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When preparing your BOB’s, GHB’s, 72 hour kits or stocking your bug out location do not overlook prepping for your pets.  Make sure that you are prepared to care for your pets by having the proper food, gear and medical supplies to keep them safe, warm and happy.

Prepping to leave your home in the event of an emergency is both needed and an excellent idea.  Also take a look at preparing for emergencies at your home when you are away.  For instance if you are gone from home and your dogs and cats are home who may rescue them in the event of a house or wildfire?

I have been a firefighter, captain, training officer and EMT for 22 years and can assure you that the majority of us love animals.  We would take informed and calculated risks to save the life of a pet if we could do so with minimal risk to our lives.   The problem is that we can only make risk versus benefit decisions if we know that there are pets in a home.  If we do not hear barking or see your dogs or cats we may assume there are none in the home.

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Our pets look up to and are supported by us and love us unconditionally.  Show the same love by making sure that they are prepared for bugging out or staying in.  Put together a pet Bail Out Bag (BOB) or 72 hour kit for each dog or cat under your care.  I will discuss the specific contents for a pet survival kit or BOB in my next post.

One thing that you can do to ensure your pets are safe is to place save our pet stickers on the outside of your external doors of your home.  The save our pet stickers will alert firefighters to the fact that you have pets in your home.

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In my last post I had mentioned that putting together your own Altoids survival tin may be a benefit to you.  This is especially true if you are new to prepping and are overwhelmed with the many EDC, BOB’s, GHB’s and various other kits you may build or buy.  Which type of kit should I prepare?  What equipment do I really need in it?  How do I afford it?  If you have asked yourself these questions and feel overwhelmed I suggest you start small by putting together your own Altoids survival tin.  I enjoyed gathering the items for my tin together and having to arrange the items in such away that they all fit.  You can put your tin together for a very low cost and you may already have a lot of the items in your home or garage.

What you put in your tin depends in part on where you expect to need it.  For instance do you live in a more rural location or explore the forest and wilderness occasionally?  Or do you live in a city or more urban environment?  You may want to consider the following items as a minimum for either location.

Common Survival Tin Contents

  • Lighter, matches or both
  • Candle
  • Fire tinder (cotton, jute twine etc.)
  • Aluminum foil
  • Small flashlight or micro light
  • Small knife, blade or razor blade
  • Cordage or twine
  • Sewing needle
  • Thread or dental floss
  • Safety pints (2 0r 3)
  • Bandaid
  • Duct tape
  • Pen or pencil
  • Paper
  • Rubber band(s)
  • Coffee filter
  • Alcohol pad
  • Pain relievers
  • Allergy medication

Wilderness Survival Tin Content Suggestions

  • Signaling whistle
  • Signaling mirror
  • Snare wire
  • Button compass
  • Fishing line
  • Fish hook(s)
  • Split shot sinkers

Urban Survival Tin Content Suggestions

  • Cash
  • USB drive (thumb drive)
  • Can opener (p38 or similar)

It is your survival tin so you can build it the way you want it with what you want in it.  My tin does not have some of the items I have listed however it is always evolving and may at some point.  You can modify and or reorganize your tin as often as you like. And if you think of any other items put em in if you think they are a benefit.   I recommend that you have your survival tin with you or on you at all times.  These kits may also be called PSK’s (personal survival kit) and without yours you will be more at risk in a time of need.  Put one in your pocket or purse and get used to having it with you.  Please view my Altoids survival tin video below and feel free to comment here or on YouTube.

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To increase the odds of your survival in any extreme situation you must start with some knowledge in regards to survival.  Knowledge of survival tips, tricks and skills provide you with the foundation with which you can begin to build on.  This post is intended to give you some of the basic survival knowledge that you should be aware of.

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In my opinion first you must keep calm and avoid panic.  Panic can cause you to make irrational decisions which could jeopardize your life.  Along with keeping calm practice maintaining a survival mindset believing you are going to survive and thinking about survival.  A good survival mindset involves managing your thoughts, fears and anxieties so that you can make good judgements and stay positive about your situation.  Survivors of horrible ordeals have been able to overcome all kinds of obstacles and fears and survive in a large part due to a survival mindset.  There are numerous recounts of documented survival feats such as one individual who overcame all odds to survive 76 days adrift in the ocean.  A survival mindset coupled with the will to survive can help save your life.

You need to know your vulnerabilities in order to protect yourself and as humans we all have the same basic vulnerabilities.  The Rule of Threes will help you remember that in any extreme situation you cannot survive for more than:

  • 3 minutes without breathing (drowning, asphyxiation)
  • 3 hours without shelter in an extreme environment (exposure)
  • 3 days without water (dehydration)
  • 3 weeks without food (starvation)

You need air to breath, shelter to stay warm and dry, water to stay hydrated with and food to maintain your energy.  The order in which they are prioritized with the exception of breathing may change depending on the circumstances or situation.  Memorize the rule of threes; however allow for flexibility of their priority.  If it is extremely hot or cold fighting the threat of exposure will be your highest priority.  Exposure is simply your body being exposed to extremes in temperature, the elements or environment.  If it is cold outside you could succumb to hypothermia with your heart ultimately stopping if no action is taken.  If it is extremely hot outside you may suffer from heat exhaustion or heat stroke and ultimately die.  So in these instances shelter and fire for the cold and shelter and water for the heat your priorities may be.  However you may need to consider whether in the heat of day it is advisable or detrimental to your health to look for water.  Instead it may be better to look for water in evening as the sun is going down but then it may be too dark and you may get hurt or further lost.  Or maybe you have the material to make a solar still for water which may not take as much energy in the heat of day as foraging for water may.  These are some of the things that you may need to think about and judge in your situation.

