In Part One of this two part blog the things discussed for preparing to survive a green level disaster situation was water, food, and shelter. In part two the topics will be geared towards first-aid kits and miscellaneous items that can be part of your survival gear.
First Aid Kits
Preparing for any survival situation should include a good first aid kit. You certainly will want to have a personal first aid kit in your bug out bag, but you will also want to have a slightly larger kit for around your house or retreat location. Having first aid supplies on hand makes you better prepared to help yourself and friend or family when they are hurt. Knowing how to treat minor injuries can make a major difference in your disaster preparing. So be sure to take a first aid class and ask lots of questions. Make sure that you know how every item in your first aid kit is supposed to be used. Continue your education by reading books on first aid, and review them periodically to keep your knowledge fresh.
The most basic of first aid kits only include things like band-aids, an ace bandage, maybe some aspirin or benadryl, probably some antibiotic ointment, a couple sterile dressings, some gauze pads, and some adhesive tape. Usually a small kit can cost as little as $5 bucks.
An intermediate first aid kit is a good first aid kit for somebody who has taken an American Red Cross First Aid course. It has everything a basic first aid kit has, with many extras including different size bandages, latex gloves, EMT shears, anti-microbial soap, alcohol pads, saline or equivalent, sting-kill or equivalent, Acetaminophen (Tylenol), Ibuprofen, #11 scalpel, smelling salts…etc… The list goes on. Usually this sort of first aid kit can be purchased from $20 – $40 dollars, and is really worth your investment in training and money.
Advanced first aid kits take things to a whole new level, were things like trauma packs and the like can be purchased. Usually these types of first aid kits have some extras that require EMT level training to use. Such first aid kits are not typically recommended for people who only have basic first aid training.
Make sure that after you have purchased your fist aid kit that you maintain it. Items in a first aid kit do expire and will need to be replaced. Items to pay close attention to are; Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, smelling salts, any antibiotic ointments, eye wash solutions, etc…
Miscellaneous Survival Gear Items
You have yourself setup with an emergency supply of water, food, and first aid gear. You have shelter over your head since you are staying hunkered down at home, and as such you should have plenty of clothing items on hand to wear. Now you need to think about some odds and ends that would be beneficial to have around ‘just in case’.
The items you may want to think about including in any extra survival gear supplies can depend on where you live and what natural threats you are more than like to face. But do not limit yourself to natural disaster threats. Many threats are man made and can affect you as well.
Some things to think about:
- spare glasses/contacts
- work gloves
- medications in supply
- hand sanitizer
- roll of heavy plastic (1-2) (for covering windows and doors)
- heavy staple gun and staples
- extra toilet paper
- generator & gas (large enough to run what you may want to run)
- extra batteries for electronic items
- tool kit with various screws, nuts, bolts, washers, and nails
- fire extinguisher
- guns and ammunition
- eye and ear protection
- spare magazines
- two way radios (1-2 sets)
- playing cards/reading material
- 100′ rope
- sewing kit
- spare lumber and plywood (for boarding up windows and doors)
- extra water in storage
Above are just some suggestions on extra items to have on hand to help you through a disaster situation. There are so many other items and ideas out there. Please feel free to share your thoughts on the subject.