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  • Gun Sales Boom after Shooter Scares

    An Oxymoron? Perhaps.

    Nevertheless, after the ready availability of firearms making several recent active shooting tragedies possible, person gun sales have risen drastically as Americans arm up for protection.

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    Discounts And Fear Drive Near-Record Black Friday Gun Sales and with the recent California events, gun sales across the nation are up - as far as 30% in some locations. Even before the news-rattling San Bernardino shooting, gun permits we way up - from October to November the permits for guns have increased by nearly 17,000 in California alone, according to ABC.

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  • Happy Veterans Day

    "Thank you for seeing me as a veteran and not a homeless man."veterans-2015

    According to a 2013 survey, there were 57,849 homeless veterans on a single night in January 2013. Right now, the number of homeless Vietnam-era veterans is greater than the number of service persons who died during that war. Already, veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are appearing among the homeless population.

    Since World War I, Volunteers of America has provided direct services to veterans and connected them to other organizations that can help.

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    Volunteers of America helps veterans in need overcome the barriers that stand between them and a stable, secure life. Our housing units provide case management services for veterans and families; many cities support outreach centers where veterans can receive treatment for PTSD, traumatic brain injuries and addictions. We make sure veterans connect to the benefits they are entitled to, and we make use of the strong bonds forged between veterans by incorporating mentoring and peer-to-peer support.

    We also provide employment services that include assessment, training and placement. Compensated work programs offer a stipend while training veterans for a new career, and help is available with everything from resume prep to job interviewing, clothing and transportatio

  • Adventure Medical Kits: Watch our Video about the "Day Tripper"

     Adventure Medical Kits:  the "Day Tripper"

    Image of The Day Tripper First Aid Kit by Adventure Medica The Day Tripper First Aid Kit by Adventure Medical

    The Day Tripper is designed for adventurers who demand professional quality medical supplies even on shorter trips. Perfect on fast-and-light daylong treks or ambitious overnights, this kit has the same premium features - including advanced wound cleaning and closing supplies, a wide array of dressings and medications, and Dr. Weiss's Comprehensive Guide to Wilderness and Travel Medicine - as the larger kits in the Mountain Series in a very compact package.

    Kit contains enough first aid and medical gear for 1-5 people for multiple days. WATCH THE DAY TRIPPER BY ADVENTURE MEDICAL VIDEO DEMO BELOW

    The Day Tripper (by Adventure Medical Kits) is designed for adventurers who demand professional quality medical supplies even on shorter trips. Perfect on fast-and-light daylong treks or ambitious overnights, this kit has the same premium features - including advanced wound cleaning and closing supplies, a wide array of dressings and medications, and Dr. Weiss's Comprehensive Guide to Wilderness and Travel Medicine - as the larger kits in the Mountain Series in a very compact package.

    Kit contains enough first aid and medical gear for 1-5 people for multiple days.

    Ideal Uses:

     - Backcountry Skiing
     - Backpacking/Hiking
     - Camping
     - Car / RV / Camper
     - Day Hiking
     - Family Outings

    Features:

     - Antiseptic wipes and butterfly bandages for closing small wounds.
     - A wide array of medications to treat pain, inflammation, and common allergies.
     - Nitrile examination gloves plus biohazard disposal bag.
     - Die-cut Moleskin plus tincture of benzoin adhesive to protect against the hiker's #1 injury.

    Contents:

    Bandage Materials
    (5) Bandage, Adhesive, Fabric, 1" x 3"
    (3) Bandage, Adhesive, Fabric, Knuckle
    (4) Bandage, Butterfly Closure
    (2) Dressing, Gauze, Sterile, 2" x 2", Pkg./2
    (2) Dressing, Gauze, Sterile, 4" x 4", Pkg./2
    (2) Dressing, Non-Adherent, Sterlie, 2" x 3"

    Bleeding
    (1) Gloves, Nitrile (Pair), Hand Wipe
    (1) Trauma Pad, 5" x 9"

    EZ-Care organization helps you find what you need when you need it. EZ-Care organization helps you find what you need when you need it.

    Blister / Burn
    (1) Moleskin, Pre-Cut & Shaped (11 pieces)

    Fracture / Sprain
    (1) Bandage, Elastic with Velcro, 2"

    Instrument
    (2) Safety Pins
    (1) Splinter Picker/Tick Remover Forceps

    Medical Information
    (1) Comp. Guide to Wilderness & Travel Medicine

    Medication
    (2) After Bite Wipe
    (2) Antihistamine (Diphenhydramine 25 mg)
    (2) Aspirin (325 mg), Pkg./2
    (2) Diamode (Loperamide HCI 2 mg), Pkg./1
    (3) Ibuprofen (200 mg), Pkg./2

    Wound Care
    (4) After Cuts & Scrapes Antiseptic Wipe
    (2) Alcohol Swab
    (1) Cotton Tip Applicator, Pkg./2
    (1) Syringe, Irrigation, 10 cc, 18 Gauge Tip
    (1) Tape, 1" x 10 Yards
    (1) Tincture of Benzoin Topical Adhesive
    (3) Triple Antibiotic Ointment, Single Use

    AMK reserve the right to add, substitute, or delete items if necessary

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    By Eric A. Weiss, M.D. The most up-to-date information on wilderness & travel medicine
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  • Happy Memorial Day

    Today is Memorial Day - A day for honoring and remembering.

    Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May. It was formerly known as Decoration Day and commemorates all men and women, who have died in military service for the United States. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials on Memorial Day and it is traditionally seen as the start of the summer season.

    usa-memorial-dayMemorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, conjuring images of picnics, barbecues or just a lazy day off. But originally the holiday was charged with deeper meaning.

    There are many stories as to its actual beginnings, with over two dozen cities and towns laying claim to being the birthplace of Memorial Day. There is also evidence that organized women's groups in the South were decorating graves before the end of the Civil War: a hymn published in 1867, "Kneel Where Our Loves are Sleeping" by Nella L. Sweet carried the dedication "To The Ladies of the South who are Decorating the Graves of the Confederate Dead" (Source: Duke University's Historic American Sheet Music, 1850-1920).

    Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30. It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.

    The first large observance was held that year at Arlington National Cemetery, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.

    Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war). It is now celebrated in almost every State on the last Monday in May (passed by Congress with the National Holiday Act of 1971 (P.L. 90 - 363) to ensure a three day weekend for Federal holidays), though several southern states have an additional separate day for honoring the Confederate war dead: January 19 in Texas, April 26 in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi; May 10 in South Carolina; and June 3 (Jefferson Davis' birthday) in Louisiana and Tennessee.

    In 1915, inspired by the poem "In Flanders Fields," Moina Michael replied with her own poem:
    We cherish too, the Poppy red
    That grows on fields where valor led,
    It seems to signal to the skies
    That blood of heroes never dies.

    Today we honor

    The origins of special services to honor those who die in war can be found in antiquity. The Athenian leader Pericles offered a tribute to the fallen heroes of the Peloponnesian War over 24 centuries ago that could be applied today to the 1.1 million Americans who have died in the nation’s wars: “Not only are they commemorated by columns and inscriptions, but there dwells also an unwritten memorial of them, graven not on stone but in the hearts of men.”

    To ensure the sacrifices of America ’s fallen heroes are never forgotten, in December 2000, the U.S. Congress passed and the president signed into law “The National Moment of Remembrance Act,” P.L. 106-579, creating the White House Commission on the National Moment of Remembrance. The commission’s charter is to “encourage the people of the United States to give something back to their country, which provides them so much freedom and opportunity” by encouraging and coordinating commemorations in the United States of Memorial Day and the National Moment of Remembrance.

    The National Moment of Remembrance encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation. As Moment of Remembrance founder Carmella LaSpada states: “It’s a way we can all help put the memorial back in Memorial Day.”

    What do people do?

    It is traditional to fly the flag of the United States at half mast from dawn until noon. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries. Memorial Day is combined with Jefferson Davis' Birthday in Mississippi.

    Memorial Day has become less of an occasion of remembrance. Many people choose to hold picnics, sports events and family gatherings on this weekend. This day is traditionally seen as the start of the summer season for cultural events. For the fashion conscious, it is seen as acceptable to wear white clothing, particularly shoes from Memorial Day until Labor Day. However, fewer and fewer people follow this rule and many wear white clothing throughout the year.

    Public life

    Memorial Day is a federal holiday. All non-essential Government offices are closed, as are schools, businesses and other organizations. Most public transit systems do not run on their regular schedule. Many people see Memorial Day weekend as an opportunity to go on a short vacation or visit family or friends. This can cause some congestion on highways and at airports.

    Background

    Memorial Day started as an event to honor Union soldiers, who had died during the American Civil War. It was inspired by the way people in the Southern states honored their dead. After World War I, it was extended to include all men and women, who died in any war or military action.

    Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day. The current name for this day did not come into use until after World War II. Decoration Day and then Memorial Day used to be held on May 30, regardless of the day of the week, on which it fell. In 1968, the Uniform Holidays Bill was passed as part of a move to use federal holidays to create three-day weekends. This meant that that, from 1971, Memorial Day holiday has been officially observed on the last Monday in May. However, it took a longer period for all American states to recognize the new date.First-Aid-Mart-Best-First-Aid

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  • Walkie Talkies and Hand Held Radios

    Surely by now most of us have outgrown our childhood days of running around our neighborhood playing tag with our friends, but using walkie-talkies still have some great real-world applications for adults.

