U.S. Coast Guard Marine Compliance Kits

Please check local and federal regulations to confirm that you meet the requirements for U.S. Coast Guard compliance; this article is intended purely to help in your preparation but should not be considered a checklist for meeting compliance. Laws and regulations constantly change, both locally and federally, so please check them before hitting the water.

USCG Compliance Kit

USCG Compliance Kit

Getting your own boat is exciting! You may have a whole host of ideas about water activities or adventures you want to partake in, but you should be prepared with USCG compliance kits to make your activities a worry free experience.

The U.S. Coast Guard is adamant about boat owners meeting their safety requirements, and even may punish violations with large fines.

For compliance the USCG has varying requirements depending on boat length, as well as whether or not the boat has a USCG approved internal fire suppression system. Our kits specifically help cover needs of boats up to 65’ long with and without USCG approved systems. You can find all options we offer on this page here.

We offer class B-II Fire extinguishers which meet and or even exceed the requirements for certain boats, but if you have a boat 40’ to 65’ with no approved fixed fire suppression system, we have a kit here with 2 compliant extinguishers.

Sound devices are also a requirement – so we included whistles that are required on all ships of all sizes, and an air horn which is strongly encouraged for much further range. Physically blowing into a whistle for an extended period of time is exhausting and not practical nor ideal in such situations.

Our kits also contain a USCG approved 25-person life boat first aid kit which is strongly recommended by the USCG to treat any injuries that may occur. This could be anything from a simple injury doing an activity on the water to whatever caused an issue to get the boat stuck, or even to help treat injuries as a result of waiting for rescue out on the open water.

The USCG also strongly recommends items such as 72 hours’ worth of food and water with a long shelf life per person, which is not a bad thing to have when you could be stuck from 24-72 hours waiting for rescue.  Our All-in-One kits include a USCG approved 2400 calorie bar and USCG approved 6 4oz water pouches per person, which you can see for one person here. We also have one for two people for 72 hours. Note that this is the absolute minimum recommended amount. The food and water both have up to a 5 year shelf life if stored in ideal conditions.

Light sticks are also included in these sets, for some longer lasting light to help illuminate the boat in case your power goes out. They are safer than relying on a flashlight that takes batteries or using up a flare which would be more suited for signaling ships. They are not a requirement but definitely a good thing to have.

After purchasing one of the kits that fits your needs best, all that would be left would be going to a nearby outdoors store and finishing up the last of your shopping. Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) as well as usually pyrotechnic devices to help you be seen either during the day and or night are required as well. Requirements vary for boats of different lengths, so please check your local and state laws to properly assess what your need is for compliance.

Make Yourself Visible with LED Flares

When an accident or vehicular breakdown occurs, you may hope that once it happens it will be the end of your troubles. Unfortunately, secondary accidents are always an active possibility while you are still on or on the side of the road. Throw in the occurrence happening at night or the rain, and you will have to worry even more about potential follow-up issues.

The best way to avoid follow-up accidents is by getting the attention of the other drivers as early as possible, so they are aware of you and move away from your lane as early as possible. Road flares have been a common tool used for warning drivers as well as redirecting traffic and are essential if you are stuck in a lane and cannot move. DOT triangles are also a good item to have, but besides angling them correctly for reflecting light, it has no other way to alert drivers.

This is where LED flares come in play. Unlike normal flares, they are safer (no flame), easier to turn on / off, are magnetic (can be placed on the body of your car), and can last for up to 50 hours on 3 replaceable AAA batteries. The LEDs are very bright and have good visibility, and are a great alternative to running the lights on your car which would drain your battery or waste your fuel.

Our LED Flares have 5 modes of illumination. The button at the top turns on as well as changes the modes, so it is incredibly easy to use. The first setting ‘Area Light’ turns on the 3 LEDS on the top of the flare (close to the button), which are directional and incredibly bright. They would be best to put on the side of the vehicle facing the direction that the closest vehicles are coming from. The second setting ‘Rotating’ is in which the LEDs turn on and off rapidly in a counter-clockwise direction. The next is ‘Blinking’, which does 3 rapid flash bursts of all 12 LEDS every 2 or so seconds. The following one is ‘Flashing’, in which a single all-around flash is done every second. The last setting, ’12 LED Light’, turns on all 12 LEDs continuously.

