To bray and to act no different! James Walton “I Am Liberty” Audio player below! I haven’t seen such weakness in a long time. The faces carrying the torches were among the saddest and most predictable creatures I have seen in all of America. The same type that would bray about ISIS but they looked … Continue reading To bray and to act no different!
WRONG PLACE AT THE WRONG TIME? HOW TO DECONTAMINATE IF YOU’RE HIT WITH TEAR GAS
We live in very uncertain times, things can change at a moments notice. Both law enforcement and the military will be on stand-by to step in if there are any major problems and both will deploy any methods they have at their disposal to quell dissent and control a mob.
You don’t have to be involved in protests, riots or any other form of civil unrest to get caught up in events and end up in the firing line. Tear gas rather than bullets is often the first thing the police will take aim with.
The active chemical compounds found in tear gas are most commonly 0-Chlorobenzylidenemalononitrile (CS) or 2-chlorobenzalmalononitrile (CN). Often referred to as CS or CN. CS and CN are not gasses, they are synthetic organic halogen compounds that are liquid or powder-like solids that at room temperature. CS the more potent of the two and CN is primarily used in the form of mace.
CS and CN which are the most common ‘gases’ used and it’s the powder consistency that makes it look like a cloud when it’s released into the air. As it settles it irritates skin and mucous membranes and it clings to clothes and skin, perpetuating the stinging and burning sensations every time it’s touched, the microscopic crystals breaking down even further when crushed against the skin. For this reason rubbing your eyes is a very bad idea even though it’s an almost instinctual action.
Keeping the powder away from your eyes, nose, mouth and skin is the best thing you can do but it’s so fine it permeates fabric if you are in the cloud for any length of time. The initial steps you should take are as follows:
- If you are caught up in events where the police or military are visible you should expect a gas attack if the crowd is large and tempers are flaring. Any attack on law enforcement means they are far more likely to fire canisters into the crowd than if the protest remains peaceful.
- Move as far back from the police lines as you can. Pull up hoods and roll down sleeves if possible as you continue to put some distance between yourself and the police. Cover as much of your skin as you can.
- If you wear contact lenses but can proceed without them remove them, they can trap particles of CS in your eyes.
- Get into a building if you can, if that’s not possible get as high as you can. CS is heavier than air but can remain airborne for some time. If you can get above the cloud you may avoid contamination. High sided stationary vehicles should be a last resort as if you are affected falling off is a distinct possibility. Think multi-storey car parks, fire escapes and the like.
- Some people who live in inner city areas carry swim goggles when they feel trouble is brewing, they have a tight fit and can protect your eyes very effectively. Gloves will also offer initial protection to your hands.
- Work out which direction the wind is blowing. if it’s blowing against your back as you move away start moving faster, the cloud will move towards you once it starts to come out of the canister. if there is a side wind move in the direction opposite to the likely movement of the gas. If the wind is in your face as you move away you stand a chance of not getting gassed.
So lets say the worse happens and you are caught in the cloud of gas that’s hissing away happily a few feet behind you what then?
- Move as fast as you can from the canister, remember the wind direction as it may work in your favour.
- As soon as it touches you, you will feel the effects, your eyes will sting and burn, your nose will run and you will drool as your salivary glands start to work overtime. DO NOT TOUCH YOUR FACE.
- Continue with as much speed as you are able away from the gas cloud. Blow your nose and clear your throat as often as you can to get the irritant out of your body as fact as you can. The tears, snot and phlegm are your bodies way of trying to rid itself of the irritant particles. Go with it but keep moving if you can. The effects will stop anywhere between 30 minutes and two hours depending on your exposure. Try not to panic. you will feel like you can’t breathe but unless you have a predisposing condition such as asthma, a lung disease or are grossly allergic to the compound the sensation of not being able to breathe will wear off.
There is a great deal written about wet bandanas stopping the gas, cider apple vinegar on a bandana ditto, petroleum jelly under your eyes and even toothpaste spread under your eyes stopping the effects of the gas. I can’t endorse these because particularly with powder-based irritants the chances microscopic particles of powder sticking to the goo and actually exacerbating the problem is high. As for the wet bandanas, the same could be said if the powder stuck to it.
Covering as much of your face is definitely prudent but my spy from the Metropolitan Police tells me anything to hand will do and not many people carry apple cider vinegar around with them! Fair comment.
One thing that has been proven to work and has been used with success by law enforcement officers who have had a taste of their own medicine( bet that’s a training session you won’t forget Iain) is L.A.W. – liquid antacid and water.
Not all antacids are the same and for the purposes of treating this particular officer Maalox was used. Make sure you get the antacid not the stomach upset Maalox. Maalox antacid contains aluminum hydroxide, magnesium hydroxide and simethicone. This is diluted half and half with water and can be used to rise and cool the eyes and skin, as it’s an antacid you can also drink some to soothe the inside of your mouth and your gullet. Also marketed under the name Mylanta the active ingredients in these OTC medications are different to Gaviscon and Pepto-bismol, the latter of which works far less efficiently against CS gas. L.A.W can also be used on the genitals . Apparently females and circumcised males suffer more the most from genital irritation.
