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Water purification for emergency preparedness

Potable Aqua Water Purification

Just because you don’t consider yourself an outdoor adventurer doesn’t mean you won’t need to purify water in the future. It’s important to be prepared for emergencies, and the good news is that it’s fairly easy to purify water for drinking with a few key tools. The fastest and easiest way to sterilize water is with Potable Aqua Purification Tablets. Simply drop the tablets into the water and you’ll have safe drinking water in seconds. However, a lot of people don’t think ahead and they’re already in a tough situation with unsafe water by the time they start shopping for potable tablets. These tablets are affordable, ship quickly, and have a long shelf life so you never have to worry about contaminated water.

Otherwise, boiling water is a standard way to sterilize water. Boiling kills viruses, parasites, and bacteria. Some people don’t like the taste of boiled water, but transferring it from one container to another and allowing it to rest overnight can improve the taste. A little pinch of salt can also help. Remember that boiling does not remove toxic chemicals or fuel. If boiling is a reasonable option and the water turns out cloudy, it can still be made safe to drink. Filter it through a coffee filter, paper towel, or cloth. The cloudiness isn’t unsafe, but it can affect appearance and taste. Make sure to store your boiled water in a sterile container with a tight lid. 

Other ways to make water safe

If you need safe water fast and don’t have potable tablets or the ability to boil water, small amounts of water can be made safe with a chemical disinfectant. Bleach kills the majority of viruses and bacteria but isn’t as tough on parasites. Plus, too much bleach can of course be harmful for human consumption. Disinfecting water should only be an absolute last resort. When doing this, only use unscented bleach and use 10 drops (from a dropper) of bleach for every liter of water. That’s 40 drops for 1 gallon. That translates to 0.5 ml of bleach for one liter or 2.5 ml for 1 gallon. You can also follow the same instructions to treat cloudiness as you do with boiling water.

Water filters can also help, particularly in removing parasites. When researching water filters, choose one with the smallest pore size. Keep in mind that most filters can’t remove viruses or bacteria. Distilling water, or capturing the steam from boiling, is another method that can be used but is very time-consuming.

Unless you’re an avid outdoor person, you might never think about how you’d disinfect water. Most people don’t—until it’s too late. Boiling can certainly be one approach, but it isn’t completely effective, and you might not have access to heat water. Potable tablets are by far the most cost-effective, simple, and fast solution, and it’s always a good idea to have them on hand. A little preparation now can go a long way, and you’ll thank yourself if a water emergency does happen.

How to stop bleeding from a severe cut or wound

WoundSeal Vial
WoundSeal Stop Bleeding Instantly

The definition of a “severe” cut can vary for non-medical professionals, and it can be difficult to gauge just how deep or severe a cut is when it’s actively bleeding. If you’re concerned that a wound is life-threatening, it’s important to call 911 or go to an emergency room immediately. Generally, a wound is truly considered severe if the bleeding cannot be stopped after applying steady pressure for 10 minutes. However, while you’re waiting for medical care or if you don’t think a wound is quite severe enough for immediate medical attention, there are a few things you can do to slow down and even stop the bleeding. 

The most immediate way to slow down bleeding is to apply firm and steady pressure with a clean piece of cloth. This will give you time to get your WoundSeal items that will instantly stop bleeding for even the more serious cuts. It’s a good idea to keep WoundSeal kits and clean cloths readily available in your home, work, and all vehicles. However, if you notice that the blood has started to soak through the cloth before getting your WoundSeal kit, don’t remove it. Instead, put more cloth or gauze on top and keep applying pressure. If the injured area is on the arm or leg, raising the limb can help slow down blood loss. In most cases, a tourniquet isn’t necessary. It’s also important to keep in mind that tourniquets can easily be wrongly applied. Only consider a tourniquet if the bleeding does not slow down, and also seek immediate medical attention.

What about when bleeding stops?

As soon as the bleeding has stopped, it’s time to clean the wound. This can be done simply with warm water and soap. Make sure all soap is removed from the wound to avoid irritation. Do not use iodine or hydrogen peroxide, as they can cause tissue damage. At this point, you can either apply WoundSeal or a sterile bandage. The WoundSeal home application pack can be a supplement to any first aid kit and comes with a tool to remove foreign objects, WoundSeal with two applicators and powders, a Wrap It Cool, and special treatments for burns.

If you decide to not see a doctor immediately, keep an eye on the healing process. If you notice that the wound is particularly deep and has an opening one day after the injury, see a doctor. You might also have trouble getting out dirt and debris. If you notice signs of infection like tenderness, discharge, redness, or a fever, see a doctor immediately. Any feeling of numbness or red streaks near the wound are red flags that something’s wrong.

