Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Boston Terriorist Attack: The Uses of Your EDC Kit

As I watched the awful images and videos of the terrorist attack in Boston I kept thinking of how everyday carry items that I often mention here as part of a well rounded survival emergency kit could have come into play.

1)A bottle of water isn’t just good for drinking even if that is the most common use for it. It can be used to clean up wounds and wash out dust and debris from your face , especially your eyes.

Klean Kanteen 27 -Ounce Classic, Poly Sport Cap 2.0 Stainless Steel Water Bottle
2)A big scarf or shemagh can be used as a pad to apply direct pressure on a wound or used to improvise a tourniquet. It can be used along with water to clean up some too.

Rothco Shemagh Tactical Desert Scarf, Olive Drab, O/S
3)A simple hank of 550 paracord can be used as tourniquet as well. A Canadian jam knot can be done quickly and tightens nicely as you pull.

Rothco Type III Commercial Paracord (Black, 550-Pound/100-Feet)
4)A collapsible respirator can be used to keep the dust away. Combined with safety sunglasses (which may save your eyes from shrapnel) and latex gloves it allows you to help bleeding victims.
 3M 8511 Particulate Sanding N95 Respirator with Valve, 10-Pack

3M 8511 Particulate Sanding N95 Respirator with Valve, 10-Pack
5)Celox Gauze is a hemostatic agent that can stop intense bleeding like the ones seen in the Boston Marathon victims. Stopping the bleeding will make the difference between life and death for some of these people.
 Celox V12090 - GR Gauze Roll, 10' L x 3" W

Celox V12090 – GR Gauze Roll, 10′ L x 3″ W
I believe that these should be included in your everyday carry bag, given how invaluable they are when facing different kind of disasters and emergencies.

Has the terrorist attack in Boston changed some of your opinions? Anything you decided to do or carry because of what you’ve seen? Leave your comment, I’d like to read your opinion.



Anonymous said...

Dear FerFAL:
This is what I use now. My background, USMC RET, I'm a Gov Contractor now.

Anonymous said...

This is my EDC:
I never get cought without it.
I work with explosives for a living! You never know.

Don Williams said...

Questions for Alvarez:

1) Have you seen the Army's CAT tourniquet? If so, how do you think the Sof-T tourniquet compares in ease of use, applying one-handed,etc?

2) If you put a tourniquet on someone, you are supposed to mark T and the time on their forehead. ItsTactical doesn't include a marker in their kit. What do Marines carry for the task?
[lipstick? :) ]

3) Military medics probably don't have to worry about HIV when treating soldiers because of the Army and Marine Corps medical screening. But in US urban areas, it's probably a good idea to have
a CPR face shield if you are going to give CPR to strangers:


Anonymous said...

I do not everyday carry (yet) but this is a great list and great information to consider. Thanks for the info!

Anonymous said...

I do not everyday carry (yet) but this is a great list and great information to consider. Thanks for the info!

YourPreps said...

Many of us carry a backpack for our EDC and grab it when going out to public events. It will be interesting to see if this draws undue attention now that backpacks were used in the Boston Attacks.

Anonymous said...

Dear Don:
To answer your questions:
Some difference in use, reason, different contractor(builder) The SOF tourniquet strap is wider. Some older tourniquets were suceptible to prolong exposure to the sun.
In accordance with the TCCC course the military counterpart to the Prehospital Trauma Life Support Course(http://www.health.mil/Education_And_Training/TCCC.aspx) 2 hours max for the use of the Tourniquet. The SOF provides an area on the back to write the time of use. I carry a Sharpy for that purpose. My EDC kit has a tag for that use too.
By experience and trainning, Stopping the hemorrhaging, is number one priority(Boston, blood everywhere)the kit has gloves in it, lots of them, but blood born patogens are an issue, thats why we started using hands only CPR. In Boston the wounded were treated and medevac in minutes after Triadge. In the sand box, max 40 minutes.
Hopefully I answer your questions:

Don Williams said...

Thanks for the info, Alvarez. I'll take a look at the SOF-T.

Anonymous said...

Dear Yourpreps:
I carry my kit in a reusable shopping bag, specially from stores near the area where I'm at. Think about it, even the cops pay no mind to it. I love my Maxpedition, guess what!

Anonymous said...

Dear FerFAL:
Guess what, here in Arizona,if a Police officer see you with a backpack they'll talk to you. I was in Walmart, looking for the hard to find ammo, a guy with a BIG back pack came in, everybody was looking at his direction, and I guess some body call the cops. They came, every body with a CCW was keeping an eye on this dude. He was a homeless, and was going to use the restroom. My point is, our EDC kits has to be the non-permissive environment type. Inotice that people are more aware of their surroundings, and our kits have to adapt to that.
Semper Fi: Angel

Blog Author said...

Hi FerFAL,

Aside from a fanny pack that holds my wallet and carry pistol/extra mag, I've started carrying a "battle belt" festooned with various things in pouches, not worn but stuffed into a small knapsack. This knapsack is actually made by some fashion purse company! But I'm a girl and it works, although I wouldn't want to hike with it over a long distance - no padding on straps.

The idea of the belt is, if things turned real sour I could don the belt and have everything be more ready, but the bag keeps it all kind of out of sight during normal times so I don't look like Batman.

The contents:

1st aid kit: bandaids, big gauze, maxi pads, tampon, Quik Clot, tape. Plan to add antiseptic ointment, alcohol pads and plastic for sucking chest wounds. I teach rifle marksmanship and have added Quik Clot to all my first aid kits. I also have one in the car that I take out and put on the instructor table at shoots. This weekend a shooter got hot brass in her shirt and got burnt. So some kind of antiseptic ointment would be good for little booboos.

SERE kit: Lighter, magnesium fire starter, strike anywhere matches in waterproof container, army can opener, pieces of a Tyvek envelope, pencil, Xacto blade, paracord, small wad of toilet paper, small sewing kit, water purifying tablets, emergency mylar "blanket", wire saw, compass, picture hanging wire (for snares). Plan to add some fishing tackle. May actually take out the wire and make snares from it, or try to think of something better.

Mag pouch

Loose in with the belt:

Water kit: "life straw" type filter usable with hydration bladders, and for some reason a cough drop is in there.

Digital camo poncho rolled up and tied into a wad with paracord

Metal half sized water bottle with canvas cover I sewed, and some paracord around the neck - mini canteen.

2 clip on pistol holsters

Fanny pack with "purse stuff" and an N95 mask tucked in a paper bank envelope

Outside the belt/pouch system (in the pockets of the bag) are: Beef jerky, 4 Larabars, a Sham Wow, keys, multitool, folding knife, and another lighter.

I plan to make or buy another small pouch and stuff an army poncho liner in there, and make a water bottle holder too, and attach them to the little ruck.

This stuff I carry all the time.

I think I need more socks, a tourniquet, and maybe an Israeli bandage for the EDC too.

Larry said...

Skip the 'shemagh'.

There were several innocent people who were fingered as possible suspects immediately after the Boston Marathon bombing, for no particular reason other than they looked suspicious. Whipping out a Palestinian scarf right after a terrorist attack would make you look very suspicious, and cause you a lot of grief later, when all you're trying to do is help others.

Remember the Gray Man philosophy; blend in, and don't draw unnecessary attention to yourself.