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:
- Do you know which disasters are most prevalent in your area? Fire, Earthquake, Blizzard, Blackouts
- Do you have a disaster preparedness plan specific to your family and/or household? Storage in safe?
- Do you know what to do during each type of disaster? Review every 3 -6 months.
- Do you have an emergency checklist for each type of disaster? Check out SOSDisasterPlan.com
- 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.
- Have you check your supply cache? Do you have a supply store that allows you to restock? Rapid Fire Bunker.
- Do you have enough First Aid stocked to assist your family and neighbors in an unexpected situation.
- What will happen to your pets during a disaster? Do they have a survival bag? Can you transport your Pets?
- 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.
- Step it up a bit…Do this exercise in the Winter. Do you have items to keep you and your family warm?
- Are you prepared for ramification caused by panic and loss of civility from fellow civilians?
Keep Calm and Carry On
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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).
- Reusable plastic plates, bowls, knives, forks and spoons, and a manual Army P38 can openers.
- 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.
- Feminine personal hygiene items
- Pet Food and extra water for pet
- 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).
- Deck of cards, paperback books, games, puzzles and activities for children.
- Duct Tape, 30 -50 yards
- Siphon pump for transferring gasoline
- 100 Ft. 550 Paracord (burn end to avoid fraying)
- Several sizes of plastic zip-lock and drawstring plastic garbage bags and twist ties
- 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!
- Large fleece blanket and/or sleeping bag for each person
- Fire Extinguisher (A-B-C Type).
- Surgical Kit
- Suture/ Syringe Kit
- 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