    The walkie-talkie radio is an cheap and efficient way of having good dependable communication with others when other types of communication will not work at all. In a disaster situation, wireless communication such as this may be the only option as cell towers and electricity are likely to be out for extended periods of time.

    Public safety is a hugely important vocation, more so than ever in these uncertain times. Emergency services, such as the Fire Brigade, the Paramedics and The Police Service have to be able to respond to a major crisis within a moment’s notice.

    In times of real disaster, such as a violent riot or terrorist attack, these services need to co-ordinate their efforts. Medical teams need to reach the injured, police need to arrest those responsible for starting the violence and the Fire Brigade must be responsible for tending to situations that don’t always involve fire (rescuing trapped civilians etc).

    How can the emergency services keep in touch quickly, clearly and efficiently? They use radios, of course.

    Two-way radios are a proven technology. They are reliable, easy to use and cost-effective. Plus, they have strong outer bodywork that is well suited to dangerous operating environments.

    It’s easy to train staff to use a two-way radio system and the devices rarely suffer from loss of signal like a mobile phone would. By pressing one button, users can easily interface with each other, share vital information over large distances (in real time) and, in the process, save innocent lives.

    In a very real sense, two-way radios are a factor in your ability to sleep at night and feel safe and protected. As important as they are in other areas of British industry, they are even more important to public safety.

    Walkie Talkies are portable communication devices consisting of low-level radio transmitters and receivers.

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    The first walkie-talkies were developed for military use during World War II, and spread to public safety and eventually commercial and job site work after the war. Typical walkie-talkies resemble a telephone handset, possibly slightly larger but still a single unit, with an antenna sticking out of the top.

    Early Handie-Talkies had tubes and ran on 4, 45-volt dry cells or 12V Nickel-Cadmium batteries. Surplus Motorola Handie Talkies found their way into the hands of ham radio operators immediately following World War II. Walkie-talkies are widely used in any setting where portable radio communications are necessary, including business, public safety, outdoor recreation, and the like, and devices are available at numerous price points.

    2 Way Radio, thanks to increasing use of miniaturized electronics, can be made very small, with some personal two-way UHF radio models being smaller than a pack of cigarettes (though VHF and HF units can be substantially larger due to the need for larger antennas and battery packs).

    The lowest cost devices are very simple electronically (single-frequency, crystal-controlled, generally based on a simple discrete transistor circuit where "grownup" walkie-talkies use chips), may employ super regenerative receivers. They may lack even a volume control, but they may nevertheless be elaborately designed, often superficially resembling more "grown-up" radios such as FRS or public safety gear.

    An unusual feature, common on children's walkie-talkies but seldom available otherwise even on amateur models, is a "code key", that is, a button allowing the operator to transmit Morse code or similar tones to another walkie-talkie operating on the same frequency.

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    Motorola
    The first radio receiver/transmitter to be nick-named "Walkie-Talkie" was the backpacked Motorola SCR-300, created by an engineering team in 1940 at the Galvin Manufacturing Company (fore-runner of Motorola). Handie-Talkie became a trademark of Motorola, Inc.

    The abbreviation HT, derived from Motorola's "Handie Talkie" trademark, is commonly used to refer to portable hand held ham radios, with "walkie-talkie" used to designate more specialized commercial and personal radios. Motorola also produced the hand-held AM SCR-536 radio during World War II, and it was called the "Handie-Talkie" (HT).

    Motorola's public safety radios of the 1950s and 1960s, were loaned or donated to ham groups as part of the Civil Defence program. Motorola is forever introducing new models, so don't get bogged down looking for any particular model, since the model numbers change frequently.

    Today, Walkie Talkies can reach several miles.

    While FRS walkie-talkies are also sometimes used as toys because mass-production makes them low cost, they have proper super heterodyne receivers and are a useful communication tool for both business and personal use. Motorola has a huge chunk of the market and consistently receive high marks from consumer products testing groups.

    Kids
    Your kids will get as much of a kick out of it as we did as children. Another difference from cell phones is that there's no air time charge (at all, ever), so you can give one to your kids without worrying. The kids loved having them around since it gives them more independence and freedom, especially on out door trips and camping.

    Walkie Talkies are a fun way to communicate with your friends and is a pretty good deal considering how cheap they are. Whether you are on the slopes, hiking or simply mucking around in your own house or garden, Walkie Talkies are an absolute must.

    So, when you go to sleep tonight, spare a thought for the emergency services who bravely keep you safe, from fire, from violence and from serious injury/illness. Public safety is a vital part of our lives and these people are committing their professional lives to it, every single day.

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  • National EMS Week – Dedicated. For Life.

    National EMS Week 2014
    National EMS Week
    May 18-24, 2014

    EMS - Our lives depend on them - are you involved in EMS? Do you support EMS? Recognize these heroes this week.

