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Monday, April 22, 2019

Wilderness Survival: MEDICAL SOLO Disaster + Wilderness Medical School

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Interesting course on wilderness survival called MEDIC SOLO Disaster + Wilderness Medical School.

The class was taught by a former engineer-turned-EMT who turned complex procedures into easy to follow algorithms. (Amazingly simple, in fact.)

And he’s working on an app that could help anyone become, if needed, an on-the-spot disaster responder.

A highly simplified version of the primary algorithm:

1] Scene safety
2] Life-threatening injury checklist
3] Secondary assessment
4] Clear spine
5] Rescue plan

The course information is here. (Highly recommended)

The course takes you through scenarios where you’re either a patient or a caregiver…

The rub? The first 15 minutes after a traumatic injury is crucial.

The national average response time for EMTs is 17 minutes.

While impressive, many people die in the first 15 minutes because A] they lose too much blood or B] they suffocate.

What do YOU do while help is on the way?

Rely on cell service? Panic? Or jump into action?

23% of trauma victims die within 5 mins., by suffocating or bleeding to death.

And many more die well before EMTs arrive.

Furthermore, in a disaster scenario, EMTs can only treat so many patients.

Those in need of help are dependent on the people immediately in their vicinity.

In the Vegas shooting, as another example, 55 people died from bleeding to death.

Many more could have…

Those who were shot and lived only survived because someone helped to stop the bleeding while help was on the way.

One of my primary reasons for taking the course…

When I read the course description, it gave me a flashback of Guatemala… almost exactly two years ago, when I was almost killed by a massive boulder.

Indiana Jones saw the boulder coming. “Mine” landed in my bed.

By pure luck, or divine intervention...

Despite falling about 20 ft. out of the house (through the wall), I “came to” outside without any major injuries.

But had I been crushed or suffered heavy bleeding… I would’ve died.

No question about it.

Though a gracious neighbor helped clean the gash on my leg… nobody had any skills that went beyond getting dirt out of blood.

The closest formal hospital was a two-hour helicopter ride away.

There were no roads, only footpaths, and the boat taxis had all closed down for the night.

With this training, however, provided I kept consciousness, I could’ve (likely) treated any major wounds myself.

Albeit, that was an extreme and rare occurrence.

But people getting hurt isn’t.

And widespread disasters aren’t that rare, either.

But there’s more…

Getting the skills necessary with proper training helps your “disaster psychology” too.

When disaster strikes, the reptile brain kicks in.

Many people go into denial…

Or they freeze.

But denial and freezing cause hesitation, and hesitation can kill.

Daisy Luther, the “Organic Prepper” has laid it out:

“These are the phases of psychological reactions in a crisis:

1.      Denial – People do not want to believe the event occurred or is occurring. They simply cannot accept, for example, that a plane just deliberately crashed into the building where they are working.

2.      Delay – People often opt to do something to delay the acceptance of what is going on. They might tidy up, put away food in the refrigerator, or methodically gather belongings to give themselves another few moments of perceived normalcy.

3.      Diagnosis – People then begin to assess the situation. They begin to consider the input from their senses: the smell of something burning, the sound of something crashing down or people screaming, the sight of the devastation.

4.      Acceptance – People then accept that this crisis is indeed occurring.

5.      Consideration– At this point, most people begin to consider their best course of action. Others are so overwhelmed by the situation that they shut down and have to be aided by first responders or other victims of the crisis in order to survive.

6.      Action – Finally, a course of action is chosen and implemented. Some examples of this could be escape, evacuation, fighting back, performing first aid on injured people, or fortifying their position

Proper training gives you the tools to skip the denial phase and jump into action if and when necessary.

Look for a Meetup (I found SOLO on, or training in your area.

What To Do in an Emergency


Yours in Self Reliance,

Bruce ‘the Poor Man’


How to Make a DIY Outdoor Toilet

When nature calls, a DIY outdoor toilet can really save your tush. Check out our tutorial on how to make your own DIY outdoor toilet and be sure to check out the full video at the end. This portable outdoor toilet is great for a weekend camping trip. It can also be kept with your emergency preparedness supplies to use in a SHTF survival situation.


Out of food? Go to Trader Joe’s! But what if there is not a Trader Joe’s? 7-11 will do, right? Who doesn’t like a Slurpee and beef jerky? No 7-11 you say? Yes, when disaster strikes, there might be a possibility that stores will not be of service and you will have to rely on Mother Nature to supply your food. After all, 7-11 or no, you still have to eat. It’s crucial that you avoid vitamin and nutrient deficiencies if you want to stay alive!

If you want to stay nourished, you know you should keep a nice survival food stash. It’s only one of the most discussed survival topics! Dried or canned meats, dried fruits, nuts, peanut butter, and canned vegetables are good examples of highly nutritious foods to keep around. In order to survive, keeping yourself nourished is absolutely essential, especially if you want to avoid deficiencies.

Depending on the vitamin or mineral, deficiencies can affect the body in many different ways. Everything from major illnesses or depression can be attributed to deficiencies, and can affect all parts of the body, so deficiencies are not something you can take lightly.

