Top 10 Skills for the Advanced Prepper

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danger_prepper_gunsApocalypse, Doomsday, Judgment Day, Armageddon — for those of you who believe that the end of the world as we know it is drawing near, it doesn’t matter what you call it, as long as you’re prepared for it. Right? Right. If you’re reading this article, and you are a Prepper, then (1), let’s be friends, and (2) here are some of the most important skills that you, an advanced prepper, should know in order to be fully prepared for that day. 

By Ryan, a contributing author of SurvivalCache and SHTFBlog

Find yourself without these skills and your life will be significantly more difficult. While the skills in this list may seem complicated, with hard work and dedication, they can be mastered. Don’t let the gravity of these skills dissuade you from learning. You’ll feel much more comfortable knowing these abilities.

1. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

You can become CPR certified through the American Red Cross, which will, most likely, offer a class at a location near you. Community Centers, employers and churches may offer a class or two at their locations as well, having trained professionals leading the class. You can also get your BLS certification, which includes how to administer oxygen, splinting broken or dislocated bones and how to stop excessive bleeding.

2. First Aid

red_cross_first_aid.svgThis covers a slew of topics, including how to treat burns, cuts and bites, along with how to stop and administer to those who are bleeding and to those with frostbite; how to perform the heimlich maneuver, and so much more. First Aid courses are usually offered in conjunction with CPR classes through the American Red Cross and National Safety Council. Once you pass, your certification card should be valid for two years.

3. Surviving Outdoors

There are so many factors that go into surviving in the outdoors. A few of them include:

Building a fire – No excuses. Know how to do this.

Purifying Water – Purchase a filter and water purification tablets.

Building a shelter – Learn how to build the following: A-Frame, Lean-to, frame-and-tarp and Cocoon. To build these shelters, you should know how to tie various knots and use a hatchet.

Entomology – This is the study of insects and will help you identify poisonous and non-poisonous bugs, as well as those rich in fiber and protein.

Botany – This is the study of plants. Having this knowledge will save you from drudging through poisonous plants. You will also be able to identify edible plants and flowers, and foliage is best for all-natural salves.

Fishing and hunting – You can procure a license for both activities in most states online via the Department of Fish and Wildlife.

4. How to Handle a Crisis

Chaos is sure to ensue when the end is near. As a doomsday prepper, you need to know how to stay calm and keep a level head despite what is happening around you. If you can do this, then you and your family are more likely to survive.

5. Bartering

In an apocalyptic setting, money will no longer be of value. You need to know how to make smart trading decisions. You’ve got to give something to get something.

6. HAM Radio/Communications

Knowing how to operate a HAM Radio will make you an invaluable member of your community come D-Day. In order to send communications via a HAM Radio, you will need a license to do so. You should, without a doubt, also own and know how to use walkie talkies.

7. Mend Clothes

Target isn’t going to be open during Judgment Day, so we suggest learning how to sew on a button, whipstitch a hole and put on a patch to make your clothes last.

8. Spending Time Alone

The hard truth? You might end up alone during the last days. Prepare for this harsh reality by doing things by yourself once or twice a week.

9. Car Maintenance

If you have a car during Armageddon, it sure would be great if you knew how to maintain it. Know how to change the oil, change the tires, replace parts, and if you lose your keys, start the ignition without them.

10. Navigation Skills

You may not want to rely on Siri to get you through Doomsday. Learn how to use a compass, read a map and navigate when it’s dark using the stars.

flight-plane-accident-crashIt can be a frightening to think that one day, the world might end. True or not, we should all be prepared for disasters and hardships to come. There’s an old adage: better to need it and not have it, than need it and not have it. The logic of that adage is applicable here. Even if we are never parties to a cataclysmic event in our lifetimes, the skills in this list will be important for everyday activities. Preppers, get to prepping. Good luck.

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Why Should I Learn Infant CPR?

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Learning baby CPR is not just a practical thing to do when you have some spare time; it is something that should be made a priority. Thankfully, as the below guide clearly illustrates, it is not a complicated procedure. Just about anyone can learn how to perform baby CPR on a young child and the following points can give you the motivation you need to either learn or refresh your skills in this area. 

CPR Will be Vital in a Doomsday Scenario

Don’t expect hospitals, doctors, nurses and paramedics to be available should a doomsday scenario occur. Such individuals are likely to be caring for their own families, fleeing danger zones, or will be so overwhelmed that they won’t be able to provide proper assistance. Knowing infant CPR can enable you to save your child’s life if there is no one else around to turn to for help; what is more, you may even be able to trade this skill for food and/or other items or services you may need in a disaster scenario. 

