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In a survival situation you may have to rely on yourself for minor medical treatment.  The following is a good method for stopping minor bleeding.

  1. Locate the source of the bleeding.  If there are multiple cuts then deal with the worst one first.
  2. Place a sterile compress over the wound and apply firm pressure.  Using pressure is what will stop the bleeding.
  3. If the compress soaks through do not remove it if the cut is still bleeding.  Instead add another compress on top of the first and keep applying pressure.
  4. When the bleeding stops then remove the compress.  Clean the cut with fresh water and add an antibiotic ointment and then cover with a sterile band aid.

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If and when the world comes to an end; there are some common first aid minor treatments folks need to be aware of which are listed below.  Whenever possible however seek out and obtain professional medical treatment.

Small Foreign Matter In Eye – Symptoms include irritation, redness, pain, inability to open eye fully. Treatment includes flushing eye with water or with an eye wash kit, examine eye to see if the foreign object is gone, if needed carefully remove small irritant using the corner of a folded tissue.

Black Eye – Apply a cold compress to reduce swelling and pain.

Nosebleeds – Sit upright and lean slightly forward, pinch bleeding nostril, do not blow your nose, if bleeding continues apply an ice pack to the bridge of the nose or back of the neck, or apply pressure to the upper lip.

Earache – Hold a hot water bottle or heating pad on ear, control pain with an over the counter medication.

Toothache – Rinse mouth with warm salt water to remove any food debris, take over the counter medication for pain, apply ice pack to face, a topical anesthetic may be applied for temporary relief.

Lyme Disease – Symptoms from the bite of a deer tick include a red bull’s eye shaped rash that increases in diameter daily around the bite, chills, dizziness, fatigue, fever, muscle and joint pain, nausea, severe headache, stiff neck.  There is no effective home treatment for this, seek professional medical attention as needed.

You can see 5 of my post apocalyptic fiction books, 2 of my zombie fiction books and 1 of my horror fiction books on the left side of my blog page.  Go ahead; take a chance and purchase one or more over at Amazon.com.  They are really quite interesting to read if I do say so myself 🙂

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Every first aid kit should contain Israeli Battle Dressings.  The following are the steps for using this first aid pressure bandage.  It’s main purpose is to serve as a pressure dressing to prevent excessive blood loss due to an injury.  Seek medical help immediately and keep these in your first aid kit just in case.

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You can see 5 of my post apocalyptic fiction books, 2 of my zombie fiction books and 1 of my horror fiction books on the left side of my blog page.  Go ahead; take a chance and purchase one or more over at Amazon.com.  They are really quite interesting to read if I do say so myself 🙂

I have three primary first aid kits and I stock all of them the same way.  The first one is my home first aid kit which is contained in a military mechanics canvas tool bag and clearly labeled on the outside first aid kit.  It is kept in a primary location inside my home.  The second is attached to my bug out bag with a Molle quick release system.  That first aid pouch is made by Condor.  The third hangs on the wall near the door leading to the garage for whomever wants to take it with them if they are going out.  It is identical to the Condor First Aid pouch which is attached to my bug out bag.  This would be for use in conjunction to the existing car first aid kits.  My first aid kit contents are as follows.

  • Bandaids
  • Butterfly bandages
  • Gauze pads in various sizes
  • Alcohol Wipes
  • Lens Cleaner Wipes
  • Non Latex Disposable Gloves
  • Ibuprofen
  • Benadryl
  • Anti Diarrhea Pills
  • Plastic Tooth Picks
  • Bandage Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Nail Clippers
  • Sun Protection Lotion
  • Waterproof Bandage Tapes
  • Velcro Finger and Thumb Splints
  • Surgical Dressings
  • Battle Dressing
  • Anti Itch Lotion
  • Antibiotic Ointment
  • Hand Sanitizer

You can get a free preview of my first zombie fiction book or my first five post apocalyptic fiction survival books by clicking on the book cover images to the left of this blog post, on my blog page, which will take you to the Amazon.com website. Then you can click on the look inside option which will give you a free preview.  If my zombie or survival fiction books interest you; then consider purchasing them.  Book titles include Biohazard Redacted Book 1 of the Zombie Apocalypse, American Rebellion Book 1 of the Revolution, American Rebellion Book 2 of the Revolution, American Rebellion Book 3 of the Revolution, American Rebellion Book 4 of the Revolution and American Rebellion Book 5 of the Revolution.

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Many times  disasters occur without warning.  It could be anything from hurricanes, to extended power outages, to violent crime, to societal breakdown, etc.  It is always best to prepare in advance for potential situations which could occur, rather than be caught unprepared if and when they do occur.

Here are some things I consider important when it comes to preparedness. 

