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Things We Wish We'd Have On Hand!


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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 Have On Hand!

  3. 3. Minimum: 2 cases of water per person= $9 A basic first aid kit= $16 A crank radio= $25 Total cost= $50 hat Must You Have For Less Than $5
  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
  6. 6. Water The quickest and most effective emergency preparation we can do is stock water. Stock a minimum of one case of 500ml bottles per person (three days worth). I recommended it be 2 cases. Do it now!
  7. 7. •You must have a way of quickly filtering water for your family. There are numerous ones available. Here is one I purchased. There is also a slightly more expensive system that doesn’t require pumping and works via gravity. Either one can be a lifesaver for your family after a disaster. Water
  8. 8. •Assume all water you find is not fit to drink unless purified. Giardia is very common, even in remote locales. •A way to purify water. •I recommend two at least for your grab-n-go bag, car, work, school: Lifestraw. Purifying tablets. Click on images. Water
  9. 9. In an emergency you can purify water by disinfecting it.
  10. 10. Water No matter what you’ve read (unless you’re a vampire):
  11. 11. SoDis Water Disinfection Solar Water Disinfection: Find a clean, clear plastic bottle no more than three liters (1 liter is slightly more than one quart). It needs to be a PET bottle. You can tell by looking on the bottom. Most will say if they are PET or PETE. Otherwise it will have a number. You want a #1. The narrower the bottle, the better for solar penetration.
  12. 12. SoDis Water Disinfection Fill it three quarters full with clear water, or water you have filtered through sand or whatever you have available. Shake the bottle in order to get as much oxygen as possible into the water. Fill the rest of the bottle and replace the lid. Place the bottle in direct sunlight for six to eight hours. You can increase the efficiency by placing the bottle on a reflective surface such as metal or aluminum foil. If you have to move, hang the bottle on the outside of your pack.
  13. 13. SoDis Disinfection How SoDis works? The sunlight treats the water through three ways, all involve radiation. UVA reacts with the oxygen dissolved in the water to produce a highly reactive form with free radicals and hydrogen peroxide, which kills microorganisms. UVA interferes with the reproductive cycle of bacteria by crippling their DNA. The sunlight heats the water and once it gets it above 122 degrees, the disinfection works three times faster.
  14. 14. Water Rules of thumb in nature in extreme emergencies: Running water is better than still water. Water coming out of a spring is better than running water. Clear water is better than cloudy or discolored water. Avoid water with algae. Avoid swamp or marshland water.
  15. 15. Water Scavenging In essence, a sealed water bottle has no expiration. Where can you find them? Also, consider houses with high end filtering systems— get the filters, connect, let gravity push water through them.
  16. 16. Water
  17. 17. 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
  18. 18. 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
  19. 19. 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
  20. 20. 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
  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. 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
  23. 23. 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
  24. 24. 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
  25. 25. FOODSomething to consider if you have time to prepare is trail mix, or what we called GORP in Special Forces. We were among the first to start putting M&M into regular mix. There are a number of varieties, but it's quick energy. However, the shelf life is limited. There are many variations. Having high protein bars is a quick source of energy and doesn’t require cooking. Click on images.
  26. 26. 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?
  27. 27. 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
  28. 28. 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.
  29. 29. 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.
  30. 30. 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).
  31. 31. 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.
  32. 32. 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**
  33. 33. Flashlight (Apple) (Android) Earthquake Alert for Android. Quake feed for Apple.
  34. 34. Some things you might want to upgrade to. Upgrading
  35. 35. 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
  36. 36. 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. QuikClot Bandages $10.44
  37. 37. 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
  38. 38. 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
  39. 39. Print Book More free slideshares on survival, writing, history, trivia and more topics are available by clicking on the image below.
  40. 40. 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 discounted, distilled version of both books with the most important basics - click on cover for any. Print Book
  41. 41. New York Times bestselling author, graduate of West Point, former Green Beret, and feeder of two yellow Labs, most famously Cool Gus. He’s had over 75 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 he now lives peacefully with his wife and labs. Sort of. Free books below available HERE