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We Celebrate the Gifts Given…

yellow ribbonThank you to our dearly departed friend George Dorry.  Today, we celebrate the one year anniversary of our friend and mentor George Dorry who passed away from Cancer last April 8th, 2012.

George gave Rapid Fire Bunker (The Bunker) and its team the encouragement and strength to build the Bunker and continue the legacy of helping others find security and protection with Emergency Preparedness and preparing for the unexpected.  George spent the last year of his life building 72 hour bags and first aid kits for his loved ones, knowing he would not be the one there to protect them.  He spent countless hours teaching and sharing survival secrets with his closest friends and family as a method of keeping them safe.

We honor our friend today.  We thank him for the inspiration and bravery that he shared with us. 

Rapid Fire Bunker carries on his legacy in our community, our country and throughout the world.  Thank you George Dorry for helping us find our purpose and giving life and honor to Rapid Fire Bunker. 

We love you and miss you dearly.

Keep Calm and Carry On my dear Friend.

Survival the “Popular Mechanics” Way

When the April 2013 Issue of Popular Mechanics, one of America’s leading Tech-Savvy magazines, runs a cover story on “Survive Anything – 52 Disaster Tactics”, you know the topic is important.  Nine pages of information encompassing being prepared for natural disasters such as Tornadoes, Floods, Blizzards, Wildfires and Hurricanes provides a road map for the uninformed.

First Aid Bag    What Type of Information will you find in this article? 

  1. Emergency Food Storage (30 days for a family of Four)
  2. Nutrition choices for Long Term Food Storage
  3. Choosing a reliable Generator
  4. Water Filtration (AquaPail 1000- Rapid Fire Bunker sells filter for Only $150)
  5. Fuel Storage and long term Emergency Fuel Treatment (Rapid Fire Bunker offers Pri-G Stabilizer for Fuel Treatment $7.99)
  6. First aid and important items for your medical bag supplies
  7. 72 hour backup power
  8. Affordable emergency tools and knives
  9. Planning for evacuation and pet protection
  10. Recovery from Natural Disasters, working with Insurance and rebuilding

Operating Rapid Fire Bunker, Colorado’s fastest growing Emergency Preparedness Store, we encounter questions about dealing with a variety of unexpected disasters.  We continue to remind people that they spend thousands r of dollars on vehicle insurance, home insurance, health insurance to protect against the unexpected emergencies…Preparing your family by collecting the suppies essential for surviving a natural disaster is no different.

Thanking Rapid Fire Bunker Customers!

Rapid Fire Bunker has celebrated its first year in business and wants to thank all of our loyal customers!

We continue to grow and our departments continue to expand.  Emergency Preparedness is on everyone’s lips.  Protecting our families…protecting our communities. In 2012, our nation weathered drought, Hurricane Sandy, and many other natural disaster situations.  The one thing that Americans have to rely on is their resilience.  We stand tall and help our fellow Americans when they need it the most.

Each week, Rapid Fire Bunker continues to spread education and information on Emergency Preparedness and the word is out.  People from all over Colorado and the Country visit the store to catch an inside peek of ideas for building a store of their own.  Unfortunately, 95% of them miss the purpose of an Emergency Preparedness store like Rapid Fire Bunker.  It is not about making money or benefiting from individuals misfortune…IT IS about helping our fellow community feel safe and secure.  The love for our fellow Americans is what continues to draw people into Rapid Fire Bunker.  The knowledge and care for our fellow Americans is what keeps them coming back. 

Valued Customers, we love you!  We open the store every day because of you.  We are quickly and methodically expanding because of you!

Keep Calm and Carry On  –  Steve and Dawn (Rapid Fire Bunker Founders)

Learn From Hurricane Sandy – Food Safety

Looking back the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, anyone with a Television, Radio or Internet understands the importance of preparing for Natural Disasters.   What food products are safe after an natural disaster renders electricity moot?  Lets dive into this question by looking at the items run by readily available electricity in our homes.  Electricity runs our heating and air conditioning, our lighting throughout our home and most important…electricity runs our refrigerators. 

What happens when the electricity goes out and our fridges begin to warm?  What foods are safe, and when should we begin to take concern.  Here are a couple of Food Safety tips for power outages and electrical failures:

Nonperishable & Healthy Foods that withstand electrical failures:

1)  Dried Fruits, Jerky, canned tuna & other assorted canned meats, Canned soups, canned veggies, canned beans, crackers, whole grain cereals, Dehydrated Foods- Look for them at any Emergency Preparedness Store, Powdered milk, powdered cheese etc. 

2) Drinks that will survive lack-of-fridge include soda, water, beer (my favorite)- Beer will last 5-7 months without a cooling element; however the flavor will be influenced and may not taste as “fresh”. 

3) After 2 hours, food safety will begin to decline.   Foods such as eggs, fish, fresh meat, dairy products, and any leftovers will need a cooling alternative such as packing in snow (if you are lucky enough to be experiencing electrical failure during the snowy winter), or Packing in ice (although this is a temporary solution due to melting points).

