First Aid Supplies Ordered and WaterBOB Arrives

It’s been a somewhat productive day.

First, my WaterBOB arrived.  Now I have some means for storing water.  It won’t cover everything, but it’s a start.  I’ve mentioned the downsides of this method previously, so I won’t go into them again.

What I will say is that this won’t be all for water storage for me.  However, it’s a nice start.

Second, I had a little fun with first aid supplies.

As I said when I talked about the plan, I knew I was going to need these.  We’ve got bandaids and such, but there are a lot of holes left with that.  However, I’ve never been really fond of the commercial first aid kits you can get.  Part of it is that my knowledge extends past most kits.  The other part is they always seem overpriced for the kit when all I wanted was the contents.

Well, luckily you can get first aid kit refills.  I went with a class B kit refill.  For those who are unfamiliar with the kit types, an “A” kit is for most general accidents.  Cuts, scrapes, things like that.  These are most of the kits you come across.  They’re basic, but most people can use any of the contents as they are.

A “B” kit is for higher risk environments.  These are a bit more advanced as far as kits go.  They’re also a bit more expensive, of course, but I personally think it’s worth it.  While I still will want to add to the kit, I’ll be adding a whole lot less with one of these kits.

I also picked up a stethoscope and sphygmomanometer (otherwise known as a blood pressure cuff).  I know how to use these, and will be teaching the whole family how to as well.

Total cost?  Less than $35.

Still need to work out some plan on what food to grab this weekend, but I’ll definitely be picking up some.  There are just so many options since I have so many holes still, which makes the whole thing a bit overwhelming.  The key is to not get too worked up over and keep moving forward.

Just think, I’m a buttload better prepared than I was a few weeks ago.  Once the first aid supplies get here, I’ll be even more prepared.

And knowing that you’re more prepared is a wonderful feeling.

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Step One on Water Down

It’s time to slow down a bit, as I said before, but fate waits for no man.  Neither does the bus, but I digress.  I said it was time to slow down, but I also pointed out that I planned on securing at least one piece of prepper gear with each paycheck.

I’m basically self-employed, with different customers paying on different schedules.  I use the once per month payments to cover bills, but one customer pays weekly, and that’s what I count as “mine,” so to speak.

Well, today I ordered a 100 gallon WaterBOB for the tub.  Assuming we can fill it before losing the water, that should be about 25 days of water for my family.  This is good.

The downside is that it’s assuming I can actually fill it first, of course.  So, this is only a start.

The thing is, a WaterBOB is actually pretty cheap, running about $20.  I personally think everyone should have something similar on hand, just because.  Assuming, of course, that they work.

However, I now have something for water, and a decent amount of water.  It’s a nice foundation to base things around.  Sure, I still need a good filter, and I need to figure out how to put some water away.  I need to do all of that.

The important thing is that I’m doing something.

Realistically, I doubt I’ll ever be as prepared as I want to be.  Few of us ever will be.  What matters is the overall direction one is taking.

People tend to fall into a few different groups.  The majority have their heads in the sand, trusting the government to have their back.  Some know they need to do something, but are paralyzed by fear and confusion (Yes, I was in this camp for far too long).  Some are convinced they can take what they want in The Bad Times and aren’t worried about it.  The rest are the ones spending a lot of time getting ready, just in case.

The important thing is to be in that last group.  That’s where I am now, and I’m damn glad to be there.