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Monday Mania – 8.10.2015

In this weeks edition of Monday Mania: Avoid Stray Cat Syndrome, Prepping w/ Contacts or Glasses, 10 Everyday Items That Will Be Missed When The SHTF (With Substitutes!), Greece Reverts To Barter Economy, Grants To Start A Farm, and 8 more.

Monday Mania

I’d like to start off by saying a big thank you to Thomas for his feedback on my regular Survival Sunday posts. He brought up a great point that, because of my posting schedule and how email subscribers get their notification, it is often Monday before most people get their update. Long story short, I am going to try out Monday Mania instead of Survival Sunday and see if it fits my schedule a little better.

If you have any feedback or suggestions, don’t hesitate to shoot me an email at tom@thepreparedninja.com.

Last week was chock full of medical appointments and meetings so I don’t really feel like I got much of anything done. We did dodge a bullet when Hurricane Guillermo broke up and was downgraded to a tropical storm but now we are facing the incoming Hurricane Hilda that is predicted to be downgraded further (currently a category 2 hurricane) but did reach category 4 hurricane status Saturday night.

My latest Amazon.com shipment came in that had my new WaterBOB in it along with a diffuser for essential oils to assist in treating my chronic pain. As far as I am concerned the WaterBOB is an absolute must for any home that has a bathtub. I am anxious to see if the diffuser makes a big difference or not. I am hopeful.

Lastly, I am always proud of my children but I was especially proud of my oldest son this last week. Even with some of the struggles he has had this year, he tried out for his school’s bowling team and made the cut. I am looking forward to getting a chance to watch him compete this season. As a bonus, if things fall apart we can use my son’s bowling balls to shoot out of a bowling ball mortar. I just need to convince my wife that I need to build a bowling ball mortar.

Here are this week’s discoveries:

Avoid Stray Cat Syndrome – I wasn’t sure what to expect of this article based on the title but I am glad that I took the time to read it. If things go bad, you have to take things like ‘stray cat syndrome’ into consideration when making decisions.

Preparedness For People With Contacts Or Glasses – Wearing any type of corrective lenses, regardless of the reason for doing so, makes emergency preparedness more complicated. Being prepared is more than just having extra contact lenses though. Make sure you have all that you need.

10 Everyday Items I Will Miss When The SHTF – If things ever fell apart I think there would be things that we all would miss. This is especially true considering all of the technology that we have become dependent upon. While everyone’s list will be different, the think I like about Lisa’s list is the fact that she identified the closest replacement for each one following a SHTF scenario.

Total Collapse: Greece Reverts To Barter Economy For First Time Since Nazi Occupation – It’s the natural transition when the economy falls apart but that does not mean that a barter economy is ideal. But since Greece is living that reality right now, we might as well learn from it.

Government Grants For Starting A Farm – Here is a list of a few resources that can be used to find financial assistance to get starting in farming. I took a look through some of them and there is some great information to be found.

Treating An Animal Bite – Animal bites can be nasty injuries. With the amount of bacteria in an animals mouth, infection can easily set into a bite. Check out this step-by-step guide by Dr. Joe Alton, MD aka Dr. Bones on how to properly treat an animal bite.

OPSEC & The Dangers Of People You Thought Were Like-Minded – Don’t take everything at face value and closely consider the claims of other. Always remember to do your due diligence.

More madness in the world:

Do You Qualify As A Domestic Terrorist?

Louis Farrakhan: If The Federal Government Does Not Intercede, Then ‘We Must Rise Up And Kill Those Who Kill Us’ – Farrakhan, a Barrack Hussein Obama ally, decided that the answer to the blood that has been spilled of blacks on America’s streets is to kill more people. I guess he takes that eye for an eye thing in the Bible pretty seriously. Oh wait! He’s a muslim…isn’t that supposed to be the religion of peace?

In Zimbabwe, We Don’t Cry For Lions – Finally a reasonable perspective on the killing of Cecil the lion.