Although having one is still better than none, we recommend you have at least 3 since it would be beneficial to place them on both the ground and on your vehicle. If you would like to have different illumination modes on each flare, owning multiple would also be a benefit as you never know which mode could be best for the situation. In any case, the more you use, the more you will catch the attention of other drivers and help keep yourself and your passengers safe.

If you have existing equipment such as triangles and road flares, this would make an excellent supplement as to illuminate your car while road flares or triangles help with early warning or directing traffic.

 

Holiday Gift and Preparation

Winter Automotive Kit

Winter Automotive Kit

With the holidays approaching, it is time to start thinking about gifts for those dearest to you. Providing a gift that could provide useful and keep those closest to you safe and comfortable should an emergency arise, is a great idea – one that could even save a holiday in an unfortunate situation.  Along with gift giving, it is also a good time to prepare for yourself if you plan on travelling or staying in during the holidays. Not only are there far more people on the roads, but inclement weather is also a notable concern, especially if you are in areas that have to deal with snow.

You don’t really think about it until it happens, but when it does it is a relief when you have the proper preparations in place. Every household and vehicle should have a first aid kit and an automotive kit for vehicles specifically.

First aid kits should contain all of the necessary products to treat common medical issues, and can make a difference when a hospital isn’t around. Trauma kits would make great gifts for those who participating in recreational shooting activities, as firearm related injuries could still occur even with proper safety precautions.

Automotive kits can help with any issues during travelling, as they normally contain items such as booster cables, tow ropes, tools, and protective clothing. Ones with flashlights, DOT triangles or flares help you stand out especially in more inclement weather or night time.

Fire making becomes a lot more commonplace during the colder months, from outdoor bonfires to indoor fireplaces and wooden stoves. Whenever participating in any activities that include fire, having a fire extinguisher could mean saving a house, or a life.

Flashlights are also a popular gift year round, as many people include one as part of their every-day carry.  If a snowstorm takes out the power they are invaluable in helping making a safe source of light in all conditions, unlike a fire. In the case of worrying about powering anything including your light source or your cell phones, solar generators are a quieter and safer way than gasoline generators to charge up your electronics.

Lastly, it never hurts having high caloric freeze dried food with a long term shelf life on hand. You can easily carry some freeze dried pouches on the go when you’re travelling or camping, or just sitting indoors and unable to get to the super market. Most of the options only need hot water and they are ready to eat.

The holiday season is the perfect time to be sure that the people you care about will be protected and comfortable in the event of an emergency. Survival and emergency preparedness items make ideal and practical holiday gifts.

NEMT All-In-One Kits

Even if you have not used Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) services, there is still a good chance that you know at least one person that has a strong dependency on the services. NEMT services have been becoming more of a necessity with demand being higher than ever, and are critical for patients to get to and from their medical appointments, hospitals, pharmacies or urgent care when they are unable to otherwise.

As the name implies, these trips are non-emergencies and have no immediate threat to the health and well-being of the patient, but are still indispensable if the patient is unable to transport themselves for a variety of reasons such as either not having a license or being unable to operate a vehicle. Due to the medical-related nature of NEMT, there are strict regulations in place in which the transportation providers must meet for the benefit of both the patients and drivers.

The NEMT kits offered at Survival Supply are designed to help meet compliance with DOT and OSHA regulations. Equipped with components like mountable automotive fire extinguishers, DOT triangles, and blood borne pathogen / body fluid spill kits, our NEMT kits have just the supplies needed to deal with any situations that arise.

People can be unpredictable especially if they may have any medical conditions that involve bodily fluids, so a Blood Borne Pathogen and Bodily Fluid Spill Kit is great for the safety of the driver and any other passengers. Anything as small as an infant or a car-sick / ill individual will make you glad you have the kit on hand. The ANSI First Aid Kit helps with a wide variety of other issues that can occur from simple bandages and antiseptic wipes to burn treatments and gauze.

