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    Training and experience can show you how much can be improv'ed with what you have laying around.... Glad/Cling wrap is an excellent example.
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    Your list is great, and encompassing, though depending on how you have your gear set up, keeping it all in one kit might not be the beat idea For more "tactical" use, your list is best broken into separate layers Shears, chest seals, a TQ, gloves, clotting agent, gauze, saline, Israeli bandages go in your primary IFAK, typically carried on a belt. Most keep a spare TQ and shears on their chest rig/armor so it's immediately available. Things like bandaids, pain relievers, alcohol swabs, and antibiotic ointment are often kept in a smaller pouch or tin. Since space is at a premium, and these things don't serve much use against GSW's, most keep them seperate from an IFAK. Typically this tin (aka boo boo kit) is stored in an admin pouch, or kept in an assault pack or ruck, depending on how you are rigged up. I keep baindaids, alcohol swabs, OTC meds, and antibiotic ointment in mine, along with burn cream and some chap stick, so it's pretty full, and needs to be secured with tape. You can probably get a similar amount of stuff in an altoids tin or something. Lots of guys keep personalized care items (like an epipen) in their primary IFAK, but will often have "standard" IFAKs for aid to others kept in their packs. Lots of people who I've talked to also have a sort of "+1" kit, to supplement their primary, and will include the more esoteric and in depth items (cpr masks, decompression needle, airway tubes), along with refills for their regular IFAK, should they get used, or damaged. I ran a lot of stuff in my IFAK, which was a pretty big pouch (6.5"×6"×2") but even then it was STUFFED. Moving the alcohol pads, antibiotics, medication, bandaids, extra rolls of gauze, and a smaller israeli bandage to other areas gave me enough room to add more urgent use items, like a larger Israeli bandage, and 2 celox applicators, with some room to spare. Since the IFAK on my belt is primarily ment for self care, the TQ and Shears are kept up front, but the other full IFAK and the +1 kit in my pack have spares Obviously it a pack in the only line of gear you're running, you aren't going to be super concerned with space, or which line of gear gets you the quickest access, but if you do have a belt, or plate carrier, moving stuff around makes a massive difference.
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    In keeping with some other medical kit list I've posted here is another list: What's in your IFAK? The IFAK stands for improved first aid kit also called individual first aid kit or even blow out kit to some military folks. The IFAK is a kit developed to provide Self-Aid/Buddy-Aid and provides interventions for two leading causes of death on the battlefield (not that we are on a battlefield but you get the idea), severe hemorrhage and inadequate airway. The Kit I will be describing here has been greatly modified from the ones issued to the military and contains much more inventory and as a consequence weighs about 1 pound more than a standard issue military IFAK, but will treat a greater variety of injuries. It goes without saying that I am not a doctor, this is just my opinion. Please take a certified first-aid course before assembling your own IFAK and some medical devices included in the IFAK described here requires more advanced training (more on that later). So what’s in my Kits (I say kits as these are no good if you can’t get to them). I have one for each car, the families Bug out bags, one for my get home bag, and one at work, plus a few spares here and there). Remember you can only do what you have been trained and certified to do, and good rule of thumb is if you’re not an EMT do not break the skin. If your out at the range, hunting, or carry a gun/knife this needs to be close by, a good IFAK is a life saver. Small MOLLIE Pouch (1): 4X4 Gauze Pads (2): 2X2 Gauze Pads (2): Large Band Aids (5): Light Stick (1): You never know how good the light will be Rolled Gauze 3” (1): Flex Wrap Roll (1): Cloth Tape (1): 5X9 Surgical Pads (2): Sharpie Pen (1): Marking time place on CAT ( Combat Action Tourniquet) Latex Gloves (4): Face Mask (2): Anti-Bacterial Wipes (4): In a bind irrigate wound with bottled water Medical Shears (1): Get a good pair spend a little extra 6” Israeli Combat Bandage (1): 4” Israeli Combat Bandage (1): Combat Action Tourniquet (1): Requires First-Aid Training (learn the right way) Nasopharyngeal Airway 28fr (1): Requires Advanced Training Nasopharyngeal Airway 24fr (1): Requires Advanced Training Surgical Lubricant 5 grams (2): Used for inserting Nasopharyngeal Airway HALO Chest seals unvented (2): Requires Advanced Training Hyfin Chest seals vented (2): Requires Advanced Training Needle Decompression 14 gauge (1): Requires Advanced Training QuikClot’s 4×4 Dressing (2): Low Dose Aspirin non-coated (10): For heart attack victims (do not use if bleeding) Benadryl (5): While not part of my IFAK I always carry a couple of these rolled up in my back back when hiking or camping and have one in my car as well the SAM Splint makes a great addition to any First-Aid kit and is perfect for those twisted ankles on the trail.
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    Also would manufactures please cut the cost of Celox gosh is it expensive.