  • Vitamin A deficiencies may include slow bone formation, night blindness, dry eyes which can lead to blindness, increased susceptibility to cold and virus infections, and frequent infections of the bladder or urinary tract.
  • There are six different types of vitamin B: B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, and B12. Deficiency of any of these B vitamins can range from mild to severe symptoms like chronic fatigue, muscular weakness, or dry cracked skin to dementia and depression.
  • Vitamin C deficiency symptoms include dry hair and skin, weakness, nosebleeds. Severe deficiency of vitamin C can lead to scurvy which rare but not impossible.
  • A deficiency of Vitamin D can lead to irritability and depression, as well as bone and muscle problems including, but not limited to, rickets, osteoporosis, and skeletal deformities and retardation in young children. Vitamin D deficiencies can also increase your risk of Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. Vitamin D is a critical vitamin found in many foods ranging from egg yolks, salmon and sweet potatoes, and has many healthy attributes ranging from mental clarity and focus to maintaining the proper amount of calcium in your blood.

Given that other vitamins and minerals perform essential functions in our bodies, deficiencies can cause major problems for our bodies if we don’t properly keep up with healthy food intake. Deficiencies can lower our chances of survival during a chaotic situation such as a major disaster. While the effects of vitamin deficiencies may take a while to appear, the effects tend to linger once they do.

Many crucial nutrients can be found in nature. The most essential nutrients are (in order of importance) protein, carbohydrates, fat, salt and potassium. Protein is most commonly found in meat and fish, but protein is also found in dairy and nuts. Carbohydrates are found in grains, fruits, and a lot of dairy products: dairy products actually contain more carbohydrates than protein. Fat, which is critical for energy and protecting the body from extreme temperatures, is found in many foods, but the most preferred portable sources of fat are peanut butter, canned fish (sardines in particular), nuts, and dried coconut, as well as many food bars. Salt and potassium, which regulate heart and muscle functions, are also found in many natural foods. Potassium is commonly found in fruits and vegetables, such as bananas, cantaloupe and broccoli, but is also found in yogurt and white beans. Salt is found naturally in meats and nuts, and most vegetables have at least some natural salts.

Disaster can strike when you least expect it, so it’s good to be prepared! Proper nourishment is very important in everyday life, but imagine if you had no other option butto stay properly nourished to stay alive. To survive in the wild with limited resources, keep the following in mind:

  • Fish has a ton of survival nutrients, including many necessary vitamins and minerals (something many people aren’t aware of);
  • Some sort of edible wild berries grow in most US states and are rich in vitamins, C, E and K;
  • Meat is rich in protein fat, iron and minerals;
  • Mushrooms are a great source of vitamin D;
  • Many US states have watercress and asparagus, which are rich in vitamin C, B, Folate and a lot more;
  • Dandelions make a good salad.

Get ready now by studying local edible plant live, make sure you have plenty of seeds to plant a garden and continue to grow your food stash. A fun fact before you go: most basic essential vitamins can be found in broccoli and Brussels sprouts!


Growing your own groceries in five-gallon buckets allows you to raise enough food to feed a family of four in a tiny space. When growing food in buckets, you don't need a 1/4 acre backyard to raise a bountiful garden as some people claim.

It is always best to use a brand new bucket when growing crops. Buckets get filled with all kinds of junk, fluids, and garden scraps that could kill your plants or make them harmful to consume.

A bucket that has previously housed swimming pool chemicals, asphalt, or chemical pesticides should be avoided entirely. Plant diseases are often spread by the use of contaminated tools and containers...

Rosefield is a classic traditional cabin, which can be built for less than $6,000. The cabin is open plan, which has the advantage of making it far easier, cheaper and quicker to build than more intricate cabins with separate rooms. This particular plan also includes a detailed cabin assembly diagram and step-by-step instructions which includes a foundation guide.  [282sf’]


The NRA has partnered with one of the world's most respected personal safety and defensive tactics instructors to bring you personalized hands-on training close to home.

Steve Tarani is an internationally respected personal protection expert and former Central Intelligence Agency employee. Together, he and the NRA are offering five unique small-group opportunities to learn life-saving skills for you and your family.

This two-day training course gives you the tactical skills and personal confidence needed for a defensive solution where firearms are not an option. Employing non-ballistic weapons from three separate categories -- edged weapons, impact weapons, and flexible weapons -- you will be trained in the very same life-saving skills used by protection professionals.

Small class sizes. First come, first served. ALL 2018 classes sold out.

Feed Hungry Troops

If you can spare packs of trail mix, tuna packs or ramen noodles, consider sending them to Forgotten Soldiers [ForgottenSoldiers.og] – the nonprofit will include the items in care packages it sends to deployed soldiers.  Send to:  3550 23rd Ave S., Ste. #7, Lake Worth, FL 33461


A Final Note…

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Useful Resources


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Finally, grab an emergency power cell or solar/battery radio weather radio!

Having the Patriot Power Cell on-hand for emergencies keeps your essential electronics up and running in case you need to call for help. 

“The Cell is a workhorse of power — it’ll charge your phone soup to nuts 3 to 8 times… I think of the Patriot Power Cell as “everyday prepared.” Awesome for travel or avoiding inconveniences while saving your bacon in an outage. It’s a MUST HAVE for your survival lineup."

10,000 mAh Battery/Water Resistant/2 LED Flashlight/1.5 Watt Solar Panel/6-Hour Charge Time

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Randy said...

With spring coming [or more natural disasters] many of these resources and tips will prove useful-thanks!

Wendy said...

I got one of those Patriot solar chargers-great item and your blog is always chock full of goodies! Thanks...

Sam said...

When nature calls-ha ha! I still recall my old Boy Scout days for some of this stuff, digging a latrine, basic first aid and more. Of course, we got a more intense dose of it in the Army basic but everyone should have a BSA manual and use it-sounds like a great course.