Posts Tagged ‘survival gear.

12
Jul
13

Preparedness: First Aid to Others…..?

Many years ago, I went through a First Responder training piece over several months and was mentally prepared to render aid in an emergency situation until more advanced care arrived. 

Years have passed and I am no longer in the arena that required such care….or am I?

The other day I couldn’t even find a band-aid in the house let alone any other supplies. I no longer carry that certain bag that had everything needed for a First Responder in my rig on a daily basis. Yes, I have it for outings and camping trips but not with me, in town, if I needed it. It is easy to rationalize the probable…EMT’s and Firemen are  minutes away. But in many areas they are not 5 minutes away, they are much farther away.

First-Responder

Point of all this is my yearly reminder to be prepared. Carry the survival gear on outings. And, renew your knowledge with current CPR practices…yes, it has changed every few years so if you haven’t had a class in five years it has changed since then. As I listen to a fire rig siren through the open window, in the distance, I think I should not just carry the gear but refresh myself with the basics again re wounds, shock, CPR, defibs etc. How about you? 

10
Oct
11

Hiking Trails & Not Prepared? Oregon Woman Overdue

As I listen to it pouring outside this morning, I can imagine the front bunched up against the Cascade Mountain Range and in particular the Mt. Hood area. Lost is a woman, Lidiya Dmitriyevna Russu, who parked near a trail head to do what, I don’t know (mushroom hunt, take a hike, contemplate a view, etc). The opinion is she was not prepared to spend the night. Another person’s outdoor plight is your reminder to be prepared for outdoor emergencies. You know the drill. I have posted often enough here re outdoor safety considerations. The reminder is don’t make that careless mental decision to forego the pack, the gear, the notifications that will keep you healthy and found. Best wishes Lidiya……. end of 10/10, still not found

Lidiya Dmitriyevna Russu overdue in the Mt. Hood area. Search and Rescuers are no doubt moving in right now at first light.

Update 10-12-2011

“In making the decision to suspend the search, the sheriff’s office consulted with Dr. Terri Schmidt, a medical doctor from Oregon Health & Science University who is an expert in emergency medicine and wilderness survival. They also reached out to other experts in the search-and-rescue community for advice.

“Mrs. Russu had very limited wilderness survival experience and was not properly dressed or equipped to stay in the wilderness,” Rhodes said. “Given the heavy rain, low temperatures and high winds, the likelihood that Mrs. Russu will be recovered alive is outweighed by the extreme risk posed to searchers in this rugged terrain and wintery weather.” HuffPo

29
Sep
10

Survival Gear: Survival Straps & Paracord

survival straps belt

Survival Gear Here & There

27
Mar
10

Fly Fishing: Survival & A Whistle

Do you wander up or down a river to be alone while fishing? Of course you do. What do you have with you for survival? What is with you and what is left back in the rig? Build your kit and decide what can be easily carried with you. One item I am never without are two whistles. One is a Storm Whistle. The other  one is a Hi-Gear Rescue Whistle. I have whistles in my pontoon boat, float tubes, truck, packs, day packs….I have whistles. More than once the whistle has come into play for myself and my sons while fishing or bushwhacking. A basic tool, but do you one with you?




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