Survival Training and Memberships, Part 2: Medical Skills

As part of becoming a survivalist, I realized there are a couple things everyone can do to train for the worst and improve their odds.  So far, I’ve uncovered four categories: Defense, Medical, Fitness, and Research.  I’ll tell you about my experiences so far, and what I have planned for the near future.  This is Part 2, Medical Skills.

While a firearm is a good step toward safety, I’m not ignoring the other aspects of preparation.  One is basic medical training.  July 10th, I’ll be taking First Aid and Adult/Child/Infant CPR training through the Red Cross.  This is typically broken down into three separate courses: First Aid, Adult CPR, and Child/Infant CPR.  These are considered the staple certifications for basic preparedness, and are often required in jobs that involve the care of others.  Taken separately they can add up to over $100, but you can take them all together in a one-day course for just $60 in Kansas City.  I’m sure pricing is comparable in other cities.

This gives you 3 year certification for First Aid, and 1 year certification for Adult/Child/Infant CPR.  More importantly, it gives you the life skills necessary to care for yourself, your family, and others in times of need.  I’ve taken it before, but it’s been years.  My certifications have long expired, but more importantly my knowledge has too.  Just as I’m spending time at the shooting range to sharpen my shooting skills, I plan to volunteer at local events to practice and internalize my first aid training.

As an additional step, I want to take CERT training.  CERT stands for Community Emergency Response Teams.  This training is more extensive than the Red Cross training, spanning several weekly evening sessions involving disaster preparation and response.  For around $60, you get the training along with a pretty handy emergency kit.  You get a helmet and vest that identify you as a CERT member, along with a flashlight and other goodies.  There’s no obligation to serve in times of emergency, but you’ll likely be willing and able to coordinate your neighborhood in such a time.  Sadly, no classes are scheduled in my area in the near future, so I’m on a waiting list.  Perhaps there’s just not enough interest.  There should be.

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