Finding The Gaps In Your Preps

Finding The Gaps In Your Preps

Sometimes there will be an incident that will make someone question the degree of their preps.  Over the past month there have been a couple of events here on the farm that made me do just that.

I thought my first aid supplies were decent enough to handle most minor emergencies.  That was until one of my dogs was ran over by a car, and another dog came home with a deep gash in his shoulder.  My first aid supplies were based around farm accidents, like when my leg was cut with a chainsaw.

Beau (short for Beauregard), the dog that was ran over, suffered a broken leg, which was x rayed, set, and splinted at the vets office. The wrapping around the splint was replaced a couple of times over the past three weeks.  As I write this, he is half-way to the six week mark.  Replacing the wrappings helped me find gaps in the first aid supplies.  There needs to be a better selection of gauze in the stockpile.

Ellis came home Sunday with a gash in his shoulder.  The injury was not life threatening, and bleeding had stopped on its own.  The injury was in the front of his shoulder.  It looked like he had something cornered, like a small pig, and then the animal charged Ellis.

While bandaging Ellis, I noticed there was a size gap between the largest self-adhesive band-aids, and the bandages.  So I need to get some smaller bandages and maybe some larger band-aids.

Then there are the gauze rolls.  I need a better selection in size and length of gauze.

Something else I need are butterfly stitches.  I usually use superglue, or something like duct tape to seal a wound.  On Ellis, I felt neither were appropriate.

What does all this mean?

It means my dogs getting injured was a learning experience.  The accidents put my first aid preps to test, gaps were spotted, and will be filled.

However, it’s not just first aid.

Power outages can be use to test various prepping plans.

Guests can provide an idea about using your home as a bug out location.  Where will everyone sleep, how will meals be prepared… etc.

Take your prepping plans, put them to a test, observe, and fill in the gaps.

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October 30, 2017 at 09:38AM


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