Spider Bites and Scorpion Stings

Andrew’s Note:  Today we present another lesson from our Military Pedagogy series.  This discussion, from FM 21-76, the U.S. Army Survival Manual [Approved For Public Release; Distribution is Unlimited] is on identifying and treating (in the absence of available licensed medical care) Spider Bites and Scorpion Stings.

Black Widow Spider

The black widow spider is identified by a red hourglass on its abdomen.  Only the female bites, and it has a neurotoxic venom.  The initial pain is not severe, but severe local pain rapidly develops.  The pain gradually spreads over the entire body and settles in the abdomen and legs.  Abdominal cramps and progressive nausea, vomiting, and a rash may occur.  Weakness, tremors, sweating, and salivation may occur.  Anaphylactic reactions can occur.  Symptoms begin to regress after several hours and are usually gone in a few days.  Threat for shock.  Be ready to perform CPR.  Clean and dress the bite area to reduce the risk of infection.  An antivenom is available.

Funnelweb Spider

The funnelweb spider is a large brown or gray spider found in Australia.  The symptoms and the treatment for its bite are as for the black widow spider.

Brown Recluse Spider (more…)

President Obama on Gun Control – Today’s Quote

…what I’m trying to do is to get a broader conversation about how do we reduce the violence generally. Part of it is seeing if we can get an assault weapons ban reintroduced, but part of it is also looking at other sources of the violence, because frankly, in my hometown of Chicago, there’s an awful lot of violence, and they’re not using AK-47s, they’re using cheap handguns.

President Barack Obama

Andrew’s Note:  Let me get this straight…there’s a lot of gun violence in the city with the most restrictive gun laws in the state with the most restrictive gun laws in the nation….not much gun violence around my neighborhood…maybe that’s because the criminals aren’t the only ones armed.  Take special note of items 3, 4 & 6 on the Top 10 Items to Buy Before the Election.

Guns Don’t Believe In You Either

What’s the proper response when someone tells you “I don’t believe in guns?”  You know you should just walk away and not (verbally) engage…but why not have a little fun… maybe you’re bored… some times it’s just fun to poke the bear.  I used to ask the person if he or she “believed in hammers and screwdrivers” but usually just got a blank stare.  It’ no fun if you have to explain “they’re all tools, lady.”

The past year or so I’ve switched my response…when someone goes out to their way to tell me “I don’t believe in guns” my response is “that’s O.K., guns don’t believe in you either.”  and then I walk away.  It’s just a waste of everyone’s time to try to educate an unwilling student.

Maybe someday my enigmatic response will prompt the recipient to request additional information.  If so I think I’ll lead with:  “When seconds count the police are only minutes away.”  I’ll follow that up with an eloquent version of “God made man but Samuel Colt made all men equal” tailored to my listener.

If I can tell that I haven’t yet won over my audience I’ll try this empathetic approach with a poignant ending…”it’d be nice if we could all just get along… but as long as criminals can veto your peace plan you should learn how to protect yourself and your family. (more…)

15 Do’s and Don’ts of First Aid From FM 21-75

Andrew’s Note:  These First Aid suggestions from U.S. Army Field Manual (FM) 21-75 were written for military medicine which focuses on stabilizing the casualty and speeding the casualty to medical professionals in the rear.  It’ suggestions likely hold true for times for civilian emergencies where medical care can be reached in a reasonable amount of time.

When giving first aid to a casualty, remember the following:

DO act promptly but calmly.

DO reassure the casualty and gently examine him to determine the needed first aid.

DO give lifesaving measures as required.

DON’T position a soldier on his back if he is unconscious or has a wound on his face or neck.

DON’T remove clothing from an injured soldier by pulling or tearing it off.

DON’T touch or try to clean dirty wounds, including burns. (more…)

Buy Your Gun From The Government – The CMP

Have you heard the news?  The Federal Government wants U.S. citizens, especially youth to learn how to properly and safely fire a rifle.  You can even buy your gun from the government.