California City Council Meeting Erupts After Two Illegal Immigrants Are Appointed to Commissions – I erupted in my chair from across the country. This is absurd.

Death By Pain Reliever – For those who believe that because a medication is “safe” because it is sold over the counter, it is not. A recent report by the FDA even warns users of NSAID’s (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) like Advil, Ibuprofen, Aleve, etc. that these medications and others like them could quickly increase your risk of death from their use.

The Seattle business owner who promised all employees a $70,000 ‘minimum wage’ is now fighting to stay afloat. Who would have ever thought that paying everyone across a company regardless of position or responsibility would lead to any sort of problems?

What is it with the folks up in Seattle? I think there has been something ridiculous in the news that comes out of Seattle just about every week!

That’s a wrap for me this week. As always, I hope that you all have had a great week and keep getting ready for tough times. It seems like we get closer every day to something unfortunate coming along.

If you found something that you would like to share with the group or have any questions, don’t hesitate to email me at tom@thepreparedninja.com.

Come back next week for another edition of Survival Sunday.

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10 Items to Keep Your Survival Chances in Check

The following is a guest submission on some of the ways to ensure your survival in the wake of an emergency.

10 Items to Keep Your Survival Chances in Check

Zombie apocalypse. Doomsday. End of the world.

These are some of the situations that we just regularly see in movies, TV shows, or in books. We tend to be amazed on how the protagonist manages to survive a certain kind of situation that seems impossible to escape. But have you ever thought of your escape plan if ever these situations happen in your lifetime? More importantly, have you ever thought of the things that you need to have in order to survive?

And if natural disasters and panic have already raged your neighborhood, will you just get the items that you instantly see based on your instincts and or will you easily grab your ever-reliable emergency survival kits and run as fast as you can for your dear life? For me, the latter sounds much better.

Of course, preparing ahead is much, much better compared to rushing things especially during doomsday where the atmosphere is already tense, nerve-wracking and full of fear. A prepper naturally has the foresight and prepares everything as organized and as detailed as possible. You wouldn’t want to miss out on a single item that you need to have for you and your loved ones’ survival.

Here are 10 security items that you need to have to keep your survival chances in check if ever the worse day happens.

1. Water Supply To Quench Your Thirst

This comes first in our list. Without water for 3 to 4 days, you’ll eventually die and that is the ultimate situation that you need to avoid as you fight for survival. You will definitely need to have ‘drinking’ water intact and not just any other type of water unless you want to die of other water-related diseases. Have a big table-top ceramic filter type of water container to store your drinking water.

2. Food Storage To Avoid Starving

This is a no-brainer if you really want to survive doomsday. Come the end of the world, major supermarkets will definitely run out of their food supply because of the panicking people that filled the supermarkets and retail stores. You can choose to store and prepare survival food kits that match your nutritional needs. Don’t forget to address the food allergies of your family for your survival. Make sure that these food kits will last longer, say 6 months. These survival food kits in case of disasters will surely provide you food and energy that you need if ever the food supply totally runs out in your area.

3. A Handgun For Defense

If the situation becomes truly chaotic (think of the possibility if zombies attack you at your own home or if other people desperately try to get your food supply), you will need a handgun for self-defense and for defending your family. For example, if your home alarm system has been destroyed by an earthquake, you need to be aware of burglars and people who will target your house for their own supplies. Learn how to use one and for starters, experts recommend having handgun that you are comfortable shooting in a caliber that is 9mm or larger. Don’t forget to load set-defense ammunition in the handgun, that is what it is made for.

4. A Portable Radio To Be In The Loop

After you have safely evacuated your chaotic neighborhood, you’ll definitely need to be in the loop on the current events in your area and for possible safe places that you can evacuate to. Having a portable radio will allow you to stay informed and this is a great advantage since information is power.

5. First-Aid Kits

Prepping for the worst day also includes preparing for what might happen along the way during your escape. In case of an emergency, make a handy list of your first-aid essentials such as regular medicines, antibiotics, and gauze bandages if you or a family member ever gets wounded while on the run. Check to ensure that you have enough of each item in your first-aid kit.

