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Survival Essentials You Must Have!


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Prioritizing, you need at least these four things in your household. They can save your life. These were selected based on my experience, survival training, and reviewing after action reports of people who've experienced natural and man-made disasters.

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Survival Essentials You Must Have!

  2. 2. Trying to prepare for an emergency or disaster can be overwhelming. Both in terms of time and money. I’ve picked the four most critical items you need at a base level. I list those and then add in upgrades. Additionally, there are FREE things you can get now that are very valuable.
  3. 3. Minimum: 2 cases of water per person= $9 A basic first aid kit= $17 A survival radio= $18 A survival manual= $10 Total cost= $54 What Must You Have Now?
  4. 4. Two Cases of water per person Why? We can last only three days without water. 2 cases is enough for a person for a six day supply (8 bottles per day). It is the #1 priority being brought in after a disaster; have it on hand beforehand. WATER— the #1 Priority Prices vary but should cost roughly $4.50. Two cases= $9
  5. 5. There are numerous prepared ones you can buy. Below is a very basic one. Click on image for link. First Aid Kit $14.95
  6. 6. Power outages often accompany emergencies and disasters. Cell phone service and cable TV can be disrupted. Even if you have cell phone coverage, you might not be able to charge your phone. The device below includes a cell phone/USB charger and flashlight. Crank and solar charge. . Click on image for link. Portable battery/solar/crank survival radio. $13.59
  7. 7. Do you know what to do in an emergency? Basic first aid? How to improvise and get drinkable water? A manual gives you knowledge and that can save your life. Below if a pocket-sized one to keep in your home, your car, your work— wherever you might need it. . Click on image for link. Survival Manual $9.99
  8. 8. Want to be better prepared? That is base level preparation. I have other slideshares that show higher levels, such as the Grab-N-Go bag. The link is at the end. Next are some free things you should get, such as useful Apps. Following those are some upgrades for the medical supplies that I suggest along with a few other important items, as you expand your survival budget.
  9. 9. Apps Apps are very useful; some can be life-saving. Here are free apps for a variety of situations that can save your life. Some caveats on relying on Apps: Your phone needs to be charged. Your phone could be damaged in an emergency situation. You need to have your phone with you. Some Apps require you be able to access a network. I have all these apps on my iPhone.
  10. 10. Medical Apps Red Cross First Aid (Apple) (Android) Accidents happen. The official American Red Cross First Aid app puts expert advice for everyday emergencies in your hand. Get the app and be prepared for what life brings. With videos, interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice it’s never been easier to know first aid. Features: • Simple step-by-step instructions guide you through everyday first aid scenarios. • Fully integrated with 9-1-1 so you can call EMS from the app at any time. • Videos and animations make learning first aid fun and easy. • Safety tips for everything, from severe winter weather to hurricanes, earthquakes and tornadoes help you prepare for emergencies. Preloaded content means you have instant access to all safety information at anytime, even without reception or an Internet connection. • Easy to use Spanish language toggle.
  11. 11. Medical Apps CPR and Choking (Apple) (Android) Developed as a public service by leading physicians and educators in emergency care at the University of Washington and King County EMS, the CPR & Choking application provides instant information on how to perform CPR and how to aid a choking victim. These are short video demonstrations (about 1 minute) and are compatible with the latest recommendations from the major international resuscitation organizations including the American Heart Association and the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR).
  12. 12. Location Apps Family Locator-GPS Tracker for Android. GPS Tracker for Android. Family Locator simplifies life in the digital world by making it easy to stay connected to the people who matter most. With Life360 you can: Emergency Alert System for Apple. Alert, track and notify loved ones as well as 911 in an emergency situation. Silent Beacon provides you with the peace of mind that comes from knowing that you and your loved ones are able to instantly connect. The emergency alert system for the digital age.
  13. 13. Disaster Apps Red Cross Hurricane App (Apple) (Android) Be ready for severe weather with Hurricane by American Red Cross. Monitor conditions in your area or throughout the storm track, prepare your family and home, find help and let others know you are safe – a must have for anyone who lives in an area where a hurricane may strike or has loved ones who do. **One of the top 6 hurricane tracking apps - CNN** **Readers’ Pick: Most innovative and useful hurricane app – FastCompany** **One of 5 apps to get you through a natural disaster – Fox News**
  14. 14. The Wildfire APP: Apple Android There are more apps for emergencies and disasters on my Free Apps slideshare. Link is at the end. Wildfire APPs
  15. 15. Miscellaneous Apps Flashlight (Apple) (Android) Earthquake Alert for Android. Quake feed for Apple.
  16. 16. Some things you should consider upgrading to. Upgrading
  17. 17. Using my Green Beret Preparation and Survival Guide you can do an Area Study and tailor your GnG bags to your specific situation and environment. However, to be prepared, a basic, well-stocked, pre-made one is a good idea. I purchased this for my son to have, just in case as I feel it’s a solid buy with the right equipment. Click on image. A Grab-n-Go Bag
  18. 18. I recommend adding a trauma pack with quick-clot bandages to your first aid kit along with a splint, an Israeli combat bandage, chest seal, medical scissors— all in one convenient packet. I can verify the Quik-Clot works. I can carry Quik Clot bandages on my bike and in our cars and day pack. QuikClot Bandages
  19. 19. A water filter is a life-saver. Even the water from our tap can be contaminated. The survival straw is great to have in your home, car, and grab-n-go bag The one in the middle is a pump filter. The one on the right works with gravity. I use it while camping and boon docking. Click on images for links. WATER
  20. 20. While you can go for a while without food, it doesn’t hurt to have some emergency ration bars on hand. They last a long time and are compact. I have a variety of emergency ration bars (click on each for link): ER Bar $8.44 Grizzly Bear Emergency Food Rations $13.95 DaTrex 3600 $21.45 FOOD
  21. 21. I always have the one on the left on my belt along with a single battery flashlight. It gets used every day. I have the vice grips Leatherman on the right in my Jeep and it gets used a lot. A Leatherman
  22. 22. Power will be out. ATMs won’t work Store computer systems will have crashed. It will be a cash environment for a while. How much? Enough for: plane, bus ticket to evac site; cost of hotel room for at least 3 nights; cost of 3 tanks full of gas; food for family for two weeks; misc. expenses. CASH
  23. 23. Just preparing to the base level puts you ahead of 60% of American households. Links on the next slide can give you more information. In Summation
  24. 24. More Free Information I constantly update free, downloadable slideshows like this on my web site for preparation and survival and other topics. I also have YouTube Survival videos. HERE Also, I conduct Area Study workshops for those interested in properly preparing for their specific circumstances.
  25. 25. The guide on the left is the complete preparation and survival guide. The one on the right is a pocket-size manual with just the survival portion. Useful in your Grab- n-Go bag, car and kitchen drawer. SURVIVAL GUIDES
  26. 26. New York Times bestselling author, is a graduate of West Point and former Green Beret. He’s had over 80 books published, including the #1 bestselling series Green Berets, Time Patrol, Area 51, and Atlantis. He’s sold over 5 million books. He was born in the Bronx and has traveled the world. He’s lived on an island off the east coast, an island off the west coast, in the Rocky Mountains, the Smoky Mountains and other places, including time in East Asia studying martial arts. He was an instructor and course developer/writer for years at the JFK Special Warfare Center and School which trains Green Berets and also runs the SERE school: Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape.