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Starting Point(s)
« on: August 10, 2013, 08:20:59 PM »
Howdy All,

Urban Preps. Where to start......Bugging-In. Let's start there.

For whataver reason, and no it does not matter why, you missed the window to evac and now you have to stay home and ride the event out. This was probably not what you wanted nor what you planned to do. Time for regrets is over, right now. Get back to the task at hand.

First things first:

Air. Can you breathe?? Do you need to seal your home with plastic and duct tape?? If you can't breathe in 4 or 5 minutes it won't really matter what you did instead.

Water. Fill the bath tub(s) and every container with water. Think of your water as three separate stockpiles - drinking (priority #1), cooking and sanitation. Each person requires about 2 gallons or 8 litres per day to perform the three functions - drinking, cooking and cleaning. Save bottled water for drinking and rinsing your toothbrush (use sparingly). Water in the tub will be good for flushing the toilet, boiling to wash dishes and supplying water for washing - sponge baths & hair washing. In a big event, once the electricity goes down, so does the water system. Stockup early, even if you store bottled water. A bath tub or two will buy you an extra few days before you need to solve the where do I get water from question.

Food. Have a dedicated food supply for emergencies. 72 hours, 1 week, 1 month or 1 year. You need something to buy time.

First Aid. Treat all wounds as major. Without proper treatment a minor cut can become infected and you could die. No sugar coating this. Take care of yourself. Take your time. Preventing accidents and injuries is the best medicine here. Keep a well stocked first aid kit at home and a healthy supply of basic medicines - pain killers, antacids, anti-diarrhea, anti-nausea, polysporin ointment, etc.

Security. Secure your residence. Make it look unworthy to visit. Use your imagination. Board up windows. Reinforce doors. Make a secondary exit/escape route. Have a digital camera or video camera for recording info. Turnoff the flash on the camera. Use whatever you have to protect those in your home.

Sanitation. Eventually, the toilet will stop working. Have a solution before that time occurs. Protect you water supply from cross-contamination from sanitation functions.

Communications. Establish comms at the earliest possible point. Monitor what is happening elsewhere - portable radio. Use text messaging on your cell phone or e-mail. These messages are quiet to send or receive. Put cell phones on lowest volume of ringer possible.

Power. Until you lose electricity start charging every re-chargeable battery and devise in your home. You have no idea how long you will be without power. Setup your solar panels or wind turbine if possible. Or have them ready to use. Start rationing power devices. Use the most efficeint devices that are easiest to recharge. Rotate which cell phone will be used on which day to extend battery life.

Bugout bags. Keep them packed and ready to go. You may get a window to evac, and you will not want to waste any time packing. Be ready at all times.

Sleeping and eating. Rotate jobs. Ensure you get rest and food when you can. Be ready to run, until then keep a very low profile. Keep very quiet. Do not go out without a purpose. Scale meals down to the size that your reduced activity require. Small meals or snacks may be enough. Try to eat food that require minimal prep or cooking. Boiling water should be the maximum effort to cook or heat your food. This is not comfort eating, this is survival. A jar of peanut butter person may work for some of you.

Okay, let's stop there for now. shall we see where this topic will go from here.

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Re: Starting Point(s)
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2013, 09:13:13 PM »
Good list, I suggest eating what will spoil first, then what is in the freezer if you have no means of keeping it frozen. Cooking in the first few days will not draw too much attention but after the 3rd day it will draw attention.


For freezer stuff, dehydrate, turn into Biltong or prepare and store such as potting or preserves in mason jars.

Also you need a good portable water purifier.
« Last Edit: August 10, 2013, 09:15:23 PM by Wild_E »

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Re: Starting Point(s)
« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2013, 01:49:40 AM »
To add to the first aid supplies...
-Wound cleansers... chlorhexidine, contact lense solution for irrigating wounds and eyes
-Steri Strips, various sizes
-Pressure type dressings, battle dressings, Israeli dressings.
-Gator Aid crystals for rehydration and treatment of electrolyte loss from vomiting and diarrhea.
- Sam type splints in a few sizes and elastic bandages for fractures of long bones and joints such as wrists, elbows and ankles.
-I will add more later.
   One thing to always keep in mind that in a true SHTF situation or in any scenario where there is loss of followup services such as EMS, Hospital of Physician... the FIRST protocol is DO NO HARM. Regardless of situation you are not a doctor, nor a surgeon. Do what you can within your knowledge. Don't be a "cowboy"!!!
THERE ARE NO PROBLEMS... ONLY OPPORTUNITIES FOR SOLUTIONS

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Re: Starting Point(s)
« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2013, 03:18:36 PM »
JAB,

To clarify, do no harm, does that mean cut and cauterize are not recommended for backyard surgeons??

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Just checking.

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Re: Starting Point(s)
« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2013, 03:59:09 PM »
Mmmmmmm   Hmmmmmm   !!!!! LOL... You are 99% correct MM. There is always the exception. In the event of a wound where there is a lot of tissue damage (chainsaw comes to mind)... you would be best to cut away the damaged tissue. It will not be viable in the healing process and will provide fertile ground for infection and "rot".  Cauterization can also be useful... again if you have a large vessel that you can't suture or tie off then cauterization may be your only recourse. In the event of a traumatic amputation you would have to clean the wound, debride it ( cut away damaged tissue) and seal major bleeders. You could either tie them off if you can get to them... or cauterize. I guess the bottom line is that there are no absolutes. Take courses. Read and learn about wound care in primitive situations... and also research what was battlefield medicine 100 years ago. Add in current knowledge regarding infection and antisepsis and you will be well along toward making intelligent decisions.
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Re: Starting Point(s)
« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2013, 11:32:19 PM »
Out comes my meat saw
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Re: Starting Point(s)
« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2013, 11:43:34 PM »
Nobs,

Why are dressed like a surgeon??? What is the propane torch for??? Is that meat saw sanitized??

Nobs......Nobs, are you listening. Cloroform!!!! Keep that cloth aw..a...y...............


LOL. Sorry. Are we allowed to have fun on here??? JAB started it. ;)

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Re: Starting Point(s)
« Reply #7 on: August 13, 2013, 12:28:31 AM »
whatdidido whatdidido????????
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Re: Starting Point(s)
« Reply #8 on: August 15, 2013, 11:19:05 AM »
Maybe a cleaver or axe?
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Re: Starting Point(s)
« Reply #9 on: August 17, 2013, 01:21:09 PM »
Ya start with a pound sap..... :o
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