Preparation is a key element in your ability to survive as knowledge alone will not generally save you.  You will need some basic tools and equipment to aid you in your survival.  You should always have access to or carry the items that will help you in the event that you need them.  The items needed are directly related to the rule of threes in that they give you the ability to protect yourself from the elements, find or gather food, make shelter or provide warmth,the ability to cook and provide some security.  Items such as a good knife, a fire steel, emergency whistle, and emergency blanket are items that you may want to consider keeping on you or with you daily.  I have researched a lot of equipment and in doing so combined the high quality items together to form what I call an Every Day Carry (EDC) Survival Kit (pictured below).  The kit is meant to be kept in your vehicle or carried with you every day so that you are always prepared by having the basic items you may need.

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The above EDC Survival Kit is small in size and weight so it is easy to take along on hikes, kayaking, biking and camping trips or just any time your in the woods.  If you have a kit and don’t need to use it you will be at ease; however if you don’t have a kit and need one you will wish you had one.  Whether you research, find and buy items to build a kit on your own or purchase a ready made one like mine I Recommend that you do so now.  All of the items in the EDC Survival Kit that I sell are quality made items with very good reviews there are no imitations or poorly made items included.
The EDC Survival Kit includes the following items:
  • Water Bottle Pouch/Bag
  • 32 oz Water Bottle
  • Stainless Steel Pot/Drinking Cup
  • Filter Straw
  • Fire Steel/Striker
  • Pocket Cook Stove & Fuel Tablets
  • Bushcraft Knife
  • Mini L.E.D Flashlight
  • Heat Reflective Emergency Blanket/Survival Blanket
  • Compass
  • Emergency Whistle

I also include a list of additional items that you may find around your house to include in and enhance your kit even more.

The items in the kit enable you to perform the following:

  • Drink from a puddle, river, stream or lake with the included filter straw
  • Use the utility/bushcraft knife to process firewood/kindling and fire tinder or build a shelter
  • Start a fire
  • Use cooking pot and cookstove to boil water for safe drinking
  • Use the flashlight for signaling and in the dark
  • Use the emergency blanket for a reflective shelter to stay warm under or to wrap up in
  • Use the compass to navigate
  • Use the emergency whistle to alert rescuers

Thank you for reading my post I hope this post spurs your interest in preparedness and helps you become prepared if you are not.  If you are already prepared and have this knowledge thank you for reading my post.  Either way feel free to comment.  Be safe be prepared and be alive.

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In this post I discuss skills drawing on my 20 plus years of fire service experience in order to explain situational awareness as I believe it relates to your  preparedness and survival.  Situational awareness as defined by Wikipedia is the perception of environmental elements with respect to time and/or space, the comprehension of their meaning, and the projection of their status after some variable has changed, such as time, or some other variable, such as a predetermined event.  I am going to simple that definition down a bit as I had trouble relating it to what I know as situational awareness.  Think of situational as a combination of circumstances that changes over time or simply what is going on around of or in front of you.  Look at the photo above.  If this was happening next door to your home that would be a rapidly changing combination of circumstances that you would surely need to address.  Dictionary dot com defines awareness as the state or condition of being aware; having knowledge; consciousness.  So in short situational awareness is to have knowledge of a situation; however I believe you should have awareness of your surroundings and what is going on around you at all times.

Situational Awareness is something you can use everyday to help ensure your readiness for the circumstances that could potentially occur whether it be while driving down the road or dealing with the aftermath of an astroid impact.  Being prepared by having the tools, equipment, food and supplies needed to sustain yourself or your family during an emergency is the core of preparedness; however you should also be knowledgeable of circumstances during and after an event.  For example earthquakes can occur anywhere so it would be to your advantage to know about what to do prior to, during and after an earthquake.  The information you need to know for earthquakes may be more in-depth depending on your geographical location such as near oceans or coastal rivers due to potential for tsunamis.  By obtaining knowledge of earthquakes you would be aware of how to protect yourself and your family through the entire event.  There are many natural disasters that could potentially happen and knowledge about each one will greatly enhance your ability to endure through them.  Human caused events such as terrorism, shootings, riots, civil disturbances, economic collapse as well as potential accidents are other areas that would benefit your being prepared for.  The day to day potential accidents are probably the most likely threat to your life.  Something as innocent  and mundane sounding as a child playing on a drift log at the beach have transformed into life changing tragedies for families of accident victims.  Had those family members know that it only takes a few inches of water from the ocean surf to float a drift log weighing a ton or more the accident and horrible tragedies may not have occurred.  There is literature and some warnings posted of potential log roll accidents or deaths however it is limited and ultimately it is up to individuals visiting coastal areas to learn of the potential dangers. I suggest that anyone planning on visiting areas more potentially dangerous than those encountered day to day do some research on the environmental hazards specific to those areas.  Examples of some of those areas may include lakes, rivers, mountains, deserts, in the snow, and at the oceans and beaches.  In future posts I will be writing about potential dangers associated with geographical areas and the knowledge needed in order to avoid the specific hazards.  The truth is you can not be 100% prepared for every possible circumstance that may arise as the future is unknown and anything is possible.  By learning about the events or circumstances most likely to occur and especially by having general awareness of your surroundings at all times you will have the best chance for longevity.  Thank you for reading my post and as always feel free to comment.  Be safe, be aware and be a survivor.