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  • November 6, 2012

    Survival Skills: How to Make Your Bug Out Bag Lighter-3


    The carrying weight of your Bug Out Bag can be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, the bag needs to be lightweight enough so that you can move quickly while carrying it. And on the other hand, the bag needs to have enough supplies (including heavy things like water and food) to last you a few days or even a few weeks in a pinch.

    Since every ounce counts, let’s look at some constructive ways to make the best use of the weight you need to carry.

    Assuming the standard Bug Out Bag contains shelter, water, first aid, food, clothes, and other supplies, you should consider losing weight from each group of gear. My personal BOB weighs 40 to 45 pounds, depending on the season. It’s about as lean and mean as I dare to make it.

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  • November 4, 2012

    Survival Skills: What to Do After The Disaster-1


    You never know what you are going to find as you clean up after a storm, especially after a significant storm like Hurricane Sandy.

    If your home, business, or other property became damaged, or was simply strewn with trash, limbs, and debris, you may have a big clean up job ahead of you.

    How can you clean up a disaster’s aftermath safely?

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  • November 1, 2012

    Survival Skills: What to Keep in Your Emergency First Aid Kit-8


    How do you manage medical problems until medical care is available?

    Impressively, folks survive all the time with very little in the way of supplies, training, or equipment, but not everyone is so lucky. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, many people were cut off from the normal medical care that they need. Worse still, many were injured by the storm and had few places to turn for help.

    Help can be difficult to reach through a variety of situations, not just hurricanes. Those in rural areas and wilderness areas may be far from help on a good day. Natural disasters and terrorist attacks can also create a delayed-help scenario anywhere or anytime. What can you do when you or someone with you cannot get the help they need?

    First, you need to get yourself and your patient away from any dangers that may be present. Second, call for help or send someone to get help, if doing so is possible. In remote areas, this might mean signaling for help after treating the patient. Third, treat the wounds as best you can with a first aid kit. This kit should include a minimum of the following: 

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