Earlier this month I ran a contest for DestinySurvival Dispatch subscribers and offered a deck of Emergency First Aid cards to the best short piece on a survival/preparedness topic. My thanks to each one who entered. Here’s the winning entry.
I have carried and found comfort in the PSK (personal survival kit) I carry every where I go for the last two years. It has been an evolving kit. Sometimes I think about the weather or some other event and decide I need to add to the kit. It becomes enlarged with the added gear and I find it too bulky to fit my BDU pocket and downsize a little. Finding the right mix of stuff to put into is not an easy task. So I made a couple of rules for myself.
First I decided the kit must fit my pocket comfortably. An Altoids tin fit the bill for this size kit. Then I decided to make some items ride on my key chain and make room in the kit for other items. With the size constraint I was able to focus on the situations I was most likely to encounter and what I needed to have available.
Lastly i watched a video, "Survival Beyond the Ten Essentials," by Gene Ward. This is a great video for some bare bones simple survival advice geared to the general public. After watching this common sense video I put my kit together again and was able to focus on more creative uses of what I had and what was always available in the area. I recommend it to anyone who uses the out doors and is not schooled in survival. I think it is a very good first video for anyone wanting to get more insight into the survival and preparedness mind set.
Congratulations to Michael. We’ve been in contact, and his prize has been sent. Furthermore, I couldn’t have found the video Michael mentioned without his help. It’s not widely available.
Gene Ward, who put this 35 minute presentation together, shows such a kit can provide all of the tools necessary to build a quick emergency shelter, start fires, and help rescuers find you in the shortest possible time.
Thanks, Michael, for sharing this nifty idea.