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Disaster Preparedness and
In this world of increasing violence and turbulence, we should all be more mindful of our individual level of preparedness. We're seeing violent storms, earthquakes and severe weather in places where it was previously uncommon. The threats of war, terrorist attack, financial and social collapse and epidemics are more dangerous now than probably anytime in American history. It is your responsibility, and yours alone, to see that you and your loved ones are able to weather such calamities. Those that assume that the government will always be there for them and protect them or that they are somehow immune from such problems will surely suffer unnecessarily if not perish.
This page will be dedicated to survival and preparedness issues and is intended to help you and your family make the correct decisions regarding your readiness. The first installation here will be on the 72-hour kit. We have all heard this term a thousand times but what have you done to get yours ready. Below are some suggestions for a common-sense kit that could help you survive that first 3 or 4 days of a disaster before the authorities are able to restore order. Utilities, medical services, transportation and your employment may be disrupted for an undetermined amount of time. Your comfort, health and possibly your very existence may depend on how well you can handle yourself in an emergency.
Our recent move to Pinetop, AZ has disrupted our training somewhat but we should be settled in and continue to offer our 8-hr Disaster Preparedness seminars in the next few weeks! This presentation can be brought to your area! Call or e-mail for more details.
PURPOSE AND CONTENTS OF THE PERSONAL 72 HOUR KIT.
from Southwest Weapons and Security
In turbulent times, we may be forced to leave our homes temporarily for a few days. Depending on circumstances, we may have to leave immediately at any time during the day or night and having the bare essentials at hand and ready to go at a moment’s notice may mean the difference between life or death to you and your loved ones.
We see all manner of lists that are suggested as necessary for a 72 hour kit. Many of these are unrealistically elaborate, expensive and heavy. Please bear in mind that a 72 hr. kit should be something that you can carry comfortably if you have to evacuate on foot and should contain only a minimal amount of items. All a healthy adult needs to SURVIVE comfortably for 72 hours is a change of clothes, a handful of Granola bars and 2-3 gallons of water. Anything beyond this should be considered carefully. Understanding that the possibility may exist for a longer stay than planned, here are a few suggestions for your kit. Keeping it minimal may even allow you to carry enough supplies for 96 hours or more instead of 72.
Two of the most important things to consider first are water and a comfortable means of carrying your supplies. A durable, comfortable backpack is certainly the best choice for our personal kit and some families may want to include a medium sized duffle bag for a certain amount of family items or things for the young or old that cannot carry a very big pack themselves.
If you are fortunate enough to be able to stay at or near your home, you should have plenty of water put away. If you have to leave on foot, you should make plans to carry at least enough for one day in your pack as 2-3 gallons of water would be too heavy for most people to carry along with the rest of their gear. Another option is to carry a water purification system or tablets to purify irrigation or rain water. Camelbak and HydraStorm make some outstanding packs of various sizes with built-in water bladders. There are military/law enforcement models and recreational models. The military versions are extremely well built and heavy duty but more expensive than the recreational models. An adult should be able to put everything needed in a pack with a cargo capacity of around 1800 to 2100 cubic inches. Children should have packs of from 750 to 1200 cubic inches depending on age and build. Naturally, the adults will have to carry a certain amount of the children’s gear but the children should be able to carry quite a bit of their own things. It is essential that families plan training outings of increasingly longer hikes at least monthly with increasingly heavier packs to be certain that all members are properly prepared.
The following is a list of items that should be included in your personal kit.
Enough food to keep you reasonably comfortable, not full, for 3 days. The average adult should be able to get by on 2 MRE’s a day for 3 days. The more hardy and children might get by on one. The MRE’s should be stripped of non-essential weight by removing anything that you won’t eat or can’t use. Home-made meals can be a simple as Spam, jerky, dried fruit, crackers and Granola bars or something similar as long as it provides enough carbohydrates and protein to provide the energy to do whatever physical tasks are required for your situation. Add some chocolate and hard candy.
One change of clothing with 3 pairs of socks and 2 extra changes of underwear. Long johns, jacket, coat, knit cap or ball cap, depending on season. Add a couple of large plastic garbage bags to keep your equipment dry and to store clothing and other items in.
