Quite some time ago, we offered up some information on preparedness. We were actually quite surprised on how well this information was received and numerous people even came into the shop to ask Dianne how she fashioned / organized her Bug Out Bags. So on that note, we decided to start another page on Tactical and Preparedness Tips offered up by us and some technical advisors that we network with.

Some of these tips will be new to you, some of them you will know, some of them you may have known but forgotten. We hope all of them will keep you thinking about your responsibility to always be mentally and physically prepared for the benefit of you, your family and your community.

Our technical advisors and us believe it is the individuals responsibility (not Governments or other agencies) to take the initiative to be well prepared with the proper equipment, training, and mental attitude to not only survive a crisis but be victorious. One only needs to look at Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans to understand the importance of this. The City had four days notice of the impending storm and floods. No one moved. The City had hundreds of school buses at its disposal to move people. None were utilized. People were already under flood waters before they tried to stock up on water and essentials by looting stores. Now it was too late to move. The people blamed the City for not keeping them safe and secure, watered and fed. The City blamed the state and the state blamed the Feds. Yet it was the citizens themselves who were in “condition white” and clueless to their pending predicament.

It’s highly unlikely that we will see a hurricane here in Edmonton but we have had severe tornado’s and extreme winter storms. The Province as a whole has been experiencing power “brownouts” and these are expected to get worse as the power grid has not kept up with development, hence power requirements. That forces us to survive at the very least for possibly hours, off the grid. We should be prepared for worse. As has been said before, we are martial artists and as such we train to make our minds and bodies strong. We should also be prepared to not only look after ourselves but those who cannot look after themselves such as the weak, handicapped or elderly. Hopefully you can glean a few tidbits of knowledge from this page. Stay tuned for more additions.

Home Pharmacy

Saturday, 09 February 2013 17:59 Mike McGuire
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Home Pharmacy

You do have a home pharmacy right? What do you mean you don’t understand? It is a sad state of affairs today that most households have at least one occupant that requires some type of pharmaceutical aid. With our preparedness mindset, it should be obvious to you that along with food and water there may be some pharmaceutical items that you would want to keep on hand as well as your basic first aid items.

We’ll start with the easy stuff. Besides having a quality first aid bag, you should have additional items to add to that. Items such as feminine hygiene products are excellent for major wounds with lots of bleeding present. Have some slings, wraps, and splints of various sizes available. Keep both athletic and skin tape on hand. Super glue is great for minor cuts. Maintain a supply of Polysporin for open wounds and various NSAIDS like Aspirin, Tylenol, and Advil for pain relief. If you have infants or very small children, products like pedialyte might be an option in the event a child gets sick and dehydrated. Remember the children’s Aspirin.

We will not go in to great depth on this. A simple internet search will reveal all kinds of lists for you to draw from. A quality first aid kit is a start. Having oxygen, masks, and IV solutions would be the gold standard, and of course, someone trained to use it.

The next part of this equation is Rx meds. If you or anyone in your family is on prescribed medication, you need to secure a minimum of three months supply. These meds are typically good for years, so as you bring in new product, you use the old. Hopefully you have a good relationship with your doctor and they will not have any problem issuing refills for that length of time. If they won’t, start shopping for a new doctor.

If you think that stockpiling medications is overkill, think again. We have had no major events occur and yet we have experienced numerous occasions in recent years where there have been drug shortages. It stands to reason then, that if the system were for any reason “stressed”, these shortages would be compounded exponentially. Do not leave that to fate. Plan ahead.

As mentioned above, a simple internet search will reveal many different lists. Pick the one that is most appropriate for you and your family and start building your home pharmacy. It need not be expensive. Watch the sales flyers for sales on items like NSAIDS or bandages, etc. and take advantage of them. Store all of this in a cool dark location in Rubbermaid style containers. That way, should you have to bug out or change locations, you simply put the lid on and go. Good luck.

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