4)  Because stoves will likely be incapacitated as well during an electrical failure, it is important to consider storing food items that can be cooked without a stove.  Mountain House, Wise Food, Backpackers Pantry are among many Freeze Dried products that will allow you to add water and reconstitute food without directly cooking.

Keep Calm and Carry On!

Test Your Survival Equipment!

Congratulations, you have accumulated your Emergency Preparedness gear.  Generators, Solar Gear, Water, Water Filters, Bulk Food, Aqua Pails, Forward Hydration Bags, First Aid Kits, everything is accounted for.   NOW…

Don’t get caught in an emergency situation without knowing how your equipment and gear works.  

Watching the mass preparation going on for Hurricane Sandy on the East Coast, you can’t help but wonder why Americans continue to think their safe with a packaged Generator still in the box.   A man and his 7 year old daughter were being interviewed by a reporter doing a cover story on the Massive Hurricane Sandy, set to make landfall within 72 hours.  When asked what the man was doing to prepare for the Natural Disaster, he replied ” we just invested over $800 in a new generator, but it’s still in the box in case we don’t need it.” 

Are you serious!  The man purchased the generator; however, he neglected to buy gasoline and oil to RUN the generator.  So, if he needed the item to run his electricity during a power outage, it would be useless to him and his family.  Another costly mistake made by a well intentioned individual. 

Let’s run down a short list of prep steps you must take in order to familiarize yourself with your Survival Gear and Emergency items:

1) Generators:  Take the Survival Equipment out of the packaging and be sure to read up on any additional accessories needed to provide functionality of the device.  Generators need oil and Gasoline to run.  Without these items stored, you might as well have save yourself a grand.  Test your Generator-  Run your generator to be certain that it functions properly.  The last thing you need to do is test your equipment during the emotionally charged Emergency situation when our acuity is less than perfect.  Test your Generators and Solar Gear.

2)  Water Filters and Aqua Pails:  All Filter systems, from Aqua Pails, Katadyn, Aquamira,- need to be flushed before first use.  The Sediment inside all water filters must be plushed 2-3 times before the residue is flushed out and clean water runs thru the filter.  Test your Water Filter / Aqua Pail- Be certain you know how your filter is put together and make sure you have accessories to accomodate function.  Aqua Pails will require a container /bucket for the clean water to flow into (maybe a couple of painter stir-sticks to balance the pail), and don’t forget a container to pour contaminated or non-filtered water into the Aqua Pail.  Without these accessories, your filter will not functional.  Test your Water Filters.

3)  Bulk Food / Dehydrated Food:  Having at least a 1-3 month supply of stored food is rule for Emergency situations and Natural Disaster preparation.  Most people that accumulate food preparations neglect to test out their food.  Test out your food- Dehydrated food may have preservatives or ingredients that upset the digestive tract, causing gas and bloating.  For 95 percent of the people out there there is no concern; however, for those 5percent sensitive to certain preservatives, supplementing dehydrated and freeze-dried foods for canned foods such as canned meats, canned fruits and veggies. Being caught in an emergency situation or natural disaster with food that causes discomfort will add to the emotionally charged situation.  Test your Food.

Keep Calm and Carry on my prepared friends.

Classes at Rapid Fire Bunker

What classes can you find at Rapid Fire Bunker?

1) Survival First Aid

2) CCW Classes

3) How to build a Bug-Out-Bag

4) Edible Plants

5) Bug-Out University (a) Evacuation and Route Preparedness (b) Food and Water Storage (c) First Aid and Medical kits for longterm use (d) Preparedness Cache techniques and Retreat Survival Skills

6) Bug-in : Home and Vehicle Preparing techniques for Disaster and Emergency Preparation : Evacuation, Fires, Earthquakes, Blizzards, Long Term Power-Outages/ Blackouts, Civil Unrest,

7) CPR Certification Classes

8) Cooking with Dehydrated and Freeze Dried Food

CAll our Littleton Colordo Store for class sign up at 303-797-8278 or visit our Littleton Colorado store at 5765 S. Curtice Street Littleton, CO  80120   www.rapidfirebunker.net for calendar of classes.

Are you Prepared? Doomsday – Evacuations – Survival

ARE YOU PREPARED?

Oh those crazy Preppers!  Remember when were were kids and Dad / Mom read that story about Chicken Little and the Sky Falling!  Loved that story…Little did I know that my passion to prepare, educate and providing peace of mind for others wouldn’t be to far from this story line.