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    My shelter in place kit for the house is really taking shape, right now I have it all gathered in a really good heavy duty cardboard box but will be transferring it into a good plastic container soon. Look a picture of my mix tapes: The outside of the box has a small instruction graphic to show how to seal off the windows, vents, and doors. I used this check list to gather my supplies, it's in word format if you need another format let me know I'll be happy to convert it. Shelter-in-Place Supplies Checklist.docx While I have extensive prepping items including a medial dispensary I decided to include a first aid kit centered around nuclear, chemical, and biological events in the kit. Inside of the kit starting to take shape. Next I pre-cut to size of the windows, doors, and vents plastic sheeting and place them in bags and label them. This was very time consuming and for me I think a must, in an emergency I sure will be glad I spent an afternoon doing this. I still have a long way to go to have every thing I need and want in our kit but it's a good start, you got any ideas that your doing? And I just keeping adding things, if you look close you will see a gas and water shut off tool, go get you one of those right now. More to come.
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    Heres a few commonly avalible masks you can find without much hassle, for around $60 All have hydation tube adapters for bladders or canteens (you will need to buy special connecters though) all of these have 2 filter adapters, so you can have the filter on whichever side you want, so you won't have to do yoga to aim a rifle Mcu-2, has the best FOV of any mask I've played with This one has a polycarbonate shield over the visor, so it looks a bit off, but it can be removed. Most examples have yellowed with age, but they are still functional, if ugly. New ones have a blueish color M40, ok FOV, but well built. This is an original M40, but you can find more recent models Both the M40 and MCU are venerable to some nerve agents, but you can find "second skins that can protect the mask Scott M95. Lot of these being sold by CA police departments. Good masks No idea how these hold up under nerve agents, but these masks are pretty well built. These were designed with Finnish people in mind, so they may not fit westerners well. Mcu's can go for some sweet coin, unless you luck out, so I'd look into an M40 a1 or a2. The original M40's like mine are perfectly functional, but the hydro tube sticks out a bit too far, and can be annoying. Most NBC filters last about 24 hours, so be sure to think out how much you'll need
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    I started "Winter Sowing" this year. I used gallon milk jugs, cut them so there is a hinged top. Take of the lid, tape them up with duck tape. I've started in the middle of January. It froze, snowed, of course warmer in the daytime, but I've have pretty good success with kale, brocolli, lettuce, peas, and several herbs. I started my beans the end of Feb and they are coming up great. It does work, regardless of snow, ice or rain. The seeds sprout when it's warm enough.
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    Nuke prep is a whole field of it's own. While I do have scintillometers and a personal dosimeter ( if you can find them, the old static discharge units are pen sized, can be read any time by just looking in the end, and very robust. Do need to find a charger too. ) I don't really put any effort into that one. Most of the bases are covered in the storm/flood/drought/systemic collapse/ visiting friends, preps. If we get a full out exchange, and I am still around, it will be a few days before the fallout hits and the loss of plants and animals for a few years will be much like an extended snowed in event, good time to have granarys full of wheat, oats and barley or at least be on good terms with a farmer. After that the lung cancer etc. takes on average 20 years to set in. Well past my personal best before date. Not the best pictures of a dosimeter but I just had my watch for a camera.
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    I'd look into some gas masks, plenty of good ones, both milsurp (m40's and MCU2's) and civilian ones out there. Get some new CBRN filters. I prefer the MCU, better fov. You can get things like Gp-5's and the Israeli masks pretty cheap, and will serve in a pinch, but might not be as comfortable, and condition can be hit or miss. I've seen lots of old CD geiger counters on ebay in good condition for 60-100 USD, all you'd need to do is send it off to get calibrated. Some places still do calibration, you just need to look for them. I have no experience with modern counters, so i can't help there. Civilian duct tape is ok, but if you're looking to step up, polyken 231 (aka 100 mph tape) is absolutely nuts. Avalible on Amazon, HERE. Yes it's expensive, but i think it's well worth the price. You get a good bit of tape, so it's not a total ripoff. Lots of different widths as well, up to 4", which can be real handy for securing tarps. If you haven't already, get a box of contractor grade garbage bags. Very useful for almost anything. Keep bleach, soap, and lots of clean water on hand to clean people/gear, etc Some m8 chemical test strips are a good idea, there are a few places that look like they sell them, but I've never delt with them. I'd also look into getting some canned water, if you haven't already. Keeps very well. While not the same animal as current canned water, I've had 2 of the old CD water rations both from the 50's. This was like 5 years ago, and they were perfectly fine. Don't know how much of this stuff you already have, but remember, it's good to have spares! Lots of great stuff on this subject from the 50s-60s, they knew their stuff back then. This is a handy little picture, should you consider hardening a part of your home
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    Well at least in NM we have excellent good Samaritan laws, however it's best to only do up to your training.