My Personal First Aid Kit

My former Army roommate recommended the Israeli Bandage to me when he was visiting me last week. He’s in Afghanistan at least twice a year for several months at a time teaching US troops various things that keep them alive. He says that the Israeli Bandage is a great piece of gear and is worth having in your IFAK (Individual First Aid Kit). He has seen them used on wounded soldiers first hand and he carries at least two of them on his person when he goes out on patrol.

I trust my friend and value his opinion. Aside from his recommendation I also looked into what other people had to say about the bandage and the reviews are pretty good. Like anything that I do to prepare I hope to never have to use this bandage but it will be good to have just in case something goes wrong. I paid under $10 for one of these. I bought several of them for the GO bags, in addition to my Celox Gauze, Celox Clotting granules, and SOFTT-W Tourniquet. I’m hoping this will do the trick if I happen to bust my ass in the middle of nowhere and I need to prevent myself from bleeding out.

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Survival Packages

What exactly is a survival pack?  The two survival packs that we carry are designed to expedite your emergency preparations and get you on the road to your goal quickly.

The 72 –hr pack is designed to ensure that you are self-sufficient for at least three days, either in your home or, in case of the need for evacuation, on the go.  With the basic needs of clean water, food, light, and radio communication met, you rest assured that you will have these items available on a moments notice if you need them.

The one-month survival pack is designed to ensure that you are able to take care of your basic needs for one month, in case of a prolonged power outage or another event, that disrupts the normal flow of supplies into your area.  With a water filter, one month of Alpine Aire survival food, wind-up flashlight and radio and a basic guide to emergency preparedness including checklists, you are well on your way to preparing to survive the emergencies of our times more comfortably.

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Fuel Stabilizers

The quality of our fuel is something that most people take for granted. In the past, fuel would last as much as a year without any ill effects. This meant that the consumer could count on the fuel maintaining its quality at least until it was purchased at the pumps.

Today, however, this is not the case. One oil company survey reports that more than half of all gasoline sold today is substandard. Check out also this useful video about fuel stabilizers

Not only does fuel quality affect our cars, it affects any other engine we use. If you have a backup generator to ensure you will always have electricity, you need to be able to count on it starting consistently.

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Water Filters

The number one factor in successfully surviving a disaster – PURE WATER

There is nothing more important to good health and successfully surviving a natural or man-made disaster than good, safe drinking water. That is why we recommend everyone have a quality, gravity feed water filter in case of an emergency. The AquaRain water filter is the brand that we carry at Yellowstone Trading. It is by far our most popular water filter. Check out also this video on other water filtration systems:

The AquaRain Natural Water Filter will provide your family and loved ones with laboratory proven safe drinking water without electricity, without plumbing, and without pressure or chemical pretreatments.

When the electricity goes out, most other water filters will not work. The AquaRain water filter works on gravity. The AquaRain is simple to use, (even your children can filter water and they will enjoy doing so) as well as very effective in producing large quantities of pure water.

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How to learn anything in 20 hours

Josh Kaufman is the author of the new book The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything . . . Fast!

He says everybody is able to learn new skills in just 20 hours, we only need to know how.

Learning new thing is challenging and it’s super intimidating,” says Josh. “You know, as a general rule, adult learners hate feeling stupid.” And “the biggest barrier to learning something new is overcoming that initial intimidation,” he says. What you need to do is set small goals for yourself. For example, if you are learning for an exam, set as your first goal learning just one chapter, don’t freak out thinking about the whole book, or the 4-part exam.

The other things he mentions are: “accepting that beginning are hard”, and “making a commitment to stick to it”.

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Emergency Kit – Lighting

Bright, carefree and inexpensive lighting for every room of the house is a modern luxury, made possible by electricity since the early 1900s.  Very few of us have any idea what it might be like to live without electric light.  We think, “Oh, we’ll be fine with a few candles and an old-fashioned kerosene lamp.”

To get an accurate picture of what it means to live without electric lights, turn off the fuse switches in your house some dark winter evening. Doing this in advance, when there is no emergency will give you a far better picture of what you need to do to prepare than listening to our advice on the subject.

We carry a variety of candles and flashlights.  It is a good idea to have adequate, safe, non-electric light for every room in your house. This is not only highly recommended but easily achievable. You should also include long-burning candles and flashlights.

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Create your own emergency preparedness plan

It could be wise to create your own emergency preparedness plan.  It is not hard.  Everyone drives around with a spare tire because flat tires do happen.  It is so much easier to deal with a flat tire when you have a spare with you in the car.

Your preparedness plan is your spare tire.
Emergencies do happen.  Earthquakes, floods, fires, hurricanes, power outages, swine flu pandemics, war, terrorism, economic hard times.  With foresight, a major disaster doesn’t have to be the end of the world.

Gather up what you will need in an emergency, ahead of time while the supplies are readily available.  Think now, before the emergency, “what will I need to take care of myself in the event an emergency occurs. Gather up these items and you will be assured of surviving any emergency in greater comfort than if you are caught unprepared

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How Digital Rights Management (DRM) software works

The first response of the movie and music industries to peer-to-peer piracy was to go to court. To make a technology phenomenon into an issue for the lawyers. Round two is shaping up to be exactly the opposite: a legal issue is becoming an issue for the technologists. How so? Digital rights management (DRM) software puts a virtual lawyer into every song, book, and movie. The software also helped protect the content rights of any online platform.

Content owners are betting that a new technology will make it possible to distribute their titles over the Internet without risking widespread piracy. DRM software allows publishers to embed rules in files that precisely define how those files can be used. If a consumer fails to obtain a license for a DRM-protected movie, the movie won’t play. If a consumer attempts to watch a movie more than the agreed-upon number of times or for longer than they paid for, the DRM virtual lawyer will put a stop to the show. (more…)

Regional Emergency Transitions Initiative

The Family Support 360 Special Initiative: Emergency Transitions for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities and Their Families

The Inclusive Preparedness Center (IPC) has received federal funding from the Administration on Developmental Disabilities for the Family Support 360 Special Initiative: Emergency Transitions for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities and their families.

IPC joined with Delaware and the District of Columbia to propose in-state and regional planning to develop an Emergency Transitions plan to be funded for actual implementation in subsequent years.

The regional planning effort of the special initiative has been joined by programs serving people with developmental disabilities in seven states and the District of Columbia.

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Emergency Transitions Initiative (MA-RETI), includes programs in the District and the States of Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and North Carolina. (more…)