It’s generally better to be safe than sorry, but these are unprecedented times and it’s understandable to want to avoid unnecessary trips to the doctor (and especially the ER) during a pandemic. Be prepared for emergencies with WoundSeal, capable of stopping bleeding in an instant.

Las Vegas Shooting – What Can Be Done In A Nightmare Situation

The Event

Las Vegas outdoor concert festival turned into a nightmare in seconds after a gunman opened fire on 22,000 people attending. The shooter rained down bullets from a nearby hotel on the 31st floor and left no options to the large crowd but to duck and run. Currently at least 58 dead and more than 515 people taken to area hospitals.

Videos and photos of the event shock any and all who watch the terrifying scene that President Trump called “an act of pure evil”.

No one could have predicted such an event. Safety tends to come first at work but what level of importance is safety at home or on vacation?

Here are a few things that you should know if you ever find yourself in a gunner or emergency situation.

What to do before…

1) Be aware.

Trusting your instincts and in such an emergency situation can save your life. Know that everywhere you go disaster can strike. Know your emergency exits in any place. Whether it be a natural disaster or other terror most cases you want a place to take cover or somewhere to hide.

Practice out situations at home with your family and make sure that kids and adults are aware of the emergency plan for a robber, a fire, an earthquake, if they are separated in a public place, a school shooting, etc.

2) Be prepared.

Preparing yourself with emergency supplies AND training can make the real difference. If you buy an emergency kit and throw it on a shelf in your garage how likely are you to remember it in an emergency?

A young woman quoted to us, after a friends passing away because of hitting his head on the sidewalk several years ago, “After sitting there in a hopeless situation and watching him pass because of loss of blood I found out that I could have saved his life if I had a simple Israeli Bandage…”

To this day, she carries one. Such a simple preparedness item but just having one isn’t enough. She learned how to apply it and what situations to use it in.

A trauma bag is great to have on hand but it’s the education that makes the difference.

What do to if you’re caught unprepared

It’s understandable that is the biggest need after such a tragedy. Our question, that will probably never officially be answered by the media, is “How many people in the crowd could have saved themselves and others with knowledge of how to apply a compress or a tourniquet?”

If you are in a situation with someone or yourself who has a life-threatening bleeding wound…

  1. Protect yourself from exposure to others’ blood. You are in danger of exposure to disease so keep in mind that you are at risk when dealing with the blood of another person. Just like responders keep CPR masks and gloves on them at all times, we can do the same.  Keep a pair or two of rubber gloves in your purse or pocket.
  2. Apply a compress and pressure. A tee shirt is better than nothing.  Anything to slow down the bleeding and apply pressure. Socks and shirts are commonly available in any situation.
  3. If the wound is in the leg or arm a tourniquet is an option.   A few options to use as a tourniquet are a belt, bandana, scarf, long sleeve shirt,  a long shoelace, etc.  Make sure to tie it 3-4 inches above the injury between the injury and the heart. Wrap tightly. If applied properly the bleeding of the extremity will cease.  With an amputation, do not remove the tourniquet at any time.  With a proper tourniquet, it is recommended to release the pressure of the tool to allow for circulation to the extremity.
  4. Seek medical attention. 

If you find yourself in a live shooter situation be sure to…

  1. Evacuate. Have a plan in mind for how to get away.
  2. Leave belongings behind. Your life is priceless.
  3. Help others escape if possible. Don’t prevent others from getting to safety.
  4. Call 911 soon as possible. 

Good Better Best

Here at Shield-Safety, we pray for the people in Las Vegas and their families. We are grateful for the quick response of medics and for those who worked to get people to safety. Share to better prepare the world for the unexpected.

There was no way to predict such a terrible event could occur. School shootings, public bombings, natural disasters cannot be ignored.  Take the time to sit with your family and discuss what you can better do to prepare yourselves. We advise every public location or place where groups gather to have trauma bags that carry those emergency items.

There are proper items and training on the market that can help keep prepared for such events.  Plan ahead for any situation and keep a mobile-first aid kit with you that can provide you with simple things such as a compress or tourniquet. There is even technology available that stops life-threatening bleeding wounds for bullets or knives called Quikclot. Someone’s life could depend on you and your training.

The saying should no longer be IF an emergency occurs but WHEN an emergency occurs.  Seconds safe lives if properly prepared.

Do You Have a Family Emergency Plan?

