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Do You Have a Survival Plan?

Do you know how to survive a disaster?

What are your chances of surviving a disaster such as nuclear fallout, financial crisis, floods,
extreme heat or even earthquakes and war? Unless you are prepared, pretty slim. Here are
some vital tips and suggestions to help you improve your chances of survival


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Pretty much everyone knows the Red Cross. The non profit organization devoted to assisting in disaster areas, providing relief internationally.

According to the American Red Cross website, "A Clara Barton and a circle of her acquaintances founded the American Red Cross in Washington, D.C. on May 21, 1881. Barton first heard of the Swiss-inspired global Red Cross network while visiting Europe following the Civil War. Returning home, she campaigned for an American Red Cross and for ratification of the Geneva Convention protecting the war-injured, which the United States ratified in 1882."

This is their Mission Statement:

The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies
by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

They offer a number of services.

Organizing giving blood
Accepting donations
Offering training and certification in CPR
Provide disaster relief such as in war torn areas, famine and earthquake areas for example.

The Red Cross suggest a survival list of materials and first aid kits. It gives an excellent list of what should be in a first aid kit including the following:

2 absorbent compress dressings (5 x 9 inches)
25 adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)
1 adhesive cloth tape (10 yards x 1 inch)
5 antibiotic ointment packets (approximately 1 gram)
5 antiseptic wipe packets
2 packets of aspirin (81 mg each)
1 blanket (space blanket)
1 breathing barrier (with one-way valve)
1 instant cold compress
2 pair of nonlatex gloves (size: large)
2 hydrocortisone ointment packets (approximately 1 gram each) Scissors
1 roller bandage (3 inches wide)
1 roller bandage (4 inches wide)
5 sterile gauze pads (3 x 3 inches)
5 sterile gauze pads (4 x 4 inches)
Oral thermometer (non-mercury/non-glass)
2 triangular bandages
First aid instruction booklet

It seems rather a lot but remember, most of these items are small and can easily be packed into a backpack.

The Red Cross sell various products including a number of First Aid kits from a Pocket Version for 10 dollars to a Work Place General Cabinet for 110 dollars. A deluxe family kit costs just 27 dollars suitable for most homes.

Other products for sale include training supplies, DVDs and Books, Backpacks, boots, hats, shirts etc. You have to search around on their site for their products as they are not immediately obvious. Purchase is by the usual method, credit cards and so forth.

There are some useful training modules one can undertake from basic water rescue to safety training for coaches. All modestly priced. Also training supplies including manikins for training and practicing CPR etc.

There are many other items including a CPR Keychain for 3 dollars and a Red Cross FRX3 Eton Emergency radio for 60 dollars.

Suffice to say all the Red Cross products for sale and of excellent quality and a clearly stated returns policy in the event a product is unsatisfactory.

Feedback is generally good with fast and efficient customer service cited. If you have any feedback on the company please feel free to leave it on the feedback page.


What is the best Survival Kit you can have? This depends on what disaster you need to survival, A Tsunami, Volcano, Nuclear attack, Flood.
Checkout the reviews below for the best kits available.

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Who are the best supplies of Emergency and Survival Kits?
Who gives the fastest and best service and value for money?
Find out here!

Aussie Storm Shop
Disaster Aid International
Guerilla Survival
HomeFront Emergency
Ready Store
Red Cross
Quake Kare
SOS Survival Products
Survival Storehouse
Survival Supplies Australia
The Survival Centre

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