6. A Handy Map And A Compass

Another no-brainer, these will come in handy should you need to locate the fastest and easiest escape route towards the next safe place. Yes, a lot of people are relying on their GPS or their other gadgets but if battery runs low, then your map will be your golden ticket to survival. Have a good quality road map of your area or secure a topographical map of your hometown and possible retreat areas. Along with a map, a compass will also come into good use if you need to go around the woods for your safety.

7. Flashlights

This will be extremely useful at night and for dark places that you might encounter. Be sure to have extra batteries as well for this item. A handy L.E.D flashlight that produces a strong light is needed for your survival.

8. Lighter And Fire Starters

If ever you need to stay out in the woods for several days, you will need lighters, matches and other fire starters to keep you warm and to possibly cook food as well. This will also be handy should you need to boil dirty water for it to be potable.

9. The Reliable Swiss Army Knife

This item is definitely included in the top security items list. A Swiss Army Knife is incredibly handy and valuable thanks to every function that it can do for your survival. You’ll never know when you’ll need it especially if you’re in an area where certain tools are out of reach.

10. A Hiking Backpack

You might think of the need for a place to put all the necessary items for your survival. Why not go for your hiking backpack as your “bug out” bag? Be sure that it has plenty of space and/or compartments and check to be sure you can carry it with a full load of your essential items. This will contain all of your emergency survival kits so be sure that your backpack is strong and intact.

Having this top 10 security items list will serve as your preparedness guide for terrible events such as doomsday. Properly securing and preparing each item will definitely help you in your survival and you will be assured that you’ve prepared ahead of those terrible times in the future.

About The Author

John Anderson is a writer and an Executive Street Contributor. He runs the blog InfiltrationAlert.com

Bollocks! I Need Bandages! (And Medical Knowledge)

Medical care can be hard to come by at times when infrastructure is running like a well oiled machine and I can only imagine what access to care may be like in the event of a disaster. The single greatest way to combat a lack of available expertise in the event of a disaster is to expand your knowledge base now, supplemented with adequate supplies. Right! It is just too bad that medical training and supplies are supremely expensive. It is possible though to obtain medical knowledge and medical supplies without any cost to you. Here’s how:

1. Employer Programs – Many employers have a need for employees that have some level of medical training. This could be anywhere from a basic American Red Cross first aid or CPR course all the way up to more advanced skills training like EMT or wilderness medicine courses. Find out if your employer has these types of programs so that you can take advantage of them. If your employer does not offer training opportunities like these, it may be something to bring up as a value to the company in being prepared for an emergency or natural disaster. Of course, when you bring it up, you will want to tell your boss that you are more than willing to volunteer to be the first trainee that the company sends. If you are an employer, consider sending some of your employees to additional training opportunities. It will not only enhance the capabilities of your company but show your employees that you are loyal to them, often resulting in employee loyalty in return.

2. Free Giveaways – We live in the age of online giveaways whether it be a contest put on by a podcast or blog, an essay contest, or a company giving away their products, there are several opportunities that can be taken advantage of for those who are willing to look. 

3. First Aid Supply Companies – If you happen to work at a location that has a first aid kit that is maintained by a first aid supply company, you have the opportunity to get free medical supplies. Like anything in life there are no guarantees but, depending on company policies you may be able to obtain “out of date” or excess medical supplies from the supply company representative. One of the dirty secrets of medical supplies is that they are often good past their expiration date. *I want to be clear that I am not endorsing the use of expired medical supplies. However, if you are able to obtain excess or expired medical supplies, they are always great items to use for medical training. There is always the thought process that something is better than nothing as well if there was a catastrophic medical emergency or a long-term period without access to medical care. 

4. Sales Combined w/ Coupons – There are many coupon websites that will help you match up coupons with the best sales that are going on in stores across the country. One of my favorites is The Krazy Coupon Lady. Armed with this knowledge, you are able to take coupons for first aid items and many times get them for free or dang near it. Some of my scores in the past have included free bandages and individual first aids for less than $0.25.

