Prepping For Beginners

When you go to the store and buy enough food to last a few days you are already prepping for the future, everyone in some fashion is already a prepper, what most people think prepping is all about is just the same thing really, we just prepare for a longer time period. Welcome to Prepping 101, enjoy! 

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Food - Water - Shelter

The three key items to focus on in order to survive are Food, Water, and Shelter, without any one of these three items your chance of survival is limited. Preparing for the unknown is very challenging at times, however, if done right should be lots of fun for the whole family! Always keep it fun.

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Bugging-Out Emergency Plans

So you have decided you want to be prepared just in case something were to happen, welcome to the club of millions of Americans that have decided to be prepared as well, what now, how do we get started?

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Fire Starting

There are lots of ways to start a fire, simple Bic lighter, Metal Match (Needs lighter fluid), Bow Drill, Flint & Steel, Fire Piston, Magnesium, Ferrocerium, and even a Magnifying Lens just to name a few.

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Introduction (Page 1)

  We have some bad news and some good news, the bad news is you won't be doing any brain surgeries, the good news is you won't be doing any brain surgeries. The reason we say this is because there are so many sites out there that will tell you their "experts" have made a list of what you should have, one site said you need to have an oropharyngeal airway but doesn't mention any kind of a scope so guess you just shove it down the throat and hope there was nothing blocking the airway and also hope you have inserted it correctly. Another recommends sutures however doesn't mention anything about having an irrigation syringe or any other method really to properly clean the wound.

  We thought it would be nice to make a list of the more common items, list some things to avoid but always remember you need basic training for the best results.





Basic First-Aid

  Learning basic first aid should be a required course in high school but instead, we use that time teaching things that should never be taught in public schools and should be handled by the parents at home. Every community should have Basic First Aid classes offered to the residents but the best way to find out more for your local area is "The Red Cross". Most of these classes will teach basic airway management and CPR as well.



  Taking a class that focuses on CPR will teach you more advanced techniques and are offered in areas very much like the first aid classes are, depending on your state and local EMS guidelines it might be necessary to take a CPR class to learn pediatric CPR. Once again check with your local Red Cross or even your local community college to find a class.



  EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) is by far the best course to take, Most EMT courses last for 120 hours, in the past some required ERT (Emergency Room Technician) time of around 24 hours. You will learn,

  • Patient assessmentemtpatch
  • Basic life support and CPR
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Pediatric care
  • Anatomy
  • Advanced first aid
  • Moving and transporting patients
  • Assisting other medical professionals

   (NOTE: EMT courses are a little costly, most volunteer fire departments will sponsor its members and pay for the training plus you will meet some great people and keep learning while you are on the department.)





We are going to move away from the norm, here is why, you can buy a first-aid kit anywhere, local hardware store, online, or about every major retailer you can think of. There are many sizes, some high quality, some not so much, the odds that you will find one that meets your needs exactly are slim, the number of contents may not be what you needed. Most of the prepping sites are all about saving space, we think that if you need a full-size backpack to hold what you feel comfortable with then make it so, first-aid supplies are not one of those things you want to run out of and also keep in mind that most First Aid Kits are designed for a one-time use and then need to be refilled.

Cleaning Wounds

  While cleaning a wound you need to make sure not to create more injury to the area or add additional harmful elements to the wound, use an area that is as clean as possible, be gentle and take your time! First thing is to control the bleeding, light pressure using a clean cloth or pads with a clotting agent work the best, you may not be able to stop the bleeding 100% but try and get it as best as you can.




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  If you are looking to buy a complete First Aid Kit we strongly recommend checking out the American Red Cross for kits and supplies, also step by step articles and training for First Aid. (Remember, most First Aid Kits are designed for one-time use and then you need to refill them.)




Cleaning wounds

syringesaline  The first two items should be an irrigation syringe and saline solution, always be sure to clean out any dirt and foreign matter from the wound before closing it. Using a syringe will allow you to gently rinse the wound and surrounding areas without touching it or whipping the area causing even more damage. We recommend two or three syringes for your kit and 8 to 12 ounces of saline solution per person as well. 





Blood loss control

  clottingUsing a clotting sponge in most cases will stop the bleeding quickly, often you find them in 25mg or 50mg, the 25mg work great for small wounds and save the 50mg for those larger wounds. There are now several brands to choose from, the 25mg costs about $7.00 and the 25mg can be found for about $12.00 if you shop around. They are small and compact so the more you have the better. Simple to use just follow the instructions on the package.





Dressing wounds


  While the most common is the 3" x 3" non-stick pads we have always liked using the 4" x 4" gauze pads, you can cut them to fit in a smaller area and still have coverage for the larger areas, both work great, use what you feel most comfortable with. Also when using creams or ointments it is best to applying directly to the pad instead of on the wound. One box per person should be enough, you will also find that these have many uses so having extra is always a good thing.







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