Today, we are wrapping up this series. We’ve already discussed the importance of prayer and are looking at what we need to take with us, most recently discussing first aid and medical supplies. We’ll continue with a few health care notes and move on with other items that need to be prepared and ready to go when it’s time to head to your retreat.
Preventive Measures Against The Triad of Death
The “triad of death” is the condition were your patient has hypothermia, excessive blood loss, and acidosis, which is a condition where the body is unable to clot. This triad of death is a vicious cycle where one condition causes the other, with death as the final result. Yet two of these are easily preventable for those skilled in standard first aid. A properly applied tourniquet applied two inches above the wound will suffice for extremity wounds. Turn until it hurts for tourniquet application, then turn two more times. A tourniquet can also be left on for two days without risk of permanent injury to the limb.
Remember to record the time the tourniquet was placed. Your emergency blankets and sleeping bags can also be used to prevent hypothermia in your patient. Direct pressure must be used to prevent excessive bleeding in the torso, neck, and head. If that doesn’t work, then direct pressure above the wound applied to the area where there are major arterial pathways should suffice. The SAS Survival Manual has detailed pictures of these pathways. As mentioned, acidosis is a nasty condition where the blood becomes acidic, which will prevent blood clotting. This will result in excessive blood loss, hypothermia, and further acidosis.
Tranexemic acid, or TXA, is a possible remedy to this. You will, however, need the appropriate supplies as well as proper IV skills to necessitate this. Whole blood that matches the blood type of the injured will also suffice. This will require knowing the blood types of all team members and knowledge of what is compatible to another. If you are interested in preventing the facet of the triad of death known as acidosis, then you will need to acquire appropriate supplies and IV skills. Train up.
Resources For Treating Gunshot Wounds
My job as a combat medic, when I encounter serious gunshot wounds, is to stabilize them medically and get them to a doc, who is not your usual family physician but rather a trauma surgeon who can repair damaged internal structures of the body. If a total collapse occurs, a trauma surgeon may be difficult to find. It may be up to you to provide for your loved one if they are wounded. You will need supplies and skills.
One of the best resources is in fact James Wesley, Rawles first book Patriots. In it, one of the characters is shot in the shoulder. It describes in great detail what is needed in terms of skills and supplies to help an injured loved one. Besides that, a copy of The Emergency War Surgery NATO Handbook, and a good book that details human anatomy, such as a Tortora medical reference text is recommended.
Night Vision and Flashlights
Night vision gear should be included. This should preferably be head mounted gear so you can walk unaided without creating a light signature. I own a Vega Armisight that comes with a head harness. Remember, flashlights that are both handheld and can be tactically mounted as well, with extra batteries for them.
Knives, Blades, and Swords
A fixed blade knife, such as a KA-BAR, to suit utilitarian needs is recommended. The knife is still the preferred choice for many currently serving military members, despite its inception in 1942. The name incidentally comes from a trapper in 1923 who provided a testimonial that the knife was used to kill a bear when his rifle malfunctioned.
My favorite edged weapon is a Samurai sword given to me by a friend several years ago. I am unfamiliar with its exact origin. When I first received it, I ran my finger gently over its edge to determine its sharpness. The blade cut deep across one of my fingers, with the minimal exertion I applied. To this day, one of my fingers has an incomplete fingerprint. If you have access to something like this, bring it. It will prove extremely useful in clearing paths, general bush-craft, and as a close quarters combat weapon.
Fire Starter and Lighter
Miscellaneous- Paracord, Duct Tape, Compass, and Map
Ample paracord and duct tape should be brought as well. There are a 1001 uses for these two items, including securing loose items and repairing torn fabrics.
A compass and map of your chosen geographical region need to be included in your bug out gear. Practice your topography skills. This is essential.
