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When we prepare for our man-made or natural disasters we have to take everything into consideration.  It is easy to think of food, water and shelter but we often forget about the other requirements of life.  For instance, eye glasses, if needed.

Some preparations are gender specific.  I found this great article on the Prepared Housewives blog.  It relates to menstruation and what I think would be great survival tool.  It’s called a menstrual cup. I hope my female readers will comment.  Here is the link to the article.

Are You Still Using Tampons and Pads?

I wish I knew about this a while ago. I was kayaking and when I disembarked on a rocky shore, my sandal broke. If you happen to break your sandal in the urban jungle, you can use this life hack.

sandal life hack

It is said that a person will not survive more than:

Three minutes without air,

Three days without water, and

Three weeks without food

As we continue to honor National Preparedness month, let’s look at how we can prepare for the possibility that we will not have sufficient air to breathe as a result of a natural or man-made disaster.

The most obvious urban survival technique is to invest in a good respirator, hood or “gas mask.”  There are many commercially available ones out there but because you are all good urban survival consumers as a result of reading my blog, I will not go into detail about them.  I would rather discuss what to do if you are caught without one.

Okay, you are in your  home or apartment and the emergency response system comes on notifying you that as a result of an explosion nearby, the air around you is toxic.  For this scenario, you have determined it was not safe or it was too late to get out of the area without a respirator.  First, get to the room furthest from the exterior, seal off as much of the area as possible, then consider constructing a homemade mask so that you can make your escape.

If you do, please know that your homemade gas mask is of course, only a temporary solution that will not be as effective as commercially made gas masks. However, they are better than using a simple towel pressed against your face. Homemade masks will, most likely, only protect against the most common gases used in chemical warfare. Against smoke, some other gases and carbon monoxide, they will be ineffective. Moreover, homemade masks will only be as effective as they are airtight. Your homemade mask must fit securely around the head so that air is unable to slip inside (except through the breathing canister) or else chemical agents can also get through.

So here are two possible homemade gas masks you can try.

1. The bed sheet method:

Cross-stitch together two 12-inch squares of bed sheets or similar fabric. Put a layer of baking soda between the two sheets before sewing them together. When you need the mask, simply dampen it and hold it firmly over your face while exiting the area contaminated by gases. This provides temporary protection and is not intended for any lengthy use.

2. The swimming cap type:

I think this type is a modern variation of the 1942 gas mask made by the American Women’s Voluntary Service

American women’s voluntary service-1942

Use a swimming cap, oriented backwards and upside down, for the face covering. You’ll cut holes in the cap for both an eyepiece and for the breathing canister apparatus. Secure these pieces with tape. For the eyepiece, use a see-through, celluloid box, the sort used in women’s facial powder boxes. For a snug fit, the cut hole should be slightly smaller than the box. For the breathing canister use a can with both the top and bottom cut out. Over both ends of the open can you’ll fit wire screen mesh. Old fashioned, wire-screen flyswatters will work, but you can also use screen door material. Inside the canister you’ll need the actual gas mask filter. For this, use handkerchiefs stuffed with charcoal (you can get at pet supply store or make your own by burning coconut husks) and soda lime (old fashioned mom and pop drug store). With elastic, create straps across the back of the mask to hold it onto your head.

Although the masks are to be used for a very short period of time, it will give you enough time to escape to a better place. You may even want to try making one now.  Having said that, I still recommend you go buy one.  I hear Canada has a bunch that they can’t sell….. really!

Nice….. it like the fact it is one-handed!

Sometimes I truly wonder if it would be easier to try to survive in the jungle or on a desert island rather than our urban jungle.  In the real jungle you have very few, albeit very important concerns; food, water, shelter.  In the urban jungle you have to worry about people stealing your identity and your credit card information.  My friend Ted has been traveling the world and has used many products that he found helpful.  This is one of them.  Maybe we need to start a topic of where in the world is Ted today and what the heck is he buying…..

Take a look at this video:

So, here’s the product that Ted has researched and recommends.  It prevents the devices from reading the chips with your credit card information.  They are styling too!  Kinda reminds me of what the AV squad used to carry in High School.
It can be found here if you want to buy one (FYI,I do not get any money from the referral).  I do love a good bargain though!

Paracord Bracelet

**Update:  I was in the Christmas Tree Shop recently. Yes, I shop at the Christmas Tree Shop- a real man will admit it!  While there I came across paracord bracelets for $2.99.  They claim to be made of 550 paracord and there were several colors and sizes available.  I didn’t buy one so I can’t show you here but if you have a Christmas Tree shop near you, stop by and check them out yourself.  While you’re there you can pick up one of those nifty paper-mache garden gnomes.

These bracelets are all the rage with the survival crowd.  They are made with 550 paracord which is rated to be able to hold at least 550 pounds.  The intent is to unravel them and use the paracord in an emergency.  What is surprising about them is the length of cord that can be all wrapped up in a bracelet.  The one I am modeling here is made up of two pieces of paracord one approximately 9 feet and another that is 2 and a half feet.

You can buy these already made for about $30.00 on the internet or make your own.  I gave it a shot and made my own.  The materials cost me about $3.00 and it took me about 20 minutes.  I also made a fastening knot at the end that fit much better than the simple knots that most instructions illustrate.  You can buy a small clip assembly if you wish and it will  close more flush to your wrist.

Paracord bracelet

Here is the link to the site that had instructions on how to make the cobra weave bracelet you see here.  Give it a try!

I thought I would start a Post where we can share products that we find useful in our everyday urban survival.  My friend Ted sent the following email to me recently and with his permission, I am sharing it with you.  There are some pretty novel anti-theft components to these bags.  Feel free to share ideas. Thanks Ted!

Hi Bruce, here is something you might find interesting for your blog if you don’t know it already. Check out this site:
Barbara and I travel quite a bit and I don’t like carrying a wallet in my back pocket if I can help it especially when I am driving.  After having a few fanny packs and sometimes having them open accidentally I did a little research and found the above product.  I purchased the “Pacsafe Stashsafe 100 Anti-Theft Hip Pack” and was pretty impressed with it.  People that are interested in it should check out the waist size.  The waist band has a stainless steel cable that goes through it and can be locked with the enclosed paddle lock.  The pouch itself has a crisscross stainless steel mesh to prevent it from being slashed open.  Check it out if you have time.