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Rescuing somebody from an ice fall

Call 911, it’s best to get help on the way just in case your not able to become the hero of the day. Do not rush to the edge of the hole to attempt to rescue. This may turn into 2 victims in the water instead. When trying to save somebody else that fell into the water remember the steps  Preach, Reach, Throw, Row and Go.

 

  • Preach: Try to coach the person out of the water. Shout out words of encouragement to help them stay calm, fight and survive. Remind them to stay afloat, to never give up, that help is on the way.

  • Reach: If you’re not able to talk them out of the situation safely extend and object like rope, paracord or even jumper cables. Try to stay on the solid safe ground as much as possible, do not go any further out on the ice then what’s needed. If the victim begins to pull you in then release your grip and try again.

  • Throw: throw a line or something that can float. Try to have them wrap the line around their body before they become too weak to grasp it with their hands.

  • Row: Grab a small boat or floatation device. Row or float out to the victim or toss the floatation device out to the victim. If you’re able to grab a boat then pull the person over into the boat.

  • Go: If all else fail you’re just going to have to go get them, but it’s best to let the professionals do this. If you must approach a hole don’t walk upright, instead lay down and roll or slide to the edge. Spreading your body over a larger surface area will make the ice less susceptive to break more. But if it’s too dangerous to perform a rescue then just call 911 and continue to verbally coach the person.

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The Color Code System: Mental Conditioning

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Mental Conditioning trains you towards a mindful state of awareness. Thinking with an aware mind will then prepare you for deadly situations.  One of the most effective deterrents is an alert person.  A criminal would rather deal with an unaware, careless person than an aware one. Preparing yourself mentally will assist the you in preventing and defusing a situation before deadly force becomes necessary. Below are the conditions that will allow you to move from one level of mindset to another while enabling you with the ability to properly handle a given situation.

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Condition White:  Condition White is an oblivious state during which a person is totally vulnerable and is unaware of his surroundings.  DO NOT be caught in this condition.

 

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Condition Yellow:  Condition Yellow is a state of nonspecific alert.  You are aware of everything going on around you and if the need arise, you are prepared to act.

 

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Condition Orange: Condition Orange is a state of specific alertness.  You identified a dangerous situation. You have decided that a course of action is needed.  One of the rules of deadly force was met and you are prepared to respond accordingly.

 

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Condition Red: Condition Red.  Condition red is the state of being actively engaged with a specific threat. A decision has been made and a set course of action is being taken.

 

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Condition Black: Condition Black is an add-on to the white, yellow, orange, and red conditions. This is when you experience a total state of panic and denial characterized by the inability to logically think and react.  This is a condition that you must avoid.

 

 

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Don’t let winter kill you

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Inclined Terrain: A good way to go up a hill during heavy snow is building enough speed while maintaining even pressure on your gas pedal. What you want to happen while doing this is, is to have your tires spin, but not spin too fast that will cause them to slide and lose traction. Nowadays, cars traction controls systems adjust tire spin according to slippage.

 

giphy-6Avalanches: If you see small shiny crystals forming on the top of the snow on a beautiful day that’s a warning sign, that’s called hoarfrost. When that happens is when it snows again on top of the top of that layer, it then creates a very loose layer.

 

 

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Black Ice: Different from snow, ice can be seen sometimes but it’s more often invisible. One way to detect ice is to look for a shiny reflection in the road. It might look like water but be aware, it may be ice. Check to see if puddles are liquid or frozen? (If your car has a thermometer, check and see if it’s at or below 32 degrees as well).

 

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Falling objects due to the sun’s heat: Be aware of your surroundings when it starts to thaw outside. If you’re in a city, don’t take those “falling ice” signs lightly, they might end up saving your life.

 

Pot Holes: As winter ends, the thawing begins and our vehicle’s worse enemy appears. Potholes are tricky because the bright sun and a warm wind can quickly thaw the ice, but they can leave patches in sheltered areas. So, be aware where a wall casts a shadow over the road.

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Jack Frost vs. Your Car

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Consider Winter Tires: What separates winter tires and all season tires is the rubber compound that is used. In low temperatures, all season tires harden, which cause less traction. With this in mind, winter tires use a special type of rubber allows that flexibility in cold temperatures. This in turn gives the tires better grip and improved braking.

 

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Lift up your wiper blades: When it’s cold outside and there’s freezing precipitation, one thing that you must remember is to turn off your wipers. You do this because, the next time you turn your car on, you don’t want the wiper motor fighting against frozen snow. That can potentially burn out your wiper motor. For that very reason, just pop your wiper blades up.

 

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Clean off your car, entirely: Once the snow starts sticking to your car, and freezing on it, it’s time to clean it off properly. To start, the obvious reason you should clean your car is to maintain proper visibility. We’ve all seen those cars driving down the road with a blizzard still on top of them. Don’t be that person. If that’s too much for some of you, remember it’s the law in many states that your vehicle must be clear of snow and ice.

 

Check your tire pressure: Gas expands with heat and contracts when it’s cold. So, when that cold weather arrives, it’s best to check your tire pressure as a safety precaution.

Note: Tire pressure (per square inch) drops between 1 and 2 pounds for every 10-degree decrease in temperature.

