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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.

Congratulations on Being a Winner!

Congratulations Chris Neu, Rapid Fire Bunker’s Winner of the Basic Survival Kit Giveaway at the Western Welcome Week Festival on Saturday August 18th, 2012.  Western Welcome week created hundreds of new Bunker friends and we thank everyone for stopping by our booth to visit.   The Basic Survival Kit sold at Rapid Fire Bunker, is the perfect Emergency kit – offering one person three days of survival items ranging from Food, Water, purification tablets, flashlights, radios, whistles, matches, first aid kit, survival blanket and emergency poncho with hood. 

This Basic Survival Kit is perfect for carrying in the trunk of your car or storing in your “Emergency Gear location” inside your residence.  This Pre-made Bug out Bag is the perfect gear for a one person bug out.

WE at Rapid Fire Bunker are elated to know one more person in our community has emergency provisions that will protect from unexpected life challenges.   Thanks Chris, for making Rapid Fire Bunker your shopping home for Emergency Supplies and Survival Gear.

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