2 space blankets and 2 disposable ponchos should be adequate for shelter and sleeping in moderate weather for many people but others may want to include a light weight sleeping bag or a couple of blankets. Of course, additional provisions will have to be added for the very young, elderly and infirm.
- Small first aid kit including various sizes of Band-aids, surgical gloves, topical ointment, pain reliever (Motrin, Advil, Tylenol, etc.), hydrocortisone cream, eye wash, gauze and tape, sterile compresses, elastic bandage, Super Glue, suture kit, tweezers, antiseptic wipes, betadine or iodine and burn cream. Additional items can be added for individual needs such as diabetes, asthma, high blood pressure, etc. but keep it reasonable.
- Personal hygiene items (chapstick, sunscreen, toothbrush and paste, comb, hand towel, wash cloth, bar soap, shampoo, feminine hygiene items, etc.)
- Toilet paper and a few paper towels in a zip-lock bag.
- A small notebook and a pencil.
- Small sewing kit.
- Waterproof matches and butane lighter.
- Good quality flashlight and extra batteries. Also, a couple of large candles may be helpful. Preferably beeswax candles.
- GPS or compass.
- 25' of 5/16" or 3/8" nylon rope or mule tape and at least 25' of strong twine for securing additional items to your pack, building shelters, aiding in climbing walls or lowering your gear down an embankment, etc.
- A well-made multi-tool such as Leatherman or Gerber.
- Heavy duty non-folding knife and sharpening stone.
- A pair of inexpensive FRS radios and, if possible, a hand-held scanner
- Handgun and/or short barreled shotgun and ammunition for personal defense.
The above list of supplies will be more than enough to keep a person alive, comfortable and healthy for 3 to 5 days. Those that have trained and practiced for such an emergency may survive much longer by supplementing food when possible by hunting or scavenging and obtaining water through other sources.
The event or series of events that cause us to have to rely on our emergency kits could very well be a situation that may last much more than 3 days. Our 72 hour kit is primarily designed to provide us with enough supplies to sustain us for the time that it takes for emergency services to get organized. THIS WILL BE AN EMERGENCY, NOT A VACATION! Public utilities and transportation may be shut down or interrupted. Be prepared to make do without phone service, water, sewer and electricity. Stores, gas stations, schools and your job will likely be shut-down. Emergency services may be interrupted and hospitals full. It may also be prudent to seek training in first aid, land navigation, firearms use, edible plant recognition and ways to obtain water.
Long-term survival preparations are much different than what is listed above. Please don’t confuse the two and have a bunch of stuff that you can neither carry or use in 3 days. Mobility may be essential and most of us don’t have hand carts.
WHAT IS A SURVIVALIST?
The media and the uninformed public seem to insist that the survivalist is a pessimist and, in some minds, even a menace. Actually, it’s quite the contrary. A survivalist by nature is an optimist. The general public, the media and certainly the government have a difficult time understanding the concept of an optimistic, responsible and hopeful survivalist. A fireman is a fireman, not because he believes everything will burn, but because he believes much can be saved. Doctors do not practice for death, they practice for life and a survivalist is not a survivalist because he believes everything must be destroyed and everyone must die. The survivalist believes that life and liberty can be saved if people of good will are prepared. A fireman does not start fires, a doctor does not make disease and a survivalist does not make disaster. Crime, disease, war, revolution, fire, flood, social or financial collapse and famine are all results of either nature or the nature of man and unfortunately are not within the power of any earthly being to prevent. We all know that each day will end in darkness and that the summer will eventually give way to cold winters and that we can do nothing to prevent either. But, we prepare for both. Does this make us pessimistic? Hardly. So then why is the survivalist labeled a pessimist when he prepares to face events that are just as much a part of history and nature as the setting of the sun and the changing of the seasons?
