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June 13, 2022
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Ignoring Clint Eastwood's advice in "Dirty Harry" that opinions, like certain body parts, are best kept to yourself.
Be Prepared

Young surgeons rarely see the kinds of gaping, multiple-penetration wounds caused by automatic and semi-automatic weapon gunfire associated with gang violence in Los Angeles.The story to the left: The Army, in an effort to ready young surgeons to treat war casualties, is sending doctors to work in the trauma unit at Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center in Watts, which receives most of Los Angeles County's gang shooting victims. More

Recently, I was called by someone at the Eagle Scout Association, they were putting together a book and wanted some input from me, asking what it was that I learned as an Eagle Scout that stuck with me as I traveled through life. I told the lady that the Scout motto "Be Prepared" was it in a nutshell.

A year or so ago, I started to put together a first aid kit for the motorhome. Traveling alone, often in wilderness areas, I felt I needed a good one, and even purchased a gunshot trauma kit, something often carried by gun enthusiasts when they go to the shooting range. You just never know when something might happen.

Last year, I was camped in the same remote area where Gabby Petito was murdered. In September, 2021, a month after I spent a couple of nights camping in 'Spread Creek Dispursed Camping Area'', just East of Grand Tetons National Park, the body of missing Gabby Petito was found in a shallow grave just a short distance from where I'd camped. I remember it was a spooky place, so after two days I packed up and got the heck out of there.

I was letting friends and family know where I was with my "Spot-X" satellite locator, when I would arrive at a new location for the night, often just a Walmart parking lot, I would hit the button to send a canned message to the family that I was in camp for the night and everything was ok. That message included my GPS location and clicking it would bring up a satellite photo of exactly where I was.

If I run into a life-threatening situation I could call in the calvary by pressing the "SOS" button. A $25 a year insurance policy covers the cost of extraction, getting my beat-up body back to civilization, paying up $250,000 for whatever it takes to do the job. A friend of mine recently had to be transported 120 miles by air ambulance, he said it was $44,000 and fortunately was covered by his insurance.

Recently, I took inventory of what I had in two small red duffles, and realized that I needed to be a lot more organized. I couldn't wait until an emergency arose to figure out what I had. That's when the light bulb over my head went on with the idea to buy a fishing tackle box to organize all of these things. It couldn't be a regular one, like my 40 year old green one, it would have to look like a first aid kit, readily recognized by anyone, it had to be "red". I found the perfect one for sale at "Farm and Home Supply" in Quincy, Illinois. I ordered, and it arrived last week. Yesterday, I got to work organizing:

The green "First Aid" sticker came from Amazon. Now, all I need is an emergency. And a life.

Get directions and a GPS map to the nearest emergency room.
Using the smartphone's GPS, findER is able to quickly locate the user's current location and the distance to the closest ER anywhere within the United States. Users can select the closest ER or another nearby ER in a map, or see them sorted by current driving time and distance in list format. Once selected, users are provided with one-click access to directions to the emergency room. More

I bought this overdose kit at Amazon, and carry one in both my car and motorhome.

Use the nasal spray on the victim FIRST, and THEN call 911, otherwise it may be too late. If used in time, Narcan, a version of the drug naloxone, which blocks the opioid's effect on the brain, can be a lifesaver for someone taking opioids, including oxycodone, heroin or fentanyl. If the victim does not have opioids in their system, the nasal spray is harmless.
Use the nasal spray on the victim FIRST, and THEN call 911, otherwise it may be too late. If used in time, Narcan, a version of the drug naloxone, which blocks the opioid's effect on the brain, can be a lifesaver for someone taking opioids, including oxycodone, heroin or fentanyl. If the victim does not have opioids in their system, the nasal spray is harmless. More

Order the Narcan nasal sprays (no prescription needed) from Amazon.

A good emergency radio is an essential component of any emergency ''go bag'' or disaster-preparedness kit, ensuring your family's ability to receive severe weather updates and other critical information.
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The Eton ''Red Cross'' model is loaded with features and is on Amazon at a great price.

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To distinguish different degrees of danger, the word ''PAN-PAN'' was introduced. From the French word ''Panne'', which means ''Breakdown''. Unlike  ''MAYDAY'', ''PAN-PAN'' is used in case of an emergency that does not pose an immediate and imminent threat to life.

Hearst grasped onto the Cuban revolt against Spain in 1895.  His paper regularly published stories sympathetic to the still sparse revolutionary cause and describing in great detail real and rumored atrocities of the Spanish.  Hearst hoped to spark U.S. intervention in Cuba and was persistent in finding ways to achieve it.

Built by the White Star Line, the RMS Titanic was the largest ship entering service in 1912. White Star was in competition with Cunard Cruise Line for dominance over the Atlantic passage. Cunard focused on speed. The Titanic prioritized size and comfort. Like modern cruise ships, the Titanic wanted to be the biggest and most awe-inspiring vessel out there.

In the mid-20th century, launching satellites into space helped us determine the exact circumference of the Earth: 24,873 miles. But 2000 years earlier, a man in Ancient Greece came up with nearly the exact same figure using just a couple of sticks and his brain.

We have all traveled down a section of road where cell phone service drops out. With a SPOT X satellite communicator you can contact roadside assistance, emergency medical services or law enforcement informing them of your situation without delay. You’ll also receive a reply on their estimated time of arrival at your location.

This KKK member probably changed his opinion about African Americans after this crew saved his life. This emergency room database has some interesting cases.

The Healthcare Blue Book is a free consumer guide to help you determine fair prices in your area for healthcare services.

A Florida police officer was given three doses of Narcan after she was exposed to fentanyl and overdosed during a traffic. Shocking video shows the moment Officer Courtney Bannick was administered the opioid overdose-reversing drug as she lay motionless on the side of a road.

We probably didn't think about this particular disaster item before Hurricane Katrina, but now we all realize the importance of having a toilet. Click here to learn more.

For thousands of years, surgeons used sugar for healing wounds. During the Napoleonic wars, soldiers packed gunshot-wounds with it, helping to keep the wound dry, and promoting new tissue to grow. Be sure to add granulated sugar to your emergency survival kit.

Your kitchen is most likely to be affected when disaster strikes. A power outage will cripple most kitchens, but those with gas ranges will have an advantage over others without power. A portable generator is not going to power an electric range, forcing those people to use other methods to provide meals for the family.

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