NORTH POLE – Just because Christmas is mostly geared towards kids doesn’t mean the practical prepper wouldn’t love a life-saving stocking stuffer for the holiday. Here are some terrific gift ideas for prepared-minded friends and family.
While the pen may be mightier than the sword in some respects, most pens are not much use as weapons.
Many self-defense trainers advocate using pens, keys and other commonly at-hand items for last ditch self-defense. Poking an assailant in the eye, throat or other soft area with an ordinary writing instrument might do some damage or just break your pen.
A tactical pen is made of heavy-duty aircraft-grade aluminum. They usually have knurled grip surfaces and a solid pointed top-end. They are a bit bulkier than a normal pen, but fit in the pocket and write like any other pen.
The blunt butt end can be used as an emergency glass breaker and both ends can be used as weapons. The pointed, writing end is strong enough to be driven into the eyes, throat, or just about any vulnerable part of the body.
While tactical pens are no substitute for a handgun or a knife, they are much less conspicuous and are a good backup device. They are priced from $10 to $25 on the internet or at gun shows.
HALO SEAL Occlusive Wound Dressings
Occlusive dressings are the standard for sealing sucking chest wounds where air from the lungs is coming out through a hole in the chest, and air is being sucked into the chest cavity, collapsing the lungs.
If not sealed quickly, the lungs collapse and the patient dies as the heart is compressed.
Petroleum-jelly impregnated gauze, plastic and other airtight materials can be used, but must then be taped down on all sides to assure a seal.
Halo Seals are large 5” by 6” plastic seals with adhesive edges that can be placed over wounds very quickly. They can be used for a wide variety of open wounds to provide a good seal against bleeding and air as well as outside contaminants. A pack of two seals is $16.95 from Chinock Medical Gear, Inc. and other trusted medical supply websites.
iOSAT Potassium Iodide Tablets
Considering the growing tensions with North Korea and our “anything can happen” world state of affairs, it may be wise to upgrade your fallout survival supplies.
iOSAT potassium iodide tablets are sold in 14 tablet packages. Each tablet is 130 mg of potassium iodide. This is one tablet per day for 14 days for a normal weight adult. The dosage for children from three to 18 years of age is one-half tablet per day. For infants and toddlers under three years of age, just one-quarter tablet per day.
Potassium Iodide tablets protect the body by saturating the liver with non-radioactive iodine, thereby preventing the absorption of radioactive iodine from fallout. Iosat tablets are FDA approved to last seven years when left sealed. Available from The Ready Store for $11.77, or Anbex Inc., the manufacturer of iOSAT, for around $10.00 per package.
Since tourniquets regained acceptability, there are a lot of products designed to stop bleeding.
The original “Boy Scout” method of using a rolled up bandana and a stick to wrap and twist a few inches above the wound still works fine, but having a readymade tourniquet device is even better.
The military Combat Application Tourniquet and the Special Forces Tactical Tourniquet (SOF-T) are popular systems. Some of these military devices are expensive and take a bit if training to figure out.
For the survivalist who may not get a chance to practice, but wants an effective and simple to use tourniquet available in pockets and survival kits, the TK4 may fill the bill.
The TK4 is simply an elastic strap with a large hook at each end. Wrap the strap around to the hook, the pull and wrap until the bleeding stops. Then tuck the other hook under the wrap to secure the tourniquet. This can be done with one hand for self-aid.
The TK4 is about two inches by one inch, and weighs just a few ounces. And at just $8.75 Santa can afford more than one. Keep them in places where you need them most. The long elastic band can also be used for bandaging or securing splints. Available at H and H Associates or enjoy the same brand for $11 from Amazon. The TK4 comes in a sealed package with easy-to-use instructions. It fits easily into the pocket or first aid kit.
James C. Jones is a Certified Hazard Control Manager, Emergency Medical Technician and retired Safety and Security Manager for a Fortune 200 corporation. Jim has 40 years experience teaching survival skills, and advocating family preparedness and self-sufficiency. He was instrumental in defending and defining the true survivalist philosophy in the 1980s. Jim founded Live Free USA in 1968, an organization dedicated to the support of preparedness, self-reliance through public education and group support. Many national preparedness magazines published his articles, and he’s authored two books “Beyond Survival, an Introduction to the Self-Reliance Revolution,” and “The Live Free Book of Total Survival.” He is a frequent featured speaks at major preparedness expositions and conducts survival seminars and events for Live Free USA Jim can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org, or through the Live Free USA website at www.americansurvivor.com