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Post by Admin on Sun May 09, 2010 2:25 pm

Get Prepared.

A Leatherman.

A Maglite flashlight.

A Sam Splint.

Benadryl, Super Glue and duct tape.

Those are the essentials in Dr. Michael Rhodes' emergency preparedness kit.

Of course, because he's a licensed medical doctor he also has an assortment of medicines, splints and bandages.

So while he has a Leatherman and a Maglite in his car and at several places in his home, he recognizes that his needs are more unique than most.

"I figure since I'm the doctor in the neighborhood, everyone will be coming here for help," he said.

For the mainstream audience, he suggests storing only those items a person knows how to use.

He's adamant that even in a disaster the layman should not try to be a doctor.

That means no stitching, no cutting, and no administration of drugs not prescribed for a specific person.

"Antibiotics, I'm very nervous about. Unless you're a registered nurse, a doctor or a pharmacist, don't share or prescribe medications. Don't keep or store leftover drugs or antibiotics," Rhodes said.

Rhodes is the program director of Family Medicine at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center and a member of the Wilderness Medical Society, a group that supports doctors training for outdoor emergencies.

He often gives presentations on what to store in the family emergency kit and has firm ideas about what's appropriate and safe.

"You have to be careful with children and babies. None of this, 'a little is good so a lot is better,'" he said.

People need to remember small children should not be given aspirin or cold medicine.

"Kids react weirdly to medications," he said. "The biggest thing to do for them is keep them busy. Pack games, puzzles, a journal to write in. Give them something to do. Empower them."

He doesn't recommend digging into a wound or closing up a deep wound that may not be completely cleaned.

He does suggest having Benadryl on hand to help patients with allergic reactions and anti-diarrheal medication to stave off dehydration.

He recommends Super Glue to use on shallow wounds and duct tape for splints.

"If you're using the Super Glue, don't glue yourself to the patient," he said, "And be sure the wound is dry, not bleeding, and use a very thin layer."

A Sam Splint can be shaped, cut and used on a variety of breaks, even as a neck collar, he said.

A cigarette lighter is good to use for sterilization.

He advocates buying big bottles of eye wash because it's a sterile solution and is easy to use to wash out wounds. It can be poured into a Ziploc bag, which can be pricked with a pin. The solution can then be pushed out in a strong stream to clean a cut.

Glucose paste is good to have on hand for diabetics. Cake frosting will serve the same purpose, he said.

Moleskin is valuable.

He packs maxipads to use to stop the bleeding from larger wounds and small-size tampons to use for nosebleeds.

"Hand sanitizer is a must," he said.

So is a mixture of salt, sugar and water that can be used to rehydrate someone who's been vomiting.

(The recipe for this oral rehydration solution is on the World Health Organization's Web site, Rhodes said. It's cheaper and generally more effective than sports drinks like Gatorade.)

He suggests getting a family supply of N-95 masks from the paint departments at Lowe's or The Home Depot stores, the same masks sold at medical supply stores, but cheaper.

Rhodes praises those who get prepared and he enjoys helping out in the odd situation.

He simply asks that people use common sense.

Dr. Rhodes' list of basic supplies to store

Over-the-counter medications:

water purification tablets
Afrin nasal spray (for nose bleeds)
smelling salts
loperamide hydrochloride tablets (anti-diarrheal)
motion sickness tablets (to stave off nausea, vomiting)
acid reducer tablets
1 percent hydrocortisone cream
glucose paste or frosting

Wound management:

eye wash (contact lens saline solution)
povidone-iodine solution
rubbing alcohol
knuckle bandages
extra large and regular Band-Aids
moleskin (for blisters)
triple antibiotic ointment
zinc oxide ointment (Desitin)
Super Glue
Bandage materials
Ace bandages, three sizes: two-inch, four-inch and six-inch
one-inch porous tape
2x2 and 4x4 gauze
2x3 non-adherent gauze
tongue depressors (for finger splints)
maxi pads (for trauma dressing)
tampons (small size for nosebleeds)

Miscellaneous equipment:

trauma shears
emergency blanket
hand sanitizer
"Sam Splint"
CPR face shield (plastic bag will work)
cotton-tipped applicators
high SPF sunscreen
lip balm
triangular bandage with large safety pin
multitool (Leatherman)
duct tape
Ziploc bags
water filter
oral rehydration solution (ORS)

Prescription medications:

30-90 days' supply of prescription medications
diabetes supplies, lancets, test strips, insulin, syringes

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Subject: FW: Earthquake protection- Could save your life!


Boy! Is this ever an eye opener. Directly opposite of what we've been
taught over the years! I can remember in school being told to, "duck and
cover" or stand in a doorway during an earthquake. This guy's findings
is absolutely amazing. I hope we all remember his survival method if we
are ever in an earthquake!!!


My name is Doug Copp. I am the Rescue Chief and Disaster Manager of the
American Rescue Team International (ARTI), the world's most experienced
rescue team. The information in this article will save lives in an
earthquake. I have crawled inside 875 collapsed buildings, worked with
rescue teams from 60 countries, founded rescue teams in several
countries, and I am a member of many rescue teams from many countries...

