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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Food Storage Prompts Week 4

This weeks’ preparation suggestion is to assess your basic first aid needs. Band-aids, gauze, calamine lotion, Neosporin, aspirin, Tylenol, cold and cough medicines or your home made substitutes. Gather up unused Ace bandages from long ago sprains, wash them, roll them and put them on a shelf or in a drawer specifically set aside for illness or first aid needs. Old 100% cotton sheets or pillowcases can be washed and cut into homemade bandages and stored in Zip-lock bags to keep them clean. Gather hand splints, foot splints any medical equipment used in the past for injuries and just gathering dust. Having things all in one place will make finding them so much easier!

Below I have shared a first aid kit that contains more than just the basic items to help us be better prepared; use this as a jumping off point and research online to make your home pharmacy and supplies as survival ready as you can.

The information was gleaned from this website:

Comprehensive Medical Kit
Medical Equipment & Supplies
Bandages and Dressings

20 Adhesive Bandages, elastic knit, 1" x 3"

20 Adhesive Bandages, elastic knit, 3/4" x 3"

4 Adhesive Bandages, foam tape, 2" x 3 1/2"

4 Adhesive Pads, 2" x 3 1/2"

4-3M "Tagaderm" transparent dressings, 2 3/8" x 2 3/4"

10 Adhesive Bandages, Fingertip, elastic knit

10 Adhesive Bandages, Knuckle, elastic knit

8 Adhesive Bandages, spot

2 Eye Pads

20 Gauze Pads, 2" x 2"

8 Gauze Pads, 3" x 3"

8 Gauze Pads, 4" x 4"

6 Non-adherent Pads, 3" x 4"

4 Burn Dressing, 2" x 3"

2 Burn Dressing, 4" x 4"

1 Adhesive Tape, waterproof, 2" x 10 yds.

1 Compress Bandage, 4"

4 Compress Bandages, 2"

2 Gauze Roll Bandages, 2"

2 Triangular Bandage, sterile, 40"

1 Moleskin, 3" x 4"

1 3" Elastic Bandage

Wound Treatment and Infection Management

7 pair Latex Examination Gloves

1-20 cc Irrigation Syringe w/ plastic catheter tip

2 Povidone Iodine Solution 10%, 2 oz. foil packs (to make wound irrigation solution - antiseptic)

1 Betadine (povidone iodine solution - antiseptic), 2 oz. plastic bottle

8 Betadine Swabs, .6 ml ampules (povidone iodine solution - antiseptic)

1 Mastisol (adhesive), 1/2 oz. plastic bottle

10 Cotton Tip Applicators

6 Alcohol towelettes, individual foil pouches

24 Wound Closure Strips, 1/4" x 2"

40 Wound Closure Strips, 1/4" x 4"

1 Super Glue, 2g in applicator

Medical Instruments and Equipment

1 EMT Shears, stainless steel

1 Splinter Forceps

1 Hemostat, curved

1 Tick Forceps

1 Fresnel Lens Magnifier, 1" x 4"

1 Thermometer, standard

1 Thermometer, hypothermia

3 Sutures, assorted

1 Sawyer "Extractor" Venom Pump Kit (removed from plastic case and packed in medical kit pouch) includes:
1 - Venom Pump
4 - Pump Adapter Cups
1 - Disposable Razor
1 - Instruction Pamphlet


1 Triple Antibiotic Ointment, 1 oz. tube

1 "Martin's BurnAway Plus," 2 oz. bottle (burns, stings, bites, minor wounds)

1 Aloe Vera Gel, 1 oz. tube

24 "Tylenol" (acetaminophen 500 mg.) (analgesic)

24 Bufferred Aspirin Tablets, 350 mg. (analgesic)

24 Vicodin ES Tabs (7.5 mg hydrocodone bitartrate and 750 mg. acetaminophen) (analgesic) #

24 Ibuprofen, 800 mg. (analgesic) #

12 Zithromax, 250mg Caps (antibiotic) #

12 "Malox Plus" Tabs (antiacid/antigas)

12 "Imodium-AD" (loperamide 2 mg) Caplets (antidiarrheal)

24 Pseudoephedrine, 60 mg. time release (decongestant)

24 Benadryl (diphenhydramine hydrochloride 25 mg.) (antihistamine)

24 Chlorpheniramine 12 mg. time release (antihistamine)

1 "Afrin" Nasal Spray, 1/3 oz. spray bottle (nasal decongestant)

1 "Sting-EZE" Insect Bite Treatment, 1/2 oz. plastic bottle (topical anesthetic)

2 Triamcenolone Cream .5%, 15 gm tube (topical treatment for contact dermatitis (poison ivy, etc), minor burns, skin irritations, etc.) #

2 packages Oral Rehydration Salts (dehydration)

Miscellaneous Items

3 Needles (sewing), assorted sizes

2 Single Edge Razor Blades

10 Safety Pins, assorted sizes

1 Tekna "Splash-Lite" Lithium Battery Flashlight

4 Paper Cups

1 Emergency Medical Guide - "A Comprehensive Guide to Wilderness & Travel Medicine"

1 Outdoor Research "Advanced First Aid Kit" pouch (6 x 11 x 4 inch fitted nylon soft case):
# = Prescription required.
All medications and many medical supplies also have a limited useful life. Keep track of expiration dates and replace as required.

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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Food Storage Prompts Week 3

Stock up on laundry detergent, bleach, cleansers or baking soda, ammonia, disinfectant cleaners and wipes. Use your coupons, watch for sales and shop the store that gives you the best prices.
While you are thinking about these types of products…how would you do laundry if you had no electricity?
Many Preppers have a 5 gallon bucket with a plunger type device to help with doing laundry. I have a small hand washer and there is always the old fashioned galvanized tub and rub board.
Bleach is dually useful for cleaning and water purification purposes. If you dislike commercial cleansers then stock large quantities of baking soda for scrubbing items. Disinfectant cleaners and wipes are important to store for keeping areas as clean as possible and for sick room uses. This would be a good time to assess your supply of cleaning cloths, sponges, Brillo pads or whatever your favorite cleaning tools are. It makes the job so much easier if you have your preferred tools to assist you with cleaning.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

A few quotes you should all remember

Some very important quotes we should all remember:

"If the machine of government is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law." - Henry David Thoreau

"The only way to deal with an unfree world, is to become absolutely free, that your very existence is an act of rebellion." - Albert Camus

"There is no Left or Right -- there is only freedom or tyranny. Everything else is an illusion, an obfuscation to keep you confused and silent as the world burns around you." - Philip Brennan

"The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws." - Cornelius Tacitus (55 - 117 A.D.)

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