Below are some questions you need to begin asking yourself:

  1. Do you know which disasters are most prevalent in your area?  Fire, Earthquake, Blizzard, Blackouts
  2. Do you have a disaster preparedness plan specific to your family and/or household? Storage in safe?
  3. Do you know what to do during each type of disaster?  Review every 3 -6 months.
  4. Do you have an emergency checklist for each type of disaster?   Check out SOSDisasterPlan.com
  5. Does your family know what to do when chaos strikes and civility is out the door? Review so that muscle memory takes over in this stressful situation.
  6. Have you check your supply cache?  Do you have a supply store that allows you to restock? Rapid Fire Bunker.
  7. Do you have enough First Aid stocked to assist your family and neighbors in an unexpected situation.
  8. What will happen to your pets during a disaster? Do they have a survival bag?  Can you transport your Pets?
  9. Turn off your Power & water.  Do this exercise at night without the lights.  For 4 hours, how to you function.  What things become most apparent to you.  Without a fridge, your perishables are wasting away, where are your candles for light?  Do you have any dry food if this situation were to continue 24 hours, 48 hours, 72 hours, a month?   As a disaster extends over time, the dynamics change exponentially.
  10. Step it up a bit…Do this exercise in the Winter.  Do you have items to keep you and your family warm?
  11. Are you prepared for ramification caused by panic and loss of civility from fellow civilians?

Keep Calm and Carry On

If the FIT HITS THE SHAN Series: Part 4 Emergency Supplies

NOTE: What to have ready if the FIT HITS THE SHAN! This Series is a reconstruction from our late friend George. He spent the last year of his life preparing and educating his loved ones about Emergency Preparedness and Protection. We, at Rapid Fire Bunker, dedicate this series to him and thank him for educating us on how to protect ourselves and our loved ones.

If the FIT HITS THE SHAN Series:  Part 4 Emergency Supplies

  1. One gallon Sealed water container per person per day for at least five consecutive days;  once used, refill & treat water:  Max three Liter sized jugs for easy carry and pour.
  2. Water purification tables; One eye dropper and a quart bottle of “regular” (no scents, or additives) Clorox: 3 % Sodium Hypochlorite for disinfecting drinking water.  Sixteen drops into a gallon of water, shake well, and sit for at least an hour.  If “ULTRA” Clorox (about 6% Sodium Hypochlorite), use eight drops.  Safe way to get rid of bacteria and drinkable despite slight taste.  Allow to breathe with top open for at least an hour to lessen taste and smell.  Keep untreated water at a rolling boil for 10 minutes.  covered to cool.  Strain through bandana if dirty.
  3. Canned or freeze dried food for at least five days, preferably items that can be eaten straight from the can if you are not able to cook:  tuna, chicken, ham, beans, peanut butter, honey, Emergen-C Electromix, canned soups can be eaten cold.  Boxes of milk (don’t need refrigeration) and canned evaporated milk *Avoid Glass Jars!
  4. Fire starters, strike anywhere matches, cotton/cardboard smeared with Vaseline, clear lighter (to see fluid level), , several cans of sterno or camp heat.  If you can boil water, e.g., with sterno inside bottom of old coffee can, use powdered soups (e.g., Lipton), freeze-dried camping meals of all types, bouillon cubes (store in waterproof Ziploc).
  5. Reusable plastic plates, bowls, knives, forks and spoons, and a manual Army P38 can openers.
  6. If young children or babies are “on board”: infant formula, bottle, pacifier, baby powder, Favorite stuffed Toy, clothing, fleece blankets, baby wipes, disposable diapers, food and juices.  boxes of milk (don’t need refrigeration), condensed/ evaporated milk.
  7. Feminine personal hygiene items
  8. Pet Food and extra water for pet
  9. Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants, fleece layers and windbreaker, and sturdy rubber soled shoe.  Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold weather climate (Soft Shell, Microfiber, Wicking material is encouraged).
  10. Deck of cards, paperback books, games, puzzles and activities for children.
  11. Duct Tape, 30 -50 yards
  12. Siphon pump for transferring gasoline
  13. 100 Ft. 550 Paracord (burn end to avoid fraying)
  14. Several sizes of plastic zip-lock and drawstring plastic garbage bags and twist ties
  15. Toilet paper and lots of plastic bags for disposal of feces, use five gallon plastic can lined with plastic bag as “Honey Pot”.  Plenty of twist ties!
  16. Large fleece blanket and/or sleeping bag for each person
  17. Fire Extinguisher (A-B-C Type).
  18. Surgical Kit
  19. Suture/ Syringe Kit
  20. A lot of survival and emergency bloggers/ educators neglect to include your own knowledge as an emergency tool.  Take a CPR class, Learn how to build a fire with unconventional tools. Understand how much water and food you need each day to sustain life. Grasp basic first aid skills.  These pieces of knowledge could save the lives of yourself, your loved ones and others in your community.

These items should be packed in Large plastic bins (Home Depot, Lowes, Wal-Mart, Target, Ferris Survival Shop off of Broadway-Colorado)  that fit comfortably in your vehicle.  The above emergency items can be found at Rapid Fire Bunker 5765 S. Curtice Street littleton, Colorado 80120  303-797-8278.

Keep Calm and Carry On