Removing contaminated clothing should be done with care so as not to compound the problems with your eyes and airways. Preferably face into the wind so any residue that drops off and is blown past you. Close your eyes and take a deep breath before taking anything off over your head, thew it behind you after removal.
Although L.A.W can be used to soothe your skin it is more effective on delicate mucous membranes, such as the eyes, mouth, throat and genitals.
Skin cleaning is better accomplished by rubbing a copious amount of vegetable or mineral oil on the skin and then almost immediately wiping it off and using rubbing alcohol on the same patch of skin. This is a long and time consuming process and the rest of you will continue to sting and burn until you get around to that area.
Showering it off is the best bet. The water should be cold and copious amounts of laundry or dishwashing soap should be used. Bath bars, perfumed soaps and beauty products should not be used at all during the process as they can interact with the residue and make the problem worse.
Rinse off and then wash again.
If the cold is getting to you go to luke-warm but no hotter. Hot water opens your pores and allows residue to penetrate deeper into your skin which makes the surface contamination seem pleasant by comparison.
You need to be under running water for about 20 minutes to be sure you have removed it all.
Never be tempted to have a bath, you will just be sitting in a tub of chemicals.
Clothes can be laundered, at least twice and then air dried in order to reuse them but my ‘got gassed in a training exercise’ friend assures me bagging up and binning them is a far better idea. If you do go down the laundry route put the machine on the hottest wash you can for a full cycle before using it again to make sure all contamination has been removed.
Many thanks to Detective Inspector C, Metropolitan Police for his help in writing this article.
Source : undergroundmedic.com
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Over the summer of 2016, certain websites forecasted a string of protests around the United States. As it turned out, these protests often lead to riots. In most cases, there is no warning for such events, but this time, we were paying attention to the news and knew where and when many of these protests would take place.
I was chatting with 3 of my friends, also Survival Moms, and we reviewed our situations. Not knowing if any of these protests would turn violent, we needed a guide for preparing for civil unrest. Each of us came up with a game plan.
One of us was going on a family road trip and would be making stops in three of the cities listed as protest sites. Another was home alone with her children with a husband away on a business trip, and I had a long-awaited date night scheduled that was an hour drive away from the children to a city not on the list.
Meanwhile, headlines from around the world reported civil wars, acts of terrorism, political coups, and hyperinflation. Thanks to this family survival manual, I know how to prepare for civil unrest as well as these other events. Here is a guide for how 3 different moms in 3 very different circumstances prepared for civil unrest. The best thing about this? We are now ready for other emergencies as well.
On a road trip — Anita
Our family was in the middle of a 4,000-mile road trip when the possibility of spreading civil unrest became a concern in the cities on our route. We had prepared for a number of common situations on our trip, such as vehicle breakdown with a family emergency kit like this one, but we hadn’t even thought that we might have to deal with protests or riots along the way. Yet, being prepared for a few other situations served us well when confronted with this additional possibility. For example, we had already been collecting highway maps at rest stations along our way, plus we had an outdated road atlas in the vehicle. A good road atlas is one of the best tools to have for planning alternate routes, even if GPS wasn’t available in remote areas. It would also come in handy if communications were interrupted.
Along with emergency supplies and maps, we also had extra food just in case we weren’t able to stop and eat at restaurants as planned, like if we got into a destination too late. Of course, that would also be helpful if we were stuck somewhere for longer periods than we expected, such as having to shelter in a hotel. In a time of civil unrest, hunkering down for the duration is often the best and safest choice. We had prepared some self-defense options, too, in the event of attempted mugging. While avoiding civil unrest is always better than fighting back, at least we weren’t completely defenseless if we did find ourselves in a scary mob situation. We also considered the possibility of unwittingly driving into a mob scene and how we might handle that situation.
We weren’t finished with our preparing for civil unrest There were a few more steps we decided to take:
- We found local news sites for each location, and monitored local social media trends. We figured this would give us some advanced warning of anything unusual, although sometimes you may find yourself in the wrong place at the wrong time and will just have to deal with it on the spot.
- We agreed to keep the gas tank at least half full, even if that meant more stops. In the event that we had to leave a situation quickly, that would allow us to put more miles between us and any immediate danger before stopping. It would also help if we ran into unexpected obstructions and used more gas than anticipated.
- We re-evaluated our route, and decided to stay at smaller towns in between large cities.
- We stopped at a Walmart on our way and bought a tarp and some bungee cords. Although the plan for our trip included hotel stays, we could make a roadside shelter if needed with those. We also grabbed extra water. Being able to put up an impromptu shelter might make the difference between roughing it for a night in a safe place and having to slog through a panicky crowd just to get to our hotel.
