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Things We Wish We'd Had On Hand Before the Emergency


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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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Things We Wish We'd Had On Hand Before the Emergency

  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 For Less Than $50?
  4. 4. FOUR SURVIVAL ESSENTIALS For under $60: Water, First Aid Kit, Emergency Radio, Survival Manual THE GREEN BERET PREPARATION AND SURVIVAL GUIDE
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. 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
  8. 8. 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
  9. 9. I pack several lighters from experience. Windproof. Stormproof matches in a waterproof container. I’ve read interviews where people had candles stockpiled but no lighters or matches to light them! Click on images below. Lighters and Matches
  10. 10. Being able to see in the dark is key. Batteries tend to be heavy and get used up but AAA are light and small. 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
  11. 11. 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
  12. 12. 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
  13. 13. 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 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
  14. 14. 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
  15. 15. 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?
  16. 16. Apps 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.
  17. 17. 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. 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.
  18. 18. Medical Apps 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).
  19. 19. 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: 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.
  20. 20. 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. **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**
  21. 21. Miscellaneous Apps Flashlight (Apple) (Android) Earthquake Alert for Android. Quake feed for Apple.
  22. 22. Some things you might want to upgrade to. Upgrading
  23. 23. 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
  24. 24. I recommend adding some emergency quick-clot bandages to your first aid kit along with a splint and an Israeli combat bandage— all in one convenient packet. I can verify it works. QuikClot Bandages $24.95
  25. 25. I recommend adding some emergency quick-clot bandages to your first aid kit along with a splint and an Israeli combat bandage— all in one convenient packet. I can verify it works. QuikClot Bandages $24.95
  26. 26. 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
  27. 27. Print Book Free downloadable Powerpoint slideshows on survival, history writing, and interesting information is available HERE THE GREEN BERET PREPARATION AND SURVIVAL GUIDE
  28. 28. 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. SURVIVAL GUIDES
  29. 29. New York Times bestselling author, graduate of West Point and former Green Beret. He’s had over 75 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: