1. Activated Charcoal to purify contaminated water supplies.
2. Cayenne to stop bleeding and heal wounds.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar (commercial brand, not organic) to stop food poisoning.
4. First Aid Supply Kit.
Survival Remedies: A whistle is a useful device for attracting attention in times of emergency. You can use it when hiking in the mountains.It will be handy if you are lost or injured and need help. Use it when boating and it can attract attraction easily should the boat overturn. Use it when you are caught in a an natural disaster to get resucer to your aid. Women can also use it for personal protection.
I used to live in Portland, Or. There is a significant tectonic plate 50 miles of the coast called Juan de Fuca. Scientists have determined that it shifts every 300-350 years with a 9.0+ earthquake to the Northwest. It's overdue. Because of this the Portland fire department has come up with a training program for civilians. It's called the "neighborhood emergency teams" (NET). This program was designed to help yourself, your family and your neighbors, in that order. I pulled out my NET manual and this is what the PFD suggest you have in your medical kit.
- Kerlex, Kling, or any other brand of roller bandage (6 rolls)used to wrap over dressings and to secure splints.
- 4in. sterile gauze pads (4-6)
- 2in. sterile gauze pads (4-6)
- Sanitary napkins (2-4) used to control excessive bleeding.
- 1 and 2in. adhesive tape (1 roll of each) used to secure dressings and bandages; change every 6 months
- Bandaids (1 box assorted sizes)
- Triangular bandage (3) used to secure broken arms, shoulder dislocations or as a wrap for splints. Can be purchased or made from old sheets.
- Ace bandage for wrapping sprains.
- Sterile water (1 Qt.)used to flush wounds and cool burns.
- Antiseptic solution (1 bottle) used to cleanse wounds.
- Medical scissors
- Sterile needle for splinters
- Asprin or non-asprin pain reliever.
- Latex gloves (2 pair)
- Anti-diarrhea medication
- Syrup of Ipecac (to induce vomiting, if advised by Poison Control Center)
- Tube of petroleum jelly
- Cleaning agent/soap
- Moistened towlets or baby wipes
- Assorted sizes of safty pins
Understand this is for a 72 hr. period. After the Katrina fiasco I think it's safe to say that in a major disaster we all may be on our own for a month or more.
As far as food and water use clear plastic bottles for water. I use the 5 gallon type with a teaspoon of bleach in it and change it every 6 months. Just make sure that on the bottom of the container in the recycle triangle the # is 1,2,4 or 5. Do not use 3,6 or 7; it has to do with how the plastic was produced. 3,6 and 7 are fine just not for long term storage like 6-12 months. NEVER use plastic opaque milk containers. They have micrscopic cavities for bacteria. One gallon of water for one person for one day. You can live 30 days without food and 7 days without water. Campers and hikers use the 3/3/3 saying. 3 hrs. for shelter , 3 days for water and 3 weeks for food. As far as food goes can goods are recomended. I make my own granola bars and put them in a Food-Saver bag to the freezer and rotate them out every 6 months. They're light weight and I know what's in them. Hopfully we'll never have to use this information but it's good to know.
P.S. I did this program over 10 years ago and websites weren't as popular as today. I do not have PFD's address.
EC: Shawn, thank you so much for typing all of this information from your manual.
It seems that there have been many catastrophic events in the past so many years; this has gotten me thinking about what might be good to put in a lightweight backpack - for quick carry away. Of course there are a number of interesting insights to be gleaned from Earthclinic but I thought that maybe it could be an interesting topic to put out there for debate and discussion. It seems that governments may (or may not!) know what their rolls are in catastrophic situations but so often the everyday person is caught off guard and unprepared. (Even just recently, for example, it has been written in our local paper that the underground water pipelines are badly aging and could collapse, causing water contamination for many, many people. And yet, no discussion about what people could do to prepare for such a thing.) And on and on! Anyway, just a suggestion. Best regards! Deb
A simple mosquito repellant Get a large bottle of Listerine, pour into a 4-ounce spray bottle and use around areas outside. It works great and it's safe. It kills them instantly and will last a couple of days. Spray around food tables, play areas, standing water, anywhere you will be working or playing outside. Spray around door & window frames. Don't spray directly onto wood doors but do spray the frame around the door. This would also be a good thing to add to survival kits.
Survival Remedies: Let's touch on the subject of what I think every family should have in their emergency backpack in the event of a catastrophe. According to a lot of people we have one whale of a catastrophe arriving or finishing up in 2012. If we get the troubles predicted (and I certainly hope it will be natural disasters instead of nuclear) groceries are going to be emptied, ditto for drugstores and shopping centers. Probably telephones, TV's and radios as well as electricity and public water supplies will also be out of order for what will seem like an eternity to us spoiled people who are so used to having it all.
Contrary to popular belief, there have been studies done on lots of plants. There is a federal botanical data base that gives the chemicals and their actions on local and plants from other areas. There is a book titled The Green Pharmacy by James A. Duke (a PHD botanist who spent a lot of years collecting and amassing information for the federal government's data base. He gives information on local plants in the US, plus information on plants found on other parts of the planet. This book should be in every emergency backpack. Other books that should be in there with it is a good reference book identifying these plants and another on identifying edible wild plants. I recommend a trip to your local bookstore for purchasing them now and start looking through them, and some good family hikes to try to see how many you can find should make them more interesting. Field guides on these things will be handier & lighter weights for these hikes. Of course you should also remember a good water supply and enough MRE's (ready to eat meals as used in the military) which can probably be found in army surplus stores as well as on-line in emergency supplies.
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