I was the United Nations expert in Disaster Mitigation for two years. I
have worked at every major disaster in the world since 1985, except for
simultaneous disasters.

The first building I ever crawled inside of was a school in Mexico City
during the 1985 earthquake. Every child was under its desk. Every child
was crushed to the thickness of their bones. They could have survived by
lying down next to their desks in the aisles. It was obscene,
unnecessary and I wondered why the children were not in the aisles. I
didn't at the time know that the children were told to hide under

Simply stated, when buildings collapse, the weight of the ceilings
falling upon the objects or furniture inside crushes these objects,
leaving a space or void next to them. This space is what I call the
"triangle of life".
The larger the object, the stronger, the less it will compact. The less
the object compacts, the larger the void, the greater the probability
that the person who is using this void for safety will not be injured.
The next time you watch collapsed buildings, on television, count the
"triangles" you see formed. They are everywhere. It is the most common
shape, you will see, in a collapsed building.


1) Most everyone who simply "ducks and covers" WHEN BUILDINGS COLLAPSE
are crushed to death. People who get under objects, like desks or cars,
are crushed.

2) Cats, dogs and babies often naturally curl up in the fetal position.
You should too in an earthquake... It is a natural safety/survival
instinct. You can survive in a smaller void. Get next to an object, next
to a sofa, next to a large bulky object that will compress slightly but
leave a void next to it.

3) Wooden buildings are the safest type of construction to be in during
an earthquake. Wood is flexible and moves with the force of the
earthquake. If the wooden building does collapse, large survival voids
are created. Also, the wooden building has less concentrated, crushing
weight. Brick buildings will break into individual bricks. Bricks will
cause many injuries but less squashed bodies than concrete slabs.

4) If you are in bed during the night and an earthquake occurs, simply
roll off the bed. A safe void will exist around the bed. Hotels can
achieve a much greater survival rate in earthquakes, simply by posting a
sign on The back of the door of every room telling occupants to lie down
on the floor, next to the bottom of the bed during an earthquake.

5) If an earthquake happens and you cannot easily escape by getting out
the door or window, then lie down and curl up in the fetal position next
to a sofa, or large chair.

6) Most everyone who gets under a doorway when buildings collapse is
killed. How? If you stand under a doorway and the doorjamb falls forward
or backward you will be crushed by the ceiling above. If the door jam
falls sideways you will be cut in half by the doorway. In either case,
you will be killed!

7) Never go to the stairs. The stairs have a different "moment of
frequency" (they swing separately from the main part of the building).
The stairs and remainder of the building continuously bump into each
other until structural failure of the stairs takes place. The people who
get on stairs before they fail are chopped up by the stair treads -
horribly mutilated. Even if the building doesn't collapse, stay away
from the stairs. The stairs are a likely part of the building to be
damaged. Even if the stairs are not collapsed by the earthquake, they
may collapse later when overloaded by fleeing people. They should always
be checked for safety, even when the rest of the building is not damaged.

Cool Get Near the Outer Walls Of Buildings Or Outside Of Them If Possible
- It is much better to be near the outside of the building rather than
the interior. The farther inside you are from the outside perimeter of
the building the greater the probability that your escape route will be

9) People inside of their vehicles are crushed when the road above falls
in an earthquake and crushes their vehicles; which is exactly what
happened with the slabs between the decks of the Nimitz Freeway... The
victims of the San Francisco earthquake all stayed inside of their
vehicles. They were all killed. They could have easily survived by
getting out and sitting or lying next to their vehicles. Everyone killed
would have survived if they had been able to get out of their cars and
sit or lie next to them. All the crushed cars had voids 3 feet high next
to them, except for the cars that had columns fall directly across them.

10) I discovered, while crawling inside of collapsed newspaper offices
and other offices with a lot of paper, that paper does not compact.
Large voids are found surrounding stacks of paper.
Spread the word and save someone's life... The Entire world is
experiencing natural calamities so be prepared!

"We are but angels with one wing, it takes two to fly"

In 1996 we made a film, which proved my survival methodology to be
correct. The Turkish Federal Government, City of Istanbul, University of
Istanbul Case Productions and ARTI cooperated to film this practical,
scientific test. We collapsed a school and a home with 20 mannequins
inside. Ten mannequins did "duck and cover," and ten mannequins I used
in my ┬┤triangle of life" survival method. After the simulated earthquake
collapse we crawled through the rubble and entered the building to film
and document the results. The film, in which I practiced my survival
techniques under directly observable, scientific conditions, relevant to
building collapse, showed there would have been zero percent survival
for those doing duck and cover.

There would likely have been 100 percent survivability for people using
my method of the "triangle of life."

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Post by Admin on Mon May 10, 2010 12:33 pm

Actually, I should move this to the OT section.

I'm really into preparedness. I have been since I was a teenager. I've always had emergency backpacks in my car, and I'm reworking on my baggage at home right now. I even got more into it in the last few years, since the story about a family who was driving from Washington to California in the snow, got lost and stuck in their car for days without food. A couple of days later, the father decided to go out in the cold. When he was gone, the wife and children were finally found, but the father died in the cold. It made big news around here.

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