to aid a choking victim. These are short video demonstrations (about 1 minute) 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).
  12. 12. 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: 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.
  13. 13. 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. **One of the top 6 hurricane tracking apps - CNN** **Readers’ Pick: Most innovative and useful hurricane app – FastCompany** **One of 5 apps to get you through a natural disaster – Fox News**
  14. 14. Flashlight (Apple) (Android) Earthquake Alert for Android. Quake feed for Apple.
  15. 15. Some things you might want to upgrade to. Upgrading
  16. 16. A better equipped first aid kit. Click on image for link. Make sure you have medications to last a week. Extra glasses, contacts, etc. First Aid Kit $42.93
  17. 17. I recommend adding some emergency quick-clot bandages to your first aid kit. I keep these in the kits and carry one on my bike. It’s been used and I can verify it works. First Aid Kit $10.44
  18. 18. While you can go for a while without food, it doesn’t hurt to have some emergency ration bars on hand. They last a long time and are compact. I have a variety of emergency ration bars (click on each for link): ER Bar $8.44 Grizzly Bear Emergency Food Rations $13.95 DaTrex 3600 $21.45 FOOD
  19. 19. I always have the one on the left on my belt along with a single battery flashlight. It gets used every day. I have the vice grips Leatherman on the right in my Jeep and it gets used a lot. A Leatherman
  20. 20. I highly recommend getting at least one print copy of the survival manual. During an emergency you can’t count on an eBook. It’s pocket-sized— shown next to my trusty, old Ranger Handbook. I keep one in the glove compartment of each car, in every Grab-n-Go bag and also give them as gifts— the gift of life. Click on image for print version Print Book $9.99
  21. 21. 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
  22. 22. Just preparing to the base level puts you ahead of 60% of American households. Links on the next slide can give you more information. In Summation
  23. 23. Why Prepare Now? Do You Have A Pocket-Sized Survival Manual? Do You Know What the Acronym SURVIVAL Stands For? Rogers Rules of Rangering What is the Mindset Need To Survive? 3 Things To Get Now To Be Prepared Survival and Emergency Apps Grab-N-Go Bags What Do You Need To Know About The Five Key Elements of Life Prepare for, Survive, and Live After a Hurricane Prepare for, Survive, and Live After an Earthquake Prepare for, Survive and Live After a Flood Preparing for and Surviving a Power Outage Cold Weather Preparation, Survival and Injuries Hot Weather Preparation and Survival Wildfire Preparation and Survival Map Reading and Where to Get Free Topo Maps and Apps How Does GPS Work? WATER for Living and Survival FOOD for Living and Survival FIRE for Living and Survival
  24. 24. The book on the left is how you prepare NOW. The book on the right, is your guide to surviving an emergency or catastrophe given you’ve prepared. The handbook in the center is a FREE, distilled version of both books for those who might not be able to afford purchasing this important information- click on cover for any. Print Book
  25. 25. I highly recommend getting at least one print copy of the survival manual. During an emergency you can’t count on an eBook. It’s pocket-sized— shown next to my trusty, old Ranger Handbook. I keep one in the glove compartment of each car, in every Grab-n-Go bag and also give them as gifts— the gift of life. Click on image for print version Print Book
  26. 26. Bob Mayer is a New York Times bestselling author, a graduate of West Point, a former Green Beret, and the feeder of two yellow Labs, most famously Cool Gus. He’s had over seventy books published, including the #1 bestselling series Time Patrol, Area 51, Atlantis, and the Green Berets. Born in the Bronx and having traveled the world (usually not the tourist spots), he now lives peacefully with his wife and labs. Sort of.