Late Model Heavy Duty 4×4 Truck
If you have access to a late model heavy duty 4×4 pick up truck with a snow shovel attachment, it should prove to be of great benefit if rural roads are semi-passable. The snow shovel can also be used as a battering ram to clear obstacles. Make sure you also have a full tank of gas always, plus extra fuel on board in canisters to provide for the full length of your journey. A spare tire and truck jack should be included as well as your knowledge to use them. In an urban area littered with broken vehicles, there is a danger of getting a flat tire. Prepare accordingly. As James Wesley, Rawles points out: “You may only get one trip out of Dodge.”
Prepare to walk your journey, but pray you can drive it.
Remember the Goal
Remember your primary goal should be acquiring farmable land of at least four acres, with a sturdy shelter, a drilled well, and septic tank, that is all in your legal possession. Maintain vigilance in your purchases, until this primary goal has been completed.
Stage 3: Hope and Pray- Urban Preparedness Is A Myth
An Anticipated Timeline For Collapse
It is possible to figure a timeline for the next major economic collapse. I believe it will happen in 2018 and most likely in late August or early September. This follows the timeline of earlier financial crises. It will happen because patterns exist, and they repeat in nature. Like a clock face hitting the same number time and time again.
In September 1998 a large consortium of Banks bailed out the hedge fund, Long Term Capital Management, to prevent an ongoing domino effect that threatened the very lifeblood of the financial markets. In September of 2008 the financial giant Lehman Brothers also became insolvent. This consequently became the largest bankruptcy in American history. Later in 2008 the United States Federal Reserve bailed out Wall Street and with it the entire financial sector. It did this by a program called quantitative easing, or QE. This is essentially running the printing press to create a false monetary resource.
Jim Rickards is a lawyer, who was the chief negotiator for the bailout of Lehman Brothers who later went on to become a financial analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency as well as a celebrated author. To quote him:
In the next crisis who is going to bailout the big banks? In other words, each crisis gets bigger than the one before. Each bailout gets bigger than the one before. We have now exceeded the capacity of the central banks to save the day.
There now exists no monetary policy capable to get us out of the disaster that awaits our nation.
August 1998 marked another notable event– the official default of Russia on its government bonds and treasury bills, triggering financial calamity for its country. Will our nation fall into the same situation on Russia’s 20th anniversary of economic crisis, in 2018?
Our Social Climate- The Thin Veneer Of Society
If you examine the debt clock of our country, it appears that it is exactly where our nation is heading. However, we need to realize our current social climate is markedly different than Russia of 20 years past. Our ability to recover is also impeded by deep social divides that may be impossible to overcome and will lead us unto a path of civil war or worse.
What you have just read goes back to what James Wesley, Rawles calls the “thin veneer of society” as described in his best selling book How to Survive the End Of The World As We Know It. Ask yourself why has such a non-fiction book risen to the New York Times best sellers list?
Urban Barbarity From Food Scarcity
British author Andrew Simms has an article entitled,“Nine Meals From Anarchy”. According to the article we are only nine missed meals from barbarity. This represents the Hatfield versus McCoys again, with neighbor versus neighbor, but this time disputing the scarcity of food. How many meals missed by your loved ones will cause you to fall into that slippery slope?
To quote the often crude writer, James Howard Kunstler, “The successful places in the years ahead will be those with meaningful relationship to food production”, as for the cities, “their destiny is slums, salvage or ruins.”
There is no such thing as true urban preparedness. The final stage of urban preparedness is to prepare to get out. Consequently, I will trust you need no further convincing on relocating to a rural environment.
Seemingly Burdensome Gear May Be Necessary
As an addendum, I would add that a large portion of the gear I mentioned might prove burdensome. If seasons permit and the roadways become unsafe you might have to go into a camping/hiking mode. I would also advise bringing a tarp, survival knife, and sleeping bags that can be compressed. Several forms of fire starting gear, a compressible air mattress, and a camping pot with utensils along with fishing line with hooks ,Survivor Pro filter portable water system, and I emphasize its importance. I would personally bring a Sven survival saw for bush-craft as well my Samurai sword.