 

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Survival Kit: 

One way to make winter safe is by getting prepared for the worst, and that involves having emergency items with you. Below are some items to put in your trunk

  • Flashlight, and extra batteries
  • Blanket, Space Blanket
  • Jumper cables
  • Snacks, non-perishables
  • First-aid kit
  • Small shovel
  • Flares or reflective triangles
  • Spare tire
  • Ice scraper
  • A bag of sand or cat litter to help with traction
  • Extra windshield wiper fluid
  • A blanket/space blanket
  • Sleeping Bag
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Controlling Bleeding

If emergency treatment is not needed, bleeding can usually be stopped by applying steady, direct pressure and elevating the wound. The following steps will help you to control profuse bleeding.
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  1. Elevate the wound:

Elevate the wound above the heart.

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  1. Use Direct Pressure:

Apply firm pressure with a clean compress (such as heavy gauze pad, washcloth, or t-shirt) directly on top of the wound. When the bleeding slows down or stops, tie the pad firmly in place with gauze strips, a necktie, strips of cloth or a shoelace.

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  1. Use Pressure Points:

By pressing on these blood vessels, the blood flow will go away from the wound and it will be slowed down. This will allow direct pressure to stop bleeding.

  • Pressure points: arm between shoulder/elbow, groin area and behind the knee.

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  1. Use Tourniquet:

This is your last resort. Place the tourniquet as high above the wound as possible. Mark the time that you apply the tourniquet to tell the experts when they arrive.

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ABCDE of Emergency Medicine

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Airway: If the victim responds in a normal voice, then the airway is open. A common sign of partial airway obstruction in the unconscious state is snoring. Depending on the airway, you will need your nasopharyngeal hose and oropharyngeal hose.

 

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Breathing: If breathing is insufficient, assisted breathing must be performed by giving rescue breaths. This can be done with or without a CPR mask.

 

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Circulation: Inspection of the skin gives clues to circulatory problems. Color changes, sweating, and decreased level of responsiveness to touch are signs of decreased circulation.

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Disability: Check for consciousness using the AVPU method. This is when the victim is grades as alert (A), voice responsive (V), pain responsive (P), or unresponsive (U). Regardless of level, the best action is to keep the victim still and call for professional help.

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Exposure: Signs of trauma, bleeding or skin reactions must be examined. Body temperature can be estimated by feeling the skin or using a thermometer, when available.

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Sawyer Gravity Filtration System setup

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This Sawyer Water Filtration is rated to 0.1 micron absolute, weighs only 2 ounces, and filters up to 100,000 gallons!  This award winning system is reliable and easy to use.

The MINI can be attached to the included collapsible drinking pouch, inline on a hydration pack, on a standard soda bottle, or simply use the included drinking straw to drink directly from the water source. How is that for versatility? Like all Sawyer filters, a proper back washing can restore up to 98.5% of the filter’s flow rate. That means no expensive cartridges to replace, ever.

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First of all you want to get your water filter out and take it apart. In this setup, were going to be using the Sawyer 16oz squeeze bag, Sawyer MINI filter, Sawyer Inline blue cap adapter, water hose, and Platypus 1 liter bag.

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2. Unscrew white cap from Sawyer Filtration bag, and attach Sawyer MINI filter with the “FLOW” arrow pointing away.

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3. Attach water hose to end of filter.

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4. Unscrew drinking cap from Platypus 1 liter bag, and attach Sawyer Inline blue cap adapter.

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5. Attach hose to Sawyer Blue cap. Filtration is now fully assembled.

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Organized like an MRE; The Medic Kit

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Don’t have enough patience or time to get your first aid kit organized? Our third initial box, the Medic Kit, resembles the familiar MRE packaging because we want you to have an effortless, stress free task pulling out medical supplies on the spot.

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The contents of the emergency medic kit are tactically bundled into separate compartments for immediate reference. Each package offers a solution to a high stress situation.

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Vacuum packaging also helps eliminate some or all oxygen that commonly contributes to deterioration while making the package lighter and water tight.

Water Tight Packaging 

Another advantage to this style of packaging is that dust, insects, and a variety of other external elements that may harm or damage the products will not be able to penetrate the package.

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TOP 5 Reasons you should prepare yourself with an EDC Bag

Why you should prepare yourself with an Everyday Carry bag.

The idea of preparedness is that you should organize your life in a experienced and facts based manner that will help support yourself and others in the event of any situations presented to you. Having an EDC bag will prepare you for any unexpected situations you might encounter in your daily routines.

1. Everyday use items

A backpack full of everyday items.

One of the main reasons to own a EDC bag is just out of pure convenience.  Carrying items such as a portable cell phone charger can come in handy during a daily commute or emergency.

2. Items not used often but come in handy

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One of the most useful items and often not used is a good pocket knife. You may never find yourself in a life or death situation but its one less worry to have when carrying it. While you might not use a knife in a survival situation you might find yourself struggling to open a annoying plastic package.

3. Backup Cash

Having a couple of Jackson’s (or Benjamin’s for you Alphas) in a secure part of your EDC bag can get you a ride home, fill up a gas tank, or something else you need to survive.

4. Basic first aid kit

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A small, portable kit with the essentials should be carried with you at all times. Alphas with chronic medical problems should carry extra medication in their kit. Also, if you have a history of allergic reactions it wouldn’t hurt to have some ointments or pain relievers as well. Last but not least, have something to put a stop to diarrhea.

5. Water

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Drinking water and keeping your body hydrated will help you improve your cognitive abilities and mental functioning.  It also keeps your energy levels up throughout the day. Granted you can’t carry that much water in an EDC, it’ll be helpful to have a bottle that you can easily refill and transport around.

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