- We snagged the extra toilet paper roll from our hotel room. Maybe we should have already had one in the car (we had baby wipes) but now we felt more prepared to camp wilderness style, if necessary. Emergency toilet supplies in the back of your vehicle is a must, especially if you have kids.
- And just in case we would need to shelter in place immediately when we got home, we caught up on laundry at the hotel. We also stopped and got a few household groceries, in addition to the snacks and food already in the car.
Some of the lessons I took away from this experience are if you’re prepared for one situation, even if you can’t think of every possibility, you are still better off than doing nothing. Flexibility is key. And really you can’t stay home for the rest of your life. Even as a survival mom you still need to plan vacations and times away from home and out of your comfort zone. Whatever happens, just deal with it when it does.
Home alone with the kids — Monica
When rumors of protests in our city began to circulate, my husband was working 9 ½ hours away and wasn’t due to get home for another three days. News reports of other protests having gone terribly wrong added to my uneasiness. Being home alone meant I needed to take full responsibility for our well-being.
As a mom, my mind immediately went to the mundane, yet important details of maintaining a house in the midst of a chaotic event. My washer had been out of commission for a while, so the first thing I did was go to the laundromat to get all the clothes washed at once. Next was making sure the car was filled with gas, and that I had all the basic, perishable groceries needed to get us through for a week and a half. It was a good feeling when I got home that day and knew we could be at home for many days with no need to go out.
This is actually key when you’re expecting an event that might make it more dangerous to leave your home than to stay put. Make sure you have all of life’s essentials right there with you — think of things like baby food, diapers, toilet paper, prescription medications, over the counter meds (here’s a list of suggested OTC meds to have on hand), and so on. The type of things that, when you run out, you need to quickly replenish. That’s what you stock up on!
I called my husband to make sure we were still on the same page as to decisions about when we stay at home, when to pack up the child and animals and head to friends on the edge of the city, and at what point we go to rural acquaintances. If we were unable to communicate, he would know where to find us. I planned several different routes to get to each location and made sure an atlas was still in the car. This is where, again, having very good maps and a GPS can help. A survival manual that focuses only on emergency evacuations, like this one, is a must.
Then I made popcorn and spend the rest of the evening watching Netflix shows.
I learned a few things from this experience:
- I am better prepared than I thought I might be.
- Making sure camping gear and stocked backpacks are stored neatly and are easily accessible is worth your time.
- Having plans for various scenarios meant I could go to bed and sleep well.
Date night — Sarah Anne
It sometimes takes a miracle to have a successful date night out as parents. The schedules of every person involved — wife, husband, kids, babysitter — all have to align like the planets in the night sky. We finally had one of those nights planned and to top it off, it coincided with a fun event in a nearby city. We were very excited.
Then we saw the news about the possible protests and riots. The city we were planning to go to wasn’t on the list, but I glanced through news sites, Twitter, and Craigslist the two days prior and day of to make sure other people weren’t planning something there. The event we were going to was on the far side of the city closest to us, so we wouldn’t have to drive through downtown.
Just in case we found ourselves unable to reach our destination or unable to get back home quickly, we made sure to have water, some food, good walking shoes, fully charged cell phones, a full tank of gas and an atlas (in case we needed to take some back roads home). We discussed how to effectively use our concealed carry licenses, although that was something neither of us relished. Doing all of this gave us peace of mind and we decided to go ahead and go on our date. We were prepared, and we ended up having fun.
It also helped knowing that our babysitter’s family lives across the street from us, and knows where our shelter area and supplies are located. She also knows where the fire extinguishers are located. For more about preparing a babysitter, read about creating a babysitter folder with vital information.
The overall lessons that were reinforced by preparing for this possible event were:
- Bring the babysitter on your preparedness team.
- Know how to check Twitter and Craigslist for news trends.
- Keep an atlas in the car (and walking shoes).
Anything can happen at any time – with or without warning. But that’s what being a survival mom is all about – being prepared for anything, wherever you are, and with whatever you have. What unusual situations are you prepared for?
This will never happen in Australia, because the majority of Australians don’t give a damn about other Australians. The government has done a good job of dividing us, but our apathy made it very easy for them to accomplish this.
Australia, once the lucky country, is now a lost cause.
Congratulations Icelanders, well done!
“THAT MOMENT” THE OFFICIAL (AUSTRALIA DAY AKA INVASION DAY) PARADE WAS TAKEN OVER IN MELBOURNE THIS MORNING….#SHARE THIS AROUND BECAUSE THE MEDIA IS TRYING TO SWEEP IT UNDER THE CARPET### There was no media report on this in the NT. Checked all chanels ABC, SBS, Nine, Seven, Ten and NITV. And not one of them mentioned it.
Posted by Blackfulla Revolution on Monday, 26 January 2015