A family emergency plan could save your life and the lives of your loved ones.

family emergency plan

If you don’t have an official emergency response plan in place, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do all members of your family know what to do in the event of a fire or other natural disaster?
  • Does your family know where to meet outside the home if evacuation is necessary?
  • Do you know how you will communicate with your family if you are separated?

These are just a few of the questions your family emergency plan will answer. It’s time to start planning.

Assess the Risks

While everyone needs to prepare for certain emergencies, such as house fires, where you live will dictate your risk level for other types of disasters such as earthquakes, floods, wildfires, mudslides, tornadoes, hurricanes, and more.

It’s smart to form a family emergency plan tailored to the top three most likely disasters that could happen where you live.

Name an Out-of-Town Emergency Contact

First, it’s important to choose an out-of-town emergency contact person who is unlikely to be affected by the same natural disaster. Tell them you are using them for this role. Get their home and cell phone numbers and email address. If a natural disaster affects your region, local telephone lines will likely be tied up, but long-distance calls may go through. Or, email may be the best way to get in touch.

If your family members are separated in a disaster, they should each contact this person as soon as they can to confirm their safety.

Designate Two Meeting Places

You should designate one area close to your home or in your neighborhood for your family to meet in the event of a house fire. If the disaster has affected the entire neighborhood and you are forced to evacuate, make sure you have another local meeting place you can use as a backup option.

Learn How to Shut Off Utilities

Every responsible family member should know how to shut off the water, gas, and electricity to the entire home. Practice this task and keep tools near each switch if necessary.

Practice Evacuating Quickly

Each family member should know the procedure for leaving the home quickly. Practice fire drills and make sure each family member knows how to escape their bedroom and avoid smoke inhalation.

Practice your family’s disaster response evacuation plan — grab the emergency kit and drive your evacuation route. Make sure you have a backup route plotted on a map in case roads are blocked off.

Run through these drills at least twice per year to ensure your family’s preparedness.

Assemble an Emergency Kit

Make sure you have a family emergency kit to go along with each disaster scenario. Water, non-perishable food, flashlights, and a first-aid kit are just some of the items that should be included.

Interested in learning more about creating a family emergency plan? Trust Shield-Safety for guidance and find the supplies you need at our online store.

Choosing an AED: What You Need to Know

Choosing an AED for your home or business is a big decision. You need to know which model is best suited for your purposes before you invest in one. Educate yourself first so you can save more lives.

AED

What Is an AED?

An automated external defibrillator administers electric shocks to a person’s heart when they have gone into cardiac arrest. It measures the heart’s rhythm and revives the muscle if needed.

During cardiac arrest, the heart is beating ineffectively and erratically. The organs quickly become deprived of blood and begin to shut down. Unless the heart’s rhythm is restored to normal, severe organ damage or death will occur.

By administering both CPR and attaching an AED to the victim’s chest, bystanders or emergency professionals can keep blood pumping to the vital organs, saving the person’s life.

Basic Modes and Features

Knowing what AED to get involves getting to know all the different types available, and which model has the modes and features you’re looking for.

AEDs come as either automatic or semiautomatic. With an automatic model, the unit senses when the electrical shock is needed and delivers it without any initiation from the bystander. A semiautomatic requires the bystander to press a button to administer the shock.

While each type has its advantages, if you’re looking for an option for a business or a home where emergency medical technicians with years of training aren’t going to be on hand, you’re probably better off choosing an AED that’s automatic.

Also, consider who will be using the AED. Some models come with adult-sized pads, but give you an option to purchase pads sized for children after the fact. If you aren’t likely to administer treatment to a child, this may not be a concern, but for schools, it’s definitely necessary.

Finally, consider where you’ll be using the AED. If you will be outdoors where the unit may be exposed to or have to operate in rough weather, consider purchasing a water-resistant machine.

Easy Operation Is Key

Regardless of which model you get, make sure that you can easily operate the AED. A complex process will only seem more difficult in times of stress and urgency. Some AED models will monitor your compressions and give you feedback on whether you are pushing hard and fast enough based on its readings of the heart rhythms, but consider getting official CPR training as well.

Battery Type and Maintenance

AEDs use different types of batteries, all with varied life expectancies. While emergency medical responders typically have rechargeable systems because they anticipate using them quite often, your model likely will have lithium-ion batteries that must be checked and replaced on a regular basis to ensure they’ll work when you need them to.

Choosing an AED isn’t the easiest task, but once you’ve found an option that is suited to your home or office, you’ll be satisfied you took the time and money to purchase a product that’s going to last and potentially save the lives of your co-workers, your loved ones or even you.