Fire Extinguishers are a must have for such services and are great to have in general, in case a situation arises with a fire and a patient that cannot be removed quickly from the scene due to a physical limitation or other factors. The 3 DOT Compliant Triangles are required to alert other vehicles to minimize chances of a collision.

These kits are also beneficial to have if you transport people in general, such as a taxi or other transport-type service and aren’t specifically an NEMT transport. Even for everyday users, these kits are great to have just for general use as they will cover most automotive necessities.

First Aid Kits for Sports

sports first aid kitSports are an excellent way for children and teens to get the exercise they need to stay healthy, but they also carry risks. Participants can fall while running, get hit with a ball, or pull a muscle at any time. Even young children playing Little League can get injured during a practice or game. If you are a coach of a school or community athletic team, it is critical to be prepared to treat common injuries with a sports first aid kit.

A sports first aid kit contains all of the essential items you will need to treat many common injuries on the field or in the gym. Our kits contain ice packs, antibacterial wipes, antiseptic swabs, burn ointment, gauze pads, bandages, tweezers, first aid tape, gloves, fingertip and knuckle bandages, and many other items that can be valuable if a player gets injured at a practice or game.

We carry first aid kits with enough supplies for one individual or for an entire team. They come in easy-to-carry bags that can be taken to the field or on a bus to an away game. With a sports first aid kit, you will always be prepared to treat common injuries immediately.

If you are the coach of a Little League team or another children’s athletic team, you have a responsibility to look out for the safety and well-being of your players at all times. Be prepared with a sports first aid kit that includes all of the supplies you will need to deal with a variety of common injuries on the field.

AEDs for Schools and Businesses

AED automatic external defibrillatorAn emergency such as a heart attack can happen at any time and in any location, including at a school, office, store, or other place of business. In that situation, it is important to begin providing treatment as soon as possible to save the patient’s life.

An automatic external defibrillator (AED) is a device that sends an electric shock to the victim of a cardiac arrest to restart the heart. This device can save a patient’s life in the critical moments before an ambulance arrives.

Having an AED in your school or workplace can mean the difference between life and death for someone who goes into cardiac arrest. An AED can be stored in a cabinet in a readily accessible location so that it is available at a moment’s notice.

Survival Supply carries AEDs from many top manufacturers, including Heartsine, Defibtech, Philips, ZOLL, Cardiac Science, and Physio-Control. An AED is easy to use and comes with clear written or spoken instructions that are simple to follow so that even a person with little or no training can operate it in an emergency.

We also offer AED training kits so that employees can be instructed on how to operate the device. That way they will be prepared to act immediately if someone has a heart attack, without the need to take the time to read or listen to instructions. When a person is experiencing heart failure, every second counts.

A heart attack can happen to a person of any age at any time. Be prepared by making sure that your school or business has an AED available. This device can save someone’s life in the critical time before paramedics arrive and is an essential piece of equipment for any school or workplace.

Medical Supplies That Can Be Purchased with a Flexible Spending Account

first aid flexible spending accountA flexible spending account is an account to which you or your employer can contribute money that you can use to pay for certain out-of-pocket health care-related expenses. You do not have to pay taxes on this money, so you can save an amount equal to the amount of money you would otherwise have paid in taxes.

Funds in a flexible spending account, or FSA, can be used for medical and dental expenses, including copayments and deductibles, prescriptions, over-the-counter medications accompanied by a doctor’s prescription, and medical supplies such as crutches, bandages, and blood sugar test kits. Many other items can also be paid for with funds from a flexible spending account.

A variety of first aid kits can be purchased with FSA money. These kits contain many supplies needed to treat a variety of common injuries.  We carry first aid kits in a variety of sizes to treat varying numbers of people. Some of our kits are specifically made for hunting, boating and fishing, and other outdoor activities.

You can also use your FSA for other medical supplies that you can use at home. You can buy a digital thermometer, blood pressure monitor, and cold compresses with tax-free money you have set aside for medical expenses.

Money put into a flexible spending account must generally be used by the end of the year, unless an employer grants a grace period or allows an employee to carry money over into the next year. If you have money in your FSA that you need to use soon, spend it wisely on first aid supplies to keep you and your family safe and healthy.

