Archive for December, 2012
Elite Survival Kit
With the increase in violent weather and extreme storms more and more people are taking steps to prepare for survival situations. When such events and situations occur there is the potential of losing power, utilities and communications for extended periods of time. Even little things like the power to run water pumps compromise safety and the health of everyone involved. Based on recommendations from the federal government, a well prepared survival kit is indispensable next to having a well thought out and communicated survival and bug out plan.
Anyone who has spent any considerable amount of time hiking or recreating in the back-country is familiar with the “Ten Essentials” for wilderness travel. The “Ten Essentials” are: Navigation (map and compass), Sun protection (sunglasses and sunscreen), Insulation (extra clothing), Illumination (headlamp/flashlight), First-aid supplies, Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candles), Repair kit and tools, Nutrition (extra food), Hydration (extra water), Emergency shelter.
The survival kit builds on these and adds several others that help ensure good physical and mental health during emergencies and survival situations. The kit includes:
The Elite Survival Kit contains:
Food and Water:
12 Boxes of Aqua Blox Water Boxes
12 – 400 Calorie Food Bars (4800 Calories)
20 Water Purification Tablets – each tablet purifies 1 liter of water
Light and Communications:
Am/Fm Radio with Headphones and Batteries
Rechargeable Squeeze Flashlight – 3 LED flashlights
36-Hour Emergency Candle
12 Hour Green Emergency Glow Stick
5-in-1 Survival Whistle
Box of Waterproof Matches
Shelter and Warmth:
2 Emergency Survival Sleeping Bags
2 – 16/20 Hour Body Warmers
2 Person Tube Tent with Rope
2 Emergency Ponchos with Hood
16 Function Knife
Leather Palm Work Gloves
2 – N95 Respirator Dust Masks – NIOSH approved
50 Feet of Nylon Rope
Hygiene and Sanitation:
2 – 24 Piece Deluxe Hygiene Kits
6 Pocket Tissue Packs
Guardian 57 Piece Deluxe First Aid Kit
Deck of playing cards for entertainment
Infectious Waste Bag
FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Administration maintains a website with updates on weather conditions, disaster alerts and information on how to acquire, purchase or build home based emergency survival kits. The website is, http://www.ready.gov/basic-disaster-supplies-kit.
Take care, prepare today, survive tomorrow with this survival kit.
Unfortunately we live at a time where people no longer find schools off limits for lashing out. Our children have become targets of sick and disturbed individuals with no remorse for life in general.
Schools now prepare for such situations by placing the facilities under lock-down and alerting law enforcement as soon as possible. However, we as parents must to our part in preparing our children on knowing what to do when they end up face-to-face with a shooter.
Just as we teach our children about the dangers of strangers and what actions to take in case someone tries to kidnap them, we must now teach them what to do in case someone with a gun comes into a classroom.
Although, no preparation can guarantee safety, it is always better to be prepared and have some knowledge or plan of escape than not have any at all.
Law enforcement officials recommend three basic survival responses when encountering a shooter on campus: run, hide and barricade and as a final resort, attack the aggressor.
If there is place to run, they should run and get away as soon as possible. If there is no place to run, then they should hide and set up a barricade.
If the shooter is in the classroom where there is no place to run and hide, they should exercise the, “throw and go” tactic where the first person to take notice of the gunman yells, “GUN!” everyone then throws anything they can find at the shooter’s face to disrupt aim. Then larger objects should be thrown at the shooter as hard as possible and swarm the shooter to take control of the gun. The shooter must be stripped of their weapons and restrained by putting body weight on top and tied up before police arrive.
Even though this means that some will be harmed, it provides some chance for the students to take control and fight back instead of feeling completely helpless. Clearly, outcomes in such situations are very tragic in nature but we can arm our children with skills that can possibly save their lives.
As parents we should also teach our younger children how to use all types of phones and to remember identifying information such as their address and phone numbers to their parents. The little ones should look for places to hide in classrooms early on so that they can run and hide when an armed gunman enters their school.
In addition to that, we must work closely with our children’s schools to make sure they are all prepared for the worst.
Let us get creative and figure out ways in which we can better protect our children without invading their privacy.
Today’s shooting Newtown Connecticut is the worst shooting we have seen In America as of yet. We must do everything possible to keep our children safe from mentally unstable people like Adam Lanza of New Jersey, who turned on his own mother and innocent children of his mother’s workplace. Our hearts go out to the families who have lost their children to this tragic event.