Another common misconception is that survivalists are predicting, if not welcoming, a large scale disaster. On the contrary, we seem to be the optimistic minority that is predicting world survival. It is not likely that you will find many educated professionals or military strategists that can come up with a scenario that gives even a 50-50 chance of avoiding a large scale catastrophe at some point in the foreseeable future, yet we survivalists dare to be optimistic about our future. Survivalists do not need to predict the probability of disaster anymore than they need to predict the sun setting. Those who criticize survivalists, are like men who refuse to look at a calendar in hopes that, through self-imposed ignorance, they can keep from aging another year.
There are those who are foolish enough to think that survivalists will somehow be disappointed if there is not a disaster of Biblical proportions. Nothing could be further from the truth. Those of us who consider ourselves survivalists have loved ones that we do not want to see injured or killed and homes that we do not want to see destroyed. We have careers, dreams and expectations just like everyone else and they do NOT include living in a cave and foraging for food for the rest of our lives. It would be indescribably stupid to think that just because we have prepared for the worst that it would somehow be fun for us or that some of us may not experience some of the same dangers and losses as those who did not prepare.
The true survivalists have spent a great deal of time and money to help ensure their survival and subsequent recovery from a disaster but they would be tremendously relieved if, some day, they could be assured that they had wasted their time and money. No, they will not be disappointed if there is no disaster to survive any more than the Red Cross would be disappointed if there were no more floods and storms or the man who buys an insurance policy would be disappointed if his house fails to burn down. Certainly the survivalist would much prefer the pleasant (albeit unlikely) surprise of being wrong to the deadly rude (and probable) awakening that the non-survivalist will face if he is wrong.
The survivalist’s preparations will not be wasted. Regardless of what lies ahead, his stores will still be of value. It is sad, as well as illogical, that the unprepared sometimes consider the survivalist a threat. Ironically, in times of crisis, those who have not prepared to turn TO each other, will most assuredly turn ON each other. So who, then, is the threat to the general public? Each person who has not prepared in some way to survive when the basic necessities of life are not readily available is a great danger to his neighbors.
Hunger is a tremendous motivator. Personally, one of my biggest fears is to hear my children say, “Daddy, I’m hungry” and not be able to do anything about it. To think that ANYONE’s children may be hungry or cold because the parents were too selfish or apathetic to spend a few bucks and a little time to make the necessary preparations to prevent it, is appalling to me. Someone in that position may ask or even beg his neighbors for help but when they have no extra provisions to give, do you think he will just say, “Thanks anyway” and go back home to watch his kids die? This man will become a desperate and dangerous menace to anyone that he thinks may have what his children need to fill their aching tummies. Those who stock up on food, medicine and other supplies will be doing society a favor because the things that they purchase for their storage will be quickly replaced on the shelves so there will be that much more available in an emergency. Those who are prepared won't be looting and killing for what they need. They won't be a burden on the medical facilities or a danger to the police. Since they will be able to turn to each other, they will have no need to turn on anyone and may even be able to help at least a few.
It is one’s own personal responsibility and duty to society to make preparations for uncertain times. One can experience anything from loss of job or the household bread-winner being injured and unable to work to a major terrorist attack or financial collapse. Utility and transportation disruptions, labor strikes, storms, injuries and lay-offs are all examples of what could become short-term survival situations. The preparations that one makes may mean the difference between comfort and suffering or even living and dying in severe conditions.
It boils down to the fact that survivalists are optimistic, self-reliant individuals who understand the importance of preparing for the worst possible events while, at the same time, sincerely hoping that they never happen.
Yes, I am a survivalist and damned proud of it. If, God forbid, anything ever happens that should threaten my family’s health, comfort and way of life, I hope that I have made good decisions and plans in the past to secure our future. If I have not attempted to the best of my ability to do so, I feel that I will have to answer to Him for my negligence.
You can choose to be an asset to your family and community by making plans, conducting practice drills and making preparations for short and long-term survival of unknown conditions or you can choose to be part of the problem by pretending that “it” can never happen to you. Not here. Not in your lifetime.
How much are you willing to bet?
© 2003 by Cope Reynolds
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Survival Training and
As times get more trying and threat of even more turbulent times ahead, the prudent individual will making plans and gathering the supplies and equipment to ride out the coming storm. Southwest Weapons and Security can help you with your disaster preparedness and wilderness survival needs. We carry some
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