You Never Know When You’ll Need It

by Calamity Jane on December 12, 2013

The thing about accidents and disasters is you never know when they’ll happen. You could be on your way home and find yourself in a life or death situation.

After phoning for help in resuscitating her baby, a 25-year-old woman on a plane that crashed in remote southwest Alaska led searchers hampered by cold and fog to the crash site.

Fog hampered the search and responders could not immediately locate the crash site despite speaking to the injured.

Coffee, who suffered chest trauma, tried whistling to alert searchers. She considered starting a fire to get their attention but eventually decided to start walking toward village lights. A GCI communications tower with a red strobe led her three-quarters of a mile to the village landfill.

“That’s where everyone found her,” Lamont said.

She led searchers back to the crash site. It was not accessible by snowmobile. Rescuers put the injured on stretchers and carried them out on foot to the landfill where they could be transported by ambulance to the village and then flown out. news source

You could find a day of fun turned into a test of your endurance and survival skills. Although, driving to a remote and snowy location, surely that would register in a sane mind as a slightly dangerous thing to do, surely there’s a sledding hill back home those kids would have had just as much fun at… I’ll give them points for having the skills to survive though, and enough of the basics to make it through in good shape. The adults warmed rocks in a fire to keep the kids warm. Which is probably one of the same things I would do in that situation.

A couple and four young children missing in frigid [and by frigid they mean subzero] weather since they went on an outing to play in the snow on Sunday in a remote mountain range in Nevada were found alive on Tuesday huddled in a canyon, a sheriff’s dispatch supervisor said.

Nevada’s KTVN-TV reported that the couple’s Jeep had swerved off an embankment and rolled over on Sunday afternoon, and that the family members camped near the vehicle and started a fire as they waited for help.

It’s the little decisions that add up to an enhanced chance for survival in brutal conditions: Staying near the vehicle, telling people where you are traveling and refusing to panic.

They had food and water when rescuers reached them, and were treated for mild dehydration, the station reported. Local authorities could not immediately confirm the report.   news source

Or you could just be sitting on your couch.  That’s where I was as this cold and snowy weather closed u sin on Sunday. Then came the loud noise outside. Two cars were up on our elderly neighbor’s lawn. The SUV was fine, but the sedan was considerably banged up. I ran out to see if anyone needed help. Sure enough, a gal in the back seat of the sedan hadn’t been wearing a seat belt, and she had a couple of head wounds that were doing the usual head wound gush. The elderly couple in the front had handed her some tissues, but I think the large gauze pads I gave her worked a bit better.  It felt good to have the first aid kit in its place, full with what I needed, and be able to help a situation. I can’ t say that would have been true before I was a prepper.

How will you handle the unforeseen?

- Calamity Jane

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Chuck Findlay December 12, 2013

I try to plan for a lot of things, I store things that I don’t think I will ever really need (but you never know), I learn things I hope I never have to do, I store information (net post save to a file and I buy books) on subjects that could at some point be useful. And I am open-minded and can and do adapt to a changing situation as they happen.
And I save a lot of silver to throw at things I can’t do so they will still get done as there will always be someone that knows something I don’t, or willing to do whatever I don’t want to do, and in the need of money.

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Don December 12, 2013

The man in Nevada really had his head on straight. After making sure everyone was OK, he immediately started a fire. even though they were only 4 miles from civilization, he stayed put knowing that help would soon be there. They used the SUV as shelter, heating rocks in the fire and placing them inside to heat it up. The temps while they were out there ranged from +17F at the warmest to -16F at night. Because this family was prepared, and because they didn’t panic, after three days in cold, snowy, icy conditions they ALL walked away with only MINOR exposure and dehydration.

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Roseman December 12, 2013

Inspiring story. The reality is that only a small percentage of people who travel with their families are prepared for an event like that. Maybe some of them will wake up.

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Badger359 December 12, 2013

Good article CJ, I keep seasonal emergency vehicle kit just in case. Better to have it and not need it, then need it and not have it. I agree with “Roseman” it’s to bad that most suffer because of not planning or thinking it will not happen to them. Chuck is right, I back eberything up on thumb drives and binders and books, why? because personally I see the internet information knowledge possibly being denied or curtailed severely in the near future

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Badger359 December 12, 2013

Good article CJ, I agree with Roseman. Better to have it and not need it, then to need it and not have it.

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Badger359 December 12, 2013

At chuck, I back everything up old school style on thumb drives and print out in binders and books too. I feel the future of the internet will severely restricted in the near future

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Pineslayer December 12, 2013

I am very happy to see that they made it out okay and hope that the kids will still want to go “play in the snow”.

From what I hear they didn’t have much with them, but they kept their heads. Rule #1 is stay calm and take care of business. This makes me want to go through the vehicle kits and pile more stuff in there.

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Don December 12, 2013

Pineslayer, I agree. as soon as I heard they were missing, I checked the kits in both vehicles and added more blankets and hand/foot warmers, as well as water and high calorie food bars. not to hard in the SUV, but had to really squeeze it into the mustang

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Don December 12, 2013

Pineslayer, I agree. as soon as I heard they were missing, I checked the kits in both vehicles and added more blankets and hand/foot warmers, as well as water and high calorie food bars. not to hard in the SUV, but had to really squeeze it into the mustang

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Steve suffering in NJ December 12, 2013

Being woefully unprepared a few times in my life I learned hard lessons. Luckily I was tough enough to survive my own stupidity. Best way to prepare is practice. Take the kids on a hike. Tell them were gonna make a fire and cook the soup we brought. Try making shelters. Can you make a waterproof shelter from sticks? Is it warmer with pine branches under me vs laying on the ground etc. Teat your ideas before having to use them to survive.
Got myself a signal mirror past summer. Never used one before. Took it out on the kayak and tried to signal others on shore. Yep it works. Now I know exactally how to use it.
A prior post here got me thinking about building shelters. Searched tarp shelters. Found a few I thought would work. Made them in my back yard. One took me a few tries to perfect. Now, I know exactaly what I need to do. Trying to figure things out cold scared and hungry and undoubtedly wet and dark is less than idea. Perfect some skills prior to needing them. Best way to prepare for the unseen in my opinion. How many people have used and perfected making fire with a fire steal VS putting it into your pack?

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Don December 13, 2013

Steve you are on target. PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE!! As someone who became a prepper long before the internet, I had to search through dozens, if not hundreds, of books, magazines, pamphlets, and essays to learn what you can now learn in 15 minutes on line. everyone should search for shelter making, fire starting, water purifying, then pick the ones that best work for your area and practice it. I camp 2-3 times a year in my back yard and live out of my BOB for at least 48 hours (I do still use in door plumbing)

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Steve suffering in NJ December 12, 2013

How about catching fish with that line and hooks stashed into your survival kit?
You all get my point.

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irishdutchuncle December 13, 2013

how will I handle the unforseen?
hopefully better than I have in the past.

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Jimbo December 13, 2013

The man in Nevada was a complete ass!! Six people in a jeep that only seats 4 is super stupid to begin with. That means that there were two adults in front then four children in back? Then this ass hat has a rollover. Why on earth would you put the lives of four children in danger like that? Nevada requires that we all have a seat belt on while operating or riding in a vehicle. Which I do not agree with.I believe in free choice. I live in Nevada also and love 4wheelin. I take my family out quite often. Putting six people in that small of a vehicle is just plain stupid. I agree that he did a good job of keeping them alive after he wrecked the jeep.

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