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    National EMS Week has been observed annually since it was first declared by President Gerald Ford in 1974. It brings together local communities and medical personnel to recognize and honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of emergency medicine's "front line."

     

    For information and resources to celebrate National EMS Week 2014, go to:

    This information can be used throughout the year for public education and safety programs.


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    National EMS Week celebrates and honors the hundreds of thousands of EMS practitioners serving our communities across the nation. With the changes taking place in our nation’s healthcare system, new opportunities and challenges are emerging within our profession. Learn about these changes and how to prepare yourself, your agency and your community.

    The 2014 EMS Week Ideas site offers resources and tools to help you and your agency celebrate EMS Week, as well as prepare for the future of EMS!

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  • Hemostatic agents could save your life

    If you take a look online or at your local super store, finding a hemostatic agent to stop bleeding won’t take long.

    Used by military medics on the battlefield, this relatively new breed of wound treatment is finding its way into outdoor enthusiast’s first aid kits. And while they are effective, knowing how to use them before an emergency arises is key.

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    “I’ve saved dozens of lives with it in Iraq and Afghanistan,” Mississippi National Guard Staff Sgt. Stephen Pait said. "I hunt and fish, and I carry it with me.”

    Pait, who served as a medic with the 5th Special Forces Group, said products such as Celox and QuikClot were developed to stop arterial or severe wound bleeding. Examples of severe wounds that outdoorsmen and women may encounter would be a gun shot wound or injury from being hit by a boat motor propeller.

    “These would be significant injuries,” Pait said.

    In the event of a severe injury, Pait said the wound needs to be cleaned and if some coagulation has begun, that needs to be wiped away as well. Once the wound is prepared and blood wiped away, the product should be applied directly to the bleeding area and pressure applied until the bleeding stops.

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    When the wound is no longer bleeding, Pait said some sort of bandage needs to be wrapped around it to hold the clot in place until medical treatment can be received.

    “It’s just a stop gap between the point of injury and medical care,” Pait said.

    For major wounds, Pait said he prefers to use gauze that is impregnated with the agent. He explained this stems from treating injuries in windy areas or near helicopters where a granular product could get blown away. Both Celox and QuikClot offer impregnated gauze to the public.

    Pait reserves the use of hemostatic agents for life-threatening injuries and said less serious bleeds can be stopped with direct pressure. But for those who don’t want to wait for a cut to stop bleeding on its own, such as patients taking anticoagulants, wound care kits containing powdered hemostatic agents are available.

    Pait stressed that learning how to use these products while a person could be bleeding to death is not a good idea. He suggested that people carrying hemostatic agents do some homework and visit the manufacturers’ websites beforehand.

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  • Wilderness First Aid Abroad and in the Military

    MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI

    Story by Lance Cpl. Alissa Schuning

    Station residents learn wilderness first aid

    Students taking the American Red Cross’ Wilderness and Remote First Aid Course practice the proper way to transport an injured person outside of IronWorks Gym aboard Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, March 16, 2014. Attending the course requires cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillator certifications that are offered monthly by the American Red Cross aboard station.

    IWAKUNI, Japan - Japan is riddled with mountains to hike, rivers to raft and places to explore for those with an adventurous itch for the outdoors, but with that itch comes responsibility.

    Outdoor Recreation aboard Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, hosted the American Red Cross’ Wilderness and Remote First Aid Course inside IronWorks Gym, March 15-16, for station residents who feel the draw of the wild.

    “It’s a great tool,” said Tasha Friedell, Outdoor Recreation manager. “A lot of people here are so outdoorsy and adventurous and when they go on their outings, it’s important for them to know first aid and how to modify what they have with them to use as a first aid tool, rather than bringing stretchers and splints.”

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    The first aid course teaches the basic, essential steps and procedures when caring for emergencies in the wilderness.

    “I think what I learned in this course is basic knowledge everyone should have,” said Brenda Brown, a fitness instructor with IronWorks Gym. “I’ve been an Emergency Medical Technician for a while and there were a lot of things I learned in this class that I didn’t even think about before.”

    Brown said the most interesting thing she learned was how versatile common items are when it comes to first aid.

    “This class gets them thinking outside of the box,” said Friedell. “You can use a water bottle to make a splint or a sleeping mat for a hypothermia wrap.”

    Marines receive first aid classes in recruit training but, according to Friedell, this course is more in depth.

    “This course creates more realistic situations that Marines are more likely to encounter in the field or on a deployment,” explained Friedell. “The training they originally get is a really basic form of first aid.”

    The first aid course is offered in the spring and fall to station residents 14 years of age and older. Attending the course requires cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillator certifications which are offered monthly by the American Red Cross aboard station.

    “Since we don’t offer the course that often, we are flexible for those who haven’t had the chance to get CPR/AED certified, but want to take the class,” said Friedell. “A person can take the course, but won’t get the certification until I see their CPR/AED certification.”

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