About the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP)

The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) was chartered by Congress in 1903 specifically for these purposes and “any U.S. citizen who is legally not prohibited from owning a firearm may purchase a military surplus rifle from the CMP.”  (more…)

Making a Sling From a Triangular Bandage Infographic

Making a Sling from a Triangular Bandage

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Best Emergency Dressing – The Israeli Battle Dressing

Israeli Battle Dressing in PackagingYesterday’s video on the Jackson Family’s First Aid Kit elicited a number of questions.  Most of the questions were about the Israeli Battle Dressing I mentioned as ‘the best’ battlefield dressing or first aid dressing but it really wasn’t shown in the video (it was inside a First Aid Pouch).  I was introduced to Israeli Battle Dressing during pre-deployment first aid training in 2006.  I was impressed with the battle dressing’s simplicity, versatility and effectiveness.

The Israeli Battle Dressing or Emergency Dressing can take the place of several items in your first aid kit and is purportedly the most versatile battlefield or first aid dressing in history.  It comes in 4 & 6 inch sizes and is designed with a sterile wound field (the primary dressing) backed by a sterile elastic bandage (which becomes the secondary dressing) similar to an old fashioned Ace bandages.  On the back side of the sterile wound field is a pressure applicator that allows the dressing to apply up to 30 lbs of direct pressure to the wound once it’s applied.  At the end of the long tail is ‘closure bar’ that allows the dressing to secure itself similar. (more…)

First Aid Kit for the Prepared Home

A subscriber asked for my help putting together a first aid kit for her home. First Aid isn’t my forte but we haven’t identified our First Aid, Medical and Trauma Columnist for Prepography yet so this video will have to tide you over.  I have had military first aid training at the self and buddy-aid level and that’s the background I used to develop my family’s First Aid Kit.  So, here’s a look at the Jackson family’s First Aid Kit…it should give you some ideas towards starting your own.  The video can also be viewed directly here.

For close up views of some of the first aid items I’ve stocked my kit with you can check out the Personal Health Section of the Prepography Amazon Store.

Do One Thing For Preparedness

Between work, family, church, more work, and life in general, it can be hard to prepare for hard times.  Both the desire to be prepared and the (ever increasing) need to be prepared is certainly there, but the pressures of life can make it too easy to “do it tomorrow” or put your prepping strategy on the back-burner.  I’m going to tell you how you can do one thing for preparedness and you will soon be well on your way to preparedness and being more self reliant.

A common mistake of many starting preppers is to try to be 100% preparedness right NOW!  It’s not possible.. so relax and start simply.  When people do a serious assessment of their personal and family readiness, it is easy to become frightened and want to feel safe without any delay.

Prepography is a discipline – a marathon, not a sprint!

Yes, given enough money, you can buy a range of supplies  and other goods that will make you feel comfortable or take a bunch of classes to acquire the skills you feel you lack.  Given enough time and money, I could be Batman.  The key is to make your personal preparedness part of your life – a discipline that seems as natural as walking (which you should be doing as well).

Do One Thing for Preparedness Today

So, iPreparedness Foodnstead of going on a mad-dash to stock up for the end of the world, may I suggest doing one thing.  Just one little thing.  Do this one thing for a week until it’s just part of normal activity.  Once it becomes normal, pick another thing that can become part of your normal activities.  Each little step you take to develop your personal and family readiness builds on itself.  You will be growing your preparedness.

Here are a few things that you can do TODAY: (more…)

Top 10 Tips for Buying Your First Gun, Part 2

In Part 1 of the Top 10 Tips for Buying Your First Gun (published on Saturday) we discussed, in detail the first five steps  I recommended to my brother-in-law and a few buddies the steps to buy their first firearm for home or self defense. I’ll outline those steps (italicized) here and proceed to explain steps six through ten. Please return to Part 1 to read about the first five steps in detail if you missed that article. Also remember that firearms regulations vary tremendously across the U.S. Make sure that you keep it legal.

1.  Determine whether you are mentally capable of using lethal force to protect yourself and your loved ones.

2.  Decide what type of firearm is right for your situation.

3.  Learn the rules of gun safety.

4.  Take a class or hire an individual instructor.

5.  Decide how to safely store your firearm.

6.  Purchase Your Gun:  Your options include private purchase, gun shop/dealer, gun show or buying your gun from the government through the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP).

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