  • Stock up on non perishable food and water now.  At least 3 months worth per person.  This also includes a 3 months supply of food and water for each of your pets.  A cool, dry basement is a great place to set up shelving units to hold these supplies.
  • Batteries; yes you will absolutely need them for everything from flashlights to radios.  Stock up on as many as you can.  I keep mine in ziploc bags which are then placed in lots of empty coffee cans by battery size.  Keep your rechargeable and disposable batteries in seperate areas to avoid mixing them.
  • Maintain your perimeter security by keeping doors, windows and garages locked, walk your property daily to make sure it is secure and use wireless motion detector alert systems.  Big dogs work well also.  Mine is an Alaskan Malamute.
  • Keep your communications gear fully charged including cell phones and 2 way radios.
  • Obtain proper training and get your pistol permit.  Also obtain proper training in the use of shotguns and rifles as well.  Have your firearms and sufficient ammunition available; and train on a regular basis with each of your firearms.  There is no such thing as having too much properly stored but accessible ammunition; when it comes to defending yourself and your family from the thugs and dregs of society.
  • Have a sharp knife, as well as reliable hand tools available.  Also have a sufficient quantity of spare plywood and nails and screws in case any windows need to be boarded up.
  • An 8,000 to 10,000 watt generator is a must; along with a power cord to attach it to your previously installed whole house power outlet, and a sufficient supply of safely stored, stabilized gasoline to run the generator. About 20, red 5 gallon  gasoline cans should do it.  20×5 = 100 reserve gallons.
  • Make sure your generator can be locked; when in use outside, with heavy duty cut resistant chain which attaches to a sturdy portion of the exterior of your home, to prevent it from being stolen.
  • Keep well supplied first aid kits available.
  • Have a written survival plan and familiarize yourself with it.

You can get a free preview of my first four post apocalyptic fiction survival books by clicking on the book cover images to the left of this blog post, on my blog page, which will take you to the Amazon.com website. Then you can click on the look inside option which will give you a free preview.  If my survival fiction books interest you; then consider purchasing them.  Book titles include American Rebellion Book 1 of the Revolution, American Rebellion Book 2 of the Revolution, American Rebellion Book 3 of the Revolution and American Rebellion Book 4 of the Revolution.

It is important to set up a family first aid kit and to place it in a location where everyone in your household has access to it.  I set mine up in a surplus military tool bag and wrote the words first aid kit on it in permanent marker.  I keep it in a location where everyone in the household has access to it and I stock it with the following items.

  • Dental Tools
  • Pill Cutter
  • Nail clippers, scissors, tweezers, tape
  • Lots of band aids
  • Gauze pads
  • Battle Dressings
  • Cold and Flu Medicine
  • Acetominiphin, Ibuprofin
  • Anti Radiation Pills
  • Anti Itch Cream
  • Burn Cream
  • Cough Lozenges
  • Antiseptic Wound Cleanser
  • Premoistened Cleaning Cloths

I will also be adding digital thermometers, a first aid manual and disposable medical gloves.  What other First Aid related items do the rest of you carry in your family first aid kits as I’m looking to add additional supplies?

You can get a free preview of my first four post apocalyptic fiction survival books by clicking on the book cover images to the left of this blog post, on my blog page, which will take you to the Amazon.com website. Then you can click on the look inside option which will give you a free preview.  If my survival fiction books interest you; then consider purchasing them.  Book titles include American Rebellion Book 1 of the Revolution, American Rebellion Book 2 of the Revolution, American Rebellion Book 3 of the Revolution and American Rebellion Book 4 of the Revolution.

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The art and science of prepping basically comes down to having the right gear, the right skills and the right mindset to survive when disaster strikes.  There are literally hundreds of items that are essential and worthwhile to stock up on; but to get you started, here is my top ten list of essential items to have on hand if disaster strikes.

  • Drinking water – at least a 3 months supply per person.
  • Food – at least a three months supply per person.
  • Firearms for self defense – shotguns, rifles and handguns along with proper training are essential.
  • Ammo and Mags – As much as possible in the proper calibers with mags as needed; to handle any self defense situation.
  • First Aid Kit – With enough vital medical supplies to handle most medical emergencies.
  • Generator with proper wiring to run your entire house.
  • Gasoline – Minimum of 100 gallons safely stored.
  • Communications gear including cell phones, CB’s, 2 way radios, shortwave and backup computers.
  • Bright Flashlights – As many as possible along with plenty of replacement batteries.
  • Assorted variety of proper clothing to handle all types of good as well as bad weather.

You can get a free preview of my first four post apocalyptic fiction survival books by clicking on the book cover images to the left of this blog post, on my blog page, which will take you to the Amazon.com website. Then you can click on the look inside option which will give you a free preview.  If my survival fiction books interest you; then consider purchasing them.  Book titles include American Rebellion Book 1 of the Revolution, American Rebellion Book 2 of the Revolution, American Rebellion Book 3 of the Revolution and American Rebellion Book 4 of the Revolution.

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