Babies Are Prone to Dangerous Accidents

Babies grow quickly and tend to put dangerous things in their mouths, drink or eat poisonous substances and engage in other unsafe behaviors. While there are a number of things you can do to protect your little one from serious accidents, you cannot expect to be able to shield your child from danger all the time. Your child can have a bad accident when left unsupervised for a few minutes or when visiting a less than safe relative’s or friend’s home. A car accident could also result in serious injuries that may require your CPR skills.

Bystanders Are Reluctant to Help

It may be a simple procedure to learn, but you want to practice CPR regularly to ensure that you do it correctly in the time of need. Unfortunately, many bystanders are reluctant to help because they are afraid of doing something wrong. Don’t refrain from offering CPR even if you don’t remember the exact procedure or feel less than confident in your skills. In a traumatic situation, you may not remember how many compressions should be given per second, how deep the compressions are meant to be, or whether or not you should flick a child’s feet first before giving CPR. However, even flawed CPR is better than none at all if there are no signs of circulation. 

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Six CPR Basics the Whole Family Should Know

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Not many people voluntarily learn CPR, and if you know CPR, it’s probably because you had to learn for a job. Professionals in everything from healthcare to Houston swimming lessons have to be trained and up to date before being hired. But not knowing this life-saving technique can be a very scary thing if you’re ever been presented with a situation that required it, especially if you have children. As a family, you never know the impact it could have if everyone learns how to properly administer CPR.

What to Do If You’re Untrained

CPR isn’t as simple as it looks. If you aren’t careful while administering oxygen mouth-to-mouth, you can cause more harm than good. The American Heart Association has revised its CPR standards, and now advises people who aren’t trained in CPR to skip mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Instead, you should only apply chest compressions at the rate of 100 compressions per minute uninterrupted, until medical attention arrives on the scene to take over. This also applies if you’re rusty on your CPR skills.

Administering CPR if Certified

If you’re trained in CPR, the AHA has also changed the standard of care in regards to CPR. Instead of checking for an airway (or seeing if they’re breathing), you should immediately begin chest compressions at the rate of 30 compressions. Once you’ve administered those compressions, you can check for breathing. If the person is not breathing, you can defer to using rescue breaths alternated with chest compressions.

Knowing When CPR is Necessary

Just because a person is unconscious doesn’t mean they need CPR administered. Giving someone unnecessary CPR can be dangerous to their health, especially with babies and children. See if the person is responsive first. This includes opening their eyes, making sounds from the mouth, or moving their limbs. If they’re responsive, it’s very unlikely they need CPR, and the person answering your 911 call will be able to give you more specific advice.

Calling 911 Right Away Isn’t Always the Best Idea

When you see your child or baby unresponsive and needs immediate attention, most parents automatically reach for the phone and call 911. However, current CPR classes recommend performing two minutes of CPR before calling 911, which equals five complete cycles of CPR. Remember that CPR always begins with 30 chest compressions, an evaluation of the airway, and then rescue breaths.

What If the Victim Gasps?

A lot of people will stop giving chest compressions if the victim takes a gasp of air. It’s important not to stop giving compressions because a sudden gasp indicates cardiac arrest, and chest compressions will continue to pump blood to the brain. If you start CPR, it’s imperative you don’t stop compressions until help arrives, or the person is revived. Even if you want to stop to check for breathing, a pulse, or any other sign of life, this move can be detrimental to the person’s ability to revive. If you’re ever in doubt and the person remains unconscious, continue compressions until help arrives.

If the Person Fully Revives During CPR

There are plenty of instances where CPR revives the patient completely. If the victim wakes up and is breathing on their own, stop compressions and roll them over onto their side with their head tilted back until help arrives. It is critical to keep an eye on them at all times. If they fall unconscious or stop breathing, they might need CPR again.

CPR is a lifesaving skill if you’re trained, and know what you’re doing. Even if you’ve never taken a CPR class, it’s important to know the basics until the 911 operator is able to give you better instructions.

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer, recent graduate from the University of New Mexico, and avid runner. She loves to blog about fitness, health, home and family. Contact her via twitter @BrookeChaplan.