Employee Incentives and Gifts for Customers

car emergency kitThe holidays are coming up, and many employers want to give incentives to their employees and gifts to their customers to show appreciation for the work they do or the business they provide the company with throughout the year. Many employers struggle to decide what to give their employees and customers. They want to give things that will be useful, that the recipients will appreciate, and that will show that they care.

If you run a company, car emergency kits are ideal choices to give your employees and customers this holiday season. A flat tire, dead battery, car accident, or other vehicle-related emergency can strike anyone at any time and in any place. You don’t want your employees or customers and their family members to be stranded or to be injured with no supplies on hand until an ambulance arrives. With our car emergency kits, they will be prepared.

Car emergency kits contain a variety of supplies that can be invaluable in an emergency. They include jumper cables, tire sealant and inflator, distress flags, flashlights and batteries, and first aid kits with many essential supplies to treat common minor injuries that can occur in an automobile accident.

You can give your employees or customers other incentives or gifts to keep them safe. Choose from a wide array of safety supplies, including first aid kits, hard hats, safety glasses, high-visibility apparel, safety eyewear, tool kits, travel kits, and flashlights.

Any of these products can be customized with your company’s name or logo. That way, whenever your employees or customers use them, they will be reminded that you cared enough to keep them safe this holiday season and beyond.

Promotional Safety Products Make Great Holiday Gifts

first aid kitIf you are trying to decide what to give your employees or customers as gifts this holiday season to show your appreciation, give them products that can help them in an emergency. A first aid kit, car emergency kit, emergency radio, or other supplies can come in handy when they are needed the most. Your employees or customers will be grateful that you had the concern and foresight to think about their safety.

Survival Supply can add your logo or the text of your choice to many of our products. Put your company’s name or a special message of appreciation on a first aid kit stocked with all of the essential supplies that will be needed to treat a variety of common medical problems. A first aid kit can save someone’s life if it is not possible to get to a hospital right away.

A car emergency kit can also be a valuable thing to have if someone gets stranded. Our car emergency kits include many useful tools, including jumper cables, tire sealant and inflator, flashlights and batteries, first aid kits, and other items that can help in the event of an emergency. A car can break down at any time and anywhere, so it is essential to be prepared.

If the power goes out, people need a way to get news and information. An emergency radio can help people stay connected to the rest of their community to receive important updates and instructions from officials. An emergency radio will work even if there is a power outage due to a natural disaster.

Survival Supply offers a broad selection of military style bags of all sizes and shapes to carry essential supplies. These heavy-duty bags are helpful to transport clothing and supplies if someone needs to evacuate or is planning a trip away from home.

By providing emergency essentials, you can show your employees and customers that you care about their safety and well-being. Decorate your holiday gifts with your company’s logo or a special message to convey your appreciation and concern for their safety so that they will remember that you thought of them when they need to use those supplies in an emergency. Call Survival Supply at (800)653-4706 for details.

Prepare for the Unexpected with Emergency Food and Supplies

emergency foodLife can be unpredictable. An emergency or disaster can occur at any time. While some events are unavoidable and out of your control, you can do your best to be prepared for the unexpected.

Survival Supply can help you face those challenges head on. We specialize in long-term food storage and dehydrated food to help you and your family survive if there is an emergency and you lose electricity or are unable to get to a grocery store. We offer healthy, real food that can be prepared in a matter of minutes simply by adding water.

Our freeze-dried and dehydrated entrees are ready-made and affordable. They are perfect for emergency preparedness, long-term storage, and outdoor activities such as camping and hiking. These dishes are healthy and can help you meet all of your nutritional requirements even if you are unable to prepare regular meals. Our dishes include freeze-dried vegetables and gluten-free entrees.

emergency kitsSurvival Supply also carries an extensive line of emergency kits that are perfect for do-it-yourself emergency kits. We offer first aid kits, emergency car kits, fuel sources, high-end portable water filtration systems, and other supplies to help you prepare for any emergency.

You never know when life might deal you an unexpected challenge. You don’t need to worry about what might happen. Be prepared with emergency food and supplies from Survival Supply so that you can relax and be confident that you and your family will be safe and well cared for even if a disaster strikes.