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First Aid Skills Every Prepper Should Know

First Aid Skills Every Prepper Should Know.

First aid skills

Merriam Webster defines first aid as emergency care or treatment given to an ill or injured person before regular medical aid can be obtained (Merriam Webster, 2014).

Obviously one of the problems you may encounter in an emergency is lack of timely medical care. If the country collapsed today would anyone be able to seek medical care other than what you or others could provide in the form of fist aid.

It is important that you know how to treat some of the more serious conditions that could be fatal if not treated in a timely manner.

1.) CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation)

The following is only a guide and should not be considered medical advice or a substitute for taking an accredited CPR training course

All references to medical treatment are informational only; you should always seek medical help as soon as possible

CPR combines mouth-to-mouth resuscitation with chest compressions. In other words, the person performing CPR is providing blood flow by compressing (pumping) the heart and providing the body with oxygen through mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. The heart compressions will pump blood to the organs and brain providing them with lifesaving oxygen.

Do not let lack of training stop you from attempting to save a person’s life. Many people are not trained in CPR and/or are not willing to perform CPR because of legal considerations, and fear of contacting a disease when doing mouth to mouth. Professional first aid kits will have resuscitation masks that can protect you from an infectious disease.

You can purchase resuscitation masks and carry them in your car, purse, satchel, briefcase, first aid kit, home emergency kit or survival/bug-out-bag.

If you have no training at all you should still administer chest compressions and call for others that may be able or willing to administer mouth-to-mouth, with or without a protective mask.

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Ultimate Small Get Home Bag

This is a small UTG Messenger Bag that I have turned into the Ultimate Small Get Home Bag. In the bag I have tried to cover all of the bases when it comes to get you home, should the need arise. I have also tried to cover most of the 10 C’s to Survivability. In this bag, there is everything from shelter to cutting tools and cordage to containers. There is about two days worth of food and snacks, water filtration and purification. There is also a first-aid kit, an area map of the state I live in, several compasses and knives, and many more items that you find in this video. I have tried to keep the contents down to just enough items to get you home and nothing else.

One of the most important things I have also tried to keep in mind is the weight of the entire bag including a full container of water. Currently, the bag weighs 11.4 pounds.

Bugging Out SOPs – ThePrepperProject.com

Bugging Out SOPs – ThePrepperProject.com.

Bug OUt SOPs

Bug out – This is the foundation of your plans and you will certainly want to have some SOPs for this. Seriously, this is the make or break point for a Prepper. Leave too late and you may never get to your retreat. Leave when the situation doesn’t call for it and it could cost jobs, the faith of family or group members, or other potentially negative results. Leave without realizing the nature of the threat and you could be following a plan that won’t address the specifics of that threat.

My purpose with these is not to create your SOPs but to get each of you thinking of a wide range of questions and possible issues. It’s up to you to decide which apply to your specific situation and what you will do about them. That should enable you to craft a set of SOPs tailored for your needs and agreeable to your group.

When would you decide to bug-out? What event or situation
would need to happen before you would initiate your plan?

This is probably the trickiest question you will attempt to answer, and the SOP that will inflict the most stress on you. I know it was for me, and I frequently revisit this one to see if modifications are called for. Why? Because this is the moment of Go or No-Go. For me, this could easily be a one-shot deal. If I tell my group to go and it turns out there was never any valid reason for doing so then many of the spouses (the majority of whom don’t share the Prepper mindset) will never agree to a bug-out again.

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Building An Emergency Car Kit: Going Beyond The Basics | ThePrepperProject.com

Building An Emergency Car Kit: Going Beyond The Basics | ThePrepperProject.com.

 

Emergency Car Kit

If you haven’t done it already, building an emergency car kit should be on your list of things to do in the next week or so. Especially now that winter weather is upon most of us. I’m not talking about a maintenance kit, with tools and important fluids (although also very necessary). What I’m referring to is packing enough food, water, and other gear to keep your family alive for several days. If you ever find yourself stuck on the side of the road due to weather, a flat tire, or worse, you’ll have a little more peace of mind knowing you have essential supplies to get you through.

What Is An Emergency Car Kit?

A car kit is different from a Bug Out Bag in that it is meant to stay in your vehicle at all times. The contents generally assume you will be sitting tight until help arrives. If you are preparing for an EMP scenario, or are otherwise concerned about being able to make it back home in an event of an emergency, you should include supplies for trekking it on foot. A ‘Get Home Bag’ requires different gear, so right now I’m just going to mainly focus on what you need to pack to survive a few days in your car.

If your regular commute requires you to drive more than an hour from home, I would definitely recommend that you add get-home gear to the list I’ll be sharing. My husband drives a lot, so I have adapted his emergency car kit to be something that he could also load up on his back for a hike home. This includes a tarp, tent, and sleeping bag in case he won’t make it before dark.

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Discover Thermos Cooking as a Preparedness Tool | PreparednessMama

Discover Thermos Cooking as a Preparedness Tool | PreparednessMama.

The lowly thermos. Do you have one? I’m not talking about the kind of thermos we had in our lunch box as a kid – no breakable glass lining. These new ones are heavier and stainless steel lined. Your thermos can be a real work horse around the home and an even more important ally in an emergency.

Not just for coffee...use thermos cooking as a preparedness tool | PreparednessMama

Thermos cooking is not cooking on the stove and then using it to keep your food warm (or cold).  A good quality thermos is useful for more than just keeping beverages. While, there is certainly something more high tech that you can use to cook your food, a thermos is a handy tool to have around for emergency cooking during power outages.

Your thermos also works well on hot days when you don’t want to get the kitchen heated up. Just heat up the inside of the thermos and get cookin’.

Tip: Choose one with a wide mouth so it’s easier to get food in and out again.

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DIY Solar Panel Stand for $10

In this video I describe show you how can make a Do It Yourself Solar Panel Stand for less than $10. It is made of 1/2″ PVC Plumbing Tubing that can be purchased at your local hardware store, and is built using very simple hand tools.

This is a super simple Solar Panel Stand that I show you how to make in about 30 minutes with simple hand tools and for less than $10. The only tools that you will need is a hacksaw and a pencil. There are not really any measurements as you will need to customize the stand for your particular solar panel. There is not any glue in this stand as the friction and the panel being wire-tied to the braces will hold the stand together. I even add some eyelet bolts for you to be able to stake the stand down to help keep it from being blown over in hard winds.

Hydration for the Apocalypse: How to Store Water for Long-Term Emergencies | The Art of Manliness

Hydration for the Apocalypse: How to Store Water for Long-Term Emergencies | The Art of Manliness.

Your community in action - moving food, water, medicines into shelters.

A big storm and earthquake hits your town. It’s a certifiable quakenado.

Your house is spared structural damage, but the power and water are out. According to news reports, the grid is down in your area and several water mains are broken. Conservative estimates are that it will take crews at least a week to get water service back on.

Would you have enough water in your home for you and your family to last until the water came back? Or if you live in the southwest, would you have enough in a situation where your city just plain runs out of water?

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