- Going to recap CPR with points from a couple of listeners
- Answer a couple of listener questions
- EBT/SNAP shutdown in November?
- Food riots
- Go over the minimum preps you should have by now
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CPR – Feedback from some listeners
Notes for this section:
- From a Paramedic Lieutenant for the FDNY:
- “In a disaster situation (EMP / SHTF) where ambulance are not running (or very delayed), hospital have no power, CPR on someone who has gone into cardiac arrest from natural causes (old age, cardiac problems etc.) they will like not benefit from CPR and even if they did, they would be probably a very poor “long” term prognosis. Reality they will likely go back into arrest very quickly. Conversely, young health individuals can and do go into cardiac arrest from, trauma, electrocution, and chocking (top 3). CPR can potential revive these patients quickly with excellent outcomes.”
- From a Senior RN:
- “Of all the times I have performed or taken care of someone after they have had a coronary none would have survived without advanced care (ACLS). In a SHTF situation, as hard as it may sound, I would never start treating a coronary if advanced care was not possible. I am sure that would be different if was with my wife or kids but that is the reality. I would lump both medical and trauma coronary together as having poor survivability. We saw about 20% survival with penetrating trauma “cors” and 2% with blunt trauma “cors”.
- “The longer CPR is performed the worse the prognosis. While it is true young people and cold water drowning victims have better chances of revival after down times, those are definitely the exception.”
- My Thoughts:
- Both of these listeners strongly recommend learning CPR and first aid, and I agree. Having knowledge and not needing it is far better than needing the knowledge and not having it.
- It’s why it’s called “preparing.”
- Without training, it’s going to be difficult to treat people in the aftermath of a disaster or any scenario where there is no Advanced Life Support available.
Listener Questions – Just a couple
Notes for this section:
- Jan and Matt asks, “We are becoming quite nervous about our Roth IRA/401 that are “housed” at a (self-managed) brokerage. What are your personal opinions of their safety and if you don’t mind, what are some options available and/or what are others or you personally doing along those lines”
- My reply: I’m not a financial advisor, so make sure you do your own research before deciding what to do. However, many of the financial people I listen to, who also believe in prepping, generally suggest splitting your assets into 3 area: Gold, Cash and Investments. This way, if any of the three tank, or even if 2 of the 3 tank, you haven’t lost everything.
- IMHO, the first goal of investing is to make sure you can get your money back. Make wise decisions and don’t risk money you can’t afford to lose.
- Wayne asks, “Just wondering if black powder rifles pistols were a viable item to add into a persons preps.”
- My reply: It depends. I’ve shot some black powder guns before and they’re a lot of fun. However, they’re terribly slow and underpowered compared to modern weapons. In general, I think it’s probably better to make sure you have a good selection of modern weapons, along with the ammo, cleaning kits and accessories needed to use them on a long term basis, first.
- Where the advantage of black powder weapons comes in, especially if it’s a flintlock and not reliant on caps, is the ability to produce powder and shot own your own. But, as you can imagine, the world would really need to be in a
Are You Ready? – If not, get ready now!
There is a lot of instability in the world right now. First and foremost is the economy. There is great potential for civil unrest in this country, both in political and economic form. The end result is riots and other civil disobedience. If it comes you your neighborhood, are you prepared for it?
- Get Home Bag
- Home Escape Bag
- Evacuation Bag
- Self-reliance for a 30 day minimum
- Working on increasing your food stocks
- Make sure you have a water supply and a way to make water safe to drink
- Increase your home security, and that means more than installing an alarm system
- Develop a family communication plan
- Know who’s going to do what in an emergency
- Who’s picking up the kids?
- Where are you meeting if you can’t go home?
The last half of the podcast, I talk about the 52 Items to Bulk Up Your Food Storage, which is an article I wrote and posted yesterday.