Additionally, I plan to take a 22 caliber LR semi auto, such as the ISCC Austrian made MK12 with six magazines and 1000 rounds along with an appropriate tactical vest. A bullhorn should be taken if you spot potential predators from far distances in order to communicate effectively, as well as a pair of binoculars. I have a young son, so I would need the Big Boy Barrow heavy duty carp porter cart.
Write Your Own Plan
I urge you to write your own personal article about your plans as well. By writing about your own particular situation and your personal strategy to cope, you will then be able to engage in legitimate thought experiments. This will greatly assist you to survive and thrive in “uncertain times”. You will find practical solutions to your dilemma.
Ask yourself what would you do if you had one year to prepare for such a disaster?
Take action now.
I will pray we have at least another year to prepare. I hope you will, too. God bless.
- Getting Ready For the Long Walk-Part 1, by Lone Wolf and Cub
- Getting Ready For the Long Walk-Part 2, by Lone Wolf and Cub
SurvivalBlog Writing Contest
This has been part two of a three part entry for Round 72 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The nearly $11,000 worth of prizes for this round include:
- A $3000 gift certificate towards a Sol-Ark Solar Generator from Veteran owned Portable Solar LLC. The only EMP Hardened Solar Generator System available to the public.
- A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate. This can be used for any one, two, or three day course (a $1,195 value),
- A course certificate from onPoint Tactical for the prize winner’s choice of three-day civilian courses, excluding those restricted for military or government teams. Three day onPoint courses normally cost $795,
- DRD Tactical is providing a 5.56 NATO QD Billet upper. These have hammer forged, chrome-lined barrels and a hard case, to go with your own AR lower. It will allow any standard AR-type rifle to have a quick change barrel. This can be assembled in less than one minute without the use of any tools. It also provides a compact carry capability in a hard case or in 3-day pack (an $1,100 value),
- An infrared sensor/imaging camouflage shelter from Snakebite Tactical in Eureka, Montana (A $350+ value),
- Two cases of Mountain House freeze-dried assorted entrees in #10 cans, courtesy of Ready Made Resources (a $350 value),
- A $250 gift certificate good for any product from Sunflower Ammo,
- Two cases of meals, Ready to Eat (MREs), courtesy of CampingSurvival.com (a $180 value).
- A Model 175 Series Solar Generator provided by Quantum Harvest LLC (a $439 value),
- A Glock form factor SIRT laser training pistol and a SIRT AR-15/M4 Laser Training Bolt, courtesy of Next Level Training, which have a combined retail value of $589,
- A gift certificate for any two or three-day class from Max Velocity Tactical (a $600 value),
- A transferable certificate for a two-day Ultimate Bug Out Course from Florida Firearms Training (a $400 value),
- A Trekker IV™ Four-Person Emergency Kit from Emergency Essentials (a $250 value),
- A $200 gift certificate good towards any books published by PrepperPress.com,
- A pre-selected assortment of military surplus gear from CJL Enterprize (a $300 value),
- RepackBox is providing a $300 gift certificate to their site, and
- American Gunsmithing Institute (AGI) is providing a $300 certificate good towards any of their DVD training courses.
- A Royal Berkey water filter, courtesy of Directive 21 (a $275 value),
- A custom made Sage Grouse model utility/field knife from custom knife-maker Jon Kelly Designs, of Eureka, Montana,
- A large handmade clothes drying rack, a washboard, and a Homesteading for Beginners DVD, all courtesy of The Homestead Store, with a combined value of $206,
- Expanded sets of both washable feminine pads and liners, donated by Naturally Cozy (a $185 retail value),
- Two Super Survival Pack seed collections, a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security, LLC,
- Mayflower Trading is donating a $200 gift certificate for homesteading appliances,
- Montie Gear is donating a Y-Shot Slingshot and a $125 Montie gear Gift certificate.,
- Two 1,000-foot spools of full mil-spec U.S.-made 750 paracord (in-stock colors only) from www.TOUGHGRID.com (a $240 value), and
Round 72 ends on September 31st, so get busy writing and e-mail us your entry. Remember that there is a 1,500-word minimum, and that articles on practical “how to” skills for survival have an advantage in the judging.