Take Some Time To Prepare A Survival Kit. You Won't Be Sorry

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I had some really great responses and comments to a recent post, Are You Prepared?, and thought I'd follow up with a little more friendly advice. I don't want to ponder on the subject but with the advent of what has happened in Haiti and my 25 years of disaster response experience I just wanted to pass a little more information along to my AR friends, associates and members.

The following link and graphic is a company that I started doing business with after the 1994 Northridge Earthquake. I have never been anything more than a customer but they have been in business for many years and have a good reputation in the survival industry.

http://www.quakekare.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=20

 

 

2 Person Deluxe Backpack Survival Kit

I had a 3 day survival kit in all of my vehicles at all times as well as at least 3 gallons of water, a first aid kit and a sleeping bag. You'd be surprised just how little room it takes in the trunk of your car or the back of your truck. You never know when you could become stranded somewhere.

I remember being stuck on Interstate 15 coming back from Vegas in August once when I was in my 20's. We had no water or food and I had very little sleep in Vagas after a 3 day bachelor party for my best friend. There we were stuck for almost 8 hours in the midst of one of the biggest pile ups in the history of Vegas to LA traffic; thirsty, hungry, tired and even sick (hung over). It just gave me an inkling of what it must be like to be seriously injured and have no food, water or hope of any help for possibly days. That was a turning point in my life and it didn't even take a disaster to bring it about. One never knows when disaster or even an emergency that ties us up for hours will impact our lives.

In another more humorous incident, my oldest son, Chad, who was about 6 years old at the time and I were stranded for 3 hours on Highway 78 only a few miles from home due to someone standing on an overpass with a rile shooting at passing cars. We were just returning home from an Indian Guides overnighter and did happen to have some water and a few left overs. 

But the story gets better or worse depending on your perspective. My son made the mistake of opening the ice chest only to find a few left over bottles of Corona still on ice. Well, obviously I wasn't drinking but that didn't stop my son from grabbing the 4 left over bottles and proceeding down the line of  stopped cars selling them for $5 each. He had already sold 3 before I realized what he was doing and grabbed him. Whew! That could have been a huge disaster if Child Protective Services would have been nearby. The good news is he has since become a very successful entrepreneur and not in the beer biz. He's one-upped his Dad and become a General Contractor building high end custom homes instead of following him into the Manufactured Home biz. I couldn't help tossing that story into the ring. Hope I didn't offend all you Dudley Do Rights. But stuff happens.

 

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If you are traveling with your family, especially young children, you owe it to them to take a few pro active measures and travel with at least a 3 day survival kit, extra water and first aid kit.

When I first arrived in Northridge about 7 days after the Earthquake I literally slept in my car in the middle of January for about 3 days whence I found a collapsed and abandoned trailer to sleep in for a few days until I found a motel 30 miles away from the zone. Thank God I had a sleeping bag.

PREPARE! PREPARE! PREPARE! You won't be sorry and it doesn't take more than a few minutes to put a survival kit together for you and your family.

 

 

 

 

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Margaret Mitchell
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You know, this really is very good advice.  Periodically in Maine, we read about someone who has been lost for a week or more in the snow and weather.  I have a "Realtor Tool Box" in my car with things I may need for my business.  A survival toolbox is also a great idea.   And you are right, it does not have to take up much room.

Jan 19, 2010 05:36 AM #1
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Erby Crofutt
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Since when is "hungover" equated with "sick".

Gotta love your son's entrepreneurial skills.

Take the time and space.  You won't regret it.

We're all a little under prepared for some disaster that could strike without warning.

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Jan 19, 2010 09:16 AM #2
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Margaret, You can never be over prepared.

Erby, Believe me when I'm hung I'm sick. Thanks for the heads up about my son. Not sure I'm hearing you about the time and space. Please enlighten me. You are definitely right about never being quite prepared. Doesn't matter what I ever did in any disaster. I always forgot to do something.

Jan 19, 2010 03:32 PM #3
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Howdy and Mornen John and Janis

I sure can say with the specialize military background that I've got, I'm prepared for thing that can happen in any area that I'm in.
 


I reckon what Erby is a getten at. You might want to use more white space between the paragraphs in your blog post. As I've done here in my comment.


Here another good tip, to help you with google to fall in love with your blog posts. Put the title at the beginen of the first sentence in
bold, and do this at least 3 or 4 times in the blog post. In every other or every other 2 paragraphs.


If you pay visit to either of my two blogs here in the ActiveRain community, you can see first hand what I'm talkn about. I have one under Vermont, and one under New Hampshire. I'm #1 on the main page of New Hampshire, and #3 on the Vermont main page. I've just started really doing anything this blog in the last few weeks.

 

Reckon you know I sure ain't original from this here part of the Country.

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Jan 19, 2010 06:36 PM #4
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Thanks again Dale,

I'll definitely check you out.

Jan 20, 2010 06:14 AM #5
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Howdy and Evenen John and Janis

  Y'all are mighty welcome, I've had folks help myself and give me pointers. So its sure only right to do the same for others.

Thank y'all kindly for adden my Vermont blog and myself as an associate, I'll do the same for y'all on both of my AR blogs.

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Jan 20, 2010 11:00 AM #6
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Dale, I'll be taking my grandchildren (9  1/2 and gaining) one by one year by year to explore the history and culture of America as they turn 14 and start studying US History and Civics. We've already taken our oldest 15 year old Grandson to Boston and will be taking our next in line to DC this year. But they all have there ideas about what they want to see and where they want to go. I know there's a lot of history in Vermont but would you mind giving me a heads-up as to some of the history and places to go and see in your neck of the woods? Next year we'll be taking our oldest granddaughter on a trip and she's been talking about places like Valley Forge, Lexington, etc. She has a real appetite for the American Revolution and the Civil war. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated my by clan. Thanks, John

Jan 21, 2010 12:55 AM #7
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Tamara Perlman
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Hi John--

Good advice.  I was on the interstate a couple of years ago, when a nasty accident closed the road for hours and hours.  Fortunately, we were going the opposite direction.  I think it was closed 8 or 9 hours.  Can't imagine how many peoples lives were changed by the delay... Missed weddings, lunches, dates, doctors appts, so many connections that were never made.... we are so intertwined!

Living in the mountains, we try to make sure we have a winter survival kit in the car.  And if we know it's going to snow, we throw in a shovel too... ;-)  I'm definitely going to create a summer kit too!  Thanks for the advice.

Jan 21, 2010 03:53 PM #8
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Hi Tamara,

I read your post. It was great. You probably go my response. I'm just getting ready to post a re-blof from an associate of my daugheters. Boy did I ever get a wake up call. Here I thought I knew so much about disasters. You have to read this one and pass it along. It is really very good and important information.

 

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Howdy and Mornen John and Lanis

  Give me a few days and I'll e-mail ya some info. I know some mighty fine places to go visit, that has to do with the Fight for Southern Independence and to do with the American Revolution.

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Be looking forward to hearing from you Dale. Thanks

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