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September 20, 2005


Chaos Live

"and it's easier to import a llama than register a hand gun here." Actually, Llama is a Spanish handgun manufacturer :-D (and a very poor one at that - to be avoided for those considering firearms).
For NY bound (and similar) folks, theres always the long gun option, several of smaller, take down, pack rifles made specifically for survival kits.

As for the list from the medic - thats a pretty good kit, but I'd expand it a little more for the three day (and from NOLA I think we can safely say thats almost a minimum) situation. Wouldnt add other items, I'd just add more of single use things like gloves, dressings, gauze, CPR shields, etc. Redundancy isnt just good, its essential for longer term work in the austere environment.
I'd also look into getting some prescription meds - some of the medical supply companies specializing in Expedition Medicine, have doctors on staff who are willing to write scripts for kits. A lot of us may also have sympathetic friends with prescriptive authority. Antibiotics and perscription strength pain killers are high on the list of essentials - also, EpiPens, the epinephrine auto-injector for serious allergic reactions. If you cant get immediate medical care, a bad allergic reaction can be as fatal as a heart attack - benadryl/diphenhydramine pills are a great thing to have for simpler allergic reactions, but if someone is going into anaphylactic shock you'll want Epi pens.
I'd also get a thing called a SAM Splint, or a couple of them - they are a malliable aluminum sheet, 36" long and like 4" wide, that when unrolled and creased form a very stiff splint. Cheap too, work good. Better than expedient splinting using Ace Bandage and stiff-backed magazines.
Dont forget family members with special needs - try to have accomidations for them prepared so they wont face undue challenges in a multi-day survival situation. Same for pets with special needs, medications and so on. Simple pet injuries can be dealt with much like human injuries.
It never hurts to have a little training - a two days Healthcare Professional level CPR/First Aid course from the American Heart Assn. is better than nothing. There's some very good medical manuals out there too, particularly U.S. Military manuals from the Special Forces. Wont make you a doctor, but it beats using old ER episodes.
(Of course, all this is just some personal opinion, as an EMT-B, with a serious personal interest in survival, expedition and tactical medicine, and have a lifetime of experience before that living in truly austere environs, and doing care for critters two legged and four. And I'm not responsible, liable, etc. for anything anyone does, etc. yaddity yaddity, disclaimerity disclaimerity and so on.)

Theres a really good site, called Equipped to Survive, www.equipped.org - exceptional resource, above and beyond the FEMA/Red Cross/Ready lists, and heavily grounded in been there, done that, experience.

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