5. Online Knowledge Sites – There is a wealth of knowledge online for those seeking greater knowledge. Some of the great medical knowledge sites are outlined below:

The following resources are not just available for online expansion of your medical knowledge but are great for adding to your hard copy survival library as well. Enjoy!

Hesperian Health GuidesBooks & Resources

Hesperian offer several downloadable medical and health guides. While I have covered ‘Where There Is No Doctor‘ before, many of what I would consider their premium offerings were highlighted by none other than Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy over at the Doom and Bloom Nation.

Open MichiganUM Medical School

Open source information from the University of Michigan School of Medicine.

Health Sciences OnlineSearch

A comprehensive website that provides searchable health sciences knowledge from over 50,000 learning resources selected from accredited universities, governments, and professional societies.

Mayo ClinicFirst Aid

First aid information to help you during an emergency. Everything from anaphylaxis to toothache.

American Veterinary Medical AssociationFirst Aid Tips For Pet Owners

Pet first aid procedures and medical tips to help you pet at home, on the road, and during a disaster.

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Reading, reviewing, memorizing, looking at these resources or staying at a Holiday Inn does not qualify you to be a medical professional. The priority here should be to gain the basic knowledge to make life-saving interventions when absolutely necessary without causing further injury or death to your patient. Also, possession of medical supplies and equipment does not equate to having the proper knowledge to use them or legal right to do so. Please consult your local laws and regulations to ensure that you are in compliance with such laws.

WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING!

As always, please make sure to pick up the slack and cover anything that I may have missed or add additional comments, questions, or concerns below!

Basic Emergency Medical Kit

Basic disaster preparedness includes being ready to react to a medical emergency.  Every segment of your emergency preps should include a basic medical kit at a minimum.  This includes a kit for the house, cars, work, camping equipment, boat, motorhome, cabin, retreat, etc. as they are applicable.  The point of writing this post is to outline a list of items that should be in a basic medical kit.  I certainly will not be able to think of every possibility but the hope is that the contents of this basic emergency medical kit will assist an injured person until additional help can be received.  Your kit will need to be tailored to your individual needs and the number of people that may need to be taken care of with each kit.  As a result of these variances the home medical kit is usually the largest while your other kits will be smaller in size and possibly contain a few less items than the larger kits.  In addition to the contents of your emergency med kits you should also try to find a good reference book that provides a basic knowledge of first aid and that you can easily understand.  Additionally if you have the opportunity to take a training class such as those offered by the American Red Cross, I would encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities.  There is no replacement for quality training by highly qualified personnel.  The following list that I put together is based on what I thought would be suitable numbers for two people.

BASIC EMERGENCY MEDICAL KIT (BEMK)

Hemorrhage Control

(1) Emergency Trauma Dressing

(4) 4 X 4 Gauze Pads

(8) 2 X 2 Gauze Pads

(1) Eye Pad

(2) Kerlix (Roller Gauze)

(2) Nonadherant Dressing – 3” X 4”

(1) Ace Bandage – 6”

(1) Medical Tape – 1”

(12) Band-Aids – Assorted

Wound Management

(1) Irrigation Syringe – 60cc or <

(3) Steri-Strips – Assorted

(10) Alcohol Pads

(1) Moleskin – 3” X 6”

(10) Antiseptic Towelettes

(5) Nitrile Exam Gloves – Pair

OTC Meds

(12) Acetaminophen (Tylenol) – 325mg

(12) Ibuprofen (Motrin) – 200mg

(12) Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) – 25mg

(1) Lip Balm – Tube

(1) Antibiotic Ointment (Neosporin) – Tube

Miscellaneous

(1) Trauma Shears

(1) Forceps (Removal of Foreign Objects, Splinters, or Ticks)

(1) SAM Splint

(2) Triangular Bandage & Safety Pins

(1) Space Blanket

(1) Case for BEMK

Prescription Meds – 72 Hour Supply