With the recent seismic activity here in the South Land I’ve been getting a lot of questions about where to get stuff so I thought I’d list a bunch of the websites where I draw my gear from. They are in no particular order and no, there isn’t one site which does it all so you’ll need to do a little research into which items you’ll want for your kit and how much you want to spend.
La Police Gear – A great site for all things tactical and the brand LA Police gear has created is pretty quality items and the cheapest prices.
REI – A great resource of camping equipment, prompt service and very knowledeable staff.
ITS – Imminent Threat Solutions, this site is a great resource for things which are not in the mainstream.
Forge – Forge Survival has great resources aligning with Prepper & Camping needs.
Shelf Reliance – This is a good site to get 55 gallon drums and water treatment products.
Camping Survival – Good site for Prepper items such as MRE’s Water Bricks and useful gear.
Ready Meal – This is a great site that sells civilian MRE’s with heaters.
Water Jerry Cans – I recently found this product which is a Jerry can for potable water and has a filtration system built into it. I need to do a little more research but it may be a great item to keep in your earthquake kit at home.
Wise Food – Wise foods is a great manufacturer of long term food stores. They manufacture their product here in the USA and it will last for 25 years because it is nitrogen packed. They have a food calculator and you can figure out the size of the stores you need for your family and what type of disaster you are preparing for whether that be a short 10 day event or a nuclear disaster for years, they have pallets of food ready to be shipped.
US Calvary – This site is where a lot of people in the service buy gear so it’s the real gear.
North American Rescue – NAR is a site which provides first responders with trauma and casualty kits, some items require you to have a license to buy, so find a Nurse or Doctor and buddy up.
Chinook – Chinook also provides a great deal of medical supplies. This site is more of advanced medical equipment like what you would find in a hospital versus what a first responder or military operator would carry.
That’s a quick round up of a few of the sites I visit to get my supplies. In the end I wanted to pass along a little tip I got this past week. In the field it’s better to use bleach when disinfecting because alcohol can take up to 10 minutes to become effective. Even wipes treated with bleach can be more effective than an alcohol prep pad. Going along with this theme I wanted to remind everyone that they should have a gallon of bleach in their earthquake kit and a vial of it in their 72 Hour Bags. Here is a breakdown of the amount of bleach needed to purify water:
Ratio of Clorox Bleach to Water for Purification
2 drops of Regular Clorox Bleach per quart of water
8 drops of Regular Clorox Bleach per gallon of water
1/2 teaspoon Regular Clorox Bleach per five gallons of water
If water is cloudy, double the recommended dosages of Clorox Bleach.
Only use Regular Clorox Bleach (not Fresh Scent or Lemon Fresh). To insure that Clorox Bleach is at its full strength, rotate or replace your storage bottle minimally every three months.