DIY Flat First Aid Kit (Video & Transcript)

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DIY Flat First Aid / Flat Trauma Kit

Ok You-Tubers, today’s video is going to be DIY Flat First Aid and/or trauma kits. As you can see these are the flat first aid or trauma kits. See how flat they are? Alright so, I got the idea from a company, which I am going to post the link and company’s name on the screen right now. They came up with these for combat troops over seas. Alright so, what they did was they gave each, they designed for each troop to hide these under their chest plate. Under their armor plate and such. Right so, if they get shot, hurt or injured they are able to pull this out from behind the chest plate and start treating the wounded. I thought that was an awesome idea hell why not do something similar for civilians such as myself right and pass it along to others. So I sat there and took a food saver bag and piled in a lot of medical supplies, not a lot but enough for 2 people. This one is actually for one. So I piled medical supplies in there and took it to the food saver and sucked all the air out and got it thinner than I thought I was gonna get it which is pretty good. So now, if you belong to a patriot group or militia, I like using the words militia but not in a bad way. So these things can go behind your chest plate and this is just for one person.

angry prepper 1If you design it and you put in what you want and how you want to set it up, its completely up to you, this is just a sample. So for preppers, this can go into your bug out bag, your camping bag whatever you want and it takes up very little room. Now, in comparison to this..this is a comprehensive first aid kit, with a little more supplies in it but can only treat 3 people. So now these two together treat 3 and this treats three. Look how bulky this is. So you wanna save room, you make your own flat trauma kits or first aid kits.

angry prepper 5In here you have triple antibiotics which you can get the thin, single serving gel packs that you can also put in here. You can take and add those Tylenol single serving packs. You can also put em in here as well. I didn’t put any band aids in here but you can put band aids in here. so there’s a lot of things, even a CPR mask can go in one of these and get it pretty thin. Which I’m gonna try next, a CPR kit.

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So as you can see this thing is pretty bulky and it takes up a lot of room if you put it in your bag, if you don’t put this in your bag and you marry it to your armor or your vest it’s bulky and sticks out, if you have to lay down on top of it its a pain in the ass. Even if you put it on your side its still in the way of getting to your weapons. So its all how its designed. Even if your left handed it gets in he way of maybe reaching for a clip or something cause its just bulky.

Alright so that’s just an option. This, here, again this is a two person first aid kit and this is a one person. So go with two persons first. 4×4 gauze wrap. Back here you have what is that called conclusive dress for bullet holes and things like that. And here you have a surgical dress you should actually have two in here and not one because surgical dress takes a lot to stop the bleeding or slow it down. IF you don’t have this. If you have this then you don’t have to use to much to stop or slow the bleeding down. So that’s a two person trauma/first aid kit. This is just a one person first aid kit which you may need two. Oh, by the way this has a set of gloves in here to. So you see the gloves here, surgical dressings, this is regular gauze and this should be two 4×4 in here and some wound sealer or stopper blood right here.

angry prepper 3This, this is what I carry. I haven’t looked at this thing since I started carrying this. Down side. The down side to this is once you break the seal its hard to repackage again. Now you use items in here you can always roll it up and stuff it back where you had it and that’ll keep it closed but the downside to that is if you don’t put it back and put it in your bag it can open back up and the stuff can just fall out. Where as this, you just zipper it closed. Upside to these it saves a lot of room. As you can see, it saves a hell of a lot of room and its pretty straight forward and fast to use. So you decide how you want, you rip this open, preferably because its tough I would use a knife, cut it open and pull out the exact items you need. Where as something like this, even if you have it set up a certain way you still have to dig through it somewhat to get to the or what you need. I usually put the 4×4 gauze a little deeper in and you have to dig through it to get to it. Not a lot of digging but none the less its still digging where i can just open this up, pull out the gauze and be done with it, pull out the blood stopper and be done with it. So that’s the upside to this. The upside to this is that you know exactly where everything is and you could probably treat three maybe up to four people with this. This treats three. You can add another one person it still doesn’t take up as much room as this. Man this must be, it might be five of these to one of these. Alright so now if you packed five of the three people, it would treat fifteen people and save a hell of a lot of room. But again guys, its just an idea, its something to pass on. If you like it great, if you don’t you can curse me out in the comments there. There is enough trolls in the world to do that.

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So also, most important I found this book yesterday and thumbed through it for a second and had to get it. Its Wilderness and Travel Medicine, a comprehensive guide. See how small it is. It has EVERY advice you would need while out in the wilderness, camping bugging out or whatever your gonna do for a first aid or even some trauma care in here. The book is by Adventure Medical kit. It cost $16.00. It’s updated by Dr. Eric Weiss. Like I said I just grabbed it yesterday and thumbed through it. I thought it was an awesome book a lot of stuff I leaned as an EMT and I wouldn’t of thought of being out in the woods. This is a fourth edition. Its been updated 4 times. So that is a book to get if your going to start a trauma kit or first aid kit. This book should defiantly be in there with it.

Anyway, thank you for watching, this is The Angry Prepper and I am going to be doing more videos this year. Excuse my absence last year and no updates I have just been really busy. Alright, thank you guys.

 

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